As I’ve mentioned, I’m a fan of starting goals before January 1st. I also love using the weeks leading up to a new year as a time to clean, organize and restructure. Before I left for our travels + in the free time I’ve had since I left, I’ve been focused on making space in my life. (I’m starting to realize just how much of a minimalist I really am – much to my husband’s dismay. Pretty sure I’m starting to show some psychotic tendencies. Sorrrrrry Bren.) Even though some of the things I’ve been doing seem small, time spent sorting through them on… View Post

Happy holidays from New York! Since we left LA, we’ve spent time in Dallas (unexpected flight cancellation!), Iowa, Chicago and now New York. I’ve spent the majority of my time in pajamas and have eaten no less than 20 cookies. Overall, I’m just content I’ve gotten to see so many people I love over the past week. I’m currently typing this while ALSO playing Mario Party on Nintendo 64, which might be impressive if I won ever but I haven’t. Not even once. I did get a few workouts in this week (and yes, I am very proud of myself for doing so)… View Post

Because I’m traveling, my good friend Lora is here to share some valuable running advice. (You might remember her from our Ragnar Relay a few years ago!) Her running resume is very impressive and her dedication to running is endlessly inspiring. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did!  Hey guys! It’s Lora here from Crazy Running Girl! I’m so honored that Kara invited me to be a guest poster on her blog over the holidays while she’s traveling to see her family and friends. The new year is just around the corner and you know what goes with that…New… View Post

We all get that feeling that there’s NEVER ANY TIME, right? You feel like you’re juggling everything life throws at you, afraid of something falling or breaking, just trying to stay afloat instead of managing it on your own terms. I’ve always found that the more I focus on overall wellness and being active, the better equipped I am to handle life. But what if you haven’t started that journey yet, or you’re unsure of how or what to do to move forward? I was recently introduced (virtually!) to Meredith Atwood from Swim Bike Mom and was inspired by her… View Post

Happy holidayyyyys. (Sing that like Andy Williams, please.) Even though I say the Backstreet Boys were my first concert (which, yes, I did CAMP OUT for tickets, thanks Mom for your support and for carrying the sleeping bags), I’m pretty sure Andy Williams was actually my first concert. I was 5 years old or so and I very vividly remember him inviting all the kids up to the stage for a song but I was too scared to go. AND THEN all the kids got this bucket with crayons and coloring books as a present and I was envious. My… View Post

I finally tried my first Orangetheory Fitness class! It has been on my list of workouts to try for at least a year, so when my friend Rachael invited me to a birthday class in West Hollywood, I immediately signed up. It was a trek to get there (over an hour driving one way because of traffic!) but I’m so happy I went – it was totally worth it. I left with a endorphin high, feeling like a completely different, happier person than before the class. When I got home I found myself researching pricing and locations – I want to take another… View Post

Yesterday I saw a quote on Instagram that said “December is the new January”, and I started thinking about how much I love the feeling of fresh starts. There’s something about January 1st, right? I always look forward to sitting down in a quiet space with coffee and a notebook and reflecting, writing down goals for the next year. It feels like possibilities are endless, my mind clear and fresh. It’s easier to forget frustrations from the past year, the change in calendar offering encouragement to move forward. Feeling like it will be different this time. The future feels brighter. But…IT’S A SCAM. January 1st is… View Post

When I was younger, my idea of fun was throwing everything in my room onto my bed, getting rid of things I no longer liked or needed, and then putting the rest back neatly. Yes, that is a real thing I did. (And, ummm, still do occasionally.) When we moved into our tiny house this past June, I hit another level of obsessive minimalism and have since thrown out approximately 70% of things we moved in with. But we still have space issues. Currently: We have a Kitchen Aid mixer on our bedroom floor. Every time we use our oven… View Post