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By Stephanie Marie
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Jun 23rd, 2015
Here we are– the week of the USA Championships. It feels surreal to be here; weren’t we just returning from the Summer 2014 European season? Weren’t we just prepping to race Club Cross-Country? Did I really go to altitude already? The year has flown by and here we are– in a little hotel room in Eugene, Oregon, another opportunity to make a US team before me. I haven’t worn a USA jersey since 2011. And the journey to get to this moment– to go into a championship...
By Stephanie Marie
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Jun 9th, 2015
I had this conversation with my training partner and Fête Collective contributor Heidi a few weeks ago: “I just can’t get motivated to get back to my blog. I don’t have the energy and then I feel guilty for not posting and then I want to hide from it because I’m feeling guilty about not posting and then I end up doing nothing.” Her advice? Don’t feel obligated when it comes to this space. It’s supposed to be a haven for me– a place where I can focu...
By Heidi See
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May 22nd, 2015
I wrote this poem recently after returning back to my current home base of Greenville, South Carolina. In a general sense, it is about running – something that started as a passion that has now also become my job. The poem is about how my sport constantly takes me on a journey, both physically and mentally. While being away, I had a lot of time to think about what really mattered to me and to recognize the things (and people) that make me the happiest. I wanted to share this poem in this s...
By Stephanie Marie
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May 13th, 2015
There’s a reason I haven’t been posting link love roundups lately: I don’t make time to read. I started off strong with book reading this year and have slowly trickled to a halt. I vowed to read more magazines and my piles keep growing taller and taller (my mom just brought me BOXES of magazines from the subscriptions that go to her house… whoops!). I even try to keep up with my blog feeds and the content just keeps coming without stop. So– reading. Pretty low on my ...
By Stephanie Marie
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Apr 21st, 2015
Spring Fever has hit me hard and my days are a mix of spectacular productivity and ridiculous laziness. There’s so much to be done! Is there time enough for it all? Do you ever get that “get to work” anxiety, when your to-do list looms and your ambition is soaring and there’s just not enough time in the day to work, recover, and keep the house clean? My month in Flagstaff has been wonderfully busy, but my focus has been on fitness first– and all my other ambitions (t...
By Bianca Gregson
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Apr 10th, 2015
Yesterday while I was working, a colleague gave me a quote that her husband had given to her. She had also just told me she had decided to follow her passion and begin her own cake making business. The quote read: “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” This just so happened to be my all time favorite quote by Buddha. A quote that I have even thought about tattooing on my body! I’m not sure if it resonates with me because I have just started my own business, because I have stru...
By Stephanie Marie
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Apr 7th, 2015
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Love. Relationships. How do you know what to do? How do you know when to open your heart up to someone? How do you know who to let into your world? Is it just a feeling, that loud “YES” or that quiet “of course” that you hear in your heart? Or is it a rational pros and cons list that reveals your answer before you allow yourself to get lost in feelings? Which way is the right way? It’s a risk, not just to love, but to...
By Stephanie Marie
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Mar 24th, 2015
Does anything say summer quite like citrus? This vibrantly-styled tablescape captures the epitome of summer entertaining! Arizona floral designer Community Florist blend organic, earthy details with a bright aesthetic– think branches mixed with succulents, glorious yellows and purples scrambled up with reds and greens. For the ultimate summer soiree with a hint of Southwestern flare, pull together textures and colors that define the season. Fresh grapefruit and pomegranates are woven into t...
By Stephanie Marie
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Mar 24th, 2015
We are trained to believe that timing is everything… that when the time is right, magic will happen. I’m a big believer in the “everything happens for a reason” mantra, BUT I also believe that for the most part, the timing of our lives is a complete and utter mystery. When we get hit over the head with what we think is “bad timing,” trust and blind faith come into play, even when our hearts tell us it makes absolutely no sense. My life, for example, has been pl...
By Stephanie Marie
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Mar 18th, 2015
Guys, spring is so close I can taste it! And it couldn’t come a moment too soon… I know I personally started to succumb to the late-winter blues over the past few weeks, so when the warmer temps and bright sunshine hit us on Saturday afternoon, my soul rejoiced. How is your week going? Are you feeling stifled and cranky or are you feeling inspired and motivated? (I’m waffling between both extremes.) Take a few moments to seriously unplug, turn your brain off, and just ENJOY̷...