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.

By Ahmadreza Sajad via Unsplash.Letter to Myself at 21

What We’ve Learned Over 21 Years People ask, “If you could go back and give your younger self advice, what would it be?” I figure that you’re old enough now to hear what I have to say. Ready? Here we go…. When they take you to lunch in Chinatown today to celebrate your birthday, don’t […] Read More

rustic-sausage-saucePolenta with Rustic Sausage Sauce

How to Clean Out the Fridge I’ve been a terrible cooking slacker throughout baseball season. There were many uninspired slow cooker meals, and also a whole lot of reliance on Blue Apron and Gobble (I promise to write about Gobble soon; it’s like Blue Apron’s simpler┬ácousin). But school is out, and I’ve once again returned […] Read More

IMG_1050Let’s Ride

Bike Training This was the first week where I buckled down, blocked off time on the calendar, and hit the road to do my bike training. It’s… uh… it’s harder than it looks. On Tuesday, I set out as the storm front rolled through the area. I was ahead of the rain, but managed to […] Read More

IMG_0704The Back of the Pack

How I’ve Embraced Being Slow A few months ago, while chatting on the Strava board for the Another Mother Runner 10k challenge, I made this comment to another runner, lamenting her pace: “While I may be in the back of the pack, I’m never there alone.” It took me a long time to really accept […] Read More

tour-de-cure-confirmationOn the Road: Charity Ride

I’m just going to leave this right here for now. No, I don’t know what I’m doing. Nor do I yet know what I don’t know about doing a charity bike ride. I have until October to figure it out. More to come in future posts. Read More

aspara-cactusSprains and Other Tales

I Pretend Not to Have Sprained My Foot It was an ordinary week. Baseball, work… the usual. On Thursday at baseball practice I was trotting across the grass, hit an uneven spot and twisted my ankle. It didn’t hurt anything more than my pride and I went on with my day. On Friday morning, there […] Read More

Stars GuillaumeMother’s Day

An Apology to My Mother-in-Law I can’t deal with Mother’s Day. The onslaught of “Don’t forget Mom!” and “We know what Mom really wants!” emails and signs start in mid-April, and with each one I can feel myself curling into a tighter and tighter ball, that nerve rubbed raw by Mom Season, where at every […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Marginally Less Crazy

Just Keep Moving Well, I followed my own advice and kept last week marginally less crazy. Only marginally. Even though I did a pretty good job of keeping my own stuff under control (aside from being sick for a few days), it seemed like lots of stuff went crazy around me. We had rain on […] Read More

Old Witch's Magic Nut Cake was a great use for my home-grown pumpkin.Old Witch’s Magic Nut Cake

From a Child’s Storybook Last year, around the time of the harvest of the great punkini, we had my husband’s colleague over for dinner. He told the story of how his all-time favorite dessert is a pumpkin-based cake, Old Witch’s Magic Nut Cake, from one of his childhood storybooks. Naturally, I had to look it […] Read More

Fog and vines and funky morning light.The Recovery Run

Last weekend I ran the more-brutal-than-it-should-have-been charity 15k to fundraise for the local schools. Not only did it hurt while it was happening, it left me with three blisters as a lingering reminder of the suck. And then the week came along and it was situation after situation that just kept kicking me in the […] Read More