Simply Thankful

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ThankfulIt can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the next best thing or what tomorrow, next week, next month or next year will bring. But I am working on living in the present and being thankful for the simple things, as well as the big grand things I often take for granted. So today I want to take a few moments to record all that I am thankful for.

I am thankful for:

  • The courage to walk away from any person, thing, or activity that does not serve my higher self or help me on the road to becoming better.******* (This is a daily struggle for me, but I am SO incredibly proud of the courage to say good-bye, time and time again – even when that is accompanied by “I love you, but …”)
  • My family and friends – there is so much overlap until I can’t separate them. I LOVE them.
  • A commitment to be fit this year ~ I’ve never been on any program this consistently or done anything I enjoy as much as dancing. Nor have I ever found such a wonderful circle of supportive friends (new and old) to share the journey with.
  • Forgiveness – there is no good in holding grudges or rehashing wrongs. I am so thankful that I know how to forgive AND that I know forgiveness does not necessarily mean relationship restoration.
  • Courage and faith to continue to pursue my dreams regardless of what the “stakes” are: I have left jobs, moved across the country, moved out of the country, given employment opportunities a try … gone back to school all as a faith walk and a journey that I KNOW is leading to my destiny. I have NO regrets.
  • New friends. I have kept my door open so I have to give thanks that I continue to meet amazingly, loving, supportive and wonderful people.
  • Gifts to share with the world – what good is life if we are only always on the receiving end.
  • Financial Favor – I do some foolish and sometimes careless things with my money (my philosophy is that it is just money and will come again – good times/great memories are not as easily accessible), but I am SOOO incredibly thankful that I have and know that I will always be blessed financially. One thing I did this year was give MORE. Therefore, I also believe that when we give freely and openly, the universe will bring it right back to us.
  • I am thankful for such a genuine appreciation for art in all forms: visual art, dance***, music, fashion, poetry … Art gives me life and I am thankful that I can see, taste, feel and appreciate it.
  • The courage to be different. ‘Nuff said.
  • The humility to say “I’m sorry.”
  • The acknowledgement that ALL of my relationships – past and present – are a direct reflection of how I feel about myself. I commit to never again choosing any relationship, nurturing ANY relationship that represents less than my best self. This is applicable to ALL relationships.
  • A mother, family and friends who genuinely pray for me.
  • A love of reading and writing.
  • People who love me and so many people that I love!!!!
  • This life. My life. For this I am thankful.
  • Those of you who read this post, support my blog and/or support “Crazy, Sexy Wellness.” I am thankful for YOU!!!

Listen to Your Heart

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It’s that little voice inside that says try harder. This isn’t a good fit for you. This is your passion. You deserve better. You can do it! S/he loves you. It is time … time to leave, time to search, time to move on, time to forgive, time to love, time to apologize. It’s the butterflies in your stomach, the flutters in your chest. It’s that feeling inside. It’s your intuition. It’s the God in you. Listen. Obey. Follow. Adhere. But never allow someone to convince you that your inner voice is dishonest.

Perhaps at times it can be irrational – LOL – or too quick to jump to conclusions without all the facts. Maybe it’s a little insecure and causes you to see things that really aren’t there. Or maybe it’s just a little fragile as it attempts to heal from past hurts and disappointments, but it’s still your life meter. Never allow anyone to force you to disengage from it.

Maybe it is fussy and won’t allow much quiet time. Maybe it’s obnoxious and makes it difficult to see your wrongs. Perhaps it’s even selfish at times and weans for attention. But it’s your pulse … never allow someone to make you become numb to it.

Honor your voice. Honor your heart. Honor the God in you.

This Disease …




I am thankful that I have been relatively healthy my entire life. No hospital visits, random falls or other freak accidents. It also probably helps that my mom’s remedy for everything was “put alcohol on it.” LOL!!! So two years ago when I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, I lost it! I’d never, ever in my life had a diagnosis and the thought of having to take synthetic medication for a week, day, month or even worse – according to my doctor – possibly for the rest of my life sent me into a frenzy.

The past two years have been much of the same. Although my Rx fluctuates between very small doses, I still hate that I have to take something every single day. When my doctor called on yesterday to tell me that my levels were elevated once again, I felt a little piece of my heart break.

Last week I was finishing an essay for an academic program and at the request of the writing center, my aim was to make it more personal. Why am I interested in the field of public health? Where does this passion come from? I started writing and the words flowed freely. Some of written before, many I have not. One thing that I never connected or shared was that I have never been able to spend time with either of my grandmothers – they both died prematurely from health-related complications. I started making my way down the list of family impacted by disease and illness: grandpa, uncles, aunts … the list goes on.

These two events are related because this year has really been about taking charge of my health. My physical fitness and eating habits are major components, but not the only components. As is customary for me, I have been evaluating and re-evaluating friendships. Taking time to breathe, celebrate, mourn, laugh, cry, release and rebuild. I think of my grannies, I think of my family, I think of my friends and I think of me. I can’t change my current diagnosis – although I am earnestly searching for an alternative – but I can work towards not adding to the list. I can do this! This diagnosis does not define me. I can use it as impetus to push forward and remain committed to myself and the health of others. I can do this. This is why I do this. This is why I am committed. This is my life’s work.

The Creation of “Crazy, Sexy Wellness”






When I initially started thinking about creating a blog, my first thoughts were there are a gazillion blogs already out there – why add to the list? But then I had to remind myself that this was my blog, for me to openly express my thoughts and feelings and continue to have a space for creative writing.

Much along the same lines, when I thought of creating a Facebook page I looked at my own habits and the dozens of Facebook pages I “like.” Some still inspire me, few I check daily and others I have liked, but turned off the notifications and alerts. But this is my page, for my very own continuous stream of random thoughts, ideas, questions, goals, gripes and moments of encouragement along my journey to be healthier.

The concept of Crazy Sexy Wellness (CSW) is that fitness does not always start in the gym and wellness is not simply about exercise and diet. My fitness journey – as I have discussed many times here – started with light yoga and evolved primarily though various forms of dance. Although I incorporate more traditional forms of exercise, including spin and running, dance is my primary and favorite way to “work out.” Likewise, wellness is so much more that what we eat and how many days a week we exercise. Many of us neglect the simple pleasures and stress relievers like taking a few minutes a day for ourselves, seeking professional counseling when needed, evaluation – and eliminating – unhealthy relationships, and the list goes on. CSW is dedicated to attaining and continually fostering total wellness.

I am not selling any products or recommending any special creams, wraps or diets; I am simply creating yet another space where I can share my voice and hopefully inspire others along the way. So here is to acknowledging that even with all the plethora of voices in the world, there is still space for yours … and mine too :-). “Like me” on FB: Crazy, Sexy Wellness”

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