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Wonderful Article on Food Addiction

Wednesday, October 15, 2014      8 comments

I came across this opinion piece on CNN, and this woman's story is very relatable. She frankly discusses her feelings towards herself and her experiences with food addiction.
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Bittersweet Birthday: A life celebrated, a hero remembered (repost)

Thursday, September 11, 2014      13 comments

This blog is a repost from 2011; I probably couldn't write a better memorial for my cousin Bobby today, so I thought it best to reshare. My birthday has become a bittersweet occasion, as it has also been a death anniversary for a family member s... Read more

Scale Confessions

Tuesday, August 26, 2014      13 comments

I am here to confess. Yesterday, I got on the scale for the first time in a while. I could've been all like: Picture from
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Being great, according to Amy Poehler

Sunday, August 24, 2014      7 comments

I came across a quote from Amy Poehler ("Saturday Night Live, "Parks and Recreation") that I wanted to hang on to: "Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it... Doing what you're afraid of,... Read more

Yellowstone and More: Trek Across the West (lots o' pics)

Thursday, August 21, 2014      11 comments

On July 25th, my friend KVARNLOV and I got on a train headed to Portland, OR, where we were going to meet my aunt and uncle and stay for a few days. They live across the Columbia River in Camas, WA. KVARNLOV had never been to the Pacific Northwe... Read more

Blue Belt (with pics)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014      7 comments

I got promoted to a blue belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu on June 8th. For the test, we had to roll (spar) for one hour straight. In class, we usually roll for five minutes at a time with a break, for a total of 20-30 minutes, so rolling for a whole ... Read more

Ummm, yeah...long time, no blog...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014      11 comments

Hello SparkPeeps, I hope all is well in your world. I haven't blogged in a long time. So, I will give you a ridiculously quick update: *I obtained my personal training certification in January and have been building a clientele. ... Read more

2013 in Review: The Most Chaotic Year of My Life

Sunday, December 29, 2013      12 comments

The year 2013 was--by far--the most chaotic and difficult year of my adult life. My father passed away very suddenly on February 11th, sending a shockwave through my... Read more

Quick Update (with pics)

Monday, November 18, 2013      9 comments

I haven't blogged in quite a while! Part of the reason for this is that I have started focusing my efforts on paid writing gigs and developing a freelance writing business. I will be writing primarily for health and wellness and also for veterin... Read more

Saying Good-bye to a Gentle Soul

Monday, July 29, 2013      17 comments

Dmitri 1999 (or thereabouts)-2013 I made the difficult choice to euthanize my dog Dmitri today. He was about 14 years old and I adopted him from the Humane Socie... Read more

Beast Mode...ENGAGE

Thursday, June 27, 2013      11 comments

We have all been in low places. Hopefully most of us haven't truly reached rock bottom before, but many of us have been there, too. I am lucky; I did not reach rock bottom this time, but came dangerously close. Fortunately, I had developed copin... Read more

The Martin

Wednesday, June 12, 2013      13 comments

"My guitar is not a thing. It is an extension of myself. It is who I am." -Joan Jett Wow. I haven't posted a blog since mid-April. That's probably ... Read more

My "Spring" Garden

Friday, April 19, 2013      13 comments

Taken April 19th, 2013. It should be about 60 degrees and bright GREEN. ... Read more

The Ever-Frozen Ground

Monday, April 15, 2013      11 comments

Minnesotans are know for being cold-hardy. We love winter. We think people from other parts of the country are babies when it comes to cold and snow. We joke about "Minne-snow-ta" and hunker down with hot cocoa as the flakes fall. When we do hav... Read more

A New Journey

Thursday, April 04, 2013      12 comments

Some events are so shocking and so significant that they change us to our very core. A few days after my dad died, it dawned on me that I would probably never be the same person. But sometimes the worst circumstances cause us to grow the most as... Read more

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