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My leisurely reading has slowed since starting graduate school, but I have managed to finish a few more reads worth mentioning. Thinking about the realities of aging, mortality, and death makes many of us uncomfortable. By avoiding these topics, we only perpetuate fear in the face of uncertainty and difficult... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2016 at Colour Me Happy
Most of the hiking I did as a child was actually bush-wacking through Utah's rough underbrush or strolling through tumbleweed-infested "meadows." There were no designated "trails" or developed areas for recreation where I grew up. We simply headed out into the wild to play and wander in our jeans and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
Most of us tend to get "stuck" in the same positions for long periods of time. Simply changing our shape periodically throughout the day does a ton of good. Stand up and walk; move your body into a different position. It doesn't even have to be for very long to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
Ayurvedic medicine intrigues me. I'm certainly no expert on the matter, and I don't necessarily follow the practice; but there does seem to be some validity to it. I'm a vata-pitta type, which honestly fits perfectly. Knowing a little bit about the doshas, or personal constitutions, helps me feel more... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
An Unspoken Hunger is a collection of stories and articles by Terry Tempest Williams. Analiese reminded me to read the authors that crack me wide open. T.T.W. is one of those authors. A writer, a Mormon, a woman who chose to not bear children, a coyote of the desert. These... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
In April, I came across a book and author that both quickly became favorites. I'd actually hoped to read Being Mortal first. Atul Gawande has a knack for exploring and sharing medical narratives in a way that stimulates compassion and introspection. Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance is a collection... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
This week I met a friend for a little outdoor workout. I thought I'd be sharing it with you, but it wasn't much of a workout. This isn't because we didn't challenge our strength; it isn't to say there won't be some degree of soreness (hello, negative chin ups). Our... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
Aw, I love relaxing music before bed too...and some facial treatment. I've been making a delicious face scrub with clay and spices and ascorbic acid so it even fizzes up!!
Toggle Commented Apr 23, 2015 on self nourishment // go to bed. at Colour Me Happy
Such an amazing story, right?! I love when books speak strongly to us; glad you had this one at the time. Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2015 on book report // march. at Colour Me Happy
An Alzheimer's diagnosis is one of my greatest fears. Forgetfulness and memory loss worry me, but the thought of losing sense of who I am and my life is unnerving. Still Alice by Lisa Genova is written from the perspective of a woman who is diagnosed with EOAD (Early Onset... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
*photo credit: David Finch I wouldn't send most people to a yoga class to address shoulder issues, but that's exactly what brought me to my mat over five years ago. As climbing became a bigger part of my life, I started to feel weakness and signs that often precede a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
Oh Katie, I'm so happy to hear from you and THANK YOU for your comment. Hope everything is going well for you!!
Last fall we thought I had whooping cough. It very well may have been, though the specific strain of bacteria responsible for WC is not what came back positive on the culture test. Violent coughing fits strained my breathing and caused me to vomit. Nothing stopped or dulled the coughing;... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
Each morning I grimace at the subtle, yet tactile taste filling my entire mouth. The offensiveness is easily dampened with a glass of water until my teeth are brushed, so morning breath isn't really a matter worth fretting over; but when Dave made a single request of me, the aversion... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Colour Me Happy
Did you read it? What do you think?
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2015 on book report // february. at Colour Me Happy
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 Mar 25, 2015 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!