Once Junked JiFFY & I’m Feelin’ SWEET

Still here, and I’ve even been crafty! I had this sparkly strawberry on my desk, leftover from my March JiFFy post. I couldn’t let it go to waste! Plus,  my friends at Unity are celebrating THREE FABULOUS years this week. It seemed like a great day to post! Happy Birthday, Unity!

This strawberry is so sparkly. It looks so sweet.

Sweet. It’s how I’ve been feeling lately, and that’s a good thing. I’ve mentioned several times that I took up running late last spring. After several declined invites to run with a great group of lean, mean and dedicated ladies here in town, I finally accepted last week, and I’ve ran with them 3 times so far. I could cry telling you how good it felt to finally run 4 miles (FOUR MILES!) without stopping to walk! Actually, I could cry from how tired my lungs felt during and after. It hasn’t been perfect any of the 3 runs, but even the first morning, I left our local Y and finished with them. ME!

I’ll be honest. They’ve been asking me to join them for months, and last week my running plans fell apart at the last minute and there they were, sweetly encouraging me again. What if I can’t keep up with them? What if I have to walk? What if they leave me eating dust? What if I hold them back? (That was actually my biggest fear! – I don’t want anyone to hold up or not get a needed workout because of me!) But, I was at a point where I needed to be pushed. I needed to go further, and I needed consistent accountability. Saying a praise today for constantly having people come into my life with the right encouragement, at the right time. I am blessed.

If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. I’ve never been more certain of these words than I am right now.

I’ve got more crafty remnants from the weekend on my desk. See you tomorrow!

  • Stamps: Sweetest Day and sentiment from a random KOM – Unity Stamp Company
  • Ink: Tuxedo Black – Memento and Fresh Snow – Papertrey Ink (to sponge edges of kraft cardstock)
  • Cardstock: Kraft, Intense Pink & Kiwi – Prism, White & Madison Plaid – Echo Park
  • Accs: dots  impression folder – Sizzix, linen thread, flower, diamond glitter, Copic Markers (R20, RV29 and YG23)

12 responses to “Once Junked JiFFY & I’m Feelin’ SWEET

  1. eeeeeek this is ADORABLE! That is one of my fave Unity stamps and always will be! LOVE your glittery take on it and the embossed Kraft is awesome too!… and of COURSE you’re feeling sweet….cuz you’re one of the SWEETEST I know!!!!!

  2. Very sweet, Sweetness! 🙂 And congrats on the run — if anyone can do it, I know you can! Miss you — call when you get a chance!

  3. Heather Seaver

    Lori..So sweet! I am so proud of you about the running! I am pushing myself to try to learn to run too..but it will be a LONG time before I can run 4 miles without walking..I do good to run 1-2 minutes right now..but I’m pushing myself to go a little further each time. You are an inspiration & encouragement to me to press on!

    Love your sweet card and your blog!
    Heather

  4. LOVE this sparkly little splash of sweet, and your post is even sweeter…

    I admire every bit of ya!

  5. Such a sweet card from such a sweet person. I loved your story about running and am so glad that you decided to go for it. The exercise is amazingly good for your body and for your mind. I am long past being able to run but I walk 6 days a week after work. Whenever I don’t want to do it, and there are many times, I just remember how much better I feel because of it. You should be very, very proud of yourself. Go Lori!

  6. Your card is adorable, Lori 🙂 Truly sweet! Your story is so encouraging and inspirational! I need to be around YOU each day! Congrats on keepin’ up with da gals!!! YOU ROCK!

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  8. This card is so perfect and sparkly and YOU are so amazing and inspiring 🙂

  9. Your card is darling. You are such an inspiration my friend. I’ve been having such a hard time lately with moving forward on some things I know I need/want to do. It’s so good to hear of your progress – it makes my heart happy!

  10. Bravo, SWEET Lori!!! I am so proud of you and to be your SWEET friend! 4 miles is A LOT! I’ve got to get back out there again. So hard to get started after you’ve stopped, so my advice? Don’t stop! Keep doing what you’re doing, sister. And know that I LOVE YOU!!! (((Lori!))) And, of course, I love your oh-so-yummy and sparkly strawberry card. 🙂

  11. You go girl! I am so proud of you and so get the fear and nervousness! You should be thrilled and proud and yes aren’t we blessed when the perfect people come around at the perfect moment?!

  12. This is totally SWEET GF and I am SO PROUD of you with your running!!! Congrats girl!! {{{HUGS}}}

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