Stairway To Heaven – 9 Tips For Climbing Oahu’s Haiku Stairs

Also known as “Stairway to Heaven” and the “Haiku Ladder,” the hike/climb up Hawaii’s Haiku Stairs more than earns the often overused descriptor: epic. If you’re a Pacific Northwester planning a trip to Oahu to escape the gray, rainy weather, I’ve got a destination activity for you. Put this one on your bucket list. This […]


A Case For Running

I hate to run. From the grueling exhaustion, to the joint pain, to the universal fact that time goes by three times slower the second you start running, there isn’t anything to like about it. I used to hate running so much that I would have preferred to spend a day in jail over running […]


Using The Internet As Your Workout Buddy

You have the desire to work out and get in shape, but you have every excuse in the book not to. You don't have time to go to the gym, a membership is too expensive, you can't find the right trainer, and on and on. Well I am here to tell you that the excuses […]


The Theory Of Relativity

I’m naturally a high strung person; I always have been. I consider myself easygoing, openminded, and wholeheartedly accepting, but I am an archetypal Hermione Granger. I tend to care too much for my own good, sometimes resisting the natural flow of life without even realizing it. Maybe one day a light will dim in my […]


Hula Hooping For Fitness

An old-fashioned Hula Hoop is more than just a trip down memory lane. These days, a Hula Hoop can be used as an exciting, proven method to fitness. Think about it … swaying your hips, tightening your muscles, laughing at yourself (yes, laughing has been said to burn some calories!) It all makes perfect sense. […]


President Bill Clinton On Sports And Fitness

A good look at the media-tagged Explainer-in-Chief shows a slim man in good shape. And he should be. Bill Clinton had a big turnaround after his heart surgery. He's never looked better after finding the vegan diet. If he lived in Portland, he'd probably consult the Happy Cow Healthy Eating Guide. Does this make him an […]


A Journey Of Being

I’m starting graduate school today. It’s a day I’ve been waiting for nearly six months. It’s been six months of uncertainty and busting my butt. There were several months of vulnerability and some well-earned cynicism thrown in for good measure. It hasn’t been an easy road, but I do have more patience, a new tattoo, […]


Fitness For Kids Is As Easy As A Roll Of The Dice

How do you get kids up off the couch and being active? By masking your hidden agenda with a fun activity! Take Activity Dice for example: Arm one small box with numbers and another with specific activities for a child to do. Activities can be anything from jumping jacks, high jumps, push-ups, spins, and anything […]


Little Boxes Made Of Ticky Tacky

A few months ago, an old beau told me I was messy. I took offense to this because messy makes me think dirty, and dirty means smelly. That’s gross. I’m none of those things. I am a classy lady, dammit. A classy lady with a lot of papers on my desk. I thought back to […]


Running: A Cure For Homesickness

As I’ve mentioned before, the tepid Oregon summer marks dry season for sports across our lush Northwestern state. These last few months, I’ve been in the same boat. As a student at the University of Oregon and a campus sports reporter, it’s a difficult three month countdown to football season. But with the time off, […]


Dear Yoga Teachers Of America: Please Stop Talking

Yoga is my quiet time. Rather than laying comatose in bed with a package of Oreos and the complete series of 30 Rock on Netflix, I attend yoga class to decompress. My practice is a time for me to feel good about myself, my abilities, and to push my physical body just past the limit […]


Easy Portland Hikes Under 5 Miles

With the weather warming up, flowers blooming, and green everywhere you look, it’s time to head outdoors and take in one of the many fantastic hiking opportunities in and around Portland. Explore the many beautiful Gorge waterfalls or check out the fantastic parks in the city – you can’t go wrong. Bring a water bottle, […]

Yoga, Preschoolers, And The Power Of “I Can’t”

I recently started working at a preschool. One of my greatest and wisest friends once mentioned this and I’m constantly reminded of it now: small children are like tiny drunk people. If you’ve ever been near one of these itty bitty, messy, wobbly, nonsensical, smack-talking tots, you may have an idea of what I’m talking […]

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The Zen Of Habits And Positive Thinking Are Why I Don’t Hate Your Guts

Let’s call this an experiment. An experiment of gratitude; of testing myself and my abilities; my capabilities; my willingness; my willpower; my independence, and my inner strength. Mostly, though, this is an experiment of my patience. I’ve said before that I’m undoubtedly a flawed human being and one virtue truly lacking in my life is […]