Be creative and create!

Life is all about experiments, adventures, pleasures, pains, education. Remember the adage, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Well, it’s true.

Learning as much as I can about places, people, and new adventures, I explore and ask a lot of questions. Yesterday we spent all afternoon walking up into and down out of fifth-wheel trailers, as recon for our next life adventure. While the purchase of one is still a ways away, we are researching models, manufacturers, and designs. How will our lives look while living aboard a moving home?

Encountering someone you know, who doesn’t greet you by name, and neglects to inquire about your life, is someone with their own story, baggage, and thoughts.  Give them grace, smile, and move on.

Create the life you want. If I ask you the question, “what do you love about your life?” What will you say? What’s on your vision board? What are YOU creating?

Think about that.

Aloha🌺,

Denise

Follow your own bliss

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” — Joseph Campbell

My bliss includes my family, my friends, my yoga mat, coffee, my bike, my suitcase, sunrises and sunsets, and my ice cream maker.

On this journey of life, finding FUN every day is my mission. Today’s sunrise filled my heart with warmth (with the day starting in the low 50ºs F) and my eyes with pleasure. I will seek something great today, and you can too. Seek and you will find.

 

 

 

 

 

Here in St. Charles, we really didn’t have a Fall…we went right from Summer to Winter. I like the slower progression, but I am enjoying wearing my scarves and snapping pics of leaves.

Wherever you are, have FUN today. Find your bliss. Share a hug.

Aloha🌺,

Denise

Sun’s out, FUN’s out there!

The clear blue sky beckons me outside…. the sun is shining and no displays of wind. What to do? Explore!

Walking is a great way to see things, at street level. Take in the trees’ leaves changing colors. See the yard art in the neighborhood. Say “hello” to other walkers.

Trust me, household errands are much more enjoyable in the sunshine.

Driving to a new area also adds FUN to your day. Make a Road Trip Day and explore a new place, restaurant, shops, parks, and monuments.

Happy Wednesday and Happy FUN day.

Aloha🌺,

Denise

Another full day the “Schnitzer way”

We all have 24 hours in a day, and “The Schnitzer way” is to maximize those hours and seize the day!

And so, we began with an early morning bike ride, followed by a breakfast of champions (eggs, bacon, coffee).  Heading to The Central West End of St. Louis, a lovely, walking area with shops, restaurants, and gorgeous old buildings, we ducked into the Candle Fusion (https://thecandlefusionstudio.com) to create individual hand-made candles from a mixture of our chosen scents.

Waiting for our candles to cure, we walked to my new favorite restaurant, The Taste of Lebanon, (http://tasteoflebanonstl.com) for over-the-top-delicious lentil soup, baba ganoush, and dolmades. We also perused an old bookstore, a soap-making place, and the three levels of exhibits at the World of Chess (https://worldchesshof.org) where the largest chess piece stands proudly at the front door. Yes, it has a Guinness Book of World Records certificate! Our candles turned out wonderfully.

Soon after, we headed to a team appreciation party, hosted by the Bike Stop Café, (https://www.bikestopcafes.com) where we met new friends and ride sponsors, as well as indulging on delicious wraps, guacamole, and hand-made muffins. To shower appreciation upon the team members, the owners gifted us goodie bags filled with wonderful ride-related gifts (in mine: Untapped pure Vermont maple syrup, Chamois Butt’r, Golden Bicycle Soap by the Slice, and a bumper sticker).

Our final stop of the busy day was the Scheidegger Center    (http://www.lindenwood.edu/j-scheidegger-center-for-the-arts/) where we loved our first experience of Postmodern Jukebox (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postmodern_Jukebox), an enormously talented group of musicians, singers, and dancers.  After their long encore, we headed home to relive the day in conversation.

Tip: get the most out of every day, as if it’s a good cup of coffee: good to the last drop. I shared links to help and inspire.

Aloha🌺,

Denise

 

 

Are you ready?

Are you ready? It’s beginning to look a lot like….fall! 🍂  Outside our building, the trees twinkle with white lights. The cool air blows across my face. The puffy clouds float in the distance.

Bundle up and stay warm. It’s fall, y’all. Time to research indoor activities and other exercise options.  When leaves on the trees change their colors, that’s Momma Nature gently tapping us on the shoulder and saying, “Look what I can do!”

Keep the sunshine inside of you.

Aloha🌺,

Denise

 

Cycle for Lives 🚲

Yesterday I did a really big NDB: I rode my bicycle 25 miles in a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis (CF). CF is an inherited life-threatening disorder that damages the lungs and digestive system.  Although rare, fewer than 200,000 cases in the US each year, it does affect people in a treatable but not curable way.

I met a 5-year old girl affected with CF and watched her mom talk about the treatments she’s received (endured). Then this beautiful, blonde little girl mounted her sparkly Frozen-themed tricycle to ride around the race area as nothing would stop her.

Then another mom spoke of losing her 13-year old daughter to CF and how the funds raised will help other families.

I’m sure there are many stories.

My heart hurts for those parents and kids. And my heart pounded as I rode through ~30-mile/hour winds to finish the race (in 1:58) with pride knowing I (and all the riders) helped those families and many more.

I’m grateful, humbled, and feeling accomplished today.  It feels so good to do for others.

Aloha🌺,

Denise

Fall street ride

Beautiful fall day created a lovely backdrop for a nice ride. The problem :  last night it rained so the trail was all muddy, wet, and sandy. As I rode on the trail,  my tires got stuck in the mud and I swerved.

Take two: the back streets.

Always have a Plan B.

Aloha 🌺,

Denise