I Can. I Will. I Am Going to Lose Weight.

I’m frustrated. I’m upset. And I’m angry at myself.I know. It sounds harsh. But I think it’s time to be a bit harsh on myself.I’m really struggling to lose weight. What started as a 30 pound journey in 2009, has gradually grown into a 40, than a 50 and now a nearly 60 pound weight loss. Which completely blows my mind.I’m mad because I can’t believe I allowed myself to get to this place.I’m angry because I didn’t see it happening. I was in denial. I didn’t believe I was gaining that much, even as that scale creeped up....more


My daughter's long lanky frame is suspended in mid-air. The sound of her body whipping around the bar resonates throughout the gym. I have always believed that little girls can fly. To prove this, she sails through the air above my head. Her hands reach from one bar to another.Jump, twist, turn, repeat. Jump, twist, turn, repeat.This repetition of skills plays over and over. Occasionally, she stops for a quick drink of water and to run her hands through the chalk bucket. A clap of dust rises beside the bars. With a quick adjustment to her grips, she is flying again....more

Kid, You'll Move Mountains

One of our favorite things about living in Calgary is how close we are to the Rocky Mountains. This past weekend, we decided to hike up to Grassi Lakes, just southwest of Canmore, AB on the western edge of the Rockies....more
 @ErinChrusch I think both places have their pros and cons ;) But I still dream of being closer ...more

Your Daily Reading: “Living Wide Awake” Worrying About Outcomes 5-7-12

This may not be the time to slow down in your pursuits, excepting extravagances and impulsive purchases.The issue at hand is about thinking clearly and making important decisions.More often than not, indecision fuels the lack in your process.Worrying about outcomes will not create or better the outcomes.Opposing Energies: Doubt, worry, indecision, impulsivenessBeing determined, efficient, well organized, and making use of intuition conquers the worry and stress of having to live up to being “The Best”....more

Your Daily Reading: “Living Wide Awake” Sacrificing Your Health 4-4-12

Planning in business today may be met with cancellations or rescheduling.Use caution; and rather than make new plans for anything, work on clearing your desk and getting things done in your life.Rid yourself of all those mental lists.Opposing Energies: resistance, vulnerability, weakness, doubts, controllingYesterday I mentioned turning a corner in personal wellness.Today, I suggest rest, diversions and healthy food....more

My view from the finish line

In December, my husband Chris ran the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's Marathon.    ...more

Amazon Top 100 Memoir Enemy Within By Karen Ager

What Brings About Change in People?Excerpt from Enemy Within by Karen Ager "Despite all my efforts, deep down I felt I was changing. My disease was not only influencing my body but also my spirit. The pain was starting to impact every dimension of my life. Until now it had been easy to ignore; it had been easy to deny. I had kicked it under the bed with all my half-read books. I thought I’d get back to it and deal with it later. But it got back to me first. Rheumatoid arthritis was truly forcing itself into my life. No longer could I convince myself that the disease didn’t exist. How much longer could I pretend that I was healthy like my friends? I started to feel the burden of my secret....more

Lessons of Love, Hope, Happiness - Memoir - Enemy Within by Karen Ager earns 5 Star Reviews

Enemy Within - A memoir of strength, determination and acceptance by Karen Ager. "As inspirational stories go, this is up there with the best." Martin Stevenson Launceston Examiner - November 13, 2010 For more 5 star reviews copy and paste http://www.amazon.com/Enemy-Within-strength-determination-acceptance/dp/1741108500 Enemy Within receives Blue Ribbon Award for a great read. If you are looking for a holiday read this will inspire and motivate you to...more

Motherly Advice

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that all parents and kids are not created equally, but are wholly individual in personality and style. Regardless of these differences, the basic needs of love, patience and support remain constant....more


It was the time in my life in which I would make a life changing decision as does everyone who is about to graduate from high school. With brochures and an application in hand from Bauder College of Fashion Design located in Dallas, Texas I, with unwavering confidence and absolute joy, presented them to my parents. They wanted me to go to college so I assumed they would be happy and that when I came home, they would have read through the brochures and put their signatures in their perspective places....more