Friday Favorites

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I love working with and training dogs. But the past year and a half I haven’t worked with ours much. It’s showing. Sometimes things in life require attention, and that’s been the case for me. But now that life is normal and okay and good, it’s time to get back to working with the dogs.

What I think I love most about working with dogs is the relationship, the teamwork. Just think about it-another species of intelligent animal wants to engage with humans in work and play. Blows me away!

I also love watching dogs figure things out. I particularly love scent detection work. Watching a dog find scent, then follow it to source, then tell his handler, “Hey, it’s here. It’s right here” fills me with wonder every time.

Below is a video of one of my favorites of Jack’s searches from Nose Work class from May 2013. This was a tough hide, but he worked hard, never gave up, and found source.

Playing Catch Up

This seems to be a week of playing catch up. I’m totally off schedule with my blog posts. Feel like I’m way behind on sleep. Can’t keep straight in my brain even what day of the week it is. Sometimes life just gets too busy, and I totally let myself get sucked under. 

So I’m going to spend the rest of the week trying to practice mindfulness, to be present in each moment, to explore what each moment teaches me. 

Right now I’m on the Music City Star train on the way home from work. The gentle sway and rhythmic clickety-clack of the wheels on the track are soothing after a long day in the clinic. 

How do you make yourself slow down when you get caught up in the busyness of every day life?

Fifteen for Thirty Yoga Challenge

Starting today, I’m challenging myself to practice 15 minutes of yoga every day for 30 consecutive days. Besides the physical benefits, I need the prayer and meditation time. Call me nuts, you won’t be the first, but my lack of attention to my physical health has negatively impacted my spiritual health. I think  it all goes back to self care and treating the body as a temple.

So, anyone want to join me? #15for30

Friday Favorite

Three words: Brittany Farina Art. Love her work. Love her style. Love that she gives back to animal rescue.

Go here to check out the coloring book she created to support Southeast German Shepherd Rescue. And what about this one she did for Amazing Grace Horse Sanctuary-beautiful!

I bought this tee shirt, necklace, and magnet a few months ago. They are gorgeous! IMG_0570

 

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Can’t wait to get the order I just placed for two of the coloring books, a tee shirt, and a pair of earrings.

If you order, use coupon code fam-and-friends for 25% off an order of at least $20.

Is there an artist or craftsman whose work you admire?

When Writing is Hard

This week writing sucks. I hate my story. I hate trying to make the plot work. I hate even thinking about it. I don’t want to even look at the file.

But I wrote a little bit today anyway.

I had to.

I’m a writer.

What do writers do when writing is hard?

They write.

Friday Favorite-Sunday Edition

Yikes!! Forgot to post on Friday, and forgot to schedule a post for today-so this is late. 😦

But all I have today is a video. An amazing video. I share because after just a few days this video has done at least as much as six weeks of physical therapy.

 

Don’t be put off by the 40 minute run time. You will think it’s only been 10 minutes when you finish. And don’t be intimidated by “yoga.” Jen Hilman, the instructor, puts you completely at ease. I’m a yoga novice, less than novice, and I got so much benefit from this routine.

Do it. I double downward dog dare you.

Rediscovering Yoga

Saturday morning I attended a yoga and write in for Camp NaNoWriMo. Until Saturday I hadn’t practiced yoga in decades. Wow! I felt amazing afterward. So much that I’ve done at least ten minutes of yoga everyday since. 

I’ll definitely be posting more about this in the future. 

Have you ever practiced yoga? Do you have a type of physical discipline you just can’t do without?

Sunday Round Up and Goals for Next Week

Last week was mostly a bust. At least after Wednesday. I did meet my word count goal of 4k words by bedtime Tuesday. I actually had over 5k! I did blog three days. But on the work out front? Big old fail. I did do my back PT exercises one day and about five minutes of a yoga video one day. But I was sick most of the week with a sinus infection.

So, let’s move from the land of unmet goals to the land full of possibility, AKA next week.

  1. I want end Friday with 10k words on my Camp NaNo project.
  2. Thirty minutes of yoga three days during the week.
  3. Walk thirty minutes three days during the week.

No reason I can’t meet those goals.

 

And, speaking of Camp NaNo, we have an awesome local leader who has planned many events for us throughout the month. Unfortunately I’ve only been able to attend one event. This morning she had us to her house for yoga and write. Three of us participated. We spent about forty five minutes doing some very gentle beginner yoga. Many years (a couple of decades actually) ago I practiced yoga on a daily basis. I realized today how much I miss it.

After yoga we did a thirty minute word sprint. So awesome to write with friends. Great fellowship.

 

Friday Favorites

Today I have two faves to discuss.

 

Camp NaNoWriMo

First up let’s talk about Camp NaNo. For writers the whole NaNoWriMo phenomenon can be either supremely inspirational and motivating or completely overwhelming. The concept is simple-write a 50,000 word rough draft of a novel in one calendar month. The big National Novel Writing Month is November. Writers from around the world gather in person and in NaNo chat rooms to challenge and inspire each other to write, write, write. The mantra for many participants is BICHOKTAM. It means butt in chair, hands on keyboard, typing away madly. Personally, I love it.

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So where does Camp NaNo come in, you ask. Good question. So for those who either can’t get enough in November or who can’t participate in November or who just want a little less intense version, Camp NaNoWriMo comes to the rescue. But for Camp NaNo, participants group together in cabins, private groups of writers who cheer each other on. Each participant has to create a project and set a goal. It works with the user’s main NaNo log in info. It’s up to each cabin to create their own activities, meet-ups, virtual write-ins.

This July my goal is 20,000 words on my kitlit project tentatively titled For the Love of Grendle. Yeah, I stink at titles. Seriously.

The cabin I’m part of rocks. I don’t think any of us are writing the same genre. We’re a mixture of age groups. Some of us are unpublished while some are published. But we’re all cheering for each other and celebrate even the tiniest of successes.

Honestly, I think I’m having more fun than in NaNo of 2014 when I wrote like the wind and won a few days before the end of the month. I suspect I’ll be a fixture in Camp NaNo world.

Wine in Grocery Stores

Now, let’s talk about wine. I’ve never been much of a drinker, since college, anyway. I have three remaining of a six pack of Guinness I bought probably four or five months ago. And, Guinness is my favorite beer. But on July 1 a law we voted on a couple of years ago became effective. Grocery stores can now sell wine. I haven’t bought wine in years. Not because I don’t like it or have anything against it. Just don’t like to drive out of my way to make another stop at a liquor store. When I did the shopping on July 1 I decided to support the law I voted in favor of and buy a couple of bottles of wine at Kroger. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy a glass of wine in the evening. And, hey, wine (in MODERATION) offers several health benefits. You can do a Google search for that one. There are a bazillion links.

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What are you particularly enjoying right now? Have you discovered a new product or service you’re excited about? Share in the comments. And if you have any wine suggestions for me, I’d love to hear them.

Midyear Review 2016

Using Lisa Jacobs’ guide that you can find here, I spent a couple of hours this morning looking back over the past six months. Though the exercise is designed specifically for a creative business, something you could market on Etsy, I chose to use the exercise as more of a life plan check up.

It was eyeopening.

I was brutally honest with myself. I admitted that all I want to do is to write, not make jewelry, not weave chainmaille, not really anything else. I know the odds of making it as a writer. I’ve heard them all my life. That’s why I quit writing for so long. Why fight the odds? Why battle the fear, the procrastination, the anxiety?

Because it’s all I want to do.

I know the stats, and I know how hard it can be.

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There was a lot more to the review. I learned a lot about myself. I wrote down what it is I crave in life. I think most people crave similar things-purpose, joy, hope.

I started a blueprint to help me reach some goals in different areas-financial, mental, spiritual, relational.

Do you have a life plan? How often do you review your goals and how to get from where you are to where you want to be? Are you living in fear like I have been most of my life?