Finding The "Thing" That Changes Your Life

I'm gonna let a new friend take over today. I admire her perseverance and can relate to some of her struggles (as I'm sure many of us females can), and she's here to share an inspiring story with you! A story of how running has changed her life. 


Hi, I’m Kristina. Can We Be Friends?!

Hi! I’m Kristina and I blog over at The name of my blog came about because I say “ok, cool” a lot ;) Don’t be too jealous of my conversational skills.

When Kelly said I could guest post on her blog I wasn’t sure what to write about because she has told you some cool things, like that she auditioned for a movie with Michael J Fox. The closest I’ve gotten to a celebrity is watching The Mindy Project on my laptop and pretending Mindy is my best friend (don’t act like you don’t do that too).

(Also, um, how awesome was that Mindy/Danny kiss in the winter finale?! All the butt grabbing!)

I finally decided that today I am going to tell you about the one thing that really means a lot to me: running. But even if you’re not a runner I think you can relate to this post because it’s not just about running, it’s about finding that one thing in your life that changes it.

How running has changed my life:

Helped Me Overcome an Eating Disorder

For years I struggled with an eating disorder, part of which included obsessive exercising using the elliptical and stationary bike. When I finally went through recovery my therapist told me that I needed to find a way to workout to be healthy but not obsessive.

The elliptical and stationary bike were big triggers for me then and I just couldn’t use them without getting bad thoughts. I eventually took up running and found my match. You can’t excel at running without eating properly because you’ll have no energy to push on long runs or fast runs.

Not to mention at the beginning running is really, really hard and you can’t concentrate on anything other than continuing to put one foot in front of the other. There’s just no room to think about calories or anything like that.

Taught Me That I’m Actually Strong

I thought of myself as a weak person for a really long time. When the going got tough, I would be the person who would quit right away.

When I started running it was seriously like the hardest thing I had ever done, but for some reason I kept doing it. By the time I crossed the finish line at my first 5K and then my first half marathon I knew that “determination” and “perseverance” were words that could actually describe me.

Running really helped me find my strength. And now when I am faced with a tough challenge outside of running, I don’t just give up. I think “I’m a runner, I can do this!” : )

Gave me Fun Challenges to Complete

Before I became a runner I spent a lot of time watching Keeping up with the Kardashians and chatting on Facebook. Those are pretty fun things to do, but they didn’t challenge me.

Running has given me something in my life to strive for - I always have a new running goal and am trying to achieve it.

My first goal was to run a 5K (check!), my next goal was to run a half marathon (check!) and now I am signed up to run my first full marathon this year. Ultimately my long-term goal is to run a 50-mile race before I turn thirty!

Finding the Thing That Changes Your Life:

Running has helped me in so many ways in my life. If you’re still searching for your ‘thing’ I hope you keep looking. It doesn’t have to be running, whatever it is, when you find it your life will change.

Maybe your thing is even your blog. If it is, that is so awesome. Blogging definitely helps us challenge ourselves in many ways.  It requires dedication, perseverance and a daily commitment -- just like running.

I would love to hear what your thing is … or maybe one thing that you’d love to try doing! Leave a comment below so that we can get to know each other better!

I can’t wait to read your comments and check out your blogs so that we can become online BFFs!

Oh and PS: if you could visit me at that would be really cool of you! I just started an Instagram too, and if you follow me @ohkaycool I promise follow back and to heart your pictures!


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  1. Kristina @ OhKayCool.comFebruary 3, 2014 at 6:41 AM

    Thanks so much for giving me the chance to guest post today! :) Hope you're having a great Monday!

  2. what a great post! I love when people find the thing that they love that helps them. coincidentally I blogged about my "thing" today too! :)

  3. What a great story! I think its amazing that you were able to use this as part of your recovery. 50 miler before 30? You GO!!

  4. Such an amazing story! I think we all need to find something that gives us that drive and passion to be better. I'm so glad that running was able to help with your recovery! :)

  5. This is inspiring!! I'll continue to search for "my thing"!! :)

  6. Hi Anna, thanks so much! :)

  7. Thank you! Finding something to be passionate about that is also healthy for me has been such a turning point in my life!

  8. Thanks so much Whitney! That's my BIG goal, I am feeling optimistic though. I have an awesome running coach who has won a bunch of ultramarathons herself, so if anyone can help me get there it's her! :)

  9. Hi Jackie, it was great reading your post about ballet. I love your bun :)

  10. I'd like to try running, if only because I have always hated running, and if I could conquer it, I could conquer ANYTHING! I started trying a C23K program last year, and even went out and bought some decent running shoes for the ordeal, but the stupid Chicago weather would not cooperate. It was perfect, then it rained a whole bunch, and then it was so hot that running woulda killed me!