Tag Archives: Trail Running

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

To My Kids – What I’ve Learned In Life

I like to “date” my kids. In a family with so many, it’s nice to have one on one time with them. You know – to get to know them a little better. Because they’re pretty damn cool people and I played a small part in that. Gabi was next and she decided to run errands with me and go to lunch at a place she chose and I’ve wanted to go.

Lunch date with Gabi

I asked Gabi (who is a Senior in high school this fall) what her thoughts on college and life after high school were. She’s a shy, sweet, funny as hell, set in her ways kind of young lady which I respect. 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

Fathers Day In Mammoth Lakes

I spent Fathers Day in Mammoth Lakes, California. Alone. Not alone exactly. With my friend Peggy who planned this with me six months ago and another woman named Jennifer who I’d met once. There are race stats here, but the best things about the race were the things I learned and the way I felt inside. 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

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

Minimalization Isn’t Deprivation

Minimalization. Is that even a word???? I looked it up and it popped up with a definition “the act of pursuing minimalism”. If Google says it’s right, I won’t argue…. Minimalism has made a huge, positive, amazing difference in our lives. We’ve been at it for over a year now and my only regret is that we didn’t figure it out sooner. The upkeep is actually easier than my life of “organizing” prior, but it does take upkeep. Having less but keeping the things that bring you joy and have purpose allows for more time to do the things you love. The days of clutter and Rubbermaid containers is over. Our lives are more clean, more open, less stressful and feel more free.  Continue reading

Living With OCD & Anxiety

Dane was cleaning up his part of the bedroom recently and when he looked at the trash, he said, “You should write a post of what it’s like living with someone with OCD”. He took a picture and texted it to me. Sure. Bash the man I love about something that might occasionally drive me just a little crazy?? Maybe not. “Can I talk about your anxiety too?” I asked. “Sure!” he said. “I know you’d never be malicious. Go ahead. Maybe it will help someone. Maybe it will even help me.”. That, my friends, is a big deal to me and so I tread gently but honestly as I write this. Continue reading

Life On The Trail

I used to run on trails a lot. My favorite races are trail races and I’ve missed it. I stopped because the team I was on didn’t run trails and because I knew if I had any kind of emergency, I may not have cell service. So running alone on trails became a thing of the past. I’ve done three trail races in the last six months and LOVED them. I’m smart enough to know it does take trail training to be better at trail races, though, so I’m once again attempting to live life on the trails. I have a great pair of trail shoes and space outside my door. Continue reading

Minimalism And Kids

As if minimizing your home wasn’t challenging enough on it’s own, add kids to the mix. Every commercial, store advertisement, radio ad eggs them on to want more. On top of expert marketing targeted to children, other kids are happy to show you what they have that you don’t. It’s horrible. Candy by the checkout line horrible. Kids want to collect everything from pet rocks (we have a collection outside – visit them there!) to broken jewelry to stuffed animals (one of the most worthless collections in my opinion) to anything they can find. Changing these habits is a pain in the butt but worthwhile.  Continue reading