What's in my gym bag

#WIMGB I have been excited about this post for quite a while now! I love writing, and while I find it natural to express myself in this way, I also want to branch out and use this blog as much for showcasing what I’m comfortable with as for growing my skills. Photography intrigues me as I lack technical skills in this area but love a perfect moment. I love beauty and capturing the visual in unique ways. With that being said, here isRead More →

Exercise is the most beautiful expression of the human existence. There are so many reasons to hold fitness as a goal and a beacon of light at the end of a tunnel where all else feels bland. Yet, there are so many reasons people find for not participating. Let me tell you mine. I was an extraordinarily fit girl, and started competing in my early teens. It took hours a day to train, and I did it because I loved it on everyRead More →

As promised last week, here are some of the tools I use when I’m feeling more like sitting than squatting. I hope you can add a couple to your arsenal as well. Enjoy! #1 – Turn on some music! Music can move mountains, and so can you if you listen to the right songs. You know the ones. Sometimes that’s all it takes for me to get off my butt and start moving. Being productive feels awesome, but being productive to music feelsRead More →


Quite often people look at fitness and see their ideal, thinking that it’s too far for them to reach. Someone else got lucky. It’s easy to consider the hard work someone else put in and think, “it’s easier for them than it is for me”. It makes us feel better, but devalues the sacrifices they had to make to get to where they are. We’re not being fair to ourselves either by entertaining those thoughts and following that belief pattern. There are daysRead More →

Motivation gym mirror

California girls. Hawaiian guys. Surfers. Fitness models. We all have an ideal we hold in our mind’s eye of what to choose if the doctor gave us a happy pill. Me? I’d love to be lean, ripped and tanned, with some mad surfing skills because… Well, because snowboarding just gets too bloody cold sometimes. I still love it. No, I’m not going to tell you to be happy with where you’re at. I am going to suggest you be okay with where you’reRead More →

Fitness is often interpreted as more black and white than it should be. Scour the internet, and you can find countless reasons to go to the gym, the most prevalent of which appears to be avoiding guilt. This seems to be as effective as forcing an artistically inclined 14 year old through a physics course. Neither of these approaches I agree with. When working towards their fitness goals, many people look to the gym. That, however, isn’t the end-all-be-all if that kind ofRead More →

Challenge. It’s a frustrating clash of benefit and discomfort. It’s a difficult thing to honor, but if you don’t, life will humble you until you concede your ego. What has actually happened to me to start me on this life journey? Well, it’s a story of being taken away from, and a consequent return to, my normal self, version two point oh. Emphasis on oh because this has been nothing short of monumentally surprising. I have always been an intensely athletic person. PowerRead More →