Why Blog Post Comments are Inspirational

Last week I had a notification on my blog that there was a comment. I took a look and there were TWO comments from the same person, a week apart. It's interesting. My blog of 7 1/2 years that launched me into social media and I've nurtured all this time. The blog disappeared for me nearly a year ago and I was devastated. I asked a friend in IT to help, but we could not find it - like it never existed. Off and on I tried to figure it out and one day about a month ago, I did just that. I "recove…

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Website and Life Updates

Its been a while. Mostly because I've been overhauling the site with a little help from my friend Brandon of BDG WebDesign. So I'm sharing some website AND life updates. It shouldn't look much different to anyone, but everything behind the scenes is new and improved and it took some time to get it done. Thanks to Brandon for doing the stuff I don't get and for years of tolerating my questions. OK, he "pets" my hair when I'm really not getting things, so it's an even deal...

Dane and I got our…

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When Fall is Your Favorite Time of Year

I am not a cold-weather fan. I grew up in New England and spent a decade in Alaska but I don't ski and I don't particularly enjoy winter. Dislike it at best. Fall, however, is another story. It's my favorite time of the year. As much as I fantasize about living in a yurt on a beach, I would miss the Fall.

Cool, crisp air, leaves changing, puffs of breath outside, boots and leggings, soft sweaters, my yellow leather jacket, an ultra-soft scarf, fluffy mittens, juicy apples, cider, hot chocolate,…

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Finding 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? Sometimes it's about finding inspiration in a DNF. 

Sometimes you meet people you connect with and I've been blessed in my life to have stumbled across a few and clung to those friendships. Seek people who inspire you to be better t…

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Developing Purposeful Routines and Habits

We all have them.  Habits.  Routines.  I used to wake up when Dane's 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 real.  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 i…

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Finding Myself Through Pinterest

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 into 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 into what I think about often but don't necessarily articulate.  I…

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Leaving the Past...In The Past

It's interesting that I chose running.  Or perhaps running chose me.  The same is true of minimalism and that certainly chose me.  My stress mounted and Dane patiently planted the seeds for me to choose a different type of life.  As the years pass and my life unfolds, I see patterns emerge.  They seem so obvious to me now, it's amazing I didn't embrace certain courses far sooner.  Maybe I was a little slow on the pickup, perhaps I was too stubborn, possibly I didn't pick up on life's taps to my …

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Learn to Slow Your Roll and Appreciate Life

I noticed two common things on the freeway this week.

  • First, I was driving 58 mph in a 55 mph zone. A woman was tailgating me even though she could easily pass me on the left. She finally passed and flipped me off yelling while she did.
  • Second, I saw a car in my rear-view mirror flying up behind me on the freeway.  He passed me on his phone, smoking a cigarette.  I watched him weave between cars until he was out of sight.  When I got off my exit and came to the light, guess who was right n…

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June 2015 Life Updates

It's now June 2015 and it's time for a life update. We've been minimizing for about 4 months now and we're getting ready to move in less than 2 weeks. It's still amazing to me, in this minimalist journey, how huge an impact minimizing media is. Enormous.

At most, I hoped it would be less frustrating, but it is truly inspiring.  It's also a surprise how stressful social media can be.  In my mind, I would have believed I controlled media (including TV, Netflix, movies, Kindle, iPad, etc...) whe…

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New Year's Resolutions - By The Numbers

In all studies I've read, 88-92% of resolutions fail.

People get very motivated and excited after Thanksgiving and Christmas binges, the enthusiasm of a new year.  A new you. For those New Year's resolutions by the numbers, according to Daily Details here's the breakdown:

Gym New Years

45: Percentage of Americans who usually make New Year's resolutions
10: Amount by which people who fully commit to making resolutions are more successful at keeping them.
1 in 3: Number of people who ditch their vows by t…

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