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.

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

I was hoping that the aliens would drop through the hole to deliver warm towels.Three Weeks Until Race Day

Looking For My Motivation Today I went out for a solo run:10.7 miles in intermittent rain, the last long run before taper for race day. I figured that at my pace, this distance would be enough time for me to find the motivation that I have sorely lacked lately. It wasn’t. It makes no sense. I’m […] Read More

Photo by Alejandro Escamilla via Unsplash.Books I’ve Been Reading

An Array of Reading Material I have to confess that I read nothing for months. When we were living in the hotel, I simply didn’t have the attention span to actually sit down and read something start to finish. But starting at the end of last year, I finally got my groove back. A good book […] Read More


Miles of East Bay Hiking We’ve been hiking every Sunday, a family adventure that gets a little more difficult with each passing week. Each hike is roughly in the range of 5 to 7 miles long, with an elevation gain of 1,000 feet or more. This is challenging enough without doing it back-to-back after my Saturday training […] Read More

appetizersPinwheel Appetizers

Created By The Assistant Last Sunday, we went hiking. During our excursion, The Assistant talked endlessly about his holiday plan: Experimental meals. And for his plan, he wanted to make pinwheel appetizers. His plan featured prosciutto, salami, manchego cheese and some sort of bread product to bake it in. At my suggestion, he decided to go […] Read More

hiking-zenHiking and Biking

When Restless, Go Hiking and Biking Now that we’ve had a break in El Niño, The Assistant has voiced his restlessness. “We used to do so much stuff,” he said. “But ever since the hotel, it’s all been house, house, house.” So given any opportunity whatsoever, he votes for hiking and biking. Case in point: […] Read More

hello-freshHello Fresh

What’s for Dinner? Hello Fresh I think we’ve probably established that the thing I hate most about cooking (aside from cleanup) is meal planning. I’m tired of being creative, tired of making decisions on everyone’s behalf. So at a friend’s suggestion, I signed up with a new meal program that she had been using: Hello […] Read More