My Recipe for Happiness

You know how people talk about their “happy place”? Like the beach is my happy place or curled up in my bed with a book and a cup of tea is my happy place. Well, I have come to the conclusion I don’t have a “happy place.” I have a happy recipe. See, I can be happy anywhere. I love our family week at the beach. The sand between my toes, the kids frolicking in the waves. It’s one of my

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Two and Half Weeks Post-Hysterectomy Check in

Hey Guys! It’s been 2 and a half weeks since my hysterectomy, and I must say I feel fabulous! If I was to put a number on it, I’m about 90% back to my old self. There’s still a tinge here or there and some discomfort in my back sometimes but it’s really minor now. It was hairy there for a bit. Week 1 was rough physically while week two was way more of an emotional rollercoaster. There were a few

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My Life is Not on Hold

It’s so easy for me to get depressed when I can’t do the things I want to do.  Well, that’s probably true for everyone, right? I just happened to be smack dab in the middle of my hysterectomy recovery so I feel like I can’t do anything! Actually, scratch that, I’m at the beginning of recovery it’s only been a week! I have at least five more to go! Ugh. Yes, I’m being a bit of a whining crybaby. It

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Post-Hysterectomy — Let the Recovery Begin

Twenty-Four hours ago I was on the operating table having most of my lady bits removed. Here I am in pre-op all smiles even though I was nervous as hell. The husband isn’t as good at hiding his anxiety. Surgery was at 8:45 a.m. and they rolled me in at 9 a.m. It’s so surreal to be in a room with all the doctors and nurses as they hook you up to all the machines. Within moments of them putting the

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Playing Pre-Hysterectomy Catchup and Sharing my Self-Therapy Journey

I know it’s taboo for a blogger to apologize for not posting but I’m going to do it anyway. I’m so sorry! Over the course of the last ten days, I’ve thought about writing, I definitely needed to write, and I probably should have written. I just didn’t.  I had zero desire to face the thoughts and emotions swimming in my head. I needed to disconnect from my overanalyzing brain for a little while. Last Friday I posted this on

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Home Cookin’ Therapy

By the end of the day, I. am. done. In the 3 hours after work, I colored with the 6-Year-Old, ran with the boys, played catch, watched an episode of Goosebumps, and played a game of Exploding Kittens. All I want to do now is veg on the couch which, normally, includes some mindless snack or two. Not tonight! Tonight I decided to partake in some home cookin’ therapy. It was too dark to take photos, so I just snapped

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Consciously Ending Negative Cycles

I’m trying so hard not to let stress, anxiety, and fear of change push me back into my old, unhealthy cycles and thought processes but it’s not working. Every day starts at the gym, like normal. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again, the gym is the only place I feel free. I have no responsibilities there. I pick things up, put them down and, umm, that’s about it.  Training is the one area of my life right at

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The Evolution of Self Care AKA Getting My Family to MOVE MORE!

I “work out” daily by either hitting the gym in the morning before work, taking a run around my neighborhood or hiking a local trail. Days when I don’t hit the gym or go for a run I walk at least a mile at lunch. Actually, I walk a mile almost every day at lunch regardless of what I do in the morning barring rain or a super busy schedule. I quoted “work out” above because I no longer see what I

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Breaking My Blogging Silence

I’m awful at keeping secrets — like, incredibly bad at it. I just don’t know how not to be an open book which is why I have a hard time blogging when I have things I need to keep on the down low for whatever reason. Well, it’s time to come clean. I so need to unload. A good old brain dump if you will. This ones gonna be a doozy. Ready? … OMG, I don’t even know where to

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Sunday Runday

My Sunday running habit has returned and I love it!  This week I decided to hit the trails. That photo doesn’t do the hills justice. It was killer! I decided to take a shorter loop (2 miles) that I knew had a steep incline. Next week I’m planning to increase my distance. When I was done I drove home and picked up the 6-Year-Old for a hike. (Both the 12-Year-Old and Husband were still sleeping.) We did a hilly mile

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