In Search of Peace

Earlier today, I had about a billion things to say about an article I had read that dissected motivational quotes.  All I could think to myself is, “Really?  There is a person in this world who feels the need to dissect motivational quotes?  WOW.”  Anyway, the more I thought about it (yup, there it is, the confession that I think waaaaaaaaaaay too much), the more I realized that me writing a blog post about it wasn’t going to change anything, and in reality, I’d be dissecting the dissected…if that even makes sense.

Anyway, my inner ramblings, and a series of other events today led me to what I actually want to write about.  You see, as I’ve previously written, my ultimate goal for my running journey thus far has been to run The Seawheeze Half Marathon, except thus far, registering for the event has been an epic saga with ups, downs, and anxieties.  With 10,015 spots available, registration opened last Thursday, however, as a result of such an overwhelming response from people wanting to register, their server crashed just as I was at the checkout.  Just as thousands of others were also at the checkout.  Insert mass hysteria and rage via Twitter and Facebook.  Not going to lie, I was pretty bummed and STILL am.

After a long awaited week of checking their Facebook page (a bit obsessively I might add), they finally announced today that registration is officially re-opening this upcoming Monday.  You may be wondering the same thing my husband is, which is, “It’s just a race registration, cool your jets!”…but it IS a big deal.  It was a huge goal to make from the get go and with the whole registration escapade, it’s all I’ve been thinking about for the last week. 

So naturally, (this is kind of coming full circle here) when I get spazzed out like this (which is more often than not), I tend to look towards motivational quotes to find some solace and peace of mind (you can check out my Pinterest if you don’t believe me).  Sidenote: I think this is why I was so confused as to why someone would dissect them…anyway.  In my quest to soothe my anxious soul, I came across a quote posted on a local yoga company’s Facebook page that says,

“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.

It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” – Unknown

As soon as I read that, I felt more reassured.  While I live with a skeptical man who will probably smirk when he reads this, I can’t help but sound hippie dippy here by saying that I do believe things will happen if they are meant to.  And YES, I DO happen to have the perfect quote for this, thank you for asking! 

“The universe always conspires to help the dreamer.” – Paul Coelho

This quote actually has some meaning to me.  Paul Coelho is the author of one of my favourite books, The Alchemist, and I found this gem of a quote the day I won a free entry into the Toronto Yonge Street 10k (#TYS10K).  Again, I hear the voice of that skeptical man I live with saying, “This was an act of random selection.” And again, I can’t help but be hippie dippy and think to myself that winning that free entry came at a time where I was questioning my running future entirely.  So ya, I believe the universe guides you along your journey.

Soooooooo, with that being said, I’m going to try my best to control my anxiety, put my faith in the universe, and calm my heart in troubled times.  If it is meant to be, it will be.  As the French say, “C’est la vie.”  Thanks for listening, and to that skeptical guy I live with, you should like me placing faith in the universe.  I’m taking an interest in space!



Yours swiftly,






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