Welcome to the May 2014 edition of my newsletter! I am humbled by those of you who have subscribed and take this time to express my sincere thanks to you!
My first newsletter had a few glitches and a few grammatical /formatting errors, but overall I think it went well! Proof to me once more that when you set your mind to doing something, and just take that deep breath and focus, you can get it done! I've enjoyed the creative process, a lot.
Yes, I'm a little late on getting this one out, but hey it's still May, lol!
As I said in my last newsletter that this will forevermore be a work in progress for me; and it exemplifies my life. I will always be a work in progress too. I have committed myself to continual growth and am aware I've set myself up for mistakes, faulty steps and perhaps a re-route or two. But I'm okay with that. I love being being me in all my imperfect glory!
It's my hope the things that I share inspire you to take steps somewhere new in your own life too - maybe even revisit a place you thought you'd no longer needed. Of course, you're free to sit back and just watch me - no judgment - but if you want do more: join me, risk it, have courage and start on a path of imperfection of your own. We can imperfectly delve into uncharted territory together!
Each month, I plan on sharing a poem, a quote and tips/thoughts/stories/ideas that make you think, warm your heart; give you hope and inspiration. I might share a book title I feel is worth checking out, a link to a song on YouTube that inspires - stay tuned (no pun intended) because you might even get a video of one of my songs - or a link to a website or blog I feel might be worth taking a look at. So let's fly! Hang on!
POEM OF THE MONTH
Gentle kisses you drop upon my eyelids
As the smell of your rosemary shampoo
I breathe you in, deep
Captivated by your delicious scent
In the serenity of our love
I am exalted and empowered
Free to be in this moment
By a well of ideas
That spill forth now
As I close my eyes
By thoughts of where
This next chapter of my life
Will take me
I stare in amazement
At this beautiful non-judgmental soul
You were placed into my life
And for this I am honored
Sounds of a raven’s cry
The rustle of discarded petals
And the resonance of ducks swimming nearby
Sprinkle down upon us
And your eyes focus
From my lips
Steadfast you listen
Until we are besieged
By the thunder of cars moving fast in the distance
A dog’s bark
And children’s gleeful laughter
We pause now
As you pass a blade of grass over my face
And I look up to you
And we once again
In our private moment
Caress each others bodies
In this snippet
We were gifted
Before the real world
Our bodies and minds once more
Happy Mother's Day! This month I want to pass on my Mother’s Day wishes to all the mothers out there; but more importantly to recognize all those mothers whose children are not here with them on Earth. In my humble opinion, the day a relationship between a mother and child is formed is on the day that a child is conceived. It is on this very day that you enter the sacred world of motherhood, forevermore. To all those mothers who began the special creation of their first child within their bellies, or within a surrogate’s belly, only to then not see that creation reach its fruition, my heartfelt sympathy to you. Your imagined and seen strength is incredible. To hon our these courageous mothers, my quote this month is dedicated to you. It is my belief, without a doubt, that one day you will see your child again.
"An Angel in the Book of Life wrote down our babies birth, and whispered as she closed the book, “Too beautiful for Earth."
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
This month is my 48th birthday and although some may read this and think forty-eight is young to others I am ancient; cresting the hills into my golden years. Especially if you're a teenager, or in your early 20s.
At this age, you may have the belief that life is going to go by slowly and that it will take f-o-r-e-v-e-r for you to reach my age. So I say now that I’m sorry for I'm about to disenchant you.
I promise you that you may sit now and laugh at us ancient "cougars" and "old man/dad" types, but I assure you it will feel like you blinked and you will be as old as we are. I guarantee it will go by that quickly.
So, my advice to younger people is LIVE! Don't compromise; don't promise to do tomorrow what a little sweat, tears and dedication can make happen today. Travel, be free, have fun, experience, experiment, investigate, challenge and take risks. Don’t trap yourself in places you don’t want to be. Like I said, LIVE!
Despite what I say about being ancient, please don’t feel sorry for me. In fact celebrate my age with me. For just like one of my favorite cities, Venice (Venetzia), Italy, I wear my signs of age proudly! Venice has a heart beat of ancient beauty; alive and well it drives the city and is revered by all. When I go there I feel as though I've arrived home; oh how I relate! Just like me the streets, the buildings, the bridges, and the canals all exude the exact same thing that I do - ancient beauty. The decrepit Roman bricks show their water marks of wear and tear just like I do.
Each line on my face and body tells a story and I've earned them, proudly. They were a gift to me, not a punishment. I have overcome grief, battles, and wars and it's reflected.
I am confident that, just like when the air masses collide to produce an updraft to rain down on Venice, life is going to throw me storms to overcome too. I will face them and allow the new lines to form on my face and body to tell the story.
So for my goal for my 48th year is dedicated to the search for wisdom about my temple that I live in – to enhance my ancient beauty, just like the proud Venetians do for their city. I will embrace my youthful self as it chips and flakes and embrace and preserve the inner beauty that I still posses. My goal is to radiate that out of me.
This 48th year I will fly to reach heights higher than I ever imagined possible. Watch out for the release and implosion of a powder keg of gratitude and happiness at being alive being released by me. I glow now with the beauty of time, of endurance and of suffrage and I hope whoever is reading this embraces the next line to form on their face and body knowing that the story of their life is being written too.
MY FITNESS CORNER
This year I've worked hard to incorporate fitness into my life. I've set up some simple goals and some more difficult ones. The one that I'm excited to take part in and holds precedence is this year's Tough Mudder. I'm up to the challenge and fired up to become part of this elite group of people who aspire to be something more for themselves - to push themselves beyond their limits. A small group of us at my fitness group, Wholly Fit, are gearing up to conquer this feat. A few of us it's our first time and then we have our fearless repeat offenders. They are inspiring us. They are reassuring us how elated we are going to feel as we cross the finish line. I know this will change me - in a good way - and I embrace this.
Remember that no matter your age, always focus on success. Turn off the inner, don't listen to the naysayers, ignore the looks of the younger people who give you the look in their eyes as though to say, "Why the heck are you going to a fitness class, you're too old!" And just do it! You will succeed, your measure of success will never reach anyone else goals or dreams. It is unique to you.
RECIPE WORTH SHARING!
Yum! I found this salad recipe on the website Popsugar:
Juice of one lime
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 pinch cayenne
1/4 cup yellow bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup baby tomatoes, sliced
3 radishes, diced
1 avocado, halved and seeded
1 tablespoon cotija cheese
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon scallion, chopped
Combine lime juice, cayenne, and garlic in a small bowl. Add yellow bell pepper, tomatoes, and radishes to the bowl, and mix well.
Set up your halved avocado on a plate, and scoop out extra flesh if necessary. Spoon your pepper and tomato salad mixture into the center of the avocado. Garnish with crumbled cotija cheese, scallions, and cilantro.
This salad is a definite must check out if you love avacados! You can adjust it to whatever you like, that's how my husband and I cook. The cheese, cotija, I'd never heard of so I looked it up. It's a Mexican cheese that if you can't get at your local store, you may be able to substitue for parmesan a hard feta or some other hard, crumbly cheese made from cow's milk.
Are you looking for a boot camp to "be the best version of yourself" and live in Victoria, BC? If so, check out Wholly Fit's website at http://whollyfitvictoria.com/ and sign up. There are special summer deals on now, so act fast so you can take advantage of the savings!
Next month is June. June is an important month for me as it's the anniversary of my stroke month. June 9th is the day I celebrate life. I can not say now what I am up to as there is another person involved, but I promise it will be inspiring! I will let you know in my June Newsletter all about it, so please stay tuned. In the interim visit me at my website, Kim Friesen - Mogillow Arts and think about purchasing a copy of Angelina Beaglina Saves Summer or Little Willow or reading my articles for free (I have another one I will be releasing soon) for some almost summer fun reading!