Your 2017 Planner

 Bring on 2017 because you’re golden! Goodbye 2016 because 2017 promises to be another great year. Now is a great time to get your 2017 planner in gear and really cull priorities so you can hit the ground running so you can really hit the water rowing in the New Year. My plan for 2017 is to cut back on the mundane as much as possible to create more time. I’m filling my planner with all the right stuff and leaving the mediocre behind. 

Never had a planner?  Check out this post from 2014 for a blast from the past that still applies to your present and future planning. 

“Before you cross the street take my hand. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

-John Lennon, Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) from the album Double Fantasy (1981).

Great Quotes and Boats


“I don’t for a moment think I am any braver or better than anybody else. This is how I attempt to explain what gives me the strength to do what I do; when that thunderbolt of an idea first hit me and inspired me to row across oceans, it filled me with a sense of purpose so strong that it overcame my fears. Even when boredom, frustration, fatigue or despair threatened to overwhelm me, it was that powerful sense of purpose that kept me going.”

-Roz Savage, Rowing the Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean.

Target Travel

Okay look past the lipstick and you will see that these new Beauty Boxes from Target are the perfect size to take on a regatta, vaca or just to keep in your duffle with the rest of your gear. Okay look past the name too, but c’mon who doesn’t love Tom’s Toothpaste?

Simply Radiant

My favorite is the tiny pot of Aquaphor, my go to for everything. Aquaphor has healing and skin protecting properties so it’s great on a cut or burn and to combat cold windy weather on early morning rows. Try it on blisters, it’s amazing. Try letting up on your grip too. You don’t need to white knuckle the oar, keep it smooth like your recovery. 


Fresh & Fabulous

The July Beauty Boxes are brand new today and ship free. You’re only $7 from being Fresh & Fabulous or Simply Radiant!

Great Quotes and Boats


I never stay away from workouts. I work hard. I’ve tried to take care of my body, I’ll never look back and say that I could have done more. I’ve paid the price in practice, but I know I will get the most out of my ability.

– Carl Yaztrzemski, Boston Red Sox 1961-1983, 18x All-Star, 7x Gold Glove, 3,419 hits, 452 home runs, 1,844 RBIs, second on the all-time list for games played and third for total at-bats. In one year, (1966-1967) Yaz managed to improve his stats: home runs 16 to 44, RBIs 80 to 121, and batting average .278 to .326, hitting .522 in the last two weeks of the season. That was the year referred to as The Impossible Dream with the Sox winning the Pennant, the American League Championship for the first time since 1946 earning Yaz the American League MVP and the Triple Crown. “And if I have my choice between a pennant and a triple crown, I’ll take the pennant every time.”

Happy Monday

Happy, Happy Monday! I love this time of year. The days are getting longer and the air is optimistically brisk with a twang of excitement between the risk of more snow or the early onset of some spring fever. Happily, today here in the Northeast the sun knowingly shines secure in the fact that both are meant to be. 

So, with thoughts running toward rumblings of ice and playing hooky, why not have both right now? The erg will still be there, taunting you to the whirl that plays out every spring. I suppose you could play hockey or curl (the icy kind with a broom, silly), to win an icy spring fever good time scoring some quick takeaway action. But that’s a lot of gearing up for a passing fancy. But what if you could steal a little me time and still meet the goal of that icy brisk release away just for a quick, savoring moment much like the in between time like today?

Well, Happy Monday! Steal some me time with a half price Frappacino at Starbucks anytime today after 2pm. Even better, earn your favorite Frappacino after some time well spent on the erg because spring season is fast approaching as if you could really hear those regatta cow bells stirring in the air.