Pick your battles

As you know if you read my blog I’m writing a book. It’s about my motherbattle and, to a lesser degree, me. I loved her and we were always close. But what’s fascinating is, in dredging up these old memories, I’m noticing aspects of her personality, her character, her being I wasn’t really aware of before.

Maybe I’d seen it, known it all along, but it never registered with me, most likely because I Continue reading

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Day 326. Not Surprising

Have you ever tried to figure out why you are the way you are?  Yes, DNA definitely has something to do with it.  Your parents influence you, to some degree.  Whereroots you live, how you live, with whom you live certainly all have an effect.  Life, itself, is a factor.

But there are some characteristics each of us has, the ones we think are unique to us, that sometimes make me wonder.

In recent posts I’ve talked about myself a lot.  My feelings about feminism.  My moral code.  My standards.  My approach to friendship and love and work and life.  And there seems to be a common thread that runs through all of it.

I have strong convictions.  I stand up for what I believe in, regardless of the consequences.  I am an independent thinker; and doer.  I am not easily influenced by the opinions of others.  Even as a young child I Continue reading

Day 111. Say Ohm

I’ve tried Yoga several times.  I like it well enough.  But I prefer Pilates.  While a lot of the movements and poses are the same, Pilates is all about building a strong core, at the same time as it builds your flexibility, strength and endurance.  It also puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing and improving coordination, balance and posture.

The aim of Yoga, on the other hand, is to unite the mind, the body and the spirit.  It helps you become more aware.  It helps you find personal harmony.  It helps you relax.  All the while, making you more fit and energetic.

Probably the most significant difference between the two, is that Pilates incorporates both mat work and the use of special Pilates machines.  As opposed to Yoga, where your body’s own weight is used for resistance; and a lot Continue reading