Why are habits hard to break?

Generally, around this time in January, I have a pretty clear idea of which of my new year's goals I'm likely to pull off and which I'm going to have to table.  In reflecting on that list this past week and thinking about the lists I've made in past years, I noticed a pattern: I'm … Continue reading Why are habits hard to break?

Discipline versus Care

Just this week it happened again.  Someone asked about my next race (a safe-bet conversation topic these days) and then shook their head saying 'I admire your self-discipline.'  The clear implication was one I hear both verbally and between the lines over and over again: 'I could never do that.'  I gently pushed back, trying … Continue reading Discipline versus Care

Naming what you want

What do you want? In so many forms, in so many sizes, it seems like this is the question that gets thrown at me more often than any other.  In meetings and professional networking sessions.  At writing workshops and spiritual retreats.  In friendships and in the bedroom.  It's everywhere.  And it's also the question, at … Continue reading Naming what you want

Advice for new runners

Those who have known me for three years likely think of me as an athlete, but those that have known me longer know how improbable that label would have seemed just five years ago.  For those who don't know the back story here, let me sum it up as briefly as I can. I was … Continue reading Advice for new runners