Archive for December, 2012

Santa Paws 2012

Yesterday was the Santa Paws Run with proceeds going to Guide Dogs of the Desert.  It was such a fun run with everybody wearing Santa suits and lots of dogs on the run.  There were big dogs and small dogs.  I love supporting a great cause and this is one of them.  At the end there were dog treats and cookies and milk for the Santa’s.


On their website it says that every 7 minutes someone in America becomes blind.  That is a staggering statistic.  I have a friend named Barbara Norman who foster’s the guide dogs for 18 months and then gives them to a blind person.  I was thinking today what a beautiful thing to do.  I personally would become so attached it would break my heart.    I have great respect for her and for this amazing organization.  This is from their website:

Guide Dogs of the Desert improves the lives of the blind by creating opportunities for life-changing independence, and by conducting community outreach and education programs.

Guide Dogs of the Desert provides safe mobility, loving companionship and the “miracle of independence” to the blind through the use of a guide dog.

“Walking with a friend in the dark
is better than walking alone in the light.”
— Helen Keller

For more information on how you can help, visit their website at

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Notice the small things in life…

photo (27)cdog and catEver since Courtney was a little puppy she was always fascinated with cats…the problem was cats were never fascinated with her.  She used to walk up to them slowly… then she would slowly wag her tail and just as she gained their trust she would leap at them with all her excitement.  The cats of course would run away leaving her wondering what she did wrong.


Now that Courtney is blind she no longer sees the “cats” in her life.  Pictured with Courtney is my friends cat, Lily.  Lily is not fond of anything “dog” but she has taken a liking to Courtney.


It does make me sad for Courtney as what she has always wanted, a cat friend, she now has but doesn’t realize it.


I always learn lessons from my dog, today I realize that I want to appreciate the small things in life and appreciate those who I have in my life that I can see.

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Testing 1…2…3…

I thought I would wait until this morning to write my blog for today since today might be the end of the world.  There has been a lot of talk about the date today with the Mayan calendar saying today is the last day.  On Facebook people are all checking in…are you still breathing?  Actually it is not that bad, but I think it has worried some people!

I guess I shouldn’t say too much, as today doesn’t officially end until midnight.  But these are my thoughts I would say if I knew that today was my last day:

I would spend today doing exactly what I have planned…start the morning with morning snuggles with Courtney, which is exactly what we are doing now as I type this blog. I would not spend one more thought on people who have wandered in and out of my life and who are now on the “out” of my life.  I would release those negative thinking patterns that make me second guess myself.  I would marvel at the beauty of our world, since I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world with the mountains surrounding me.  I would do my normal contemplating but this time would look at my ending of my life.  As the picture states with the typewriter: Storybook Endings.  Would I consider my life to have a storybook ending?  What is a storybook ending?    When I think of Storybook Ending I think of the movie Pretty Woman where Julia Robert’s character at the end of the movie gets swept away by Richard Gere as he carefully climbs up the fire escape to carry her away.  I have seen that move probably 20 times and each time it makes me tear up.

So if today was my storybook ending I would want to live my life exactly as I am doing now…releasing those things that no longer serve me and focusing on the power of creating a brighter future for myself and all those who are in my life.

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What brings me joy…

I love reflecting on the things that bring me joy in my life right now.  Of course I could fill up this blog with so many things that I think about that bring a smile to my face.  The picture represented below are just 4 of probably 40,000 things I could list.

From left to right…Clay Matthews…#52 Green Bay Packers.  I love watching Clay play.  He has such a passion for the game.  Each play he plays 110 percent.  He is amazing and I love watching him play!

Next up, I love my little Courtney.  This picture was taken after her party last week.  She was so tuckered out from playing with all her dog friends that she fell asleep by 5 pm and didn’t wake up until after 7:30 the next morning!

The third picture is what our living room looked like after she had her friends over.  Her little toys were scattered all around, it makes me smile to know that I still get to pick up her toys and watch her get exciting at her squeaky toys!

The last picture was taken at a holiday party and I not only love parties, but my little furry host.


So many things bring me joy, a cup of coffee, running, spending time with Melitas, teaching, listening, meditation, music, learning from my rabbi, making others laugh with my Courtney impersonations, cooking, entertaining friends, listening to Courtney snore as she lays next to me while I am writing my blog…

What brings you joy?  Find it now!

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Medal number 12 with my Coach!

Alba has been my coach and inspiration

Alba has been my coach

Standing with Melitas and Alba...2 of my most favorite people in the world
Standing with Melitas and Alba…2 of my most favorite people in the world

My number 12 medal and as tradition has dictated I always go over to visit Melitas and Alba and we pose with my latest medal.  Alba has taught me the importance of dreaming and setting a goal and then seeing it to completion.

When I first set my goal of running 12 half marathons in one calendar year, I wasn’t even sure if I could complete it.

There is always a feeling of accomplishment to set a goal and then to achieve it.

What goals would you like to set for 2013?

Have you completed your memoir?

Have you thought of a dream that you would like to achieve?

This is the time of year to start dreaming big…

I am working on my 2013 goals


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