Ep 33: Give Yourself Permission To Survive

I've been going through the journal I kept after my younger brother Scott passed away. Towards the end of that first year, I started writing about whether or not I'd ever be able to find happiness again. Because up until that point, I had struggled to understand both how I felt and how I thought other people wanted me to act. And eventually, I realized that it was up to me to give myself permission to feel happy again.

Permission. It’s a tough one because I think we all fall into this trap of expectations. From breakups, divorces, getting fired or let go, to even falling short of a goal, sometimes we act the way we think we're supposed to act or feel the things we think we're supposed to feel instead of just letting ourselves cope. 

So, let's talk about what it means to give yourself permission to not just survive, but thrive.

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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.