I had breakfast with Jason Lauritsen, last week. He is a super human being with a big heart. You should know him.

(Side note — his wife knows my cousin. It’s a small world.)

Anyway, it’s breakfast and I’m eating everything at the hotel buffet. Jason is trying to have an adult conversation with me about life.

What am I doing in 2015? What’s my plan? What am I passionate about?

Apparently, we’re just getting to know one another. I’m like — Here’s the deal, I don’t know what the hell I’m doing, and I have no plans. I’ve got a good thing going, and I don’t want to mess it up by dreaming and having goals.

Jason, on the other hand, is my opposite. He fights battles — against mediocrity, employee disengagement, unfair treatment of women in the workforce — and he has a seven-part plan to take over the world.

He asked me what battles I’m fighting. I said, “The only battle I’m fighting is against myself.”

True. Probably the same battle everyone fights, too. Beyond that, I don’t have much going on in my life. My husband has a new job. I like The Mindy Show. I’ve been eating lots of carbs and trying not to drink too much, lately. That’s something, right?

Well, I felt pretty lame. So I decided to get myself back into a running group and lend my expertise as a mentor. It’s something I talked about in 2014. What the hell else am I doing besides avoiding writing a book? I would rather train for another marathon, and get other people geared up for races, than write.

That’s my battle. It’s a stupid fight. I would like to think that running will help with that, but if it doesn’t, at least I’m doing something productive.

So here’s to a season of mentoring!

Thanks, Jason.


  1. I’m not sure if I should say “you are welcome” or “I’m sorry.” 🙂 Either way, I think that your decision to mentor runners is awesome. And, that you are awesome. Thanks for sharing this. I look forward to future chats.

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