Love the Life You Lead. Fall 2013 DAY NINE. Chris Kelly

Love the Life You Lead. Fall 2013
DAY NINE. Chris Kelly
(written the week before running his first marathon, Oct 2013)

Well how the heck did I get here?

This weekend, I’m going to run my first marathon….and on my 50th birthday!
If that sounds like a challenge, I’m with you.
But you can achieve your big hairy goals (BHG) too.
Let me tell you how we got here.

Several years ago, in my mid-forties, I reflected that I was not really strong or fit enough to achieve one of the bigger things on my bucket list….to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Happily, I read about a local triathlon and thought ‘Well if I can prep for a triathlon, I’ll be on my way to Kilimanjaro’
Registering for a swim/bike/run put a BHG on the calendar.

If there is something on the calendar/something to work towards, I can kick that goal no problem.
My first race at Lake Royale in North Carolina was very memorable, and habit forming. One race led to another.  Each year now, I put a BHG on the calendar to work towards.

This motivates me. What motivates you?

The stitch of it is that this year, I did Lake Royale with my 13 year old sons. (they kicked my tail).
What used to be almost unimaginable is a Saturday morning workout. You too are more capable than you know.

Will ping you soon with more from this year’s BHG..



About melindarabrams

Melinda Abrams, CPCC, MSA is a champion of the shared experience. She consistently moves individuals and groups to deeper levels of connection and support, and models ‘being moved’ by what is present in the space. She believes that in this creative combustion, capacity expands ….simply, naturally, magnificently. In addition to coaching corporate executives, Melinda takes great pleasure collecting and sharing messages about Loving the Life you Lead on facebook and her blog Moving Leaders. She loves coaching, delivering experiential programs at outdoor education centers, teaching teleclasses, holding weekend retreats, and guiding leaders to MOVE. Melinda brings over 20 years of teaching and leadership development to Moving Leaders. Her work spans experiences with youth, corporate clients, and both business and medical graduate students at Duke, University of North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest Universities. Her commitment is to serve emerging leaders as they move towards shared enthusiastic leadership. And YES! Melinda is also an artist. She creates unique handpainted scarves. In my art, my coaching, and my spiritual practice I consistently return to wonder and awe. As I turn to wonder and create from there I experience a profound connection with source. This movement brings me to this latest series of scarves. I love the idea of wrapping oneself in an idea–an intention– a possibility, and creating beauty with that intention. My hope is that when one chooses this scarf to wear, they turn from disconnected bland to soulful brilliant. Of course when the scarf is open and hung you can read the message, yet when it is draped and worn, the message is simply seen as a design. My promise is that the wearer is reminded to turn towards the message and that the message is shared through the wearers actions and interactions with others. Melinda Abrams Melinda loves living in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband and three children.
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