Hi. Welcome to my blog. Thank you for stopping by! Wonder who I am? One fateful encounter, which I explain below, shaped my outlook about life and my personal belief that when I die I do not want to look back on my life with any regrets. Yes thats a hard one to live up to, but i am consciously and earnestly trying my hardest! My favorite Broadway quote comes from the fantabulous musical “Wicked,” —> “Those who don’t try, never look foolish.” Think about that one for awhile… To me it seemed like an invitation to move out of my comfort zone and do things i never imagined, even if it meant feeling a bit self conscious, like when I am at swim practice with my team and I *always* finish drills last! See what I mean?
It is said we are the sum of our experiences. Good and bad. Yes, I agree. But there’s another saying: “At any given moment, we are precisely where we want to be.” Wait, what? Well, not exactly. At least not for me. After raising two daughters and being married 28 years, I found myself in an unwanted and painful upheaval of a divorce. Not my choice. It’s been a real struggle on so many levels….
My life philosophy was cemented into my being after one enlightening experience. I once ran into a friend I had not seen in literally five years. (!!! After five years! !!) We hugged. I asked her, “What’s new?” Her response was, “Oh nothing.” I was so shocked at that answer I vowed to never, ever live a life so absolutely routine it would ever require an answer like my friend gave me that day so long ago. I taught my philosophy to my children as well: life is no dress rehearsal. We only go around once. We receive no second chances! Live life joyfully. Be grateful for everything. Expect nothing. Celebrate family and friends always. <——— Try it. You will like it!
I have blogged before. Way before social media was even a “thing.” A lifetime ago it seems. We had one of those huge RVs rolling down the road, towing a Jeep. We traveled all 49 contiguous US states, and lots of Canada, too. I wrote copiously about our journeys and experiences to a fairly large following of family and friends, all sent via email. No attachments back then! Those peeps relied only on my words to describe our wonderful experiences! Thus began my blogging career, which I plan to resurrect here.
I am vegan. There I said it. That disclosure usually puts people on the defensive. Why? I have no idea. I’m vegan for a variety of reasons: to improve my diet (so I live a longer & healthier life) and to improve my athletic performances. Another reason is my displeasure of huge factory farms and the suffering of animals. I have a “meat free” home, and people’s reactions who visit me amuse me.
I did not really become serious about fitness until after my two children were born. It was tough to lose that baby fat. I ran for pleasure first, then amped it up to compete in races. During my divorce, I ran to get away from the pain. I ran to clear my head. I talked to God. I found I liked running a lot. I started winning my AG (age group) at races. I ran longer and longer distances: half and full marathons. On 01/01/2016, during a New Year’s Eve house party, I was involved in an accident and my left ankle broke. My life changed in an instant and never was the same….. sadly, I don’t think any half or full marathons are in my future. But happily, I was introduced to the world of triathlons (to cross train while the ankle healed) and those are some bada$$ athletes who taught me a lot!