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.

muay-thai-glovesThe Fitness Budget

Making the Numbers Work I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about my fitness budget, both in terms of time and money. There are lots of things that I want to do, but there are only so many hours in the week or dollars I’m willing to spend. And with new options appearing on […] Read More

muay-thai-posterMuay Thai Comedy

Yes, I’m Having Fun I’m now four sessions into my month of Muay Thai — I’ll be going to #5 today — and here are a few things I’ve learned. I have a surprisingly hard time reconciling “this is a good, full-body workout” with “oh, this is actual fighting.” There’s a poster in the locker room […] Read More

heavy-bagsAn Introduction to Muay Thai

UFC, Here I Come (hahahaha, no.) So I’ve started Muay Thai training. What? What’s Muay Thai? Honestly, I had no idea either. And this is far, far outside my comfort zone. Let’s take a step back. For the past year, The Assistant has been taking Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes at Crispim BJJ. He loves it, and […] Read More

Not looking back. 

Image courtesy Shutterstock.So I’ve Abandoned Facebook

Enjoying My Unplanned Absence I’ve been on Facebook since the early days, and I’ve always sort of sneered at people who make the big proclamation that they’ve abandoned Facebook, only to see them return a few weeks later. I’ve read the articles about how it puts unrealistic expectations on people to show only their perfect […] Read More

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