Failing spectacularly: working towards a goal you know you won’t make

I’m not big on new year’s resolutions, but this year I made one. Having run fifteen half marathons, two marathons, and five triathlons, I thought it was time to push myself in a new way that a finish line couldn’t. Thus, I set a year-long goal to run 1000 miles in 2018. I did theContinue reading “Failing spectacularly: working towards a goal you know you won’t make”

Five things that actually make me feel like a grown up

Who as a child didn’t dream of their impending adulthood with fond longing? Adulthood was going to be amazing! You could eat whatever you want, whenever you want. You could stay up late. You could travel. You could drive a car. You could own a house. Sure cars and houses cost money, but they’d beContinue reading “Five things that actually make me feel like a grown up”

We host an airbnb, and we’ve learned some things about humans!

About a year ago, my husband decided that we should turn one of the rental properties he owns and manages into a airbnb rental. The guest house, as we now call it, sits on the same piece of property as our own house, making it easy to clean in between renters and convenient should theyContinue reading “We host an airbnb, and we’ve learned some things about humans!”

A practical guide to decluttering your social media identity

With a few exceptions, I habitually declutter. When I swap my summer clothes and winter clothes, I go through the closest and dresser drawers, willingly cleaning out and donating anything that no longer fits or I haven’t worn the last season. I like a clean kitchen counter, pretty much all the time. I like aContinue reading “A practical guide to decluttering your social media identity”

The 5 things I wish people would have told me before I got married

Tomorrow is my third wedding anniversary! Yay marriage. I am a fan. There is a never-ending stream of pre-marital advice available. Books, blog posts, websites, podcasts and, of course, family and friends who have gone before, all offer pearls of wisdom engaged couples should know before “taking the plunge.” Some are amusing, others are sweetContinue reading “The 5 things I wish people would have told me before I got married”

Confessions of the introvert people believe is an extrovert

Confession: I am an introvert. There are some of you who know me who are currently starring open-mouthed at your screens genuinely surprised by this admission. If you’re one of those, take heart! This post is about you. If you don’t know me from a stranger passing on the street, keep reading…because I’ll never stopContinue reading “Confessions of the introvert people believe is an extrovert”

Getting published and our quest for validation

Fill in the blank… I am a______________________________________________________. (And be nice to yourself about it! This is a post about validation.) I am a writer. This is an innate truth about myself that I have always known. I love to write. I have always loved to write. As a kid, I wrote stories in booklets my parentsContinue reading “Getting published and our quest for validation”

Why I’m skeptical of “The Bachelor,” fangirling “The Bachelorette,” and ready to compromise in my own romance!

There’s nothing all that intellectual about reality TV, except that the illusion of such shows often shines a light on actual reality. Five months ago I sat on my couch, watching the finale of The Bachelor, genuinely angry. Arie proposed to one woman, Becca, and then rejected her for his “runner up,” who he then proposed toContinue reading “Why I’m skeptical of “The Bachelor,” fangirling “The Bachelorette,” and ready to compromise in my own romance!”

thINK about it: Can you accept your greatest compliment?

Good morning and good Monday! Think of the nicest thing anyone has ever said about you. Think of who said it, and what the occasion was in which they said it. And then ask yourself, in that moment, did you believe that it was true? I am inherently bad at accepting compliments. I tend toContinue reading “thINK about it: Can you accept your greatest compliment?”