Motivation, Running, What I Mean When I Say

“I’m athletic”

Welcome back to another "What I mean when I say..." Today we are looking at a pretty silly topic. What do I mean when I say "I'm athletic"? Surprisingly, this seems to be a controversial topic for me. I'm either met with "Oh, you like exercising" or "What do you lift? How fast do you… Continue reading “I’m athletic”

Yoga, Running

Heart Openers In Practice

We are too angry. We suffer too much. We sit hunched over our technology. And our hearts are closed to ourselves, to nature and the human world. The remedy? Heart Openers. Already you might be thinking I'm on a ride to the crazy train. How can a heart opener make me less angry? How can… Continue reading Heart Openers In Practice

Mental Health Monday, Motivation, writing

Why Do I Write?

This week's blog will look at my writing but not the actual words. We'll be looking at the reasons why I write. If I'm being honest, there are too many for me to actually cover. However, if I'm really honest about what keeps me coming back to a blank page (or even one with a few squiggles… Continue reading Why Do I Write?

Buzz The Bee, Mental Health Monday, writing

Accept Failure

That's right, I said it. Accept failure? Easy. Accept your failures? All right, not so easy. And we know why. Because it means we were not good enough, we messed up, or we were just plain unlucky. There are so many negative thoughts in our head, not just those three. They flutter around our failures and… Continue reading Accept Failure

Motivation, Running, What I Mean When I Say

Am I Runner?

The short answer is yes. The long answer is a sassy question back at you: I don't know are you? Though it's a little reminiscent of a teacher asking a student "can you", it does bring up a good point. Do you think you are a runner? This is something a lot of people, runners… Continue reading Am I Runner?

Mental Health Monday, Yoga

Finding The Balance: Inversions

Why do we practice going upside down? It's not easy, it is scary, and it's a long, slow journey to success. So why do we do it? Well, we do it because it's hard. Yoga is a beautiful thing. It's an art that focuses on the journey, not the outcome. Not saying that others don't, but this one… Continue reading Finding The Balance: Inversions

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

Mental Health Monday, Put Buzz To Bed, Yoga

Prioritize Sleep

All of you who neglect sleep (occasionally or constantly) please raise your hand. How many of us are guilty here? I know I am. And that's bad. So, what do we do? We prioritize sleep. This title isn't a gentle suggestion this time...it's a command. You've got to prioritize your sleep. I know it isn't easy, trust me,… Continue reading Prioritize Sleep

What I Mean When I Say, writing

The Power of Yes

We all know how important the word "no" is in our vocabulary. It's easy to understand that we have to say no to certain obligations, people, and need to learn how to say it with confidence. Easy to understand, at least. But what about the word "yes"? Yes is a liberating word, or at least, it… Continue reading The Power of Yes

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

Motivation, writing, Yoga

What Am I?

This is the first of I'm sure a million posts titled "What Am I?" because it's something I'm constantly thinking about and it's something that's constantly changing. So it's fun. And...there are so many ways I can actually express myself this way. But how I choose to phrase my "I Am" poems is a little bit… Continue reading What Am I?

Mental Health Monday, Motivation, Running, Uncategorized

Do It For Fun

Not everything has to be for profit or gain, does it? Are we Ferengi all of a sudden? We can do things just for fun. But do we? No, not really. In our lives, it's very easy to allow a sense of obligation to domineer our activities. We easily allow our focus to shift from enjoying something… Continue reading Do It For Fun

Uncategorized

I Don’t Like Processed Sugar

I'm not insane. I promise. But...I don't like sugar that much. Well...not entirely true. I do enjoy sugar. Who doesn't? But I honestly don't like it that much. Kind of? Let me explain. Don't get me wrong, I'll pound some natural Oreos all the live long day, but that's a pretty rare occasion. My issue with sugar… Continue reading I Don’t Like Processed Sugar

Running, Uncategorized, Yoga

Stiff Backs and Yoga

Ouch. That about sums up a stiff back. For something we think we don't use too much, a stiff back sure can throw a wrench in your day, week, month...year. I shiver just thinking about how much trouble a stiff back can cause. Everyone gets a stiff back at some point. The issue is that not everyone deals… Continue reading Stiff Backs and Yoga

Motivation, Running

Running: With or Without Music?

Hot button issue here! Well, if you're a runner at least. If you're not, this may not seem like such a controversial issue. But it is. And it's about to get heated. My view? Don't run with music. But let's get into it before I'm persecuted. Okay, so you're a runner. Which means you run and you might even… Continue reading Running: With or Without Music?

Buzz The Bee, Mental Health Monday, writing

The Immortals

They're out there, the immortals. They go to work, buy groceries, teach children. They cry, they scream, they fight, they mess up. But still, they are immortal. At least, that's my take on it. No, this isn't about ghosts. No, it isn't some weird, otherworldly phenomenon. This is going to be a shorter, guided reflection… Continue reading The Immortals

What I Mean When I Say, writing

I Know My Body

Relax, this isn't going to be some highly opinionated, feminist article. It's not my style to write like that. This is not coming from a place of gender. Now that that's out of the way, I know my body. I'm an avid exerciser, I eat super duper well, and I've listened to and worked with my body… Continue reading I Know My Body

Mental Health Monday, Running, Uncategorized, Yoga

Do It Right Now

Nope. Don't wait until you finish lunch. Don't wait until the minute hand gets to the top of the clock or to the next marking on the clock. Don't wait until tomorrow. Don't wait until after this, that, or the other thing. Do it right now. Get moving right now. It shouldn't come as a shock… Continue reading Do It Right Now

Mental Health Monday, Motivation, Uncategorized

How To Help A Cold

Well, well. An extra article this week...*Starring a special feathered nurse* Before we get going, there's someone I want to introduce you to. Meet Patterick. He's staring in today's article. He's a cockatiel who loves to preen and scream. He's a lovable little thing who just wants to sit on your shoulder. All. The. Time.… Continue reading How To Help A Cold

Motivation, Running, The Crew

Running Journal (And Mascot)

Meet Avocado. This is my running mascot. He's actually an adorable dog toy my husband got me for Christmas. After moving him around from shelf to shelf, he landed on my running journal and I knew then that he was going to be my Running Avocado. He became my mascot! All right, I get it.… Continue reading Running Journal (And Mascot)

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