This past week I turned 31 years old! Oh my, typing that is just crazy. For some of you, you’re thinking that’s so young and some of you think that’s super old. When I turned the BIG 3-0, it didn’t feel different to me. Probably because I was 9 months pregnant, about to launch our church and had two Littles to chase around. Not that I have tons of time on my hands this year, but for some reason, 31 seems different!
With the new year and another year under my belt, I figured it’s a good time to get back on track in regards to my health. I’ve always taken care of myself, never been super thin or buff, but I’ve always exercised on a regular basis.
It’s been beautiful here in South Florida & one of my favorite things to do is hike/run. Living in Fort Lauderdale, I’m not afforded that opportunity often, considering how flat Florida is. A few weeks ago, I found a beautiful park, that has some small hills to “hike.” Figured no better time then now to go for a little run.
So I put on my new kicks (compliments of my parents for my birthday. Snagged them for a whopping 40.00!!) and hit the ground running–Or something like that. Wow, I am out of shape!! I decided not to overdue it, but gave myself a small goal. After I ran around the park, I decided to run up a hill a few times. 3 times to be exact.
You can imagine the infinite BLOG moments I had, yelling at myself with each step I took, regretting every piece of cake, glass of soda or deep fried goodness I have partaken in the past few months! Ok, more like 11 months, but whatever.
I realized the more I starred at the top of the hill, the harder the run up the hill seemed. The more I just kept my focus on the step in front of me, the better I felt. Every once in a while, I would glance up, realizing I was almost there!
My first time back outside, doing what I really love to do (even though I didn’t love it that much this time) reminded me a lot of my journey right now. There are so many goals, plans and hopes that I have made for myself personally, my family and our ministry!! Some of them are so big, so steep, that they can often be overwhelming when I stare at them while standing in my NOW. Where I am and where I desire to be seem like light years away. However, when I adjust my posture to be head down, and focus on the small, often mundane, everyday, ordinary steps, I realize that I am moving towards that goal. It is then that I notice that I’m closer than ever before.
If you’re anything like me, and have a dream for your life, a vision for your future–I want to encourage you to take it one step at a time. Not only should you keep your head up, starring at your most audacious plans and prayers, but adjust your posture to be head down and focus on the here and now.
Funny fact. Once I got to the “top” of the hill, there stood another hill for me to climb. It’s so apparent that our destiny/our purpose for our lives, is not a destination, but an ongoing journey. Each step, makes us stronger and more prepared for the next hill!!
Every week, I highlight a TRUTH about you, your life, or about a situation you may be facing, and then I DARE you to believe it. TRUTH: Rad, new shoes don’t make you run faster!
DARE: Write down “steps” you are taking to reach your goals!
If you’re too busy with your head in the clouds, begin today making small steps towards this goal!
The Hill–head down.
The Hill–head up.
The top of The Hill. Another one awaits.