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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My Unemployment Experience

I am currently unemployed. This came as a shock, although by the time it was my last day, I'd had about six weeks to realize that it was coming. In the end, I asked to be (mercifully) fired so I could at least collect unemployment while I was looking for another job - especially during the holidays - and that's the beginning of my unemployment experience. My last day was November 17th.

I had grand plans "if ever" I had time off work. Now, I find myself with an abundance of time off, but initi…

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The Importance of Knowing How to Fix Stuff

One good thing that came out of growing up poor is that I learned to fix things.  Toilets, the TV set up (OK, the new stuff I don't get as easily), changing a flat tire, garbage disposals.  When you don't have money and you want things to work, you figure it out.  Probably part of why I still ask too many questions and I need things to make sense.  

Recently both headlights on my 97 Toyota Forerunner went out.  Within hours of each other.  I'm guessing these babies were nearly originals by ho…

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The Black Friday Challenge

It's time for something different this Black Friday! REI recently released their Black Friday policy, which I wish other companies would take as a personal affront and challenge.  #OptOutside is their campaign and the message is clear:

REI believes that being outside makes our lives better. That's why this Black Friday, we're closing all 143 of our stores and paying our employees to head outside.

You are invited to join them by exploring the outdoors yourself.  You can say where you'll be, w…

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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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Marathon Running Motivation

I was asked recently how to get motivated with running marathons. After my injury, I've had a very difficult time motivating myself. Let's face it - no matter what the sport - sitting on the couch is easier.

 It's too early, too dark, too cold, too hot, too windy, there's too much to do, work, cleaning, cooking, I'm too tired, I think I'm getting a cold, I think I just had a cold.....  I was the most consistent over the last decade during the three years I ran alone.  Interesting since I comp…

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Pushing Through & Finishing The Race

I ran a half marathon last summer. My favorite distance, my favorite race. Running With The Bears in Greenville, CA is the race I look forward to every year.  The race I planned on hitting my shiny, new PR.  Not only did my kids come, but they were also running an aid station.  I was even more ecstatic that I’d be passing them around mile 8.  That enthusiasm and energy and their bright, happy, smiling faces were helping me with my mental push to drive myself harder and faster.  I had goals based…

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Learning to Manage Stress


I would say I'm not great at recognizing that I'm feeling stress, although I'm pretty good at not letting things get to me.  Traffic?  No big deal.  Drivers that are irritated?  It actually amuses me.  Long grocery store lines?  Decompression and people-watching time.  Letting go of things that can potentially cause stress that I can not control automatically reduces levels.

I asked Dane to describe my personality.  He's often said I am even-keeled however in one word he called me balanced.  …

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Why I Choose Running

Longevity, less expensive than other sports, and lower injury rates. 

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Amazing people, health-conscious, weight-maintaining. I can still push myself after years and continue to learn and improve.  It's an excuse to travel, events are amazing.  Free T-shirts, fig bars, and coupons.  The open road beckons me, I see the world from a different perspective.  I can decompress, sweat out my feelings, remember what's important in life.  I feel badass, I'm an example to my kids. It's easy to see why …

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