Archive | January, 2014

2014 BLOG – DAY 31 :: peak performance: rest

31 Jan

It’s the weekend!

And I’m here to say that peak performance for me, right now, means sleep. And rest. And a little relaxation.

What does it mean for you?

Happy weekend!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}

{what is a happy weekend for you?}

2014 BLOG – DAY 30 :: age: turning back the clock

30 Jan

I just celebrated my birthday. 

I did not want to remove the tiara that my friends placed upon my head. I wore it all night. I wore it the next day. I wore it out to dinner the next night. I almost wore it on the plane ride home to Portland. (I decided to pack it instead.)

Point is …it made me feel special. And beautiful. And young like a princess.

This birthday has me thinking about age. Ironically, tonight at our gym there was a presentation on anti-aging treatments. On how to turn back the clock.

In a sea of Botox and injectables I had a moment of appreciating my wrinkles. And those of everyone else around me too. While I spend too much time worried about the dark spots and fine lines making themselves known in the mirror, it occurred to me that all the women around me looked beautiful. And I couldn’t see a thing that was “wrong” with them.

Among all the options for lasers, Botox, creams, injectables, erasables, cover uppers, I decided no matter what, there is one thing I always want to keep.

My scars.
Because, no matter the birthday, there are some things I don’t want to hide.

(Oh, yes, my tiara too!)

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}

{what do you want to keep?}

2014 BLOG – DAY 29 peak performance: strength finder

29 Jan

And your strengths are….

I have results from the Strength Finder quiz. And while I feel like I have taken this quiz before it looks new to me. Here are my top 5 strengths:

I will find out more as I read and research, but now I’m wondering…
What about you?
Do you know your strengths?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}

{what are your top 5?}

2014 BLOG – DAY 28 :: peak performance: strength

28 Jan


Today I’m cracking open a new book. I’m reading it for work and a client project. Yet, it couldn’t be more fitting for a year of peak performance.

Strength Finder

The opening paragraph from the authors says:
“Our goal was to start a global conversation about what’s right with people.”

And I suppose it’s a good idea to kick off this year understanding my strengths. Especially if I want peak performance.

Want to play along?
You can find the book here:

Do you know your strengths?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}

{what are your strengths?}

2014 BLOG – DAY 27 :: peak performance: happiness

27 Jan

Is there a formula for happiness?

I know there are books and research and gobs of data about how to obtain happiness. But I’m pretty sure for the sake of this blog we can just whittle it down to one thing: love.

And a simple formula.
Friends + Love = Happiness.

I’ve been reminded of this over the past few days.
Yesterday’s formula was heavy on martini’s and bacon wrapped dates.
Today has been more on the yoga + salad side.

And it’s all good.

Here’s another one: late night laughter.
This time with balloons.

What brings you happiness?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}

{what brings you happiness?}

2014 BLOG – DAY 26 this. is. really….. 40

26 Jan

Now I’m 40. 

It’s. here.
To be honest, It feels a lot like 39.
Except is comes with so many incredible messages from friends and family.
It may just be the BEST day of Facebook ever.

And all I can post tonight is a few pics of good friends, good food and a good drink.

This. Is. 40.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}

{this. is. 40.}

2014 BLOG – DAY 25 :: let’s hear it for the friends!

25 Jan

I’m really speechless.

There’s not much I can say, other than this:
Thank you.

It’s late. I’m still thinking someone will pinch me to wake me up from this dream.
I”m not sure how I landed such amazing friends in my life but I am grateful.

They flew from all over the country to surprise me for my birthday.
In reality they have done so much more.
They have been with me through EVERYTHING.
By my side, through all the surprises of life and everything in between.

I love them dearly.
And I am in still in shock.

What’s a girl to do?

There is really nothing more that I can say, so let me say this:
Here’s a toast to you.

I love you all.
This. Is. 40.
And, yet, it is so much more.

Thank you.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}

{thank you}

2014 BLOG – DAY 24 thyroid scars unite!

24 Jan

The power of sharing. 

Tonight I realized that sometimes peak performance comes down to realizing you can do it — because others have done it before.

Sometimes the confidence it takes to perform comes down to knowing there are others who totally understand where you’ve been, what you are going through, and share what the road ahead looks like.

I had a glimpse of that tonight in Portland. We painted a mural in honor of thyroid awareness. But it was more like painting a picture of that “road ahead” for me.

It was a reunion with my fabulous surgeon, Dr. Mira Milas!
It was an amazing event with Joni from Bottle & Bottega Portland!
And it was an introduction to another thyroid patient and survivor Katee Sackhoff.

The night consisted of comparing and showing off our scars:


Making a small contribution:

And seeing the big picture come toghether:

Here’s the most important lesson for me — recognizing all the beautiful, amazing, incredible pieces it takes to make up the whole.

And getting a little boost from someone who has been in this game a little longer than I have.
There’s hope in that.
Seeing is believing.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}

{what gives you hope?}

2014 BLOG – DAY 23 :: peak performance: mental

23 Jan

Sometimes peak performance is all mental.

And to that point, tonight I share this:

It’s all perspective isn’t it?
And optimism.
And the story we tell ourselves.

What stories are you telling yourself?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}

{what stories are you telling?}

2014 BLOG – DAY 22 peak performance: trainer

22 Jan

Sometimes it helps to get help. 

Today, I had my first session with a trainer at the gym we joined. And it reminded me how incredible it is to have someone who:

– Asks the tough questions
– Pushes you
– Doesn’t let you give up

I also realized how easy it is to give in too soon, take it a little easy and only do what feels good when it’s just up to me, myself and I.

And, while I’m talking specifically about working out at a gym, running laps, throwing medicine balls, lifting weights and holding a plank….

I’m also talking about real life.

It made me realize how important it is to surround myself with people who push me forward.
And it’s my job to return the favor.

Sometimes it helps to get help.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}

{where do you want help?}
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