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Rachel Braun's Blog – November 2016 Archive (10)

Holiday Shopping: Staying Organized And In Budget

Thanksgiving is over, the tree is up and twinkling with lights, your stockings are hung, and you have visions of a peaceful, relaxing holiday with your family. Singing Christmas carols, baking cookies, curling up under a warm blanket and drinking a hot cup of cocoa, maybe going on a sleigh ride or attending a…

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Added by Rachel Braun on November 30, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Perseverance Over Injury: My First Triathlon

Wow! What a day! And it only took thirteen years to get here…

When I was about seven months pregnant with my first child, my husband and one of his good friends decided they would compete in the Devil's Lake Triathlon. I remember watching and cheering them on from the…

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Added by Rachel Braun on November 23, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Thanksgiving: Focus On Gratitude

Thanksgiving is this week, and I am going to be honest with you. I’m not feeling very thankful. Things have been a little rough for me lately, and it’s not just the presidential election bumming me out. Every morning my kids head off to school, and I mindlessly go through the motions of my day. I exercise, I eat…

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Added by Rachel Braun on November 21, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Running: Inspired By My Daughters

You know those bumper stickers, the ones that say “0.0 I DON’T RUN?” That was me until a couple years ago. Despite exercising nearly every day, I never considered myself a runner, nor did I have any desire to be one.

I knew people who were runners, and I thought they were crazy. These were people who yearned to…

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Added by Rachel Braun on November 17, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Cycling: My World On Two Wheels

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike. -John F. Kennedy

As is true for most people, my relationship with cycling began as a young child. I remember pedaling up and down the block in front of my house nearly every day in the summer. In the second grade, I received my…

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Added by Rachel Braun on November 14, 2016 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Swimming: Underwater Meditation

The water is your friend.  You don't have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as the water, and it will help you move.  -Aleksandr Popov 

When you hear the words summer vacation, what is the one thing that comes to your mind? Water. Whether it’s traveling to the ocean, floating down a…

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Added by Rachel Braun on November 10, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Don't Let Your Kids Roll in the Political Dirt

As I am writing this, we are less than a week away from Election Day, and unless you have been living under a rock for the past year, you are probably well aware of the shitastic spectacle our 2016 presidential election has become. Typically, I am not one to talk politics on social media or my blog because I don’t…

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Added by Rachel Braun on November 7, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Kind Of Mother I Thought I Would Be

I should start at the beginning. When I was younger, I never wanted to have kids. My dream was to be a nun and live by myself in a house on the beach. And on particularly difficult days, I will confess to occasionally fantasizing about curling up with a book and a giant bowl of ice cream in that quiet beachside…

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Added by Rachel Braun on November 7, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

It Takes A Village: My Story Of Community

“I am at UW Children’s Hospital in the ER waiting for J to get a CT scan! Call me back as soon as you get this!”

On a Monday afternoon almost 5 years ago, this is what I woke to. I had worked the night before and promptly went to sleep at 8:00 a.m. My husband had the day off and was home with the two little…

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Added by Rachel Braun on November 7, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Motherhood In The Age Of Social Media

Wouldn’t you love to feel even more inadequate as a mother? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have all of your worst fears about your competence as a parent confirmed? How would you like to have every person you have ever known be able to tell you what you are doing wrong? Don’t you want to see how all of your…

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Added by Rachel Braun on November 7, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

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