Monday, March 28, 2016

Running tethered

I love hearing how someone, who is visually impaired, has found the joy of running with one of the tethers made by my friend Shannon! Today I heard from my friend, Joy at doublevisionblog about her run ... so fun!    

This link tells you a little bit about how my tether came to be.  What happened to that girl who walked into the stop sign and walked so cautiously for a while?  She learned how to walk safely with a cane ... then a guide dog and she is now running!   My tether is red - stretchy fabric - made by my friend Shannon over six years ago!  I am so impressed that I haven't lost it :).  The miles this tether has logged are quite remarkable ... Boston, NYC, St. George, Top of Utah, Utah Valley Marathons and SLC Marathon coming in a couple weeks.  Several half-marathons, 10Ks, 5Ks and so many journeys along Davis Boulevard.  

Running tethered with friends - Brenda and Suzette.  Its a wonderful way to start the day before seeing clients at Resilient Solutions, Inc as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor.   Photo by Rick Egan/SL Tribune

Tether - Anchors something moveable to a reference point which may be fixed or moving.  I like thinking of the tether as an anchor.  We have our anchors in our life that keep us grounded.  I also believe we are here to tether each other.  I am so very grateful for the anchors - who tether me through life. Sometimes we are the steady part guiding the way and other times we may be holding on to be guided.  Other times we are simply connected perhaps, enjoying a good conversation on the run.  I think there are times we don't even realize how connected we are.  Suddenly, there is something to be steered around and we are reminded of the gratitude of being tethered.  Running.  Life.

 Here is a clip of an interview that includes some running with the tether:  I love running

My sweet friend, Shannon has made more tethers!  It has been so fun to share these tethers and hear about someone visually impaired loving to run again or starting to for the first time  They are so durable and made of a fabric that has just a little give which makes it comfortable for both the guide and the visually impaired runner.  If you are interested in buying a tether (she sells them for $20 ... leave me a comment or email me at  

Friday, March 25, 2016

Strength and Courage

Happy Anniversary Georgina - "Georgie"!  Two years ago we became a team.  In typical fashion when its time for a picture she leans in for a kiss.  I still marvel each day at the beautiful relationship of a guide dog team!  Thank you Goergie for loving to work and to play.

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. -- Lao Tzu

Thanks Georgie, and all involved in the beautiful journey of a guide dog team in giving me strength and courage.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

We can do hard things in life

There are many analogies to life and running.  This morning was our 20-mile run in preparation for the Salt Lake Marathon on April 16, and afterwards I can still walk :).

An experience happened today that I have been reflecting on as another life lesson.  We were on about mile 16 running up a hill.  We were feeling it.  Just a little further until we reached the top of the hill.   A car pulled over and a nice friendly woman got out of her car.  She came up and gave me a hug.  It was sweet and automatically gave us all a lift!  She said she had noticed us earlier running in Centerville.  She wanted to find us and tell us thank you and that we reminded her We can do hard things in life.  It was so fun to visit with her and meet her sweet little boys.  

We were lifted by her willingness to take the time and stop and cheer us on.  Although she felt we had inspired her ... I felt inspired and lifted by her.  The example she sent to her boys was beautiful.  I was reminded to take the time to acknowledge and celebrate others and the way they are impacting our lives.  After her hug, there was an extra bounce in my step as we finished running up that hill.

Photo Credit - Rick Egan, Salt Lake Tribune

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Happy Ten Year Anniversary at Resilient Solutions, Inc.

Friday evening we celebrated our ten-year anniversary of Resilient Solutions, Inc. It was so fun to celebrate with this incredible group of women all therapists and dear friends at our office.  The food at Twig's was fantastic!