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Jorge Perez Jorge Perez Agent. Producer. Photography Enthusiast.

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Katie Visco Katie Visco runner. country crosser. first stepper.

Katie Visco created Pave Your Lane, a campaign to enliven our world through connection to ourselves and each other. The second-youngest person and the 13th woman to run across America, Katie is now running her message across all 50 states. [www.paveyourlane.com]

I run a lot! Some people might think it’s crazy, but running is my spiritual connection to life. It’s hard to put into words because it’s the feeling of being alive. Through running, I have a purpose. It connects me with community and with the bigger picture that unites us all. It allows me to serve something greater.

I’m still learning to hear what my body tells me, both physically and emotionally. I’m trying to get better at listening. Like running, listening to my body is a practice. I like to get up before the sun rises, take a deep breath, be still, and listen. On most mornings, my body tells me it’s time to go for a run, but sometimes it says, “You’re going to work hard the rest of the week, so today you need a break. Stay in your jammies, do some writing, and cook yourself some pancakes!”

Occasionally, I have a day when I know I have to train, but I’m just not feeling it. When that happens, I tell myself to take the first step. Within a few minutes of stepping out the door, I feel that flow and I’m back to my connection and my purpose. The first step is always worth it. This applies to the bigger picture of life, too. Small steps in the beginning can amount to something significant in the end. They can lead us to places we could never have foreseen.

Taking a first step is like taking a leap of faith. I recently read a story about an Olympic skier. In an interview, he was asked about the difference between winners and everybody else. He said that winners lean forward the most when things get hard. There’s a parallel with the practice of taking the first step. Connect with your passion and the spark that drives you, then take a step towards that. When it gets hard, remember to lean forward. If you’re confused and unfocused, lean forward. It’s so literal, but also applicable to so much of life.

We can find motivation by going back to the basics and asking, “What do I value?” When we discover what we truly value, we can use that as a building block. Value-driven action can really help our world. Take a moment to ask, reflect, and listen.

Katie Visco

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