Jen Rulon

Happy 50th Birthday to Me!

Today at 10:45 pm, a little girl was born at 7 lbs and 10 oz. And as I have gotten through this thing called life over the last 50 years, I realized that life is truly a beautiful thing. Whether you are over the moon succeeding at something or in the trenches of life, however you look at it, it is truly unique. 


In my book, “Self Motivation Strategies for Women,” I asked y’all to write a letter to your younger self, and I thought this would be a perfect time for me to do that for myself. But, you know, as a coach, I have to practice what I preach. Oh boy, here we go:

My Letter to My 8th Grade Self

Dear 8th grade Jenny, 

Beautiful girl, please never think you are not enough. 

Beautiful girl, please never think that you are not thin enough.

Beautiful girl, please never think you are not pretty enough.

Beautiful girl, please never think that you are not athletic.

Beautiful girl, please never think that you DON’T deserve the love that you crave.

Beautiful girl, please never think that you are WORTH all of this.

Beautiful girl, please never think you don’t deserve the life you are leading because you do.


Jenny, you will go through some unique parts of your life, but you will go through some tough times. I don’t want to tell you what they are because you are not supposed to know. I want you to remember; you will grow from those heartaches way beyond you could ever imagine. And these heartaches are going to take you to a place that you could never imagine. I will tell you this, a 28-year-old goal accomplished and opportunities that you could never imagine. 


Jenny, please give your parents some grace. They did the best for you with what they had. They were kids themselves and doing their best for you every day. And maybe your Dad didn’t know how to love you, but perhaps he didn’t know because he didn’t receive the love that he craved, and you can’t fault him for that. But, on the other hand, your Mom loves you to the moon and back. That love that you receive from her is beautiful, and please remember that about her. She only wants the best for you and is worried about you. 


Jenny, I want you to forgive those mean friends because you have a beautiful soul from the start of your life. Let us blame the 80’s fashion but let’s be honest, that fashion is coming back. At least we haven’t documented a lot of that fashion! Guess what, those friends were going through their shit, and they ONLY did that to hide behind their issues. 


Jenny, one more thing, you know those dreams that you will set for yourself? Hold on tight and trust the Universe will help you out. PLEASE never give up. NEVER! Because those goals that you will achieve will give everyone else hope. Trust us on this because this will be life-changing for you.


Jenny, one last thing, we don’t want you to forget YOU ARE LOVED, BEAUTIFUL, GIRL!


I hope this letter helps you and you may not understand anything right now but you will. My goal for you right now, Jenny, I don’t want you to forget your worth.


I love you so very much and am forever proud of you yesterday, today, and forever.



50-year-old Jen

Dang, y’all. That was powerful, and I was bawling my eyes out while writing it.


How about you write a little to yourself on your birthday or NOW?


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AUTHOR: Jen Rulon

I have been coaching triathletes, runners, and cyclists for over 21+ years; I received my Master's Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. And as you may have learned, there is more to life than swimming, biking, and running. It is a lifestyle, and I am here to help you cross that finish line with a smile, whether it is an Ironman Triathlon or the Ironman of Life. You can find my knowledge shared in Triathlete Magazine, Runners World, on the TEDx Stage, the Health and Wellness Expo in San Antonio, TX, Southwest Research Institute Human Performance Summit, Training Peaks Workshops, "Self Motivation Strategies for Women" on Amazon, Men's Journal Online, and the New York Times. I also practice what I preach—she's a 15x Ironman Triathlete who participated in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, on October 14, 2017.

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