Move It Monday and Fitness Interview

Hi Blog Friends,

It’s Move It Monday so let’s do this. I’ve got a few tips here for you and then I want to share the Interview that Yvette from Priorhouse invited me to do in December. Thank you again Yvette. She has a wonderful site so please do visit her.

I know a lot of you started out gangbusters with a plan on January 4th. Take note, I didn’t say January 1st because I’ve been in the industry too long to know that ain’t gonna happen unless you have exercise in place already. If you are one of the few that started, kuddos to you! We all know the best time to start is NOW but if you are like most people I know, you really won’t start until February and workout equipment becomes a coat rack soon enough. Don’t let that happen to you!

Start Today January 11th with some easy steps. The junk outta be almost gone and if it isn’t freeze it if you trust yourself not to go digging in after it or THROW IT OUT!!!!

If you need your why (we all need one~ soul search). Your why has to be deeper and truly imortant to you, to keep you motivated.

Here are 5 reasons you need to get to it:

1. WEIGHT CONTROL: Helps to lose fat and build muscle

2. KEEPS YOU HEALTHY: boosts your immune function

3. ENERGY: boosts serotonin levels and oxygen flow

4. MENTAL HEALTH: Mood Booster, sleep better, stress relief

5. LONG-TERM HEALTH: Lowers cholesterol, heart function etc.

Here’s your beginning workout for the year.

Ready or Not: Here we go!

This is easy peasy so you’ll have NO EXCUSES not to Move It!

Get your workout shoes on, dust them off an walk to the mailbox and back. Go a little further 3- 4 days a week and gradually work towards daily walks. Work your way up to 30 minutes in the next couple of weeks. Too cold to walk outside? Jog or walk in place, go up and down the stairs, turn on a video, go to one of my Youtubes or anyone elses for that matter and start with 10 min and build up from there.

Ignore my make shift music and wrong yoga terminology. Ollie my yogini Cat doesn’t miss a workout, so sorry in advance. Let et me clarify my favorite blogger. You are all amazing and an intricate part of my day and my favs, He just happens to makes me laugh more than anyone which I appreciate during these crazy times. God knows we laughter right now. Don’t miss our collaboration on Fri-Yay Funday!

Ready to take it to the next level?

Follow the workout Bombay Ficus put out last week that is great and requires No Equipment.
It’s AWESOME and I’m going to use it next week when I start back to teaching. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Interview with Cindy Georgakas @ Uniquely Fit (Ideas for ending 2020 with Zest)

Good Morning Readers,

Today I want to share the Priorhouse Interview with blogger Cindy Georgakas.

How did this interview come about? I met Cindy when she was featured on Kally’s Middle Me and was inspired by her positive energy. The other thing that stood out was how she has been in the health and fitness area since the 1980s.  This level of expertise and understanding of the human body is impressive. She also brings joy to the blogosphere.

My favorite post from Cindy’s blog (so far) is “I’ve got your back” with some excellent tips for spine/posture health, sitting tips, and helpful stretches. 

Interview: 

Cindy, Thanks so much for saying yes to an interview. Can you tell us some of your history and what you do?

Thank you so much for inviting me, Yvette. It is my pleasure to be here.

I am a Fitness and Life Coach, Personal Trainer, Group Ex Teacher teaching Yoga and bootcamp, Craniosacral and Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, and a Music-as-Medicine Facilitator.  I also have a team of therapists and teachers that generally work with me, but due to Covid, we are on hold with that piece of our practice. 

Whew…. You might be asking, “How does one person do all of those things?”  

The short answer is that when you have been doing this work for as long as I have, diverse pathways continue to emerge and you trust and then go where you are called.  I’ve been in the field for 35+ years (that makes me sound a little younger, lol), and I have been regularly practicing right here in Woodside, California (40 miles south of San Francisco) where I was born.

My blog, Uniquely Fit, was born out of my passion for fitness with the premise that every person is unique, different, and each individual’s needs must be honored. Life is meant to be shared and I hope that my blog posts provide some pearls of wisdom and Aha! moments that give meaning to your day; perhaps a chuckle, something to ponder, growth, light, insight, and joy.

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Cindy, An interesting thing I took away from your interview on Middle Me was how you started your coaching and health/fitness practice around the same time as Jane Fonda. This stood out to me because the first aerobics class I ever did was with a Jane Fonda cassette tape in 1987 – which started with something like –   “You want to have your running shoes on because you won’t want to stop and put them on during the session.” – and lines like, “Get those knees up there.” – haha – So reading that parallel life connection with Jane Fonda was cool. How does your career parallel to her stuff and anything else you want to expound on with this – ?

Interesting question, Yvette – and first, that is such a fun Jane Fonda memory! 

 I wasn’t an activist or actor like Jane Fonda, but I did perform in a dance comedy group in San Francisco in my 20’s for a few years before opening my studio.  As a Recreational Therapist who struggled with my weight, I saw this as a tremendous opportunity to open when Jane Fonda opened hers. I shared her love of fitness and dance and staying in shape, which is what we had in common.  Her studio was  in S.F. and I opened mine about 20 minutes south of the city in San Mateo, Ca. Fitness studios were popping up all over our area at the time. Classes were one hour consisting of a warm up, waist work, arms, aerobics, gloor, abdominals, legs, hips, thighs and buttocks ending with a stretch cool down. We used those same lines, “knees up”, ”reach”, “higher”, “squeeze.”  We also had a lot of “whoo hoos” and cheering to keep everyone motivated while using mostly body weight and dance moves.  Those were fun days and I employed the BEST instructors.  

Then.. I’m front and center doing the splits, Note the fro and perm with leg warmers in the day. My mom is behind me second from the right. My mom is my biggest fan!
Now: Dyed my hair when all my kids turned out blonde

Cindy, do you have any tips for the readers on balancing work and family life?

Yes, indeed!

  • Take good care of yourself first and foremost, which is easier said than done.
  • Remember you are not Superwoman or Superman. You are human and you need time for yourself as well.
  • Make a schedule and stick to it and plan in time for the unexpected, much the same way as having a money fund for an unexpected event.
  • Create a support network as it takes a village to stay strong and fortified.  My mom and step dad were AMAZING parts of my support system! Before I decided to get pregnant again, I would ask my mom, “Are you ready for another grandbaby?”  Without her, I would NEVER have had more children.  Now my mothers asks, “When is someone going to get married and have kids so I can be a Great Grandma?” Also, I was fortunate to have a career that allowed me to adapt my hours to my kids’ schedule and I had an incredibly supportive husband; he was as hands on as I was while raising our kids.
Teaching Pre and Postnatal Exercise Classes with my daughter Blair

Those are great tips and what spoke to me was the reminder that we are not Superwoman or Superman. In today’s culture, we tend to put so many demands on our schedule – busy-busy, go-do – and many forget to rest and decompress. Cindy, can you share wisdom from a life lesson?

I had owned a fitness studio for two years and we started out gang busters in 1981 when we opened.  We built it out with beautiful wood floating floors, with electrifying graphics in red and purple, and we had the very best team of teachers – who I trained along with a consultant I hired.

A few staff members in the studio

Our location was marginal and I say that to emphasize, Location is EVERYTHING.  If you haven’t heard the famous saying, it is “Location, Location, Location” and in the brick and mortar business world it is everything.  I wanted to be in Burlingame, just 10 minutes away, which was perfect but I couldn’t get building permits etc.

I was young and naive and had a great following, but we started out with six classes a day, which was way too much with overhead costs.  I ended up giving a lot of free classes and one thing I learned is that people need to value what you give them.

Note Prices then 1 class 5.00 Prices Now: 15-30 per class

Cindy, I know what you mean about “not valuing” free things. Sometimes free means “disregard.”  For example, we once heard about a community center that had people tossing free, entire hamburgers and full drinks into the trash. Rather than giving those items away for free, they started to charge a quarter for hamburgers and drinks, and there was less waste.

Yes. When something is free, people usually do not value it.  Also, at that time, I had my first baby and my commitment and time constraints started shifting. As instructors didn’t show up, I had to get certified in more and more classes to assure the show would go on, which was stressful.  We were in the red and struggling. The writing was on the wall but this was my first baby, so it was tough to let it go. Finally, we decided to sell the business, which was heartbreaking – but the business was unsustainable.    It turned out that the new owners ran an illegitimate massage parlor, which we had no idea about until they were paddy-wagoned out a year later.

At the time, the whole thing was devastating but it turned out to be the best thing ever and the increase of income was insurmountable.  Traveling to people’s homes and them coming to me, was much more lucrative without the overhead of a storefront business.

The Glory Girls (No Guts No Glory) in Home Studio Now

As the 2020 year is winding down and some folks might be thinking about health goals for the coming year -do you have health and wellness tips to offer?

I would say:

  • Don’t wait for 2021 to start, DO IT NOW.
  • Take small steps to build habits and instill more long lasting health benefits.
  • Do some kind of activity daily for a min 30 min.  Aim for an hour but if you can’t do that, do 10 minute increments. Cardiovascular activity is important for your heart health. Think walk, run, bike, dance etc.
  • Do some kind of strength training either with your own body weight or small or medium to large weights 2-3 days a week, and do stretching everyday if possible.
  • Meditate or do some breathework daily. I love Yoga and Tai Chi because they are moving meditation.  I also like to do a daily sitting practice of about 15 minutes to train myself to do nothing, which is no easy feat.
  • Music and chanting are also wonderful gifts for the soul.

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And where on your blog should they go for more information if they wanted to connect with you?

I blog monthly about fitness on my blog site and add videos.

Please feel free to visit me there at uniquelyfitblog.com

My website is uniquelyfit.net and I continually add new fitness and yoga videos on Youtube:

Thank you so much for your time here at Priorhouse blog.

Thank you, again, Yvette, for inviting me to be featured on your invaluable site.

As a Health and Wellness Professional, I am inspired daily by my clients and friends who continue to inspire me to be my best self! One of my favorite parts of blogging is sharing thoughts openly and candidly in support.

To all readers, Remember that “Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal” so do not put off what you want most for what you want now.

Many Blessings,

Cindy

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My top takeaway was Cindy’s call to action. 

Her reminder to NOT put off what you want most and the advice to not wait for 2021 to start is something to consider. Start some new habits “maybe this week” and don’t wait until “after the holidays.” 

Start something today.

End 2020 with some Zest.

Sometimes our health and wellness needs have to be addressed right now – no matter what the season.  Maybe pick one thing from the list of suggestions and get moving – like do some breathe work – try meditating – or start following Cindy’s blog for some ideas – and especially be sure to check out her “Fri-Yay… Funday!!!”

And this short YouTube wvideo will give you some ideas for giving your body a lift right now – 15 minutes of an investment in you:

  • Okay- Any notes for Cindy regarding what she shared? 
  • Any photos from the post stand out to you? 
  • Any plans for your health and wellness goals for 2020 – maybe something to start this week?? 
  • Or any tips you have for ways we can end 2020 with some zest? 

Thanks so much for visiting today and please remember to like (if you do of course), comment and or share. So much appreciation!

❤️

Cindy

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Burn Baby Burn!!!

Burning Bowl Ceremony: Usher 2021 into Fruition

As we usher in the New Year it’s important to reflect on 2020 to release whatever emotions or patterns might be holding us back from moving forward.  

Take some introspective time to reflect if you haven’t done so already and see what you need to let go of and what you want to birth this year in 2021.

While we are so ready to say goodbye to 2020, it seems we are a long way from where we were before the Pandemic started.

Eager to move on with a vaccine being slowly distributed but not there yet, and we must do our due diligence while moving into the year with the unknown.  And we all know the unknown is one of the hardest places to hang out in.

This is my annual ritual I do in groups with clients or alone.  Both are awesome.  You could even call your support circle together outside or hold a Zoom meeting and do it together online.  You could also do it with me below and turn the video on and off while you complete each step.  It’s very powerful and I haven’t missed a year for 35 years and I started the tradition with my family as well.  

New Years Burning Bowl with the Family

9 Easy Steps to Usher in the New Year and clear out the debris from 2020

  • Sit in meditation at your alter and light a candle, some incense, a flower and bell and root and ground for a few breathes or a long meditation.  These 3 things reminds us of the impermanence of life as we know it.
  • Write down all the things you want to let go of from this past year on a piece of paper.  This is your chance to get them all out of your body and mind and on to paper.  Anything at all that has a hold on you. Ie: anxiety, anger, depression, jealousy, frustration, loneliness, hurt, resentment. It can go on and on and don’t stop until you have written each one down. 
  • BURN IT!  Yes, burn baby burn.  Let it all go and feel it release far and away from you physically and metaphysically to create space inside for what you want to manifest in the New Year.
  • Write down what you are grateful for:  I know this might be a tall order for some of you with loss and the challenge from last year but it is really important because Gratitude produces more abundance in your life.  There are always things you can find even in the most dismal of times (yes, even in 2020).

And to think 2020 had such a good ring.  Don’t judge a book by it’s cover…. what a lesson this was!

  • Write a letter to God, Source, the Divine, Your Higher Power affirming your wishes for 2021 thanking the powers that be.  See my sample letter below from last year.  I also might write some goals that I have with dates and a plan of action and add those to my calendar.  
  • Pick 3 angel cards representing Past, Present and Future.  This is optional but quite profound and fun to play with!  
  • Stick it in an envelope, seal it and address it to yourself so you can mail it to yourself one week before the end of 2021 (write the day you will mail it to yourself in your calendar or you will forget).
  • Now, open your letter from last year.  It’s amazing what you will find.  
Past, Present, Future Healing with Angels Dorreen Virtue, P.H.D. deck

This year was like a surprise gift I could have never predicted..  If some things still haven’t come into fruition, you simply  put them on your list for next year.  In regards to my Angel Cards, I still have the same love transformed into more passion. I’m playing more and always have to be honest with my truth and integrity. I am curious about all of the cherubs in all 3 cards as this is rare. I have 4 children and had 1 miscarriage making 5. Does this mean I have grandchildren on the horizon? hmmmm…..I guess I’ll have to wait and see.

  • Remember to say Thank You!!!

Here’s are samples of what I wrote this year:

What do I want to release?

Impatience, frustration, perfection, fixation, being swept away, sitting so much, poor scheduling.

What I am grateful for:

My income only decreasing in half, clients that are so gracious, new definition of self, learning to do technology hard as it’s been, seeing clients on Zoom which has been awesome and more efficient in some ways, saving so much money by only spending money on essentials: Food and wine 🤣, learning how to structure my writing, my 1,000 followers to finish the year. Thanks again. My health, my yoga and Tai Chi practice, walking, strength training, sustaining my exercise routine, making videos, time with myself, effort, struggle and worry about income and just trusting, the beautiful clean air, starting my book and joining a writers workshop, doing some guest interviews, continuing even when I’m frustrated, help from some of you when I’m at the 9th hour and stuck, simple gatherings of everyone pitching in, letting go of messes in the house, amazing parents, kids, friends, pur word press family.

What I’ve learned about myself:

That I can stop driving myself to goals and trust the process, that I am capable of learning technology even though I have a difficult time with it, that I am resilient, that it’s ok to ask for help, I do much better with order and a schedule, it takes time to learn so it’s a double edge sword, to be gentle with myself, that I need to stop and eat and drink more water, that I love writing but hate sitting so much, that exercise, meditation and my yoga and Tai Chi are essential and imbedded in my genes at this point, I need to get up every hour and break, that interruptions of all of the animals is grating on my nerves, they teach me patience,

My letter From 2020: 

Weird I started this right after my birthday Feb 29th on March 1st (late this year) before Covid

This was wild to read because all of this came into fruition this year without any thought that my life would shift. At the time I was seeing a full load of clients 4-6 a day. Covid was the gift of allowing me to create this new shift. Otherwise, I would have just kept plugging along in my familiar and expected patterns. Yes, it took a pandemic for me to ask what about me, what do I want? Ask any busy person to get something done because they will do that and more. Now I have limits on what I want to do and how much is actually good for me, which is so freeing. I’m not sure why I didn’t address my letter in my usual way with is usually Dear Father Mother God, Thank you for my blessings of……..

I also enclosed a second page this year which I never do. I also often write down exercise goals, etc. and put dates on them and add them to my calendar. Somewhere, I must have known there would be no schedule this year.

Here’s the second page I included. It was so unusual for me to do a semi poem or thoughts propelling me into writing without even knowing it. I thought I would spare you from my horrible writing this time. 🤣

Gathering, chirping, nesting
Moving from limb to limb
Leaping to new heights
Swinging off branches
Singing my song.


Listening closely to my heartbeat
We all have a song waiting to be told
And to share with the world
Deep penetrating, dark open
to shed light on wounds and cleanse
Drinking in the nectar of life’s gifts
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Sharp fans spike shadows of light
moving gracefully, gently and swiftly
cutting through lies
People have their ideas but they can’t define me
All are mirrors to grow and learn from.

Happy New Year as you put into motion an attitude of gratitude so that no matter what happens to you next year, you can ride the current, go with the flow and find your dristi (focus) and bliss.

As always, thanks so much for your time and support. If you found this useful, please remember to like (if you do of course), comment and or share.

In Gratitude,

❤️🙏

Cindy

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Yogini-Tree

The day was beautiful and still, with not a cloud in the sky.  3 of my 4 children were visiting.  One reading in a chair, 2 walking down the hall and I was in the kitchen where our patio door opens to our deck, where my daughter sat.  I feel peaceful when we’re all together under one roof and savor these moments.  Gone are the days of worrying what time they will be home and if they’re alright, if they were late. Keeping track of their whereabouts was always a worry which comes with the territory of parenting and is truly an illusion, since we can’t really protect them from life’s bumps and  traumas, as much as we would like to. I was enjoying this quiet moment with all of them and there is something so comforting and satisfying inside of me, when we’re all together, and I treasure this feeling of contentment that envelops me.

From the near distance we all began to hear this slow cracking sound that continued to get louder and louder and then there was a loud whooshing sound and we all stopped in our tracks, as we heard a thud.  My daughter Blair, stood quickly witnessing our Stonehenge Pine fall to the ground. This tree is about 50 ft tall with a trunk diameter of about 15 ft. and a canopy of 150 ft. My tree man tells me that it is a very sought after tree.  When I look it up, none of the trees that I see, quite look like this one.  They are fast growing and it is probably about 50 years old.  Reading more, I’m finding some Pine trees are as old as the Bronze age, living 5,000 years and others like perhaps this one, has a lifespan of 50 years.  That’s a little scary because we have about 3 more and if anyone happens to be under it when it falls, let’s just say, heaven awaits them.

Almost every week in yoga class we do Tree Pose;  the sanskrit name is Vrikshana, वृक्षासन:
Vrksa meaning tree and Asana meaning pose. The pronunciation broken down is Vrik-Shah-suh-nuh. 

We do tree pose because it helps us root into the ground and anchor us to mother earth, where we draw nourishment from the rich soil beneath us and grow our roots of connection to our ancestors, carbon from which we are made of, and the healing microbes. We reach our branches up to the sky, so we may connect to the heavens and anchor between both spheres of the universe.  Like our homes, our feet and connection with the ground is our foundation and vital  so we have a solid base for utmost balance, giving us the ability to stand firm in our truths. In this way, when the world spins around us we can come back to center,  keeping our Drishti (a focused gaze of concentration) allowing us to tune into ourselves and not lose ourselves by the noise of the outside world. 

We all fall down, that is part of life.  It is the getting back up that is important which is why I love tree pose so much.  Often, we sway in class, challenging our proprioception (where we are in space), so we can increase our ability to stand tall and not be thrown off center, no matter what is thrown at us.  The election is one of those times that comes to mind.  We can’t control the outcome and no matter what happens, or what camp we are in, we will need to keep our own sense of ourselves, so we don’t get swallowed up and allow it to consume us. We aren’t in charge and trusting that there is a governing higher power helps see us through. Love is always the way no matter what forces try to tell us otherwise.

Sometimes as much as we try to get up, we wobble and fall but keep trying to stand on one leg, and other times, we just fall to the ground and get back up and try again.

But what happens when we can’t get up, like my Pine tree?  Then what?  I have been grappling with this concept for the last 2 weeks since it happened.  What is the lesson then?  The tree has had it’s day and it is not resurrecting anytime soon, and it will take time for it to decompose and return to the earth.  Other parts will be cut and used to warm us in winter, still others to build benches with and garden chairs but it will never be as it once was. Nor will we.

What if we surrendered to the fall and held ourselves lovingly and kindly giving ourselves as much time as we needed, instead of rushing ourselves to get up? We die a little everyday and by remembering that, we can remember to live this day fully embodied in presence and awareness. It’s not always easy, tears are shed, pain is revealed, wounds burst open, but that’s ok. That’s part of life and part of letting go, so we can rebuild.  What if we allowed the earth to feed us and we left parts of ourselves as gifts to the soil and drew strength from our ancestors that came before us, that lay deep below the surface.  Could we just give ourselves permission to hibernate, heal and grow before forcing ourselves upright, giving ourselves the time we need, before we re-emerge again; stronger, healthier, brighter, with no race to the finish line?

We’re going to be ok no matter what happens, so be the reflection of the love that you are and stand on solid footing no matter where you land or how things go in life. Grow with the flow.

Keep growing your leaves to the light and together we shall be the beacons and lead the way to better days ahead.  

This is a song that Summer Jasmine Brady madeup at my Music as Medicine Training.

Our Roots Go Down, Down, Down, Deeper than the Earth

Our Leaves Go Up, Up, Up, Higher than the Sky

Our Hearts Go Out, Out, Out, Deeper than the Sea

And the Music, Never Ends.

Thanks so much for reading, liking (if you do of course), commenting and or sharing. Life is meant to be shared and I am so grateful to be sharing it with all of you!

Have a wonderful week ahead.

❤️

Cindy

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Lean in and Vote!

LEAN TO THE LEFT

LEAN TO THE RIGHT

STAND UP

SIT DOWN

FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT

AND VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!!

The election reminds me of this cheer we used to shout on the sidelines at games, growing up when I was a cheerleader. Now, more than other we need to Stand Up and Do Our Part. Never let our tongues diffuse into anger and separation; No one wins that way. It’s tough right now when we have never seen such lies, deception, Covid, brutality etc. But we must persevere and be the change we want to see in the world, so human kindness can restore the broken desparity of inhumanity and do our part to show up and vote. That we can do. I will admit that it’s not easy to stand in silence right now and I need to do better at being tolerant instead of being on a rant. But if you lean too far right be careful what wish for.

Here is a picture of me and one of my best friends Sue Pratt, in grade school.

Me & Sue at a school rally at our Alma Mater, Westmoor High School in 1970


Vote like your life depended on it……says Michelle Obama. It does!

Lean in and Vote!


Happy Hump Day!

❤️

Cindy

Thank you so much for reading and as always, like (if you do or course, comment and or share). I am humbly grateful for your time and read!

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Don’t Confuse Net Worth W/ Self Worth

This piece was done by a dear friend / client of mine, Lynn Cornish and greets you upon entry of her home, welcoming visitors, to remind them of what matters most in life. Lynn lives in Portola Valley, California with her 2 dogs Ozzie and Bubba who are the light of her life. Lynn has been painting for 30 years and paints with 20 other artists in a warehouse in Redwood City, California. Her art is sometimes provocative, whimsical and always vivid and bright, capturing the essence of what happens on any given day.

Lynn with Ozzie and Bubba

This particular piece “Don’t Confuse Net Worth W/ Self Worth” is inspired by the area in which she lives in Silicon Valley, the dot com capital, where 1 % of the richest population resides. It could be easy to get swept away with power and greed but her message speaks to the heart, reminding us that truly Wealth is Health and not indicative of people’s contentment or happiness.

Lynn knows first hand that wealth does not equal health as her brother Robby suffered with mental illness all of his life. She tried for years to the best of her ability to help him with therapy, programs, housing, finances etc. He lived as rich a life as anyone could have with his serious condition of schizophrenia. He frequented thrift shops often and drove the car she gave him proudly and everyone knew him by name. He told many stories in lucid times and his favorite line was “It’s nothing to write home about” and laughter would fill the air. Everyone still laughs when they talk about this story and although I never met Robby, I feel as though I knew him by the stories that she and her brothers and sister in laws share when they get together in fond memory. Robby had an episode as is often the case with mental health issues that landed him in jail on a 5150 in March of 2015. I personally reassured Lynn that this was a good thing (I know first hand with family members that suffer from mental health issues) because he would now get the help he needed which is most often the case. She was trying to post bail because she was worried sick about him but sadly and tragically he was murdered in jail by his roommate who also suffered mental health issues on St. Patrick’s Day March 17th 2015.

Robert Anthony Hearn

Lynn makes generous donations to mental health organizations along with many other worthy causes.

Mental Health treatment, care and respect for each individual cannot be overemphasized in a world where 1 in 4 suffer from mental health issues and trauma. It does not discriminate and one never knows if or when one of us could be part of this percentage.

Lynn’s house reflects her fun loving, giving and vivacious personality that captivates everyone that comes in contact with her. Her walls are a gallery that infuse happiness and joy while looking at her art and her expansive view of the bay and majestic mountains.

Most days you will find her hiking the hills with the deer, turkeys and extraordinary wild life that are protected in her area.

Here’s Lynn‘s website if you want to check it out, just for fun. I am a HUGE fan and the lucky recipient of piece that hangs in my entry.

The one above is ear marked for another one of her friends but we are all battling her for it or urging her to make a lithograph for our homes as well. If you are interested in that please let her know.

This beautiy hangs in Lynn’s Dearest friend Wendy’s home
And this one in my entry

One day when working with Lynn I saw this in her garage and she said she was painting over it because she didn’t like it. I grabbed it so fast it would make your head spin and I LOVE IT. What’s more is my husband and I don’t agree on art at all AND WE BOTH LOVE IT!!! That speaks volumes!!!

A side angle view with Buddha standing guard

Look closely here…. no irreverence intended but even Buddha agrees this year has been F_____. Just keeping with the theme of things from last post. Lol!!!!

As always, thanks so much for reading, liking (if you do of course), commenting and or sharing. I’m most grateful for your time and kindness.

Here’s to our Wealth in Health with Love and Always Laughs,

❤️

Cindy

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JUST DO IT!!!!

Your body like your mind is your temple.  Moving allows it to come to life freeing restrictions, creating new neural paths in the center of your brain, heart and belly. Feel the wind beneath your wings and Sweat drip down your face, as you get stronger everyday! – Cindy


I know a lot of you have umpteen reasons why you can’t get yourself to workout either because of time limitations, it doesn’t seem necessary, or inertia sets in making it difficult to put it into action.  Some of you suffer from injuries or pain, depression etc. so I get how difficult it can be, really I do, but can I tell you a secret?

You Can’t Afford NOT to Work Out! 

It’s vital to your health. There are so many forms of working out so you can be as creative as you can imagine and make it your own. 

Still need a reason?  

I will send my bodyguard over to “snap” you into shape if I have to. LOL

Hunter (in the back) and his Sister DeNali our viscious Guard Dogs….. LOL


One of the biggest mistakes people make is waiting until they have time for a full hour workout and then doing nothing because they don’t think minutes count.  

Well, guess what?  They do!!! Minutes count and making them part of your daily routine and sneaking them in adds up and makes a difference.  

If you have an hour by all means, do it…. Walk, bike, do yoga, lift weights, dance etc.  But if you don’t;  put the music on for 10 min and dance or go for a quick walk, when you get off the couch, do some squats or stretch, do a few core exercises, etc. Do that 3 times through the day and you have 30 min. under your belt. 6 x’s 60 min.  

WOW… Right?!!!! Never again tell me you don’t have time.

Why Workout?  

  1. It’s vital for your General health;  moving toxins and getting the blood flowing, it lowers blood pressure, moves lymph, reduces insulin levels thus helping with diabetes. 
  2. It gets your cardiovascular system going which is good for your heart, lowers your pulse rate so your heart doesn’t have to work as hard. You lose weight and burn more calories keeping your BMI and waist circumference to an optimal level.
  3. It Elevates your mood:  Serotonin is released which is the hormone that aids in brain function and feeling good  which wards off depression and anxiety and hey, we all need that especially right now.
  4. It is good for memory and Alzheimer’s:  A head Dr. From Stanford Hospital did a talk and he referenced the 4 most important things to help stave off Alzheimer’s.

The 4 most Important things to help Alzheimer’s are:

1. Exercise

2.  Exercise

3.  Exercise

4.   A healthy Diet and optimal weight 

       Yes, more beneficial than crossword puzzles and music which are of course good too.

5. It strengthens your bones and is good for Bone Density

6. Your skin looks healthier. 

Don’t Have a Gym? 

Well, most of us don’t but you do have a body which is heavier than any weight you can lift so 

KISS………!

Keep it Simple Stupid.

What you need for your You’re home Gym:

Shoes:  that’s all you need for walking

A mat: for exercises and stretching

Free weights: if you want them

Bands:

Besides which it’s Covid free and I don’t know about you but I’m not heading anywhere near a gym except my own right now.

My Training room that serves as a Yoga studio, Gym and meditation room
You can just use your own body weight or some balls, bands and free weights.


People think because I’m in the business, it’s easy to do but the truth is,  it isn’t and I don’t always love it but I have reaped the benefits of all of the above so I prioritize it in my life and just do it like Nike tells us.  I hate advertising but I do love that saying they coined so well.  I also know variety is important to the body and brain so I mix things up.  If you want your body to change you have to mix it up. 

This is NOT necessary but hey I see clients but they usually become Coat Racks

How much Exercise do we actually need a day?

Here are the Guidelines most all fitness professionals agree with along with the CDC agree on

  • Moderate-Intensity Aerobic activity. Get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week.
  • Vigorous-Intensity Aerobic activity. Get at least 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week.
  • An equivalent mix of moderate and vigorous intensity aerobic training.
  • Strength training. Do strength training exercises for all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week that work on all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

I like to break this down into weekly segments of 30 min a day but you can do whatever suits your schedule best.

To be considered vigorous, an activity should meet or exceed a level of 6 to 7, which is considered hard on the RPE scale. This includes jogging, biking, or swimming.  The RPE is the rate of perceived exertion that you personally determine similar to the pain scale.  Each of us have our own personal level we must listen to.

The Break Down:

Break this down to 5 times a week of 30 min walks. Or whatever distribution of time that suits your schedule best.

Strength Training for 2-3 days or 5 days with splits.  If you are limited on time this is a great way to divide your training.  

If you are short on time and it works better for you to split your routine into several short workouts throughout the day, do it! Any exercise is better than none! Don’t worry that you won’t burn as many calories or get good results. 

Stretching is vital to do in some form or another.  Yoga is my go to.

Circuit train which gets your cardio in as well as your strength and cuts your workout time down considerably:  30 min is equal to a

Examples of this are:

CrossFit – Designed to improve your overall physical abilities, including your endurance, strength, flexibility, speed, coordination, balance, and more. Combines many forms of exercise, high intensity.

Circuit stations training – Circuits are made up of exercise for a determined period of time, followed directly by rest or active recovery.

Tabata – a timed interval method that alternates between 20-second intervals performed at maximum effort and 10-second stages of rest, repeated eight times for the ultimate exhaustive four-minute workout.

H.I.I.T. – As you can tell from the name, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is challenging. It takes your cardio workout to another level, as you push your pace out of your comfort zone. You can use HIIT with any type of cardio workout, whether it’s running, using a stair climbing machine, rowing, or jumping rope.

My Personal Workout Schedule:

I walk an hour about 4 days a week and 1 time a week an hour and a half

Yoga for 30 min 3-4 days a week and an hour 1 time a week Circuit train 2 times a week.

Strength Training:  2 times a week

Daily Meditation: 15- 20 minutes

Tai Chi and Qigong 3-4 days a week 20 min. 

My Favorite Workout

My favorite workout is integrating a warm up of about 5 minutes, mixing in Yoga and Strength with light weights and ending with a meditation.  This way I integrate everything that is needed in a work out in the most efficient use of my time.

Here is a 40 minute sample workout that you can and should try out yourself.

Remember to stretch and drink plenty of water.

JUST DO IT and please let me know how it goes.  

Stay Fit, Have Fun, Be the Light and Be Strong!

You’ve Got This! 

Love,

Cindy

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Interview with a Fitness and Life Coach

Good Morning,

I am so honored that Kally from MiddleMe invited me to interview on her blog. Kally comes from a corporate background, and is a online entrepreneur. She does a mirage of various projects and assisting start-ups and is a writer and a recruiter, coaching freelancers.

I hope you enjoy the interview……

One of the reasons that MiddleMe is such an awesome platform is due to the interaction we get from the diverse audience all over the world. I love that I have readers from Singapore to India all the way to the United Kingdom and United States. From retirees dishing out precious wisdom to essential staff sharing their stories with us. 

Today, we have the Founder of Uniquely Fit, Cindy Georgakas with more than 35 years of health and wellness experiences, serving others with a passionate goal in mind – to help other people to find inner peace and healthy living, come and share her thoughts and experiences with us. 

Hi Cindy, over in MiddleMe, we are all about having passion in what we do and helping others. We are honored to have you today to talk about your work and passion. Please introduce yourself and Uniquely Fit.

Thank you so much, Kally, for inviting me to interview with you. I follow your site regularly and find it very informative with such heartfelt passionate messages for humanity.  

I was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in Daly City and I kept migrating south for warmer weather after college. I live in an incredible rural community in Woodside, Ca. about 40 minutes south of S.F. with just over 6,000 people with beautiful mountains to hike and beaches to visit which I love and keep me fit. I’m happily married with 4 children, 4 furry family members, 2 horses on our property and 5 ageing parents who are local.  

Uniquely Fit was born out of my passion for fitness with the premise that every person is unique and different and each individual’s needs must be honored. The business has expanded and grown over the years offering more services and now with Covid reinventing itself yet again, with Zoom One on One sessions, group classes, outdoor sessions and I’m more active on blogging.  

I modelled my studio after Jane Fonda’s aerobic studio she opened in 1982 in S.F. and I opened mine in San Mateo California within weeks of her opening hers when I was 26 years old. It was such an exciting time in my life building from the ground up and training staff.

At the time we had low and high impact, aerobic classes, with small free weights.  

I also taught pre and postnatal exercise, birth coaching and baby massage with one massage therapist on staff. We had 15 instructors and 20 classes a week.

We have now expanded into having 4 massage therapists, yoga classes, No Guts No Glory (boot camp), personal training, Life Coaching, Craniosacral Therapy and we have a Nutritional Consultant on staff.

What made me want to set up Uniquely Fit? What is your mission behind Uniquely Fit?

With a major in Recreational Therapy, I started in convalescent hospitals where I felt I had very little actual control in helping people. I would go to work and come back in the morning to someone I worked with the day before, in my office (dead… yes you heard it right). Somehow they got put in my office as a holding spot. 

After a few times of that, it was too heartbreaking for me because I grew to love each person I worked with. I decided to move into the wellness side of health and worked and managed different health facilities and taught workshops. After a few years, I decided to go off on my own and “do it my way”.

My mission is for each person to find their passion in their lives through movement, finding exactly what feeds them physically, emotionally and spiritually. I also struggled with my weight and one time went from 115 to 160 lbs in 6 months so I had a lot to teach with that experience.

How do you feel when you have successfully helped others? 

I feel awesome! There is so much fulfilment when someone I work with reaches their objective because I know how much they have put into it to get there. It also motivates me to keep walking my talk because you can only help people if you truly live the process. My clients become my biggest inspiration!

What does inner peace mean to you?

It means accepting myself for who I am and relaxing into the present moment and connecting to the Spirit, God, Buddha within or whatever it is for you, where all is well.

Can everyone find inner peace in the end? 

Peace is a state of mind and it is much easier when our basic needs of security are met but it is achievable and attainable in every moment if we can stop and quiet our mind, and allow it to fill our souls. It is NOT always easy but nothing worth having is. It takes patience, practice and practice, you must. 

I try to help people achieve one goal a week with very small increments and when they master that add another. Meditation, breathing, music, journaling, walking, Yoga, Qigong are all modalities that help foster inner peace.

I have noticed that you have many skills like Occupational and Recreational Therapy among many others. What pushes you to pick up new skills and improve yourself?

I found out early on that O.T. was very tedious and the repetitiveness of the work wasn’t full filling so I moved forward into what was more satisfying to me.  

As long as we are alive we are growing. There are times that my clients call me into new things out of the blue. I never would have taught a spin class or started massage if one of my clients didn’t “twist my arm”. Of course, they always make it an offer I can’t refuse. If there is a client that is struggling, I continue to access what is needed and will take other classes or certifications to find the best modalities to help them. 

That is how I started doing Craniosacral Therapy and Music as Medicine. Other times, it is just a calling and I trust it and go with it. It has never steered me wrong. Other times I refer out.

What kind of challenges excite you?

 There is usually an instinct or aha when I know it is something I want to pursue and usually there is a bit of fear when I think of it. My mind says, “oh forget about it” and I so wish it would go away but when it doesn’t, I have learned to trust it. This reminds me recently of taking the mules down the Grand Canyon. 

First of all, I’m scared of heights so what part of me was crazy enough to want to do that I asked. I DON’T, I answered and I remind myself it’s ok to change my mind. But it kept persisting so I researched it a lot and I was so hoping I would change my mind but it wouldn’t go away and one thing I’ve learned is I have to follow that voice. I took me and my fear and gave it over to the donkey. It turned out to be exhilarating and so beautiful and I would have missed a lot by foot. I have a sign in my office that says If your Dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.  

I’ve just started writing a book and it’s the same calling here and I keep thinking just forget about it while I continue typing.

What does being passionate mean to you?

It means having a purpose that I am excited to work on that brings me joy, exhilaration and meaning and sharing that with the world.  

Do you think it is important to have passion for your job? Why?

I do because it doesn’t feel like work then. It feels like an extension of your mission and purpose in life. I love what I do but with that said after 6 -8 clients in a day, it is still something I need a break from. 

The gift of a little more time right now is that I can explore other things I love as well. I see clients from as young as teenagers to 100. My soon to be 90-year-old client does a 5-minute plank, and is working on Zoom on an architectural project at the Historical Museum of Art in San Mateo. He still drives to come to see me and if this isn’t passion, I don’t know what is.

What advice would you give to someone who says they can’t find passion in their work?

I would say perhaps it’s time to look at what really would feed them in their job. Reinventing yourself is really important in life and it’s NEVER too late to start over. Sometimes it’s not the job that is the problem but the way they hold it. That is when I would do a one on one session with them to discover their passions.

You do offer Life Coaching as a part of your services. Can you please elaborate on what is life coaching?

I do and it is one of the highlights of my career. I was trained by the best in 1979 by Cherie Carter Scott, Mother of Life Coaching from Motivational Management Services. She recently produced a movie called “The Workshop” which can be seen on Netflix.

 Have you ever had a question that keeps rattling around in your head and you never can get resolution on it? That is the perfect time to get a session. It can be as little or big as you can imagine. It could be deciding on how to let go of anger, moving, finding a new career path etc. 

I was trained to use a Socratic approach and ask questions so people can access their own answers. The answers are always inside and it is my job to ask the right questions so someone can access them.   

What is the difference between a life coach, a counsellor and a psychiatrist?

The difference is we have a very specific set of guideline in a life coaching session which can be broken down like this:

  1.  Objective: What do you want from this session?
  2.  Desire and willingness to get clear on it.
  3.  Exploring Feelings and fears. 
  4.  Releasing what is in the way of getting what you want.
  5.  Making a plan of action.
  6.  Checking in to keep you on track.

Counselors have a good listening ear and usually offer much more evaluation and input.

A psychiatrist can dispense medicine and is usually much less available for exploration and implementation. They are great with finding imbalances in the system and prescribing medication when needed and often work with a psychopharmacist, who is a specialist in choosing medications. 

All modalities can work independently or in conjunction with each other.

How is your business surviving during this pandemic? What changes did you make to accommodate the safety regulations? 

It’s doing well with some gaps and it is slowly returning to more in-person visits with 6 ft distance and masks etc. 

We take everyone’s temperature before starting with a handheld device to the forehead, sanitize everyone, have long wait times in between clients and different outdoor spaces to work in. We have sanitizing products, gloves and wipes available and hand washing is a must. Everything is left outside 2 days and then brought in and is wiped down. I am doing one on one sessions on Zoom as well. 

People are adapting to the new normal and finding ways to soothe their bodies without actual touch but with substitutes such as foam rollers, balls etc as I direct them. Life Coaching as you can imagine is really needed right now with the constant changes and fear rightfully and that is being instilled. This gives them their power back.

Any tips for small businesses to survive during this time?

Be consistent and keep the ball going. Never before have I been so grateful to have so many platforms available to do my work and to shift into. I continue to put out my monthly newsletter and I suggest you keep as many systems in place as possible so you don’t fall behind and are ready to go as things shift; BECAUSE THEY WILL! 

After my 2nd child, I brought my business home and ran pre and postnatal classes and baby massage out of my house and decided to semi-retire. Not long after that my husband’s business came to a crashing halt with the stock market crash and close. In one month I picked up the pieces and built my business back up to being booked with a waiting list and built a staff and made lemonade out of lemons. That was 25 years ago, and if I can do it, so can you. This is the silver lining when change hits you in the face. It’s the getting up that matters, not the falling down. That is life.  

So, try things on for size, when doors close, remember windows will open. There are 9 NO’s to every Yes, so be resilient, don’t give up and don’t take it personally. Remember what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  

Once again, thank you for taking time in sharing your experiences and tips with us. 

You are so welcome Kally.  It was lots of fun and my pleasure and I do hope it has been useful for your readers.  

Please feel free to reach out if I missed anything and Stay Strong and keep the faith everyone. 

If anyone wants to reach me for questions or a session etc feel free to email me at  uniquelyfit@gmail.com, visit me on my website at  uniquelyfit.net or blog  uniquelyfitblog.com  or other social media sites here:
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Cindy

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Get Your Mojo On And…

ROCK OUT!

Are you having a hard time doing workouts, feeling energetic, peeling yourself from the couch or chair for one reason or another?

You need to know my usual days are a perfect blend of working out either in my own practice, with clients or friends, doing massage, life coaching or teaching and now I would consider myself a Zooming Blogger.  Simply put, I’m sitting on my arse a lot longer than I like doing livestream sessions and writing.  Thank God I teach to get my bootie in gear. 

I love that name Zooming Blogger because it pretty much sums up my life these days and I must give credit to The Blogging ‘Zoomer’ (a great site)  where I borrowed the name from for the purpose of this post. I reversed the name because I might be zooming more than I’m blogging but that’s a toss up.  Thanks Brandon!

With so much writing and technology I’ve been trying to figure out on Zoom and Word Press  I can now relate to all of you executives, CEOS, writers and anyone for that matter that is married to their desks.

Also, a huge shout of to companies like Google, IBM, Microsoft, Intuit to name a few,  for providing gyms and massage to your employees.

You are so smart knowing the increase in production when people get out and move. Serotonin is released increasing mood and productivity with happier employees!

Thank you and they thank you as well!

Alright, back on point.

I tried 5 different headphones to teach with and it turns out the 5th ones the charm. Yep, it took 5 different ones to finally settle on the Power Beats Pro by Apple.  For one reason or another, something wasn’t working optimally for me;  either because the music was too loud or not loud enough to hear both me and the music or visa versa,  they slipped out or I was in pain after an hour of wearing them. 

I’ll keep my day job!!! 🤣

 I gotta tell you I am totally jacked.

THESE SLAP HARD!

First off, they don’t fall out when I teach and I can hear both clients and the music and they can hear me!  

I just went out for a walk and had them in and as I was going to make some phone calls and the music came on accidentally.  Out of nowhere, I just started running. 

I was comfortable in my body and moving faster than I have in a long time!

It wasn’t a mediocre jog that I can pull out but a full on run.  I wish I had a video to prove it. 

It was so awesome.  I felt energized, happy and finally got what my kids and clients experience when they are pounding the pavement (please try to stick to dirt or the treadmill though because it’s so much easier on your body).

Where have you been all of my life power beats pro?!!!  (No, I don’t work for them but a kick back wouldn’t be bad.. hint hint.. lol)

🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥THESE ARE FIRE 💃💃💃💃💃💃

I got a great sweat, workout and the time flew by.  I had them in for 2 hours without any notice of them in my ear at all where most of them are killing me after an hour.

So make your favorite playlist, get up, get out and get yourself a headset.  

I would share my favorite playlist but Youtube just blocked one of my videos for using unauthorized music so I best not get you in trouble.  Sorry about that but I know enough to be dangerous.

Here is a quick home garden workout video with a peek into my daily workout with distractions and all.

I’d love to know your favorite playlists too if they are legal as I’m always looking for new music to teach too.  

Make it a fun active day while you work of course as well in whatever

You are doing-:)!

Thanks so much for reading and remember to like, comment and share to keep our Mojo going if you are so inclined. I appreciate your support more than I say❣️

Have a Great Day!

Cindy

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Are you Happy?

This sign is hung in the guest room of our lake house beckoning people to look within. I mean if you can’t be happy at the lake, where can you be happy? Alright, well it is Clearlake, California where the water is green on hot summer days because it is a natural lake which comes with the territory. Yes, there are bugs and bats and everything else that comes with outdoor life right?! Can I get an Amen?!

Thank You!

So, don’t bring your favorite suit unless you love chartreuse. Wear sun screen and a hat. Use insect spray if you must but the bats control the bugs and mostly they want nothing to do with you either, so relax.

We all know the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Albert Einstein got that right and yet all of these years later we continue on this merry ground.

So in the case of the sign:

  1. Are you happy? If yes,
    A) Go jump in the lake, enjoy the algea bath or Kayak. You can either tie up and Jump in where the water is clear …well almost, Or just Kayak.
    B) Take a hike: There are so many beautiful mountains and trails.
    C) Go fishing off the pier.
    D) Go to Green Lake which is about 40 minutes from there and the water is actually clear. Who named these lakes anyway? Strange!
    E) Play bags outside Or bocce ball.
    F) Go skiing or wake surfing or boarding.
    G) Go wine tasting; outdoor distance tasting is open.
    H) Read a book or watch a movie.

If this isn’t a full line up of activities, I don’t know what Is!

2) Or as in the case of the sign, If you’re not happy, change something. LEAVE. You don’t do us any favors by sticking around and we’d rather not hear your commentary or complaints at a place we love. Green blood courses through our veins. HA HA! Look, there are plenty of beautiful freezing lakes so pack it up and go elsewhere. You won’t offend us, PROMISE!

In general in life, we are about as happy as we make our mind up to be. I actually like to change the word from happy to satisfied since the word happy conjures up an image in our minds of something outside of ourselves. No guys, everyday isn’t Disneyland damn it and seeing through rose colored glasses. Let’s face it, these days, it’s looking at the same 4 walls and making the most of each day to find moments that fill our souls. Being satisfied is where true happiness stems from and creates internal gratification.

We often look to others to make us happy and fill a void inside and when we don’t find that is working we either get angry, sad or lonely. Then we blame the outside world for our unhappiness. So, it’s our job everyday to look inside and follow our intuition and messages to create internal satisfaction. Yep, that’s right happiness is an inside job. Imagine that. Well you can blame others and get into entanglements and fuss and fight but it’s so much energy and high drama, why bother, unless you love soap opera’s. I’ve always said, I didn’t need to watch any since growing up was a constant drama. Try not to let everyday triggers get to you when a loved one spouts off. That’s their problem; really it is, so don’t take everything so personally. Easier said than done, do I ever know.

So what would make you truly happy?

For me it’s generally:

  1. Starting my day in meditation
  2. Stretching, Yoga and Qigong or Tai Chi (or all if I have time).
  3. A hug from my humans and furry friends
  4. Seeing all of you on our blogs with my cup of coffee in hand.
  5. Checking emails
  6. Seeing clients/friends
  7. Writing
  8. Hiking with my dogs
  9. Gardening
  10. Strength training or dancing
  11. Drumming or strumming a few songs
  12. Swimming
  13. Having dinner and catching up with my family at the end of the day
  14. Maybe a movie or reading a book

Just remember everyday is a new opportunity and you have the right to change your mind and attitude. Jump off the insanity wheel, change things up if you need to but don’t expect a different result if you do the same thing.

Be well and have a great rest of the week and weekend and see you next week.

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Your support is greatly appreciated so thank you for taking time to read my writings.

Blessings,

Cindy

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The Words Will Come!


I sit staring at the blank page with jumbled thoughts.  

I could write about meditation, health, fitness, the pandemic and of course racism but the words have been spoken and when we are in such shock and searching for justice, or fighting to be heard in a noisy world, there is a despondency and apathy that can invade your spirit.  Fragments of a poem are the only thing that I find remotely possible but who wants to read unfinished thoughts or write them for that matter.

We all get writer’s block so we just let our fingers do the walking, emptying out the spaces of our mind to flush out what is behind the words and open our heart to see what wants to be expressed, if anything.

Perhaps it is apathy or hopeless despair, trying to sift through the sand to find grains of wisdom. It’s dark and cold;  depression?  I just want to hole up and throw the covers over my head and wait for all of it to end and joy to fill my weary bones. Ugh, groundhog day…..again.

 I used to have a dream that there would be a moment where all beings everywhere had this wake up call all at once.  There was a loud noise and then the words of a higher power, said ”Stop, what are you doing this moment,  Drop your weapons, ego and righteousness and love each other, that’s all there is”.  And as if by magic the voice was heard and we rejoiced together in euphoria and we recognized the oneness that existed instead of the separateness;  And came together in acceptance and peace. 

I have been told this is magical thinking and maybe it is but I will continue this dream and hold it in my heart and actions until the end of time.  I will not succumb to violence even in my rage and sadness.  I will hold my head high and low at times breathing deeply and forgive and heal until I have the strength to lift it and stand once again to take flight.  

  • I will always hold the torch silently and loudly where I can find my light to ignite my spirit. 
  • I will always stand for justice and honor peoples rights separating government from social stances, even when that’s not how our system works.
  • I will always see gray where we can honor each other’s differences as I fight to share mine.
  • I will always use kind words over destructive ones that separate and apologize when I slip up and don’t.
  •  I will try not to lecture but listen beyond words. 
  •  I will fight for our rights and human injustices and stand up for a better future where we can live in equality and build a better future.  
  • I will use my moments to look internally so I can see where I need to heal, forgive, let go, be kinder, stronger, take a stance, speak up and shut up. But I also know as long as we have a human race, there will be bickering, there will be greed, there will be people who take advantage of the system and have a pity party and choose to be victims of their circumstances instead of digging out and doing their part to change their life.  It’s easier for some to blame than to take responsibility but until they do, they will reap what they sow.

I am blessed and I don’t forget that I am lucky to be born where I was, at the time I was, but it did not come without a lot of searching, investigating, clearing out debris and sometimes I felt like I was being eaten alive and permeated by intrusive thoughts and demons haunting me.  But I didn’t back down, I looked in and healed those wounds, real or imagined.

 As long as we are on earth, I’m sad to say, we will continue to have violence and killing and that is NOT to say it is ok.  IT IS NEVER OK!  It is simply to point out when we think this is worse than it’s ever been, might we remember history: The Civil Right Movement, World War 2, The Great depression etc. to remind ourselves that history repeats itself and we are fighting again for causes we thought we abolished but are still very much alive.  Does it sicken us?  Sure it does, but we will fight the good fight and stay strong and speak out demanding justice and equality.  

Earth is a training ground for our next dimension and we must be ready to hear the call.  

So stand up to injustice, speak your opinion, be an example first to yourself and then others who will model these truths.  

We will not back down from these atrocities and let our spirits get beaten down but we will not put our boxing gloves on and fight either, creating more separation and damage.  .  

Instead, we will sit in the void, staring at our paper;   Blank Slate~ Tabula Rasa shaking our heads, feeling the pain of our brothers and sisters, and hold ourselves gently and lovingly, until we have words to speak again and they flow through our hand from pen to paper, so we can share them with the world.

Stay Strong and Stay Well.

Namaste, 

Cindy