I’ve been hearing “Thank you” and “I love you” more frequently lately. This is not the result of anything I have done, rather the experiences of others who have a new appreciation for the world around them and the people in it. These people are more cognizant of their “humanness,” which makes them more in tune with the emotional, physical, and even cognitive needs of their friends and family members. They say things like, “How are you?” and “Can I do anything for you? Do you need anything?” for no particular reason. Being asked these questions can seem silly at first, but the underlying feeling is one of appreciation and being genuinely cared for. In other words, it makes you feel good.
So, today I want to tell each of the bloggers for Runitlikeamom that I appreciate who you are and what you bring not only to this blog but to our community at large. More specifically…
Allison-I appreciate your openness in sharing your truly personal stories. I have had the great fortune of knowing you since our “tweens,” and despite the distance that separates us you are one of my closest, truest friends.
Amy– I appreciate your ability to hold an intellectual discussion infused with satire and often hysterical humor. Your writing makes me laugh every week, and I miss having that in you as a co-worker even more. You pulled me through some otherwise hellish meetings with under-your-breath comments that could pass as punch lines from Seinfeld.
Anna– I appreciate your almost musical writing style; you write with a cadence that draws me in immediately. Your passion for fun also makes me smile- whether you’re with your kids or girl friends, or on your own, you make the party want to come to you.
Candace– I appreciate your incredible insight into any given situation, while respecting the choices that other people make. You walk the line of strong values and opinions but also maintain an open mind. On a personal note, you have always treated me as peer and maternal friend, and I cannot thank you enough for that.
Ellen– I appreciate your hard work and dedication to your physical health, your family life, and your job. You have embraced a positive lifestyle with enthusiasm and courage. Your free spirit is inspiring.
Jenn– I appreciate your honesty; letting people in our struggles can be difficult but you do it with humor and in a way that endears you to your readers. You make us feel that we are not alone, and you always put things into perspective. Life is good, we will get through, and I thank you for reminding me of that.
Kenna– I appreciate your messages of balance; you always bring me back to center. You seem to know exactly what to write about in any given season, as if you are in tune with the world around us. Namaste.
Lindsay– I appreciate your positive approach to life; it is contagious. You embrace what is thrown at you with vigor and a smile, and there is just no stopping that. I have never known any one who could make such an incredible impression on people after meeting just once. Thank goodness we did.
Lisa– I appreciate your true love of running and what that means for your entire family (including Cookie!). I imagine most people strive to find something to enjoy as a family unit, something to bring them closer together. I believe you have found that, and I look forward to hearing more about your future accomplishments as a #fitfamily.
Meg– I appreciate your raw dedication to your family. Your love for them is apparent in everything you do, and I believe that love empowers you to know and accept yourself so completely. You are a beautiful person who was born to be a mom.
Michelle– I appreciate your connection to the natural world around you. I look forward to reading about what new things you have learned, or just about your general free range approach to life. I wish I was more like you.
Patty– I appreciate your journey, both through motherhood and running. You have accomplished amazing feats, yet you remain sweet and humble and down to earth. You are a rare gem and I am honored to call you a friend.
Robin– I appreciate your genuine and upbeat stories. Your enthusiasm for your job, athletics, and life in general comes through in each post. You are a true artist who is true to herself, and I admire that deeply. And I think you’re super fun to hang with!
Sarah– I appreciate your ability to do it all. We have had discussions on this blog about finding balance and being fed the illusion that we can “have it all.” There is no illusion with you. You have a job you love, a supportive husband, fun friends, and you spend quality time with your girls every.single.day. If I wasn’t already related to you, I would figure out how to make sure you were a part of my daily life. Lucky us 🙂
Thank you ladies!!! Big Love.
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