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Time for a fresh start, and what better way than with a fresh page? I can't say that the past few years haven't been a struggle, but I'm still plugging along. And that's kinda the problem, I'm just plugging. I've lost some of my *Spark*, so I'm making getting my spark back a goal for this spring and summer!

*I need to get back into running. And I will!

*I need to lose a few pounds...but more importantly, some of the jiggle that has *sprung* back upon me. And I will!

*I need to get out more, and become more social, and maybe even get back into the theater/entertainment world. And I...well, I might. I need to be more social (and I will!), but still thinking about the theater thing.

*I need to rediscover my passion for life. I've been drifting a bit over the last few years, especially after I left my theater dreams behind, and I need to rediscover my spark and passion again. And I will!

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. I know there is so much more I am capable of, and I want to do all I can to figure out what that is, and what I can contribute to the world around me. And this spring is just the beginning!

Won't you join me?

Member Since: 1/30/2007

Fitness Minutes: 192,681

My Goals:
Continue losing the flab and firm up my muscles.

Begin taking yoga classes, perhaps with an eye towards becoming an instructor. At the very least, be able to put my legs behind my head!

My Program:
I love running, and even completed a half and a full marathon in the past 2 years. I'm also a big fan of kickboxing, and have a problem with collecting exercise DVD's-I have an ever growing collection of all sorts! I'll try just about anything once.

Personal Information:
I'm originally from Chicago. From there, I moved to Knoxville TN, and from there I moved to Atlanta...and finally back to Knoxville, where I currently reside. Couldn't take the ATL traffic!

I am a Christian who tries to live by the golden rule-do unto others as you would have done unto you. I try to be kind to everyone and appreciate and accept that not everyone will agree with me, nor I with them. I'm not always successful with this, but I continue trying.

Other Information:
I'm a recovering actor, and am now looking towards making a huge life change. I'm considering pursuing yoga, pilates and holistic nutrition as a career. Or not. Who knows. I'm open to just about anything!

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    You are so right! It is so easy to focus on the end-goal, and forget to be grateful for where we are. I'm trying to develop more mindfulness, and a greater ability to notice and appreciate the present moment. It's a work-in-progress, though!

    For example, I have a spreadsheet where I track my weight, and it includes a chart of "where I could be" if I continue at a reasonable pace of weight loss. Maybe I should delete it, because it's future-focused and numbers-oriented. But I find it very motivating to envision progress! So, I'm keeping it for now, but trying to keep in mind that it's a tool, not a yardstick of success or a measure of my self-worth.

    186 days ago
    You have such a great attitude regarding staying flexible with timing! And yes, I'm sooooo ready to be done with COVID.

    I'm feeling cautiously optimistic on the COVID front, since my parents were able to get vaccinated last week and my husband's parents have managed to get appointments for next week. I hope the pace of the rollout keeps increasing.

    How are you doing this weekend? Any fun plans?
    200 days ago
    Well, THAT will surely make SparkPeople a little *brighter* if you're here, dearest!! Let me know if you want to be on the current team right now. It's pretty slow-going with all the focus everyone's had on the changes we've all had to adapt & evolve with, but we're holding on tight - using it for a touch-down place, and YOU are most certainly (forever) welcome if ever you need or want the *love* LOL!! ::hugs:: yer' Annie
    201 days ago
    It's a bummer that the pandemic might delay your move and the webseries. (For those of us who love planning ahead, COVID sure manages to muck up our plans.)

    Regardless of how soon you're able to start putting your dreams into action, I'll be cheering you on!

    207 days ago
    Audiobook narration sounds really interesting! As much as I love to read, I imagine it'd be pretty neat to narrate audiobooks. Every time that you work on a new book, you'd be learning new things or enjoying a new story! (Of course, it probably has much more difficulty and tedium than I'm imagining, but every job does, really.)

    I hope that we don't have to wait too many more months for a vaccine, and that you'll be able to work on the webseries later this year. I'd love to watch it!
    208 days ago
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