Use your gifts.


Once upon a time the Tornado was in first grade and was assigned the teacher everyone warned us (and her) away from. You want anyone but Mr. X!! He’s really tough on kids and parents. I was apprehensive but went into the whole experience with an open mind. To my surprise and delight she loved [...]

I’m doing Back to School BOOT CAMP.

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The below is a sponsored UNsponsored post.  It links to content I’ve written for Swerve Sweetener, but they did not ask I give it a shout-out here.  As with all stuffs I write—it’s  really going down.  Soon. Today. Now.    Summertime fun. Around here it is a sad day. It’s back to school day. Back [...]

The blog commenting dilemma: to close or not to close?


If you’re a blogger or a business owner who uses blogging as part of your marketing strategy, you may know that comments are a big par of what keeps the conversation going for your brand… …Or is it? There has been a trend lately in the blogosphere about closing comments. There are various reasons for [...]

I am anxious.


Lately, to most anyone who will listen, I’ve yammered about how anxious I feel. “I know why,” I share to people who’ve most often already stopped listening.  “It’s because I’m living in the future.  I have lots looming ahead and I’m continually trying to figure out how it will unfold while simultaneously trying to be [...]

Speed round time: SLEEP or SWEAT?

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My FAVE tank-top post shvitz‘ing OK, People. It’s a hectic time of year for most of us. Even if you don’t have a child starting THIRD GRADE next week (!) summer is wrapping up in the Northern Hemisphere which means life can just feel jam packed and rushed. Around here the hectic manifests itself in [...]



I work with EleVen by Venus.  The zeal I am filled with about heading to L.A. today is all my own. Team EleVen by Venus at Fitbloggin! The title for this post fits because that’s pretty much how last minute this is for me. My life is in flux these days so I’d been a [...]

The marriage of MIND and MUSCLE.


Trainer Carla I lifted weights for about six years before I opened my personal training studio. Yet, even with all those years behind me, I’d naively assumed none of it had become second nature. I prided myself on my ability to break resistance training down into its most basic form and convey that information to [...]

Does closing comments turn blogging into lecturing?


If you’ve read me over the years you know I’m a fan of the closed comments. Ala the now ubiquitous *drops the mic* when employed infrequently it can be a powerful blogging tool. Are you asking your readers to participate in a hair-brained scheme which is, essentially, giving them an assignment? Close the comments! Are [...]

The 5 stages of change (guest post).


I thought about starting off with some sappy homage to Carla about how much I’ve loved reading her blog over the years, and what an inspiration she has been to me, but she already knows that and if you are reading this today then you probably already know it as well. So, I’m going to [...]

Can you go home again?


us. yesterday. home? Good gosh Ive dragged all of you through all of this with me. I’ve moved. I’ve whined. I’VE LOVED. I’ve achieved goals I never ever ever thought I could. And then I achieved some more! I’ve rambled about focusing forward and not rereading past chapters. And yet here I am back the [...]