The Mercies at Half Price Books in Dallas, TX
Hanging out at the beach over Thanksgiving - Port Aransas, TX
My name nickname is Quiet-Rain because I need to remind myself to set aside "quiet, alone" time to keep on track. I've been on and off Spark People for about 2 years, and here I am back again.
I just turned 40 on January 7, 2009. I realized that I can't keep procrastinating. It's time to take action and quit making excuses.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2006, I'm here to share my story in hopes that I can lift up another soul with my journey.
I'm a teacher, writer, and musician. I teach at an urban high school in Dallas. My class is called Reading Improvement, but it's really 80-100 of the school's most at-risk learners. Everyday is a challenge...academically and emotionally for my students. I love teaching struggling learners. I was called to be a teacher.
I also write...a lot...since March 2008...I have over 800 hand-written journal pages. I'm working on transforming my journal into a book about my personal journey.
One the greatest joys in my life is music. My band The Mercies just finished recording a new album in Nashville. You can hear clips of the song at http://www.myspace.com/themerciestx. The CD will be released in May, and the band will start touring in June.
Our upcoming tour is one of the motivations for me to stay on track the next 3 months. No only do I want to feel good about myself when I walk on the stage, but I will need to be in excellent shape to keep up with life on the road.
(1) Take a walk everyday
(2) Journal everyday
(3) Pray everyday
(4) Do a random act of kindness everyday
(5) Appreciate each new day
Walk. Walk. Walk. I am re-reading ChiWalking, an amazing book that combines the principles of Tai Chi with walking. It's a whole mind, emotion, body connection. With ChiWalking, it's like getting a workout, a therapy session, and a time machine to reverse aging. It's easy to do, but quite remarkable!
I live in Dallas, Texas. I'm a teacher, writer, and musician.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” ~ Goethe
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