Archives for November 2015

Giving Thanks…


I’m thankful for:

{My health and wellbeing}

There are always days when I’m tired and feeling lethargic… But when I remember that there are some people that don’t have control over their body, that there are soldiers missing limbs because they were deployed and drove over an IED, that people were caught in an accident that left them disabled, I’m able to get my ass up and do something productive. I’ve got the gift of health and I’m going to keep my body in good shape to make sure I take advantage of it.

“Beauty is the virtue of the body as virtue is the beauty of the soul.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

{My family}

Although I miss them all terribly, it’s great that I have the opportunity to travel to see them for the holidays. Distance is always hard to deal with, but the ease of flying and my ability to have a flexible schedule makes things a little easier. It doesn’t matter if you’re actually IN the same city as the people you love.

“The stars up there at night are closer than you think.” Doug Dillon

{My man-friend and his two sweet boys}

Seeing them makes me light up. EVERY time. I love them so much and being able to see them via FaceTime on a regular basis is still mind-blowing to me. Long distance relationships can be heart-wrenching but the technology of today is certainly my jam. Being able to keep connected is so so important.

“Because now I know what I have been waiting for. I know exactly why the other processes didn’t work.” Nia Vardalos

{My dog Tango and his huge energy}

God I love my dog. I’m also thankful for his hair… ALL over everything. Some people point it out like it’s a nuisance, but I’m just thinking about how one day, his hair everywhere will be all that’s left of him, so I’m grateful that it’s everywhere now. Buying his food and treats, paying for his medical needs each year, and picking up his poo every day… These things are all a part of it. It’s not a big deal. His companionship means more to me than any of this. It’s so incredibly worth it. A million times over.

“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.”  Dean Koontz

{Compassionate People}

The world is crazy right now and I love seeing stories of the people that are doing what they can do help out their fellow man. We are all humans. We’re all trying to work to provide a nice life for ourselves and our families. We want to adhere to our personal beliefs, we want to be our best selves, and we just want to be left to live our lives. Seeing the genuine acts of kindness going on all over the world outweighs the hatred and sorrow.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things on the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ~ Fred Rogers.

May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you’re celebrating it!

Thank you for reading and being a part of my own journey.

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It’s Tango’s Birthday! And a Giveaway for YOUR dog!


Six years ago today, I brought Tango home with me. Although I have no idea when his actual birthday is (you can read his backstory here), I always use the Tuesday before Thanksgiving as the celebration day! In honor of his birthday, I wanted to share some gifts he received recently from Milk Bone and extend the same offer to you and your 4-legged best bud.

He’s always so cute when he gets packages. It’s like he knows the box in the mail is meant for him.

So glad I set up my iPad to capture his excitement…

You can get the same gifts!

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Things & Links That Are My Jam Right Now



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While California is warm and sunny, my mind is on Kentucky this week! So many things are my jam right now… [Read more…]

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What you can squeeze into a weekend in Hawaii: O’ahu


I’ve been traveling for my job for many years now and get sent all over the United States. I’ve never gotten asked to go to Hawaii until just a couple weeks ago. Knowing the odds of getting sent a second time would be slim to none, I attempted to fit as much in as I could in what little time I had. Booking the earliest flight in Friday morning and the latest flight out Sunday night made this possible. Here’s what I was able to squeeze in to this short trip:  [Read more…]

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Who can believe it’s November already? I know it has been November for over a week, but I’m still shocked. It seems like everything has been a blur the past month. Thailand happened, then Baltimore, then I taught TRX courses south of LA last weekend, Denver, CO this past weekend and I’m gearing up for a quick, two night trip to Honolulu, HI for work on Friday (not mad about it). As the holidays are getting closer I’m starting to really miss my family. One of the very few things I disliked about San Diego last time I lived here was that the holidays never really felt like the holidays here. Although %95 of the time, I will not complain about the constant warm temps and sunshine here, coming from the midwest (or most other cities in the country) where there are regular seasons, I crave fall colors, and the scenery looking like Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas this time of year. It was nice to be in Colorado with crisper temperatures and pretty falling leaves. I’m looking forward to heading home for Thanksgiving in 2.5 weeks though. My man-friend and I will be meeting up there and are ready for some southern cooking and plenty of quality time with all my people.

Here’s what else I’m currently into:

Making: This sweet potato concoction. It’s on the “to make” list this week.

Drinking: Not yet, but it’s about that time for White Russians… In the meantime though, water.

Reading: Still working on this and this, but just ordered Notorious RBG: The Life & Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Can’t wait to dive in. I also wish I had tons of extra money right now to buy a copy for all the fabulous women in my life.

Wanting: To go skiing. The mountains are starting to get snow!

Eating: TJ’s peanut butter pretzels with chocolate chips. A few of each and it’s enough to quench your sweet/salty craving.

Listening to: NOT Christmas music. I’m trying really hard to not listen to Christmas music. It’s especially hard when Pandora sends you a notification that the Michael Bublé Holiday station is back. Countdown is on until it’s yuletide in this b**** 24/7. Also, this podcast is back. Hallelujah.

Smelling: My Trader Joe’s cinnamon broom. Best $2.99 I’ve spent all week.

Wishing: That I could always bring people with me on my work trips. It’s great traveling all over the place for work, but my brother would really love to see Pearl Harbor with me when I go to Honolulu this weekend.

Enjoying: The rain. It’s an El Niño year so we’re actually getting rainfall, which is desperately needed.

Loving: My people. All of them. Traveling around is great, but I’m missing my man-friend, his boys, and my family and friends back home. It’s been 6 months since I’ve moved away. Ready to see everybody for the holidays.

Hoping: That the weather is nice in Joshua Tree next weekend. I’ve got one free weekend in November and Tango and I want to head back there before it gets too cold.

Needing: My ankle to quit being janky.

Feeling: Annoyed at having to switch my health insurance now to California… where ALL the plans can suck a bag of ____s.

Wearing: Long sleeves for the first time since I moved back to San Diego.

Bookmarking: This map for my future road trip plans…

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TRX Moves to Improve Your Handstands!


I haven’t talked much about it here, (as opposed to my Facebook and Instagram accounts) but I’m on a serious handstand mission. I’ve never in my life been able to hold a handstand, but I’ve also never put any focus and work into it. I started about a month ago trying to understand what needs to happen in my body to be able to hold that ish for more than half a second. I’ve enlisted the help of several of my yogi/gymnast buds to give me some drills and tips and while those have certainly helped a ton, I’m also realizing that a big part of my problem is not having the shoulder strength and mobility necessary to stay up there. I’ve needed some “handstand cross-training” so I’ve been using my TRX Suspension Trainer to work on it. Check out the video of the exercises, then check out the rationale, volume suggestions, and notes for your own workout below: [Read more…]

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