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Improv Your Fitness (Not a Typo)

My friend Fel…OK, I hope you’ll forgive me, because I’m gonna name-drop for a second ’cuz it’s a new friendship and I’m a little star-struck by her. The woman I’m casually calling Fel is Felicia Ricci, voice coach and former LEAD IN THE BROADWAY TOUR OF WICKED (she played Elphaba). This is her: In a […]

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How to Be (Your Version of) Creative

“If you’re alive, you’re a creative person,” says Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love and Big Magic.   I believe this now. I didn’t believe that always — my mother is a generous, loving, self-deprecating women who points out her flaws often and eagerly (regardless of their accuracy), so I heard a lot of “I’m […]

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Love Gifts: A Way of Living

[Image courtesy of Black Box Photography] David doesn’t usually say yes when I ask him on fitness dates. To be fair, it’s usually something tough and sweaty or kinda woo and weird and just generally not his cuppa tea (which is lifting heavy with some interval training and traditional cardio). So imagine my surprise when he […]

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Minty-Fresh Friendships

I never planned to post this video (hence why I filmed it vertically, ugh — those black bars!). I simply wanted another keepsake of this 15-years-and-counting friendship that is so precious to me. I have zero doubt that it will be funny mainly (only) to us, but I keep rewatching it and laughing. The defining […]

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My New Mantra and the Great Unblocking Project of 2016

It isn’t much to look at, my resolution for 2016, but it knocks me on my ass more readily than anything else I’ve ever vowed to do. I just finished Week 1 of The Artist’s Way, a 12-week self-guided course created by writer Julia Cameron that aims to unblock your creative spirit. (I say “unblock” because Cameron claims our […]

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Standing Tall: How Powerlifting Builds Mad Confidence

“Stand up straight,” my mom was always saying to me. I was a painfully shy kid and my parents knew it. I’m also an only child who was more comfortable around other adults than other children. I had no problem looking a grown-up in the eye and holding a conversation but put me at school […]

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