2018 Goals and Intentions Front and Center Full Steam Ahead, while pondering 2017 goals & intentions in the rear view mirror

Title : Just Say No to Botox! It gets to point in life where aging gracefully comes with acceptance of one’s own inner beauty.
Title: “Stand Up and Be Heard”
Title: “Spicy Couples May Not Always Appear So On Outside ” Funny how when arranging shapes of veggies for photo, and putting titles to images strange connections of thoughts happen!

Jan 4, 2018

 

*** Maybe go to last paragraph and read why the photos are here, what they have to do with goals …and then come back here 🙂

Yada yada yada… 2017 already seems far away in the rear view mirror.

What did I /you/ we intend to accomplish in 2017 ?  Hmmm,  were those written down and reviewed within that past 10 days. Did I choose to be grateful for what I did accomplish? Did I do any personal work to resolve and start again?

I, like many folks have great intentions and goals that as  years go by they seem less and less important …or attainable.  Oops, I am sounding way to honest and negative to be posting those thoughts. With that said I am going to ( hopefully not ramble too much ) speak personally here. When I think back on 2017 I know the plan was to get major headway with THE CHEER PROJECT . So where is this at?  TheCheerProject.com is up and running ( despite  theme and plug in conflicts that took it down.) The Gallery -Portfolio is no where near where my intention for it was but a good start. The virtual tour concept of the entire Cheer experience  is still my intention but have not been able to budget that yet. The program I enrolled in to help me get corporate sponsorship for the project has been educational, but not utilized as well as I had hoped.

I designed dirttodelicious.net as a show case to  pull together my many gifts and areas of focus and also as an experiment to  connect the dots of what I am up to and seeing if sharing it all here was valuable to me, and anyone else. A refresher on what that intention was:

  1. My artwork  from The Cheer Project and photographs  of things I grow arranged on my paintings.
  2. Making a visual and literary connection between my artwork and my varied streams of thought.
  3. My ongoing photography of anything else that  I deem appropriate for any of my themes in relationship to “dirt to deliciousness”.
  4. My ongoing theme of learning and sharing ideas  that relate to my personal experiences, research and trial and error re health and well being. Yep I mean  going like feeling like dirt to feeling delicious.
  5. My ongoing theme of creating  recipes and plan to write down and refine those recipes and  photographing before eaten.
  6. Exploring having a blog spot on the  web to write and post imagery that is eclectic in its nature yet multi theme based.

So with that said my evaluation of dirttodelicious.net for  2017 is this:

  1. I did not post anywhere near enough to call seriously active
  2. TheCheerProject.com took over in my time to focus on a  web site and my learning curve with WordPress has become a project all of its own.
  3.  I love having it as a spot to share
  4. It is still a mixed bag of multiple themes but is getting closer to working with my other sites and varied social media to cross reference

It is obvious to me that I have more goals and aspirations than time allows. But that is me… life long.

*** I am wondering how “the universe ” will respond this coming year  between images of what I grow shot on paintings from the Cheer Project and The Cheer Project itself. I opened up this blog post with 3 images of mine that are showing at the art gallery of the Herberger Theater in Phoenix, Az. These three images are part of the show “Visual Feasting ” and will be there Through Feb 26, 2018. Yep stuff I grow on top of Cheer Project Paintings. Who knows, maybe just like how I was chosen by Scottsdale Cultural Council  to create “Emergent” for Influx 6,after reviewing  images of things that I grow photographed against my Cheer  paintings… maybe I will again be commissioned  to create more 5ft x 8ft images like I was with “Emergent”. If you want to see Emergent and hear more about it go to blog post  https://dirttodelicious.net/temporary-art-in…ation-for-influx/

Here is to wishing all of you, all the best you can imagine and so much more. To use a wonderful  affirmation phrase “this or something better ” 🙂

Linda Enger

 

Mastering mind body issues concerning matters of the heart

heart condtion hero inspiring
Training for triathlon gave Karen belief in herself despite all the physical challenges her heart presented her with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My heart goes out with compassion and  personal curiosity to the  people who have worked hard mastering their mind over their body issues,  go from feeling like dirt to feeling, and stay committed to feeling  delicious.

While doing laps at Cactus Pool this past summer  I met an inspiring woman that really carried that thought home.

Side note: I have to say doing laps at Cactus pool is inspiring . Being there during lap time I am surrounded not by grade school,  high school or even college swim teams practicing, while I do my laps. Do not get me wrong I find those groups to be entertaining and  inspiring too. These lap times though  are filled with swimmers of varied adult ages that frequently appear to me to be well versed in the daily practice of doing laps … for life.  Or that is the story I surmise from most of them as I watch them. I on the other hand am more of a fair weather swimmer. I tend to be more fickle with my workouts . NOTE , this is  especially true when it is  below 80 degrees out side ( yep, even with the Arizona sun shining and swimming laps in a heated pool ). Honestly swimming inside with smell of chlorine bombarding me has never been desirable, and why would I want to when I could be hiking in this glorious Arizona winter ?  … but I digress.

When I  met Karen this past summer  doing laps I  found myself in a conversation with a woman who may have kept her health condition private for many years from her co-workers, and friends … but considering she was back in Scottsdale to have yet another “tune up” with a cardiologist at Mayo clinic, I was in the right place at the right time to hear about her true success story and to become  part of her fan club ! And I must say I have signed up!

You see  in 1975 when Karen was age 6 her pediatrician sent her to a cardiologist with a heart murmur. This began a life of procedures and findings  and varied surgeries that I honestly feel I need a medical license to describe well. She introduced me to words that I have never heard of. I am not going to go into the gruesome details here but honestly I can say it would have been VERY easy for Karen to never have become the Triathlon winner , and  medal winning swimmer, and  master swim coach that she is!

I love being reminded of all the ways we can go from feeling like dirt to delicious. Despite the fact that her mom was not physically fit herself she always was supportive of Karen pursuing being an athlete which has probably been the best medicine for her! It was in training and being in triathlons that she truly learned to believe in herself !  Although she is reevaluating the harsh reality of what being an extreme athlete can do to to the heart enlarging the atria ( ok I start glazing over when she talks that way ) being that hers is naturally enlarged. The path  she has gone through in life is actually humbling .

Thank you Karen , you embody the concept of going from feeling like dirt to delicious. May I wish you many many many more laps at what ever pace you choose these days. You are a true inspiration.