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 [...]

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 [...]

Updated and Continually Re-Balancing!

Daily Deal written by Debbie Markham

Back in October I applied for a 2nd job as a copywriter to supplement my photography income. Updating my resume and submitting several writing samples, coupled with fearing not being experienced or creative enough for the job was really nerve-racking. When I apprehensively tapped the ‘enter’ key on my laptop – sending my cover letter [...]

Volunteering for the Grammar School can lead to Triathlete Training!

Mom volunteer and triathlete Debbie Markham

You say you don’t have time to volunteer, but YOU DO… LOL! I turned my volunteer time into a good story here and wrote a blog post on it… just think of what fun you could have too! This morning I promoted our school’s fundraiser event, “Out of this World Book and Science Fair,” by [...]

[VIDEO] How to learn Freestyle Aerial Skiing in 3 hours!

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“Keep your eyes up!”  That’s what the freestyle aerial ski coach told me.   Last Fall I took an Intro Course to the sport at Olympic Village in Park City UT, where Olympic athletes do summer training. Whenever I look up (when running, shopping, or walking my dogs) I feel a rush of excitement and hope [...]

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 – [...]

Tie-Dye to the rescue!

Tie Dye Camouflages Yogurt Spill

I realized that every day I PLAN what I wear, knowing there’s a chance I’ll be spilling what I eat on the run, at one of many unpredictable times. (This may be a sign my multi-tasking has gone too far.) Driving to my first appointment, I held fast to the steering wheel & a spoon, [...]

Back to School emotions

My Hero, My Mom

Since school starts for my 5th & 3rd graders tomorrow, I’ve decided to go through all the art, reading samples & comprehension tests that were sent home last June, at the end of school.  I’ve procrastinated “sifting through” to study their red marks & savor their hard work because I knew it’d take an hour [...]

Using keyboard shortcuts saves me hours!

Keyboard Shrotcut Photo

The other day my daughter pleaded in the grocery isle “Can we please make our own tapioca, I want to add more vanilla,” so I bought the white pearls in a bag.  2 days later (YES – 2 days, soaking pearl tapioca overnight, double boiler heating milk gingerly for 1 hour, separating eggs and individually [...]