Since graduating with my BS in Biochemistry I’ve developed a number of interests that centralize around the theme of self-development, wellness, and skill acquisition. Throughout the years I’ve blogged as a hobby and for business as a personal trainer. While I’m transitioning into a new season of life I continue to write and publish here occasionally.
I maintain this blog so I can share the journey and the outcomes of my efforts with others who are also pursuing improvement + wellness in their everyday lives.

These posts are simply where my thinking has brought me so far. I share to provide resources to those on their own journey and to document our life as we show up fully + do our part in the world. All thoughts and views are my own.

While I work full-time in Computational Biology and metabolomics, I tend to use this space to write about my other roles and interests:

  • wife + mom seeking to provide a good environment for my family as we learn, grow, work, and rest together.
  • athlete seeking ways to push my body + mind for the goal of being as fit as I can within my current constraints (I subscribe to the Crossfit approach to defining “fitness”). I make an effort to know my body + its signals, which helps me optimize my performance in and out of the gym.
  • aspiring homesteader cooking 90-95% of our meals at home (active on Pinterest but also making my own recipes as I experiment), developing my gardening skills, and always looking for ways to increase the quality of what we produce + consume.
  • mental health advocate – I’m seeking to better understand the body + mind across scientific domains so I can cultivate habits that bring mental clarity, energy, self-awareness, emotional balance, etc. 

If you search through here you will see the remnants of posts targeted toward creative business owners from the days of toying with the idea of starting an online coaching business. I’ve decided to leave them up because they still contain useful information whether you run a business or a household + they are part of my story.
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Some places I’ve been:

  • BS in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota – where my journey of studying the effects of stress on the body began.
  • Hope Community Church intern — where I first began to piece together how the science I loved could benefit others.
  • Personal trainer – where I dove into human performance + holistic wellness.
  • Wife and stay-at-home mom of two tiny people – where I experienced and studied human development at its….messiest.


  • Eric and I have been married for nearly 7 years, we’ve had various small biz pursuits for the same length of time, our kids are closing in on 6 & 4.
  • I stop and stare at any and all wild life thanks for National Geographic, BBC, and the Wild Kratts.
  • I like my coffee + chocolate dark, my wine dry, and my books nonfiction.
  • There are few movies I will watch over and over again these days. Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is one of them.
  • I’ll add Kerrygold butter to pretty much anything.
  • I’m [slowly] working toward competing locally in Crossfit.

Do we have something in common? I’d love to hear about it.

Here are some hand-picked posts to give you a taste of my style:

Burpees are no doubt popular for getting your heart rate up but the complexity of this movement makes it easy to do incorrectly. Read more to see what you need to know to make the burpee work for you. More at
Are you tired of setting goals only to abandon them after a long day or a long week? It doesn't have to happen like that. Read on for strategies to help you transition from work to home PLUS a free guide containing 8 steps to RECLAIMING your evening after a long day. Read more:

Finally, here are a few oldies that have been favorites of my readers:

Self-awareness and mindfulness are more than just feel-good. They change your brain + the way you respond in the moment to setbacks and uncertainty. Read on for 5 benefits of cultivating self-awareness in your personal + business life. More at:
Self-doubt gets a bad rap. But you're the boss of your brain so you get to decide -- will self-doubt crush you? Or will you put in the effort to turn it into an asset? Creatives, bloggers, and business owners rely on creativity + productivity to make a living - unchecked self-doubt derails both. So read on and download the free cheat sheet so you can get started using your self-doubt to your advantage. More at

Photography: K Solberg Photography



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