Handstands and Memories at the Monkey Ship

Most people go to the zoo to look at the animals. I, however, recently went to Mesker Park Zoo to do a five minute plank — with the thought in the back of my mind that maybe I would kick up into a handstand near an animal or something else significant. As it turns out “something else significant” was a...

Obsessed with Handstand Success

“Determination becomes obsession and then it becomes all that matters.” — Jeremy Irvine This, my friends, is a moment of confession. A confession that handstands have now become my obsession. You may think this is an exaggeration (only if you don’t know me), but if you read the definition — “preoccupied with or haunted by some idea, interest,...

How Handstands Pushed This Indoor Girl Into the Outdoors

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and winds long to play with your hair.” –Kahlil Gibran As a general rule, I don’t like doing anything outside. Seriously, most of my time in the outdoors is spent walking from my car to the store or the office, and back again, and maybe from my...

Something To Look Forward To

“Happiness is pretty simple: someone to love, something to do, something to look forward to.” — Rita Mae Brown I once had a boss who encouraged everyone to schedule vacations. “Everyone needs something to look forward to,” he’d say as he talked about his next upcoming adventure. He was right. Having something to look forward to gives us...

Performing Under Pressure

“Pressure isn’t supposed to break us. It’s designed to make us.” Sarahjohnson.co When I was a little girl, I was an amazingly good speller. So much so that my fellow students  would call out my name when the teacher asked who wanted to participate when we competed in a spelling bee against a rival class. There were, in...

“Just One More Time…” Is Probably a Lie

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” — Thomas A. Edison If you’re ever around me when I’m handstanding, you’ll probably hear me say, “just one more time,” as a signal that I’m going to try one more time and that will be it....

Let’s Put a Positive Spin on 2020

One of the best positives of 2020: Our new grandson!

“Accentuate the positive Eliminate the negative Latch on to the affirmative Don’t mess with Mister In-Between” — Johnny Mercer Let me start off by saying I know there were a lot of bad things that happened in 2020 and I’m not for a moment discounting what was truly a tragic year for many. But while it’s easy to...

Determination Conquers Disappointment

“Failure is not the opposite of success. It’s part of it.” — Arianna Huffington One of my goals is to eventually take my handstand on the road and get photographs of myself handstanding in front of local — and some day more well-known — landmarks. (Picture me confidently handstanding in front of the Eiffel Tower — shoulders in...

The Halloween That Wasn’t “Normal”

“Things may never go back to normal. You may need to create a new normal. And that’s okay.” — johilder .com For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved dressing up for Halloween and then taking treat bags to friends and clients. I start planning my outfit on November 1 (that’s right, already thinking about 2021)  and...