Yesterday my friend Melanie began what I know is going to be a huge revolution in movement and fitness. Living in Palm Springs every year there is a run/walk called the Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge. I told Mel that we should do it this year. So we signed up and then Mel had a brilliant idea. She said: “Tam, let’s do the tram run in the morning and then race down to Palm Desert and do the Bump and Grind Hike and then finish it off with a Bikram Yoga class.” My first thought, I have to admit was WHAT??? Mel has gone crazy! But the more I thought of this idea I loved it! We began to call it our Tramathalon, and then I started calling it the Tamathalon. But in all fairness, we are now calling it our “Tammelathalon”. If it is not too confusing we may even change it up year to year, switching between that awesome name and this one: Meltamathalon…what do you think?
Part 1: The Tram Run/Walk: This is the kick butt part of the series. You will feel as though you have an elephant on your chest unless you pace yourself. I felt as though I had asthma my lungs were burning. Those of you who want to join us next year can be a part of our group, but we divide ourselves into two teams. Melanie’s team are the rabbits: strong and powerful. My team will be the turtles: slow and steady with lots of stamina.
Part 2: The Bump and Grind Trail: Many local hikers love this trail. Mel and I have on a few occasions ran/hiked this circle twice in a row. It will definitely get your heart pounding. Mel took off ahead of me so I told her she could hurry and save my spot in yoga as time was getting close for the 11 am class. We kept our bib’s from our tram run and as I was running it several people stopped and said, “Hey is there a race going on?” I yelled back “Yes, it is the tammelathalon and I am in 2nd place!” One old man started clapping and said “Hurry, I see others coming!”
Part 3: Bikram Yoga at Bikram Yoga University Village: Normally a hot yoga class is enough to kick anyone’s butt, but how about after 2 challenges already, but stepping into the hot room felt so good. The room is heated to 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity. When our friends at yoga heard what we had already done they were impressed and want to join us next year! After that 90 minute workout and just before the savasana Mel and I high fived each other at our amazing accomplishment!
We both had such a great time and we hope next year some of you will join us!
As with anything in life it is all about setting a goal and working towards your goal. Those of you who have set a goal of writing your memoir if you have not completed your goal let me help you complete it. If someone would have told me a year ago or even six months ago I would have done what I did yesterday I would have thought they were crazy! But set a goal, work towards it and when you finish you will feel so alive and complete!
Just finished our 46th class in 30 days of Bikram Yoga! Celebrate with us tonight at the 3rd Corner Bistro in Palm Desert. Life is wonderful, come have a glass of wine and mingle and make some new friends this afternoon at 4:30. Thanks Melanie for inspiring me through all those doubles we did. I counted and we yoga’d together 69 hours this month…wow!
This morning when I was driving home from yoga I saw a great license plate that said simply: Be a gift. Hmmm, I love that! Who doesn’t like to receive a gift, but how much better to be the gift! The picture above is of one of my students Rochelle who is a snowbird. Meaning she lives part of the time in Palm Desert and part of the year in Seattle. I have been teaching Rochelle for about two years now and Rochelle is such a gift to me. Not only does she write beautiful stories and poems, but after every class, she looks me in the eyes and says, “That was wonderful, great material.” (or something along those same lines!)
I like to call Rochelle my Jewish mother. She always dresses impeccable and has such great taste. I know she is a gift to me and my life in so many ways. I am excited that I will be spending 4 days with her up in Seattle teaching a workshop for her friends and I look forward to seeing her at her home. So Rochelle, thank you for being such a great example of what it means to be a gift to another person. You have gifted me with your love and wisdom for two years now and you are a great example of a woman who lives with grace and integrity. I am so glad you are a part of my world.
Today in your writing list some ways that you can be a gift to others this week. I have been working on my list and number one on my list is that today I am going to go visit my 93 year old student, Melitas and her “warden” Alba and I will be making them my famous and spectacular homemade Macaroni and Cheese by request. If you remember the last time I made it for them was on Mother’s Day…can you believe they loved it so much they ate it for 4 or 5 days in a row??? Wow!! Time to adjust my bow and head over to be a gift!
Yesterday I wrote about appreciation in my blog. Today I want to talk about the concept of looking for those rainbows in our lives. I have been here in the desert for nearly 3 years and with the weather the way it is here, I don’t get to see rainbows too often. Generally we see the rainbows after the storm has passed and the sun is beginning to shine through the clouds. As a metaphor for our life, sometimes after the stormy times in our lives we see the rainbow, or the purpose for those trials and defining moments. Last week I heard a gentleman speak about aids and he shared that he used to hate (I should say HATE) Aids. Aids took his brother away several years ago. But as he shared he said he no longer hates aids because if it wasn’t for aids he would not have met so many wonderful people who have come into his life because of this topic. He found the rainbow after the storm. If you are in the midst of a storm, you may not see the rainbow yet, but know that the rainbow is there waiting to emerge. This morning we had a wonderful tiny storm. Some dark clouds loomed over the mountains and maybe 10 drops of rain fell, but enough to smell the wonderful aroma of desert turned wet. I shared with my men’s group last week that when I first visited the desert 3 1/2 years ago I arrived in the evening. It wasn’t until the very next day that I opened the door of the hotel room and saw the beautiful flowers, mountains and blue sky. I imagined this was how Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz must have felt when she opened the door and was now in the land of Oz. Everything went from black and white to color! My life has taken on beautiful colors that I have never seen before until I made my move here. Sure I have had plenty of storms during these three years, but the rainbows have been worth it all.
So today, take some time to look at your storms in your life and marvel at the beautiful rainbows that have emerged because of those storms.
Let me leave you with the lyrics from Somewhere Over the Rainbow as sung by Judy Garland
Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high,
There’s a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.
Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That’s where you’ll find me.
Somewhere over the rainbow
Birds fly over the rainbow.
Why then, oh why can’t I?
If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can’t I?
(Who would have guessed that Somewhere Over the Rainbow would be in Palm Desert, CA!)
Since I have been sending out my new and amazing newsletters, I have not been blogging! A lot has been happening in this wonderful circle of women writers. The luncheon that was held the end of March was another great success. A special thank you to the women who shared their stories! Since the luncheon a group of us went on an amazing tour of the guide dogs of the desert. Wow! That was a great experience, I would like to plan another group excursion to guide dogs in the future! The hiking group has been hiking the La Quinta Cove on Tuesday mornings meeting at 8 am. On April 13, 5 hearty souls traveled to Mecca to hike the Painted Canyon. Now that is something every one should do! I really would like to plan another Painted Canyon hike as I know that some of you missed it due to Easter. Our next field trip is for Monday, April 20. We will meet at my office at 9 am and travel to Moorten’s Botanical Gardens in Palm Springs and then have lunch in Palm Springs. This is a great place to visit and the cost is only $3.00 per person plus lunch. I don’t have the date set for the May luncheon as of this day, but I will keep you posted as it will be the last luncheon until next fall! Once again I am so thankful for all of you who have touched my heart. I look forward to each class we have together.