Have a Lovely Friday!

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1. Nachos for breakfast? Yes, please. This book was made for me.

2. New dream job: running concierge!

3. Everyone starts somewhere. A great message, and so easy to forget when you’re gasping for air halfway through a planned run.

4. OMG. Evian got it so right, even if CGI babies are a little creepy.

5. A Daily Infographic post on how writing affects the brain. My fave part? Why you should avoid clichés.

6. There were lots of posts this week celebrating National Running Day.

Do you think everyone else has been running for years too? I know I do.

Isn’t this why we all run?

This. Being able to explore new to me cities and locations on my own two feet is partly what inspired me running in the first place.

7. Running a marathon is challenging by itself…how about running one at the North Pole? Call me crazy, but I kinda wanna.

With continuous daylight at the North Pole this time of year, the start time was irrelevant to competitors. However, the -30C temperatures coupled with challenging underfoot conditions for the race made the event extremely difficult. While the course had solid ice for some stretches, approximately half the route was energy sapping soft snow, with a few deep patches in places. It was this latter feature that mitigated against the possibility of faster times for the front runners. Thornton said it was the “most surreal running experience of his life”. Holding a marathon PB of 2:17 hrs, he said it was “very tough after the first third of the race” and a “mental battle to get to the finish”.

8. Is mint green still a thing? Because I haven’t gotten over it.

9. National Park Service to start serving healthier options at their parks. A step in the right direction? I think so.

10. Tired of all the concrete in your jungle? Wild Oakland is a volunteer-ran organization that leads nature walks in the city…pretty awesome, right? Ashley, this one’s for you:

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Tomorrow’s the See Jane Run 5K, wish me luck!

Always, Sierra

Have a Lovely Friday!

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Excuse the minimal posts this week. Between the holiday and work events and hanging out with lots of amazing people, I haven’t had as much time for writing as I would like!

1. Need inspiration for a blank wall? My faves are #2 and #10.

2. Immortality by Stephen Cave has been added to my reading list, this quote’s got me hooked.

“The American novelist Susan Ertz says, “Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.” I think there’s a lot of truth in that: Actually, it’s the fear of death rather than the love of life, often, that’s motivating us. If people complain that they don’t have enough time, why do they watch so much TV? It doesn’t seem, actually, when we look at the way people behave, that lack of time is their problem. On the contrary … when you look at how much time we waste, [it seems] that life is already too long — so long that we become complacent and we waste great swathes, so many hours. And, in fact, being conscious of the fact that our time is limited is what makes us really value and appreciate the time that we have.”

3. Can’t workup the motivation to get going? Two 90-year old men run a 100 meter dash. I hope I’ve still got it when I’m in my 90s.

4. Never be bored again! 100 DIY ideas.

5. The Oakland Museum’s Gallery of Natural History is having a grand reopening this weekend. They’ve spent the past year+ re-imagining it, and it’s going to be awesome. Even better, this Sunday is free admission!

6. Try something new! Starting June 5th at Jack London Square, Les Mills will be hosting “Workout Wednesdays“, hour-long complimentary classes in anything from martial arts to strength.

7. I would take these wedges in all of the color combinations, but the coconut tan is my fave.

8. OMG. This music video is ridiculous, I couldn’t take my eyes away. NSFW.

9. Treadmill running vs. Outdoors running

10. The new season of Extreme Weight Loss has started, and the first episode features twins. I think this show is a bit too scripted/cookies and milk/unrealistic/try hard, but I find it inspiring to see what the human body is able to accomplish. Anyone who takes determined, focused actions to change their lives for the better in any way deserves major props.

Our friends are getting married this weekend, and I’m so excited that we’ll be there to help them celebrate their love and committment. Have a great weekend!

Always, Sierra

What do you have going on this weekend?

Do you prefer treadmill running or running outdoors? Does weather change your choice?

Do you watch Extreme Weight Loss?

Have a Lovely Friday!

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1. My heart goes out to everyone affected by the tornado in Oklahoma. I had tears in my eyes watching this video.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50147264n

2. I’d snap this swimsuit top up in a heartbeat…if only they had my size.

3. Looking for fun workout gear? Sunsetsigndesigns etsy shop has tanks for when you’re feeling it, and tanks for when you’re not.

4. Summer’s coming, and this looks like a tasty salad for picnics.

5. The awesome Hungry Runner Girl blogged about this event. Fighting childhood obesity is such an important cause. This would be a great 5K to bring the whole family out for, especially since kids 12 & under are free!

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6. It’s Carnaval this weekend and there’s a German Beer & Sausage Festival. These are the kinds of choices that can change lives.

7. In My Dreams, I Live Here: A Cabin in Vermont Yes. Yes to all of it. Yes to that bedroom, yes to the neutral paint swatches by the fireplace, yes to the claw foot bath tub, and especially yes to the cozy reading nook. Genius.

8. One of my goals for this year is to get more involved with the causes I’m passionate about. One f those causes is wildlife conservation, and I’ve been researching volunteer vacations. How exhilarating would it be to study sharks? Or to gain the trust of and help rehabilitate wild mustangs?

9. Curious about chi running? If you’re in the Bay Area, check out this great deal on LivingSocial.

I hope you enjoy your three days of freedom this Memorial Day weekend! May they be filled with fun, sun, and your beverage of choice.

Above all else, remember to be safe. AAA has a Tipsy Tow program that offers free tows if you’ve had one too many, and you don’t even have to be a member. The number is (800) 222-4357, use it if you need it!

Always, Sierra

Have a Lovely Saturday!

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I was so busy sharing my incredible life wisdom going on and on about myself yesterday, I missed our regularly scheduled programming!

1. Sometimes, we come across an article or a blog post at the exact moment we need it.

“I’ve come to a realization over the years: I am not the only person who has made this choice. I discovered these common, self imposed restrictions are rather insidious, though they start out simple enough. We begin by worrying we aren’t good enough, smart enough or talented enough to get what we want, then we voluntarily live in this paralyzing mental framework, rather than confront our own role in this paralysis. Just the possibility of failing turns into a dutiful self-fulfilling prophecy. We begin to be believe that these personal restrictions are in fact, the fixed limitations of the world. We go on to live our lives, all the while wondering what we can change and how we change it, and we calculate and re-calculate when we will be ready to do the things we want to do. And we dram. If only. If only. One day. Some day.” Debbie Millman

2. One of my besties gifted me a three-month subscription to Whimseybox. I. Am. So. Excited.

3. I made these chocolate chip cookies last week…so rich but so delicious. Be grateful the recipe only makes 20 cookies.

4. Love to write? Love to read? Love to spin a yarn or two? Check this event out.

5. I’m 5’2″ and it’s difficult for me to find a maxi dress that doesn’t drag on the floor, but I’m so envious of the easy breezy cuteness of them. I impulse bought this one, but am trying to decide how I feel about the sheer skirt.

6. I loved Spirit of the Marathon (not gonna lie, tears were shed), and I’m so excited they’re coming out with a sequel. I will be attending!

7. Turning colorful interviews into catchy tunes is so trendy, but it gets me everytime!

8. Here are some tips to quickly satisfy the hunger monster after a tough evening workout.

9. REI’s having their anniversary sale if you’re looking to score some new outdoor gear.

10. Tis the season for wedges, and I’m digging the two-tone neutral look. Love these and these.

I’m out exploring a new to me location, can’t wait to share next week! Enjoy your weekend!

Always, Sierra

Hello 29!

Or, as the Mr. says, “Twenty-nine and still divine!”

We had dinner a feast at Tribune Tavern. One plate of food is never enough, especially when celebrating. I like to recommend at least two to three filled with different deliciousness. That way while you stuff your face you have plenty of to decide which tastiness is going to be the critical last bite.

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We pre-partied hard for dinner with this tasty piece of artwork by the Mr.

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Yes, that is a pants-shaped cake that may or may not have transformed into a lovely pair of denim cutoffs by the time we finished.

The evening before my birthday I went on a hike with one of my girls. She has this amazing ability to combine a positive outlook with a keep it real attitude, and is one of the most open and honest people I know.

caught the bouquet...now what?!

I’ve been in the middle of a third life crisis for the past week or so. The idea of only having one year left in my twenties made the perfectionist in me start thinking of all the things I haven’t done yet, all the things I still want to accomplish. A couple hours chatting with C in the cool green evening air, and all was right with the world again.

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My twenties were for:

  • Developing friendships with amazing women and men who have become family
  • Living with other and living alone
  • Truly believing I am okay just the way I am
  • Experiencing deep grief and loss for the first time
  • Learning the importance of living a life in line with my values
  • Learning what my values even are!
  • Learning it (whatever it is) doesn’t have to be perfect all the time every time
  • Reminding myself that growth happens when you put yourself into new and/or uncomfortable situations
  • Learning that I had to love myself before I could love someone else

Twenty-nine is for:

  • Becoming more involved with the causes I’m passionate about
  • Staying committed to the active lifestyle I’ve been creating for myself
  • Running a half-marathon?!?!?!?!
  • Glorious summer trips with the girls to Mexico and Aruba
  • Exploring how my career can better line up with what I value
  • Allowing myself to be vulnerable with the people I love and the people I meet
  • Trying new things and developing new skills
  • Finding a new space for the Mr. and I to call home and expanding our family with another four-legged creature or two (…and maybe some chickens…a lizard or snake if I can talk him into it…and i’ve always wanted a pair of lovebirds…I’m thinking Noah’s Ark would be a good goal…)

I’m off to continue the celebrations and take my favorite creature for a run. Have a lovely Friday!

lazy dog

Always, Sierra