Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010 Goals

2010 Goals

To thrive, I need to feel fit. I need to feel connected to kindred spirits. I need to be close to my family. I need to enjoy my marriage. I need to create. And, most of all, I need to be close to my Creator.

This year, I want to move to the next level in all of those areas. For many of my needs, there is no objective measure . They are subjective... subject to my interpretation.

I have the freedom to choose. I am going to start simple. I hope to dig deeper and work harder as we go along... but, for now... for today... this is it.

For the month of January 2010 I commit to:

MOVE five days a week.

Sit with God five days a week.

Pay attention to five things a day that make me smile... that I am grateful for... write 'em down... SEEK those things, if necessary!

Read the rest of How We Choose to be Happy

Keep this Mission: THRIVE working for one more month

Keep my intention focused on thriving

Seems simple enough. I'll be reporting back on how this goes.

Thursday, April 30, 2009


This photo is from April 2005. Mingled in this little crowd are people I've shared a lot with over many, many miles. Running 26.2 miles with someone gets you down to the real deal. I miss that... the running and the real deal. Most social interactions are somewhat behind masks of one version or another... Most activities don't test your mettle quite that much... Why today? I ran 1/2 mile at the end of my usual walking route... The stiffness I get now is different than the soreness I used to experience on occasion... Life changes... maybe there are things you just can't go back to...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

No golf today...

My friend, Milha, took this photo a couple of weeks ago. Today, I am missing my chance for golf in exchange for waiting on the heating and air conditioning unit to replaced at our house. Not nearly as much fun...

We had a great weekend filled with friends. Friday Barbara and Tony came to stay for a day. We sat on the porch and talked away the afternoon. Milha and Johnny came for dinner... we enjoyed good company, smoked chicken, roasted asparagus, new potato salad, corn casserole, Sister Shupert's rolls and blueberry-lemon cake. I had laughed and smiled until my face hurt!

Saturday, Barbara and Tony were here until early afternoon. We hated to see them go... But, we moved on to a wonderful retirement party for Johnny. Forty-three years. Impressive. It was a perfect evening... with a cool breeze, fun music, children dancing the night away, Country Tavern ribs and a warm good-bye...

Friday, March 27, 2009

Master Status... Over Our Own Attitudes

I haven't posted here in awhile. Mostly, when I have had time, I have posted to my other blog, The Brick Street Bungalow. Spring is such a beautiful time in East Texas. Just incredible. With a hectic scurrying to finish preparations for the Historic Tyler on Tour (April 3-5 for any of you interested), I've been on a mission to mission mode. Not much time to consider things... but, definitely soaking up the beauty... Living The Good Life.

It is all about attitude. Half-full/Half-empty. Knowing this. Having it reconfirmed at every turn. Why do, on occasion, I let outside sources determine whether or not I am happy??? You would think at 52 I might be mastering that a bit more... And, I can tell you I have "come a long way, baby"... still, I would like to move to master status over my own attitude. I am at a masters age group in every other activity! I always rebound to half-full... but, I can fall off in a funk and take awhile getting back! What gives us solid focus on our own attitude? How do we not become distracted by outside sources?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Beginning Yoga 101 at the Windhorse Yoga Studio

Along the lines of trying new things, I signed up for Beginning Yoga 101 at the Windhorse Yoga Studio. It is crystal clear to me that I could use some flexibility (physical and mental). Even more so now that I have attended three classes. I STILL think my ankles are going to explode in the hero pose (just sitting back with your legs folded under you, beside your bottom).

I love the yoga studio. The owners aced tranquil and attractive. Our instructor is passionate about yoga. I appreciate all who have passion. So, maybe with love of my surroundings and appreciation of my instructor, I will be able to withstand the restrictions of my body long enough to develop some flexibility! =)

She says it is like water dripping on a rock... Think I will live long enough to sit without pain?


And light... Have to love that! Katie is a newby to yoga, too. We are having fun.

See what I mean?

Gleaming... clean... simple... serene... with a hint of the exotic...


yeah, yeah... that's just how I do it... =)

Graceful... THAT'S what I want to be... =)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Bumper Sticker of the Day

May I just say that I get it!! I can remember as a child that it took FOREVER to get to Christmas. Now, years fly past and days are just a blur. Surely, there should be a speed limit! ;)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Golf With New Friends

The weather was just perfect for the first day of the LGA season! Played with two new friends: Stacy on the left, myself and Tonya. I do so love to be outside chasing a golf ball! I give thanks for such a beautiful day and good company. And, thank you, ladies!