The Art of a Good Apology In 5 Simple Steps

Most of us suck at apologizing, in part, because we suck at taking accountability. Some might say it’s a generational or cultural problem, but in reality I think it’s a human problem derived from our evolutionary instinct to avoid discomfort. Admitting a wrong-doing can be a painful process, but sometimes a lack of admission can cause even greater pain (for everybody involved). Having said that, apologies are really a very necessary and powerful social tool, and can be delivered successfully in most situations with just a few simple steps. Read more

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Top 10 New Mom Mistakes

Being a new mom can be a real bitch sometimes. With all the love and excitement and cuddles, come other, less warm-fuzzy things. But general enjoying of the newborn experience is possible if you can focus on what’s important, and forget about fussy details and silly societal standards. To maintain sanity, avoid these top 7 new-mom mistakes. Read more

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A F#!*in Killer Fairy God Mother

malayCinderella didn’t need a fancy dress and a pumpkin with wheels to get the Prince; she just needed some support in realizing her potential so she could show up to the ball as the best version of herself. Her support came from a fairy godmother cloaked in a blue robe, carrying a wand. So when I needed some support in exploring my potential, I began the search for a fairy godmother of my own. She turned out to be a tiny tattooed Laotian woman with a white board and a laser pointer. Read more

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10 Tips To Having It All

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People will tell you that you can’t have your cake and eat it too.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve never met a slice of cake I didn’t take a bite out of.  I have it, and I eat it.  And it’s glorious.  So I say, bake yourself a giant cake, eat some, and share the leftovers.  Because in life, it IS possible to have it all.  It may not be easy, but it’s possible.  And while we each uniquely define the “all” that we desire, there are 10 sure-fire ways to go after it. Read more

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5 Things Iowans Love About Fall

autumn fallen maple leaves isolated on white backgroundI’m a life-long Iowan, and fall is my favorite season.  Let me tell you why. Read more

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6 Tips To Loving Yourself

Beautiful young girl in the hat taking picture of herself, selfiWomen tend to be nurturers.  And while we’re busy taking care of the people around us, we often neglect ourselves.  Sometimes that neglect can take a toll on our self-worth, self-love and confidence and we suddenly find ourselves in a state of less-than.  Every persons harbors great potential, but when our love for ourselves is lacking that potential is less-than it could be.  So follow these simple tips for self-love success. Read more

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Chronicles of a Sugar Addict: Part 4

Monster-Cookies-2I haven’t blogged lately.  But I have consumed a few monster cookies and a bag of mini Twix (while I watched the documentary Fed Up).  Yes…I fell off the wagon.   Read more

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My Soapbox: Kids These Days

bratHere’s the deal…baby-talk and constant coddling are crap.  I firmly believe that social norms have developed into a complete lack of progressive parenting.  Children’s mental, emotional, and social development is hindered by parents inability to be firm and verbal.  Suddenly our youth are dictating what goes on in their lives and it seems a lot of adults are down with just sitting back and watching their kids turn into asses. Read more

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Chronicles of a Sugar Addict: Part 3

Opened notepad and cup of coffee with donut on old wooden table. Top viewThey say that psychologically, your odds of successfully tackling a goal are much higher if you prioritize and do one thing at a time.  So, my commitment to rekindling my relationship with my health began with ridding my body of candy and desserts.  The first 2-3 weeks were rough, but successful.  And as the cravings subsided, I knew it was time for step 2: stepping up my game in the gym. Read more

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Chronicles of a Sugar Addict: Part 2

Lollipop heart on vintage wooden backgroundIf you missed Part 1, and why I started this 60-day journey of sugar detox, click here.  

I love sugar.  But we need to break-up.  Sugar doesn’t treat me (or anybody else) well.  Sugar is an asshole. Read more

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Chronicle of a Sugar Addict: Part 1

JordanCreek_AbiReiland_0914_017I’m Abi.  And I’m addicted to sugar.  I’m not talking about the cute, random piece of chocolate cravings.  I’m talking about a bag of jelly beans for breakfast, 4 packs of sugar in half a cup of coffee, or a dinner of sugar covered cherry slices.  It’s bad.  And the truth is, while I may not appear to be unhealthy, I’m doing things to my blood sugar and body that would make even the Easter Bunny cringe.  Since I was young, I’ve had a sweet tooth that could rival any addict.  And I’ve worked on it a lot in my adult years.  But I’m far from perfect.  I could count my relapses on 4 hands…ok, 5.  But today, I recommit myself to my health. Read more

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Sexting Savvy

sexy young woman lying on the bed and make a selfieThe world of sexting can be a difficult one to navigate.  With endless combinations of words, pictures, and videos, a person is left with their imagination and sexual prowess (or lack there of) to skillfully orchestrate a racy arrangement.  Think music; some prefer the intense sound of heavy metal, while others prefer playful pop tunes.  So today, I share some guidelines to help keep your sexting in tune.
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My New Favorite Websites

laptopI love sharing new products, places, and people I dig.  Today, I introduce you to 3 of my new favorite websites.  Home decor and furniture, workout gear, and photo editing made-easy and free.  Read on. Read more

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At-Home Bikini-Butt Movement

A shout out to the moms of the world.  Whether you gained baby weight, lost a little perk in your ass, or just can’t find time to workout, this movement will help perk up your posterior.   Read more

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An Average Joe’s Guide To CrossFit Open Success

Fit Woman Lifting Barbell in GymFor the majority of CrossFitters, The Open is an experience, not a qualifier.  Most of us aren’t going to Regionals or Games, but it doesn’t change the fact that we invest time and energy to participating.  And knowing what mentality to have going into this worldwide event is important for anybody.  Athletes register, wait for announcements, and try their best when it’s “go” time, but addressing what success means for a typical athlete is often neglected.  So I’m providing top tips for guaranteed Open success for the “average Joe” athletes of the world.

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6 Tips For Avoiding A Lame Valentine’s Day

heartsI’m a lover.  A hopeless romantic.  So theoretically Valentine’s Day should be my jam.  But I find it all a bit tiresome.  Red and pink splattered about, shelves piled high with cards containing meaningless words, gross heart-shaped candy, and half-ass roses shipped out in bulk.  Is this the best expression of love we can come up with…a scheduled day filled with commercialized products attempting to strike love into hearts like a chubby cupid’s arrow.  It’s not the kind of romance I want.  To celebrate with a little more spunk than the lackluster barrage of cheesy crap, try these tips. Read more

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6 Tips To Spice Up Married Sex

feet of couple in the bedLet’s be honest.  Married sex is generally way different from dating or single sex.  There’s no intentional shift to boredom, but typically with marriage comes an array of new stresses.  Bills, your home, kids…the ravenous appetite for affectionate touching sometimes subsides or takes a back seat to other responsibilities.  And that’s normal.  But like anything in life, having a great sex life when you’re married might take a little work.  Follow my top 6 tips to spice up your marital bedroom meanderings. Read more

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What To Do About A Big Belly

Obese patientI’m frequently exposed to rumblings of stubborn big bellies…in part because I enjoy the company of people who eat delicious food and consume alcohol, but also because a large part of my time is spent in my gym where folks have a tendency to express their bodily frustrations.  But I’m here to help.  And bellies, no matter how big or small, are best addressed with 3 combined courses of action. Read more

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Top 7 Practices For Finding Happiness

happy and smiling girl with a smile painted on paperSociety has a lot of woe-is-me folks.  And it’s annoying.  So I’d like to throw out a suggestion; stop whining and seek happiness.  Actively.   Read more

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Top 10 Best and Worst Christmas Gifts

art Christmas scene with tree gifts and fire in backgroundThey say it’s better to give than receive.  Sure.  But lets not fool ourselves.  There isn’t a person out there who doesn’t dig getting a really killer gift.  They also say it’s the thought that counts.  My theory is a little different.  If you thought things out, every gift would be a success.  And holidays prove that it’s possible to get some real turds.  So what are the best and worst gifts to give for Christmas?  Here are 10 steadfast tips for present purchasing. Read more

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