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I am not…

This last weekend I helped coordinate a big event in Redondo Beach. It’s called FierceCon. The founder of The Forever Fierce Revolution, Catherine Grace O’Connell wanted to create an event to bring together women from her community.

From all over the world.

I wanted to write about my experience there, but when Linda Williams shared her experience with the group, I was moved beyond measure. I believe her words speak the truths of many of us there. Continue reading

Hopping on the roller coaster

Driving home from our road trip, I was content and happy. I had a wonderful time with my kids and new granddaughter. And it felt like John and I were closer, even though we hadn’t seen each other in two months.

On our way back, I was looking at a text John had sent me and I said out loud, “I think I’m falling for him.” My son said, “Yeah, I noticed.”

I could see the man he was before his divorce. The one who was devoted to his little family and their life together. I could also see the profound hurt that kept him from “going there” again.

So I wasn’t surprised when he texted me and asked what day I would be home. Or that he asked to come over and play tennis with me the very next day.   Continue reading

Introducing The Online Dating Coach

When John told me he was dating someone else, I wasn’t surprised. I could tell from our very first meeting at Starbucks that he’d been on many such meet and greets.

He was tall, dark and handsome, smart and witty. And I had been online dating long enough to know he was a rare find indeed. But just because he was one of few, that didn’t mean I wanted to jump into an intimate relationship with him.

So someone else did.

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We did it together

Today’s “Let’s do this together video” features My John, because it just so happens to be the 7th anniversary of the day we met. We were both on Match.com years ago, and John saw my profile and sent me a message.

He has a way with words, and his profile was very well written, so I decided to meet him for coffee. That, and his photos were pretty handsome too.    Continue reading

Napa in the spring

Our first winter and spring  in Napa was so good.

We rode bikes and played tennis every chance we could. The construction on the house I was managing was coming along nicely, and everything was running smoothly. I was happy and content.

Bella went everywhere with me…and her favorite thing to do: bike rides

In October we helped my oldest son move to Santa Barbara, and while there, we camped at Carpinteria State Beach. The campground is right on the beach and we were both in heaven. Continue reading

How to climb a craig – one step at a time

The Highlands offer so many options to visit, and Cairngorm National Park was a must see for us.

The drive from Culloden to Coylumbridge was just over an hour away, and filled with beautiful scenery. Arriving at our hotel, we walked around a bit, had a light dinner and a quiet evening in. I got online and found what I thought would be a great hike for us for the next day.

After a restful evening, we found the path to the Craigellachie Nature Reserve. It wasn’t easy to find the place! Following Google’s map, we crossed over the spot several times from the main road, never seeing a sign.

So we parked in Aviemore and looked up the local information center. Armed with a map, we were sure to find the entrance to the park, and be on with our hike. But instead we found ourselves standing on a lane, looking every bit the tourists we were as we studied the map to find our way. Continue reading

Let’s do this together video – de-stress

What do you do when you are feeling stressed? Do you power through and keep going?

I used to do that, but now I stop and regroup. Today is my day to do just that.

I’m still in my pajamas but slowing getting things checked off my list! 

There are some stressful situations in life that I can not control….like whether my passport arrives in time. But, I can control how I react to anything thrown my way. Today, I chose to just take a deep breath and take some time to take care of me.

Well, and a bunch of other things too!

But getting some things checked off my list will help me in the long run. So, I hope you find some time to take care of YOU this week.

Won’t you join me?

It’s not all here!

If you haven’t already, please follow me on my Facebook page.  I share different posts there and each Friday do a fun mind teaser.  Continue reading

Let’s do this together video – Your Future Self

Have you ever heard of channeling your future self to help you with your goals? I hadn’t before this last week.

My goal this year is to get rid of my excess fat and be in great physical health. And I’d like to do this before we go on vacation at the end of April. That’s plenty of time to reach this goal!

But this month was a bit of a struggle.

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Let’s do this together video – Diet Bet

I’ve always balked at the idea of betting against myself. It bugs me to buy health insurance because I’m basically betting that I’m going to get sick or injured. The insurance company is betting I won’t.

Seems weird.

But betting on myself…well, that seems to be working well.

I joined a diet bet the beginning of January and I won! Well, so did almost everyone else, which is great, but it felt good to bet on me, and win.

So I’m going to do it again! Care to join me?

Click here to join me!

 

Let’s do this together video – today

Today is all I have.

I’ve come to realize I can not follow a diet or exercise program, if it is not something I can do long term. What I mean by that is, if the diet or program is one that I follow for a certain period of time because it is not a realistic lifestyle, then it won’t become part of my life.

I need to get back to a lifestyle that fits me, and that requires today to be my best day. So each morning I am starting my day with these words:

“Today I will eat healthy whole foods. Today I will exercise for my health. Today I won’t drink any wine.”

What about you? Can you follow a strict diet/ exercise program for just long enough to get to your desired goal? And if so, how do you get back to a more normal lifestyle, without gaining the weight back?

 

Let’s do this together video – Goodbye 2017

This year flew by for me. Did it for you too? 2017 was filled with so many changes and challenges, and I loved every minute of it.

From going back to college, to dabbling in photography, travel and starting a blog, it’s been a very busy year. I know I’m lucky that I have had the chance to try so many different things. 2018 is going to be a great year…

What are your goals for 2018? What do you want to accomplish? Are you planning any travel? Are you going to try anything new?

Let’s do this together, and make 2018 our year, shall we?

Let’s do this together video – Christmas

I am missing my blog and writing, but I also know this time is so important to my granddaughters. Time together is the best gift of all. I hope you are busy with your family and friends as well. and enjoying the season.

I am looking forward to getting back on track with my blog, but for now….Merry Christmas, my friends!

Let’s do this together video – moving

Moving in December – Brrrrrr❄️ 

I remember as a kid, growing up in Michigan having frost on the inside of the windows of my bedroom.

And, oh man there were some serious cold days in Central Oregon. But after 10 years in California, this girl is just not used to cold weather anymore!

Happy Wednesday everyone, stay warm!

 

 

Let’s do this together – Week 5 video

I’ve been on vacation visiting family for the last week. I leave today, but will be back in six weeks! Yay.

Do you stick to your diet while on vacation? Or do you just go for it?

I’ve got this

My husband is chivalrous. Whenever we are together, he will always open the door for me and hold it so I can walk through first. I don’t think that’s so unusual, as I’ve seen a lot of men do that. But, my husband even opens the car door for me. That act seems to be rare, with the exception of maybe going out on a date.

It’s very nice and I feel loved and cared for and somehow special because of it.

His chivalrous nature doesn’t stop at opening doors for me. If he sees me carrying something, he will jump to assist or say, “Let me get that”. If I pull a ladder out, he says, “I’ll do that”. He does all the heavy lifting and most of the hard work around the place. It’s pretty nice having him around.

But here’s the rub, it’s frustrating at times too. A part of me feels less than, or helpless when he jumps in to help. There are times when I don’t want help.

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Weekend on…

Another work weekend for us. On ladders, painting, fixing, cleaning!

Working away on the house

Work weekend on the house

We have fun too! Last night we hung out listening to music, singing and laughing. Always fun when music is a part of life. Makes the work light too.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

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