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How does a girl who grew up constantly being told “you’re so smart, you’re so pretty, you’re going to go so far in life” spend so many years feeling worthless, only to level-up to imposter syndrome once she gets older?  I figured it out yesterday while slow-jögging  up Green-Bear, as there is magic that happens when I move my feet in the dirt.  Self-worth, for those of us not innately blessed with it, has to be and more importantly, can beearned.  While I appreciate the external validation from the well-intentioned adults, it focused on celebrating qualities that were completely out of my control and did nothing to help me develop a sense of value or grow as a person. What I needed was to be taught a growth mindset.

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Less of a beginner than when I began

I never really considered giving advice on running trails because I consider myself to be very much a beginner.  I still have so much to learn.  I get DMs fairly often asking about gear and how to get into trail running, but recently someone reached out to me on Instagram, my favorite, favorite community building platform, to ask me for tips on getting into running trails to cope with a difficult life experience.  I know a lot about that!  I started reflecting on my journey and would like to offer some recommendations based on what I would do differently and what I got right – but mostly on what I do now after getting it wrong.  It’s not that tactical, but I promise you, it’s just as important.  You’ll figure out the tactical stuff as you go along.

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#goals

Did you know that there are approximately 40 calendars that exist in the world and 11 that are widely used today?!?  I didn’t, until I just googled it.  I did know, however, that our Gregorian new year is not the one and only new year celebrated around the world.  Regardless of how arbitrary January 1 is, it is a great trigger for setting aside time to contemplate what to let go of and what to cultivate in the tiny segments of time that lie behind and ahead of us.  It is a time to set goals, but do not confuse goals with the standard new year’s resolutions.  Those tend

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