What’s New?

Much like spring cleaning, join me on this exploration of old and new stuff I’ve located in my house (aka mind and body) in no particular order

Pixel-y and beautiful

Book writing: let’s add some more stuff to my fully-loaded proverbial plate and take on the project-in-progress of many years. I began writing a book the year between my undergrad and grad school. As life got more hectic, I put it away and haven’t revisited it since. No better time than the present! In developing myself as a person, a woman, a mom, I decided to begin writing again. There’s no EDC (estimated date of completion), but I plan to maximize effort after December’s training cycle comes to a close. Which brings me to another topic…

Training: is going well! Committing to a plan to run 4 days per week is definitely less stressful than the previous 5-6 days a week. Even knowing I have to run both days of a weekend is somehow easier to accept than I originally thought possible. On other plans, I would dread the weekends. I was a super b-word until I got my one long run in and I would feel like a complete failure if Monday came and it hadn’t been done. Now? I run Saturday and Sunday. It’s a normal part of conversation. The schedule pretty much runs itself (puns for life). I aim for outdoor running – occasionally I can’t make it happen, but usually I’m successful. The only pitfall was the length of the runs. With some slight adjustments, I’m back on the track to success.

First double digit run went smoothly!

Motherhood: Some days I amaze myself at what I’m able to show her – my patience knows no bounds. Other days we each need a time out and I consider adding wine to my coffee cup. Your shaming has no place here. As a smaller version of myself, mini-me can push every button I have and create ones I didn’t even know were there. And then she smiles. If she wasn’t so cute… Being her mom is the greatest blessing of my life. Nothing compares. At times I don’t know who I was before her, then I feel a tingle in my heart and I know she and I were created to meet.

We drink coffee together. It’s half caff. Shut it.

Lastly, work: busy is an understatement. Building a brand, a vision, and melding the minds of multiple people is a job not for the faint of heart. It’s time consuming. But creating connections between people with the same goals is awe-inspiring. Daily (seriously, not a day goes by) I encounter people who share their stories with me, a stranger. Some are wilder than others; many settle heavily in my soul. It could be a story of perseverance or a synopsis of loss – collectively, it makes an impact. My goal is to bring out the best in these warriors who have come to me looking for someone to help make a difference in themselves. Every task brings us closer. Anytime Fitness fulfilled a passion within me; I can’t imagine not being the face of another’s desire to do so. Also, I got a green light to begin training. Training others, specifically. It’s a natural progression in my line of work while also adding a few tons to my already heavy plate. However, I’m stoked to begin this path again.

Stay tuned for another episode of Kel’s Crazy Life. I look forward to sharing this journey with you.



From the desk of the least creative person on the globe –


You may have a hard time believing this. Trust me when I say my astrological sign did me no favors. I have zero creativity. I am not the good idea fairy. I’m a left brain with very little common sense and no fight or flight response. I just stand there. Like an idiot. True story.

But in an attempt to be more creative and see what I can accomplish, I drove past an estate sale in my neighborhood over the weekend and decided to stop. You know what they say about trash and treasures. I was not disappointed! I found an incredible treasure! The chest of my visions. This exact chest was the one I envisioned when I transformed broken eggs into beautiful butterflies. For $20, my dreams could be realized.

Ok, so it wasn’t exactly the dream I had pictured. This one seems to have been decorated with wallpaper. The chest in my mind is bold and dark and symbolic of the mental strength I’ve been diligently working toward for months. Insert elbow grease, a sander, and some wood stain. Ta-Da!

a work in progress

I removed the hardware and began sanding it. Gone is the tan finish and the wallpaper inlay. P.S. it smelled like a very, very old home. No offense to the nice ladies who parted with it. I hope it kept safe many fantastic memories.

I also purchased a decorative wall thingy ($4) and a large corner table ($6). Apparently there was a sale going on after 1pm and everything was more than half off the original price. Now I see why garage-sale’ing is a sport. Separate post forthcoming.

Unfortunately for my readers, this post doesn’t end with a photo of the finished product. I promise to have a big reveal when the wall thingy, table, and chest are 100% complete. I don’t mean to tease you. That’s not my intention. But I am so excited about this project and I hope you’ll be as amazed as I am. I won’t make you wait too long!


I ask you –

Do you enjoy attending garage or estate sales?

Fun fact: my parents are notorious for buying loads of junk at these sales for pennies on the dollar.

Have you ever refurbished something? Tips?