First “Real” Race since COVID-19

Having grown up in a dysfunctional family, I learned early on to ignore my fears. Meaning I had so much fear that lived in my body that had I paid attention to it too much I would have become non-functioning. Instead, I became hypervigilant and super accommodating. I knew I was an inconvenience to my … Read more

Four silver linings of the pandemic

Deep in breath. Deep out breath. It’s been more than a full year since we’ve officially been navigating this COVID-19 global pandemic. It’s been a challenging year, on many levels. 541,000+ people in the United States have died from it. More than 2.69 million people have died from it worldwide. That’s a LOT of people … Read more

Surviving injury setbacks and recovery

Injuries suck. No two ways about it, discovering last week that I had indeed fractured my rib at T10 when I (intentionally) fell off the toilet during early morning colonoscopy prep was shocking and profoundly sad.  The orthopedic doctor I saw compounded my frustration when he insisted I immediately start drinking 3 glasses of skim … Read more

Happy 2021 + Vision Boards + Word of the Year

I love vision boards!  Part of why I love them is I love words and I love colors and I love collages, so vision boards are a beautiful conglomeration of things I love. Plus I’m a huge fan of setting annual goals and reflecting on my accomplishments from the year that is closing. I combine … Read more

Christmas 2020

Christmas this year will look different than expected for many of us. After all Christmas during a pandemic with a virus that easily spreads between people who are breathing the same air especially when indoors means we must take precautions.  Holiday losses This holiday season is a year of loss. This is a holiday theme … Read more

Bullet Journaling for Goal Driven People Who Value Reflection

Many of my friends and co-workers have commented that I am a goal driven person. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might have noticed this tendency. My post last week was all about steps to take to set winter fitness goals! Connected to my drive to write goals and achieve them … Read more

5 steps to create Winter Fitness Goals to stay fit, healthy and connected

This winter is challenging us all. The US, where I live, is having massive surges in coronavirus deaths and infection rates. The days are short, the sunlight often hides behind gray clouds, and it’s cold and snowy in many parts of this country. It would be easy to give up, curl up and want to … Read more

Swimming fun with fins

In 7th grade I attended a two week summer swim camp at Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, New York, where my father was the vice president of fundraising. (It wasn’t exactly his title but that’s what he did, raise a lot of money!)  Love of swimming That swim camp was a transformative experience … Read more

7 Tips for Surviving a Pandemic Winter

Paul Huttner, one of the meteorologists on Minnesota Public Radio, recently talked about how this will likely be a cold and snowy winter here in Minnesota. Considering that earlier this week, on October 20th, 2020, we got one of the biggest and earliest snowfalls in Minnesota history, this coming winter has us on our toes. … Read more