Week Roundup: Passionate Living, Books and Fitness

I should have written more here this week but I have been working on a few projects that have devoured my early AM blog writing time. I have two big and completely different ventures I am pursuing BUT do you ever feel like FINALLY everything is clicking. And you are in the right place at the right time. I kind of HATE the phrase “timing is everything” but it always seems in hindsight to creep its little head back up and smirk at you.


Tuesday I was able to finalize most of the details for the Park City, Utah yoga, meditation and art retreat. My partner, Jess and I have put together a really special and unique event. We both have backgrounds in yoga and meditation. Her background specializes in meditation and mine, yoga. Coming together for this was a matter of time. Once again…timing is everything. We hold business meetings with our little ones running around playing cars at our feet. I am really excited to share this “softer” and more healing side of yoga. For so long I wondered “my place” in this saturated yoga industry…And I have discovered it. I am not meant to teach how to do a handstand…yet!…one never knows! My truest PASSION and where my love, energy and heart are drawn is the restorative and gentle side of yoga and meditation. It has healed me in the darkest moments of my life. Learning to draw on my breath pulled me through to an Ironman finish. I have spent classes crying on my mat. I have spent classes dancing with God, the Universe and stars on my mat. I have had breakdowns and breakthroughs. Yoga is more to me that a pretty pose. It is a place to heal, rejuvenate and let go. Being in touch with the most beautiful and sacred place..our heart-center and our spirit.


I have been studying this for years now. I have been a student. I have learned through my own experiences. One of my FAVORITE teachers and authors, Maya Angelou says:

“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”

Now I humbly say I am always a student. I am human. I am a beautiful messy human. BUT I have learned a few things….And now I am ready to TEACH them. THIS is my spirit. My PASSION. One of my callings in life. I believe that in every fiber of my soul. And it took me awhile to get to this point but I will spend the rest of my life making sure I am showing up every single day with the openness of heart that where I am able to teach, I will. Where I am able to give, I will. Where I am able to shine light and give hope, I will. I won’t be perfect. Nowhere NEAR perfect. I will stumble. But I will always RISE. That I know for sure about myself.

And that I know for sure about others…EVERYONE has the gift of being able to RISE. Even in your darkest moments of despair. There is still a light shining brightly within. Learning to trust that light is a beautiful gift that you can give yourself.


The world needs more softness. More love. Vulnerability. Compassion. Empathy.

So that is my big tangent on one of the projects I am working on. And I am really excited about it. There are a lot of big things coming and in the works. It is a process to build from the ground up. Especially when you feel as though you are a work in progress yourself. HA! But like I said before…timing is everything. And I’ve never been so certain of my path.


My youngest son has only a few more days where he is home with me alone while big brother is at school. This will be a separate post…but it has brought on a lot of mixed emotions. I have been working to accept them, feel them and maneuver through them. I will stop there. Most definitely this will be a separate post next week…I am sure a lot of you Mom’s out will be able to relate or shine light if you have moved from preschool and young children to full-time school aged children.



I have never felt more FREE in my training. I have had a race to train for, for many years now. I am saying VERY active with spinning with Bob, running on muddy trails, sunrise bike rides, hot yoga, yoga sculpt, lifting and not swimming as much as I should but still swimming!!!! I have Amsterdam Marathon in 5 months. I’ll start training for it more seriously in a few. For now I am really enjoying this lull. Of course I can’t stop looking at Midwest races and triathlons for this summer! Who knows what will happen or what will transpire or what spontaneous race I will sign up for…but for now, it feels GOOD to enjoy my fitness with no thought of “training”!

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I am currently in the middle of reading two books.

What I talk about when I talk about Running

by Haruki Murakami



The Single Woman: Life, Love and a Dash of Sass

by Mandy Hale


The first is for my book proposal. Although that was the intention when I started it, I am really really enjoying his story. It is relatable to me as a runner and aspiring author on SO many different levels.

The second…well I couldn’t feel more cliche. BUT I kept seeing her quotes pop up so decided to check out what Mandy was all about. She has built an empire and I have mad respect for the woman! And I have to say her book is FABULOUS!

It is an EASY read. Fun! Relatable for the 20 year old to the single mom. I think she is brilliant personally.


She sums up my perspective on LOVE perfectly with this quote from the book I read last night…

“Hope for love, pray for love, wish for love, dream for love…but don’t put your life on hold waiting for love.”

As a woman who is the most “hopeful” romantic I know…whimsical, poetic and believing in the MAGIC of LOVE…BUT also…As a woman who REFUSES to live an on-hold life seeking out love on dating apps or waiting around for someone to sweep me off my feet…This sums it up perfectly.


I will





but I will also hit the ground running each day and live the LIFE I imagine and want for myself. Build my dreams and chase my ambitions. Knowing full well … Someone will run along side and keep up someday.

I mean who wants to be swept off their feet when you can swim, bike or run alongside someone and have WAY more fun! 🙂

There is the week in a nutshell! Full of randomness…as always. Haha!IMG_4452

This weekend is Wanderlust 108 Chicago and my son’s 5th Birthday Party!!! His birthday isn’t until the 29th but we are celebrating it a few weeks early. Lots of running, yoga, meditation, cake, pizza, arcade games and memories to make this weekend!





  1. I am always so curious the demographics of the readers…Are YOU single? Married? Age? Where do you live?
  2. Are these YOUR last few weeks before all your kids are in full-time school this fall???
  3. What is YOUR biggest passion in life?



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  1. Eric Randall says:

    Love the rawness of your blogs. Your insight is spot on.

    I am a married 57 year old male in Southern NH. I am a triathlete and runner at heart. Biggest passions are staying fit and helping others.

  2. Robin says:

    Hi! I am 30, a single mother of an almost two year old boy, a runner (half marathons completed, signed up for my FIRST full marathon in the fall, am GOING to be a triathlete by the end of 2017 & and I know I’ll accomplish my goal of completing both half and full Ironman races by the time I turn 35! Sooner would be totally okay too! My son is my LIFE! We do everything together! Our longest run to date is 20 miles we did a few weeks ago. 3hrs 43 of him laughing, pointing out the doggies, birdies, runners, bikes.. I can’t wait until he is big enough to ride a bike with me while I run and then run and RACE with me!

  3. Kathy says:

    Hi I am 40 year old woman from Manitoba, Canada. I am a runner and will be completing my 3rd marathon in 5 weeks and my 4th in October. I am divorced and in the process of rebuilding my life into a better one than I ever thought possible. I really enjoy your posts and Instagram.

    • GOOD LUCK at your marathon! That is really incredible! I have been there and understand too. It is a journey, always remember that. I was reading today that 10,000 doors may be slammed in your face but when the 10,001 is opened you won’t even remember the others. Hit home with me so thought I’d share. 🙂 LOVES

  4. Lori says:

    Hi! 46 year old mom of 3. Son in college, daughter going to college this fall, and another daughter who will be a junior in HS. Recently separated. Endurance athlete. Yoga fanatic. Currently a speaker and leadership coach among other things. Completing my certification to become a health and wellness coach and plan to launch my own business. Currently rewriting my life story. Full of optimism and hope and excited about the future! Oh and I’m the suburban mom with the tattoos! Lol!

    • LORI! I have loved getting to know you the past day!!! WOW!!! You are incredible and I am VERY proud of you! You are a STRONG, fierce MAMA! Keep in touch and let me know how the business is coming along! MUUUUAH!

  5. Robin says:

    So happy that you’ve discovered where your heart truly lies in the big, beautiful world of yoga! I lean towards the gentler side, too, but I have yet to fully explore all yoga has to offer–I’ve been a dabbler for years. (But I did just get a summer pass at one of my favorite studios, and hope the summer can serve as my turning point where I start practicing more regularly.) 🙂

    Oh, and if you’re interested in some other amazing memoirs… I would recommend The Liar’s Club (and her other ones; that’s the first, though) by Mary Karr and Duke of Deception by Geoffrey Woolf. Mary Karr also just published a book on writing memoir that should be wonderful. 🙂

    And 1: Married, 33 (for a month or so more), Boise. 2: Not yet. 3: Being a mother; hopefully being a great force of love; and stories—reading and writing them. 🙂

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