Archive for December, 2011

Running, walking or strolling through 2012?

How do you plan to spend your last day of this year?  But more important than that is how do you plan to live out your dreams, desires and wishes in 2012? 

Most people like to have a new year’s resolution where they work on really setting a goal to accomplish something.  For most of us it usually centers around health, such as joining a gym or dieting. 

I have always tried to set a new goal for each new year and as I think about what I want to do for 2012 I have a few thoughts in mind as I am clicking away at this keyboard, so here is what is running through my busy brain: (in no particular order)

1.  As I am sitting here with my dear Melitas across from me reading the newspaper I am reminded of how precious she is to me.  I want to make sure that I continue with my “daily” check ins with her via the phone and make an effort to come over to her house at least once a month to cook dinner for her and the warden.  I have to make this a priority because I used to live only 3.1 miles door to door and now it is more like 20 miles away.  But time spent with Melitas and Alba is time well spent.

2. This year I am going to continue on my healthy lifestyle of eating a vegetarian diet.  I want to continue my running and bike riding and hiking. 

3. In my workshops I want to continue to be the very best that I can be.  I want to strive to encourage my writer’s to dig deep and look for the heart of each story.

4.  I want to be mindful of all who come across my path.  What I can bring to them to lighten their load.

5. I want to be forever grateful for all my students who have come to my workshops and continue to help support my business.  I want to not only tell them how grateful I am but to show them with kindness how much I truly appreciate each one.

6. I want to remember that each new day is a gift and to look for the beauty of each moment.

7. I want to continue to document my life and record it via my pictures and words.

8.  I want to learn from the journey of others so maybe, just maybe I will avoid a few “mines”. 

9. I want to learn to just relax and just be.

10. I want to be true to myself.

What is your list for 2012?  I hope somewhere on your list you will consider working on leaving your legacy in whatever form that may be.  Let those you love know it…send a letter, card or note.  Maybe even a phone call (my least favorite thing to do is talk on the phone)…

Wishing all of you nothing but the best for 2012…

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It is nearly the end of 2011

I love to reflect upon the year as the new year is just about ready to begin.  As I look back upon 2011 it is probably one of the most years of growth that I have ever experienced.  I have some of my most happy times this year and some of my most sad.  Through each experience I have grown and learned, so it has made me a stronger person. 

2011 started off with my First Annual Women Inspiring Women Conference.  Through a lot of hard work from my marketing team I feel as though this first conference was a huge success.  All the women who attended loved this inspiring event. 

During 2011 I finally released a very toxic relationship that I had been involved off and on for several years. 

I rediscovered Bikram Yoga at Bikran Yoga University Village in Palm Desert, it was instrumental in a huge catalyst in my life.  I did the 30 day challenge with my friend Melanie and I we actually did (eeks, I can’t believe it, was it 46 classes in 30 days??)

I taught workshops up in Seattle this past summer and visited my grown kids in the bay area. 

Some of the sad events were the loss of my father in March and then in December the loss of one of my best friends, Teresa, to breast cancer. 

Courtney survived a dog attack this year and then a few months later went blind.  It has broke my heart to see all that she has gone through, but she is such a trooper and getting along so well now!

In August I started training for my first half marathon.  At the time I could barely run a half mile without having to stop and then more and more I got stronger and stronger and so far this month I have already ran 120 miles in just December (and I still have 2 days left to add mileage!)

In October my friend Melanie and I did the Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge, but we took it a step further.  We started the first annual Tam-Mel-Athalon.  This is a 3 part event: we did the tram run, then ran the bump and grind trail and then finished it off with a bikram yoga class.

During this year I explored lots of new hiking trails, rode my bike for miles.

I gained some great new friends, I released some friends.

Courtney and I moved to Palm Springs…

I lost 40 pounds.

I found myself…

I have never been happier!

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The gift of contemplation…

  Yesterday I wasn’t able to get my run in until the afternoon due to a day full of appointments.  I headed out with my earphones in my ears and turned into my favorite station.  I was “planning” on a relatively short run, maybe 4-5 miles, but as I headed out I began to contemplate. 

I ran a different route than I normally run, I usually take my run towards the mountain and run alongside it all the way to the entrance of Indian Canyons.  Wanting to try something different I headed to the right instead of to the left.  In my head I was considering my upcoming blog that I want to write about reflections of 2011. 

I got into my zone and before I knew it the sun was setting and I had run all the way to the outskirts of town right to the windmills.  Heading back I realized it would be dark by the time I got home and as I “wrote” my upcoming blog in my head I realized that the year 2011 has been one of my most amazing years that I have ever lived.  I look forward to sharing with you later about my “year in review”.  Until then, consider this year 2011 and write and reflect upon your year.

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Guest blog by Daily Om – Feeling Our Words

Feeling Our Words
Words Have Weight



The more conscious we become, the more we deepen our relationship to the words we choose to use.

Words carry energy and this gives language its power and its potential to heal or hurt. Most of us can remember a time that someone sent a word our way, and it stuck with us. It may have been the first time we received a truly accurate compliment, or the time a friend or sibling called us a name, but either way it stuck. This experience reminds us that what we say has weight and power and that being conscious means being aware of how we use words.

The more conscious we become, the more we deepen our relationship to the words we use so that we speak from a place of actually feeling what we are saying. We begin to recognize that words are not abstract, disconnected entities used only to convey meaning; they are powerful transmitters of feeling. For the next few days, you might want to practice noticing how the words you say and hear affect your body and your emotional state. Notice how the different communication styles of the people in your life make you feel. Also, watch closely to see how your own words come out and what affect they have on the people around you.

You may notice that when we speak quickly, without thinking, or rush to get our ideas across, our words don’t carry the same power as when we speak slowly and confidently, allowing those receiving our words time and space to take them in. When we carefully listen to others before we speak, our words have more integrity, and when we take time to center ourselves before speaking, we truly begin to harness the power of speech. Then our words can be intelligent messengers of healing and light, transmitting deep and positive feelings to those who receive them.

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2 days of no pictures!! oh my!!

  I have been an avid writer all of my life, and a lot of that is due to a teacher I had in 2nd grade that gave me the love of writing.  In her class we would write our stories and then a few parent volunteers would put our stories together in books that were bound by ugly contact paper and brads.  These books were precious to me because they were my own thoughts and words and pictures made into my very own book.  But my very first “book” was when I was in first grade and that was a book called “My Book About Me” by Dr. Seuss.  My teacher copied the pages for us and we filled in the blanks.  One page asked us about our freckles and how many we had and I wrote: “I think I have one freckles.”  

It was these early years that my passion was building for the written word.  It was then that I begin to expericnce the same feelings I feel today when I put my words down on paper.

During the year of 2011 I have not only been writing (whether it is personal letters, emails, curriculum or journal writing and memoir) I have also been photo journaling my life.  Pictures can bring me right back to moments and memories and situations.

But, December 24 and 25th no pictures were taken.  These two days were spent sick, sick, and more sick.  I somehow got a terrible stomach flu and was very ill. 

But hooray, as all things pass, so did the bug and now I am back on the mend.  Not quite 100 percent, but took a few days off running and now back at it~

As you consider your journey think about the power behind the words and pictures of your life.

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