The Seven Wonders

I wonder if today will be a good day. I wonder if my family is healthy and happy. I wonder if I’ll achieve my next big goal. I wonder if I’m using my talents to the best of my ability. I wonder if I’m doing enough to serve others. I wonder if the world is getting…

Perfectly fine

No one is perfect, which is perfectly obvious to me. Yet I believe there’s nothing wrong with the pursuit of perfection. The problem comes when you buy into someone else’s notion of perfect, setting up an unachievable standard that’s out of your control. Choose what perfect means for you, and compare against your last performance,…

Remove the question

Do you ever question what you are really capable of? I do it a lot. I confidently tell the world about new challenges I am doing, but secretly in my mind I’m asking myself “Can I actually do that?” Up until today, I didn’t know if I could complete an IronMan 70.3 Triathlon, and now I…

I can’t swim

Wait, let me rephrase that. I can’t swim… yet.  I’m standing in the dark in a full wetsuit at 6:00am, staring down at my outdoor pool. It’s a chilly November morning and my bare toes are curled over the edge of the cold concrete. I’m shaking out my arms nervously and asking myself “Am I…

What you can do

In his speech to the fundraising volunteers the night before the Chicago marathon, my brother Jeff offered this bit of wisdom that really stuck with me. He said “The best thing you can do for a friend or family member who is struggling with their health is to ask them what they miss being able…

Gearing up for 2013

I’m sitting here with a steamy cup of coffee, carefully contemplating my personal goals for 2013. I’m getting a head start now so I can literally hit the ground running on January 1.  It took me almost the entire 2012 to check off last year’s goals, which stretched me beyond my comfort zone and hopefully…