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Jacksonville Senior Photographer // Scarlett Lillian Seniors: Are you trying or doing?
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Jan 30, 2010

Are you trying or doing?

So I have a huge confession to make to you.

I haven't been training as good as I could for the marathon I set out to do in August that is coming up on February 21. I know my body is not going to thank me when that day gets here.

But between traveling, hosting Dane Sanders's workshop, preparing for my workshop, bridal meetings, etc, etc, etc, it's been HARD making the time to run. That's why I blogged about signing up for it back in August because I know I needed the world wide web to hold me accountable. Had I not blogged about it, I honestly probably at this point would have said to myself "Well, you haven't been training as good as you could have, just skip it and try again next year."

But one thing I loved that Dane preached at his workshop was "Stop trying and just do it." And I realized, I needed to stop "trying" to train for the marathon, and just DO IT.

So today I headed outside to run again after a few weeks off. But what happens, I barely walk a few feet and it starts raining. Of course, there I go to finally get back out there running, and the world tries to stop me with rain. But I was determined to not give up. So instead, I went to my condo's gym and ran on the treadmill. Mind you, I usually don't have an attention span for the treadmill beyond a mile or two, but I actually made it to 4 miles today. AND I even lifted weights and did crunches... more than I expected to accomplish that day.

Yes, I feel like I'm slightly starting over with the training, now just three weeks away, but, it's better late than never right?

I thought about how much this applies to our dreams too, whether you are "trying" to pursue photography, or something completely different. Are you just "trying" or are you actually "doing"???

Also as part of my mission to hold myself accountable, I set out to raise $1,000 for the marathon to go toward Breast Cancer research at Mayo Clinic (Where both of my parents were treated.) I've raised $550 so far, woo hoo! Will you help me run toward finding a cure?

http://donate.breastcancermarathon.com/2010marathon/Scarlett

And if there's someone you would like me to run for who is battling or has battled cancer, I'm making a t-shirt with everyone's names on it. Please leave a comment on this blog entry below linked (not this one) where I have been collecting names:

http://scarlettlillian.blogspot.com/2009/09/262-with-donna-national-marathon-to.html

By the way, you have full permission to pull a Jillian on me (for those Biggest Loser fans) and yell at me everyday on my blog to get out there running! :-) I need your help!

I leave you with one of my favorite videos about running, and a determined spirit who chose to do instead of try. It always makes me cry! Especially the end, when his dad jumps on the track to help carry his son to the finish line. What a beautiful analogy of God's Heavenly Father love that is!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nifq3Ke2Q30

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5 Comments:

Blogger Kerri McConnell Photography said...

You can do it Scarlett! Not up to marathon speed yet but maybe in 20 months! ;)

for you!

January 30, 2010 at 7:45 PM  
Blogger Shari said...

Thanks for sharing this Scarlett! I guess I am going through life "just trying" and I really need to "do". You are amazing, and you will rock that marathon!

January 30, 2010 at 8:21 PM  
Blogger Abigail Joy said...

You can do it Scarlett!!! Dane's talk on trying versus doing was so powerful...I find that so many times I "try" to do things and hide behind it as an excuse for my failure. You are awesome!!!

January 30, 2010 at 9:32 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Scarlett!! Did you notice what's on his dad's hat??? "JUST DO IT!" So awesome. You always just hit the nail on the head! :) Happy running!! :)


~Jess

January 30, 2010 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger Debbie S said...

OH WOW! Why didn't I remember that from the Olympics?? What I great story of perseverance and exactly what you said too..."What a beautiful analogy of God's Heavenly Father love that is!"

January 30, 2010 at 11:17 PM  

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