Nerd It Up: Bryan Stevenson

I just finished reading Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson—who has been called America’s Nelson Mandela—after learning from my library committee that he’s coming to speak at Soka University tomorrow night. Tickets are still available here if you’re in OC! Read this book. It’s called a memoir, but it’s so…

Singles Flock | Feel Good Friday 020918

We already knew last weekend was gonna be good, as the Sunday crew traded sand for (some) snow in Mammoth. But the singles flock—the 4 singles on the trip holding it down in the bunkroom and cruisin’ in the singles truck—got to enjoy the sweet, sweet victory of the Eagles in the Super Bowl. What…

Crafternoon

I wanted to paint to fill the big white space above my bed. But then I inherited this awesome painting, and I didn’t need to paint anymore. But I still wanted to, so I picked up some gems at Goodwill to repurpose—a wooden block to turn into a giant coaster for flowers, a mirrored picture…

Families | Feel Good Friday 012618

We are the friends-as-family generation, and that’s never more clear than Sunday mornings as friends come together for sports, sun, and fun. One of my favorite things is when the extended families come, usually from out of town—the moms and dads that some of us have already become, who created the teammates, travelers, shenanigan enthusiasts…

Gym Gem: Get What You Want

There’s a trainer at my gym who is a good friend—mostly a gym friend, though we’re text-level too. Today, I was squatting in the rack and he put his client on the platform directly behind me. I was squatting a weight that is doable, but slight scary (90% of 1RM), and it really bothered me…

Unconditional Love | Feel Good Friday 011918

I’ve written a lot about learning or remembering to accept unconditional love, ahem, unconditionally. (Here are a few stories from dailyhap: Smelly Travel Can Open Up a Heart, How I Got Back to Being Me Through Friendship, and A Cab to the Airport) But this past weekend and week was a welcome reminder of just…

“Travels with Just a Shoulder Bag”

Just before my last-minute ski trip last weekend, I read this article about how Athleta’s CMO travels with only a shoulder bag. Um, yes. So inspired, for my Friday night-Monday morning trip I packed only my ski bag and a shoulder bag. The shoulder bag*, similar to this Sak shopper (just a different pattern), held:…