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10 Reasons to Read Finish Line Feeling

10 Reasons to Read Finish Line Feeling

Finish Line Feeling | Liz Ferro

#1 It’s the next Eat Pray Love
Elizabeth Gilbert and Liz Ferro
Both authors go by Liz and they kind of look alike, don’t you think? It’s a sign I’m sure.

As soon as I finished reading Finish Line Feeling, I emailed Liz and told her she needs to start working on the screenplay ASAP. Finish Line Feeling has got all the elements of a Blockbuster hit, much like Eat Pray Love, only completely different. There’s tragedy, complicated family drama, the hero has lots of inner conflict, world travel, love, and inspiration to carry all of us forward on our own journey.

#2 Friends Don’t Let Friends Read DUMB Books
I wouldn’t even recommend it if I didn’t think it was worthy of your time.

#3 You’re a Die Hard Runner
You’re part of the running community or family. This is a fellow runner’s journey, so it’s kind of like your grandmother wrote a book. If your grandmother wrote a book, you’d read it. You’d be a jerk if you didn’t read it and you’re not a jerk, because you’re a runner. If you were a jerk, you’d be breaking some sort of Runner’s Ethical Code. According to Liz, runners are some of the most generous people she’s ever encountered.

#4 You Aspire To Be A Runner
You are not currently a runner, but you have friends that are. They eat, sleep, and breathe running. You’re curious. If this is the case, read the book. I was NOT a runner, but Finish Line Feeling made me wish I was one. Liz, who is a life long runner makes everything about running sound appealing, even the sweating.

I ended up downloading the Couch to 5K app on my phone shortly after finishing the book and gave it a shot myself. I haven’t completed the program, but I enjoyed pushing myself further each day.

#5 You’re a Quote Lover/Motivational Junkie
I LOVE quotes and Finish Line Feeling is chock full of great quotes at the beginning of each chapter.

Here’s just such a quote to segue into Reason #6

“Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: “What! You too?””
-C.S. Lewis

#6 You Feel Like Nobody Understands Where You’re Coming From
Maybe you, like Liz, were the victim of sexual abuse as a child. Liz dives deep into her pain and shares her very personal journey of wrestling with herself for years to overcome that childhood trauma. Perhaps her story will help in your own healing and help you experience that you are not alone.

#7 You Love Stories of Triumph
You cried tears of joy as you read or watched The Miracle Worker teach Helen Keller to speak with her hands. You were impressed by Lincoln’s determination in his political pursuits. He experienced many failures on his way to the White House, but he kept going. More recently, you have applauded Malala Yousafzai as she continues to take a stand for education, in spite of being shot. Liz Ferro’s story of overcoming her childhood tragedy to help change lives presently belongs in this list. It is every bit as POWERFUL and inspirational.

#8 You Are A Struggling Single Mom or You Know A Single Mom
I was a very young single mom. I’ve never experienced adulthood without children. If I’d read Liz’s book way back when, I feel like it would’ve been an eye opening experience to what life would be requiring of me. Whether a young single mom, like me, or coming out of a bad marriage, it’s inspiring to read the steps Liz took to make a good life for both her son and herself.

#9 Do It For The Girls
Girls With Sole | Liz Ferro
Help Liz help others. Liz started the nonprofit organization Girls With Sole in 2009. She volunteers her time and her money to change the lives of at risk girls by empowering them through physical activity. The proceeds of the book Finish Line Feeling go to provide running shoes, sports bras, water bottles, and race entry fees for girls who would otherwise not be able to participate in this LIFE CHANGING program. These precious young girls learn to set and accomplish goals and develop healthy self esteems. Imagine a world with girls who love and respect themselves and teach others to do the same.

Learn more about Girls With Sole here.

If you’re still not convinced that you should read Finish Line Feeling, then I’m going to pull the mom card.

Reason #10 to read Finish Line Feeling
BECAUSE I SAID SO!

Click the picture to grab your copy and help Girls With Sole today 🙂
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5 Posts YOU Loved

5 Posts YOU Loved

In a recent blog I talked about the writer’s BLOCK I’ve had for some time. Between that and facebook’s recent algorithm changes, I’ve mostly been sharing great posts from other pages. I enjoy sharing what encourages me. I don’t share random thoughts or posts from others. You’ll be able to tell what’s going on in my world by the posts I share. Occasionally I share posts that don’t apply to me. If I do, it’s because I think it might encourage a friend going through a difficult time, but mostly I see one and I’m like, “I really needed to see this today.”

I think it’s interesting to look at the ones that get the most response from you.

Here are the Top 5 Posts YOU Loved from this past week.
Click on each image to be connected to the corresponding facebook page.

#5 From Joy of Mom
Joy of Mom Trust Your Gut
I posted this one because I hear my gut more clearly than I used to. That doesn’t mean I always listen, but I know the minute I tell someone I’m going to do something whether it’s in line with my gut/soul’s vision.

#4 From Sara Brown – Use it 2 lose it
You Are Amazing
This one was shared because I think all of you are absolutely AMAZING women and I want to encourage you to see yourselves that way.

#3 From Womenworking.com
Love Yourself
When I was at rock bottom 7 years ago, I asked my mom, who happens to be a therapist (her words come in handy in rock bottom moments like these) how I could get some confidence. I felt completely useless and worthless. She told me about Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements and then she said, “You are neither more nor less important than anyone else.” All of that NEW information was a turning point for me. It wasn’t an instant fix. I had to work on it, but over time I have come to see myself as worthy of love from myself and it’s made a HUGE difference. I want everyone struggling with low self esteem to experience that difference too.

#2 From Sue Fitzmaurice, Author
Get Out of Your Head
I’ve spent way too many days stuck in my head. It can be a very unpleasant place to be stuck when it’s filled with worry, fear, or self loathing. I just finished reading Finish Line Feeling by Liz Ferro. I love the way she describes what running does for her. “Running is a time during which your soul is both purged and rejuvenated. Running with a good friend is the best remedy for what ails you that a person could wish for, as your sweat washes away the sludge built up in your mind and your heart. It’s as if your problems somehow sweat themselves out of your pores, becoming dried-up salt that you can simply brush away.” I’m pretty sure that whatever means of exercise one uses, similar results are produced.I want to spend the least amount of time trudging around in my head as possible.

#1 From A Mighty Girl
Self Love
This post got the most likes this week. My theory is that as moms, we all want to spare our daughters the grief and crap we’ve been through in learning to love ourselves. The quicker we can recognize our value and learn to love ourselves, the better off our daughters will be. They’ll know how special they are from the time they are little and be able to get to living life to the fullest at an earlier age. This is what I want for my girls and my boys.

I LOVE to hear your thoughts, so always feel free to make comments on posts no matter what page they’re from. Let me know how you are.

I hope you have an AMAZING week. Don’t forget about Self Care 🙂

4 Self Care Thoughts

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5 Things I Don’t Have Time To Tell You

5 Things I Don’t Have Time to Tell You

I’m sure if I went to a therapist and described how I spend my time, I would be diagnosed with adult ADD. I’m not making fun of anyone with that diagnosis. I just know that I can make a solid plan for my day and then I’m too easily blown off course.

The other morning I was on facebook and saw this picture.

crazy houses

My whole family took a look and declared that it was the BEST-EST housing situation ever. I’m sure this has something to do with the fact that there are 7 of us crammed into a 3 bedroom/1 bath starter home. We discussed plans for building our own trailer mansion some day. Don’t be surprised if I throw a picture of a similar pile of trailers up on my facebook page some day and say it’s my new home. You never know with my family.

I thought about how much I enjoyed the craziness of that home and went off in search of images of other crazy houses on Pinterest. I’m sure an hour slipped by, possibly more. I loved every minute but then I felt guilty for wasting time.

This morning, my goal was to sit down and write. We have a Girl Scout event to be at later today but I HAD plenty of time to sit down and write a well thought out, hopefully encouraging blog post. I started my morning by watching the video that I’ve dubbed The Self Care Video. I felt interconnected with everyone and full of love and all of the warm fuzzy feelings that go along with taking time to do Self Care.

I would’ve been able to move on to writing a blog post had I not caught a glimpse of a parody of Frozen’s Let It Go, called It Is Cold. That was it. Time disappeared as I watched several more parodies. My favorite one was Do You Want To Be My Boyfriend?

do you want to be my boyfriend
You WILL NOT regret taking a minute to watch it. It’s so funny and well done.

And that’s all I have time to share today.

I don’t have time to tell you 7 ways you could love yourself more

OR

about the awesome conversation I had with the librarian that started because she liked my new shirt! (Click on the picture to see more styles.)

I Am A Powerful Woman shirt

and her thoughts on what it means to be a woman…and she used my favorite word, BALANCE.

I don’t have time to tell you how I cleared off the National Women’s History Month book display in the children’s section because ALL of the books were AMAZING!!! I did give the other moms a shot at them (I really did) or about Amelia Bloomer who saved us all from having to wear corsets and 40 pound dresses.

And I don’t have time to tell you about Liz Ferro’s book Finish Line Feeling.

I will. Just not today.

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