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When My “Can Do” Attitude Went South & I Sparked On
Friday, February 28, 2014      14 comments

Ten minutes after my Dear Husband flew out of town for a business meeting our bedroom smoke detector started chirping. It is, of course, the highest smoke detector in the house. It sits ten feet in the air on a wall supporting a cathedral ceil... Read more
My Do Nothing Strategy
Wednesday, February 19, 2014      12 comments

Lately I'm noticing my hunger more. Especially at my personal "witching" hour, 4 pm. There are many reasons I get hungry then, and sometimes I have a light snack and leave it at that. But often I think my "hunger" is because I am disengaging ... Read more
Saturday, February 15, 2014      8 comments

Sometimes the last thing we put on our schedules is time for fun, recreation. I saw this once: re-creation. A little hyphen forever changed my view of taking time off to play. I realized how much I need recreation to energize and redirect ... Read more
What Olympians and Sparkers Have in Common
Thursday, February 06, 2014      10 comments

• We show up regularly and focus. • We set the bar low at first and gradually raise it. • We practice, practice, practice and repeat. • We find and ge... Read more
Thursday, January 30, 2014      11 comments

Next week I head into year three on Spark. I’ve been maintaining in a healthy range for a year and a half and while I am proud of this accomplishment, I also know I must be vigilant. I weigh myself at least a couple times a week, recording... Read more
Sparkin' Before 6 AM
Saturday, January 25, 2014      10 comments

Up before dawn, checking in with Spark. It’s amazing how many Spark points I can accumulate before 6 am! I am reminded that I need 60 minutes more of active exercise today to meet my weekly goal of 200 minutes. Ah, the sweet little naggi... Read more
A Day for Just Me & My Clutter
Thursday, January 23, 2014      17 comments

“Clutter isn’t just the stuff in your closet. It’s anything that gets between you and the life that you want to be living, whether its in your home, in your head, in your heart, or on your hips.” -Peter Walsh I love this quote. I am think... Read more
The Power In "Pause"
Thursday, January 16, 2014      10 comments

One of my favorite words these days is PAUSE. It works for food, of course. Eating doesn't have to be a rush. Picking our food doesn't have to be a rush. We can "take a minute" and ease into our decisions. Likewise neither do we have to... Read more
What Are We In Support Of--What Are We FOR
Thursday, January 09, 2014      13 comments

This morning I read a quote that really resonated with me: "Everything that you are against can be restated in a way that puts you in support of something." I thought I'd play with that idea about some of the things I focus on while I am... Read more
Choosing Our Conversations: An Experiment
Friday, January 03, 2014      12 comments

Awhile ago I gave a talk to a group of over-50 year olds interested in wellness. My hope, in addressing this group of strangers in hard seats, was to explore the relationship between living an intentional life and being healthy. ... Read more
Always Something Worth Noticing
Saturday, December 28, 2013      8 comments

I found this beautiful essay in the NY Times yesterday and am sharing it here. It's a reflective essay about writing and life. As a writer I often feel I get to "live twice," once when taking in an experience and again when I revisit it to wri... Read more
Baby It's Cold Outside: Heading Out to Play
Wednesday, December 11, 2013      7 comments

Brrrrrrr! It's really cold and wintery outside. Of when the weather is like this I build a fire and settle in. But not today. I'm itching to be outside. So I'm going to bundle up and just do it this time. Ten minutes, 15, who knows how far I... Read more
27th Wedding Anniversary: Ups & Downs
Friday, December 06, 2013      12 comments

It's a happy day for my husband and me. We were married 27 years ago today. Since then we've had our ups and downs as any couple does. Today it is hard to think of anything but the good times and the rich container we call "family" with my th... Read more
December: Savoring the Season
Sunday, December 01, 2013      10 comments

Well here is DECEMBER. One of the things I notice about this month already is how rich everything looks--color, lights, and of course food. It is not an easy time to think of "sparing" myself things. I thought I'd start this month by reme... Read more
Organizing My Head (and Heart) for an “Intentional” Holiday Season
Sunday, November 03, 2013      12 comments

It is the beginning of November and I feel like I’m slowly climbing up the steps to the top of a big slide called, THE HOLIDAYS. The ride, while exhilerating, often goes too quickly and feels rushed. Today I am breathing in, breathing out,... Read more

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