the difference between trying too hard and trying hard

Something I’ve often struggled with is the notion of “trying too hard”. It’s a phrase that is always uttered with a negative connotation. Why? Because trying too hard reeks of desperation. It implies that you are not confident in your work, your sense of self, the knowledge that your successes will be earned, that you […]

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real life, real stories, real connection

I can’t say I haven’t been busy around here – traveling to weddings, a memorial, and a new birth this year – but I’m finding ways to take advantage of my time when I’m at home. Sometimes that means slow mornings and skipping workouts and watching reruns. And sometimes that means attending events and buying […]

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she connects in real life : a wellness event at bar method dtla

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me talk about a free event I co-hosted in Los Angeles this past weekend. My blogger friend Amber from Here For A Few and I have joined forces to host events in our community as a concentrated effort to bring local studios and wellness/fitness companies […]

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life is effort – and so is your happy {spring gardening}

“Life is effort, and I’ll stop when I die.” – Jerry Smith, Rick and Morty Anyone else watch Rick and Morty? I can’t get over how ridiculously absurd and hilarious (albeit often gross) the show is. If you aren’t familiar, it’s an animated series (for adults) following the adventures of a kid and his scientist grandfather as they […]

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5 ways to squeeze happy into the daily grind

Guys, I get it. Life is hard. It’s filled with duties and responsibilities and to be honest, often the daily monotony of going to work at a job that may not entirely excite you. But, you gotta pay the bills, and if you want to travel the world, eat good food, and buy that new […]

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7 ways to make fitness a priority when you just can’t commit

I, along with more than half the population (I’m not a statistician, don’t quote me on this) do not naturally LOVE working out. I spent many a year wishing and praying that one day it would all magically click for me, and I’d be one of those people who has to spend every day in the […]

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embracing my inner child

To be honest, I’ve been feeling a bit all over the place lately. Excited about opportunity one moment…completely overwhelmed and defeated the next. For as much as I try to live in the present, I’m a worry-wart at heart: an endless planner, a list checker, a goal seeker. In the midst of all of that, I […]

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find what makes you happy and do more of that

It’s funny – I think life has a way of making us forget what makes us happy and remember all too well what doesn’t. It’s easy to feel discouraged and down in the dumps and convince ourselves we’ve got to accept our current set of circumstances. But…what if we didn’t? I shared how I’ve been feeling […]

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the solution is simple

We live in a digital world, that’s for sure. And though I love the speed and convenience of technology, I often find myself grasping for those mediums of the past – handwritten letters, dropping off a roll of film to be developed, picking up physical books from the library. There’s a slowness in these efforts […]

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explore la : westridge-canyonback wilderness

The past month all I have quite literally wanted to do is go on a hike. But with the onslaught of rain we got in the first few weeks of the year, it just wasn’t happening. So last weekend I told myself we were going on a hike if it was the last thing we did, […]

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