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July 2, 2022

Cultivating Caring


The last year has been rough. Burnout, depression, a massive wildfire, heartbreak, and the incredibly awful IVF experience that I still feel has ruined my life. I’ve been trying to come back from all of that, but for so much in life, I’m finding myself just not caring. There really hasn’t been much keeping me going; I’m just focused on getting through each day without any end in sight. I was catching up on email this morning, and finally got to read Emily Halnon’s July 2021 post, From the PCT to the Siskiyou Out Back. Emily describes going into the race …

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May 5, 2020

Quarantine Goals, Take 2


Next week will mark two full months alone in quarantine for me… something I never imagined when this all began. And yet, I’m finding that I’m reasonably content. I miss my friends, and there are definitely bouts of loneliness. (As someone whose love language is touch, and who is always hugging friends, it’s nuts to me that I haven’t touched a single human in two months!) But I track my mood each day in the Daylio app on my phone, and I’m still rating most days as “pretty good” or “great” – which I guess proves the hedonic treadmill right. …

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February 4, 2017

Giveaway: Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Wireless Headphones


Did you know that January 17th was “Ditch Your Resolutions Day”? It’s the day most people already give up on their well-intentioned New Year’s goals of getting in shape and working out more – which I think is such a shame. The research goes back and forth on exactly how long it takes to form a habit (21 days? 60 days?) but seventeen days is definitely not long enough. But what I like least about the made-up holiday is the fact that it makes it acceptable to give up on your resolutions – which is a really terrible mentality if …

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October 5, 2015

First Domino to Set Everything in Motion


The Discover program that I was orchestrating in LA last week ends with a really cool closing ceremony called “Momentum.” In it, we discuss the impact of selecting a first domino that will help you take that initial step toward whatever goal you are trying to implement. A first domino can, and should, be very small. For my goal of running a marathon in all 50 states, the first domino wasn’t even running my first marathon; it was driving my car around the neighborhood to find out from the odometer exactly how far one mile was. (I also timed my runs …

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September 30, 2015

Driving Toward No Goal At All


One of the speakers I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with at Discover is Jullien Gordon, a professional career coach and speaker who’s been featured in Forbes and Under 30 CEO. Jullien has some great lessons on developing your personal definition of success and going after what you want, rather than copying someone else’s definition of success – which may or may not make you happy. When I went through the Discover program a few years ago, Jullien’s message really resonated with me. Even though I was doing things seemingly for myself at the time, I realized that I was actually doing things …

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