Things We Love: The Work Life, Home Life, Fun Life Balance

Hello, 2018!  I absolutely love the start to a new year or the start to my birthday month. Both of these occasions give me a chance to look at where I’ve been, where I’m currently at and where I’d like to go.  Instead of resolving to stop doing a million things, I just think of what are the things that might be holding me back, what are the things/strategies that will make my life a bit happier, and how can I be a better wife, friend, teacher, runner…you name it.  While this strategy may not be for everyone, my hope is that as this blog rolls out through the year that I can play a small role in making your life a tad bit more awesome.  With that… Happy New Year & let’s get started!


Lifestyle Obsessions:

Remember how I mentioned strategies that will make my life a little bit happier?  My work life, home life, and fun life are a delicate balance right now.  When one of these life parts gets out of balance the Type A in me gets quite nervous… and I don’t like it one bit.  Several years ago, I read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.  Gretchen had this little gem of advice, and let me tell you – It’s. Freaking. Life. Changing.  Ready?  Follow the One Minute Rule.

“The one-minute rule says that anything I can do in less than a minute, I should do without delay. So I don’t postpone hanging up my coat, printing out a document and filing it, glancing over a letter and throwing it away. What this does is it gets rid of that scum on the surface of life.” – Gretchen Rubin

For real… try it.  Since implementing this rule this year, my house is way more picked up than ever before (My husband says if leaving glasses of water or shoes about was an Olympic event I’d be a gold medalist, but NOT ANY MORE!), there is less trying to remember what person I forgot to email back, and it’s even helped me remember to jot down a note in my Believe journal each day.  Gretchen has some other tips for “getting happier” which you can check out here.  If you are a podcast person, you might even enjoy her podcast.

Some of you may say that Pinterest is a bit old school, but when one is in the midst of a home remodel or is looking for how to style a new article of clothing, Pinterest is a game changer.  And let’s get this straight… I don’t have many Pinterest fails because when it comes to making all the fun things… I don’t.  I head over to Etsy, or Wayfair, or Joss and Main, or Target and buy said item.  Remember… work, home, and fun balance.  One other advantage of Pinterest is that part of the data collected makes it easy to determine the trends for the new year.  Because I like fashion, I was pretty excited to find Refinery29’s “Top 2018 Fashion Trends According to Pinterest.” On the list I have to admit that I’m most excited about the berets (French fashion is so classy… love it!), logos (#guccibelt), slit details on clothing (The puffy sleeve and I did not get along.) and embellished shoes (I may already have purchased a pair.)  What trends are you looking forward to rocking in 2018?

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Even my mother-in-law is into the 2018 trends!

Fitness Faves:

For the last year or so I’ve had a subscription to Jasyoga and I don’t think I could EVER let it go. Jasyoga is yoga by athletes, for athletes.  Their mission is to help athletes (especially runners) achieve their goals.  Even better would be that the subscription costs $9.99 a month – less than the cost of a single yoga class – and it’s kind of like those pick your own adventure books.  There is literally a video for whatever your body is craving.  My personal favorites include 5-minute Hip Reset and Sunday Reset.  There are some videos that you can try for free on the site, but once you take a look around you will likely be sold on the spot.

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Let’s get real now… sometimes…okay… often – runners smell.  I’ve been on a mission to find a deodorant that doesn’t leave marks, smells fresh and well… works.  I thought I was pretty content with Lavilin due to it’s 72 hour staying power, all natural ingredients and fresh scent, but at $15 for a roll-on I wasn’t totally sold.  Insert new ads for Dove Invisible Dry Spray and an Allure Best Beauty award and I was intrigued.  I scooped up a bottle of the Sheer Fresh scent and put my Lavilin on the shelf for a bit.  I’m sold!  This stuff held up through a day of work, a run and a Bodypump class, even followed by a grocery store run.  While it isn’t all natural like the Lavilin, it had 100% of the other qualities… and it was way cheaper and didn’t leave a mark on a single piece of clothing.  And… at $5.49 there’s extra cash for more items to appear in the Target cart… at least that’s the way I see it.

Here’s to continuing to slay all the days in 2018!  The Santa Cruz She. Is. Beautiful 5k and 10k is coming right up on March 17th and I know many of you will start making plans for this amazing race and the adventures that surround it.  For February, my intention is to make a list of some of my favorites in and around Santa Cruz.  If you have a particular question, shout it out and I’ll find an answer.


Until next month…




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