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On balancing travel and staying healthy on the road and at home

I’ve been reading about finding balance recently, especially through yoga and Tara Stiles inspired me this today: “In the spirit of Monday morning and getting it all done, I encourage you to soften yourself today. Perform your tasks with a sense of ease. Approach your conversations to listen first, carrying your objective in your back pocket. Allow conflict to exist without getting emotionally consumed. Allow yourself space to breathe. Take a big deep inhale. Exhale a little longer. Repeat during the day.

Stress and tension exist. It’s a part of life. Practicing ease through yoga and the rest of your life isn’t to erase or block out tension, it’s to work with it, let it roll through you, not get stuck on you, so you can get more done with a lot less effort.”

When I’m traveling for work, I try to make at least 15 minutes for a quick yoga session, walk as much as possible and/or check out the hotel pool for laps every day. I found a new article called, “A business travel workout crafted by a professional mountain climber“. I’m looking forward to trying this routine:

The workout

Find a location that has an optimum running path and an adjacent park.

1.) 5-minute run / skip / walk warm-up / shake out

2.) Open and close your hand repeatedly

Basic routine:

1.) 10 stretches to touch your toes

2.) 10 shoulder, elbow, wrist, finger rotations, in each direction (the centrifugal force that moves blood to your hands is a good tip to move blood to your hands when it is cold out)

3.) 20 lunges (step forward with one leg and bend down to create a 90-degree angle)

4.) 10 stand-ups (lay on your back with knees bent and feet flat on ground; roll forward to upright standing position; reverse to return to original position)

5.) 5 to 20 push-ups (75% capacity)

6.) 1 minute of a fixed line hip stretch: Clasp your hands and bring your elbows down to your knees, in a squat, to extend hips

7.) 4 x 4 plank: Hold a plank position (like a push-up, but with forearms flat against the ground) for one minute each facing down (both arms), left (one arm), down (both arms), right (one arm) using your core to support your body and keeping arms and legs immobile.

8.) 1 minute each side: Stand and balance on one leg, raising the other in front of you; stand and balance on one leg, pulling the other behind you by grabbing the ankle.

This foundation for fitness takes between 10 and 15 minutes and can be repeated or as a daily goal.

I hope these thoughts and tips are helpful. I’ve been stressing out unnecessarily for example, I’ve meant to write about Lihue, Kauai and our favorite fish market but I’ve been traveling more for work and recently got back from Walla Walla, our old college stomping grounds, which I’d also love to write more about, soon. I leave today for Fargo, ND so I’m going to try soften and find some time on the on the road this week for both this new workout and blog catch up!

This is one of the first work weeks that I’ll be gone Monday through Friday. I’ll miss Mr. F as I’m traveling through the Midwest and visiting my cousin, Colleen in Boulder after a work trip to Colorado Springs!

Next week, I’ll be home in Seattle more with only one work trip to Boise and then it’s the Fourth of July weekend!!! This will be a nice time to go to yoga regularly and sleep more!

I really enjoyed reading Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

I’ve been telling all my friends how much I love this book. 41TknOCIZWL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_It really speaks to me. Sheryl Sandberg’s stories and strategies for being a successful communicator are something I keep telling everyone. I also enjoy her perspective on feminism. “This is not a feminist manifesto-okay, it’s kind of a feminist manifesto, but one that I hope inspires men as much as it inspires women.

Whatever this book is, I am writing it for any woman who wants to increase her chances of making it to the top of her field, or pursue any goal vigorously.”

Here of some of my other favorite phrases:

From the Success & Likeability chapter: Women need to shift from thinking “I’m not ready to do that” to thinking “I want to do that-and I’ll learn by doing it”.

“Taking initiative pays off. It is hard to visualize someone as a leader if she is always waiting to be told what to do.”

“Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, believes that learning to withstand criticism is a necessity for women’ ‘we should let ourselves react emotionally and feel whatever anger or sadness being criticized evokes in us. And then we should quickly move on.”

I highly recommend this book to all women, regardless of where they are in, or out of the workforce. There are fascinating chapters on being heard, effective and how to have work/life balance. I agree that men could appreciate this book and hopefully help them understand their female colleagues more.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Day 16 of BlogtemberReview a book place, or product.

a0fbc8ce6a192613325e54bce4ef7effThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman was a lovely yet heart wrenching, thrilling and magical book. I enjoyed the reading the thoughts of a child who believes in magic and monsters. It was sad to read about the child’s fears and loneliness but it was hauntingly beautiful too. The story reminded me of another one of my favorite books by Neil Gaiman, Stardust. Some of the child-like charm also remind me of the Chronicles of Narnia too.

084cd1b90f42510c1e56f45250747f4f 6e043f13fb0cefa6b110c2009446601e [All images can be found with their original links on my Pinterest board, Books I Love.]56d3a8e924f655f11ed905f7d43c148c I finished this book a week ago and I’m still thinking about it.

What was the last book that you read that made you remember childhood? Or what was the last book that made you completely dive into that reality and not want to put it down?

Five Things About Me

I was inspired to blog when one of my favorite blogs Em=Me, now known as the Doctors Fleming, featured a five things list. It’s hard to limit it to only five things, but here I go.

1. I love taking photos. I take photos of everything. It helps that I live in a beautiful city with mountains, lots of trees, and water. It’s also spring so there’s lots blooming.Image 2 It also helps that my husband loves to cook and makes beautiful plate presentations.Image 3This is our lovely salmon dinner from the other night. 

Some people call me, “paparazzi”. I kind of like it. 

I’m not sure you can tell, but I have a really hard time writing blog posts without including photos. Now I just have to include pictures of my cats….Image This is Lily today, enjoying the sun while I work.

2. I really love meeting new and old friends, especially over a good meal. Since we’ve moved back to Seattle, it’s been fun catching up with old college buddies, family and previous co-workers. I caught up with my new co-worker, Nicole, over lunch today. Since I work from home, I really like to make lunch and dinner dates, especially with my husband.

3. I love being pampered. I’m not sure where this comes from, perhaps it’s after working at a dermatology clinic, I understand how important your skin really is and how it should be properly moisturized. If I could rationalize getting spa massages and facials all the time, plus getting a mani/pedi regularly, I would. Fortunately, only getting spa treatments every once and awhile makes it even more special.

4. I am a cat person. I adore my two cats, Lily Thomas and Lyra. If I’m not taking pictures of food or scenery, it’s of my kitties. Image 1 They love to sleep near me while I’m working during the day.

5. I hate saying no, because I want to do everything. I’m always curious about new things whether it happens to be a new food, city, book or clothes. I’m reading a new book called, “I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids” by  and there’s a great quote that made me laugh. “Life is like a closet full of clothes-you can have it all, but it doesn’t mean that you should. I can wear four cardigan sweaters all at once with a pair of sweatpants over my jeans- but it doesn’t mean that I should.”

What are five things about you?

Afterthought, I’m pretty random. I just watched the Silver Linings Playbook and I LOVED it. Jennifer Lawrence is amazing and so is Bradley Cooper. Robert de Niro was charming too. It reminded me of Forrest Gump and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest but happier. I highly recommend it, if you haven’t seen it already.

Oh the places you’ll go!

I’m very excited. On Friday, I received a promotion that was a long time coming. It was announced today at work and met with wide approval. Now I’m in Raleigh, North Carolina for the night and day. Wow! Sometimes I need to remind myself of the wise words of Dr. Seuss. This was actually our Kappa rush slogan my senior year of college.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” 

“And when you’re alone there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants

There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.” 

“Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. Oh! The places you’ll go!” 

“Out there things can happen, and frequently do,

To people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don’t worry, don’t stew.
Just go right along, you’ll start happening too!” 
― Dr. SeussOh, the Places You’ll Go!


Do you hear me, 
I’m talking to you
Across the water across the deep blue ocean
Under the open sky oh my, baby I’m trying
Boy I hear you in my dreams
I feel your whisper across the sea
I keep you with me in my heart
You make it easier when life gets hard

I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again 

They don’t know how long it takes
Waiting for a love like this
Every time we say goodbye
I wish we had one more kiss
I’ll wait for you I promise you, I will
[ Lyrics from: ]
I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
I’m lucky we’re in love in every way
Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday

And so I’m sailing through the sea
To an island where we’ll meet
You’ll hear the music fill the air
I’ll put a flower in your hair
Though the breezes through trees 
Move so pretty you’re all I see
As the world keeps spinning round
You hold me right here right now

I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
I’m lucky we’re in love in every way
Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday

Anne Taintor, you’re so funny

I’m a huge fan of magnets, especially with witty phrases. Anne Taintor magnets are the best.My cubicle at work already has at least a dozen magnets, but after looking at these gems, I might need more…Although, these magnets are not necessarily work appropriate. Where would you hang them?

This lip balm is so fun and powerful looking! It even has 15 SPF in it too!

If you like this style, check out the for Anne Taintor products, and the Anne Taintor Facebook page. I love the quote on Facebook, “Celebrating 25 years of making smart people smile!”