Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Day 9 & Day 10 === Mixing it Up!

Yes, I did it.  I hit the ONE MILE AND PAST IT BY .03 OF A MILE!!!! CONGRATS TO ME!

I have to say, at about .3 of a mile, I wanted to quit.  Then I realized it was normal to be breathing heavy and my heartbeat to be up.  Always an issue for me, as I suffered with asthma and irregular heart beat for years..and those 2 symptoms were typically a RED FLAG for me that I was getting ill, so I have to push back the FEAR.

I did it though.

and Yesterday, I did a yoga class as I move back slowly but confidently into my life of fitness.

Thanks all for your support.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Days 4-7..... Break Time, Real Time

I'm still here at the 100-Day Reality Challenge and had no idea my body was not that interested in going along with me on this one.  At day 7, I feel I definitely made the effort and also honored my growing pains....there is still much to do.

Day 4 I decided to take off and just do down-time stuff because my back was sore and my energy low.

Day 5 I spent at a Women's Conference in Jacksonville and used the 3-landing stairs instead of the elevator to get in at least a little exercise.  Plus, I walked a mile from the parking garage and felt I was at least moving and uploading into my brain too.

Day 6 I went to the Blues Festival. Walked from the parking lot again....danced a little ... walked around the venue grounds ... and prepared for Day 7.

Day 7 I was back on the road.  I want to see how far I'm actually going, but think it is around 1/2 mile.  I am very winded at the end of it, but I know it takes a while to get the groove back. I am actually looking forward to watching how I build strength and endurance.

At 65 years old and down for over a year with severe chronic back issues, surgery, recovery, and then the worst case of bronchitis....I feel I need to take it easy going back into it all.

As a drummer and musician, I've not stopped in most aspects of life, but movement is just slower.  So feel that when I get built up again, I'll be a force to be reckoned with!

Stick around.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

'Bout Killed Me - Day 3 (of 100)

I'm still grumbling from the affects of merely starting a walking program.  Wow, my body is going through a temper tantrum for sure.

Took a serious back rub last night by my husband to reduce the spasm in my back muscles that could only be from the movement of walking.  Taking day 4 off to rest the bod, plus it is raining...will do uploads, journaling, meditation and errands today.  Activity still, but monitored!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Up and At 'em! Day 2 - 100 Day Reality Challenge....

DAY 2 - pretty miraculous each day that I actually fulfill my commitment to this challenge.  It is exciting and I am putting my efforts to completion....and at the same time, I know that it truly is a 'challenge.'

7:30 a seems to be my start time....Weigh in (not happy about that) ... fix my coffee and my fanny pack with all my odds and ends.  (that I have to work on)  I have glasses, sunglasses, recorder, phone, ipod, garage door opener, scarf, hoodie....I mean really?

Somehow I need to just use my phone..but today, the battery was completely dead which is the first time in a year that has happened.  I must really be using the heck out of it for whatever.  So I used my video recorder and not sure yet what those videos will look like.  Short and sweet below!

Here I am starting the walk....a sunny day in Ponte Vedra Beach.

I made it to the crossroad, but think I'll turn around..not quite ready to get that far from home.

think I'm bogged down with too much stuff, but I did warm up.

Yeah, I'm home, hungry, and happy. Time to figure this all out and upload.
  See you all tomorrow!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Come Along - 100 Day Reality Challenge with Lilou Mace

Well, I decided to try this 100 day reality challenge with Lilou Mace!  I happen to really admire her and found her accidentally when researching the spiritual healer that we are bringing to Jax in April.  Mirabai Devi....she had done an interview with Lilou and I watched it and felt very validated. Why validated? Because I had just envision and began creating Passions and Paths which is a video blog that I'm working on rolling out this year where I interview women that have taken steps to follow their passions.  In most cases, they have turned away from the structure of what they had been doing and now following a new path.

Anyway, I found Lilou - was inspired to continue this video blog idea. Then I saw she was doing this challenge and I like challenges..they get me up, out, and going.  Here I am....starting my challenge.

Come along with me....and see if you too become inspired.

No makeup  - just me...venturing out on my first day.

Well, I made it...and I decided to spend the rest of the day at home printing out the workbook and taking care of myself by enjoying my Monday.  True, the air conditioner is broken and the repair man is here, so I can't do much anyway....but am glad to decide that Mondays and Fridays are mine...All schedules unless I can't adjust them will be Tue-Thurs...hey thats fair, right?

See you tomorrow
Me with a little more makeup than on the videos :)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Black and White .... a poem

I am thankful that I am able to put into words the emotions of a world in change  
when nothing is black and white anymore.... my morning writing below..

Black and White

 Your black and white is showing
It is as clear as night and day
The line is drawn to mark the spot
No space for gray to play.

Sure, things went a bit awry 
Our emotions went astray;
Yet gray is where our hearts did meet
While black and white were kept at bay.

Gray was the expanse of love
Where songs and poems grew wings
The place in time where fairies swept
The place where angels sing.

The white was where your spirit lived
Light and free and soft
Above the lurking shadows
Where dreams were kept aloft.

Black, a dark foreboding place 
Where shadows dwell at large
The dim veil of a promise broken
Flowed above and fully charged.

Return to gray where beauty blooms
Transparent in its all
Safe from the depths of a colorless world
Oh, listen deep and hear the call.

The end.

A Writing Emerges

Hi Friends,

As I move through the new times and step into the 2013 change and heart is also moved to write, so I share within this blog as follows.

One recent night I was feeling especially affected by life's happenings and the healing words poured out..

Return to Me
My heart is heavy
My eyes softly closed
As if in slow motion
Each day comes and goes.

No fire to be found
No gentle wind to blow
A smouldering flame
Wishing only to glow.

Toes facing forward
Yet backwards I drift
In memories that linger
When life was a gift.

The air is dense
My breathing so shallow
Waiting patiently yet knowing
There are no more tomorrow's.

Return to me - See me through
This dawn -  This day
Created only for you
See me through.

The end.

Monday, November 26, 2012


The attached link is an article recently posted in the newspaper here in Jacksonville.  It was written about my women's gathering that is called The Wisdom Roundtable.  Be sure to check it out at

It has a little bit of a strange spin on this article, but all in all it shows that women are gathering and sharing their paths, their knowledge, and their heart strings with each other. 

As Jean Houston said recently on the Oprah Show when asked by Oprah, 'Do we all get a chance at a Greater Life?'  to which Jean responded - 'It takes more than just wanting and takes encouragement and development such as gathering women together in teaching and learning circles so we can support each other and grow in Mind Body & Spirit together to Expand Our Inner Capacities.   'This way we expand our sense of radical empathy for each other.'

Jean went on to say, 'We become smarter together...and we call forth the depth and genius of each other in our circles and our community. We carry what we learn and share it. that is how we grow - that is how we leave LEGACY!'

This is what the Wisdom Roundtable is all about.  But you can easily see that when you check the link for the gathering.

Here's the link..

 Article Link:
A place to gather and share |

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


YEP ! I'm back on my own in blog world.

I've moved back over from The Blondes Drum 2 blog as there have been some shifts in that area and the Blondes Drum 2 duo is no more....but Marilyn is still thriving and stable as ever.  So I'll be stopping by here now and then while I get situated back here and decide how to move forward.

It is so good to be back.  I'm thinking of creating another blog just for drumming and to keep this as my personal blog diary.  Please stay tuned.

Thanks a bunch, Marilyn