Don’t Give Up on Yourself…

I did it. I got in my 8-miler last week, which was surprisingly easy! Today I tackled the 10. I finished it, but based on how good I felt last week, I anticipated this 10 to be a walk in the park. It wasn’t. It was drudgery. Every last step. I wanted to give upContinue reading “Don’t Give Up on Yourself…”

Beyond The Finish Line

As I held the last puzzle piece in my hand, the final 1,000th, I expected to feel triumphant. I had spent hours in COVID-19 quarantine, concentrating and sorting with my neck bent over the Sweet Paris Bakeshop. The perplexing plethora of polka dots, swirls of pink frosting and countless fluffs of merengue, had dominated myContinue reading “Beyond The Finish Line”

Finding the Extraordinary

My family, like all families, is struggling to adapt to life under self-quarantine. It has been tricky because “normal” is redefined every day. California is now on state-wide lock down, and everything changes so quickly.  I’ve asked the kids to journal every day. “This is history in the making!” I eagerly tell them. “Record itContinue reading “Finding the Extraordinary”

All About That Base…

I recently finished a delicious novel delving into the world of perfume making. While it was a work of fiction, I learned a tremendous amount about the art of creating scents.  Fragrances are complex orchestras of individual smells. Layers of aromatic notes – top, middle and base notes – that work together to create aContinue reading “All About That Base…”

A Better Version of Me

This morning I was grumpy.  An unattractive, toxic self-pity that repels human contact.   It was wet outside. Cold.  Irritable. Irritated. Whiny. Grumpy, grumpy, grumpy! I did, but I didn’t, want to go for a run. Go, not go. Ugh. An emotional tug of war inside me.  Finally, sigh. FINE…I’ll go! (Imagine all the drama ofContinue reading “A Better Version of Me”