Peace and Joy.

Not many people, except my family, know the spiritual side of me. I was born and raised in the Catholic Church, went to Catholic schools, and entered into college.  I got lazy in my Faith for a few years, and it showed.

As I have grown older, I have grown closer to my Faith again, thank goodness.  I married a wonderful man and gained a Father and Mother In Law that are great role models, as were my own parents who had raised me with the base that I needed to be a good person, and to do what is right.

Life happens. We get busy. We get distracted. We have kids, we have jobs, and we have stress.  With every change in life, whether expected or unexpected, celebrated or lamented, we move towards something.  What are we moving toward?  Is it something good for us?  Is it something that will make us be a better version of ourselves?

Not many people know that I joined the Confraternity of the Brown Scapular a while back.  What it has done for me and my prayer life has been amazing.  But, still, I have a ways to go. So, this year I am starting every day with prayerful readings and meditation.

Why? Because I want to be Peace, and I want to spread Joy. The only way to do that is to take time, sit in silence, be humble, and be thankful.  Why am I sharing this with you? Because the Peace and Joy I feel when I take just a few minutes to do this feels just as good, if not better, than a healthy dose of the trail.  I go to the trail to clear my mind, and this has the same effect.

Sit in silence. Think of a short list of blessings. Breathe and smile.




Amy is an ultramarathoner and triathlete, a mother of four, an Exercise Physiologist and a Physical Therapist. She lives with her husband, Dan (also an ultramarathoner and triathlete), and kids in Ohio.

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