Life After Five
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Preparing to Cleanse

For the record, I’ve always balked at things like cleansing as a borderline anorexic women’s way to justify not eating for 10 days. But boy, was I wrong. I’ve recently become acquainted with the BluePrint Clea...

Get a move on

Get out of your own way!

Last night, I attended a panel discussion on work/life integration. The organization running the seminar chose the word integration purposefully. Rather than asking ourselves how we balance our personal lives with our work live...

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The Right Kind of Support

It’s a natural response to want to support our friends when they walk through difficult times in their lives. I know, because in the last three years, I’ve walked through some pretty difficult times. And I’ve ...


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Car Free and Cable Free

Moving to Chicago made us many things – but two huge cuts happened for me. I am car free (wooooooohooooo) and cable free. And while the car free portion of this deal hasn’t been so bad…the cable free portion e...

a_ha

Oprah’s Recent "A-Ha" Moment

Get it? A-ha. The band. A-ha. Ok, well, it was funny in my head. But this post isn’t about an 80s band. Rather, it’s about what Oprah calls (and has) “A-HA” moments. And last week, Miss Oprah had another...

jumptoconclusions

The "Jump" to Conclusions Mat

Ahhh, Office Space. The quintessential office life movie. And filled with life lessons. One I completely forgot recently – the “jump” to conclusions mat (developed in the movie by the man pictured above). His ...


healthy-breakfast

Add a little normal in.

It’s 6:22am and I am at Starbucks. Why, you might ask? Because I realized it was important for my relationship for me to be at Starbucks at 6:22am. Huh? In Minneapolis, Twitter Guy and I ate breakfast together almost ever...

generalhealthandfitness

Feeling Healthy, Finally!

Coming from someone who has lost nearly 100 lbs in the last 18 months, you might be surprised to hear that for the last couple of months, I really haven’t felt “healthy.” In the past three months, I’ve d...

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Don’t Settle

As little girls, when we pick up a flower like the one above, somewhere along the lines, we’re taught to pick the petals and say, “He loves me. He loves me not.” Hoping the whole time that the last flower prov...


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Fat is a Four Letter Word!

The word disgusts me, even today. Fat. Because, you see, I think it’s safe to say I was never skin and bones. No one ever called me “skinny” as a child. And it just got worse as I became an adult. But this wee...