#Who am I, 16 Jan 2016
Today I am a Cheer Competition attendee in Reading, PA.
My three granddaughters are on a competition cheer squad and they all compete on their own separate teams. Well, not my oldest granddaughter, as she is recovering from a broken arm and is still wearing a brace so she is out for another month and a half.
It is truly amazing watching them and their athletic abilities. I am so proud of all the work that goes into their fabulous routines and the level of difficulty is exceptional.
Both of my own daughters were cheerleaders for the school teams. It is an exceptional sport that builds tremendous pride in terms of teamwork, spirit and athletic abilities. The competitive nature of the sport is evident at competitions, yet the pride at being part of a squad is even more prominent.
The competitions can be held all over the geographic area. Today, the location is close, a 30 minute drive. The event opens at 12:00 pm with awards at 7:30 pm.
I have decided to start a new series entitled:
Who am I?
Today I am #Linda Spreeman, Reviewer of Books. Tomorrow I will be something else. Tomorrow, I may be, #Linda Spreeman, Maker of Cakes, or #Linda Spreeman, Creator of PowerPoint. You get the picture.
Since today, I am #Linda Spreeman, Reviewer of Books, I’ll start with a book that was given as a Christmas gift, eons ago. I thought it was going to be another dry self-help type. Something, not sure what that something was, but “something” drew me to this book about a month ago. Was I ever fundamentally wrong about my perceived content and purpose of the book.
Realizing that every person is unique, and what resonated with me might not be the message that resonates with someone else, the book carries a lot of hidden gems and much nourishment for the soul.
There was one chapter that I have relayed in the course of two conversations in the last month. That one chapter has helped me assess situations from a different – and, yes, higher level of thinking.
Here is a link to the book with a variety of genuine messages.
<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/170548.Don_t_Sweat_the_Small_Stuff_and_it_s_all_small_stuff” style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img border=”0″ alt=”Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … and it’s all small stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life” src=”https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1172378911m/170548.jpg” /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/170548.Don_t_Sweat_the_Small_Stuff_and_it_s_all_small_stuff”>Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … and it’s all small stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life</a> by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2693.Richard_Carlson”>Richard Carlson</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1511953358″>5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
I had this book for several years. It was given to me as a gift. For some reason, I was reluctant to begin reading it. About a month ago, “something” drew me to it. Wow. I was impressed. There were significant messages and tremendous thought-provoking chapters. One, in particular, I shall never forget and has resonated so much so that I have drawn on it several times in the last few weeks alone. <br><br>It’s a genuinely good book that filled my my heart and mind.
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2016 #Short, Realistic Resolution List for New Year
- #Lose Weight. Yeah, yeah I know. Everyone has this. Truth is that it is no fun and a lot of work. So, for this year, I am not going to envision myself in single digit sized clothing. Instead, I am going to be realistic about the approach. This will mean an overhaul of eating. Since I’ve become (for the most part) vegetarian, it means healthier choices and well thought out in advance. That doesn’t mean I can’t have my favorite donut, but it does mean I can’t eat four of them (at a time). It doesn’t mean that I can’t have pizza, it just means I don’t eat half a pizza, when two slices will do just fine. No need to be stuffed! Will do a better job of shopping and planning.
- #Keep learning. There is so much that keeps changing with technology, the world, people, places and things. Be a sponge. Ask questions. Be curious. Expand out of my comfort zone.
- #I’m kind of a mother hen. Even with grown daughters and grandchildren. I resolve to KEEP being a mother hen.
- #Find a church that meets my spiritual needs. I have a church, but I’m not bonded with it for many reasons. This will mean exploring different options. This is a good thing with a positive outcome for my heart, mind and soul.
- #Meet more people. Go out and do more. I’ve become a bit of a homebody the last couple of years.
That’s my list for 2016. It’s a doable list. The problem with lists that are too aggressive is that they have a tendency to be abandoned quickly.
Let’s see how I do.
Happy New Year from Linda Spreeman
Top 10 Things I do on Vacation – Probably at a Beach Somewhere
- Dodge the rain. Seriously. I dodge the rain. This has happened ever since I was a baby. I don’t go on a lot of vacations, but the 2 out of 3 cruises I was on, it rained 30% of the time. Unusual they said. Not really. It’s my karma. I’ve had to leave a rented beach house due to evacuation (of the entire town, no less) from a Hurricane. The best scenario is one day of rain. An entire week of good weather? HaHaHaHaHa.
- Read a book. And it takes me a LONG time to find the perfect book. No love stories. Because, you see, vacation to me, is also a vacation from TV. So getting buried mentally into a book, is a great vacation. Plus the book doesn’t care if it’s raining out.
- If I’m lucky enough to me near a beach, then I’m lucky enough to watch the awesome wonder of the waves, the incredible sound of the crashing surf, and the powerful magnitude and respect it deserves.
- If I’m lucky enough to be at #3 above, then I’m fortunate to walk with the incredible feel of sand as it envelopes my feet and marvel at how it reacts to the hot sun and cool evenings. It’s a remarkable creature, the sand. It creates incredible sculptures when coupled with its partner the ocean. It creates wonderful little gullies and dangerous, yet enticing, sandbars. It is beautiful, it is fun. But with its beach co-inhabitant, can be oh so dangerous.
- Assuming I’m still at #3 above, collect really incredible shells. This is where those rainy days and storms come in handy (every cloud has a silver lining!). Typically the ocean yields wonderfully unique shells as a result of the storm and churning.
- Build wonderful drip sandcastles either by myself or with my daughters and granddaughters. It’s amazing the creative structures that can be designed with elaborate steeples with moats and intricate waterways. The imagination can be ignited with wonderful stories and creativity. Don’t underestimate the value of sandcastle building, no matter what your chronological age is, and where you are at in life.
- Go to an Inlet. Preferably not a popular inlet. An inlet that is, well, not maintained as a State Park. These are the best kind. Typically the beach is incredibly big with dunes that appear haphazardly placed by nature. Sometimes there are gullies in the middle of the gigantic beach. Logistically I know how mother nature managed to create that phenomenon but mentally it’s sometimes a challenge to wrap my head around it located so far from the ocean. The magnificence of the incredible power where the ocean meets the bay is a beautiful sight to behold, but one that reminds me how powerful that beauty is, and that the dangerous currents are why swimming is best left to – well – no one in that area. But it’s a peaceful area, nonetheless, albeit one that demands respect.
- Eat Ice Cream. Where else is Ice Cream such a delicacy and treated with such wonderful, enjoyable taste bud splendor than at a resort somewhere? Pretty much anywhere. The same Ice Cream can be dispensed at home, but it just doesn’t taste the same (even if it is the same), nor carry with it any special memories.
- Have wonderful meals. Splurging for a few meals is a real treat. When I go back home I can still have the enjoyable bowl of cream of wheat, grilled cheese and/or any other “delight” I can manage to create on my stove top. But that exquisitely prepared seafood meal in a restaurant – worth every delicious bite!
- Spending time with my loved ones. This cannot be explained in any way other than lovingly beautiful. To my dying day I will cherish the memories of my children, and grandchildren, climbing into my lap, placing their head on my shoulders, and falling asleep amongst the sand, the warmth of the afternoon sun, the sound of the ocean pounding the shore and the happy sounds of life being lived and loved.