Strange. It seems I could hardly breathe. Strapped in my ski boots almost 12,000 ft. on the Mountain range in Breckenridge, Colorado, something seemed awry. A novice, I spent most of the morning learning the nuances of skiing while my daughter snowboarded. Feeling accomplished, I decided to have a sumptuous lunch.
35 Minutes later I rushed back to pick up where I left off climbing higher with my guide. Strange though…I could hardly breathe. Starting to feel weak and out of breath, my guide reacted quickly and explained that I was experiencing mountain/altitude sickness. Confused, discouraged, and rather disappointed, I reluctantly responded to medics who eventually escorted me down via the gondola.
Downhearted yet trusting, I spent the rest of the afternoon watching the experienced and other novice skiers rise higher to steer their way down the slope. Being an openly adventurous person with little or no fear to take risks, that was my first encounter with altitude sickness. Will that stop me? Never!
Snow! White! Powder! Can’t wait to get to the Breck again! It’s totally epic!
Tears in the night..awaken to the voice of the weather forecaster’s prediction of “Lots of sunshine; everything remains calm”. Calm I say? Calm? How can everything be calm?
Only a day before terror skirted the environs of the happiest place on earth…Orlando. A place now scarred by the insane. A place now recorded as the deadliest nightmare in U.S. History.
Tis sad. Questions reign. How? What? Why?
Mourn we must. But then after, we must take courage and turn our questions into acts of Valor. Acts of strength to survive. Acts of boldness, togetherness. Only then will we be able to dispel fear. Together we move forward. Together we rebuild.
I bought this piece of artwork in Mombasa, Kenya, East Africa during a visit. I have loved the piece ever since. It’s very simple. Didn’t break the bank but for some reason I like it a lot. I guess maybe it’s due to its simplicity.
Looking at it it tells a story that can be interpreted however I like. I could critique their dress. I could ponder what they’re talking about? Are they preparing for a fight? Going hunting? Or simply learning from each other?
No matter what, the simplicity of this photo sparks my interest. Not only that, but it also is a reminder of a trip to a beautiful land. The land of Roots.
If we were having coffee right now I’d tell you how much I still love my delicious black tea. It seems I am never able to quiet my desire for that soothing hot taste. The drive and energy it gives reinvigorates my day. Sometimes I sneak away for fear of those questioning eyes saying…”what’s up with her and her constant commute to the coffee machine”? Forget them I say! I work more assiduously when I’m fully dosed up!
If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that I’ve started this …well not really started but revamped my blog. That said, WordPress has this amazing Blogging University which is available for those who are interested in pushing their personal writing careers up a notch. So I decided to enroll and have been doing so for the past six months. The thought came to me after I published my book on Success Strategies and considered it an advantage to share insights on success, inspiration and motivation to those who need a lil push to get things underway. Through enrollment in different courses, I have learned how to fix my blog just the way I like it. Mistakes do occur, but I stealthily correct and am now able to put thoughts and ideas into my nonacademic writing.
If we were having coffee right now I’d tell you that I’m even into taking pictures! I love candid shots! Never been a fan of ‘posing’ (I’ll save that for when I am on the runway)! Pictures bring life to my writing! Hence my childlike interest.
If we were having coffee right now I’d tell you that my love for travelling, and taking in the breathtaking view of the sun, sand, and sea has been reminiscent of my past memories of my youthful years. I now make haste to use those weekend scurried days …being a workaholic and all (confession – smile). It’s no secret that pulling away forces our thinking skills to greater heights. So I have decided to reconnect with nature’s streams, rivers, and sea.
If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that we need to do this more. Meeting with you my friend provides that insatiable desire to bare my heart, my soul to someone who understands life’s simple things void of embarrassment. So cheers to you my coffee mate! Soon we shall surely meet.
A workaholic, insatiable learner, and serial volunteer. That’s what I do when I’m not writing. I volunteer in activities that contribute to the growth and personal development of individuals. My passion is connected to my vision to see a world where individuals can become successful, however they define it. So I invest the time to speak with individuals and groups throughout the local, national, and international community. Totally satisfying!
In search of being refreshed, I recharge through family play and engaging in the world of film. I hunger for movies. Drama, sci-fi, action, comedy, love…, it doesn’t matter, it all works! It reboots my mind. And when it’s done, I’m able to return to my past-time, to write.
Here ends my tale of writing, and not writing.
Gaining the distance from words, enabling fresh perspective. Florida’s beauty ignites joy, swims, laughs, and a time to play.
I love writing letters. Turning my thoughts into letter form is stimulating. Most of all the satisfaction comes through it being uninterrupted. I write to my love, my kids, my friends and most of all…my God.
At times letters go unmailed.Oft they may even be ignored. This has not been a problem because my feat was to clear my head. Pause, take a second or two, and read a letter written a few months ago.
I commit to remain open to the globe’s amazing secrets that can only be discovered through reading, writing, and exploring.
You study, study, study, and at the end, you are lucky enough to discover the greatest gift of education: that you know nothing at all. -EJ Koh.
Knowing nothing at all. That has been my experience. Armed with more than one Masters, one Bachelors degree, and even a Doctorate; I have concluded that the more I learn, the more there is yet to learn. Never-the-less, I commit to remain open to the globe’s amazing secrets that can only be discovered through reading, writing, and exploring.
1, 2, 3….Open my eyes wide so I can see…..
In order to Succeed, we must first believe that we can.-Nikos Kazantzaki
A blank slate can be a crucial link to achieve success. We are free to do whatever we want. Like a child, we are free to start anew, afresh. Free to go in any direction . So even when you’re afraid, take the step. Move forward, but first… believe that you can.