Category Archive for "Daily Inspiration"

“Outside by Design” — Featuring Mollie Busby

I am stoked to be featured on a weekly podcast called “Outside By Design”! Montana design firm Wheelie Creative is a rad company — and we work with them on projects for our new biz Yoga Hive Montana, for our nonprofit Riding On Insulin and hopefully someday for Two Sticks and a Board! Lisa (owner) and Dan (operations manager) interviewed me over a brew about life in Montana, about Sean and I becoming owners of a new yoga business, and where our yurt/expedition/life inspiration comes from. Give it a listen on your next run/bike/commute to work. Lots of laughter and nuggets of advice! Nugget…

Soaking up simplicity — One of the best hikes in Whitefish

One of the things that worried me most about moving into an off-the-grid yurt in Montana was time.  It would take us more time to access our home. It would take us more time to do dishes by hand. It would take us more time to bring up water and transfer it into various buckets and bins for usage every week. But as I sit here, savoring a cup of french press coffee that I put time and care into making, I realize that through this yurt, I’m learning to slow down and embrace the pauses — to embrace the…

Happiness is a choice worth making

I was back in my hometown in Wisconsin recently, and took some time to go through my old journals. I laughed when I realized I had literally recorded, in writing, every moment of my middle and high school experience. It was entries from my 5th- and 6th-grade self that particularly fascinated me; I read the words “I am so happy!” and “I am so excited!” over and over again, like a recurring theme. You don’t remember things like that unless you write it down. I must have been the happiest kid on the planet. That got me thinking about how…

Thoughts on love… and marriage

During our first few months in Montana, I struggled to adjust. You see, back in Central Utah, we had a limited number of things to do with a limited number of friends with limited accessibility. Montana is the opposite, with opportunities around every corner. And yet, my instinct was to work through the day and most of the night because that’s what I was used to. First off, yes: I am a slight workaholic. Being connected via iPhone is a blessing for productivity and a curse for having a life outdoors. It doesn’t help (but also helps a lot!) that…

Our First Snow – a lesson on appreciating the forest & cultivating the trees

Well, it’s official. Our first snow in our new home has come and gone. It’s November in Montana, and dare I say it…winter is here! And while our hometown has changed since last year, Sean’s giddy feelings about the “first snow” have not. It’s like watching a kid on Christmas… except “Christmas” isn’t a set date. Christmas could happen any day—so when it does, it’s that much more of a surprise. If you know Sean, you know he was SnapChatting the moment it started to dump:   For the past two weeks, northwest Montana’s forecast has been calling for “snow”…

Speaking “Universe” — Inspiration for daily life

A friend recently commented that she wished the “Universe” spoke to her more. I’m always spouting off The Universe-this, and The Universe-that… so I wrote, “The Universe is always speaking to you… you just have to listen!” And while I understand some people, like this friend, need a “brick to the head” version (her words!), I thought today would be a great day to explain how I “tune in.” For my analytics out there, straight up: There’s no way to prove something is a “sign” or a “message” from the Universe, or God, or whatever you prefer to deem a…

Actively pursuing the balance

I get this a lot: Your life is so interesting! You’re so lucky that you get to travel and do all these cool things! The answer is yes. I feel extremely fortunate for my job and my lifestyle and the ability to be mobile. I’ve been in California for the past week, and just last night, flew to Portland for some meetings in the Pacific Northwest. When I return to California, Sean and I will spend Thanksgiving in southern Utah, and then head back home for a week or so before the first Riding On Insulin camp of the season hits and…

The Art of Asking for Help

So today, I want to talk about how important it is to ask for help. There have been a few instances in my life lately where asking for help has led to joy, success, and relief. Sadly, I think it’s something we hesitate to do, whether because of pride or some other demon we deal with. Asking for help can have a bad rep. We feel we’re incapable, unworthy, or unfit to do what we’re doing if we ask someone else to assist us. Well you know what? Maybe we are unfit to be doing it ourselves. That’s why we…

Bloggy Bootcamp Las Vegas: So. Freaking. Awesome.

So many of you have probably considered blogging at some point in your life. Perhaps you have some opinions you think the world needs to hear. Or maybe your overbearing mom in Arizona is begging you to post pictures of her grandchildren. OR, maybe you just think you’re awesome and the world should know your opinons about life, love and the adventures you have with your husband and your Weimaraner. (Which is totally valid.) Well, little do you know—there is a tribe of women in this world who are really “working” the blogging sector and making their livlihood from this business….

Me, Myself and Muse—My Radiolab Epiphany (thanks, Elizabeth Gilbert)

There are moments when an idea comes to me for a blog post and if I don’t write it down that SECOND, I lose it. BAM! Gone. There are also times when I log onto my computer, head to Facebook (by accident, right?) and before I know it, I’ve got 20 tabs pulled up with 15 different ideas for blog design, blog money-making tips, new haircuts, different Riding On Insulin venues, photos from some girl’s wedding who I don’t even know, and People of Walmart (just for fun). If I’m not careful, I can lose 30 minutes of my life…

Stoked on life (and yams)

A few weeks ago, I had an intuitive reading with a dear friend of mine from Madison, named Laura. [A psychic? Really?] I prefer to call it an intuitive reading—but yes, really. There are no crystal balls, she doesn’t analyze coffee grounds … none of the hooplah you heard about in the cheesy movies. [Why would you do that? How do you know she’s for real?] How else do you expect me to find blogging material without doing something unexpected once and a while? And to the second question, I don’t know. I feel. Feelings are all you have to reference,…

If you’re waiting for it to end, then you’re wasting your time.

Think about it. “It” can be anything in your life: a yoga pose, the laundry, a college class, a relationship. Be present in the PRESENT moment and take advantage of every minute. Time is on our side, and—like money—we should spend it wisely on things that make us (and our families) more positive, happier human beings… the things that allow us to fulfill our potential… the things we want to be doing. Life is too short!  

To the road less traveled…

Our friend, Michael, opened up a beer tonight and “To the road less traveled” was printed on the inside of the beer cap. It couldn’t have been more meaningful. This week, Sean and I have put some dreams into motion. For a while, we thought we’d never find this obscure road that leads to our dreams, but wouldn’t you know—we found the trail, and we intend to blaze it for many years to come. Basically, after Riding On Insulin received the official news that we were being awarded a capacity building grant from one of the most prestigious Trusts in the nation…

Keep Pedaling!

So I’ve been meaning to write about my bike training… a fellow blogger (and dear friend) Moira McCarthy (who you can find here, at Despite Diabetes) has been writing about her training rides for the Death Valley Ride to Cure. Given that I am also training now in full force, I thought I would take a tip from Moira and write about my experiences on my “steel horse.” It’s crazy, but I get really prophetic out there on my steed. Before I begin, I cannot resist this opportunity for a shameless plug. I’m still $1,025 away from my $2,000 goal…

It will happen when it’s meant to happen

I am an impatient person. It’s in my blood… I like things to happen right as they cross my mind—BAM! Done. Instant gratification. I think it’s probably a generational thing, no? All this Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Digital Photography business—I’ve got the world at my fingertips 24/7 and at a moment’s notice, I can find out what’s going on in the world, find out when the shoes I want go on sale, and make the sky look bluer and the grass look greener in any darn picture I choose. And yet, when I want something to happen in my life—just a simple, seamless shift…

Notes from The Universe and actualizing your dreams

This morning I was chatting with a friend, and we got to talking about the power of thought—and actualizing the things you want and the dreams that you want to come true. Really, I believe you can make them happen—if you believe they will come to you… they WILL. This is an extreme trivial example, but it’s true: I wanted Kate Spade shoes for my wedding, and I wanted them bad. I stalked them everyday, just to make sure they were still out there and in my size—JUST IN CASE we came across a pot of gold to spend on…

Take yoga off the mat and into your world

I wanted to share a beautiful thought I had during yoga today. And though I can’t take credit for this inspirational gem, I will give credit where credit is due. Dawnelle Arthur is my favorite instructor from YogaDownload.com. Usually when I do her free, 50-minute donation-based class, I tune-out during the end before the final relaxation. Yesterday, I actually listened, and her words really resonated with me. Shavasana is known as “Corpse Pose” because it’s here, in these final few moments that we die. Not just as an idea, but actually. Understanding that one has collected so much during their…

Life is too short

There comes a point in life when change is on the horizon. When it happens to me, I can tell that my path is coming to a juncture, and I will either choose to take a quantum leap into the relatively unknown, or continue down my curent path and always wonder “What if?” I was at this point after I met Sean. I knew he wouldn’t move to Wisconsin, and I knew I loved my job, my colleagues and my life in Madison. I arrived at that juncture in the road, and went for the leap: I moved to Utah,…

Bits of “real world” advice, for Matt…

This past weekend, my little brother graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and I couldn’t be more proud. He is becoming a grown-up and I can’t wait to see where life takes him. It’s crazy to think he’s finally made it to this point, but I that just means I’m getting older. Not OLD. Just old-er. Proud sister… To commemorate this momentous occasion, my mom couldn’t resist making Matt a scrapbooked chronicle of his life (like mother, like daughter). She asked family members to write a little something to Matt that she could include toward the end, and of course, I wrote a…

Living Vertical: Diabetes on the rocks

We all know this: I love rock climbing. A lot. I credit the fit of my wedding dress to a strict regimen of yoga and rock climbing during the month prior to September 24, 2011. But here’s the question: Would I be interested in climbing 365 days of the year? Probably, but lets be honest: I’ve got a motor home to work on. For Steve and Stefanie Richert, rock climbing 365 days of the year is reality. About a month ago, Sean and I were e-introduced to the couple, who together is “Living Vertical,” meaning for one entire year, they will climb…