Reach – Acupuncture

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I was at the park yesterday with a friend of mine, Stephanie, and while our kids played we talked about what was going on in our lives and where we are “at” right now. I mentioned, as I often do these days, the fact that I would like to make my “Year of 40” significant…and that I choose the word “reach” to be a mantra of sorts.

One thing we talked about was health and the fact that we’ve both suffered from months and months of allergy related symptoms and that we both want to lose weight. Lose weight. Remember the comic strip Cathy? Well – I’m running around, ripping my hair out shouting eekkkkkkkkkkk as I say that in true Cathy form.

Stephanie is my free spirit sister and we share many of the same thoughts about parenting, politics, work, books, etc. She mentioned that when she lived in Austin, she had tried Acupuncture and it really worked well.


Acupuncture has been on my mind for years. I’ve always believed in treating our bodies as a “whole” – where everything works together and energy flows from one part to another. I’ve suffered from things like allergies, headaches, depression and anxiety…illnesses/symptoms that are hard to fix with conventional medicine. Plus – I see different doctors for each different problem. I think Acupuncture would be something great to try that may help everything.

One teeny, weeny problem (well – actually hundreds of in teeny, weeny problems). Mama don’t like needles. Yet – I’m going to REACH out on this one and make this year my year to try acupuncture. I’ve had clogged up sinuses and ears for 3 months now that I can’t seem to shake…maybe acupuncture can help. And I’m always working to keep depression and anxiety at bay. Perhaps this is the answer? All I know is – it can’t hurt. Well – it can…but is it worth it? I’ll let you know!


2011 – WORD

Ali Edwards, a well-known scrapbooking guru and all-around creative person, picks a word each year to concentrate on. I heard about it last year and thought, “Brilliant” – I want to do that! So I picked word (literally the word I picked was “word“) you can read more about it here and it will make more sense! The problem is – after I picked my word – I didn’t do anything else. I kinda forgot about it and well – that was it.
This year I’m turning 40 (in January actually) so picking a word that has meaning and reflecting on it (for realsie this time) throughout the year sounds like a good idea to me. I don’t want to be down in the dumps because I’m getting older. I want to use this opportunity to do something great, to grow, to go wild, to try new things, to get out of a rut…to reinvent myself.
To make sure I stay focused on this word or theme or way of life…I signed up for Ali’s new class at Big Picture Classes called “One Little Word”. It’s a year-long, on-line class in which she promises we’ll have opportunities to reflect upon and document the process. I’m excited. (By the way, her word is “light”).
So I ask you – what should my word be? I was thinking Rebirth or Renewal…but I’m not sure either of these capture what I’m after. I’d love to hear your suggestions…