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Never Too Young to Change the World.

If asked Natasha Vejar-Preece would describe herself as “lazy,” she is anything but. In fact, Natasha is a middle school student hoping to make a difference in her community. On April 8th, 2017, this young woman will be working behind the scenes to make sure her Children for Children 5k is running smoothly. At 13, […]

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ski trip

Sean invited me to the mountains for the weekend (maybe I invited myself, but the details of how it went down are not important). The important part is – I WAS GOING SKIING! It had been nearly two decades since the first and last time I stuffed my ten-year-old feet into awkward boots strapped to […]

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I’m Scared But Who Isn’t

Year after year I gear up for a fresh season of racing. I lace up my brand new spikes trying to block out this deep fear that seems to have taken permanent residence in my muscles. During my first few strides I catch myself wondering where my energy went. My body feels like it’s running […]

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We Are All Just Boulders

Sometimes life is a mountain — beautiful, beyond our control — and we are all just boulders. People come in and out of your life like boulders plummeting down a mountainside. These boulders have momentum. If you’re lucky your boulder will roll at the same speed as another boulder, but more often than not, boulders […]

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Authentic Women

Living authentically means you are living true to your passions, true to your purpose, and true to your potential. Staying on a path to live a life of authentic truths can be challenging. Last spring when I felt like I had lost my anchor, I wrote down this sentence. I am a strong, independent woman […]

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love nonie

  Today is my grandma Nonie’s 95th birthday. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to meet her. She passed away nearly 50 years ago; she was 45 years old. My dad was 7 years old. This post is in memory of her.   Although my family doesn’t know that much about grandma Nonie, my dad […]

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A letter to myself

Dear Shannon, You need yourself the most right now You are just over half way through the year. You have driven to the desert and back five times. Mostly to touch, feel, and fill your soul but also to suffer through some honest reflection on what you have learned so far this year. First, you […]

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I’m Surfing

  “Don’t Worry! The future will reveal itself one day at a time. That is fast enough” – Fredrick Lenz, Surfing the Himalayas.   First my mind dwells on the past. Then it worries about the future. All I desperately want is for my mind to rest on the present moment. If my body lives […]

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I’m Blogging Again

  My blog “finding your stride” died a few years ago.   Where have I been? I’ve been awkwardly navigating life as a (1) post-doctoral researcher, teacher, fellow, person; (2) running semi, part-time, professionally; (3) going through a breakdown spiritual and personal growth; and (4) obviously struggling with my identity. Although “finding your stride” has […]

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Invest in the Mile

The UW Husky Classic has always marked the start of my track season. I have been racing here since my professional career took off in 2012. I always run the 800m and I always write a blog right around this time.   So let’s stick with tradition… in regards to the blog not the race […]