I always love coming home after a round of busy days!

Wednesday I had the privilege of meeting with Representative Tim Ryan. He is the Congressional Member representing Youngstown, Ohio.

Tim Ryan

I’ve hinted a bit…at a new project I’m creating…supported by a team of live-out-loud leaders and I’m happy to report that Representative Ryan now joins Tom Cotton on the project. I’m hoping to secure a couple of congressional members from my good ole’ home state of North Carolina in the next couple of weeks…trying to make some in-roads there!

I then flew off to Batesville, Indiana via Indianapolis. I must say that this trip in particular carried with it, both the inspiration and the relaxation I yearn for at times. The inspiration obviously from the rock star directors of the GOTR council there, Trish Hunter and Lynn Hertel and all the AMAZING GOTR coaches and girls! Lynn put together a very moving “Evening of Gratitude” on Thursday evening.

The next morning I was lucky enough to have breakfast with about fifteen of the GOTR Board Members and some of our Girls on the Run Solemates. (Solemates are runners who sign up for any race they wish and use the opportunity to raise money for Girls on the Run.)

A bit later in the morning I had coffee with Tim Putnam, CEO of the Mary Margaret Healthcare System…the affiliate supporter of our Girls on the Run program in the region. Without the support and energy of folks like Tim, Girls on the Run wouldn’t exist in these more rural areas, like Batesville. That afternoon, Lynn pulled off another event by planning some “real time” for me and 25 girls…one girl representing each GOTR site.

Trish Hunter, on the left, is the Executive Director of Girls on the Run in Batesville, and Lynn Hertel, on the right is the program director.

Trish Hunter, on the left, is the Executive Director of Girls on the Run in Batesville, and Lynn Hertel, on the right is the program director.

This morning, she then, with an amazing team, pulled off putting on the Girls on the Run 5k. Lynn is perhaps one of the most organized folks I’ve had the pleasure to know. So organized in fact, that the night before the 5k event, she was able to enjoy a relaxed meal with me and Trish and then attend a local high school production of Mulan.

I'm so glad the name Molly is making a comeback.  I met several at the event today and here was one of my fantastic "Molly-Friends."

I’m so glad the name Molly is making a comeback. I met several at the event today and here was one of my fantastic “Molly-Friends.”

Where the relaxation came in though…was the beautiful bed and breakfast I stayed in…while I was there. The owner of Mary Helen’s Bed and Breakfast, Cindy, is perhaps one of the most peaceful spirits on the planet. In between events, I was truly able to enjoy her home and the beautiful land, pond and big shady trees that surrounded it.

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Arriving home tonight…was and always is a pleasure though. My daughter and I grabbed a bite at Panera and then sat for a good thirty minutes in our car with the seats back…in our driveway…being silly, talking and enjoying the hard rain of a thunderstorm on the roof over our heads.

I tuck in tonight, feeling the exhaustion of a full day and the joy of my work, my kids and the rain that falls gently outside my window. There are times such as this…when I can’t believe that I get to do what I do for a living.