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Life: Are you Recording or Experiencing It?


Back to School 2016With each new season or yearly benchmark (back to school), I tend to take stock of things in my life. You know, breathe and see where I’m at.I’m in a really great place.  Things are humming along quite nicely, but there is always room for change and growth…

Career wise – one thing I want to really focus on and work towards, is finding work that has real meaning and makes a difference. My new found relationship with St. Jude has confirmed to me that making a difference in people’s lives is the type of work I want to do. I want to know I am making a difference in the world, even if it’s in a small way.

Personally – I want to record my life less and live my life more. The past few weeks I’ve been around people who seem to be connected at the hip to their devices.  The past few weeks, I’ve been focused on experiencing what’s going on around me instead of focusing on recording it. The art of creating real relationships is dying. Talking to people without a device at dinner or during a meeting seems to be rare and quite frankly, I find it rude.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a social media and marketing consultant after all. A big part of my job is being online, engaging and sharing information so I’m not going on a fast or anything. I am just going to be more conscious of using my device and not just automatically go for it.

Stephanie Hoaglund -Live Fit and Sore: Boxing Health and Fitness – My boxing instructor, Alex, took some pics of me boxing this past weekend. I have been feeling like I haven’t seen any actual physical differences since I lost some weight and added in more focused weight training. These pics tell a different story for sure. I’m so glad he took them! I see a big difference which means the varied training I have been doing combined with being more conscious of what I am eating is working. It’s sad there is no special pill we can take to get in shape — but there isn’t so we all need to focus and put in the work.

My advice to those in the same boat – force your friend/spouse/kids to take your picture even if you don’t want them to. Seeing is believing when it comes to weight loss. Remember, we don’t always see things the way they are!

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Are you experiencing life or too busy recording it?

Back to School 2013


First Day of School 2013Today is the big day — Back to School 2013. Hard to believe it’s September and that my kids are growing up this fast. Hannah is heading to middle school and Nate is a proud fourth grader this year! I am so proud of both of them and hope this year strengthens their love of learning.

Yesterday, I came across this status post from Just Eat Real Food and I had to share it:

“Go outside. Hug your family. Laugh with your friends. Work hard and play hard. Get enough sleep. Read. Experience. Keep life in perspective. Avoid negativity and unnecessary stress. Eat yummy food. Don’t define your self-worth by the number on the scale or the supposed “purity” of your diet. Keep your health in mind, but don’t let it become an obsession that rules you. At the end of your life, you won’t look back and dwell on the foods you did or didn’t eat, so don’t dwell on it now. Stop worrying about other people and what they do or say or think or feel or eat. Don’t be afraid to learn, change, grow, evolve. Find your joy, and live it.” — Chef Amber Shea

I think we all can do better in all of the areas mentioned above and my favorite part that resonated:

Don’t be afraid to learn, change, grow, evolve. Find your joy, and live it. 

So many of us are stuck in a rut, or a fear circle and are not enjoying the lives we are living. It’s not easy to change and many times, it’s a painful process but nine out of ten times, it is so worth it. Fear holds us back –

On that note, read this post: Successful People Start Before They Feel Ready – and think about how fear can control you and hold you back from success. Many of us are scared to start before we are ready and that is what differentiates being successful from just getting by.

I don’t want to be one of those people that just gets by – i am always striving to learn, grow, progress. Be better than I was yesterday. I don’t quite understand how some people aren’t wired that way and are ok being average. I was at a party this weekend and someone I have recently met at the gym said to me — “I think of you like a mentor . You are so willing to help others learn and want to make things better.” I don’t think she realized how much her words meant to me –those words capture the person I am focused on being. Do I mess up from time to time? Absolutely, but that’s all part of the learning process – no one is perfect and to expect it from anyone is crazy.  My intentions are good and usually my heart is in the right place and I am learning to quiet my mind, in hopes that it helps me learn to quiet my mouth when necessary. We all have to have goals, right?

Today’s workout was BRUTAL. The air was thick and it was all about conditioning.

strength: Front Squat 5×3 140#

-800m run
-3 Rounds
10 Burpee Box Jumps
15 Wall Balls
-200m run with 15# plate
time cap of 15m
time: 15:20

For all of you out there with kiddos heading back to school — enjoy the quiet and the routine. As much as I love this time of year, it also is bittersweet. Our kids grow up so fast. I wish we could bottle them up and hold them tight a bit longer.

First Day of School Photos


Hard to believe how fast time goes by. HB heads into 3rd grade and my baby – Nate is now in 1st grade! When I stop and think about it — I just don’t know how they got to be this old already. I swear I just held them in my arms — bringing them home from the hospital.

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