These past few days I have been doing a great deal of thinking. It’s been very enlightening and I have come to a few realizations; the first being that life is too short. We don’t get to choose how long we are on this earth but we do get to choose how we spend the time that we are here. It’s amazing how time just seems to slip away from us and before we know it a month goes by, then a year, then ten. Make sure that you are enjoying every moment and not missing out on your life. The second realization is that I know some pretty amazing people.  The support that was offered from so many staff and students that attended Augustana University in light of a horrible situation was overwhelming and it really shows just what an inspiring person Julia was. Someone had written this quote for Julia and I just thought it was very touching

“We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” ~ Chuck Palahnuik

Continue reading


Her Story…

Today I don’t have any pictures of what I have been cooking, no success stories from running, no funny quotes or anecdotes to share. Today you get me, just some thoughts and feeling that I want to share with you.

I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to be able to write about the most life changing event that has ever happened to me. Four and a half years ago I lost the most amazing person that I have ever known. She was my rock, my teacher, my shoulder to cry on and at times my friend. There are so many wonderful words to describe her but my favorite one is “mama”. My mama passed away after having a massive heart attack in June 2008, I was 24 years old and it was the most devastating thing that could have ever happened to me.

Continue reading