Sunday, October 23, 2011
This morning is wonderful. I have finished my six mile ride, not necessarily in record time, but I enjoyed it, and burned a fair amount of calories. I am looking forward to my virtual 5K on Monday, and really hope to break my standing record, I am pretty confidant I will be able to. I am no longer mourning the summer weather, but instead am embracing the change. It does come with some lovely color changes, temp changes, excitement over holidays and wistful daydreams about what the new year will hold. I purchased the new Spark cookbook and it is waiting in the office of my apartment building to be picked up. I can't wait to get my hands on that. I must admit, my eating has gotten a bit boring. Not unsatisfying, just routine. I also have to say that yerba mate is DEFINITELY my friend. I did wiki it and am pretty impressed with the list of positive benefits it holds for the regular partaker. I do think it is the best tea/drink I've had in awhile, which is saying alot because I do LOVE my kombucha. It's funny, I still haven't finished reading The Spark and I've had it nealy a month and a half. I don't know what I am waiting for. I know I will finish it, I just seem to be waiting to relish it on a particularly challenging day when I need the inpsiration. I was thinking about all the changes that have been made in such a short amount of time, and just how eventful this summer was, in comparison to the last few summers. I really have been busy in a good way. Visiting, photographing, exercising, there has been A LOT of reconnecting with people from my past (and of course the one disconnect with a person from my past). I've had family move into my county, both my brother and his family and my sister. I have a new co-worker that I adore, who keeps me on my toes with the questions "do you remember when/this?" It is quite wonderful because we have similar tastes in music/movies/literature/art so it is really fun to pick eachothers brains! She is a trip! Of course getting my bike fixed has been one of the ultimate highlights of the last two months. I really can't believe I've had it for so many years without taking advantage of the true bliss that it has to offer. I can never write one of these blogs without thinking of all of you. Having your support and love in my life these last months has been priceless. I couln't have dreamt of a better gift for my soul. I hope you all are loving life, and striving to give yourself richer experiences everyday.
Adios amigos, follow the light fantastic and see where the day leads.
Friday, October 21, 2011
I picked up a gourd and bombilla (yerba mate metal straw) today at the local health food store. I have wanted one of these for a few years now, and just haven't really seen one, and keep forgetting that I actually want it. I have been drinking the tea today, since about 12 pm, and it is obviously a diuretic and an appetite suppressant. I really love it, and it is less caffeine than coffee, which makes me happy. I am using the loose leaf tea, organic, fair trade, super great quality. I LOVE it. I was paying $3.50 for a cup of it at the local coffee house, can't beleive I paid that much, but I do like the stuff. Finally realized I just HAD to buy it myself, then found the gourd and bombilla with a bag of tea, for just a little more than the tea itself. I am really excited about my new tea drinking adventure. I've always been a bit of a tea fanatic, all my birthdays as a child were tea parties. I had the cutest tea sets, and still do have many of them packed away. I used to LOVE to watch my mom drink tea with her good friend, they would spend hours drinking, laughing and talking. I just love the whole feeling of being a daily tea drinker. Plus when the weather gets colder I crave warm liquids and I much prefer tea to coffee, although I do like a good coffee here and there. If you don't know much about yerba mate, wiki it, I just did and learned some incredible facts about it's healthy properties!! So, to a new day, with new adventures............love this crisscross effect in my life. Never knew how many areas of my life SP would effect, seems like it's effecting EVERY area!!
Love you guys!!
Friday, October 21, 2011
Just got back ftom two of the best hours I've spent in years!! Watched a phenomenal, upliting, tear inducing, awe inpsiring, God praising, song and dance routine by some of the most beautiful children I have ever seen in my life. This clip doesn't even begin to do justice to how it felt watching them perform tonight. They had the whole crowd dancing and singing, and it was a sheer joy to my heart! God is good, everyday, HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!
If you want to know more, go to www.watoto.com, it really is a miracle in process!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
OK, strange topic.............but it is the little things that keep me excited everday about my new, healthy life. And this morning it was my toenails. Hard for me to believe in two months, something like my toenails would change, but they have. For the last few years, everytime I cut my toenails, they just break off, they are rigid and almost "crispy". Hard to really explain, almost like cutting a thin peice of bark, just dry with no bend or elasticity to them. Well this morning I cut them and they are normal again, just like they were when I was younger. Thick, bendable, normal. They wouldn't bend before, just broke off. Anyway, I know this is a wierd topic, but these little observations will all add up one day to become the big picture of a healthy body, MY healthy body. So, in the spirit of self observation, CHEERS to normal toenails!! Hip, hip, hooray!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Just watched a very poignant vlog, from a successful sparker, and was moved to do my own blog on the topic. Wish it was a vlog, something I look forward to doing in the future. But for now, it's just fingers on keyboard.
Definition of me, Stephanie Rae Bassett, 31 years old, 249.8 pounds, Aquarius, married, step-mother, oldest of 4, daughter, grandaughter, niece, aunt, cousin, barber, teacher, anthroposophist, mystic Christian.
So those are the terms I use to define myself, but is that who I am? Sometimes yes, other times I am much more than these terms can hold. I am an amatuer philosopher, have been studying for most of my adult life. Have even been to Switzerland to study my own personal favorite stream of philosophy, also coined anthroposophy, or spiritual science. Founded by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, father of biodynamic gardening, eurythmy, Waldorf schools, anthroposophic medicine, writer of 60 books and 6,000 lectures. I went to school to be a Waldorf teacher, which is what brought me to the Sacramento area after being raised in the Mojave Desert in Southern California. I taught pre-school and kindergarten for 4 years, got laid off, and haven't got back into it, yet. I also am a barber by trade, cosmetologist by lisence. Have done that since I was 19, whenever I was not teaching I was barbering. I now work in a quaint little female owned/run barbershop in the old town section of my city. I take my philospical/spiritual views into every area of life, and use my barber chair as my own personal soapbox from which to dispense/recieve pearls of wisdom every chance I get. I am currently very interested in getting to know more about hypnotherapy, with the inkling of a dream of possibly studying and practicing it in the future. I LOVE to talk to anyone about spirituality, life, loss, pain, growth, love, prophets, teachers, dreams, visions, journey's, death, angels, Christ, Buddha, Ganesha, Isis,Sophia(divine wisdom), archangel Michael, really anything to do with our life's experiences and what makes us who we are, where we came from and where we are going, both spiritually and in the everyday world.
I am a devoted wife, and am truly in love with my husband. He is my best friend in the world and I thank God every chance I get for bringing us together. We do not live the most glamorous life, we have had many ups and many downs in the last 7.5 years together. We don't always agree........in fact it's probably a 50/50 agree/disagree ratio, but we respect one another, and love eachother to peices. He makes me see the world in ways I never dreamed I would, and allows me to see myself in ways I never did. He is funny, quirky, sexy, different, loves Christ, loves me, spontaneous, and all around the very best husband I could ever have.
I have two step-sons that do not live with us. Causing a bit of sadness in my heart, but we try to be the very best long distance parents we can be.
I have the BEST mother/siblings/grandpa/sister-in-law/niec
es anyone could ask for. They are all my closest friends, and adore spending as much time as possible with all of them. They are smart, open-minded, creative, artistic, musical, funny, crazy, health conscious, environmentally aware, and SUPER cool. I love that we all live in the same county now, after years of being apart. They are a constant source of love, and support for me and I don't know what I would do without them.
I am an artist, both in my profession and as a hobbyist. I LOVE photography, always have, at one point I was going to go to Brooks institute of photography, and probably would have if I had the 30,000/year tuition! I also knit and crochet and make up my own patterns, or sew whatever it is my heart dreams up. I love to collage, with magazines and with photos, and have also enjoyed scrapbooking. I LOVE to write, part of the reason why I have blogged nearly everday for two months! I have been writing consistantly since I was about 10, and have journals from every year of my life since then. I wish I could draw/paint, and sing, those are desires I want to fufill as years go by. I also see cooking as an art and strive to learn more about using varied ingredients/spices/culturally diverse items in my everyday cuisine.
I love unique anything, wether it is an object out of nature I've never seen, or an artist, musician, movie, photograph, place, author, person, shoes, clothes, you name it really, if it is rare, beautiful and unusual, I am drawn to it.
I LOVE to listen/share with anyone. Part of why I enjoy my profession so much and don't get too bummed that I am not teaching anymore. One thing about barbering, you NEVER know who is going to walk through that door, or what they are going to share with you. I think I have learned more standing behind that chair, asking questions, than I have reading most any book. I love people, always have. When I first read Christ's two main commandments, love your God with all of your heart, and love eachother, I really took that in deeply and I strive to do that every moment of my life. Now, I am not perfect, but perfection doesn't exist, so that is an impossibility.
Although it is hard to admit sometimes, this is a part of what defines me, I am bi-polar. I did not come to terms with it fully until the last year or so. I was diagnosed in 2007 after some pretty devastating manic episodes that led me to being hospitalized. I take medication everyday, and have lived the last two years realatively stable. I do not feel ashamed of my condition anymore, and recently have turned into a bit of an advocate for the illness. I have met so many people with my condition and realize that most of us are very intelligent, creative, sensitive, interesting people, with vary lovely views on life and the world around us.
And, lastly, as of the last two months, I am a spark person. Very much so. Not a perfect spark person, but as I said, that is impossible. I try to be the very best I can be, every day. Sometimes my best one day, is pretty low key to someone elses best, but for me, it is where I am and what I can do for that day. Just one day at a time, one meal at a time, one step a time, one breath at a time. I have really learned alot about myself these last two months. I am dealing with my emotions as an ex-emotional eater. And at first it was VERY hard to face these emotions head on, especially because I am bi-polar, and my emotional range can be very wide from moment to moment. But, the more I face these emotions, sort them out, deal with them in a healthy way, the more I get to really know who I am, and the more I really adore and cherish the person I see emerging from the rubble heap of years of overeating.
So, for now, this is my defintion of me. Not complete, I could really go on and on, I always seem to have more I could say on my daily blog! But for tonight, this writing has been much needed therapy. And I thank THEMIGHTYLILLIE so much for the inspiration to do this. I didn't quite know how much I would enjoy it until just now, as I wrap this up, must admit that felt good.
Thanks for reading, spark on lovely people.
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