New Things From Vaca…

New things from my time at Kripalu include; a class on positional therapy, reading Silence by Thich Nhat Hanh, exploring new hiking trails, and gentle yoga…

My latest new thing total is 24! Good progress was made on my week off from work. I spent three days at Kripalu yoga and health center. Where I attended an excellent seminar on positional therapy which deals with all sorts of chronic pain — Especially low back pain which I learned costs over 100 Billion a year and is the number one physical complaint! I also attended four gentle yoga classes taught by different instructors who put their own spin on the class. I also found time to explore the wonderful hiking trails, the silence and serenity of the woods fit perfectly with the book on silence by Nhat Hanh.

Vacation allowed for more time and the space to find new things, now back to reality and my everyday life. New things won’t be as easy but I didn’t set out for this to be easy — It’s a journey and not all journeys are vacations…



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 Sundays

These past few Sundays have been about getting on my bicycle and finding a lunch treat…

I’m fortunate enough to live close enough to an outstanding bike path in one of the most beautiful coastal areas in the world! The East Bay Bike Path is a rails to trails path that runs 15 miles between the gorgeous town of Bristol RI, to Rhode Island’s capitol city Providence — Along the way, are incredible views and venues to enjoy.

For three of the past four weeks I’ve ventured out onto the path for a bike ride. I’ve enjoyed visiting downtown Bristol and had an ice cream lunch 1st at Grey’s ice-cream annex and yesterday at the Daily Scoop where I tried for the first time chocolate espresso crunch.  After that delightful adventure I stopped at the SchoolYard Farmer’s Market at Hope and Main!  Where I was able to pick up some local honey and onions.  Last week’s ride took me to East Providence and a delightful smoothie at Edible Arrangements in Warren.

There is something wonderful about a bike ride, being unplugged and outdoors at a pace where all the senses are evoked; the sounds of birds chirping, waves crashing on the rocks, seeing baby rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels, and osprey, smelling the fragrant flowers along the path, feeling the cool breeze on your skin and then the taste of the promised lunch treat. This is one New Thing that I’m going to try and keep up with as long as time and the weather permit.

Do yourself a favor get on your bike be a kid again and find an adventure!


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…