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Waiting for perfect conditions?

thunderstorm clouds If the clouds are full, they pour out rain upon the earth; and whether a tree falls toward the south or toward the north, wherever the tree falls, there it lies. He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap. Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.… Eccl. 11:3-5

A few months ago, a new patient came into our office. She was the type of person who researched our office in advanced, was familiar with the services we offered and read every page on our website. While reading our website, she came across the link to my blog.  (Yes, this blog). She admitted that she clicked on the link with much anticipation and excitement only to be very disappointed when she noticed that it was outdated and not current. I hadn’t posted all year. Funny enough, I had forgotten that the blog link was buried somewhere in one of my business website pages.

Although things have been extremely busy, one of my primary reason for not blogging is because I’m no longer able to keep up with a consistent posting schedule and engage with other blogs the way I want to. And because I’m a closet perfectionist, a part of me would rather not blog at all than do it half way. I’ve recently, however, come to the conclusion that if I waited for ideal blogging circumstances, I probably would not publish another post. Ever.

So I decided that I’ll no longer wait for perfect conditions to post. I’m abandoning the schedules, the pressure to be consistent, the worries about blog traffic, comments and even perfect content. There may never be ideal blogging conditions for me. Instead, I’ll just post when I’m compelled to do so or have something I’d like to share. I consider this as my little piece of “real estate” on the internet and I enjoy posting from time to time.

If you’ve been waiting for the perfect condition, time or opportunity to do something that is important to you, I’d like to encourage you to do it now… Instead of waiting for the perfect moment, make this moment perfect by taking the first steps to accomplish what ever it is that you want to.

What should you be doing that you’re putting off until conditions are perfect? How realistic are your expectations?

 

When twenty-five dollars equals Priceless

Today I am participating in RxFitnessLady Holly Bloggy Christmas Party. If you’ve been following this blog, you know that Joi throws a good blogging party :) . I’m actually very grateful that she thought to physically connect the blogging community. I enjoyed the process.

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A few weeks ago when Carli, the awesome blogger who’s Real Into fitness, fun and a healthy living, contacted me about receiving my name, I had NO idea what was in store.

Three days ago as I was preparing to go to a Zumba class (that a patient of mine twisted my arm convinced me to attend), packing for the family to go out of town and also preparing my things for a race the next morning (with a 4 am wake-up call), a FedEx package arrived for me. I was busy, exhausted, but super excited. Needless to say, there was no hesitation…and I proceeded to open the packet.

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I immediately went for the note that was included…”read last” was written on it. So I moved on to the next thing that caught my eyes….a pen. It was no ordinary pen. It was a four in one. I thought to myself whoa. This is so cool…it was a pen, a stylus, a laser and a light.
There was also a beautiful charm bracelet with…wait for it… a dove. If you haven’t noticed, my blog theme is a dove…I was really digging the gifts.
There was a wooden heart charm. I wasn’t quite sure of the significance, but when I finally read her poem…WOW! It tied everything together and it left me in total awe.

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Blog Christmas partial poem I literally felt chills as I read. It was as if time slowed down and I absorbed and hung on to every word. Carli managed to capture the essence my blog and who I am. It was so beautifully and artistically written. Who knew she was a poet too :)It’s so nice to know that as my life and experiences are transcribed into words, they emanate from my heart to hers. (And I hope others)

This gift was hands down, one of the most symbolic and heart-warming gifts I’ve received in a long time. Thank you so much Carli! Something so seemingly simple as a blog link up has permanently etched a part of you “real into” my heart forever. I even found a special place on my desk to be continually inspired and  reminded why I blog.

Blog Christmas Collage4 While this blog party “gift exchange” had a monetary limit of $25, this gift from a friend I’ve never physically met, was PRICELESS and definitely WORTH THE WAIT!

  • What was an inexpensive gift you received that have had a priceless effect on you?
  • Have you ever received a gift from someone you’ve never physically met?
  • Are you following Carli from Real Into?…If not,  I hope you’ll click the link and make it happen

Blog love: posts you should read

YoureInvitedtoaBlogPartyAgain-RxFitnessLady_zps550097b7It is day 7 of Rx Fitness Lady  Mini Blog Challenge. I almost missed it. Prior to going out of town on Friday, I managed to write and pre-schedule posts through Day 6. I didn’t get a chance to write day 7 post. I just returned from attending the awesome Women of Faith Conference literally just returned. Feeling refreshed and renewed, I decided to eek out the final post. (I don’t like not being able to finish what I started.) I didn’t get a chance to read nor comment on any post this weekend, so I’m excited to catch up on what I missed. So here it is, just a few hours left in the day… my seventh and final post of this challenge…

I’ve found so many new blogs that I love and posts that I really enjoyed. I had already been thinking about specific posts that  resonated with me so it was easy to give some post specific blog love to these 3 blogs for day 7 prompt.

allie-vitatainFirst up, Allie from VitaTrain4Life. I totally fell in love with her blog. I love that she’s a runner, but when I read her post about her thoughts on theme parks, I could sooo relate. It was pretty funny too.

 

IleneNext is Ilene from The Fierce Diva Guide. She wrote a post about rising about difficulties. She talked about finding your practice.” Make time for it. Honor it. Honor you.” I loved it and it still resonates with me..

 

 

Prowessand pearl Finally there’s Michell from Prowess and Pearls. In my opinion, she really needs no introduction. Many of you already link up with her Doing You Well Wednesday link party. If you aren’t linking up, you should :) Recently, she shared a letter that she wrote to her mom. I went through a roller coaster of emotions reading that post. It was both moving and funny.

That’s it for now. I hope you’ll enjoy reading  these posts as much as I have.

  • Is there a specific post you enjoy?
  • What type of posts resonates with you most?
  • Is it still Sunday where you are? Did I get this post in on time :)

So, you’re blogging now?

Whew! I’ve been publishing posts for 6 days straight (one more to go) as part of the 7 Day Mini Blog Challenge hosted by my girl Joi, the Rx Fitness Lady herself. Today we’re taking about “How my family react to my blog.”

During my first few weeks of blogging, every time I published a post, I policed my family with questions… “Did you read my blog post?”  “What did you think about so and so?” The answers I received were mostly, “I forgot”, “I’ll get to it”, “I read it but couldn’t (or forgot) comment” etc. A tiny part of me wanted to be disappointed, but the bigger part of me knew that regardless of how much they read or commented, I knew they supported me. With that, I changed my expectations of my family and friends concerning my blog. policing my blog

The truth is, I’ve learned from owning my business, that whether or not my family and close friends support my endeavor doesn’t impact my passion, commitment  and drive to be successful in that venture . I’ve learned not to base the way they react or respond to my pursuit as being non supportive. It’s natural for us to feel that family is “supposed” to support us and be our biggest fans and cheerleaders. That may not always be the case.

While many of my family could care less, I know a few of them quietly and vocally support and are proud of my effort. My hubby reads the majority of my post and occasionally comments. Recently, my sister Rose responded to my post on The Strength of my Sisters with this comment…

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And my other sister Collette commented of my debacle trail run adventure with this comment…

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I’m always elated and feel honored when family and friends read and connect with something I said in a post. My sister Carol, who have guest posted, often comment on my Facebook page, my BFF Joy have read, commented and contributed to my blog.  I have a close friend who have never commented, but sends me text messages on how she is impacted by my blog. In the blogging community, commenting on a blog is often a show of support. I’m glad that the number of comments from my family isn’t commensurate with their level of support this blog.

How does your family reacts to your blog? Do they regularly read and/or comment?

First time stopping by this week? Check out what you’ve missed. Monday, I made a confession. Tuesday, I stirred the controversy pot with this post. Wednesday, was no laughing matter…well, yes it was. Thursday was an exhausting day in my life 10 years ago. Friday, I shared a list of DON’Ts.

 

Top Three Things to Avoid with Low Back Pain

YoureInvitedtoaBlogPartyAgain-RxFitnessLady_zps550097b7It’s Day 5 and I’m still alive :)Day 5 of the 7 Day Blog Challenge that is. Thank you Joi, the Rx Fitness Lady for hosting. In case you’re just joining and would like to check out this week’s prompts: Monday: I shared a confession. Tuesday: was a controversial post about the high price of healthcare. Wednesday: I shared a couple of funny post. Thursday: Throwback (10 years). I wrote about A Day in the Life when I first opened my practice.

Today’s prompt is to write a helpful list post. This post is about what not to do when you get a  low back injury or flare up. I’m saying low back, but it applies to almost any injury.

TOP THREE THINGS TO AVOID WITH LOW BACK PAIN

 

  1. HEATDon’t apply heat. The first thing people think about when they get back pain is to throw on a heating pad. Wrong Answer. Injuries are often associated with an inflammatory process. Without getting into detail (and to keep this post short). Inflammation=heat. Vessels are dilated. A heating pad only prolongs the inflammation by warming an already hot area. Sure, it feels good at the time. Sure, that long hot shower was just what you needed to loosen you up. Only to have the pain and stiffness increase or even worsen a few hours later. When in doubt, USE ICE. ICE ICE BABY!!!
  2. MASSAGEDon’t get a deep tissue massage right away. Massages are extremely helpful to relax muscles, break up adhesion and promote healing, but applying deep, repetitive pressure on an area that is already injured and inflamed can make it worst. Most of the injured folks I encounter aren’t going for the light pressure Swedish massages, they go straight for the deep tissue which can potentially contribute to increased pain and discomfort. Wait 1-2 weeks before the massage. It will feel so much better on tight healing tissue than injured one.
  3. INACTIVITYDon’t veg out on the couch or in the bed. If your pain in really severe, definitely take it easy for a day or two, but you want to move around and get back to normal (or modified) daily activities. Laying in bed can make the problem worst by causing muscle and joint stiffness.

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In the 11+ years I’ve been in practice, I’ve seen how effective the Chiropractic management of low back pain is. But I’ve had patients come in doubled over in pain, saying they injured themselves last week, got a massage and been laying in bed on a heating pad all week; and after ruling out any major issues, I treat them with an ice pack and instruct them to avoid all heat. By their follow up visit in 2 days, they are 80% better.

PLEASE NOTE: Heat may be helpful with chronic muscular conditions. This post is not intended to diagnose or treat your specific condition or substitute a visit to your doctor. Please consult your physician regarding your condition.

Other things to avoid with low back pain

  • Bending, lifting, reaching
  • Stomach sleeping
  • Chores or activities that increase your pain
  • Slouching
  • Intimate activities

How do you deal with pain? Which do you reach for first: heat or ice?

A Day in the Life: My One (Wo)Man Show

YoureInvitedtoaBlogPartyAgain-RxFitnessLady_zps550097b7Welcome to day 4 of the 7 Days Mini Blog Challenge hosted by Joi from Rx Fitness Lady. If you’re just joining, please check out Day 1 Confession, Day 2 Controversy, Day 3 Humorous. I’ve actually really enjoyed reading other post and the comments on my post. I love how everyone is creeped out by the picture in Day 1 post. I can’t wait to respond to each and every one of you. This week has been crazy, but I’ll get it done :)

Today’s writing prompt is Throwback Thursday “Ten Years” or A Day in the Life.

I’ve decided to combine the two. Recently, I posted a throwback picture of me and my husband (friend at the time) graduating from Chiropractic School on my business Facebook page. It made me think about how chaotic things were when I opened my first practice in Miami, FL many moons ago.

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So today, not only do you get a throwback, you get a day in the life – throwback.

6:00AM: Wake up (have devotion, go to the gym, head to the office)

Get to the office, perform opening procedures because I don’t have an assistant and I have to get the office ready.

8:00: First patient arrives (happens to be a new patient), sees me sitting at the front desk

I welcome the patient and provide paperwork. While they’re filling out the intake form, I answer a few phone calls, enter info into computer and attempt to verify insurance from the day before.

Patient hands me the completed paperwork, I walk patient back to exam room, put on my lab coat and officially greets the patient ( as if she didn’t just see me sitting at the front desk). **Crickets**

Patient: Oh, so you’re the doctor too? Me: (shame) Yes Ma’am, I’m in the process of hiring an assistant so if you know someone… Patient: I need a job.

Me: (thinking, Lord help!) Well, I have a few prospects, so if it doesn’t work out I’ll let you know…

I perform history, exam… while doing the exam, I excuse myself to attend to an unscheduled “walk-in” patient. (I know when the door opens from the door chime I had installed). Ask patient to have a seat, I’ll be with them shortly.

Goes back, completes exam, x-ray, therapy and give recommendations. Walks patient to the front, collects money. Patient: You’re wearing Auulll the hats huh? Me: (reschedules patient) Have a good one.

Welcomes “walk-in” and other returning patients (by now there are about 4 patients in the office), I go from room to room providing treatment, answering questions, answering the phone, collecting money, scheduling follow-up visits.

12:00PM FINALLY! The office closes for lunch: I complete progress notes, start initial reports, verify insurances, submit insurance charges (billing), return important phone calls, develop x-rays, do x-ray analysis and diagnosis.

1:30 leave to get a quick bite, pass out some business cards and brochures (depending on the day, I’d conduct a few interviews for an assistant or attend a chamber of commerce event, meet with local churches, attorney’s office or lunch meeting trying to make connections)

3:00 Evening shift begins. A repeat of the morning shift. Continue seeing patients and juggling it all.

6:00 Sees the last patient, make reminder phone calls (finish up notes, empty trash, clean office including bathroom)

7:30PM: heads home to eat (or to church if it’s Wednesday Night, or choir rehearsal if it’s Friday Night)

Surprisingly, the one man show didn’t seem to deter patients from coming back and referring their friends and family. Of course it didn’t hurt that my church was right across the street and many of the members supported my business.

Looking back makes me so grateful for where I am today. Although we’ve since relocated and essentially started over; it’s such a blessing to be able to share the responsibilities with my husband and our 4 staff members.

  • Did you ever have a one man show?
  • How many “hats” are you wearing?

What’s so funny?

Today is day 3 of the Rx Fitness Lady Mini Blog challenge. If you missed it, please check out my day 1 confession about being a “pecker” and my controversial (healthcare crisis) post on day 2. Today, we are asked to write a humorous post. But since I’m not naturally funny, I figured out a way to cheat re-introduce some previously written posts that readers thought were pretty humorous.

A few months ago, I wrote about a real and on going challenge with my son and his boy part. If you want a good chuckle, click on the picture and find out the answer to the age old question of How can my boy pee down when is tool is pointing up?

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Also,  recently I wrote about the full out battle between the tooth fairy vs my 6 year old. I shared the frustration of how the tooth fairy had to deal with being manipulated and out witted by the beautifully intelligent 6 year old. You could probably guess who won. Click on picture of the “ransom” note to read more.

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If you’re new to my blog or maybe you just didn’t get a chance to read any of those post, I hope you’ll take a minute to check them out. I can’t make this stuff up.

  • Did your little boy deal with this issue?
  • Does your little one write letters to the tooth fairy?

I Peck… and I confess!

This week I’ll be participating in the MINI BLOG CHALLENGE hosted by Joi from RxFitnessLady. Today’s challenge was to do a blog commercial or write a confession. I’ve chosen to do the latter.

Originally, I was going to write about a blogging related confession…like the fact that I decided to hold off on trying to monetize my blog when I saw how much work, time and effort it required. It was almost impossible with my RLR (real life responsibilities) of running my business and taking care of the needs of children and household.

Instead, I decided to make a personal confession which somewhat affects my blogging. If you’ve been following this blog, you may remember that one thing I wanted to achieve before turning 40 was learning to type.

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It’s true. I made it through high school and 8 years of college without proper typing skills. Sure, I can “peck ” with the best of them, but I feel that my inability to effectively type has drastically decreased the productivity of my blog (among other typing related things).

Since making my 40 B4 40 list, I’ve actually taken a couple of online typing classes and down-loaded a few apps to practice the technique, but I’m becoming very impatient with the process. I’m normally a very patient person. I have a pretty good capacity for tolerating delay or annoyance without getting upset or losing my temper, but coordinating the proper fingers, with keys to formulate words while not looking at the keyboard is beginning to get on my nerves. It’s like trying to learn to play the piano or learning a new language. My fingers feel slow, stiff and heavy. To me, learning the proper technique feels like I need to have the hand pictured above in order to achieve it. I know its possible, because millions of people do it on a daily basis, I just wish I had learned when I was younger. (Back then, the typing classes were equivalent to computer classes. I had enough computer credits so I didn’t need typing.) Oh, if I knew then, what I know now…

The good news for me is that, although I seem to be losing my patience when it comes to learning the proper typing technique, I am not a quitter. I thrive in difficult situations and work really hard to rise to and overcome challenges. This is no different.

  • Do you type or peck?
  • Have you tried to learn a skill as an adult that you though would have been easier learning as an adult?

Old School Blogging: Take Five!

Today I’m participating in this month’s Old School Blogging (OSB) hosted by  Elaine and Alison. We are sharing our list of “fives” meme. In case you missed it, I also participated in last month’s OSB’s Alphabet Soup. I hope you’ll sit back, relax and TAKE FIVE as I share my list of fives.

Five Things I Have a Passion For:

  • My family
  • My Faith
  • My Business
  • Running
  • Blogging
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Family picture from 2 years ago

Five Things I Would Like to do Before I Die

  • See my children happily married
  • Become a Grandparent.
  • Retire
  • Start a charity
  • Travel to one of the places listed below

Five Things I Say A Lot

  • “Thank you Jesus!”
  • “Stop”
  • “Good for you”
  • “Wait…what?”
  • “I’m shame” ( I am easily embarrassed, not only for myself, but when other people embarrass themselves)

Five Books I Have Read Lately

  • The Bible
  • Rich Dad,Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Jesus,  CEO by Laurie Beth Jones
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Five Favorite Movies

  • The Other Sister
  • The Jerk with Steve Martin
  • Waterboy with Adam Sandler
  • Sling Blade with Billy Bob Thornton
  • Rain Man with Dustin Hoffman

(I just noticed that all the main characters of my favorite movies have mental or emotional challenges)

Five Places I Would Love to Travel To

  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • Jerusalem
  • Dubai
  • Africa
  • California

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I’d love to read your list of fives. To play along, write your “fives” post, grab a button, and link up with Alison or Elaine by July 25.

 

Old School Blogging- Alphabet Soup

Well I’m a new school blogger, but there has been a fun getting to know you Alphabet Soup going around.  Elaine and Jennifer  are hosting Old School Blogging and I’ve been tagged by Nellie from Brooklyn Active Mama. I shared some more interested information about myself when I was nominated for a blogging award and also in my 40 b4 40 list. So please check them out when you get a chance.

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So here we go, grab a spoon and let’s dig in.

A. Attached or Single?   Attached. Married to my best friend.

B. Best Friend? (see question A)

C. Cake or pie? Cake all the way

D. Day of choice?  I love Sunday, except that I have to use part of my evening preparing for Monday

E. Essential Item? Mints. It keeps my breath fresh,  my mouth from drying out and curbs my appetite

F. Favorite color? Blue. Pretty much any shade except navy

G. Gummy bears or worms? Neither .Never been a fan of gummy anything

H. Hometown? Ft. Lauderdale, FL

I. Favorite Indulgence? A really good spa pedicure. Although I don’t indulge nearly as much as I’d like

J. January or July? July. (don’t like the heat) but love the time of year, family time and getaways

K. Kids? Two beautiful blessings

L. Life isn’t complete without? Christ

M. Marriage date? May 7th

N. Number of brothers/sisters? Six. I happen to be #7

O. Oranges or Apples. Oranges

P. Phobias? I would hate to witness something terrible happening to a child. (Although I don’t think it’s an irrational fear)

Q. Quotes? I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13

R. Reasons to smile? Waking up in the morning, being in good health. There are so many reasons to smile

S. Season of choice? Fall

T. Tag 5 People. V Watts, Michell, Kimbery, Alison, Trinity

U. Unknown fact about me? I only like ice cream that has nuts or crunchiness in it

V. Vegetable? Although technically not a vegetable, I really like mushrooms

W. Worst habit? I stay up way too late and get up way too early  *edited because I cut and pasted questions and forgot to delete one answer 😉 *

X. Xray or Ultrasound? X-ray. Don’t like the ultrasound gel. it’s usually messy and cold.

Y. Your favorite food? Pizza. It can as versatile as they come.

Z. Zodiac sign? Aquarius

Why not play along? Answer these questions in your own post, and link up with Elaine at the Miss Elaine-ous Life or Jennifer at Jennifer P. Williams.