On Monday night I got a phone call that my brother in law had passed away unexpectedly. He fell asleep on the couch on a rare day off and never woke up again. He was 46. My big sister met and fell in love with him when they were 12— meaning, this man has been a part of our family, has been my brother, since I was 3. I’m so f*cking sad for my big sister. I’m so sad for my niece and nephew and his entire family and his friends and colleagues who are reeling this week just as we are. I am so sad, but I’ve taught myself over the years to look for some kind of meaning — for some lesson— even in the things that seem senseless, so here it is: if today was your last day, would you be proud of the way you’re living your life?? See, the thing we all forget is that tomorrow is NEVER guaranteed. You don’t know when it’s the last goodbye, the last hug, the last phone call or family picture. You don’t know. All we can do is live THIS day to the best of our abilities. Everyday can’t be big or momentous or high achieving but everyday you can LOVE WELL, LIVE WELL and speak TRUTH and HOPE and LIGHT into the world. If you love someone, tell them. If you miss someone, call them. If you have things you need to say, speak them. Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed so you better live today on purpose!
We’ve been waiting for over a year to introduce you to this guy! Friends, please meet my godson, my birthday twin and as of yesterday, my NEPHEW!! Gio joined our family as a new baby through the foster care system and yesterday my big sister and her husband officially, legally became his forever family! 😭 We flew to California today for a big family party to celebrate the newest member of our squad and it was so special. Adoption has blessed us with a daughter, two nieces and now our second adopted nephew. It’s not an easy road, not one part of it is easy, but on a day like today we’re reminded that it’s so, so worth it! #LoveMakesAFamily
1.6 Million friends on Instagram 😭😭😭 I came out of a full day of recording podcasts to find that the @theholliscompany team had decorated my office to celebrate. Thank y’all so much for thinking that I’m worth your time and the space in your feed— this online community has been my family since I was a blogger back in 2008. I was grateful for your support when it was 100 people and grateful just the same to be here now. Thank you!!!
YOU GUYS!!! The #last90days of the year is ONE week away! Can you even believe it?! One of the things that we focus on is the #5toTHRIVE.
1. Get up an hour earlier than you normally do and use the time for YOURSELF.
2. Workout for AT LEAST thirty minutes.
3. Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day.
4. Give up one food category you know you shouldn’t be eating.
5. Write down five things you’re grateful for every single day.
What if you started the new year off on the 20th floor instead of back down in the basement! Today is the LAST day to grab your Last 90 Days #starttodayjournal if you want to get it in time for next week!! Tag a friend so they don’t miss out! ❤️🙌🏻
“What are you meant to learn in this situation?”
Last week’s long run was so difficult that it stuck with me. Today I was determined to run a half marathon since last weekend I’d barely survived 9 miles and I needed the mental boost of doing something challenging and finishing strong. Yesterday I ate well and went to bed early and woke up ready to go. I packed all my snacks and my gu packs and headed to the trail. I was uncharacteristically nervous because I knew if I couldn’t finish it would REALLY mess with my head (enneagram 3 for the win!) Then I got there and realized I’d left my headphones at home (45 min away) and I legit wanted to cry. Y’all I have never run a single mile alone without music. Not one. Music is my medicine. It’s integral to running and workouts for me and I literally don’t know how to push myself without it. I was SO discouraged (anyone else get DEEP in their feelings about a long run??) because it felt like I was about to have another weekend in a row with a hard run that left me feeling weak. And then I had a thought “two weekends in a row of rough conditions isn’t a coincidence— what are you meant to be learning from these experiences?” Because friends let me tell you something— life will give you the opportunity to learn the same lesson again and again until it finally settles in your soul. My lesson? I don’t need music. I don’t need an ideal temperature or a flat road. I don’t need Dumbo’s feather. I don’t need the ruby slippers. All I’ve ever needed I have inside me: the will to take on the challenge, the heart to drive myself forward, the faith in what can be.
I didn’t run a half marathon today. I pushed harder to prove to myself what’s possible even when circumstances aren’t ideal. I ran 14 miles without music or anyone to talk to. I literally didn’t know I was capable of this. You never really know what you’re capable of until you push through discomfort.
I hope you’ll consider this the next time a task feels especially hard or challenging. There is a lesson inside of your challenge— the kind of thing that will change your perspective forever if you’re willing to reach for it. #rachelhruns#runaustin