Believing in yourself

After another informal, unscientific poll of my Facebook friends, I feel compelled to share a few thoughts. I posed this question, “If I could travel back in time and give one piece of advice to my 18-year old self, I would say ________.”  There was one theme that ran through many of the answers… “Believe…

Bodies in motion

A body at rest tends to stay at rest. A body in motion tends to stay in motion. So how do you get your body started? The catalyst that generates exercise inertia is different for everyone: it could be wedding photos, fundraising, doctor reports or relationship status. For me it was reaching an uncomfortable milestone…

Swingin’ for the fences

I stepped up to the plate and kicked my cleats into the dirt. After three short practice swings I was ready for the pitch. My Little League coach was an active advisor during batting practice, and he watched me intently. My buddy Roger was on the mound and he was known for adding sound effects…

A day without fear

Recently I’ve been posting informal survey questions in Facebook, just for fun. My diverse and creative friends never cease to make it interesting with their responses. Today I asked them to finish the phrase: “if I had one day to do anything I wanted to without fear, I would ___________.” I must admit I was…

Here’s mud in your eye

The Survivor Mud Run delivers exactly what it promises. You get to run (as well as crawl, swim, slide and trudge) through mud, and you pay money for the opportunity to do this to yourself. It was 3 miles with 22 obstacles that included walls, cargo nets and monkey bars. But it’s really all about…

Dodging a bullet

I wasn’t sure if I should write about this but I’m feeling compelled to.  I had a health scare last week.  Without going into TMI territory, let’s just say I had a thing that could have been “something,” but turned out to be “nothing.” I worried about the something for four long days before I…

Joy and pain

These are basic human instincts – to maximize joy and minimize pain. It sounds very simple when you say it out loud, but it is not simple at all. For example, is it OK to maximize your joy if it causes pain to others in the process? Is it possible to avoid working through pain…

Extremely average

I loved the Guinness Book of World Records when I was a kid. We would flip enthusiastically through that thick paperback and read out loud about the extremes in our world. We were amazed at the fun facts… from the unbeatable long jump of Bob Beamon to the world’s fastest guitar player doing Flight of…

No decision IS a decision

Elderly guidance counselor Eloise Warren looked at me across her long desk through impossibly long eyelashes and said, “It’s time to declare a major.” I had selected the no-pressure “Undecided” for my entire freshman year at Purdue and was getting almost straight A’s. I was succeeding at Undecided! Now she was pushing me to declare my…

Time for a toast

I witnessed an amazing inspirational speech contest this morning at Tracy Toastmasters. I volunteered to be the emcee, which allowed me to really enjoy the speeches without being a judge or contestant. This contest has been an annual activity and one of the greatest catalysts for growth for me in recent history. I decided not…