Stretch! said the Balloon Lady

and rise to Life! I’m just an unconventional 50+ gal who insists on living a life I love. Pick a lane? No way. This brief blog is me trying to get into the daily habit of writing something. I’m excited to see where this will lead!

Weakness or Strength

Do you know your weaknesses? Comedian Ellen DeGeneres often talks about her weaknesses—procrastination is a biggie, putting things off like exercise; or eating too much… She once said, “Buns of steel? I’d be happy with buns of cinnamon.” Weaknesses. As a youngster, I didn’t even know the word. That is to say, I wasn’t aware […]

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Buying Theatre Tickets

Do it! For yourself! I now believe this act is an investment in my sanity and my personal development.   Once purchased I am no longer just thinking about it. I can stop checking and re-checking everything…the performer’s virtual CV, venue seating charts, the route there (plus parking!). Naturally, tickets range in price, and nowadays they […]

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Write a Note

Nothing says “I’m thinking of you” more than a hand written note. Simply put, the entire act is filled with the thoughts of someone else, from the selection of your note paper or card, to the writing instrument, to the act itself, to addressing the envelope and mailing it off. Being raised by a grandmother […]

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Involve Yourself

Involving myself in my life is not an easy task. It’s simply not as easy as breathing. Some days I’m tired and I’d much rather lay on the couch with my potato chips and remote control (and sometimes I certainly do!). Involving myself in my life means… I have to make lists. I have to mark […]

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Just Go With It

Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you put yourself in the other person’s shoes, or reality, and just go with it? An example. After one of my Hawaiian culture youth programs, a few years ago, I asked the pre-k audience if there were any questions. A boy raised his hand and asked, […]

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Getting Noisy

I have osteoarthritis in my knees, primarily. Sometimes a shoulder acts up. Decades of Polynesian dancing contributed to the noisy knees and despite exercise I can no longer bound up the stairs or down them quickly. I take them one at a time, much like you see toddlers doing. I step up with the right […]

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Jokes on me: Shells

One of the things I love most is to walk along a shore. As I approach the beach my thoughts race around. After having strolled for some time, my thoughts have slowed down to match the wind, match the waves, match my pace. Sometimes I look for shells. On this particular morning as I was […]

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The Universe and God tells me things. We all name these things differently. Intuition, whispers. My husband says it’s just coincidence. Anyway, this was one of those bright moments where I was caught off guard and had to pause. I was merging onto the expressway, trying to get up to 65mph so a smooth transition […]

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How’s Your Coffee?

What’s a gal gotta do to get a decent cup of coffee anymore? What I really mean is: How does a gal make a decent cup of coffee? Recently I got rid of two stainless steel travel cups because the coffee would taste bad in them. I figured it was the cup gone sour, or […]

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Do You Have a Shark Story?

I have always loved stories and speaking with so many people in the course of even a week has me hearing stories from people of all ages. As a speaker, I was trained (way back when) to always have a speech or anecdote within easy reach, in my pocket. This one fits perfectly. And when I had […]

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