We women are highly skilled at prioritizing everything and everybody before we prioritize ourselves, be it work, family or anything in between and then to top it off we generally downplay our accomplishments. Not surprising really as this behavior has been nurtured in us since… well the beginning of time. In fact, I think it is because it is so ingrained in our female identify that non-conforming women blatantly stand out and are often judged for that very reason.  ...more

Life Rewards Doers

About three years ago, I had this crazy notion I couldn’t get out of my head. I wanted to move across the country to Portland, Oregon.Even though I had never been, and had lived on the east coast my whole life, I just knew that this is where I had to be. For an entire year, while I was finishing my master’s degree at Harvard University, I talked to my friends and family about my vision....more

Training for the Crossfit Open

This post could be titled "Why I will be puking up a lung in the next 6 weeks" as that is pretty much how I'm envisioning the upcoming few weeks....more

Pull-up Program: Week 7 update

Just a quick update on my continued quest for my first pull-up after the second week of double-black bands.Things are going really well and I think it was absolutely the right decision to move up from one purple to two blacks so that I could do more reps and focus on form.  I've gotten much better at not kicking when I do the pull-up.The table below gives a break down of each day....more

5 Travel Resolutions to Keep This Year

Right about now your social media timeline is filling up with reflections on the past year, videos, optimism about the year to come, and of course, New Year's resolutions. In recent years I haven't been one to make big resolutions at the onset of a new year. I've found that subtle changes seem to work best for me. But that doesn't mean that I don't set goals in place. Rather than setting broad, sweeping goals, why not approach them in a more specific manner? In addition to getting in shape and quitting vices, many people resolve to travel more. Great!...more

New Year's goals: Thinking back, looking ahead

 Auntie Shawna and baby Satyana. If you guessed that my favorite experience of ...more

Your ideal weight

 I have a confession to make. I'm nowhere near my ideal weight. Or at least what I've considered to be my ideal weight for the most part of my life. In fact, as I reflect about my ideal weight, four completely different numbers come to mind! Let me show you......more

One month to finish all the things

Well, crap....more

What Could You Do If You Really Tried?

This morning, I ran the Women's Series 5K. I was supposed to run the half marathon, but due to injuries and a lack of training, I couldn't swing it. Even the 5K was grueling since I hadn't had the opportunity to train in three weeks.It was a great seeing so many women (and some men) come out and stretch their physical abilities to raise money for breast cancer research. However, my jaw dropped when the winner of the half marathon completed the 13.1 mile run in one hour and 23 minutes...and she's 50! The 2nd runner up was 24 years old....more


I'm no expert at life and I am still not where I would like to be - so I set goals.Why?Because setting goals makes the monotony of certain things in life ... less monotonous.Goals can come in any size or format, and can change. The best way I found to keep the whole goal setting thing 'fun' is by setting a short, a mid and a long-term goal, and if you find that you want to take on the world and have about 1000 goals - just get through them one at a time by prioritising the ones that are most important to you.A lot of the time the goals we set seem completely unattainable so after writing them down, that is usually we tend to leave them - written down and forgotten. ...more