Tag Archives: Road running

There Is An “I” In Team

Recently on an unusually warm day, I pulled out a running vest. There was a logo embroidered on it with the name of the running team I was on a few years ago. I ran to meet my new team – all women – and thought about how much I love running with them and how much I’ve learned from them about my business life.  Continue reading

What I’ve Learned About Branding

Branding, marketing, advertising, SEO, analytics, sales funnel, email lists, etc… Those words made me want to pull my hair out, run screaming out of the room and cry. Not a pretty picture. I can’t say I’ll ever understand SEO – or more specifically how to increase my numbers with search engine optimization and utilize the corresponding analytics – but I’ve become OK with that. I’ve also become OK understanding, but not utilizing to it’s best potential my email list and sales funnel. I wanted less graphs and more human-ness. Continue reading

One Year Post Suicide Attempt

November 7th is my daughter Gabi’s birthday. She turned 17 yesterday, is a senior in high school. She’s incredibly smart and skipped 5th grade. Seriously, the school didn’t know what to do with her. They kept trying to fit her in programs because she was so far ahead and finally I told the principal to send her to 6th grade. It was a great decision. Gabi is shy and quiet and funny as hell. I mean really, really funny. Yesterday, I went to her school and brought her some super gross, store bought, frosted sugar cookies, a minion birthday balloon and a love note. It’s the little things. Since she graduates this coming Spring, this was the last year to embarrass her at school. Good times. She traded her Minion balloon for a pastrami sandwich. Since it cost me $1.05 I think she traded well. Continue reading

Telling Your Child How Cute They Are Does Not Raise Self-Esteem

A contradiction? Perhaps. But that’s not my experience. Telling your child how cute they are does not raise self-esteem. In no way do I think NOT telling them will raise self-esteem, or telling them they aren’t cute (obviously). I’m not suggesting either of those as options. We have a 7 year old daughter who is pretty much the cutest thing ever. Seriously. We get stopped by people who tell her how cute she is regularly her entire life. Her gregarious personality and sense of humor make people notice her even more. On top of that she loves attention, has good pitch when she sings and if there’s music on it’s a guarantee that she’s dancing. Everywhere. You’d think this is all a good thing, right? Cute, musical, outgoing, loves attention.  Continue reading

Our Tiny House Vacation!

We could hardly believe we did it! D and I actually took 3 nights and (roughly) 4 days of vacation – ALONE!!! It’s up there on our bucket list of things to do since it’s been so long that we’ve taken so long away from kids. 20+ years long. We’ve been gone one at a time. We’ve been gone for 24-ish hours, but this??? This was bliss. And what did we do on our time off? We stayed in Auburn, CA two hours away in a TINY HOUSE ON WHEELS!! Continue reading

Konmari, Minimalism, And Shopping

It’s a concoction of amazing, believe it or not. First, I started my own journey with minimalism. It was a long, painstaking, arduous process of emotion and exhaustion mixed with moments of being overwhelmed. All due to the sheer volume of my downsize, having so many kids involved and years and years of accumulated “sentiment”. Continue reading

Setting goals

I’ve been realizing more and more lately that regardless of the goal you’re trying to set – finances, losing weight, running faster, building a business, going on a vacation – the steps are the same. Being a goal oriented, list making type of person, this was actually reassuring. When there is a desired result, the same steps apply. Even if I’m getting my hair done…… Continue reading

Balancing Life

It’s been a while since I’ve written and some of you may be wondering why. Life. Life happens even when you try to dig your feet in and stop it. Or at least slow it down. But you can’t. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how hard you try to balance things out, life comes down on you aggressively and even the most secure of us, the most confident, take the blow with less than aplomb. Continue reading

The First Book Launch

As of August, 2016, I am officially a published author! My book, a self-help memoir called “Hello, My Name Is….. Warrior Princess” had it’s first launch. It was a fun event that I enjoyed tremendously. Writing a book is very similar to having a baby. Lots of planning, excitement, hardship, second guessing and was an emotional roller-coaster. In the end, it’s worth it and you’d do it all over again. Continue reading

Saying Thank You

I was having a rough week. It wasn’t just the week, it was the three months of stress and emotion leading up to this week. I wasn’t sleeping well and my night time regimen had been consisting of 3 ibuprofen and a sleeping pill. Not a good thing. In my every day life I was plugging along. My book got finished, my podcast interviews were started and my website was being built, my blog was less consistent but going well. I was on unemployment and not successfully finding a job, which meant I was able to spend the summer home with the kids which I hadn’t done in 11 years. I was running, meeting friends, taking online webinars and classes. I hope other than D no one knew how much I was falling apart inside. D knew because he sees the worst of me and my stress leaked out in very unattractive bursts of crying, insecurity, raising my voice and wondering if he’d figure out I’m crazy and want to climb out the window in the middle of the night. So far, he’s still sleeping next to me. Continue reading