July 2007

A delightful spa escape

Weekends are a special time to do things we treasure. Of course sometimes we have to do things that must be done, yet it’s important to make time for ourselves to renew our spirit and enthusiasm for life.

Twelve things that might make your heart sing.

1. Bake your favorite dessert and share it with friends or family, who can resist a treat?
2. Treat yourself to a massage.
3. Spend part of the day outside at the beach a favorite park or botanical garden.
4. Go for a long walk
5 Ride your bike with a friend or family member.
6. Lie in a hammock and read a book you have been longing to read.
7. Go to a museum display you have been wanting to see.
8. Listen to your favorite music…this is guaranteed to make your heart sing!
9. Explore a new neighborhood or place you have been longing to see.
10 Walk around the farmers market and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells then buy some healthy food to take home.
11. Go to a baseball game.
12. Go to a movie with an old friend.

Whatever you do, make time for your heart to sing with pleasure!


Tim and Faith on their Jeep concert poster

I am deeply impressed. I went to the Faith Hill and Tim McGraw concert last night…Wow. It was an incredible performance, and a moving experience to see two people so genuine, so talented, and so deeply appreciative of their fans. I have been to many concerts and never have I seen two people strive to be so caring to their fans.

First they had an outstanding set up, the stage was in a cross style so that the audience was close to them from many many places. It made the entire concert experience feel that much more intimate and amazing. On top of that each of them several times went down into the floor section of the audience and touched peoples hands, hugged them, shook their hands and let them take photos. It was truly moving to see two performers with such grace and warmth. They truly love their fans and it shows.

The two of them performed for nearly three and a half hours. On top of that their warm up group the Warren Brothers, from Tampa….yah Tampa natives.. did a nice long set, probably a half hour before Tim and Faith began. It is far and above the best concert I have ever attended and I will certainly see them again when they return to Tampa. They are two deeply beautiful spirited people and it shows in their performance and the love they display to each other and their fans.

I know you’ve heard this before….take the time to do meditation. It is time for your body to slow down, time to breath deeply and twenty minutes to care for your spirit. I had heard this MANY many times and for a period of years on Guam I did meditate nearly daily, I also did it in Hawaii, but then when I moved to Germany and was living with my ex fiancee my alone time was at an all time low and to top it off we lived in a one bedroom flat. So the truth is that I didn’t meditate nearly enough… and in retrospect, that time in Germany was a time I REALLY needed it.

Living in a foreign culture can take a toll on you. It is mentally taxing, it can be emotionally taxing and and your home becomes your haven from the chaotic learning experiences you often face. Would I trade those experiences? Not at all, I loved the years I spent living in Berlin. I had so many amazing adventures, I met wonderful people and I traveled all over the globe. It was both fantastic and draining.

This last year and a half I have made a conscious choice to make the time for meditation. I find that even after just twenty minutes I feel refreshed. My body feels different, better… and so does my spirit. It is absolutely astonishing to me, even with my prior meditation experience what a difference I feel.

I have tried meditation in a lot of different forms, I used to do my meditation with a verbal chant I would repeat. Now I have found a wonderful CD that I ordered online from a medium, who I had a reading with from Australia. His name is Anthony Grzelka and his CD is by far the best I have found. The CD includes three separate meditations two are approximately twenty minutes and the third he calls a nano meditation, it is ten minutes. I have used this CD for a year and a half or more and find it to be exceptional. It is both uplifting and calming. I can feel a difference in the vibration of my body when I finish the meditation and my mind feels fully refreshed and at peace. His sexy Australian accent doesn’t hurt either! You can find Anthony’s Whispers Guided Meditations on his website http://www.whispersfrombeyond.com.au

The island of Guam

There are moments and places that we hold close in our hearts forever. No matter how much time passes we remember the beauty of those sweet experiences. Guam is that place for me. It’s memories flow over me, my friends, my lovers, the beaches, my favorite bars and the laughter and love I shared on that island. Those three treasured years of island life forever changed me and changed the direction my life would take. May you find that place, a place you treasure that brings your spirit and your heart to life and helps you determine your direction.

My mom and dad at around age 18 in front of my dad’s car.


Today I found the coolest article and message board on MSN Money. http://www.msn.com/moneyThe message board is called Women In Red. It is a message board of women encouraging women to SAVE MONEY! The people on the message board support each other with a variety of positive feedback regarding what they may have saved. They are also using the boards to share tips and ideas for saving money. Apparently from the article I read the members of the Women In Red Savers saved a TOTAL of 200,000 in six months!! Some people are saving just a few bucks at a time, twenty here, ten here and learning how to really save and plan for the future. Others are living on one pay check and trying to save the majority of the second. Either way it is so cool to see other women supporting each other and really trying to devise ways to save and think of the long term future and their big goals!

My friend Myscha and I do that with each other in our own lives. You can read her ideas and tips on her web blogs, <strong>http://trekhound.wordpress.com</a> and http://webesharin.wordpress.comI loved finding today’s article and the message board of women supporting each other, that is what life is about finding ways to support and care about each other and make our lives better! Check out the Women in Red Saving message board at MSN Money.

Last Night at the Rays Vs Yankees game.

Last night I went to watch the Yankees play the Rays. I also went tonight and watched their second game. I had very different seats both nights…home plate last night, and third base tonight…. but I had a repeat of an experience that I’ve had twice before during spring training at Legends Field. Tonight I had a very rude man sitting two seats away in the row in front of me. Is it just me or when you pay good money for an event it seems reasonable to expect the people around you to have enough respect to BE REASONABLY QUIET!

I kid you not, this guy was yaking NON freaking stop for about seven of nine innings! The only time he was quiet was when the people around him left for food and drinks and he had no one to chat with. God help me but when you pay good money to see a baseball game isn’t the freaking idea to ACTUALLY WATCH IT??

I can’t even say it depends upon the section you sit in. I had the very same experience happen to me during spring training sitting ten or so rows behind HOME PLATE. That time I had two business men conducting business in their dress shirts for two innings until I got really irritated and moved a few rows to get away from them. Fortunately that day the seats were open enough to do that. Tonight it was packed and the farthest I could move was three seats, and that only lasted about three innings until the other people showed up. Another day it was a man yaking on his cell phone for about two innings. What is the point of being at a game if you aren’t even watching it?

Tonight what astonished me even more was the fact that the people next to him didnt say SHUT UP!! One woman who was with a group, did end up leaving for an inning and then sitting in a different seat away from him. But then when her friiends went out to get a drink HE MOVED DOWN TO SIT NEXT TO HER AND TALK SOME MORE. God Almightly… there is actually a baseball game to watch! Isn’t that why we paid the money to be here?

My next grumble is regarding people getting up or down in the middle of the play or the middle of the inning. The rest of us are actually TRYING TO WATCH OUR TEAM PLAY. So would a bit of courtesy be out of line for goodness sake? My last bitch before I sign off is a simple one, KNOW YOUR FREAKING SEAT NUMBER BEFORE YOU GET TO YOUR ISLE. Especially if you are showing up MID GAME! The people next to me and I shook our head after about a half dozen different groups came into our section TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHICH SEAT WAS THEIRS, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PLAY!!! Give me a freaking break and have some common sense and manners.

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