Spencer and I gave our first ‘official’ presentation this past Wednesday.
Our business venture Novo Veritas is off and running! (Pun intended!)
An amazing experience to be able to tell our individual stories to a packed room. We had GREAT support from friends (always!). We engaged in some fantastic conversations with curious strangers. And we were able to answer some tough and thought-provoking questions.
We are having fantastic conversations with people about things that matter.
Conversations that just might help others make important and lasting, life-reclaiming changes.
So exciting and rewarding! And we’re just getting started!
After the presentation this past week my friend Patrick and I had a short conversation. The kind of conversation that doesn’t need to be very long to make you really start thinking…
Patrick is a thoughtful guy. In the short time I have known him, I quickly learned that he uses words very intentionally. He also happens to be a fantastic writer and storyteller. He may speak gently and quietly, but you find yourself leaning in to listen and hear what he has to say…
Patrick said what Spencer and I had talked about was just a solid reminder that everyone around us is battling something hard and scary. We may never know what it is that someone is fighting or even if they are winning or losing. One of the last things he said was that we really need to remember that idea of everyone struggling when we’re dealing with our fellow humans.
We can not give up on people.
Patrick got me thinking about the kindnesses that have been shown to me during this lifestyle journey…
I spent most of my running time this weekend thinking about those times that someone did or said something that made a difference for me. Their words or actions kept me going or made me feel better or let me know that what I was doing mattered.
Want to know a few of the ‘kind’ moments that made a difference and have stuck with me?
The woman (and her little dog) on Bald Hill who ALWAYS said good morning and waved at me during my walks/runs the Spring of 2013. Every. Time.
It was the 5/6 year old girl at the Denver airport who caught me testing my blood with a finger stick. She told me her grandma had ‘the sugar’ disease too. She sat there, knowingly, waiting for my meter to beep and asked me my number. And then told me ‘good job’, with a pat on the arm, when I reported double – not triple – digits.
It was the skinny, lightening-fast dude with the late start at the Corvallis Half Marathon in 2012 that yelled ‘GIRL! YOU’VE GOT THIS!’ as he sprinted past me around mile 8 while I was walking as fast as I could.
It was the college-aged guy at the gym who came over to tell me I had poor weight-lifting form and he was really afraid I was going to hurt my shoulder; could he show me the right way to hold the weights?
It was the baristas at Dutch Bros who all leaned out the window and told me that they knew I was losing weight — and without meaning to be creepy, could they tell me that I looked healthy and happy and they were proud of me?
These acts of kindness were pure and happy and cost nothing for the person GIVING. Friend or stranger. It didn’t matter.
They were just kind at a time when, they had no way to know that I NEEDED it.
It costs them NOTHING.
And meant EVERYTHING.
What act of kindness has made a difference for you?