I don't blog. I write. From the heart. From the places of personal experience, heartache, the mountain summits (literally thanks to Colorado's 14ers) and the trail. Perhaps that is why the tagline for this site is called "Thoughts From The Trail." I spend a lot of time on the dusty, and sometimes, muddy trail running. As I am running I have a chance (many hours actually) to think about life - both past, present and future - the things I care about, the topics that drive me crazy, how good a nap is going to be and a LOT about faith and God. And from those runs and races comes material for this site. I don't give you minute-to-minute, play-by-play details of my life. I don't believe that is what I am called to do on this site. I do believe that my life is here to inspire, encourage, motivate and positively challenge you.

Why am I passionate about the food we eat and the beverages we drink? Because I care about you even though I don't know you.

Why do I write about faith and God? Because Jesus has changed my life - the way I live and breathe and think. My heart's desire is to share (not shove) what God has done in my life with everyone.

Why do I have a positive perspective on life? Because I know what it is like to live in oppression and life is too short to live in darkness. I want people to be happy. To wake up and face the day ahead with hope!

Why do I use the word "I?" Because I am living my life. The word "I" has nothing to do with me, but rather using it as an adjective. So before you get all judgmental (wait, some of you already have), please know that it is through my personal life experiences that I am writing. There is no BS and certainly no whining around here.

Some are called to preach. Some are called to be a doctor. I believe I've been called to be that light in the darkness by bringing hope, positive & encouraging words and actions, helping people see that they can have fitness, real food and faith in their own life and that life isn't about us, but about those around us. Those who don't have clean water. A roof over their head. Or that person who hopes that they will make it through another day.

Yes, life is hard. I don't have all the answers. I learn something new each day. But what I do know is that I have this intense, passionate fire to help the world. Be it running 100 miles at a time or posting photos of the food I make and eat or the little girl I sponsor/support monthly in Africa with World Vision or helping to spread the word about the clean water projects with blood: water mission, I know that this is my ministry.

We've all been called by God. Some of us just haven't answered that call, but that's an article for another day.

I don't blog. I attempt to write with love, passion, and a strong desire that you would find hope in God.

peace, sweat, love: life


photo credit: Paul Wever