Adventures in Everyday Life

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure. -William Feather

If I had to choose one word to describe myself, it would be adventurous. No surprise there. Not just because I have a lot of travel plans, either.

For those of you who are newer around here (hi!)- when I decided to start the monumental task of improving my life, from the very beginning I decided I would make it my own adventure. I was going to make these drastic lifestyle changes, but it was going to be fun!

I credit that attitude with the speed at which I’ve been able to transform myself from the inside out, but I thought it would be fun to bring some more literal types of adventure to the blog.

So I’m trying out an experiment: Everyday Adventures. Hopefully two Fridays a month I’ll be posting photos from an actual adventure I had out in the world. Let’s see what happens!

On to our first adventure…Read More »

New Feature: Monday Motivation!

There’s just something about Mondays, right? I like to think they can set the tone for the rest of the week, so I’m introducing a new category for the blog- Monday Motivation!

First thing on Monday morning I’ll post something I find motivating with a sentence or two about how I plan to act on it. I really hope some of you will join in in the comments with your own ideas. Let’s start our weeks off on the awesome foot!


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Today I’m going to add extra time to my self-care activities: 5 minutes to meditation, 10 minutes to yoga, and 30 minutes to reading.

What can you do to make today the best?

Who Are You Racing Against?

My plan to stay motivated is working so far. I got up and did my week 11 day 2 run at 6:30 this morning. Right from the start, this was a very different beast from Sunday’s run. There was more wind for one thing, and I got slowed down in multiple places trying to cross busy […]

A Running Slump

My dear friend, clear your mind of can’t. -Samuel Johnson This morning was the first time I’ve gone for a run in a week. I’ve been locked in a battle with my alarm clock (well, I would be if I used an actual alarm clock), and my run has been losing. I’m always amused by […]

The Future is Now

Even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now. -Mattie Stepanek

I used to live in a world of somedays. There were so many things I wanted to do, but I had a hundred excuses for why I couldn’t do any of them.

“I’d love to spend a couple of hours writing in a coffee shop” I’d say to myself, “but I don’t have a laptop (and then- my laptop is too heavy) or the money to treat myself to a coffee. Not to mention nothing to say!” I thought of it as a nice, yet impossible, dream.

I had so many of those dreams and desires. What it all boiled down to was this: by waiting for everything to be perfect before I ever got started, I’d dug myself into a comfortable little rut. Sure, I was bored from lack of stimulation, and the walls were so close I couldn’t move, but getting out of it was going to require some work.

So I stayed in my rut and dreamed about all the amazing things I was going to do… someday. Inertia is serious business.

It’s not exactly like I woke up one morning and just decided to start living my dreams. I’ve spent a lot of time over the past two years reading, writing, meditating, and growing. So in a way it is like I woke up one morning and overcame my inertia.

I used one of my old standby methods; I picked a couple things. And then I did them. Achievement unlocked.

Feels good, doesn't it?
Feels good, doesn’t it?

I still have dreams that I’m putting off, of course. Doing all of the things I want to do would require me to be in several places at once. Now that I’ve found a way to work some of my dreams into my life* I no longer feel confined by things I’m not able to do right now.


*For example, I spent some time on the beach this morning, and then wrote this blog post on the patio of my favorite local coffee shop. Sure, my laptop is heavy (and let’s get real- nowhere near as awesome as my desktop), but I still manage to drag it out at least once a week.