What I’ve Learned from My Attempt to Train for a Bikini Competition, Plus 6 Things an Aspiring Competitor Should Keep in Mind

This post was by no means easy to write. However, I believe that I need to share my experience with training for a bikini competition so that other women in a similar situation could make the right decision. I’ve recently learned a big life lesson: When you’re planning to have your life go in a certain direction for the next few months, life itself won’t necessarily oblige and go that … Read the rest of the post

Post-Marathon Blues, Why Commitment is Liberating, and My Next Big Goal

When I ran my first half marathon in 2011, nobody told me that afterwards I would experience the so-called post-(half)marathon blues. The big race day was over, life was moving on, and all I really wanted was to experience the exhilarating feeling of accomplishment again. I didn’t know what to do with myself – go for my next run? Give myself another day to recover? – so I chose to … Read the rest of the post

This is 30: a Milestone Birthday, My Life Story until Now, and the Biggest Lesson I’ve Learned in My Twenties

Hi all! The week since my last post has been a whirlwind: last Friday we flew to New York to spend the weekend with Rob’s family and attend our nephew’s christening, then came back to Washington on Monday just in time to celebrate my birthday the following day. The big 3-0 has finally caught up with me, and what’s a better way to celebrate it than with a giant vegan chocolate … Read the rest of the post

Rob’s Birthday, Our Trip to Pasado’s Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary, and a Vegan Cooking Class!

Do you ever have a feeling like weekends fly by too quickly? I sure felt that way last weekend! Maybe we just had too much fun? It was Rob’s birthday last Saturday, and since we decided a while ago that experiences, not material things, are the best gifts, I was excited to find out that Pasado’s Safe Haven animal sanctuary was having a tour on its premises AND hosting a … Read the rest of the post