Monday, July 28, 2014

Motivation Monday: Fear


  1. I'm afraid of spiders. 
  2. I'm afraid to make a fool of myself. 
  3. I'm afraid to travel where I can't read or speak the language.
  4. I'm afraid of trying new foods.
  5. I'm afraid of changing my routines.
But over time I have somewhat beaten all but number one. I no longer worry about what others think of me. I moved to Ecuador where I don't read and barely speak the Spanish language. Thanks to friends and cruises, I have tried many new foods. Okay, number five is still a work in progress - I am a bit OCD at times.

I never thought I could ski - at age 45 I paid $25 to participate in New York state's Ski it to Believe it program. I got a ski rental, a lift ticket and basic lesson. Before the day was out I had fallen up the hill, down the hill, on the hill - but found out I loved it!

At age 55 I took a Motorcycle Safety Foundations (MSF) approved riding course. Since then I have ridden 100,000 miles, over 30k of those alone. I have ridden in all 48 states. I turned age 66 while riding Route 66 with my husband, on my Harley-Davidson.

I got my first tattoo at age 54 and eventually got several more. I no longer think about what others might say, each and every one has personal meaning to me.

I still work to conquer fears, I often picture the worst (and plan for it) but hope for the best. I'm finding that living in a foreign country is helping me to fear less and live more!

Do you have fears that are holding you back personally or professionally?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Perfect Travel Accessory but Great for Home Use

We tend to travel with a lot of electronics: two Kindle e-readers, two cell phones, two iPads and often one if not two laptops. This means carrying a mass of cables and adapters/chargers, being careful of wattage requirements for the newer iPads (or other tablets, when we had Kindle Fires).

Over the years we have tried and tossed many different adapter/charger combinations, usually settling for a duplicate of what comes with our device pre-stashed in our toiletry bag. We even bought laptop bags that came with a battery and a host of charging plugs, handy but heavy.

While Stu was in the US, I ordered two of these SHARKK® 25W 5-Port USB Wall Plug Family-Sized Charger/Adapter from Amazon. As soon as he unpacked it, he put it to use. HUGE hit! He easily plugged in and charged his iPad Air, Kindle e-reader, iPod and Android phone. No muss, no fuss!

We can now travel with the one stashed in our luggage and the other works in our house. OR we can each put one with our travel stuff. Hmmm, thinking I may get two more when we are in the US this fall.

Oh, but you STILL have to remember to bring your cables! ;)

*for Apple iPad Air / iPad Mini / iPad mini Retina / iPhone 5 / 5S / 5C / All Apple Phones and Tablets / Android Smartphones & Tablets / Samsung Galaxy / Samsung Tab / Samsung Note / And other USB-Powered Devices

Monday, July 21, 2014

Motivation Monday: Cancer

I'm getting old. My friends are getting old. My kids are growing older. Cancer surrounds and abounds me and I hate it. I have friends fighting for their life right now. I have family impacted. I have lost a spouse to it. Something is broken and there are few signs of our fixing it. A couple of resources:

Have you had cancer enter your life? How have you dealt with it? Do you have any recommendations for others?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hmmm, decisions, decisions

As most of you know, I have a new MacBook Pro. One thing I like to do is personalize things. On my HP Envy I had this sticker...please ignore the apple. LOL!

Now I want to choose one for the MacBook and am having a hard time deciding. I;m not going to tell you my favorites but would love some input, or even other choices. Thanks!

Do you like to personalize your computer, tablet or phone?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Celebrate the Small Things: Survival

As part of my new initiative for my blog posts, I have joined VikLit's Celebrate the Small Things - something to post on Fridays.

I may post something about writing, something personal, something random or even all the above.

Or if I have a REALLY off week, I might just post a photo. ;)
  • Well, it's been two weeks since we moved and I SURVIVED! We got 85% of our unpacking done the first two days, then slowed down to a crawl. And crawl was what our poor, battered, aged bodies did for several days. LOL!

    We got DirecTV installed first, after several nights of no television and no Internet. We used our computers to play music and we went to bed VERY early. It took several visits to our Internet provider, Etapa, before we finally got our landline and then our Internet installed. Painless once you provided the correct paperwork, danced in a circle and then stood on your head - three separate days. Okay, so I'm exaggerating, but it does take patience to get through the red tape at times.

    No sooner had we gotten Internet then I was laid low with a nasty tummy bug on Friday night. Yesterday was the first day I ate much real food. I think it's finally gone. Pretty sure it was caused by some new medications I took recently, nothing I ate.

    We do love our apartment, our views, our neighborhood and now we are trying to learn the local bus routes. Still have a dining room table full of things that need to go on the walls, but that will happen. Sooner or later.
  • Hmmm, trying to think of a second small thing to celebrate. Oh yeah, after being sick I lost three pounds? LOL!
  • Lost another expat unexpectedly resulting in my writing this post: Internet Death: What Happens After You Die?
  • This week I will be moving to my new MacBook Pro so blogging will be limited once again. I hope to be back on schedule next month - just in time to head to the US for two months AND attend the AMAZING Writer's Police Academy!
Till next week...celebrate the small things!