Five for Friday :: 15 October 2010
Yesterday, Justin and I traveled about nine hours to run in the Baltimore Running Festival tomorrow morning. This has been many (many……!) months in the making and we are so thrilled for the weekend to finally be upon us. To me there’s nothing like a marathon. The excitement of the city is palpable, with thousands upon thousands of people collected in one place for a common purpose – to fulfill a dream. Whether it be walking in his first 5k or completing her tenth marathon to qualify for Boston, it’s incredible to see thousands of eager participants gearing up to accomplish something they never thought they could.
As I’ve mentioned, I’m running tomorrow to support Girls on the Run, an incredible organization dedicated to promoting the health and happiness of young girls in our communities. I’ll be proudly sporting my GOTR shirt and reminding myself of the thousands of young girls who are inspired daily by the programming they are offered. Watch this inspiring video and tell me you don’t want to support this program?
Meanwhile, Justin will be running the full marathon and trying to do it under three hours – a bit ridiculous, if you ask me! We’ll both be running with passion, and I ask for your thoughts tomorrow morning!
One more article of business before the Friday picks… Please don’t forget that both bloggers and non-bloggers are invited to participate in the new Self-Discovery, Word by Word series. You can check out the introductory post to get all the details, but all you have to do is share your thoughts on gratitude and then send me a link or paragraph to include in the round-up next week! I’ve adored getting to read everyone’s beautiful expressions of gratitude over the past ten days. Thank you all for participating!
Now, on to all the amazing things around the internet. The theme for me this week seemed to be empowering daughters and young girls in our lives (which was ironically not a conscious effort) I hope that you’ll check out my top five and leave lots of comment love for the writers. Just as I am doing through running for GOTR, these writers are striving to make a difference in the health and well-being of others. So support them and, of course, enjoy!
- This post technically wasn’t this week, but it really resonated with me. And since I make the rules on my own Five for Friday, I’m including it! So what is it? Sarah Wilson talked about the simple act of asking the question, “Are you okay?” I can recall so many points in my own life when that short phrase meant the world to me.
- Marianne Schnall on Adios Barbie, a fantastic body image site, let down her hair in a post about battles with her mane. She talks about loving yourself for you who you are and teaching your daughters to do the same.
- Over on Pigtail Pails, a blog and store that empowers girls to “redefine girly,” Melissa talked about fat talk, sharing some startling statistics and featuring a moving video based on Dr. Robyn Silverman’s book, Good Girls Don’t Get Fat.
- Empowering Girls is a blog and resource that “empowers girls to fly high!” Read this awesome post about how our beliefs impact our girls’ identities. This is great information for both parents and those considering how thei own identities might have been shaped.
- Michelle from Eating Journey celebrated the one year anniversary of Exposed, a movement she started to inspire others to reveal themselves fully and put aside body-shame. Here’s a quote I loved from her post:
What I can say is that being Exposed is about being raw with who you are, letting your spirit be at peace and marinading in the beauty of what body you have been given.
…I love asking all those questions to get at the deeper meanings that food has for us (not always, but oftentimes). And your example of associating ice cream with safety and comfort is so familiar to me. For me, there are many foods that evoke past memories. For instance, when I eat certain Russian foods, memories just flood into my mind. Some foods remind me of my grandma (like potatoes made on the skillet with mushrooms) or of my dad (shrimp with spaghetti). It’s really neat to think about!
As always, make sure to share what great things you’ve been reading or writing this week! Have a great weekend!