Monthly Archives: December 2013

On turning 40

In early 2013, I completed my first tri. During the  check-in phase my calf was marked up with my age, a practice this rookie was not expecting. It was with mixed emotion that I walked away with this glaring and constant reminder of my age.


Thankfully, the mix of excitement and nerves kept me distracted from that gigantic, black, Sharpied 39 on my calf. This isn’t a race re-cap post, so I’ll skip to the relevant part of the story. It was somewhere mid-run that a feeling of fatigue started to well up inside me and a little annoying voice began telling me that a short walk break wouldn’t hurt a thing. Afterall, I was 39 and I deserved it. My only goal was to cross the finish line and in no particular time. Certainly, just finishing was enough.

As my spirits dropped, so did my head and guess what was in my line of sight? Yep. Everyone else’s Sharpied age marked right on their own calves. Passing me were 59, 12, 48, and 64 year olds. This is the exact moment when I made a conscious decision to shift my focus. Literally.

Lifting my head up brought into my line of sight the path that lay before me and the friends and family that lined that path. I let their cheering lift my spirits. Your job is to do this and give it your best. Push through. What doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger. You’ve got this, after all your only 39. If that 59, 12, 48, and 64-year-old can do this, you can too.  And just like that I was passing up that 59, 12, 48, and 64-year-old and crossing the finish line. Nicely done, Amy.

tri finish 2

And just like the finish line, my 40th birthday has come and gone. Life is so much like a race. Over the course of this last year from time to time my spirits waned but, when I made the effort to lift my head and take a look at what lay ahead of me it didn’t appear all that bad. My job here is to live the best life I can and I will push through the hard parts and find ways to experience joy as often as possible. Afterall, I am ONLY 40! I’ve totally got this and there is no time to waste dwelling on what I haven’t accomplished or how overwhelming it can all be sometimes.

 Last year I spent my birthday with an amazingly wise friend who reminded me that I was entering my 40th year of ilfe upon turning 39. My year has been filled with amazing experiences, love, and so many blessings. Not only did I complete my first triathlon during this 40th year of life, I have also has the sheer pleasure of

  • watching my boy turn  16-year-old, get his drivers license, get his first job, lose his first love, and get his first car
  • falling in love all over again with my best friend
  • watch one of the most precious ladies I know adopt the most special little girl ever
  • personally witnessing the amazing impact of the Girls On the Run program  on the lives of almost 20 incredible girls in San Antonio
  • learning to enjoy swimming for fitness (age+injuries= lots of pool time in 2013…I had no choice)
  • completing Priscilla Shrirer’s Gideon bible study that touched my heart in so many incredible ways
  • running a 5K for the first time  with both my sister and my mom
  • planting and watching our first herb garden grow
  • being spoiled by an amazing summer get away with my love
  • drinking mint juleps, listening to the amazing music of Mumford and Son’s under a beautiful summer night, and dancing the night away at a Fiesta party with my love
  • seeing the Market in Seattle, falling in love with a farm-house and the quaintest little town of O’Connor, Washington
  • watching the cutest niece ever turn 3
  • making memories with some of the best gals I know riding horses, drinking wine, swinging from trapeze, running races, drinking wine, watching Pink! swing from the rafters, and drinking wine 😉
  • doing my first  gym workout with my mom and watching her use heavier weights than me…she’s strong y’all.

There are too many fun memories to list them all, but it’s been a great little trip down memory lane. Most of all it’s inspiring and thrilling to think I have an entire year ahead of me to make a whole new list. Thanks to so many of you for making this year incredible for me!

So I am curious friends, have you ever struggled with a monumental birthday? Or do you just embrace getting older, one birthday at a time? If so, how did you manage to get through it and find joy and acceptance in your new age?


A winning combination

Thankful Thursday and Black Friday have come and gone. Cyber Monday is wrapping up and tomorrow it is all wrapped up like a gift with  #GivingTuesday.


#GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to giving. Have you found where you might give? No? Well, have a got the place for you.

Girls on the Run is just the kinda place you can’t resist. Over the course of 10 weeks our curriculum designed for 3rd – 8th graders covers lessons that encourages positive emotional, social, mental, and physical development. The leave the program with important strategies and skills to help them navigate life. If that doesn’t get you right there, then let me just show you a few faces that will get you hook, line, and sinker.

GOTR Fall 2012 2

GOTR Fall 2013

These are the faces of some of the girls that I have had the sweet privilege of getting to know in #GOTR. Each one of these girls has touched my life in a remarkable way.

It costs  $160 per girl and over 60% of our girls receive some kind of scholarship. This is where you come in, peeps. By clicking the link, you can make a monetary donation to help offset some of these costs –> DONATE HERE.

You know what else? Money isn’t the only thing we have to give. Want to give a little time and service? #GOTR has the chance for that too. Everything from Coaching a team to being a running buddy at our end of season 5K. Learn more about volunteer opportunities here, –> VOLUNTEER HERE.

Our San Antonio groups are currently wrapping up the season and preparing for our end of season 5K. Each girl is paired with a running buddy whose sole job is to ensure each girl gets across the finish line. Encouraging each of these girls to accomplish their individual goals has to be one of THE most inspiring things I have ever done. Want to be inspired too? Come out to our race on December 14th. Details can be found here. GOTR 5K–> REGISTER HERE.

Still not convinced? Check this out. Girls On The Run of Bexar County | Spring 2013 5K from Ragan Patterson Studios on Vimeo.

#GivingTuesday and #GOTR are a great combination! Add your donation to the mix and everyone’s a winner!

Gratitude Lately

Happy belated Thanksgiving! Honestly thought, is it ever to late to celebrate Thanksgiving. Pro’lly not, peeps. It’s all about the attitude of gratitude.

In honor of Thanksgiving, here is a quick gratitude re-cap of the last few days.

We took a whirlwind tour de’ Southeast Texas and made all 700 miles without incident. Oh, and how great is it to be driven around? So thankful to get the opportunity to be the passenger for about half of those miles at least.


Turkey Dash 2013.  I can’t tell you how excited and grateful I am to have gotten through an entire 10K with very little training and no serious pain during or after. It was a slow go, but I am counting it as a win!

Turkey Dash 2013 Start

Getting to run the Turkey Dash and spend the day with this handsome fella’ was definitely something that made the thankful list.

Turkey Carving 2013

Famileeeee! I got twice the Thanksgiving this year for the first time ever. Thanksgiving with the handsome fella’s sweet family and then round two with mine. Winner, winner, Turkey dinners!

How was your Thanksgiving spent? Did you run in your local Turkey dash? It totally makes the pumpkin pie worth the splurge. Speaking of which, I never even got a slice. Think I’ll go whip up some pumpkin cookies to get my fix!