Cotter Chronicles Volume IV – Links to Love

Cotter Crunch - Weekly food news, tips, recipes, and more. It's coffee talk meets link love!

Welcome to the 4th edition of the COTTER CHRONICLES. Missed the last one? Click here and here! This post is part of a monthly series of “journal” entries focusing on sharing life updates, articles, links to love, food and recipes to try, weekly news, and so on and so on. Consider it a link love meets newspaper and of course, more coffee talk. Sound good? The August edition … [Read more...]

Creating a Personal and Blog Mission Statement

route in life

There's a million reasons why I have put off writing this post. Actually, I've typed it out in my head billions of times, but you see... I'm a slow typer. I think, rethink, delete, and repeat. In all honesty, I felt like it needed it more time. Time to be "rerouted" per se. Yep. Our life has been totally rerouted since James (aka the Kiwi) retired from triathlon. And, … [Read more...]

The Business of Blogging and Branding

building your blogging brand

When I first started blogging 6 years ago, blogging was pretty simple. I'd write a recipe, take a crappy picture, hit publish, respond to comments, read a few other blogs, done. Most of the time I was responding to my husband's friends and fellow triathletes. They were always looking for more recipes ideas, nutrition tips, etc. Heck, that's how I was nick named "the Sherpa … [Read more...]

2 Life Happiness Hacks for 2015

life hack quote

Yesterday marked our 7 year anniversary! Seven years people! That's seven years of chasing this Crazy Cotter Triathlon dream. That's 7 years of ups, downs, triumphs, and frustrations. What's even crazier is that my husband has been racing pro since 2006. Almost a decade of HARD training and perseverance. But last year.... oye! Last year was year was a doozy, a true test … [Read more...]

3 Ways to REINVENT Yourself

3 way to reinvent yourself (with goals, blogging, dreams, and more)

As we approach the end of the year, a lot of us start to get antsy in our own skin. We feel the need to RENEW or CHANGE. Or if you are like us, you've been striving (not thriving) and are ready to REINVENT yourself. Am I right? Just like the seasons, things in our life need to go through a hard growth time and then die off in order for us to really change. … [Read more...]

Are You a Slave to Striving?

best yes

Have you ever really looked at what your striving for? Is it a big dream? Is it to be a better version of you? Those are all worth striving for, am I right? But what if along the way you become a slave to striving? Yes, it happens. And if fact, that's where we've been the last 4 months. Guilty. ... x 10 Push Push, go go, work work, etc. etc. Get the … [Read more...]

Letting Go of Routine and Going with the Rhythm


It’s funny, most people are heading back to school, work, etc. and craving a routine. I get that, I really do. Especially if you have kids. But for us? We’ve been plowing away at work, training, in the brutal summer heat. It’s at this point when our routine can almost slow us down from that SECOND WIND of dreaming big. (thank you Tara for the bracelet) We need makes … [Read more...]

Living Out Life’s Bucket List


A funny thing happened this weekend. I was cleaning out the garage and found a box full of old books, notes, etc. It must have been from about 15 years ago. That would make me in high school then. Anyway, I opened up the box and there it it was, my life bucket list, or what I labeled.. “THINGS TO DO IN MY FUTURE LIFE.” Wanna know what was on that list? Here … [Read more...]

Where We Stand, and Fall


I usually don't write on a Sunday, but I have to be honest, I've have a few“project” posts lined up this week and I don't think sharing life updates would really mesh well with them. Yes, projects as in, sponsored posts. Hey, we are self-employed, every little bit helps. Ain't no shame! Haha, okay I'm digressing here. Let's just consider this my thinking out loud on a … [Read more...]

The Sum of Small Efforts, Repeated….


The past month I’ve seen a certain word everywhere. I’ve heard it, read it, thought it, absorbed it. So what the heck is this word? Smallness (in life). Sometimes feeling small in a BIG world is where God needs you to be so you can gain strength, grow, and support others. We (Crazy Cotters) often feel small trying to figure out this DREAM, this JOURNEY. The past injuries … [Read more...]