Monday, June 7, 2010

I am a Do-er

I don't know when it happened.  Maybe it was 6 years ago when I started running and then took a month long snowboarding class.  They were definitely life changing experiences from which I will  never be the same again.  I blogged a little about them here and might have to expand further one day.  But maybe it started before then.  Maybe it was the year we pulled Jake mid year out of a school where nobody valued him. Maybe it was when I decided to forge a new path not sending Jake to pre-school and then homeschooling him for 2 years.  Or maybe the real moment happened when I walked down the aisle to my high school sweetheart at 19 years old.

I don't know when I became a do-er and not just a thinker.  Which moment in my life was the turning point where I realized I could do what I put my mind to?  I don't really come from a family of do-ers.  We are more talkers.  We sit mesmerized and slightly confused as we read about or listen to people who share all the things they are do-ing.  We don't really do.  We just talk.

But then one day I did.  I stepped up and announced I was marrying at 19.  I stood firm when everyone tried to talk me out of homeschooling.  I boldly plowed forward when everyone at Jake's school thought I was some crazy mother in denial.  And then one day, I ran out my back door and nothing has been the same since.

2 years ago when we were talking about going to Africa, a year before the actual trip, someone in my family commented that it will be nice if it works out.  IF it works out I thought!?  Was I talking like I was only thinking about it?  We ARE going to Africa.  And we did.

After Africa I told a friend how I really felt like I had become a do-er.  I wasn't just a dreamer, a talker, a thinker.  Since then I have dreamed new dreams that I believe will happen.  I really do believe I will be able to write magazine articles and that God will lead me down an exciting path.  I am not afraid to pursue that dream I am excited to take action as well.

And so this weekend I did another thing that I would have in the past just talked about, been amazed by others who were able to do it, and wished I was a person who did it.  This weekend I became a triathlete.

I signed up in February and proceeded to keep up with my weekly killer spin class, regular runs, weight lifting and in March added twice weekly lap swimming.  If I ever thought about staying home one morning I would be reminded of this impending deadline of June 5th to be ready for the event.  I knew I wasn't a competitive person and my goal was simply to finish the race.

Last Saturday I did it.  I became a triathlete.  Something I always admired in other women is now something I have done.  I rock. 

I think one of the biggest changes in my life as a result of becoming a do-er over the years is in how I view the world and specifically other people.  I don't meet people and think, "I wish I could do that."  "I wish I was like her." "Why can they do that and I can't?"  Now when I meet people doing amazing things I can enjoy who they are and what they are doing without any feeling of inferiority because I know that I am capable of doing whatever I set my mind to.  I am a Do-er.

To read all the details go check out the WEWAWO blog where I write with my sisters about all our athletic endevors and healthy eating ideas. 


  1. Are you REALLY my daughter?!?!?! You sure did break the family mold!! You really do ROCK!!!! I'm tired just sitting here thinking about what you accomplished. I'm VERY PROUD of YOU!!!!!

  2. Melanie...magnificent post. Been thinking about it all day and am feeling so challenged. I'm not sure yet what God would have me DO but you can bet I'm going to be praying hard about it...and then DOING it!

  3. You are amazing, and inspiring... and are blazing your own path!