The Power of Saying No

Why is it so hard for us to say no to things that are not good for us? We will have one hundred and one things on our plate, and somehow find the words, “Yeah, of course I can do that”, coming out of our mouths, when we truly feel like we can barely handle … Continue reading The Power of Saying No

You’ve Already Done the Work, Now It’s Time to Shine

I think about 95% of my life in terms of track meets and practices. All of the preparation, the hard work, the tears, the frustration, the anxiety, the rush of success, all of it. I haven't ran competitively in years, but I still feel those feelings all of the time. My coach used to say … Continue reading You’ve Already Done the Work, Now It’s Time to Shine

You Are Worthy Of Your Tomorrow

I remember so clearly a question that was asked during one of my speeches. The question that was asked was, "Do you think you've won your fight?". He asked me that question because during my speeches, I always focus on reminding each of us that we are worthy of this fight for our lives. And … Continue reading You Are Worthy Of Your Tomorrow

Being Exactly Who You Are Is Liberating

Some of the best advice my coach ever gave me was to "Just be Ivy, because Ivy's pretty great". He told me this during my junior year of college and it has something that has stuck with me ever since. But even when he told me, I never really knew who Ivy was. My identity … Continue reading Being Exactly Who You Are Is Liberating

Learning What it Means to Celebrate Myself

When is the last time you looked at yourself and really felt proud of yourself or truly celebrated all of your progress? When you accomplish something, are you looking inward and clapping for yourself, or waiting on someone else to clap for you? I have written a post before on being your own best cheerleader, … Continue reading Learning What it Means to Celebrate Myself