Happy New Year

I’m feeling fantastic today!  I spent the final night of 2015 in quiet reflection… looking back at my goals for 2015, and planning what I will do in 2016.  For some, NYE is a party night and that’s ok for them but I believe it should be spent doing what makes you happy. (If partying is your thing, that’s great; it’s just not my style.) I much prefer solitude and being in my home with my thoughts and dreams.  I had a lot of time to reflect and really tease out what is important to me, setting my why and purpose and praying for the grace to be consistent and go after my dreams.  I deserve it and I only have one life to live.


I began my night of reflection with gratitude.  I am truly blessed and am especially grateful for:

  • my family, first and foremost (including my furry girls!)
  • my health
  • my intellect and drive to have a strong worth ethic
  • my home and the comfort it brings me
  • my “summer life” which includes boat life (extending into 3 seasons)
  • nature
  • my talents and hobbies
  • my faith in all that is good and the knowledge that I am responsible for my choices and outcome of my life
  • AdvoCare and the vehicle that offers the ability to change my circumstances
  • a current job that pays me well
  • the hope for an even better future; one in which I don’t dread Monday morning, rather celebrate it

Here’s to not only dreaming but action as well. Let 2016 be my best year yet!!

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Home Stretch

It’s hard to believe that 2015 is almost done and the new year is close to arriving!  It was a great year and I’m beginning to think about what I want 2016 to look like. I’m reflecting on my year and in some ways it was the best yet!  Each day during these final weeks I’m going to touch on something that has impacted me and stands out. For now though, I’m jumping forward and want to extend an invitation to you to join me in getting healthy and fit in 2016!!  I’m committed and dedicated to my purpose and want to help as many people as possible meet their goals as well.  Jump over to this post to see what it’s about.  I’ll catch up later with the start of my daily  posts to take us to the new year!


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So very proud and in awe of my friend, Randy “Zip” Pierce who has just completed an awesome accomplishment. He has successfully climbed 48 4000 ft. mountain peaks in the New Hampshire White Mountains this winter. It is a feat that has only been completed by 46 other humans, however  he is the first person to ever do it with a guide dog…. Randy is completely blind. I have always admired his attitude and positivity, even when things were not going well for him. He has faced some physical challenges in his life, yet, never one to wallow in self-pity has risen above his challenges and faced them head on. Our friendship dawned through our love for the Patriots and our favorite player, Tedy Bruschi.  The moniker that Randy himself created and attributed to Tedy’s play, is a true testament to how he himself lives his life: Full Tilt, Full Time!  Congrats, Randy and Quinn.  You truly inspire me to push forward despite any challenge that may come my way. I know that I can overcome any task one step at a time, thanks to your example and determination. :-)

Visit http://2020visionquest.org to read more about Zip and Quinn’s incredible story and be inspired!



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School vacation week: ahhhh!

It’s amazing how the start of school vacation week feels.  Leaving work at 2:30 on Friday afternoon (rushing out to go for a mani/pedi…) I can literally feel a weight lifted off my shoulders. There’s such a feeling of optimism and bliss at the start of a vacation week. Unfortunately, the sense of doom descends on the final weekend as one gets closer to going back, however, right now, I’m climbing UP the hill!  Tonight, we’re heading to Foxwoods on a bus trip with friends from the Madeira Club but for today, I’m cleaning and enjoying the feeling of knowing that I have a nice week of  “semi-retirement” ahead. :-)  It was a challenging week at school to say the least, but I believe that my new way of looking at my work week (staying until 5:00 unless I have a class or appointment), will help me compartmentalize my life more.  This week, it’s all about my home and doing the many things on my To Do list here. When I go back to school on the 27th I’ll focus on school things.

Right now.. I’m enjoying the  sense of CALM that being home brings …..


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Randy Pierce wins $10,000 Teva Life Agent Award

One of my dear friends and biggest inspirations, Randy “Zip” Pierce has been chosen as the winner of a $10,000 award to help him meet his goal of hiking all of New Hampshire’s mountains by 2020. Not a small feat for anyone, but especially for someone who is completely blind. Randy never lets his disability dissuade him from doing anything and is one of the most positive people that I know.  Read about it here. http://www.pitchengine.com/free-release.php?id=60140

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Spring is in the Air!

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged here but I’ve been busy with some personal issues which have taken up my time …. (don’t worry, it’s nothing bad!) I’ve put my time and energy into my health and my family.  It’s finally spring and it’s a time of new growth and new life. I’ve got lots of things that I want to work on and get back to.  It’s the time of the year that I yearn to be outside and to work in the yard. I’m anxious to get my hands in the earth and start working on my garden.

First up will be clearing away any old brush from last year, uncovering my rain barrels and harvesting some beautiful compost from my bins to enrich the soil. Soon,  I’ll be filling pots with early hearty annuals and sprucing up the flower beds. My organic vegetable garden will follow.

As for indoors, let the decluttering begin! My daughter’s room has become the storage space for odds and ends and the things that I took out of my room when we redid the floors.  My bedroom now contains the bare minimum and it’s a welcome change. (Of course, it resembled a mini library with all of the books that I had in there before!)  My dream house would definitely have a cozy room full of windows and books, just right  to curl up and read,  with a pot of tea,  great view,  and my furry girls.

I’ve undergone some surgery this past year so physically, I’m not in the shape that I like to be in and I need to take it slow but since the rains have stopped and the Great Flood of 2010 has past, I’m taking advantage of the mild temperatures and sunshine and have been walking with my new Sketchers  Shape Ups. I’m anxious to get out there on my bike soon too. 

As always, I like to be healthy inside and out and spring always lights my fire. It motivates me to get outside in the fresh air and take care of business.

Oh Yah… lest I forget.. Beto’s new Baby… Soon to be dubbed Kelsea Leigh II

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Ability and Inspiration

What a tremendous love between a father and son…

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Life…. :-)

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

~Michael Jordan ~

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