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.

chicken with spinach pestoMeal Plan: The New Normal

For the longest time, I approached meals as if our crazy schedule would somehow settle back to normal and I’d have time to really plan and prepare new and interesting meals every night. Instead, my meal plan has relied on me making the same half-dozen things in the slow cooker, and I’m sick of every single […] Read More

photo of focaccia breadWhat I’ve Been Cooking

Some New Recipes I’ll bet you think that I haven’t been cooking much, what with not ever posting anything to this blog. You’d be wrong! I’m still cooking five or six days a week, albeit less interesting stuff than I used to. This has been my busiest year ever, work-wise, and I don’t have much time […] Read More

Of Muay Thai and Life Lessons

Battered, Bruised, but Better I’m coming up on nine months of Muay Thai, and I feel like there’s a tale to tell. So gather ’round, kids. It’s story time. As y’all know, I started Muay Thai classes because I won an auction at my son’s school. I had no intention of winning the auction. I just bid to bump […] Read More

Favorite Crochet Patterns and Resources

Everything You Need to Know About Crochet I’ve decided to compile my favorite crochet patterns and resources in one easy-to-find post. Now when I try to find these patterns and resources later, they’ll be waiting for me. Thanks to everyone who came to chat with me at Maker Faire 2017. I hope that these resources […] Read More

My Crochet Creations

What I’m Making It seems that my favorite crochet creations follow two distinct themes: Möbius infinity scarves in bulky weight yarns… The same Möbius pattern in lighter weight yarns… And much lighter weight shawls and scarves made with yarn that has cool effects. And that doesn’t even include the ones that I’ve given away as gifts, or the […] Read More

Cracking Crochet Code

Betty Knew Code Did you know that there’s a crochet code? It’s been hiding in plain view. The more time I spend in the world of crochet, the more I realize that crochet patterns have many similarities to code. As with any programming language, you first need to know the terminology. What’s a sc? How […] Read More

Let’s Talk Crochet

Yarn Has Overtaken My Life I’ve abandoned you for crochet. I feel bad about it — really, I do — but the problem is that I have a hook and yarn in my hands during all of my free time, so I haven’t even made the effort to tell you about it. Crochet is magic. You […] Read More

Nothing Fits

Nothing Fits When You’re Taller Than Average There are many good things about my current workout plan of Muay Thai and Pilates. There are also drawbacks. Namely that nothing fits me anymore. Houston, we have a problem. See, I’m taller than average. And not just taller than the average woman. At 6’1″ (185 cm), I’m also […] Read More

Blackberry Port Jam

Market Berries I feel like all I need to do here is post the photo of the jam. Say it with me: blackberry port jam. Mmm. I went to the market today, and instead of buying my usual three-pack of berries (raspberry/strawberry/blackberry), I decided that I would just buy a single pack of raspberries. But […] Read More

Even More Muay Thai

I Did It Well, guys: I did it. I signed up for a monthly membership to continue doing the Muay Thai/MMA classes. Last week, my hair stylist said that this seemed like the first thing in a long time (fitness-wise) that’s really inspired me. I’m not sure that “inspired” is the right word. “Terrified” is […] Read More