13Jun
By: Neghar On: June 13, 2016 In: Family, Lifestyle, Mindset Comments: 1

At 5:30 this morning, I walked into my son’s room to turn off the light. Every Summer, Isaac jets off to Maryland to spend 6-8 weeks with his biological dad, and every single time it hits me hard–no matter how old he gets. I’m grateful that he gets this...

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07Apr
By: Neghar On: April 7, 2016 In: Family, Lifestyle, Mindset Comments: 10

I did something I never imagined I would do–I bought a longboard. I did it so that I could cruise around with my 9-year-old on his skateboard, helping him ease a bit more into his discomfort zone–while I, inevitably, follow suit. In the past few weeks we’ve had a...

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03Feb
By: Neghar On: February 3, 2016 In: Family, Lifestyle, Mindset Comments: 6

“I think Mondays hate me,” Isaac said, as he trudged into the kitchen. There was thick-cut bacon awaiting him, as well as a freshly toasted cinnamon raisin bagel; alas, even that wasn’t enough to get him pumped for Monday morning.  I explained to him that a lot of people dread...

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21Dec
By: Neghar On: December 21, 2015 In: body image, Featured Posts, Fitness, Lifestyle, Lift, Mindset Comments: 13

It happened during a Strongman training session, in which there were very heavy sandbags involved. The task was, pick up a sandbag from the ground and carry it 100 feet, working up to your heaviest possible bag. I love this kind of stuff, and I loved the newness and the challenge of the task. And it...

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15Dec
By: Neghar On: December 15, 2015 In: Lifestyle, Mindset Comments: 2

Plants are disposable, right? Like they last for a little bit, then die, and then you buy new ones to replace them? AM I DOING THIS RIGHT?! Well, yes and no. See, I’m doing it and killing them and learning and starting over again–and not giving up. So no, plants...

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08Sep
By: Neghar On: September 8, 2015 In: Family, Featured Posts, Lifestyle, Mindset Comments: 12

  Labor Day Weekend in Cali was hot as a mofo. It appears that Summer is finally making an appearance, and no one in the beach cities has air conditioning…so, the ocean it is. We will brave the chilly Pacific waters because we are so damn hot we just...

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05Sep
By: Neghar On: September 5, 2015 In: body image, Lifestyle, Mindset Comments: 3

I’m nursing a photoshoot hangover this morning. Typically I would spend weeks getting ready for a shoot, and the prep is never fun (think SUPER restricted diet and 2x/day workouts). The day of the shoot itself is a hectic, exhausting flurry. Hair, makeup, more hair, more makeup, outfits strewn about. Sometimes you’re...

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20Aug
By: Neghar On: August 20, 2015 In: Lifestyle, Mindset Comments: 8

Earlier this Summer, I went to a new dentist. A Persian dentist. Not that his ethnicity really matters in this context, but I suppose some part of me has been craving more interaction with my culture. Maybe I just wanted someone to speak Farsi with? Or maybe I’ve just been...

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27May
By: Neghar On: May 27, 2015 In: body image, Lifestyle, Mindset Comments: 0

Last night, while sitting with a book at my son’s BJJ class, I came across one of my favorite quotes from Patrick Rothfuss’ The Slow Regard of Silent Things. If you haven’t read any of Rothfuss’ work (start with The Name of the Wind) you absolutely MUST. His storytelling is...

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