Nice to see you here — and thank you for your patience as I study for school, cook healthy meals, work my day job, try to be a good mom and wife, see friends, exercise, visit my parents, work on my novel, vacuum up the incessant dog hair, try to get a decent amount of sleep but stay up way too late reading The Twelve anyway… and then squeeze in a blog post.
I bet you’ve been even busier, probably getting less sleep, trying to shoehorn more into your days and nights. And you’re probably trying to make it all happen while dealing with that cold that has been circulating around.
How did we all get so busy?
Remember what it was like when we were teenagers? We were soooooooooo bored. Nothing to do, nowhere to be. Do people even have time to be bored anymore? Sounds like it might be kind of nice from time to time.
I haven’t done a Happies post in awhile, so I thought I would check in on that front:
#1. Dance dance dance dance. I recently had the opportunity to participate in a Zumba choreography workshop with Meli Mastroeni-Kirkwood. I’ve been licensed for awhile now, and am still looking for a cool space to teach classes. In the meantime, I love working on new choreos. And workshops are a blast — a bass-thumpin, high-octane, 3-hour dance workout. Heaven!
#2 My alma mater’s football program doesn’t suck anymore. I’m kind of a secret Notre Dame alum, or “Domer.” I don’t know why. Maybe I don’t talk about it much because I live all the way out here on the West Coast, and I haven’t been back to campus in years. Or maybe it’s because when people find out where I went to school, they often feel obligated to tell me how much they hate ND. Or maybe it’s because our football team hasn’t, shall we say, lived up to expectation in recent years? Well, I’m pleased to note that the Irish are (finally!) doing quite well. Hooray — I can hold my head high among all of Duck and Beaver and Michigan fans around me. Go Irish!
#3. My plant-strong parents. My parents recently made an impressive transition to a mostly plant-powered, Forks-Over-Knives, Dr. Joel-Fuhrman-inspired diet. As a result, my Dad has been able to resolve his blood pressure and cholesterol issues through nutrition, ditch the meds, lose some extra weight, and power through his 10-mile walks with tons of energy. This wasn’t an easy transition — my Dad loves chicken wings and steak more than anybody out there — but my parents were committed to make, as Hippocrates once famously said, food their medicine. I’m so proud of them for changing their lives in such a dramatic and positive way. Take a look at their dinner: a plate full of raw and steamed vegetables, fresh fruit, beans, a drizzle of homemade dressing. And the best part is hearing about how great they both feel. Good work, Mom and Dad!
#4. One step closer. I passed the second of my nutrition school exams this week. This makes me officially mid-certification, which means I can now start seeing clients. More on that later… in the meantime, I’m excited to start my wellness coaching practice, and am already planning a series of workshops: Sugar Blues, Juicing for Newbies and Smoothie Alchemy. Stay tuned!
#5. My bro. Today is Erik‘s birthday, and although I would much rather wish him a happy birthday in person, it’s a little challenging to make spontaneous trips down to Miami. So, I’m sending my birthday wishes and love from afar, and am thankful for having my fun, funny and kind brother in my life. I’m so proud of him — being there to see him lead the HEAT to the NBA title in June was amazing, of course. And I’m excited he earned an early birthday present, when the HEAT beat the Celtics in their home opener Tuesday night.
But I’m even more proud of him for being such a great son, brother and friend. He is also an incredible “Tio Erik” to Alonzo, in spite of the fact that we live on opposite ends of the country.
Happy birthday, Erik!
Those are Happies — what are yours?