How a 5k Boosted My Self-Confidence

My sister and I just did one of those 5k races through the mud with a bunch of obstacles, this one was called the Rugged Maniac. In preparation for the race, I of course did not follow the recommended training schedule but did my own thing...which included drinking for 3 days straight in Vegas the week before the race! Needless to say I was pretty nervous come race day. The last time I tried running (before 'training' for this race) was a ...

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Thank you, Toastmasters!

A few weeks ago I decided that I was going to start writing the speech of my life, even if I don't have anybody to present it to yet. This has been my mission ever since and it has now led me to joining Toastmasters. As I'm writing my first Icebreaker Speech, I realize how much I dislike talking about myself. Sure, I can do it in conversations very easily, but to stand in front of a room of strangers and talk for 5 straight minutes by myself is ...

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6 Remodeling Tips Learned The Hard Way

Everyone, well, most everyone, wants to beautify their house. Especially in this market, more people are opting to remodel their current home rather than buy a new one. Remodeling can be just as expensive as buying a new house sometimes though if you don't go about it the right way. These are 6 mistakes that I made as a novice DIY'er: 1. Help from family and friends isn't always the best way. If you do have family and friends help you, take ...

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5 Things Tennis Taught Me About Life

Posted on August 16, 2012

About 3 years ago an acquaintance moved to Minnesota and was looking for someone to play tennis with occasionally. Having never played tennis as anything more than a joke, I volunteered to play with him one day- provided he had a racket I could use of course. I fell in love that summer, at the ripe age of 26, with a new sport. We probably played an average of 10 hours a week, sometime starting at 6 a.m. and playing until midnight (after we ...

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Expectations

I've been listening to the book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, right now and it really got me thinking about our expectations in life. The author was talking about a study of the happiest countries and Denmark came up the happiest. Why, you may ask, is Denmark the happiest country? Well, the study said it was because they don't expect as much as other countries. If you don't expect anything then you can't be disappointed. I'll admit, ...

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