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Quote of the Day: Kristin Kimball

February 26th, 2012

You don’t measure things with words like success or failure, he said. Satisfaction comes from trying hard things and then going on to the next hard thing, regardless of the outcome. What mattered was whether or not you were moving in a direction that you thought was right.

Kristin Kimball from The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love

This morning I have the privilege of cheering on a friend who’s running her first half marathon (I had to be up at 3:30 am to get to the starting line). She’s running in honor of her daughter Brooklyn who has Rett Syndrome – a debilitating neuralogical disorder. Little Miss Brooklyn can’t walk, so her mom laced up her running shoes and trained to run in her honor.

Kelly said she’s not going to come in first, her goal is just to finish the race. For her satisfaction comes by running, not winning.

Have you been working on any difficult things lately?

If you’d like to read more about Rett Syndrome visit Girl Power 2 Cure, the charity that Kelly works for.

5 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Kristin Kimball”
  1. Kathi Cook on February 26, 2012 at 5:55 am

    What a beautiful mother daughter picture!

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  2. tj on February 26, 2012 at 8:11 am

    …Such a lovely photo! Beautiful! :o)

    …I love that quote and it is words to live by. Thank you for sharing.

    …Enjoy the race and you go girls! ;o)


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  3. KimH on February 26, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Aww.. what a great picture. I wish your friend a successful finish!
    I dont know anything about Rett Syndrome, so I’ll be checking out your links. Thanks for those..

    I think the most difficult thing I’ve been working on is keeping wheat out of my diet, which hasnt been successful lately Now I find I must eschew all caffeine. Im ok for the majority of the day, but Im really not happy about it first thing in the morning.

    Its difficult getting up every morning at 5 am & being out the door by 6:30. lol does that count. ;)

    I guess my life isnt too difficult. I have much to be thankful for. ♥

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  4. Dave L on February 26, 2012 at 2:32 pm


    In light of what your friend and her beautiful daughter are experiencing, there is nothing in my life that is difficult at all. There but for the grace….

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  5. Songbirdtiff on February 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I loved the book “The Dirty Life”.

    In regards to doing something difficult, adopting a 9 year old severely abused and neglected child was harder than I ever imagined. The first year was just surviving, the second year was settling, learning, and adjusting, and year three things are finally balanced enough that I can think beyond Lane from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed. It’s been worth the struggle but it has been an incredibly challenging time, and so often all I had was the faith that it would get better. Right now, I’m not really pushing myself to do a new “difficult” challenge. I’m taking my time to learn to garden. While it’s not easy, it doesn’t compare to what I’ve been through.

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