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Inspiring Fairies and Friends

  • Jan 16 2014
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I've been a runner since the first year I could run cross country in grade school. My first race I was 9 years old and came in fourth place. Little did I know at the time that I wasn't just taking step after step to the finish line, I was making strides to live a life filled with running. When I was a teenager I wanted to be a fashion designer. This dream continued through college while I competed in NCAA Track and Field. Running was my job, I had team mates and I had coaches. Although many people think that running is just lacing up your shoes and breaking a sweat, it's so much more than that. Running is what brings so many people together, it creates some the strongest bonds I've ever witnessed between friends and even family members. My "running family" continues to grow from my "play" mates when I was younger, to my coaches and team mates in college, to my awesome marathon running friends now. Running is something that grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go. Some of these people in your life, who are there through it all, can be the most influential people in your life. Sometimes I hear the voices of my family, friends, coaches, and team mates when I am faced with adversity, and I remember to "just keep going" and to always "press on" . Running is something that some people only wish they can do. And many, like a beautiful lady we met today (Michelle!), who only dream about it, make that dream come true. And it is life changing. Running, setting goals, accomplishing them, crossing that finish line, being with friends, and supporting those friends, these things are huge. Today, running is still a huge part of my life and I am so very grateful. I am living my dream as a jewelry designer. I hope and I pray that each and every one of you sees and feels the love I have for running when you wear the jewelry that, thanks to all of you, I have the opportunity to create.

Thank you, Dad! The slowest marathons are always the hardest!

...and Thank you, Jared. I run with you always.

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