EarthFit Special- A Magical Evening With Loreena McKennitt

My favorite musician is a Scottish-Irish Canadian who sings ballads and poetry with the most ethereal voice I’ve ever heard.  I don’t use that word often, “ethereal”.  In fact, I think the only time I’ve ever used that word is to describe my favorite music artist.  Last night we had our third chance to see her in concert, and we got to spend another magical evening with Loreena McKennitt. Continue reading EarthFit Special- A Magical Evening With Loreena McKennitt

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 48: Leaving Oregon

I was going to try to be all poignant and significant with my post, and relate my packing and moving to fitness and conservation, but to tell the truth, my brain is a little fried from the whirlwind of news and last chances and the actual packing and moving.  We are leaving Oregon and if I’m being brutally honest here, it couldn’t come soon enough. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 48: Leaving Oregon

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 40: Haiku

I have some homework I need to do for my Naturalist training that I am avoiding because of all the rain we’ve been having.  I need to do a sit spot, but sitting still for even just 20 minutes is similar to yoga, and we all know how I feel about that.  I also have to finish my Trail Head Talk, which I’m not completely worried about because I already know what I want to say, I just need to write it all down so I don’t forget the little details.  But one thing I was asked to do that I got inspired to complete was a haiku.  It didn’t have to be about the refuge, or being a naturalist.  But of course, when inspired to do a haiku for a Naturalist training course, it’s bound to be nature related. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 40: Haiku

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 28: Positive Communication

A discussion with my husband reminded me of this topic, and I figured this is as good as any day to talk about Positive Communication.  I am starting to become more and more frustrated with society due to our negative tendencies.  And I realized something significant about Animal Training and Human Communication.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 28: Positive Communication

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 25: Giving with the Heart

If you are a devout and dedicated EarthFitter, than you may be aware that a main component to EarthFit is what I call “Experiencing Nature”.  Getting outdoors and connecting to the earth in healthy ways is the core of EarthFit, and there are dozens of ways to foster a better appreciation for nature and the environment Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 25: Giving with the Heart

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 18: Networking and Self-Promotion

I am probably the world’s worst salesperson.  I swear.  My sister?  She could have sold ice to an Inuit.  My dad is a world class businessman who networks like nobody’s business, to the point where we can be on vacation and he will make a potential professional acquaintance.  My mom is great at customer service.  She is so genuinely helpful and considerate.  Not that I don’t think I possess any of these traits to some small degree, but I definitely was not cut out to be a salesperson. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 18: Networking and Self-Promotion

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 14: Happy Heart Day

Most couples celebrate February 14 as Valentine’s Day and surprise each other with chocolates, flowers, and expensive dinners.  While I understand this particular “holiday” is to celebrate love, I tend to call it Happy Heart Day, and do things that feel good for the heart, mind, and soul. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 14: Happy Heart Day

Special Dedication- 1000 Days of Art

In 2013, my husband embarked on a challenge for himself and his passion.  He decided that he would challenge himself to do some kind of art, whether that be painting or drawing for at least 30 minutes each day.  Every day.

Chris has always been inspired by the masters, and knowing those masters have dedicated their lives to their craft, and knowing they did their art every freaking day is what MADE them masters, Chris wanted to emulate some of their principles. Continue reading Special Dedication- 1000 Days of Art

Workout at the Park

When Chris and I first moved to Oregon, we found a little park not too far from our apartment that has benches, a playground with monkey bars, and seemed secluded enough to allow some “privacy” while working out.  Then we joined VillaSport for the summer and when we left Villla, our workout park seemed…different.

 

It seemed to have grown crowded by annoying types of people. People smoking (weed), people who didn’t pick up after their dogs (ewww), broken glass on the ground (c’mon, people, KIDS play here), and folks who just let their kids walk up to random strangers and talk to them while said strangers were trying to get their workout on.   Last weekend we hit our limit on how much we could take when we tried to do a circuit workout but with traffic on the road, and then stepping in dog poo during the workout, we were finished with the park once and for all.

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Winnie Memorial

I can’t remember exactly how old Winnie was when I picked her up from my co-worker’s place.  She was just a scroungy little kitten though. Gorgeous tortoise shell coloration, long hair, and piercing gold eyes. I wasn’t allowed to have cats at the apartment I was then renting, but Winnie wasn’t my cat anyway.  I put her in a crate with a towel, placed her in the front seat of my car, and started the 8 hour car ride back to South Carolina.   Continue reading Winnie Memorial