What? Am I Crazy?

Last time I blogged on this site I spoke of my Love Your Life in 30 Days adventure. Here are a few “new things” that came from that;

Manifesting, one of the assignments was to manifest something small I chose pennies, and 1 day I upped the ante to a quarter. Since that day I have manifested at least a penny each day and one day a quarter. I’m keeping them in a separate jar to track my progress. So far I’ve manifested six coins or thirty cents.

The next new thing I did off an assignment is get involved with Meet Ups this is a sight where like minded people join groups and get together and do things they like. Coffee and discuss books, hiking, photography etc. I’m thinking of starting one of my own!

The next new thing came from the assignment where I had to fill in an empty 2017 calendar with the year of my dreams. This assignment was so much fun and so empowering for me that I had my staff do it!

Today I decided to register for the Newport Half Marathon! “What?” “Am I Crazy?”  After all isn’t this blog about doing 60 new things before I turn 60? Yeah but the marathon isn’t until October so technically I’ll be 60.5! Slogging a half marathon has been on my bucket list or goal if you will for quite sometime. It’s about damn time I commit to doing it and spending $70.00 is a fairly sizable commitment!

The trick for me will be manifesting enough change along the way to cover the cost!

Got to go now — Need to check some how to train for a half marathon sites!

BTW what do you have planned for 2017?

I’m up to 41 new things 19 to go!

Happy New Year!



Funk IT

Another long delay between posts, this delay was due to the funk I was, am in…

After the passing of my cat Sage, I found myself with more time (her care was fairly involved). Instead of using the time on me, it was used getting my business ready for the final quarter, prepping my mom’s house for the holidays and getting caught up with my holiday preparations. All this busy work was a way to avoid working through grief, thinking about planning a future, that doesn’t include a business or at least as I know it now. That is how I arrived at this Funk It place in my life…

You’ve all been there a time or two, when you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, so Funk it! There is a bit of wallowing, self pity, chocolate, wine, over eating, drinking, sleeping or in my case working!

I’m finding my way out looking forward to the holidays ahead and the new year and all that comes with it! I’ve started a program by Mike Dooley and Hope Koppleman called Love Your Life in 30 Days. I got the work book from Amazon and it also has companion videos from the website. I’m on day five and I feel it was the kick in the butt I needed. I also have booked a trip to celebrate my 60th birthday (more later). My total is up to 37 new things. I’m feeling good about the future and the next 23 new things!






A Few More Things…

So — I haven’t been too diligent with recording my new things. This has more to do with time management rather than lack of “things”  to write about. At this rate I should have said this was going to be a monthly news letter rather than a blog…

In no specific order here are my latest new things: Number 25, I watched a video series by Mike Dooley on getting unstuck. I guess it helped as I’m back to blogging! Number 26, also in the same vein of getting unstuck, I’ve downloaded the  Rituals For Living dream book and planner. I’ve used multiple planners and systems in the past with varying degrees of success but this one “Ritualizes” planning and life so I’m going to give it a go. Coming in at number 27, is a tasty food treat from the Bee Hive Pantry, a sweet potato ginger square. A delicious fall flavored offering that paired well with the hot coffee they were serving up. Number 28, I attended my first Rally For Recovery and was moved beyond words listening to people in the recovery movement share their stories, work and missions. Being an adult child of an alcoholic I empathized with what these family members were going through. Number 29, will take place on Sunday, I’m running the Gloria Gemma 5k. I’m excited to be running for this cause. Knowing so many woman (including my mother, twice) who’ve bravely fought this battle, and especially for the three friends who lost that battle. I feel this is the very least I can do!

There you have the latest, I’m pretty close to being on track, I need to be at 30 new things by tomorrow. So I better get on it!

I pray it won’t take me a month to write about it!



Slow Progress but progress…

It appears three weeks is my groove for documenting my “new things”…

To say this month has been crazy would somehow minimize crazy! August to me is like the .1 in the 3.1 of a 5k, all the hard work is supposedly behind you the finish line is in sight yet it reamains painful.  In the martial art industry summers are busy but a different sort of busy, and at my school we don’t break until the 20th of August. So our.1 has been split shifts of camp and routine evening schedule. This in of itself is wearing but this whole month has been!

Enough whinning here’s what I’ve added to my list thus far; My brother and sister-in-law treated me to lunch at a new local Mexican returaunt called Casa Maguritta. I had tacos they were ok but a little grey in color first they were more like burritos in a soft taco shell. I may or may not go back but there’s another new thing. My next new thing is another app the Udemy app, I’m currently reviewing Pema Chodron’s Freedom to Choose Something Different. This is a series of lectures she gave at a retreat and well worth the $39.00! I’m also going to be running a 5k this Saturday for the MS Society, I’ve run a bunch of 5K’s but this is going to be the first I’ve done in the evening.

So slow and steady, just like my 5k


The Search Continues…

It’s been three weeks since my last entry!  This task is far more daunting than I first envisioned – When has that ever stopped me? Never…

I wish I could write that I haven’t blogged because I’ve been so busy doing new things, but that wouldn’t be true.  There have been a couple of new things that I’ll be sharing but life or should I say habits have a way of anchoring us down. If I’ve learned anything through these past four months is life doesn’t deliver new things they must be sought out – You have to get out and out of your own way to experience them.

With that said here are a few new things I’ve tried since my last post; First and the most fun standup paddle boarding. I was invited by a dear friend to try it out, being a lover of anything on or in the water I was game. Thankfully I have good balance and a fairly strong core from my martial arts training so balance was not an issue. Paddle boarding gives you a different perspective being upright than you get from sitting in a kayak. I felt like a gondola driver (if that’s the correct term). The paddling is certainly more akin to canoeing than kayaking which gave my shoulders a bit of a break but my forearms took a bit of a hit. All in all a wonderful experience one I hope to try again, however nothing beats the connection to the water than a kayak and this experience made me want to get into my kayak all the more!

My next new thing was a new author, Kate Carlisle of the cozy mystery genre her book  Homicide in Hardcover was a delight well written and fun to read! I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more in the series.

My final new thing was a blueberry lemon bread that I made from a recipe that I found on line. The bread came out great (it was done before the crazy heat). The recipe was fairly straight forward but if you don’t like a lot of chopping and shredding lemon peels then stick to a quick bread mix …

Well that brings me to a total of 20 new things in four months, which if I my math is correct I’m right on track for completing my goal…


NEW (not by choice)

I admit that when I first had the idea of celebrating my 60th year with “60 New Things” I thought they’d all be of my choosing — Not so!

My vision was new adventures, new places, faces and things… Although some of that has happened, a few New (not by choice) things have occurred too. For example caring for aging cats have brought the following New adventures; twice a day insulin administration, weekly B12 injections along with crushing half a Pepcid Ac and hiding it in food, and my personal favorite Colace stuffed moist cat food balls. All for one too sweet cat named Sage, who is battling diabetes and diabetic neuropathy. My other aging feline Gracie suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS, and also has a special diet and medications.

There is much more to caring for these elder cats than meds and food. For instance Sage’s neuropathy has caused weakness in her hind legs, requiring me to become creative with aids for her getting onto the bed and couch, placing a large bin under the litter box to catch urinary overflow, and there is the constant monitoring of diet, makings sure that they aren’t eating the other’s food which would cause havoc with their health!

This has lead me to thinking of about all the other pet parents with aging pets and facing challenges of caring for their fur-babies — I think there should be some sort of pet home-care and hospice services. My vet says there is a big need… Who knows this may be my 3rd career ?

I’ve grouped these “things” into one so far 17 new things 43 to go! Hopefully more of my choosing…


New Isn’t Easy!

This post has been too long in coming. Since my last post I haven’t done much of anything new, other than bacon on pizza and use the Arc Trainer at the gym. Nothing momentous I know…

Here’s what I’m finding out: doing new things requires getting out of ruts, routines, and being willing to go beyond your comfort zone.  It’s not that I’m leery or fearful of new things, my issue is I enjoy structure — My life currently is work, working out, managing the health of two aging cats, and assisting my eighty something mother as much as possible. All that requires planning, routine (structure). This doesn’t allow for much time for exploring new things. Which is forcing me to evaluate my day to day and look for ways to get out of my rut, because we all know the only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth!

Complacency with our day to day leads to very dull and unfulfilling lives. Have you ever experienced a moment when you asked yourself “how did I get here?” Life passes so quickly. We sleep, eat, work, fill spare time with errands, TV, surfing the web or playing video games, day in and day out. We “live” for the weekends, and vacations — Then back to the “rat race” or the “daily grind”.  This isn’t how anyone wants to live but we get caught up with making a living instead of living. Scary right?

How do we rise up out of this self-inflicted (rut/grave)? Awareness, take notice of  you’re daily routines for a week and write them in a journal. Then do something different once a week even if it’s taking a different route to work. Take a walk in the park, encourage friends and family to join you on a bike ride or take out your old 35mm film camera and see if you can remember how to shoot film.

When I first started this task I understood it might be difficult. What I didn’t realize was that I’d be discovering “new things” about myself. Which is far more valuable than trying avocado ice-cream don’t you think?

What’s new with you?




New Perspective

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” This is one of my favorite quotes from the late Dr. Wayne Dyer, and it has certainly rung true for me lately.

Take stretching for example, in the beginning of my martial art journey I would stretch for long periods of time hoping to achieve full splits — I was younger (much younger) and class times were longer and my life was less complicated. Fast forward Thirty-two years and the “too busy, just a quick workout, I’ll get to it later” and you can name a few of your own — Get the picture?  I found myself with an aching back, tight hips, hamstrings and far less flexibility. I’d do yoga now and again a quick stretch with my students but never a routine. Then I joined Planet Fitness and they have places and equipment specifically for stretching. Combine that with the new selections on my Yoga Studio app and you have a woman with a routine  and a new perspective on the importance of stretching.I also have an injured shoulder that’s improving.

I knew all this before but didn’t made it a priority until chronic aches, pains and the onset of losing mobility woke me up. I now have days where I do fifteen minute stretching routine, or thirty minutes of yoga, after cardio I stretch fifteen minutes as well. The result no back pain I don’t wake up stiff and or sore, I’m more mobile and as I mentioned my shoulder injury has improved.

I didn’t plan the routine it sort of happened out of my curiosity to try new things like the stretching equipment at Planet Fitness and the morning stretch on the yoga app. The universe is our greatest teacher, even when we think we know something it throws things in our path so we can use what we know. Believe me I’m not looking to do a full split, but I am looking to keep moving and for that I have to stop and take time to stretch…

Perspective change, or old lesson relearned? You decide, and I’ll keep stretching myself; physically, spiritually,mentally and emotionally…











Back With A Few More Things

It’s been awhile. I’ve been crazy busy but I have tried a few new things, some good for you, one tastes pretty good and one will get you addicted (not so good)

First the good; as you may or may not have read I’ve recently joined Planet Fitness (often referred as “the purple place) and I’ve come across a few great and fun workout machines but my best find so far is the 30 minute workout room. I love to switch up my training not just for variety but to create muscle confusion, thereby creating better results. I especially enjoy when you can get more than one thing done – This room allows for you to get a strength and cardio workout all in one. For those serious muscle building folk out there I know I’m not going to build any muscle in this one exercise/body part workout, but I will tone and burn calories… Like I said I enjoy the variety, and combining a workout, this is only one of the workouts I do at the “purple place”. So if you’re looking for something new in your workout routine check it out.

Keeping in the vain of training, I’ve updated my yoga studio app and have stumbled upon a great 15 minute morning stretch. For those of you who have back issues may find this a beneficial way to start your morning as well.

Now for the latest recipe, living on your own you either have to be very creative with cooking or get used to eating leftovers. I’ve done both and I’m always on the lookout for easy “fairly” nutritional recipes. One of my most recent has been the cheeseburger pie from the Betty Crocker site. It is simple, 6 Weight Watchers points and isn’t expensive.

Last but not least, another phone app Piano Tiles 2, addicting especially if you’re competitive with yourself! This app gives wanna be piano players a virtuoso feel. Admittedly I feel like a badass playing some of my favorite classical tunes, but warning this app can be a big black hole and you can get sucked into your own silly fantasy or in my case competitive fog you may forget life is going on!

There you have it 4 more things bringing my total to 15 new things, I’m 25% of the way to 60!

Until next time,


New Things on Vacation

First let me be clear when you own your own business there’s never a vacation unless you travel. With that said in this past week I’ve managed to get in a few new things.

On Monday I went to Barnes and Noble with a fellow book lover. I browsed the buy two get one free table and came up with three interesting books one by an author I’ve read in the past, the other two are new and quite different in subject matter; First is mindset, THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS by Carol S. Dweck Ph.D.  I love reading books  of this genre for my own knowledge but also for my work as a martial art instructor.  The second book is Provence 1970 M.F.K Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard and the Reinvention of American Taste by Luke Barr. One of my latest interests is food at a higher level than just to eat, I love cooking shows especially the competitive ones I find chefs to be like martial art masters so I thought this would be an interesting read!

The next two new things were in the world of tea. If you’ve started reading this blog from the beginning one of my first “new things” was an ice tea from The Republic of Tea. The weather has finally lent itself to me desiring ice tea except I needed an appropriate container, which I found on Amazon at a very reasonable price and it can fit in the side door of the refrigerator!  My second “tea thing” was attending an actual tea service at Blithwold Mansion with my mom. If you’ve never attended on I highly recommend going. It was lovely from the beautiful dining room the table settings, the variety of tea pots (many are donated) to the delicious food. My favorite was the cranberry scones, the cucumber sandwiches and the berry tarts. The best part of this tea was that I was able to share it with my mother, who loved it just as much as I did.

These were the vacation things, that brings my list of 60 down to 49. I’m hoping to expand my list with more and different experiences like the tea at Blithwold, but you never know what the universe may have planned. I’m always on the look out in the mean time I hope you may try one or two of my new things and I’d certainly will welcome any suggestions you may have for me to try!