Real Life Vs. Social Media Life

My life as people see it on social media isn't the same as my real life.  Not because I try to embellish because I feel I'm genuine with what I post on social media.  It's just very two dimensional in a 3D world.  It's the tip of the iceberg, the part I want to show, my best foot forward.


Here's a short film on Real life vs. Facebook life. It's funny and probably more true than we admit. It made me LOL.  (See how I threw in an acronym?)  Another post by EarthPorn on Instagram photos was pre…

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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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My Favorite Cold Weather Running Gear

I'll admit it - there's a chill in the air.  Tuesday mornings 5:20 am run was the chilliest at about 40* and it's definitely time to make some changes.  I'm sharing my favorite cold weather running gear. Runners are picky.  I don't like anything on my waist, I can't stand to hold things, the hydration pack is awkward, I need music to run, I don't like anything bouncing in my pockets, etc....  But it's true that when things rub you the wrong way (literally and figuratively), it can throw off your…

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How To Set Running Goals

First of all, be realistic when setting running goals.  I generally have 3 goals for each race.  My PR - the time to beat, my middle of the road that I will probably achieve, and my absolutely don't want to do worse than this.  Here are the last 18 months for me and why we need to alter our goals:


  • Feb 2014.  Training for Napa Marathon.  Up to 18 miles.  Breathing isn't good.  Decided to dial back since exercise-induced asthma is kicking my butt.  I'm exhausted all the time and I'm getting…

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Challenge Time - The 5 Things Challenge

It's challenge time.  I'm challenging myself to work on 5 things. These have to be things that I'm struggling getting accomplished, or are important to me.  Life tends to get in the way and we all seem to unintentionally get sidetracked.   I don't always spend my time doing what I want.  Sometimes I spend it doing things I need to do (like working and sleeping), or time that's not productive (like too much social media).  With time being finite, it's important to me to spend it on what's importa…

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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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7 Reasons to Do A Group Run Before Sunrise

Many people question my sanity when I tell them I'm up at 4:30 to leave my house at 5:10 to go running.  What in the world would possess anyone to want to do that?  Here are 7 reasons that running before sunrise with a group is the sanest decision ever.

  1. Groups keep you accountable.  We use a Facebook message to keep in contact.  I want to see these women and if I say I'm going, they hold me accountable.  You never want to let your friends down or come up with a lame excuse of why you didn't…

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Finding Beauty in The Mundane

I used to think that most of life is mundane.  Drive kids to school, go to work, stop at the grocery store, menu plan, cook, clean, baseball/basketball/soccer games, doctors appointments, pick kids up, bath time, bedtime, laundry, planning stuff to do on the weekends, getting a run in, etc....  I believed that since there was so much mundane-ness in life, it was my job to make it exciting, create romance, make memories.  That living in the mundane was boring.

Most of life is mundane, but now …

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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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