Inspiration for the weekend: live bravely.

adventureToday is officially the day before the Birkebeiner cross-country ski race! This is by far the craziest thing I have undertaken in my life – 51 K of skate skiing, a skill that I just picked up a few months ago. The course is FILLED with hills, and the temperature is only going to reach 18 degrees during the day. I’m expecting it’ll take me 7-8 hours to complete. But I still want to give it a shot! I decided long ago that I want my life to be filled with more adventure, so I chose my two words for 2015 with that in mind: live bravely. Tomorrow’s experience on the Birkie course will be my biggest adventure yet, with the possible exception of the marathon I ran in 2013, and will push me to remember those words – live bravely.

With that in mind, I have a few links that I have been using to keep myself motivated over the last few days. The concepts of bravery and daring greatly have been popping up all over the place in my life lately – it’s funny how the universe works like that. So here are a few that I keep turning back to:

How will you be brave today?

Honoring the wild within.

Look your ego in the eye and say this.

These words. And these.

One of my all-time favorite quotes, on this print.