COMFORT

*** No one knows comfort better than a cat. They will assess the situation thoroughly before picking their nest, then curl up in a tight little ball so that all you can see is a pile of fur and paws. We recently had to say goodbye to our original furball Tiki. We adopted him and his sister when we were newlyweds living in the Washington D.C. area. Tiki and Bella...

Why I [Reluctantly] Became a Runner

One of the first habits that I knew I wanted to tackle in The Year of Habit was a simple and sustainable fitness routine.  I have never been particularly sporty or athletic, but through the years I have tried it all: dance in high school, weight training and step aerobics in college, yoga and pilates as a young adult, kickboxing and HIIT as a new mom, hot yoga and walking after injuring...

STEADY

*** Easy girl, steady. One foot in front of the other.  Don’t look around or get distracted.  Keep your blinders on and move forward. Quaint little sayings flow through my brain: Slow and steady wins the race.   Progress not perfection. Every great journey begins with a single step. Despite of my brain telling me these truisms, I am terrified.  Do I really want to put myself out here for...

What a Salad Taught Me About Time Management

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to spend a couple days away to recharge at the Pink Impact women’s conference in Fort Worth, Texas.  With nearly 8,000 women in attendance, the local restaurants were doing their best to keep up with the crowds, but waiting in a long line was to be expected.  Because of this, I chose to grab something from Salata, a restaurant where you go through a cafeteria...

The Year of Simple: Style

I have never really considered myself fashionable.  In my teens and early twenties, I tried (and failed miserably) to adopt the latest trends, but I always felt like a child playing dress up.  So, when thinking about areas in my life to tackle during the Year of Simple, style was high on my list.  But first, in order to simplify my style, I had to figure out what my style actually was....

The Year of Simple: Budgeting

When thinking of the areas of my life that could use the most simplifying, personal finances were high up on the list. Early in our marriage, my husband and I concluded that I should manage our day-to-day finances. I was, of course, okay with this since we have already established I am quite the control freak and could not imagine being blind to the ins and outs of our financial life....