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This is a guest post written by my husband, David Finch. You can find more of his writing and fitness/health-related coaching at, and follow his adventures on Instagram. There is something inherently “manly” about cooking meat. Perhaps it dates back to the hunter/gatherer providing for his clan or maybe... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Colour Me Happy
I came to Joe's Valley motivated to crush...or at least try harder bouldering problems. However, deep cramping discomfort in my lower GI tract deflated my motivation. Evening knowing how much stress effects my digestion, I guess I am still figuring out how to minimize the internal effects. Recently, my graduate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
via Twitter I am generally not one to encourage more screen time, but I thought I'd share a couple interesting videos and articles that got me thinking this past week. .............................................................. Awesome ~one-minute video on getting in whole body movement while cleaning the house. Check out the stretch by the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
The Ten Th ousand Things is Maria Dermout's first novel (1952). I picked up this book because Cheryl Strayed mentioned it in Wild. When I try to explain the storyline, I feel like an idiot. My description is vague and elusive, but elements of the book are also ethereal at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
Plagued by anxiety and panic attacks in my early twenties, I never saw myself as someone who would have insight into reducing stress. Yet, if I were to pinpoint the most noticeable change over the past year, it's how less stressed I feel now compared to a year ago. Last... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
image by David Finch I have spent the last couple of weeks summing up the fabric of my life into a handful of words. My experiences, aspirations, passions, temperament, opinions...condensed into a few (hopefully) well-crafted sentences to be judged as noteworthy, average, or unexceptional. The direction of my more immediate... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
I know exactly what you mean and love the phrasing "body nourishment". Engaging w nature is reason enough to move! I've been reading some interesting ideas - even about the mental chemistry of the way we approach food and movement - and my mind is wild w thoughts and ideas to apply to movement not for the sake of movement but to accomplish some necessary task. Sent from my iPhone
Early in January, I bought what might be my favorite cookbook, and I still haven't flipped through the entire thing. I haven't even scanned the recipe index. Yet, I've cooked from it weekly since the new year. It seemed a number of the recipes would include flour, sugar...and I don't... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
Of course, and I'd love that! I can be a little awkward in person I feel - ha - I think it'd be awesome with my friends I've connected with online though. No need for much small talk - diving right into it. Have fun at the gym! I'll watch for an IG post. ;) It's so awesome midday; you avoid the after work crowd. It makes it nice for us to train and do our thing without worrying about getting in the way. And I totally get routine! I have to incorporate some on travel or it throws my digestion (of all things) off. Isn't that strange?! Sent from my iPhone
Hey Bonnie! Thanks for the comment and questions. I love the questions. Hopefully I can clarify. We've been told the "5-6 small meals" is the way to go for so long, I was resistant to experiment. My blood sugar levels are much happier with three balanced meals. We are DEFINITELY more active too when traveling and not working. Dave does work; he's a marketing manager for a website. He works from home but is still tethered to a computer at least forty hours a week. This is what allows us the flexibility to climb mid-day during the week. It does mean we put in hours during the evening and weekend though. We'd rather work a little, play a little every day if possible. I work part-time as well for the same website. This is the most sedentary my "vocation" has been, plus going back to school and sitting in a classroom for hours each week... Ugh. I really needed to add intentional movement throughout the day, hence walking to/from school, taking breaks, etc. Past full and part-time jobs have been as a pharmacy tech, massage therapist, server, physical therapy where I was on my feet a lot. I'm finishing up an exercise science degree and recently applied to physical therapy school. Post-school, I actually think I'll be more active/on my feet throughout the day again...though not looking forward to giving up my flexible schedule. I think the challenge will actually be during grad school. Ugh. Excited for the education but dreading all the time being still in a classroom. That'll be an interesting experience to share!
Like most mornings, it was still dark outside when my alarm went off. I crossed the room to silence it and immediately started thinking about my meals for the day; sometimes, these thoughts came before I was even out of bed. We took Eisley for a quick walk, 15 minutes... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
What started as a PowerPoint speech given at a community college expanded into the book, Steal Like an Artist (2012). Austin Kleon shares the ten things he wished he'd heard when he started out as a creative. I picked up this book because I was curious if I could apply... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
I stopped working out last summer. My digestion couldn't handle the intensity. My belly ached. I felt heavy and weak. Interval training was out. Olympic lifting was a no-go. Climbing wasn't fun. I wanted to connect with my body and enjoy using it again. I wanted to climb. I wanted... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
I am consumed by an idea. It taunts me, leading me to obsess over travel schemes. I set my sights on new destinations like they are trophies to be collected. I'm convinced we need to go just for the sake of going. Excitement is inversely related to my proximity from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
It was a revelation to us that we could do PART of the meal as take-out...and put a little extra care into an at-home component.
I want meals to be simple - not necessarily easy - just simple. I once relished in finding new recipes and extensively planning out every meal. Now the planning aspect and a lot of tedious steps can drain the enjoyment from it. What I relish in now is the actual... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
Ooh, I can't wait to read about / see yours!
I don't care about "fashion", but I want to feel comfortable in my own skin, even possess a sense of personal style. I want ease in mine. I want to know what I love, what feels best, and what feels like me; so I can grab it, wear it, get... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
Choosing a word for the year feels contrived. Sometimes. Other times it's the backbone connecting ideas or the jolt I need to spur my intentions and goal setting for the year. I don't do resolutions, but goals fuel my intentions and align my priorities. Recently, a word - or the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
I wish the same! You are often so close on your travels, such as Vegas and the Grand Canyon. I'd look forward to reading your answers to these or something similar. Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2015 on 2014 health recap at Colour Me Happy
Contemplation and introspection go hand in hand with the end of the year. I think there is something to be said for simply being with your thoughts, but this often keeps them vague and action-less. Putting our thoughts down on paper, in actual words, forces us to be specific and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
If you were to write my epitaph based on my Instagram feed, what would it say about me? She loved accent walls and dream catchers. Their windows were bare. She collected pottery and had a small but special treasure of rings. The light streaming into their home was lovely. She... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Colour Me Happy
cooking | sunchokes playing | Our frustrations have been brewing while climbing. We expect partner chemistry to have its ups and downs in any activity that requires cooperative interplay between two people. It's led us to focus on playfulness and the joy of the sport. Also, striving to improve communication... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Colour Me Happy
Oh how I'd love that. I think you'd enjoy Flagstaff, and I know I'd love Colorado. day, let's!! Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2014 on my writing process. at Colour Me Happy
Normally I don’t take part in blog challenges, but when Faith asked me to share my writing process the timing seemed fitting. In my morning pages, I had just scribbled out a page answering why I write. This was two months ago!! I didn't finish this post during summer because... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Colour Me Happy