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Cincinnati Spark Rally

Monday, May 23, 2011

There were 11 round tables in the conference room at the Cincinnati Spark Rally Saturday. And around each table... Spark people... with their own incredible stories of weight loss success and determination. It was absolutely amazing and humbling to listen and get to know so many people who nodded their acknowledgment and smiled with encouragement. I am filled with gratitude this evening for this experience, filled with gratitude for each person there who extended their friendship.



SWDOTB2 (me) with INDY GIRL (Beth) and her sister HOOSIERGIRLINDY (Tina) at the rally.

ELSEEBEE introduced herself to me and our whole gathering with grace and humor even though she fell the day before and scraped her face and hands. Thank you for wonderful conversations and our connection. Hope your wounds heal quickly without any complications, you are in my thoughts this evening.

KATHYJO56 shared an inspiring Gandhi quote: "Believe and you're halfway there..."

And when it came my time to get up and speak...



...I forgot to tell you all that last summer several South Bend Sparkers and I would walk on Fridays after work on campus. We ventured further in our walks and crossed Mishawaka Avenue to Potawatomi Park. There's a stage in the park, a bandstand under huge old oak trees and we would take turns going up on stage to state our goals to the trees there.

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I would hold an imaginary microphone in my hand and envision speaking at a Spark rally one day. This is kind of like what SparkGuy says in his book about "Seeing It..."



Indygirl drew a lot of names for the gifts in the raffle at the Cincinnati rally and I was thrilled when my name was drawn for an autographed copy of the Spark book. I found Sparkguy's story to be amazing and also the chapter on FOCUS.

Went out to lunch with DH, KSIGMA1222 who is featured in the Spark book and LESSISMORE4ME. Tried Vietnamese cuisine for the first time and enjoyed getting to know them and my entree, Water Spinach in Garlic sauce and Green Beans.




MMCCOURTT asked if he could take a picture and shared it with me, thank you for sending this to me.

On page 20 in the SPARK book, I quote: "Locating your purpose and your deepest life intentions can help you move with greater clarity each day of your life. Your purpose is what defines your life..."



Sharing the benefits of restorative yoga in presenting the chair yoga class at 4:00 was the highlight of my weekend.

It meant so much to me and I ended up having enough blocks and straps for everyone who stayed for my class. I ordered 28 straps to bring with me to the Spark rally. Little by little, I am adding to my inventory of yoga props and it is my goal to continue to teach yoga when doors open and this helped me to build on my inventory of props to take with me to future classes. And this is "Saying It" like on page 24.

Did anyone get any photos of the yoga class that they would share with me, please?



It was amazing to meet Coach Nicole and she autographed my Spark book by writing: "Lee--
Great meeting you! Have a Sparked life! Coach Nicole"

KSIGMA1222 autographed my book: "Live Namaste' and INDYGIRL wrote: "Peace, love and Starshine"



At the party in the evening, HOOSIERGIRLINDY, LESSISMORE4ME and me:)



I liked the window seat and view from our room at the Microtel and wore my Spark shirt on Sunday.



I was hoping for more time to talk with INDYGIRL and we did over breakfast Sunday morning. INDYGIRL, SWDOTB2, KSIGMA1222, and LESSISMORE4ME.



And others joined us and we pushed the tables together and talked some more before saying our good-byes.



My husband, Doug and I stopped at a state park close to Florence, Kentucky on the way home and hiked. It felt good to walk before the five hour drive back home.

I'm so thankful I met so many amazing Spark people at this rally, so very thankful for life itself! And like I said, I feel so ALIVE!!!









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HILLRUNNER 6/6/2011 4:09AM

    Lee...
Sounds like a fantastic rally! Thank you for the report and all the pictures! Made me wish it was closer!! Well done!

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VALERIEMAHA 6/5/2011 11:21PM

    What a lovely and thought-provoking write-up on the Spark Rally. And wonderful photos.

Hey Lynn (Lynn and I met at the last Cincinnati rally)!!!

Om Shanthi,
Maha

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LYNNANN43 6/5/2011 10:16PM

    I felt like I was there, Lee! Thank you!

It sounds like it was such a wonderful experience.

I hope we cross our paths someday soon:-)

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PUGRAD1995 6/5/2011 7:03PM

    Great blog. I'm just now getting around to reading some of the others! Hope to meet up again at another one. emoticon

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TERJEGOLD 6/5/2011 5:10PM

    It's almost like being there with you. Fantastic blog!

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LESSOFMOORE 5/24/2011 10:48PM

    Lee, thanks for sharing the Spark Rally with those of us who were unable to attend. I just know you were emoticon !

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MCCOURTT 5/24/2011 7:23PM

    That was so nice, loved it! YOU can speak any time, really enjoyed your presentation, both here and at the Rally
Tom
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 5/24/2011 5:33PM

    Glad you had the opportunity to attend the conference. Maybe some day I will make it to one.

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CURBUR 5/24/2011 9:50AM

    Lee,

I'm so glad that the rally was a wonderful experience for you. I really wish that I could have been there to share it with you. I would have loved to see you take the stage with a real microphone and talk to a larger group (not counting the trees).

You are an inspiration to those of us on the South Bend team and
I' m glad that you had the chance to inspire others and to find inspiration in them.

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LESSISMORE4ME 5/24/2011 7:07AM

    The yoga class was great and who thought of taking pictures? Not me! Way too busy enjoying the experience. You were (and are) an inspiration to me. Your calm voice has permeated my thoughts during the sink debacle since I got home and so I have managed pretty calm. The sink is now fixed and I continue to dig out of the aftermath. But I digress. The park looks lovely and I too enjoy the outdoors (as you know since you saw me walking the golf course). Hope you are having a wonderful week!

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SWDOTB2 5/24/2011 6:35AM

    Dear FVHORVATH (Vicki): There were many moments throughout Saturday when I so wished you and other South Bend Sparkers could have been there at the rally... , look at the team called Rally Cincy Keeps Sparking on my Spark page if you want to see more photos and who was there and their photo blogs from the rally...(hugs)

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FVHORVATH 5/24/2011 6:26AM

    Lee, I am so glad that you had such a wonderful time. I remmeber walking and talking in hopes that all the"Sparkettes" would have been able to attend the rally. But due to lots of issues we were not able to join you. I sure would have like to go but you know the reasons.

The pictures are great! Glad you shared them with us.

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SWDOTB2 5/24/2011 6:07AM

    Dear Euphrates, Due to the long drive to return to South Bend, Doug and I arrived at the park (11AM) which was much earlier than you suggested (2PM) so I'm not sure if anyone else went to the park or not. It was such a GREAT idea, thank you and I'm sorry you had to work and understandably rest. I am an outdoors type and love nature. I prefer being in a woods to shopping at any given time. We've seen the sign for this park and were curious. I was surprised to see the memorial marker near the museum dedicated to Mary Inglis who I read about in a book called "Follow the River," by James Alexander Thom. We talked to several other hikers there as we stopped to watch two bison calves with their mothers. One hiker recommended James Alexander Thom's book, "Panther in the Sky." A handwritten sign stated that some of the hiking trails were closed due to the storm, the museum held some big bones and it is ironic that the weight of the animals made them sink deeper into the swampy earth around the mineral springs...causing their deaths, yet preserving their bones. (Must be all the anatomy in yoga teacher training, I've been studying bones)

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EUPHRATES 5/24/2011 1:08AM

    I am glad you made it to the park - I felt SO bad about missing it when I'd been the one to suggest it! Did anybody else show up?

*sighs* I didn't get to bed until 7am (if you remember, I had to go to work after the Rally for some mainframe maintenance, and we had problems...ugh), and totally slept through my alarm clock!

I really enjoyed your talk! Wish I could have made it back for the yoga (trying yoga is one of my goals for this summer)! It was wonderful meeting you!

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BRIGHTSPARK7 5/24/2011 12:37AM

    Beautiful! I do love the Spark book and Sparkguy's story is so inspiring. How wonderful to meet so many of the Spark community in person. You have me wondering if there is likely to be a similar rally in the Bay area of California.
Looks like you had a lot of fun. Amazing story of imagining yourself speaking in the microphone and how it came true. Magical.
And how lovely that you got to share your love of yoga with others.

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