Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Little Fish, Big Pond

Confession: In this big, bad [new to me] blog world I feel like a teeny, tiny fish in a great, big body of water. I feel woefully inadequate in terms of [knowledge, experience, mileage, writing ability, blogger etiquette... shall I go on?] This blog circle, specifically the running community, seems like jolly old chaps with an impressive rap sheet. It can be kind of intimidating at times.

All of that being said, the wonderful, super organized with colorful charts and excel spreadsheets, humorous, kind, and super driven Andrew over at Running Man Wannabe has tagged me with "The Versatile Blogger Award". If you don't read all of Andrew's hilarious stories, heartfelt musings, or motivational pieces about his first 5K, YOU SHOULD.

That being said, with this honorable award I am to
  1. Thanks and link back to the person who gave you the award.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Pass the award to other bloggers.
Well, first. Thank-you Andrew. I am flattered that you ever glance in the direction of my blog. It is much appreciated and I thoroughly enjoy your thoughtful comments. His blog is linked above.


Uno: One of my favorite accounts from the Bible is in Luke 8:40-50 where Jesus is walking through a crowd of people and one, old, sick beggar woman reaches out to touch the edge of his garment and is instantly healed. She trembles in fear as Jesus asks who touched him, but He then proclaims "Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace." I appreciate this verse because she reached out to touch Him even though she was afraid. I think that He is always reaching out and extending His grace, but are we always taking a chance and reaching toward Him?

Dos: Two years ago Memorial Day, we had to put our family dog to sleep. Brittney was 18 and a half. I was 20 at the time. She was my dog my entire life and that was one of the most difficult, most trying times of my entire life. Never, ever underestimate the type of comfort a family pet can bring to your entire existence and being. If you've never had a pet- get one.

Tres: I took Spanish in high school and college but wouldn't consider myself fluent by any stretch. I [already] resolved for 2011 I am going to become proficient in the language [writing, reading, speaking] so that I can further myself in my career. ESL students are on the rise and having a psychologist who can empathize with the diversity is a pro.

Cuatro: I have a silly sense of humor and LOVE those little cat pictures with the little fuzz balls doing something cute and a clever caption on it.

Cinco: Distance running is the FIRST [yes, the very first ever] thing in my life that I have stuck with that was a challenge. So much comes easy to me that when something is at all difficult I throw in the towel too quickly. It's a breath of fresh air and it is teaching me to apply patience, perseverance, and struggle to other areas of my life. It has also taught me that the reward is far sweeter. Some days, I have to run a distance that I've never run before. During my run, I'm scared, I'm hurting, and I want to quit. I'm fearful that I won't be able to finish [no matter how many times I tell myself I CAN] and when I inevitably do finish, it is so much more fulfilling knowing I had to bust my ass to get there.

Seis: Goose and I got rid of our television [Oh yeah, we both call each other Goose, my real name is Sarah by the way] three years ago this coming February. We have A) Saved a butt load of greenery and B) not missed it for one second! We read all of our news online and even my trashy t.v. shows like Desperate Housewives are avaiable for viewing on the net. Plus, we donated our television so we have more space for all of Goose's musical gear.

Siete: This coming winter my Grandparents have been married for 54 years. How amazing is that?! I admire and look up to them more than I will ever be able to express. I spend as much time with them as I can and love talking to them and soaking up all that they know. And after 54 years, they still look at each other with that knowing twinkle in the eye, they still hold hands while walking and driving, he still holds the door for her and pulls out her chair, and she still rubs his neck while they watch a movie. I want to have that, forever. Relationships are such a vital part of our lives.
And lastly, to tag a couple of bloggers who I find to be more than versatile;

The hilarious and super REAL Emz over at http://royalpitatoias.blogspot.com/
My sweet Southern belle at http://welcometosuzannesmanor.blogspot.com/
[now, you have to post something!]


  1. Goose…you’re blog is off the hizzle…don’t you think one bit different. I’m certain that it’s your journey that keeps your followers checking in…not a rap sheet of fast running times. This quote of yours is amazing:

    “It's a breath of fresh air and it is teaching me to apply patience, perseverance, and struggle to other areas of my life. “

    Keep it up. Your journey inspires more than I’m sure you’re aware of.

    The only problem is…how are Goose and Goose supposed to watch Jersey Shore without a TV?

    BTW…your grandparents are adorable!

    Also, I love Andrew. Not just because he’s Canadian (everyone’s into Canadians these days)…but because he’s real and hawt.

  2. #1 cool point of view and great that you lead with it.

    #2 sad

    #6 we have loads of TVs in our house and I watch maybe one hour a month!

    #7 super cool - maybe it's all that Pepsi they drink (my grandparents drank coke and now they're dead!)

    I hope you get a few more followers from the link on my page.

  3. I love you!

    I dont know what to say!

  4. Thanks for the compliment..made my morning. (:
    I'm sorry about your dog, I cried. We had to put our Alex down 3 yrs ago..(he ate the neighbors chicken, the whole darn thing) Saddest day of my life!!!! I still get weepy when I think about it!

    Have a great week.

  5. thanks for stopping by my blog and following! I love meeting new bloggers! Yes I ran the womens half in nashville!! It was my first ever half marathon! I LOVED IT!! You will love it!! It is very well organized!! So many water stations and more than enough portapots! The medals were amazing and the atmosphere was FUN!! :D Hopefully I just pumped you up more for your half marathon!! ;)