30 Days of Creating 2016

Blogging Every.Damn.Day.

August 31, 2016

Do you guys watch Casey Neistat? Well, I do sporadically but one thing I don’t do sporadically is look for morning inspiration. Just so happens his latest video showed up on my YouTube feed today and I watched it over my morning coffee. I was skipping around in it and… Read more

Day 1: Running and Kissing

September 1, 2016

Here we GOOOOOO….. My month of Blogging starts NOW! Training Yesterday I was able to squeeze in a 10 mile run at my favorite Trail Loop. It was a beautiful day and it was the first time I have had the opportunity to run outside in about two weeks. And… Read more

Day 8: High School Romance and Wrong Turns

September 8, 2016

Day 8! Training I ran 6 miles yesterday on the trails. It was STEAMING hot out and I think I was the sweatiest human alive when I was done. But it felt good to get outside to feel the sun and breath the fresh air. I slapped on my brightest… Read more

When You Don’t Feel Ok, You Should Simply Say “I’m Not Ok”

September 20, 2016

I woke up at 1:30 this morning. I shot awake because my throat was intensely scratchy. Immediately I suspected strep throat because you know, that makes logical sense of why my throat was hurting at 1:30 in the morning when I had been perfectly fine when I went to bed.… Read more

Fall and My Favorite Memory

September 27, 2016

Day 27!!! I ran again yesterday and it felt SO good! The break was needed and really I feel out of necessity because everything was just “off” last week. I knew on Sunday though this was going to be a really great week. I just felt it. This run was… Read more

Day 11/12: A Cute Boy, My 34th Birthday and why my RUN got cut short

September 12, 2016

Day 11/12 Yeah, I skipped a day. I woke up at 1:50am yesterday to go to Ironman Wisconsin and got home after 11pm. Sooooo I went straight to bed! Full recap of that coming up soon! Training and Birthday Weekend Meanwhile, it was my birthday on Saturday!!! I woke up… Read more

Day 3: Spinning and My Parents Kick Ass

September 3, 2016

Day 3 First off … I did something really WILD today!!!  I slept in! Holy shitballs you guys, I don’t do that. I actually crashed and was asleep way before 9pm last night and didn’t wake up until 8am. I knew my body was completely drained from the past two… Read more

Day 5: Sunrise Running and Forgiveness

September 5, 2016

Day 5! Training 13 mile RUN!!! I woke up at 4:15 to hit the Lakefront path which is my favorite place in the entire world. Like truly. It is my FAVORITE. I always start my run before the sun comes up and a few miles in I get to pause… Read more

Day 2: Resolutions and Friendaversaries

September 2, 2016

Day 2!! TRAINING I am 44 days out from the Amsterdam Marathon. Want to hear the craziest thing my bestie and I talked about yesterday … It seems more daunting to run a stand alone marathon than do an Ironman! Hahaha! I don’t know why we both had that conclusion… Read more

Trail Running, Yoga for Kids, Book Chatter and the Moment I felt most ALIVE

September 28, 2016

Day 28!!!! Yesterday I got in a relaxed 5.5 mile trail run! It was a cooler day with nice fall weather. I enjoyed SO much just being out in the trees and on the dirt path. The trails have become my favorite place these days. They may not be technical… Read more

Day 6: Vegetarianism and Best Friends

September 6, 2016

Day 6! Training I was going to run yesterday as a bit of a recovery run but said fuck it. Haha! I took a rest day yesterday. Unless you count folding 18 thousand loads of laundry as a workout which I think is very debatable. Ha! I don’t follow a… Read more

Day 7: Missing Someone

September 7, 2016

Question of the Day  To find the 30 questions I will be answering this month … check back to THIS original blog post. 7. Write a letter to someone you miss right now. I have the most severe writers block today. Actually I don’t, I just do for this blog. I have a… Read more

Breakdowns lead to Breakthroughs AND Trust the Process

September 21, 2016

Ahhhhh, what a crazy week and it is only Tuesday night. I have currently only slept 2 hours in the past 45 hours. If you read my post yesterday, that one was partially my fault because I drown myself in a book which lead to a messy breakdown until the… Read more

30 Days of BLOGGING is Done!

September 30, 2016

Well 30 days of blogging is done! Crazy that I made it! I don’t know where this month went. What I have learned from this project is the power of consistency and vulnerability. This has been a very growing month for me. I actually look back at everything I have… Read more

Writing Challenge Day 16: Write about a time that you truly felt the most alive

October 1, 2017

You can refer back to the 30 questions and original writing challenge post HERE Day 16: Write about a time that you truly felt the most alive This moment. My big guy. He placed my medal around my neck at Ironman Wisconsin. I have never felt more PRIDE to be his… Read more

Day 15: Lessons from a 7-Year Old and 86-Year Old … And Books I Love!

September 15, 2016

Day 15 and half way through!!!!!!! Training  Yesterday was a 10 mile trail run. It was beautiful out!!! This run was intensely hard the first few miles for me. My body felt like lead and each step was difficult. The first few miles I took a ton of walking breaks.… Read more

Day 17: 5 Things I Would Tell My Younger Self

September 17, 2016

Question of the Day  To find the 30 questions I will be answering this month … check back to THIS original blog post. 17. Write a letter to your younger self. Well … Just like THIS letter … I have done this MANY times. And some I can’t share … YET. I hope… Read more

Day 9: My Current Favorite Running Songs

September 9, 2016

Question of the Day  To find the 30 questions I will be answering this month … check back to THIS original blog post. 9. Close your eyes and listen to a song that holds a lot of memories for you. Write about how it makes you feel. Ohhhhhhh how I LOVE music.… Read more

Day 10: Who Broke my Heart the Most?

September 10, 2016

Day 10! Training 10 mile trail RUN yesterday! Had a blast picking flowers, taking pictures and just enjoying the little things that make the trails so wonderful. Blasted my music and sang outloud. God I love running! It is so damn therapeutic! I love these lyrics from the song Stand… Read more

34 Things I Have Learned in my 34 Years

September 25, 2016

Question of the Day To find the 30 questions I will be answering this month … check back to THIS original blog post. 25. Write a letter defining one thing you learned, for every year you have been alive. So, if you are 15 — write 15 lessons. If you are 25, write… Read more

Day 13: When you learn … TEACH

September 13, 2016

This week has been such a crazy week! Between Ironman on Sunday and working on the set of Chicago Med yesterday as a runner, I am just beat! Today I had very early meetings I had to drag my boys too and then all afternoon doctor appointments for the kids… Read more

Day 14: Who INSPIRES Me?

September 14, 2016

Monday Morning I was extremely tired. I had VERY little sleep and a lot of driving the past weekend. Between my birthday, early sunrise running, Soccer Mom life, a 1:50am wake up to get to Madison for the Ironman, the screaming and hot sun all day, ect, ect, ect ….… Read more

Day 4: Trails and Apologies

September 4, 2016

Day 4! TRAINING   My oldest had soccer all day yesterday and today for a tournament. So between games I decided I could squeeze in a 6 mile Trail Run nearby. It was midday and the sun was HOT but it was SO beautiful out with everything in full bloom… Read more

Day 16: The “one who got away” Myth

September 16, 2016

Day 16! Marathon Training One month out from the Amsterdam Marathon!!!!! I can’t believe it is almost here! My training hasn’t been perfect but it has been consistent. I have a few more big weeks of long runs left and then I guess I will taper at some point, Ha!… Read more

Day 18: 12 Mile RUN and Choices …

September 18, 2016

Day 18! It is my Mom’s BIRTHDAY today!!!!!! My rock. My person. My unconditional love. My biggest supporter. My partner in life. 54 years YOUNG and the most amazing human I know. Can’t wait to see her in a few weeks! Training I decided on back to back longer”ish” runs… Read more

Day 23: Be Brave Enough to Risk Failure

September 23, 2016

Question of the Day To find the 30 questions I will be answering this month … check back to THIS original blog post. 23. What would you do if you knew you absolutely could not fail? This question seems like a great place to interject BIG dreams and goals. But The truth here… Read more

Day 19: Sunrises and a 17 Mile RUN

September 19, 2016

Day 19! Marathon Training You guessed it! Sunrise Run at the Lake! My legs felt surprisingly fresh after 12 miles on Saturday. I really focused on a deep “runner” yoga practice on Saturday afternoon and I also stretched during soccer which I know helped SO much. I knew I wanted… Read more

Trail Running and Facing Fears

September 29, 2016

Day 29! Wowza I can’t believe this month is almost over!!!!! Yesterday I got in a 10 mile trail run. It was the fastest that I have ever ran that loop so I was excited that the consistency is paying off. The first few times I ran that loop I… Read more

From RUSSIA to CHICAGO …

September 22, 2016

15 years ago I was in college at Utah State University. I got a flyer in the mail that was for teaching English for a semester. You could choose Russia or China but in Russia you would get to live with a host family. I called that day for more… Read more

There is ALWAYS a reason to Smile, find it!

September 26, 2016

Day 26! I have missed only 2 days this month which I think is pretty damn good if you ask me! Life isn’t about perfection, it is about making goals (even silly ones like blogging every day) and then carrying through!) BUT realizing life doesn’t always go to plan so… Read more