My Next Big Adventure!

My Next Big AdventureI tend to set big goals and work towards accomplishing giant feats. And since I have gotten in the habit of announcing all my goals and dreams and plans to the world, when I get done with one thing, people always ask me what’s next!

I usually have a plan and a plan after that plan! But last year after my 2 year goal of qualifying for and racing the ironman world championships in Kona, Hawaii, I didn’t have a plan.

I had no idea what was next for me. Throughout 2017, my year of transition and change, when people would ask where I was going to live or what I was going to do for money and other “easy” questions, I didn’t have an answer. Instead I would say time and time again, “I’m open to what is next for me.”

And I was.

I didn’t make many plans or set many goals throughout the year. I took one day at a time, one moment at a time, and learned to live in the moment and be grateful for where I was right then and there.

It felt uncomfortable at first, but over time, I truly began to be open to what was next for me. I took advantage of every opportunity that was presented to me, even if I had no idea where it would go or what it would do for my future.

And by the end of the year, when people would ask me what was next, I could say with 100 percent certainty that I was open to whatever was next for me. I would take on whatever was presented to me, and make the very best of it, knowing that that was where I was supposed to be in my life.

So although I was very VERY surprised, I was not scared, when I found out six weeks ago that I was going to have a baby.

I stated over and over again that I was open to what was next for me in my life, and this is what the universe gave to me.

As a 45-year-old, who was not trying to get pregnant, who had been on birth control the majority of my adult life, and rarely had a period to begin with, the chances of me getting pregnant were less than one percent. So I know this baby really really REALLY wanted me to be her mother.

So that’s it! That’s my new adventure for 2018. I feel excited for this new chapter of my life, and I know without a doubt this is where I am supposed to be right now and this is what I am meant to be doing.

P. S. It’s a girl!

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Happy Birthday Joey | A Doggie Love Story

Happy Birthday Joey!On Christmas Eve one year ago we started looking online to adopt a new dog…and by “we”, I mean “me”. Our last dog Sam had died in June and we were ready to add to the family again. I spent 2 days reading through profiles and when I came across Joey’s, I was sold!!!

He said he was energetic and loved running but also loved being a couch potato! OMG! That is me to a tee! My ideal day would be running a marathon in the morning and then watching movies the rest of the day!! He was perfect!! Plus he was 2 years old (young enough to be part of the family for a long time but old enough to have already been trained) and small (we had never had a small dog, but were living in an RV so it was time to downsize our dog).

We read through the application and it mentioned a home visit. Boo! I wasn’t sure if someone would give a dog to a family living in an RV in an RV park with no yard, no dog door, and no place to run around during the day. But I sent the app anyway! Joey was meant to be with us!

I got a call the following day and as luck would have it, I knew the woman who ran the shelter!! Boom! I was in! Anyone who knew me at all knows I would treat my dog like my own child and would make sure he was always taken care of no matter where I lived! Now all we had to do was meet Joey.

We met him where he was being boarded and he was a ball of energy, climbing all over the furniture, chasing the ball and running in circles. I loved him but was worried Rick would object since Joey was a shedding machine AND Rick had never let his dogs on the furniture…ever!!

On the way home we chatted about it and Rick said if I loved Joey, we could take him in.

We were planning on doing a test run over the New Year weekend at our place, but the day before he was coming over, we got a call from the shelter saying Joey had an aggressive episode and they wanted us to be aware of it. And that it would be best if we kept him on anxiety meds and saw a trainer on a regular basis. This didn’t scare is off, we decided to wait and see how he did in our family. Our last dog Sam was super anxious, needy, and aggressive with others but did well with us since we are pretty low-key and relaxed.

So on January 1, 2015 Joey came to check us out and he has never left our sides. We declined the drugs and trainer and he has never once showed us anything but love. He is playful and energetic when we are but calm and snugly when we want to be. He is soft and obedient and makes me laugh every single day.

He is the perfect addition to our family and I am so grateful he was put into our life.

Happy birthday Joey!!

PS…please adopt a dog! There are so many who need good loving homes!

Here is where we got Joey…

http://www.softplacetoland.org

Please like their facebook page and donate if you can!!

https://www.facebook.com/A-Soft-Place-To-Land-Inc-129697580375910

THANKS SO MUCH!!!

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