Day 60

Not much to say about Day 60.  Why? Because I survived through another day of being sick.  Last night I checked into an urgent care clinic for what I thought was the Flu.  But thankfully, it turned out to be a bad cold and ear infection.  Still I felt miserable. There were a few things/people who deserve honorable mention for their support.

A special thanks to my mom, dad, Art (my husband), Olivia (daughter) and to Glee.

GLEE (the show) really helped me survive while being sick.  I was able to catch up on a few episodes and I’m always inspired by this show to continue shooting for the moon (my dreams).  And of course a special thanks to my sisters and friends for your text messages which rooted for me to recover.

Day 60 marks my goal for 60 posts, in sixty days.  Overall I have 111 posts (my lucky number “11″).  I’m excited about this journey because I am creating the life I have always dreamed of, except now I am actually putting my thoughts into action.  So from here on out, I will only be posting blogs about a personal journey of becoming the artist I always imagined.  We are all children at heart.  And now I am talking directly to you, fellow blogger and/or viewer.  You can tap into your “element” and bring your inner child to life.  Do what you love to do!  Thanks for supporting and following me on this journey.

Be Well,

Kimberly

Day 59

Day 58 wasn’t so great.  Day 59, you take the cake.  Not a good cake.

That is my attempt at humor while drowning in tissues with mild grade fever, sore throat, body aches etc…

So I thought, what will I post for this day?  And the only thing that came to my mind was the song “Staying Alive.”  I kept thinking” ha, ha, ha, ha stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive…ha ha ha”

So here are some lyrics from this song below.

Lyrics from Bee Gee’s “Staying Alive”

Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother

You’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive

Feel the city breakin’ and everybody shakin’

And we’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive

Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive

Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive

Read more at http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/12566/#TswT9vqUIWqtBgUg.99

I hope you fellow bloggers and fans are not suffering like I am right now.  I know this too shall pass but its such a pain in the meantime.

Be Well,

Kimberly

Day 58

So I thought of this great quote I wanted to post about Day 58, before Day 58 came along.  The day dragged on and I began dragging along.  Here is the quote below.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.”

Then Day 58,  took my breath away, literally. Why?  Because I am battling a very bad cold.  Cold +asthma= no fun.

So that is all I have to say about Day 58, go away…come back a happier day!

Kimberly

Day 57: Not your average Tuesday

It was not the average Tuesday. Why? Because I made the decision to change-up the routine this week.  I took Olivia to Science Center this morning after her doctor’s appointment. Doctor said she is one healthy girl, thank goodness!  We went to the Science Center afterwards to celebrate.  Liv enjoyed playing with musical instruments, running around in a mysterious tunnel, shouting “baby” to each baby that passed by and eating a cookie.  I tried to give Liv bites of our veggie sub but she wanted nothing to do with it.  The exception was eating tomatoes from the sub.  And of course, she always enjoys a yummy cookie.

The day was filled with fun for Liv.  I am trying to get over what appears to be an allergic reaction to cold weather.  Every time its cold, my allergies kick in alerting my throat to turn red.  However, by mid day, I was really hurting (my throat that is) and decided to just take it easy.  The Science Center tired us both out!  I’m grateful for another beautiful day even when I feel this way.  Thanks to tea, gargling, rest, and medicine; I am on the mend.

Not much more to say today.  Have a great tomorrow!

Kimberly

Day 27

Day 26, I cannot complain. Today was a another beautiful day in Winter Park.  The sun was beaming yet it was crisp as the ocean breeze.  It was cool but not freezing.  Here are the highlights for today.

* My in-laws visited and spent the day with us. We really enjoyed spending time with them. Olivia practiced her spanish and called her grandmother (Abu) and her grandfather (Belo).  Well lets just say she tried to say “Belo” but it came out as “Bayo”.  Olivia enjoyed catching bubbles and cuddling with her new favorite toy doggy named “Roxy.”  Thanks Abu y Belo for a fun day!

* I managed to take a nap while Olivia slept. Well lets just say we all slept. That’s right. Abu, Belo, Art, Olivia and I all took a nap and at the same time. That is a rarity!

* A nap= a rested, happier mommy!

* I achieved one round of Lumosity.  Lumosity improves brain health and performance.

Check it out at http://www.lumosity.com/

* I posted on my blog! Day 27, you creeped up on me but I feel proud, that I am still writing, twenty-seven days later.  Woo Hoo!

* And lastly, my music goal today is to post one of my song ideas (lyrics only) for your feedback.  So here it is.  The song is entitled “On A Sunday” written/copyrighted 2008.  I left this song incomplete and recently worked on it.

On a Sunday

CHORUS: 

I wish that I’d wake up on a Sunday

And you’d be calling me

It could be about anything

But you’d only want to talk with me

Wouldn’t it be nice making time again

And we could reminisce

About how it all began

On a Sunday

VERSE:

And maybe you’d confide in me

Open the doors, allow me to see

The real you, like never before

Can you take the time?

There’s no need to push rewind

Just want us to start over

CHORUS: 

I wish that I’d wake up on a Sunday

And you’d be calling me

It could be about anything

But you’d only want to talk with me

Wouldn’t it be nice, making time again?

And we could reminisce

About how it all began

I wish that I’d wake up on a Sunday

VERSE

Don’t know who you are anymore

Miss the person I thought you were

Do I have to call to feel invited?

I feel the space that keeps us at bay

Do you really want to leave it this way?

CHORUS: 

I wish that I’d wake up on a Sunday

And you’d be calling me

It could be about anything

But you’d only want to talk with me

Wouldn’t it be nice, making time again?

We could reminisce

About how it all began

Day 19-20 Awakening

I wanted to sleep in on Saturday morning and rest after a week of battling a cold; but it was not in the cards.  I was awakened to the singing of the Star Spangled Banner and a lady yelling over an intercom off Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida.

Seasons 52 Fresh Grill and Wine Bar celebrated the enjoyment of living a fit and healthy lifestyle by sponsoring a race through Winter Park early Saturday morning.

Proceeds benefited the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida and the Joe R. Lee Branch in Eatonville and the Track Shack Foundation.  For more information on Track Shack and upcoming races, check out this link.

http://www.trackshack.com/events/individual/parkave/parkave.shtml

On a different note, although I was slightly annoyed to hear the loud singing and hollering of the hostess; I knew it was most likely for a good cause.  Also I felt it was a sign for me to get my day going.  Saturday was filled with a walk to the Winter Park Farmers Market, dancing with my daughter to music videos and a trip to the Science Center.  We went to the Science Center once before but this time is different because she can actually walk.  A lot more fun for her and great exercise for me.

My music homework this weekend was to watch as many interviews and music videos by artists I admire.  More on this to report in next blog.

On Sunday (today) my daughter and I went to the Science Center again.  Our trip yesterday morning was cut short so I decided to take Olivia to the Kids Center there again today.  Liv’s enthusiasm was contagious and despite my sore throat; I had a good time too.  Liv surprisingly liked playing on a tractor the most.  She also made us lunch.  Lunch consisted of a fake carrot, pineapple juice, pizza, bread and a slice of cheese.  So sweet of her!  Overall, I can’t complain because it turned out to be a great weekend.

Olivia on tractor!

Olivia on tractor!

Science Center
Science Center

Day 15-18 Cold

(This is a belated post of days 15-18 )

I am recovering this week from what seems to be a bad cold or a case of “allergic rhinitis”.  Grateful to have moments and hours of rest throughout the week.  I was considering what to blog about when it occurred to me that I am desperately missing my lyric writing and singing.  Well I cannot sing right now due to a seriously sore throat, but I am able to write.  =)  You can take my voice, darn cold, but you cannot take my spirit or my ability to write for that matter.

But because my brain is foggy due to being sick this past week; I have little to report to you.  And I wanted to write a song about being sick; but I am too tired to write about being sick.  I had a little bit of blogger’s guilt, but then cut myself some slack.  So with that being said; I thought I’d research songs about being sick, in case, you the reader, aren’t feeling well.

This is a YouTube video by Aerosmith called “Sick As A Dog.”

Another YouTube video by Little Feat called “Cold, Cold, Cold”

Ozzy Osbourne also has a song called “So Tired” but YouTube wouldn’t allow me to download it.

Anyways, if you know of a great tune, shoot me an email or comment below.  Hope you, the reader, are feeling good this week!

Be Well,

Kimberly

Day 9: I want my duckie and cookie too!

My daughter Olivia Daisy carried her cookie with her to take a bath this evening.  Olivia rushed to the tub as soon as she heard daddy twist faucet on.  She then proceeded to climb over the tub fully clothed. I intervened, quickly removing clothing and getting her into her favorite duck for bath time fun.  Once in the duck, she watched the crumbs of her cookie fall into the water.  It was a candid moment.  I urged my husband to grab a camera stating ” Olivia wants her duckie and cookie too!”

Surprisingly, Olivia did not eat her cookie, but merely starred in awe of the crumbs floating away.  Finally, after some prompting; she began eating the cookie while enjoying her bath. I began to wonder the metaphor/meaning of this joyful event.  Perhaps the crumbs floating away, remind us of mindfulness.  It is important to really be present, even while enjoying/eating food.  Liv wanted her cookie and her bath.  Perhaps a metaphor for how all is possible in life.  A broad generalization, maybe, but I am choosing not to analyze.  I think about how I want to be a mom and career woman: the delicate balance between both.  My daughter inspires me more than I could ever have imagined.  If you look closely at picture below you can see our cookie monster.  Cookie in her left hand and crumbs on bottom of duckie bath.

Olivia

And here is a brief synopsis of the earlier part of my day.  This morning while my daughter was at school; I had a few hours to cook, organize and relax.  Mostly I cooked dinner like a “crazy person”.  I basically stayed hyper focused on the task of cooking.  By doing so, with minimal distraction; I cooked two meals and managed to cook Olivia her favorite oatmeal for tommorow’s breakfast.  Then with the last forty-five minutes; I decided to relax while listening to a guided meditation on YouTube.  It was called the Universal Mind Meditation by Kelly Howell.   There was one quote that really stood out.   As I lay still the soft tone whispered, “I’m not the past, present or the future, I simply am.”  I felt restored, even after just 20 minutes of listening to guided meditation.  I adore Kelly Howell’s work and truly believe in our brain’s potential and power to envision change, and to heal through guided imagery.

Tonight I led a group for adults grieving the death of a loved one.  It was a great group of individuals and I always leave group feeling purposeful and with immense gratitude.  After group, it was all family with laughter and yummy home cooked food.  What more can we ask for?

Be Well,

Kimberly

Day 4

It is time for bed and I am staying loyal to my promise of writing a blog each day for sixty days.  So my blogs will vary in content and please excuse a blog every now and then, which may not be fulfilling.  Today is one such blog.  Thursdays are my busiest days because I schedule most appointments, run errands and work as full-time mommy.  And on Thursday evenings I lead support groups for grieving adults.  Today was productive, and I truly enjoy running groups about grief and loss.  After leaving group, I feel truly blessed and fortunate to support and empower others, while also learning a great deal from families.  It is a very rewarding job.

That is the part of my day I truly enjoyed.  The part I did not was the hour and half wait at doctor’s appointment today.  The longest I have ever waited for a doctor’s appointment was two hours and 15 minutes.  This was close.  But I was very grateful to my Aunt who watched my daughter while I attended the appointment.  She was understanding when I speed texted “I may be late, doctor is late. Is that okay?”  To which my Aunt responded, “Take your time. Even go shopping if you want to.”  I then sighed and texted, “I wish, but I am here waiting.” Today was a test in patience.

At the end of the day, I am thankful for another day with purpose, love and support.  I am grateful for this blog.  And I am excited about the journey ahead, a leap of faith.  Day 4 is pretty darn good!  And to that sentiment, good night, as I am one very tired mommy at the end of an “on the go” day.

Be Well,

Kimberly

Day 1

Today felt like day one of a life transition. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, my family and I moved from a home to a condo. The condo is located in my hometown, a city with serious charm: Winter Park, Florida.  I feel in some ways I am being reborn.  Not only did we move physically but there is something bigger going on here, for which time will reveal.  I have moved literally to a new home but I am also in process of an emotional (mind-body-spirit) journey to capture my inner child, my inner strength.

I know what I need to do career wise.  So now I am developing an action plan, checking one item at a time off the list.  And now I am even more aware of the importance of relaxation, and being open to “no plan.”  Sometimes the greatest joys come from “going with the flow, and trusting in the signs.”  Also a visionary has no vision without rest and recuperation.  Isn’t there a quote that says “Life is what happens when you are not watching.”?

Although weeks have passed since our actual move; we did not feel settled into our new place.  There were many, many boxes to unpack, discard, etc…  And we still have a room full of stuff, mostly paperwork to review and discard.  Last night, was the first night our family (mommy, daddy, baby and two dogs) slept through the entire night. WOO HOO!  My energy felt bountiful this morning as if I was being energized by Red Bull.  The irony is that I have never drank a Red Bull nor do I have a desire to do so.  This morning I was eager to do loads of laundry.  That is not my usual.  Olivia and I played in the park, danced to music, ate a popsicle together, and enjoyed giggling.  It seems she is becoming more independent as I found time to check items off my to-do list.  It was a productive and happy day.

Did I mention that I watched GLEE?  I am inspired by most episodes of Glee.  My daughter dances to the music and I continue to muster up creative ideas that swarm in my head.  Who knew that Liv would dance to Britney Spears songs on GLEE?  I took time out tonight to write and to reflect upon meaningful lyrics.  It is very important to me to say what I really want/need to say in my songwriting.  I vow to write lyrics, without fear of others perception of my lyrics.  The lyrics will be truthful and heartfelt.  I think many singers/songwriters sugar coat the writing in order to not offend others.  That was my mistake as well. I wrote many lyrics that only scratched at the surface of my real feelings.  It is time to really say I what I feel.

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