Compete to Exist: it’s okay to want to win

Sometimes, as an adult, we lose ways to channel and release our energy. I always had sports. Always. If I had a bad day, one round of batting practice was all I needed to reshape my mood. Heck, on good days, there was nothing like winning the Tee Game before heading home; it affirmed my…

Getting Healthy with a Diet Bet Challenge

This year, Chad and I embarked on a fitness journey. We decided to challenge ourselves, and go somewhere we hadn't before. I know, I know. We all see this coming: new year, a new plan for a healthier lifestyle. It's a cliche that we all seem to go through. But who can truly be cynical…

No Place for Glory Days

Sometimes dreams change. They morph and evolve and there's no shame in moving forward. And with them are old and dried up glory days, sitting in the dust. There's no shame in the occasional over-the-shoulder glance back. Since graduating high school several years ago (and staunchly changing my big-swinging dreams in the process), I have…

Diamond Dreaming with the Grand Junction Rockies

The saying "diamonds are a girl's best friend," usually asserts an appreciation for shiny, expensive rocks. In my case, it's a little different. I love baseball. I love everything about it, from the field to the history to the camaraderie to the sport itself—the rules, play making, and thrill of situational understanding. When I hint…

Married at 22: the best things about me are NOT you

My husband Chad and I are coming up on seven years together, and one year married. Throughout this time, we've gone through a lot—hurdles, successes, and nearly every milestone that comes up in a young relationship's highs and lows. I've learned a lot. I've grown a lot. This growth has come independently and as a…