Bellingham’s got talent is a theme that was continued today. The Dance Studio presented it’s 3rd annual show at the Mount Baker Theatre. Anyone could audition to BE in the Show. It was quite impressive the amount and variety of dancers and musicians not to mention the trapeze artist and the led juggling. For $5 a ticket it was a fun show to watch Indeed. I love it that so many people chose to share some of what they love on stage for all of us to watch. It’s been an unusual but great of weekend getting out on the town.
Mark and I went to the Bellingham Theatre Guild tonight to see “My Three Angels” and we were pleasantly entertained. It was kind of on a whim for us to go out anyway and it happened to be opening night for the play. The set was lovely, the people acting were talented and the plot was humorous. I was a little reluctant to go back to the theatre after the last experience over a year ago but now I’m looking forward to going again. Bellingham’s got talent! Even more reasons to Love my hometown.
GBRC's annual 5K Turkey Trot was today at Squalicum Creek Park. Last year I volunteered as part of my membership duty so I had a pretty good feel for the event when the opportunity arose to help out again. This year was different because I became a GBRC board member unexpectedly earlier this year and started doing photography and social media posts for the club. I was recruited to be on the board by a nice guy that I met through a Bellingham Trail Runners group run one day. After becoming friends on Facebook, he thought I could put my writing and shutter bug skills to good use for the benefit of the Greater Bellingham Running Club. It made sense to me too and it has been an great experience so far.
Anyway, when I found out that my friend, who is the Race Director for the Turkey Trot, (she is currently President of GBRC too), needed extra help this year due to the way life twists and turns, I jumped right in. I volunteered to do day-of race registration (which there wasn't going to be for those unforeseen reasons) (but was suggested we do by a member on a post on FB also), but long story short, all the people necessary stepped up to make this event happen smoothly regardless. It made me realize again that GBRC truly is a great club that is run by members who volunteer their time for so many good reasons.
I've been a member for almost 4 years now and I had no idea all of the things that the club did until now, most of it I've learned from the monthly board meetings. I see clearly that this is a dedicated group of people who are keeping the club healthy and want to keep making it better. Running has so many incredible health benefits for everyone and having a non-profit club that puts on affordable & fun races is incredibly valuable.
I feel as if I may be rambling now and feel a bit sleepy so I'm not sure where I was trying to go with this post. I was up earlier than normal in order to get to the park in time for registration. I'm not a morning person.
Oh, it's not just GBRC members that are awesome either, all the people who came out today to run knew that their donation was going 100% to support the Bellingham Food Bank. People gave extra $$ knowing that it was going to help out other people in need. That's what this club and this community is all about. I just love Bellingham.
Volunteering for the Turkey trot last year mostly prepared me for saying yes (kinda last minute) to doing day-of registration this year. And I was fortunate that my partner came to help today too because there were so many more people who showed up this morning to register (he was way better than me at the whole process but he's not even a runner or a member). It all worked out perfectly and I'm so happy we were able to help as much as we were with this event. It even sounds like next year we may have to switch things up again because it was so popular! More pie for more runners too.
Just proves again and again that people are inherently good, that we love to help each other out in any way that we can. We are stronger when we work together for a common cause. This is good news, this is the kind of thing I would love to read about on the daily news. Let's keep focusing on the beautiful aspects of human-kindness. Thank You!
Day 2 of my attempt to focus and write something on here every single day.
Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?
Does the struggle ever really end while we are here on earth in these bodies?
These amazing manifestations of flesh and bone animated by our spirits on a journey through time and space in this place of duality. I believe heaven is here on earth so why is it so challenging for us to see it most of the time? This planet is absolutely incredible yet we take it for granted, like we take our bodies for granted, like teenagers take their parents unconditional love for granted.
Why do we continue to assume things are true without questioning them?
Why is it so easy for us to fail to properly appreciate the amazingness of this life we have been given?
I ask myself these questions and continue to wonder what the meaning of it all is. I see the potential in every single living thing yet when it comes to myself often I feel stuck. I get distracted and caught up in old patterns of thought. Just when I think I know better and have figured out a different way of getting work done there's something that manages to get in my way.
I'd love to have all of the answers all of the time. I'd love to be open, honest, kind and compassionate regardless of events that occur in my life but I get mad, I get frustrated, I feel the whole range of stinking emotions and I just have to accept them for now.
I want there to be a light at the end of the tunnel but I don't want to have tunnel vision either. I guess that's why I'm here again, reincarnated into another incredible creation, a body which is just a mass of flesh and bone, animated by this consciousness of spirit, struggling and learning as a separate being that I know is really connected to the whole.
And I'm doing my best not to take it for granted while attempting to change my conditioned mind. Hoping to figure out ways to create more peace and harmony in the world. Doing all I can manage, every single day, by trying to remember to make the choice to believe in something without being able to see it.
In spite of my personal struggle & regardless of the pain I have felt, in spite of what ever social programming I have had. I know there is something more, something better, some way to live this life like it is truly a gift. A gift that all of us are meant to share and enjoy equally.
So much for writing something short... and something not-so-amusing (but yet it is still a musing of mine;).
In my head everyday the songs play out as if my life is not just a movie but a musical. If you only knew...
I wish I could telepathically communicate with you right now instead of communicating with these somewhat cumbersome (and at times confusing) words tapped out with my fingertips. I have a lot going on. What time is it? It's time to take action. Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care? I care and to every thing turn, turn, turn there is season... and a time to every purpose under heaven. See I told you and not only that I need wide open spaces like the scene above to clear my head.
Hiking up the towering hunk of granite yesterday, called by "The Chief" by the locals, I was awestruck by the sheer awesomeness of the views. As we climbed from 1st Peak to 2nd Peak to 3rd we just kept getting higher and higher. Only issue was, as they say, what goes up must come down. That trail is uber magical and insanely steep, let me tell you it was most definitely the longest 6-mile round-trip hike I have ever done and worth every sweaty step. It's almost time for me to take off for line-dance class at the grange but before I go and check another item off my crazy long task list I want to tell you about my newest venture.
I was at the beach the other day with my hoops, of course and I met a guy named Joshua who just so happened to be a hooper who is super cool too! He bought a beautiful newly made hoop from me and told me about a space where I could possibly hold hoop classes for the masses. (Okay, maybe not the masses but it's a good-sized space.) I've been wanting to share my love of spinning these circles around and one thing keeps leading to another. I can only take it as a sign that I'm headed in the right direction. Who doesn't need more fun and joyfulness in their lives? I hope you all realize that I'm just a down-to earth free-spirited girl who is doing my best to do what I love while encouraging you all to do the same. I want whats best for everyone and I want to share all the love I have with you. Hooping just seems to be one way to do this.
So in order to put my best foot forward I also signed up with Deanne Love for her online Hoop Love Coach training program this morning. Actually, I was sorta getting cold feet over the whole thing. When I went to her website after getting another reminder email about the June session, I thought, hmmm.... so I clicked a button to find out the total cost thinking it would give me another chance to opt out but low and behold it said "Payment Complete" those three other steps I was expecting didn't happen and I was signed up before I could back out. Not only is it meant to be (apparently), it's an investment I'm willing to make in order to share the best of the best with all of you while supporting her mission too. I've also been told sometimes the best way to learn something is to teach it, (that's never been easy for me) so here I go. Learning and teaching simultaneously, since as you may have already gathered by looking at my site... I love to do it all and all at once.
I gotta run but Thank you for existing in my world and sharing this lifetime with me.
Back in my own person mash-up musical... I got a feeling.... because I'm happy... and I got that sunshine in my pocket... woo hoo! Music makes me wanna move cuz baby I'm worth it.