I am going to recap yesterday’s race tomorrow (it went really well though!); I have something more important (a giveaway!) to discuss with you today.
A year ago today I talked about a spin class that I took way back on November 17, 2001.
I remember that 8:00 am spin class because it was the Saturday morning of my wedding day.
By now you probably realize that I am divorced.
I never wanted a divorce or dreamed I would be a single mother but life doesn’t always go the way we plan it.
What’s so interesting with each year that passes since my wedding is how weird it all seems.
Like okay, I got married thirteen years ago today.
In some ways it seems like it was yesterday, as if thirteen years of life have not occurred in between.
In some ways it seems like someone else’s life entirely, most certainly not mine.
And in some ways, I recall it as my own but feel as though it was a good 25 years ago or like a time frame similar to when I played with Barbie dolls and watched Saturday morning cartoons during sleepovers with my friends while eating Cocoa Pebbles for breakfast.
I have grown up so much since November 17, 2001 and most definitely since going through the emotional challenges and logistics of a grueling divorce process.
And although I have really smiled and laughed my way through it all because that is my nature, I can’t say that it was always easy.
But you know what? I really like how things have turned out and where I am right now.
Life works out in some really interesting ways, doesn’t it?
Even when you think that your life is completely unfair, when you wonder what you did in a past life to deserve today’s circumstances, when you feel stuck and at a crossroads…you just have to keep moving.
And as you keep moving, you repeat to yourself, everything happens for a reason.
A reason you may never fully understand, a reason you may come to understand one day (most likely when it doesn’t even matter anymore) and that things will eventually work out the way that they should.
Of course I am making it sound simple. It’s not simple. But you need to believe in yourself and in the process.
You have to trust that time really does heal everything and that you, yes even you, can do really hard things.
The other day I was in the mall where I spotted a wall full of inspirational quotes.
As you can already tell, I love this kind of stuff.
I always appreciated a good inspirational quote (check my pinterest quotes board!) and love the fact that designers are now incorporating the sayings into household items and jewelry.
I actually received two inspirational/motivational bracelets among the goodies from the Meet and Tweet.
I want to offer both of these bracelets in a giveaway today because I feel as though someone else could really benefit from being reminded to Move Forward or that they have Purpose.
The first bracelet is from Erica Sara Designs.
She also makes the cutest runner charms and sayings – I want one for my key chain I think!
The second bracelet is from Fierce Forward For Life.
I love that it comes with an associated inspirational notecard to further explain the message.
It seems so silly but reading those words when you need them most just might be what gets you through a rough training run or difficult patch in life.
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on today’s post answering one of the questions below.
I will randomly pick and announce two winners on Friday!
Giveaway open to residents of the United States and Canada.
I am offering this giveaway on my own; the companies associated with the bracelets have not sponsored this post in any way and the links provided to their sites come from the goodness of my heart.
Would you consider yourself an optimist or a pessimist?
Did you run a race over the weekend? How did it go?
Do you enjoy reading quotes and ecards too?
Best thing you ate all weekend?