I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and weekend! I spent it at home with my family, which was really nice and relaxing. 

Something I’ve been thinking about since Thanksgiving is gratitude…and what I’m grateful for. I recently watched a video of a high school runner with multiple sclerosis. It brought tears to my eyes. If you haven’t seen this video on Kayla Montgomery you need to watch it now. It truly inspired me and made me realize there are so many things we take for granted.

I reflected on this and really thought about my own running. The next time I’m complaining about my shins hurting, or that I don’t want to run, I’m going to remember this video. She gives it 1000% because she knows she has limited time to run. I am grateful for simply being able to get up and run when I want to.

I’m also so happy I got to spend time with my family. Saturday night we went bowling with my uncle and it was so much fun. I haven’t laughed ’till I cried in so long. 


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Make the most of the time you spend with loved ones, whether it’s family or people who are basically your family. I always tell Dan that I believe that saying, “Money doesn’t buy happiness.” Sure it can buy some stuff that may make you happy, or take away stress, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t buy health, family, friends and much more.

I’m not sure what the point of this post was…a little word vomit of how I’m feeling. And so I can look back and remind myself to be grateful for everything I have.

Definitely watch that video! It is worth the 12 minutes of your time. Trust me.

What are you thankful for this holiday season? What things have you realized you sometimes take for granted?


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  1. It really is things like that that put your life into perspective. I have so much to be grateful for and my complaints are so meaningless compared to the struggles others face.

  2. I saw that video a week ago and I was in tears too. It is just amazing how much passion she has for running. You are right though next time I am complaining of how my legs are hurting I’ll remember this video. I have so much to be grateful this year and every year: my husband, my family, my job, and my health.
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  3. I am so, so thankful for the growth that I have experienced this year–personally, professionally, athletically. I am in such a different place, but still the same. Like running on a treadmill–sweaty, but same place, and a great workout done.
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  4. I had kind of the same revelation this week. This video really puts things into perspective.
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  5. I am so thankful for where my husband and I are at today. We’ve now been living in Kuwait for over 2/12 years. Sure it has it’s challenges from time to time being away from our family in the States, but we’re doing what’s best for our family. Which speaking of family, I am most grateful for our little twin girls that will be making their arrival sometime in the next month & half. We went through 2 1/2 yrs of infertility struggle, and can finally say it’s coming to an end. Life couldn’t be more perfect @ the moment.

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