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Photo Blog Day 10 (Closest Friend)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Rachel & I on her birthday several years ago


Becky and I visit over Easter

I have many close friends, but I have two that I consider family. My family is very small. My dad and I am very close, my mom died 6 years ago and my sister hasn't spoken to me since 2008. Over the years I adopted two sisters. Rachel and I met in residency and we talk on the phone nearly every day. She is in her pregnant so I will finally have a niece or nephew to spoil! I can't wait!

Becky was in my first class I ever taught (back in 1995) and like me has a very small natural support system. I think she actually adopted me. She is an anesthiologist in NYC who I don't get to see as often as I like but whom I hold close to my heart.

  
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CATHRINE2010 2/26/2011 7:02PM

    Friends are the wolds best presents!! emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 2/17/2011 12:06AM

    Nice :)

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JSTCHLIN 2/16/2011 11:58PM

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Photo Blog Day 9 (Motivation to do more)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011



I am motivated by the desire to live without limits.

My earliest fitness love was hiking. I have hiked the Machu Picchu trail in Peru, trekked through the Himalayas of Nepal and Tibet and traipsed through many trails in the Grand Canyon. For the past several years I have been very aware of limiting myself to the "mild or moderate" trails, as opposed to the "strenous" ones. Anything more than a 1,500 vertical change is incredibly daunting. I exercise and lose weight so that someday I will simply choose the trail because it is the prettiest one, regardless of vertical climb.

Life without limitations, that is what I want.

  
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SUNNYWBL 2/16/2011 2:07PM

    Here's to the day you can choose the prettiest trail again!

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JEANNETTE59 2/16/2011 11:06AM

  You can do anything you set your mind to. You are living proof of that, emoticon

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EMTFF376 2/16/2011 8:12AM

    Great pic and great goals!

Have a great hump day!

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JSTCHLIN 2/15/2011 7:50PM

    Very Cool! I like it.

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MAKALANI22 2/15/2011 6:57PM

    beautiful. I'm motivated by the same thing as well =) Keep up the great work!

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CAROLDEDOO 2/15/2011 6:20PM

    emoticon emoticonLife without limits! I'm in!

emoticonand so can I! We just have to "keep on keepin' on"

Keep up the good work! and Keep on Sparking!

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KITHKINCAID 2/15/2011 5:49PM

    love that pic - the world is SUCH a beautiful place to live in :)

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MINENA1 2/15/2011 3:56PM

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KELI-RHODES 2/15/2011 3:56PM

    Wow what amazing places you've been! You will be able to hike any trail you put your mind to for sure!

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CAROBEAR1 2/15/2011 3:49PM

    Great motivation...that pic looks lots like Lake Louise and I remember great hikes when I lived there?? Maybe it's somewhere more exotic. I agree with your motivation too...Living in Calgary once I was out of shape and often travelling to the Rockies I always had the "wait for the overweight smoker" during hikes...The most rewarding when I lived in the Rockies were ones like the picture where you would reach such a great point vantage point after putting in a great effort!!

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GENKI_WARRIOR 2/15/2011 3:35PM

    Now THAT'S what I'm talking about! ah--I'm a little jealous; I want to hike and see those places :D

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ROCKMAN6797 2/15/2011 3:34PM

    This is a great goal!
Even though you mention hiking this can apply to all aspects of our lives. Life without limits would be such an exhilarating feeling! Thank you for sharing.

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AMOHAME2 2/15/2011 3:34PM

    Wow, you've had some awesome hiking adventures! I haven't been anywhere near as exotic and scenic as you, but I've done my share of hiking and always loved it!

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ANNE7X7 2/15/2011 3:34PM

    That is SO awesome! With motivation like that, it's certain that you will reach your goals!!! Keep pushing right past your limits, girl!!

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FRENCHTOSD 2/15/2011 3:30PM

    Nice - I know you will get to that healthy point soon.

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FUNKYKIM 2/15/2011 3:24PM

    I love hiking also! I haven't been many places though... grand Canyon is on my list. I admit I stay away from the strenuous trails also, they kinda scare me, but one day I will do it! And so will you! emoticon

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Photo Blog Day 8 (Favorite Color)

Monday, February 14, 2011



My favorite color has always been purple. I love every shade from deep violet to light lavender. It is not the most relaxing color (for relaxation I go for green) but it represents passion and beauty to me. It is a little mysterious, combining the warmth of red tones and the coolness of the blue hues. I think it is color of imagination, creativity and power. It can be both pensive or intense, much like me

  
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GENKI_WARRIOR 2/15/2011 3:38PM

    MINE TOO!!!

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ROCKMAN6797 2/15/2011 3:31PM

    Purple is such a regal color, it suits you perfectly!

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LILPAT3 2/15/2011 1:30PM

    Lovely! I like purples very much. A little bit of pink thrown in would look like sunsets here in the Southwest.

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 2/15/2011 12:45PM

    LOVE!

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FITMARY 2/15/2011 9:15AM

    Gorgeous!

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LIZZYP609 2/15/2011 8:38AM

    Pretty pictures, Thanks for sharing!

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ANNE7X7 2/15/2011 8:30AM

    Love it!! Those picture you posted (and your background!) are simply gorgeous!!

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JSTCHLIN 2/15/2011 8:04AM

    Very nice!

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EMTFF376 2/15/2011 7:59AM

    Love the pictures! Purple is one of my favs too!

have a great Tuesday!
Janette


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KELI-RHODES 2/15/2011 12:33AM

    That is beautiful!

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Photo Blog Day 7 (Most *Treasured* Item)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

This one is for my mom



My mother's cross is my most treasured item. When she was alive, my mother never took this necklace off. To me it reminds me of everything that I loved about her. She had a hard life and I often felt like God just wouldn't give her a break, yet she always wore this cross.

My mom, Cassie was born in 1949. Her brother and sister both had severe mental retardation requiring 24 hour in home care and as the oldest, and only healthy child she was often ignored. She also suffered physical abuse and I think the happiest day of her life was the day she married my father and escaped the house (not home) that she grew up in.

Unfortunately for most of her adult life my mom was very ill. She had severe bipolar disease, complicated by OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) which made it nearly impossible for her to live the life she may have wanted. Her family was very important, as was fitness but other than to take long walks (often 5-7 miles a day) she rarely left the house. In her mid 40s she suffered her first stroke and her ability stay fit was markedly decreased. Over the next several years she had several more small strokes and was no longer herself. I was heartbroken, yet relieved for her when she died of unexpected cardiac arrhythmia in 2005. She was only 55 years old.




My father gave me her cross, which I treasure more than anything else. It sits in the top of my jewelry box in the place of honor and I only wear it for special occasions or when I want to feel close to her. Last year, I wore it in every race I ran in and it gave me an incredible sense of peace, and the feeling that somewhere my mom was looking down at me, proud of the woman I am becoming.






Love you Mom

  
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JAN1031 3/23/2011 9:20PM

    What a wonderful tribute to your mom Hollynn, she brought a beautiful daughter into this world and she truely is looking down on you and smiling as any proud mom would do.
Blessings,
Janis

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CALLIKIA 3/1/2011 5:27PM

    You are amazing and beautiful - inside and out. What mother would not be proud?

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NEWJEWELS4LIFE 2/15/2011 10:03AM

    What a great blog! Thank you for sharing, brought tears to my eyes.

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SMOKINGUN 2/14/2011 9:50PM

    That truly is a wonderful testimonial about the LOVE you have for your mother. I am so proud to be your Dad. Mom would treasure the loving Woman you you have grown into. You continually amaze me with the kindness you extend to others and the care you feel for all. You brought tears to my eyes and happiness to my heart as I read this. Love you an infinite number of bunches. DAD emoticon

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MSPRIS3 2/14/2011 4:39PM

    Amazing blog!

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JUNESHOPE 2/14/2011 2:51PM

    Oh, you made me cry... That is so sweet. I strongly believe in honoring our lost loved ones. This is one of the greatest things you can do.

Your Mother is cherished, in life & death, and this makes her smile when she looks down upon you. What a good daughter you are.

Happy Valentines day sweetie, June emoticon

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ANNE7X7 2/14/2011 10:28AM

    That is so beautiful!

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POOHLA711 2/14/2011 8:20AM

    Thank you for sharing this. I can relate, as I lost my mom when she was 54 after a long battle with MS.
Hugs to you. What a wonderful tribute to your mom.

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SBHPATRICK 2/13/2011 11:57PM

    So lovely. Thank you for sharing!

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TUBLADY 2/13/2011 10:47PM

    Wonderful memories of your Mom. She instilled some wonderful attributes in you. You honor her memory with your strength and fortitude.
Take care and stay positive. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NETGNAL 2/13/2011 10:32PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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CAROJONES 2/13/2011 8:58PM

    Wow! What a testimony!

I'm gonna wear my mothers' religious medal tomorrow on Valentine's Day.

Thanks for sharing and insprining me!


Happy Valentine's day to you and yours!

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JIBBIE49 2/13/2011 8:52PM

    emoticonDONE GIRL

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LOOZINITNOW 2/13/2011 8:51PM

    What a wonderful blog and tribute to your mom.

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PRETTYBLUE85 2/13/2011 8:49PM

    Everyone has already said everything I want to say, so I will just say thank you for sharing your fond memories of your mother. The cross is absolutely beautiful.



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JENNIFERKCM 2/13/2011 8:42PM

    Love it sweetie, and I'm sure your mom does too! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KITTYKITTEMMING 2/13/2011 6:35PM

    You have some great memories of you mother. Treasure them always.

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ALOFA0509 2/13/2011 5:09PM

   
Beautiful Tribute!!.. Thank You for sharing that emoticon



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FRENCHTOSD 2/13/2011 5:04PM

    This was wonderful to read on a Sunday. Thanks, Hollynn.

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LIZZABETH1986 2/13/2011 4:26PM

    ahhh, this blog made me all teary. wearing her necklace at all your races... what a great way to honor your mom. i'm sure she would be proud of you.

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THENEWDARLENE 2/13/2011 4:14PM

    That was a really sweet blog, Hollynn. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing.



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ABSOLUTZER0 2/13/2011 3:41PM

    That is a way to stay connected. She was there with you every step of the way! Continue to make her proud!

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VBPARROTHEAD 2/13/2011 2:50PM

  Thank you! Any other words would just be ramblingso, I say, only, "Thank You"

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ROCKMAN6797 2/13/2011 2:29PM

    This is a beautiful tribute to your Mom Hollynn. I am honored to have read it. It touched my heart. It is very obvious in all of the posted pictures that you were so proud to wear your mom's cross. Simply a beautiful gesture. Thank you for sharing with us.

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BCARSON11 2/13/2011 2:17PM

    That was beautiful. I am so happy I read it. Thank you for sharing! Mothers are very special people. emoticon

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FITSPIRATION 2/13/2011 1:15PM

  Oh girl, you made me cry! That is beautiful and I am sure she is smiling down on the amazing woman you are! emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 2/13/2011 1:05PM

    Ah, you made me tear up a little with this one. Two wonderful women to celebrate today - both you and your mother.

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 2/13/2011 1:05PM

    This was ABSOLUTELY touching beyond words! Thank you for sharing your heart so beautifully!!!!! {{{{hugs today as you remember your mother}}}}}

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GENKI_WARRIOR 2/13/2011 12:52PM

    I love the pictures of you wearing your mother's cross at your races! This is a beautiful testament to how she influences your journey of moulding yourself into the woman you want to be. Thank you for sharing!

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JSTCHLIN 2/13/2011 12:51PM

    That was a touching story. Thanks for sharing.

Take care and stay healthy


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KELI-RHODES 2/13/2011 12:48PM

    Thank you so much for sharing, what a lovely treasure.

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EMTFF376 2/13/2011 12:03PM

    Beautiful! What a nice piece of jewelry to remember your Mom and bring you peace.

Have a good Sunday,
Janette

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FABAT402009 2/13/2011 11:33AM

    Thank you for reminding me even if our parents aren't perfect they still should always hold a special place in our hearts.

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JEANNETTE59 2/13/2011 11:27AM

  Your mother must have been amazing with all she endured. I am so glad that you honor her for she no doubt endowed you with much of your own strength and beauty.

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LIZZYP609 2/13/2011 11:10AM

    What an awesome tribute to your mother.
Thanks for sharing...

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Photo Blog Day 6 (Trading Places)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Hmm...this one is a little harder.

I am pleased to say after much introspection this morning, that there is no one I would really want to trade lives with. So let's consider a trade for a day.

But who to trade with?
Author? Suzanne Collins of the Hunger Games Fame, Laurell K Hamilton who writes about the adventures of Anita Blake?

Singer? Sarah MacLaughlin, Christina Aguilera, Sade?

Athlete? Nadia Comaneci, no nothing seems quite right...

Finally I settled on someone who I think would be fun to be for a day. She is lovely, yet imperfect at the same time. I get the sense that her life is not perfect, and yet she is full of mirth and always seems so happy.

For those reasons I chose: Drew Barrymore!

She is Confident


She is Strong


She is Ethereal


I think it would be a pretty fun day! Who would you swap places with?

PS...it is not too late to join in this 30 day project. Please let me know if you are playing along so that I can follow your posts as well. Have a great weekend!

  
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CALLIKIA 3/1/2011 5:28PM

    Ooh, that seems perfect! I bet it would be fun being her for a day. Such a great sense of humor!

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JIBBIE49 2/13/2011 8:58PM

    Maria Shriver has had the best life of anyone I have ever known being born a rich and famous Kennedy & then marrying Arnold. She certainly has had it all given to her. Like OPRAH said when she met her in 1977, "What are you doing here since you got $10 million dollars when you turned 21?" emoticonShe was jealous of her cousin Caroline Kennedy since everyone KNEW who she was but they didn't know who Maria was. At the time Oprah was driving a Gremlin.

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ROCKMAN6797 2/13/2011 2:32PM

    Interesting choice. She is a terrific actress and she certainly has rebounded from an extremely troubled youth. I loved her in ET and she was very funny in 50 Dates.

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ALEXANDRA64 2/13/2011 7:42AM

    I used to really respect Drew Barrymore because she was a healthy weight and was determined to stick out from the typical hollywood crowd and just be healthy rather than what most of them were then in the fall of last year she dropped considerably and became just another "super skinny" actress, sigh. I can understand picking her for what she used to be but I would love an explanation from her of why she caved in to hollywood pressure...

I love Ashley Judd though she also is no innocent when it comes to succumbing to hollywood pressure. But she has such a fresh face beauty. I also respect her for admitting to having dealt with depression in her lifetime.

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JEANNETTE59 2/12/2011 7:29PM

  In truth you share the same qualities that attracted you to Drew.

And here is another quality that you share. You are both winners emoticon

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NEWJEWELS4LIFE 2/12/2011 6:40PM

    emoticon Love Drew! She does seem like the girl that it would be fun to trade with for a day or two.

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FITSPIRATION 2/12/2011 1:32PM

  I love Drew. She seems so down to earth, and she is so pretty.

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ROBYN168 2/12/2011 12:52PM

    She has also faced adversity - and come out bigger and getter than ever!!!!!!

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 2/12/2011 12:42PM

    Oh I LOVE Drew Barrymore. She's my favorite actress. Great pick!

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KELI-RHODES 2/12/2011 12:35PM

    Drew Barrymore ROCKS!!!!!

This is a cool project, I would love to join in! I will have to sit down and play catch up later today!!!!!

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EMTFF376 2/12/2011 12:30PM

    Who would I trade with? Hmm... there are so many people that I admire, I'm not sure if I could pick just one... although I would not want it to be a permanent trade. Like you, I enjoy my life!

Mother Theresa
Sandra Day O'Connor
Sarah Reinertsen
etc etc etc...

Have a great weekend!
Janette


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