33 Before 33 – 6ish Month Update

In February, I shared a list of 33 things I planned to do before turning 33, inspired by my friend Ryan. Now that it has been about six months, it seems to be the right time to share an update on where things stand with all these goals and intentions. Visit South Korea. Not yet but tickets are booked! Visit Japan. Not yet but tickets are booked! See 3 of my favorite friends marry the loves of their lives. One down, two to go! Serve on the committee for the Swissvale Community Garden’s second growing season. I continue to do […]

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Challenge Aborted

Just under a year ago, I published a post entitled Challenge Accepted. It chronicled my thought process in what I now know to be the ill-advised decision to embark on the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge this year. Today, after weeks of stress, frustration, pain, soreness, etc., I’m publishing this post: Challenge Aborted. And I’m going to tell you why. When I conceived of this post, I was super angry, and I was going to name names and be as bitchy as I could be (folks who know me know, that can be pretty damn bitchy.) But I’ve come around a bit […]

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I can’t remember the last time I got on a scale

And I might be the happiest I’ve ever been. I’ve been fighting my weight since I was eight years old. It breaks my heart to look back at photos and think how unhappy I was during a period of years when I was not that overweight. And then I got actually quite overweight. Ups and downs occurred, but I’m still actually quite overweight. But, I have energy. I sleep relatively well. My mood and depression issues are not solved (they never will be solved) but I’m in such a good place that sometimes I need to pinch myself to make […]

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On Leaping

When my favorite women’s entrepreneur group announced that September’s theme would be leaping, the first thought that came to my mind was “Oh no.” The second thought was “Huh, well that’s an interesting reaction. Let’s unpack that a bit.” For me, leaping conjures up visions of literally leaping across rocky chasms or epic leaps of faith like quitting one’s job or selling one’s house and moving to another continent. After taking a breath and realizing that those are quite extreme and not necessarily the focus of what leaping meant in this context, I felt better. Leaping can be anything big or […]

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Unexpected Ankle Training

I got a little early and unexpected ankle training this past week on my vacation. The weather in Carlsbad, CA was totally stunning so N and I vowed to hike every day that we were there. On day 2, he selected a trail we found online at San Onofre State Beach. We drove there. Because of poor signage, we got in a line we didn’t need to be in and wasted 30 minutes sitting in that line while being treated rudely by the park ranger/parking attendant fellow. Dear fellow- Nothing on any of the signs said “surfers only.” The lack […]

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Challenge Accepted

I’ve been known to set some goals and crush them. (See nine years cigarette free.) I’ve also been known to set some goals and fail pretty miserably. (See thru-hiking the Laurel Highlands Trail before I turned 30. I’m nearly 31.5. Also see multiple fits and starts with weight loss.) There’s some compelling information in The Antidote about ditching goalsetting behavior. During his years in the corporate world, Kayes had been troubled to watch goalsetting achieve the status of religious dogma among his colleagues. The situation hasn’t changed much today. The hallmark of a visionary leader, it is widely held, is […]

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