I can do hard things

This is a subject I've been thinking about a lot recently. Honestly, doing hard things hasn't always been my thing. But when I do push myself to do something hard, what an amazing feeling of accomplishment I get when I'm done!

So, my daughter's Young Women's group is doing a hard thing this year. They've decided to follow the example of another group and train for and complete a 22-mile walk from the Draper Temple to the Salt Lake Temple. (see this link to read a cool article about it.)

Elaine S. Dalton, General Young Women President, tells the story, and in her article, she gives this amazing quote, which I love:
There is no motivation in being involved in a mediocre cause. These young women were not only told that they were great, but they were given the opportunity to BE great, to ACT great, and to DO great things. 
For me, some of the hard things I've been doing lately are:

1) Organizing My House
2) Running Triathlons
3) Getting up at 4:30 in the morning to work out before my kids go to school

And here's one hard thing I used to do, but that I haven't done lately:

4) Write Novels.

This weekend, I went to the LDStorymakers conference, and I got some new motivation and encouragement to start writing again. For me, writing is even harder in some ways than getting up at 4:30 in the morning and training for a triathlon. It's harder because my creative brain has to be turned on and enthused. It's harder because of the fear of failure and rejection.

But, I can do hard things, right? It's time to step it up.


  1. Amazing how that fear can stop us cold, isn't it. And I LIVE there at times! Trust me.

  2. Love, love, love that quote by Sister Dalton. And yay, I agree - writing is one of the toughest things I do. Though between that and getting up at 4:30, I still think I'd go with the writing. :)


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