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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Be Happy with Your SELFIE.

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:" Ecc. 3:1

At this point in my life age is beginning to settle in. My skin is beginning to show signs of age. My hair is turning grey. Fine lines are finding friends and I have aches and pains that have no meaning.

As I read magazines or blogs I notice there are not to many in their 40's out running. One day I was blog surfing and almost all the running blogs I discovered were beautiful girls in their 20's.

One day I even checked out some products. I looked at the ambassadors for several of the products and discovered they were mostly in their 20's, early thirties and at the top of the chain. They were very attractive, buff and all rock stars!

I was a bit discouraged. I felt washed up.

There was a day that was me, or even you. A day you felt like you were invincible. Strong, powerful and the King/Queen of the mountain.

I am in a different season. I had my turn. I had my years of being young, carefree and everyday pretty.
I had my days of being wild and ridiculous .
I had my days of careless mistakes and arrogance.
I had my days of being strong, solid and sassy.
And I admit, I enjoyed them.

But those days are gone. And I am so glad. They were exhausting!

They were fun for a moment.

I had my turn. And made the most of it.

It is someone else's turn now. And I can appreciate that. I can accept that person is no longer me.

I like who I am now more than ever. I am far from proper, put together or perfect. But I am good with that. I can accept myself now more than ever for my imperfections. Especially now that my physical ones are getting more noticeable!
I have more wisdom and courage to change the things I can and let go of the things I can not control.

I no longer have the incessant need to please everyone.  I am more comfortable in my own skin. I can admit my failures and even laugh at them.
I no longer have to have everyone LOVE me. While it is nice, it is not a fairytale world. I can be comfortable now with people that DO NOT LIKE ME.
That is a far cry from the "Anita" in her 30's.

I am happy with myself. I still have bonehead moves that really tick me off. But I get back up again and try to recover. I recognize second chances and take them.
The Definition of INSANITY: Doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.
If it hurt the first time why would you try it again?

Be Happy with Your SELFIE.
There is a season for everything under the sun. Just because one season ends does not mean the next season is going to be your undertaker. Be the BEST YOU in all seasons.
This winter was REALLY a hard season for many of us. Me included. But I couldn't wait around for the sun to come out or the snow to melt to have a productive training season. I had to make opportunities.
In life you have to MAKE your own Happiness. You have to work for success. You have to give back in life to receive ultimate Joy.
There are seasons in life you just have to build a bridge and GET OVER IT. Move on. Let go of the Old you and embrace the New you.
Love who God Made. You are Fearfully and Wonderfully made.
Love those who are enjoying their season of youth and beauty. Love and encourage them but try not to compete with them.


Most people take SELFIES of themselves beautiful. I took a Selfie without makeup or anything done to me. The only thing my face is painted with is a SMILE.



Distance: 8 MILES with Danielle. Birthday GIRL!! She had a Great Birthday RUN! I was so proud of her!
*Ran another 2 miles to mark the course for out 5th grade tryouts tomorrow for CC.
Both Runs in RAIN and SLEET.

People often say that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder," and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.
Salma Hayek



  1. I agree with you 100% as a runner who is over 40 I do not enjoy hearing about the day in the life of a 20 year old! This was my words when I turned 40: the 20's are all about trying to find who you are, the 30's are all about trying to prove who you are, and now that I am in my 40's I plan on being just who I am.
    And now that I am over 41... I feel like my aches and pains are well earned. I consider myself a fit and fabulous over 40 year old runner! Your selfie is awesome! Carri~A Running bee

    1. I love your outlook on it, Carri that is spot on. My 30's were so difficult trying to figure out who I was and what I was supposed to me. It was a lot of work. It makes me wonder if I had NOT done all that work if my forties would not be what they are. I did so much interpersonal work in my 30's. I hope I do not have to work as hard emotionally in my 40's!

  2. I love your selfie :) BEAUTIFUL :)
    This post just touched my heart... being 40 has its advantages... & memories of being young :)

    1. Ha Ha Rebecca. Thank you. It means a lot that you take the time to post your thoughts.
      You are so right about the memories of being young.

  3. Love eveything you said. i too would not return to my 20's. it is so important to embrace who we are at any age - and you are so beautiful in every way , inside and outside. confidence is the most beautiful thing in the world. yep, watch out masters' division, here we come lol!!!

    1. The Masters Division..This is yet the funniest thing to me Danielle. Even at 40 I don't feel like I have Mastered anything and yet I am a Master by age. I guess I have som ecatching up to do!