Time Traveling in Northwestern Nebraska

It never fails—traveling reveals magic. My trip to northwestern Nebraska this fall certainly did; I discovered a time machine. So many different days, I stood in a building or on a hill or plain and completely lost myself in the past. Goosebumps rippled my skin over pioneer wagon ruts still tracking the Oregon Trail. While… Continue reading Time Traveling in Northwestern Nebraska

Ann Arbor Delivers a Christmas Frame of Mind

It’s December. A light but bracingly chill breeze wafts by, ruffling that slightly scratchy woolen scarf warming your neck. Clean, crisp puffs of winter air become visible wispy clouds of vapor with each escaping breath. Now, take a deep inhale. Green smells–fresh cut fir, boxwood, farm stand vegetables–mix with the warm aroma of that spiced coffee clutched… Continue reading Ann Arbor Delivers a Christmas Frame of Mind

Spending a Delightful Weekend at Destin’s Sugar Sand Beaches

The sound of surf. The view–a horizon divided between turquoise water and pastel blue sky . The feel of soft, warm, sugary sand. The salty tang of fresh Apalachicola oysters. Ah. Our getaway to Florida’s Emerald Coast refreshed all the senses. Why Destin in the Fall? Women Communicators of Austin holds a fantastic silent auction… Continue reading Spending a Delightful Weekend at Destin’s Sugar Sand Beaches

Running the Trails at Walnut Creek Park

Few things are better than empowering someone with the confidence to successfully navigate a trail. I love to introduce people to my favorite outdoor spaces, and that’s why I’ve coached running groups, written guides, and dragged friends around most of Austin’s trails. Nature, however, continually edits paths. That shady, overgrown summer trail is completely different in… Continue reading Running the Trails at Walnut Creek Park

Connecting via Carrie Brownstein

I write constantly. Most of the time, it’s not an actual physical act. I’m writing in my head, addressing this invisible reader who is always with me. The words appear on mental pages, typed, read aloud in my voice. Often, I dream of words. Lying quietly in yoga, it’s these kernels of stories — individual… Continue reading Connecting via Carrie Brownstein

#BlogathonATX Has Tips, Tools for All

Going to BlogathonATX was like the first day of school — I had my pens all ready, a brand new book for notes, laptop juiced up, phone with social media contact info at hand, and my own “What would you do if you could not fail?” mug ready for extreme coffee action. The day flew by.… Continue reading #BlogathonATX Has Tips, Tools for All

Making Rainy Days a Workout Motivator

For the last few days in Austin, it’s steadily rained. Yes, I know this is par for the course for those in the Pacific northwest (my friends in Oregon are laughing right now and calling me a wimp), but it is hard to be motivated to haul ass outside in the dark when faced with the… Continue reading Making Rainy Days a Workout Motivator