Book Buzz: Books That Were My Jam in 2016

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There’s the NPR list of the best books of 2016.

There’s the one from the New York Times. There’s also the Goodreads list.

And then there’s MINE. Of all the books I’ve finished this year, here are my top 6:

 

“The One That EVERYBODY Read So You Have To Too”  [Read more…]

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Identify Your Barriers: Consistent Workouts

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Even though I’m a fitness professional, I sometimes have a hard time getting motivated to do my own workouts regularly. The older I get though, the more I realize how important it is that I stay on it… Because if I could keep my 25 year old body without much work, I wouldn’t be worried at all. ; ) [Read more…]

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Things & Links That Are My Jam Right Now

{Things That Are My Jam}

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{Future Snow} [Read more…]

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Dumb Things I’ve Done (as an American) in Canada

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I accidentally gave a $4 tip on a $6 beer.

I should have known better, as I’ve also made a similar mistake in Europe in the past. [Read more…]

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Self Care for Post-Election Stress

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So yesterday I had to call on all-stop for myself. I woke up still in shock. I had a monster headache from the 2 margaritas I decided to drink after the 3 glasses of wine I’d consumed while the votes were coming in. My eyes were puffy from crying at the end of the night,  in the morning, and as I was reading stories of awful racial, religious, and homophobic attacks around the country. In case you’re reeling from the election too and looking for ways to take care of yourself, here’s what I did while processing everything: [Read more…]

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I Confess: Canadian Edition

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Although I’ve been to Canada several times over the past few years that my man-friend and I have been together, this trip is by far the longest. I’ll be here for a few months and, because of that, there are certain things I’ve just gotta get used to this time around… Here’s my current Canada-inspired confessional:

I confess that I’m getting better at the whole metric system… [Read more…]

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On Living A Brave Life: I’m scared too. I go anyway…

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I get messages from people from time to time asking me for my advice on how they can be fearless, like me. I tend to respond outlining a full list of my fears…

The truth is, I’m ridiculously scared that I won’t have enough time on this earth to experience everything I dream of and really live. I lost friends in elementary school. All my grandparents passed by the time I was 18. I’ve been to more funerals because of cancer and accidents and heart attacks than I care to remember. I’ve had a recurring dream since I was a kid that I would die in an accident (plane crashes, car crashes, etc). Now, I have no idea how long I will live, but I’m damn sure not wasting the time I have being scared of something that may or may not happen. That doesn’t mean I’m never afraid… it just means I’ve learned to act in spite of my fear.

I was really scared of moving to San Diego with no job and an unpaid internship at 21 years old. I was terrified after my divorce at age 27. I was scared starting my own business and moving states again. But if I let my fear take over, I’d be far more scared of living a life of regret.

The point is: I have fears just like everybody else out there. Like many, I’ve learned to work through them. Here are 3 ways of dealing with fear that have helped me:  [Read more…]

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Self Care Best Practices: Get back to the basics.

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The term “self-care” is everywhere these days. We all are becoming more aware that if we spend too much time taking care of others, we lose ourselves. Whether it’s physical, mental, or emotional, a little bit of us can start to go each day… until we’re a shell of a person just going through the motions.  But there’s a reason flight attendants tell you to put your oxygen mask on first in the event of an emergency: You cannot help yourself or others if you are unconscious or dead… or wigging TF out.

Stress, depression, and illness are all on the rise and I feel like I know people who’ve been in dire straits for years on end. We need to take better care of ourselves and that means putting yourself first sometimes. The problem with most self-care activities though? It seems like ONE MORE THING to put on our to-do lists. And when you’re finished with your hot bath, your 60 minute massage, or that pedicure that you scheduled to make yourself feel more relaxed, all your other shit to do is STILL THERE, because it hasn’t been done since you were taking time for yourself. This is why people don’t do things that are good for them… My suggestion?

Get back to the basics before you do anything else. 

Address the biggest issues that cause you to be more stressed in the first place.

In no particular order: [Read more…]

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What I Learned After A Year of Living Alone

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I feel like living alone is almost a rite of passage. As in, if you can do it, you’ve made it; You’re emotionally strong enough to be alone, you can physically and financially take care of yourself. You are GROWN. Between family, college, roommates, a brief marriage, and another roommate, I’d lived with other people my entire life.

I’d lived in San Diego from 2006-2010 and in 2014, at age 30, was wanting to go back for just one more year. I decided that when I got there, I’d live alone and see how it went. Just one year seemed like a good enough time span to try it out. I lived alone from April 2015 to June 2016. I did it! And here’s what I learned: [Read more…]

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Currently…

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Tango and I have just about 10 more days in Kentucky before we head out. We’re soaking up all the wide open spaces and time with my friends and family while we can. While I’m always bummed to be leaving my people, I’m also excited for an extended trip to Canada to spend a couple months with my man-friend and the boys. Since I haven’t been writing a ton here lately, here’s what’s been going on…

Making: Sweet Tea… pretty much every day. I’m going to enjoy it for my last week here in KY and then I’ll have to put the kibosh on all that sugar.

Wanting: To blog more. I’m working on 5 posts at once and can’t get any of them out. Hopefully that’ll change in the coming weeks. I miss this outlet.

Reading: I’m slowly making my way through Kathryn Hepburn’s autobiography, “Stories of My Life.”  [Read more…]

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