Some mornings, when the kids have helterskelter left for school, I sit down to a quiet breakfast and try silence on for size. I’m not sure if it fits me.
On 11/2/2014 I ran my 8th marathon. 5th New York Marathon. And I finished in 4:45:51 – the second fastest marathon I’ve ever run. It was also the most fun I’ve had running a marathon. I literally had a wall to wall grin the entire way. But this marathon was different, it wasn’t about time, or distance or personal accomplishment. In fact, I didn’t actually even train. Truly. Because this marathon was for life. For living a full, joyous existence. For doing. For being. For living. And for facing it all full on.
Before this marathon, I didn’t really want to run another. Now I have a time goal of 4:30. And I have something inside of me that says I can. I can go faster. Push myself further. Drive myself a little harder.
Why? What made this different? Because this marathon wasn’t about me. It was Robyn’s marathon. It was where she should have been two years ago before her Cancer diagnosis, and a celebration of where she’s made it to. For me is was a huge, powerful lesson that reminded me how important it is to have friends at my side. Just how much more rewarding life is when we do this together. I’ve climbed the mountain and been left behind, and I know how that isn’t what I want to feel. And so you see, all of life’s experiences add up together, things come full circle. And from this experience, I had the greatest reminder that one can always choose joy. I think the pictures speak to that 🙂
Read Robyn’s amazing story here, in what I think is one of the most powerful blog posts she’s ever written: http://chemobiyatch.blogspot.com/2014/11/dont-survive-cancer-thrive-cancer.html
The current campaign on Sevenly. So powerful. Teen suicide prevention. Could not be more poignant..
Just bought a few pieces from this Cape Town label Lalesso. I’m loving the African inspired design and the creative shapes they’re crafting which really speak to the Cape Town girl in me. Makes me think of flowy days on Camps Bay beach and the casual cool of my Mother City 🙂
I’m currently going crazy for DarbySmart – an absolutely delightful crafting company that sends you all of the goodies for an array of projects that I’d actually like to do! I’ve been a subscriber of their craft boxes for my 11-year-old for quite a while now, but honestly didn’t even look at their adult craft projects, not being much of a crafty gal myself. I just ordered this Agate Cuff kit. Look out for me wearing it soon!
I’m obsessed with this concept: Sevenly. Each week they choose a charity and donate $7 from each purchase towards that charity. And they choose terrific charities. But what I love even more is that they make really, really cool clothes with really, really cool designs. I actually WANT to wear some of their items. And clearly I’m not the only one. To date Sevenly has raised over $4 million dollars for the charities they’ve chosen. Fashion and philanthropy. Good things come in Sevens.