Tumbling thoughts

So many things I keep turning over and over in my mind. If thoughts were rocks, they’d be polishedPolished rocks  by now. How did Pastor Wade say that today? “The opposition will not derail God’s purpose for my life.” {internal note: even if the opposition is me.} How funny it comes right after I chewed on Acts 10 this morning and had a meltdown with chapter 7 of The Purpose Driven Life. Every time I turn around, I keep hearing the same message. Different words, different delivery systems, but the same message. Reminds me of the brass ring at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk carousel. It was there every time I went around, and all I had to do was overcome my fear to reach for it… #grow

Today I Choose


Every day I make choices.  Even if someone else is choosing and I go along with it, a choice is made.  My lack of a choice or failure to make a choice is still a choice.

I don’t recall when I first started using the hashtag #TodayIChoose but it so accurately fits my journey.  I am focused on making choices that improve my health, strengthen my faith and my body so that I am ready and able if and when I am needed to serve, in whatever capacity that may be.

  • #TodayIChoose to push my boundaries of faith by starting to read and apply The Purpose Driven Life.
  • #TodayIChoose to push my boundaries on fitness by completing one full circuit of strength and body work.  I can’t be strong if I don’t build muscle. No excuses, no whining.
  • #TodayIChoose to zero in on my food by spending time to create a menu and prep for the next three days of healthy eating and targeting my macros.

    What do you choose today?

On your mark, get set, GO!


Faith, Fitness, and Food.  That’s my focus and pretty much in that order these days.  I’m on a journey to reshape my life.  My favorite hashtags these days, #TodayIChoose #ABetterMe and #ToBeFitToServe

Faith:  I’m a born again Christian.  A Jesus-loving, song-singing, Bible-reading woman who has been through several hells of her own making before finding her way back to the One who never fails, never gives up, never runs out on me (to quote the song).  I love to sing.  I read my Bible almost every morning as it sets the tone for the day.  I ask a lot of questions and I think way more than I ask out loud.

Fitness: On November 24, 2014 I walked on my new-to-me treadmill.  20 minutes .66 miles.  I was exhausted!  Since then, I’ve logged over 300 miles and walked in my first 5K.  I’ve hiked in two different state parks, for a total of 10 rugged miles.  I’m doing intervals now and hitting just over a 15 mi/min pace pretty consistently.  This summer I’ll be adding canoeing and kayaking to the list of things, as well.  I have a long way to go, but my motivation is high and I know I’ll make my goal.  Slow and stead wins the race…

Food:  I’m a fairly decent cook.  And I can bake pretty well too.  Even though my lifestyle has changed a LOT,  I still take time to prepare meals for myself (cooking for 1 can be a challenge) that are healthy and appetizing.  To me:  recipes are a suggestion, a starting point.  I’ve created meals based off of a picture (my first chicken curry) and I’ve even recreated a bread based off an ingredients list (from Cafe Beaujolais in Mendocino).  Warning:  I’m one of those people who posts pictures of their meal.  On a positive note, I also share recipes.

Beyond these things, you’ll also meet my cat Skittle, hear about my job at the winery, and possibly read some of my more creative writing pieces:  poems, prose, and short stories.  All in good time…