What I Mean When I Say

“I Need A Break”

Unfortunately, to a lot of people a 24-year-old recent college grad with no specific 9-5 office job doesn't need a break from anything. No break from working out, I'm young. No break from writing because it isn't "a real job". No break from anything because let's face it, I just sit around and do nothing… Continue reading “I Need A Break”

Running

Get Fit (Into Good Running Shoes)

Let me tell you a little personal story. I've always known that a good, solid running shoe is really important. I know that the right kind for you foot is important. Right size, same deal. I also know that skimping on money isn't really what you should be doing with a running shoe. When I… Continue reading Get Fit (Into Good Running Shoes)

Motivation, What I Mean When I Say

“I Love America”

So we just had celebrated a wonderful holiday, the Fourth of July. As I've mentioned before, I write these in advance and originally I was going to write an article about how it's important to eat and identify signs of eating disorders or disordered eating. But I chose something else. I chose to say this:… Continue reading “I Love America”

Mental Health Monday, Motivation

De-clutter and Give Away

I'm a little late on the bandwagon. You know, the whole Marie Kondo method thing? Well, I'm kinda talking about that today. We're talking about de-cluttering your space, your life, and what you can do if you're the type of person to develop emotional attachments to objects and things. But I'm late for a good… Continue reading De-clutter and Give Away

Running, What I Mean When I Say

“I Can’t, I Have To Sleep”

I won't lie, this is probably the lamest thing I say when people ask to hang out past, I don't know, seven p.m? Or before 10 a.m. No, I don't wake up that late. I'm just making sure I get my early workout in. Today's little post is going to be about sleep and working… Continue reading “I Can’t, I Have To Sleep”

Yoga

Recovery Options

Exercise can be grueling enough. You're working hard to maintain your electrolyte balance, nutrition, hydration, blah, blah, blah. You're working out like crazy and your body is letting you know. Big time. What do you do? Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com First of all, this shouldn't have happened. Get your ducks in a row and… Continue reading Recovery Options

Mental Health Monday

Get Uncomfortable

All right! So far, today sucks. It's been a stressful few months or so. And of course, like anyone else, sometimes I just wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Sometimes you just wake up agitated, especially if you didn't sleep well. Which is kind of my case. To phrase it simply, I'm… Continue reading Get Uncomfortable

writing

10 Fun Writing Prompts

Hello, hello! Last week was a post about running and today’s post is going to be a quick one but a blast. Sometimes our writing gets stale. Maybe we’re a horror writer, a fantasy writer, a romance writer, or any other kind of writer and we just need something to mix stuff up. Try something… Continue reading 10 Fun Writing Prompts

What I Mean When I Say

I’m Not Materialistic (Am I?)

"I'm not materialistic" I say, as I grab a little knick-knack off the shelf at Goodwill. I'm not materialistic I think as I buy more and more things over time, participate in capitalism, and eagerly await the arrival of new things whether it's clothes, car parts, or exercise equipment. But I can still say I'm… Continue reading I’m Not Materialistic (Am I?)

Yoga

Easy Yoga Routine Modifications

Blog post one Easy yoga modifications All right. So yoga is for everyone. Anyone can do it! Especially that super bendy ninety year old. And that crazy in shape lady who has had six kids and still looks younger than you. And that vegan who seems to float. But yoga is for everyone. Right? Yeah… Continue reading Easy Yoga Routine Modifications

Motivation, Running

What’s In My Gym Bag?

A lot. There's a lot in there. But that aside, nothing in this article is sponsored or anything fancy like that (I wish). Just some stuff I've found works for me! It's a hodgepodge collection of stuff but everything I use on a nearly daily basis. Everything is linked. To start off with, what do… Continue reading What’s In My Gym Bag?

Mental Health Monday

Spring Clean Your Brain

It's getting pretty stinkin' close to summer, but there's still time to spring clean our brains. At least here, in Chicago, it's finally starting to warm up, brighten up, and feel like spring/summer. It's been way too cold, cloudy, and rainy to feel like a real spring. We may have even skipped it altogether however… Continue reading Spring Clean Your Brain

Yoga

5 Non-studio Places to Practice Yoga

It's pretty rainy and cloudy here today which means my brain has been floating around to all the fun places that are sunny, dry, and warm. It is almost summer and there are more warm days than cool days. So, on those warm days, sunny days, breezy, cloudy days do I stay inside and practice… Continue reading 5 Non-studio Places to Practice Yoga

Mental Health Monday

Parent Holidays For the Parentless

We just had Mother's Day and Father's Day is fast approaching. A lot of don't pay much attention to these holidays. Most of us might just panic about a gift, settle on flowers or a little something nice. But not all of us have two parents. Whether they left or died, some of us see… Continue reading Parent Holidays For the Parentless

Mental Health Monday, What I Mean When I Say

“I Love Summer”

Wait, wait. Didn't I make a post about how I love winter? How can I love winter and also love summer? It's not that big of a surprise, but I don't really have a favorite season as I mentioned in the other article. But my love of summer is a little different than my love… Continue reading “I Love Summer”

Mental Health Monday, Motivation, Yoga

Know Your Weak Spot

In the past, we may have spoken about weakness and faults with ourselves. We have yet to discuss knowing our weak spot or spots. And what is a weak spot exactly, as defined for this article? A weak spot is: a place in your life that "goes" first when stress happens. So let's say you… Continue reading Know Your Weak Spot

Mental Health Monday

How To Overwhelm Yourself

Wait, how to overwhelm yourself? Don't I mean how not to overwhelm yourself? Mm, no. I definitely mean "How to overwhelm yourself". Why? Sometimes, we just read about how to avoid overwhelming ourselves and we think, "Well I'm good" because we don't do those things. Sometimes we might even know that we do something but… Continue reading How To Overwhelm Yourself

Motivation, Yoga

Taking Correction

Starts off with one understanding: if you don't switch into a different mentality, it will suck. Before we get to that though, let's break the ice. No one and I mean no one can get through life without being corrected on something. I'm pretty sure that we can't even get to our first birthday without… Continue reading Taking Correction

writing

What Do I use To Write?

And why. All right, so today you guys get to see how old-timey I actually am. I'm a very old-fashioned writer but not because it's cool or hipster. In fact, if you spent any amount of time writing things the way I do you would think I'm crazy. You won't write on anything other than… Continue reading What Do I use To Write?

Mental Health Monday

Talk About Death

Monday's on this blog are starting to become "What rabbit hole did I fall down on YouTube Last Week" articles. On that note, I recently discovered a YouTuber who happens to be a mortician. And talk about death. And what happens afterwards. Boy, did it hook me. First of all, the channel is called Ask… Continue reading Talk About Death

What I Mean When I Say, Yoga

“Today Is A Good Day”

Or maybe it isn't. But I'm saying it is. I'm waking up today and the first thought in my mind that I'm deliberately thinking is, "Today is a good day". How can I say that when I haven't even gone through the day? What do I mean when I say that? First, before we get… Continue reading “Today Is A Good Day”

Uncategorized, Yoga

Am I Progressing?

You're in downward facing dog, sweating. Your grip isn't great. You can't focus on your breath. Everything is hurting and shaking. And you know that your form is terrible. Then comes this little thought, "Am I progressing?" This is Buzz. A bug in your ear. (Shout out to those of you who've been here from… Continue reading Am I Progressing?

Running

What Am I Running In?

Hello! This article is a little fluffy but a lot of fun. I'll be doing these twice a year; once for the cooler/cold weather and once for the warmer/hot weather. And it's spring up here which means I'm running in less than I was a few weeks ago. The most, most important thing I run… Continue reading What Am I Running In?

Mental Health Monday, Running, Yoga

Give Your Feet A Break

Am I done talking about feet? No. Am I done talking about vacation? Yes. Kind of. Getting back from vacation and dealing with two very tired feet may have partially inspired this blog. So let's get into it. We use our feet a lot. We run around on them. We stand on them. We keep… Continue reading Give Your Feet A Break

What I Mean When I Say

“I Don’t Like/Want To Be Happy”

What person in their right mind would think this? Who would even go so far as to say this out loud? Me. Well, at least the me from a few years ago would say this and stand by it quite strongly. Unfortunately, just because I myself have moved beyond a certain point in my life… Continue reading “I Don’t Like/Want To Be Happy”

Motivation, Yoga

Forcing Yourself Onto The Mat

Have you taken time off? Started up a new regime? Maybe you've just come back from an injury or (ready?) a vacation and need to start back up. But how? How do you find the motivation to get onto your yoga mat or the martial arts mat? You don't. I've said this about writing, running,… Continue reading Forcing Yourself Onto The Mat

writing

Settling Into A Writing Routine

Hello! This one is geared towards those of you who have taken a break from your writing routine (like if you went on vacation), those of you who want to start writing, or those of you who want to be a writer but can't consistently write. Let's talk. Right off the bat let's understand two… Continue reading Settling Into A Writing Routine

Mental Health Monday

Readjusting After Vacation

So you've just gotten back from vacation. Well, actually I have. But we've returned from our vacation back to normal life. What do you do? Panic? Stress? Moan and complain? Or is it possible to actually stay happy after you return from vacation? I think it is. Photo by Alex Powell on Pexels.com Let's not… Continue reading Readjusting After Vacation

Yoga

Calming Down On Vacation

I know what you're thinking, vacations are for relaxing. Why would I need to calm down? Because vacations are actually incredibly stressful. For about ten thousand different reasons. They start off as a great idea and generally by the time we're halfway through, we just want to go home and relax. I'm sure you've felt… Continue reading Calming Down On Vacation

Running, writing

Running and Writing on Vacation

Onto another post about vacations! If you aren't interested in vacation material you might want to check back next week. Or you could just save this post for when you take a break this summer. Anyway, I'm a runner and I'm a writer which means I'm a little neurotic and a little obsessed. Not too… Continue reading Running and Writing on Vacation

Mental Health Monday

Mentally Preparing For Vacation

Hello, hello! I'm already on my vacation, but you guys here won't notice a difference in my uploading since I managed to plan ahead! At least, that's what I'm hoping. But the idea of planning blogs and work ahead of time brings me to a very important point. We need to prepare for vacation, especially… Continue reading Mentally Preparing For Vacation

Yoga

Practice In Different Conditions

With spring now officially here, it's time we talk about our yoga practice and how to spice it up a little bit. No, I'm not saying yoga is boring but I am saying that like any workout it's easy to fall into the same routines, the same habits. Whether we practice at a studio or… Continue reading Practice In Different Conditions

Running

Running With A Foot Injury

Can anyone tell that I recently had a (running related) foot injury? What gave it away? Was it last week's post and this week's post? In all seriousness, we don't pay enough attention to our feet. I have always hated socks and shoes. I was also lucky enough to engage in sports like martial arts… Continue reading Running With A Foot Injury

Mental Health Monday, Motivation

Navigating Failures

Hello and happy Monday! The idea of "Monday" has brought about the idea of failure. Failing to wake up on time, failing to get to work on time, failing to finish something by a deadline, etc. All these failures come in with the work week. But we know about these. We're familiar with the small… Continue reading Navigating Failures

Motivation, What I Mean When I Say

“I Don’t Want To”

Recently, I was making a pros and cons list. On this list, the very first con of a long list of cons was "I don't want to". Now, this is a phrase I've heard myself say for years. This is a phrase other people have heard me say for years. And I did jot it down.… Continue reading “I Don’t Want To”

writing

Writing With Motivation

Nope. This is not a post about how to find motivation to write. I know I've said it at least once, but I'll say it again: You don't need motivation. It's just a little nicer when you have it. But you don't need it. Not to workout. Not to write. Not to reach your deadline.… Continue reading Writing With Motivation

Mental Health Monday

Non-Religious Words Of Comfort

There are a lot of different people out there, religious and not. There are those who believe in prayer but many who don't. Sometimes, the "I'm praying for you" is meant as a kind gesture but I've found that it's a religious write-off. It's the "I'm helping you without helping you" approach. But it's not… Continue reading Non-Religious Words Of Comfort