I can do hard things

I think we can all agree about one thing… the weekends always leave me wanting more. Ahhh.

After presenting my case study on Thursday, I took the weekend a little easy on the school work front and focused on other things instead. I meal prepped a little bit yesterday, something I haven’t done in a while. I also totally stuck to my grocery list, which I put together after planning some meals for the week. In case you didn’t know, my dietetic internship is totally unpaid and the more time goes without a paycheck the more diligent I need to be with meal planning/sticking to a plan. Don’t get me wrong, we’re staying a float- I just need to be a little less carefree with throwing random things in the grocery cart. 

Something that’s been on my mind is a motto that I’ve been reminding myself of- “I can do hard things.” Not sure where I heard that first, but it’s been a really great reminder.

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I know this in my mind, because heck, I’ve accomplished a lot of hard things- recovery, grad school, major projects, difficult conversations, anti-depressant withdrawal, out of control schedules, etc. But sometimes I forget that I’m capable of more than I realize. When our bodies and minds are properly taken care of, we can do really hard things! We have been crafted with such amazing design- to our physiology to our intelligence, we are capable beings. 

I want to continue to push myself (in the right ways) to seek daunting opportunities and experiences, because hard things are often the most meaningful. And just like how my memory of how God pulled me though a time in the past can keep me pushing through the present, accomplishing hard things can build my confidence to allow me to soar.

I did two hard things this weekend-

I ran 8 miles with my friend on Saturday. I never thought I’d be able to do that! And not only did I do it, I really enjoyed it and it went by surprisingly fast. Doing a better job with sleeping last week was a major contributor, along with having plenty of carbs before hand, exploring a new place, and chatting away with my friend. 

^those carbs beforehand 😉

Second, I did some inner work. I spent some time reflecting on my values/view/perspective. I admitted to myself that I probably was spending too much time on frivolous things and not enough time on character/soul building things. I also admitted to myself that I’d probably let my mouth run just a tad bit more than it should recently. While I am not quite turning into Regina George, I desire to be more considerate with my words. You know,,, the thing your mom told you about thinking before speaking and what not. 

Both of these hard things- the run and the self-evaluation were good and rewarding for me. I want to do hard things…

I also want do very easy things like eat whole wheat everything bagels with cream cheese from Brueggers everyday… 

But that’s not a shocker for anyone 😉 

Now you tell me –

What’s a “hard thing” you’ve recently done or want to do?

13 thoughts on “I can do hard things

  1. After my breakup last year I picked smoking up again. I have two more left in my pack that will be smoked today and then I am DONE. I’m done killing myself. I’m done not taking care of my body. Just done. And I’m excited. Nervous. But excited.

  2. I want to push myself harder to sit through discomfort and get myself to do things that don’t initially feel like “what I want to do.” For instance if I’m feeling down, all I really want to do is lye on the couch and waste time on the net, but I know that I actually really want to bake that “thing” or go to a studio and rehearse my monologues, so I want to push myself up to do those things instead. I know I’ll feel better after, even it is hard to start.
    Loved this post. Hard things both humble us and empower us. They remind us that we are strong and worth it. Bagels and pizza are there to remind us of this too.
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  3. The internal things are the hardest because no one else but you knows the inner workings or if something’s “off.” I think downtime lets us self-evaluate IF we choose not to spend that time on phones/laptops/tv (which is always how I choose to waste 10 extra minutes). Hard thing I did this weekend: give over plans to Jody when my plan for Saturday didn’t work out. It’s hard to let loose the reins!
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  4. Love this Kate. And that mantra. We can do hard things. Reminding ourselves of all the hard things we have already accomplished is huge I think. And girl you know I’m right there with you with eating those whole wheat bagels and cream cheese. Ah I just want a bagel and coffee date with you 🙂 happy monday love <3
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  5. Yes… One of the things I did last year was learning how to snowboard. I’m not athletic at all, but I really wanted a challenge. Just this last week we went for about my 16th time, and it was SO FUN, but it reminded me of how many times it took for it to become fun. 🙂 And I love easy things too like eating bread with PB.
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  6. I find this post coming at such a good time for me. Thanks for the reminder and the encouragement. As I’ve already gone through lots of ups and downs with pregnancy, I have been repeating this mantra to myself on a daily basis. “I can do it” its simple but its a constant reminder. My body is capable, I am capable, and I can do it.
    You’re killin’ it with your crazy schedule! You enjoy those bagels, girl! 😀
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  7. You don’t just do hard things – you rock them, girl!

    I am often reminded that I can do hard things – and encouraged by looking back and realising that I am so much stronger than I ever give myself credit for. Often in the moment things feel “too hard” but if we look back at what we’ve achieved we often realise the things we now feel are easy also felt “too hard” at the beginning.
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  8. Oh how much I like this post. It’s wonderful you proved to yourself – not for the first time – that you’re stronger than you think. We’re all too hard on ourselves. I hope the faith in yourself you grew in the past week will stick around for some time still [I know from experience how fleeting it can unfortunately be].
    Actually, I had the same sense of being able to do hard things at work this past week. It was the most rewarding week on the job I’ve had so far.
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  9. I say “I can do hard things” to myself all the time. I also ran 8 miles last weekend (go us!) and I think I’m going for 10 this weekend…
    Then I had a couple marathon days of super hard school work, and now I’m on the other side… but midterms start next week. But I can do hard things 🙂
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  10. Kick butt on your 8 mile run!!! Every morning I do an hour and a half of hard core cardio, which always makes me do some self-reflection, which I need on the daily, because it makes me realize how much I love my life! 🙂

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