They told me not to, but I did it anyway

They told me not to, but I did it anyway

You may not know this about me, but in addition to running my business and training for endurance mountain bike races, I also teach graduate school.

I just wrapped up my 12th term teaching. 

And within 24 hours of the term ending, 4 of my 10 students emailed me saying that they are so appreciative of all the support I gave during our semester together.

2 years ago, I was sleeping on an air mattress...

2 years ago, I was sleeping on an air mattress...

Yesterday, I booked a 12-day trip to Florida that starts this coming Friday. I have to be in the Keys for a wedding on Saturday and I have to be in Orlando on May 7th. Initially, I was going to fly back and forth, but at the last minute realized that I've built a location-independent lifestyle - so why not just stay and enjoy?

I figure it will be great inspiration to spend some time with my toes in the sand - and throw in some early morning walks along the ocean and bike rides on the famous Overseas Highway...oh yeah!

Why not?!

If you had asked me two years ago if I was going to be booking in itinerary-less trip to Florida to just work and play...I would have said that it sounded nice but I didn't see happening. 

I had basically given up hope on having a life like that. 

Is what other people think the thing that's holding you back?

Is what other people think the thing that's holding you back?

The other day, I was getting my hair done at the salon. My stylist and I often talk business because she recently branched off from a big corporate salon and went into business for herself. Since we have this in common, the conversation went there quickly as it usually does. 

She admitted to me that business has been better than she thought it would be after only being out on her own for a few months. 

However, she also said it definitely could be better. 

If it's not messy, it's not progress!

If it's not messy, it's not progress!

For the last week, I've had it on my heart to write about this topic. It seems that things have been super difficult for a lot of people around me. Whether we chalk it up to the full moon that just occurred or the fact that a number of planets are in retrograde or it's just a really huge coincidence - that really isn't the point. 

What I really want to address here is that if you are having a rough string right now, just know that you aren't alone. 

Ever wanted to turn your handwriting into a font? Here's how

Ever wanted to turn your handwriting into a font? Here's how

Have you ever wanted to use your own handwriting while creating a webpage or a document? Well, today's tip is going to help you do just that.

Calligraphr.com is a site that allows you to turn your handwriting into your own custom font. It provides a user-friendly wizard that walks you through all the steps. I tested it out, and in less than 10 minutes I had created my own custom font from start to finish!

Fun, right!?

Lessons my worst ever day on the bike can teach us about business and life

Lessons my worst ever day on the bike can teach us about business and life

You may or may not know this about me, but if I'm not sitting at my computer I am usually on my bike - it's a HUGE passion of mine. I compete on an elite-level women's mountain bike team based in the Chicago area, and this weekend I participated in an early season race called the Barry-Roubaix. 

This race, held in Michigan, is known to be very difficult - usually because of how early in the year it is (we aren't in as good of shape), the type riding (gravel roads), hills (very hilly - one of them is actually called "The Killer"), and the weather (temps have been anywhere from 20 F to 80 F). 

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