September Foodie Penpal

Sometimes, good things come in small packages. Sometimes good packages are filled with lots of small things. Like the treats that I received from Julie, my Foodie Penpal for September. I loved the variety. These s’mores were truly wonderful. Visit Julie’s blog to see what I sent her And go to The Lean Green Bean…

While You Were Sleeping

In college, I could survive on just naps for days, sometimes weeks at a time. Those last few weeks in the semester when projects and essays and papers and labs were due, and finals were looming, I would sleep for just a couple hours per night and I remember being fine. On Friday night, I…

Five Tips For Your First Race

Five Lessons From The Bronx 10 Mile Race In September 2012, I ran the NYRR Bronx 10 mile race. It was the longest race I had run up to that point and I was unprepared for the challenge. I’d gotten to some 5 and 6 mile training runs but never 10 miles before. And the…

Falling Man

A man falling from the sky? A man falling from the sky and landing on a woman’s car? It sounds like an urban myth, the unlikely answer to many a single woman’s dream. But Landing Gear is the story of a foreigner who stows away on the landing gear of an airplane and falls out…

Give Up The Gum

I chew my way through a pack of gum. Yeah, I know, dentists say it’s ok, even recommended to chew sugar-free gum after meals. But I can go through an entire pack in an afternoon. I’m a chain chewer, if you may. Dentists say chewing sugar free gum can help to clean your teeth. Researchers…

Word-less Wednesday

(Where Word-less = 2 words or less) Christmas planning Dress designing Meatless dishes New perspective Reset button (eating lots of fruit to make up for some bad food choices last night) Please follow me on Bloglovin & Instagram & Twitter  for even more candid pics.

Hashtag #TheNext100

Please click here to follow me on Bloglovin Instagram Twitter  There are 100 days left in 2014 and you get to choose how you spend them. Will you let them work for or against you? #TheNext100 What were your goals and resolutions this year? Didn’t do as well as you had planned way back in…

5 Steps To Living The Life You’ve Always Admired

It’s easy to take the road often travelled, and be caught up in the cycle of doing what you’ve always done. When you drive on the roads in your town, you probably never hit the potholes because you know where they are and you always remember to swing and avoid them. And that’s good. But…

Dear Former Self

I’m on Bloglovin and on Instagram Prompt from The Observant Turtle in the #BlogEverydayInSept challenge. Write a short letter to yourself at age 13, 18 and 21: Dear 13 year old Karen, You just turned 13 so you’re in 3rd form at Hampton. You’ve settled into your surroundings and you’re doing alright but there’s no…

Reading A Great Book … Again

I’m in the middle of a novel I think I’ve read before. Except for the life of me, I can’t think how it ends so I am surprised by every plot twist and turn. Maybe I watched the movie? Except it doesn’t feel like I watched the movie. It feels like I’ve read the book…

Transforming is Becoming

3 weeks ago, my friend, T, and I decided to start seriously working on the lives we want to live. We decided to do a weekly check-in to keep each other focused on the goals. She was planning to go back to school this semester but her plans got a little railroaded for the next…

Stamps, Chocolate, Funeral and Love

Stamp collecting is about to get underway… Again. When I was a kid, I collected stamps. I must ask my mom to see if she can find my old notebook I kept my stamps in masking tape rolled on the back. It was a fantastic collection. My aunt Pam used to travel all over the…