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Shamrock Run 15k – Hills, Hills, Hills!

03.18.14

When I signed up for this race in January, I registered for the 8k. Friends ended up registering for the 15k and since it was free to change distances later – and peer pressure of training with friends is more fun – I opted for the 15k version! Unlike my first half marathon, in the weeks leading up to the race I was a lot more nervous about my training – or lack there of. I felt like I’d not put in enough distance in my long runs. Most of the weekends that I should have been doing some longer Read more…

My 2014 Goals

01.04.14

Happy new year from the sunshine state! Now that I’ve reviewed 2013, here’s what’s cooking for 2014… My 2014 Goals: Live / work remotely for at least a month – internationally this year Blog twice a month here on Powered by Tofu and weekly on my business blog Max out my IRA Go to a conference again Run another half marathon and another shorter race (8k or 10k) Pick a monthly fitness challenge (this month I’m doing the new Nike+ Coach 5k Intermediate program) See my niece 3-4x (I better get going on this one!) Visit a new North American Read more…

2013 in Pictures & Goals

12.29.13

Another year in the books! 2013 was a big year for me. Some years seem to sneak by, but 2013 was not one of those years. My life was all about health and freedom this year. While everything didn’t go exactly as planned, I did two big things this year: #1 I quit my job to start freelancing. #2. I ran a half marathon. The half marathon was a big change in my life because I spent months training for it. And for the first time in my life actually started to enjoy running (not something I thought would ever Read more…

Annual Goal Setting Template + Ideas

12.26.13

I love goals. Perhaps it started by running around with a miniature notebook and a stockpile of colored pencils instead of going to preschool, either way I’ve loved goals and challenges, and lists of epic proportions ever since I can remember. So as my annual “end of the year musing and scheming” has arrived this week, I’ve been excited to take a day or two and reflect on 2013 before I get carried away with planning for 2014. Since I’ve been asked for a bit of the process behind my personal planning, I decided to share an example of my Read more…

How To Make A Grown Up Advent Calendar

12.08.13

This year, I wanted to make an adult advent calendar. No, not that kind of “adult”. Sheesh! Seeing a friend’s calendar of adorable tree-topped miniature boxes, I started thinking how it would be fun to do a grown up version. After doing a bit of searching around, it seemed that most advent calendar ideas were either for kids or they were interesting themed gifts of 25 whiskeys, 25 chocolates, 25 wines etc. I wanted to do something a bit more budget friendly and experience oriented instead of shopping/consumer driven. The result was a giant list of fun activities and outings. After Read more…

Olivia Raymer
Things I ♥: travel, food (I'm a pescatarian), the Pacific Northwest, bikes (I ride an orange mixte), beer (IPAs), summer, coffee, lists, and kitties. Travel enthusiast, former product manager, dabbler, and currently helping small businesses with digital strategy at Early Bird Strategy.

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