Hey! How’s your summer going?! Good!? Are you enjoying all the sunshine? Are you reveling in every moment that could possibly be making you happy? Because if not…that’s totally okay. Here’s the thing: Just because it’s summer, and life is beautiful, and yada, yada, it’s ok to not be OK. Sometimes, life shows up. Life happens. Things happen. Things beyond our control. The things that happen beyond our control are not what is important here. It is how we control OURSELVES through these situations. Case in point. For me, things have been heavy lately. Nothing life threatening, nothing involving anything that will be important in a month from now, but just some stuff, that I’m in the process of processing. Get it? I knew you would.

The important thing for me is to remember that I am my OWN number one. Yea, shit happens. It sucks. And sometimes life kinda slaps you around a little. But in the face of adversity, I try to remind myself that taking care of ME is the only thing I can control. The way I react, the way I present myself, the things I say to myself, all of these things are important. I owe it to myself to take care of me. To stand by my own side. To be my own biggest fan. To come out of the dark space knowing that I did everything in my power to take care of Lael.¬†And most importantly, to tell myself, ‘It’s okay!’ when I’m feeling low, or blue, or run down. Don’t dismiss it. Allow it, and don’t repress. Otherwise it shows up in other ways, and trust me, you don’t want to be known as the asshole who needs to deal with their ‘stuff’, or one of those people who are stuck in an alcoholic hole of a life, hungover every day, because they don’t want to/know how to deal with what life gives them. Show up for yourself, be patient, be smart, and allow time to heal your wounds.

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First and foremost, a run can heal ANYTHING. I mean anything. When you have the energy of a pent up situation just coarsing through the body, it is absolutely pertinent to get that energy MOVING! Run it out, swim it out, cross-fit it out, do SOME