Victory lap Wednesday

Let’s do it.  Lets celebrate the good stuff.  The small stuff.  The stuff we shove under the rug because its too mundane.

Its not.

Someone else in this world couldn’t manage it this week and you did, YOU did!  Your awesome.

And let’s make this a thing we do on Wednesdays.  Hump day.  Celebrate something you did, gracefully or not.  A little positivity goes a long way and we maybe on Wednesday but there are still two solid days to go, make them easier.

For example:

1. I stopped on the way home and took the kids up to a scenic overlook to enjoy the view and play on rocks.

2. I got take and bake pizza for dinner and that earned me a little extra time to sit and color with my kids.

Re-frame and un-shame!  Its okay to get pizza for dinner.  You’re not a bad parent. You’re surviving this crazy life and know your limits.

What are your wins?

Wednesday victory lap.  Come on, think of one thing.


Getting my ducks in a row.

Hello and happy Monday World.

I had a pretty special weekend, hanging out with the ladies at the beautiful Snowbird resort.  I am not a billionaire just a mom who squeaked out a little moment of time for myself, that was months in the making.  Good grief, life is busy.

I finally got a chance to talk to them and process my diagnosis of RA.  It was good to talk to them but when I woke up I felt sad, lame, and defeated.  But looking back, that is exactly what I needed to do.  I have said my piece and now it is time to clean house and MOVE ON.

Later that weekend, I reached out to some running groups on FB (wranglers I’m talking about you!) and found hope and inspiration in others.  I had been feeling like RA was a horrible death sentence but as it turns out it doesn’t have to be.  This is just the beginning of my life with this illness and I’m figuring things out and that is probably going to be one of the hardest times.  I need to take my time and be patient with myself.  Figure out which meds work for me and put one foot in front of the other and keep moving.  That is the one thing everyone said.  Keep moving.  I can do that.  It may hurt but I can do that.  That is going to be my life from time to time and I can do that.

Things are hard.  But I can do this.

No one else can do this for me.  I can do this.

Each day I do not get out of bed and think, hmmm, today I will be mediocre.  No.

Today I will be the best version of myself.

light in tunnel

Big things are possible and I can make them happen. Buck up butter cup.


I need to be more positive.

I am a realist, who has glass half-empty tendencies.

But with life right now, I need to be more positive.  To celebrate the wins.  Just the everyday small wins that we over look all the time and chalk them up to life.  But no, lets celebrate the wins.

My husband, Eddie is always on me about not wearing my shoes in the house.  It makes the floors dirty, I wouldn’t know as quickly because I well, I wear shoes so I don’t notice.  But he will bring me my house shoes now and say thank you when I remember all by myself.  An everyday win for him.  And my husband is finding my shoes and bringing them to me.  So sweet.  We are both winning.

Today’s little wins:

  1. I got up with my alarm
  2. I made coffee to go
  3. I scrapped my windshield before I had to leave, so I wasn’t late
  4. My son Everett, got up and dressed early today with no reminders
  5. I ate a delicious breakfast burrito and felt full and ready for the day

These all happened before 8.  Life is good, I mean its been downhill since then.  Ha ha ha! Just joking.


Life is hard, and busy, and fast, and crazy.  Slow down.  Celebrate the little things.


Monthly Goals: October

Fall is my favorite time of year.  Hands down.

I love everything about it.  Cool temps, hot drinks, fires, changing leaves, dramatic skies, first snow falls, and pumpkins, lots and lots of pumpkins!  It has been amazing to experience Fall for the first time in our new home with big mugs of hot chocolate earned after stacking wood outside for a long time, or so it seemed.

I’ll be honest.  When I sat down to do this I couldn’t even remember what my goals in September had been.  And that’s okay.  We all have months like that.  These are little goals that we use to make ourselves better, not perfect in 30 days.  So, if you miss the mark thats okay.  Try again next month.  Its ONLY 31 days!

September in review:

  1. Rest your body for the long runs (they are the best anyway) YES
  2. Drink more water NO
  3. Follow recipes, not a dash of this and that (it doesn’t taste good) NO
  4. Wear earrings (yes this is a goal – dress it up!) NO, because we moved and I forgot my jewelry.
  5. Continue all my August goals WHAT WERE MY AUGUST GOALS? NO

This month, I will make goals, that will make be productive and be a winner!

  1. I will buy a pumpkin and decorate for Halloween
  2. I will buy a professional grade windshield scrapper
  3. Brainstorm ideas for an Open House Halloween Party Combo
  4. Stop for a second and take a picture
  5. Wear more jewelry
  6. Drink (water, coffee, cocktails, do it all!) #winning

Last month was hard for me, but that was last month.  Here we are on October 2nd with the future straight ahead, it could be pretty special.

You do you and I’ll do me.


Sometimes life goes your way and sometimes it doesn’t.  But its going to keep moving either way so, feel your feeling, get your head wrapped around it, and then get your shit together.

I was recently (kinda) diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).  And I say kinda because, although I have had all the blood work done and have tested positive to auto immune disease, specifically RA, they are unwilling to diagnose me because I do not have swollen joints.  So I have to wait 2 months to get an ultra sound of my joints to confirm my doctor’s suspicions or to find out its something else…worse?  better?

Limbo is exhausting.


And this e card is sad but true.

I feel like life is spinning out of control.  I mean all my body issues on top of all of normal life stress, and building a house stress, and potential house inspection stress, and, and, and….

But everyone has stress.

In all the madness, I would lay in bed exhausted and in pain and look at Instagram pictures, like its Vogue magazine.  Pictures of happy people with no problems, running in beautiful places.  I know not really productive, AT ALL.

But then I found this quote.

attitude effort

I have lots of sad and negative things to say.  When my blood work came back I cried everyday for 3 weeks.

But the only thing that I can control at this point in my life is absolutely attitude and effort.  So I’m going to control what I can and make the best of it and maybe inspire or motivate a few people out there in the process maybe.

I’m going to keep doing what I can and celebrate the little things.  It could be a 3 mile run or 8, who knows.  I’ll be patient with myself.  Then at the end celebrate the miles, clear head, and outside time with a cold beer and a friend.  I will celebrate anything I can right now.

I can do this.  You can do this.  We can do this together.

Attitude and effort.  Smile more, pay it forward.


Monthly Goals: September

Well August was literally a kick ass month, in terms of goals.  I mean there were a few hiccups but they were not goal related.  I feel really good about myself.  I set some goals and worked to make them happen.

That’s all you have to do.


Lets be our own heroes, who make goals, keep goals, and become that much more awesome each day.  We are all role models.  Make it count.

September goals:

  1. Rest your body for the long runs (they are the best anyway)
  2. Drink more water
  3. Follow recipes, not a dash of this and that (it doesn’t taste good)
  4. Wear earrings (yes this is a goal – dress it up!)
  5. Continue all my August goals

September is knocking and its time to think up some good goals.

My dad always says, “Elizabeth, life is a marathon, not a sprint.”  I interpret this to mean, just make one or two goals, that won’t break you but will help make you a better version of yourself, one day at a time.

Come on people lets do this together!  What are your goals?

August Monthly Goals: Check

So..who knew that writing down monthly goals and sharing them with total strangers would help me be honest, motivate, and keep moving forward (in what looks like a straight line I might add).  Well I didn’t, but now I do.

My August Goals were:

  1. Take Eddie’s head lamp, get up, drive to a trail, and run 1 day a week
  2. Get up early, sit on the porch, and drink coffee
  3. Pick a day, push snooze
  4. Put my phone down
  5. Find a few meals to take to work for lunch
  6. and relax and enjoy ever last minute of summer time fun!


So in the spirit of honesty, I didn’t really do number one, but that was because I worked really hard to find other time to hit up the trails, when I could see them.

Number 2, check.  I love that one.

Number 3, check.  Not as productive but a day to skip things and feel good about it.

Number 4, hmmmm.  50% on this one, its just so easy to waist time on when you are tired.  It will be continued into next month.

Number 5 and 6, crushing it!

I have also been an over achiever and I know that not every month will be like this, hell, it may never be like this again!

  1. I have been stretching!
  2. Taking a break from running to let me body heal.  I hate this but its gotta happen.
  3. Taking action toward my dream by volunteering for the Wasatch 100.

Who am I?

A woman of actions, that who.  September be warned, I’ve got my eye on you.




Pay it forward

Do you remember that movie?  You know about the kid who did all these great things and just said pay it forward and it sparked the best in people?

Well here is my story.

The other day I found $200 at the supermarket.  I told management and they took my number but no one has called.  I was in the same store and checked in just to make sure and still no one had inquired.

I felt totally conflicted.  Literally envisioning an angel on one side oh my head and a devil on the other.  I wanted to spend it all on me and new clothes, and getting my eye brows waxed, you know how it is.

But that didn’t seem fair.  So I decided to give some of it away.  And since then, I have been handing out $20 to all the people I pass that are asking for help.

The first time I did it, I was a bit nervous.  I had to get out of the car to get to her.  She was probably about my age but homeless, hungry, and had cancer.  I started walking over to her and she looked at what I was giving her and she burst into tears.  Asked to hug me and said thank you a dozen times.  I told her to be safe and try and take care of herself.

That was worth it.  She was worth it.  Eyebrows just don’t compare to a person being able to eat or bath or sleep safely.

The next was a pregnant mom with 2 kids.  It was so hard to see.  My son was in the car and asked why I gave her money?  Why does she need it?  Where is her car?  I explained the best I could.  People fall on hard times and everyone needs a little help and today we are in a position to help.  He then had a million more questions….sometimes teachable moments are hard.

But worth it.

Pay it forward, big or small.

Dear Summer, You are the best. Forever yours, E

August 21 is officially the end of my summer because it is the first day of school.  And while it is sad, I’ll be okay in a couple of days because I love teaching and I’ll settle into my new school year groove.
This summer was amazing as I have said before.  A month long trip, beaches, Disney, mountains, running, snow cones, camps, happy kids, cabin, and amazing friends donating a ton of time to building our cabin.  

Its been hard to with annoying foot pain, sudden knee pain after summiting a stupid moutain, endlessly working on the cabin, having everett at work while I’m trying to work, blah, blah, blah the normal 

P.S. I’m crushing my August goals.

Pics to remember!

Monthly Goals: August

Oh my gosh!  How awesome has your summer been people?! Can you believe its almost over?  No.  No.  I mean I want the cabin to be done, but not for summer to be over, but I can’t have both.

I was shopping for groceries the other day (in the middle of the week in the morning and there are no one there a Momma’s dream come true!) and right before I got to the mac and cheese it dawned on me that I felt disorganized.  I don’t think it was because I was getting mac and cheese but the possibility does exist.  It is one of those safety meals I stock.

School is right around the corner!  Boo!  And the only reason I can say that it popped up on me is that this summer has been so good, and it has gone by too fast.

So, I’m getting organized now so that when my student’s arrive at the end of August I will at least have one or two thing that I can say are done.

Here goes:

  1. Take Eddie’s head lamp, get up, drive to a trail, and run 1 day a week
  2. Get up early, sit on the porch, and drink coffee
  3. Pick a day, push snooze
  4. Put my phone down
  5. Find a few meals to take to work for lunch
  6. and relax and enjoy ever last minute of summer time fun!


These seem like good goals.  Life it crazy, stressful, and hard, but it is also great.  I want the great to be even better and that is why I need to focus a little harder on the positive. Chill out, and relax a little more.  Remember:


Am I the only person who needs to tell myself to chill out?  I hope not.