Three things I learned from my weekend long-run:


In New York City you’re up in your apartment doing your own thing, then you walk down the steps and out onto the street.

Suddenly its not about you anymore. The street is buzzing with people hustling and bustling. Strangers moving and grooving. They don’t care about you or what you do. You’re just another pedestrian on the move. With a destination of your creation.

Maybe you’re going to the train or to watch the ballet. Maybe you’re going to see the doctor or catch a flight to LA.

It’s humbling, being another walker. Sometimes you’re humming as you stride…


Authenticity. It means being genuine, being your true self– with yourself and with other people. It’s surrender and tranquility. It’s showing up as the human you are, with flaws and all. It’s letting your light shine brightly into the world.

Authenticity takes practice. I was a shy kid, often putting on a mask of seriousness and not being my silly or intellectual self around others simply because I wanted to fit in. But over time I’ve come to learn the more I show up as myself, the more I will cross paths with others who are authentic too. …


“The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.” — Orson Welles

For creativity to flourish, there must be a box. There must be constraints so that the mind can be free. It is indeed, paradoxial. But if you think of a sculptor, there’s only a finite amount of rock. If you think of an artist, they must work within a finite canvas. Oh but the mind has limitations too, often far more constraining than physical ones. Quaranine, to some effect has been a limitation that has caused a surge in creativity, in art. Because being forced to physical confinement…


Each week, I publish a small column in Tina Muir’s Running for Real email newsletter. I’ll re-share that article here:

Hi Running for Real community, Maria here! We’re switching up the newsletter today and I’ll be the one sharing updates while Tina takes over the 3–2–1 Corner.

First off, I’m honored and so excited to share that today is the launch of the new show, Running Realized. There’s something quite special about bringing an idea to life from scratch. …


Each week, I publish a small column in Tina Muir’s Running for Real email newsletter. I’ll re-share that article here:

Three things to ponder:

1. A stranger is a friend you haven’t met yet. For last week’s challenge of an act of kindness, I started a pay-it-forward coffee chain. As a result, I somehow met a stranger who shares my name, is from Bogota, Colombia like me, and shares my love of baking sourdough bread too. More on that story here.

2. “To know and not to do, is not to know. –Wang Yang Ming. How do we use what…


Each week, I publish a small column in Tina Muir’s Running for Real email newsletter. I’ll re-share that article here:

Three things to ponder:


Each week, I publish a small column in Tina Muir’s Running for Real email newsletter. I’ll re-share that article here:

Dear Running for Real community,

There’s something special about the group we have here. Our community shares humanity in our struggles, interests and aspirations. It’s what forms our collective identity. I believe what’s unique about the Running for Real community we’re all a part of, is that together we are proving the world around us is built by people just like us. Regular people with jobs, families, and a shared love of running. …


sometimes my showers turn into writing sessions where I get into deep conversations with myself.

“It’s your world” those three words are now so engrained in me, I might as well get them tattooed across my forehead. (update: In March 2021, I did get a tattoo of them… although not on my forehead.)

There’s no one telling you you “have” to go to work. You “choose” to go to work. No one telling you you have to go to school You “choose” to go to school. …


Thought provoking thing from the Daily Stoic today: “When Marcus Aurelius quoted Heraclitus — about how we can never step in the same river twice — this is what he was encouraging. We cannot content ourselves with first impressions or encounters, we must constantly revisit everything. Revisit the pages of books, revisit the sights we have overlooked, revisit the ordinary beauty of the world.”

On one hand, I’m fascinated by the fact that we will never step into the same river twice. The water is at the same time old and new. Dip your finger in and it’s as much…

Maria Vargas

Adding to the noise, but for my own sanity.

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