Letter of Gratitude: Ali

Dear Ali, One of my favorite places to meet people is the airport. Two things inevitably happen, I learn something new or I have my faith in humanity restored. Something about travelling that just brings out the best in people. Within a few moments, we were able to find common ground: sharing a head shakeContinue reading “Letter of Gratitude: Ali”

Dear Mentally Unwell person, Thank you.

Day 21. Freewriting. My focus is all over the place and I need to get this off my chest. I will not name my specific abusers so I’m just going to lay it all out there. It’s not a single person but if you are reading and think you have wronged me, chances are youContinue reading “Dear Mentally Unwell person, Thank you.”

Service. Respect. Selflessness. Honor. Gratitude. Love.

Day 12. Freewriting. Today is Veteran’s Day. The first word in my head is VALOR. Seems reasonable to use this moment to acknowledge my favorite men in uniform; the USMC. Dear Soldier – Thank you for your service. Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for fighting wars we know nothing about. Thank you forContinue reading “Service. Respect. Selflessness. Honor. Gratitude. Love.”

Letter of Gratitude: D

Day 7. Freewriting. As I continue to remove the one-sided friendships, I’m offered a unique opportunity to grow my “letting go” muscle. A few weeks ago, a “friend” offered to check out my blog and give some feedback (I had just switched up a few things and wanted a second opinion on my flow andContinue reading “Letter of Gratitude: D”

Letter of Gratitude: J

J, Each week, I send out a letter of gratitude. Usually, my letters go to a well-wisher but this week, I dedicate my letter to a teacher. This week I dedicate my letter to You. My readjustment to the USA has been a really interesting one. It’s been filled with reverse culture shock, accepting theContinue reading “Letter of Gratitude: J”

Letter of Gratitude: Heart

Dear Heart, Saying the last few months have been a whirlwind of amazing would be a gross understatement. The summer has been a wonderful reminder of your strength, beauty, and grace. I am in complete awe – I admire SO MANY things about you… Presence. When you give, you give fully. There is no question.Continue reading “Letter of Gratitude: Heart”

Letter of Gratitude: Alex

Dear Alex, Every week I send out a letter of gratitude! My letters are to people who have helped me grow in some way, physically, mentally or spiritually. As I reflect on my journey to Ironman, I don’t think that I have properly thanked you. We met at WCR and you were the one toContinue reading “Letter of Gratitude: Alex”

Letter of Gratitude: Mr. ​Gym Rat

Dear Mr. Gym Rat! Usually, I write letters of gratitude directly but this time I have to post on social media as I haven’t mustered up the courage to introduce myself. I wanted you to know you are admired and respected for the following reasons. your discipline to do cardio at the start of eachContinue reading “Letter of Gratitude: Mr. ​Gym Rat”

Letter of Gratitude: Women For Tri

Dear Ladies! A few [tragic] events have happened in the last 24 hours causing me to reach out and give thanks. I’m grateful to be a part of a supportive training group. I’m grateful for all the training tips. I’m grateful for the positive race recaps. I’m grateful for all the lessons learned (DNS orContinue reading “Letter of Gratitude: Women For Tri”

Letter of Gratitude: Dad

Dear Dad, I’m not sure how we got here but I want you to know that you are loved. I wouldn’t change anything from the first 20 years. You were supportive, present, encouraging, protective and my favorite teacher. You were my hero. I admire the unwavering support that you showed towards me and our familyContinue reading “Letter of Gratitude: Dad”