Friday, June 24, 2016

Putting Myself & My 10k Playlist Out There Again. Double Yikes.

Three years ago I put myself & my 10k playlist out there. Yikes. It was one of the hardest things I’d ever done. Going public with my self esteem issues, my abdominoplasty surgery, and my (then) fondness for One Direction. It was a huge step forward in my healing… admitting to myself and the world that I wasn’t perfect, that I struggle, aaaaand that every once in a while, I listen to music aimed at 12 year old girls. 

One short year after I ran that pivotal 10k, life as I knew it came to a screeching halt. My marriage was over. I will spare you the gory details (you’re welcome). Suffice to say, it was completely unexpected, and it was devastating. Those self esteem issues that I had worked so hard to fix? Well, they came back with a vengeance. I wanted to die. I wasn’t suicidal… no, it never got that far… But I literally prayed to die. I begged God for release every day for a very long time.

Long story short: Divorce isn’t as bad as you think. It’s worse. 

Sometimes I look back to those early days of my trial, and I can’t believe I survived. I think about that wounded, crying creature, and I want to hold her… I want to tell her that it’s going to be okay. Jeffrey R. Holland tells a story of how when he was a young father his car broke down on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, twice. Years later, he drove by that same spot, and imagined himself saying to that discouraged young father: “Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don’t come till heaven. But for those who embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they come. It will be alright in the end. Trust God, and believe in good things to come.”

I know you’re here for my playlist (because hey, let’s face it… they’re always pretty awesome), but humor me for a couple more minutes. If you ask what saved me, what got me to the point I'm at today, a happy (yes, happy) woman who wants to live, I will tell you every time: It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and all that goes with it... The atonement, prayer, scriptures, family, priesthood blessings, temple attendance, serving and being served. I know without a single doubt that I have a Father in Heaven who is completely aware of my circumstances. I have been witness to things that I will never, EVER be able to dismiss as coincidence. I know He loves me. I know He loves my precious children. I have felt His daily influence in my life, and I am beyond grateful. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I can’t put into adequate words what it feels like to have Him pick me up and carry me when I don't have the strength to go on. It’s been absolutely everything. I used to pray the same words every day, “Why me? Why do I have to suffer this? Please, please, please take this away from me.” It took me a long time to hear the answer, but when I finally listened, it was like a light turned on in my heart and mind. The spirit whispered to me that I was to be an instrument in God's hands in serving others who were suffering. My patriarchal blessing states: "You have the ability to lift and succor those who are in difficulty... for this will be one of your great callings in life to lend sympathy and love and to give meaning in the lives of those who are downtrodden. You will meet and recognize many of these people who need you, and who need you alone."

This is how the atonement works. This is how Christ helps us. He’s able to comfort us because He’s BEEN THROUGH IT. He understands. He knows what it feels like to be rejected. He knows what it feels like to be alone. He has experienced EVERY pain and heartache that you and I suffer. If we are to become more like him, we have to go through hard stuff. It’s the only way. I have grown closer to, and become more like my Savior because of this trial. I don't know when I'll ever be able to say "I'm grateful" for my divorce (I'm still pretty beat up inside), but I can say that I'm grateful for the opportunities I've had to come to the rescue of my friends who are going through the same thing. It has sanctified my suffering, and made my tears count for something. 

This was a really good day... Angel's Landing 2015

Phew. It's out there. Breathe. I have an excellent idea, let's change the subject. I’m running the Provo Freedom Festival 10k on Independence Day with my awesome sister, Debbie. Running has been a huge factor in my healing process too. There is something liberating about running away from home for an hour or so every day. Don’t worry, I always come back :) Now, a word about my playlist… Heaven knows, I’m a Molly Mormon. See the above paragraphs. There's a time and a place for religious music... I have turned to it many, many times over the last two years for comfort. That being said, I also believe there's a time and a place for rock music. Really loud rock music. It calms me like nothing else can… (well... besides food. Food calms me too. Dang it all). My music doesn’t necessarily have to be rock either… it just has to mean something to me, and not be country. So without further ado, here is my 10k playlist for 2016. I forbid any snickering! At least there's not any One Direction this time. I honestly don't even know what's "cool"... I just like what I like, and this is what gets me through my 6.2 miles :)

10k Playlist 2016

Sunrise - Simply Red 
Fly Like an Eagle - Steve Miller Band
Starman - David Bowie 
Suedehead - Morrissey
The Walker - Fitz and the Tantrums
It Only Makes Me Laugh - Oingo Boingo
Fooling Yourself - Styx
Under Pressure - Queen/Bowie
(Nothing But) Flowers - Talking Heads
The Pretender - Foo Fighters
Mr. Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra
Synchronicity II - The Police
Happy - C2C
Dream On - Aerosmith
Rusholme Ruffians - The Smiths
Private Life - Oingo Boingo
Changes - David Bowie
You Can’t Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones
Hey Jude - The Beatles
He Lives in You (reprise) - The Lion King Original Broadway Cast
Hide and Seek - Howard Jones

There you have it.  Way more information than you ever wanted about my personal life, and the soundtrack to it. I know it was much more than you bargained for, but man it feels good to get some of it off my chest... thanks for listening. I'd be ever so grateful for any prayers or positive vibes you can spare for me and my sweet kiddos. As "well" as we've come through this, there's no getting around the basic fact that divorce kinda sucks. Oh, and just to clarify: This isn't a desperate plea for sympathy, attention, or (heaven help me) an advertisement. It's just FYI. Really. I don't want to date your neighbor's cousin's brother's coworker. Unless he's a Time Lord... Or plays one on TV. 


  1. Thank you for sharing! You are truly an inspiration!!

  2. Hugs for you & your children! You'll always be the tops on my list of amazing women.

    1. Thank you Joy!! I feel the same way about you... I love you & your sweet family :)

  3. Love you Becky. You are amazing! Keep on keeping on. Good luck on your 10k

    1. Love you too Susan. I'm really grateful to you for being so supportive of me! You were one of the first people to reach out to me, and it meant a lot. I've thought about you, and how gracefully you've lived your life after divorce, and it's been inspiring to me.

  4. Thanks, Becky, for sharing. Sometimes I get frustrated at the Alma 23-24s in my life. But I try to submit patiently and wait on the Lord in faith. God is turning us into the people he needs us to be to help our brothers and sisters.

    1. Thank you, Scotty. Your faith has inspired me many times.

  5. Thanks, Becky, for sharing. Sometimes I get frustrated at the Alma 23-24s in my life. But I try to submit patiently and wait on the Lord in faith. God is turning us into the people he needs us to be to help our brothers and sisters.

  6. Becky, I'm so so sorry you've had to go through this and experience this. Divorce is not easy at all but I'm so glad you've come through the dark days into the light. I've been divorced for 14 years now and as hard as it was I would not trade anything for the experience it taught me, the strength I gained, the knowledge I've learned, the empathy I've felt, or the courageous heart I've grown. Prayers for you and yours!!!

    1. Thank you so much Celina! Your courage and strength have always been inspiring to me! Love ya :)

  7. Thank you for sharing. Having gone through that hell myself, I can completely relate with your assessment of divorce. It is a plague that can strike anyone,m that I wish wasn't so commonplace. I can also say that it does get easier and it gets better with time. Hang in there and keep running. It is really good for the soul.

    A couple of song recommendations for ya. "Place for my head" by Linkin Park and "cruel summer" by ace of base. They are both great on a long run.

    1. Thank you Joe! You're such a good friend. I'm really sorry that you've had to suffer this too... I'm so glad that you've come through it and found happiness! Thanks for the song recommendations! I'll download them right now :) Take care!

    2. Okay, the Linkin Park song is so FANTASTIC. Love it.

  8. Divorce sucks, but is sometimes necessary. Any play list with Boingo, The Smiths, and a little Moz can't be all that bad. It almost forgives the love of One Direction, almost.

  9. Nothing forgives the love of One Direction... I'm so ashamed. I don't know what came over me that year. I'll blame it on the pain meds haha. Thanks for the friend request... Any friend of the Esplins is a friend of mine :)

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