When life gives you lemons…make mojitos

I am a firm believer in the idea that you create your own reality.  You frame your life with your decisions and actions.  However, no matter your plans, your desires, your goals you don’t live in a vacuum.  We all stand on the shoulders of giants… You cannot make it to your goals, grab the brass ring, without coordination, mentorship, and usually permission.  It is the last one that drives me crazy sometimes… if only I could be the master of the universe!

Today I was handed a big, fat NO to one of my goals.  It was hard to hear but it is how I pick myself up and reformlate my plan that decides if I am a winner or a loser.  I refuse to lose in my own life.  I was born a contender and will be one until my very last breath.

How do I continue to be optimistic?   I had several paths laid out in front of me before I started.

map and compass

When my first choice was denied I already had another map, another destination in mind.  Life is about the journey so make sure you have a great map!  One with several options, some laser focused on your goals, some with great pit stops, and some that wander… some of the best times of my life have been wandering the wilderness.  But I haven’t been lost, I have alway had a destination in mind.

Today’s NO means that I have to find another avenue for my energy and interests.  It doesn’t mean I give up.  It doesn’t mean I get angry at the system, or the world.  It just means I have to try again, use my smarts and my tenacity to find what suits me now.  I can always try again, different timing, different collaborators; I will be different then too.

But I will have a drink tonight and lick my wounds.  Make some mojitos; recharge.  Here is one of my favorite recipes with Tito’s vodka.

Tito’s Berry Mojito


  • 2 oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • 2 blackberries
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • 2 thick slices ginger
  • Club Soda


In a shaker, muddle blackberries, basil, and ginger with simple syrup.
Add Tito’s and ice.
Shake well and strain over fresh ice.
Top with club soda.

Garnish: Lime Wedge

Take a big sip before continuing on…

Life has a funny way of giving you what you need when you need it, if you just stay open. Open to a different wrapping of the gift you wanted, a different path to the goal in mind. Be open, be flexible, and always have several paths you are willing to try.

That is my advice for the day, that is how I survive the bad days, the NO days.  I am not a big country music fan but I will quote Rascal Flatts, “God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you.”  If our journeys were easy and our paths straight we might not meet and love the people we do.  We might not find the passion that makes us happy or the job that leads to an amazing career.  Don’t wallow in the bumps in the road, they are there to make us stronger, to help us realign our mission, vision, and values… to help us get to our individual true north.

One body, One life.  Make it Count!





One Body, One Life. Make it Count!

In the summer of 2014 I went to a conference in Burlington, Vermont for professional development.  It was a great week and I learned a lot but the major takeaway for me wasn’t the content.  It was something a guest speaker said.  He said, “I don’t want to know your five year plan, I am sure it’s great… I want to hear about what you want to do when you are eighty.”  He went on to tell the audience that both his grandfather and father had died in their mid-fifties and never got to meet their grandchildren. The keynote speaker’s own eighty year plan included daily exercise, a loving marriage, a retirement account, and a fishing camp in Maine.  He envisioned being surround by his children, grandchildren, and hopefully his great-grandchildren.  It was as pretty as a painting, it also made my heart hurt.  I realized then I wasn’t living an eighty year plan, hell I was barely living for a five year plan.  I was twenty-seven years old.

I had not been to a doctor in five years, I had not even had my teeth cleaned since college.  I was burning the candle from both ends and it was starting to show.  I was very overweight, alway tired, lonely, and depressed.  I had a master’s degree and a solid career but not much else.   At the end of the lunch session I went outside on a grassy knoll and called all of my doctors to make appointments.  I needed to change my life, I needed to own my actions, my health, and my future.

nov 2014
November 2014

That day changed the trajectory of my life.  Since that day in July 2014 I regained my strength, wrestled control over my diet, lost over 100 pounds, found an amazing partner and gained the confidence I did not even know I was lacking.  I want to share some of the insight, tips, and habits I have learned and developed during this amazing journey.  I want to pass forward the gift that, Todd, the keynote speaker, gave to me that day back in 2014.  I want to promote positivity, inner strength, and the power of the human spirit. Nothing is out of reach if you dedicate passion and energy to your goals.   Fix your objective in your mind’s eye and reach for the stars.

sarah in bowtie

I hope you visit again.  Feel free to ask me questions about my life, my diet, my training, anything really.  I want to be a resource for others to achieve their full potential.

One Body, One Life.  Make it Count!