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Kids are the worst.  Everything I tell them, they are thrilled when they get the opportunity to dish the advice right back.  Okay, maybe clients are worse, they love to tell me things that I have been telling them for months.  It feels terrible at the time but is much needed when my brain goes psycho.  

 Case in point, my daughter and I love to get the paints out and paint whatever for hours.  When she does not like what she has done or is upset that it does not look just right I am always telling her, “Stop, it does not have to be perfect.  It is the thought that counts.  People will appreciate your effort and that you did it for them out of love.”  Sometimes she rolls her eyes, sometimes she hears me and moves on to acceptance or pitches it in the trash.

 Boy, two days later, did I get it right back.  I was making little motivational magnets for my clients and a giveaway.  I had a perfect plan.  I could see in my head just what they were going to look like.  Not one of them turned out as I thought they should.  I was huffing and puffing and acting all disgusted when my precious, Candace, said, “Mom, remember it is the thought that counts.  Don’t be so hard on yourself.  They don’t have to be perfect.  People will appreciate your effort.” 

The Giveaway photo

Contest Magnets

 At that moment, besides the fact I wanted to poke my eye out, (and hers if I am honest), I knew what she said was true!  I did want it to be just right and I did want each one to be perfect.  Perfect has been the name of the game in the past, all or nothing.  I had to be perfect with my diet, my exercise, my motherhood, my spirituality or I gave up and did nothing at all.  Those days are over.  Baby steps, day by day, moving forward, and leaving the past behind are the new way of thinking. 

 Soooo, I am swallowing my pride and having a give away. 

How to win a magnet:  Pick the magnet you want to win and tell what it means to you.

Four magnets-four winners.  Contest ends Thursday night at midnight and winners announced Friday.  (Candace will chose four numbers)

The Journey Heart

Asheville, North Carolina is where my sister, Susan, lives.  It is a four-hour drive so we don’t get up there often.  We love to go see my sister and her son, Eldridge and sit on their back deck eat, discuss life and love.  We also like to go into the small town of Asheville and visit all their art galleries.  Asheville is the home of many craftsmen. 

Last time we went I came across this heart and saying.  It spoke to me and I bought a few and have it in my little blogging closet sitting on the shelf to remind me about what this journey is all about.  The heart is not pretty, it is rough, looks a little battered but the spiral in the middle draws your eyes away from the ugliness and makes you look a little deeper.

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The Journey Heart

The card that  came with it reads:

The most ancient of all symbols, the spiral honors life, growth, and the soul’s journey.  Each turn brings us nearer to our center and to a higher level of spirituality and connection to our Creator.  May your journey be light.

There are few that I know that their journey is always light.    I have enjoyed the light times in my journey but know that in order to have a beautiful Spring you must have Fall and a very cold Winter.   This last Summer seemed like a very bad Winter in some areas of my life.  The sun would occasional shoot out and give me hope of Spring.  It is still Winter for me but I feel renewed hope that Spring is coming.  I got a large warm ray of  hope this morning.  

 One thing I have learned with age, don’t let the Winter in one area of your life take over and cloud all of your life.  I am so blessed with joy and peace because I can see the whole picture.

(The definition of hope:  the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best)

May your day be filled with hope as you travel on your journey.

I had run two 5k races before but I had never run in a trail race.  To be honest, I did not even know they existed until this one!  Matt and Laura from our gym ran it with me.  Laura and I ran the 4.5 and Matt ran the 10 mile race.  

I have three words for you:  I AM HOOKED!!!!!

I loved it.

Laura and I were not out to win the race.  She had run marathons and had a lot of experience running so I was happy to follow any advice she had for me.  We wanted to have a good time and to finish. 

We ran through the mud, ran in forest up tall hills, we walked across a log over a little ravine, we climbed with the help of a rope up a tall embankment and ran through streams.  I must tell you I have never hopped or crawled over so many fallen trees in my entire life.  It was breath-taking to be in the woods, see the beauty around us and be gasping to get the next breath to get up the next big hill.

We had so much fun.  The most exciting part for me was that I was not afraid.  It never crossed my mind I would not finish or I could not do it.   For me, that alone, was a victory.   Friends I can barely walk on the sidewalk without tripping so running in the woods with many obstacles was quite a challenge and gave me a lot to laugh at myself about!  IN THE PAST, fear has kept me from doing so many things in life, but not any more!

I was excited to have a friend who is my age, wants to be healthy, wants to try new things and can laugh and encourage me up a big hill.  We went out afterwards and ate a big sandwich, had some beer and watched college football.  It was a great day.

I am back

Kayla made this for me as a screen saver for my iPhone.

Kayla made this for me as a screen saver for my iPhone.

I am back after a long silence.  In the past I would have felt the need to explain my silence, but I realize that part of what was keeping me from writing again was thinking I had to explain.  Well, I am back and for now I am not explaining.  I have missed writing and missed reading others blogs.  Blogs have encouraged me, made me laugh and educated me on the healthy life I am learning to live.

I love Fall.  We have started running and walking on trails and it is amazing to be outside and see the leaves falling and breathe Fall cold air!  Lovvvveee it.  I fell in love in the Fall so it will always be my favorite time of year.  Ginko trees with there bright yellow leaves will be turning soon.  I can’t wait.

So, all that being said.  Hi again.  Hope to reconnect and get my heart out there and hear yours!

I have had this 4-6″ space between my washer and dryer that has not been really cleaned for a long time (years).  Every time I would go to put clothes in the washer or dryer I looked at that space and felt disgust and shame, the lent and dirt were not pretty, yet, I did not clean it.  Why it was such a huge task I cannot tell you, but yesterday I was a little ahead on the laundry and I looked down there and said, “Today is the day!”  I got an old towel and in less than five minutes had cleaned it. 

Five minutes is all it took and I was feeling good.   I had wasted way to much brain space on feeling inadequate and lazy on a FIVE MINUTE TASK!!   I have some other little tasks lurking in the back of my mind that makes me feel less than adequate and I know that if I just took a little time this huge monkey (procrastination) would be off my back and I would feel so much better about myself.  Soooo, this week, riding on my little success,  I am going to slay a few more dragons and go on vacation feeling good.

1.  Linen closet  (organize and re-fold–20-30 minutes)
2.  Medicine cabinet (organize-check medicine dates–20 minutes)
3.  Kitchen cabinet that has all the stuff I am not sure wher it should go. (get–a box and give most of it away-30 
            minutes)

Do you have something that would make you feel better this week if you conquered?  Just choose one and see how it makes you feel. 

To blog or not to blog

The last couple weeks have been very stressful for me.  I had realized I was not getting enough sleep and something was going to have to go.  When I examined my priorities, I realized that my blogging at 4:30-5:30 a.m. was the easy thing to give up.  I had been so dedicated to journaling  five days a week and had a struggle letting it go, but knew I must rest to be my best each day.  So I let it go and now I can see it was the right thing. 

Everything you read shows how important it is to sleep and rest your body.  They say if you have to choose between sleep and exercise, choose sleep.   Lack of sleep can inhibit weight loss, increase mood swings (which I don’t need), impair healing and brain functions.

I am choosing to do what is best for my body which I know will make all of life run smoother!  I will blog when I can and let my performance anxiety go!