Tag Archives: Clothing

Wildfires and Life Lessons

I’m sitting on my couch right now, listening to wind that’s blowing up to 87 mph, nervous that I’ll be leaving soon. Some schools were cancelled this morning and I had to call into work – something I don’t like to do. D got off work early and was able to borrow a work truck. By the time he got here, I had already packed the car full, and had things waiting to be loaded. The fire was only 500 acres at the time I first heard about it, but moving quickly and un-contained. Now, five hours later, it’s burned over 2000 acres, over 18 homes, many outbuildings and is still 0% contained. Over 200 firefighters are on site, with 200 more coming in from California. Air troops are on the ready, but with winds this high, they have to wait by helplessly like the rest of us. Continue reading

Minimalism Lessons

Oh, minimalism, how you have changed things. I’ve downsized everything in my life, including emails and the way I process social media. It’s truly not just about the number of items you own, but more about showcasing the things in your life that are most important. It’s different for all of us, and it pops up in weird ways. It started with my closet and garage and slowly, silently creeped into all areas of my life. And I love it. Continue reading

When Kids Grow Up

Here’s a fun fact. D and I had 12 out of 13 kids living at home 2.5 years ago. I was changing the chore wheel this morning which I do every Monday. I fill in and do any chores of kids who aren’t here and I realized I’m doing far more than the kids are doing. We’ve had a couple kids graduate high school, a couple move out and that seeming trickle of kids leaving is quickly resembling white water rapids. I looked at the names of our kids – 10 on the wheel – and realized by February-ish of next year – just six months away – we’ll be down to 4 kids and one part time.  Continue reading

Reno Tahoe Odyssey 2016

The Reno Tahoe Odyssey is in the books. The race I wasn’t sure I’d ever do again but I’m so glad I did. 178 miles, 2 vans, 12 people – all of us women from our 5:20 am running group. The majority of the women I knew, the ones I didn’t know well I knew very well by the end. It took us just over 30 hours to complete and we had a total of 2 hours of sleep on one of our breaks. People who have never run a relay think you’re crazy and don’t get it but those of us who have taken the leap know all too well how amazing they are. Continue reading

MakeSpace, Marie Kondo and Minimalism

Last week I was looking at a company called Make Space, a pack/store/deliver company in New York, DC and Chicago. I talked with them about Marie Kondo’s organizing system from her book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and decided to try it and share tips. I’ve heard (a lot) about the book – enough to think it was a little Woo-Woo for me. A little “out there”, a little too much get in touch with your self, but I’m too much of a challenge accepted kind of girl to say no. Besides, what if it actually worked? Being a minimalist means I already have less and downsizing means being better at utilizing space, so why not. Continue reading

My First Spinning Class

It’s true. I’ve never been to a spinning class. Until today. Allow me to make something clear: Being an extrovert doesn’t mean I always like trying new things, or I always want to be around people. Sometimes it’s draining for us extroverts too. Group classes are out of my comfort zone, so I’ve never gone even though I’ve heard great things about them. Until today. We’re members of a fantastic gym and I do really love to go. I prefer having a trainer work with me for an hour, and without one I feel a little lost. I like having a plan, being pushed and setting goals. Classes would be the middle man in this equation. Not one on one, but a planned workout to push me. And it was pretty fun. Continue reading

Giving Reviews Make Me Happy

I’ve had a couple people comment lately that I must get a lot of stuff with the way I pimp out certain companies. Nope. Let me fill you in on something, friends….. Compliments are free. So is saying thank you. So is “liking” someones picture or post. Believe it or not, leaving a comment is also free!! I kid you not….. Referring someone is ALSO free!! One of my favorite extroverted tendencies is my love of connecting people. It’s like a high for me. I don’t even care if I introduce two people and I’m no longer involved in the circle. I just get off on putting people together who can mean something to each other. It’s amazing.  Continue reading

Visualize Your Life

Vision boards. Love them. I’ve done a vision board several times in my life, I’ve done them with the kids, as a family, etc… What’s great about a vision board is that, every time you look at it, it reminds you of what’s most important in your life. What you want, what you’d like to achieve, where you see yourself headed. Add words, your ideal future, what inspires you such as quotes, things you are striving towards, even memories that make you feel great. I have a space in our bathroom that I just peg things to when they speak to me. I have quotes, the tiny home on wheels I like the most, fitness models that are built like I am (but are in better shape). It’s about where I’m at, where I want to go and how I want to get there with reminders of the attitude I want to project. Continue reading

The Purge One Year Later

It’s the one year anniversary of The Purge. Time goes quickly and this year has been no exception. My take away’s after a year? Life is much, much less stressful. I miss almost nothing that’s gone (that one damned desk!). We can focus on what’s more important than constantly cleaning and “organizing” clutter. What remains is what we love – except the couch that needs to be replaced eventually. Continue reading

Winter Running

It’s cold. Sure, not as cold as Alaska when I lived there, but still cold. It snows too. Not always as much as this year and not as much as other places, but we get it. This year quite a bit of it, relatively speaking. Ice. It’s everywhere. I’ve only gone running in temps as low as 13* this year. I’ve also bypassed running when the roads have been excessively crappy which seems like a lot. I used to run no matter what, but then I broke my foot. That taught me to be more of a fair weather runner – or at least less stupid about running. Winter running isn’t just about the clothing you wear – although that makes it manageable – it’s about being safe and following rules differently. Continue reading