Center.   Returning to it. 

I found myself this week with down from too many inputs and negativity around me.  It’s hard to not get wrapped up in the crap that comes at you but yet it happens.    I had to take a step and decided to take a FB break for awhile and just focus on what I need and want.   But not just a selfish quest but one of returning to center, returning to 40 not 120 mph so that I can be a leader for my kids.    Yah I fall down but sure as shtt I get up and kick some butt.   

Today I feel it was all about getting up! Getting both feet under me and then prepare to find center.    I’m glad I’m not done learning but dang it hurts when you grow.  Kinda like a monster workout.      I was pleasantly surprised I’m down 9lbs in the last month (not sure how that happened).   Hopefully that trend continues.   :).   

This can’t all be wha wha.   So I’ll shift.  I’m stoked my kids are all amazing humans , I have my key friends around me that I love and I’m stoked about the next 6 years preparing for the next big chapter.     

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Do Good, It Matters!

I think this title does it’s own justice.   Do Good, It Matters!.   I don’t care where you are in your life, economic status, life status, etc..  do good.   be nice, be kind, forgive and look for the positive in everything.    It does matter.  If you have a clear conscience it matters.  You will live longer, happier and just be at peace.

Do Good, It Matters!

-HILLY

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Finding your way – how to achieve Z axis goals in a X & Y world.

Changed up the format a bit to audio & video for this post.   I hope you enjoy.  – HILLY

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Patience – where did this word come from?

Origin:  From the English word patience, ultimately from Latin patientia, a derivative of pati “to suffer”. This was one of the virtue names coined by the Puritans in the 17th century.

Definition:  the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.

As I ponder today more about patience, I think about how all good things come when you have patience.  But this words is like a thorn in my side at times, I sit there saying “come on, Hurry up already”, and I ask Karma to hurry up already as well.  Come on, why do I have to wait.   BUT YET..  that is not what it is all about.   To me, patience is about slowing your roll, taking the time required to think thru everything, be present, feel what needs to be felt.   Is this rough, tough, hard, etc.. heck yah.  I continue to be irritated at how slow things go, but yet in the end the wait is worth it.

So…. why am I spending time today to talk about patience?    I am writing today to help remind myself that I need to have more patience.  I need to breathe and continue to find center, know my North Point and keep my focus & priorities in check.  I don’t feel I have failed on those fronts, but I know that I need to keep my focus & priorities in check always.

A few weeks back I felt very inspired to write a blog about my journey, I recorded on audio to then write later, well after I listened to it a few times I couldn’t get myself to write it down, it was so raw, deep and honestly painful that I had to take a few moments to even write it.   I was not happy that I couldn’t hurry up and write it, post it and share, however my saving grace was patience, I need more time to write it, more time to digest my words and then to be able to share that is another step.  In this case patience was what I needed and I get it now.   So when I ask to speed up things @ work or in personal life I get it more than ever that patience is what I need.

I will enjoy these moments to be present, accept patience and learn to grow daily.

In Other news, who’s excited about the sharks not biting so we can get back to surfing?  ME!

HILLY

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Match Me!

I sat on this post since October ’16.  Decided to finally just post..      Short, right to the point!

In the words of my coach this last month, she said that you will find somebody that can match you.   Match me in how I think, my deep conversations, my passions and my zeal for life.  – That’s it!

  • HILLY

 

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Camp. Learn. Relax.

Well, let’s start this with blog with a watch for the yellow hazard poles (because they bite).    After my first night out at the campground, here is the report out.

Trip Notes – Here are my lessons

  1. Watch for cones (because that one time in the grocery store parking lot – when that yellow cone jumped out and bent my axle – yah.. the trailer is now used)
  2. Learn to back up – or at least calm down (oh yah.. it’s great when there are a few folks waiting at the storage place watching your every move)
  3. Make sure to turn on water – yah, I turned it on, but then tried to put in the regulator, and then forgot to turn it back on.. so yah.. used all of my own water during the trip
  4. Get better chairs (like the zero gravity ones).  my REI chairs are great for a baseball game, but not for chilling at the campground
  5. Turn off the Battery & Gas upon parking (think it’s time for an easy checklist to have in the lower storage section)
  6. Stretch before you go to bed (dude.. i’m old.  heck no I’m not..  but still stretching is good).
  7. My friend John’s camping tips helped (blocks for leveling, level placement)
  8. Plan food better (don’t forget your diner in the fridge)
  9. Need more organization in the cabinets (Oh yah.. went that yellow cone was bumped all the cabinets opened up.. ala SH&& SHow).
  10. Need a rug on the floor inside beyond the entry mat
  11. Trash bags (totally missed that) – I kept making trips to the trash can

Now for backing up into the camp site, it was two attempts for success, but it took 30 minute to get into my spot at storage.  I am now convinced that backing up is my lesson to be learned.  I will not give up, I will just keeping trying….

 

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The infamous #2 Pencil – reaching deep on this one.

A few weeks back I was walking to my Monday class (Mindfulness) and I ran into another student with my journal & a PENCIL in my hand.  She looked at what I had in my hand and said “Oh.. you’ve got commitment issues I see. ”   At first I laughed hard and thought whatever, but then I took an informal NON-random survey, basically anybody I walked by in the hall, at lunch, at dinner, in the office and here’s what I heard.

these are completely unofficial, non-random, no science to back this up & completely recreational stats.. so don’t quote me..

  • 100% stated w/o major prompting that a pencil = commitment issues
  • 1 individual said they didn’t like how a pencil sounds on paper
  • 1 individual asked what type of pencil

So, what did I think this all meant?  Well, my boss gave me a bottle of correction ink w/ a pen (boom!).   I thought it was hilarious, i mean seriously who thinks that much about a writing instrument before they run out of their office?

So I decided to empty out my bag and here it what was inside of it..

So yah..   I have so many different types of pens/pencils based on what I’m doing.  journaling, financial planning, work planning, big thoughts, goals, pro’s & con’s lists.  etc..

Why would I spend anytime on this topic?  I thought it was funny AF to reflect on how a simple writing instruments has so much attached to it with people.   Next time I go to the training I’m bringing a big a&& #2 PENCIL like the coin bank type..   Because it’s getting real.   LOL>

Research notes:  I searched google, found a few articles, but nothing with a direct correlation with scientific evidence.   I also found a lot of cool # 2 pencil shirts, but that’s just to crazy to wear to work..

And as for commitment – I heard all these tattoos I have are washable w/  the right soap.. is that true?   oh snap..

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What IF – the curse of a planner.

What a great way to start a post..  What IF…    I don’t know about you, but I realize more than ever that I focus to much on “What IF” vs. “noticing what is NOW”.   In this weeks meditation class we talked about noticing what is now and recognizing it for what it is.  Meaning this moment is now, look to what is now, feel the moment and let it be vs. “over-thinking” vs. applying a judgement, a filter, a lens on it.   As I was preparing to journal this week I thought a lot about What IF and how much time I spend on extrapolating a given conversation, milestone, task, etc..   I spend too much time on this and it ruins so much, whether new friendships, relationships, good moments, etc..

So..  I challenge myself to stop thinking about “What IF” and taking it scenario planning vs. just enjoying what is NOW.  It’s an experience, just enjoy it, stop over thinking it, relish in that moment for that moment is where I am vs. whatever else is ahead.

How does this apply to my work? life? camping? relationships?   well, I will embrace each as a moment, to embrace as they come and try my hardest to not over think.     What do you think?  do you spend too much time over thinking? what if planning? or do you just live in the moment?

  • HILLY
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Wind An Sea Surf Shop

I had the pleasure of taking one of my folks on my team to a local surf shop in San Diego in January and never took the opportunity to share out about the shop and why it matters to me.    So.. let me start.

When I was in college, I lived with my folks best friends in the OC, I finally had the time, the location and the peace to get out in the water actively just about every day, some days multiple times.   While my friends had the latest & greatest surf boards (new style, designs, tri-fins) I kept true to the 9’2″ windansea surf club board.  It was a classic, the rocker, the nose, overall float was amazing and dropping in on a nice face was absolutely euphoric.   At this same time Windansea had a shop on Main street in huntington beach, a great location and tons of cool branded gear.   After a couple of years, they shut down the HB shop, but kept the Mission Blvd shop (in San Diego).

Over the last 5 years I have had multiple opportunities to drop in and see Jim, talk about the past and pick up some great surf clothes.    So.. If you are in town in SD, go by, pick up a few shirts.    Here’s there facebook page -https://www.facebook.com/windanseasurfboards/

Now, if you are looking for a new surfboard, their shapers are awesome and I can’t wait to get my next board from them.     FYI:  I’m doing this because I love this brand, not because I was asked to.. (just to be clear)..

HILLY

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Writing a new chapter takes time

I am stumbling at how to start this post, there’s no clear way.. so I jump in with both feet.   I am on a quest to start a new chapter, to explore more, to reach a new height in what I want to achieve.   (No I’m not changing companies).     What I write about most is about my journey, about the experiences and what helps to define who I am.    Over the last month it has seriously been brutal, lots of stress on all fronts, but what has brought me back to CENTER is knowing where I have been, knowing that any challenge I have faced I have achieved.    So.. with that being said..

I was on a quest to start, but w/ the holidays I was quickly reminded that healing takes time, you need to embrace what is in front of you, embrace the pain, know the suffering and then use that as fuel to power you forward.   (yah right.. LOL  )   well.  so let’s talk about this for a minute.

I was listening to my favorite christmas song this weekend “Baby it’s cold outside” and I was quickly reminded about my prior relationship (marriage) and how we had practiced, sang & then recorded this song a year prior.   The track was awesome and this flooded me with being sad that it didn’t work out, it wasn’t the path for me and I am thankful for the learnings.    In all things I remain positive, I know that the answers are always not in front, but from what you gain from stepping back.

so.. I step back..  I enjoy this ride and prepare for turning to a new chapter.

HILLY

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