Sunday, May 24, 2009

Falling off the wagon...Reality Bites!!!

Some time ago I posted a list of goals that I would like to achieve during 2009. Well some of them have been a real challenge to even attempt.

One of my primary goals was to try and quit smoking. I did it once before and it really sucked. I continue to ask myself why did I start up again? I think it was I was getting one shitty job after another when I moved to Vegas. Well that excuse no longer holds water. I am doing what I want to do now-writing poetry and working for 4 months which suits me just fine. I tried to cut back to slowly ween myself off of nicotine. I went so far as to buy healthy snacks to satisfy the cravings. I am also chewing lots of gum and excessively brushing my teeth. Needless to say I am going to try the cold turkey once again. Reality Bites!

Another goal was to focus on my continued weight loss and fitness goals. I have temporarily "fallen off the wagon." I am still watching what I eat but I lack the motivation to exercise. I know my health and well being should be the ONLY motivating factor but as the cliche goes-old habits die hard. It is hard to think a different way when you are used to the negative all the time. There is some hope here. I keep imagining myself thinner and toner. If you can visualize it then it is possible and not far behind. Reality Bites Even MORE!!!! I need a motivator!!

Now onto the new book. I am happy to report that I have sold two more copies of my current book. Just like the weight loss I am lacking inspiration and motivation. I do see a little bit of light here. I have had a few ideas in my head and have been writing them down. So I am hopeful that the writing will come. Reality REALLY Bites!!!

Lastly, I wanted to attend the HTC festival this year. This goal as been achieved. I got a pretty sweet bonus comp before and after taxes. So the trip is paid for. I am going to be helping with some of the planning and marketing the event. I have sent some of you a copy of the flyer. Any help you can give me will be appreciated. It makes me feel good that I will be doing something for others as well as myself. Thankful for small things!!!

So the message of this post is clear! Marie, get up off your butt, change the tapes because your new life is waiting for you!!!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

HTC Annual Festival Dates Announced

This year's festival's dates and venue were recently announced. I am thrilled that I will be attending this year's event as a volunteer and having more of my work displayed.
When: October 17-24 2009
Where: Heart of Virginia Foundation Center for Integrated ArtsGrandin Gardens, 1731 Grandin Rd, Roanoke, Virginia
I have been asked to help promote the event on line and in the community. This is a great opportunity for me to get involved with a cause I really believe in. Most importantly I will be helping others and helping myself.