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    SPARK Blog — Motivate Wraps

    This is your moment: Every moment has its place.

    Here at Momentum, we are currently celebrating our moments. We think you should, too. Whatever your dreams are, whatever goals you have, and all those items on your "someday" list—we believe that it's time for you to take action. To start where you are and simply begin. But we get how hard that can be. So over these next few days, we'll be sharing a series of blog posts from our ambassadors that will help you define (and chase down) your own special moment. Up first, Amanda from The Running Señora. She's here to help you understand that every moment has its place:

    School started, and we are suddenly reminded that only a handful of months remain in the year.  If you’re like me, perhaps you’ve revisited your that list you made on that snowy day back in January where you set your sights on some big goals for 2018.  You have trained hard with great effort and perhaps you’ve already celebrated your accomplishments.  Thinking back, those were your moments, and you are proud of them.  Moving forward, you’re excited and somewhat overwhelmed wondering how, in these last months of 2018, you can do enough to victoriously embrace more of those moments.  But…life.

    The busyness of our days seems to drown us at times because we are pulled in all directions.  Most days, we can lose hope that we won’t ever be able to have another one of those moments—the ones that bring joy and pride—for a long time.  I know this because that’s exactly how I feel sometimes.

    I am a wife to a traveling salesman, a mother of two young and active daughters, a musician, a teacher of all things (preschool and high school Spanish and violin), and a “professional recreational runner” who loves to inspire, motivate, and encourage others to move and be joyful.  I love the community within my home, church, and neighborhood.  I require much rest, fueling, and recovery in my intense training.  My days are filled to the brim, overflowing with to-dos that never get scratched out.  The life around me is busy.

    Many of you would probably say the same thing about your schedules.

    It has taken some time for me to come to this realization:  It’s okay to be busy. It’s okay to enjoy life and the things that fill it up.  It’s okay to lavishly pour love into the people around you.  And it’s even more okay to put motion into your passions.  “Saying no” and “taking it easy” aren’t natural phrases in our vocabulary on most days of the week—and that’s okay.

    So if it’s okay for us to be busy, what does it looks like to put our heart and soul into our families, work, AND dreams?  Do we have to give up something to gain something else?  Do we resign to the idea of not having a social life so we can train for those athletic goals?  Does our family have to suffer because we put so much time and effort into our job or hobbies?

    My response is simple: NO.  Someone once told me that “life is a balance of all the precious things.  You give and you take away, and eventually you settle on what matters most.”  But the older I’ve gotten and the more I have experienced, I’ve come to realize that life isn’t about balance.  We don’t have to put our work, family, and hobbies on an even scale, nor do we have to sacrifice (time, sleep, money, relationships) in order to embrace our big moments.  That mentality can be so oppressive and can keep us away from living out our dreams, whatever they are.

    Instead, we should figure out how it can all work together.  I like to view the 24/7 rush hour days filled with carpooling, fixing lunches, teaching children, cleaning house, working hard, paying bills, AND intensely training for an NYC qualifying half marathon as more of a harmony—all the things that drive me are mixed together seamlessly in life.   It is an effort of simultaneously combining all those aspects to create a day that functions and allows for achievement. 

    I love that I can sleep, train, work, inspire, and laugh with family and friends through each compartment of life.   Each has its place in the day, nothing overpowers the other, and they all thrive off one another.  With this in mind, I chase down my goals, I celebrate them, and I embrace my moments with joy.

    And you can, too.  Take these months ahead to create that harmony in your life so that you can celebrate 2018 proudly.  Remember, this is YOUR moment!

    ...and to that, we add that it's time you "get up and go!" Check out this, and two other brand-new Motivate Wraps in our new Fall Collection. Be sure to follow Amanda on Instagram, and check out Momentum, too. Tag #momentumjewelry so we can see you chase down your special moments.

    This Is Your Moment: The Fall 2018 Motivate Wrap Collection

    We spend so much of our time focusing on other people—that's not a bad thing, but there is one person that needs your attention, maybe even more than anyone else. Who? It's you. And our new Fall Collection of Motivate Wraps is here to remind you of that fact. 

    It's time to get up and go.

    Today is your day. 

    Make it about progress over perfection. 

    Why? Because you're so worth it. And you deserve it. Also, because we're here to believe in you, too. Every single Motivate Wrap we create is made with lightweight, non-tarnishing materials and a healthy dose of inspiration—stay tuned, our Ambassadors will be featuring these new Motivate Wraps on Instagram. Follow @momentumjewelry and #momentumjewelry to keep up with the fun (and possibly some giveaways, too)!

    Plus, we've got a great lineup of blog posts coming your way. 

    This is your moment. We feel it. Do you?

     

    Guest Post: When Strangers Become Friends

    This story! Challenges accepted, new friendships created, and at the heart of it all...one of our Motivate Wraps. We couldn't be more honored to be a part of this running story from Kathryn of The Dean Routine:

    It was a muggy Monday morning on July 4th, 2016 when the women of the Wild Bruce Chase team triumphantly approached the Southern Terminus of the Bruce Trail in Niagara Falls, ON. We had travelled over 900km from Tobermory to reach this destination and set a new women's relay Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Bruce Trail. The enthusiastic cheers and flowing tears embodied the challenge, emotions and lifelong connections that occured during those four days, 1 hour and 39 minutes.

    And this was only the beginning...

    When the Wild Bruce Chase first started, many of us were strangers that shared a love of running and trails. Over those four days spent together on the Bruce Trail, we faced an actual bear sighting, pouring rain, vomiting, twisted ankles, getting lost, sleep deprivation, unimproved roads and moments of doubt. These obstacles caused us to bond like family and we knew we had formed a team for life. 

    After our first successful FKT, we continued to support one another and celebrated each other's running and non-running accomplishments. It wasn’t long before we craved another team adventure. 

    Next stop was the Rideau Trail, a 387km long trail that travels between Ottawa to Kingston. We started in Ottawa on Canada Day in 2017. The Rideau Trail brought on unique challenges that we did not experience with the Bruce Trail, including unmaintained and unmarked trails, significant flooding and trekking through areas with high tick populations. We accommodated, adapted and persevered to set the first women's FKT on the Rideau Trail in 34 hours, 40 minutes.

    You would think we would be satisfied... 

    Next up was our Winter FKT on the Grand Valley Trail, a 275km long trail that goes from the shores of Lake Erie to a literal pinnacle in Alton, ON. Everything about this FKT was demanding. Winter weather in southern Ontario is unpredictable at best. We ultimately finished in 29 hours and 21 minutes, awarding us with the first ever all women’s winter FKT in Ontario.

    This is a bit of background on our Wild Bruce Chase team, what we enjoy doing and what we have accomplished, but the biggest question that we often get is “WHY?”

    Why would you want to go through bear country at night? Why would you want to wade through flooded rivers and trek through snow and mud for fun? Why would you commit so much time to preparing and planning for an unofficial record?

    The best way to provide clarification on the why behind out FKTs was to have our teammates say it in their own words: 

    “Joining Wild Bruce Chase for another FKT attempt is a very special adventure for me. It’s an incredible experience to be surrounded by strong, diverse, and supportive women. Our crew works so hard to help each and every one of us run our hearts out and it’s amazing to share a collective goal. To be surrounded by great team spirit is simply special.”

    “A girl can't have too many adventures lined up!”

    “Because I love to run...I especially love to run trails and I have found a special group of strong women who love do it, too. When you find a group of wild women and they ask you to join them on a wild adventure...the answer is always yes!” 

    These statements express that our FKTs are so much more than just running. These FKTs represent teamwork, adventure and the power of women supporting one another. 

    So we are at it again... 

    Starting on Friday, June 29th, we will be attempting our fourth FKT on the Ganaraska Trail at the Wild Bruce Chase. We will be travelling over 590km over three days, beginning in Port Hope, ON. This attempt will have an extra meaningful end as the FKT will be completed on a section that intersects with the Bruce Trail, where our story first began. Momentum Jewelry has been a huge supporter since we first came together as a team and will be coming along for the ride again. We use a shared Motivate Wrap as our baton for when we transition from one runner to the next. Due to the relay style of our FKTs, there are often times where we are out on the trail alone, but a glance down at our wrist reminds us that our team is always together. 

    Every single step of the way.

    To keep track of this story, follow Wild Bruce Chase on Instagram. If you have a special story that involves a Motivate Wraps, reach out to blog@designsthatmoveyou.com. 

    It's National Running Day!

    It's here! It's here! Today is National Running Day, and we couldn't be more excited about it. In case you haven't heard, all of our running-themed Motivate Wraps and Foot Notes are currently on sale—but that sale ends tonight at Midnight, so take advantage of it now and stock up on some motivational running jewelry. Those long runs can be very hard, and we want to help you get through them one step at a time.

    To celebrate National Running Day, our special sale, and certainly the power of running, we've been sharing inspirational running stories from our Ambassadors here on our SPARK Blog for the past two weeks. We encourage you to check each of those posts out, if you haven't done so already:

    "Worry less, run more. And that's how I learned first-hand the importance of self care." Jama. Worry Less, Run More.

    "During long months of not running, I learned some valuable lessons. I learned how to survive (and thrive) and make the best of a running injury." Janelle, How to Survive a Running Injury

    "When your legs can’t run anymore, run with your heart." Heather, Running with Heart (and your mom and sister)

    "There is something innately wonderful about seeing a close friend achieve a goal right alongside you." Kathryn, 10 Reasons Why You Should Run with Friends

    Sale ends tonight at Midnight, CST. Happy Running Day!

     

    Guest Post: Worry Less, Run More

    It's almost here! National Running Day is Wednesday, June 6th, and if you've been following the SPARK blog, we're positive you can tell how excited we are about this upcoming day. We've been sharing inspirational running stories from our Momentum Ambassadors, and today, we bring you one from Jama:

    As International Running Day approaches, one of my favorite quotes comes to mind: “run often, run long, but never out run the joy of running.” I think the “worry less, run more” Motivate Wrap embodies this quote, and it has become my go-to for this stage in my running career—a career that is fast approaching the three decade mark. 
     
    Surely I can’t be the only person who is their own worst critic right? I don’t understand why we, as women, always put ourselves last. Is it something we’re born with? Something we’re taught? Or, are we simply just trying to be perfectionists? I guess it doesn’t really matter. 
     
    Last September, I finished my 11th marathon. I placed 2nd in my division, but was angry with myself for not doing better. I already had my 12th marathon scheduled for three months later, so I told myself that I’d train harder, longer...whatever it took. But deep down, I was burnt out. Running wasn’t bringing me joy. Something just wasn’t right. And then I got a text from my sister. “Can I call you?” it said. I am very close to my family. Texting daily is normal, especially when one of us is on vacation as I was. A phone call? I knew it wasn't going to be good. I called her right away and she said “it’s not good news” and my heart sank. She informed me that my dad had cancer. All I wanted to do in that moment was get home and hug him. Instead, I  took a walk on the beach and cried…and of course, I worried. What could I do to help? To fix this? Anything? I wanted to make everything better.
     
    Hearing the words “dad has cancer” has a way of putting life into perspective. Of course, I didn’t figure this out right away. I was so sick with stress and worry, and I went home every chance I got. I stopped running. I stopped sleeping. I stopped eating properly. And finally, my body gave out on me.
     
    In February, I visited my doctor for the third time in as many months. She noticed that I went from running marathons to being sick constantly—and then she informed me that I had shingles. If you know anything about shingles, you know they are awful and painful. On top of that, you can’t be around anyone who is going through chemo, like my dad was. I was unable to visit him for two months because of the shingles. During this time, I had to make a decision—worry less, run more. And that's how I learned first-hand the importance of self care. It is not selfish, but necessary. The “worry less, run more” Motivate Wrap was released as I was going through all of this mess. It quickly became a new favorite of mine, and I hope that it helps many others as well.
    I’ll never run a sub-5:00 mile like I used to. I’ll probably never run a marathon under four hours again either. But I will continue to run, and I'll do it for the joy it brings to me, and to maintain my health. That's how I'll continue doing what I love. And that's how I'll be able to continue caring for the people in my life that I love. 
     
    Remember, it's not about the finish line bling.
    Running is about the joy it brings to you.
     
    To celebrate National Running Day, all of our running related Motivate Wraps and Foot Notes are on sale—including the "worry less, run more" Motivate Wrap. Now is a great time to stack your wrist with friendly reminders and inspirational words that will always and forever remind you of the joys that running can provide.