In listing my intentions for the coming new year, I will borrow the instructions of philosopher William James: “Accumulate all the possible circumstances which shall reenforce the right motives; put yourself assiduously in conditions that encourage the new way; make engagements incompatible with the old; take a public pledge, if the case allows; in short, envelop your … More renewal


“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” – Henry David Thoreau After graduating college, I moved to Japan to teach English as a Second Language.  I was 22 and eager to get the hell out of my comfort zone and move somewhere completely new. As life goes, … More expectations


I love it when unexpected words fall into my lap at just the right moment.  I love receiving a message I need to hear. I love feeling inspired to examine something a little deeper when I might not otherwise do so. Change & growth hurt.  By nature, transformation is uncomfortable.  It is only in retrospect, after the … More sharing


“She insists, however, that her goal is not redemption but self-acceptance, not a catalog of regrets but a clear view and welcoming embrace of experience in all its forms.”  – A.O. Scott, NYTimes review of the movie adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir “Wild” I think I read Cheryl Strayed’s Wild in one sitting.  I generally gobble … More raw

Training Journal

I began this blog in January, 2013, with the primary goal of documenting and sharing my journey towards my first 100 mile ultramarathon finish.  Over the past 2 years, it’s evolved into a much more personal and therapeutic avenue for me to work through my thoughts & goals and hopefully encourage a few of you to dig a … More Training Journal


“We are what we repeatedly do.” – Aristotle I’m a big believer in the power of habitual action. Consistency is key.  Doing something day in & day out is the best way to remove choice from the equation. Now, as a person who has struggled with eating disorders & addiction, the OCD part of my personality can run … More habit