Category Archives: Accomplishments

40 before 40


So this past Friday, I turned 35.  Age has never bothered me and each year I take some time on my birthday to reflect.  This year as I reflected in light of what my life is going through, I thought how important each day is and that I should make the most of each day because as the Bible states, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” James 4:14.

With that thought in mind, I am stealing the idea from a friend and creating a 40 before 40 list.  This will be a list of 40 things I would like to accomplish before I turn 40.  To stay on track, I must complete at least 8 of these things each year.

Here is the list so far:

1. compete in a Disney race

2. learn to decorate cakes

3. create a family cookbook for Maddie

4. attend a painting class

5. sew a dress for Maddie

6. watch the sunrise on the beach

7. take a Disney tour 


































So I still need a few things to fill my list.  What are your suggestions?


Fallen off the face of the Earth?


No, I haven’t fallen off the face the Earth life has just been full of lots of crazy unexpected turns! I don’t want to make this a super long post so hope to over the next couple of day fill you in on all the unexpected turns.

First update has to do with my jogging progress. When I push myself, I can complete a mile in 11 minutes and 30 seconds. Without pushing it takes my about 12 minutes and 30 seconds. With the heat of the summer, I have not been doing the intervals of 1 minute walking and 1 minute jogging for the entire 3 miles. Instead I have been doing speed walking of 3.5 to 4.0 mph and throwing in a 1 mile interval a couple of times a week just to make sure I am maintaining a 11:30-12:30 mile. With the start of school, I have also added 20-30 minutes of elliptical each morning.

I met my first short-term goal – to get to 200 pounds! I meet that goal and exceed and maintain that goal for one month now. My last weigh in on August 1st I weigh 198 lbs. So I rewarded myself with a day at the spa with a facial and a full body massage. I haven’t been back to weigh in on the doctor scale but think I may be down to 196.

Thank you to all for their support and encouragement…46 more pounds to go!

Today’s journey 30 minutes at 3.0 mph.

The good, the bad, the tired…


The good:  Due to the holiday I had my bi-weekly weigh in a little early.  In nine days, I lost 1 pound.  Yes ,I am happy about the lost and not a gain but hoped it would be a greater number.  So now I am one pound away from my first short-term goal and a day at the spa.

The bad:  I continued with the 1 minute jog and 1 minute walk intervals today, but lacked the motivational drive I had yesterday.  The first mile 12:01 the second mile 13:06.  The first I am okay with the second I am embarrassed at but at least i did it.

The tired: My body is trying to adjust to new medications, in addition to me working, and trying to enjoy summer.  Anyone who knows me….knows that I am and always have been a burn the candle at both ends person who doesn’t know how to relax.  For the past 3 mornings I have been waking up at 3:30 in the morning unable to fall back asleep.  I am not usually a person who stops during the day, yet alone takes a nap.  But today not only did I take 1 nap but I took 2.  I am still feeling a bit tired but may take advantage and grab a few more naps to catch up on sleep this week.

Pushing to the Limits


Today I started new intervals: 1 minute jog and 1 minute walk.  I know that when I walk I don’t push myself but today I was given the motivation to do it.  I did 1.5 miles in 17:39.  But I felt my butt had been kicked.  The challenge has been given to complete a mile in 11 minutes by the end of next week.  I am  not one to give up but just don’t know if I have the drive in me to push it to the limit.  We shall see.

Plateaus, Pushing on, and Progress


About a week and a half ago, I was DONE!  I was ready to retire my running shoes.  Now by nature, I am not a quitter so I found it difficult to deal with my thoughts of stopping.  I don’t know why I no longer wanted to do it…I was tired, frustrated, overwhelmed and a million other excuses.

It was then that I was reminded of the power of friends and encouragement.  I appreciate those who are there helping me to better myself.

I am happy that over the last 2 weeks i have lost the 2 pounds I gained and an additional 2 pounds.  I have only 2 pounds to go to reach my first goal.  Once I lose those two pounds, I will reward myself with a day at the spa.

Due to Tropical Storm Debby, I did 30 minutes on the elliptical.  I miss my jogs!

You’ve come a long way baby….


Today is recital day…there are a few things that I knew will come true today:  1.  It would rain and 2. My girlfriend would get sick and miss the recital.  So far I am 3 for 3.

As a little girl, I dreamed of being a ballerina.  Due to an injury when I was 3, it was a dream unfulfilled.  When I found out I was having a precious princess, I must have purchased every outfit that had a pair of ballet slippers on them or looked like something a ballerina might wear.

Although eager to impart my passion for ballet to my princess, I had to wait until she was 3 to enroll her in the combination class(acrobat, ballet and tap).  We were blessed to have a wonderful teacher, Ms. Jenny, who the princess adores still.

1st Recital 3 years old

Fast forward 2 years….in addition to her combination class, and her Introduction to Jazz class; the princess earned a spot on the competition team.  There was a time at the beginning of this dance year that I didn’t think my little perfectionist would make it, but she pulled through.  She realized that she didn’t have to be perfect but she did have to practice daily and do her best.

Tonight she danced five dances on stage.  She was amazing and I was proud to see how her hard work her made her a better dancer.

3rd recital 6 years old

Here is to many more years dancing as long as she enjoys it.

I Hope You Dance 

By: Lee Ann  Womack

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty-handed

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance
I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances but they’re worth taking
Lovin’ might be a mistake but it’s worth making

Don’t let some hell-bent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance
(Time is a wheel in constant motion always)
I hope you dance
(Rolling us along)
I hope you dance
(Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder)
I hope you dance
(Where those years have gone)

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance
I hope you dance
(Time is a wheel in constant motion always)
I hope you dance
(Rolling us along)
I hope you dance
(Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder)
I hope you dance
(Where those years have gone)

Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder
Where those years have gone

Today’s exercise consisted of running back and forth between the theater and dressing room to change the princess into her multiple costumes both for rehearsal this morning and recital tonight.



Happy anniversary to my parents. Today they are celebrating 39 years of marriage!

Here is hoping that the best years of their life are to come!

It was another fantastic Friday morning! Went for a sunrise run and kicked butt on the first mile completing it in 11:55. The second mile wasn’t as great because I had to slow the pace due to setting off my heart monitor twice. That mile was completed in 13:27.

Father’s Day


Daddy’s Hands by:  Holly Dunn

I remember Daddy´s hands, folded silently in prayer.

And reaching out to hold me, when I had a nightmare.

You could read quite a story, in the callouses and lines.

Years of work and worry had left their mark behind.

I remember Daddy´s hands, how they held my Mama tight,

And patted my back, for something done right.
There are things that I´ve forgotten, that I loved about the man,
But I´ll always remember the love in Daddy´s hands.

Daddy’s hands were soft and kind when I was cryin´.
Daddy´s hands, were hard as steel when I´d done wrong.
Daddy´s hands, weren´t always gentle
But I´ve come to understand.
There was always love in Daddy´s hands.

I remember Daddy´s hands, working ’til they bled.
Sacrificed unselfishly, just to keep us all fed.
If I could do things over, I´d live my life again.
And never take for granted the love in Daddy´s hands.

Happy Father’s Day to the dad of my precious princess!


Happy Father’s Day to my dad and the Princess’ Papa!

No time to hit the park for a jog today, Instead did the elliptical for 30 mintues.

The Race


I did it!!!!!!!!!! I completed the 5k in 44:48, meeting my goal of doing it in less than 45 minutes.  The journey doesn’t end here though…a dear friend has already issued the challenge to complete the next 5k in less than 42 minutes.

I have been so focused on physically preparing for the 5k, that I didn’t give much thought to organization that was hosting the event.  I arrived at the race site an hour before start time and stood and watched the many people began to gather.  People who were sporting not only their racing bib but also pinned to their shirts, written on the shirts, or held in their hands pictures and names of many lives forever changed by cancer.  Some were displayed in honor for those whom cancer couldn’t take and others in memory for those who fought hard but lost.

I began to think of my life and how it has been forever changed by such a nasty word – CANCER.  I smiled when I thought of my grandmother who has overcome three different bouts of cancer.  I laugh when I think of my dear friend Susan who has also beat her cancer.  But the tears began to trickle when I remember my grandfather who we lost 10 years ago to prostate cancer, to Papa Richard who just 2 months ago passed from cancer and many others that seem to far outnumber the survivors I know.

As the tears trickled down and I continued to look around, I was drawn to a group I saw forming wearing bright orange T Shirts.  Ironed  on the front in white letters were the words Team Judy.  As my eyes followed up the shirt, I saw the face of a husband who lost his wife ( a dear family friend of ours) to cancer less than a month ago.  I was overwhelmed.  What a touching thought to see family and friends so deeply hurt by cancer rally together to raise support to try to prevent someone from having to experience the pain they have.

This is definitely a race I will do again next year.  In fact I may organize a team and even have the princess join me in the run.