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the other day i mentioned to a friend that i wanted to start blogging more.

“how often do you blog?” she asked me. and then i laughed and confessed that my last blog post was in september. that’s nearly a year ago. a year!

i’ve frequently thought about blog posts, but in the chaos of everyday life i forget how simple it is to take a morsel of an idea or a glimmer of inspiration and jot it down. i look back through posts for inspiration and to find recipes. once i’m out of the habit of writing, though, it seems so laborious to keep it up. “write blog post” sits on the to-do list day after day.

then earlier today I found this quote from the inimitable bruce lee: if you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”

(sit on that for a second)

that’s exactly what i was doing. i was transported back to my sophomore year of college, when my mom and i watched this woman on the today show and i promptly ordered this book.

so here i am blogging.

to get back into the swing of things, here are 4 things, in no particular order:

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this song on repeat. perfect for an evening walk to zone out and rinse off the day.

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i am currently sidelined from the bike, but i still swoon every time machines for freedom sends me an email newsletter.

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the photo above was taken at the start of my early morning run on a ranch in ukiah, ca. i’m 10-weeks away from the new york city marathon, and running is my savior right now. expect more posts on running.

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after listening to paulo coelho talk with krista tippett on her podcast, “on being,” i recently re-read the alchemist. it’s just as good now as it was when i originally read it ages ago. here’s to all of us following our personal legends.

 

“writing is hard for every last one of us… coal mining is harder. do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? they do not. they simply dig.”

— cheryl strayed (via)

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a dude crushed me going up hawk hill. his ponytail was more luscious than mine and he was smoking a cigarette when i got to the top. hipster or european?

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a 5B car passed me and i desperately wanted to chase it down. i don’t think this feeling ever goes away.

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in case you were wondering, the headlands tunnel was closed this weekend (translation: unexpected very steep climbs).

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someone from twin falls stopped me at the coffee shop thanks to my elephant’s perch kit. see! money well spent!

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SELFIE STICKS NEED TO BE PROHIBITED ON THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE. as if pedaling in the wind on a very narrow path isn’t hard enough.

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riding to sausalito for an espresso makes up for the terrifying trip(s) across the bridge.

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i made these morsels for the first time in a LONG time yesterday and they are tastier than ever. my mom made them for us growing up and they are still one of my favorite cookie recipes. small adjustment to the ingredients (no shortening this time), so i thought i would repost for inquiring minds.

2 cups butter
8 oz. regular cream cheese
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
4 tsp. vanilla
4 cups flour
2 tsp salt
12 oz. chocolate chips (*i used half dark chocolate, half white chocolate for this batch)
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

preheat oven to °350. beat together softened butter, cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla. just until smooth. slowly mix in flour and salt. then fold in chocolate chips and nuts. spoon into 1″ balls, on an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake for 10-12 minutes or until just browned around the edges.

i don’t typically make new years resolutions, but this year i did set a goal to take one photo with my nice, non-iphone camera each day. just one. just to get back in the habit of taking a photo intentionally. sometimes it’s 10pm before i remember to take the photo and it’s a snapshot of me winding down before bed. sometimes it’s a place i’d like to remember. sometimes it’s a portrait of the wonderful folks i spend time with everyday, (or just occasionally).

here are a few windows into 2015 so far:

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ten weeks in and i’m miraculously still having fun. not just that: it’s f*#king awesome. and on top of it all, i’m still amazed with the generous folks who have contributed to my fundraising efforts for the LLS. many, many thanks. if you haven’t donated yet, but would like to, click here.

san franciscans: mark your calendars for friday, march 6th and stay tuned for more information (spoiler alert: there will be a mechanical shark. really.)

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on a breeze through anthro today, i spotted these cute little fragrances. loving the colors and painterly flowers. a pop of spring for those of you on the east coast in the snow today.

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in a few short months, i’ll join a handful of my IDEO pals and a larger community of team in training rockstars at the lavaman triathalon in kona, hawaii. come march 29th, we’ll be swimming, biking and running our hearts out.

i signed up for personal reasons: i wanted to do a triathalon and this awesome lady convinced me that team in training was a good idea. she was right.

by participating as a member of the leukemia & lymphoma society’s (LLS) TNT, i am raising funds to help find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. your donation will help fund treatments that save lives every day; like immnuotherapies that use a person’s own immune system to kill cancer. you may not know it, but every single donation helps save a life with breakthrough therapies such as these.

patients need these cures and they need your support.

help me, my fellow IDEO’ers and LLS by making a donation to support our efforts. let’s kick some cancer ass together.

mahalo!

at the top of fairfax-bolinas road.

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(image: rachel tobias)