Health| We're Running a Half-Marathon | Kimberly Kalil DesignsI really hate running, which is why you might be surprised when I tell you I signed up to run a half marathon. Last month, I told my husband we should sign up for a race. He jumped on the idea and before I knew it, we had signed up for the Disney Star Wars Half-Marathon in January. He’d even booked airfare, so we’re totally committed.

Did I mention I hate running?

I didn’t want to sign up for a half marathon. Heck, I didn’t want to run at all. I still don’t want to run. But, I also know myself well enough that I knew I need to do something. And signing up for a half marathon seemed like the right choice.

Did I mention I hate running?

I suggested we sign up for the run because I need a goal. Without a goal, I have no reason to exercise. I know I need to exercise, but I also like to be able to measure my progress and work toward a finish line. Once we signed up for the half-marathon, I knew I had to stick to a schedule and put in the work to reach my goal. We’ve been following a training program that has an app for our phones and we’re working out 6 days a week (eek). We run fours days and cross train the other two. It’s a lot of work, but it also feels good to be moving closer and closer to achieving our goal.

Did I mention I hate running?

I’m running this half marathon because I’ll be 42 next month, it’s about time I take control of my body and health. I have pretty bad arthritis and being sedentary only makes things worse for me. The more I move, the better I feel. Plus, the more I exercise, the better my food choices are and the easier it is for me to maintain my weight. As soon as I stop exercises, my eating goes to pot and I put on weight. We’re on week five of our training program and I’ve already lost 8 pounds (thanks to exercise AND healthy eating). I feel healthier and my pants fit better, so it’s a double win for me.

Did I mention I hate running?

I’m training for this half marathon because it makes my marriage stronger. Yes, you read that right. Running makes my marriage stronger. Every, single time Mike and I embark on a fitness goal it proves to make us closer. Working out six times a week means we spend a lot of time together outside of parenting and normal life. When we’re running, we spend our warms up and cool downs talking and connecting, which is a precious gift given our full and busy lives.

Did I mention I hate running?

Mostly, I’m running because it helps me clear my head and makes me feel powerful. Every, single time I start a run, I’m certain I won’t be able to finish. But then I do. And I feel like a champion. It reminds me how strong and powerful I am.

Did I mention I hate running? Yep, I still do. But I really need it. And that’s reason enough to keep running.

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voteStop Yelling and Just Vote | Kimberly Kalil DesignsYou may or may not know this, but I have spent the last 16+ years working in the news industry. I started out as a reporter and have done just about every job you can imagine at various newspapers and news outlets around the globe.

I’m currently employed by Gannett, one of the largest media outlets in North America. Though I work from home, my home newspaper is The Arizona Republic where I have an office and visit on a semi-regular basis. This week, for the first time in the newspaper’s 126 year history, it endorsed a democrat for President of the United States of America. Since that endorsement was announced, the newspaper and its editorial board have received death threats. Seriously, that’s not a typo … they received death threats for sharing their opinion. Not your opinion. Not my opinion. But the opinion of a group of smart, thoughtful opinion writers and editors. That’s their job. They formulate opinions and share them with their readers.

Do you know any of these writers, editors, journalists that you make disparaging comments about? Probably not. Well, I do. They are hardworking, well-educated and thoughtful citizens. They love and support the communities they live in. And they are committed to telling the truth about whatever story they are covering. Despite what you think, they aren’t liberal and biased. They are truth tellers performing a job vital to our democracy.

You don’t have to listen to them. You don’t have to read their words. You don’t have to agree. But they’re working to inform the public and make you think. Those are all good things. And they don’t deserve to have their lives threatened because of this.

The last time I posted anything remotely political, I regretted it. However, I feel like staying silent about what I think and believe is cowardly. People should not be scared to share their ideas or opinions, even if others disagree. Hurling hateful words or making death threats to people who you disagree with is unacceptable and in my opinion, anti-American. Maybe instead of yelling and screaming at each other; calling people horrible names; or making death threats … you just vote? Your vote speaks louder than words. Just vote. Quit yelling or cutting people down. Just vote.

I stand with the Arizona Republic, the First Amendment and respectful dialogue.

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There. I said it.

I kind of hate this space.

It taunts me.

I kind of hate this space.

I can’t really tell you why I hate it, I just do. I thought about just deleting it, but I have almost 2000 posts from the last 10+ years, so the memory keeper in me won’t let me hit delete.

I kind of hate this space.

But, I also can’t seem to bring myself to write anything here. So I hate and resent this space, but also treasure it since I’ve been using it as a memory keeping and social-sharing tool for years and year.

I kind of hate this space.

I guess you could say I’m in limbo. But as much as I haven’t been writing and sharing over here, I happen to love Instagram and post over there all the time. It’s quickly become my favorite social media site. I can live without Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, etc. But I love, love, love Instagram.

I kind of hate this space.

So, if you miss me … come see me over there. And while you’re checking that out, I’m going to try my hardest to light a fire under my blogging butt and figure out what to do with this space.

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To say I’ve felt a bit isolated since moving to Tucson would be an understatement. Mind you, we moved to Tucson in 2007, but it has taken me the better part of  seven or eight years to feel like I belonged. What changed? Volunteering. 

As soon as I said yes to volunteering at the kids’ school. My whole world and perspective changed. The simple act of showing up, serving our school community and being open to connection opened me up and gifted me friendship and community.

Holy. Moly. Cow. Was it really that easy? In a word: yes. If I had to do it all over again, I’d throw myself into volunteering years and years ago. When I walk into Satori (the kids’ school) I feel like I’m feel like I’m home, like I belong. What could be better than that? 

If I could give just one piece of advice to anyone trying to find connection it would be this: find a place to volunteer. Pick a cause or and organization that speaks to your heart and then just jump in. Give some of your time and energy and you will find people to connect with and a place to call you own. 

I only wish I would have done this sooner. 


One of my goals is to say no more and be extra thoughtful about when I say yes. “Say Yes” is a series featuring the things or experiences I’m saying yes to and why.

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