Wintry wine weekend

It’s hard to believe that I used the word ‘wintry’ in a blog post for April in Michigan, but, alas, I did. Despite the cold, white stuff still invading my days, I enjoyed a fun girls’ getaway to Traverse City. This northern Michigan town is a favorite getaway of mine. I admittedly love it more

5 activities for fun with nieces and nephews

It’s no secret that I’m the proud aunt of four nieces and two nephews (although one is legally a nephew in law, I love him like my own too), ranging in ages from 6 years to 22 years old. I love being an active part of their lives. Watching them grow warms my heart and

Finding a new normal after cancer (or any life event)

A fellow cancer survivor friend recently completed her treatment protocol (yea!) and asked me how to face life after cancer. This started a conversation about the “new normal” after cancer. It generated a swirl of questions and thoughts for me on navigating this journey. Being diagnosed at 21 years old significantly changed my life, and

ONEHOPE wines raise a glass to charities

When my girlfriend and I were trying to decide on a weekend for me to visit her in Ohio, she mentioned that she was hosting a wine tasting party, wondering if I would be interested in attending. Um, yes. I love wine tasting events, and trying to new wines. I was already intrigued by this

10 of my favorite cycling items

When I decided to purchase my road bike, it triggered a slew of questions, research, excitement and much more. I was pretty clueless about much to do with bikes, especially road bikes, except how to ride one and wear a helmet. And after I bought my Specialized bike? Yep, the questions continue. I’m super fortunate

Trying out delivered meals from Home Chef

I have mixed emotions about cooking in the kitchen (or anywhere). I kind of feel like eating is a necessity (which it is. Sorry, foodie friends). I don’t like to eat out too often, both due to cost and health choices.  I’m also often on the go in the evenings (and work during the day),

Tips for a great road trip

I love adventure and I love road trips. The thrill of the open road, wondering what adventures await, and new memories to be made. Whether I’m taking a solo road trip or along with others, road trips mean traveling, which makes me happy. I get to pack the car, prepare a music play list and

My favorite angel food cake dessert

I have a confession to make. I am not a big fan of desserts. I sometimes feel like this makes me odd, in a country that loves dessert and food. But even I need an occasional food to dampen a sweet tooth. Admittedly, my weakness is more of chewy candy, such as licorice and Swedish

Tips for navigating cancer’s side effects

When I started treatment for a bone cancer diagnosis at the end of my senior year in college, I was grateful to meet other cancer patients who shared their experiences, tips and lessons. While nothing can completely prepare you for the wild ride called cancer, it helped to have some knowledge to lean on, and

One of my cycling goals (announcement)

Hi friends! You all probably have caught on by now that I love my road bike, Ruby. I’ve experienced much confidence, joy, pride, courage and determination since purchasing the bike more than a year ago. I love the sense of freedom I feel while riding, meeting new people, pushing myself to get out of my