Yes, You Can! – Yes, I Can!

Yes, You Can! – Yes, I Can!

Yesterday I called my mom just to chat.  Mom and I have a great relationship…I am blessed to have had her as a great mom growing up (and now) as well as have her as a best friend. I love you, Mom! Her advice and insight into life has helped me get to where I am now.  (Dad’s too!) But, mom and I are a lot alike in many ways.  She ran, I watched and I followed. She and I both worry a bit at times.  We are also both great at getting things done and getting them done right… problem is sometimes we procrastinate.  (In my opinion that is what makes us so good!)  This all leads to yesterday’s conversation. We were talking about my fund-raising efforts.  $5000 is a lot of money.  We both know that.  As always, mom continually encourages me to do my best.  (Side-note: I am going to Boston because of the work ethic instilled in me by my parents. My determination and my drive are all part of my make up because I have seen it and lived it with them.) Back to the conversation, mom asked how I was going to raise the remaining 75% by April 15.  I told her I had a plan.  I had ideas.  We would do it.  God opened this door and He will get me there as long as I do my part.

Here is the first step…writing down the plan!  As they say…writing things down makes things happen.  It makes things come to life. It makes the invisible, visible!  As stated by Giovanni Livera : “It’s the little things that you do in the middle of the day that go a long way.” Including committing your goals to paper. And that’s how writing leads to success.

Plan of Success – $5000 – really only $3750 to go…


25% by January 1 – done

50% by February 1

75% by March 1

100% by April 1 or sooner –

100%+ by April 15

April 16 – run Boston fulfilling fund-raising goal of $5000

How will I reach these goals?

1.  5k run with Bayside Baptist Run For God group – details coming soon

2. Chili luncheon at Dayton City School

3. Possible Pennies for the CAN – Yes, You Can! drive – collecting pennies in school for Team Hoyt

4. Restaurant fundraiser

5.  Raffle

6.  Treadmill run

7. Ask for input, ideas and help from friends and family!!!!!!!!

Feel free to share this website with anyone and everyone…Team Hoyt needs your support…as do I!

These are all just ideas…some more developed than others.  This is a start and I will work on each one, one step at a time…It is a marathon not a sprint. :o)

So, thanks to my MOM for helping me get to the point of writing it down.  Step one – DONE!

Step two – BELIEVE I CAN DO IT! Here is a copy of a blog I read today that helps me here and in life…this is so good because it references on of my all time favorite children’s books….The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

“The very little engine looked up and saw the tears in the dolls’ eyes.  And she thought of the good little boys and girls on the other side of the mountain who would not have any toys or good food unless she helped. Then she said,  ’I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.’” The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

I Think I CanI Think I Can

Some days, it doesn’t matter how strong you are, how many miles you’ve run in training or how many yoga classes you’ve been to. Some days a workout, a race or a goal is completed not because of your physical training but because you believe in yourself. As Vince Lombardi put it, “Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. Sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.”

During my time in graduate school I studied the idea of self-confidence. I found that while it is simple enough to be captured in a 37-page children’s book (that includes illustrations), it is also powerful enough to have filled thousands of pages of scientific journals.

Below are 3 tips on how you can capture the power of believing in yourself.

1. Positive Self-Talk

We Can Do It!We Can Do It!

You know that point in a workout or race when you feel like you just can’t run any further? Start telling yourself that you can do it. This not only helps block that negative little voice that tells you to quit, but if you repeat it enough times chances are you’ll start  believe it.  Just like the little engine that could, this will help you run to the beat of, “I think I can, I think I can.”

2. Remind Yourself of Why You Can Achieve Your Goal

When self-doubt begins to sneak in start reminding yourself of all the reasons why you can achieve your goal. For example, if you’re running the Boston Marathon for the first time and nervous about running heartbreak hill, remind yourself that you qualified for this, you’ve run “x” many miles in preparation and you are ready!

3. Apply it to More Than Running

Self-confidence is powerful, so don’t just apply it running! Believe that you can achieve your goals and you will be more likely to actually achieve them. So, the next time you are faced with a mountain to climb take a note from the little engine and tell yourself, “I think I can. I think I can.”

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Step three – DO IT!

So, to end this YES, I CAN do it blog…please feel free to make suggestions if you have any ideas at all! I am not worried like I used to be because I know I am here because God brought me here. The fund-raising is part of the process. Part of the trusting…kind of like Daniel in the lion’s den.  God didn’t throw me in this to be defeated…He threw me in to allow me to trust and to let HIM show up and provide!

Daniel 6. 10-23

10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. 12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?”  The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” 13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.” 14When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him. 15 Then the men went as a group to King Darius and said to him, “Remember, Your Majesty, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed.” 16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” 17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed.18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep. 19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?” 21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.” 23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.

I look forward to Him showing up and showing off! Praise be to God!

Running Blessed,




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2 responses to “Yes, You Can! – Yes, I Can!

  1. Eddie Lou Taylor

    Thank you so much Trish. You CAN and WILL do it. Great plan and with God’s continued help that plan will come to fruition!! Love you!!!

  2. “That they may see and know, and consider and understand together that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it!” Isaiah 41:20 God gave me this verse when I went to Austria. L J Cat

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