Ryan Donnelly's Blog

Mind Refresh After Opiate Addiction


Most people want to fit in with the crowd. They want to be a part of something they think is important or cool. They will transform themselves in order to merge and be like the others. In doing so they start to judge themselves against others and do everything in their power to be accepted. […]

Storm On


Went out to see a friend tonight and on my way home driving was hit with one hell of a storm. It was coming down so hard that I decided to pull up to the beach and watch it. I sat there in silence and listened to the thunder and watched the sparks of lightening […]

Keep It Real, Keep It Positive, Keep It Movin’


Many times in life we are faced with hardships, whether it is our addiction, loss of a job, family member, relationships.  How we handle these hardships mentally greatly effects our lives. I used to be the type of person who allowed things to bring me down easily, I could get ketchup on my shirt and […]

To The Youth


Like I have mentioned before, I will be speaking to a group of young adults at the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center on August 8th. I am looking very much forward to meeting them and talking. I know that as a class they read this blog as a treat, so I wanted to write a […]

2 Years Later After Being Clean of Opiates


Yesterday was my 2-year mark of a clean life.  Can not believe it’s been 2 years already.  This time 2 years ago I was laying in a hospital bed pleading to die.  I didn’t see any reason to live, I felt that life was bullshit and worthless.  My mind had been depleted of all motivation […]

AN Old Mule


An Old Mule There was a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule praying or whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was […]

Simple Thought

Who are you? Get out of your social box and help another. Change another’s life and you will celebrate life in a completely different way. You may smile for the very first time.

Train For A Purpose

Been super busy lately training my ass off for May 13th.  May 13th is the 48-hour non-stop ultramarathon fundraiser in honor of Jason Marles that I am running.  I plan on covering between 150-200 miles.  But is it odd that I am training for more?  Is it odd that I want to get 215 miles and break the […]

If It is To Be, It is Up To Me.


Those ten words in the title above are words to live by. And you know who taught me that? My 85-year old Pop-Pop. Recently my Nana and Pop-Pop not only celebrated their 66th Anniversary, but they also are celebrating a new chapter in their lives together, by moving into an Independent Living Facility. In the last week […]

This is it…


It’s 5am and I am wide awake, completely refreshed from a good nights sleep. This is a big week for me. Well, that’s an understatement. This is one of the most important weeks of my life. Saturday, I will run 50 miles. I know, I know, I keep saying it, but I don’t know if […]

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