Disclaimer: I am a SweatPink ambassador but am not being compensated for this post. It will allow me a chance to enter to win $500 dollars worth of prAna gear. 


Yoga Challenge

Yoga Challenge

I have to start this off by saying how much I love the #NoExcuses campaign that SweatPink is running. The blog prompts are great but I particularly love the Mad Libs prompts. I am using this prompt today as I generally have not been able to do so up to this point.

  • When I think about yoga, the first thought that comes to mind is torture (I am not as flexible as I should be). Yoga moves (verb) me and makes me feel apple (noun) (truly not sure how it makes me feel).
  • That’s why I am SO excited (adjective) to participate in prAna’s Take The Leap 30 days of Yoga Challenge with Sweat Pink. I plan to sun salutation(yoga pose) my way to a more flexible (adjective) and happy (adjective) 2015!
  • For me, the biggest challenge when it comes to yoga is balance. Taking the Leap with prAna and Sweat Pink is a great way for me to face/ conquer / achieve / find balance in more ways than one (same challenge / or be creative!).
  • My favorite place to yoga is the living room(noun) because it is so empty (adj).
  • Here’s a photo of me in my very best running pose (yoga pose or other creative pose).
    Courtesy of Lori Haskell - Not my fav race photo but it is what it is.

    Courtesy of Lori Haskell – Not my fav race photo but it is what it is.


  • I tag all my Asheville Marathon ambassadors [tag 2-3 people]
  • I want these fabulous bloggers to share their very best yoga pose photos, this fun madlib and of course, I challenge them to join me on this fun 30 day yoga journey
  • Come on y’all, Take the Leap with me!
  • Join prAna’s & Sweat Pink’s Take the Leap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge and be eligible to win $500 worth of prAna gear and / or be the lucky winner who gets to gift $500 worth of prAna gear to one lucky winner. They just launched their new spring collection so you best get on it!
  • If I win I would gift the $500 to Angie at Angie Runs [insert name and blog URL (if applicable) because they amazing.
  • Join the Take the Leap with prAna and Sweat Pink Facebook group / event which we’ll use for updates, sharing,and inspiration:  and event page:


Do you ever join challenges? How do you do with them?

Not Just Soft – Charmin Ultra Soft Review

On the Wall

On the Wall

Disclaimer: I received a package with four rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft toilet paper as a Bzz Agent. Any interaction about the product contains my own views and opinions.

I was a little skeptical at first about trying Charmin Ultra Soft. I have a septic system and have used single ply toilet paper for years. Even with that, I have had to tell children to go easy on the toilet paper used for each flush.

I have been pleasantly surprised with how much I like the feel of Charmin Ultra Soft. Not only is it soft, it is strong enough that I do not have to use a lot of toilet paper, even when having a bowel movement.

The septic system has held up really well to the Charmin Ultra Soft.

Additionally, I love the flower design embossed on the Charmin Ultra Soft. It is nice to have toilet paper that is not just plain.

Charmin is great for helping others. You can go to the Charmin Relief Project. When you request a coupon, you help supply firehouses around the country with Charmin toilet paper.

I would strongly recommend Charmin Ultra Soft to anyone out there looking for a good toilet paper.


Do you always think about what if I did this? What if I had done that? Where would I be now? This year I am going to hold with a #NoExcuses mantra.

No Excuses

No Excuses


If you recall my talking briefly about a coaching call with Tara Newman my last post, one of the things I found myself saying and thinking as we talked was “that’s an excuse.” I do not recall the exact question she asked but I answered it and then said but that is just an excuse. Or I would start the answer off with “I don’t want to make excuses but.”

I want 2015 to be the year I do not let excuses get the best of me. We all have the same amount of hours in a day. We all have goals and dreams and work and life we want to fit into those hours. I am going to make mine happen this year. Now to get out of this stuck, circling mode and get going – what my call with Tara was all about, getting unstuck.

On top of training for some awesome races, I am going to get more organized here about blogging. I have fallen behind on some of my accountability and need to get that moving so that I can have an awesome year. I want to feel like I do not have all the burdens I sometimes imagine – even if these are real, they are excuses – are weighing me down. I want to run regularly which I am working on already.

I think the reason #NoExcuses works for me so well is because one of my least favorite questions in life is “How did you do it?,” generally in response to the number of children I have raised. I have six children that are ten years apart, oldest to youngest. My basic response has always been “you do what you have to do.” You cannot make excuses. You just have to do whatever it is when it comes to parenting. I want that attitude to merge into the rest of my life.

Are you taking part in #NoExcuses this year? Whether you are or you aren’t, what does that mean to you?

This and That 1 in 2015

What did you do over the weekend? I’m sure you are wondering why I ask now as it is Tuesday. We are almost as close to the next weekend as we are from this past one. Well, I spent this morning getting ready to part with my 2-in-1 from Hewlett-Packard. I give props to their chat support and whoever does their @HPSupport on Twitter. Both went above and beyond in getting me help but, alas, my computer needs to go on a trip without me. A FedEx box and packing materials are on their way to me as I type on a different computer.

In this light, let me recommend a few things for all of us in 2015. We all need to back up our computers’ data. I had not recently and did not have my back up system in place. This means/translates to I am bad at following my own advice. Consequently, on my list of things to do tomorrow is back up my computer if it will let me. As both a writer and a photographer, I do not want to lose all the data on my computer. Hopefully, I can make that happen.

A second recommendation is to look at your life with the help of a coach. I subscribe to the Family Life Sports The SuccessLetter. This electronic newsletter allowed me to get a 75 minute coaching session with Tara. I am trying to rearrange my budget as I type so I can partake in either her soon-to-start group coaching called From Stuck to Unstoppable or one on one coaching. In just 75 minutes, Tara opened my eyes to things I think I should have seen on my own and has pointed me in a great direction for 2015.

My third recommendation is to choose a word. In my call with Tara, I talked about being lighter. Lighter in so many ways. I not only want to be lighter in weight but I want to be lighter in “stuff” around my home. I want to be lighter in worries. I want to be lighter overall.

My final recommendation is to get out and see some great films that are out right now. I saw “Wild” last weekend. I am now enamored with getting back to hiking, which I did a lot of in my late teens and early 20s. I have a list of films I want to see and, unlike previous years, I’m going to try hard to see them this year.

Do you have a word for 2015? Have you ever used a coach for anything – life, running, anything? Do you back up your computer regularly?

Project 52, Week 2

Well, week two of a photo topic a week was not any easier for me than week one was. Topic of the week was morning.

My initial thought was a sunrise but I live, in my house, in a valley. Sunrises tend to not be very good as I don’t get the sun over the hill until a couple hours after the actual rise of the sun. I’ve been in Pennsylvania this week at my boyfriend’s but still no stunning sunrises as the day there was not cloud cover, it was so cold I was not going outside to get sunrise photos.

So I give you morning. I never skip breakfast. I love cereal – hot, cold doesn’t matter. I also love a mug of hot beverage. I prefer coffee but will drink hot cocoa or tea or even hot cider. In winter, just HOT.




splitIs there such a thing as a true 50-50 split in a relationship? You’ll recall last week I talked about honesty. Thwt got me to thinking about sacrifice and work within a relationship. Can it ever be truly right down the middle or is there always one partner that gives or takes more?

I was 22, just out of college and getting married. Of course, I thought we would equally split everything in our marriage. Things went well. He got up nights without first child. I decided, at least while I was still on leave – I took three months off, it was ridiculous for him to get up. I, without conscious thought, usurped some of his equality.

Once a responsibility is taken away, or given to another in a relationship, it is hard to go back to the previous way. People, while possibly embracing change, are creatures of status quo. We like the way things are and do not warm up to change well.

Enter my current relationship. I freelance. At least right now, I,work from wherever I am. Occasionally, I have a gig that requires I be in a specific location but, for the most part, I can work anywhere. He goes into work daily. His business is busier in the winter and he will usually work seven days straight and the following week will be a normal Monday to Friday week. Days are frequently 12 to 14 hours with ten being normal. I adapted to this and between Thanksgiving and Christmas spent a good bit of time at his home. I could still work and we could spend his off time together.

Recently, my youngest has moved out. This was a period of time I needed to be at home to help with the move.Now he is gone, I am cleaning out a room that has gone from one child to another as the older left for college. It is not a one day clean out. I have also been fighting a head cold, nothing serious but like most people, I prefer my own home when not feeling 100%. His schedule, due to a few uncontrollable factors at work, has led to a few odd weekdays off. You would think this would be ideal. The problem here is the status quo.

I think it would be great if he would come spend a day,with me at my home. I can move my work around and he knows this. He would most likely be leaving early evening so I could work then. His idea is he should come get me so I can go to his home. Status quo.

How do couples get around a stasis that is not wanted? Once a situation is changed, due to circumstances in that moment, can it change again?

New Year, New Race Schedule

Disclaimer: I am an ambassador for the Blue Ridge Marathon and have received a free race entry to help promote the race. 

I admit I don’t really have a firm schedule set up yet. I do though, have a race in March and April and, in keeping with my thought process on the first of the year, both are halves. Imagine my excitement at the announcement of a half series in one of my favorite location to race – Roanoke, Virginia.

Roanoke Triple Crown

Roanoke Triple Crown

I am already a huge fan of the Blue Ridge Marathon and the associated half. You can read all about my previous runs and expos associated with the Blue Ridge Marathon here. On top of loving those two races, I am enamored with Roanoke and the surrounding area.

The series starts with Race 13.1 Roanoke on March 1. I will, unfortunately, not be able to make that race. Next up is Blue Ridge Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K weekend in April. Finally, there is the Star City (you’ll understand if you have ever read my race recaps from Blur Ridge) Half Marathon in November.

Make your plans now to do the entire Triple Crown. I’ll be jealous as I’m in recovery right now and do not anticipate being half-ready by March 1.

If you are like me and may not be half ready until April 18th (I’m actually anticipating a March 15th half), join me in Roanoke for either the full, half or 10K on that weekend. You can receive 10% off your registration using the code RUTOUGH.

Will I see you in Roanoke? Are you trying for the inaugural Triple Crown?