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2017 MustAct for the Children

I am currently raising money to help rebuild the Agape Children’s Home, which is a part of The Mustard Seed Mission(MSM).
 
MSM has been caring for & meeting the needs of the people of Taiwan for over 60 years…one of which was mine. They facilitated my adoption when I was just a baby, which brought me the opportunity to live the blessing of life that I am still living to this day. It is on my heart to give back to the place that helped me to get such a great start in life. My life was impacted greatly, because one lady cared enough to step out to start the MSM so many years ago. These last few years I have felt a re-connection to this mission and the people of Taiwan.


 
MSM is planning to continue caring for the children with their plans to build a new multi-purpose facility in Taiwan, providing a new home for the children.
The new building will:
-Meet their current needs and provide more opportunities for their future.
-It will include new & larger living spaces for the children. The current facility is old, and in need of repair.
-It will have in house counseling services to meet the needs of the children.
-House single mothers along with their children while helping them to recover during difficult times.
-Offer vocational training for the young people that will not be attending college & give them hands on experience in the occupation of their choice.
-Enable MSM to have space for the young adults(over age 18) to continue living there while transitioning into adulthood.
 
Matt & I will be running the Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend on Feb. 12, in hopes of raising awareness and support for the Mustard Seed Mission’s new building project.
 
We would appreciate your support. If you would like more information, or would like to donate to our project, Mustard Seed has created this website for us:
 
If you would like to follow my personal thoughts along the way, you can “like” this page.
 
Thank you so much, and thank you all for being part of my life’s journey….and do please click “share”. You never know where your simple sharing may lead & who all would like to donate to such a project. ❤
 
Love you all,
Julia
 
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2017 MUST ACT – Run for Kids 為孩子而跑
Julia Davis #mustact


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It’s an honor to know you sir…

 

I have a friend that is running The Boston Marathon tomorrow.

Many see him living his dream, but have no idea the road he has traveled to get there.

If you know a Boston Marathoner, you should consider it an honor to have met them.

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Mr. Cecil Pavey~ Boston Marathoner #22640

 

 


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Running friends are the best kind of friends….

This blog post is for my friend & fellow runner, Julia Cantley of Julia Cantley Photography.

 

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“She keeps me going. We all need friends like that.” ❤

I just returned from a much needed run with her at her gym.
I almost didn’t go, because I HAVE SO MUCH TO DO!  Then I thought, “If I don’t have 20-30 minutes to take time for myself then I’m just TOO BUSY!”

At the end of our run, she mentioned that I really needed to make a new blog entry.  I’m always surprised when she says that, but its nice that she notices.  🙂
Again, I said….“I have just been too busy.”

So, for Julia, I will share my thoughts from yesterday.  I typed it, but I just didn’t feel like sharing….I get that way sometimes.

 

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“I LOVE the people that I get to run with, they’re right up there with my church family. I just really enjoy being in their presence.

Would I LOVE them as much if we spent more than an hour or two at a time together? I have no idea!

I’m guessing…probably not. 

So, for now, I’ll just enjoy the moment(s). Spending time with self motivated, supportive, happy, inspirational people is truly a blessing.

I’m very thankful!”

 

Chilton Runners ~ "Some of the best people I have the pleasure of knowing & running with."

Happy Chilton Runners @ 5:15am ~ “Some of the best people I have the pleasure of knowing & running with.”

 

I am reminded of a post that I wrote last year.

When I run, I get to live for a moment in my dream world.  It’s one of my favorite places to be.  

You can read about it here:  https://the23rdmile.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/race-day-living-the-dream/

Happy Running Everyone!

~Julia

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I have no VALID excuse…

 

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“I have no excuse.”

This was my response concerning not showing up at our 5:15am group run today.

I typed it….but that’s not really what I wanted to say!

I wanted to type my long list of excuses.  There are some really good ones!  

Would you like to hear them?  

No?

…I didn’t think so.

So possibly I typed the wrong statement today.

I should have typed, “I have a whole host of excuses, but none are valid enough to excuse my choice to stay in the bed this morning.”

Or simply:

“I have no VALID excuse.”

Sometimes that’s hard to admit.

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Lessons in sidewalk chalk…

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Sometimes in life we need to have a reason to celebrate.
Go create your own finish lines.

There are some moments in life that you’ll have to create your own reason to celebrate.
Go make a new finish line.

Sometimes in life, you’ll just have to create your own finish line.
Go find a reason to celebrate.

Go find a reason to celebrate, even if you have to create the finish line yourself.

Running gives you a reason to celebrate, even if you create the finish line in your own imagination.

Running gives you reasons to celebrate, even when setting the finish line yourself.

Running gives you reasons to celebrate, even if you’re the one who set the finish line.

Give yourself a reason to celebrate.    GO FOR A RUN!

GO FOR A RUN!

Because sometimes you have to create your own reasons worth celebrating.

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Blog Birthday

One year ago today my blog was born!

z232It was named “Mile 23”, because that was my favorite mile of the marathon that I had just ran.
If I had started my blog today….a year and another marathon later…I would have named it “Mile 22”.

During this year’s marathon, mile 22 was THE BEST!

I’m running around here like a chicken with it’s head cut off(to quote my mother)….so I don’t have time to write about it today….but I WILL!

~Happy Birthday Mile 23~

It’s been a fun year!  Thanks for reading everybody!

Happy Running!


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SO, enough about me…What’s YOUR “WHY”?

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 I’d love to share your running story on my blog.  What’s your “WHY?”

 

The thought that is foremost on my mind when I run is, “WHY?”

Why do I run…why do you run?

If I were to have an obsession about running…the “WHY’s” have it!

I mean, there are thousands and thousands of people doing this same thing every day…why would they do that?  What moves you?  Just what IS a big enough reason to keep you going through the cold, rain, hills, heat, miles, dark, sun, pain?  Why?  Why?  WHY?  🙂

Your “why’s” inspire me & I know I’m not the only one that feels this way!

Since I can’t seem to get away from this thought…I’ve decided to just “go with it”. 

I’m devoting a portion of my blog to inspiring each other through sharing our stories.

Why do you run?  Why did you start?  Why do you love it?  What’s on your heart to share…I want to know!

If you’d like to help rest my mind(please, please, please 🙂 ), submit your story along with at least your first name and last initial to the23rdmile@outlook.com be sure to include a picture(more than one if you’d like)! Also, feel free to let me know about your blog and/or website if you’d like for me to include a link to it.

Thank you for sharing!  Thank you for inspiring!

~Julia