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Musings, challenges, and thought-provoking pieces.

Dear Readers…

Dear Readers…

When I first began this blog, my purpose was to use it as an online scrapbook for my memories. Somewhere along the way, it morphed into a goal to inspire others. While that is a noble thing, I found that I was focused more on creating good content than actually focusing on the moment in life. When I scroll through my blog, I am drawn to the memories, not the motivational posts. Time is valuable and I noticed I was…

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Financial Peace

Financial Peace

It turns out common sense is not so common. Cody and I just finished a 9 week course with Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace. Throughout each video lesson and discussion I kept thinking, “Duh” and then embarrassingly realizing that I am not doing the things that seem so obvious. We are a culture that relies on instant gratification, which often leads us to debt. We also are taught that college is everything for a successful future, and everyone takes out loans,…

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Why (Most) Everyone Should Adopt a Shelter-Mutt

Why (Most) Everyone Should Adopt a Shelter-Mutt

1. Calling all runners. Especially women runners. You know how many times I’ve been hollered at, intimidated, or lewdly stared at while running? Every. Single. Time. You know how often that happens with Zara? Not once since I’ve had her, which is almost a year now. And that is running multiple times per week, on roads, in public parks, or the trails. In fact, when running with Zara, guys meet my eyes, meet her eyes, and then move farther away…

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Who Do You Admire?

Who Do You Admire?

Close your eyes and imagine a brave person. A kind person. A smart one, funny one, positive one. Who are you picturing? If one person keeps popping into your mind, chances are you admire them. The crazy part? They probably have no clue. So I invite you to reflect on what qualities make that specific person worthy of your admiration, and then TELL THEM. Don’t keep your thoughts to yourself, go ahead and make their day. Studies show people speak…

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10 Ways to Stay Healthy at a Sedentary Job

10 Ways to Stay Healthy at a Sedentary Job

I’ve begun my new job and the sitting is already taking its toll on me, especially mentally. We all know that sedentary lifestyles are unhealthy. If you don’t know that, read this article “Sitting is Killing You”. Scary stuff. Here are my top 10 ways to keep yourself sane and healthy while working forty hours a week sitting down. 1. 30/30 Rule: Every thirty minutes, stand up and stretch for at least thirty seconds, and walk around the room. It…

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8 Perks of Growing Up

8 Perks of Growing Up

It takes to courage to grow up and become who you really are. – E.E. Cummings With an onslaught of bills and working forty hour work weeks, it is easy to nurse nostalgia for the good ole days of childhood. In fact, there are many songs reminiscing the glory days of youth. I am still young, but I am also an adult. I strive for the awkward balance of irresponsible choices, paying for them, dancing like a loon one second,…

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Time to Hustle

Time to Hustle

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” – Zig Ziglar There are 168 hours in a week. I work 40 hours at a day job that is not hiking or writing, so even though it is okay, it is not “living the dream”. That leaves me with 128 hours in a week. Of those 128 hours, I sleep 52 of them, leaving me with a whopping 72 hours of time to…

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Share Your Passions

Share Your Passions

Have you ever wanted to try something new, but didn’t want to do it alone? First, I suggest you try it anyway, as doing things alone makes us braver people. But instead of waiting around, expecting someone to invite you, why not ask them first? My passion for hiking is no secret, and some of the new friends I’ve made here are not particularly outdoorsy people. We’d planned to snowshoe, but with a sunny day following up rain, we knew…

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The Danger of Waiting

The Danger of Waiting

On January 30th I realized, I had not seen a sunrise that month. My goal is to see a sunrise at least once a month, so with one day left I set myself an early alarm for the 31st. Always one to groan, but never one to be left behind, Cody tagged along too. Unfortunately the clouds (smog, ugh) were heavy. Settling upon a rock and seeking the sun was futile. We enjoyed a nice morning walk instead, but I…

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Who Do You Want to Be?

Who Do You Want to Be?

My alarm rang. Burrowing deeper under the covers, I made my choice: I would not go for my morning hike. I expected to feel relieved. Instead my heart said, “Excuse me? Are you seriously going to flake out? Is that who you want to be?” To which my snug body and lazy mind replied, “Yes. I don’t care who I am. I am staying in bed.” But my heart is a fighter. “Liar,” my heart accused. And my heart was…

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