One More Time!

I’ve written a little bit about how much I love The Martial Arts. I’ve also shared the amazing opportunity I had to train with a living legend in August. I have recently been informed that Sifu Taky will be at the Ancient Fire Dojo in Vancouver, British Columbia one more time! That is this November and oh boy am I looking forward to that experience, not only will I be training with Sifu Taky again, I am invited in for free! This not only helps my bank account, but it is a true honor. I will be staying in Victoria after the seminar, my cousin Joel Cuttiford lives on the beautiful island and I am very much looking forward to spending some time with him. He is extremely busy with his landscaping company and quite frankly is one of the hardest working landscapers I have ever met in my life! I get to visit Joel, train with Sifu Taky, AND I was happy to find out that I will be able to bring one of my little pups on my journey!

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Collecting Those Unique Things

Funny How Much I Used To Love Lamps…

  • Coins
  • Lamps
  • Old Sticky Notes
  • Unique Blankets

A collector of different kinds of things I am! I was cleaning up my place this morning and started thinking to myself “am I a hoarder?” No way, not possible; I am a clean woman! Then it sort of picked up again when I opened one of my hall closets and found blankets that haven’t been touched in over six months and seven or so lamps that are collecting dust. Now this is pretty minimal when it comes to hoarding as a big picture, though I do not like clutter and I have made the decision to donate some of my lamps that I once thought “I just have to have this.” The local thrift store down the road will surely appreciate it, I am doing this with the intentions that maybe someone will actually put it to use and not have it sit and collect an abnormal amount of dust. I have also found an old coin collection which brings back an enormous amount of memories that bring me to an uncontrollable smile.

It’s these little things that do it, really. Have you ever spent an hour or so flipping through old photographs of you and your parents? It feels almost like some soft of crazy drug trip, now I am not one for drugs but the feeling I get when thinking about all those experiences really creates this thought pattern of “I wonder if drugs make you feel this way.”

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My Training And My Work

Many sacrifices have to be made when training in The Martial Arts. At this very moment I am feeling at ease with my past accomplishments; remaining humble, kind, and accepting the fact that there will always be somebody bigger, somebody stronger, somebody smarter, and somebody quicker. Writing this down has lifted a smile yet also brought upon thoughts of “Well why does that have to be the case? Can’t I be the best?” Let me share with you something, you get what you give; if you aren’t putting in every ounce of energy into what you want to be ‘The Best’ at, I can guarantee somebody else on this planet is.

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Breeding And Gratitude

I Am Grateful

 

Hi! If you are following my blog you would know that I just ran into some mailing issues with a company over seas. I ordered a number of bracelets and they were certain they had been delivered but I never received them! If you are so incline you can read more about it here. : )

Well guess what? They are re-sending them! I am grateful, now I am not sure where the bracelets ended up but like I said in my previous post I hope whoever has them is benefiting.

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Surprised And Not Surprised

Why Does The Package Not Show Up?

 

Did someone need it more than me? I spent $44 on three bracelets, and just spent over an hour on the phone with three different companies trying to explain to them that even though the tracking status says “package delivered” I still have not received the package. Looking to get a refund from the company but the way I am trained to look at a situation like this is, someone needs it more than me; I am okay with this. The bracelets were made from these special beads and carried ‘spiritual value’, my esoteric beliefs brought them into my world and I really thought that they would benefit my life. My thoughts are currently, “I hope these bracelets benefit someone’s life”. With regards to not receiving my package, I hope someone else has the bracelets on hand and looks at them knowing that they are being protected by something greater than themselves.

Sorry to begin this post with a rant, this is how my morning began; and with some awesome protein cereal.

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Do You Dance?

I Tend To Dance With My Dogs

 

Did you know that Chihuahua’s are probably the best dancers on the planet? This is no exaggeration, these little guys can jump, flip, spin, and twist at all sorts of weird angles; it’s quite hilarious. I spent my evening dancing with my chihuahuas, weird? Perhaps. I can say one thing, they do not like country but they do love John Fogerty which I found strange but just decided to flow with their energy. The people in my building were probably wondering what all the commotion was but that didn’t stop me, I was having the time of my life.

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Bridges And Lakes

Loving Danger And Excitement

 

If you are an individual who loves danger and excitement this post might be for you… I have found in my very short time on this earth I have always loved doing things that scared the bananas out of me. Quite recently I found myself on this incredible hiking trip with a number of my cousins, always finding new ways to shock each other with our ways of doing things we of course found a nearly deconstructed bridge. This story can appear silly and you might think “Why on earth would Laura risk her life to get to the other side?”. Well you see, this was an opportunity to not only test my self control but I was making a point to myself, I’ve learned that you are only as good as your last performance. This was a performance I did for myself, and the performance was me crossing the bridge even though the risk was there to fall nearly sixty feet.

 

This is basically what the bridge looked like,
This is basically what the bridge looked like, nothing but intriguing to me!

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Back In Town!

Am I Ever Happy To Be Home

 

I am sore, comfy, and relaxed at this very moment. I had an incredible time in Vancouver, British Columbia. I was there on behalf of a Martial Arts benefit seminar for the senior instruct of Jeet Kune Do, Sifu Taky Kimura. This was an experience of a life time, the man is ninety-two years old and is still throwing people on the ground! He had me in a straight arm lock explaining to other students and practitioners of the importance of the raising of the elbow during your lock. Now unfortunately I couldn’t quite hear everything he was saying as the man speaks very quietly do to health issues; Alzheimer’s and such… (This was one of the main reasons for the seminar, to help raise money for his medical bills, as they have sky rocketed).

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Getting Back In The Swing Of Things

The Shortest Post I’ve Ever Written.

I am so excited to be starting this new website, but unfortunately I do not have a lot of time right now to be working on it; though I truly believe the future holds beautiful things for this new masterpiece! I am going away tomorrow, on a very unique adventure to Vancouver, British Columbia. I will be back on Sunday as the trip is short, but the experience is a once in a life time thing for me. Looking forward to sharing when I arrive home.

Talk soon!

 

– Laura