Betsy C’s Weblog

Trying to grow as an individual while growing connected.

About June 18, 2008

Welcome to Making Strides! I decided to start this blog because I’m in a mindset lately of wanting to try new things and wanting to make connections with people.  I thought a blog might be a great way to connect with people who have a similar mindset and similar experiences.

The overarching theme of the blog is to work through the challenges I take on in my life and what I learn from those challenges.  In the short run, this will largely be about the latest challenge I have taken on – I signed up to train for a half marathon to raise money for cancer research.  This is through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program.

I am 35 years old, have never run before, and am not really in shape. So I’m a little bit terrified, but intentionally challenging myself. Rather than doing this on my own, I decided to train through Team in Training because it means this personal challenge will also have a broader benefit – participants raise money for cancer research and support.

It’s a hard thing to take on new challenges.  On the one hand, it seems wise to simplify life and reduce hardship.  On the other hand, a person rarely learns or develops if they only stay in their comfort zone.  I’m feeling strong and stable enough to venture a bit outside the comfort zone.  We’ll see how that goes!  I imagine lots of other people have struggled with personal development. And I imagine lots of others have even more courage than I do at improving themselves and helping others. Therefore, I hope much of what I experience will resonate with others, and I welcome your comments (hopefully consisting of encouragement and not spam).

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