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Poppy wants to live in a world where everyone's story matters, regardless of their income or way of life.

As a photographer, she's won ribbons at the county fair. As a spiritual seeker and writer, she's been featured in Jen Louden's The Life Organizer and once published an article at allthingsgirl.net.

When she's not writing or photographing her story, she can be found at her day job as a technology consultant, or at home snuggling her cats, or in the park, taking a walk with her husband.

First Place, Last Place - Same Distance

First Place, Last Place - Same Distance

I took up running a year ago, as a means of trying to reduce my blood sugar. I’m officially pre-diabetic, with Type 2 diabetes within 2 generations on either side of my heritage.

And running…. Because I see people running down my street all of the time, their legs stretching for the next pace, ponytail floating behind them, with every appearance of an easy lope. And I imagine the mindfulness and stillness behind their eyes as the repetitive movement generates an “in the zone” experience. Pure bliss, it looks like.

And then I tried it myself. 

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And that’s just the first mile…


Yeah, running is not exactly as beautiful and mindful as it looks like from the outside. But it seems to be a habit - I’ve put 30 miles on the shoes I bought in August, and when I took a few days off to recover from a cold earlier this month, I spent them grumbling about not getting my regular run. I’m actually looking forward to warmer weather again so I can run outside - there’s a good 2-mi loop down to the city park and back that I’m looking forward to doing again.

Are you a runner? How does running (or your preferred exercise) feed your soul?

Looking for support to start running or to build up your stamina? Check out Jill Angie’s Not Your Average Runner. This is not a paid promo, but when I was struggling with distance and stamina, I found Jill’s 6-week beginner plan, and have gotten a lot of good advice from her podcast listener group on Facebook.

Things I've Done This Week So Far

Things I've Done This Week So Far

What Facebook Taught Me

What Facebook Taught Me