REFILL: Dark Chocolate MMAZ and MIMM


“The truth is, we aren't weary simply because our schedules are full. We are weary because our spirits are depleted. Within each one of us resides a soul that desperately needs renewal and restoration, something an overloaded schedule doesn't always allow.” Such truth, isn't it? That word....Depleted. How often do we find ourselves depleted at the end of the week and … [Read more...]

Dear Abby Friday: Perfectly Easy Pancakes


It’s been 6 weeks since we moved away from our beloved neighbors. I’ve been going through some serious DEAR ABBY withdrawals. You see, we still  live in the same area and work at the same place, but we can’t just pop in for a glass of wine, kombucha cocktail, tea, etc. like we used to. So in order to get my “Dear Abby” fix, I recruited her for a guest post. See, we’re still … [Read more...]

Recovery Carnival: A Cotter Concoction


This week, I think it’s moving as slow as molasses. Normally I like molasses, just not the pace of it.  Let’s just say I’ve been needing extra recovery this week, more mentally than anything. You know how those weeks are, yes? And speaking of recovery, a few weeks ago our fellow triathlete/blog friend Jason of Cook Train Eat Race  emailed me about participating in a recovery … [Read more...]

Dear Abby Friday & Chocolate Rum Macaroons


Happy Friday friends. It’s a good feeling. Even though I still work weekends, there’s just something about that Friday feeling. Anyway, today I have something very special to share. I sound like Mr. Rogers, but I promise you’ll like it. Today I have my DEAR friend ABBY sharing a recipe (yes, I'm referencing the Dear Abby columnist.  Clever, eh?).  Abby is my fantastic … [Read more...]

Feed Me Friday: Food and Friends


Ahh welcome to another Feed me Friday Post. You see, I had full intentions of doing a “Benefits of Holiday Spices” post, but my brain hurts, I’m a bit under the weather, and I just want to blab today. Perfectly acceptable, yes? So What’s a Feed me Friday? Well, it means I leave you with more food for thought than actual food. Maybe it’s encouragement, laughter, love, etc. … [Read more...]

Lessons from the Week


This week I learned that my top priorities don’t make me money, but they do ENRICH my life. This week I learned that I need to focus on my words. Making them fruitful and encouraging above all else. This week I learned a good product starts with the care and passion of the company. Thank you LOVE GROWN GRANOLA! This week I learned why planking is so effective! … [Read more...]

Asheville Smiles


We have these moments. Moments of pure joy, of blissful blessings, of thankful awareness. This past weekend, I had all three. This past weekend was a Godsend. The hubs was in NC training (others). Being the good man he is, he let me use one of his stand by tickets to meet up with some friends in Asheville. We’d then reunite in Charlotte on Monday for our journey … [Read more...]

Wednesday Schpeel


Yes, schpeel is a word. I looked it up. It’s a word according to Urban Dictionary and I use it a lot. So here’s my schpeel…. in random order of course. God is good. He’s answering a lot of prayers, in fact He’s answering immediate prayers. What does that say? That there is power in PRAYER! Second chances. There are always second chances. If there is a vision, a … [Read more...]

Motivation Monday: Keep the Care


This weekend was a quick one. Lot's of driving and traveling to and from meetings, appointments, etc. But it was also a weekend where I was reminded of how much people care. I was reminded that I know GOOD people and man am I lucky. So why is this a Motivation Monday? Well because I said so. Haha, no really, it’s motivation to keep caring for one another. To keep in touch, to … [Read more...]

Worth the Time


Let me guess, you just opened your Google Reader on this lovely Monday Morning and it’s jammed pack. But that’s a good thing. Means your blog friends (aka “blends”) were out living life. And when I say living life I mean cooking, eating, training, and so forth. My reader is always packed Monday mornings. But it’s well worth the overload. It’s worth the read to hear about … [Read more...]