Through Amber Goggles

Funny how motivation can be found in unusual places. And, likewise how easily one can become discouraged. Even though I had driven to the pool and changed into my Speedo, I almost decided to go home. I realized I’d forgotten my goggles. A back-up pair was in my gym bag but a voice in my… Continue reading Through Amber Goggles

Whip It!

Senior citizens rocking to Devo? Why, yes! There was something different about the morning aqua fitness class. I sensed it from the moment I strolled from the change room to the pool’s edge. Lap swimmers like myself shared the pool with the middle-aged and senior crowd. I, apparently, was in the quieter group. Depending on… Continue reading Whip It!

Update on my Friend, Jane!

Remember my friend, Jane? The one who dreamed of racing the Ironman in Hawaii? She kept her goal even after breaking her back a few years ago. She started from zero. Literally baby steps at the beginning. Well, the race is done. Let me share  Jane’s thoughts of her race day with you. “My whole time in Hawaii… Continue reading Update on my Friend, Jane!

Kazuko: Japanese for “Harmony”-#2

  After graduating from the ESL (English as a Second Language) program, Kazuko was informed she could attend school two years further to obtain her high school diploma. Two more years! She was almost 36 years old at the time! Kazuko thought back to what her life would’ve been like if she’d never come to… Continue reading Kazuko: Japanese for “Harmony”-#2

“Kazuko”: Japanese for “Harmony”-#1

My text to hubby: “The new pool has free wifi!” Hubby’s text to me: “U do know ur phone isn’t waterproof, right?” It was my first time swimming laps at the new pool in town. I loved it except for the cramped changing quarters. I glanced up from texting to see an older Asian woman.… Continue reading “Kazuko”: Japanese for “Harmony”-#1

Mission Accomplished!

Some days you need a reminder of challenges you’ve overcome. Even if it was a minor struggle as a young child. On my desk is a tiny badge with the word “Junior” on it; the “r” no longer visible. It’s a swimming badge earned long ago. It’s nothing big in the grand scheme of things.… Continue reading Mission Accomplished!

World Class Dreams

Dreams can come true. Even a dream you’ve had for over twenty years. Let me tell you about my dear friend, Jane. In one word: resilient! I met Jane when I was dating my boyfriend-to-be-husband, Guy. Jane was the girlfriend of Mike, Guy’s best friend.  Jane had previously fled an abusive marriage, taking her two… Continue reading World Class Dreams