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Pressure

Under Pressure

What do you do when under pressure? Do you break? Or do you bend and find another way? Palm trees bend to withstand hurricane winds. They are meant to withstand pressure. So, too, are we, but we have to make that choice. Will you choose to be strong in the face of pressure by finding…

Checklists

My Checklist for Life

I am a big fan of checklists. I love to add something to a list and then check it off later when it is done. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment and makes me believe I can accomplish even more than I thought, since I usually add a lot to my lists. The…

Rock n Roll Adam Lori Katie Shannon

This Is What Victory Looks Like

This year was the 10th anniversary of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Half Marathon, and once again, I had plans to run it with my friends. After a few years of not participating (COVID and conflicts), I was really looking forward to running this year. I had written a 14–week training plan for me and…

Sorry

Own Your Sorries

How many times a day do you apologize? I hear the qualifying phrase, “I’m sorry, but…” all the time, and I do not like it. Usually, the speaker goes on to say what they truly believe. How is this being sorry? I have noticed that women tend to do this more than men. It is…

Inspiration

Inspiration

A steady stream of inspiration can be life changing. What are you doing to be inspired? Reading uplifting books? Watching uplifting shows? Listening to positive music and podcasts? Or… Are you doom scrolling? Listening to negative music? Watching depressing and violent shows? You have a choice. You have greatness in you. What are you doing…

Pride

Who Are You Making Proud?

Pride is such a tough concept. On the one hand, you want to have self-confidence and agency, so you want to be proud of yourself. On the other hand, pride is considered the most serious of the seven deadly sins and is thought to be the source of the other deadly sins—greed, wrath, envy, lust,…

Transformation

The Two Keys to Transformation

I am always amazed to see someone who has undergone a big transformation when I have not seen them for a while. As a fitness instructor, I will go months without seeing a particular student, only to have them show up 50 pounds lighter. The transformation seems instantaneous—one day they were heavy, and now they…

Time Clocks

Time Is Not a Renewable Resource

Time has a funny way of distorting itself—sometimes she is quick as lightning, and sometimes she is slower than a snail. When I am enjoying myself—at a party, reading a good book, or just having dinner with my family—time flies by. When I am doing unpleasant tasks, or just plain bored, time seems to slow…

Unstoppable

Are You Unstoppable?

The other day, I heard the song, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship on a Peloton ride, and I was struck by how powerful the lyrics were: And we can build this dream together Standing strong forever Nothing’s gonna stop us now Think of how strong those words are. What is going to stop…

Tension

Dealing with Tension

Every once in a while, I get a little knot in my shoulder or back. I have one now. Sometimes it goes away by itself, and sometimes it takes visit to the chiropractor to fix. Either way, I am always left wondering what caused it in the first place. Usually, this annoying little knot happens…