Mental Health Monday

Toxic Relationships

They exist. We know it. But we might not always realize we are in one. It could be our boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife, or it could be our siblings, parents, friends. That's where we get into trouble. We very rarely consider toxic relationships between our friends or family because they're supposed to be our support network. Where we learn… Continue reading Toxic Relationships

Yoga

An Upside-Down Perspective

Nope! Not talking about headstands today. Though, what I'm saying will apply to that as well. We're talking about inversions today, more specifically beginner level inversions. What are beginner level inversions? Legs up the wall pose for one. And yes that is a real thing. Lay on your back, legs up the wall, and scootch… Continue reading An Upside-Down Perspective

Motivation, Running

Finding Silence

While running. I probably just lost half of you since you'll be guessing that I run without music. But before you knock me as crazy and leave this blog, hear me out at least a little. I often run without headphones so that I can find a sense of silence. I've found that without headphones,… Continue reading Finding Silence

Mental Health Monday, Motivation

Appreciating Life

...is something we don't do. Be honest. You don't appreciate the life in your veins the way you should. It's because you're probably healthy. Happy (ish). Able to do day to day activities. You can eat. Go to the bathroom. Sleep. Breathe. And it's because we are functional that we don't appreciate our life. We… Continue reading Appreciating Life

What I Mean When I Say, writing

It’s A Beautiful Day

And it just so happens that it's my birthday. Like most of these blogs, I'm writing this one in advance. I'm not rushing or waiting till an hour before I actually want to post to begin writing. Instead, I'm working on this earlier. So...today isn't actually my birthday. But the day I'm posting it is.… Continue reading It’s A Beautiful Day

Yoga

Power Yoga And Confidence

Confidence is hard to come by and if you have it, people try to take it away. Being confident is not the same as being arrogant no matter what someone else might try to tell you. It's okay to feel strong, powerful, and confident in yourself and your body's abilities. Dealing with negative comments though… Continue reading Power Yoga And Confidence

Motivation, writing

Writing Tips For Beginners

Hello, fellow writers! It's 2019 and I'm sure a few of you out there are thinking, "Aha! This is the year I'll finally write a book" or something like that. This time for sure, you'll become a bestselling author. Hold your horses. Seriously, calm down and let's take a minute to look at this. First… Continue reading Writing Tips For Beginners

Mental Health Monday

Working Out Sucks

And somehow I love it? I've been hinting at this blog post for the last week or so. I've been subtly talking about how, hey working out won't always feel great and that in fact, it'll be really hard to start. But now, I finally get to say it... Working out sucks! And it doesn't get… Continue reading Working Out Sucks

What I Mean When I Say

“Don’t Shoot For The Stars”

And you'll end up happier. Before you have a visceral reaction to the title of this let me clarify that I am not saying don't have big dreams or goals. I have a ton of extremely lofty life dreams in many different areas sine I have so many things I'm passionate about. This isn't about… Continue reading “Don’t Shoot For The Stars”

Motivation, Yoga

Yoga Tips For Beginners

It's the new year and similarly to running, a lot of people are going to try yoga again or try for the first time. Whether it's because you're interested in getting in shape or feel the need to do some soul searching, if you're coming back to or starting yoga for the first time, I've… Continue reading Yoga Tips For Beginners

Running

Running Tips For Beginners

Happy New Year! Though I'm not a huge fan of resolutions (I blabbed all about here), lots of us are going to be flocking to the gym today with both goals and resolutions. And a fair chunk of us will be hopping on the treadmill to run. But we don't know how. Running or any other physical activity means… Continue reading Running Tips For Beginners

Mental Health Monday

Out With The Old

And in with the new. The new year is right around the corner...just a few hours away from when this is posted! So what does that mean for us? Out with the old and in with the new. Out with the old. Now, do we need to run around our house and toss out old things? Do we… Continue reading Out With The Old

Motivation, What I Mean When I Say

“I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions”

You read that right folks; I do not. I do not make New Year's resolutions. While that may seem crazy, there's a very good reason for it. Let's get into it. Photo by Michaela on Pexels.com I don't make New Year's resolutions. Nope, nope, nope. I also don't run headfirst into a year without any… Continue reading “I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions”

Mental Health Monday

Post-Holiday Blues

The holidays are over...ish. Or six days from now they will be finished in full. Unless you have a January birthday like me...but that doesn't count. It's not a holiday. Holidays are stressful. We all know that holidays cause stress. It's not even all negative stress. There's a lot of activity, socialization, laughter, etc. But we all… Continue reading Post-Holiday Blues

What I Mean When I Say

“Staying Home Tonight”

I can't go out tonight. Why? Because I'm staying home. This sounds like a simple enough phrase but surprisingly, there's some explanation needed. I'm starting with this: it's okay to stay inside. It's okay to prefer staying in. It's okay to enjoy your life outside of a restaurant, a bar, or a club. It's okay… Continue reading “Staying Home Tonight”

Yoga

Use Yoga To De-stress

As we approach Christmas and the new year, our stress levels start to creep up. Our shoulders inch their way to our ears. Our eyes bug out of our head. We start snipping and getting mean. And instead of taking time to de-stress and relax, we push harder. Don't worry, it's not just you. I'm… Continue reading Use Yoga To De-stress

Mental Health Monday, Yoga

Learn To Journal

All right, I'll admit it. I'm not the best journaler. In fact,  I don't use quite as often as I probably should but I use it when I need it and when I feel comfortable using it. I think most of us could find some form of relaxation, stress relief, and/or help processing emotions because of journals.… Continue reading Learn To Journal

Mental Health Monday

Communicate With Family

No, this isn't about how you should call your mother, or grandparents, or aunts and uncles. I mean, you should do that. But that's not what this is about. It isn't even about putting your phone down and talking at a family gathering. Which, you also should. Check out that article if you haven't. This is a… Continue reading Communicate With Family

What I Mean When I Say

“Joy Is A Choice”

This isn't the least controversial thing I've ever said. In fact, it might be one of the most controversial things I could say in the current culture of mental health and the culture of medication. But I'm saying it anyway. Joy is a choice. At least hear me out. If you're reading this article, like any of… Continue reading “Joy Is A Choice”

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”