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Soup Sundays

During college, I used to make a pot of soup every weekend and keep it in the fridge all week long.  This weekly routine met the meal criteria that mattered most during those years — it was cheap, easy, and healthy enough to balance out the inevitable not-so-healthy college habits that persisted alongside it.  I churned out pot after pot of soup — from basic chili to Nepalese dal — steaming the windows of my tiny apartment and filling the air with spices mingling together, sometimes beautifully and other times awkwardly. Read more

Gluten, Mindfulness + The Beer Mile: A 2014 Lookback

There are lots of things from 2014 I’ll remember on a personal level — the fun our team had competing in the Great Urban Race national championships in Vancouver, an epic Levi’s Gran Fondo ride with two dear friends, foggy trail runs with my husband, and the beaming smile on my daughter’s face when she learned to ride her bike.  These are the moments…the days…the make up the years that make up our lives.  And the end of each year gives us a beautiful pause to remember the small moments and the big ones. Read more

Marking the Years with Miles

My middle school gym teacher did a cartwheel on her 60th birthday. I’ll never forget it. After we all assembled underneath the basketball net, donning our hideous blue and gold reversible uniforms, she announced her birthday and told us she’d been doing a cartwheel on her birthday for as long as she could remember and that day would be no different. “As you get older,” she said, looking out at our dewy and wrinkle-less faces, Read more

Five Organizations to Support on #GIVINGTUESDAY

Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.  Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GIVINGTUESDAY is a refreshing chance to take a break from everyday consumption and unite to celebrate generosity.  If you’re looking for an organization to contribute to today, here are five I believe in and feel great about supporting.  And there are so many more amazing organizations than aren’t on this list — which ones would you add? Read more

May Every Day Be Thanksgiving Day

May we give thanks
For the earth that grounds us
For the light that shines upon us
For the body that moves us
For the breath that calms us
For the laughter that connects us
For the tears that bind us
For all the moments, may we give thanks.

May we give thanks
For the work that challenges our minds
For the meals that nourish our bodies
For the beds that rest our muscles
For the water that washes us clean
For the conversations that anchor our relationships
For the travels that inspire our dreams
For all the days, may we give thanks.

May we give thanks
For the wrinkles formed from our smiles
For the parents who built a foundation
For the children challenging convention
For the shelter forming a home
For the moon awakening wonder
For the seasons punctuating our existence
For all the years, may we give thanks.

May we give thanks
For the arguments and the giggles
For the bright blue sky and the thick dense fog
For the openings and the closings
For the questions and the answers
For the quiet and the fury
For the joy and the pain
For this whole messy and beautiful life, may we give thanks.

May every day be thanksgiving day.

The Key to a Clean Diet: Post-It Notes

Some people organize their lives using fancy newish services like Evernote, Asana, and Notesy.  Business magazines would lead us to believe that everyone is using these apps, and without them, we risk plummeting productivity and blank to-do lists.  Well, as someone with two of the apps I mentioned (and some more I didn’t mention) downloaded but infrequently used, I beg to differ. My main way of organizing my life and my ideas is as low tech as it gets.  I manage my life on post-its. Read more

Take Your Messy, Beautiful Self Everywhere You Go

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

One of my fears as a parent is that my kids will grow up and want to be someone different than the beautiful, unique people they are today. After all, it happened to me. What’s stopping it from happening to them? Read more

Ten Family Workout Ideas to Try This Weekend

Research tells us that healthy parents tend to raise healthy kids — a truth that most of us don’t need scientific proof to believe.  Raising healthy kids involves two main things: 1) ROLE MODELING (showing them the joy we get from scrambling up mountains with friends and the rosy-cheeked glow we come home with after yoga class), and 2) DOING (getting out on the fields and splashing around in the pool with them).  If you’re trying to figure out how to squeeze the “doing” part in, give one of these family workouts a try this weekend… Read more

Goodbye Balance, Hello Life

Stew Friedman, a management professor at Wharton Business School, recently published a book called Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and LifeForbes covered it today, as did the Harvard Business Review, and I’m guessing the media blitz will continue.  The liveliness of the work/life discussion never fails to disappoint. Read more

Everyday Luxuries

I don’t want this dinner…I don’t like brussels sprouts…I hate milk,” my children whine way too often. And bucking all expert advice about the limitations of reasoning with small children, I often can’t help but respond by telling them how lucky they are to have food on their plates at all. “There are kids in this world who don’t have any dinner at all. Or any breakfast. These kids go to bed hungry and wake up hungry, and they would be SO VERY HAPPY to have what’s on your plate. Think about that, and let me know if you want to keep complaining,” I often say to them Read more

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