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Rainbow Blessings

Waukesha, WI on Sunday August 19, 2012

Greetings fellow travelers,

I went out to go on my Culinary Artist Date at a new local restaurant that just opened that week. While there, I was watching part of the movie RV with Robin Williams on the TV over head. My chicken sandwich was tasty with seasonings, greens, tomatoes, and mayo. I enjoyed the tangy taste of the potato salad. I sampled some cheese curds with rich creamy ranch dressing while sipping lemonade. I also had some ice cream covered with peaches. Overall, it was very satisfying meal at a good price. Rain had been down pouring just outside as I ate my meal. I knew that by the way the sun came shining that there was a good chance that there would be a rainbow. Sure enough as I stepped out of the restaurant I spotted the rainbow in the sky. I made sure to snap the picture. I am always emotionally moved by seeing a rainbow. I feel like I receive many blessings when I see a rainbow.

My Morning Pages I managed to write two out of seven days. Lately, I have been feeling extremely overwhelmed by all the projects and responsibilities I have. It makes it more challenging for me to do everything when I feel tired. I later found out I was sick with swollen tonsils. I had to spend time taking care of my health.

I managed to walk two walks of 20 minutes this past week. I made some changes to drink more water. I have been doing my best to keep tracking my food and water intake in my cell phone.

I reached 40,004 words in my Memoirs during Camp NaNoWriMo. Looking at the last two weeks of Camp NaNoWriMo. I ordered a Camp NaNoWriMo t-shirt on August 6, 2012 and I am still waiting to receive it. I wonder when I will receive it?

Warm regards,
Buffy

Looking for Hope

Heart Mandala by Wenona “Buffy” Gardner made of markers.

Greetings fellow travelers,

On Wednesday August 8, 2012 I found out that I lost 12 pounds while on “The Writer’s Diet” by Julia Cameron. I was overjoyed to see that I have made some progress. That with the work that I have made I am seeing some results. While the Artist’s Way tools have been familiar to me for a long time, going on The Writing Diet as a whole have been new to me. Meeting with my face to face group The Sparkling Path Walkers each week I find a circle of women that share support that keeps me moving on this journey. In addition, I have the encouragement of The Artist’s Way Circle. With these two loving circles around me I feel that I am not alone on this journey. I look forward to walking this path of healing. Mon August 13 marks the beginning of week 6.

This past week I struggled with some outside challenges this week which impacted my writing. I was able to write two out of seven days in my Morning Pages. Despite the challenges I was able to reach 39,000 words in my memoirs during Camp NaNoWriMo.

Instead of going to a restaurant and taking a picture of a meal that I ate, I have been helping a friend who is in my Artist’s Way Circle to receive prayers and support for her baby granddaughter Lily Dahl who needs open heart surgery.  I helped create a group called Hope for Lily http://www.facebook.com/groups/HopeForLily where people can come together to share kind words, prayers, and brainstorm ideas to help fundraise for the cost of the heart surgery. A Heart Mandala I made using markers the grandmother wanted to use as the artwork for the Hope for Lily group which I am truly honored. It’s basically provides food for thought. I will write an additional post today to go into more details on how to help Lily Dahl and her family.

I was able to walk two 10 minute walks. I am trying to make more choices to increase water intake. One time I reached for a bottle of water and I took a big drink when all of a sudden there were these bubbles tickling the inside of my mouth. I looked closer at the bottle and discovered I purchased was actually Sprite Zero. At least my intentions to drink more water were good.

An issue came up a couple times this past week of when I was both extremely hunger and tired at the same time. I wasn’t sure which to satisfy first. I imagined going to bed with a long submarine sandwich. At which a friend laughed and remembered when George from Seinfeld would eat a Reuben sandwich in bed when he made love. We both laughed.

Warm regards,
Buffy

Hot! Hot! Hot!

My Culinary Artist Date at Spring Garden where I had Pineapple Chicken, rice, and Dasani water.

Greetings fellow travelers,

This past week I found a most challenging Writing Diet week. The heat was unbearable reaching over 100s degrees F for few days. We have the worst drought in 50 years where everything is dry and all the grass is an unsightly yellow. I was unable to walk outside as much as I wanted to do. I managed to walk only one day for 20 minutes and another day for 5 minutes before I gave up and returned home inside air conditioning.

Everything seemed much more difficult including writing in my Morning Pages at four days out of seven days. I wrote about the abysmal heat in my Morning Pages. How I wanted to go places, but was basically stuck inside at home.

I did manage to do a Culinary Artist Date at Spring Garden, but it was uncomfortably hot inside the restaurant with no air conditioning and the heat coming from the kitchen. I ordered a Pineapple Chicken, rice, and 2 bottles of Dasani water. I think it was the heat because I didn’t have much of an appetite and only ate half of the Pineapple Chicken and no rice. The water that I drank quickly lost it’s coolness matching the heat of the room.

I am still successfully recording my food journal on my cell phone using the calendar app. Unfortunately, because of the heat I find myself consuming a lot of sugar free popsicles and fudgsicles.

I definitely need to drink more water in this kind of heat. I tend to drink a lot of Pepsi Max at work and not enough water even though there is a water cooler at work. I tend to prefer the caffeine in Pepsi Max over the plain water.

I am getting wonderful support from my other Body Buddies in my Sparkling Path Walkers Group and The Artist’s Way Circle .The Sparkling Path Walkers regularly meet at 4pm – 6pm on Sundays for a lot of laughs and encouragement. I really am glad I am not doing this journey alone. That I hear other people struggling with issues too like I am. I also have more than one person that I can pick up the phone and call.

Warm regards,
Buffy

Birthday Adventures

My birthday appetizers at Outpost Food Cooperative by my boyfriend Bill. Organic blue corn tortilla chips in melted pepper jack and smoked Gouda cheeses, organic scallions, organic tomato and black olives, served with homemade Salsa del Norte

Greetings fellow travelers,

Well I made it back from Buffy’s Big Birthday adventure thrown by my boyfriend Bill. After a great birthday lunch at Outpost Natural Foods in Bay View, we stopped off at a friends’ spiritual store. Great people and great atmosphere and I already put the smudge spray they gifted to me on my Artist’s Altar. Then we went to Brookfield Square Mall for an Arby’s birthday dinner. Bill got me a little pink ninja for my altar to remember my special day together. We spent the entire day riding 7 buses and a cab ride today. Folks I am telling you I am one lucky woman to have such special boyfriend to shower so much love and attention on me. All day I had been enjoying reading all of your birthday messages to me I nearly used up all the battery of my cell phone! Thank you all for brightening my day and letting me know that I am held dearly in your hearts.

Week One of Writing Diet, I managed to write 5 days out of 7 days in my Morning Pages. Lately, I have been having dreams of feeling overwhelmed and negative about all the projects I am working on. I am able to write out about these feelings in my Morning Pages. Plus members in my Sparkling Path Finders group keep reminding me how I have various leadership roles and how I am an inspiration to them to keep going on their projects. I didn’t realize I made such an impact on people. That definitely shifted my perspective.

I walked everyday this week mostly 20 minutes each day with the exception of two days that I walked 60 minutes each. I noticed walking in the store recently that I have been able to get through the store easier which to me is a clear sign that daily walking is beginning to pay off for me.

I have been striving towards 8 cups of water daily. I have been successful at writing in my food journal everyday using the calendar app and memo app on my cell phone. It’s very convenient storing my food journal on my cellphone because it goes with me everywhere I go.

My Culinary Artist Date was at the Bay View Fork in the Road Café. Menu is at http://www.outpost.coop/userimages/menus/BV%20menu_6_2012.pdf I enjoyed blue corn nachos, a char broiled cheese burger, and strawberry smoothie. I originally got a peach ginger smoothie but wow the ginger was soo powerful I couldn’t even drink it.

I talked with my nurse and therapist about doing The Writing Diet. I shared with them what I was doing including showing them my food journal and they both thought that I was on a very good path and to continue with The Writing Diet. I am grateful to have their blessings.

Warm regards,
Buffy

Sparkling Path Walkers

My Culinary Artist Date. Mint water, 1/2 avocado and cheese sandwich on whole grain, salad with organic spinach, strawberries, cantaloupe, grapes, tomatoes, croutons,and cheese.

Greetings fellow travelers,

I began my introduction to “The Writing Diet” by Julia Cameron with a lot of gusto utilizing the 7 Tools! They are:

The First Tool: Morning Pages
The Second Tool: The Journal
The Third Tool: Walking
The Fourth Tool: The Four Questions
The Fifth Tool: Culinary Artist Dates
The Sixth Tool: HALT
The Seventh Tool: The Body Buddy

I knocked it out of the park by writing 7 days out of 7 days Morning Pages. I enjoyed writing my Morning Pages in the morning and getting a lot of emotions out. I am so glad to be continuing this tool from “The Artist’s Way” and “Walking in This World.” Morning Pages are an excellent way for me to get current and to be in the now.

I discovered an easy way to keep a food journal by adding entries of what I ate in my calendar on my cell phone. I carry my cell phone everywhere I go and it’s really convenient. I could select the time I ate and in the title just list all the things I ate for my meal. It’s also easy to track the water that I am drinking as well. Six days of this week I drank a full 8 glasses of water. I use a memo app on my phone when I want to write my feelings about eating on the go.

I walked five 20 minute walks this past week despite the raging heat in the 100s. I either walked at night with my boyfriend when it was cooler or walked inside my apartment building. The night was full of fireflies and racing bunnies that would dart from the bushes.

I utilized the Four Questions a couple of times. Thinking first instead of grabbing food and putting it in my mouth. It gets me to pause and reflect on whether I am hungry or not or whether I could be making a better choice.

My Culinary Artist Date was at Good Harvest Market in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. http://www.goodharvestmarket.com I drank Mint water and ate 1/2 avocado and cheese sandwich on whole grain, salad with organic spinach, strawberries, cantaloupe, grapes, tomatoes, croutons, and cheese. I was able to get 69 cents off my purchase with my Good Harvest Market card.

Using HALT (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired) I often find myself eating when I am lonely. I spend a lot of time on the computer seeking a connection. Then I usually think of food. Awareness I believe is the first step in addressing my eating patterns.

I not only have one body buddy but three body buddies who are so encouraging and supportive. Together we are the Sparkling Path Walkers and we lift each other up as we are all going on this journey to greater health. Each of us has all gone through “The Artist’s Way” and “Walking in This World” together so we have 24 weeks walking alongside each other writing our Morning Pages and doing Artist’s Dates. We are all each close to each other. I am so honored to have such loving people I can turn to. I think the relationship I have with these women is fabulous and is the best part of going on this “Writing Diet.”

Also, I have the love and support of several people going on “The Writing Diet” journey with me in The Artist’s Way Circle on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/groups/theartistswaycircle  This special circle brings such joy to my face. Everybody in both my face to face and online circle are a wonderful support system to surround myself with.

Warm regards,
Buffy

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Check In July 2, 2012

Check In July 2, 2012

Time for Camp NaNoWriMo!

Greetings fellow travelers,

This past week I did 6 days out of 7 days of Morning Pages. I missed one day because I received news that the recovery center where I work needs to find a new agency and my job is uncertain in the future. I find it hard to write when I’m emotional.

My Artist’s Date was working on my business plan using Shannon Munn’s self-employment workbook for disabled people. I also read more from Right Brain Business Plan by Jennifer Lee.

I walked 20 minutes around my house late at night while holding hands with my boyfriend The moon was beautiful and so were the rabbits and fireflies.

Today, I officially started the Writing Diet with my Sparkling Path Walkers group at my house. I’m recording my results in my cellphone.  Today I was also sorted into my August cabin in for Camp NaNoWriMo with some friends of mine from The Artist’s Way Circle. I am going to be a NaNoWriMo Rebel by rewriting my novel “Two Step” that I first wrote during NaNoWriMo back in 2008.  I have never rewritten something with 50,000 words before.

Issue of recovery is pace myself as I take on so many wonderful new projects this summer. I want to make sure I have a lot of fun mixed in with my projects.

Warm regards,

Buffy

Check In June 24, 2012

 

Greetings fellow travelers,

I wrote 5 days out of 7 days in my Morning Pages. I decided to keep on using the Artist’s Way tools.

My Artist’s Date was reading Jennifer Lee’s “Right Brain Business Plan. I studied Business & Management at Alverno College where I took a small business course. I learned the traditional way of creating business plans. With the “Right Brain Business Plan” however I will be exploring other creative ways to express my business goals. So far I am enjoying reading the book. I was able to get a Kindle e-book for $7.99 and a free app to download on my PC and it’s been working very well. I am new to e-books, but I am enjoying them very much.

I walked twice to and from work. The temperature was very warm and I got winded very easily. However, I am glad that I walked.

Issue of recovery is that I decided to put my health first and starting Sunday July 1st I am starting “The Writing Diet” by Julia Cameron which focuses on health using Artist’s Way tools like Morning Pages, Artist’s Dates, and Walking. I know my greatest weight loss was during a time of intense writing on very core issues in my life and I could feel myself getting healthier day by day. I have assembled two support groups around me of Body Buddies, one online and one face to face. I have a Kindle version of the book on my PC and on my phone. I have already read through the book cover to cover and I feel I have sense of the direction of this course. I have decided to create the course to cover 12 weeks. First week is Part One covering all the tools, the second week from there on each week I will focus on two essays and two tasks. I am fond of the 12 week structure of the course. I am looking forward to my summer!

Warm regards,
Buffy

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