Moving from “How to” to “Sports Memoir”

I mentioned in my post two weeks ago that I’ve made a writing transition in the book I’m writing. I’ve gone from crafting a “how to” book, namely a book about how to become an endurance athlete in the face of chronic health challenges, to writing a sports memoir book that along the way will … Read moreMoving from “How to” to “Sports Memoir”

Vision Board Magic for 2019

Vision Boards speak to the non-verbal part of me, which is why, despite my #1 Love Language being words, I love making Vision Boards. I like speaking to the parts of myself that respond powerfully to images and color. Plus, I love gathering with a group of people annually to make my vision board. I … Read moreVision Board Magic for 2019

Navigating ambiguous loss and estrangement during the holiday season

I work at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and every time I log in to our electronic system, I see notices about things happening on the various campuses. A few weeks ago I saw a notice about a training on Ambiguous Loss by Pauline Boss, PhD. I was curious, as the word ambiguous feels … Read moreNavigating ambiguous loss and estrangement during the holiday season

Losing weight while navigating emotional eating in a time of grief

Have you noticed that losing weight is hard? I sure have. I am not at my ideal weight. I set a goal for this year, 2018, to get my weight back in my ideal range which is about 150 lbs. I’m not at that weight, and I have had to purchase clothing in slightly bigger … Read moreLosing weight while navigating emotional eating in a time of grief

Getting back in the game after a big time out

I’m back! Yes, it’s been a tad over two months since I wrote a blog post. I have lots of excuses and as of today, none of them much matter. At long last, I feel ready to resume my weekly posting and I’ve even picked up the editing process on my book. Here’s one explanation … Read moreGetting back in the game after a big time out

Panama exploration for internships, OH MY!

What a busy week it was in Panama.  It was work, and thankfully, I love my work! From the moment we arrived until the moment we left, we were in meetings here and there and everywhere! As anticipated, everything moved at a slower, very humid, warm pace. And yes, there was a lot of random … Read morePanama exploration for internships, OH MY!

How to find a great endocrinologist

As you likely know, I have type 1 diabetes. I’ve had it for almost 37 years. That means that I’ve had to go to visit a medical doctor A LOT. On average, I go 4 times a year. Once a quarter. For most of the years I’ve had diabetes, I go see a specialist. I … Read moreHow to find a great endocrinologist

Self-Care in times of stress and overwhelm

After living with diabetes for 36.5 years and after surviving breast cancer twice, I’ve come to prioritize self-care. What is self-care you ask? Well, in my world it means that I pay attention to the basic things I need to stay healthy, fit, calm, centered and productive. It means that I make it my Number … Read moreSelf-Care in times of stress and overwhelm