The 19 Days of Giveaways

ABC Family has the 25 Days of Christmas, Hanukkah has 8 crazy nights, and I have the 19 days of September! Happy almost my birth month ladies and gentlemen! Birthdays are a very big deal for me and here's why:

1. We don't celebrate ourselves and the people around us enough.

I can't tell you how badly I wish I can go back in time and celebrate the people who aren't with me anymore. Life moves at a million miles an hour and sometimes instead of sitting back and enjoying our birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, or Saturdays we blow through them all consumed with the future. Then tragedy strikes and that person isn't with you anymore. All that is left are the memories. After my brother passed I vowed to make every birthday, be it my own or anyone I loved and cared about, a memorable and special day. So you don't like huge celebrations? That's cool, we can have a teeny tiny adventure where all you do is smile. Birthday's are a reminder you've gotten older, I get that. That isn't necessarily something you want to broadcast. Instead of pouting about the fact that you are old let's instead focus on the fact that you got to spend another year with your loved ones. And most importantly with me, because I need you. Just the fact that you are in my life is something to celebrate, so shut up and let me make you feel special.

2. Cake is involved.

I always stick my finger in the cake.

I will cut (metaphorically) ANYONE who bars me from having celebratory birthday cake. I do not care if it is your birthday, we ALL get cake and I LOVE cake. In fact my favorite foods in this order are:

1. CAKE

2. STEAK

3. CHEESEBURGERS

So you don't like cake? How about a bottle of wine? Or pie? A chocolate bar? Friend chicken? Pancakes and waffles? There's a million ways this can go and all roads lead to a delicious treat that we place a lit candle on so you can make a wish. (And I will bring my own cupcake.) Don't deny me the joy of screaming happy birthday off key at you while you make a wish!

3. Presents

I am the world's greatest gift giver. I LOVE finding that perfect thing that is going to become something hugely special in my friends lives. It doesn't require a lot of money, or any money, just brain power and some creative juice. I love giving gifts because it's my way of giving a teeny tiny piece of myself to my people. And whether its something they can wear or something they keep in their home, whenever they look at it they remember how groovy I think they are. And that is a groovy thing.

SO my birthday is September 19th and to celebrate I am giving a hottie hunting hat away FOR THE FIRST 19 DAYS OF SEPTEMBER! I was going to sell them and then I thought, let's give the first batch away because no one means more to me right now than all of you lovely humans. The one's who sit and read this little horse and pony show day in and day out. The one's who share their stories with me. The one's who remind me why I write and give me this place to share my own story. Because I am so incredibly grateful to have this forum and you all make it possible.

You know you want it, you know you want it.

You know you want it, you know you want it.

SO, how is this going to work? Well nothing makes me smile and laugh harder than all of your selfies so I will be choosing a selfie every day leading up to my birthday, September 19th, to receive a free hottie hunting #RunSelfieRepeat hat! Submitting is easy, snap a selfie of you running, hottie hunting, having a dance party with your friends, or having the time of your life. Use the hashtag #RunSelfieRepeat on Instagram (You can follow me @KellyKKRoberts) and I will post the winning picture every day on the blog and on The Twitter! If your picture is posted, I will direct message you requesting some info and the hat will come your way along with a little thank you note for making my birthday special! Easy as pie....or birthday cake!

(DISCLAIMER: The hats are one size fits all and a tiny bit large. BUT THEY ARE FREE)

Today I am West Coast bound for a week! This Sunday I am running the Disneyland Half Marathon and next weekend I am in my best friend Antoinette's wedding. It's going to be a fun filled week of LA, OC, and San Diego adventures so stay tuned for some shenanigans! Move over Hurricane Marie, Hurricane Kelly is coming to town!

Until Monday everyone, when I will have a recap from the Disneyland Half Marathon containing the most magical selfies on earth. Nothing makes me happier than chasing men dressed like Prince Charming, I just might set a world record! I know, I'm excited too! Have a wonderful Labor Day you glorious people, #RunSelfieRepeat.

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Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.