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CoH Writing Class Week 4 Option 3c

Thursday, April 17, 2014

For this week's prose assignment I chose to write about someone finding a key. This story came to me late last night as I was drifting off to sleep.

Charity’s Key

Charity pauses, her hand on the knob of the door. She takes a deep breath as if to steel herself for what comes next. She glances both left and right without really seeing the beautiful wood paneling or the various works of art on the walls. She seems as though she’s not sure if she is hoping for someone to come upon her or if she really wants to open the door. Her tawny brown eyes narrow and her generous mouth thins as she seems to fight tears.

Charity reaches over absently and plays with the wide silver bracelet on her left arm in what seems a nervous habit. This piece looks sturdy and unadorned with no seeming beginning or end. She takes another deep breath and slowly turns the knob. Charity reaches in as she steps through the door and flips the light switch on the wall next to the door automatically.

The overhead lights flicker and come to life illuminating what one would assume was a study. Charity looks over her shoulder back into the hall and shuts the door behind her, closing herself in. She stares for a moment at the large room. There are several bookcases lining the walls and more artwork gracing them as well. In the center of the room is a large antique pedestal desk.

One in the room charity does not hesitate, heading directly to the desk. Pulling out the leather executive chair she glances once more at the door then sits and starts pulling out drawers. She pulls out all the items drawer by drawer, examining the insides of the drawers, looking for a hidden compartment. She hurries but takes the time to replace all the pens, files, papers, envelopes, etc back where she found them. In the bottom right drawer, she hesitates, running her fingers over the decorative scrolling on the front. She gently presses on a small circle in the center of the decorative work. A small section swings out revealing a small compartment.

Inside the small cubby is a unique, small key. The key looks more like a round charm with four small prongs making it look almost like a small table. A shadow falls over her as the door to the hallway opens and he is there. He doesn’t say a word, just stands in the doorway watching Charity.

Charity sees ‘him’ standing there. The one she was racing against to find this key. She takes the key and slips it into the recessed points that are so small they can really only be felt. The bracelet slips off her wrist. She is free.

  
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THREEWHALES 4/21/2014 5:16PM

    Very nice job, I found myself wanting MORE!!!

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SEAWILLOW 4/19/2014 7:58PM

    Applause!

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CIPHER1971 4/18/2014 4:02PM

    Cool

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_LINDA 4/17/2014 11:05PM

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Fantastic!

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MONETRUBY 4/17/2014 11:02PM

    Oh, I love the suspense in this! The atmosphere is so tense, and the well-chosen details add so many layers to the story. I love that you don't quite *answer* every question the reader might have, but leave some details up to us to provide. Well done!

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POPSY190 4/17/2014 9:17PM

    Great atmosphere and climax!

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ZANNACHAN 4/17/2014 8:05PM

    Nice!

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CoH Writing Class Week 2 Option 3c

Friday, April 04, 2014

Write about a reflection in the mirror.

Reflections in a Mirror

A young woman stops as she sees her reflection in the mirror. At first she starts to turn away and then with a guilty look around she stops and takes a better look. There she is in all her glory. She is slender but curved, somewhere on the short side, but still cute in all. Her hair is full and shines in the light. She notices her eyes and pleasing face and smiles. She does not see the shine that comes into her eyes, or how she lights up with the smile. She doesn’t stop to see all that before she looks at the rest of her. The chest, oh why couldn’t it be more? It’s so small, barely needs any support at all. Her smile fades a bit and the eyes lose their glow. And then there’s her hips and thighs oh my. Why oh why are they so grossly big? They are always larger by a size or two than any other part of her body. The smile is gone and a line creases her brow. She sighs as she turns away, wishing for more.

A woman steps up to that mirror. She stops to stare for a long while. She notices the lines that crinkle around eyes and mouth. She notices her cheeks are plumper and that her face is a little… well, droopy. She also looks farther south as one tends to do. She smiles a little at the chest which it seems has grown and fills out the blouse nicely. She sighs though over her hips and thighs. It seems that nothing, not weights or swimming or dancing will ever change their shape that is a size or two larger than the rest of her is. But she smiles for she remembers the things she has done. That life is more than just the size of her waist. She’s loved and laughed and fought and cried in this body of hers. But why can’t she just tame those curves, make those thighs and hips thinner? Surely life would be better at least clothes would fit better then. She leaves the mirror with a sigh and regrets all the times she didn’t go to the gym, work out harder or longer.

A woman steps up to a mirror and sees a person who takes care. She takes care of her family, her friends and even strangers from time to time. She sees the laugh lines around her smiling eyes and mouth and smiles. This woman notices that perhaps it’s time for a touch up on the roots, why look any older than you feel? She decides, then and there, to make that appointment when she’s done here. She looks at her form and smiles wider. She’s looking good, sure she “could” stand to lose a few pounds but look at all her body has taken her through. She’s been married a good number of years now. She still feels that zing when she sees her husband. She has helped friends, loved, lived done some amazing things like trying rock climbing or going cruising with family. She lives a simple life most of the time and sometimes thinks it’s probably boring to others. This is her life reflected and she owns it. She leaves the mirror with these final words ringing in her ears; looking good kid.

In my life I’ve been all three women reflected here. I know which one I strive for because she is complete and happy. Her size is just a reminder of how far she’s travelled in this life and has no bearing on her sense of self worth. She is not perfect, nor does she need to be. I smile at the woman in the mirror. She is me.

  
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SEAWILLOW 4/7/2014 9:44AM

    Me evolution ...Awesome!

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MONETRUBY 4/6/2014 8:36PM

    I think you speak for many of us women with this piece. It's so easy to focus on the things we want to change, instead of the many things and qualities that we have, that make us so special. It often takes that maturity to realize that we are more than the sum of our parts. It does not matter what size we are, what matters is what is inside, what we do with that outer person to help make the world a better place. Very well done! I look forward to reading more.

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1MIN17SECB412PM 4/6/2014 1:20PM

    emoticon Oh, Cyndi, you ARE BEAUTIFUL inside and out!! I just *loved* this and though I'm one to hide from mirrors and cameras I still understand what you're saying. It's much deeper in meaning than just the physical so that is why I understand, I think. Thank you for taking me/us full circle!!

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CIPHER1971 4/5/2014 6:37PM

    Nice emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 4/5/2014 2:20PM

    I love this reflection of your journey--and I agree, strive to be the one that is happy.

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KRZYKAT3 4/5/2014 12:07AM

    Cyndi, Well done. I like the imagery of the three ages of a woman. I felt like I was walking through time with her as she grew, matured and saw what was really important about herself and not just what was wrong with her body.

This would be a great piece for spark's daily blog. I wonder how one submits to be on those? I would love to share this with young women who have image issues.

While reading I was reminded of the article about Jamie Lee Curtis and her body image which was in the Weight Watchers magazine and the Dove commercial where the forensic artist drew the women form their perspective and some one who just met them.

WELL DONE!!



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123BITES4ME 4/4/2014 10:25PM

    Nice...enjoyed reading that...well written!!

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-SEVEN- 4/4/2014 9:15PM

    I loved reading this! Thanks for sharing.

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_LINDA 4/4/2014 8:59PM

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That was wonderful!!!

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BECCA315 4/4/2014 8:40PM

    WOW!!

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POPSY190 4/4/2014 8:13PM

    This is magnificent! The reflective tone and three part structure combine effectively to convey meaning.
This could be very helpful to others. I would like to ask the Librarian to put it in the Restricted Library so that it is available later. Would you be happy about this?

I hope you are finding opportunities in this class to revive your interest in writing as you certainly have talent in this area. emoticon

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CoH Writing class assignment 1 parts b & c

Friday, March 28, 2014

blog # 1
Article response:
I loved all the articles. They all had good information and made me think about why I want to write and how personal blogs, essays or short stories, etc daily can help with creativity, anxiety and keep the mind active. Keeping the mind active is one of the keys to living a healthy and happy life. One of my big fears is of living without being aware, such as with Alzheimer’s or dementia. I also have trouble focusing on many days and seem to be sleepwalking through my life.

The lifehack article www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/
benefits-writing-why-you-should-write-
all-the-time.html
motivated me the most. I signed up for the figment newsletter and subject a day email. I think this will help me to start writing at least a little daily, which always helps me to focus and calms me. I think it will help me to be more productive in other areas of my life as well and perhaps to find more creative ways of dealing with life in general.

The other site I really enjoyed was the one dealing with the personal essay. davehood59.wordpress.com/2010/05/02/
what-is-a-personal-essay/

I’ve never tried this outside of Spark People blogs. I might want to explore this style of writing more as well.

Blog # 2
My reason for taking this class:
I am a writer. This is one of the few creative outlets I have. I am a huge fan of the written word. I have enjoyed writing since I was in high school but have never really done anything with it outside of a few newsletter articles. I have spurts of creativity, but have had a several year long drought recently. I want, no, need to find my creativity and joy of writing again. This class is offering a way to explore several types of writing I’ve never tried. I mostly write fiction, a few poems and the aforementioned newsletter articles so writing on a more personal level is going to be something new. It kind of has me nervous but still excited to get started.

  
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HERMIEME 4/1/2014 12:53PM

    This is very inspiring. Well-written blog, Cyndi! emoticon emoticon

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JANISMKW 3/31/2014 9:30PM

    emoticon Good for you!

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MONETRUBY 3/31/2014 9:22PM

    I'm so looking forward to what you and the others will be writing over the course of the class. I might even have to take up my pen a bit more!

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SEAWILLOW 3/31/2014 12:19PM

    You are so write!

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CIPHER1971 3/29/2014 5:39AM

    Yay for writing, I know what you mean about long droughts.

Have a great day

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_LINDA 3/29/2014 12:45AM

    That is so awesome you are finding ways to get into your writing! Its nice to have a creative outlet!
Enjoy!

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JAIZWAYS 3/28/2014 7:00PM

    Cyndi - I am not a writer but I would like to blog more. Reading this has helped inspire me. emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 3/28/2014 4:36PM

    Whoo hoo for writing again! And I think you'll find that exploring these new kinds of writing will help you with your fiction, too. I know that has been the case for me, at least. I have a friend who likes to say about fencing "time on the blade is time on the blade," meaning that fencing--even if it's not the greatest practice/event ever--still makes you a better fencer. Well, the same is also true about writing. The way any writer becomes a better writer is through writing as much as possible.

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POPSY190 3/28/2014 4:13PM

    This is lovely to hear! Enjoy yourself exploring new types of writing and relaxation! I'm like you - keen to retain my faculties and keeping an active mind is the way! The old use it or lose it applies to the brain as well as the other muscles! emoticon

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TRIXYMAHOGANY 3/28/2014 3:05PM

    So you have just completely inspired me to start writing again. It's been so long since I have, and I miss it like crazy even if it also stresses me out like crazy. I signed up for the figment themes. What a great idea! THANK YOU! :D

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CoH Spark Wheel Spin Game

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CoH GAME - 5 POINTS ON SPARKWHEEL = Blog about something you are looking forward to.

What I am looking forward to right now is something kind of mundane and really isn’t all that much in the grand scheme of things. You see I lead a pretty boring life. I do the same things most weekdays and also follow a pretty set pattern on the weekends too (although a little different from weekdays). So what am I looking forward to?

Getting my hair cut/colored tomorrow. No, really that’s it. My hair is kind of scraggly and it’s been about 2 – 2 1/2 months since I’ve had the color done. The roots are showing. My bangs are to the point where they are getting wings (thing Farah Fawcett hair from the 80’s).

Some things I am looking forward to further out is going to a few SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) events in the next 6 months (nothing set on the schedule yet though) as a friend of mine is going to be Queen for the next 6 months (starting in June, but is Princess now). I am also looking forward to my next big vacation in December… going on a cruise w/MIL & her husband.

  
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_LINDA 3/21/2014 9:48PM

    Always nice to get your hair done -feels so good! If you go to these events, please do post photos, would love to see them!!

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MONETRUBY 3/21/2014 8:30PM

    Being a woman who can often sport some wicked roots, I totally get how you can so look forward to getting your hair colored! I always wonder why I put it off so long, when I see how good it looks. I know you'll look, and feel, wonderful afterwards. Have a lovely weekend!

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ZANNACHAN 3/20/2014 11:01AM

    Those all sound like good things to be looking forward to! I hope you have an awesome time at the SCA events... and contgrats to your friend for being Queen! Way cool.

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PATTYJ48 3/20/2014 9:09AM

    A cut and color is a great thing to look forward to. You will have to post a photo of the new doo when you get it done. What is the Society for Creative Anachronisms?

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SEAWILLOW 3/19/2014 5:51PM

    Enjoy all the little and big things.

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CIPHER1971 3/19/2014 5:25PM

    I think looking forward to having your hair coloured is great, because that is all about you, and there is a reason why a chinese curse is may you live in interesting times.

Have a great day

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POPSY190 3/19/2014 5:14PM

    More about the Society for Creative Anachronisms please! Sounds fascinating!

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Love letter to me

Monday, February 17, 2014

I love taking part in challenges and blogging (so why am I not blogging more? Good question.) So this weekend's challenge includes writing myself a love letter. I'm going to give a bit of background first, because writing this is a little more difficult than I thought it would be.

I was taught that the Bible says to love thy neighbor. The rest of the sentence was conveniently left out... as thyself. So I was taught to think of everyone else before me. Their needs ALWAYS take precedence to mine, or at least they should. Thinking of myself, talking about my accomplishments is "bragging" and a Christian Lady doesn't brag". So it has taken some time for me to understand that I am worth loving, that I am a wonderful complete person in and of myself. I don't need anyone else's approval to be loved. I am love worthy just because I am alive. I care about others and have a huge amount of empathy. So learning to love myself is something I'm still working on, but I am more comfortable with myself now.

A friend in a similar blog said that her actions didn't show love for herself. I too didn't take good care of my physical body. I ate poorly, I didn't exercise (after I stopped clubbing) and I allowed myself to balloon up in weight over the years, partially at least because I didn't care about me. I also tended to go with the flow and eat whatever others around me were eating. I had a roommate that ate nothing but fried foods and drank nothing but soda (diet of course). I went along and soon I had gained over 50 lbs.

So now I am speaking up. I am not following the crowd with my eating. I am beginning to believe that I am worth loving, just because I exist.

Dearest Cyndi,

I just wanted to let you know how awesome I think you are. You are not perfect and that is OK. You don't need to be perfect. You are perfect in your imperfection. Yes, you tend to be sedentary (I often thought/think of this as lazy). But you are dealing with life the best you can. You are doing more than you have ever done, excepting those few years in high school on the swim team.

You exercise more days than not now. You are planning for your future adventures with your husband and friends. You are actively seeking new exercises you CAN do. Yes I know that walking is boring sometimes, but it IS something you CAN do. It has also brought you this far towards living a healthy life. Keep it up!

You are a great friend. You truly care about others, but don't forget that you need to take care of yourself too. I am so proud of you for speaking up and sticking to your guns on food. You have stuck with a gluten free diet for almost a year. You have let others know and they care enough to at least try to serve gluten free foods. This is just the beginning. You can speak up for yourself and what you need. If those around you don't understand, they can be replaced (if truly necessary).

Remember always that I love you.
Me

  
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ZELLAZM 3/16/2014 9:35AM

    Beautiful---think I'll follow your lead. I'm starting a new project tomorrow and need to remind myself of how fearfully and wonderfully made I am! (you, too!) emoticon

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REFORMDEB 3/3/2014 12:54PM

    Cyndi sticking to a gluten free diet for a year is an awesome accomplishment in itself! Glad you now understand (I had to come to this too) to love others you must love yourself first. That doesn't mean that we don't put others before us but it does mean that we must take care of ourselves too!

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KATWELL88 2/21/2014 11:26PM

    Nice letter cyndi-- way to go! You inspired me to write one to myself sometime. emoticon emoticon

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JENSHAINES 2/21/2014 5:02PM

    This is a terrific letter and we share more than the gluten free stuff. We need to learn to be the great friends to ourselves that our friends enjoy, right? emoticon

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SEAWILLOW 2/21/2014 3:32PM

    Great

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POPSY190 2/21/2014 2:02AM

    emoticon with all you say! This was one of the most difficult challenges to do, but I also think it was one of the most useful! emoticon

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MONETRUBY 2/20/2014 3:23PM

    What a great blog! More of us should do this.

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JANISMKW 2/18/2014 9:23PM

    emoticon As a Christian Lady, don't forget that God loves you too, more than you can ever love yourself. (But don't stop trying!)

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_LINDA 2/18/2014 12:53PM

    emoticon This strikes a cord in many women as we have to overcome that barrier that all others come first..

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SEATTLE58 2/18/2014 10:30AM

    What a beautiful blog! I too was taught to put others first. We eventually learn that we need to love ourselves too! To reach out to others and love them. emoticon emoticon

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HERMIEME 2/18/2014 10:27AM

    I learned so much from this Cyndi about the ways we can easily take ourselves for granted. You have Always been an inspiration, to so many---it's no mistake you won those ticket at the rotation games!

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Emmy

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HAPPYWRITER7 2/18/2014 10:26AM

    I love this! I too was raised to believe anything me centered was bragging. I love your letter to yourself, and I also love that you can always read it, be incouraged, and see how far you've come!
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GSPEIRS 2/18/2014 2:36AM

    Cindy, I, too, was raised like you were in that taking care and thinking of myself wasn't important. I was to worry more about others than myself. I'm learning to love myself, too. I really relate to your blog! Thanks so much for sharing. Glad to know I'm not the only one who grew similar to you.

Much success in all your weight loss endeavors!
Big Hugs

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CIPHER1971 2/18/2014 2:06AM

    emoticon I am so glad that you have found your love of you, you are a great person

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