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I had my fortune read today.


And the lady told me not to stop blogging.  Seriously.


I’ve missed this space and all of you a lot more than I expected to. It’s strange how much a empty white screen and a blinking cursor becomes part of who you are. Stepping away has been a little sad, but in other ways, the change has been good for me. I think, for now at least, this is the right move. I’m relieved so many of you took the time to say that you’d be back to read when I do write. I’m thankful for you!


So, what have I been up to? Besides getting my cards read? Which – by the way – is not something I normally (ever) do.  But I walked by a sign advertising readings and felt oddly compelled to go into the store, plunk down my credit card, walk down creaking stairs into the basement, and sit my butt right into a velvet, squishy chair, where I found myself listening intently as my cards were read.  To summarize – the future looks pretty bright (and she did really tell me not to “walk away entirely” from what she referred to as an “important part of my life”).  Oh, and we’ll have another child (a girl!) but not for another two years.  I don’t really believe-believe in this kind of stuff (or do I…), but I think it can be helpful.  Even if a deck of cards can’t tell me a thing about my future, looking at the possibilities and thinking about things in a new way is always interesting.  You know? 


Plus, it was fun to be spontaneous.


Beyond all of that, I’ve been doing more of the usual – taking care of Henry, exercising, and traveling for Operation Beautiful speaking events.  I’ve got two this week! 


Guess where I am tonight?  Here – I’ll give you a hint!


Need another clue?


Why, yes.  I’m at Kath’s house. Unfortunately, Kath (and Matt and Mazen) are not here.  Kath and I thought we’d get to hang out when I came to speak at the University of Virginia, but it turns out that they had to travel for work, too.  But Kath graciously offered up her home!  So I’m staying at Casa de KERF all by myself.  Kind of funny to stay at a friend’s house without them.  Also – I feel like I can’t touch any surfaces because I will surely dirty it (Kath’s house is just as tidy as you would expect it to be).


I did dirty up a few dishes for dinner.


I present to you… the cleanest “I’m out of town on vacation” fridge ever.


Luckily, the pantry and fridge had a few items!


First layer: millet + sunflower seeds.


Next layer: peas and butternut squash.


Up last: a fried egg and blueberry hot sauce (which was really delicious).


And then I scrubbed the kitchen. Winking smile


Exercise has been going well.  I’ve got my first tri of the season in a few weeks, so I’m trying to rev things up.  Last week, I ran a total of 10 miles, including a 5-miler with Kristien and Henry.  I also swam 1000 yards and went to spin class to round out the week.  Today, I ran a 5K through Charlottesville’s walking mall.


I know that exercise this week is going to be difficult with traveling, but after doing this more than 60 times, I’ve finally began to understand that the key to healthy travel is just to do the best you can.  Eat as well as possible, workout as much as possible, but don’t sweat it if you’re not up to your usual standards.  Healthy travel is hard!  All we can do is our best at any given moment. 


Coming Up Soon on HTP


A post about my favorite healthy snacks. Yum.

An update on the HTP January Joiners.  How’s your New Year’s Resolution coming?


But First… One More Thing


I wanted to take a quick moment to plug my lovely friend Jasmine’s business, bama + ry.  She created this wonderful Mother’s Day necklace for MomHTP, and she has tons of beautiful jewelry for the mom, grandma, or friend that you want to celebrate on this Mother’s Day.  Use code HTP20 for 20% off your order!



Jasmine says, “A lot has changed since I opened bama + ry in July 2012. I’ve made a number of friendships with my wonderful customers and have had the opportunity to get to know the stories of people all over the world. I feel so very grateful to everyone who has supported me in this business venture, which grew out of my own personal tragedy (miscarriage, read about it here), but has become in and of  itself a source of great healing and joy.   The biggest news I have to report is that I QUIT MY DAY JOB! April 1st, 2013 was my first day as a self-employed jewelry artist, and I am just over the moon. Well, excited and terrified all wrapped in one beautiful package. And grateful… Have I mentioned that?


As Mother’s Day approaches, I am reminded again that I began this wonderful business out of the loss of my twin pregnancy and our continuing infertility. Though my heart is still broken, I have learned much in playing this hand I’ve been dealt. I have learned it is possible to miss (and love dearly) someone you never knew and I have also learned, thanks to this business, that I’m not alone in that.”


Have a great week, friends.  I’ll see you again soon.  Or maybe sooner if a fortune cookie tells me to come back faster. Winking smile



  • Amanda @ life in bloom April 9, 2013, 10:08 pm

    I was so afraid you would take a super long break! A wonderful read as always 🙂

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) April 9, 2013, 10:41 pm

    That is the most empty fridge I’ve ever seen!

  • Katie Moore April 9, 2013, 10:41 pm

    Ditto what Amanda said!

  • Lauren April 9, 2013, 10:44 pm

    Aw I love this! We miss you too!

  • Hannah April 9, 2013, 10:47 pm

    So glad to here you are adjusting well to the change! I recently ended a relationship, and I too had the urge to go back, but ultimately it is best to step away and do what is best for you!

    Also, I’ve noticed before that you had custom Operation Beautiful post it notes. Are they available to buy?

    • Caitlin April 10, 2013, 6:01 am

      Nope! But you can make your own on sites like zazzle 🙂

  • Reenie April 9, 2013, 11:03 pm

    Oh I was so happy to see a post from you.


  • sarah venn April 9, 2013, 11:15 pm

    I discovered your blog when I read Kath’s post on sleep training(I have been reading her blog for years). I LOVE your blog and have read all your posts about your little one. I’m so glad to have another great blog to read(even if you are cutting back on your posts). I always think, “What would Kath do?” when i’m trying to organize my home. She is definitely an inspiration. Lol. I try to get my fridge like that, but my husband always fills it up with more food 🙂

    • Caitlin April 10, 2013, 6:01 am

      Hahah me too. Or more Tupperware!

  • Kendra April 9, 2013, 11:17 pm

    That fridge… seriously?!?!? I also read KERF thanks to you introducing me to her and I have to say, I thought it’d be clean but not THAT clean. I feel the urge to scrub something…

    Anyways, I’m glad you didn’t wait too long between posts. I was starting to miss you! Of course if you had waited longer that would have been fine too. You’ve laid a very solid footprint in all of our lives so no matter the length in between your posts we’ll still be here waiting to get our dose of HTP inspiration! 😉

  • Kathleen April 9, 2013, 11:17 pm

    I’ve always thought about getting my cards read, but have never ventured through the beaded curtain ;). I think it would be fun and just might do it next time. Good luck with your OB speaking engagements.

  • Miranda @ Miranda Runs April 9, 2013, 11:25 pm

    I miss you Katie! Hope your “time off” is meaningful 🙂

  • Josie April 9, 2013, 11:37 pm

    Hey!!! Welcome back! lol. This is so random, and you are probably like, who is this chick (i’m a lurker) but I am so proud of operation beautiful. You came up with the concept and now look how amazingly successful it is. Plus, you are doing something you love. Double awesome. You are truly a role model and will be so whether you post twice a day or twice a month.

  • Malaya April 9, 2013, 11:38 pm

    I check the blog religiously & was so excited to see a post today! Only been three days & I’ve missed it {I’m either really lame or you’re just that good; both, I think}!

    Looking forward to the next & happy to hear you’re doing so well!

  • ashley April 9, 2013, 11:44 pm

    LOL at Kath’s fridge! Of course! Thanks for sharing that. It’d be kind of interesting for you bloggers to do posts on one another. Kath would never think to post a pic of her fridge but it was awesome and totally expected to see that. I’m sure if someone were let loose in your house, we’d see some more “creative” ways to stay tidy.

  • Caroline April 10, 2013, 12:21 am

    Hi Caitlin- what event are you speaking at at UVA? Did you already do it?

  • Katie - Life Discombobulated April 10, 2013, 12:50 am

    I have to admit that it’s a little sad not to see a new blog post on HTP in the mornings – your is one of my favs. BUT, when I saw that there was a new one today, I was SOOOO excited! It’s a tradeoff, really… 🙂 You have so many valuable things to say and share through this blog that I can’t ever imagine not reading. Good for you for making hard choices in order to try to achieve some balance! You’ll be missed on the days you don’t blog, but it’ll make the days you do blog even better for your readers. 🙂

  • Steph April 10, 2013, 1:38 am

    Only dissapointment – where is the tribute to Maggie’s namesake?! I hope you find your balance. It’s a never ending adjustment!

    • Kelly April 10, 2013, 7:08 pm

      Dear heavens, I thought about taking a BIG break from reading blogs when the first thing I thought of when hearing of Margaret Thatchers’s passing was MAGGIE!!! Glad to read I wasn’t the only one! 😉

  • Maria April 10, 2013, 2:50 am

    Caitlin, I went to your blog today on a whim, I doubted you would have posted but for some strange reason I actually dreamed about you tonight. Can’t remember what it was, but it was weird, I have never dreamed about anything Internet-related I think. I was so glad to see that you had posted and enjoyed the fortune teller story. Yay, she’s still here!
    I’ve been thinking hard about blogs and blog reading. I lost my job 6 months ago and have been going through a very stressful time. The job situation in my country is dismal. The Internet can be a distraction from worrying but sometimes it is empty calories that makes me feel jealous of others people’s lives. But blogs can also help me stay in touch with myself, identifying my dreams and realizing what’s important to me. What I love about HTP is that you are so honest about your struggles. For example, I know that the first months of motherhood were really really tough for you, and that you worked hard to get where you are now, a happy momma with a happy baby. I also know that you and Kristien are really hard workers with dreams you are putting so much energy into achieving, and I respect you so much for that. So I hope you’ll stay around to inspire me, but I respect you even more for thinking hard about your priorities and staying true to yourself.

  • Sara @my less serious life April 10, 2013, 6:32 am

    love to know that i’ll be hearing from you still – whenever that may be! i’ll always check…

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) April 10, 2013, 6:44 am

    I knew it was Kath’s place from the bowls…I have no idea what that says about me though. I’m sure it’s weird staying there without them, but it’s nice that you have such great friends! I’m glad you’re enjoying your time more these days. It is soooo hard to walk away from the computer and blogging like that. I’m still working on it. There are just so many things here that I need to focus on more. I have established some amazing friends through blogging though, so I know I could never give it up completely. When I read someone else’s blog, it’s like sitting down in a coffee shop chatting it up with an old friend. You just can’t give that up completely. Enjoy your trip!

  • Jen April 10, 2013, 7:52 am

    Glad to check in with you today 🙂

  • Lee April 10, 2013, 8:31 am

    Is that Dulles airport?

    I think you’ll find blogging more enjoyable and less time consuming when you blog when you want to blog and not because you feel like you have to.

  • sara @ fitcupcaker April 10, 2013, 8:33 am

    Congrats on the jewelry 🙂 I love that necklace. That was so nice of KERF to let you stay at her house!

  • Amy Q April 10, 2013, 8:36 am

    I think for the rest of my life, I will check this blogspace to see what you’re up to every day , even if there’s no update. It’s become a huge happy part of my morning routine. Hugs to you and I have no doubt that you are doing what’s right for you—even if you don’t quite know what that looks like yet. At 42 with a teen and a tween, I admire (envy?) you and Kath particularly for being able to balance it all so much better than I felt I was at your age. Where are the 42 year old healthy living bloggers, anyway?

    • Caitlin April 10, 2013, 9:39 am

      You should start one!

  • Christina April 10, 2013, 9:03 am

    Yay! Your fortune was eerily similar to your conclusion not to stop blogging entirely, wasn’t it? Creepy how they know!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action April 10, 2013, 9:23 am

    Wow- that is a seriously empty fridge! I am impressed- clearly no food waste is happening while they’re away.

    I love going and seeing psychics- not so much because I believe EVERYTHING they say, but because it’s just so interesting to possible know what will happen in the future.

  • Emily April 10, 2013, 9:28 am

    Glad to see you back so soon! 🙂 Hope you are getting the break you need, though. Enjoy your event!

  • Carly @ LifeInTraining April 10, 2013, 9:34 am

    Yay! Lovely to see a post of yours in my reading list! I totally agree with you on the whole fortune telling thing. I think a medium’s ‘gift’ is similar to a therapist’s – they listen and are intuitive. And when you’re speaking with someone who is listening and intuitive, it does make you think a little more or a little differently about whatever is going in with you.

    Good luck with the tri!!

  • Caitlin April 10, 2013, 9:38 am

    You were the first healthy living blog I started reading, and I was soooo excited when I saw a post from you this morning 🙂 so glad you are happy with your decision and doing well! Enjoy Charlottesville-its beautiful!

  • Ashley April 10, 2013, 10:34 am

    Ha, my fridge kind of looks like that right now and we are not going on vacation! We’ve been challenging ourselves to get creative before splurging on new groceries, it’s amazing what we’ve managed to do with so little. That being said, Trader Joe’s is #1 on my to-do list 🙂

    Good luck with the tri!

  • Whitney @ Yoga Pancake April 10, 2013, 10:45 am

    Random question but where did you get your cards read? I live in Charlotte too and I’ve been wanting to go. I’ve gone once before and it was eerily on point.

    • Caitlin April 10, 2013, 12:21 pm

      It was in Charlottesville! I don’t know anyone in Charlotte.

  • Kate April 10, 2013, 10:56 am

    I’ve already missed your posts immensely! Your blog always sets the right tone of the day and your positive attitude is addictive — I seriously cannot be too down after reading your posts.

    In the meantime, I’m consoling myself with your archives. I’m doing my first full marathon in a little under 3 weeks (!!!) and my first triathlon 3 weeks after that. Thanks a million for all the tips and inspiration! I’m still trying to wrap my head around swimming in a sports bra…

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat April 10, 2013, 11:07 am

    It’s so funny to see you post from Kath’s house and Kath on Gina’s blog – what a great community! 🙂

  • Alexa April 10, 2013, 11:07 am

    Did you fly into Dulles and drive to UVA? If so, let me know if you need a dinner date when you drive back. I love right by there.

    • Caitlin April 10, 2013, 12:20 pm

      You are too kind 🙂 I appreciate it a lot!

  • Alexa April 10, 2013, 11:07 am

    love = live. Sleep deprivation…

  • dotsie April 10, 2013, 11:14 am

    🙂 I will definitely come back to read when you post…I clicked on your blog several times yesterday to look for a new post. I understand you need to do what is right for you and your family 🙂 coming back for a visit every now and then will be the coolest!

    Thanks for the link to that site–pretty stuff! 🙂

  • Ingrid April 10, 2013, 11:27 am

    Where and when are you speaking at UVA tonight? I’d love to go with my daughter!

    • Caitlin April 10, 2013, 12:20 pm

      Oh it was last night ;( Sorry we missed each other!

  • Jen April 10, 2013, 11:36 am

    Your fortune teller was probably a blog reader in disguise, who missed your posts 🙂

    • Becca April 10, 2013, 12:25 pm

      I was going to say that too!! She probably recognized you and was sad about you posting less so she decided to take things into her own hands! Haha!

      At any rate, people are going to miss you a lot, Caitlin! (I know I’m one of them!) But its good to have the strength to do what you need to!

  • Chantal April 10, 2013, 12:26 pm

    I have some awesome friends who live near an airport, so I’ve often crashed there with or without them! They have keyless entry to their house with a door code so it’s super convenient.

  • Joey April 10, 2013, 12:31 pm

    Yay! If there is one positive thing about how much I miss your posts it is that I look forward to them and appreciate them that much more now! 🙂

  • Kath April 10, 2013, 12:38 pm

    Hahaha! Not sure if I should be embarrassed or proud with my fridge expose! Sorry there wasn’t more fresh food for you to eat….you should have put in a grocery request!

    • Caitlin April 10, 2013, 12:46 pm

      Proud!!! You should see the state of mine.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 10, 2013, 12:44 pm

    Haha is that weird to be in their house without them there? I’m the kind of person that totally looks through someone’s kitchen/pantry but wouldn’t dare go near their bathroom or bedroom. I love seeing what food people have… I’m so weird.

  • Nicole @ Fruit 'N' Fitness April 10, 2013, 1:07 pm

    It looks like you were to throw together a wonderful dinner even with the amazingly clean and empty fridge! I wish I could keep my fridge that clean, and Kath should be proud that there is not a lot of food left to be wasted while they were out of town!

  • Jasmine, bama + ry April 10, 2013, 1:16 pm

    Oh hello lovely!

    My fridge will never be that clean. That’s amazing.

    Thank you for the blog lovin on my business. You are glorious. I hope the fortune teller told you that. <3

  • Lindsey @ Pas de Deux April 10, 2013, 1:52 pm

    It was great to hear you and meet you at UVA last night–I really enjoyed your talk! I’ve always wanted to get my fortune read, but never have… kudos to you for being brave and spontaneous! Hope you enjoyed your little visit to Charlottesville 🙂

  • Sonia the Mexigarian April 10, 2013, 2:04 pm

    I believe in the readings of cards and psychics. Several of my family are pretty keen in the area and a lot of the things they said in my readings have come true in some shape or form. 🙂

    That fridge is awesome.

  • Amanda @ Peanut Butter & Adrenaline April 10, 2013, 2:42 pm

    I’m so glad you popped in quickly! I keep getting a knot in my stomach when I think of you stopping altogether, so I’m happy to see you. I only blog three times a week, and it’s a lot easier than what I imagine blogging every day to be like!

    I’ve always wanted to try having my cards read, just to see what it would be like.

  • Tim April 10, 2013, 3:03 pm

    Glad to see you back. Lots of great pics! Very nice of her to share her home. Her jewelry is very interesting and that’s wonderful that she was able to quit the day job. Fantastic accomplishment.

  • Shel@PeachyPalate April 10, 2013, 3:30 pm

    That is one clean fridge!!! Dinner sounds amazing! I’m such a big millet fan and the combo with the sunflower seeds…I’ll be making some SOON 🙂

  • Amber K April 10, 2013, 9:12 pm

    I don’t think my fridge has ever looked like that. Maybe when we first moved into our apartment…or maybe not! lol

  • Mia April 10, 2013, 10:57 pm

    Was so nice to see a post from you! Glad you’ve been having some nice blogging-less (not blogless) days. I usually don’t believe in stuff like that either, but have had similar experiences when something has been just to true or in the moment to not believe. Sometimes we find signs when we need them. And if you don’t fully believe your cards, hopefully you believe the hundreds of responses of support, sadness, respect and gratitude to your last post. <3

  • Live Love Yum April 11, 2013, 2:43 am

    I’m assuming she didn’t know you were coming until last minute – that fridge is bare! Do you have to find your own accomdations when traveling for work events??

  • Diane Gray April 11, 2013, 3:23 am

    Can I just say that I thoroughly agree with fortune tellers (well at least the good ones). I usually find that they are about 70 percent right although sometimes when I look back at their predictions I had interpreted them the wrong way!
    Maybe she/he is just saying that you need a break right now and to spread your focus a little more.
    Enjoy your break.Often it is when we are away from our usual dya to day grind that we find the clarity we need to shape our future.

  • Karen @ Runner Girl Eats April 11, 2013, 7:00 am

    Glad you are enjoying your time away. I saw those necklaces on meals and miles a few months ago. So cute and such a sweet story.

  • Kelly April 11, 2013, 1:19 pm

    That is one smart fortune teller!! 🙂 I miss you already.

  • Lindsey April 11, 2013, 3:00 pm

    Come back. I still check your blog multiple times a day, and it’s depressing that you’re not here! In all honesty – I’m happy for you that you’re taking a break. You are juggling a lot of balls so I’m sure it feels good to have a little more time to pay close attention to them. But seriously – come back.

  • Stacia April 11, 2013, 6:43 pm

    I bought two necklaces from Jasmine at Christmas. One necklace was for my mom, a remembrance of her sister and mother who both died last year a few months apart. Jasmine was so caring when I told her my story. I will remember her kind words the rest of my life.

  • Kerin April 12, 2013, 2:20 am

    Did you mean to make a pun with “Happy Medium”?? I read this post yesterday and didn’t catch it but just now it made me laugh lout loud! Well either way, it’s pretty great.

    I’m glad to hear that you’re finding balance. It does seem like you take on a lot. It has actually served as motivation on days when I’m dragging a little- if Caitlin can work out/write/ take care of baby, etc so can you!

    Good luck! I’m curious to see what works for you. 🙂

  • Samantha Handley April 12, 2013, 4:58 am

    That is one clean fridge!

  • Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} April 13, 2013, 9:58 am

    Wow, I don’t think my fridge looked that clean since the day we bought it! I am totally jealous that you are in Charlottesville, I spent time living there as a child and often wish we could move back.

  • David April 13, 2013, 10:04 am

    I have to admit that I’m not a huge believer in fortune tellers but I went once with a friend and found it to be a very positive and uplifting experience, which was just what I needed at that time so. I hope you keep blogging as I’ve just stumbled upon your blog and just love it!

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