Honoring the Military

Back in July, feeling a bit patriotic and wanting to honor my Dad and nephew for their military service, I created an emergency ID out of military dog tags. When doing so the store made two; one with my name spelled correctly and one with it misspelled. Could I re-purpose a ruined military ID? Well, Read more about Honoring the Military[…]



Yesterday a fellow athlete and overall amazing person, Vaughn Ripley, introduced me to a new word, a new concept, one that I instinctively learned by racing Ironman – Kaisen. Kaisen is a philosophy about continuous improvement or self-changing for the best of all. From what I can tell, Kaisen is primarily applied to manufacturing, engineering, business Read more about Kaisen[…]

Love is in the details

On Making Monday Happy

It’s a Happy Monday.  Admittedly at some point everyone has faced this day with dread.  Maybe the weekend sapped your energy, or your workload is chaotic and overwhelming the senses to paralysis. No matter the reason way, to make this day productive we need to focus and discipline.  Those two little acts can bring a Read more about On Making Monday Happy[…]

The Amazing, Thriving Greta Andersen

Just got back from interviewing Greta Andersen, an 87-year old swimming instructor who is also a gold and silver medal winner from the 1948 London Olympics, and who also won 13 world championships and set 72 amateur competitive swimming records and who is also multi-time member of the 24-hour club.   Needless to say, she is Read more about The Amazing, Thriving Greta Andersen[…]

Eat less sugar

Sugar ain’t so sweet

Recently my doctor told me I was heading towards diabetes, and since then I’ve been on a quest to better understand nutrition. Discovery #1 – I know diddly squat about nutrition, which is shocking, for I really believed my diet was balanced.  Okay, that’s a bit dramatic. Still, the point is I really need to Read more about Sugar ain’t so sweet[…]

California Drought Rain

Be Sustainable – Take a shower with a friend

It’s estimated 50% of household water is wasted – I’m guilty of letting water go down the drain while waiting for water to warm up, brushing my teeth, or washing the car. Driving to Napa for the HITS 70.3 race and reading drought signage along the way really hit home, and now I’m looking for Read more about Be Sustainable – Take a shower with a friend[…]

Ironman checklist

Ironman Check List

Leaving tomorrow morning @ 4:15 a.m., and driving to Napa with a few tri friends. It’s the best of times, and the worst of times.  And that’s because there’s so much to do. The “check list” seems never ending, and the one I use also has some questionable items, like “Crack Pipe”.  Hummm.  Where did Read more about Ironman Check List[…]

Peanut butter banana oatmeal

Oatmeal Breakfast – Yummm

Oatmeal connoisseur … that’ s how I’d describe my love for oatmeal.  However recently a new friend at Justin’s Almond Butter and a newly discovered blogger, OhSheGlows, taught me how to kick it up a notch.   All I have to say is Yummm and enjoy. Peanut Butter, Banana & Oatmeal breakfast 1 large very Read more about Oatmeal Breakfast – Yummm[…]

It’s Okay To Fail

Having spent the last few months training for the 1/2 Ironman distance HITS Napa triathlon, I found the double-talk amazing.  Fear of failure mixed with wishing for a better life, i.e., be healthy, learn a language, travel abroad, strengthen family bonds.  One person actually said he did not want to try anything new unless there Read more about It’s Okay To Fail[…]

Power of choice

Day 40 – Choose to find your purpose

Racing Ironman taught me many lessons.  One was the power of choices, including choosing to seek out and find my purpose. That’s something to think about – To know your purpose you must choose to seek it out just like you choose other life choices – eating healthy, hydrating, thinking positively.  We are born with Read more about Day 40 – Choose to find your purpose[…]