Consistence + Friends = Happiness!

Ski trip Parenting Tip: Bring Friends along in challenging situations

I grew up skiing so weekend trips to the mountains were important to me. My daughter was not so inclined to deal with uncomfortable ski boots and cold weather.  There was a lot of whining.  I was frustrated, but not willing to give up the outdoor fresh air, or challenging her to master something difficult [...]

Crying Over Sit-Ups…Literally…

Photo of Parenthood Kristina Hugging Adam

Achieving MORE in the least amount of time is an perpetual concept in the back my mind.  If I don’t adapt to being more creative at fitting in all the fun things I want to do, I’ll feel way less delighted with life.  I know I need to keep my ‘fitness – fun – family [...]

Wildflower Triathlon at Lake San Antonio ROCKS!

Debbie Markham finishes Wildflower Mountain Bike Triathlon - May 5, 2012

Wildflower Triathlon has tempted me for 10 years, but this year a friend won an entry and gave it to me!  Since it’s $100 to enter, “free” was the push I needed to actually sign up.  Turns out they have a sprint distance Mountain Bike Tri – perfect since I hadn’t trained much and my [...]

Go out on a limb…thats where the fruit is!

Paddleboarding in South Carolina, trying something new

As I enter my 4th decade, I find it harder and harder to spend time with my dearest friends.  All our kids are involved in 2+ activities and being active parents we’re also overextended between work, parenting duties, volunteering and our own extra curricular activities.  Who KNEW how easy college made it to associate with [...]

I’m wired for distraction…are you?

Kayaking

As much as I don’t like to “label” anyone, I feel o.k. with my self-diagnosis of being ADD.  I enjoy it much of the time, but today’s social media isn’t helping me AT ALL!  I feel like I’m continually partially involved with many things which makes me a bit anxious at times.  Between volunteering and [...]

Swim Swim Swim yourself, quickly down the lane…

Swimming Workout

People generally consider swimming a summer sport. But really, if you’re going to get wet, why not do it throughout the rainy season too! After dropping the kids at school, I started my list of “to-do’s”…computer-crash-appointment, camera-store-flash-sync-problem appointment, pet and office supply stops. Public lap time from Noon-1pm at a community pool was my 2nd [...]

10 reasons to RUN errands.

Debbie Markham Running Errands Functionably Happy

Do you want to know how to get more done, with more fun, in less time?  This is the essence of functionably happy, and here’s my latest success story! Yesterday I set out on a 4 mile run. As I ran, I remembered that my ex husband (who lives 1.5 miles away from me – [...]

[VIDEO] Easy Home Workouts for Busy Women

Once again, after editing photos for clients & videos of myself, I only had an hour until school pick-up time! I’d foolishly convinced myself to work for just 2 hours after i dropped them off, then workout.  5 hours later I had to get out of my office…nothing like ‘forgetting to pick up your child’ [...]

A perfect day!

Portrait of Mary

What a great day!  I photographed an 80 year old lady.  Her son wanted a portrait of her in their long time home, by the window in an old fashioned chair.  I couldn’t help day dreaming when my son might do the same.  Seeing her smile into the camera brought forth emotions and warm fuzzy [...]

Hotel workouts can work out!

Bison Burger

Attempting to follow my own advice of working out 6 days a week proved to be a creative venture last week when I traveled to Yellowstone Nat’l Park solo with my kids, for 8 days.   4 of those days I rose at 6am before them, warmed up for 2 min, worked-out for 24 (doing what [...]