Welcome, Prince,’ said Aslan. ‘Do you feel yourself sufficient to take up the Kingship of Narnia?’

I don’t think I do, Sir,’ said Caspian. ‘I am only a kid.’

Good,’ said Aslan. ‘If you had felt yourself sufficient, it would have been proof that you were not.

C.S. Lewis


Do I get sad? Oh yeah. Does it hit me hard? Oh yeah.
Robin Williams in a 2006 NPR interview on Fresh Air.


I did it! Taste of Chicago 2014

Two months ago I was given the assignment to plan the Taste of Chicago for Mariano’s from start to finish, while still being a full time Merchandising Manager opening Ravenswood and then a full time Assistant Manager opening Bucktown.  Looking back, it was a lot; but honestly there wasn’t anytime to doubt myself or question if I could do it.

I’ve always had the motto, crush or be crushed.  I really believe having a can-do, I can do or learn anything attitude is the key to success.  And although I had a couple of close call, nearly panic attack moments, I still managed to nearly sell more watermelon slices in one day (11,000 Sunday) then Dominick’s did in their 5 days total last year (12,000).

It was grueling- 14 days on (a few of them 15,17 hour days), 20 miles alone walked on the last day, cutting bins of watermelons like a machine with a machete, torrential down pours on Saturday while unloading trucks with lift gates and pallet jacks- but I managed. I was proud that our chocolate dipped frozen bananas and Italian sausage sandwiches were named best new menu items at the taste by Time Out Chicago and I even managed to make a cameo on ABC7 news

But the best feeling was being open for business the first day and just knowing I did it.  And no one held my hand and I didn’t completely lose it and I really did it all by myself (with the help of some really great mentors, friends and resources).  It has been hands down my greatest accomplishment to date and I just have a great sense of pride for myself, my work and what I’m capable of accomplishing.  


This is from a couple weeks ago… 57kg snatch PR.  I have become more and more confident in the snatch this cycle, missing very few heavy lifts.  I’ve focused on making sure my hips and shoulders rise at the same rate in the first pull which has made a big difference in my lifting.



A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.

Lifting and dogs! My two favorite things! ☺️

Lifting and dogs! My two favorite things! ☺️


These have been affectionately dubbed as my superwoman glasses.  I wear them to work if I’ve had a rough day prior and they always cheer me up.  
Next week I start another job for Mariano’s. Every time I go to a new store I focus on one thing to improve upon.  I want to continue to work on being patient as a leader.  

Let one guard oneself against irritability in speech;

These have been affectionately dubbed as my superwoman glasses.  I wear them to work if I’ve had a rough day prior and they always cheer me up.  

Next week I start another job for Mariano’s. Every time I go to a new store I focus on one thing to improve upon.  I want to continue to work on being patient as a leader.  

Let one guard oneself against irritability in speech;


And most of all, stop worrying about your happiness. Happiness does not come from a job. It comes from knowing what you truly value, and behaving in a way that’s consistent with those beliefs.
Mike Rowe, Dirty Jobs

If by renouncing a lesser happiness
one may realize a greater happiness,
let the wise one renounce the lesser,
having regard for the greater.
The Buddha—

Weightlifting is just like anything else that we want to be successful at. We just have to keep working on it.
Coach Mark…105kg front squat PR last night!


This is to be done by one skilled in aims who wants to break through to the state of peace: Be capable, upright, & straightforward, easy to instruct, gentle, & not conceited, content & easy to support, with few duties, living lightly, with peaceful faculties, masterful, modest, & no greed for supporters. Do not do the slightest thing that the wise would later censure.
The Buddha