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Making It Through

by Jeanette R. Harrison It’s Saturday night on a three day holiday weekend. I’m sitting at home alone with my little dog, Mosie. I am reflecting back on my day as I get ready to do my daily gratitude practice. I am trying to think of 10  things I am grateful for today and why. I started doing this every day after reading the book, “The Magic,” by Rhonda Byrne. Some days, I have a lot to be grateful for. So much so that the 10 things I am grateful for come flying out of my head, almost faster than I can write them down. Other days, finding 10 things to be grateful for is a bit harder. Today was one of those days. I didn’t have a terrible day. Not at all. It was actually quite relaxing. I woke up and spent most of the morning lounging in my pajamas, drinking coffee, cooking myself breakfast, and picking up around my home. I had a pleasant morning. It was an acceptable morning. For a Saturday, I would give it three out of five stars. Why not five stars? Because it is a holiday weekend, an

Walking With the Right Mindset

by Jeanette R. Harrison, MPH I ran a 5K yesterday. Actually, I mostly walk/jogged it. There was a tremendous turnout for the Famous Idaho Potato Marathon in Boise, Idaho. I participated in the same race two years ago, and the participation was almost double this time. I couldn't believe my eyes when I pulled into the Albertson's Stadium parking lot. There were cars and people everywhere. I stood in line to get in line for the race. The race wasn't my best time. I didn't get a good pace from the beginning. Still, I finished, and that is what matters. My final time was 50:19, and I clocked an average mile time of 16:11, which was pretty close to my goal. My goal was a 16-minute mile or less for this race. Famous Idaho Potato Marathon Boise, Idaho  2024 I was proud of myself for finishing the race, but I was even prouder of myself for doing it. To be honest, I didn't want to show up that day. I wanted to lay in bed and be lazy on a Saturday. I even made up all of these

Getting Started Again

  by Jeanette R. Harrison, MPH You know that scene in the movie where the writer gets inspired, takes off the cover of the typewriter, blows the dust out of the keys, and starts click-clacking away? This is that moment for me. I feel like I haven't written anything in months. Not on this blog anyway. I'm not sure where I am taking this today, we will see where this post takes us.  At times, the hardest part of moving toward a goal is starting or even restarting. I look at my laptop every day. It takes that one moment, that one morning, like today, that says, "I should start writing on my website again today." Maybe it also takes that one word of encouragement from a friend, a coworker, a neighbor, a client, or maybe a family member to get you going again.  Photo by Jeanette R. Harrison, MPH In this case, I was already writing. I had written for years. What stopped me? What thwarted my efforts? What demotivated me? Who influenced me in such a way that stopped me from m