Monthly Archives: August 2015

Inspiration In A DNF

DNF.  Those horrid little letters that mean SO much to a runner.  Did Not Finish.  It’s one thing us runners try desperately to avoid.  The finish, after all, is where we want to be.  Why, though, can’t we embrace the DNF?  Why does it have to be such a bad thing? Continue reading

Bad Hair Days

We’ve all had them. (“What?” you may ask, “First world problems?”  Yes.  That is what I mean)  Bad hair days. They aren’t fun.  Almost two years ago (in October), my daughter Kezia wanted a short, spunky haircut.  She convinced me to get super crazy and go short myself.  I doubt I’ll ever do it again, but it was an interesting experiment.  Since I’m licensed as a hairdresser, I know people put a lot of their identity into their hair, with good reason.  The public makes comments and those can be difficult to ignore.  Prior to “the cut”, I asked many people what they thought of the idea of going short.  My hair was down to the middle of my back.  Overwhelmingly, people thought it was ballsy, a good idea and share my attitude – it’s just hair, it’ll grow back.  I was most interested in what male friends thought.  They all said to go for it.  Since I think you should go big or go home, I went big. Continue reading

5 Things Challenge

I’m challenging myself to work on 5 things. These have to be things that I’m struggling getting accomplished, or are important to me.  Life tends to get in the way and we all seem to unintentionally get sidetracked.   I don’t always spend my time doing what I want.  Sometimes I spend it doing things I need to do (like working and sleeping), or time that’s not productive (like too much social media).  With time being finite, it’s important to me to spend it on what’s important. Continue reading

Consumerism vs Minimalism

After taking about 6 months off of purchasing clothes or shoes, I finally decided to streamline my wardrobe. Dialing it back so much and really living in what I owned defined my style.  What I liked was different than what I thought which was interesting.  I’ve enjoyed wearing wrap style shirts and dresses in the past which are all gone now.  My shirts tended to be  fitted and now they’re a little more breathable.  I realized how much I like to layer a tank top, short sleeve shirt and (in cooler weather) a jacket or sweater.   Continue reading

Running and Minimalism

How, you may ask, does minimalism correlate with running.  Minimalism is difficult for me to articulate sometimes, I feel inadequate trying to quantify the results.  Minimizing your life isn’t just about getting rid of crap and having less clutter.  It spills over into every aspect of your life.  Minimizing puts your priorities into perspective.  It takes away the things that are unimportant and leaves behind what is important. Continue reading

Routines and Habits

We all have them.  Habits.  Routines.  I used to wake up when Chris’ alarm went off at 1:30 am and check my phone.  As if email, tweets, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat or Words with Friends just can’t wait until morning when I’m up for reall.  I’d check them again before I got out of bed after I woke up for real.  It’s interesting – this outstanding technology that gives us so much, yet takes so much away from us.  Sleep or time with people who are actually in front of us.  Our phone is a constant distraction of what we might miss if we look away. Continue reading

Am I Enough

There are those days. Days as a Mom I wonder if I’m enough. Am I doing enough, spending enough time, teaching my kids what’s really important in life? They are important.  They are incredible.  I am blessed to be called Mommy.  I am proud of the people they are becoming.  They are the best decision I have ever made.   Continue reading

Pinterest Taught Me Some Things

No, not how to cook something, or DIY crafts. Pinterest taught me about myself.  I don’t go on often these days – only if I’m looking for something specific.  On a day off, with the house quiet, I went on.  Not to surf things – to look at my own boards.  I’m quite myself on Pinterest.  It’s an insight to what I really like, who I am, what interests me that I don’t necessarily discuss.  Looking at my own pins gave me some insight on what I think about often but don’t necessarily articulate.  It’s an easy way to get to know a little bit more about me. Continue reading

A Few Of My Favorite Running Things

I’ve done gear reviews for almost a decade – even though the blog is only going on 4 years old. When we minimized and moved, I really had to evaluate the stuff I had accumulated – often because I was doing a review.  I pared running gear down to only what I really used on a very regular basis.   Continue reading

Minimalism Wardrobe

I follow a few minimalism blogs that have helped me carve out what minimizing has meant to me personally, as well as how it will work with my family.  Courtney Carver’s Be More With Less is one of my favorites.  Courtney has some great micro-courses (two that I have taken so far) and is one of the experts on minimizing your wardrobe with her Project 333.  I’m not at Courtney’s level with my wardrobe yet and I’m not certain I will be (never say never, though!) but she’s helped me tremendously.  Amy Clark of Mom Advice is another great blog.  She uses Courtney’s Project 333 with some tweaks and a lot of color.  I enjoyed reading her capsule wardrobe since I tend to dress with a bit more color and sass. Continue reading