Finally, a face to face meeting with Steph... It was like we had seen each other a million times!

Cafe Gratitude! What an appropriate place to share our first meal!


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"Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Follow the stream, have faith in its course. It will go its own way, meandering here, trickling there. It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices. Just follow it. Never let it out of your sight. It will take you ...." ~Sheng Yen

A few years ago after a very negative experience with my primary care physician, and with the help and support of a Life Coach and SparkPeople friends, I finally got the courage to seek medical advice about some of my physical struggles. I found I have a thyroid condition (hypothyroid) and a "severe" vitamin D deficiency. I am healing in so many ways -- joint aches and soreness diminished, more energy, hair and fingernails stronger...but, I continue to struggle with weight (possibly complicated by a high stress job). I am an ovo-lacto vegetarian, with a milk allergy. I also need to avoid too much soy due to the thyroid med. This makes eating more complicated in some ways, but simpler in others.

I seek patience with myself, but also persistence.

I am ever on this journey!

Member Since: 6/10/2006

Fitness Minutes: 3,481

My Goals:
I want to feel energized, healthy and confident to be of service to other beings in this life (and beyond).

Cardio 30 minutes activity 3-5 days a week.
Weights 2 times a week.
At least 5 fruits/veggies a day
20 minutes meditation more days than not.
At least 6 cups of water per day.
Being more mindful.
Living in the present.
Joy every moment!

My Program:
Vegetarian -- ovo laco (eggs and cheese only). Learning to eat sensibly and mindfully. Using SP planner to give me ideas. Lots of veggies, some tofu. I'm learning a new way to eat mindfully only what I need and when I need it - and with pure joy. Watch me learn how to keep my body healthy!

Daily meditation, gratitutdes, and affirmations to keep me motivated and soothe my spirit.

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Live and work in Lincoln, NE. Work as a Professor at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, teaching and researching leadership.

Spiritual practices of meditation and energy work keep me grounded!

Love love love music! Almost anything, but prefer mellow instrumental tunes, meditation music (Tibetan bowls, etc.) or acoustic folk. Some dabbling with guitar and singing but only for my own "entertainment!"

Love to read inspirational stories, personal journeys, healing books! Favorite book: Solar Storms by Linda Hogan.

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2 kitties -- Annika and Gracie

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    I like your new pics!!!!! :-) For some reason, I downloaded what you sent to my e-mail and it wouldn't allow me to open them after download. I've forwarded to work; might be that I don't have updated programs at home. Will let you know if I have problems at work too.

    So AWESOME to see you in-person. Enjoy the remainder of your vacation!!!

    1946 days ago
    Happy Solstice my friend!

    Wheeeeee...hope, Hope, HOPE...for the rendezvous of two wonderful friends!!!

    While reading the following, I noted two references to a list of leadership books...and thought of you:

    Yeah, project completed. It's really *lightweight* in the *Big* picture, but if you're interested I can send it to you.
    1950 days ago
    Read your e-mail, girlfriend!!!! :-)
    1960 days ago
    OMG!!! I hadn't read your most recent note. I will check with CJ & Lisa tomorrow. As far as I know, we are great for that night, but will also double-check with Ms. Beth. This is so awesome!!

    Should we look at a dinner out at Cafe Gratitude? Or do you prefer to do something at home? Need a place to stay that night?

    I'm so excited!!!!!

    1963 days ago
    Really? Maybe? Hopefully? I'm crossing fingers AND toes. PLEASE let me know if there's anything that I can do to help make it happen!!!! Yes!!! But I realize there's a chance it won't be ... we will let the Universe guide us, eh?

    1963 days ago
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