Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Made My Day

If you are successful in any area of life, remember that somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a lift or an idea that started you in the right direction.  Each of us can look back on someone whose simple acts of caring changed our lives - by believing in us.

I remember the day a pro triathlete stopped me in the ASU locker rooms outside the lap pool. She looked me in the eye and said, "Ironman? You can do this."

Decide today that you will make time in your life to mentor someone - that you will give them the gift that only you can give.

Dear Lorie,
My name is Alisa Holland.  You don't know me personally, but you know my husband via email, Jared of Moselle.  I am the girl who was lucky enough to design your blog header and I don't think it was a coincidence...let me explain.

I've never been a runner.  Always an athlete, but never a runner. I've always had a serious mental block and other emotional obstacles preventing me from doing so. After designing your header the phrase. 'dare to dream big' and 'if you can dream it, you can achieve it' has played over and over in my mind.  I decided to try running as a means of conquering some other demons in my life.

Anyway, I started a 5k training plan. For the first couple of weeks I would literally make up excuses in my mind, while running, as to why I couldn't/shouldn't run. Every time was a battle for a while. I wanted to thrown in the towel and quit. 'Running is not for me!' 'I'm not a runner so deal with it!'  But like I said I decided to start running to help overcome other weaknesses in my life. Every time I wanted to quit, your inspiration literally popped into my mind...'dare to dream big' and 'if you can dream it, you can achieve it'.

Long, spiritual, emotional story short, I ran my first 5k on August 20 and my second one on Sept 3.  I know for many people it's 'just a 5k' but for me, it was like 10 marathons.  It signified so many personal barriers being broken, so much healing taking place, and a never-before-experienced sense of self.

Lorie, thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I know you are a triathlete, but because of your inspiration, I am now a 5k runner.  Maybe I will go on to run more.  Maybe someday I can be a triathlete.  Maybe not, who knows. But for right now, I am celebrating my seemingly insurmountable achievement of a 5k and patting myself on the back for how far I've come.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to design your header.  Thank you for inspiring me.
Thank you for sharing your light with mine.

Alisa Holland



  1. That's what you're all about Lorie, your essence as I see it. Nice story...


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