You’re right – it’s just a pizza joint. How did it change your life?
It was like any other typical outing among the Sullivan family. Around a year ago now, I was out to dinner with my sister and my parents at Monical’s pizza. We were sitting in a big, round booth and somehow Disney World came into our topic of discussion. I say somehow as though I’m not sure how this happened when really I know full well and it’s because – my family loves Disney World. We made many trips there growing up and for me some of my happiest memories as a little girl are my dad holding me as we watched the fireworks at Magic Kingdom or the rock candy we’d always buy that came in a plastic, chunky case the shape of Goofy’s head. We of course reminisced about past trips and running quickly surfaced in our conversation. Before you knew it we were looking up details about the Disney Marathon on our phones. We found it took place in January. That would give us 4 months to train.
This whole conversation was so completely fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants…I can’t begin to say. Still on a high from the thought of it all, B and I went back to her place after dinner and were sitting outside on her front porch with the Indy skyline before us. We’ve got to sign up now. If we wait until tomorrow, there’s no way we’re following through.
Signing up for the Disney marathon was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Training taught me more about myself than I ever thought imaginable. I learned my strength more than anything and I learned what can really happen when I apply myself to a goal no matter how extreme it may be. Training 3-5 times a week and working on myself and my heart gave me the confidence to dream bigger. Even today I will hear a song that takes me back to my training last fall and I’m right there in my run with my heart pumping and my breath filling the cold air- powerful, determined and focused.
I can’t help but draw a parallel to all other opportunities in life when I think of this story. What started as a whimsical idea – one that is so easy to let roll off of your back because the sound of it is so heavy – quickly became a happy reality when a heaping dose of will and determination mixed with a dash of crazy and a sprinkle of spontaneity.
What if you acted on one of those whimsical thoughts? One of those opportunities that is literally at your feet every day waiting to be tapped into? Where would that put you tomorrow?
Perhaps this very instant is your time. -Louise Bogan
As a toast to our training for our second marathon (which starts very soon!), B and I went back to that booth in Monical’s – the one where we playfully joked about running a marathon. The one where we let our hearts take the lead…
My wish for you today and always is that you let your heart lead and ACT. There are so many beautiful opportunities that await us every day and it’s up to us to make them a reality.
I am so stoked to share with you some exciting details about running my second marathon. Please stay tuned to hear more! In the meantime, have a happy weekend with lots of rest. Maybe eat some pizza, too.
So much love,