The holiday season is often filled with excitement, anticipation, a steady stream of family gatherings, and calendars with events penciled in daily, leaving no empty spaces (or breathing room) to spare. We focus on bringing joy to those we love by hosting events, curating perfect presents, ticking off every holiday-themed activity, from baking cookies to putting up lights, and securing white elephant gifts. We continuously pour from our cups until January 2nd hits and then find ourselves asking, why do I feel emptiest at the beginning of a new year?

The reality is the burdensome side of the Holidays often falls on women. We are expected to craft and hand deliver the perfect holiday experience to those we love. Although bringing joy to others is deeply fulfilling, we shouldn’t have to do it in a way that completely depletes ourselves. As they say on flight safety—first, oxygen for yourself so you can then help others.

This holiday season we encourage you to fill YOUR cup and let it flow.

Whether that be finding peace on a solo run, saying no to a few family events, or opting for store-bought cookies and baked goods, and cozy nights in. Let’s rejuvenate our emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being so we have the energy to show up for our family, friends, and ourselves in an authentic way this season and beyond.

Here are ways people in our community are filling their cups this holiday season.

Running with a friend. Getting out of the house and meeting up with a friend is not only a great way to make a run more enjoyable, but it also helps you quickly skip the surface-level conversation and dive into the good stuff. Whether it’s shared belly laughs, concerns weighing on your mind, or getting all up in your feels. Running with friends is cathartic in more ways than one.

A solo morning run. Sometimes you desperately need to be alone. No talking, no distractions, no multi-tasking. A solo run is the perfect way to give yourself the gift of solitude. The quietness of a winter day is sure to help you fall into a meditative state. Getting back into your car feeling more energized and hopeful than before.

A walk with your dog. It’s refreshing to see the world through a dog’s eyes. Stopping to sniff, soaking up their surroundings, and aimlessly wandering to whatever captures their attention. You’re forced to pause frequently and move slower, adapting to their pace. Maybe you’ll even think to yourself, I could learn a thing or two from my pup.

Slow mornings sipping coffee. Enjoying a warm cup of coffee or tea in your comfiest clothes always makes the morning feel a little more luxurious and even leaves space for quiet reflection. Whether you returned from a cold run or skipped the run altogether for complete coziness, a slow-moving morning not only warms the body but also the soul.

A simple night in instead of an over-the-top night out. Without a doubt, big extravagant events are loads of fun, but if it feels like one big event after the other is flooding your calendar, creating more headaches than joy, maybe it’s time to pivot. Grab the pizza, your favorite card games, and a few of your closest friends for a low-lift high-reward gathering that leaves you grinning from ear to ear.

Gifting made easy. Fixated on finding the perfect gift? Welcome to the Holiday Shop. Stop your never-ending scrolling and check out our curated collection perfect for the run lovers in your life. From essential running accessories to loungey fan favorites and always successful gift cards. The one-stop-run-shop is here!

Let’s raise a toast (with our very full cups of course) and cheers to women investing in themselves. When women are fulfilled, they can change the world for the better, one human, one day, and one cause, at a time.

November 07, 2023 — Hannah Calvert

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