Here’s a great guest post from one of my favorite online writing buddies, Eileen Knowles. She’s funny, insightful and loves coffee as much as me – how can you NOT like somebody like that?
My family and I recently moved from North Carolina to Georgia. It’s a coming home sort of move for my husband who was born and raised in North Georgia. For me, it still feels like I’m on vacation visiting my in-laws.
Today, I plan on forcing myself to go for a run. I have not made time for one since the big move. I know one of the reasons I’ve been reluctant to run is that I dread the agony of defeat…or rather the agony of da feet and da legs. I have not run in hilly terrain for over 12 years.
The area of North Carolina I resided in had only two types of terrain. Flat and Very Flat. You might think I’m exaggerating…but let me assure you that I am not. In fact, I am certain the highest percentage of people in the world who once believed the world was flat and not round must have lived in NE North Carolina.
I know that my first run in my new peachy state is going to kick my butt. It’s going to hurt. I am not going to look like someone who has run and completed a couple of 1/2 marathons and 10Ks. In fact, I envision it looking something like this…
However, I plan on getting out there today. I plan on accomplishing something that will be far from pretty or perfect. Because, I know the truth (even though I’ve been avoiding the truth) that the only way to move from failure to success is by doing.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go put on my running shorts. There are intimidating hills calling out my name and taunting me. And, today, a part of me will conquer those hills simply by making the choice to run up them rather than away from them.
What about you? Are there any mountains of fear you need to conquer today? How do you find the motivation and the courage to face your fears?
Eileen Knowles is a small town Arizona girl who studied English at The University of Arizona a long, long time ago. She now lives in North Georgia with her husband, Roger, their nine-year old son, and one quirky dog named Bisbee. When she is not working part-time as a virtual assistant for eaHelp, she thoroughly enjoys drinking coffee, running, playing Scrabble, and writing about how cool it is to journey through life with Jesus holding her hand.
Eileen is passionate about leaving a legacy for her son and encouraging others along the way who might need a dose of hope poured into their weary lives.
You can find her taking The Scenic Route at
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