Getting back to great

30 Day Blog Challenge, Temple Building
Just completed a 4.02 mi run - One time for another great run. YEEEEAAAAHHHHH. #running #templebuilding http://t.co/qt4yzGiK7R #RunKeeper — nicole means victory (@ndcollier) September 18, 2013 Some runs are just good runs. This morning's run definitely goes in the books as a good one.  Why? I found a new route that works well. Because I'm in a new area, I'm mapping and remapping routes as I run. This morning I found a couple of good stretches without too many turns to memorize. Moreover, today's route  didn't take me over too many ginormous hills nor past too many dilapidated houses. I ran 4 miles. Again. Although I used to run 4 miles 3-4 times a week, it was all on relatively flat land. I'm building the stamina to run 4 miles…
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Sunshine and fibroids.

Temple Building, Women's Health
Naturopaths and nontraditional healers often mention the healing properties of sunshine. And depending on where and how we grew up, our parents and grandparents spoke of it, too. My personal relationship with the sun has always been one of respect and admiration... my mood and energy levels often mirror the brightness of the sun. So it pleases me whenever "traditional" research makes linkages between sunshine and good health. Dr. Donna Baird, a researcher at the National Institute of Environmental Health, suggested that sun exposure of more than an hour per day (Vitamin D) may lead to a decreased risk of fibroids. The results are tentative, and come from a single study of women in the Washington, D. C. area, but plans are underway to survey women in Detroit to see if findings…
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Dawn and endings.

30 Day Blog Challenge, Personal Narrative
[caption id="attachment_1800" align="aligncenter" width="538"] Dawn at Starbucks Bay.[/caption] It's my favorite time of day - the dark before the dawn. First light alerts the world to the coming sunrise. This morning my cat is snuggled next to me as I write in my darkened bedroom. I have long favored early morning because it's nearly silent, mostly still. Hints of noises and shadows of movements as many of nature's beings prepare for the day ahead. Daniel once tweeted his praise for early mornings: the world is quiet, Spirit is loud. Yes. It's a time of hope and possibilities. Beginnings. Today is also an ending of sorts. Today marks my 30th post in as many days. I've completed my personal challenge. The last time I wrote 30 posts in 30 days I found…
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Sun goddess.

30 Day Blog Challenge
9 p.m.  contemplative. quiet. slumber soon come and then morning. glorious gift. first light - stirring. stretching. deep sighs. promises made in silent darkness. black skies give way to lavender wisps. daybreak - salutations. skies warm and brighten, heralding crimson dawn. ---- I took this photo just after 7 a.m. I had planned to write a short missive on morning, my favorite time of day. Well, the day came and went before I had the chance to write. Here it is, nearly 10 p.m., and I'm looking forward to morning again.  xoxo
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Today’s rainbow…musings from a traveler. #NaBloPoMo #amwriting.

30 Day Blog Challenge
I. Today I wore a turquoise wrap. Peacock blue, to be precise. Smug and perky, a bright splash of joy draped across my shoulders, I took in the scene on the airport tram. Shook my head at the stoic wall of black-navy-gray. Oh, what a spot of color wouldn't do to add a dose of cheer... II. Walking through the security line, my eyes spotted a fellow smug and perky. The slight smile on his face framed by a bright red sweater. He strolled, weaving through the stanchions with an air of confidence and a hint of fun. It was the red. I know it. III. My window seat afforded me a perfect view of the bay set against the pink-orange dusk. Smug and perky overcome by the sinking realization…
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Home, revisited. A meditation.

Personal Narrative
I pressed the lap button at 2.5 miles, only to find out I was never keeping time. I did what I sometimes do in circumstances like this…I stopped running. I had gotten off to a much later start than usual, so the sun was bright overhead, and walking a few paces in the cheerful warmth was a welcome commune with nature. I spotted fish, not merely jumping, but seriously engaged in sport and one-upmanship. I spoke to a couple of ducks on the trail. The easy pace and beautiful scenery got me in a meditative mood. I mused about home. What is home, exactly? A place or a moment that resonates. It’s gathering of old friends around a good game of Taboo. A visit to the tried and true corner…
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Returning for Love | #30in30 #WriteLikeCrazy

30 Day Blog Challenge
It was love at first sight – the Caribbean Sea. A girlfriend and I celebrated her birthday on Barbados. We made friends with the locals, navigated roundabouts while driving on the wrong side of the street, sampled the island rum, and won prizes dancing and guessing famous songs. I purchased a beautiful amber bracelet with matching earrings from a man on the beach. But mostly we bronzed in the sun and played in that divine water. Water ski. Jet ski. Snorkeling. Sitting still, admiring. I cried when we left. And maybe I shouldn’t have, because my tears brought me back. Daddy died suddenly. Friends, family and serendipity brought me to St. Maarten to mourn. The water was a little unsettled there, or perhaps it was my broken heart. But it…
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Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Clearing.

Personal Narrative
Are you a people person? Do you feel energized or drained around people? I’m an introvert. This means I get energized (or re-energized) when I have alone time. Solitude. But this does not mean I’m not a people person, because I am. I’m a teacher and I love it. I’m a spiritual coach and I love that. I like hanging with friends when our schedules and locations coincide. But there comes a time when I get overloaded and it becomes too much. When I can take a whole day to myself, I do. I spend the day alone exercising, reading, running errands, playing on the internet, basking in the sun, and catnapping. I call it self-care. When I can’t take a day, I steal away as I can. Case in…
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