Motivation, Yoga

Where Does The Time Go?

Into rewriting a deleted post.  Jokes aside, we do ask ourselves this question a lot. At some point or another in our lives, we are bound to stumble across this question. Errands, work/school, responsibilities snag our time and what they leave laziness and procrastination eat up. What's left? A sad image of us scratching our… Continue reading Where Does The Time Go?

Motivation, Running

Snowy Weather Running Tips

I am excited about writing this one! I love running in the snow. It's one of my most favorite things in the world. It's beautiful. It's cold. It's challenging. And it's riveting. Last week, I wrote about running in the cold. And that certainly is challenging, but it's a different beast from running in the snow and… Continue reading Snowy Weather Running Tips

Mental Health Monday

People Don’t Care That Much

Let's be honest, we care what people think. I know, we try not to. But we really, really care what people think. That's fine, well it's not really. But it's fine in that we are social creatures and we have relied on and do rely on the acceptance of society for survival and for mating purposes. That's… Continue reading People Don’t Care That Much

Yoga

Find A Challenge in Basics

Once we progress past the basics, we seem to believe that we're done with them. I've seen this countless times in various areas of my own life. Writing, Aikido, yoga, running, etc. We assume that because we have dealt with the basics and understand them that we are finished learning from them. We assume that we cannot squeeze any… Continue reading Find A Challenge in Basics

Running

Cold Weather Running Tips

And no. I do not mean forty to fifty degrees. Since I'm from Chicago, cold means below freezing. Cold means a nice, freezing wind chill. Cold means below zero. So if you're an outdoor runner like me and enjoy being outside no matter the elements, let's took a look at some tips and tricks for running in… Continue reading Cold Weather Running Tips

Mental Health Monday, Motivation

Enjoy Your Life

Everything you need to know is going to be in this very first paragraph. Enjoy your life. Not because life is short. Not because you're supposed to. Not because your religion, a book, or any motivational speaker tells you. Enjoy your life because you are worthy of being happy. If you're interested in why we might not enjoy our life… Continue reading Enjoy Your Life

Uncategorized

Slowing Down

If you've been following along with my little yoga challenge on my channel then you'll be familiar with the topic: going slowly.  At the beginning of November, I thought about doing something physically tougher than usual but also something that we could learn from. I settled on a slow flow challenge. What's mentally harder than… Continue reading Slowing Down

Mental Health Monday, Motivation, writing

Find Inspiration in Winter

There was a blizzard yesterday. No, I'm not being dramatic. The roads are covered in snow, the schools are closed, and it's a slushy pile of angry people outside...save the children building a snowman across the street.  It's gorgeous though! Absolutely lovely. But not every single day of winter is filled with brilliant, white, fresh snow. A… Continue reading Find Inspiration in Winter

Running

Overcoming Running Obstacles

Or exercise in general. Incoming: a shorter but important blog. What's in your way? Right now. Why aren't you going outside, going to the gym, going into the other room to workout, to run, to do yoga? Why aren't you there? And why is that excuse good enough? Is it time? Previous commitments? Listen, things get out… Continue reading Overcoming Running Obstacles

Mental Health Monday

I’m Full: Respect Eating Habits

So here we are, the magical week of Thanksgiving. All the yummy foods of our nostalgic, American holiday are approaching. We've only got a few days before we're elbow deep in the food of this seasonal holiday. How exciting! Except, for some us, we know that odds are, we're going to run into some troubles.  Let's… Continue reading I’m Full: Respect Eating Habits

Yoga

Slow Down

I'm asking you to slow down during the holiday season. What am I...insane? Well, maybe but that isn't the point. The point is that holiday season or not, we move too quickly through our lives. We rush out the door. Ride other people's bumpers on the way to work. Rush through our workouts, our chores.… Continue reading Slow Down

writing

Write When You Don’t Want To

I'll be honest, as I type up this blog, I really don't want to. My husband's home, I'm not super inspired, and it's a perfect day for cocoa and cuddling. Not sitting, thinking, writing, and working. But that's what I'm doing. Don't pity me though because tomorrow me will thank me. I don't want to write… Continue reading Write When You Don’t Want To

Mental Health Monday

Try It Again

The holidays are all about being kind to one another. Being generous. Opening our hearts. Spreading love. Embracing one another and being patient. So why are we not like that with ourselves? Why is this beautiful season something that we can only extend to other folks? More importantly: Who set up that standard? Let's face… Continue reading Try It Again

Mental Health Monday, Yoga

Listen To Yourself

Listening to yourself, practicing self-care, whatever you would like to call it we are oftentimes bad about seeing the signs our body gives us. Most of the time, as much as I don't like saying this, it doesn't matter that much. Why? Because not that much goes on in the spring, the summer, even the early… Continue reading Listen To Yourself

Running, Yoga

Running and The Holidays

Oh boy. Keeping to an exercise schedule during the holidays is rough. Running can be even harder if we're doing it outside. Everything gets so busy, we don't eat exactly what we should be eating, and it's cold and dark. Bottom line: running during the holidays is hard. But what else is new? If you've come… Continue reading Running and The Holidays

Buzz The Bee, Mental Health Monday

Rearrange Your Knick Knacks

We love our knick knacks. That is why we have them after all. We have collected them, been gifted them and because of that, we see them and see the memories they hold. We see the trips we've been on. We've seen the memory of a loved one who has passed. We see firsts and… Continue reading Rearrange Your Knick Knacks

Mental Health Monday, Motivation

Wake Up When The Sun Doesn’t

Daylight savings time is ending and we're about to fall back into brighter mornings (for now) and much darker nights. That doesn't mean that it won't be cloudy, rainy, or even...snowy when we open our eyes. Fall and winter are a time in many areas where the sun doesn't wake up for a while, if at… Continue reading Wake Up When The Sun Doesn’t

Motivation, Put Buzz To Bed, Yoga

Why We Need To Feel Fear

In perfect time for Halloween comes a very important lesson: we need to feel fear. Many of you might disagree with me and hey, even I disagree with me...when I'm afraid that is. It's easy for me to tell myself that I don't need to feel fear. That I can take a different way. That I… Continue reading Why We Need To Feel Fear

Mental Health Monday

The Beauty of The Dark

None of this malarkey about "because you can see the light". Here, today, we are talking about the dark. And to say anything after "the dark is beautiful" should be a sin. Talking about the dark as a way to see the light has its place, but it isn't here. The darkness is beautiful on its… Continue reading The Beauty of The Dark

What I Mean When I Say

“Everybody Says…”

"Everybody says..." is a phrase I am most guilty of saying. And it has been the biggest thing to hold me back in the past. Why? Well, to answer that, we first have to discuss who this "everybody" is. So what do I mean when I say, "Everybody says..." Everybody...that's a pretty broad term. About… Continue reading “Everybody Says…”

Mental Health Monday

What Are You Afraid Of?

Here's a fun question: What are you afraid of? What terrifies you? What haunts your dreams? What do you refuse to watch on TV, in film, read in a book? What terrifies you? Don't worry, this isn't a pop quiz so you don't have to answer. Not me at least. Fears are private things, they're big weaknesses, aren't… Continue reading What Are You Afraid Of?

Motivation, Running, Yoga

Running and The Dark

Unpopular opinion: it's okay to run at night. In the dark. Why is this unpopular? It's considered unsafe and of course, there is an aspect to it that makes is less safe than daytime running. But there are also aspects to it that make it safer than running during the day. Let's get into it. First… Continue reading Running and The Dark

Mental Health Monday, writing

Darkness and Your Fears

Since Halloween is approaching, I thought it'd be nifty to spend the next week discussing our fears, horror, darkness, and all that fun stuff. We'll start with this. Why are you afraid of the dark? Why are we afraid of the dark? Later on during this journey we'll discuss what we are afraid of but for right now,… Continue reading Darkness and Your Fears

Running, What I Mean When I Say, Yoga

“I Can’t Workout”

Okay, so we've covered similar threads on this before, right? Right. But this one is going to be pain specific...meaning I'm going to be talking about physical pain, injury, and teaching yourself how to stop. So, why would we ever want to stop working out? I mean, we go through a lot of hassle to get… Continue reading “I Can’t Workout”

Motivation, writing

Finding Yourself in Nature: A Writer’s Tale

It's no secret that I'm head over heels in love with nature. And writing. Okay and well a lot of things. I'm a passionate person. But since the time I was a child, I held a deep fascination with nature. I loved it. I loved squatting down to look at a glittery trail a snail… Continue reading Finding Yourself in Nature: A Writer’s Tale

Mental Health Monday, Yoga

Value Your Life

We aren't dying, so we inherently tend not to value our lives. This is the best thing that I have been able to pull from watching chronically ill YouTubers like Emily Hayward, Daniel Thomas, Claire Wineland, The Frey Life (Mary Frey), and many others. Why should you watch someone with a terminal illness? Why should… Continue reading Value Your Life

Mental Health Monday, What I Mean When I Say

“I’m Not Depressed”

This might not apply just to me but I'm going to act like it does because I can only ever speak for myself. When I say I'm not depressed, I mean a lot of things. I'll list them out, then we'll jump into it. I am not actively in a major depression I may be suffering from a… Continue reading “I’m Not Depressed”

Buzz The Bee, Motivation, Running, Yoga

Happy Anniversary: A Letter To My Practice

An Open Letter to My Practice: Aikido, Happy 15th anniversary. Forty percent of marriages have ended but we're still together. It's our crystal anniversary. Does that mean that you will finally be clear to me? Unlikely. You're my greatest mystery, my largest enigma and that's just fine. That's you. I remember how we met. I remember wanting… Continue reading Happy Anniversary: A Letter To My Practice

Motivation, Running

Don’t Stop Running

It's easier to keep going than it is to stop and start again. The next time you're on your run and thinking about walking for just one second think about that. Think of yourself as a train. It takes forever to get going once you stop. Why is this though? I mean...to start with running and exercise is… Continue reading Don’t Stop Running

Mental Health Monday, Motivation

You Don’t Need A Vacation

Uh-oh...controversial subject. Actually, not even controversial. Absolutely everyone will probably disagree with this statement. Even I disagree with this statement. Then why did I say it? Well, because I don't actually mean you never need a vacation or that you don't need a vacation right now to have fun but I do mean that you don't need… Continue reading You Don’t Need A Vacation

Buzz The Bee, Mental Health Monday, What I Mean When I Say

“I Don’t Regret Self-Harm”

Should I have done it? No. Do I regret doing it? No. Is it important that we break down the stigma surrounding self-harm? Yes. So in my head, what I've done to myself isn't a big deal. My scars have faded quite considerably and most times I've completely forgotten about it. But occasionally, I'll get some… Continue reading “I Don’t Regret Self-Harm”

Motivation, Running

Break Through The Mile Mark

Running is hard. We know that. It takes effort, our heart rate goes up, our breathing is labored, blah blah. We know that. But what if I said that stopping is the hard part of running?  You'd probably slap me and tell me I'm a big fat liar. And I wouldn't fault you for that. Yes, running… Continue reading Break Through The Mile Mark

Buzz The Bee, Mental Health Monday, The Crew

The High School Experience

How am I not dead? How am I not dead? In the last few months, I've found myself stumbling over this question a lot. And it's not because I'm having an existential crisis...been there done that. Everything will end. No, I'm not asking myself that question because I'm in a bad mental state. I'm asking it… Continue reading The High School Experience

Buzz The Bee, Mental Health Monday, Yoga

Regroup, Restart

So we haven't talked about Buzz the Bee in quite a long time. If you aren't familiar with the little bee behind this blog, Buzz has his own article. He's a special little friend. He's a little buzzing bee that gets in your ear. With him, he brings all the negativity in the world. He's… Continue reading Regroup, Restart

Mental Health Monday, writing, Yoga

Forgive, But Don’t Forget

Whoops. Controversial statement over here. There's a reason for it, I swear. Let's think. How often have you heard the term forgive and forget? How many times have you yourself thought it? How many times have you tried to forgive and forget? How many of those times were successful? We are instructed by habits and age-old advice to… Continue reading Forgive, But Don’t Forget

Motivation, Uncategorized

You Won’t Ever Be Happy (Enough)

WOAH! Controversial topic over here! But it's not what it sounds like so stick with me. You won't ever be happy enough. Not if you're looking to be happy enough. Or happy in general. It doesn't quite work that way.  The latest kick is to embrace yourself, love yourself, and find inner happiness. Advertisements and… Continue reading You Won’t Ever Be Happy (Enough)

Mental Health Monday, Motivation

I’m Not Strong Enough

Here's some word vomit: I'm not strong enough to face my battles. I'm not strong enough to conquer them. I'm not strong enough to stand on my own two feet and push through the headwind of my struggles. I'll fall to my back with an open, vulnerable belly. I'll fail if I fight. I'm not strong enough to… Continue reading I’m Not Strong Enough

Mental Health Monday, Uncategorized

Coffee, Coffee, And More Coffee

Yep, that picture is definitely of a happy cup of coffee. To me, nothing is better than a cup of coffee. Doesn't even matter if it is smiling back or not because the first sips of coffee are always heaven. But then again, there's something to be said for the warm feeling of a cup… Continue reading Coffee, Coffee, And More Coffee

Mental Health Monday, Uncategorized

When What You Love Kills You

It started almost one year ago with an injury from an idiot who never apologized. That was the beginning of everything. The injury and everything afterward brought me to my knees physically and mentally. And I am lucky to have been forced to my knees. I'm lucky to have been so broken and so hurt. I'm lucky… Continue reading When What You Love Kills You