Mantra Monday: Strength + Giveaway

Mantra Monday

Happy Monday!! How was your weekend?? It was a good weekend for me. A great weekend, really. I got my bike! Woot! My dad and I rode and it felt so good. I have to say, when it comes to a bike for someone like me who's five-foot-nothin', size totally matters! I have a bike that actually fits me. Until now, I never realized that every bike I ever had in my entire life has been way too big for me! I always felt like the bike had me, that the bike was in control, that the bike would launch me off at any given moment (and has, actually. There was that one time riding to biology class in college, a bloody knee, yada yada yada...) Not to mention that bar. You know the bar. The bar. The one that makes life miserable for any girl who falls forward off the seat.

But no problem here! I love my bike. I feel like a kid again.

But I'm coming up on the final four weeks of training for the triathlon and between the workouts and actual life, it's starting to get a little crazy. The inner panic is starting to set in about how on earth I am going to fit everything in.

So this Mantra Monday, it's about strength. I've found that pretty much anything in my life, or anyone's life for that matter, necessitates a great deal of strength. It really doesn't matter what it is. It could be a resolve to quit smoking, to not pick up that phone after a breakup (or drive by someone's house 150 times), it could be strength for willpower in working out or (ugh) dieting, it could be for someone facing illness or tantrums or financial hardship, physical weakness, it doesn't matter.

We all need strength. Almost every day I ask myself, God, or whoever's listening, for strength.

I've been known to stand in my living room among the screaming and crying, whispering to myself, "Oh God, please give me strength..."

At the end of a busy day when a certain little boy is discovered in the bathroom, covered in mommy's deoderant...

I've been known to say it on the first mile of a run that doesn't seem like it's going to pan out. Or in labor. Twice. And the millions of times in the inbetween. I need strength to keep going every day, in the face of whatever. Because at any given moment, weakness is hanging out, peeking from around the corner, waiting for "strength" to go on his coffee break so he can sneak up from behind...

Weakness is out to get me. But I'm not gonna let it. I need strength in such a way that I'm wearing it right now and it just happens to be one of my newest additions at my Etsy shop. So if you're in need of strength, guess what??? I'm giving it away this week to a lucky commenter!!

Just leave a comment telling me what you need strength for and I'll randomly select the winner and announce it on Saturday. The contest closes Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET. You can earn another entry by "Following" me, and another entry if you post about the giveaway on your own blog and link to it. That's three chances! You must, however, leave a comment for each entry.

Good luck! I hope that strength is plentiful for you as you go about your week! Happy Mantra Monday!

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Wanna join in the Mantra? Let me know you've posted and I'll link you right here!


  1. I agree that it is even harder to maintain the strength to stay the course, work harder, do that one more crunch or run that one more mile.
    See my post:

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  3. My second comment is to thank you for such an uplifting Mantra subject. ( I already follow your blog)

  4. My Third comment is to day I need strenght to stick to my fitness goals. No weekends off, no cake rewards for going to the gym like I should!

  5. I just wanted to come over and say thanks for being such an inspiration for all of us "sisters" at Shrinking Jeans! Love the new wheels! 22 miles is amazing!
    you obviously have tackled "needing strength" if you are doing this triathalon, but you are right....everyone needs that inner strength to get it done! Way to go!!

  6. I will always need extra strength in my weight loss challenge and dealing with those crazy co-workers of mine. Some times I need to keep reminding myself of why I do the things I do.

  7. My husband in a sense has left me for another woman leaving me broken and broken hearted. I could use a bit of help in the strength department for getting my life back in order and becoming a strong independent woman without the help of a man.

  8. I need strength to survive potty training! And to get back on track with my diet...

  9. i need strength to love myself. enough that dieting and exercise doesn't overwhelm my life - but does play a roll in making me a strong woman.

  10. (Oh, I do know what you mean about "the bar." What I have never figured out is, if it's painful for girls to fall on it, wouldn't it be painful for guys to fall on it? And the guys' bikes are the ones that have it! Go figure.)

    I need strength for when I get bored and overwhelmed and my hands reach for the munchies. My workouts have been helping my weight stay stable, but I really do need to cut back on the food. Or at least the types of food: I reach for nuts, which are healthy, but I really ought to be reaching more for the veggies. Some of my old bad habits are slipping back in, and it's not acceptable.

  11. I need the strength to survie the stress of my job! And finish my yard remodle job!


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