Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Be Your Best Self 2016

We live by the mantra "be your best self!" Part of being our best selves means being active and making healthy choices. We started thinking about how we can inspire others to do the same - and we came up with a plan. We invite you to join us in being active - and being your best self - in 2016! It's easy: join our Facebook group and do your best to complete a 5K (3.1 miles) of something (you pick - run, walk, swim, bike, dance...whatever makes you happy!) during a designated week each month (the last full week of the month, including both weekends). Post your efforts on our FB page and enjoy being part of our supportive and encouraging community! No pressure, no competition, just a friendly group encouraging one another to get out and move and be their best selves in 2016! To register, fill out our simple form: http://goo.gl/forms/Kl0DKhTKee

We're looking forward to a great year!
Marm & Jam

Welcome to our World.

A blog. Why write a blog? And who is writing this anyway? Let's introduce ourselves. Actually, we will introduce each other.

I'll go first. I'm Kris. Meet Anne, also known to me as Jam. Anne is a junior in high school, living one full and inspired life. She's a student-athlete, an involved leader in her school community, and a girl with a mission to change the world. She takes time to notice what makes other people tick and skillfully brings people together who might not otherwise have connected. She'll go out of her way to thank a volunteer and she'll make you smile with her quick wit and infectious laugh. She loves fashion, music, the mountains, and Starbucks - and she's committed to changing the educational paradigm that currently means some kids don't get the same opportunities and advantages that she does. You can expect to hear from her about all of the above, and then some. Anne also happens to be my daughter.

Okay. My turn.

Meet Kris, Kristin, mom, or as I like to call her, ''Marm." She is one incredibly admirable woman. I don't just come up with fantastic ideas on changing the world by myself. My mother is my role model and my biggest supporter. She is intelligent, caring, hardworking, and absolutely hilarious. I can't put into words the how much she has influenced me, through her work, helping improve the educational system in schools across the world, through her determination and self-prompted goals for running, and her overall support and genuine care for every single person around her. She is always willing to help me any way she can to meet my (sometimes crazy) goals. I wouldn't want anyone else to laugh with at Pinterest fails, make late night trips to YogurtLand, or to run Jane Wow with. She is absolutely extraordinary in every way. 

So that's us and this is our blog.

So, really? Why write a blog?  In a 2011 post for Forbes, Dan Reich gives 9 Reasons You Should Blog. Among his ideas are "network with new people," and "turn messy ideas into neat ones." Joshua Becker, of Becoming Minimalist, suggests blogging helps you "become a better thinker" and "develop an eye for meaningful things." A Tale of Two is meant to serve all of those purposes, and a few more. Here's what we hope will happen as a result of welcoming you into our world.
  • We will share our passion for LIFE. We plan to open a window into our world - the crazy, busy, fun, engaging world we live in everyday. It's about the people, places, experiences - and yes, sometimes food & stuff - that make our world what it is.
  • We'll meet new people - YOU! Between us, we know a lot of people from diverse backgrounds, with wide ranging interests. We'd love to expand our network and make this a place where our circle of friends and acquaintances can share ideas.
  • We'll learn as we share. Every idea can spark another idea - and we hope this will be a platform for us to learn from each other, from you, from the world.
  • We'll inspire and be inspired. We hope that our ideas, our passion, our joy will inspire you to savor YOUR crazy, busy, engaging world - and in turn, we will be inspired by all you do!
Thanks for reading. We hope you'll stay with for the journey!