Finding Happiness in Returning to San Francisco!


I will be moving back to my favorite city – San Francisco! – later this summer. In celebration of finding happiness in returning to the “City of My Heart,” I am sharing here a favorite essay that I wrote in March 2007 for the Noe Valley Voice in SF.

Finding Happiness in Exploring Vegas

always a happy ending

I hadn’t planned to spend my day shopping in Las Vegas, but a delayed flight during a Vegas layover left me stranded in the glitzy city overnight. I don’t drink or gamble, and I had a few hours to kill, so I walked down to the famous “Strip” to see what there was to see. […]

Finding Happiness in Being Real

Today is April Fool’s Day, and all around the world, people are playing pranks, pretending to be pregnant or engaged, and making their friends crazy with fake announcements on Facebook. Last year I played an April Fool’s joke on my friends and posted a pic of an engagement ring! This year, I am finding happiness […]

Active Recovery: 6 Workout Ideas to Reduce Sore Muscles

Active Recovery Workout - My Foam Roller and I Have a love/Hate Relationship

Active recovery is the strangest concept that most people don’t understand about fitness. Active are the days you have a workout, and recovery means rest days with no workouts, right? Past fitness information has misinformed us with the idea that days we are active and days we are “resting” are mutually exclusive. The truth is […]

Do This Irish Workout First on St. Patrick’s Day

Irish Workout - Training Kicks In When Luck Runs Out

Your fitness plan has plenty of enemies. Alarm clocks that forget to go off, protein shakes that sat in the car too long, and running shoes that have gone missing in your closet. Enemy #1 for your fitness plan? Holiday celebrations. Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Now go get your Irish workout done. Irish immigrants around […]

Finding Happiness in A New Family


This past weekend, I spent the day with my new adopted family: my future husband, Rafa; my future son-in-law, Gianluca; my future mother-in-law, Rosario; and Rafa’s brothers, Danny and Alex, his Abuelita (Grandmom), as well as some other family and friends who are also from Ecuador. Finding happiness for me right now means marrying into an amazing Ecuadorian family!

Fitness Motivation: Get Back to Your Fitness Dream

I RUN... because the farther I run, the bigger my smile

Fitness motivation conversations are like a bomb waiting to go off. Some of you used to be athletes, dance class addicts, gym rats, and at some point you just stopped. Stopped going to the gym, cancelled that dance class, quit running around your local high school track. Pick a reason. Pick an excuse. Fitness motivation […]