All posts tagged: journey

Taryn Kutches: Co-Founder Of Parker Design Reinventing The Woman’s Backpack

A couple of nights ago, guest editor Taryn Kutches did us all a favor and shared her 10 must haves for pumping while on the go. We hope it streamlined some planning for those of you in the beautiful trenches of nursing. Tonight, I wanted to share her story with you. I’ve featured a few female entrepreneurs who left a career to pursue another, but this one is still doing both and raising a daughter. Taryn is from Norton Shores, MI, a small beach town on the west side of the state, where she lives with her husband Pete, a four-legged son Tahoe, and their daughter Parker. During the week she does the 40 hour grind as a sales engineer in the automotive industry. When she’s not at her day job, she’s sleeping, keeping up with her daughter and working hard on her passion project: Parker Design, of which she is co-founder of. What is Parker Design? A fashion brand hoping to re-think women’s fashion and positively changing the world at the same time. They’re beginning with …

Pauline Canteneur On How The Young French Live In San Francisco

One of my favorite things about being a blogger is the people I meet. Last year, through Clementine, the young fashion designer turned toy store owner I had met through Pascaline, my French network grew from zero to making up most of my current friends. Perhaps we shared a similar narrative of coming to the United States to seek education, work and life. Or maybe our shared love for art, culture and exploration. No, it must have been our sense of humor or quirkiness! Whatever the reason and although our cultures and histories were worlds apart, I found it easy and quick to form a friendship. So much so I wanted to write about two of the girls who left a lasting impression on me the first time we ever met. Pauline and Charlotte. I met Pauline and Charlotte on a freezing fall evening at the opening of the Minnesota Street Project. Pauline, a poised young 20 something native of the North Eastern part of France, who instantly impressed me with her ability to ride a bike wearing …

My 6 week Journey to Wellness – Week 4 Recap

Hello! It’s been a very busy week so I haven’t had a time to do a recap until now. I made another video though, which I hope you’ll enjoy at my expense (posted at the end of this post). Goals For The Week Let me recap my goals for the week. Workout everyday this week (maybe between work sessions as your break) Add healthy snacks between smaller meals (best if you can prep ahead of time so you don’t prep during work time) Take O on errands so you don’t cut into work time Connect with a MOPS group Arrange a MNO at your house for your friends while Chris is gone How Did I Do? In Summary, I worked out 3 days again out of 7. Did the exercises as a break between work sessions. I really enjoyed doing that. I did some strength exercises, and a little bit of cardio (running). I did try snacking the first few days, but I didn’t prepare for the week ahead of time so I ended up skipping …

My 6 Week Journey To Wellness: Week 3 Recap

I’m half way through! It’s been getting harder to keep up while trying to keep all my priorities in order. But Darcy has come to my rescue again following week 2! We touched base over Skype to review the end of week 2 and set new goals for week 3. I shared how trying to get work done made it easy for me to ‘let go’ of my exercises, even if it were only 15 minutes. Which doesn’t make any sense. So we looked at my ‘work’ responsibilities and what I took away from our conversation was the need for me to develop a type of system that will help streamline my work process so that i’m not wasting time figuring it out as I go along. So I spent the later half of my week trying to do that, and it helped me stop obsessing over things that I had no control over. Towards the end of the week, I freed up more time to do some exercises. Goals for the week Stream line work flow …

My 6-week journey to wellness: Week 2 Recap

At the beginning of the week, Darcy and I synced up to talk about goals for week 2. She was really encouraging about my first week’s progress. We talked about what things I valued the most based on a tool I had used (physical fitness wasn’t one of them). It helped me see that what I spent most of my time, energy and money on determined what I valued the most. Makes sense. Those things were work, O and my personal interests. She also gave me some feedback and support around my work, which I didn’t expect, but it was really thoughtful of her to do so. Getting feedback like that was really empowering. Goals Exercise: Still keeping to working out every day, blog only at the end of the week Food: Keep track of what i’m eating, try one new clean recipe this week.  Work: Write down all the things I need to get done  Meditation time: Try to do it early in the morning (without falling asleep) How did I do this week? Day 1: Was still …

My 6 week journey to wellness – Week 1

Week 1 – Measurements, Setting Goals and Planning Lets get started! Darcy and I started the week with a google hangout conversation. Prior to our convo, she asked me for my measurements (waist, thigh, arms, butt, weight, etc.) and before pictures. It wasn’t really as important for me though because my goal isn’t to loose weight. But I still did it. We chatted about why and what my goals for these 6 weeks were. Here are the goals I came up with: I would like to feel like I have more time I would like to have more energy Then we narrowed it down to 3 goals for the first week: Spend 10 mins a day by yourself in some sort of meditative/spiritual state Exercise daily (10-20 mins), incorporating some strength After exercising, spend 3 mins writing down everything you can think of that needs to get done (doesn’t have to be something that needs to be done today, but if it’s something that’s on your mind, get it down on paper so you can pop it …