keep doin’ that thing you do……

you never know just who you are going to inspire. Sometimes without even knowing it.

Years ago I was stopped at a stoplight when a young lady in her mid-20’s ran passed me.. perfect pace. perfect gait…. oblivious to the rest of the world, simply lost in her running.. so at one with herself.  At Peace.

and she had a rocking body da boot…..  which I’m sure was as a result of perseverance.

I thought to myself.

“self, you should try to run.. let’s go get a book”

and that we did….

I went to Borders…. ( can I just say how absolutely devastated I am at the demise of Borders???? )

we should all pause for a moment of intention for a generation that may never know the beauty of sitting in and oversized chair in a remote corner of a store flipping through books with  big dreams in their heads.

ok…  I’m back.  Soooo I bought this book.  And read the first 10 pages. It has sat on my shelf for years. and years. I’m a -scared to read the copyright date……

Then there was that Folgers’ commercial….  you know the one… it’s early morning, her alarm goes off.. her Folgers’ coffee is brewing while she is getting all race-if-ied… then she drinks her coffee.. it’s magical and next she is crossing the finish line  with her family high fiving her at the end..

( which imoho is much better than the Maxwell house commercial where they son comes home for Christmas to surprise his family & the little sister says that she is his gift…. it really is a sweet commercial… unless your son  is deployed across the world for Christmas… then the commercial takes on a whole new meaning )

we avoided the tv that year… it was just better.. I still was not really in control of my emotions…. I’m soo much better now 🙂

I also have a lot of friends who run. Some of them I barely know, some I know well.. Each of them had inspired me which is why I bit the bullet and signed up 🙂

sooooo our race day had finally arrived…..  After spending this night at casa hagg, we stopped at Dunkin donuts for some fuel…

and eye candy

lol 🙂 .. then we headed to Providence!!!   ( did anyone get my Last Resort Lyrics in my music post yesterday ?? ) the pics are pretty much self explanitory,,, so I’ll just post… Ya’ll are probably sick of my ‘race talk’ by now….. I promise and awesome salad and mexican sauce tomorrow 😉

once you walk 40 miles in 2 days for breast cancer, you learn to love the porta potty.  true story.

LET”S DO THIS!!!!!!!

now this wasn’t all heart and flowers… for me , it was fre-a-ken hard.  I trained ans still struggled… Jodie didn’t .. and she rocked it.  Truth be told, I held her back.  She has been an athlete all of her life and I have been more of the more laid back type… ❤ yoga<3.. that whole journey is a story in itself…  My lungs hurt like HELL!!!  then I started to feel sick.

At one point I am pretty sure that I flipped  Jodie off.  I’m not proud of that, but it;s the truth.  As we hit mile 3 there was a hill. A freaken hill for the last 10th of a mile of the race.  She told me to pound it out and finish strong… I was gasping for air and told her I was about to throw up.  She yelled at me and told me that I would not throw upa and to move my ass over that finish line.

I did. and as soon as I crossed, the gagging started and I thought for sure I was about to lose my cookies allover the crowd cheering everyone on.

if I had to go even 5 more feet… that would have been it. But thankfully…I did not have to go 5  feet… there was an angel from heaven standing there with a power bar recovery bar.

I kid you not when I tell you that my arm grew 5 feet and I reached through the crowd to take said bar.

I don’t think I’ve eaten something so good in my life.

Once my breathing came back to normal, we took this pic


I don’t regret signing up for a second. It was just as I thought it would be and will be doing this more as my time that is mine keeps unfolding.

this has been my screen saver fo the last 4 months…… and yes. I did do it !

so why keep doin’ that thing you do? Because you never know who you are inspiring.  I can almost bet you that the people that inspired me had NO idea.  I mean ZERO idea.  But I went out of my way to let a few of them know the night before the race. And they were shocked. If I hadn’t had let them know, they never would have known just how inspiring they are..

so here’s your turn… think about someone who has inspired you.. even just a little. Reach out and thank them. Chances are they have no idea and they should know! because they have helped you become who you are 🙂

namaste friends 🙂


  1. Sue Belisle Williams says:

    Shel,,, YOU inspire me,, however I will NEVER fun .. Not unless I’m being chased but some big hairy scary something,, and even then I might have to think about it!! Hats off to you and Jo,,, awesome Job.


    • Sue.. that is sweet 🙂 thank you!! but you can do other things… you don’t have to run… you DO know you are meant to be with your camera.. right? You have talent there 🙂 xooxooxoxoox keep smiling! don’t give up on your dream!!


  2. Jolene Charest says:

    Alright!!! So where do I begin…. Without you I would have never been in Providence on Sunday morning… I would have been in bed!!! YOU .. Are my inspiration…. In life!!! None of your readers will ever understand what you and I have!!!! You didn’t hold me back!!! Not even for a second!! I was there for YOU!!!…. US!!!!… This was about us… For all the crap we have been through… It’s always been about US!!! … SISTA’s for life…. I may have been a little easier for me, but you have NEVER been a runner…. Never capitilized for a reason….. We were there to get through another one of life’s obstacles …. Together…. At one point you gave me the ‘ Run Ahead of me… Just finish… Don’t let me hold you back’ wave forward…. ( you may have mistaken that for a flip off!!!…. Although I did see you mouth some other inappropriate words at one point…. But I ignored them … Cause I just knew better)…. I was never going to leave your side… Just as we live our lives!!!!! You bullied me into the walk .. As you say… But I was not going to let you give up… Because your lungs hurt or your tummy was upset… I knew how you felt at the last .1 of a mile… But, being me…. I knew you were much stronger and would regret any less!!!! ( am I right?!)…. When you crossed that line and dry heaved…( and I was hoping you were not focusing, nor noticed the other areas of vomit along the route )….. I was there… Ready to jump in between you and the spectators so they didn’t have to share your ‘enthusiasm’ of finishing the race…. And whenever I saw that arm… And I mean… That arm.. Which the length of it I never realized… Reach up and over my back for that power bar…. I went on a mission to find you skinny water… Cause it was the only thing you wanted ….
    Readers…. Please not.. That within minutes… Shel was eating a piece of pizza… ( cheese… Of course!!!)…. Then was able to enjoy a celebratory glass of wine… With stuffed mushrooms in a rare Sista moment…( as we rarely just get US tIme)….. Sad we need to schedule a 5K just to get 1:1 Sista time!!!!.
    Shel was phenomenal !!! The reason she wanted to flip me off many times was because many times… I looked over at her and saw the determination in her face… Mixed with the ‘what the hell was I thinking …. If I give up… I will let everyone… Including myself… But crap… How am I going to finish this… Look on her face…. And I’ll be damned if she will ever go down on my watch!!!!! For those of you who live her and adore her… I love you for that… She is worth every minute she is loved!!!! And I am the only one who can say that I have known her for everyday of my life!!!!! I will live her for every moment of my life!!!!


  3. Jolene Charest says:

    OH!!! and P.S….If i haven’t already said too much!!!!… I need to point out that one on these pictures was taken accidentally..As I finished taking one picture… my thumb accidentally hit the camera again as i was pulling the camera away…. and it captured the love we have for eachother.. The Picture speakes volumes about our relationship… Can you guess which one?????? Please… try to answer!!!!!! I’ll be looking to see who does!!!!


    • Pat Charest says:

      I will definitely go for the one where Shel is looking at you so lovingly. Good sisterly love ladies


      • Pat is a wise woman xooxoox :)… This pic reminds me of the one of us at the end of the second year Avon walk…… completely un planned & amazing. WE need to get more unplanned pics in our lives rather than always the posed & smille pretty for the camera ones… If we showed our true selves more often, the world would be a better place 🙂


  4. Oh.. Oh… Oh….. and all of those ‘Lives” are fat finger Language for “love…….lol!!!!



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