My River Walk

Exercise. One of the first things the doctor will tell you when it comes to fighting Depression is to get exercise. Well, I exercise. A lot. Not sure of it helped but I'm terrified of what I have been like if I didn't exercise regularly.

In addition to my already vigorous exercise schedule, I have found myself walking by "the river". A lot. Sometimes with a friend. Sometimes by myself. I have a favorite bench for when I need to sit and reflect.

This has become a place for me that I can get away without going anywhere. I can catch my breath and think about everything or nothing at all.

The river is such a great place to be because every time it is a different "river". More boats, less boats. Different people walking, running, riding their bikes or walking their dogs.

It's different, but its the same. No matter how I'm feeling. The faces are becoming familiar and so are the dogs.

It's peaceful. At dusk. Even after dark. I have lived in this area for 12 years and have only realized the treasure I have in this small part of the world. I'm so thankful that I have found a place to come to in my good as well as bad moments. I'm thankful for all the friends who have walked this walk with me over the past several months.

I'm happy to say I believe I am digging my way out of this Depression. That feels very good to say and believe is true. While the frequency of trips to the river may decrease, I will never forget the beauty I have found in this river at one of the most difficult times of my life.


Hard Work

My son is definitely a team sport kind of kid. My daughter is not. There's nothing wrong with that, it's just been harder to find an activity that she is willing to participate in. So, we started Horse Lessons. She LOVES horse lessons.

I had no idea how much work was involved in riding a horse. I also didn't know what to expect from lessons. I think I was imagining a glorified pony ride. I didn't realize we were entering into the world of Horse Shows.

This had been such a learning experience for both my Girl Mini and myself. It's hard work. A lot of hard work. But my girl seems determined to get it right.

Today was exciting because she got to take her new tack equipment and use it for the first time. Next week she has her first practice show. This is a new adventure for both of us.


Kindred Spirits

We are at the beach this week. It seems we wait all year or this trip and we pack so much into 7 days. One thing that I added this year was finding a local gym to take classes.

I have always exercised while at the beach but really wanted to find somewhere to take classes. So Andy and I did some research online and found a place where I could pay $25 for the week and get my workout in :)

The first few days we were here was during the weekend. I did my 2 hrs of boxing saturday before we left and I take Sunday off. While sitting on the front porch of our Home Away From Home, I had a chance to meet the neighbors. And it seems I've found a Kindred Spirit as well as a Gym Buddy!

Its been fun getting to know someone new. Someone who is older and has had different life experiences. And yet, we have a lot of common ground.

She wasn't able to make it to the first class I took. As I was driving to my Gym Away From Home I was thinking about going into this new place all by myself. And you know what? I was a little excited. Truth be told, I was nervous but it felt good knowing I was doing something for myself, on my own. Another baby step in this Big Year for me.

I'm so glad to have met this new friend and I'm looking forward to many more fun conversations with her. I am learning to open up a little and in this case, it has been very rewarding.

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