Weekly Chatter: Love and Lift

I saw my reflection in a window this weekend and didn’t hate what I saw. Strange things happening around these parts.

Welcome to Weekly Chatter! A brain dump of all the things that don’t necessarily fit in a regular old blog post.


I might have mentioned last week that I’ve been going through my own little food revolution. I’ve been following a Paleo diet for the last couple of weeks since I started the Whole Life Challenge and let me tell you about the changes: less headaches, less acid reflux, and less bloat. I’m even seeing the pounds drop some (must move more!). Sunday night, I ate a really delicious orzo salad and BOOM! headache. Stay the course, Wendy. I don’t miss refined carbohydrates at all but I miss desserts. I’ve got a crazy nighttime sweet tooth but this Paleo-friendly banana ice cream fixed that this week.

Speaking of moving more. Remember Project Tank Top? Unfortunately, I’ve had to revise my June 1st goal date. The arms are no where close to where I want them to be. Improved? Absolutely. But, definitely still a work in progress. I’ve added another goal, too. We’re going to Hawaii in August and I am determined not to be the fat mom at the pool. That is my WHY and I’m hanging my hat on it.

Speaking of finding your WHY. Jessica and I went to see Jillian Michaels live last Friday night. No, she didn’t work us out. She’s a fantastic speaker and I love, love, LOVE her weekly podcast. Anyway, she talked a lot about how you’ve gotta find your own why – or, attaching a goal to give meaning to what you are doing. I’ve got a long ass list of whys but this girl tops it. Plus, cancer sucked and I don’t want to go back there anytime soon.


Truth? I was feeling pretty down during the week. I had my feelings hurt by someone. It wasn’t the first time it happened and I’m sure it certainly won’t be the last because I’m sensitive, yo. Anyway, I have spent FAR TOO much time worrying about this particular situation and declared – in the great words of Oprah – “I don’t want anyone who doesn’t want me.”

So, even though I made my big declaration to only a few select friends, the love that came from that made it all better. Jaime’s words lifted me the highest: “They don’t know what they’re missing. You’re a treasure!” You know what? She’s right.


Three things that have me pumped this week:

1. New Foo Fighters album in the fall and HBO docu-series which will debut on the band’s 20th anniversary. Hoping for a good old rock and roll show by the end of the year.

2. I’m totally digging fruit infused water lately. Loved this lemon, orange, cucumber and mint water. Planning on making a few other combinations this week! Got any good suggestions?


3. I should receive my very first Stitch Fix this week! So, so excited! If it’s great, I’ll share photos.

Stay tuned for lots of content coming in the next two weeks! The friendship series kicks off on May 29th and I’ll be featuring stories from eight of the most talented and fabulous writers from around the way. I’m also working on a sponsored article for Pollinate Media and a little gardening DIY for May’s Adventures in Pinterest.

Grab a water and poke around the blog a little bit.


  1. You ARE a treasure! I saw several people last week get down because someone hurt their feelings. It is such a bummer to see awesome women temporarily dulled by someones insensitivity. I’m glad your friends rallied around you to remind you of your greatness. And I did 3 infused water recipes. They are the perfect way to drink more water!

  2. Keep going Wendy!!! You are a total treasure. Hope to meet you IRL soon! Xo

  3. Wow! You’re so inspiring this week. Thank you for that. I kinda need it.

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