4 words to carry into a new decade!

I LOVE a new year. I’m all in on resolutions and fresh starts and getting after a brand new bunch of 365 (366 in this leap year!) days. 2020 is shaping up to be epic! We’re going to finish and move into our house. We’ve got the 2020 summer Olympics to look forward to. I’mContinue reading “4 words to carry into a new decade!”

Digital Minimalism – A Book Review Resolution

Sometimes the right book plops into your hands at exactly the right moment, which is how I stumbled into Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism here in the waning weeks of 2019. Subtitled “Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World,” I found it of particular interest as I have recently been considering how to get moreContinue reading “Digital Minimalism – A Book Review Resolution”

Built to Last – What’s on the blueprint?

We bought our house plan off the internet. When Josh started to seriously consider whether or not we should build, and I told him I’d build if we could find a house plan that we both fell in love with, I Google searched “4 bedroom craftsman blueprints” and started clicking through options. I found IContinue reading “Built to Last – What’s on the blueprint?”

Unpopular Opinion: ‘The Four Agreements’ is a better poster than book!

About a year ago, as I was searching for appropriate artwork and posters for my classroom, I came across this poster or ‘The Four Agreements.’ I didn’t know anything about Don Miguel Ruiz, the credited author, but figured he must be a motivational speaker type, and I loved his message. It seemed perfect for settingContinue reading “Unpopular Opinion: ‘The Four Agreements’ is a better poster than book!”

The 11 week marathon experiment – The finish line!

Race day has come and gone, and there’s no other way to categorize the 11 week marathon experiment as a success! While it seemed like a borderline crazy idea 77 days ago, and I had my doubts a few times along the way as the mileage ramped up, I started the race strong, got toContinue reading “The 11 week marathon experiment – The finish line!”

Taper week – in racing and in life

Monday kicked off the double edged sword that is “taper week.” Taper week is the period of time at the end of a training program in which the intensity of the workouts begins to taper off and you give your body optimal rest and nutrition in preparation for the race. The taper week period isContinue reading “Taper week – in racing and in life”

Astronaut syndrome and why we do what we do

I was not a kid who wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up…but I’ll imagine for a moment that I was. Let’s say, as a kid, I wanted to go to the moon. Then as a high school college student, I poured over math and science all in an effort to get intoContinue reading “Astronaut syndrome and why we do what we do”

Made a mistake? Don’t tell the internet!

Last weekend, a disposable coffee cup showed up in a scene from the latest episode of Game of Thrones. I watched episode almost the moment HBO released it, and never noticed the blunder, though it was extremely hard to miss it the next day online and on social media. Spot the cup in the screenshot below, it’sContinue reading “Made a mistake? Don’t tell the internet!”

Your 2AM friends

I recently heard a young couple recount their story of struggling to find a community of young families and professionals in the various cities they’d lived in. They started in Colorado, just before they were married where they had a close-knit group of friends, then moved to Seattle where they found it much more difficultContinue reading “Your 2AM friends”