Why I’m Running Everyday in December

It’s December 9th and it’s about -7 degrees Celsius (about 20 degrees Fahrenheit for my American readers) and I just got back from a frosty 5k scoot around the neighbourhood. Now why the heck would I choose to bundle up and hit the snow-covered sidewalk when I could’ve joined my father by the fire for another Hallmark Christmas movie?

  1. Hershey’s Kisses. Yup. Those little assholes hop into my shopping cart every dang time I go through the checkout and I need to do something to counteract their effects.
  2. Keep it on the rails. Life can get chaotic this time for year for many of us and my life is no exception. I decided to run at least 1km every day this month because I need to have a goal to keep me focused on moving forward. Craziness pops up, but I know I’m on track when I start running.
  3. Running is my therapy. I still check in with an actual human therapist regularly, but there’s nothing quite like lacing up and working up a sweat to clear the mind and process what’s been swimming around upstairs.
  4. Maintain. I worked hard this summer/fall to get to half marathon ability and it would be a shame to let it waste away. I’m respecting the hours I spent preparing by maintaining a certain level of fitness.
  5. Excuses are bullshit. It’s true and you know it. Deep down you know you’re full of crap when you say you don’t have time. One kilometre? What’s that? Maybe 6 minutes out of a day? I’m not immune to fooling myself with excuses of being too busy or it being too cold, but it’s really tough to argue against one single kilometre.
  6. Because I can. I have the privilege of being able to put one foot in front of the other and I’m going to appreciate it. I’m grateful for every single step I take and each run is an act of gratitude this month.
  7. Setting the stage for 2019. I don’t make resolutions but I set the hell out of many goals every year and all year. Ending the year on a note of achievement and commitment to getting something done makes working towards my big goals for 2019 that much easier to launch.


So, even though December is well under way, that doesn’t mean you can’t set a mini-challenge for yourself and start it now. You have three weeks to end 2018 on a high note and ring in 2019 with a victory!


I’d love to hear what you’ve decided to challenge yourself with for the rest of the month: shannon@merakieventplanning.com or find me on

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Why I’m posting more selfies


If you follow me on Instagram (@merakieventplanning) you know that I’m a huge believer in body positivity, in encouraging others,and in learning to love yourself. Yes, I’m a fitness professional and an event planner, but I’m also working to turn the fitness industry on it’s head. I am NOT a size zero and I do NOT have ripped abs, and while I have always kind of rolled my eyes at the endless stream of selfies in my social media feed, I’ve started to rethink my role in the selfie market.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not entirely convinced the majority of #fitspiration posts are  inspirational, but as I continue on this journey towards loving myself and setting a healthy example for my kids by not destroying my self-confidence while I work towards improved fitness, I’m starting to see the value of good ol’ fashioned selfie.

I was in a dressing room for about an hour this morning trying on at least a dozen dresses for an upcoming photo shoot, and I was sending pics to my friends for feedback. I thought to myself that it’s about time I start putting myself out there. I talk a good game about loving yourself where you are right now, but do I practice what I preach? I decided then and there to post the pic of the winning dress.


Yes, I received compliments but it’s not about that, (though they were very appreciated!) It’s about feeling comfortable enough with myself to let the world know that. My selfies will show that I have soft bits and squishy parts because I’m a real person. My son loves to tell me I have cracks by my eyes, and I respond that it’s from laughing and smiling so much. I was pregnant 3 times and birthed 2 children. I’ve battled anxiety and depression and moved across the country 3 times in the last 6 years. I’m stronger than I was a few years ago and I’m a hell of a lot faster, too.

I STRONGLY believe in being who you post to be, so it’s time for me to share my real self with the world.