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.

Not every meal requires a beer.

Image via ShutterstockI Drink Water

Don’t Give Me That Look, Server   As you know, we’ve been eating out a lot in the last three months. And I see a lot of this. “Hi, I’m Travis and I’ll be taking care of you today. Can I get you something to drink?” “Water with lemon, please.” “Just water?” <Travis gives me a […] Read More

spin bikeSpin

My nemesis, the cycle class It’s one month and one week from my scheduled Tour de Cure charity bike ride and seven weeks from my scheduled half marathon. As I’d mentioned before, I need to get off my butt, not only for my fitness but for my sanity. But let’s face it: it’s hard. Daytime is a […] Read More

Image by davide ragusa via Unsplash.For My Mind

Yes, I’m Listening Recently, my hair stylist very gently pointed out that Betty was floundering. I hadn’t been posting, hadn’t been cooking, hadn’t been exercising. And she very subtly noted that this sort of thing wasn’t sustainable, not for my body and especially not for my mind. Huh. Interesting. My mind, it seems, is a […] Read More

first-dayFirst Day of School

Let’s Pretend Everything is Normal Oh, hello there, Internet. Nice to see you again. You still stop by in spite of the fact that I haven’t been writing? I am truly impressed. Well, we’re still in the hotel, and our ETA for moving back home is… hahahaha, you really thought we had an estimate? You’re […] Read More

He's taken to sitting by the fire with his laptop, writing stories. The business travelers seem amused by a small boy with a laptop.Hotel Living

Making the Most of the Hotel I guess you can tell by the title of this post that we’re still not back in the house. Yep, six weeks out from the fire and I still don’t have any estimate as to when we’ll actually be able to move back home. So for now, I’m trying to […] Read More

Photo by Joshua Earle via Unsplash,Fire

We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Programming Hi everyone, I wanted to send a sincere apology for not posting anything of late. About three weeks ago, we had a fire at our house. Everyone is fine, and the damage could have been so much worse, but it is completely disruptive. We’re living from hotels. I have […] Read More

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 cousin). 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