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Persevering Through Hard Things

I decided to write a short blog about a recent accomplishment of mine.  I have written about it before and have been transparent with my clients in about me attempting to complete the NYC marathon, which was something I really wanted to do but was unsure of if I could do it.

In a nutshell, I went into the race blistered and with a swollen ankle from training.  I was however, medically cleared and decided to set forth on the journey.

As with many things in life, the marathon did not go as I had hoped for.  However, I prevailed, and I finished it.  In the dark, many, many, hours after the start and with the help of Project Finish, who were complete rockstars and made the final finishers such as me feel worthy and special and absolutely amazing.  (I would highly encourage anyone in the tri state area to consider taking part in Project Finish, I can’t imagine what it would have been like without them there.)

We set out on our own paths for different reasons.  Some of the paths are harder than others.  Some travel similar paths and have similar experiences, some have very different experiences.  I think that what makes it special is the journey, the act of knowing that something special is on the horizon, trying your best to achieve your goal(s) and if it doesn’t happen, chipping away at it again.  Slowly and surely, in whatever way is right for you.

I had so many reasons to give up.  I decided not to.  It was not in my journey that day. What will your journey be?

Here’s to more journeys for all of us.

Keep the faith,


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Hi, I’m Alicia! By now you probably know who I am, but just in case you don’t, I am a New Jersey Telehealth Therapist and I’m so happy you landed here!

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