26 In life


You eat to nourish your body. You sleep to rejuvenate your spirit. You study, work, and apply yourself for emotional gains. You exercise to tighten your muscles. You listen to music to entertain yourself, erin.

You’re not at all adverse to investing time and energy for the rewards you seek. So how about you spare just a few minutes every day to visualize the life of your dreams? Because nothing else you could ever do will make such a profound difference in your fortunes and misfortunes as working with your thoughts and beliefs.

You can start now,
The Universe

Oh, Universe, your timing is impeccable, always.

As I start my 36th trip around the sun, I can’t help but wish I could stop time – so there’d be more of it for everything. More little moments each day with those who matter most, more lingering over morning coffee, more swimbikerun, more just sitting with the quiet and being. 

And, then I realize that there’s plenty of time – because it’s all in how I choose to use it every day. So, this year, more so than ever (how the hell am I suddenly THIRTY SIX?!), I’m choosing my version of stopping time by being even more mindful of where that precious commodity goes. Every single day, time to reflect on where I want my life to go – and continuing to create it.

It’s already shaping up to be the best year yet ♥



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  • Steena
    12/18/2015 at 9:13 am

    Happy birthday! (?) As always, love your attitude, it’s beautiful.
    Excited to follow your journey in 2016!

    • erin
      12/19/2015 at 10:34 am

      You’re so sweet… thank you, Steena! Excited to follow your journey to IMWI next year, too! I’ll be there cheering loudly :)

  • Kecia
    12/18/2015 at 10:22 am

    Happy Birthday!! I hope your day is as magnificent and amazing as you are!!

    • erin
      12/19/2015 at 10:52 am

      Thanks so much for the sweet words and birthday wishes, Kecia!

  • amikoch
    12/18/2015 at 11:13 am

    Oh, this was SO GOOD!!!! I got teared up! hahahaha :) HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SISTER!!! love you! <3

    • erin
      12/19/2015 at 10:57 am

      Aww, thank you, Sista! So glad I got to spend part of my day with you :) love you, too! xo.

  • Kelsey
    12/18/2015 at 12:19 pm

    Happy Birthday Erin!! Wishing you the very best year and lots of little and big moments to savour!

    • erin
      12/19/2015 at 10:58 am

      Thank you so much, Kelsey!

  • Jen
    12/18/2015 at 1:16 pm

    Happiest of birthdays to you. Hope our paths cross sometime this year. :)

    • erin
      12/19/2015 at 10:59 am

      Thanks so much, Jen! i Hope they do, too :) Enjoy your Winnipeg visit!

  • Jesse - Questionably Texan
    12/18/2015 at 1:33 pm

    Happy Birthday!

    • erin
      12/19/2015 at 11:00 am

      Thank you, Jesse!

  • Carin
    12/18/2015 at 1:35 pm

    Happy Birthday! Many wishes for a magical trip around the sun!!!

    • erin
      12/19/2015 at 11:00 am

      Big thank yous, Carin!

  • Gillian Power
    12/18/2015 at 8:40 pm

    Happy Birthday Erin! This post could not have come at a better time for me, thank you! I also struggle with wanting to do it all but it;s up to us how we use our time and I am making sure that 2016 is all about spending it wisely. Hope you have a lovely birthday weekend. :)

    • erin
      12/19/2015 at 11:06 am

      I’m so glad, Gillian! Wishing you an intentional and amazing 2016 :) Thank you much for the birthday wishes! xo.

  • Danielle @ Eat Primal, Run Hard
    12/19/2015 at 4:09 am

    Great post as always Erin. I too feel like I just want to linger in my life now, and for things to slow down. And you’re right, we are in control of all of this. Happy 36th birthday! Looking forward to watching your next year unfold :)

    • erin
      12/19/2015 at 11:16 am

      Thank you, friend! A lesson we learn as we grow up, right?! :) Happiest holidays to you! xo.

  • Michelle
    12/19/2015 at 5:07 pm

    A day late, but happy, happy birthday!

    • erin
      12/21/2015 at 5:34 am

      Thanks so much, Michelle! :)

  • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats
    12/21/2015 at 10:46 pm

    Happy 36th Erin!! I’m sure it will be the BEST yet!!!

    • erin
      12/22/2015 at 5:53 am

      Thanks so much, Leslie! I think it’s gonna be :)

  • Kristen
    12/23/2015 at 2:51 pm

    I’m a little late, as I’m spending the day catching up on my favorite blogs — HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You continue to inspire me, as an athlete and woman. I always love reading your perspectives on things. Thank you for being a positive light for many. Cheers to another fabulous trip around the sun!!!

  • Luv What You Do
    12/24/2015 at 6:13 pm

    Happy WAY belated birthday Erin! So excited to see what this next year holds for you. You inspire me every day!

  • Beth
    12/26/2015 at 9:24 am

    Happy belated birthday Erin! I love this post so much, I hope that 36 brings you so much joy and fulfillment.

  • Caitlin
    12/29/2015 at 3:16 pm

    Happy belated birthday! This post is perfection, especially this: ” I’m choosing my version of stopping time by being even more mindful of where that precious commodity goes.” I love it.

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