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Going for the Gold – Guest Post by Brittany Johnston of

I was never a very active person, nor did I have the desire to become fit. And still after two years of at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week, it’s still a challenge for me to say to myself ‘I am in shape’. But truth be told, I AM in shape. I AM fit. I AM active. And I love it.

For years I struggled with keeping up with my classmates in gym class. Slightly embarrassed, I did try my best but even my best wasn’t as good as the other students’ worst.

Seemingly scarred from middle school gym class, I never made any attempts at sports, or any extra curricular activities for that matter. Ironically that is now my life’s purpose: feeling good and inspiring others to feel the same.

Brittany Johnston

Going for the Gold

Nine years later and I just completed my second annual “St. Pat’s 5K”. A simple task for some, but a miracle for me. My thoughts going into this experience were to just finish the race, to run 3.12 miles without stopping, struggling, or shortness of breath.

Not even a mile into the race and already I developed pre-menstrual cramps, melodramatic exhaustion, and it was starting to rain. Not to mention the fact I hadn’t run 3 miles since last year’s race. My expectations were already at a low level and now I was faced with “that time of the month” cramps!

Despite my struggles, I pushed myself, I persevered, and I didn’t stop until I reached the finish line. What was the outcome? I had beat my time by 2:33 from the year before. My motivation wasn’t the cramps, or the crappy weather, it was that 14 year old girl who barely made 16 minutes on the timed mile in school. It was everyone, including myself, who laughed at the idea of me being physically active and in shape.

Though I do believe I deserve bragging rights for this one, that isn’t the moral of the story. The moral of the story is to believe in yourself. I believed I would make it to the finish line and I did, faster than ever before. You too can and should believe in yourself, for it will take you to places you never thought you’d reach. Don’t settle for silver, go for the gold, and I promise you you’ll get it.

Brittany Johnston is the thoughtful mind behind , a blog about her post-college journey of self discovery shared with the hope that it will be inspirational to others on the same journey. She is continually building Sheer Spirit little by little, while working, traveling, loving life, and deepening her spiritual connection.


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      I wish I had a magic answer, but unfortunately I don’t. The only thing I’ve found that works is to just start writing, no matter how terrible or unorganized. I find that if I just keep going I’ll eventually get in the groove, and am usually pleasantly surprised that what I started out with isn’t as bad as I thought. I had a writing class once where the professor strongly advocated just writing for 15 minutes every day even if you had nothing to say, and over time you’ll find you can organize your thoughts faster and get better and better. It seems to work for me. Good luck!

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