I'm a California girl at heart.

I'm sorry, but I just have to say this: east coast weather blows. Especially in the winter. What kind of blasphemy is this? I guess you could say that I've been spoiled by 7 years in California, but man, I don't know if this is something I could ever get used to. I've never done well with cold; some days, it's taken me every ounce of willpower within me to get myself out the door to get to the gym and run errands. I'm looking forward to the day I get to move back to somewhere warmer.

Thoughts on coconut creamer?

I was at the grocery store the other day and among my list of items to purchase was heavy whipping cream that I have every morning in my coffee (it is so good and you must try it!). I found myself in the dairy aisle and stumbled across coconut creamer. I've never tried coconut milk or anything of the sort, so I figured I'd try it out and see how I liked it. I'm curious as to whether anyone else uses coconut creamer in their coffee as opposed to the more traditional half&half (or milk?). I'll give this a whirl and decide if this is something I'll want to stick with, or if I'll go back to my heavy whipping cream. My morning cup o' joe must be perfect.

"I don't have time" is a sorry excuse.

We all have the same 24 hours in a day and it's up to us as individuals to decide how we're going to spend each minute. I think using "I'm just too busy!" as a way out of something is not only a lie but a sorry one at that. Remember that every time you say yes to one thing, you're effectively saying no to something else. Yes to happy hour? That may mean no to the gym. Yes to more time at work? No to bedtime stories with your kids before they go to bed. Decide what your top priorities are (and no, you cannot have 10 priorities that all share the #1 spot) and carve out time for them accordingly. At this day and age, staying focused on one task at a time seems to be a challenge; I think you'll be amazed at how much more you can get done if you remove distractions from your life. I'm very guilty of (unsuccessfully) trying to multitask all the time, and it's something I'm working on everyday. I've enabled the "Do Not Disturb" feature and turned off e-mail notifications on my iPhone so I'm not whipping my head around every time my phone goes off. Doing so has allowed me to be much more productive with my time an consequently accomplish more on any given day. If you're not really interested in doing something, try being honest for once instead of using work as a scapegoat. Or if you're late getting back to someone, briefly explain why. I think the world could use a little more transparency.

Are you a victim or a go-getter?

There have been a number of instances in my life when I've subconsciously chosen to curl up in a corner and mope my sorrows away. I let myself become depressed and stay that way for much longer than necessary because I never realized just how much control I had over my response to life circumstances. Your level of happiness should be entirely independent of anything that happens to you, be it spilled milk or the loss of a friendship. [Tweet "I think this is something that many of us forget: we make the decision to be happy. "] Relying on outside events to determine the amount of joy we feel is both mercurial and unnecessary. My boyfriend recently left for ranger school (go, Evan!), and rather than lie in bed all day in tears waiting to hear from him, I'm deciding to grab life by the balls and make the most of my time. I'm allowed to miss him, of course, but I won't let that hold me back from using the extra hours each day to better myself as a fitness writer, coach, and friend. Which one are you? Will you lie helplessly in a heap, or will you take on the challenge with clenched fists and a positive attitude?

I'm keeping up with my Awesome. Are you?

Every once in a while, I sit back for a minute or two and reflect on how my life's been going. I mentally evaluate my highs and lows and assess whether I did everything I could in every situation. The answer is always no, of course, as I'm constantly making mistakes and learning from them. I'm a huge believer, however, in surrounding yourself only with the people who enhance your life instead of dragging you down and sucking away your soul. I think if we don't pay attention, it can be easy for negative people to slip through the cracks under the guise of Fun and Games and slowly inject toxicity into our lives. I'm very pleased with the individuals I conscientiously make an effort to keep in my life, as they're only making me a better person. I'm keeping up with my Awesome and I know it will only take me to good places.

I'm happy and life is too damn good.