What are your thoughts on asking for help? Not emergency I-am-having-a-heart-attack kind of help, mind you. I’m talking about asking for help in a workplace or professional situation. Confession – I totally suck at it. I wasn’t always this way. Somewhere along the line, I began to get fixated on doing it all and doing it all PERFECTLY. There is something about being a working mom that created this pressure to “do it all” for me. I couldn’t just climb the corporate ladder, I had to volunteer for leadership roles on professional associations. I couldn’t just refine my professional abilities, I had to master the skills and teach lectures on the…

Hi friends! It’s been a great week! Now, you are probably looking at below graphic and thinking “how is it a good week if  you gained weight?”  Because, folks…. I rocked my healthy eating this week. I’M SO PROUD OF ME. Don’t get me wrong, ordinarily a weight gain while trying to loose pounds would set me into a tizzy but I’ve become very aware of what I am putting into my body and this week it was all healthy, non-processed foods. Lots of lean protein, lots of veggies and lots of good choices. I tracked everything and when the…

You may not know this yet but I am a bona-fide podcast junkie. I was what they call an “early adopter.” Something about the storytelling and medium just resonated with me. At present, I listen to no less than 20 podcasts ranging from business to branding to pop culture and true crime. I’m all in, man. A multitasker and information seeker by nature, I find that podcasts can be a great way to learn and be entertained while helping transform those mundane tasks (like those piles and piles of laundry) into an opportunity to further my knowledge or just have a laugh.…

I have no idea what to call these weekly check-in posts. I know I have to do them and I need a title but everything I’m coming up with seems so damn cliche. Should I give it a catchy title? Operation Reinvention? Jen’s Healthy Life Challenge? Operation Come Out of Hiding? Ugh. No idea. Not sure I like any of them. I’ll just throw one out there to see if it sticks. Anyway you probably don’t care about the catchy title, you’re just interested to see if I survived the week. Well, I’m happy to report that I FREAKING MADE…

Let’s talk about fear for a moment, shall we? Fear and I are very well acquainted. VERY well acquainted. I credit fear with some of my most epic decisions – leaving field hockey in high school, not auditioning for the community theater roles, not learning how to sing or dance, not studying abroad, my decisions to cut back on blogging, not pitching myself as a professional speaker at a local conference and on and on. Regrets? I have a few. I’ve been reading a book called Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert these past few days and there is a chapter…

You ever look at yourself in a picture or in the mirror and think: Whoa? Is that really what I look like? Or feeling like you’re 110 years old and grossly out of shape? Yeah, me too. I’ve been struggling with this for some time now. And by that I mean for the past two and a half years. When my husband had a health scare in 2015 it really rocked our world. So I decided to take a conscious step back on my personal priority list and instead focused all of my energy on him, relieving his stresses and rearranging our lives. I changed jobs and…

Recently a blogger that I admired named Anissa Mayhew passed away. I learned about her passing on Facebook. She was one of the OG bloggers, man. She was so inspiring and real. The tributes posted to Anissa online were poignant and touching and funny (just like Anissa) and sent me down memory lane and back to the the blogosphere I used to know and love. I started blogging about a decade ago on a bunch of different sites. Back then the blogosphere was very, very different. There was less selling and strategizing and more connecting. The writing was raw and honest and intimate and…

It’s been quite some time since I’ve done a race report on the blog. And truthfully I wasn’t planning on recaping my experience because I wasn’t officially official, if you know what I mean. But the day was pretty spectacular so the thought of not documenting it seemed like a sin. A few months ago my sister asked me to run part of the Frederick Half Marathon relay as a companion to my niece. She didn’t love the idea of her 13 year old running 5 1/2 miles alone so I agreed to run “rogue” with her. (Basically run alongside her…

This past Saturday I hit a milestone. I turned 45. I’m not one of those oh-my-God-the-sky-is-falling kind gals when it comes to age, but 45 is kind of a big deal to me. There is something about the five in 45 that makes me wince. But I quickly found out that 45 years old is just, well, 45 years old. Turning 45 means you’re old enough not to feel young anymore, but not quite old enough to complain about it. Mostly the feedback I heard when mentioning my upcoming milestone was “That’s nothing. Wait till you hit <insert speaker’s age…

This post on my experience in Paris has taken me forever to write. I’ve revised and written it 1,000 times but no matter how hard I try I just can’t seem to do it justice. For three euphoric days Michael and I ran around the City of Lights and, like most first time visitors, tried to see as many attractions that we could. If you’ve not had a chance to visit yet, let me forewarn you… Paris will steal your heart. Crepes, baguettes, French champagne, glorious architecture and the flashing lights of the Eiffel tower – everything about Paris is bliss. Day 1:…