Friday, December 31, 2010

Good bye 2010.....Hello 2011...!


Goals for the New Year

I won’t say I am making resolutions. To say that I am going to resolve to do something is setting myself up for failure. If for one day I don’t do what I resolved to do, have I really failed or is starting back at it the next day okay? Instead, I will make goals. Reachable, attainable, but not easy, goals…the kind that one still strives and works for.

The list will grow as goals are reached. If we stop making new goals then we stop learning, growing and achieving. I hope to still be challenging myself until I am no longer able to think or breathe.

*Get my home the way I now want it for my children, my business and myself.

*CrossFit on a regular basis…no excuses…
unassisted pull-ups, hand stand and hand stand pushups, dead lift in the 200’s, run a half-marathon, pistols, of course the list there can be never ending….

*Run for a school board position and whether I win the election or not have a clean campaign in which I can enlighten others to the happenings in the district and encourage them to get involved. Either way I will still be active in every way possible.

*Zip line

*Metro Dash, Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder

*Become a facilitator for Love and Logic

*Get a couple more classes in.

*Might be vain but… Be able to wear a bathing suit and be comfortable in it.

*Stick with a Paleo diet

The past year was definitely a challenge but with incredible friends (new and old) and family it is behind me (as much as possible) and I am very happy. I have been in remission for 8 years. I complained about a haircut but there was a time I lost about two-thirds of it. I have so much to be thankful for and believe me I am.

Thank you to everyone for being in my life, I am a better person because of it.

Friday, November 26, 2010

I am Thankful for.....

I am thankful for…...

…..every challenge and obstacle that has made me a stronger and more confident person.
…… all of the wonderful new friends I have met and all of the old ones that I am fortunate to have in my life.
….. my beautiful, thoughtful and gorgeous children who drive me bonkers and brighten my every day.
…. the home we live in although very messy at times, it keeps us dry, safe and warm.
….. the families that entrust me with their babies and in turn gives me an income to provide for mine.
….. my health that keeps me going and lets me keep up with my children.

Next year I think I will have a Thanksgiving breakfast…. That way more people can come and visit. To many times it’s just immediate family that you see on a holiday. I’d like to enjoy it with friends as well. After all, they are my extended family. I don’t need the whole turkey deal to enjoy the day, it’s who you are with that counts. Hopefully you will be able to stop in!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and may you be truly grateful for all you have in life.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Water Bottle Warning... this is NOT a joke





Friday, Oct 22, 2010, at 11:45 am, a first grader (Age 6), got her tongue stuck in a metal water bottle in the school cafeteria during lunch period at a grade school in Exton, PA. The water bottle, a popular style, was distributed to her and her entire swim team as a gift earlier in the year.

The combination of suction forces and a screw-top edge inside the mouth of the bottle prevented her tongue from becoming dislodged. She was immediately ambulanced to Paoli Hospital. As her tongue continued to remain stuck, it swelled to a dangerous level and became discolored, causing potential airway blockage and permanent damage to the tongue muscle. The doctors continued to ask if she had a history of asthma, which would further complicate the situation. She did not have a history of asthma. She was then transported by helicopter to Dupont Children’s Hospital. The bottle was removed during emergency surgery. She was sedated and subjected to intubation.

It is now the afternoon of Oct 23, and she continues to be on intubation until the swelling level subsides to a non-life-threatening size.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

My Birthday Present


My Birthday Present

I am most fortunate to have everything I could need or want. It’s not the material possessions that matter. I have the most incredible friends and family I could want, friends that I can call at anytime of the night or day if I need to laugh cry or talk, excited or upset.


For my birthday I ask that you go out and do something for someone else. Smile at someone, just say hello, or pay for the person in the drive thru behind you. You never know whose life you may touch, change or soften. Just make someone else’s day better for no other reason than you can.


We all have problems or issues in our lives. When you’re having a bad day just remember there is always someone in a worse situation, take it in stride and move on. Learn what lessons you can from negative things and use them to make you that much stronger of a person. Some days are harder than others but there is always a good one right around the corner.


So, Happy Birthday to me and about 10 others that I know of that I share this great day with!! Have a fabulous new year, I know I will!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Why I Crossfit

Why I CrossFit

I have gotten many comments asking why I talk about CrossFit and working out so often. Why have I taken up running and yoga and finally, why do I post so often about it?

I was very unhappy with myself and what I had let myself become. Feeling tired was actually me just feeling and being lazy and even depressed. I used the excuse of not having the time, but always had the time for meetings, events and anything anyone else needed. My longtime friend, Jen was telling me about CrossFit King of Prussia where she and her family go, so I signed up for a free trial class and absolutely loved it. The energy Aimee Lyons had and the mini workout we did were awesome!

Was it scary to walk into classes not knowing anyone? Yes, it was, but the people are so friendly and welcoming that it is so much more than a gym. It is truly an extended family where everyone is proud of you and your accomplishments and wants to see you succeed and improve.

Does it work? Yes, one year later I am down two pants sizes and 17 pounds. I run, jump, lift, row, etc…. and am having an incredible time doing it. I have an optimistic attitude and the courage to try things I would have never considered in the past. I took the 30 day challenge and have completely changed my diet for the better. I love it so much that I joined a second box. I saw that CrossFit Delaware Valley had yoga so I signed up to try it out. From the moment I walked into CFDV, Rob Miller, the coach’s and members, introduced themselves and welcomed me, making me feel like I belonged and I was hooked. Having the flexibility of two schedules has helped me so much with my children’s crazy activities and making time for myself.

I do post a lot about it and some I’m sure get annoyed. I have gotten emails and calls from friends telling me that they have started walking or running and they love reading what I am up to because it inspires them to get up and get it done. That alone makes everything I write worthwhile. I know I have a ways to go and much to improve on, but, I also know that I will do it.

Want to get started? Tell me where and when, I’ll meet you there, work out with you and be your biggest cheerleader. Ready?




Sunday, August 15, 2010

Love

Love is never perfect, nothing is. Love to me is admiration, compromise, understanding, a new sense of happiness and being open to changes in your life. I have found new strength in ways I never imagined and have an entirely new outlook on life and what it is about. After watching the movie Eat, Pray, Love… I think the end hits home personally. Where there is a new balance in life and letting someone into that balance seems impossible, but, in order to have love you have to be willing to offset your balance and let someone into your heart and life. I don’t think that I am there yet but it was eye opening to see. One day I will be and I look forward to having those feelings again and accepting them.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

School Board Appointment


Last night, for the first time I had the courage and belief to put myself out there as a candidate for the Upper Merion School Board. I truly believe in the school district and the principles for which it stands on educating our children to the highest possibilities and giving the children the tools they need to be successful in life.

I was extremely dismayed by what I was a witness to. I am not so na├»ve to believe that politics wouldn’t come into play but I did think that integrity, promise and involvement would matter. I was appalled by Mrs. Kellett’s statement that “the appointed position is only a little more than a year.” As to say who cares and what are they really going to accomplish in that time. Attorney Morello’s comment after being asked what the candidate has done for the community, he has lived in the district for 33 years and owns a business in the district and employees people in the district. Well, I have 3 more years of residency and own a business in the district as well. If these are the only qualifications needed we could have a plethora of under qualified candidates there.

I understand why this was so politically backed with the referendum that will be coming out on the ballets. We are in desperate need of not only renovations, but a new school as well. Obviously, our reputation precedes us and our township is growing by leaps and bounds and we have the responsibility to keep up with it.

It is not that I wasn’t chosen that bothers me, it is that the person who was I don’t believe was the best choice for the job. I am not saying anything derogatory as I do not know him and he may be a lovely person. My issue is simply that it should be the best person that fits the position that is appointed. This will not deter me in any way from continuing to be involved and help in every way possible.

Hopefully, I will have your vote in the spring. I look forward to your help and encouragement in bringing our district to even higher standards of education for your children and mine.

On a side note: I have only included specific names and statements as they can be verified since this was a public meeting and will be aired on the school district channel. It is not to disrespect them in any way. These are who people voted for and those people deserve to know the truth.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Dating in the 21st century




I never thought that I would be 36 and in the dating world again. At first, just the idea of it was scary. Then, the thought that no one would want me because I have three children was petrifying. Another problem, I am not and have never been a bar scene type girl. So, with all of this, where in the world are you supposed to meet someone?

Yes, I tried meeting people on my own but with it all being new to me I think I was to focused on it and needed to just relax. I got an email one day about a dating web site and thought well, I definitely have nothing to lose. Let me tell you… there are some nice people and a whole lot of strange ones. Beware of the people that tell you how in love with you they are after a couple dates, or have you meet their parents or children.

Then, there is all the technology we have these days. It may make a lot of things in life easier but dating is not one of them! From cell phones and texting to IM and Facebook, whatever happened to talking on the phone or better yet in person? I don’t mind a text to say hello, I’m running late or I got home safe but I refuse to have an in depth conversation that way. Really, grow up and leave that to the teenagers.

The funniest thing that I have found is that some men are intimidated by strong women. Chivalry isn’t completely dead. Yes, please open the car door a couple times. Maybe even a pretty flower for a surprise, no more roses please. Just an FYI, it is not okay to send a lady you have just started dating anything from Victoria Secrets, at all. I don’t need to have someone, I would like to have someone that I can share new experiences and life with. I am very capable of taking care of myself and am not a damsel in distress and would like that to be respected.

Last but not least, yes, I like to work out. I love to run, lift weights and push myself to the limit. It is a new found passion that I pursue every moment possible. A “man” told me girls don’t do pull-ups or lift weights. I don’t think he could even buy a clue.

Now, I just live and love everyday with passion and joy and laugh at the experiences I’ve had. I’m positive I will meet that person who will make my life “complete”. Sure some days are harder than others but without a challenge life wouldn’t be worth living….

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Perspective




The other night I just said forget it, forget everything. Not words you usually hear from me but, this was a positive thing. In between working all day, taking care of the house and three kids, school, running to soccer, baton competitions and parades, girl scouts, CCD and ...well I am sure I forgot something, you just need to say we are taking the night off. It can really bring a beautiful perspective to life.




Scooters and stroller in tow we headed off to Genuardi's to pick up something for dinner and made our way to Valley Forge. All I could do was smile when my three children ran off through the field to the picnic table. Reminded me of a "Little House on the Prairie" episode. We were able to just relax, eat and chat which seems to be a lost art in this day. The kids even shared their food with each other.




Then the scooters came out with helmets. It was wonderful to just see them have fun, for free at that. They were brave enough to go ahead but still cautious enough to circle back to me. No computers, phones or video games, just my family.




We have hit an age where faster is better, more expensive and new are the normal and technology is a must. It is really a disappointment when a family cannot have a conversation, take a walk or stay in on a Friday night and play a board game together.




Being out there with the kids and hearing them say "Thanks Mom" really can put things in perspective. As we head into the summer you will find us out and about much more. If it is raining feel free to stop in and join us for a game or movie.




Life already goes by so fast... I plan on making memories everyday that my children will look back on and just smile and laugh fondly. If the kids end up saying "That was our crazy Mom... " it will be all the better.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A New Beginning



Wow, a funny thing happened to me one day, I woke up and I wasn't even asleep. Just wondering where my life has taken me because I didn't choose this route, at least not consciously. I guess that's what happens when you get married young and without your life goals in mind or even knowing what you would like to do or accomplish. I will never say that the last 14 years have been wasted for, if you know me, you know my children are the most wonderful accomplishment I could ever have in my life. They give me the desire to live and be the best person I can if for no other reason than being the best role model I can. I let them see me struggle and cry, smile and laugh. They understand at a young age that I fight for them and for what I believe in. There is nothing more important that that.

That being said, I am finding my goals and inspirations along the way and the things that I WILL accomplish in this lifetime. I want to be the strongest person I can be mentally, emotionally and physically. I will not be told again that I am weak or a quitter and those words will not be in my, nor my children's vocabulary. I WILL get the degree I want. I WILL continue to volunteer for different groups that I believe can and will make a difference in the lives of others.

I believe that the journey I have had was only steering me in the direction that I was meant to go so that along the way I could meet incredible people and have them touch my life and me theirs in whatever way was needed. I truly believe in "passing it on" in order to help others. The friends I have made are the most amazing, kind and talented people anyone could imagine.




As a single mother of three children, I am not unrealistic in that I will have hard and sometimes unbearable days ahead of me but know that I will learn from those as well and keep moving forward living everyday as if it is... a beautiful day.