You’ve always wanted to be a runner, but you’re struggling to get out the door. Running is easier than you think. If I can do this, you can do this. Just keep going.

Photo by Zac Ong,

There she is again. You see her every day on your morning commute. The runner girl, effortlessly gliding along. She makes it look so easy. You notice her ponytail bouncing, her flat stomach, her thin physique. Instead of admiration, you feel envy, and then disgust. You almost hate her for being so perfect. …

You can accomplish anything with just a little bit of discipline and consistency.

Image by Tembela Bohle,

I know. How does one accidentally run for 45 consecutive days?

Well, like most of 2020, it just kind of happened. And the experience was invaluable.

Even though I’m a seasoned runner, it was confirmation that practicing just a small amount of self-discipline will allow any person to access untapped and unlimited potential.

I don’t want this to come across as some lame, superficial attempt to toot my own horn.

“Hey everyone! I ran for 45 days in a row! Come read about how great I am!”

Goals are not achieved by taking massive leaps. The key to achieving anything you want in life comes down to daily habits.

Bruno Nascimento,

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” — Will Durant.

They say write what you know, so I write about running, ad nauseam.

Running is something in which I have a lot of experience, and through my experience, I strive to help others succeed in this sport I’ve grown to love.

I’m often asked how I started running and how I’ve been able to keep going through the years. Most people just assume I’m a natural distance runner.

I’m not.

I don’t possess some natural athletic ability that enables me to run…

Feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or unproductive? Here’s a simple trick that may help you cross a few things off of your to-do list.

Emma Matthews,

Full disclosure: this a brain dump. Raw, and minimally processed.

I want to begin by saying I’m eternally grateful for the ability to write. Writing has changed my life.

But, today, I just don’t feel like writing.

Actually, I’ve been struggling for a few weeks. For more times than I care to count, I’ve sat down at my laptop to write, and nothing of substance came out.

Instead of words flowing from my brain and onto the screen, I’ve sat for hours and stared at a blinking cursor.

I’m stuck. My mind feels like a bowl of jello.

And it’s…

If you need encouragement in these troubling times, just look for the heroes. They’re all around us.

National Cancer Institute,

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.” — Helen Keller

The word ‘hero” has lost its merit in recent years.

These days, celebrities and athletes are falsely portrayed as the heroes of our society. The criteria required to reach hero status has been reduced to nothing more than a facade.

Very few in the limelight have shoulders broad enough to carry the weight of a true hero.

The real heroes are all around us, hidden in…

Social media can wreak havoc on our mental health. Here’s why you need to log off and practice social media distancing.

Becca Tapert, unsplash

Humans are social creatures. We have a primal instinct to connect and communicate. In less than 200 years, we went from shouting to handwritten letters to telegraphs to telephones to pocket-sized supercomputers.

With the device you’re holding in your hand, you have the power to reach every corner of the globe. Just 10–15 years ago, the technology we have access to today was nothing more than imagination.

And now, we’re all connected somehow. …

After this experience, I vowed to never take my wife for granted again.

Photo by Rachael Crowe,

It only took one weekend to change my entire perspective on marriage and relationships.

In one harrowing experience, my blatant inadequacies as a husband and a father were totally exposed and I was able to see my wife as the superwoman that she truly is.

I know our readers appreciate context, so let me tell you a little bit about myself and my lack of adulting skills so that you can fully appreciate and understand the magnitude of the journey on which you are about to embark.

Photo: Charity Davenport/flickr

Pat Summitt was one of the greatest coaches in college basketball history. A few years ago, I had the incredible opportunity to meet this legendary coach.

Pat Summitt is not only one of the greatest coaches in basketball history, she’s a legend in every sense of the word.

Pat was named head coach of women’s basketball at the University of Tennessee at only 22 years of age. She spent all 38 years of her illustrious career at Tennessee, winning a total of eight national championships along the way.

Pat never had a losing season and won an astonishing 84% of her games. In the Fall of 2007, I had the incredible honor of meeting her. …

Digital distraction first thing in the morning could be sabotaging your life.

Photo: Manuel Del Moral,

We all do it. You’re lying in bed all warm and cozy, snoozing away, immersed in a dream, when your alarm suddenly jolts you back to reality.

Most likely, your phone is your alarm. As you grab your phone and shut off the alarm, you notice 3 missed texts. And there’s a little red notification thing jutting out of your Facebook app, glaring back at you like a stoplight.

Your OCD is triggered. Now you have to open Facebook and clear the notification. While you’re there, you begin scrolling. …

Ditch the complicated diet plans, lose weight, and simplify your life. Intermittent fasting has transformed my life in more ways than one. If I can do it, so can you.

Photo by i yunmai,

The older we get, the harder it is to lose weight. It seems our waist size increases with age.

When we were teenagers, we could eat whatever we wanted whenever we wanted and not gain a pound. What I wouldn’t give to have the metabolism of my 18 year-old self.

As we get into our 30’s, our metabolism slows considerably, and it becomes way too easy to pack on unwanted…

Wes Cassell

Husband. Father. Runner. Writer for hire. Am I a hero? I really can’t say. But yes.

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