6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

What Fills Your Pie

As a Working/Running/Blogging Mom my plate is nearly always FULL. Being busy is my life and I have accepted that. I TRY to keep a positive attitude and in general I am successful. How you ask?

My Best Friend Charity introduced me to the idea of my PIE. There are times in life when you feel depleted like something is missing...your PIE is not full. After having a Girls Night with me she would leave and say "Thank you my Pie is Full now."

It is the easiest thing in the world to just be sad. To let all the things that make you stressed and depressed take over. Granted there are times when life does not make sense and you must depart from the world to mourn, take that time. More often than not, the things we let get us down is all a matter of how we think about LIFE.

Mind, Body, and Soul= Your PIE

Things that Fill my PIE:

-Muscle Man and his doting and loving words.

-RUNNING...Good days and bad days, I love to be out in Nature by the power of my size 10's.

-Hugs and Kisses from my Little Studs.

-Girls Night and phone calls from my Friends.

-My Mom calling to ask what I need from Trader Joes.

-Hosting "High Five Friday" and reading all of the Race Reports after the weekend.

-Vendors who believe in me and are willing to let me TEST products...Fun Tall Mom Test Lab Reviews coming soon..

-Amazing and unexpected Bloggy love from friends I have never met

*Jillian HERE host of "Props Wednesday" I was floored to see that I was getting props. Her words brought tears to my eyes.. Total Pie Filler.

*TMB HERE dedicated mile 13 of her Marathon this weekend to ME. WHAT??? I was, and still am, amazed and totally honored.

*Believe HERE has "Feel Good Friday" last Friday she called me "Inspiring" ...again tears. If I was feeling tired and done with the week this Filled my PIE for sure.

-Fun events at local Running Stores... Diva night at Fleet Feet tonight!! Can't wait to meet Zoe and possibly Kerrie.

-Running Dates. No matter the pace running with someone is such a TREAT.

-Trees, yes Trees fill my pie. I am not a Tree Hugger, but being in the woods makes me feel complete.

-Knowing that I can type on Tall Mom and possibly connect with, or make one person smile.... That totally Fills my PIE!!!

What can you do today to make sure that your PIE is full? You have the choice to be happy, make it happen, fill your PIE.

PS. Does the picture in this post make anyone else excited for Thanksgiving??


robinbb said...

That picture made me hungry. :)

My kids always make my pie full. And an understanding husband who lets me spend money on my crazy running obsession and pampered me on Sunday/Monday when I couldn't walk well after my achilles swelled up.

Melissa said...

Kids, friends, hubby, good stuff on the DVR, running, and long hot baths.

Love this post!

Unknown said...

That pie looks yummy! :P

That's a great list!

I'm going to start working on one of my own :)

P.S. For High-Five Friday, I have Two Races this weekend: 5K tomorrow and a Half Marathon on Sunday.

Unknown said...

Awesome post! So often we (or I) focus on the negative and forget that we can choose happiness if we focus on what is good in life. Thanks for the reminder...and for the insane pie cravings I'm now having:)

Lisa said...

I love your posts Mel because they are always uplifting.

I think it's cool that your Fleet Feet has such cool events. I've been checking mine and so far, nada.

And how cool that you and Kerrie live/work so close to each other.

I Run for Fun said...

Aww...I love this post. That's a beautiful way to look at life. Ditto on the things that fill your pie...most of them make my pie full too.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Love your post! As always.

My pie. There is a slice of:

love from my kiddos

getting to live where I do

my relaxed work place (having a job at all today!)

running, to simply run

that cool down walk, after a night run

knowing my hubbs is coming home

my faith

and today, knowing there is someone else out there who loves trees...being near trees. (everyone I've ever told that to has looked at me like I was crazy! but today, I read on your blog that you get it too, that connected feeling when you are near trees! I thought I was the only one!!!)

Oh, today a tiny slice of pie is filled with the appreciation of having had another year for all of the above. It's my birthday.

Anonymous said...

I love this idea! But you deserve all the dedication and recognition. You are so inspiring! Keep up the amazing work!

Our Love On The Run said...

Hi Tall Mama! Great post and GREAT blog! I love it!!! :-)

Anonymous said...

What a great post and reminder about being grateful! So true :)

And seriously, I am so glad I made your day/week with the props. You deserve them!

Redhead Running said...

What an excellent post! Totally makes me think about and be thankful for everything that fills my pie!

Marlene said...

Bummer - we had Thanksgiving already! hehe

What a great analogy - 'filling my pie'. I love it. Posts like this definitely help!

Having a quiet day or even hour here or there with no obligations helps to fill my pie.

Emails and blog comments from friends always fill my pie.

Finding 2 beautiful red roses on my desk today that a coworker gave me out of a bouquet from her boyfriend (she wanted to share the love, awwww!) to brighten my day TOTALLY filled my pie.

Lisa said...

This is such a fantastic post! I think it's so important to focus on the good things in life but never thought of it as a pie! I love it!

My hubby is out of town today, so unfortunately I won't get a hug from him after work to complete *my* pie like usual, but that is one of the things that usually does it for me!

Thanks for continuing to give us great things to think about!

Steel Springs said...

What a great idea! I'm going to try this one out. It seems especially appropriate during the holidays.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

my son, my health, everything that i'm now doing because of my 2nd chance at life -- those things all fill my pie.

Katie said...

I LOVE this post! I definitely need to think about this. Everyday I am realizing who and what makes me happy and full. And slowly I'm getting rid of the people "eating at my pie". This is a beautiful post and I can't wait to hear about Diva night sounds fun!

Char said...

My husband cutting the vegies for dinner. A friend calling to have coffee. The smile on a little girl's face when she'd tried on the leotard I've made her and she thinks she looks beautiful. The rainbow at the beginning of speed session last Tuesday.

busyrunningmama said...

Ever since my injuries I have been trying so hard to fill my PIE - such a great analogy!!

Someone keeps swiping some of my slices , but I am going to continue to replace the slices every day! Thanks for making me feel better today!!!

KK @ Running Through Life said...

Awesome post! So true!!! And you are an inspiration....you inspire me to keep running, step after step!

Allison said...

It's funny, because my kiddo makes my pie full, but also makes me need to fill it up with other things too. Running by myself is such an amazing treat that when I feel the fog lift THAT fills up my pie! Nothing beats that good ole runners high!

KK @ Running Through Life said...

And just to elaborate, you are inspiring because you balance motherhood, being a wife, working, running, training, blogging, encouraging and motivating others, all while running like a speed demon! That is awesome and shows me that it is possible to do any of those things as well as ALL of them!! Oh, and your positive attitude and outlook are great reminders for me when I face tough days! :-)

Alicia said...

First of all- yum...pie! I think I may have just switched this to be all about filling up my belly...with pie! LOL!

Seriously though, I love the analogy. I am filled to the brim most days- a loving husband, sweet-as-sugar kiddos and a true sense of who I am. Running just keeps it all in perspective, you know?

Love your blog! Thanks for today's li'l lift!

Aron said...

LOVE that outlook :)

hubs, dogs, running, friends, family, blogging - all fill my pie :)

RunningFromCancer said...

Family, running, time spent with people, time spent alone, skiing, enjoying a great cup of coffee or a great glass of wine and being in the moment - there are so many ways to fill my pie.

But I truly believe that to a large part - we choose to be fulfilled.

To quote you . . . "You have the choice to be happy, make it happen, fill your PIE".

I soooooo totally believe this.

Instead of waiting for this or that to happen - Enjoy each day - it might be your best day ever. ;-)

J said...

yes I want pie and thanksgiving! Only two more weeks!!

Alisa said...

Appreciating all the loving friends and family I have in my life! For sure!!!

My cute doggie who is the best door greeter!

Thank you for all of your positive posts, sometimes it takes someone else's self reflection for me to reflect on my own life and situation.

No Longer Using said...

you know, i didn't know how to describe it before, but now i know what it is i just feel so GOOD whenever i come over here to your blog. you are a pie filler!!!!!

i also really enjoy trees and the woods. i grew up surrounded by trees and seeing them out all my windows and they are calming to me now.

i also like being a pie filler... any time i have the chance to make someone else happy, that is what makes me happy. in general thoughtfulness, on the part of myself or seeing it from others-- that is hands down pie filling right there.

funny story- i thought i was a size 10 for the LONGEST time, and would get that size shoe in everything no matter what. starting last year i had an epiphany, size 9.5 fits me better in most shoes!!!!!!!! hehehe.

Micki said...

You have NO idea how much I needed to read something like this today....THANK YOU!!!!

Anonymous said...

That pie looks delish! I decided that I'm going to make a pumpkin pie tomorrow!

Felice Devine said...

You're so right. It is easy to just be sad, but what a bummer, huh?

Great post. Loved it. Now, I would like some yummy pie to fill my pie ;-)

5 Miles Past Empty said...

Awesome post and good timing...my pie has been eaten. I think I need a whole new one! :)

I hope Diva night was fun! I was totally bummed I couldnt make it.

Unknown said...

I want a girls night with Tall Mom!!

This post is perfect! I have really been thinking about what makes me happy lately, and the pie metaphor is perfect. The two amazing little people who call me "Mom" keep my pie pretty full!! Their daddy does a good job too. And so many other little things add to my happiness.

Your words about the choice to be happy are so perfect. I think too many people wait for happiness to find them; they are still waiting...

sam said...

I love this analogy! I know I have alot of pie fillers and I am so grateful! You definitely make me smile with your blog, Believe is right you are totally an inspiration!

Gay the picture of the pie made me think of turkey day! I felt like I could practically taste it!

Rookie on the Run said...

What fills my pie? Snuggles from my boys, being healthy, my husband's love, a purring kitten at my feet, challenging myself, my sister-in-law, laughter, my running blogger friends, the smell of baking brownies, and so much more!

As always, great post & an excellent reminder to choose joy!

P.S. I feel the same way about being surrounded by trees. :)

Nicole said...

I love this post! Thank you!
Your pie is really full, and it's good to realize mine can be too.

Laura said...

Love, love, love this! I am so doing a 'pie' post.
mmmm pie.....

RunToTheFinish said...

yeahhh this is part of why I do my daily gratitude journal, it keeps me focused on things outside my job and my body...I have a great life

Janice {Run Far} said...

I know my post was down and blue yesterday. Feeling a bit better today... Not physically but mentally. Love your blog... even though I have never met you, you really are one of my Pie fillers. Thanks. :)

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