Sunday, March 11, 2018

Lovely Reads #5

Sunday mornings are meant for coffee and perusing articles of interest. Whether it's the news, your latest book, or your favorite magazine, a Sunday spent with meaningful-to-you words and images can set the tone for your week. 

Here are some of the items that crossed my radar this week:


Overlooked: 15 Women We Overlooked in Our Obituaries
Better late than never, I guess. Thanks to The New York Times for recognizing these 15 remarkable women. Kudos for adding a form for readers to nominate other remarkable women. 


10 Places to See Cherry Blossoms in the United States
If you can't get to Washington DC to see the blossoms yourself, here are other locations that will put you in a Spring state of mind. Via CN Traveler. 


If Literature's Complicated Men Were on Tinder
This is a treat, via McSweeney's Internet Tendency


How You Can Stop Animal Abuse in the Tourism Industry
Thanks to Nomadic Matt for keeping this issue a topic of conversation. File this under know better, do better. 


Unlock your Hip Flexor: 5 Stretches to Reverse the Damage of Sitting
I can see why they say that sitting is the new smoking. Trust me, you'll feel better. Via Paleo Hacks. 


Just curious about this one...


If you read something noteworthy this week, drop a link in the comments. 

Have a great week friends. 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

While I Wasn't Blogging: Catching Up



After a blink-and-it's-gone-February, I feel like I have finally settled into 2018. Clearly, I have lost my pace when it comes to writing and blogging, but not for a lack of ideas.

While I wasn't blogging... 
  • I finished the first semester with my new students from Spain and France and welcomed a handful of new students from Italy for the second semester (and transitioned into second semester with my Spanish and French students). 

  • I broke out of my comfort zone and decided to try CrossFit. I feel like the work I had been doing with my trainer prepared me for this transition. I'm getting stronger every week I love the variety with each class and the motivation from the CF community. I even registered for the Open, the annual CrossFit Games. It feels great to be part of a team and I love seeing what my body can do now that it couldn't when I first started in January. It's all about progress, not perfection. 




  • I started keeping my nutrition on point with whole, unprocessed foods and looking at macronutrients instead of calories for changes in body composition over weight loss.  I've been working with a nutrition coach who monitors and adjusts my numbers (if needed) every week. I'm in week 11 and down 9 pounds and 10 inches. It works. 

  • My husband and I have been delving deeper into real estate investment and are closer than ever to buying our first property. Positive energy welcomed. 

  • We've been planning summer travel. My niece will be here in June, so I'm looking forward to some quality time including her first trip to NYC. We're also thinking about where we want to travel while we're in Spain this summer. And as always, I'm checking out flight deals for unexpected long weekends away. 

Life is good. I'm outside more, meeting friends IRL whenever possible, reading more offline, doing my thing. I'm excitedly awaiting spring, in spite of the nor'easter knocking on our door. 

Ideas are swirling like butterflies. I need to follow a couple of them and see where they lead. 

What's new in your world? Any new challenges or pursuits? Inspire me.