May Mayhem 

First, let me preface this by saying that I pride myself in being a fairly optimistic person. I also pride myself in being someone filled with activities and keeping my time filled with productivity. There comes a time, however, that my life starts to become chaotic. To put it another way, filled with mayhem. Yes, a “violent or damaging disorder; chaos”. I was clued in to this chaos after waking up Monday morning in extreme pain.


When I woke up Sunday morning I felt like my neck was a little stiff but as the day progressed it got better. I had no idea that the next morning I would wake up in excruciating pain. At first I just tried to shake it off and figured it would get better. I donned my running clothes and headed outside for a run. I only got about 1/10 of a mile down the street when I realized that I was in too much pain to continue on. I thought maybe I would go for a walk instead, but even that proved to be painful.

When I got to work later in the morning, my coworkers encouraged me to perhaps call and make an appointment to see the chiropractor. Being my stubborn self and one who likes to avoid doctors, I decided to wait. I figured my pain would feel better the next morning. Sadly, that was not the case.


Fast forward to today, Thursday, and I finally went in to see the chiropractor. The verdict? A stiff neck and stress. Go figure.

Right now I am juggling:

  • a full time job teaching 5th graders
  • a husband, a teenager, and a pre-teen
  • training for marathon #15
  • a part time job grading state tests
  • a part time job as an influencer
  • helping to plan an event
  • the precipice of a BIG family change

I totally understand that I’ve brought a lot of this extra “stuff” on myself, but I enjoy “doing”. Rarely am I idle. You will never hear the words “I’m bored” come out of my mouth.  For the month of May, however, perhaps I’ve bit off a little too much. I keep telling myself that June will be better. Once school gets out and it’s summer break I’ll have more time to run, to blog, to clean the house.


Lesson learned here?…  Not every single moment of every single day must be filled.

Until next time,

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Hope is Greater than Fear

This last week my family and I, along with thousands of other Northern California families were evacuated due to potential flooding.  While evacuated, we had so many questions such as, “How long will we be evacuated for?” “Is school/work going to be cancelled for tomorrow, for the whole week?” “How likely is it that we’re going to lose our home and everything in it?” “Are we able to return home to grab some things we have forgotten?” “Are there looters in our neighborhoods breaking into homes?” etc.

Through facing these fears and more, I was reminded by Hope Point‘s pastor that, “Hope is greater than fear.”

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Friday Five – Pink Edition

Here are five things that make me feel aware and empowered…

Tunes that inspire!

If you’re anything like me, then sometimes you just need to blare the upbeat music to help get you through a tough and/or long workout. One of my go-to albums are the “Top Hits Workout Mixes“.  Perhaps this is lame, but I love them because they are remixed to have a constant, up-beat pace.

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Share the Spark with Momentum

Stop and picture for a moment someone who has inspired or motivated you to do better, be better, and move better.  Now, picture someone who you’d like to motivate.  Wouldn’t it be fantastic to find something small to give to someone to help encourage them?

Great news!  Such a thing exists!   Continue reading