Please Give Blood! — The Death Project

I follow this blog from time to time and want to encourage anyone who is capable to give blood to do so.  We often take so much for granted. For all those in need or crisis, I truly hope you find peace and hope and what you need to make it through each day!  blood drop - Please Give Blood! — The Death Project

Last year I received several blood transfusions and put out a call for friends and family to donate blood, especially as I no longer can. (Also to please sign their organ donor cards! I have a friend waiting for a healthy kidney.) Our blood supply in Quebec is all from unpaid donors, which is impressive […]

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My Guest writer, Katrina my daughter, on turning 30!

 

 

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I just want to preface this guest blog written by Katrina who is my middle daughter, by saying a few words about her. She is a super amazing human being.  This picture of her taken by John Pitocco Photography is from several years ago in her wedding gown.  I couldn’t resist putting it in here since I love it so much!

Katrina has done so many things in her life that blow me away, but none are more blow away than just being who she is, compassionate, beautiful inside and out, brave, an overcomer, super intelligent and loving to name a few.

She is a daughter, sister, wife, mother of two, NICU nurse at Women’s and Infants working with those precious premie babies.  She is an amazing dancer who still squeezes in teaching Zumba when she can and I cannot be more proud of the woman she has become.  Below, in her own words, she expresses her thoughts on turning 30 which I loved so much I asked her if I could share them. Enjoy!

 

What does 30 mean to me…

I am so happy and grateful for my life over the past 30 years. I have achieved some goals and set others. I have failed and I have succeeded. I have appreciated time spent with friends and family and given my all to my own family. I have built new friendships and preserved old ones. I have tried my best to live in the moment and fully enjoy it. I find I am completely satisfied in the “little” things like waking up to two smiling children or driving the extra mile for a perfectly brewed cup of coffee. I am and always will be passionate about exercise and will strive to push myself to new limits. I still believe the best version of me is yet to come and so I will work on it daily- physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I have made many mistakes but I have learned so much in doing so. I will always try my best to be honest, sincere, loving, and kind to others.

In 30 years I have realized how incredibly grateful I am to my parents who gave me everything they could and fostered a beautiful bond between me and my sisters. Having those two incredible women in my life keeps me grounded and keeps me feeling that I can touch the sky all at the same time. I have a soft place to land- whether I’m losing or winning. Now that I am a parent, I realize it is no easy task to raise children. Thank you Mom and Dad for your patience, guidance, teaching, and above all unconditional love.

 

And then I met my best friend, my teammate, my partner in crime, my soul mate. Our friendship laid the solid foundation for what became the love of my life. That love formed two beautiful children that gave me the gift of motherhood. I have experienced two miracles giving birth to my beautiful daughter and son. Having children with my husband has been my greatest accomplishment.

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I will continue to strive to live a balanced life. I will always keep my family first and will show love to my neighbor. I will treat my body as a temple so that I am able to give to others. I will do my best to stay positive through hardships and times of sadness. I will try to teach with patience and to never stop learning. I will be thankful for each day I am given as it is a gift.

Thank you to everyone who has made this day special and has been a part of my life. I’m ready for this new decade of life!- Katrina

 Thank you Katrina for letting me share you with the world!  Love you to the moon and back, and back handsprings down the street!!!! Mom
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To see like a child….

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Tis true, we come into this world naked and screaming, the shock of leaving a warm and rhythmic womb and suddenly being squeezed through a porthole into this world we call our reality, must have been shocking to say the very least.  What secrets had we beheld prior to entering this life, we simply cannot remember.

The first several years of our life we absorb the world around us in such a way that our memories are rare and those we have may be twisted.  You see, as I am sure you know, we simply live as though we are in a hypnotic trance and we are as the saying goes, like wet cement. Babies are totally dependent on the care of those around them and also are being imprinted by the same.  This is why it is so vital that as parents we show unconditional love and yet we teach boundaries and respect, but most of all love and affirmation.

Children are on a constant learning curve, hardly ever taking a break from brain development.  Think about it, every new sound, taste, smell and experience is a first and in the course of any given day there could be multitudes of these newly stimulating experiences. Blessed is the child whose caretakers have intuition and wisdom and an abundance of love.

The one thing I feel we all miss as we grow older is the beauty of seeing the world through the innocent eyes of a child.  The uncynical, unpolluted beauty, the sense of wonder and of awe.  It’s as if we spend our whole life trying to get back to that place of freedom of thought, and total faith in believing in the impossible.

So as this Christmas approaches, and with it the illusions of Santa, reindeers and the North Pole, I hope we can take this time to see through the innocent eyes of the children around us.  Even though in reality we are lying to our children and grandchildren, something I could never do, I now understand the value of a healthy fantasy.  When you think about it, the total excitement in the minds of kids who believe in Santa, leads them to be nice and not naughty, and to be good and hope for rewards. The feverish excitement they carry in them actually translates to us as a positive motivator to keep the sweet dream alive so we can remember, just get a glimpse into the utter sheer joy of totally believing in a jolly fellow who grants wishes.

I know there are plenty of unhappy stories, the sadness that occurs when the child learns Santa is not real, and unhappy homes where the joy is missing for those who’ve lost the ability to have any faith at all to pass down to their children.  There are plenty who do not celebrate the commercial side of Christmas, are not Christian and therefore also do not celebrate the birth of the Christ who is the basis of Christianity.  But I am not addressing any of those scenarios but simply want to focus on the positive ones, those who receive extra joy this time of year because the fantasy, the story, and the spirit of Christmas is built up and celebrated.  You see I had lost all that joy for a long time and I know what it is to be more sad than usual this time of year.

This is why I am focused on one thing in this blog today.  I am focused on the hope and expectation of the great and beautiful possibilities of fantasies coming true, of believing like a child, and feeling the rush of that kind of joy and happiness.  We can do it, even amidst loss and even if we lost our hope and trust before.  It’s a new day, its another opportunity to chose to see the world through innocent eyes.  Has your vision been blurred or have you been blinded by pain and circumstances?   If so, I sincerely hope that you give yourself the greatest gift of all as the holidays approach and shift your focus from your losses to the possibilities of a new type of future, one full of hope and wonder.  It’s more than possible to retrain your brain to stop the old thought patterns of cynicism and negativity and fear.  As much as the past may have hurt you, the future is yet unwritten and YOU are the author!

If you need inspiration, talk to children and hear how they believe anything is possible. Let them inspire you, they may be on to something you’ve long forgotten.  When you want to be happy, give happiness to others.  When you want to dream and achieve, support others who dream and are working hard to achieve their goal. If you’ve drunk from the bitter cup, detox yourself with forgiveness. When toxic people rob your minds, leave them behind and let go.  If you hate your job, get a new one,  Whatever steps you have to take to become as innocent as a child, which is the path to hope and joy, well take the first step today.  Each step you take will challenge your old thinking and it will put up a fight.  But you know better now I hope, life was never intended to be dark and gloomy.

My hope is that this is the year for you.  It’s your life, don’t waste another minute waiting for someone else to stop being who they are and change so you can be happy.  You change, you find your dreams and go after them, there are plenty of positive people to encourage you to GO FOR IT!

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How to Unblock Your Creativity!

 

Recently I had the great privilege of being a guest lecturer in a philosophy class at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. My good friend Dr. Jean Dimock, the professor who teaches this class, asked if I would be a guest lecturer and speak about how art plays a roll in the world as it is perceived philosophically.  It has been a while since I taught or did any public speaking and I was happy to use my chops again.

In one way or another I have been in the creative and performing arts my whole life.  One thing rings true to me no matter what type of art is being practiced, there are common threads to them all.  The process of creative thinking is actually a deeper sense of intuition and knowing.  The practice of any art form, from painting to theater to music, culinary arts and so on, actually is already within us by just being human.

Some people may feel this is actually not true, that they do not have a creative bone in their body, but I heartily disagree. We all develop those parts of ourselves that are necesary at the time we begin to develop them and we train our brains to be either pragmatic or imaginative.  I know this sounds too limited a scope, but trust me, every job or lifestyle fits into one or the other category.

Pragmatists are actually people who see the world in a very black and white format.  They love data, facts, proven records, the “it is what it is” mentality. The reality is that any one person can be both pragmatic and imaginative, just not at the same time.

But I digress, as I often do.  What is the bottom line of how to unlock the key to your creative flow?  It’s really simple to diagnose,  but the problem is that getting rid of the blockage that stops the creative flow takes acknowledgement that the problem is in your head. It takes practice to get it out of your head, and a leap of faith to start the process rolling. The simple truth is, the one reason that is responsible for this blockage is fear. That’s right, you got it.  Fear you won’t be as good as someone else, fear you started too late, fear you won’t be able to.  Where does this fear come from?  Well, as much as a bad teacher or unsupportive parent, a sarcastic sibling or some other nemesis may have planted a seed that grew roots that invaded your mind may be responsible, here is the kicker, that was in the past, or may be your present that you need to override.  But you live in the now, so you need to tap into your current desire to create something and dive right into that notion.

Stop blaming someone else, it’s all on you!  Do you want to get unblocked?  Then face your fears, go after your goals and just get started.  Get that inertia going in the right direction!

Below is a 15 minute painting.  I asked the students to come up and start painting even if they never had before.  I asked them to face the fear of what others might think and although it took a few seconds to get a brave first student to come up and make her mark, eventually most, if not all of them were in line taking a stab at it.

I talked them through the thoughts I knew could be rolling through their heads.  You’re afraid to mess up someone elses mark? I encouraged them to be bold.  Some were slow others fast, others came back a few times. Things were really speeding up until the time was up and I had the feeling many of them wanted to keep going.

That was my goal, to get them to start something creative, joining with others and dealing with their heads and it was super fun.  The canvas was 2′ x 4′. Enjoy the work of their hands!!!

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Just a little fun! Nothing like mixing work with play!! Check out my recent video.

My partner and I just produced this video  through Video Marketing Strategies, for one of our clients, the proud owners of Proof The Speakeasy, located in Narragansett and set to have it’s Grand Opening next Friday night.  Hope you like it!

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Lessons from this Sunrise!

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Another day has risen and it falls to me to wake up to greet this morning.  I don’t know about you, but finding ways to stay optimistic and upbeat in a world so torn by politics, war, and mayhem, is quite a challenge.  For me, I take my breaks from the news, but am drawn back into it so that I have a handle on our country’s pulse.  It is one of the saddest things for me to see the way we are torn apart as a nation, and how the terrorists who hate Americans, and other freedom loving countries, are constantly pursuing their goals of taking us out.  My heart grows heavy as I see bad incidents and angry people dominating the spotlight and feeding us talking points on TV and radio, in print and in conversation. I take it all in and remain true to my heart.  I reach for a higher perspective and am thankful for the true beauty that exists in so many people and it is nature that soothes my soul and helps me cope with all these things.

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Many nights I can’t sleep from the stress of life, whether it be what I mentioned already or finances, people I love who are sick, or hurting, or trying to figure out the problems that constantly arise.  So it is for these very reasons that I make many attempts at soothing myself.  It may be taking in a sunrise or a sunset, and when it is I am always fueled for my day.  It may be removing myself from people for a while and simply creating some form of art, and it may be visiting my children and grandchildren.

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!t’s important in life to learn to sooth yourself, you never know when you may lose the one you lean on for support. There are no guarantees how long we have one another, and that is why I value those few in my life who stay close to my heart.  I honor them by taking care of my own heart and mind, and for me, it is through the arts, through building my business, and by constantly learning and growing as a creative person.

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Imagine how awesome it felt for me to walk out my door and round the corner to see such a magnificent sight as this!  I longed for this sort of beauty my whole life, and am now wise enough to not waste any time finding moments like these!

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I stood in the wet frosted grass and slowly turned in all directions and no matter the view it was intoxicating.

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When do you stop taking pictures?  When it is this beautiful, you are compelled to grasp it, to interpret it, to drink it in, to copy it- it’s insatiable the appetite it creates in my soul!

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As I walked away from this view a few yards, I was keenly aware that this was an original work of art that I was trying to capture. It would never be exactly like this again, never.  If you were to put your foot in a flowing stream and lift it up and place it back down again, it is a different stream of water that rushes over your feet. This is how I think about things, maybe a little too deep for some, but for me I have an intense fascination with how the world works. The lessons of nature for me translate into how I cope with the rest of my life.

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This small boat so tranquil and serene called to me! I simply had to capture this moment even though I was running late on starting my day!

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Yes I stole a few more moments to make sure I had the fuel for my day.

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The sun was cresting, I could see it behind the trees and I knew soon the colors would vanish and soon I would be trotting back to my apartment and rushing to get the day started.

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One last moment, I couldn’t quite tear my eyes away from this gift.  It left me grateful and full of magic in my heart, the kind of magic that nature brings to all of us.  We simply just have to show up! You may not be near the water, you may live in a city or in the middle of the country land locked as I once was.  But the sky will always paint for you just as it does for me.  May you find yourself inspired wherever nature calls to you!

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How To Wake Up Your Soul!

The sun will rise each and every day to remind you that each day is brand new and full of infinite potential. As humans I feel we get so caught up on surviving, or just the hustle and bustle of family life, business life, friendships, work, drama etc., that we oftentimes miss the most obvious and powerful fact of living, that is it a magnificent privilege to be alive. When the sun rises, it absolutely is calling us to rise with it!

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Notice the fisherman squeezing some time in before the sun even rose to strive for the catch.  What motivates someone to get out of bed and fish before dawn?  Perhaps the heart of a fisherman knows more than most just how much nature holds the key to contentment.

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Standing in the presence of darkness being swallowed up in the light I can say, wow, every part of your soul can be awakened in that glorious light!  It’s all about just showing up.  A wise woman once told me that 90% of life is just showing up.  So glad I showed up for this glorious sunrise!

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On another morning in East Greenwich RI, I “showed up” for a sunrise on the water but the fog blocked out the sun.  It didn’t matter, the stillness of the morning was mesmerizing.  I love the stillness in the morning before the cars start to flow and the noise becomes static that time when the only sound you hear is the flowing of the water to the current, and the seabirds chiming in with their songs.

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This photo below was from this morning.  It was completely foggy and it was hard to see any distance in front of you.  It was almost eerie and slightly seductive to the overactive imagination. It would have been a great morning to write a chapter in a haunting novel.

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The sky is forever calling if we would only step aside to answer that call we would be filled with inspiration to fuel our lives.

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As the evening was drawing to a close last night I was in Warwick and this was the sky there.

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But before the night had finished I found myself at Beavertail in Jamestown.  The great thing about RI is that it is so small and surrounded on so many sides by ocean, that you can enjoy in the same day, a variety of different ocean views.

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I just knew I wanted to end this beautiful day at Beavertail. The air was perfect, very little wind, perfect temperature.  I just took it all in with a seriously grateful heart and mind to be living so close to such beauty!

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The sun rises and it sets, giving two opportunities each day to reflect on the bigger picture of life.  To me, I am reminded that you just never know what a day will bring, but you always have the next sunrise to start it all over again. Striving for beauty and inspiration to weave into the tapestry that is life.

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Fashion Designer & Child Advocate, Tina Melo holds Masquerade Ball Saturday!

 

Sarah Hale Folger/ Tina MeloIf you love kids, and you love fashion then take a closer look at Tina Melo.  I met Tina yesterday in her studio in Lincoln where she teaches fashion design to children as young as 5 years old!  These kids have designed there own clothing lines and created them for this fabulous event!

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Tina is one of the most passionate people I have ever met.  She has a vision to make a difference in the world in the lives of the kids that she teaches, and the ones she advocates for.

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These kids are learning all about the fashion industry and will be experts in it long before they are adults!!!

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Tina was contacted last year and asked if she would help advocate for children who are being abused.  The Indigo Justice Project has been a passionate pursuit of Tina’s ever since.

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Check out this short video of my brief conversation with Tina! And below you will find a link to purchase tickets for this amazing event!!

To purchase tickets please follow this link and we hope to see you Saturday night!!!!

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A Sunset For the Soul

I was sitting quietly at my desk in my apartment thinking far too much about things that are beyond my control and wondering what the secret is to balancing life. At the end of the day, you do what can be done in the course of that day.  It’s a joke really, you never finish the list and you do things that weren’t on it. And then it happened.. Nature trumped my overthinking, analyzing brain!  THANK GOD!!!

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I saw bright colors coming through my window and realized while I was contemplating things that were tying my head in a knot, the beautiful sky was painting a beautiful sunset as if to say, Sarah, look what I can do! Come drink in the cocktail I’m brewing!!

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Just like that I ran outside and stood under the sky in wonder!! This is to be celebrated!!! I spent 15 minutes outside and realized, nothing else mattered in that moment!

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Standing under a majestic sky, I had only one response…..THANK YOU!!!! Thank you, God, thank you Universe of majestic proportions!!! Thanks for putting things in order.  I’m so glad I am not a mole, blind and underground. I am so glad that when my striving nature has me buried in a hole, that I can remember, I am not blind! I can remember, and so can you! The sky is calling!

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It reminds me that the bigger picture trumps my greatest efforts by just being what it is, stellar!! The day begins with a sunrise to remind us that each day has unending possibilities of beauty, and each one is different. It’s a fleeting moment that leads to a day of strong sun, or clouds or rain or snow or sleet or who knows what? There are so many possibilities! We cannot control one bit of it, only what we choose to do during that time.

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Then it reminds us once more that the day closes, the world turns, we are like little vapors, little tiny particles, but important enough to be here, and cognitive enough to know we have choices on how to be alive. I say, let’s live to the fullest! Be joyful every moment you can, the night falls on us all and we all must be in the dark at times. So when nature speaks to the soul, listen to the lessons it teaches. Be content, be blown away by the beauty in it and in each other. Let the darkness find you warmed by the memory of the sunrises and sunsets.

That’s my contemplative muse, take it or leave it and by all means leave a thought of your own!  I love to hear from you, out there under the same sky, different address to be sure.

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Interview opportunity for Creative & Performing Artists’! See how!

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Hey Folks,

I am running this special until November 15th.  If you are a creative or performing artist, or if you have an arts organization that needs video exposure, then please visit my website at SarahHaleFolger.com to sign up for your introductory offer of $99.00 for an in-house (650 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown, RI) studio interview. (Don’t live in RI, but want to explore how we can create a video for you? Contact me! Special Offer

Please listen to the video to find out more information and I hope to hear from you!  Let’s schedule that conversation and lets get your video created for social media and to promote your creative or performing art!!

We have so much more to offer you as well, including animated videos, interviews in your studio or videos created live at your performance. We can create your YouTube page and back link it with the proper key words and SEO to gain maximum exposure. We can create your social media pages and the content to go on them and so much more.  So if you know that you want to take your art form to the next level, we’d be honored to be on your team! Let’s start with this practically give away offer of this first video. We will brand you in the video and help you with distribution on social media, and your website. Let’s start the conversation!

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Check Out My Video Conversation with RI Artist, Philippe Lejeune!!!

Sarah Hale Folger/ Philippe LejeuneI had the privilege of spending an hour this morning with Philippe Lejeune. We toured his studio and he gave us a couple of demonstrations!  Philippe is a fascinating man who has a passionate artist’ heart.  Take a few moments to watch the video, I promise you will be inspired!

Check Out the Video HERE!!

 

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My Coco Loco Machine!

 

Courtney TallaricoHave you ever just been so proud of your child that you cry? Well that’s me. I have been blessed with three amazing daughters who have become extraordinary women. Today was a day for the books with my oldest, and so it must be bookmarked by this blog!

My oldest daughter Courtney is one of the most amazing women I know. She has a heart of gold that holds out promise and hope for so many.  She is always giving, always sacrificing, and always taking a back seat to someone else who might need to go before her. It’s really incredible to see the woman she has become. Courtney has a man she loves and the two of them have two beautiful boys, one who is 2, and the other 1. They bought a home while she was pregnant with her first, and soon after that came the second.  These two boys steal my heart anytime I hear their voices, get their hugs or when we FaceTime together. But I digress, today I want to tell you about Courtney.

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Not only does she work full-time from home, juggling children, housework, cooking, cleaning, keeping up with friends, sisters, family and dog, but she makes sure that the people in her life know that they are loved and cared for. Courtney has a special way with words, and a certain tone in her voice to go with her silly antics when she is in a teasing mood. But one thing that she has not really had time for, as any 31 year old working mother can attest to, is she has had virtually no time for herself. Courtney set a goal for 2017 to run a half marathon. It’s amazing to me that she had any strength to do it because her boys rarely let her sleep through the night and her to do list is never checked off of all her responsibilities. But she started running again and was determined to push herself to check this quest off her bucket list.

In her own words she described to me how one of the hardest things for her is that the list never gets checked off completely. That desiring to do something for herself, for her own personal goals never seems to happen. So she set the bar high and signed up for a half marathon.

She drove to my place this morning and I drove her to Jamestown for the race. She was nervous and it was cold and windy and dark outside at 6:15 am, but she had a smile on her face. The race was to begin at 7am starting at Fort Getty. But even though she did not have much sleep she was ready to run. Her attitude was right, she just wanted to finish something that she started, not to be perfect or outdo herself, just finish the race. My heart swelled with pride as I heard her speak these words, and I was so proud of her.

We arrived and it was cold and blustery, people were all over the place getting ready to run and eventually she lined up with the crowd and off they went. I knew for the next two hours or so she would be running, and all I could think of was I hope she was happy, I knew she would finish. After and hour and a half I went to the finish line and waited for her and cheered on other runners as they came in. I watched the faces of those who were giving it their final push to get to the finish line and I saw so much in their faces. There was pain and agony in some, joy and relief in others, determination, striving, emotions galore! And my heart began to well up as I realized how much this meant to my daughter, how hard she had worked for it, how tired she was, but determined as the day began, and I felt the anxiety of anticipation start to fill my heart. And then I saw her, in the distance. I had just gotten off the phone with her sister Katrina, who with a toddler and a newborn at home was anxiously waiting to hear how Court did.

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And at the same time Whitney, her youngest sister was in Washington, D.C. on business, with the same anticipation. It was as if from 7am until we would see or hear from Courtney again, that the whole world was paused and we were imagining Court running, willing her to have the strength to finish well.  This may seem unusual to you, but to us, this is the very essence of family, that bond that feels what the other is feeling.

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And then the wonderful cheerleaders on the other side of the road from myself started cheering for Courtney as she came to the final steps and I watched her face beam with emotion.  I had been watching so many faces as they approached, but hers was unique. It was powerful to witness and to feel, the joy was palatable.  She’d done it, and done it in averaging 10 minutes a mile, which was fantastic!!

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What a moment the aftermath was, different for all the runners I’m sure, each with their own goals to achieve for their own reasons, but for Courtney, the feeling of finishing what she had set out to do for herself was overwhelmingly joyful. Some space inside her soul grew 10 times larger today, and I hope she can rest and enjoy this wonderful accomplishment for a long time.

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I love you my little Coco Loco! You are a machine!!! May your story inspire all those other young kickass mothers who have almost forgotten what it feels like to have a personal goal. You rock my world, since the day you were born my life has never been the same. I Love you! You are a shining star!! XOXOXO!

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