I run, I craft, I write, and I make your favorite clothes.

I have written books about sewing for children and adults and I'm the indie designer’s patternmaking secret weapon. I've taught video and in-person classes to anyone who would listen since 2008. I believe that sewing clothes is a radical act of self-love that increases your sense of self-worth. I'm basically your sewing fairy godmother.

Motivation. Why is it so elusive?

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…elusive when it comes to doing anything for myself, that is.  I’ve been on an accidental running hiatus since late this summer.  I let some situational depression get the better of me, and despite its immediate and constant benefits, I let my running go.  Completely.

I have to be honest here, since I realized I could actually do it, there is nothing that makes me happier than running outside.  I LOVE to run.  I feel like a superhero when I’m done, and after the first mile, I almost always enjoy the activity itself.  I listen to stories on PodCastle or one of my favorite running mixes (handcrafted by me, with such highlights as eminem and tool and radiohead) and I enjoy breathing relatively fresh air.  Let us not forget that running is the only time of the week I ever get to spend alone. 

My goals haven’t changed. I want to be healthy and strong and feel beautiful and powerful. I get all of that from running. So, why is it so difficult for me to re-start



There were a few days last week where I felt the cool breeze and thought, “Now this is some great running weather,” but did I go out and run?  No, I did not.

I have a desperately vivid photographic memory.  Why can I remember something I read 15 years ago, or something my mother said to me when I was a tiny child, yet not recall the amazing and powerful feeling I get from running?  If you have any input, I’d love to read it.

I’m happy to finally say that I’m back on track.  I keep my running activities updated on RunKeeper, if you’d like to join me (and maybe remind me of how much I love running if I’m gone for a few days?)

I ran tonight. 

Second time this week. 

Twice as far as last time.

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  • Anonymous September 28, 2011, 9:36 am

    I read something once: “The first 10 minutes of anything suck.” That’s so true for me. If you accept that, you can learn to ignore the lethargy, laziness and all around crappy feelings, and get to minute 11, where the vast majority of things do not suck.


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