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!



Mourning Has Broken

No it isn’t a typo and yes I can spell morning… The title is correct; Mourning has broken. My beautiful tabby Sage was freed from the ravages of her diabetes on October 21st. It was one of the most difficult days of my life and I still miss her terribly, but life goes on and so have I.

I’m still looking for new things to do, try, and learn. By the way in case you’re wondering there will be no new kitty, at least for a while. Sage wasn’t my only cat there is also a Tuxedo cat named Gracie, who is as crazy as Sage was sweet — So no more cats until Gracie is gone.

Back to the new things, I’ve tried Butternut squash ravioli at the Fall River Country Club.  Both the meal and venue were new for me. Continuing on the food adventures I enjoyed an almond joy scone, from the Bee Hive Anex.

Moving away from food (never easy for me) I’ve just started an interesting book titled “Natural Born Heroes mastering the lost secrets of strength and endurance” by Christopher McDougall. So far so good! I’m hoping it will give me insights on gaining the endurance to get through these next months ahead with a whacko cat, a busy business and an insane world…

In the mean time if my addition is correct that’s four new things making my total 35 with 25 more to go! With that said, please seek inner peace, pray for world peace and when you feel the need to give a piece of your mind say it with grace…

Amen and Sage RIP


Numbers Thirty and Thirty-one

I may get two posts in this month! Which if I think about it will be some kind of miracle — Seeing this has been an insanely busy month personally and with my martial arts school…

Number thirty on my way to sixty new things was a new road race. This particular 5k was for the Victoria Sousa Foundation; Victoria passed away from the H1N1 virus and her family holds the race to raise awareness for vaccinating against the flu and to raise funds for scholarships to some of the area schools. The race was held in one of my favorite spots on the planet, Colt State Park in Bristol. The morning was perfect the course amazing and I ran my best time so far this year.

Number thirty-one was my reward and sort of ode to summer, I went to one of my favorite ice cream places; Somerset Creamery, and tried a new flavor Cranberry Chunk or was it crunch? Anyway it was delicious, loaded with pieces of chocolate, cranberry and walnuts! I’m usually not too adventurous when it comes to ice cream I tend to stick with, pistachio, black raspberry or maple walnut, but I figured this might be the last cone of the season so why not live a little…

Sorry my getting passed the halfway mark wasn’t more spectacular like running a marathon or eating a tarantula but they were both sweet and delicious. Which made this beautiful autumn Sunday even more amazing!

Onto the next thing,


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!



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?




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!




Stretching Physically and Metaphysically

I’m always amazed how the universe is so  balanced; How else can you explain my latest two new things and how I’m stretching myself?

First there is this stretching cage” (the best way I can describe it) at the gym. Its sort of a half sphere with bars that are connected and in the center there’s an instructional poster on how to use it to stretch every muscle group! Believe me I’m not as bendy as I used to be, so I was excited to give this a try. Lo and behold I’m getting a little more range of motion in my wonky shoulder (although I must look ridiculous doing these moves) — You feel very child like, kind of reverting back to the monkey bars, this time working them not playing on them!

I’m metaphysically stretching my self learning Angel Tarot card reading. I bought a deck of Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine’s cards along with a guide book. I’ve owned several tarot decks and have been interested in tarot, I Ching, numerology and astrology for a long time. I admit to having my cards read, seeing a medium and having my astrological chart done and learning how to do them. All for my own curiosity and benefit not to venture into a business (I’ve got my hands full with the one I have). It is my belief the universe is so vast that to understand my place I must learn to use as many of the tools provided.

Angel Tarot are gentler in their representations less dark more encouraging. I’m finding them fascinating and enlightening and I’m enjoying getting to know them. Again I’m not professing any beliefs to anyone, in the end we choose our own paths and methods to enlightenment. This is one path I’m being drawn to, It’s up to you to find what fits you best.

It has occurred to me that some of my new things may or may not be your thing, but don’t judge me, these are going to be my 60 new things (now 52 new things). I will end with a bit of advice no matter what you believe keep stretching — That’s what I’m doing!



Nothing New but an insight or 2…

It’s April and there’s six inches of snow on the ground and it’s 27 degrees!

Normally I would be freaking out with a mad hissy fit and a good sulk; You see I dislike winter in winter never mind in spring!  Yet since I decided on this birthday quest of 60 new things, I find my self learning a thing or two. It helps that I’m reading Work by Thich Nhat Hanh who inspires you to live in the moment and to be present. In following Hanh’s teaching of practicing intention with a “gatha” (small poem) an example might  be; upon awaking to recite, another day, 24 hours to enjoy mindfully, and gratefully. This is done while concentrating on breathing or it can be used in meditation similar to a mantra. However it is an intention, something you promise yourself to follow through with – Thereby acting as a reminder of who you want to be or how you’re going to act. This enlightened way of thinking/behaving has brought me new and powerful insights: I’m powerless against the weather I can only control my attitude and emotions (this is a big for a control freak like me to get) toward the circumstances the weather brings…

I’m choosing to allow it to run its’ course to do its’ thing – Snow, cold, sun, heat, rain in the end it’s weather and I’m not in control – It’s not even my job to predict. I won’t pretend to like the snow or cold, but live with it without resistance and show compassion to those beings who have to suffer living or working in these conditions.

There you have it, no new thing, just a new centered way of being and that my friends is a great thing…