Weekend Recap: Possession Weekend

Recap of the first weekend of December (1-2). This weekend was going to be a busy, but very exciting one – December 1st marked the day I would take possession on my new ski house! I had gone under contract in September, finally closed in mid-November, and then rented back to the previous owner for the rest of the month, so this felt like a long time coming. However, as possession day neared, I started to wish that it wasn’t {Read More}

Step to the Line: My First Experiences in Prison

Last week, I had the opportunity to volunteer for the second time with Defy Ventures – an incredible organization with a grand vision of ending mass incarceration and cycles of recidivism. Defy pairs business executives with incarcerated persons who take on new identities as “entrepreneurs-in-training” (EITs). The goal is to defy the odds and help the EITs become successful business owners, employers, parents, and community leaders. While 60% of those released from prison will find themselves back behind bars within {Read More}

I’m Thankful for New Perspective

I’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, a day early, as I belatedly realized that being flexible on dates would help ensure more of my friends could attend. And while Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, that’s usually been in large part because of the food. (Why are stuffing and cranberry sauce not eaten all year long?!) This year, as clichéd as it sounds, I’m excited for the opportunity to stop and reflect on the many blessings I realize I have {Read More}

A Weekend of Front Range Photography

I was lucky enough to get into the mountains twice this weekend – and it was glorious! My friend Tim is an incredible amateur photographer, and I’ve long admired the beautiful shots he’s gotten all over the world. Since moving to Denver from Dallas, he’s been going out many weekend days to capture various Colorado landscapes, and I’ve been incredibly envious. This weekend, I got to venture out with him to Rocky Mountain National Park for a sunrise photo session {Read More}

2017 Monthly Goal Check In: March

Well, I skipped doing a monthly goal check in last month because of my health scare. No news to report there, but tomorrow I finally have my appointment with the neurologist to piece together all my wonky test results… so tomorrow’s basically judgment day! I’ll let you know what I find out. In the meantime, how about I get back on track with a progress check in on my 2017 goals? My morning routine is still going strong, and I haven’t {Read More}

Anti-Boredom Treadmill Interval Workouts for Speed and Strength

Last year, I was definitely spoiled working in Dallas four days a week. There were tons of class options in Dallas that included treadmills, and it was fantastic for my running. Burn Dallas, Tread Fitness, Beyond Studios… I love doing treadmill workouts where someone else is pushing me to go faster / steeper. But in Colorado, I haven’t found any studios outside of Orangetheory that offer treadmill workouts, except one. And this morning, my schedule finally worked out to where {Read More}

A Few More Small Resolutions for 2017

Before the end of 2016, I wrote a 2017 New Year’s goals post – but also noted that I didn’t have all my resolutions figured out yet. But the more I thought about it (and talked about it with some great and inspiring friends), I ended up coming up with a short list that I’m really excited about. Some are daily habits and some are long-term goals, but all are things that I feel pretty passionate about and I also think {Read More}

December Goal Progress: Week 2

This has been a busy week! My mom flies in tonight for an eight day visit, so I’ve been trying to get as much work as possible done now so I don’t have to work when she’s here. I think I’m in pretty good shape, though – will likely only have a few hours of work tomorrow, and then maybe an hour or so each day between now and the new year to check email and fire off a few quick responses. {Read More}

#ConnectBetter on National Friendship Day

I’m going to keep today’s post short and sweet. Tomorrow is National Friendship Day, and when FTD offered me the opportunity to surprise my “blogger bestie” with a bouquet of roses, I couldn’t resist sending a bouquet to Theodora. (Technically, Adam is my blogger bestie… but I felt like it wouldn’t really be in the spirit of “friendship day” to send roses to my boyfriend!) I first met Theodora through some other NYC bloggers, when we went for a run together on the lower loop {Read More}

A Pushup Per Day

I wrote this post yesterday on the plane, but then didn’t get to post it last night because I was busy getting sick from food poisoning! Sucks a lot, but it was entirely my fault for eating sketchy sushi that I knew I shouldn’t. After a night of throwing up everywhere though, I woke up today feeling tired and icky but not actually sick, so hopefully I can still salvage this short vacation. We’ll see if today becomes the day I {Read More}