Thankful Thursday: State of Mind

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Happy Thursday!

Well, it’s another day of rain for Northern Colorado and things aren’t looking good out there. Lots of flooding in our part of the state and the rain is still coming down. Please send us good thoughts to dry us up! And, if you’re in the area, be careful out there!

But, that said, I am thankful for today. I would be more thankful if there wasn’t flash-flooding but I am thankful nonetheless. Why?

 …. Running!

I know, you’re getting sick of me talking about running. I can’t help it! I think about it all.the.time.

This week, I’m thankful for running because it has had a very positive impact on my state of mind in recent weeks. Endorphins aren’t just giving me a runner’s high every so often. Oh no. I’ve been better equipped to handle stress and all the ups and downs of life. I’ve been happier, more calm, more relaxed, and have experienced less anxiety. And, I believe it’s due to running a lot (like a whole helluva lot).

There are a ton of great quotes that sum up how running really does impact your overall well-being (you can find 41 of them here) and these are a few of my favorites:

  • I run because it’s so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can’t. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you’re capable of so much more than you thought. – Arthur Blank
  • If you train your mind for running, everything else will be easy. – Amby Burfoot
  • Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about. – Patti Sue Plumer

And this one seems especially fitting this week:

  • When it’s pouring rain and you’re bowling along through the wet, there’s satisfaction in knowing you’re out there and the others aren’t.  – Peter Snell

I hope you find your never-ending runner’s high. Stay dry out there!

Happy Thankful Thursday!

P.S. Clearly the image above isn’t about running but it is amazing state flag art I recently purchased from my friend, Matt. (State of mind. State flags. Kind of all goes together, no?) Aren’t they awesome!?

Image via Matt’s Instagram

Feeling Artsy

A few weeks ago, we went to a good friend’s art show. It was a great night … dinner at a delicious Italian restaurant, catching up with old friends, and fantastic art.

We lent a piece we had previously purchased from the artist back to him for the show. I kept telling everyone it was ‘on loan from our collection.’ Like we’re fancy. Like we have an art collection.

So, the night was going great and I was really enjoying my wine. My spouse and I were looking at the artwork we could purchase and found ourselves drawn to two different pieces. Being reasonable, my spouse was willing to settle on the one I liked best. Being unreasonable (and tipsy), I proclaimed that we’d buy both.

Ooops.

I can’t say I’m sad it happened … I love them both and believe they’re better as a set. I have to admit it stung a little writing the check but I’m happy to know that we supported our friend and we have two new beautiful pieces of art for our ‘collection.’

Here they are, what do you think?? I think he is incredibly talented.

KoiFish Crow

Why I Volunteer: WY Art for the Cure

It’s time, once again, for Wyoming Art for the Cure! I’m incredibly excited about this year’s event because it’s our 10th Anniversary!! This awesome live and silent auction of amazing art has been going strong for 10 WHOLE YEARS!

Quick deets: WY Art for the Cure will be on April 20, 2012 from 6-9pm at Little America Hotel & Resort in Cheyenne, WY. We typically have around 500 patrons, over 120 pieces of art, live jazz music, delicious fare, and a lot of fun! I hope if you live in the Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming region, you’ll consider attending this event or making a donation. Tickets and other details can be found here.

via the WY Art for the Cure Committee Photo Shoot (Disclaimer: I was pregnant!)

Okay, so now, why do I do this event anyway? Well, once upon a time I was a catering manager for a hotel. I was young, terribly unorganized, and extremely uncultured (none of this has changed as of today except that now I’m not young). I had a meeting with a philanthropy called Art for the Cure to help them plan their event in our venue.

Now, as silly as this may sound….. When I met the group of women who organized this event, I knew instantly I wanted to be like them. In the meeting room were 15 or more young women, fashionably dressed, impeccably organized, and fun to chat with. I was instantly impressed at their event format (an art auction seemed so much more interesting than every other silent auction I helped organize) and their ability to dedicate time and energy to such a good cause while working, raising families, finishing school, etc.

The night of their event, I stood in the servers’ hallway listening to the jazz music, intrigued by the artwork and in awe of the flawless presentation the committee members gave to spread awareness about breast cancer. I was determined to be a part of this event and to be like these women.

Months later, I learned that I had a friend involved in the event and was surprised to find out that the founder of WY Art for the Cure was the mom of a girlfriend of mine. I took the opportunity to ask to join the committee then and have been on it ever since….that was in 2006.

Six years later, I’m finishing up my last year as a committee member of Wyoming Art for the Cure. Not only did I get to befriend the women I envied, some of them have become my best friends. Not only did I get to be a part of the committee, I got to lead it for three years. And one day, I was approached by someone I had once worked with and she told me how she wanted to be like me because of my philanthropy work, organization, and ability to balance life…..it was an amazing compliment. I had become one of the women I wanted to be.

I’ve loved every minute of serving on the Wyoming Art for the Cure committee and truly believe that the work this group does goes above and beyond raising money for breast cancer research. We empower women, teach valuable skills about leadership and philanthropy, and we celebrate art and those that create it.

I strongly encourage you to check out Wyoming Art for the Cure, view the gallery, make a donation, or come to the event! You will not be disappointed (and if you want to join the committee…let me know!!)

Here’s to our 10 year celebration! Wish us luck!