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Happy and healthy…

33 days to go until the official virtual online book release for Secrets of the Marriage Mouse.  The adrenaline is flowing and massive amounts of details and last efforts are in play to make the book launch as successful as possible.  

Many around me have had the “crud” which seems to be not so easy to shake as a common cold.  I have babysit all 4 kiddos in the past week, Ted is sick, and still I am chugging away.  I have been paying particular attention to my health as I know what’s required of my mentally and physically to cross the September 25 finish line.

So today is a good time to blog about is the importance of your physical health.

Simply put, I want to say and have you realize how special it is for you to be alive and the reason for that is because of your physical health. 

Good health and a strong body is something for which you can give a very special thanks. 

Where can you start? 

Let me give you an example of what I do. 

Every night before going to sleep, Ted and I express to each other 3 things for which we are particularly grateful that day.  It’s interesting what comes up and it gives us an insight into what has been important for our partner during the day.  At our ages, health comes into play more and  more often ~ especially since I am scheduled for a colonoscopy next Wednesday!   Wow..I can hardly wait for next Tuesday.  I may be wishing I had a computer in the bathroom by the end of the preparation!!!!

Each and every day, I say to myself: “I am so gifted, grateful and thankful because I am alive and in perfect health.”  Now, I know some of you are bored with my harping on the importance of health.  Having had my health seriously compromised in 2000 and then having a tap dance with colon cancer immediately put the value of health into an entirely different category.  

Health is the one thing in my life I will never take for granted again.  We all do it to often.  The body is such a magnificent structure and it has earned my respect, admiration, and now I’m trying to be more devoted to its needs.

It is wise that you do something similar, whatever feels comfortable for you, to be thankful and grateful for regarding your body and physical health. 

Another way of showing my appreciation is by taking care of my body and physical health. I’ve been neglecting this part of my life since The Book took over so much energy and so many hours.  But that ends.  We have canceled our membership to a health club which is far from our home in favor of one which is about 6 blocks away.  I’m excited as I can get in some walking exercise to and from the club rather than exercising the car keys and having t0 deal with traffic.  

Ted just finished reading a great book called Culinary Intelligence by Peter Kaminsky.  It’s next on my reading list.  Practical ways of thinking about food for people like us who love to eat and love to cook.  More about less is more and especially when using only the finest ingredients we can find.  

So working on the food issue is next for me.  I do really well consuming gallons of water and I have no issues sleeping.  Check those areas of your overall health as well.  

For you, do what works best and what you feel comfortable with. If you’d rather jog than walk, then jog but do some form of exercise that you can sustain. The same is true with how you eat and sleep. Different things work for different people. 

The main point I want to make is for you to take care of your body and physical health. Your body is always giving you feedback in the form of signs and symptoms as to whether you’re being grateful and thankful. 

No matter how you look at it, your body and physical health is the central point of everything you do. 

When you’re grateful and appreciate the many different things in your life, your body responds and rewards you. 

Even when things are not going the way you would like them to, always take the time to give back to your physical health. 

No matter what is going on in your life, you can always overcome it and the most powerful way to begin doing that is by having optimal physical health. 

Be grateful for who you are. Be grateful for those around you… 

And be grateful for the fact that you’re alive and contributing so much to the world through your amazing uniqueness. 

And so life goes…on and on
Chaney

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Back from Alaska…

We have just returned from a fabulous trip starting in Vancouver and ending in Anchorage.  Amazing sites along the way and lots of time to relax, recharge, and renew.  I was able to catch up on some intelligent and thought-provoking reading while I was gone. 
3 things come to mind today.
 
1. The Rock band, “The Who”
 
2. The album they came out with in 1978 entitled, “Who Are You” (which is also a song on the album)
 
3. My actual question to you…”Who are you?”
 
Now you may be thinking about why I’m asking you this question.
 
This is something that’s very important for you to think about. It can and does determine the type of life you want to live.
 
While this may seem like just some 3 word question, it goes way beyond that.
 
As interesting and quite often surprising as it may seem, many of the situations we find ourselves in has to do with not knowing who we truly are.
 
Even though at our true core selves we do know, our actions say otherwise.
 
What do I mean by this?
 
If you find yourself saying, “I should”, “I have to”, “I’m supposed”, “I need to”, that is a sign that you’re not doing what is true to you.
 
Now you may be in a situation where you are just doing something you don’t want to be doing.
 
This is understandable. We’ve all been through this. 
 
But is this becoming your life pattern?
 
Or are you comparing yourself to someone else thinking they have a better deal than you?
 
Even though it may seem on the outside that someone else has it “better” in their life, you do not ever want to come from the mindset of, “I wish I could trade places with them.”
 
Even though they may be doing something you would love to do, you don’t know what else is going on in the different areas of their life.
 
Just be yourself, whatever that is for you.
 
Live your life by, “I love to”, I’m inspired to”, “I’m blessed to”, “This is what I’ve always dreamed of”, and your energy shifts and with that energy shift, the rest of your life.
 
Makes me think of an Oscar Wilde quote…  “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”
 
No matter what you do in life you’ll always be dealing with shifts and challenges, the pleasures and pains, the giving and taking, the ease and difficulty.
 
Even though there’s no getting around this for anyone, wouldn’t you enjoy it more if you’re doing what you love and being true to yourself?
 
Interesting how certain things play out when you are willing to play full out with your life. 
 
What may seem like a low point in your life currently may be the very thing you need to break through it. At first, things may not go as planned but as long as you stay with it, while being true to yourself along the way, you have a very high probability of living the type of life you’d love to live.
 
And you’ll also show how magnificent of a person you are and the tremendous amount of value you contribute to the world with your uniqueness.
And so life goes…on and on

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Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver..

What a glorious first night in Vancouver.  This hotel is over the top.  How can we have been so lucky to have had the Four Seasons all filled.  The Four Seasons recommended we try this hotel.  Their loss was absolutely our gain. 

Last night’s dinner at Le Crocodile was one of my top ten dinners anywhere in the world.  Of course, having the hotel take us and return us in their beautiful Bentley set the stage for a pretty amazing evening. 

I have pictures but will will until I return as I don’t know how to download from my iphone to this blog. 

This is shaping up to be a fabulous trip!

More from the boat…

 

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North to Alaska…

All right.  I will admit it!  This Book has consumed me.  I’ve been writing and working at my desk for hours and days and months upon end, dreaming book stuff in my dreams, writing, editing, researching, reading, re-reading, more writing, editing, etc etc etc for most of the last year.

Pile on top of the book writing, the massive amount of work to market a first book from a first time author and And I’m Pooped!!  There haven’t been very many times in my life I have publicly or privately admitted I’m tired.  This is one of those times!

Switching topics and switching gears for a moment…for probably 20 years taking a cruise to Alaska has been on my Bucket List.  I have long admired the National Geo photos, nature documentary, and Discovery Channel shows about the Northwest Passage and that big beautiful expanse that we call our 50th State.

 

So leave it to sweet, thoughtful Ted to book a cruise up the NW Passageway and into Alaska.  We leave TOMORROW and I’m so excited I can’t contain myself.  This is a long-time dream come true and spending this time in beautiful Alaska and making memories with Ted is a good as life ever needs to get.

I will come back with batteries recharged and fully ready to take The Book all the way to and over the finish line!!

 

Cheap Alaska Cruise

We each get to travel life’s journey one time…make the most of your trip!  It has taken me a few years to learn to live life full out. Powerful lesson to learn and I’m glad I learned it sooner than later or never at all.

BON VOYAGE!

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