should I stay or should I go?

Life is all about choices. We face countless decisions every day. Some of them are trivial. At a wedding reception: will it be chicken or fish; red or white? At the gym: will you take a group class or do your own thing? Others may have a bit more consequence. In a rush hour traffic jam: do you stay…

run or don’t. your choice.

Last Thursday I published a piece on my relationship with running. Specifically, I was trying to explore why running plays any role in my life, given that it’s an activity I generally don’t enjoy. Rather than write about my main concern: i.e. that my ego might be the driving force in my decision to run or not, I chose to focus on…

let it go

Last week was a challenging one for a variety of reasons. And it’s time to let it go. A week ago Friday, a day when the temperature hit 104 degrees Fahrenheit in Las Vegas, our air conditioning decided it would work no more. There is no shortage of things to do and places to go to…

climbing up and letting go

It’s Thursday and I’m in the throes of a crazy Rim to River (and back) day hike at the Grand Canyon.  In preparation for today’s madness hike I did a training hike at Mt. Charleston this past Monday – Memorial Day. I scrolled through old posts to see if I had written about hiking this trail before –…

finding your beautiful

It seems everywhere I turn these days I’m finding beautiful stories, pictures and videos celebrating beauty outside of the tight parameters of “the beauty standard”. Three specific sources were so impactful that I wanted to dedicate a blog post to sharing their uplifting messages with all of you. Let’s start with Taryn Brumfitt. She posted this photo…

bottle caps, alien cows and a holiday road

Remember last August when I had to make the massive road trip from Toronto to Las Vegas because Mr. Enthusiasm had decided, on impulse, to purchase a 23 year old convertible? We delivered said convertible to Vegas because it seemed we would get more use of it there than in Toronto. Reasonable logic. Unfortunately we couldn’t keep two…

happy to be a mom

Nobody’s life is perfect; certainly not mine. But it’s never lost on me just how fortunate I am. My 47 years have brought a wealth of experiences: travel, learning, relationships, culinary, cultural. You name it. And I’ve held a variety of roles in my lifetime: daughter, friend, wife, mother; along with a host of professional positions,…

dancing into the light

One of the unexpected joys of blogging is the friendships I’ve cultivated with other bloggers. Since Sam first introduced herself to me, back in July, I have had a huge amount of respect for her. I knew her as a Morris Dancer, determined to get herself “fit enough to dance in a mask”.   I…

with a little help from my friends

Fourteen months ago I decided to start a blog. The initial catalyst was a desire to document my journey through 365 days of sweat in 2013. I could have also done that with paper and pen, and kept it totally personal. In publishing my words I made my story public, which added a layer of governance. Type-A me knew…

there’s no place like om – part II

When I decided to try meditation, I considered all my options, including testing several different apps on my iPhone. It quickly became clear that self-service mediation, with the aid of soothing music or some disembodied voice in my ear buds, was not going to be my path to my meditative bliss. I learn best in an experiential environment. That…