Category Archives: Writing

Capacity (morphs)

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I had to walk out of a class at gym the other day. I’m good about giving stuff a solid try, but I’m also teaching myself to be totally fine with letting go if it doesn’t work for me. After the first 5 minutes of this class, I knew I’d be struggling, miserable, and in severe pain if I kept it up for the whole hour. That combination is not part of my personal idea of a successful experience, so I left without regret or embarrassment and went to tackle my arms, shoulders, and back on the TRX instead. What an excellent choice.

My point is that for all the valiant “never give up, never surrender” moments that we are practically brainwashed into thinking we need to stick out, the real “win” often comes from accepting where you are and trying something new, instead.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating a plateau, I’m advocating the value of finding a different path to tread to the top of the mountain, even if it’s got a few more switchbacks.

 

 

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Be Fit For Your Horse

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Photo Credit: Linda Guanti: http://www.yogawithhorses.com/

I just started a group on facebook called Be Fit For Your Horse. Soon, there will be a blog and website to go along with it. In the mean time, check it out and, if it applies to you, join us!

Your horse needs to be flexible, athletic, balanced, and strong to perform at his/her best. But what about you? It always takes two to tango! 

This group exists to provide an encouraging community, full of resources and support, to riders and horse-people of all disciplines who wish to become a fitter, healthier, human partner. 
Together, we can become the dance partners of our horse’s dreams. 

How to…

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This is the best “how to” I’ve ever seen for writing something as potentially intimidating and abstract as an artist’s statement.

Thing is, it’s about artist statements, but it could be applied to a heck of a lot of other stuff… like blog posts 😉 Nice.

Enjoy!

 

Enable Yourself

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I went swimming today (in a real pool, with cap and goggles), for just about the first time since I stopped my competitive racing career almost a decade ago.

Yes, my cardio was pathetic, but I was surprised to find that my technique in the water, after all these years, is still nothing to snort at.

I write this, because it hit a chord about the value of learning something right the first time. Heck, drill it if you need to! (3 miles of laps a day, 4-5 days a week for three years anyone?) Because if it’s worth learning, and you’re really passionate about it, even just for a time, then it’s worth the investment of time/effort/money/sweat/tears to get it right, now. One day, that’s going to pay off

Oh, and on that note, get the bare-bones tools YOU need to stay motivated in the beginning! (Your tools might be different then mine. Great!)

In the pool, was shocked at the number of people trying to do laps without goggles. Sight is important. I speak from experience… walls and chlorine hurt like hell when you invite them into your personal space. I respect the laps. I don’t respect you not setting yourself up for success. Enable Yourself.

No More “Sweeping”!

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I just gave myself a big present in a little package by doing some “housekeeping” that I assumed would be a daunting task, in a little over half an hour.

I completely restructured, organized, and created file hierarchies in every personal folder on my computer. I also deleted almost 800 old, duplicate, or unused files, and now have a completely clean online “office.” It feels amazing.

Although I always kept my desktop clutter-free, now every time I save something, I don’t have that feeling that I get when I see a decomposable piece of food drop into a practically unreachable spot. “I’m never going to see that again, even if I wanted to, and I know it’s going to cause me stress and discomfort.” …yeah, not the greatest frame of mind!

The problem is now solved. No more sweeping it under the rug for me!! I am liberated, and it was easy!!

 

 

Form over Function, or Hidden Intelligence?

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Do some things get so fancy that they start forgetting what and why they were in the first place?

I have a very high opinion of my Macbook Pro computer, but when then dents in my wrists from the sharp edge of the wrist rest start to hurt, I sometimes have to wonder if “clean cut” has been taken too far.

You argue that I am not sitting correctly? Sure, but I am not the only mac-user who enjoys mac-ing while leaning against a wall on the floor or in bed!

So perhaps this “flaw” is by design? Maybe my mac is using subversive signals to get me to sit in a more posture-friendly position… Now there’s a mind-warp!

It’s All About the Process

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Sometimes, a little bit of reassurance is really nice.

Have you ever been in the situation of watching someone do something, who, for whatever reason, you automatically think is better than you at that activity? Maybe because they are older, more established, or have sold work to someone or something “important.” …And then you watch them work, and realize that you work in exactly the same way: Step-by-step.

It’s actually an incredibly helpful and emboldening experience.

I just ran across this video of a writer who videoed himself writing an essay. And you know what? he misspells, hacks, cuts, pastes, has long moments of nothing, and comes out on the other end all the better for it.

Have some faith in your process!!