One thing that makes getting out to run easier is having a great playlist. I have a few that I put together on Spotify but at this point, I have listened to them so many times they are starting to lose their impact.

I have a tendency to include a lot of the same music over and over. I like what I like. That said, it is time for a change. I started following the running playlists put out by the Runners World channel on Spotify and I love it! Every month they put out a new playlist. This is just what I need. I don’t love every song, but there are always a few that I love. I am building my own fresh playlist off of their suggestions. (I’ll share a link to my own new running playlist once I have enough of a collection, for now, check out the Runner’s World lists)

Right now I am building my own list of pop and hip hop songs that feature saxophone. It’s a fun list.

Last night I made myself a big plate of spiraled zucchini with olive oil and fresh basil. This is quickly becoming my new favorite dinner.

They are beautiful in their own way.

I’m feeling really encouraged by the confirmation of weight loss now that I finally have a working scale. I really want to keep it up. This week I want to focus on diet. I’ve declared that today is sushi day and I’m trying to have fruit for breakfast most days.

As always, below is some more information about St. Jude’s and the impact your donations make. Please donate to this wonderful cause here!



Donations make a difference

Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your effort could provide to the kids and families of St. Jude.

Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50

These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.

Wagon: $70

Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.

Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and “coming off chemo”: $75

St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.

Creative Toys: $100

Play is an essential part of every child’s life, and it’s important for the children to have fun as often as possible. At St. Jude, colorful, toy-filled play areas are just as plentiful as exam rooms.

Delicious Meals: $210

St. Jude provides meal cards so that patients and families can enjoy the comfort and convenience of good, nutritious meals in the Kay Kafe, our cafeteria.

One Day of Oxygen: $447

Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.

Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700

These special wheelchairs help children move easily through St. Jude.

Airfare for a parent and child: $1,000 Average

For a patient referred to St. Jude, the hospital covers the cost of airfare for a child and one parent or guardian.


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