Your Days Are Numbered

“Your days are numbered. Will you pass them half awake and halfhearted or will you live with a sense of urgency?” ― Robert Greene, The 33 Strategies of War One day you are 18 years old, with a hard body, full head of hair, sitting by the pool, kickin it with friends,...

Meet My Frenemies | Perpetual anxiety and Melancholy.

I’ll be the first to admit I have a warped sense of humor. Either you get it, or you don’t. Either you like me…or you don’t. I’m one of those complex types, or so I’ve heard. It’s this humor that has carried me through many a dark period throughout my oft angst-filled...

Don’t Get Sad Before You Have To

A Mantra To Keep The Anxiety Monster At Bay Yup, another grey sky low humidity day here, and so the Anxiety Monster is just bubbling beneath the surface, and I’m daring it to rear its ugly head. Anxious In The Summertime? You’re Not Alone. Science Says So.medium.com...

Bipolar Confessions from a wife, mother, and friend

I struggle with type 2 bipolar disorder. Bipolar has transformed my life into a monumental challenge, and I feel guilty when it affects my family and friends. Fatigue Smiling, interacting, being part of the family unit or social circle… all can be exhausting. Between...

How to Exchange Insecurity for Creativity

I admire people who have been writers all their lives! I have written privately in my prayer journals over the years. And, I’ve not entrusted my writing to the public until the last few years. But we all need to learn how to exchange insecurity for creativity....

The Oxy’s and Negative Press

I’m tired of the Oxy’s getting negative press. You know, the medication that gets abused by people that don’t need to be taking it. Some of us wouldn’t get through the day without them. Some of us go to responsible doctors who monitor our medications closely and who...

Why are you so happy?

I can vividly remember the first time I was asked this question. As I was trekking to Everest Base camp in Nepal at the time. Basking by the glow of a blazing fire in a cozy tea house while a blizzard raged outside. Surrounded by great company which consisted of...

No Time for Critics

Temperature down around 10, blowing winds, snow on the ground … not precisely when most people think to go out for a run. But there I was all bundled up against the elements out there doing my thing, getting some time away from the noise and the constant calls and...

Anxious in the Summertime?

You’re Not Alone. Science Says So. It’s pouring rain right now. Normally I love a good rainy day because it feels cozy and inspires tea and books and binge-watching innocuous TV. But in the summertime, rain is often accompanied by long stretches of humidity and a low,...

The League of Young ‘Old Men’

Some summers ago, my parents and I were visiting my brother who lives in a semi-rural part of UK (I call it semi-rural because of his internet speed, which is a paltry 20mbps as his internet line is not yet fully fibre optic). His home is actually one of those...

Meditation

Meditation. Yoga. Zen. Centering. It’s in magazines and fitness classes and elementary school phys. ed. We know we need slow down. But. When the same magazine suggests we need to redecorate, dress better, shop more, and be a super parent, we feel less contemplative by...

Are You After Numbers or Results?

Are you doing what you do for numbers or for results? Being an endurance runner sometimes it is easy to confuse pace with results. For instance, last year when I attempted my first 100-mile race I had my watch set where the predominant number was pace. In so doing I...

Your Life Is Teaching You To Be Content If You Let It

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  — Apostle Paul My wife and I had a plan when we were first...

This is What Made Me Like Exercising

A true story from a girl who used to hate working out After many many conversations and persuasions from my friend to get me to join a gym and get fit, I decided to prove him wrong. I’m someone who loathed exercising and seeing so many complications using gym...

The Rise and Fall of Chair Yoga

Chair yoga is a form of yoga that is long overdue in a world where most people spend countless hours of their life stuck in chairs in their offices, in front of TVs/laptops, or even while commuting to work or travelling long distance. I must accept the blame for...

You Can’t Heal a Broken Heart With Broccoli

Chocolate. ‘nuff said. I could probably just end this whole article right there with that word. Really. Chocolate heals broken hearts. Chocolate does lots of amazing things for us. I want to kiss the person who invented it. For real. I used to eat it every single damn...

Stop ‘Should’ing on Me

— and I’ll stop ‘Should’ing on You “Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate, and to humble.” — Yehuda Berg The world is full of people giving advice. Some solicited and some not. Sometimes the advice is...

Killing Me Softly

Living with the effects of Fibromyalgia. I have recently been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I had read about it online, wondering what exactly the symptoms are. My mother was diagnosed a couple years ago as well. When an acquaintance saw that I was always rubbing my...

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say

“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say nothin’ at all.” That’s a quote by Thumper in the movie, Bambi. However, we have all at one time or another heard some variation of this quote many times in our lifetimes. One of the first times I remember hearing it...

Art, Yoga, and how I became a “Yoguy”

As I write this, I’m holding a copy of the new book I just released (ok, so it’s next to me because I can’t type while holding it…). The book is called “The Art of Yoga” and is the second book I’ve self-published this year! It features my yoga art portraits alongside...

So Sick of Being Sick

Here comes another Mom rant… Today, I told my husband over the phone that I wished I could curl up in a hole and die. I am on day 4 of this sucker. It might be the flu. I’m sure as hell not wasting a doctor’s trip, dragging 4 kids and myself out of our quarantine. Why...

How Can We Help Beyond Our Capacity

Helping Others in Their Darkest Moments Photo by Noah Buscher on Unsplash How can I help you? We might ask that question and receive any number of responses. Most times the answer is either “No thanks, I’m good” or “Yes please, how much time do you have? Even when the...

The Agoraphobic Survival Guide

How to Excel in a Life of Solitude I’m not a full time or an expert agoraphobic. It mainly depends on my mood for the day. During my most heightened stretches of anxiety and depression, I may not leave the house for a couple of weeks. When I say house, I mean my...

Sunsets Are Just Sunrises Waiting to Happen

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 NIV I was running on some country road in the middle of nowhere Wyoming and the sun began to set. As I was held spellbound by the incredible, dazzling colors of the sunset...

Say hello to the toxic fungi already living inside you

Fungi are persistent and adaptable; effective in all that they do. They can even mimic parts of your body and send out confusing signals to evade detection. Fungi is the plural of fungus and they take on many forms. Whether you realize it or not, dangerous fungi are...

Dealing With Bad News When You Have Anxiety

How You Can Help Yourself, And How You Can Help Others You know how life is just going along with good things and annoying things but overall things are fine but still, you wish you could have some time where nothing bad happens and you kind of whine and complain...

Why I’m Allergic to my Husband

My husband is toxic to me! Well maybe not him per se, but his habit of regular beer drinking is!  The distinction really doesn’t matter because in the end I have to keep my distance if I want to survive. That sounds like exaggeration…it’s not. Here’s why. I have...

Aloe Vera, the Superfood with a Multitude of Super Uses

Can we be done calling everything a superfood? I’m sick of hearing about superfoods. Aren’t you? It’s a buzzword that overplayed, constantly. Introducing, the new superfood … Blah, blah, blah de blah de blah. Puke. 😝 Okay, but it’s Summer and I’ve been spending some...

Out With the Old, In With the …

I remember looking at the scale in January 2010 and thinking, “that number can’t be correct. Is there a brick on the back of the scale?” However, I discovered maybe that number was true. As I tried to squeeze into my size 38 pants, the button promptly let loose and...

How are You Feeling During That Time of the Month?

On some days, life is beautiful.  On others, not so much. I’m fine, really. I’m just PMS-ing like crazy. Or PMDD-ing — but who can say for sure? Getting the right diagnosis is often impossible. For the rest of the world, I’m just moody. For me, it’s a living nightmare...

How Couples Counseling Can Make You More Discouraged

Things you need to know for your well-being Many of us well-trained professional counselors specialize in relationship therapy. But the general public may not know how couples therapy can make you more discouraged. I’ve learned several things from my marital...

How To Cope With Spiraling Anxiety and Stress

Recently, I’ve gone through many changes — new place, new job, new social circles, and approaching mid-twenties — which means many adjustments to my lifestyle and many shake-ups to my identity. The first month on the new job was tough. I was excited but at the same...

How to get off the sugar train

Earlier this week I attempting to move at speed through my local supermarket. My flow was soon interrupted by a six-foot wall of soda stacked on pallets. One sugar spike side-stepped, and I’m immediately presented with another. Brightly colored cakes, cookies, and...

Frugal Family Fun: Your Summer Guide

I can remember sitting on the back porch with my brothers. A static radio playing, while we listened to our parents tell stories of how they met. I also recall the impromptu volleyball games we played in our yard, using a makeshift “net” and my dad playing along like...

This is how you know you’ve healed

Sometimes, things happen in life which hit us hard in the core of our heart.  We feel so broken. We feel like we’re never gonna get over it. We think to ourselves — will we ever get over it, truly and completely? More importantly, how will we know that we’re over it? ...

How to hit the reset button on your health

Your body is smart. Ever notice the first thing it does when we become ill? The body shuts itself down, forcing us to rest. Next, we lose our appetite. Why? Digesting food is a labor-intensive process taking valuable energy away from a body thats trying to heal. Think...

Positive Energy & The law of conservation of Energy

Energy can neither be created nor destroyed — that is the Law of Conservation of ENERGY! We have been hearing since ages that everything in the universe exudes and consumes energy. Phrases like ‘Positive/negative environment’ or ‘he is a person with positive/negative...

Lessons From a Night Run

The sun sets and presents me with spectacular sky colors that no camera created could ever capture. In the clouds to my west I can occasionally see flashes of heat lightning. The fields all around me are gently waving their green stalks as the wind gently blows. Every...

The Cardboard Box Diet, WTF?

In case you missed it, food has changed more in the last 30 years than it has in the last 3000. Cows no longer eat grass; vegetables are grown in water by means of hydroponics; chickens are no longer free to roam to eat bugs; fruits are being restructured by genetic...

Understanding your pH is a game changer!

While we are all uniquely different, we all share one thing in common — our blood needs to be slightly alkaline to stay healthy. But what does that mean and how do we do it? For anyone looking to enjoy better health, the following information is critical to know. The...

Do you feel loved?

How taking two minutes increases your love quota As we live our lives . . . we slowly get caught up in doing. We forget about just being the person our creator had in mind. When we understand that we are given all that we need, we were made for a purpose AND it will...

What Are Generous Spirits?

Recognized Or Hidden Generous spirits embody a generosity helping and allowing others to do what they desire in the pursuit of their dreams and goals, or sometimes just to help them survive with dignity. Gifts given with conditions attached are not generosity but...

What Areas of Life Do I Need to Live Intentionally?

Are you living intentionally by knowing your purpose, creating direction, and taking action? Or are you not living intentionally at all. I believe everyone can live intentionally. But it isn’t enough to have purpose, direction and take action in our life as a whole....

3 Ways to Help Someone with Depression

This could quite possibly be the most important post I’ve ever written. It could save a life. It’s based on Sarah Robinson’s excellent post here (not an affiliate link). Sarah is a personal friend in our writer’s mentoring group and a very strong believer. Please read...

If You Want To Be Happy Tomorrow Start Today

Some people spend their whole lives trying to be happy but they never achieve true happiness. While others try to find happiness by creating wealth, but never find it because money can never buy true happiness. Happiness is emotional and not physical. Happiness is...

The Demon of Depression

Sometimes…I wish I was in a full body cast, with every bone in my body broken. That’s how I feel anyway. Then, maybe, people would stop minimizing my illness because they can actually see what’s wrong with me. They seem to need physical evidence. Sally Brampton, Shoot...

Make the Finish Line Just a Line in the Dirt

In case you haven’t noticed already I’m not built, mentally or physically, quite like anybody else. So this next admission shouldn’t really surprise anybody too much. I like training for a race much more than I actually like racing. The reason is that finishing a race...

28 Ways to Slay Summer Boredom

Summer is upon us. Schools are out and the weather’s heating up. Busyness or boredom will soon strike many households, creating a different mindset for parents. Summer is a perfect time to discover new things and create memories. Here are a few ideas to help slay...

Live Like You’re an Aid Station

I decided the other day when I was out running and planning for my next big race, the 52 mile Bighorn Wild and Scenic Trail Run, that aid stations shouldn’t just be for runners. We need aid stations throughout our lives and need to learn how to maneuver aid stations...

Salad 101

  The easiest way to eat your greens! Creating a vegan style salad is super easy! Here are my go-to ingredients to a new and exciting salad each night. (Please feel free to add your rave fave salads in the comments! If you are a food blogger please, please, please add...

Just Say No

The content of this piece is to share such a common challenge that many in the professional lifestyle face quite often. Ask yourself how many corporate style meetings you attend on a regular basis. The motivation behind this article is to share the reality of our...

How to Safely Use Your Family Doctor

I have nothing against doctors. Most of them are good people who have dedicated their lives to helping us, and quite a few are good friends. But doctors do have two issues. The first is science is still evolving, and the second is the medical field has evolved into a...

Running in the Mist

The higher up in the misty clouds we ran, the more my glasses kept getting covered with water making sighting out obstacles in front of me on the single track path much more difficult to see. I tried complaining about the mist and the subsequent mud it created but...

Friends and Chronic Illness

“A true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes while everyone else believes the smile on your face.” ~Unknown   My community group friends through our church have made a commitment to support me through my battle with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex...

You got What it Takes IF you can Read This ​

Be still for a moment and read the title once again… How long did it take you to read? Two, three seconds, perhaps? If you can read that and derive something from it, then you’ve accomplished a great feat. You’ve managed to tap into the stillness that lies within you....

Wing It or Plan It…Choose Wisely

One day after about two months of running semi-regularly and having completed a 5K race I decided to run a marathon. I told a couple of friends and they all pretty much said something in the line of “what training plan are you following?” Training plan? I’m going to...

I Could Be Happy if You Would Cooperate

Do you sometimes feel like you could be happy if everybody else would just cooperate? I could be happy if only my husband would…. I could be happy if only the children were… I could be happy if only my friends didn’t… I could be happy if only my co-workers would stop…...

Well Monday + Awareness = Mindfulness

the 1st precept I did it! I created a youtube video about the 1st precept in a mindfulness practice. I’ve been filming Facebook Lives and have created over 100 videos about mindfulness as a practice, in food/eating, in educating our kids . . . but I always stopped at...

I Am Not a Stigma

Sticking to a Lifestyle Regime has Empowered Me to be the Best Version of Myself There have been countless days when I have invested the entire day focused on how I can help myself feel emotionally and physically better. At times, experiencing depression sucks the...

Our Brains are not Accurate

OUR BRAINS ARE DESIGNED TO BE EFFICIENT, NOT ACCURATE Our beliefs and expectations play the biggest parts in what our eyes see. With all the information we are exposed to daily, our efficient brain screens for us those bits of information we need for the moment. Think...

A Meditation on the Life of One Brother Lawrence

‘The time of business,’ said he, ‘does not with me differ from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clutter…. , while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess GOD in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees.’ As with...

Never Ask Yourself What If…

As I pushed my body up the steep ascent, every muscle screaming with the strain, I realized that this is why I run. This is the reason that I push my body to perform in ways that my mind doesn’t think is possible. Something happens in your mind when you make the...

Listening to my Gut Got me a Three-Legged Dog

That small voice inside us. It’s usually drowned out and so easy to ignore. Each time I have listened to it, it has always turned into something pretty remarkable (like a husband, but I’ll write about that another day). This time that small voice led me to a...

Adversity is Like a Blizzard

Running in a blizzard is not the most pleasant way to spend your Saturday. When you’re ten weeks out from your first fifty-mile race of the year though there really isn’t an option. You have to get the miles, work on your nutrition and figure out how to make...

Top 10 Meditation Myths BUSTED!

We have all seen the research that proves practicing meditation is good for improving both our mental well-being and our physical health. People of all ages, from school children to seniors, can benefit from daily mindfulness. So why don’t more people meditate?...

Face Your Fears

It was one of those days you dream about as a trail runner. Big, blue skies and trails unwinding under your feet as you breathe the cool, fresh mountain air. My legs felt great and cardio was right on track as I was maintaining a steady clip up some of the trails. The...

Jealousy or Contentment

I have a confession to make. I’m jealous. Nearly eaten up by jealousy. I wasn’t always jealous. In fact, I have spent the majority of my adult life quite content with what God has handed me. However, somewhere in the last 15 years or so jealousy has crept into my...

Time Change Gratitude

One hour of sleep gone, 5 lives changed for the better. No matter how young or old you are, time change Sunday, in the United States, can be miserable. Everyone dutifully goes around the house on Saturday night putting the time one hour ahead. The clocks may say 10...

Permission To Do One Thing At a Time!

What would your day to day living look like if you gave yourself permission to do one thing at a time? Ahhh! Take a deep breathe and imagine going through your day, simply focused on one thing at a time. How does that image strike you? Impossible you say? How could I...

3 Ways to Nourish Your Life Now

What do you long for in your current life? How nourished are you? What would it look like, feel like, sound like if you were living a nourished life? The dictionary defines nourished in three ways: · supplied with what is necessary for life, health, and growth. ·...

Secret to my weight-loss success

I ate a cookie Yesterday, I ate a cookie. In fact, I ate the last homemade chocolate chip cookie in the gallon-sized plastic bag in the break room at work. I almost didn’t get that one, except that as a colleague loaded cookies into a napkin, I appeared at the table...

Journey to Peace with Aging

Part Five: The changing face of retirement and defining legacy I’m less than 6 years away from traditional retirement or about 8 years away from what is becoming a more common retirement age. I’ve been thinking about these upcoming years and asking myself questions....

Eat Your Veggies

Limerick Storytelling He would not eat his peas nor his corn, Nor his sprouts nor his kale…all ignored. Mother hoped and she prayed He would eat them one day, But till then just his plate they’d adorn. Once his eye caught a glimpse of a yam, Vibrant orange the boy...

How Do You Handle Life Interruptions?

You have your plans for the week. You know what you hope to accomplish. You even have in mind that little project at home. Then something or someone interrupts those plans. How do you handle those little life interruptions? My husband and I recently had the...

Parenting Your Teen Through Chaos & Crisis

A Book Review I’ve written about what parenting is sometimes like while I live with my cohort, bipolar. Between that…and having to always work full time…I have felt like motherhood, what I wanted more than nearly anything in this world, has been both gypped and...

Reboot your Health

What is a REBOOT? One might ask simply, what is a REBOOT?  That’s a great question since this article will be sitting on a health and wellness page amongst intrigued readers.  By definition, REBOOT is defined as:  to refresh something by making a new start or creating...

I Should Be Able to Handle This

It’s time to take off our super-hero capes It was a tough day. That morning, I was asked to step in and help a woman, Bertha, in crisis. I didn’t know all the details and frankly, I didn’t need to. Handling a crisis isn’t about solving the situation; it’s about...

How To Be Your Partner’s Hero

One necessary skill throughout seasons of your marriage It’s a challenge to be married, period. And I know it’s not easy for my husband to be married to a relationship therapist. Throughout seasons of my marital history and years of hearing inside stories of couples,...

The Secret to Repairing Relationships You’ve Damaged

We’ve all done it. We’ve damaged relationships we cared about. We know we’re at fault, although we don’t like to admit it. How can we repair that relationship? Some would say it’s like feathers shaken out of a pillow on a mountaintop — you can never put them back in —...

The Truth About Our Fear of Failing

We’re Doing Better Than We Think If the fear of failure consumes your thoughts, convincing you you’re pulling off the facade of the century and your empire will surely crumble at your feet at any given moment — right in front of everyone — don’t feel alone. What We...

How To Get Positive Results In Your Relationship

We all have different stories in our heads about how secure or satisfying our relationships are. It’s common for one person to be satisfied while the other isn’t. That’s why it’s important to know how to get positive results in your relationship. Some of us take pride...

Do You Need a 2nd Chance?

You've Got One. I believe in second chances. People screw up, mistakes are made. Whether through divine intervention or the kindness of another human being…sometimes, we get that second chance. If mistakes are made, I believe each day — or even each moment — one can...

The Breakup: Good-Bye, Sugar

I thought we were good together and then you do this to me. You seemed to be there every time I needed you. I thought you made my life better and that we were the perfect team. You listened when I cried and just your tangible presence comforted me in a way I thought...

Why Birds are Smarter than Humans

Another lesson from nature Birds understand abundance. It’s a snowy Sunday morning. I shovel before the world around me wakes up. Just me and Dexter the Dog, my faithful, energetic, always ready for a good time companion. The sidewalks and driveway are cleared and now...

In My ADD Life

Everyone has ADD moments, trouble focusing from a lack of sleep or too many martinis, but true ADD symptoms start in the early years and continue into adulthood. During elementary school, my thoughts spent more time on the beach building castles in the sand than in...

Becoming Your True Original

Man of Many Masks When I was growing up and even well into my twenties I remember always wishing I was somebody else, somebody with more athletic skill, somebody who was more intelligent, definitely somebody who wasn’t a geek who had to wear glasses and couldn’t hear...

Finding Your Rhythm

Plodding Along The first two years I began running I did pretty much all of my running by myself and it seemed as if I was just plodding along. My times weren’t getting any better and I was frustrated. I blamed it on my continuous weight loss as I was making the...

When You Wish Life Was A Dream Instead Of A Nightmare

How bad is it? Bad decisions have a lasting effect, even when they're not your bad decisions. She showed no emotion, “How bad is it?” My one-word answer hung in the air, “Bad.” It was dusk. The streetlights were coming on. Gray skies, heavy humidity, and heat defined...

Can I Reduce Stress and Live In the Now?

The alarm goes off and I roll out of bed. Already I am thinking about the day ahead. Did I get the copies I needed for the workshop made? Will everyone be there? Oh, did the name tags get made? I don’t want to forget to grab those books out of the bookroom. Did I...

Three Revealing Requirements to Save Your Relationship

Avoid divorce throughout the seasons of marriage After years of counseling couples and hearing multitudes of stories, I’ve come to believe three revealing requirements to save your relationship. These requirements not only save your relationship, they nurture it...

Why Life is Sacred and What that Even Means

Sacred. What does that word even mean? We hardly use it anymore today. It sounds like a vegetable. “Yeah, we just planted some sacred between the beets and the squash.” But it’s a very important word. Because life is sacred. When our hearts lose the truth of that last...

How to Love People Well in the Midst Tragedy

They stood at the foot of the bed, looking at their 19-year-old son. They clung to each other in utter disbelief unable to comprehend what they were seeing. Their only son was unidentifiable. The look of horror on their faces was unforgettable. John Mark was an EMT in...

Do you know Swiss Chard?

a raw informative video from the early years In the video, I show you how I prep Swiss Chard including several ways that I prepare it into meals. to die for, braised radishes, asparagus, Swiss Chard, fennel and hemp seeds What I love about this video is it is real. My...

Bullied Bob and Other Victims

…and programs that can save lives Bob Hurley was only 36 years old when he passed away. I don’t know how he passed away; I haven’t seen him since 1987. However, when I learned of his passing, I cried. We weren’t friends, yet we weren’t enemies. We were both doing our...

5 Ingredient Vegan Pancakes

No animals were harmed in the making of this breakfast My Only Pancake recipe The kitchen is like the bedroom, sometimes you want to try new things and sometimes you just want what you know will work. These Pancakes are like . . . you know . . . leave you feeling...

The Attack of the Red Army

Day 6 of the Touch with Good challenge One of the best parts of working as a designer is I get the privilege to be involved with amazing inspiring people and bring their ideas into vision. Such an example was my lovely friend Katya Georgieva and her project Touch with...

Journey to Peace with Aging

Part Four: Older is wiser. It’s true. With age comes wisdom. Who knew that would turn out to be true. I finally figured out if I’m awake, I’m learning. Even the least productive days leave me with new pieces of information. This week I learned mustard greens, a cold...

Normal is a Myth-Tell Your Story Today

Normal. It’s a word we use with great regularity. Often about people. And even more often, talking about ourselves, our circumstances or people we know in comparison to others. Do any of these phrases sound familiar? “Why couldn’t I have a ‘normal’ upbringing?” “Why...

Accepting the Aging Process

Accepting the aging process. “That was a Senior moment.” “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” “I hardly rest when I sleep.”  "I just can’t do that anymore.” “Let’s go to the all you can eat today.” What a lead into how the traditional aging process occurs for...

Blue Sky Running

One of the amazing things about running in the Bighorn Mountains of northeast Wyoming is the blue sky runs. There are days when you’re out on a trail someplace and you get to the top of a bluff and look out and all around you are some of the most amazing blues that...

My 5 Tips for Success at the Gym in 2018

… and I want workout partners, if you’re available. It’s the time of year when our health club is overrun by New Year’s “resolutionists.” While we established “regulars” welcome them as new friends, we know much of our effort to encourage them in an early-morning...

A 10-Part Journey to Peace with Aging

Part Three: What is a relationship supposed to look like at 59? Get caught up on the journey with parts one and two here. Relationships. My relationship history has been, what…successful/not successful? Not unusual? A crooked path? Win some, lose some? I was married...

Depression Relief in 10 Steps

A Book Review There are numerous self-help books that are published each year, with consumers paying hundreds of millions of dollars looking for a fix. I’m sure most of these end up unfinished by their readers. We all want to improve ourselves and find ways to...

Why Your Negative Past Is Key to Your Awesome Future

Have you ever been paralyzed by your past? Have you ever wanted to do something that made your heart leap, but then dropped the idea because your past disqualified you? Maybe you were an addict or had an affair. Maybe it was an abortion or divorce. Fill in the blank...

Building Bridges

Winter running is the best! I love running in the winter. The air is crisp, the trails crunch as you run along. The things you can’t see when trees are full of leaves suddenly become visible. Such was the scene in front of me as I ran around the reclaimed land from an...

4 Ways Writing is Like Running

My Couch-to-Half-Marathon Story Three years ago it dawned on me that I was really out of shape. I was approaching my fortieth birthday and I had not participated in regular physical activity since my college volleyball days. I wasn’t fat, but I certainly wasn’t fit,...

Blessed by Breakfast

Beginning the day with love I wrote this article years and years ago . . . I feel like I’ve been writing about healthy food forever. Recently I have had several friends “go vegan” for two weeks — just two weeks. Their results have been remarkable. I’d also add that...

A Ten Part Journey to Peace with Aging

Part Two: Seven Stages from Athlete Girl to Athlete Woman My sole purpose in this series is to be transparent, writing with some humor and exposing some anxiety, about particular phenomenons of aging as I experience them. In part two, my experience is this: after a...

When Your Platform is Pain

“So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain.”~Helen Keller “You need to get used to the new you,” said the counselor I went to only once. His statement made me angry. When I left his office I felt more lost than before I went in. I was thankful to...

Plug Into Sacred Moments to Find Christmas Rest

You have a to do list that is never ending. The Christmas season is packed with a million wonderful things and yet it’s lost its luster for you. You begin to dread getting up in the morning. What is going on in your mind, heart and body? Christmas is coming and you...

2 Powerful Truths You Need to Know About Your Past

It happened again. John thought he did his best to avoid it, but there he was — laying there empty in his soul next to a woman he barely knew after the fillings of a one night stand. He stared at the ceiling and then looked at her. Gazed once again at the ceiling in...

How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Do these things right now. Holiday weight gain. It’s a problem, especially if you’re American. Americans like to focus on self, but let’s not discount our global friends in Finland, France, Germany, and Japan who say they feel the same pain. In January, likely you’ll...

How to Get Rid of Shame

What if everyone finds out what we've done? Maybe it's time they did. Shame. We’ve all felt it at one time or another, haven’t we? We’ve all done things we certainly wouldn’t expect to see announced in the church bulletin. Could you imagine? “Prayer walk on 42nd...

Running Into a New Thing

Finding my quiet spot Running is where I find my quiet spot, that time to reflect and listen. I don’t wear headphones so I’m not listening to music. I’m just listening, listening to see how my feet are hitting the ground to know if I need to correct my form, listening...

Make D.O.U.B.T. Work for You

Every time I have run the Big Horn Wild and Scenic Trail Run there have been different conditions. Snow the first year, extreme heat the second year and mud from hell this third year. Every time I have run this race I have begun the race with a niggling doubt about...

How Choosing To Love Nourishes Your True Self

Love is one of those words that are much used and little understood. We say we love our families and chocolate in the same conversation, we talk about falling in and out of it like it’s a hole. We attach all sorts of adjectives to it like secret, true, forbidden, and...

A Ten Part Journey To Peace With Aging

Part One: Things that are Horrifying: Mirrors, Wrinkles, Mortality One of the freakishly horrifying things about aging is realizing the truth of mortality. Freakishly horrifying because most horrifying things are rare. Getting mugged. Being in a plane when it loses an...

This Is The Reason Why You Won’t Score That Second Date

Single Guys have a lot of problems. I know because I’m one of them. I’ve been running in the single guy lane for 34 years and can attest to the issues that plague us. But out of all of the issues we struggle with there is one that seems to always be obvious to those...

I’m an Ungrateful Snob

Who doesn't want to write about gratitude this year. Gratitude. I purposely chose not to write about it this year. Maybe it's because I'm an Ugly American. Maybe I'm just as entitled as kids these days. Or, maybe when I look around it's because so many are covering...

How to Support Someone You Love with Mental Illness

We need your help, even when we don’t act like it “When a man gets depressed, it’s not exactly like people stand in line to spend time with him. When you suffer a bout of major depression, the only good thing that happens is that you learn who your true friends...

7 Strategies to Overcome Stress in Your Life

Pressure So much to do and so little time! Pressure at work and pressure at home and pressure at school — can you stand the it? Stress is a daily part of life. It is normal! Stress keeps us productive and moves us forward! Without a manageable amount of stress we...

It’s Probably Just Me

Mental illness lies. It’s not just you. It’s Wednesday night and we are all seated around a rectangular table. Eye contact is non-existent. Some of the women look haggard, with circles under their eyes and barely-brushed hair. Others look like they just stepped out of...

Two Tales of Sexual Abuse

I have been on both sides of this sexual abuse issue. Two relatives and I were unjustly accused of molesting three girls when we were in our late teens. We were accused and confronted in front of some other relatives. I was sexually molested by a woman in a most...

The Silliest Reason I Ever Cried

What’s your silly crying scenario? My dreadful drive to work begins by 6:15am, yet the existence of the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show on Jack FM radio allows me to enjoy this commute on the Dallas North Tollway. Their family-friendly, hilarious morning show has been a...

The Origin of Black Friday and WTF Is #WhiteMonday

From lack and desperation to abundance and gratitude With the holiday season approaching and shopping fever rushing in, I was having thoughts about the glorious Black Friday and how it is actually affecting our mindset in a somewhat… Black way. What’s the issue with...

These 4 Words Create Better Relationships Overnight

Better relationships require some emotion. Men aren’t very good at being emotional. Even at the onslaught of this sentence, the look on your face as you read this article is likely very dull and straightforward. Is this a problem? Eh, maybe. It may not be a problem...

Sickness And Motherhood

“Why don’t you relax? I asked again and again You are sick. We will be alive still. Why do you keep working through the pain ??? “ There was a time not long ago, Maybe a decade but not more … I was not a mother but had one And constantly her persistence I abhorred....

How Mind and Body Work Together

Frenetic Stillness My buckshot days “It’s like getting hit with buckshot.” My kids have no idea what I’m talking about. Then I say “it’s like getting pecked to death by chickens!” That they understand. My life is so much busier than I ever imagined that it would be. I...

8 Ways to be Generous Without Using Money

Tis the Season Tis the season for giving thanks, expressing gratitude, and being generous. The requests start pouring in for charitable donations as many hearts open wide. But what can you do when the desire to give exceeds your monetary resources? Generosity doesn’t...

When Real People Make Real Food

Sometimes it‘s a real mess When real people make real food it doesn’t always turn out the way we envision it. You know, the best laid plans… If eating well and making quality meals from scratch is important to you, it’s about more than maintaining a healthy...

The Truth About Lies

photo credit: utah778 on iStock How Lying Can Cost Us More Than We Think How much does lying cost? More than you probably think. Have you ever served on a jury? I have and found the experience quite fascinating. My case? The big, bad mega-insurance company vs. the...

Giving Thanks… to People

Once again, I’m challenging myself for the Thanksgiving holiday. I’m taking some time to intentionally trace back how the good things in my life came about — the prized introductions, the unique opportunities, and the abundance of slack I’ve been granted… all by...

3 Ways My Anxiety Makes Me a Better Parent

And, one way that it doesn’t… I’ve struggled with anxiety and panic disorder for many years now. Early in my years as a mother, I was fairly carefree and healthy — both mentally and physically. I felt like I was on fire as a parent. When my anxiety ninja attacked, I...

The Day I Got Burned

And, what I learned about multi-tasking Morning multi-tasking. I stumbled into the kitchen while rubbing the sleep out of my eyes. I grabbed the tea kettle and filled it with water while demonstrating yawns so big they could have touched my toes. Clumsily I found the...

Renee’s Culinary Resume

A timeline of food, love and passionate learning I’ve been working in a “kitchen” for the last 48 years. At first it was a chore, then a labor of love and now the kitchen is my sanctuary. A sacred place to honor the Earth and my family and friends. 1969 — 1972: At age...

Fall is the season for BS (Butternut Squash)

I know you were thinking Butternut Squash. All year long I look forward to the first bowl of Butternut Squash Soup. I know, I’m kind of weird that way. I readily admit that I am fantastic at making soups especially with a hunk of crusty bread and good company. Keep...

Another Relatable Experience

Not again... “I’m tired of having relatable experiences,” I complained to Mike through a veil of tears. “You can throw any woman at me and I have a 95% chance of having gone through any experience that she has. I’ve been raped, I have bipolar disorder, sexually...

How to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Stop everything you’re doing right now. Just stop, relax and think for a moment. Are you busy steamrolling ahead? Are you in a rush, racing against time to get things done? Do you feel anxious? Well….stop! It’s time to find out how to relieve stress and anxiety….once...

How to Find Your Quiet

We live loud, busy lives. Going all the time on the outside with noisy minds on the inside. How can we find any quiet spaces in our lives? How can we calm our inner world? It’s not easy but I found a way. And if I did, you can find your quiet too. Every day I have a...

How to Overcome the Failure Myth

What exactly is the Failure Myth? Let’s break it down… First we’ll tackle the confusing mixed messages regarding failure. Optimists look at failure as a teacher and friend. believing failure teaches us things like try again, be persistent, never give up — spinning it...

Breaking Free From Soul Toxicity

How releasing this one thing can make you stronger As I pulled the car door open the stench hit me like a sucker punch. A quick scan of the front seat and back yielded no sign of decaying fast-food or a zombie apocalypse. I sped off, head half-way out the window. Go...

To the Girl Who Needs Validation

I get you. I get you because just like you, I’ve struggled with the overwhelming need to be validated every day like some parking ticket. I get you because just like you, I’ve reminded myself more than once that obsessing over my hair, my weight, and the fact that my...

This Is What You Should Do When Someone Hurts You

I’m sitting with a few friends from my youth group at a church potluck. I take a bite of the hot chicken casserole. And then it happens. Rachel asks me, “So, where does all your weight go, down to your toes?” I stop chewing and drop my fork. Can I just eat without...

6 Things Every Mother Should Know About Turning 30

Turning 30. It’s supposed to be scary, right? The end of the ‘fun’ decade. The true end of childhood. The start of fine lines and grey hairs. The big three zero. But before you start stressing over this new age, Mama, there some things you should know. 1. You’re Not...

The World’s REAL Currency

Regardless of what the media want you to believe, the world only has one currency. Yes. One. Can you guess what it is? Probably not. Euro? No. Yuan? Nope. Dollar? Not that one either. It’s not Bitcoin, Ethereum, or any other crypto-currency. So, what is it? You use it...

Stop Strengthening the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

Mental Illness is No Joke. You’re such a psycho. She’s so bipolar. What a schizo! I often hear people use mental disorders as adjectives and for name-calling. I hear comments like this and my blood begins to boil. They are meant to be hurtful due to the stigma that...

Stuck In the Sludge of Depression

Mental Mud Over the past week or so, I’ve struggled with depression, more of a prolonged depressive state. Not the deep, suicidal depressive state, but one where I feel like I’m stuck in mud up to my waist and trying to move while I slowly sink. It’s cumbersome and...

People Feel Invisible: We Need to Open Our Eyes

“You look tired,” I said to the young woman scanning my groceries. I’m not one to just spit out the question, “How are you?” Maybe because I know people just say what they think you want to hear. “Oh, I AM tired,” she responded a little surprised. “I haven’t slept in...

What to Do When You’re Stuck in a Hole So Deep

Suicide is not the only way out I almost became a widow three times. I don’t say this lightly. I have had to work through layers of anger and resentment. But God has helped me do just that. How could my husband do this to me, knowing I have my own abandonment issues?...

Wall of Hope

Let’s climb that wall together. Before I Die Wall, Asheville, NC. My husband and I recently vacationed in Asheville, NC. We never had a honeymoon, so this was it…nineteen years later…and our first vacation together in fifteen years without our child. As the cliché...

Is Coconut Oil Good for You, or the Latest Health Fad?

When the American Heart Association issues a Presidential Advisory turning the tables on coconut oil, suggesting canola oil instead all kinds of people are scratching their head. USA Today leads with Coconut oil isn’t healthy. It’s never been healthy, citing a report...

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