Don’t Kill Your Feet!

I read an interesting story today on the Huffington Post regarding flip flops and how they’re bad for your feet:

How Your Flip Flops Are Killing Your Feet

I’ve never liked flip flops. They’re unwieldy, the thongy bit always hurt that space between my big toe and the next toe, and my feet always hurt after wearing them for any length of time.

Since I started running around 10 years ago, I noticed that I would gravitate towards comfortable, foot-friendly shoes and rarely wore heels or other shoes that hurt my feet. The last time I wore high heels (around 5 years ago) I developed a Morton’s Neruoma in my right foot, “ring” toe area. The treatment was 1) steroid shots directly into the neuroma and 2) no running.

Now those of you out there who are runners: that’s the worst thing to tell a runner is “you can’t run.” But when it feels like you’re stepping onto a knife blade every time you take a step, it makes it easier!

From that point forward, I’ve only worn comfortable shoes that provided adequate foot support.

Case in point: when I was in Montreal for WordCamp, there was a day where I walked all over the city and put on nearly 10 miles of walking that day (see the above image!). The shoes I wore were the Keen Emerald City Sandals. My feet didn’t bother me whatsoever.

My main point is that taking care of your body is important, whether it be wearing sunscreen, eating enough veggies, or wearing comfortable shoes so you don’t ruin your feet. When you’re 80, you’ll be glad you did.


What happens when you step outside of your comfort zone?

What happens when you try something that you’ve never tried before?

You get a little scared.

Ok, maybe a lot scared. 😉

I’ll be speaking at WordCamp Montreal at the end of the month and I’m pretty damn nervous about it.

Why I decided to have a big WordCamp be the first time I speak in public, I could not tell you. But I did and it’s too late to turn back now!

Now I have to finish this damn presentation.


Based on a suggestion from my husband, I’m going to form my presentation around a live demo with some supporting documentation. I’m more natural working freeform – I mean obviously I’ll have prepared the presentation outline and I’ll have notes to work from. I just want to keep a level of spontaneity to the presentation so I don’t put the room to sleep. 🙂

To celebrate my new direction, I bought myself a new shirt and am going to tell myself I’m going to do great until I start to believe it.

Fear, go home!

Meetup Fever!

There’s nothing worse than going to your first team meetup and contracting a terrible head cold halfway through the week and being majorly sick the rest of the meetup.

Oh wait. There is one thing worse.

The first paragraph plus the meetup being in a part of the country that has the most amazing Southwestern and Mexican food.

Seriously – green chile sauce is one of my most favorite things in the world. And it’s everywhere around here. And my throat is too sore to enjoy any of it.

*sad face*

Guess that’s one downside from working from home – you’re not exposed to as many germs to build up your immunity. And here, it’s germs from 30 different areas of the world!