Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What "I'm a Runner" means to me

Tank : ℅ YogaOutlet  |  Pants : TJ Maxx (similar)  | Shoes : New Balance
Running for a long time was something I told myself I couldn't do. In middle and high school I was very self-conscious about my body type (I still waiver on and off with those issues - read this post if you do, too.) and about how my peers perceived me. I wouldn't do anything I was bad at. That meant at  weekly frisbee games, instead of running around and trying, I'd sit on the sidelines and watch, too worried I wouldn't catch a toss or would be huffing and puffing too much. That meant if someone jokingly said, "Race you!" while we were out and about, my stomach would turn over with dread. That meant that I didn't try out for any high school sports, even if I had wanted to do so.

About a year ago I started a new journey with running. A friend wanted to run a 5k, so I thought, sure, I'd train with her! I didn't commit to the 5k right away, but I tried. I'm not sure what changed in me then - I think a lot of it had to do with the fact she wasn't a "runner," either. (right, Mosby? :))

Almost a year and half later, I run on my own. I run with new friends I hardly know (scary, right?!), and I'm not afraid for others to see me. In fact, I'm proud. I proudly call myself a runner and, I won't lie,  a little pride swells up inside when someone else refers to me as a runner.

The other day I sat down and pondered why I love calling myself a runner now, something I never believed to be possible… here's why.

Calling myself a runner reminds me I'm strong.

Running is hard! It takes work, it takes dedication and it takes a lot of pushing. But it strengthens my muscles, builds my endurance and teaches me hard things. The day I ran my fastest mile ever, that day I couldn't help but be filled with joy because I accomplished something I literally never imagined possible.

Calling myself a runner reminds me I can be disciplined.

Anyone else out there commit to doing things all too often than you never follow through with? I know I can't be the only guilty party here - and it sucks, flat out. I commit to too many hang outs, Bible studies, free side-jobs (AKA blog designs & invitations for friends), and other responsibilities… and I often get discouraged when I fail or come up short. But you know what tells me I don't always have to fail? The fact I can make myself run - which is a very hard thing. Also note, "not failing" in this includes not only following through with my commitments, but also saying "no" when I genuinely can't handle something… the latter is most often the hardest.

Calling myself a runner reminds me I'm capable.

Anyone else ever feel not equipped to accomplish something? Maybe it's a goal you've had in the back of your mind for a while, or a job you want to apply for, but you just don't feel qualified? It seems too far from your already-stretched reach? Well, I wasn't qualified to call myself a runner in the beginning, but I did it anyway. And then I became one. Running reminds me I'm able to grow, push myself, and get after those dreams that feel so far away.

If you're a runner, do you feel that same pride swell up when you call yourself a runner? Or when someone else does? What does being a runner mean to you?

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A New Perspective on Your Closet

every day fashion, every day girl
Shirt : J. Crew  |  Dress : Kohl's  |  Jewelry : Kohl's  | Shoes : Sperry  |  Purse : Tommy Hilfiger Outlet

This world puts a lot of pressure on us to perform, perform, perform in every aspect of our lives. We've got to get the grades, work the overtime, charm the important people, wear the best brands, have the most friends in real life and on social media, get the best job, snag the best man, etc. It's exhausting.

I spend so much of this blog writing about how I'm fighting to resist the norm - not because I want to be different, but because I think the norm is often suffocating. I'm a huge advocate for dreaming big dreams, releasing your grip on others' approval of you, living the faith that's hard to believe and celebrating who God has made us as his collective body, but also as his individual children.

We were made to look to him over and over, in every aspect of our lives, and yes, I think that includes clothing. What you wear is a way to worship God through the act of embracing who he has made you… and remembering to worship him instead of the things surrounding you. There are many times I get the craving that I just need new things. I know I'm not alone in this - girls, you probably have more in your closet than you could ever need, but how often do you feel like you have nothing?

That's one reason why I'm loving The Creative Closet link up. It's easy for me to get wrapped up in things that I think I need right now to fill this void in my life (fill in the blank here - I'm not trendy enough, cute enough, don't own enough stripes, etc…), but I've had everything pictured above for more than a year. They've all gotten a ton of use, and they're all still perfectly cute. But here's the thing: no clothes will fill that void because they won't fit in it. That void - what I like to call feeling inadequate - has already been filled perfectly by the One who was made to fill it. It's actually overflowing because God has abundantly filled that desire in us to be adequate through the death and resurrection of Christ.

Friend, girl, lady, clothing lover, you are more than adequate in Christ. And your clothes, no matter the shape, size, or fabric, won't change that. So let's look at our closets in a new light - let's choose to see how we can enjoy the gifts we've been given, while keeping our eyes focused on the Ultimate Giver.

Well, there you have it, another fashion post. As much as I love the leather, lace, and stripes pictured above, much more than that I'm thankful I get to express my creativity through even the littlest of things, such as my closet. And when God is the one who is worshiped, rather than the clothes or whatever other things click with you, then it's glorifying to him.

I'm joining up with Maegen and Jana again for The Creative Closet today, and I couldn't have had more fun with this week's topic: leather and lace! 

Happy dressing!