365 Fresh Starts

A Blog About Life

We've been conditioned to expect things to be all or nothing. We make dramatic resolutions on December 31st that we break by January 2, and then feel terrible about ourselves. We think that we can't change at all because our annual, dramatic attempts at change just don't work.

We get 365 fresh starts each year.

soft-pretzelsBest Travel Foods

My Personal Guide to Deliciousness Let’s talk about the best travel foods. I went into our epic road trip with a few select meals in mind. I knew that I wanted to celebrate my birthday with cannelloni at the Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington, DC, and again in the Philadelphia area with the amazing chicken parmesan […] Read More

Sometimes, this is your view of beautiful Acadia National Park. Let it go.Lessons Learned Through Travel

The Home Stretch I’ve always said that the lessons learned through travel are different from the ones you learn at home. As we enter the home stretch on our epic East Coast tour, I thought I’d share a few. Let it go. When you travel, you’re at the mercy of others. Flight delayed? Let it […] Read More

Road-Aleksandr-KozlovskiiThe Road Trip

Working From the Road For years I’ve said the same thing: “I can work from anywhere. Let’s take a road trip.” Except another year passes and here I sit, doing the same thing in the same place. I mean, let’s face it: my husband can’t just up and leave the office for a while, and he […] Read More

Photo from Lou Levit via Unsplash.Unexpected Compliment

Say Something Nice I got the most unexpected and lovely compliment last week. Every Wednesday morning, The Assistant’s school has a late start to accommodate weekly teacher meetings. This is great for us. We sleep in a bit, take our time getting ready, and then go out for breakfast. We have a local brunch place that’s […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo The End of School

The Rules Go Out the Window I have a school clothing rule: no logos or characters on shirts, and no basketball shorts. I don’t see any reason for elementary school kids to be walking billboards for brands, or for them to look like they just rolled out of the gym. Once Memorial Day hits, all […] Read More

maker-faire-pinballBeing Busy

Staying Grounded When Things Get Crazy I really hate it when you ask someone how they’re doing and they reply, “busy.” We’re all busy. It’s not a competition. And yet… In the past couple of months I ran an election campaign and got elected to the board of directors. I finished a nine-course Coursera certification. […] Read More

trail-cowsThe Top of the Hill

When in doubt, hike The boys were away on a camping trip this weekend, and instead of running, I slept in until 8:00. That’s the equivalent of college me sleeping until noon. Needless to say, I didn’t get up in time to meet my running buddy at 7:30. (Sorry, Michelle!) I had about umpteen thousand […] Read More

Map-Sylwia-BartyzelDitching the Race

The DNS Run I ditched a race today. Instead of a “did not finish” (known as DNF), I went with the DNS: “did not start.” Admittedly, I’ve felt a bit mediocre this week, but not really bad enough to skip it. I was feeling pretty ambivalent about it… well, ever since I signed up for […] Read More

potstickerHomemade Chinese Food

Potstickers and Noodles Many of The Assistant’s friends at school are Chinese, and he’s been suffering from a bad case of Lunchtime Potsticker Envy. At least twice a week, he begs me to make potstickers so he can take them to school for lunch. Today, on a rainy spring break day, we decided to make […] Read More

worst-race-everMy Worst Race Ever

Watch Your Speed Saturday’s Livermore Half Marathon was, without a shadow of a doubt, my worst race ever. This is through no fault of the lovely people who host the race, and more of a commentary on my inability to stick to a reasonable pace. I always start out a little too fast. I get […] Read More