Hit the Refresh Button

I love the holidays. They are a fabulous time to reflect on our blessings, spend time with loved ones, and celebrate the season.

I also love when the holidays are over. No really, I do. It is an amazing time. After a couple weeks of nonstop holiday parties, company, cramming way too much into an already packed schedule, and also cramming way too much food into an already tight pair of pants…it’s time for the holidays to be over.

At my house it seems like it takes the holiday season FOREVER to be all the way over. We celebrate Christmas with multiple parties, then on December 28th it is mine and my husband’s anniversary (13 years!), then my youngest boy turns 7 on December 30th, then there’s New Years Eve. 

Too. Much. Sparkle.

Finally today, we got some down time. My in-laws, who had been in town for 2 weeks, left this morning, and we celebrated my son’s birthday last night. So, it felt like the partying was over and we just chilled out.

And by “chilled out” I mean that I got a great strength workout in this morning, and went for a trail run this afternoon.

After yesterday’s snowfall, there wasn’t a single foot print on the trails. I was all alone out there with the deer and the squirrels. I felt small in the big woods.



Feeling small can be a great feeling. It puts things into perspective. All of my holiday “stresses” were really just tiny compared to the enormity of the world’s problems. The peace and quiet of the woods always helps me remember that. And, on today’s run, the stress of the holidays finally seemed to wash off of me and I felt refreshed. 

And that’s why I love to run. No matter the situation of the day, when I head out for a run I can leave that all behind and start over. It’s not just an escape, it’s a “refresh” button. And I can always use a refresh.

Sparkle.Pounce.Hit the Refresh Button.

-Kendra



Love the Ones You’re With

Every once in a while, I am overcome with emotion over how much I love my family and friends. I always know I love them, but sometimes I REALLY feel it.

That has been the case over the last few days. 

On Friday night I had my holiday party for work. It was fun to get all fancied up and enjoy an adult evening with my coworkers (and it’s an added bonus that my husband works for the same company, so he was there too!). These are the people that I see on a daily basis, but normally we don’t get to have quite that much fun together. But, when we do, I realize just how much I love them. They are awesome people that I have been blessed to work with every day for years. (Some of them I’ve been working with for 12 YEARS!) Craziness.

It is also at this time of year, nearing my 13 year anniversary, when I am even more thankful, appreciative, and in love with my husband. 13 years is a LONG time to love somebody. And he makes it pretty easy…most of the time.

And then there are my running (and recently strength training!) girls. These girls keep me on track, are always there to send sparkle when daily life seems less than sparkly, and they inspire me to be the best version of me. 

  

I think it’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind, and to lose sight of what really makes life so great. Today, I’ve got my eye (and my heart) on that. Because as much as I love to run, it’s not the running that I look forward to most of the time, it’s the people I’m running with. Or the people I’m going to text afterward to share about my accomplishment, or text beforehand to get a little pep talk before a hard workout. 

What makes this life so great is getting to spend it with people that make my heart happy. And that’s the best part of this holiday season.

Sparkle.Pounce.Feel The Love.

-Kendra

Winter Won’t Win Challenge – Take Two!

Last January we held our very first Sparkle.Pounce. challenge, and it was a huge hit! We had a great group of ladies chasing their dreams and motivating each other to stay on track with their goals. 

So, of course we want to do it again to kick off 2016! 

Once again, we are offering a 50 mile or 100 mile challenge. Your goal is to run, walk, shuffle, or crawl your distance of choice over the month of January.

With this challenge, you get some pretty awesome perks:

1. A super cute and trendy Sparkle.Pounce. cape embroidered trucker hat.

2. Access to a closed Facebook group where we will post daily motivation and encourage you to brag about all of your accomplishments.

3. Access to our shared Google Drive to track your miles and watch everyone else reach their goals!

Honestly, I don’t think there’s any better way to stay inspired and motivated than to have a group of people working towards the same goal together! Let’s start 2016 off with some major sparkle and goal setting!

The Winter Won’t Win Challenge begins on January 1st and ends on January 31st. The cost is $30 + tax (FREE SHIPPING!). To enter, visit our Etsy shop by clicking here.  

We can’t wait to complete this challenge with you!

Sparkle.Pounce.Winter Won’t Win.

-Kendra

Oh….The Holiday Season Rush…

‘Tis the season…

The season to rush, rush, rush, and then…rush some more.

And today was no exception to that. I had to leave work as soon as I was allowed to, drive 25 minutes to grab my kids from school, head home for 45 minutes, then get back in the car and drop Liam off at church for Tuesday night Youth Group. While he was there, Finn and I went to watch my nephew’s Christmas program, then back to get Liam, then home at 8:45. (Husband had to work late…)  Holy. Moly. It makes me tired all over again just typing it all up!

Luckily, there were some super amazing moments in all of the craziness.

First, because I’m doing the Runners World running streak challenge (to run at least 1 mile every day from Thanksgiving to Christmas), I decided that in the 45 minutes of light that I was home today, I was going to run laps around my driveway (it only takes 6!) and get my mile done in the fresh air. This also allowed my dog to get out and get some exercise today. And man, she’s one happy girl when she gets to run laps around the driveway with me.


She was so super excited to be out there that she photo bombed my “self timer running shot”. Turns out it was cuter that a picture of me running anyways!

So, after I squeezed in a run, shower, drying the hair and looking presentable, my 45 minutes was up. I rushed the boys into the car and we hit the road, headed to drop Liam off at church without a minute to spare.

At this point, it was 5:25 and getting pretty dark out. All of a sudden, there was a huge limb in the road and I had to slam on the brakes and swerve to avoid crashing into it. We live on a narrow, dirt road, so I wasn’t going super fast, but it was still a bit scary. I kept driving past, when Liam, my 10 year old son yelled, “Mom! Stop the car. You have to go back. Someone might hit that! I can move it!” For a millisecond I thought, “We don’t have time to go back! We’re going to be late for youth group!” But, I pulled into the next driveway, turned around, and drove back to the limb in the road.

Liam and I got out of the car in our nice clothes, picked up all of the manageable sticks that were down, then, together worked at lifting and moving the giant tree limb. It wasn’t easy. At all. But we got it off the road enough to make it safe for other drivers. I got back in the car and thought about how proud it made me that my son wanted to do that. I was in such a hurry to not be late, that I was just going to drive past it without a second thought. Kids can be pretty awesome sometimes.

We made it to church safe, dropped Liam off, and Finn and I headed to my 4 year old nephew’s Christmas program. If you’ve never been to a preschool Christmas program, you really need to. There’s nothing quite like it. It is the most hilarious and precious thing ever. Especially when your own 6 year old son is sitting on your lap the whole time, holding your hands. It truly made my heart overflow with giddiness for everything about the holiday season.

Then, we headed back to grab Liam from Youth Group. Arriving early, we had a chance to watch some of the games being played while we waited to take him home. They were playing some kind of game in the gym where kids were being pushed around on skateboard type things in order to collect plastic balls for their team. As I watched, I saw my son push around a boy in a wheelchair who couldn’t be on the skateboard things. He participated with the other kids, but two times he left what they were doing to give that boy a turn in the fun. Once again my heart (and my eyes that time) overflowed. 

My lesson from today was that even in the middle of all of the rushing around this holiday season, there is a LOT of awesomeness to be found. Look for it. And if you can’t see it, figure out a way to make some of your own.

Sparkle.Pounce.Make the Season Sparkle.

-Kendra

The Choices We Make

My in-laws live in the beautiful mountains of Wyoming. We go and visit them one or two times a year, and it’s always a week full of adventure and awesomeness.  


A couple of years ago on one of our trips, I was bummed because I didn’t get to hike and explore as much as I wanted to. I had really hoped that my husband would have included me in more of those plans. BUT…I never mentioned it to him until it was really too late for him to change anything. He told me that if there was something I wanted, I just needed to do it, or figure out a way to make it happen. Just sitting around and moping about it wasn’t going to get me what I wanted. 

So, now on every trip out there I make my intentions known. The “guys” (aka…dads and grandpa) always have hunting plans, and the moms and grandma get stuck with to spend a lot of quality time with the kids. This year on our Thanksgiving trip, I made it a priority to squeeze in a run whenever I could, and that was AWESOME. 


And one afternoon, I decided I was even going to go for a hike on my own. Luckily, my mother-in-law didn’t feel comfortable with me going solo, so she encouraged my sister-in-law to go with me. 

Two moms on the loose in Wyoming.


It was a blast, and a much needed reprieve.

It’s funny how even as adults, we can sometimes leave our happiness in someone else’s hands. I was 33 years old when my husband had to flat out say to me, “If you want something, you need to figure out a way to make it happen.”

I feel like that is a lesson that I try to live out every minute of every day. My happiness is up to me. 

When something doesn’t go my way, I always have a choice of how to react to the situation. Sure, there may be a temporary mini tantrum, but in the end, I’m not going to let anything else control my happiness. That’s up to me. 

So today, I challenge you to choose happiness!

Sparkle.Pounce.Be Happy.

-Kendra