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Random Shmandom Links

I’m getting really good at saving links that I want to post on here and then…forgetting to post them. Below are some random, great articles and videos that I’ve accumulated over the last week or two. I think it’s always important to be reminded how there are so many facets of health. Education on brain fitness, body posture, happiness, and food intake, for example, are all part of health; all part of YOUR health.

My favorite link in this post is the “What Makes a Good Life” TED Talks video.   In college, I traveled abroad in third-world countries where people didn’t have much besides a cell phone (crazy, right?), but they still managed to be welcoming and grateful for the resources they had. During those times of awareness I also read Blue Zones by Dan Buettner and fell in love with the book’s message about living a long, happy life.  Happiness really isn’t about having “things,” it comes down to…well, I’ll just let you watch the video. Enjoy!

How to Remember Names:

What Makes a Good Life? -TED Talks:

Here’s What Happened When I Slept For an Extra Hour Each Night:

The Benefits of Good Posture-TED Talks:

Vegetables Likely To Take More of Your Plate in 2016-NPR:

Keep Things Simple for a Long, Healthy Life-NPR:

What type of topics would you like to be addressed in the blog? Let me know!

Thanks for reading,






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In ‘Eating Lab,’ A Psychologist Spills Secrets On Why Diets Fail : The Salt : NPR

Another NPR article on why diets dont work. The author, Mann, studies right here in Minnesota!

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June Goals

Anddd it’s June. Before we look at June’s Goals, let’s flip back to May’s.

May was a really good month. I had three trainings: Basic Life Support/CPR Instructor Training (Yes I can certify you!), Lean & Green training to make your worksite more eco-friendly, & Make it Okay trainings, and I scheduled my first LLC presentation. Saw some family & friends and enjoyed the 75 degrees & sunny weather! It was pretty dang good.


Run every Monday at 6am– Check. It was a really great way to start the week. Some runs were better than others but I will continue to do the same distance, but a different route each week. I need to start doing some more hills!

1+ brick workouts/week– Check! I would only run maybe 10 minutes after a bike workout so this month I plan on stepping up that a bit. Again if you forgot what brick workouts are, click here.

Melodica 1+ times/week. Oh, yes I did. And I have “Bad Romance” down for the Lady Gaga debut for my friend’s wedding next month. I’m so excited. That thing is so obnoxious but hilarious.

Thank you card– More like a thank you post-check. I wrote it for Ashlee Secord- click here to see the post.

Volunteer/Donation– check. I donated to my friend’s new start-up company in Wisconsin & also watched my very talented friend, Pawan, and contributed to his Concert for Nepal. His family lives in Nepal and is struggling to give food & water to their community due to lack of transportation and resources. I would like to do a monthly donation or volunteer.

Sunglasses/Visor every workout– check! Not a big fan of visors. I didn’t feel like it was protecting my nose as well as I thought it would so I’ll just stick to sunglasses and coat my nose full of 70 proof spf.

Run around the lake 3 times– check-Sort of. I did the same distance that running around the lake 3 times would be, but  I found a course I liked better that did a figure 8 around 2 lakes . Eleven miles though…my poor knees.

Health video– check! I started A Simple Side of Health video. Only thing is, can someone let me know if the video is actually slow or if my computer is? It doesn’t seem to be playing well. I may have to redo it.

Whiteboard challenge draft- check. Wrote a bunch of notes on a notepad. Still have to format it a bit better and see what Kristen thinks about it.

Join a club or team– sort of…I looked into free running & biking groups in the Twin Cities, found a few, joined their mailing list, but I haven’t participated in an activity yet. Either I’m out of town or not back early enough from work to make it. I’m hoping to make it to a group running tomorrow if I get off work early enough.

Swim 1.5 miles– nope. The only goal I did not meet. I was doing so well but after three-fourths of a mile the pool was packed and there were 5, including myself, in my lane. It was driving me nuts….I know, excuses. But this is the month!

Alright, now on to tackle June:

june goals

  1. Track on myfitnesspal, daily– I would like to track my food intake and exercise every day. I want to make sure I am getting enough calories in my diet for how much I am burning. Plus, it’s really important to be aware of my eating & exercising habits in general. I am not a big tracker so I know this goal will be hard for me.
  2. Two (or more) brick workouts per week- stepping up the brick workouts! I would like to do at least two per week and really get my body in gear!
  3. Swim 1.5 miles– this is the month!
  4. Hip strengtheners 3 or more times per week- My right leg is shorter than my left, so my pelvis tilts, which is causing my knee pain…says the 5 physical therapists I worked with at a wellness fair a few weeks ago. They showed me some hip strengtheners that will help reduce my pain and improve my race performance.
  5. Write MOH speech– MOH= Maid of Honor speech. I had to edit the image because I put “MOA” for some reason. Awesome. Anyways, big wedding coming up and I randomly think about what I want to say in my car but it would be good to start structuring it a bit. She’s my best friend so I want it to be a good one.
    Also, if you want to make free graphics like mine, just go to It’s free and easy!
  6. Melodica 1x/week– practicing the melodica just cracks me up. Plus, I might include more of it into my MOH speech if I feel confident enough. It’s just fun to play. Maybe one day I can be as wild as this guy.
    …And survive my birthday. It’s my golden birthday this month and a few friends have some “plans” it. Welp, I just hope to survive it. 🙂

Alright, done! What are your June goals? Feel free to share them. Not sure how to set them? Click here for more information or search “motivation” and “goal setting” in the search box located in the top right of the screen.

Thanks for reading,


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Move over Nike!


This post is very overdue!  A few months ago I visited Ashlee Secord, MA, LMFT from Thrive Therapy in Burnsville, Minnesota. Ashlee was referred to me from a networking friend. I have been attempting to contact professional women within the Twin Cities Area to seek advice and resources as I start my LLC and my friend referred Ashlee because he thought she would be a perfect fit- was she ever!  After my perspective-changing discussion with Ashlee,  I wanted to write a huge post about my experience with her after only a few hours. I had a word document draft written up, wrote her a card letting her know I will be writing a post about our meeting…anndd well, it’s now 2 months later and instead of looking at the word document I have drafted up or thinking what I could write I will just do what Ashlee repeatedly told me at our meeting, to “just do it.”

Ashlee is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who not only provides individual/group counseling services, but also does workshops on weight-loss, communication and women’s strength, has an Ebook called, “Confident Women”  and is an influential speaker. (More to come, I’m sure!)

I met Ashlee at her office while she was wearing her comfortable workout clothes. I noticed immediately how confident she was (is).  I reviewed her website before we met and figured she would be very easy to talk to (especially after I read some of her educational and entertaining  blog posts) but our meeting was even more informal than expected. The whole hour (plus) I was there, it was like having a laid back conversation with a friend.

I could write about the questions I asked about her business start-up and  balancing work & personal life but that can mostly be found on her website. What the website doesn’t show you is how the Thrive Therapy title could not have been a better fit for this woman. She was glowing with passion as she told me all her plans for her business, her hobbies, passion for people, but most importantly (and noticeably) self-care. She mentioned numerous times how important it is to take care of ourselves, and as healthcare professionals practice what we preach.

She was very open & honest about herself and her business. She told me about her successes, but also told me about some of her challenges (e.g. a presentation that once did not go so well). But it was clear she took those challenges, which are typically seen as a negative things, as something positive that has helped her learn & grow to be the successful professional she is today. Why don’t more people accept challenges like this?

After asking her a few times about her business and her Ebook preparation and planning, she repeatedly said, “You just do it”.  I know I get caught up in wanting to do things the “right way” and thinking about it too much that it just doesn’t get done. When it came to her Ebook she said she just wrote and wrote. And while networking she goes as herself and no one else.  What resonated with me after that meeting was not only the “just do it” motto (move over Nike!) that she clearly practices, but how her passion made her very personable and how being open & transparent can establish trust within your first meeting with someone. No one wonder why she has so many clients 🙂

I’m going to go now. Get things done. Thrive like Ashlee. You know, do things!

Thanks for reading and thank you again Ashlee.


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Did you miss these articles?

Perhaps you missed some of these articles from last week. Enjoy!

Brain & Career:
TIME- See How What Makes us Happy has changed in the last 80 years
I couldn’t agree more with this article, but I couldn’t believe which factor dropped so dramatically!

Fast Company – 20 Lessons of Creativity for 2015

Business Insider- 25 Habits That Will Make You Smarter

Huffington Post- 27-yr old Eleni Antoniadou is going to change the future of medicine. And makes me want to step up my game!

MedPage Today- Celiac Tied to Neuropathy Risk

I started collecting a vast amount of awesome recipes from to where I’m just going to refer you to the whole SkinnyTaste website…every recipe in there looks delicious. You will find a recipe to try & love-promise!

Thanks to the Recommended Readings email from Healthy Living Blogs, I found this podcast: Mindless Eating: Willpower vs. Environment

NG’s THE Plate- Wasabi: More Than Just a Hot Sushi Condiment

NPR- What if Americans Ate Like South Africans and Vise Versa? Can you guess what happened? I bet you can! I laughed out loud when I saw the sample menu, “burger…fries”…Poor things.

Physical Activity: 6 Ways to Make Running a Habit

Refinery 29- Skin Cancer Selfie
Perhaps you’ve seen this all around the media lately. It’s a picture of a girl as she used tanning beds and then after her skin cancer treatments. Scary, but important for young tanning-bed users to see.

TIME- The Best Way to Quit Smoking Isn’t E-Cigs

My new magazine subscriptions: Experience L!fe, Triathelte & also the magazine, Outside.  I really enjoy the variety of their articles. Check them out! 7 Companies with amazingly unique wellness programs

TIME- Why we Accept ‘Dad Bod’ on Rich Men
and then watch the skit from The Daily Show ripping apart the Dad Bod trend from Upworthy. Sorry guys, but the dad bod really is not that attractive 🙂

Thanks for reading,


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Hey, you should read these!

Well, it’s been quite awhile but I’m finally sharing some more published articles from the past few weeks. I was watching my inbox fill up with all of these links I sent myself to share in a future post and it was driving me nuts! A cluttered inbox motivates me to post more often. It’s a sick mind game, really…Anyways, enjoy the articles! I tried to separate them by topic to help you find ones you may be interested more than others.


10 Habits of Successful People from Lifehack. Traits seen in successful individuals, do you have any of these?

Videos to help you with public speaking…there are 8 videos included in this TED Talks series. Even watching one of them will give you some tips & tricks on getting over that stage freight!

A TED Talks intern shares what they learned after watching every TED video….  After reading this, I’m going to just keep on asking questions, no matter how annoyed my friends & family get 😉

How to Look for Emotional Intelligence on Your Team from HBR. Is emotional intelligence the new popular term or what? I keep seeing it everywhere in business articles. Are you familiar with it?

TED Talks: Cognitive Surplus and its effects video

Ways to Create Your Own Happiness at Work. I found this article through my Flipboard app. If you don’t have the app, I highly suggest you get it!

Physical Activity

Runner’s World Yoga Moves for Runners (scroll down to middle of screen) . I know I need to do some of these!

Athletes & Heat Stroke: New Preventative Measures from Reuters Health Are you familiar with heat strokes and what to do if someone you’re with has one?

Food & Nutrition:

Can you eat TOO healthy? Can healthy eating become an eating disorder? The answer is yes. It breaks my heart how people have taken healthy eating to an extreme and experience a new-er eating disorder, orthorexia. It’s just as bad as any other one. Read more about the healthy eating disorder, Orthorexia, here.

For all you crazy coffee drinkers, Lee from Fit Foodie Finds has this amazing-looking mocha joe coffee & protein recipe that even I (a non-coffee drinker) think looks delicious! Click here for the recipe

Scientists Discover How to Switch off Hunger What, really? I would have linked the direct study from Nature Neuroscience (linked & cited in article) but I like how summarized the findings.

What 5 Days of Junk Food Does to Your Body from TIME. Not too surprised. Video included. This article could go under the Body section, too.

Interested in giving your opinions on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines? Food Politics shows you how to here.


When somebody loses weight, where does the fat go?-BMJ article Before you read the link, where do you think fat goes?

Brown Fat Injections Reverse Weight Gain in Obese Mice-MedPage Today.  Have you heard of brown fat?


Work-Based Wellness Programs Can Reduce Employee Obesity from HealthiestBlog. I love reading more and more of these studies that are coming out. Lifestyle change and adaptation to a healthier life takes time and plus, health really is not as quantifiable as the “big guys” in administration need it to be to prove its impact. For example, how can you measure that someone is less stressed? That they are more organized? Happier at home? It’s difficult, but we’re working on finding ways to prove (numerically)  these changes are beneficial to employers & communities.

And last but not least…

All my friends and family know how much I love writing cards, especially around the holidays. This year I found these cheap pills at Target that turn into creatures when you put them in water. That was a fun holiday-card gift. Anyways, my followers may know how big of a fan I am of Dan Simm’s Irrational Living LLC blog so while I was writing a few cards out to my friends, I wrote him one to thank him for his daily motivation & education. He was really grateful for the card and wrote a post about Thanking People here. I’m really grateful for his shout out. I think it’s time for another round of thank you cards!

Thank you for reading another link-filled post. Let me know if you ever want me to write about a specific topic! I’m always thinking of new topics to write about but I want to hear from YOU, the reader, first.


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