I read an article a few days ago that helped solidify the jumbled thoughts I’d been having about what happened in Las Vegas. That article (which you can read here) sparked this post, which may not be as educational or productive as I would like, but is not entirely atypical for content posted on this blog, so here goes. Here is a rundown of the thoughts I had immediately after the shootings: people are not treating the shooter like a human being expressions of sadness and compassion on social media seem fake and forced (not all, but some) too much… View Post

Last week I spent five days at a place called Modfarm in Michigan City, Indiana. It was a magical five days and I’m more than happy with the outcome of my trip. As you know, I decided I wanted to get away to concentrate on writing my book with little interruptions. I didn’t sign up for a writing camp or workshop, but decided that I wanted to go somewhere alone. Since it was the first time I had done something like this and hadn’t read much about the experiences of others, I want this post to be about my tips… View Post

I have a love-hate relationship with goals. On one hand, goals give you something to work towards and strive for. On the other, they can sometimes be arbitrary and confining. Here’s an example so you know what I mean by the latter. I decided to run my very first half marathon in 2014. It was a daunting goal for me, since the longest race I had run before that was a 10K (6.2 miles). I wasn’t doing it alone, which made it better; some coworkers had signed up to run it as well and we started to plan how we… View Post

Ok guys — here’s the scoop. I went to a foot & ankle doctor yesterday to have them look at my foot. It’s been injured since the beginning of August and what I suspected was a stress fracture is, in fact, a stress fracture. It’s not something that caught me off guard or out of the blue; I just didn’t want to deal with it until now. I knew what it was and I knew what I would have to do and I wasn’t prepared to slow down yet. I wanted to pretend that my foot was fine in the… View Post

*This post is sponsored by Chesapeake Bay Candle. Last month I hosted my second wellness workshop. I’ve mentioned holding these workshops before — usually in a Life Lately post — but haven’t gone into too much detail. I have a running list of post topics, goals, and other random tidbits relating to this blog that I don’t want to forget. Last year I included a sentence about having get-togethers, but didn’t take much action on it. All of a sudden as the summer approached, I felt the need to put my goal into action. I wanted it to be more… View Post