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His lordship and me on a cruise around Nova Scotia in September 2005.





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The Journey Matters

My husband and I recently had a weekend getaway to Jackson, Wyoming. While looking through cards at the Nature Center's gift shop, I ran across one with a beautiful picture of a misted autumn forest on the front and the text "Listen to the Earth... How softly it speaks in the misty, quiet woods." I was touched first by the picture. Trees are my most favorite things in nature. I feel more at home in a forest than anywhere on earth. And I KNOW that experience of listening to the earth, of hearing ...
My husband and I recently had a weekend getaway to Jackson, Wyoming. While looking through cards at the Nature Center's gift shop, I ran across one with a beautiful picture of a misted autumn forest on the front and the text "Listen to the Earth... How softly it speaks in the misty, quiet woods." I was touched first by the picture. Trees are my most favorite things in nature. I feel more at home in a forest than anywhere on earth. And I KNOW that experience of listening to the earth, of hearing the earth speak to my heart in quiet whispers.

But more than the picture and the words on the front of the card, the name of the company on the back of the card took my heart hostage: The Journey Matters...

I NEEDED that confirmation that my life, my journey matters. That irregardless of whether anyone ever reads what I've written in a blog, I've given voice to the unique pilgrimage that has been mine, recorded my wanderings and my wandering-offs, so to speak, so that I won't forget that there HAVE been places on my path, forks in my journey where I've CHOSEN the right paths for me. Including this one at Spark People.

And so I have reset my goals and am recommitting myself to lose a REASONABLE amount of weight by our 40th anniversary in April 2012 when we are going to Hawaii.
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My Goals:
I had lost 43 lbs. and was feeling terrific. Having gained some of it back over the course of the last two weddings (I mean years), it's my goal to get back where I was and lose the 20 lbs. I was shy of my goal.

I'm not nearly as fit now as I was before I lost the weight, even though I weigh less, so I need to get back to the place where I feel physically more energetic and have more stamina.

I've realized over the last two years that sweets are my biggest problem. The meds I'm on for hbp and diabetes sap my energy and so I constantly feel like I need the carbs to pep me up. gotta get THAT under control.

My Program:
I'm staying away from soda and other sweets. This is a bad time of year to do that, but I'm giving it my best shot.

I've also gotta get out and take a walk every day. Before the weddings I was walking three miles every morning. Then I just stopped. Not good!

Personal Information:
I'm a devout Tolkien fan! I love to read the classics (Austen, Dickens, etc.), My favorite author is Clive Cussler (adventure novels) followed closely by James Rollins. And I cross stitch a lot.

I've had the luxury of trying my hand at many different things. I've been an office manager for RCA, a counselor at a Crisis Pregnancy Center, A kindergarten teacher, managed a small copy shop, and was a church secretary on the side for 22 years.

I've raised two great kids (Bran & Stef, both married now and relocated to the east coast) and have been married to my college sweetheart for 35 years. All three of them graduated from college together in May of this year. Yep, even my hubby!

I'm tired now. Time to focus on me for a while.

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I ADORE anything Celtic!

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AANGEL3
9/5/2014 12:43:54 AM

Yeah. I'm still feeling the effects of it. But I hate to give writing time, so I'm fighting though it right now.

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A_RARE_BEAN
9/2/2014 5:07:12 AM

Absolutely, the same trauma you feel when you realise life isn't fair, you will have to hustle if you want anything and that following the 'rules' doesn't always get you to where you wanna go. A degree and over 12 years work experience yet no one will hire me.. not even a supermarket pfftt lol, whatever I hire myself!! Now I just need to pay myself... with something LOL. It's all part of growth I guess, we all grew out of santa claus now I just gotta grow out of perfect human ;o)

Hope you're doing well



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ARCHIMEDESII
8/29/2014 1:08:22 PM

Hey, Lady !

It's a wild turkey. They are all over Boston. I just happen to have one living close to me. And they are fearless. The one I took the photo of we think is female. friends and I are pretty sure a male would have chased us away.

but yeah... wild turkeys roam the streets of boston. emoticon



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A_RARE_BEAN
8/27/2014 11:34:48 AM

No of course not, we are the masters of our own lives so no one has to have anything. Do what makes you happy and live the life of your choosing, if that is sans dream then *shrug* I doubt anyone would be upset by that.

I think it's also in the interpretation of the word, dream always conjures up ridiculously high goals that seem unachievable.... I simply interpret it as desires...today if you'd have asked me I would have said puppies and rainbows...and rain I like rain, or to find something to smile about everyday.

There is one thing I do know though..whether you have dreams or not, whether you live a charmed life or not, life has disappointments a plenty for all of us, there is no escaping it if you wish to experience the human condition. The only people I have heard of who straight up no longer experience certain human emotions are Bodhisattvas...of which I personally do not wish to be one. I accept life, all of it, and have no fear of disappointment, it simply is a part of the tapestry of our human experience, which is what we are here for...so they say.



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A_RARE_BEAN
8/27/2014 4:35:28 AM

Structure is a bit of a seesaw for me too to be fair. I realise that in general as a lifestyle I do much better without it, ie I die and wither having to do the same thing every day, be in the same place. I need the freedom to adapt and go with what I prefer that day. BUT that being said there are some things I need stable, like I have a better day when I'm up and busy by 8am, when I get the stuff I don't want to do done by 12pm then I enjoy the fun stuff more than if I do it the other way around.

So I think structure has it's place, and a loose structure is something I need personally but doesn't suffocate me like 'normal' structure does. Balance, it's all about the balance, which is different for each individual I guess. Others would find my loose structure a chaotic nightmare!



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