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Motivation

nimslake:

Going to share, because we need to keep in mind that we can do it. Whatever ‘It’ may be, we need little moments of positive reinforcement to keep us going.

Originally posted on Jack Flacco:

What motivates you? Do you wake up, hop out of bed, breathe deeply and say to yourself, “Today’s going to be the best day of my life.” Do you? I do. Every morning I say that, even when sleeping an inordinate amount hours on the weekend. And why not? Today ought to be the best day of our lives because today is the only day that matters. That’s why for Freedom Friday I thought I’d show you what I’ve learned in the past couple of years in hopes it may move you to freedom—freedom to accomplish your dreams and freedom to become who you are meant to be.
Motivation

Motivation

I started watching motivational videos in the winter of 2012 after a long, dark period in my life. I had lost something incredibly important to me that year and it hurt bad. Those who know me know this dark season had…

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28 Mile Charity Ride

Excited to ride the longer route for 6th Annual Miracle Limb Ride. 28 miles, yeah! Not going to let a little rain dim my happiness!

Will let you know how it winds up weather-wise and other tid bits.

Post ride update:
Okay weather-wise, it stayed really cloudy and was sprinkling during the morning arrival and ride starts. The roads were definitely wet. But we missed the downpour that happened way later in the afternoon. Yeah bonus! Because the group doing the metric century had already gone, we missed seeing that start. The next group was the 42 milers and among cheers off they went. By far the largest group of riders were doing the 28 miles, including my boyfriend and myself. Had assorted levels and ages all eager to ride the road. The 10 mile and family rides would go out after us.
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I was nervous, as a little sprinkling rain means that drivers in cars are not particularly paying attention to anything other than other cars. Riders were trying to stay together for the most part to be more visible. Secondly, rain means more traffic because the beach is not possible. So paying attention is numero uno on the road.

The weather finally stopped spitting on us and the roads started to dry. Dodging puddles and praying to the weather gods to not open up while still biking, was on my mind, because I had 15 miles to go. So far, so good. Doing well after first SAG stop, still no sight of rain imminent, we continued on. It was a beautiful ride as a slight breeze picked up and gave a wonderful shove to my slightly tired body. (Hey Stava recording says my speed average was up! Awesome.)
I was feeling the ride by 20 miles, that’s my base ride, so on to next SAG stop! Where M&Ms, Oreo cookies and much needed Gatorade and water awaited!

I was getting excited after that stop, because there was only 5 miles to go and the ride would be complete. It would be my personal best at 30 miles. And lunch was calling my name. Traffic was getting heavier as the day stayed gloomy. So still concerned as the group was more stung out now in pockets of 2′s and 3′s. Making it harder for drivers to see us.
But we managed every last traffic light. Thank goodness for bike paths for the majority and remainder of the ride!

I was so stoked that when I was told only half a mile to go that I actually pedaled faster! Helped with that breeze pushing from the behind (wink).

The Miracle Limbs Volunteers were cheering us when we finished. Thank you, that put a smile on my face! I was glad I finished for a great cause and can’t wait to see about challenging myself to do the 42mile ride next year. (Hey it’s only 12 more miles right?)

The featured recipient of our ride was little Florica and she was learning how to ride her bike Saturday for the first time. Go Florica! We were blessed with her sharing how the earthquake in Haiti changed her life. But even better how Miracle Limbs has blessed her and her family.
To find out more on this cause, little Florica and others, see Miracle Limbs website

P.S. lunch was great!
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Symbols and Objects

Objects and Symbols have shown themselves in and around the auras. There are crescents, orbs, Angel wings, swords, pyramids and the list goes on. I’ve listed a few that I’ve encountered below.

Many are symbolic of what is going on in the aura or are a build up of what has happened and is still unresolved.

 

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The Angel Wing indicates guardian Angel is with the person at the time of the drawing.

A sword is representing something that needs to be decided on and usually soon.

Pyramids and boxes are receptacles holding stuff for the owner until ready to purge them from their energy.

Orbs show that spirit guides are hovering around to help the person along their journey.

Crescents are shown mostly around the head and shoulder area. They are mostly hovering around the aura and do sometimes show up touching part of the aura.

Ride

I had a great bike ride on Sunday. Yes it was great, until I realized I forgot to hit the ‘record’ button on my Strava app. UGH!

Oh yeah, bummer! I was thinking that and pouting at the same time. My boyfriend was looking at me and asked what was wrong.

I replied, “I forgot to push the record button.” (Consternation on my face after that statement.)

Do you know how hard that was to say?

-Nope? That’s okay, it is just the whole ‘admitting’ and knowing that somewhere I was taking myself way too seriously. But you know, that I really, REALLY wanted that recording.

Yes, go ahead chuckle. My boyfriend did a little.

 

P.S. How did it happen? I got all ‘oooo-shiney’ with the App Update changes I saw just before the start of that ride, that I forgot that one. little. thing. (Beware you Gemini souls. I know that happens.)

And yes, I can chuckle a little at myself now. I mentally think back at my pouting face…and know I won’t do that again.

Happy Trails ya’ll!

Far Orbit Cover Unveiling and Giveaway

nimslake:

For all you SF Fans out there take a look! I am intrigued, on my wishlist.

Originally posted on World Weaver Press:

Far Orbit: Speculative Space Adventures cover art has arrived! This anthology of modern space adventures crafted by a new generation of Grand Tradition science fiction writers is edited by Bascomb James and features the work of award winners Gregory Benford, Tracy Canfield, Eric Choi, David Wesley Hill and others, with a special letter to SF by Elizabeth Bear. Available April 29, 2014.

FAR ORBIT speculative space adventures

Cover art features the image of Cepheus B, shot by Chandra X-ray Observatory, Spitzer Space Telescope, used courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Publication date: April 29, 2014.

Modern space adventures crafted by a new generation of Grand Tradition science fiction writers. Smart, readable, and engaging stories that take us back to a time when science fiction was fun and informative, pithy and piquant—when speculative fiction transported us from the everyday grind and left us wondrously satisfied. Showcasing the breadth of Grand Tradition stories, from 1940s-style pulp to realistic hard SF, from…

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How Cryptocurrency, Crowdfunding And A Little Internet Altruism Saved Jamaica’s Hopes For Bobsled Gold

nimslake:

I have a fondness for the original “Cool Runnings”. This story is great for this years Jamaican bobsled team. The ‘Olympic Spirit’ in action.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Just in case you missed it, a heart-warming story unfolded this week involving an unlikely combination of bobsled, Jamaica, virtual currency, crowdfunding and generosity. It has all the makings of an inspiring Disney movie — er, an inspiring Disney sequel. Last Sunday, news began trickling out that a two-man bobsled team from the island nation of Jamaica had qualified for the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

The country’s official Twitter account for the 2014 games announced the news that the team had qualified, including an image that appeared to be a reference to Cool Runnings, the John Candy-led cult film that loosely chronicled Jamaica’s debut in bobsled for the 1988 Olympic Games in Alberta, Canada.

The world apparently loves a sequel. In a plot twist seemingly right out of Cool Runnings, despite qualifying for the 2014 Olympics, team captain Winston Watts told the New York Times that the team…

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