“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.”
J.R.R Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


Books have helped me grow, changed the way I think, and inspired me to take action. At other times, books have been a much-needed distraction or a comfortable escape. Books can help us sample different perspectives, learn new things, or realize something about ourselves.

books create shared experiences.

The introspective, reflective, perpetual student part of me loves it when I spend most of my time thinking, reading, and thinking some more. But thinking or reading about doing something isn’t the same as taking action.

To truly know ourselves and reveal who we are to others, we need to go out and experience things. Things that take us away from the comfort of our imaginative minds and put us right in the center of the real-life arena.

and badass

When you’re “in the arena,” you’re doing the work. You’re a badass.

As an endurance athlete and a coach, most of my “in the arena” moments have revolved around endurance sports (or writing). Over time, I’ve surrounded myself with a community of badasses – a fierce and determined group of people who have done plenty of work in the water and the mountains.

Endurance sports and adventures create moments that remind us not only what we’re made of but also who we are. Like, that you’re the type of person who will take on a challenge even though no one tells you to. Or, you’ll keep showing up, and you’ll always keep going even if no one is watching.

an act by itself isn’t badass.

But the person who chooses to act is. The distance you cover, the elevation you gain, the weight you lift, and even the books you read are all evidence of your willingness to think, to act, and ultimately, to figure out who you are.

about me

  • Bad habit: hydration. I’ll sit down to work with a full water bottle and not take a sip.

  • I’ve been swimming since I was 3 and plan on keeping it up until I’m 93. Or 103.

  • My biggest fear is riding a bike; I did an Ironman anyway.

  • I have a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology.

  • One day, I will do a handstand.

  • I drink hoppy beer – bitter is better.

  • If I were an animal, I’d be a sea turtle.

  • Salt cures anything – the ocean, sweat, tears, and bacon make everything better.

  • I wrote 100 characters for 100 days and called this project Mosaic Notes.

  • On the Enneagram, I’m a 9.

  • I love rearranging furniture. It drives my husband nuts and makes the dog very nervous.

  • My favorite time to eat avocado is all the time.

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