When our Demons want to play

For a huge part of my life, as a teenager and even into my 20’s I struggled with the yo-yo diet cycle perpetuated by an influx of this incessant need to eat til my stomach hurt. In my younger days I have vivid memories of sitting on my bathroom floor with a spoon in my…

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Self Limiting Beliefs

I have been in Ketchikan AK for a couple of months now and have made some quality connections with people in this town, it has turned out to be a much better experience than I anticipated when I first learned I would be moving here. It is insanely gorgeous and the people I’ve met are…

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Winter is coming in Alaska

I’ve noticed people in Ketchikan talk about winter as if  its dangerous like we are all suddenly dropped into the lives of characters from  “Game of Thrones” When I meet someone new they do not tell me how many years they’ve lived here without prefacing how many winters it has been. “We’ve been here three winters” It…

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Stop Romanticizing Busy

It has been almost two years since I announced my pregnancy to my family. I was so excited to be having my first child but also scared that I was going to let myself go or end up with a mom butt because all I would do is sit around all day eating hostess cupcakes. I was always…

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Coach Mal takes on Bouncing Back

Recently my in- laws were visiting us here in Ketchikan and I had set the best of intentions to stick to my healthy routines with them staying with us for a week. I had decided to myself a grand speech about how I was going to stay on track, and needless to say-intentions are not…

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Coach Mal takes on Mindfulness and Rocky Trails

Yesterday I went hiking on Dude Mountain in Ketchikan with my Husband and Father-in-law, this  was a pretty rigorous hike. During the hike I had a flashback  to a couple of years ago when I went on some hikes with a friend and I could NOT keep up. I was hyperventilating and I needed a…

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Relaxation Burns Fat; Find Your Sliver of Blue Sky

It has been raining for days and we have been under near constant cloud coverage. This morning my husband looked out the window and called me over to show me the sliver of blue sky wayyy off in the distance. As a girl from California I never knew a small sliver of blue sky could…

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Own the Moment You Are In

If I could take a moment to brag about myself, I’d just like to say that I am REALLY good at throwing myself an epic pity party. I really like to lay it on thick “woe is me” “this is too hard” “I am never going to make it.” I moved to a pretty place,…

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A week of Gauze Strips and Lullabies

Welp, life in Alaska is off to a very eventful start. Sometimes, I believe that there is something dark in my soul that beckons me from time to time, like a sinister feeling takes over as my anxiety begins to escalate. Before being a mother, this just seemed to be a nuisance to silence when…

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