Hiking a Trail at White Tank Mountains
*Colton Dixon: A Messenger
*The Yeah You's: Looking Through You
*Ginny Owens: Get In I'm Driving
*Crystal Bowersox: All That For This
*Lawson: Chapman Square
*Christopher Jak: Applause of the Rain
I have never taken for granted The Beauty of Sunday. I love waking up early on Sunday morning and walking around our quiet house while the coffee is brewing and taking note of all the Blessings. The only time our Umbrella Cockatoos are true Angels is when they're sleeping.
The weather was perfect early this morning and enjoyed my coffee outside by the pool. I had planned to go for a run but decided instead to run this evening. Today is Greek Orthodox Easter so Mass was deeply inspirational. After Mass, it was great to connect and speak with various friends at Brunch. With the Obama adminstation doing all it can to squash the voice of the Christian faith, I'm more in tune with God. I find myself praying and meditating more and more. Physical and mentally stronger than ever before, I believe I can say the same about my Spiritual connection. I know that when I'm in a bad place, my Spirituality doesn't allow me to think with clarity. I know that I must first get rid of the toxins before I am given and allowed guidance. For that reason, regardless of how bad things may get, I know that I am never alone and that I will always get through any situation.
Sundays allow me to have Conversations with God, reflect, ask for forgiveness, seek guidance, and listen to the calm waves within my Soul. Sometimes the answers I seek can be heard clearly and loudly through Silence. I'm ready to enjoy a quiet Sunday afternoon at home with my feathered Angels. The Beauty of Sunday...
Current Music: Christopher Jak's Hold On Tight
Current Mood: Coffee Happy!
*Trish Yearwood: Heaven, Heartache, and The Power of Love
*Matt Dusk: My Funny Valentine
*Arden Kaywin: Quarter Life Crisis
*Mindy McCready: I'm Still Here
*Annie Lennox: Medusa
*Beth Hart: Bang Bang Boom Boom
So happy today was a short work day. I was eager to get out and do an easy run or attend a boot camp session at Underground Fitness. Since Monday's class was rougher than rough, I decided to go for an easy run and enjoy the perfect 58 degree weather early this afternoon.
It's going on three weeks that I've now been running without music. How did that happen? The music was actually messing with my internal timing so I would have to turn down the music completely and realized that I would go miles and miles without sound. So I just decided to do away with the music and just let myself 'get lost' while I run.
Today I had a wonderful Conversation with God. So many things I need to get off my chest with the Almighty One. The Spring atmosphere while running brought a certain joy. Running has served so many purposes in my Life. It's helped me keep the weight off, allows me to really think and face issues I would only push to the side any other time and I make time to pray & carry on Conversations with God.
I am ready to enjoy a cozy evening at home. I'm ready to cook dinner as I listen to my Randon Play on the sound system. I'd say today has been a great day.
Current Music: Trisha Yearwood's This Is Me You're Talking To
Current Mood: Hungry, Happy & Rested
*Jennifer Vazquez: Bend
*Tara Leigh Cobble: Things You Can't Stop with Your Hands
*Nichole Nordeman: Woven & Spun
*Tina Arena: Greatest Hits 1994-2004
*Will Young: The Hits
*Sade: Lovers Rock
Life is filled with lessons and 2012 served as a year I learned a great deal about myself. It's never easy facing one's demons and learning to let go of the fear. I realized that I've scrapped the bottom of the barrell so many times that you know exactly how low the lows can be. I haven't hit rock bottom in so many years that I realized that I'm doing okay. I just needed to focus and get the job done.
Running has taught me to be fearless, reach for goals, get out of bed and just go for it. I'm thankful to surround myself with people that encourage and continue to smack my attitude when I need an adjustment. Yes, all of this through running. Discipline applies to all facets of Life.
There is nothing like gaining the confidence to go forth and living the Life you once felt was unattainable. I had to cut the negativity out of my Life. I also had to understand that guilt was not a reason to allow the same negativity to return.
I learned to become my own best friend again and to trust in God, my Patron Saints & Angels. I have wonderful family and friends in my Life. My Life Partner is my Soul mate. Life without Love is empty. My heart is Full of Gratitude and Love. I'm looking forward to sharing 2013 with each of you. May this New Year be filled with Blessings through and through.
*****Happy New Year!*****
Current Music: Will Young's Changes
Current Mood: Happy & Blessed!
Hiking @ Shaw Butte Mountain
I had nothing planned for today other than chill on the couch and watch old movies. Venus sent me a text asking if I'd like to join her for a hike. Last thing I wanted to do was head outside on a cloud and cloudy day. Good thing I did --- I had an amazing time. We hiked up and ran down the mountain trails. Once we were done we enjoyed coffee and conversation at a nearby Starbucks. The rest of the evening I enjoyed a quiet evening at home with the Cockatoos. Today turned out to a be great day!
Current Music: Will Young's Changes
Current Mood: Easy & Lazy
Happy to share that I've lost 10 pounds. Two more pounds to lose and I'll be back at the weight I was at before my heel injury. I allowed an injury to kick drive me into an emotional binge that lasted for almost two months.
I went for an early run this morning and my heel is doing well. My right shin and lower calf still ache a bit from Sunday's hike. Overall, I am thrilled to be back on the Active List!
Last night's debate proved another reason why I support Mitt Romney for President. I believe he held his ground against Obama and his record. It's impossible to hide from a disatrous four years and still try to rewrite History - don't tell that to this President. Shame on Candy Crowley for taking sides as a moderator. I'm looking forward to the upcoming poll numbers.
Time to get a move on. I'm so thrilled I'm almost a Size 6 again!
Current Music: Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes' Love Letter
Current Mood: Feeling a bit on the Pretty Side!
I was eager to head out early this morning for a hike at Piestewa Peak. I set the alarm for 5am and woke up fifteen minutes before the alarm went off. I wanted to try my new hydration pack and trail shoes. I loved both. I will definitely write a review about both tomorrow.
For now, I'll leave you with this amazing view from Piestewa Peak. You can see towards Uptown and downtown Phoenix with South Mountain in the background. Weather was perfect this morning. I plan to hike more often as well run more trails. My left heel bothered for a little while after the hike but made shure to take good care of it once I arrived home.
After Mass and brunch with members of my running group/friends, I returned home and enjoyed a long nap. I had a little snack earlier and ready to dream again. I enjoyed the Blessings of today.
Current Music: Sting's Send Your Love
Current Mood: Sore & Happy