What’s Beautiful: Strength and Running for Children in Need

A couple of weeks ago I saw some friends post on facebook about how they were going to participate in a 5K that benefits Soles4Souls, an incredible organization that I have donated to many times in the past.  Soles4Souls provides shoes for children in need here and all around the world.

It got me thinking.

I should do this, I thought to myself.

Then I remembered that over the course of the last year, the stress and challenges of raising an older adopted child with significant special needs had left me completely and utterly out of shape. Workout?  Who has time for that when you are parenting kids from hard places?

But then again, here was my chance to hold myself accountable to getting my physical health back on track. This was supposed to be my year to make my health a top priority.  If I don’t take care of myself, then who will be able to take care of my kids?  I made a pledge to sign up for the 5K.

Fast forward to last night.  I somehow came across the What’s Beautiful Competition by Under Armour Women.  The competition involves setting a goal (a big one) and challenging yourself over the course of the next 9 weeks to accomplish that goal.  The competition requires that you post videos, pictures and notes about your progress. You must rally a support team and show the world what is beautiful.

So, the light bulb came on.  I can run that 5K, help kids in need, and do it all for a chance to show the world what is truly beautiful through the What’s Beautiful competition.  It all came together in one of those aha moments. I’m going to do this.  I deserve to be healthy!  And my kids deserve a mom who cares enough about them to take care of herself.

So what do I think is so beautiful?  Watch my video below to find out!

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2 thoughts on “What’s Beautiful: Strength and Running for Children in Need

  1. I am so glad to hear you are taking on this challenge! Great video. I can’t wait to follow you through your new journey! You are going to do great!

  2. Wish you the best of luck on your challenge. There is no doubt you’ll achieve it. This will be a breeze compared to your day to day activities as a mother of two children. Great video and happy running.

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