Reflecting on 2014 and A New Chapter

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This past year has been about, “Dreaming the Impossible-Possible”. Through running I found strength and confidence in pursuing goals. Accomplishing things and reaching new milestones. The end of 2014, marks the end of another decade lived. Ten years ago, I was thirty years old and could not even imagine what I’d be tens years later. Yet, here I am today; turning forty years old in April 2015!

At 20 years old, I was still finding myself. At times, trying to become someone I wasn’t. There have been moments where I tried to “fit” a predetermined mold. Now, 20 years later, I’m happy and strong in my own skin.

Running has played a major role in shaping my life and perspective. Through training and racing, I’ve become stronger mentally and physically. Friendships and networks have been formed through running. I’ve become part of a community of runners that motivate and inspire. As a teacher who runs, I’ve encouraged my students to, “run their own race, be ‘their’ best.” It’s okay to be inspired by others, but don’t let anyone make you feel less than your best.

So, here’s to a new chapter, another decade to live and explore. Leaving some pages of past chapters-“dog eared”. Moving forward, knowing that it’s okay to take risks! A risk on being real, being yourself. Only then, can you truly see what you are capable of achieving.

A new look and new direction for this blog! I considered changing the name of my blog, to something more “running themed”. However, I’m a mom to my beautiful redhead who has my heart. The lighthouse, PortlandHeadlight, represents my “Beacon of Light that Keeps My Life Shining.”

An opportunity to ink new adventures, yet holding on to my original blog name.


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