“You’ll never be a runner”… and the Lies I Told Myself

Every evening after work, my dad took himself to the high school track to run. He’d run seven laps and walk the last one, for

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Why “Just Reach Out” is Easier Said Than Done

I want to share something about me; something I have not told many people. There was a time when I used to go back to

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The Last Mile

The Hawthorn Half Day ultra race took place May 18, 2019, and in typical Indiana form, it was the hottest day of the year thus

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The First Run

On October 8, 2016, three months after I moved from San Diego to Terre Haute, Indiana, I decided to go for a run. I wanted

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The Midpoint of Winter: Returning to Light and Making Room for the Future

Today – February 2, 2021 – is the midpoint of winter, which means we’re halfway to spring. It is also Imbolc, which in the Celtic

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Looking Back at 2020: A Year of Rebuild

On Memorial Day of 2020, I went for a run. It was a hot and humid day. My anxiety was on high as I ran

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What Do You Do About the Family Holiday Card When You’re Getting Divorced?

When you’re going through a divorce, there are a series of steps you have to take. First step, file the documents with the county clerk’s

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Commemorating 11 Years of Blogging and a New Beginning

On November 6, I turned 45. In December, Leah’s Thoughts will be 11 years old. That means I’ve been writing this blog since I was

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A Yom Kippur Reflection: Forgiving Myself

In March 2019, I attended the Power of Narrative conference in Boston with my close friend, Ann marie. The time spent with her was not

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Elul and the End of Summer: The Bridge to a New Year

Today is 15 Elul, 5780. Wait, aren’t we in September, you ask? Yes, technically, today is September 4, 2020. But according to the Jewish calendar,

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Back to School and Raising an (Almost) Teen in Unprecedented Times

This is not your typical back-to-school blog post. In September 1987, I started my seventh grade year in middle school. My biggest worry was whether

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The Things I Believed to Be True

“Think back on and write down some of the early messages you received about who you were in the world, what was possible, etc. and

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A Bittersweet Farewell to the Scrapbook Supplies

When I was in my 20s, I was REALLY into scrapbooking. This was back in the early 2000s, before the days of Facebook and Instagram,

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Learning to Dance with Anger

This photo of a shattered dinner plate in my sink … this is anger. Last week, Sophie and I got into an argument that left

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The Things I Carry

Sometimes a writing idea will come to me in minutes and I’ll feverishly draft the entire thing in the Notes app of my phone. Other

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