Monthly Archives: June 2013

Interesting Things You Come Across When Jogging

I am currently away right now from my home due to a family member’s health emergency, which is giving me perspective right now, about my own recent down grade in self care.

Since launching my first novel I have been eating bad and exercising sporadically. I’ve put on a few pounds which is something I have no business doing because they don’t come off as easily as they go on. Seeing this family member struggle with health has given me appreciation for my own great health and with that intent in mind I set out for a short jog, before I head off to spend the day at the hospital.

At home I walk/run on gravel roads and being in the city I was looking forward to nice paved/ concrete running surfaces. Just out the doorway in the parking lot I came across the following debris.

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I have to admit it caught my attention as I went by. I stopped, went back, and captured this photo. I immediately began to wonder how it all got there. The Chanel perfume box, the heels, the plastic covered roses, the brown facecloth, a cigarette butt all strewn on the pavement. It smacks of a romance gone bad.

Shortly thereafter I came across a beautiful boulevard lined with roses. By this point in my run I was gasping for air, a state made pleasurable by the deep rose scent. A couple of turns later and I came across this lovely pond.

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I abhor exercise. That’s why it’s usually the first thing to go when my life gets out of control and I am overwhelmed. I didn’t complete a solid 5kms of straight running, which tells me I have some work to do. I have fallen off the exercise wagon enough times to know that a couple of weeks and I’ll be there if I want to work at it. If I do, I know I will come across some pretty interesting sights.

It’s not all about me

When I joined WordPress I was looking for a static location to plug my book. I wanted a place I could direct people to if they wanted to purchase my book online simply a website with a description of my novel, a brief bio, and my “buy it now” button.

But the book wasn’t quite available when I went online, and I figured I better get some content going, once word got out the website was live. I figured maybe I’d blog a bit about becoming an author while I waited.

Now that I have launched my book, my “buy it now” button is in place, and I am so sick of self-promotion, I can’t even stand to look at myself in the mirror anymore, I figured it would be a great time to switch gears a little and do a little bit of blogging that isn’t all about me, not completely.

Today I received a beautiful gift from my husband. It was an anniversary present that he ordered from Australia, a beautiful silk scarf. Lucky me!!! The gift was thoughtfully selected because beyond being beautiful, silk, and handmade it has deeper meaning. When I wear it as a wrap, the printed design is of wings. Eagles are a significant totem for me, and these wings made my husband think of eagles and me.

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However when I opened the gift, and read the accompanying literature included by the artist, the gift became more meaningful for a whole other reason. It was made by a fellow artist.

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I have only begun to go out and flog my craft, “my art” if you will. I’ve done a farmer’s market, a community garage sale, and a library visit. Although word of mouth has been incredible and every day I am getting more and more recommendations and signings, I am seeing how hard it is, selling by the onesies and twosies. It has given me a whole new appreciation for artists. I have to say I love this scarf even more because I know the gift is supporting someone else’s art.

Gift buying and gift receiving of this type feels less like mindless consuming and more like mindful purchasing. I am loving sites like Etsy.com. My husband is a huge internet explorer who has turned me on to websites and artists I never would have known if not for his curiosity. I have received some spectacular gifts from him like the scarf above and bracelet below…

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and he is getting some pretty funny t-shirts for father’s day.

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