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Proud Moments

May 8, 2011

Fun. Inspiring. Brave. Cheerleaders. Friends. Pretty. Athletic. Funny. Fearless. Honest.

When I asked the girls to describe our team, these are words they used; what an amazing and aware group of young girls! I know I’ve said it before, but being a GOTR coach is one of my proudest accomplishments this year.  I only hope I’ve taught these girls half as much as they’ve taught me.  More importantly, I hope they remember these words and just how special they are…

                                                                                                              “Mummy Wrap Game”-End of Season Party

                                                                                                                      Cupcake Skills! End of Season Party

                                                                                                                                     Pre-5k…Getting Ready!

      “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has” -Margaret Meade

My running buddy, Kyla and I.  When I asked her what her favorite part of the season was, she replied “You, coach Rachel, duh that’s why I chose you as my running buddy.” Kyla beat her time from last season by over 5 minutes, I am SO proud of her and her commitment to not only the team but her personal growth.  She has reminded me how valuable true kindness can be, not only to others but also to yourself. Way to go, Kyla!


“Love life, engage it, give it all you’ve got…”

March 11, 2011

“Love life, engage in it, give it all you’ve got. Love it with a passion, because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it” -Maya Angelou

Spring is coming, and I am SUPER excited.  The bradford pears are blooming, the air has that crisp feel to it, and it’s almost time for MARCH MADNESS.  I’m looking forward to a weekend of ACC basketball, friends, and hopefully getting back on my bike for the first time this season.  Here are three things that are currently helping me to love and engage in my life:

Sisters. I love everything about this picture: the bookcase in the back, exposed brick wall, the greenery, the lighting, but most importantly I love those two girls and how much they remind me of my sister and I.  The bond between these two girls is unbreakable, and the way the little one is looking up at the older one as they share a chair is simply precious.

Meet my new bike! A Trek 1.2 Triple WSD.  Hoping to get some major miles in this summer and even a couple of sprint triathlons.

Fresh Produce, it all looks so delicious.  Soon, I will be in full blown training mode for some races and these vegetables will be a staple in my everyday diet.

Three Things: Apartment Edition

March 4, 2011

I missed last week due to some unforseen circumstances, so let’s dive right in.  I am always interested to see INSIDE people’s homes, as you can always tell so much about someone by the way they decorate their space.  Here is a quick peek inside my world:

Ladder Bookcase. Complete with zen frog, family pictures, Bose Sound System, and some of my favorite books.


Chenille Throw from Restoration Hardware. If you love a good throw blanket, do yourself a favor and get one of these.  They are amazing and perfect for a Saturday afternoon nap!

Inspiration Board in its beginning stages!  I’m super excited to put articles, pictures, quotes, etc. here and have it to reference whenever a little kick is needed!

Three Things

February 18, 2011

One of my resolutions this year is to “focus on the present”, which can be very hard for a type-A planner like me, but I’m determined to give it a fair shot.  Inspired by blogs Cupcakes and Cashmere (where the author posts five things that make her happy every week) and Little Things (which highlights the small things that make everyday a little better), I’ve decided to embark on a similar project to help me live in the present, enjoy the small things in life, and practice my photography. I will be posting three things, every Friday, that are currently making me smile.

Living in San Diego I was obsessed with sunsets on the beach. Now in Charlotte, I can’t exactly make it to the ocean everyday…but atleast I wake up to these beautiful colors as the sun rises!

Homemade Salad. I spoil myself with organic spinach/spring salad mix, sprinkle in some fresh peppers, tomatoes, chicken, a little feta cheese and of course some croutons. Topped off with a dash of olive oil and some balsamic vinegar. It’s delicous, easy and light.

Isn’t that the perfect rose? For years now, my dad and stepmom have sent me roses on my birthday. This year they were particularly beautiful.  I took this picture a couple weeks ago but actually forgot about it until I was updating my camera memory card this morning.  I was struck by the vivid red, the delicate petals and surrounding baby’s breath. Every girl deserves roses like this on her birthday.

New Year, New Resolutions

January 30, 2011

2011 Resolutions:

  1. Focus on the present
  2. Live fearlessly
  3. Seek true happiness

I know I’m a little behind on finalizing my New Year resolutions; most people are proudly proclaiming their new goals on Jan. 1st.  However, as the old adage goes, better late than never! 

Instead of focusing on quantifiable goals such as the number of races I want to run or the places I want to travel to…I decided to approach this year a little differently.  I’m looking forward to actively pursuing  all of my goals and enjoying life along the way, cheers to 2011!

2010: Growth and Stability

January 6, 2011

Oh what a year, what a year…

After a very busy holiday season, I’ve finally had some time to sit down and reflect on this past year; what I’ve learned, where I’ve been, the good/the bad, and most importantly the take-aways.  It’s been a busy year.  I accepted a promotion, moved across the country, cheered on the Heels at several home football games, grown in some very important friendships, learned invaluable professional lessons, competed in several races, travelled some, and have continued to grow personally and emotionally into a more stable and sure version of myself.  I feel incredibly lucky to have such amazing friends and family, who make me feel loved every single day.

                                                                                                                         Joshua Tree National Park

                                                                                                                                       NYC Central Park

                                                                                                                               Smith Mountain Lake, VA

                                                                                                                                    Parker Wedding in AL

                                                                                                                          Jackson Sqaure, New Orleans

                                                                                                                                 Ocean Isle Beach, NC

                                                                                                                                  UNC Homecoming

                                                                                                                                Rosinger Wedding

                                                                                                                               Christmas, Dallas TX

So, I begin 2011 thankful and excited; excited for another adventurous and ever-growing year.  Stay tuned for more on my 2011 goals!

Cause baby, you’re a firework…

January 2, 2011

Crossing the finish line of your first race is such an amazing feeling; it’s such an emotional rush and a moment that can stick with you forever.  A couple weeks ago, all 12 of my girls crossed the finish line of Charlotte’s Jingle Jog 5k.  The smiles on their faces were priceless and something that will definitely stick with me for years to come. 

It was a cold Saturday, as hundreds of Girls on the Run participants and their coaches shuffled into the starting line of the Jingle Jog race.  As we were standing there, the announcer recognized the Girls on the Run participants to the general public (as the race was open to thousands of other runners not affiliated with Girls on the Run).  He played Katy Perry’s new song “Firework” and all of the girls starting jumping up and down and getting pumped for the run.  Every single one of them knew the words, and all I could think about at that moment was how fitting those words really are to these girls and our goals this season:

“You just gotta ignite the light, And let it shine, Just own the night, Like the Fourth of July”

“Cause baby you’re a firework, Come on show ’em what your worth, Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh!”, As you shoot across the sky-y-y”

“Boom, boom, boom, Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon, It’s always been inside of you, you, you, And now it’s time to let it through”

“Baby you’re a firework, Come on let your colors burst, Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh!”, You’re gunna leave ’em goin “Oh, oh, oh!”

I have spent the last 12 weeks as a coach for this Girls on the Run team, and I can only hope it has meant as much to them as it has me.  I love the lessons, the organization of the program and most importantly what it strives to do in these young girls lives:  it combines an interactive curriculum with running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. The core curriculum addresses many aspects of girls’ development – their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being.

All of these girls are fireworks in my book and I know they will show the world what they’re worth…