Happy June! What’s happening with Ananda all month long ….

Ms. Delores, a 79 year old runner and Ananda at Komen Race for the Global Cure 5K on June 2 in DC

Happy June and Happy Tuesday!

Today I am marinating on the wisdom I received from Ms. Delores, a 79 year old runner. I met her while running the Komen Race for the Global Cure 5K on June 2 in DC (see photo). She started running at the age of 50 and currently leads a running group in her neighborhood. Her wisdom was rooted in moving your body, moving your mind, and moving your spirit. They all work together for your highest and greatest good.  How are you moving your body, mind, and spirit this month?
Ananda giving a thumbs up after running Komen Race for the Global Cure 5K in DC on June 2
I am moving my body with daily yoga and walking, weekly running and core/weight training exercises, healthy eating, more sleep, weekly biking, and a 5K on June 16 for pancreatic cancer.
Cover of Ananda’s Vision Board Book
I am moving my mind with a daily writing schedule (it’s a fierce bootcamp that is getting me through the final chapters of my Digital Sisterhood memoir book). I am also moving my mind by reviewing my vision board book that I had to make as part of my Mastermind Group on a daily basis.  It is filled with positive affirmations, goals, and mini vision boards that support all parts of my life.
Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley
I am moving my spirit with daily prayer, meditation, Reiki healing touch, and devotional reading. I am also making sure that I attend my Mastermind Group weekly meetings, People of Color Sangha Buddhist monthly meeting, and weekly church service at All Souls Unitarian Church.  Enjoy June!

It’s Monday — Basking in my 5K Race glow!

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Happy Monday!

I hope you had a great weekend! How did you spend it? What were the highlights?

My weekend highlights included attending my Mastermind meditation group meeting, working at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as an artist-in-residence with a retired Army airman who told me some great stories as we created two collages with poems and six word memoirs, hanging out/dancing/sipping on cocktails with my cousin Sharon and her friends at a really cool lounge called Cities, running the Race for Hope DC 5K, spending time with my creative accountability sister Jess at Cafe Collage, writing, going to church, napping, taking some nice long walks, and seeing the Restless City movie at the West End (wonderful movie).

The one thing that really stayed with me was meeting people impacted by brain tumor cancer during the Race for Hope DC 5K race. The conversations I had were deep and at times caused my eyes to water up. When I crossed the finished line, I bowed my head in deep gratitude and dedicated my run to everyone living with brain tumor cancer. Click here to listen to my audio blog that includes some of my Race Day reflections.

So what’s your week looking like?

Mine is all about getting my rest, writing, decluttering, fitness training at the gym, running 3 miles 3x this week in preparation for June 5K, yoga/Reiki/meditation, and finishing my homework from my financial advisor.

See you next week!



Listen to Ananda share the lessons she learned during her morning training session for More Magazine’s Half-Marathon in April

Happy Tuesday!

Great news! I returned to my training for More Magazine’s half-marathon on April 25 in New York City: www.more.com/2029/10135-more-fitness-women-s-half-marathon-2010. Listen to my audio blog on Cinchcast below and discover the lessons I learned during my morning run. Let me know what you think.

What lessons are you learning today?

Enjoy your day and week!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude for my body, mind, heart, spirit, and breath (the things I need to complete my half-marathon!),


PS: I decided to do the run/walk half-marathon.  Here’s the plan: http://www.more.com/2029/2874-half-marathon-walk-run–week-3.