Including all my pets. I have had many pets in my life. Everyone has been a sibling, a friend, a comforter and my support.
When we gave Ladybug her eternal rest in March 2011, I never imagined in my wildest dreams how, even after her death how she would affect my life and the lives around me.
Quickly, my Ladybug patch on my visor and/or race day shirt became a trademark that everyone knew. At races, I have people walking up to me saying "you are the Ladybug woman!"
In the past few weeks, I have struggled. I have struggled with a lot of decisions that I needed to make. Some I didn't want to, but all were needed for my peace of mind. These decisions affected me professional with my work (Social Media) and also with my running career.
As I am THE habitual self-doubter, I often wondered if I was making the right choices, despite those around me showing and telling me I did.
When Ladybug was alive - she would sense when I had struggles in my life - she then would curl up in my lap and never leave my side. If tears came, she would lick them away.
In the past week, while I still had hard decisions to make and try to prepare for my next race (Pasadena Half) - a series of pictures appeared on my personal FB page. I knew what they meant. These pictures served a reminder to me that she is still with me and all will be okay.
They say that Ladybug's bring luck. I think it's more than that. I think Ladybug's bring joy and happiness.
I know that is what she brought to our lives - joy & happiness.
Here are the pictures - hope they make you Smile & give you Hope ------ today, I feel joyful and at peace.
May you feel the same......
(c) C. Ragsdale 2011-12
Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
Running Coach, Certified Sports Nutritionist & Public Speaker
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