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Make 2015 the Year You Step Out of Your Comfort Zone Comments Off on Make 2015 the Year You Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Make 2015 the Year You Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, Fear of Becoming Boring, Fear of Change, Fear of Failure, fear of rejection, Some Nerve, Trying new things

    Tune in TODAY at 1pm EST to “Some Nerve: Make 2015 the Year You Step Out of Your Comfort Zone” a free tele seminar hosted by the Conferences for Women. We’ll be talking about why comfort zones are so darn comfortable and what happens when we venture out of them. Don’t worry, I won’t make you leave your cozy house to go out into Snowmageddon!  Register here. Share: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin Google+...

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REGISTRATION OPENS TODAY for the TD 5 Boro Bike Tour! Join Team #SomeNerve as we bike the Big Apple on May 3 Comments Off on REGISTRATION OPENS TODAY for the TD 5 Boro Bike Tour! Join Team #SomeNerve as we bike the Big Apple on May 3

REGISTRATION OPENS TODAY for the TD 5 Boro Bike Tour! Join Team #SomeNerve as we bike the Big Apple on May 3

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Bicycling, Events, exercise, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, fitness, Some Nerve

Why ride with Team #SomeNerve in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour? Here’s what Team #SomeNerve riders had to say about last year’s 5 Boro: “Joining Team #SomeNerve took the amazing experience of the TD Five Boro Tour and amped it up to 11! I had so much fun riding with your team and being able to help support some of the riders…and the pride on everyone’s faces at the finish festival was so rewarding. I can not wait to do this again next year with the team.” – Joe Johnson, Big Joe’s Soapbox       “I’ve been wanting to ride this Bike Tour for many years, but failure to draft any partners sidelined me. This year, I decided, it’s NOW or NEVER, so I planned to go it alone. That is, until I found team #SomeNerve. Thank you for all your encouragement and companionship throughout this journey. This was truly an unbelievable experience….Even after all my skiing and scuba diving ventures, biking the TD 5 Borough Bike Tour was my most thrilling ride, a ride of a lifetime! I recommend it to everyone” – Cindy P.         “Just an incredible, fun and tiring journey!  At first I looked at the Tour as a “bucket list”...

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Mastering the Art of the To Do List: A Productivity Party Celebrating LISTFUL THINKING at Book Culture, NYC Comments Off on Mastering the Art of the To Do List: A Productivity Party Celebrating LISTFUL THINKING at Book Culture, NYC

Mastering the Art of the To Do List: A Productivity Party Celebrating LISTFUL THINKING at Book Culture, NYC

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Books (not Some Nerve), clutter, Events, Facing Forty Upside Down

Stop right there! Before you put anything else in your 2015 planner, before you make one more to-do list, check out LISTFUL THINKING: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed (Viva Editions) by Paula Rizzo, aka The List Producer. As someone who is constantly on the run, I’ve never been able to keep up with to-do lists. If I was able to find a scrap of paper and something to write with (often crayon or lip liner) I’d lose the list before crossing a single thing off. The times I actually wrote out everything I needed to do I scared myself so much I’d give up and log onto Facebook instead. So what a life saver it was to learn from a self-proclaimed “compulsive list maker” how to make and keep lists simply and effectively and feel much more in control of my day and my long term decisions. Join us for a Listful Thinking launch event (and support a local independent bookstore!) at Book Culture‘s BRAND NEW Upper West Side location (450 Columbus Ave, NYC) tonight, 7 pm. I am very excited to be introducing Paula at the event, and can’t wait to see how she transforms your to-do lists (bring them!) for the new year.   Share: Facebook Twitter...

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Ready…Set…D’oh! 2

Ready…Set…D’oh!

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Commitment, exercise, Facing Forty Upside Down, Favorite Posts, fitness, New Year, Some Nerve, Water/Swimming

It’s like every time the proverbial starting gun goes off, I trip and fall on my face. Since the new year, I’ve already resolved to go back to the gym pool and arrived without my swim bag, marked next week on the calendar to work on a book proposal only to discover one of the kids has 10:30 am dismissal every day of it, planned to write a blog about fresh starts and gotten interrupted so many times it’s become one about false starts instead.  Not to mention my intention to forego wine during the week, which lasted til Thursday because sometimes you just really need the week to be over! If you’re like me, all the things (from sick days to snow days to unexpected assignments and broken appliances) that can derail our good intentions can make it feel like we weren’t meant to follow through on those best-laid plans. I tried! It just wasn’t meant to be! There’s always 2016!  But that way lies this old cycle of doing things one way and wishing I could change and feel better, hitting a stumbling block, giving up and then feeling worse about not having changed. For me, the only way to break the cycle is to: 1) Accept some...

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Highlights 2014 – Thank you for a great year of facing fears! 3

Highlights 2014 – Thank you for a great year of facing fears!

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Bicycling, Books (not Some Nerve), Driving, exercise, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, Fan mail, Favorite Posts, fitness, Handstand, Highlights, New Year, Public Speaking/Stage Fright, Remembering - Special people, Some Nerve, Some Nerve Retreat, Trying new things, Water/Swimming

2014 marked the 5th anniversary of Facing Forty Upside Down (I named it when I was 39 and thought I’d try blogging for a year or two – and here we still are, facing our metaphorical “40” yet again! I won’t tell if you won’t…). I particularly loved this year at the blog because so many of you shared your stories of facing fears or trying new things – THANK YOU! I wasn’t able to narrow it down to a Top 10 list so I’ve made an index of highlights instead. If you need a dose of inspiration read about these brave people:  “Goodbye Fear of Driving” – Kris P. hits the road “Finding a Tribe, Finishing a Triathlon” – Catarina Cabrera “I started Tae Kwon Do when I was 4 mos Pregnant with my Third Child” – Eileen W. “How 2 Friends became Entrepreneurs” – the story behind Momentum Cycling & Fitness “Life begins Outside Your Comfort Zone” – Mary-ann Mastreani, Hastings Yoga “Transforming I Can’t into I Did It” – Fran dives, Elizabeth paddleboards “Trekking in Memory & Hope” – Mina prepares to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro “Who’s got Crazy Friends?” – In praise of the instigators “How to Conquer a Fear of Improv” – a music teacher’s story “Happier,...

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Happy Christmas! Comments Off on Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas!

Posted by on Dec 25, 2014 in Christmas, Facing Forty Upside Down

Happy Christmas from our merry band of elves to yours! And for the sentimental, who remembers “Dear Santa, by R” and “Hallelujah, the Wait is Over!” from 2011? R is now 8 years old, G is 13. We tracked Santa on the NORAD Santa Tracker tonight and could feel time flying by us all.   Share: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin Google+...

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