Opposing Independence

I went to Alaska for a long weekend to hit my 50th state before I turn 30 in a few weeks. I came out of the experience with a much different perspective than I thought I would. I’m a super independent girl. I like to manage my own schedule, I like to make the plans, … Continue reading

Amazing Weight Loss Plan! [Part 2]

“Eat less, exercise more” is truly the key, but it really isn’t that simple. Weight loss is really hard. The absolutely critical first thing you need to start a weight loss plan is dedication. If you aren’t ready to really commit, don’t bother. You’ll end up frustrating yourself. This is going to be hard! It’s … Continue reading

Amazing weight loss program!

I’ve lost about 65 pounds in the last two years and am on track to lose another 15 in the next few months. People constantly ask me how I did it. Honestly, it comes down to two things: 1. Eat less. 2. Exercise more. Seriously. That’s it. Now, there are strategies I used to help … Continue reading

Oh, but you are great.


It’s so easy to focus on the things you aren’t good at, isn’t it? But, what if we focused on the things we are good at?

Nike does a great job of making us all feel good about our little accomplishments in their latest ad, “Find Greatness”.

Personally, I’ve watched it about 7 times so far, and might make it my alarm setting in the morning. Nothing like watching other people work hard and achieve their greatness to motivate you to get up and running in the morning.

This ad also got me to thinking… what if I was as good at articulating the truth as Brock Kirby, the copywriter for this ad? But, here’s the thing. I’m not. I could practice and I could work towards it, but it’s not my strength. I’m always working on improving my weaknesses (which I think everyone should do), but to be truly great, we can’t forget to also keep strengthening our strengths. I’m good at planning things and including people and connecting with people. I mobilize people on a daily basis in my job and I love it. Maybe I’m not a W+K Nike account quality copywriter, but I am good at other things. And that, is my own greatness.

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A short break.

As many of you know, I said a very big “YES” about two months ago when I accepted a new position with my current employer. I’m happy to report that it is going extremely well and my happiness has increased twofold since I took on new responsibilities with a new team in a new place. … Continue reading


I’m back to the Rancho La Puerto talk from LOHAS 2010. Deborah, the founder of the ranch, kept encouraging us to USE our experiences. In fact, she told a story about how she requested downtime in her speaking and travel schedule for this very purpose. She would get some heat for it, but she never … Continue reading

Karma Kitchen.

I haven’t written in a while because I’ve been so busy saying ‘yes’ to things. It’s been exhausting in that spent the whole day outside in the sun doing things and having fun kind of way. So, a few weeks ago I went to an event called Karma Kitchen. Karma Kitchen is an organization that … Continue reading

Hands Covers Bruise.

Another really awesomely fun dance class tonight. It was a private lesson… no one else showed up. So, we spent some time goofing around, sharing music (hence the title of this entry – a Trent Reznor/Atticus Rose gem) and talking about life. And dancing, of course. I will have bruises tomorrow. I could see this … Continue reading


That is the number of boxes we packed at the Greater Chicago Food Depository last weekend. Our contribution: carefully counting 4 sets of plastic flatware and placing them in each of the 1,249 boxes. We were really glad the flatware didn’t consist of sporks. There were moments where it felt like “I love Lucy” as … Continue reading

No ruckus for me.

I was pretty pumped to get an invitation to the Wu Tang concert from a friend I met a few weeks ago. He got me a comp ticket, which was super generous and unexpected. I was stoked to really do something I normally wouldn’t. And, I had such a great time at the Congress Theatre … Continue reading