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The Kristen Heptinstall Quest: Fit by 30

I'm not someone you would point at and say, "Hey, fat girl!" but I'm getting close. I'm inspired by The Jen West Quest. Jen is around my age, and in 2010, she shed about 50 pounds over the course of about 6 months. Her starting weight is pretty cl...

Stopping Stress in its Tracks

I'll admit, I've been feeling a bit run-down lately. I've had the sniffles, allergy issues, headaches and digestive issues, to name a few. I'll also admit that I've not been taking the best care of myself. I'm not eating wonderfully or working out...

Sweet Home…Florida? Selling our Alabama home

Over the weekend, I sent off paperwork to sell our first home in Alabama. If all goes well, that chapter of my and my husband's life will be over come Monday. It's hard not to get nostalgic about the time we spent in that house. We got engaged and...

Cutting my teeth

I've been thinking a lot lately about my career -- its trajectory, how I got where I am, and some general reflection. Just call me Mulan? For those like me who have worked at a few places, I think there's always one that stands out, that helped sh...

The Struggle of ‘Digital First’

Earlier this week, roughly 400 employees at The Huntsville Times, The Birmingham News, Mobile's Press-Register and their umbrella website, al.com, were told they no longer had their current job after Sept. 30. Also included in this round of layoff...

Post Local News Syndrome (PLNS)

It's going on 2 months soon at my new job, where I'm doing digital content for magazine titles. It's a great job. I have my own office, a budget, a company credit card,

Learning the power of “no”

Raise your hand if this sounds like you: I have a habit of saying "yes" to everything that is asked of me, because I am a people-pleaser and chronic do-gooder. Count me among that group. Is it me, or do women have an especially hard time with this...