Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


#SweatPink Fitness Friday Wrap~Up

Bible Verse

Run with Purpose {Living Outside the Stacks} #RunForGod #SweatPink #TeamLOTS

1 Corinthians 9:26

Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like the boxer beating the air.

Everything in life requires some sort of planning. Athletes don’t just get out there and play ball or run a race, they practice, they learn skills that make them better, they develop strategies, etc. Our spiritual lives are the same way, we have to have a goal in mind. My goal is to finish this race and claim the prize: eternal life with Christ, my savior.


Monday, 1 September

  • Did a treadmill walk.
  • 1.47 miles

Tuesday, 2 September

  • Rest day
  • Registered for the Redhaw “Rawk” Your Body Challenge at work. This is a 10~week fitness/healthy lifestyle challenge.

Wednesday, 3 September

  • I started running with a beginner running group. They’re training for the Pretty in Pink 5K in October. I know it sounds like I’m going backwards by training with beginners, but the group is broken up into 3 different sections: beginners, walkers, and runners. Since I’m trying to build up my endurance, I hover between the beginners and the runners.
  • 1.85 miles

Thursday, 4 September

  • Rest day

What are your physical goals? How about your spiritual goals? Are you able to develop them both at the same time?

About #SweatPink

I am a #SweatPink Ambassador#SweatPink Ambassadors are a group of healthy people who support each other in reaching their fitness goals. Some are professional trainers, some are competitive athletes, some are college students, and some are every day people trying to get themselves healthy.

I’d like to thank the founders of #SweatPink and Fit Approach for the opportunity to work with them to help others get fit. I can’t wait to get my pink laces!

I invite you to follow along and get healthy with me as I focus not so much on changing the number on the scale but creating a healthy lifestyle that I can maintain.

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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In Defense of My Faith

In Defense of My Faith Banner {Living Outside the Stacks}

A few years ago, I wrote a post about religious civility and the lack of respect that some people show towards people of faith, specifically towards Christians. The post was a reaction to some of the things that a few of my friends and acquaintances had posted over Easter weekend.

I honestly hadn’t planned to address the issue again but after seeing the same recycled “jokes” this past weekend, I realized two things:

  • The Bible says if I deny Jesus here on earth, He’ll deny me in Heaven {Matthew 10:33}
  • The comments and jokes are hurtful and rude, and instead of letting it fester, I need to get it out of my system

I know that much of the animosity towards Christians stems from the vitriolic actions of a few. But understand this: my love for Christ isn’t based on the condemnation of others but on the free {and sacrificial} gift of His love for me {John 3:16 and John 15:13}.

When I was in the Army and we went through sexual harassment training, one of the speakers said something that stuck with me: “Nothing is wrong until you say it’s wrong.” Meaning the initial responsibility for protecting my body, my heart, my spirit begins with me. People may not know they’re being offensive until it’s pointed out. So I’m pointing it out: calling my Lord and Savior out of His name is offensive and hurtful.

I know that we may not share the same religious beliefs and you may not understand why I believe what I do, but that doesn’t give you the right to be mean or dismissive. I may not agree with your beliefs but you’ll never hear me say anything that would grieve your heart.

Writing this post may cause me to lose some friends and I’m OK with that. Just know that I care for you and I always will. I’ll miss you and will always respect you. And, yes, I’ll even pray for you, because that’s what friends do {1 Thessalonians 5:11}.

But, ultimately, this is about my relationship with Christ and I never want to be in a position where He can say “Depart from me, I never knew you…” {Matthew 7:23}. I love my Lord and Savior and it is His approval that I desire.

Daenel T


Find the Beauty in the Brown

Find the Beauty in the Brown {Living Outside the Stacks}

Every day as I stare out my kitchen window, this is my view. Brown withered leaves, crunchy flower pods, splintered stems… Dead plants. sigh Yesterday, as I stood there preparing dinner, mentally complaining about the lack of life and color in my front yard, I started thinking about the things that are going on within me. And I realized, my problem isn’t external, it’s internal.

I’ve always been a creative person. And every job I’ve ever had has had an outlet for that creativity: when I was in the Army, I got to assist with meal planning {Have you ever planned a Thanksgiving meal for roughly 300 soldiers at a remote location? Trust me, you can get creative and have fun.}, when I was an archivist, I got to set up displays and write descriptions for the pictures, and when I was a librarian, I got to create and maintain our social media accounts… With this position, I’m all admin all the time. My days consist of paperwork, putting out fires, and making sure that things run smoothly. There’s no time or room for creative expression.

As I studied the dried plants through the window, I realized something, they’re not really dead. They’re dormant. In a few short months weeks, they’ll be bursting with color and alive with butterflies and hummingbirds. Within that dried crunchy foliage is hope and life.

Find Beauty in the Brown {Living Outside the Stacks}

So I took out my camera, and started trying to find the beauty in the brown. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says: “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” And I firmly believe that. Right now, I’m going through a dormant phase in my career. But, it’s up to me to find the beauty in the brown until I can dance in the colors.

Are you going through a dormant phase? How do you deal?

Daenel T

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