Try To Understand Before You Are Understood

I know I don’t talk about my work very often here on the blog.  For me, it’s important to try and keep the two separate.  This blog is a place for me to be fun and have fun, find inspiration, and hopefully inspire a few people along the way as well.  Not to mention. . . I just like writing :).

But, sometimes my work creeps into my little head so much that I want to include it on the blog.

We had a training this morning about working with clients, specifically focusing on de-escalation techniques.   We work with a lot of people in crisis, and in those moments it is so important to meet a client where they are at.

Something that was said during the training has REALLY stuck with me, and is something that I want to very intentionally work to integrate into my everyday life, both personally and professionally.

Try to understand before you are understood.

As a social worker, and a for-fun writer, wife, daughter and friend, I found this quote extremely relevant to basically every aspect of my day-to-day.

I am an outspoken person.  I have opinions, and I voice them.  I am passionate, vocal, and sometimes stubborn.   I have a lot to say and want to be heard.  While I can see that this is all good in many circumstances, there are times when I need to work on UNDERSTANDING where others are coming from before I get on my own soap box.

I am not normally a fan of New Year’s Resolutions, but this is something that starting today, I am going to resolve to work on. Everyday.  In all my relationships, interactions, and even passions.


Ok — as of this evening, I will be back to normal running and healthy living fun stuff, I swear 🙂


Question of the Afternoon:  Can anybody else relate to this?  Any other out-of-the box  resolutions?

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Who Am I

I’ve had some silly things going on outside of the ol’ bloggosphear lately, so my brain is a bit scattered as of late.

Not always a bad thing, not always a good thing.

This morning I slept in until 9 AM.  I do not know the last time I did this.   Especially on a work day.

Not only did I sleep in, I managed to get to work early, be productive, drink some coffee, and start my day slowly.

I guess that’s what the first real snow will do to you.


Something about the s now feels like a fresh start . . . and that’s what I’m going for here.

Have a great Thursday everyone 🙂

Question of the Morning:  Do you like snow?  Does it signify anything for you?


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I Have No Words

I wish I could explain to you all how much this blog and the community I’ve been lucky enough to become a part of means to be.

Specifically on days like today.

I STRUGGLED in my race today guys.  I mean it was hard.  30 degree temperatures, lots of hills, mental fatigue.  Struggled BAD.  But something that kept me moving forward was knowing how much you all had believed in me — and how much I DID NOT want to disappoint you, or myself.   This blog has been good since day one about holding me accountable, but today you guys helped to get me through 13.1.  And for that, I don’t even know how to begin to thank you.

I’ll be back with a recap tomorrow…but for tonight, I am EXHAUSTED.

Directly after the race, my family and I hurried home to shower up and head to the air port.

I was in a hurry to get there because my number one priority were booze and food by that point.

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The tap room at the end of East Terminal in St Louis is surprisingly good and my go-to when I make it home.


I ordered a grilled buffalo chicken salad and ate pretty much all of BOTH Of my parents fries.  Because that’s how I roll.

I got on the plane still feeling good, but honest to god CRASHED the second we got into the air.  I don’t know what happened, but all of a sudden I was asleep.  I guess my body was tired?

I slept off and on for about an hour — then read more of my book and snacked on some Wheat Thins (I am going to become a Wheat Thin…).

By the time I got home — I was beyond exhausted but excited to see my furry family

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Obviously they’re thrilled to see Mom as well.


And now, it’s more salad, wheat thins, wine and water for this girl.  Until I crash.  Yes it’s not even 730, but hey I’ve been up since 330 my bodies time and I ran 13.1 today.

This my friends, has been the weirdest, craziest, BEST Sunday I’ve had in a long time — I’m just sad to see it end 🙂

Back tomorrow with a full recap.  Love you all!

Question of the Night:  I feel disconnected!  Please fill me in on your weekend!


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