voteStop Yelling and Just Vote | Kimberly Kalil DesignsYou may or may not know this, but I have spent the last 16+ years working in the news industry. I started out as a reporter and have done just about every job you can imagine at various newspapers and news outlets around the globe.

I’m currently employed by Gannett, one of the largest media outlets in North America. Though I work from home, my home newspaper is The Arizona Republic where I have an office and visit on a semi-regular basis. This week, for the first time in the newspaper’s 126 year history, it endorsed a democrat for President of the United States of America. Since that endorsement was announced, the newspaper and its editorial board have received death threats. Seriously, that’s not a typo … they received death threats for sharing their opinion. Not your opinion. Not my opinion. But the opinion of a group of smart, thoughtful opinion writers and editors. That’s their job. They formulate opinions and share them with their readers.

Do you know any of these writers, editors, journalists that you make disparaging comments about? Probably not. Well, I do. They are hardworking, well-educated and thoughtful citizens. They love and support the communities they live in. And they are committed to telling the truth about whatever story they are covering. Despite what you think, they aren’t liberal and biased. They are truth tellers performing a job vital to our democracy.

You don’t have to listen to them. You don’t have to read their words. You don’t have to agree. But they’re working to inform the public and make you think. Those are all good things. And they don’t deserve to have their lives threatened because of this.

The last time I posted anything remotely political, I regretted it. However, I feel like staying silent about what I think and believe is cowardly. People should not be scared to share their ideas or opinions, even if others disagree. Hurling hateful words or making death threats to people who you disagree with is unacceptable and in my opinion, anti-American. Maybe instead of yelling and screaming at each other; calling people horrible names; or making death threats … you just vote? Your vote speaks louder than words. Just vote. Quit yelling or cutting people down. Just vote.

I stand with the Arizona Republic, the First Amendment and respectful dialogue.

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There. I said it.

I kind of hate this space.

It taunts me.

I kind of hate this space.

I can’t really tell you why I hate it, I just do. I thought about just deleting it, but I have almost 2000 posts from the last 10+ years, so the memory keeper in me won’t let me hit delete.

I kind of hate this space.

But, I also can’t seem to bring myself to write anything here. So I hate and resent this space, but also treasure it since I’ve been using it as a memory keeping and social-sharing tool for years and year.

I kind of hate this space.

I guess you could say I’m in limbo. But as much as I haven’t been writing and sharing over here, I happen to love Instagram and post over there all the time. It’s quickly become my favorite social media site. I can live without Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, etc. But I love, love, love Instagram.

I kind of hate this space.

So, if you miss me … come see me over there. And while you’re checking that out, I’m going to try my hardest to light a fire under my blogging butt and figure out what to do with this space.

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To say I’ve felt a bit isolated since moving to Tucson would be an understatement. Mind you, we moved to Tucson in 2007, but it has taken me the better part of  seven or eight years to feel like I belonged. What changed? Volunteering. 

As soon as I said yes to volunteering at the kids’ school. My whole world and perspective changed. The simple act of showing up, serving our school community and being open to connection opened me up and gifted me friendship and community.

Holy. Moly. Cow. Was it really that easy? In a word: yes. If I had to do it all over again, I’d throw myself into volunteering years and years ago. When I walk into Satori (the kids’ school) I feel like I’m feel like I’m home, like I belong. What could be better than that? 

If I could give just one piece of advice to anyone trying to find connection it would be this: find a place to volunteer. Pick a cause or and organization that speaks to your heart and then just jump in. Give some of your time and energy and you will find people to connect with and a place to call you own. 

I only wish I would have done this sooner. 


One of my goals is to say no more and be extra thoughtful about when I say yes. “Say Yes” is a series featuring the things or experiences I’m saying yes to and why.

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I took a spin class last week. I hated it. Hate might not be a strong enough characterization. I hate, hate, hate spin class. About 30 minutes into the class, I had to quit. The competitive side of me was pretty upset, but I was fighting back vomit, like yucky tuna-salad vomit, so I left class and waited for Mike to finish the 55-minute torture session. I only went to the spin class because Mike loves (LOVES) the cycling classes at our gym and wanted me to work out with him.

Normally, we do most of our working out together. We’ve been running and walking together on and off for a couple of years now, but since we joined a gym back in April we’ve struggled to align our workouts. We’re still doing a running program together (three days a week), but on the other days Mike wants to cycle, while I want to go to yoga. Because we’re so used to working out together, we made the very wrong assumption that we had to go to the gym together every, single time and had to love the same exact classes. The major reason we joined a gym was for the classes and for a place to exercise during the peak heat of the Arizona summers. Anyway, Mike very quickly fell in love with spin class and out of a sense of obligation, I went to a class with him. I was miserable. I didn’t like the music. I didn’t like the teacher. I didn’t like the rock hard seat of the exercise bike. I didn’t like the actual work out. And to make matters worse, I started to feel sick 30 minutes into the class. By the time we got home from the gym, I was running a fever, my whole body ached and I had a horrible case of the chills. I can’t say that spin class made me sick, but I had a pretty crappy 24 hours after that class, and never, ever want to go back.

Mike and I had a little chat about this and I explained to him that though he might love spin class, I don’t. And I don’t think we have to love the same classes. But, our exercise practice has been so deeply rooted in togetherness, both of us feel almost compelled to exercise together and only together. Does that make sense? We’ve been motivating each other to make healthy choices, so it feels like we have to do all of our exercise together or it’s not going to happen,

In our oh-so strong spirit of togetherness, Mike came with me to a yoga class yesterday. We even stopped at Target on the way to the gym and got him his own mat (we’re an “all in” sort of fitness couple, even if we have no idea if we’re going to love whatever it is we’re trying … that’s a whole different topic of discussion). So we got to the gym, unrolled our yoga mats and got our stretch on. It was about 15 minutes into the session when I heard Mike laughing. By about 30 minutes in, I noticed he was rolling up his mat and leaving. I finished up the class and went to find Mike. He was dripping sweat the elliptical (a machine I’m not fond of). He immediately said, “It didn’t take me long to realize: yoga is never going to be my thing. It’s nothing like everything I love about exercising.”
He loves spin. I hate it. I love yoga. He hates it. And guess what? It’s okay. It was like was like we were trying to fit square pegs in a round hole. We were both insisting the other just had to love the same classes we loved and it doesn’t work that way. And it never will. I listened to my body and it said “NO SPIN CLASS.” And I’m going to respect that. And happily, Mike is going to respect that too and never ask me to go to spin class with him ever again.

We returned his yoga mat to Target on our way home the gym. There’s no point in keeping it. He’s never going to love yoga or even like yoga. And I’m not going to ask him to go to yoga class with me. We’ll run and walk together and all the other stuff we can do on our own (no more spin class for me!!!).

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