being a badass

Launching. Again.

There are 2 ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. - Edith Wharton

There are 2 ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. - Edith Wharton

I've started and stopped this blog a few times over the years.

This time, it's different.

I'll be blogging at least 3 times a week about small choices you can take to work on your wellness. Small ways to tap into your possibility. Small tips to unleash your inner badass. These tips will range from nutrition and food, to inspirational stories shared from others, to ideas for DO ANYWHERE workouts that will help you stay on your fitness game.

There may be invitations to accountability groups and alerts about ongoing fitness promotions, but the main point is to serve as a resource for you.

Let me know what you think!

Time Turner, or how a thought of Harry Potter added to my badassness


This morning, both kids need to be two different places at exactly the same time. One has a morning singing group; the other leaves on a field trip. The schools aren’t that far apart, to be honest – the kids could easily walk from one to the other in less than ten minutes.

What’s the big deal? Drop one off early. (I can read your mind. Like it?)

Great plan. The wrinkle in it, though, is that I am going with Julian on his field trip. And Maddie’s middle school is pretty strict about the doors (down to the second strict) so leaving her off early means she sits outside, by herself, shivering.

That’s how we left it last night. I need time to get to the high school, park, and get myself to the bus.

This morning, I had another thought. Besides dreaming of the time turner from Harry Potter, I’ll ask Jeremy to take Maddie. I’d been reluctant to do this, in part because his office is kind of in the opposite direction from their school. And he’s not a morning person. In fact, it never occurred to me to ask him, until I was grunting with the effort of pushing up those weights in yet another round of shoulder presses.

I don’t know what he’ll say. All I can do is ask. I feel a few pounds lighter now that I’ve decided to ask.

Being a badass means asking for help sometimes. Even if a time turner would be way cooler.


IMG_3911 It’s the classic "angel on one shoulder, devil on the other" scenario.

5:04 am. The ring tone I thought was amusing when I picked it out goes off. I successfully hit the snooze button. (incidentally, this is not easy to do when you’re not very awake.)

Angel: Get up! Ready for some Shaun T? Yay! Way to start your day.

Devil: Roll over. You’re so tired.

A: Rah Rah! Go!

D: You could work out at 6. What’s this 5 am thing all about?

A: You feel great when you stick to your routine. Get up!

D: You are going walking with a friend later. That counts, right?

A: It’s raining. Get in your workout now, and if you get to walk, it’s like a stretch.

D: You’re tired. How about doing the workout this afternoon?

A: You’re already awake, basically. Swing your legs over the bed and let’s get this thing on the road!

D: (interrupted, drowned out, by the sound of rustling covers and steps to the bathroom.) Foiled again.

A: Nanny nanny boo boo.

Sometimes just knowing which voice to listen to can make you feel like a badass.



September 17

I've been thinking about what headshot to use as my avatar on any/all social media accounts I have. I'm sort of surprised at the different ones I can choose from - ranging from silly (see above) to glamorous cookingImage

to exercising



to completely random



Not supposed to show anyone else, right? (never want to confuse someone by having them have to choose between 2 people in a picture). 

I'm amazed at how hard it was to choose one. Not that I have a ton of them, for sure, but each one showed something else about me. I want to show that I am fun. Trustworthy. Pleasant. Badass, too. Worth getting to know.

That's a tall order for one little picture. It's a tall order for my brain, to try to think about what I want to portray to the world who might only decide to read a post, or get to know me, from a picture.

Talk about a headshot.