Is sleep the new fountain of youth?

New research is out; is sleep the new fountain of youth?I'm always searching for the latest news in health and beauty; and especially looking for small, easy ways to stay healthy over 40....more

10 Easy Gratitude Habits

Gratitude is scientifically proven to make us happier. I've put this Top Ten List together to help jumpstart your gratitude habit! This new thankful attitude will help your mind focus on the little joys available to all of us everyday. These suggestions are easy to do! Share your experiences in adapting some of these thankful habits....more


As I mentioned last week, I ran the Rock N Roll Chicago half marathon on Sunday!...more

No Joy In Going To The ER. 8 Tips On Getting Through It

Unfortunately for most of us there will come a time when we will have to accompany someone  to the hospital emergency room.   There is nothing joyful about it so I'm not even going to go there.  Over the years I have been in the ER with my dad or mom a bunch of times.  I know how much it sucks but here are a few tips on how I get through it....more

Grab a Coworker and Move Your Bodies with These Easy Exercise Pairs

Happy Friday!  Is it just me, or has this week been a rough one?  Not sure why, but this week has drained me.  I'm super tired, slacking on my meal prep big time, and just. can't. wait. for the weekend.  Anyone else?  ...more

Hello Happiness

Hiking is usually a good time to stop and think about things. All sorts of different thoughts come and go during my time on each trail. Sometimes the thoughts turn out wise and insightful, and other times the thoughts are more along the lines of 'am I there yet....and why did I do this again?!' If you have done the Koko Head Trail a.k.a The Stairs of Doom then you know what I mean! Last weekend I went out to hike the Kamiloiki Trail which is one I had not yet done. In between my chit chat, it turned out that my thoughts were more focused on happiness and the lives we create. I thought about how we often think of life as something that will be better if we just had this or that. I will be happier once I get a better job, buy a home, earn more money, get someones approval, take a trip overseas, find the perfect partner, have a family... etc. Often times we forget that happiness is a choice and in these moments we are choosing to let our happiness become dependent on these things we are waiting for. Choosing to be unhappy in the here and now. These simple thoughts led me to writing a post about 5 things you can do to be happier today....more

When life gives you lemons...

Right now, in this moment, it feels like my dreams are a glass ball filled with swirling hope, and someone just took a giant, cosmic hammer and smashed it into a million pieces....more

DNF at Hardrock 2015

I was one of the lucky entrants to “win” the lottery and enter the toughest ultramarathon in the United States. The Hardrock 100 has 100 33,992 feet of climb and 33,992 feet of descent for a total elevation change of 67,984 feet with an average elevation of 11,186 feet. You also get to climb a 14’er Handies Peak, in the middle of the race....more

3 (More) Motivational Quotes to Get You Through the Week

Hi everyone!  Quick post today to share a few more quotes I've come across recently that I really like.  (If you missed my last motivational quote post, check it out here.)  A good quote can really make your day....more

Basement Clutter Reveal

Usually a "reveal" consists of after photos from a project, but it feels appropriate to use that word here. Our basement has been hidden long enough - we are ready to reveal the basement clutter in all it's "before" glory....more