Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Share Your Good News {In the Cafe}

Share Your Good News {Living Outside the Stacks}

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that I like to do a little something called “Fist Bump Friday”, where I encourage my friends to share something that has made them happy during the week. Sometimes we get so bogged down with life and the crazy that comes with it that we forget to recognize the good things. So I thought it’d be fun if we all shared and celebrated together.

So please, share your good news in the comments below. Remember, it doesn’t have to be big or earth shattering. If it’s important to you, it’s important to me.

This week, I’m happy that I was able to run 1 mile nonstop two days in a row and that I was able to run 2.22 mi in 28 minutes. That’s progress!

What made you happy this week?

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Running with a Purpose {In the Gym}

Running {Living Outside the Stacks}Truth: I haven’t been running as much or as consistently as I had planned. In fact, I’ve been a total fail at the whole running thing. And don’t get me started on meeting up with my new running group; I have yet to get the time and place right. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, seriously, but I’m gonna get it right.

Anyway, yesterday, I went on 3.11 mi run and it felt good. I’ve been trying to incorporate some of the lessons that I’ve been learning from The Runner’s Devotional: Inspiration and Motivation for Life’s Journey… On and Off the Road. Right now, I’ve just finished weeks one, two, and half of three of the readings; the themes are running with a purpose in both my spiritual and physical life and having a goal in mind. The readings talked about how running can be used in two ways: running away from something or running towards something. In our spiritual walk, we should be running away from sin and running towards God. Both of these acts {as does the physical act of running} requires faith, strength, and endurance.

So, yesterday, I decided to do three things to change the way I run, just to see if I could make that spiritual connection:

  • Pray before and after I run ~ I asked for endurance and strength; I ran my first mile non~stop in 11 min 40 sec. It was like I was mounted up on the wings of an eagle {Isaiah 40:31}.
  • Listen to gospel music ~ There’s nothing that inspires more than hearing people sing praises to God and, OK, lemme tell ya, when I Can Only Imagine came on I just wanted to run harder and faster into my savior’s arms.
  • Smile ~ I know that sounds weird but it made me feel so much better. My daughters told me that I look mean when I run, so I thought why not try smiling. Not crazy lady smile, but a softening of my facial area. I felt more relaxed and people responded to me differently. And I responded to them differently as well.

Running {Living Outside the Stacks}I’ve also learned a few things about how the things I do or don’t do affect my runs. Some of these are no brainers but I’m going to share them anyway:

  1. Eating breakfast is a must ~ If I don’t eat breakfast, I’m starving by lunch time and this leads me to eat junk. A run fueled by junk is not a good run. At all.
  2. Drink water like my life depends on it ~ No matter how hard I try, I cannot out run dehydration. It’s hot. I’m sweating. Enough said.
  3. Always stretch before and after a run ~ Even seasoned runners have to stretch their muscles, so you know I have to flex. I’m 40 and new to running, things aren’t as bendy and flexible as they used to be.
  4. Sometimes pain is pain ~ One of the first sayings that I pinned on Pinterest about running stated: “Pain is fear leaving the body.” As nice as that sounds, sometimes pain is pain and you just have to stop.

My goal this week is to focus more on God while I run and listen to what He has to say to me.

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Maxi Skirt or Seamless Yoga Pants? {In the Closet}

I read somewhere {Pinterest, maybe?} that all girls feel dressed up in a maxi skirt but deep down inside we all know it’s just a pair of yoga pants without seams.  That statement made me laugh and nod my head in agreement. Really, jersey is probably one of the most fabulous fabrics ever.

Denim Jacket Animal Print Blouse and Black Maxi Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

I know I look like I’m dressed for Fall or Winter, except for the sandals,  in this outfit but this is what I wore to church last Sunday. It was burning up outside but ohmyword was it cold in the church. Seriously, what is up with the AC being on “morgue”? I think I should be granted control of the thermostat in all public spaces.

Denim Jacket Animal Print Blouse and Black Maxi Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Are you an AC fan? Or are you Team Keep It Comfortable?

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