My Mom always encouraged me to kick my fears to the curb and go after my dreams. One of those fears came in the form of a full marathon. The desire to complete one was so strong, so I told her I was going to do it. I know she thought I was crazy, but she never told me that to my face—especially when the dream hadn’t come to fruition yet. My Mom truly was my biggest cheerleader.
I decided that I was going to train and run the Walt Disney World Marathon. I almost allowed fear keep me from even trying. I’m also so glad I didn’t listen to those silly voices in my head. By the end of that year, I traveled to West Palm Beach, Florida to complete my fourth full marathon. I finished what I started and became a four time MARATHONER!
So many amazing things happened around that time. I proved that people who look like me, women with curves and plus-size women, back-of-the-packers, and people who didn’t think they could ever complete a marathon…absolutely could! Writing and sharing my story gave me the opportunity to be part of an amazing (body positive) feature called “I Love What My Body Can Do” for a national magazine. This came right around my five year blogging anniversary, and a celebration that I had to postpone. After going through a full year of highs and extreme lows, I’m still here to tell about it. I also just celebrated my sixth year of writing/blogging, and this anniversary could not have come at a more perfect time. Thanks to Wente Vineyards, I get to toast to this amazing milestone, as well as, toast to the woman who always believed in me. I also want to give a toast to my tribe who has held me down over this past year.
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With National National Chardonnay Day right around the corner (May 25, 2017), I knew this was the perfect time to celebrate six years of blogging with Wente Vineyards Chardonnay as well as raise a glass to my Mom, and thank her for all she’s done for me. I love Mother’s Day and all…but I think my Mom deserves more than just a day. Since I was a little girl, she always believed in me and believed in my craziest of dreams. I would have never accomplished these dreams without her support. She has made an everlasting impact on my life, and I’m forever grateful!
She used to say, “life is too short to not enjoy the things you love”. I couldn’t agree with her more. I’ve come to realize that life is so much sweeter having people in your tribe that believe in you, and people who will be there to cheer you on as your dreams come true!
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