Take Joy!

My friends are always teaching me so much about joy!

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Yoga in the Park…

Coming to you this summer!

What:  Free outdoor yoga in various parks in Tacoma and Puyallup

Why: Because northwest summers are the best and Yoga feels so dang good!  And because my yoga certification program requires that I teach a minimum of 8 hours of free yoga.

Who:  Come one, come all. No prior experience necessary.

Where: Point Defiance Park, Wright Park, Bradley Lake (Puyallup), and a special day in Ocean Shores.

When:  Beginning mid-July and running through the end of August (See schedule for details).  All yoga sessions are approximately 60 minutes.

Other Important Info:

We will also being group runs before some of the yoga sessions. Anyone is welcome to join, stay tuned for more details

I’ll designate a meeting spot in the park the week of the class

Please bring your own yoga mat, blanket or towel to use a a prop, and a plastic garbage bag to place under your mat if you are worried about it getting dirty/wet

In case of inclement weather, I will post a back up plan on cafemj the day of or worst case, reschedule!

Let’s get our yoga on! Yeah!


Date: Place: Time:
Friday July 13 Ocean Shores–Beach House or Jetty Beach if weather allows 4 PM
Thursday July 19  Wright Park 4:30 PM
Sunday July 22  Point Defiance Park 9 AM
Sunday July 29

Saturday July 28


Point Defiance Park 9 AM
Thursday  August 2  Wright Park 4:30 PM
Sunday August 5  Bradley Lake (Puyallup) 9 AM
Thursday August 9  Wright Park 4:30 PM 

10 AM

Sunday August 19  Point Defiance Park 9 AM
Thursday August 23  Wright Park 4:30 PM

Please RSVP to peaceloverun84@gmail.com or 253-370-3431…if you forget and want to come, come!

Asian Noodle Bowl with Kelp Noodles

This delicious (and raw) recipe is modified from Mr. Brendan Braizer’s Thrive Foods.  The sause is zingy and filling while the kelp noodles and raw veggies give it a wonderful crunch. 

Kelp noodles are a great alternative to wheat and rice based pastas.  Kelp, like many sea plants, is loaded with nutrients that are known to aid digestion and metabolism.  Additionally, kelp helps with thyroid function, strengthens bones and teeth, and improves your circulatory system.  potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium and iodine. It also contains enzymes, vitamins, trace elements, and more than 21 amino acids. Dang, eh? 

Add some fresh veggies, a few spices, and some protein and you’ve got yourself a super quick, super nutrious, and super satisfying raw meal. 
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Almond Chocolate Recovery Smoothie

It was chocolatey, and messy, and wonderful.

Ya’ll know I love smoothies! I have a green smoothie most mornings.  They are refreshing, nourishing, and dang tasty.  Green smoothies are my staple smoothie but lately I’ve been wanting to mix it up a little.  Like today, I got back from a fast 15 miler and was in the mood for something sexy (to drink).

So, in a moment of inspiration, I whipped up a little somethin’-somethin’ out of my comfort zone and boy was a I glad I did.  I drank this in the bathtub with lots of lavendary bubbles.  Talk about bliss.


  • Thanks iherb for the free sample! It was deeelicious.

    1 banana

  • a scoop plant based protein (I just happened to have this sample from iherb that I used but you could also just use straight hemp and spice it up)
  • 1 spoonful almond butter
  • spoonful of carob powder
  • packet stevia or a squeeze of agave
  • A few handfuls of ice
  • water to your liking (I like mine thick so I add a little bit of water at a time)


  • I like to chop the ice in the blender first
  • Put it all in and blend it all up!


Today marks the two year anniversary of Payton’s accident.  It marks the day that ushered in 5 days of hell for my family as we desperately prayed for a miracle and waited as doctors ran tests and tried to reduce the swelling in his brain.  Today I’m remembering the feelings–emotional and physical–I experienced from the moment I woke up in Cape Town to an in box full of “CALL HOME NOW!” e-mails to the time I made it home and was met at the hospital entrance by my parents and told Payton would be taken off life support in the morning.

Today I’m remembering the tragedy and grief my family has experienced but also remembering the joy that Payton brought.  His life, although so short, was vibrant and full.  Below I have reposted something I wrote last September. Please do remember my family this week–hold us in your prayers and send us peace, love, and joyful memories of our little man.
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A running story.

Today is National Running Day.  I  love running! As a matter of fact, it is probably my most favorite activity. I celebrated today with a beautiful trail run with my friend Julie.  I wish I could have ran with all of you today, but that just wasn’t the case, so instead I’ll tell you a story.  A story about running.

My last weekend in South Africa, I went to the Cederberg Mountains with some friends.  We stayed in a lovely cottage with rope swings in the yard, orange groves all around, and a delightful waterfall about a kilometer down the trail.  We did a lot of eating, reading, and lazyiness.  However, I did manage to squeeze in a few runs.
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