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  • What ‘They’ Don’t Tell You At the Gyno’s Office

    Yesterday, I underwent a procedure known as LEEP – loop electrosurgical excision procedure. For those of you who don’t know (I certainly didn’t when I was told to have one), LEEP “uses a wire loop heated by electric current to cut away a thin layer of abnormal tissue and remove cells and tissue as part of the diagnosis and treatment for abnormal or cancerous conditions in a woman’s lower genital tract.” (Courtesy of Johns Hopkins Medical) Done in office, I was assured that this was a fairly routine procedure. I’m here to tell you, anytime someone shoves a cold piece of metal up your vagina and runs an electrical current through your cervix – it feels far from routine. It feels invasive, violating and frightening. At least those are words that came to my mind.

    I began crying before the doctor even came into the room – before the nurse monitored my blood pressure. Aside from two knee surgeries (for which I was knocked out), I haven’t had as much as a broken limb, a twisted ankle or braces.

    The nurse did her best to reassure me. While I appreciated her kind words and my head knew everything would be fine, my heart felt differently. There was no reason or logic that could make the tears stop. I couldn’t explain why I was scared. All I know is there is something very different about a knee and a woman’s reproductive organs.

    The tears flowed during the procedure and have continued to flow on and off for the past 48 hours, not because I am scared of the results from the pathologist. I have every reason to believe that I will be healthy. I don’t fear the outcome, because I know, physically, I will do what is necessary to heal and overcome, whether those suckers prove to be cancer or not. However, if I needed any proof that we are more than merely our physical body, this procedure offered it.

    We don’t cry without reason. We cry because something needs to be healed. As I’ve watched myself go through the aftermath of the LEEP, I’m beginning to understand what needs my loving attention and care right now is my relationship to my own womanhood and sexuality. Quite frankly, I never thought about it until someone seemed to violate that very tender, soft, vulnerable part of me.

    My thoughts have gone something like this –

    It’s not like they took your uterus out.

    You didn’t have an abortion or lose a child.

    You weren’t raped.

    It wasn’t that bad.

    It’s over.

    I did my best to catch these feelings of comparison and replace them with kinder words. Those went something like this:

    It’s okay to cry.

    Any procedure like this is invasive.

    Your thoughts and emotions are valid.

    This was more than just physical.

    Be kind to yourself. Take some time off.

    I’m sharing my story because when I Googled LEEP or highly-abnormal-cells-cervix or severe-dysplasia-cervix or cervical-cancer no site warned me I would be feeling the things I am feeling or prepare me to examine my entire thought construct around my own womanhood and femininity. Everything I read was a clinical explanation, diagrams and all, from a respected and renowned clinic or hospital. But just like a doctor or

    Johns Hopkins, an MRI or LEEP can not detect what your relationship with your reproductive system looks like and thus can’t anticipate your own unique emotions that may arise – whether it’s after pap smear or a hysterectomy.

    The past 48 hours have forced me to review and reflect upon my thought patterns and perceptions of what it means to be a woman and how I value (or don’t) my sexuality. It can even be argued that my unconscious emotional framework precipitated my physical condition. Regardless, I am grateful for the process for bringing what was formerly in the dark, to light. In that space, it can and will, heal.

     

     

  • NFL Rules For Uniforms’ Colors

    The NFL rulebook states that each team has full licensing rights and sole ownership in terms of team uniform logo and colors. Franchise owners are also given complete freedom in choosing the colors that are going to represent their team. Moreover, a single franchise is allowed to combine several colors at a time and there is not rule originating from the NFL that limits the number of colors.

     

    Popular Colors Among Current Franchises

    While there are franchises that only pick a single color for their teams, such as the NY Jets, there are plenty of teams working with three colors in total. For instance, the Carolina Panthers use blue, silver, and black, while the Arizona Cardinals have Cardinal red, black, and white as their main colors 2005 through present. There are teams with four colors, such as the Philadelphia Eagles or the Atlanta Falcons with their red, black, white, and silver colors they have been wearing 2012 through present. Again, there are no restrictions imposed by the higher forums and each franchise is completely free to select the most fitted number of colors that best work for the team and its fans.  

     

    Away Colors For NFL Team Uniforms

    When not playing home games, teams are allowed to decide upon the jerseys they will be wearing. Home teams like to put special emphasis on those uniforms that are of darker colors and use their primary colors he playing at home. Away teams will normally wear gray or white wile on the road, in order to allow easy distinction between the two teams on the field. The primary colors on these away white or gray uniforms are usually solely used to mark the numbers on the back and front of players’ jerseys.  

    Alternative colors are also used at times; some teams like to select alternative colored uniforms for their teams that are throwbacks of some previous designs. There are teams that have completely different alternative colors as compared to the primary colors of their uniforms. The NFL rules clearly state that a team is allowed to wear its third jersey colors for two regular season games and one preseason game on a yearly basis. Again, there are no restrictions considering the third alternative color picked by a franchise.   

     

    Already Taken Team Uniform Colors – Legal Matters

    In order to prevent undesired lawsuits from occurring, a franchise must first check the availability of the colors it is thinking about using. Therefore, already used colors are not to be used. Trademarked colors that are in use by another NFL team are to be avoided, but colors that look alike other colors chosen by different teams are allowed. If you are interested in getting some custom-made uniforms for your local team, feel free to browse our pages and get in touch with us for detailed information. Sports passionate might also be interested in joining a top sports betting affiliate program like the one you can find at LadbrokesPartners.com. If you already like to place sports bets online, why not be a part of a program that markets some of the top sports betting brands in the world and get paid to do it?   

  • Adrenaline & Thrilling Games – Ladbrokes Latest Slot Games

    Normally, human beings produce hormones from a specific area of the human brain. Hormones can be really numerous and different by effect. All feelings are normally accompanied by a specific hormone: fear, love, worry, thrills…

    Let’s imagine for a moment gamblers playing a slot games: what do they do? how do they look like? Surely, you will notice that their attitude and behavior is different than in normal situations, where they aren’t playing slot games.

    Actually, slot games are among the most thrilling and strongest activities to play for human beings. That’s also why gambling games are so appealing for certain passionate players.

    Ladbrokes & Cleopatra – A Top Cool Alliance!

    Expert companies and world’s most popular game providers do know pretty well the importance and role that slot games have in the gaming industry. In fact, both in the offline traditional industry and in the online new industry, slot games are the most played games in the world.

    Easy, simple and extremely funny and rich of colors and shapes, slot games are irresistible to passionate lovers of this genre of games.

    Currently, Ladbrokes is offering its followers a new version of an amazing and cool slot game from the nostalgic tradition of vintage Vegas: the Cleopatra slot game.

    News About Ladbrokes Cleopatra Slot Game Cleopatra, cinema movie

    There are a few and very important things you can notice in the new Cleopatra version released by Ladbrokes, if you have a clue of how the traditional version used to look like.

    Basically, in the new Cleopatra slot game the Ladbrokes team thought to underline the sensual and seducing aspects of Cleopatra ‘s personality through the introduction of a specific trait of herself: a female appealing voice which wishes welcome greetings to the players.

    That’s a really new feature that only Ladbrokes Cleopatra slot games offer to game players and not by accident this is also one of the most important reasons for game players to choose Cleopatra slot games at Ladbrokes.

    Sphinxes, Pharaohs & Co.

    All the charming landscape of the ancient Egypt with its deserts, camels and pharaohs comes back in the new Ladbrokes versions of Cleopatra slot games.

    In comparison to the previous vintage version of this top popular game, the new version of Cleopatra features a few new symbols. One of these is very important: the sphinx symbol.

    When 2 or more sphinx symbols appear on the same reel and on any position, players have right to receive a scatter prize. The amount of the scatter prize is calculated on the basis of players’ total bet and for more details you can visit the paytable to view in full details the scatter award system.

    Cleopatra’s Free Spins

    Now, prepare for the top coolest feature of Cleopatra’s sphinxes: when 3 or more sphinx symbols appear on the game reels and on any position, players are kindly rewarded with a nice prize: 15 Free Spins!

    The free spins are automatically played by the slot game system. But if during the 15 free spins, 3 or more sphinx symbols appear once again, then players have right to receive extra 15 Free Spins.

    Keep in mind that the bet for the free spins is the same as the best for the regular Cleopatra slot game. The unique difference is that all awards are tripled in value.

  • Letting Go : Part II

    Last month I wrote a fairly well received blog on letting go. It seemed to be what people needed to hear. We always hear the right thing at the right time when we need it, don’t we?

    What I failed to mention is this: one of the most challenging relationships you’ll ever let go of is the one you have with yourself. I have been undergoing this process for a while now, and almost excruciatingly so in the past two months – ever since the aforementioned break up.

    In fact, it was the prime force behind the break up. I was feeling called to do some ‘self-work’. I knew there was some huge shift that needed to happen in my life and I knew I couldn’t do that and be in the relationship at the same time. I am not saying this can’t be done. In fact, I believe a life partner is one who walks the path with you no matter what shifts you endure. However, I did not feel that my transformation and this relationship could happily co-exist.

    Thus, the work began – and is continuing through a very challenging part of my life.

    Intellectually I know that I am blessed and have so much for which to be grateful. I continue to express this on a daily basis in my morning and evening prayers. Yet, my prayers haven’t alleviated the weight that bears heavy on my heart. I have no logical explanation, which makes it all the more perplexing. As I mentioned above, my life is filled with many gifts. I can see beauty all around me. I just don’t feel like I am a part of it.

    I just came off my yoga mat thinking to myself, “I don’t feel like me.” I am not bright. Life is not full of ease right now. In fact, it feels downright heavy. Sadness, a much more present companion than joy. Where did I go?

    I believe the I that I have known most of my adult life, is, in fact, dying. I believe the I that I knew is in the midst of a radical transformation. One that will completely shift what I believe, how I communicate and fundamentally, who I am. And, consequently, how I show up in the world.  This means my career, something that has identified this I, will change. It means the people who I call friends may change. It means the relationships I was used to being in will no longer feel fulfilling.

    While these shifts have been gradually leading me down a different path for the past four years or so, I think now I’m being forced to say goodbye. The loss that I have not yet grieved is my own. A death of the person I’ve identified with my whole life. ME as I have known her.

    “You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life you that is waiting for you.” I’ve felt connected to this quote from the moment I read it. It sounds so inspirational. Until you start ‘giving up’. What Joseph Campbell doesn’t tell you, is that if we are to truly ‘give up’ the life we planned, in some way, we must bear witness to our own death. This can be painful and laden thick with fear and anxiety. What if I fail? What if this isn’t the right thing? Who wants to read what I have to say anyway? I didn’t go to school for this. If I’m not the person I thought I was, WHO AM I?  This is just a smattering of thoughts that have plagued me for the past 3 months.

    My mother sent me this lovely poem:

    She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
    She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
    She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go…She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go. She let go of all of the memories that held her back. She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward. She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just ri
    She didn’t promise to let go. She didn’t journal about it. She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer. She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper. She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.
    She just let go.
    She didn’t analyze whether she should let go. She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter. She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment. She didn’t call the prayer line. She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.
    No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
    There was no effort. There was no struggle. It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that.
    In the space of letting go, she let it all be. 
    A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.

    This is lovely. I love the message the poem carries and ease it conveys. Some women (and men) may get to this point and it may be this simple for them. I wish I were one of those women. To live this poem requires an enormous amount of trust and faith – in yourself and more importantly, something much bigger than you. It requires relinquishing the reigns. It’s difficult to admit, when all is said and done, we are not in control. “We plan. God laughs.” (I do love my inspirational quotes. They seem to help.)
    I do have faith that, hopefully sooner than later, I will completely surrender. To whatever is in store for me.  I choose to believe that the life planned for me is much greater than I could have ever imagined. Believing in the mind and knowing in the heart however, are two very different things. Until they are one and the same, I’ll let go a little more every day until - There is no effort. There is no struggle. It isn’t good and it isn’t bad. It is what it is, and it is just that.  

  • Letting Go

    I’ve been thinking a lot about relationships lately. Probably too much. So much in fact, my head hurts. Not too long after a recent break up I found out my ex was dating another girl I knew. Every morning – and most afternoon and evenings and well into some bad dreams- I witness my mind run through ruminations of what their new relationship looks like. Or what I would say if I saw her or him or both of them together. Of course I know this is neither useful nor helpful.  I actually have conversations with my brain in an attempt to stop it from going down that road because at times it’s made me sick to my stomach. While I don’t have a desire to get back together with my ex, the very thought of this other girl sleeping in the same bed I slept in, lying on the same couch and him touching her is enough to make me – like I mentioned above – quite ill. Mostly because even before all of this even happened, I wasn’t her biggest fan. And while we weren’t friends, I am of the opinion that this situation wasn’t handled in the classiest of manners. All adding insult to injury. 

    Even though I can clearly see my ex repeating old patterns, I know it’s not my place to point them out to him or try to heal him. I can no longer be his teacher. Nor do I have a desire to be one in my future relationships. Yet, the other day, in my verbal spewing of crazy thoughts to a very comforting and generous soul (Who, by the way, I was meeting for the first time, bless her heart – No doubt I made quite the impression), I heard myself say something that borders absurdity. “I want to shake him and wake him up. Because he would have been the perfect man if only …”  I paused here for a moment, because I knew what was coming next and how crazy it sounded. I continued anyway. “Yes. He would’ve been perfect if only he was the man I wanted him to be.”

    We’ve all done this – whether in romantic relationships, friendships, with family, maybe even businesses associates. Hoped for, wished or expected something different from somebody. It is those hopes, wishes and expectations that many times keep us in a relationship long after it should be over. Even after it is over. 

    It’s hard to let go when you’re focusing on all that could’ve been “if only…”. It’s amazing how much time we spend in that “if only” space despite the fact we know it doesn’t move us forward or help us grow. Dreaming about the future, especially one that’s passed, doesn’t create your future reality – changing your present does. 

    Letting go is hard. There are a whole host of tips and tools I can offer,  most of which I am utilizing now, to help you, and myself, move on with some sense of sanity. 

    I rather not present those here. There are likely a million articles you can find about letting go and quick tips about how to “get over” an ex or anyone who has hurt you.  

    What I’d rather express to you – as well as to myself – is that it’s okay to grieve the process of letting go, however you decide to go about doing it and however long it takes. Let the thoughts have their day, their glory moments, with all the gory fabricated, and fantastical details. Eventually, if you just watch them and actually acknowledge them free of judgement or condemnation, you’ll tire of them. They won’t hold power and they’ll start to dissipate. Eventually they will disappear. I can’t even believe this myself right now, but I know it to be true. Time heals all wounds.

    After I told my story for the umpteenth time this week, I threw my hands in disbelief. “I’m tired of hearing myself talk about this!” The good news is, with this statement, I’ve expressed a desire to be done with the story. I know, eventually, I will be. The pull to live in the stories in my head gets weaker even as I write this. 

    However, if tears continue to come, I’ll let them fall. They will dry. And when they do I will gracefully bow my head and be grateful for the experience and what I’ve learned from it (which is a lot). I’ll close the chapter and then be able to write a new chapter with thoughts not about what could have been, but the amazing things to come. 

  • Love Yourself, Love Your Home

    One of the easiest ways to begin to reconsider your life would be to start to love yourself as you never did before. Actually, even though many of us think and are actually convicted they love themselves the right way along, the truth is they don’t really have a clue about what measure to use to love themselves.

    What is true love and how can you know it? true love isn’t a red rose on your dinner table, that’s a nice thought but it doesn’t express anything more, after all.

    True love is an entire world of cares, wishes, sharing moments and patience, constancy and determination.

    Those Who Love Themselves Do Love Their Places

    There are many ways to express love for oneself. First off, you might start to take care of your own place, your home. No matter if it’s a large house or a small apartment: it’s your home and this is what matters above all.

    Love your place and make it a better place. Do it for yourself, to allow yourself to live in a more friendly and nicer place. Even if you can’t afford a fairy castle, you can always upgrade your home.

    First off, do you really feel safe in your home? Or do you think intruders might come in some ways?

    Step # 1: Security

    We’ve just found what you need to make your home a better place: security for yourself and your property.

    One of the best things you can do is to contact a local locksmith company and request a few starting information about services for upgrading your home’s security level. Actually, in the locksmithing industry there are always new technologies in the security’s sector.

    If you have the good luck to live in Chicago or near Chicago, IL, you can take advantage of local locksmiths who offer Chicago locksmith fast response services.    

    What Services For Residential Need?

    So, let’s say that you want to learn more about how to make your home a safer place. All you have to do is to contact Chicago Locksmiths at the toll free number 773 901 1523 and request information. A representative of Chicago Locksmiths will answer your call and help you with your questions.

    You can also schedule an appointment for a free valuation, so that specialized locksmiths can visit your home and help you decide what alarm systems or other services are the best solutions for your specific case – actually, each single home requires specific solutions.

    Deadbolt locks are one of the most basic services residential locksmiths can provide homeowners with. But if you are looking for something more, then request a lock change service: this will prevent anyone to use a copy of your keys to open your lock.

    More Services: Automotive And Commercial

    However, Chicago Locksmiths don’t deal uniquely with residential services, even though these cover a very large range of jobs (visit Chicago Locksmiths’ website to view more specific services in the residential category).

    In fact, Chicago Locksmiths offer also an interesting range of services for automotive needs and commercial activities. Having a car means to provide it with regular maintenance services, but also to deal with unexpected situations, such as lost car keys or broken car glass. Automotive locksmiths from Chicago area can fix all these situations along with specialized services for commercials, such as alarm systems, commercial doors and more.

     

  • I Love Myself

    I don’t mean to sound arrogant. But I’m happy I can actually make this statement. After 40 years, for the first time in my life, I truly like myself. I mean it. I may have said it before, but now, I feel it. Big difference.

    I can’t say that I’ve ever LOVED being by myself. Not really. Sure, aside from a couple long-ish relationships and some not so long-ish, and other just really poor choices, I’ve spent most of my adult life single and I suppose okay with it. However, despite being ‘okay’ I have been really guarded in my single-dom – “I don’t need a man” more of my mantra. If I’m honest, I secretly always had this romantic notion of ‘the one’ and wished and hoped he would come find me. Now I realize that’s total bullshit. Long love letters (although I have had some of those and they are lovely when they are authentic), grand gestures of love, manufactured ideals created by a society that promotes a Hollywood version of love is a grand illusion used to sell movies, products, books, and a social construct that may not fit for everyone. Not to mention groom both men and women for the holy grail of love – marriage. Only to find out, for many, it ain’t the real deal. 

    I’m learning that – surprise – I’M the ONE. I’m the real deal.

    Through a lot of self-reflection, deep inner work and meditation, gratefully, my mechanisms of self-defense have fallen. Without the armor or the façade of the ‘tough broad’ I now am able to spend time with the vulnerable, softer but quietly confident me and truly enjoy it. Beyond enjoy it. I mean enjoy it to the point where at times, I think I may become anti-social. Because if I never get out of my sweatpants all day, I don’t care. As my new favorite blogger, Mark Manson so eloquently writes in his article (click here to read), I’ve stopped wasting my ‘give a F*!#’s’ so to speak. I’m done not speaking what’s on my mind. I don’t give a f—. Not saying how I feel. I don’t give a f—. Doing things for others that don’t bring me any joy – either out of guilt or a feeling of obligation -  I really don’t give a f—. Call me selfish. I no longer give a f—-.

    I have found such freedom in my new love. In this new blossoming relationship I get massages. I give myself massages. I take naps. I take baths. (BATHS!!! Seriously – who does that? Rose petals and all!) I read books. I go out when I feel like it. I may even have a cocktail or two and engage in some, what I used to view as ‘not so good’ behavior. (I’ll leave that to the imagination.) Let’s just say I’ve given up the ‘good girl’ for the ‘authentic woman’.

     More often than not, I stay home. And cook. I call dear friends if I need to talk. I make chai tea (a lot). I focus on my writing. I practice.

    It’s an amazing love affair I’m having. 

    There may come a time when, like other relationships, the love begins to fade. But this relationship is one I believe in. It’s one worth fighting for. Like any healthy and strong relationship, it doesn’t work on cruise control. It takes effort, clear communication and most importantly, honesty. But above all others, THIS relationship is the one that, as the vows command, should last “Til death do us part.”

     So yes. I do, Me. I do. 

  • Baby It’s Cold Outside

    Once again, I had another blog all ready to go and then BAM. The ‘Polar Vortex’ swept  the nation, dropping temperatures well below zero in many parts of the country. Thus, I felt compelled to write about ways to combat the bone chilling days of winter. Remember it’s not only COLD outside. It’s typically very dry. Even if there is moisture in the air, likely the heat at work or your home is cranked just to stop the teeth from chattering, sucking every bit of moisture out of the air. To battle the brutal effects of old man winter, here are ten tips to not only stay warm, but moisturized, grounded and healthy all season long.

    1. Hang your clothes to dry. If you’re heat is on, they will dry lickety split.
    2. Get a good humidifier. Worth every penny.  
    3. For the love of God, this is NOT the time of year to do a juice cleanse. Or go raw. Or embark on a diet of smoothies. Get over the need to eat nothing. Your body needs nourishment right now. Feed it. Well. Root vegetables, stew, warm oatmeal, ghee, creamy soups (even if not cream based)  –  all are better options in the winter. Here is one of my favorite recipes!
    4. Drink hot water with lemon every morning – this will also help detoxify the liver and reduce bloat.
    5. Drink hot teas with herbs throughout the day. One of my most favorite gifts ever is this tea infuser from Libre tea. You can add loose-leaf tea or herbs to some hot or room temperature water and sip throughout the day. Refill often. Try lemon and ginger, or a stimulating chai during the day.
    6. Speaking of water, skip the ice. Drink room temperature or hot water with lemon.
    7. Before you climb into bed, grab some good quality sesame oil (my favorite is this Triphala oil from the Himalayan Institute.) and give yourself a foot massage. Or better yet, find someone else to do it for you! Cover your feet with socks to prevent oil from getting on sheets.
    8. One of the greatest treasures of the Ayurvedic system of healing and balance is Abhyanga or self-massage. Use the same quality massage oil as above and begin at your feet, rubbing and massaging oil into you legs, belly and upward. Don’t forget your head and scalp! Rest and allow oil to soak into your body for about a half hour. This is a great time to do a meditation, practice yoga nidra or rest with your feet up the wall (Viparita Karani). Shower with warm water, leaving some oil residue on your skin. Besides nourishing and moisturizing the skin, there are a multitude of other benefits to Abhyanga including, better sleep, improved digestion and elimination, relief from fatigue, and mental rejuvenation, just to name a few.
    9. I mentioned yoga nidra above. Yoga Nidra is a guided systematic process of relaxation that requires nothing of you except complete relaxation and a slight trace of awareness. This process deeply restores and renews your nervous system and has been said to equal four to five hours of actual sleep. It’s a power nap times two!
    10. Take an Ayurvedic bath. This is a time honored tradition in the east and one we can use to help balance and rejuvenate us during the dreary days of winter. Depending on your individual constitution, or dosha, different herbs can be used. In the winter, a nourishing milk and rice starch bath can sooth dry and cracked skin. Add soothing oils such as lavender or rose to calm and heal. You can always use Epsom salts to draw out impurities and sooth tired muscles. For maximum benefit, perform Abhyanga prior to slipping into your bath.

      Holiday festivities, the weather, social commitments, erratic eating  – all of these can take their toll not only on our physical body, but our immune and nervous systems as well. It is worth it to find time to establish healthy routines and cultivate positive nourishing practices during the wintertime. They say it’s going to be a long and brutal one. Now you have the tools to make it through with radiant health!

     

  • The Next 40 Years

    Yup. My time has come. The big 4-0. Everyone tells me it only gets better from here. Well, then, I’m pretty darn lucky because for all its ups and downs, my first 40 have been pretty amazing. I’ve had the opportunity to travel all over the world, see and experience things only a handful do. From Thailand to Nicaragua to where I am celebrating now – Mexico. From safaris to surfing. Broken hearts, but luckily never a broken bone. I had a few thoughts on turning 40, but to be honest, I haven’t done a whole lot of contemplating on the subject. It’s another year like any other. And I truly feel I am where I am supposed to be. (Right now, that’s enjoying a margarita with three of the best girlfriends I could ever ask for). While I’m certainly not stress-free, I do stress less. And enjoy more.

    Thought I’d share my contemplations, straight from my journal entry from the morning of –

    Wow. 40 years. Of pretty cool living and I’m only halfway there – at least. My wish for myself? To come into and go through the next decades of my life with grace, abundance, more love – to keep cracking open to uncover the light and see my true nature. To connect to that more and more. And speak, walk, and act from that authentic space. To fear less. To enjoy more. God willing – to stay healthy and strong and adapt as needed. To embrace those I love more fully and not worry so much about the ones who don’t love – or even like – me. Worry less. Smile more. Even when I may not want to. Think less, do more. But do less too. So maybe not “do.” Actually, be OK with NOT doing all the time. BE more. That’s better. Be OK with just being here. In one place. Being happy and healthy because there really is no greater gift. You are loved. And supported. You are blessed with so much. And you are love. Be honest. With yourself and with others. Authentic. Speaking your mind does not make you a bitch. But know now, that you will make mistakes. Apologize. And so will others. So forgive. Celebrate successes because you deserve them. And embrace and then release sorrow. Help others even it it’s just by being kinder to them. And forever be grateful that you were brought into this world for a reason. To live with purpose. And grateful to the two people that supported your gift of life – Mom and Dad. Now go forth and enter the next 40-plus years with all of this.

     
  • Mental marathons

    Marathons are running races that cover a total of 26.2 miles. For many this distance seems rather odd since it not an even number. This distance is the length of a fabled run that occurred in Ancient Greece during the Battle of Marathon, hence the name. Since its inception, the marathon has evolved over the years and today, there are many marathons which you can run that go beyond the scope of the traditional marathon. These so-called crazy marathons provide a unique experience for runners across the globe.
    One of the most grueling marathons is in northern China.

    Here, the Great Wall Marathon provides an additional challenge beyond simple running. Runners in this demanding race climb a total of 5,164 steps along the Great Wall. However, they do this not just once but twice and for some runners, they may wish to run the 5 km or 10 km race. There is also a half marathon option.¬¬
    One crazy marathon is relatively new. The HydroWorx Underwater Marathon takes place annually in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The race occurs entirely in the water which can help lessen the impact on one’s body. After all, working out in water helps reduce body weight due to the buoyancy of the water. About 80% of your body weight cannot be felt in the water which makes this the ideal marathon for literally anyway even if they don’t run on land. The race raises money to help provide improved care for wounded American soldiers.

    Another interesting marathon is the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon which occurs in Las Vegas. You’re more likely to have heard of due to its casinos than its athletic events, though there has been an increase in various other forms of entertainment over recent years due to the competition posed by online casinos like www.jackpotcity.org. The race is one of the oldest marathons in the United States. It first took place in 1967 and has occurred every year since. The course has changed numerous times over the years and the current course was first run in 2009.