Just One More Week for This and That, Too….

English: Ballot Box showing preferential voting

English: Ballot Box showing preferential voting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So I got a call from Elizabeth at Healthways (who owns SilverSneakers) late last week to let me know that the company will be coming out to Tamarac Fitness Center to make a light luncheon party in honor of Charlotte. I honestly don’t know if this is being done for all 10 candidates or because Charlotte is such a close second.  This event will be on Monday September 22nd at 12:30, immediately following class.  If you are a SilverSneakers student at TFC, please mark your calendar and come out to socialize and honor this wonderful woman.  While she continues to be many votes behind Grace, from Arizona, she continues to be many, many votes ahead of the other 8 nominees for the Swanson Award.  We still have a week to vote, once every day, so if you are on Facebook, please continue to go to the SilverSneakers page and cast your vote for her.  Thank you to EVERYONE who has helped her earn almost 1000 votes as of this morning.  I am totally impressed and warmed by how many of my friends on Facebook have gone out of their way, each and every day this month, not just to vote, but to spread the word to their Facebook network and encourage them to vote as well.  You have all made a huge difference in the outcome and I appreciate each and every one of you and your efforts.  I know this celebration in Charlotte’s honor is going to mean a lot to her.  How many 95 year old’s get to be celebrated for anything other than a birthday?  Think about it…..

I haven’t been blogging much — I have been spending my blogging time doing the 21 day meditation challenge along with Mitch…and Roxbury (the cat) who purrs without pause as she lies in savasana.  I would video it, except she really just lies there–but it is quite obvious how soothing it is for any living thing!….Anyway, today is day 15 and that means we have just one more week…Interestingly enough, Mitch and I did our daily meditation at the beach yesterday and had the exact same experience (thinking we might have dozed off and then forgetting what the mantra was).  One thing I have learned about meditation is that however it turns out, it was exactly what was needed at that time.  No judgement.  No good meditations or bad meditations…Hoping we will be able to continue to keep a routine once this one is over.  It’s the third time I am doing the 21 day challenge and it just gets better each time.

Since I got up extra early this morning, I thought I would check in, but time is up so I just want to wish you all an easy yet productive Monday.  I will be doing a lot of subbing later this week and next, so I will keep you (the SilverSneakers students) posted.  For this week, I will be subbing Thursday and Friday at 10 along with my regular classes.  There will be no 8:30 am class this (or next) Friday.

Make it a great day.

 

For the Love of Robin, Koko and Charlotte

I am thankful every single day that I live in a country that still allows me choices.  The below photo shows just one more reason I choose animals as my friends, not my nutrition.

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Koko’s handlers took this photo of the gorilla reacting to the news of Robin Williams’ death. “Koko became very somber, with her head bowed and her lip quivering,” they said.

Thanks for continuing to vote for Charlotte on Facebook.  There is so much to say about this woman.  I have better conversations (about EVERYTHING) with this woman than I do with many of my own peers.  She is funny, loving, caring, giving, smart, open-minded and so much more.  She only comes to class 2x a week because there is so much else to do.  From helping kids with life skills and meditation, to hitting the casinos, creating the most intricate and gorgeous needlepoint pieces and of course spending time with friends and her family including her great grandchildren who she RUNS around with…this 95 year young woman is a phenom.  So keep the votes coming!  She’s nudging her way up to second place this morning.  GO VOTE via the SilverSneakers Facebook page.  Do it every day until we turn the calendar to September.  Thanks so much to all who are doing this daily and also for those sharing their status about it.  I am so appreciative…………..

Today is day 4 of the 21 day meditation and Mitch and I did it earlier this morning.  Today we are love.  Doesn’t get better than that.  Namaste

Find Your Happy Place

English: By kac's meditation

English: By kac’s meditation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good morning and welcome to a new week.  To those heading back to work/school this morning, I wish you all a productive and peaceful year.  I will be learning more about expanding my happiness, as I tune into my first of 21 days of meditation.  I will be trading in most of my blogging time over the next 3 weeks so that I can do the meditations in the early morning, when I find it easiest to sit, and something to reflect on all day, so don’t be surprised if you don’t find me blogging too much over the next 3 weeks.

What a beautiful day at the beach yesterday.  It’s hard to believe ANYTHING can bring more peace or happiness than a few hours playing in that beautiful ocean.  I pointed out to Mitch that next week when we go we can do our daily meditation there.  That’s heaven on earth.

I am back to a regular schedule this week and am ready!  Kids are back from their honeymoon and I have to think they are anything BUT ready to return to reality, but they do go back to their office as Mr. and Mrs. which is pretty awesome!

Wishing you expanding happiness and a wonderful Monday.

Getting Back to Business…Hearts, Love and Happiness…..

English: CPR training

English: CPR training (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I had been putting off so many things until after the wedding, and now that time is here.  It was back to work for me on Wednesday and additionally, I have completed 2 home study courses and narrowed down a couple of days that would be great for CPR renewal.  I have located someone who will come to the gym to do our CPR training and after I get with Ellen on Monday I will narrow it down to which Wednesday or Thursday afternoon we will do this.  If you are local and reading this and need or want CPR/AED training (renewal or first timers) let me know.  I will also post something at the gym once we have a definite date.

I will be at the gym this morning for our regularly scheduled Saturday morning class.  Thinking 20 minutes cardio, 15 weights, 10 yoga, 5 abs and then stretching, so if you are coming to class think along those lines.

The new Mr. and Mrs. Zipp will return from their honeymoon today.  I would imagine getting back into their reality will be very hard.  I am just so glad that their wedding was everything they dreamed of.  Hope the honeymoon was as well.  What could really be bad about having a butler at an all inclusive in a land where everything is no problem!  I think I will give them a day or so to unwind and catch up on all the comments and pics that have been posted while they were unplugged…

Remember that the 21 day meditation begins Monday.  I am sure you can go to chopracentermeditation.com to register.  This time the topic is expanding your happiness, and since happiness is EVERYTHING who wouldn’t want to expand theirs?

One big thing I have realized through meditation, and asking myself what makes me happy, is that music is a huge source of happiness for me.  I am off to pick some out for class and then couple it with another great source of happiness…physical activity!  Let’s do it……………