They say being grateful leads to a happiness. Studies suggest that those who regularly express their gratitude sleep better, get along better with others, are physically healthier, and achieve more. At Equitas Academy #3 we don’t simply teach our scholars to say thank you, but we work with them to reflect on all positive they have in their life. On Sunday evenings as I’m getting ready for the week I reflect on my goals from the previous week, set goals for the upcoming week, and identify something I am especially grateful for. Here is what’s been on the list lately.

I’m grateful for Playa del Rey. I love my easy-going beach community.


I’m grateful for my school. I love going to work, I love the teachers I work with, and I’m thankful for our supportive families. I finally feel like I’ve found my home in education.

I’m grateful for watchless November! Although it’s starting to drive me crazy running aimlessly with no goal, I know it’s good for me 🙂

I’m grateful for Brent. He is so supportive of my career, my goals, loves to travel, shares my love for my family. I’m so lucky to have him! 

I’m grateful for PRs in the marathon, 10K, and half marathon this year. I’m ready for more, but I’m not sure how many PR years I have left in me so I’m soaking it in while I can. I’m also thankful for enjoying the journey with my running buddies.


I’m grateful for my best friend, Alaina. I wouldn’t where I’m at in my career right now without her.

I’m grateful for my Godson, Colby. I love him so much! img_0529.png

I’m grateful for my sisters. They’re all so successful and such strong role models.


I’m grateful for my parents. I hope to raise my kids in the way they raised me.


At times I feel undeserving of everything I’ve been given in life. I aspire to serve others in the way I’ve been served. What are you most thankful for this year?


Lazy November

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But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I feel a little blah now that the whole New York Marathon experience is over. It could also be the food poisoning I’m currently dealing with. It’s almost 2 and I’m still in bed 😦 Thank goodness this didn’t happen two weeks ago. I know there are more fun races ahead. I’ve loved the Friday happy hours, yogaing, and Rise Nation but I still feel like something is missing. Yesterday during a long walk on the beach I realized what it is miss most about training for a race. I miss all the time I spent outside . I miss planning routes to explore neighborhoods in LA. I miss working towards a goal. I also wonder how much more I could have given on the course. This all probably sounds ridiculous because I’ll be running Boston in April, and I know the best thing I can do to up my chances of a strong race is rest, but it’s how I feel. I guess I should think back to this feeling when I have Yasso 800s lined up on my training plan and I’d rather be sitting on the coach. Wow, this was too touchy feely and emotional for a generally unemotional person. Do other runners experience this?

OK now I need your advice. Has anyone ever purchased a customized training plan? Pros? Cons? Considering it for Boston as something new to try.

No Watch November

Back in May after the LA Marathon, Boston Marathon and Vancouver Marathon Marta, Ellen and I did Mix It Up May as a way to take a break from miles and miles of running. It helped me get excited about training for New York, and it was a great way to explore the many workout studios LA has to offer. After the New York Marathon, I’m calling it No Watch November. I’m running Boston in April, and I’m super excited about running my best there now that I have experience with the course, but I need a break so that I don’t go into training feeling tired. I’m ditching the Garmin in November. No checking splits. No specific mileage plan. Just running how long I want…how fast I want…when I want. I will admit I’m a little sad New York is over, but rather than jumping into more hard training and burning myself out, I’m reminding myself that I have the rest of my life to run. The marathon rewards those who are patient. I’m just going to keep chipping away at the time. With less running there’s been more time for school, enjoying LA, and cooking. Here’s what we’ve been up to…


Avocado Seed Observations

Alaina’s Yoga Class

Intervention with Ms. FitzGerald

LA Living…

Manhattan Beach Sunset

Cocktails with Marta and Alaina at Manhattan Beach Post

Back to Santa Monica Power Yoga with Rudy

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Green Juice after Yoga. We’re so LA.

Marta and Cecilia at Bestia!

The bone marrow and Lucy. Oh bone marrow!

What’s Cooking…

Homemade Muesli: Gogi Berries, Raisins, Cacoa Nibs, Hemp Seeds and Pepitas

Oatmeal with Dates, Candied Pecans, Peanut Butter and Granola. I’m trying to copy OatMeals.

Proud of my Friday lunch 🙂 Rice, kimchi, sweet potatoes and bok choy.

Pumpkin Tortilla Chips with Black Beans, Spinach, Soyrizo and Cheese