GOTR Lesson 7: Celebrating Gratitude (Recipe: Chewy Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Cookie Streusel)

At GOTR today our lesson revolved around celebrating gratitude.  For the workout portion of the lesson, the girls had to do something very different from what they are used to.  Usually during workouts we encourage the girls to talk and run with each other and praise one another on the fantastic job they are doing.  Today we asked each girl to run silently by herself and to reflect on what she is grateful for.  The coaches participated as well.

I got to spend 3.5 miles thinking of all the things I am grateful for.  Of course my friends and family immediately came to mind.  And I am grateful for being able to see one of my best friends this past weekend and realizing how much I have missed not living across the street from her anymore.  But I think I may just let this post wander to the things I am grateful for and talk about my weekend excursion in the next post.

I am incredibly grateful for my pups.  Callie has taught me more about myself and about life than anyone else I know.  She was my only friend when I first moved to Madison.  Without her I wouldn’t have found some of the closest friends I have here.  I am also extremely grateful for Miss Envy who I can tell is going to be a Mama’s girl.  I think she is teaching me as much as I am teaching her, and I am so excited to watch her grow.

I am grateful for my amazing friends who are always there for me to laugh with and cry with and everything in between.  They are unbelievably supportive and we have been through a lot together.  They understand my need to over-analyze every situation (often more than once) and are willing to do so with me.

I am grateful for my family and the support they have shown me over the years.  It is hard living so far away.

I am grateful for my ability to travel.  It is one of my passions, and I love that I have friends who are are just as adventurous as I am as well as a job that allows me to participate in life when given the opportunity.

I am grateful for my fearlessness and my willingness to take chances.  Without these traits I wouldn’t have accepted my job in Madison where I knew absolutely no one.  I wouldn’t have gone to grad school.  I wouldn’t have allowed myself to travel to some of the places I have been to.

I am grateful for having experienced the power of love and for opening myself up to someone knowing full well I could get hurt in the process.

I am also grateful for having gone through heartbreak so that I appreciate the ability to love that much more.

I am grateful for my perseverance and desire to challenge myself.  These traits have allowed me to succeed in whatever I have put my mind to whether it has been academics, my job, running or my pups.  I hate to fail others and myself.

I am grateful for my ability to think the best of people and allow them second chances.

I am grateful for all of the opportunities that life has presented me.  Thinking back on all the big life decisions I have made, I can honestly say that I not regretted any of them and for that I am also grateful.  No one should live life with regrets.

And those are some of the things I thought about while running today.  I have so much to be grateful for and those are the things that I need to remember when life gets tough.

I know I didn’t get to my awesome weekend in Delaware in this post, but I most certainly will in the next one!  The weekend was a blast!

Quote from How Will You Measure Your Life?:

“It’s funny how life works out sometimes.” -Clayton Christensen

Since this post is focused on GOTR, do you remember when I said I had baked my girls a treat and it happened to be the day we were discussing nutrition and being healthy?  Well, I made them these Chewy Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Cookie Streusel.  Ummm, YUM!  The girls devoured them!!  (As did I!)

Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Cookie Streusel

Chewy Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Cookie Streusel



– 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
– 1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
– 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
– 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
– 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1 cup chocolate chips

– 2/3 cups rolled oats
– 2/3 cup loosely packed brown sugar
– 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
– 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened



– Preheat the oven to 350*. Spray a 9×9-inch baking pan liberally with nonstick spray. Set it aside.

– In a large bowl, whisk together the butter and sugar until combined. Stir in the vanilla extract, then add the eggs and whisk until a smooth batter forms.

– Add in the flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Stir until the dry ingredients are incorporated completely. Stir in the chocolate chips.

– Spread the batter in the greased 9×9-inch pan. Prep the streusel.

– Whisk together the oats, sugar, flour and cinnamon until combined. Stir in the melted butter until the mixture is moistened. Crumble it evenly over top of the blondie batter.

– Bake the bars for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the center no longer jiggles and the edges are golden. Let cool completely before cutting.

Adapted from How Sweet It Is

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