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By Stephanie Marie
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Oct 27th, 2015
Why, hello there! It’s me. I know, we haven’t talked much lately, but this week’s thought is an appropriate vehicle for a re-introduction. For those who haven’t followed me for very long (I’m not sure how you’d stumble upon this blog if not, but still): I’m a UVA graduate who is obsessed with weddings, writing, and crafting. I am currently living in darling Greenville, SC with a charming, handsome, sweet boyfriend and I work remotely with wedding creative...
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Sep 22nd, 2015
I like to think of myself as a smart, practical person. I’ve make mistakes, but for the most part, I work hard for my success. But I have a secret: I have never been able to put myself first. Maybe it’s my need to be perfect or maybe it’s my desire to be accepted and liked by everyone; whatever the motivation, I have fallen into a trap of trying to please everyone and ignoring my wants, needs, or desires in the process. Scheduling a meeting, phone call, or workout? I’ll go...
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Sep 15th, 2015
If you know me, you know it’s impossible for me to do nothing. This is not an exaggeration– if I received a dollar for every time someone bemoaned the fact that I couldn’t just sit still and watch a movie without knitting or sewing or looking at my phone or working on a project or jotting things in a notebook or… I would be a very rich woman. This concept doesn’t just apply to needing to keep my hands busy. Before I came to Greenville, I couldn’t just be an ath...
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Sep 10th, 2015
Hello from beautiful Brussels, Belgium! I arrived Wednesday morning and am here for just a quick trip– the last race of my season is Friday! I have the biggest place in my heart for this little country; I’ve spent the last four summers based in Belgium and feel quite comfortable navigating the French / Flemish languages, wandering the cobbled streets, and eating my fair share of waffles and frites! How was your Labor Day weekend? Hopefully you’ve adjusted to the shortened week&#...
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Sep 1st, 2015
The first thing that comes to mind when reading this week’s thought is Rihanna’s line from “FourFiveSeconds”: “Cause all of my kindness / is taken for weakness…” Why is it that we automatically associate someone who is primarily kind with something that’s utterly weak, spineless, a pushover? This is a problem I run into quite often. I’m not an aggressive person (except for on the track). I avoid confrontation and I’d much prefer to stay ...
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Aug 11th, 2015
I haven’t been myself these last few days. There’s a lot I can blame that on– travel, jet lag, lack of consistent sleep, emotional stress, upheaval, living out of a suitcase in my own home, hard training, humidity!– but at the end of the day, I have to look in the mirror and admit that I’m just in a bratty funk and it’s past time to shake myself out of it. (Do you ever get in bratty funks? Raise your hand…) Of course, when you are in a funk, you aren̵...
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Aug 4th, 2015
It’s August– and we are well into the last half of the year. Are you who you hoped you would be when the new year rolled around? Have you accomplished your goals, have you fulfilled your visions, have you challenged yourself in exciting ways? We’re in the dog days of summer and there’s no better time for reflection than when on the cusp of a new season… It’s so easy to get distracted by all the noise that goes on around us: our peers have their own lives and dr...
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Jul 28th, 2015
Goldenboy and I have completely different driving styles. He never uses his rearview mirror, but instead uses his side mirrors if he ever needs to make a move; I, on the other hand, obsessively use my rearview mirror and often forget to use the side mirrors. I’m sure you can see the metaphor before I even clarify it: I have the tendency to fixate on the past, stressing and worrying about the things that happened long before I was in the picture. GB rarely looks to the past, choosing to focu...
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Jul 22nd, 2015
It’s summer and, to be perfectly honest, I have NO IDEA what days are what… instead of thinking in “Monday – Sunday,” I think in “track workout, hour run, hurdle day, double run…”, which means nearly every day feels like either a Monday or a Friday. Do summers ever feel like that for you? Can we pause for a second and think about how this is only the 6th link roundup I’ve done all year? We’re well over the halfway point of 2015 and IR...
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Jul 21st, 2015
I’ve frequently had people say things like, “Cross that bridge when you come to it,” in response to my worries about circumstances outside my control: if it’s going to rain during an outdoor dinner party or if my track competitors are training harder than me or if writers my age are publishing more work than me or, or, or… and, to be honest, I’ve always been a bit resentful when I hear a response like that. It’s childish of me to insist that I should be i...