NAGS HEAD, North Carolina — He sounds like a dog howling over a missed meal as he floats on top of a wave. The smile on his face assures me that he’s not missing anything. That cry I mistake for longing is a rally cry inviting joy to visit our spot on the beach. As … Continue reading Finding joy
Category: Odds and ends
Two years ago, I promised my children and myself to improve my life for the better. Then, I screwed up for a while. In 2018, I worked on keeping those promises that I -- and others -- haven't forgotten.
"In the eye of a hurricane/there is quiet/for just a moment ..." -- I Wrote My Way Out, Hamilton the Musical Hurricane Florence provided me with an odd opportunity. I traded the adrenaline rush of working out for chasing flooding and winds. In the quiet, being stuck inside, surrounded by kids yelling at video … Continue reading Chasing adrenaline and happiness
So, my training has been halted for the past week. I haven't really posted much on social media because I hoped this was a quick something, like a stomach bug. As I described my symptoms to my mom during a semi-frantic phone call, she stopped me and said I may have vertigo. She has had … Continue reading Hello, hello. Vertigo
After a month of tinkering with allergy medications, a nasty sinus infection and a pity party, I reconnected with myself and my goals. The key was a taking a trip. I allowed myself a chance to be present without feeling guilty of what wasn't being done. When you're at home, the dishes pile up and … Continue reading May goals
WARNING: This is a stream of consciousness post. I wrote this a few moments after the events happened and, well ... As an introvert, I don't talk much, but when I do talk, especially to myself, there may be some colorful phrases involved. I sat there, staring at my computer screen. The wait was killing … Continue reading Why I play outside
"Writing is a way to let the inside world out." -- Paul Young, author of New York Times bestseller "The Shack" I have to get this out or my heart will explode: A recent notification popped up on Facebook, noting that my dad celebrated 10 years of being a kidney transplant recipient. That was 2011. … Continue reading 2 years seem like a long time
March is an odd month. Technically it's the first month of spring, but it's like Mother Nature hasn't decided yet. One week, you have warm temperatures and light breezes. The next week, it's snowing. Make up your mind already! I love spring and being able to get outside more. With the odd weather, March becomes … Continue reading March: Time to prep
I have some new readers, so I thought I'd reintroduce myself. It's been more than five years since I started blogging. Things have changed since I started and who'll probably change a little bit more by the time this goes from the keyboard to publication. I am a Mountain Mama. I was born in the … Continue reading A reintroduction
Sometimes pictures tell more than words can. Let's take a look at my adventure in San Francisco.