Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Health Tip: Acknowledge and Express Anger...

Learning to acknowledge and express anger appropriately is the best way to keep it from creating long-term health, career and relationship problems.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Remembering Chris

There is nothing more heartbreaking, than to lose your child way too soon.  It feels like an empty pit like he was yanked from your heart without an explanation.

Now your precious child is gone.

It isn't fair.  Life isn't fair.

You ask, "God, why me?"

Little Chris, who was just starting to make headway in the world, finishing up his coursework in college and working hard to make ends meet.

I cry, knowing this young man is now gone.  

Way too early...

I remember him, as a very small boy.  He made me laugh! His spirit was contagious. He was curious and ran with a new adventure every chance he could get. 

I went to his soccer game, the little boy less than 3 feet tall, wearing his soccer clothes that were too big.  He ran around the field after that ball like there was no stopping him.

Then he grew up pursuing life, like he did in soccer; with that same determination, the goal was to get to the other side.  Accomplished, strong and ready for the next venture!

With many interests and talents; like, skateboarding, fishing, soccer, and weightlifting, that was nothing without his family and friends who meant the world to him. He loved his music and so much more!  Christopher was life and gave 'his all' to everyone he touched.

I remember stopping by my sisters place, too early, the moon was still out.  When I stepped out of my car, Chris came out of nowhere. There he was, big as life with a smile glowing in the darkness.  He happily walked toward me and said, "Hi!" Giving me the biggest hug! This strapping young man, in his early 20's, a sweet, loving, and caring soul.

A beautiful young man with a rambunctious spirit.  It made me laugh every time I saw him.  I thought, 'now what is he up to?'  A thrill-seeker by nature.  A gift, not many of us have, but many of us wish we could be.  A very special person, this lovely young man.  When he saw something new that he wanted to pursue, 'he saw it, explored it, took it by the horns and said, "Let's do it!"'

Little Christopher, the one with the ever-glowing smile who lit up the room!

You are always in our hearts and will be missed dearly!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Daily Post: 75 Thoughts Every Runner Has While Out For A Run

1. What a beautiful day for a run!
2. This sucks.
3. Well, five miles is only two and half miles each way, which is basically two miles each way, so I’m really only running four miles. That’s not too far.
4. It’s starting to feel far.
5. How long have I been running? A year?
7. I can barely remember what my life was like before I started this run.
8. OK, concentrate. There are still four-plus miles to go. 
9. But who counts the first and last mile? This is pretty much an easy three miler.
10. Oh, shit! A fellow jogger!
11. Should I wave?
12. I’m totally gonna wave.
13. OOOK, they didn’t wave back. Never doing that again.
14. Just keep running, no one saw. Except that old guy who may or may not be averting his eyes.
15. Man, I think I’m hitting that “second wind” thing my gym coach was talking about.
16. Wait, never mind. I’ve been running down a decline. 
17. If I leap to avoid dog shit, does that make me a CrossFit athlete?
18. What the heck is CrossFit anyway?
19. Mental reminder: Google CrossFit when I get home.
20. If I ever get home.
21. If I had a heart attack right now, I wonder who would find my body.
22. OMG, I hope I never find a dead body. Joggers always find dead bodies.
23. Bodies. Body. Bod-ay. Runnin’ all day, no one can catch … may.
24. OK, I must be halfway done by now.
25. What?! Only two miles in?
26. Alright, stay focused. What am I going to eat when I get home?
27. I’m running five miles so I should probably eat five slices of pizza.
28. Or I could buy one pizza and ask them to cut it into five slices.
29. I should probably get a side salad too. 
30. …
31. Fuck the salad actually.
32. Man, what are these people doing in front of me? Walking?!
33. Is this a contest to see who’s the worst at walking? Because you are both champions in my heart.
34. Maybe if I pound my feet on the ground they’ll hear me coming and let me pass.
35. Oh, God. They didn’t turn around and now I’m right behind them. They’re going to think they’re getting mugged by the world’s sweatiest criminal.
36. You know what? Now seems like a good time to run in the street.
37. * Jumps off curb * Parkour!
38. Hi hi hi please don’t hit me with your car. 
39. Pedestrian pedestrianizing over here, let me cross. 
40. Thank you, Mr. Blue Honda. I’m trying to smile at you but it probably looks like I’m having a stroke. 
41. Actually, I wonder what I look like right now. 
42. * Checks out reflection in shop window * Yeesh.
43. Is that what I look like when I run? What am I, a newborn deer with a drinking problem?
44. Whatever, I must be almost done by now. 
45. Heck yes. Three miles down, two to go. It’s all downhill from here. 
46. Except for that very real uphill in front of me. God damnit.
47. Wait, is that… Is that…
48. A DOG! 
49. Hi dog! You are so cute. You are now my mascot. I will finish this run for you, pup.
50. And — hello — what do we have here? Your human is pretty cute too.
51. Hope you like drunk fawns, Cute Human.
52. Watch my bambi ass prance up this hill.
53. Holy shit, prancing is exhausting. I am exhausted. 
54. Honestly, I don’t even like running.
55. Why do I even run?
56. Why does anyone even run?
57. Why are we even alive?
58. OK, let’s not go down that road.
59. Focus. Focus on that sweet, delicious ‘za waiting at the finish line, calling your name with its cheesy breath.
60. Wait, less than one mile to go? I am KILLING this run. 
62. YES, including ostriches.
63. Honestly, I should sign up for a marathon.
64. What is it, like 30 miles?
65. That’s just 15 miles each way, which is practically 10, and 10 is twice five, and I can run five miles EASY.
66. That’s it, I’m doing it. Thirty miles.
67. Thirty-mile marathon…30-mile marathon…30 Rock marathon.
68. On second thought, I’ll probably just binge-watch every episode of 30 Rock. That takes a lot of dedication and I will be winded from laughing so hard.
69. But I could probably do a marathon IF I wanted. 
70. OK, almost home. Should I shower first and order pizza or order pizza and shower before it shows up?
71. Yep, definitely ordering first. I earned that shit.
72. Oh, no. Oh god no. Another runner. Should I wave?
73. No, be strong! Do not get burned again. 
74. OMG, SHE waved first! Hello! Yes! We are both runners! Look at us run!
75. I guess running’s not so bad.

list by Erin Chack

Friday, May 9, 2014

15 Intangible, Surefire Ways to Impress Others

1. Be Generous. Regularly give your time, energy, and money to others without expecting anything in return. The giving of your life to another is one of the most impressive things you can ever do.
2. Laugh Often. Be that person that routinely laughs at other’s jokes and stories. It concretely communicates that you enjoy life and their company. They’ll be impressed and you’ll be a more joyful person.
3. Be Optimistic. Always, always, always focus on the good aspects of people and situations. Sometimes you have to look harder than others, but you’ll always be glad you did.
4. Love Your Kids. And by love your kids, I mean genuinely like them too. Enjoy being with them, spending time with them, and investing in their lives. This love towards children will be evident in your life even when they aren’t around.
5. Be Faithful to Your Spouse. Marital fidelity is going out of style too quickly these days. Stay faithful to the one you chose. Trust me, your friends and colleagues will be impressed… not to mention your partner.
6. Develop Your Strengths. I am impressed by good singers, authors, writers, architects, speakers, CEO’s, computer programmers, mothers, and athletes (just to name a few). There is only one thing they all have in common: They discovered their strengths and developed them with great discipline. Do the same with your unique giftedness and temperament. And regardless of the profession you choose, you will impress.
7. Travel. See the world. You will change and be better because of it.
8. Appreciate Different Opinions. While there is nothing wrong with being dogmatic in your beliefs, a healthy appreciation of how others came to theirs is definitely an impressive quality.
9. Love Your Life. Don’t fall into the trap of living life like everyone else. Avoid television and consumerism. Embrace your passions and find enjoyment in your life. The people around you will be impressed… and jealous.
10. Encourage More. Living your life in competition with those around you will never impress. After all, everyone else is already doing that. Change the world by being different. Seek to encourage and lift up others. And the person who benefits the most just may be you.
11. Love Nature. People who exhibit care for the physical world around us exhibit care for all humanity.
12. Listen Intently. Eyes focused. Ears tuned. Cell phone off. In a world that can’t move fast enough, someone who can find time to listen is as rare as a precious jewel… and far more valuable.
13. Be Modest. You are special, unique, and gifted. And the less you make an effort to tell everyone that, the more they will notice.
14. Be Content. A contented life is enjoyable, desirable, and admirable. Those who don’t have it, desire it. And are impressed with those who have.
15. Don’t Live to Impress. Live to Inspire. Give up your desire to impress everyone you meet. But never give up your desire to inspire everyone you meet.

By Joshua Becker

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Health Tip: Extensive Reading Habits...

According to the Seattle Longitudinal Study, people who have extensive reading habits, travel and attend cultural and educational events have an advantage in maintaining their intellectual abilities as they get older.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Recipe for today: Apple Nachos

These Apple Nachos are a huge hit for everyone and are super easy to make! Try them this week! 

2 large Granny Smith Apples
1/4 cup Almond butter
1/4 cup Extra dark chocolate chips melted
1/4 cup Shredded raw coconut
Nuts of your choice

Slice apples and place on a plate or tray. Place almond butter and melted chocolate chips in their own zippy bag and snip one corner. Drizzle butter, chocolate, sprinkle coconut and nuts on top.