This summer, while enjoying a lunch of salmon (above) at a sidewalk cafe in Paris, with a view of the Louvre (above), I met Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run. She was having lunch alone and noticed that my friends and I spoke English and started up a conversation with us that continuted long beyond our lunch.
Molly is a former high school chemistry teacher and drug prevention specialist who combined her counseling and teaching expertise with new research on adolescent issues to create GOTR. Today, aside from leading the thriving nonprofit, she is the author of two books, a four-time Hawaii Ironman triathlete, and a mother of two. Say that three times fast!
This woman is pretty much my inspiration. Then, I discovered the Daily Muse - a recently launched website for young professional women, and I found another inspiration. So I put the two together and applied to write for the Daily Muse and my first article was interviewing Molly. I am so honored to be involved with a site like this and to have my work published – it’s totally made my day! I can’t stop smiling and showing it to everyone!
Here’s a sneak preview:
What’s your personal secret to success?
You ready? Call me crazy, but it’s quiet time and solitude—whether on a run, during yoga, on a walk, or during meditation. As a person often in the public, who works with literally hundreds of individuals, it’s critical for me to refuel with time for myself, time to breathe. Oftentimes I overthink and overprocess, and meditation and other forms of quiet allow me to stop thinking and simply be.
So what does a normal workday look like for you?
I spend a lot of time communicating with GOTR “people:” coaches, directors, and, of course, the girls. I do a lot of public speaking and am frequently on the road, and every day is different.
But running and physical movement are very important to my spiritual and mental fortitude. So though everything else may be changing by the day, I generally run, practice yoga, or lift weights five to six days per week.
You can read the full article here. Leave a comment and let me know what you think!