2019 Vision Board!

Holy cannoli you guys!! I just spent the day with some of my closest girlfriends making vision boards on Canva.com! OK first of all – what a phenomenal way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Holla for the ladies in my life – whoop whoop!

Has anyone here used Canva‘s free program? It’s fantastic and there are so many template options for social media, marketing, vision boards, and much much more. Definitely worth checking out – I am beyond thrilled with the way my vision board came out. Check it:

OK so now all I have to do is invoke the playful red panda totem, become a youth mentor, travel to Australia, write my #1 New York Times bestseller, give a TED talk, find/fall in love with/and marry my lion soul mate, start my Girl Power! coaching business, and get into the best shape of my life!

BRING IT ON 2019! Yeow!


Dreaming of Trails

It’s time for a much overdo installment of “Things I Find Awesome”, so here goes. I’m reading three completely awesome books right now and they’re all about trails.

First up is Scott and Jenny Jurek’s North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail, chronicling Scott’s push to record a Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the AT and his wife Jenny’s experience crewing for him. Most people take 5-7 months to complete the route which stretches 2,189 miles from Georgia to Maine.  Naturally Scott ran it in 46 days. As you do . . .

Second is The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing The Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience by Jennifer Pharr Davis. She held the AT FKT for years and was the record Scott Jurek set out to beat (and he only beat her by like two hours) so it’s safe to say Pharr Davis is a fucking badass and I’m stoked to read her version of digging deep to conquer the trail.

Third is a book simply called On Trails: An Exploration. This one, by Robert Moor, delves deep into the history of trails, how they form, and how they help us understand the world. I expect to consume it rapidly with the bliss and curiosity of a very happy, very small child!

So of course, with all these idyllic woodsy thoughts swirling about my head, I woke up this morning from some pretty awesome trail dreams. But honestly, the Appalachian Trail has never really called to me. First of all I would want to do it much more like Bill Bryson did in A Walk In The Woods and much less like a hard core thru-hiker. And second, the AT always makes me think about Deliverance much more than spending peaceful time in the woods. That said, there are two new trails that are definitely on my list of totally awesome things to do in this lifetime:

1) Chile’s 1,700 mile Ruta de Parques (Route of Parks) which connects seventeen (yes, 17!!) national parks from Puerto Montt in the north to Cape Horn in the south.

2) Greenland’s 102 mile Arctic Circle Trail which has really killer start and endpoint names – Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut – and is usually free of snow in the summer, ha!

OK that’s it for this edition of Things I Find Awesome! I hope all is well in your worlds. Sending love & light!


I love Christmas but I get so excited when it’s over because I love Love LOve LOVe LOVE New Year’s! It is by far my favorite holiday of the year!

Here’s something awesome we can all do this weekend: Forbes.com has a great article about twenty questions to ask ourselves in order to reflect upon 2017 before jumping into goal setting for 2018. There are so many good ones on the list! Here are just a few to get your gratitude and awareness juices flowing:

~ What am I most proud of?
~ What do I wish I did differently?
~ What or who did I learn the most from?
~ What did I resist the most and why?
~ What new skills did I acquire?
~ What limiting belief about myself do I no longer have?
~ How have I been proved wrong and how was that liberating?

I’m definitely doing this tonight! Who’s with me? You can check out the FULL LIST HERE.

Here’s to ending 2017, a.k.a. The Last Year of Life as I Know It, on a positive, inquisitive and grateful note! Sending love & light

In Bed with James Altucher

James Altucher will likely become legendary for his grammatical errors and I’m not exaggerating here. On page 43 of The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth he ends a paragraph with a comma. Then on page 52 he ends one with nothing, no punctuation whatsoever. And he takes the idea of writing the way you talk to an entirely new level. Seriously, listen to one of his podcasts then imagine it transcribed verbatim and there you have his latest book. And The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth is the one he says was professionally edited.

It’s like a waking nightmare for grammar and presentation police slash wannabe authors like myself and yet he is the one on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. Because the truth is none of my nitpicking actually matters. I can stress about it. I can force my frustration to be important to me but I can’t make it matter to anyone else. I can brush James off as a hack but then I’ll lose the prize at the end of the grammarbow: his wisdom.

So much of life is like this. We subconsciously block out what doesn’t fit our preconceived mold. We judge quickly and harshly then move on without a care for what we may have missed. Stupid brains gettin’ in the way of our learnin’ and growin’.

I have to say I’m learning a lot from the simple process of reading his book without allowing myself to go crazy when he writes “The people   They”. He just doesn’t care and he’s obviously made it apparent to his editors that they shouldn’t either. He wants to get his ideas across, not his ability to properly structure sentences and he can’t get bogged down by the time and attention it would take to fix mistakes he doesn’t deem worthy of time or attention.

It’s kinda brilliant and not the sort of thing just anyone could get away with.

I guess my big important point here is that James has individual style and I find myself particularly loving his. I am refreshed and fascinated by his devil may care approach to writing. It is bad. Like really really bad. And furthermore he admits that it’s bad. And then he moves on because he doesn’t care. He loves to write and people love to read his writing. Case closed.

Because of this I have fallen in love (in the far removed respectful way, not the pining romantic way) with this crazy haired mess of a human being who is giving us all a living breathing example of how to not start great but to turn out great anyway.

It makes me very thankful to live in an age where I can listen to writers whenever I want. I can see them and hear them. I can interact with them. Seeing our idols as real people is vital to believing that we can become successful ourselves. The higher you place someone on a pedestal the more impossible it is to reach her/his level. If it’s truly impossible then what’s the point of trying, right?

The biggest thing Altucher advocates for is that ideas are the new currency. And he backs everything he says up with a very Robbins / Oprah / Bernstein-esque approach of gratitude first, gratitude second, gratitude last. He’s open and honest about his faults while being transparent about what has worked for him and how.

He is, hands down, one of the most generous people out there. Sure I was happy to pay a few bucks for one of his books but I didn’t need to. Everything he has to offer (which is quite a lot) is on the web at no cost. And yet… James Altucher is a multi-millionaire.

Also, he’s self deprecating, kind of an asshole sometimes and genuinely funny.

Perhaps most importantly, for the sake of this blog post anyway, James Altucher is the only writer I can read at night without falling asleep. I always thought it was me, that I just couldn’t read after dark without immediately drifting off into Snoozeville, but maybe that’s not true. Maybe I just hadn’t found the right author. Until now…

And so it is that I find myself happily laying in bed with James very much not falling asleep, instead drinking up his awkward grammatically profane wisdom juice.

If you choose to read any of his books I strongly suggest listening to a bunch of his podcasts first. There is something so inexplicably soothing about his classically nasal New Yorker voice, fraught with all the expected self-doubt repetition and Woody Allen-ness (minus the skeezeball) that comes with that stereotype. Like you can hear him shrugging. I can’t tell you why but I freaking love it.

Oh! And guess who doesn’t drink alcohol? Yah. James. Totes sober. Mwah!

Ode to Godin

Does everyone know who Seth Godin is? If you answered “No” please open a new tab and Google him immediately because he’s awesome and he will bring excitement and drive into your life! You can meet him HERE or HERE or HERE.

Seth Godin is an important guy to know. He’s out there in the big big world pulling for us every single day. He says things like, “I’m going out on a limb. Want to come?” And he writes books that tell us exactly why and how we should abandon worry and embrace change, explaining what it means to unleash ideaviruses, celebrating that we’re all weird while encouraging us to find our niche.

Seth asks, “What will you create? Who will you help? What connection will you make? What will you dare to care about?” Then follows it up with, “Choose to matter in a way that aligns with who you want to be.”

He is a beautiful force that I feel lucky and grateful to have recently discovered. In fact I’m so inspired by his latest book What To Do When It’s Your Turn (and it’s always your turn), that I’m modeling this year’s blog after it. Each post I write will come from an idea in the book. I can’t wait to see what sparks!

Thank you Seth for rockin’ life! This one’s for you.

Nobody Doubts Scott Jurek!

Scott Jurek is the man. As of yesterday he is half way through the Appalachian Trail, on track to beat the speed record and make it almost 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine in a mere forty two days.

Forty two days!! That means he’s averaging over 50 miles a day. On foot.

I was talking to Timmy O’Neill on the phone today. He’s a climber out of Boulder hoping to join Scott at some point on his trek once he gets up into New England if he stays on track.

I couldn’t believe he said it that way. If he stays on track… IF?!!

This is Scott. Fucking. Jurek.

This is the man who won the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Race seven years in a row. This is the man who ran on the white lines of the highway so the soles of his sneakers wouldn’t melt on the pavement of Death Valley and soaked in coffin sized coolers full of ice on his way to dominating Badwater (twice) – a 135-mile race usually held in mid-July when temperatures soar above 120º with no shade. This is the only American to win the 153-mile Spartathlon, which he did three times in a row! And for a while he held the record for most miles run in 24 hours (166!). And he’s decent and good and determined and kind.

You don’t doubt Scott Jurek!

Yet the uncertainty in Timmy’s voice continued. Because you never know what surprises you’ll face he said… and some useless rant about unexpected injuries.

I’ve never met Scott but there’s one thing I know for sure even so. He is not the kind of person you doubt. He is the kind of person you believe in and then he just comes through. At no point does it get complicated. Believe in him and he will come through.

Questioning someone like Jurek’s ability to conquer a seemingly impossible task is the epitome of Eckhart Tolle’s teachings about worrying – it’s a complete waste of time. What is the benefit of casting a shadow?

Who cares about the possibilities of negative outcomes? What in the world could be the point of focusing on them? The only things we need are loud heartfelt cheers of joy and wonder! Run Jurker Run!

In Scott’s words this is going to be his masterpiece. I don’t have even the tiniest trace of doubt of his impending success. Here’s to 20 more days on the trail! I wish I could be at Katahdin to see him finish.

Scott Jurek you are a rock star and an inspiration!

Track his journey on Instragram here.