Pineapples and Butterflies

I love pineapples and butterflies, and of course what they represent. These are just a few of my other favorite things….

Good Running Shoes

I am a really (REALLY) huge fan of shoes!! (Except heels. I hate heels.)  After reading all kinds of books and articles on running, and learning HOW to run – I fell in love with minimal shoes in general. I have loved many brands and models but my first loves were the Brooks PureCadence. The hot pink was just an added bonus!

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Sadly, they no longer make Brooks’ PureCadence in the same way (these are 4 versions ago!) Don’t you hate when they discontinue the best shoes!? I’ve grieved, and then I moved on to others. Some of the other favorites I’ve run in are Saucony Kinvaras and Asics Gelytes (pictured below). Brooks Launch are incredible, too!

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Random funniness.

I love randomly funny things. For example:

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Mmm…Coffee

I am a converted coffee drinker. I grew up north of the Seattle area and for most of my life wasn’t a fan, despite the weather. Well, now I dig it! Nothing beats a yummy creamy warm cup o’ joe. Especially when your minions are awake at o’dark thirty. I like Kona and of course my particular favorite:

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(Yep, I’m biased ’cause my sister and bro-in-law own the joint!)

Delicious Recipes! Here are two of my favorites:

Quinoa Pizza bites!

Try this recipe – here

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Or try this one:

Spinach Lasagna Rolls

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Running Skirts.

I mean really, if you are going to get all nasty and sweaty working out and running – why not at least be cute with ruffles on your bum?! Nothing says bad a$$ like a ruffle on your bum! (I heart Lululemon‘s skirts like this one!)

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Really awesome quotes:

Every writer I know has trouble writing. Joseph Heller

You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. A.A. Milne

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. Angela Schwindt

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt

Description is what makes the reader a sensory participant in the story. Good description is a learned skill, one of the prime reasons you cannot succeed unless you read a lot and write a lot.  It’s not just a question of how-to, you see; it’s a question of how much to. Reading will help you answer how much, and only reams of writing will help you with the how. You can learn only by doing. Steven King, On Writing

Authenticity

I love when people let their guard down and are vulnerable. It’s so hard to do when everything around us is polished, edited and designed to look a particular way. I love when people let go of the surface to dig deeper! Perfectly imperfect people are my favorite! Doing scary things while being vulnerable is AMAZING.

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