It all started with a 5k and not wanting to run.
And turning 40 and having my third child (with a 9 year gap between the one on the way and the now middle child) and having my best friend move across the country.
The aforementioned best friend who at that point had completed a triathlon asked me, no, told me, that I was going to do a 5k with her before she moved. I immediately fought back but she persisted and sentimentality got the better of me (which it often does). Despite my definition of myself at that time-“I don’t run, I walk. I am NOT a physical person. I am not an athlete”- I agreed and soon she was training with me. To make matters worse, my oldest child was training too so now I HAD to do it.
And I did. And I loved it.
And from that moment on, I started thinking about the story I told myself and others about who I was, what I enjoy, and what I avoid. It was the start of doing the things I wanted to do, that I have been dreaming of doing, things that give me energy, and the things that help me get the most out of life.
It is about living A Life All In.
Life is a journey. To quote a popular running proverb- Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Everyday, life presents new terrain to be explored and respected. Exploring the terrain will often reveal new ways to engage and new challenges. Among the ways I have found to engage with the terrain are goal setting and implementation, as well as creating processes and organizing so that I can create space for the events and opportunities that I crave. I invite you on this journey with me. Together we can support, challenge, and engage with each other as we all live our own version of A Life All In.
Lifelong Chicagoan, mother of 3, lover of office supplies, goal setting junkie, and community creator.