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February is Creative Romance Month

Welcome to February, the month of love. Some even refer to February as Creative Romance Month. In our busy day-to-day lives it’s easy to take for granted the important relationships in our lives. Creative Romance Month is all about rekindling the romance and taking the time to show that someone special just how much they mean to...

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    Memorial Day | Why and How Do We Celebrate?

    Often Memorial Day brings to mind the end of the school year, beginning of summer, and opening of swimming pools. We often celebrate with picnics and other fun outdoor events with family and friends. All great things to do, just so we don’t forget the true meaning of the holiday. So what is the meaning of Memorial Day? According to Wikipedia: “Memorial Day is...

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    Overcoming Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue

    One great thing about traveling is that it gives you time to reflect and look at life from new perspectives. This week it got me thinking about how blessed I am to be enjoying this stage of life. I’ve had a wonderful life full of many blessings, but like many others there have been some rough...

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    • Pam Graddy FaulkenbergCathy,

      I loved your message and the pictures!! You are such a dear sweet friend and I
      value our friendship very much!! Please never hesitate to ask me for anything.
      I would love to see you!

      Love and Prayers

      Pam Graddy FaulkenbergReplyCancel

    • cathyfitzYou are so sweet Pam. Miss you! We have to get together sometime soon!ReplyCancel

    • JackieThanks for sharing your story Cathy! It’s so great that you are enjoying life now, and that you could encourage others to overcome their battles as well. Very inspiring!ReplyCancel

      • cathyfitzThank you Jackie for your help and encouragement along the way – Love and miss you!ReplyCancel

    • BerniceLove your transparency…and you are right on target! I can tell when I have not made right food choices or when I drink alcohol- plays havoc on my body! My next major hurdle is to get active again. Love and miss you…continue to live your dream. You and Bill are always in my prayers.ReplyCancel

    • cathyfitzThanks Bernice – So blessed to have you as such a long time amazing friend in my life – love and miss you – can’t wait to see you this summer!ReplyCancel

    • Debbie WinklerCathy you are right. I was diagnosed 15 years ago with fibromyalgia. The best thing the doctor told me was to exercise. At the time I thought he was crazy since it hurt to walk across the room. I’ve learned to avoid the same foods you’ve mentioned plus bittersweet is also a trigger for me. Hopefully your post will help other peopleReplyCancel

      • cathyfitzHi Debbie, Sorry to hear you went through rough times. Glad to hear you’ve found ways to feel better – hope you’re doing well! Where do you live now?ReplyCancel

    Sim·plic·i·ty

    It seems that simplicity in life should be easy. However, when life gets complex, busy, and overcomplicated it takes an effort to get back to simplicity. With so much stuff and too much to do –  Where do you start? How do you make the changes you dream of? Maybe the “simple” answer is to just...

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    • Vicki CallahanYou life has sure turned out so beautiful just like you inside and out. I so enjoy reading about all your travels and looking at your beautiful pictures I look forward to reading and seeing a lot moreReplyCancel

      • cathyfitzAhh thank you Vicki. Amazing the twists and turns of life – I’m grateful every day! And I so enjoy seeing the pictures of your beautiful family – grandkids are the best!ReplyCancel

    • Pam Graddy FaulkenbergCathy, you look so beautiful! It looks like you are enjoying life and I am very happy for you!!
      Please let me know when you will be back in the St. Lois area and maybe we can meet up and visit.!! Love and miss ya girl!!

      Pam Graddy FaulkenbergReplyCancel

      • cathyfitzThank you Pam! Will do – would love to see you!!!ReplyCancel

    • BerniceLove your new site….how perfect….Cathyfitz! You’re living a dream so many others could only hope for. Keep living and enjoying the beauty that God has provided! I’m sure you guys are having unimaginable experiences in New Zealand! So very blessed!ReplyCancel

      • cathyfitzYou are so right Bernice! I am grateful every day for the blessings in my life! Miss you!ReplyCancel

    Be a SoulBird | Live the Life You’ve Dreamed

    As I look back on the past couple of years, my life seems surreal. How did this happen? Somehow my dreams have become my reality – I really have been able to create a new life for myself. It’s not just about the travel and beautiful places I’ve been blessed to visit, but the changes...

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      On the Road to a Healthy Lifestyle

      Opening yourself to new foods on the road can enhance a healthy lifestyle. Trying new foods is one of the great pleasures of travel. Sometimes it’s easy to make healthy choices. The street food in northern Thailand was amazing – cooked fresh right in front of you at incredibly cheap prices. However, maintaining a healthy...

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        Turn Your Travel Dreams Into Reality

        What is your Dream? Step one is to think, daydream, about what you really want to do. What is your vision for travel or your future dreams? Maybe start a wish list. It’s sort of like a bucket list, but somehow wish list sounds better. iWish is a fun app to get you started. Think about what makes...

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          Red Sky at Morning Sailor Take Warning

          If you see me at the helm of a sailboat – you might need to take warning! Bill & I recently completed a 4-day sailing course at Great Lakes Sailing. It was one of the most exciting, challenging, difficult, exhilarating, and scary things I have ever attempted. With no prior experience sailing or driving a boat, the amount of...

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            Evelyn Shelagowski – Inspiration in Traverse City

            A couple of weeks ago, Bill and I had the pleasure of spending a delightful afternoon with Evelyn Shelagowski, the first resident of The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Our original plan was to learn more about this unique community from Evelyn’s point of view. What we didn’t expect was to meet such a lovely, inspirational woman with a...

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            • Renee BesawEvelyn was a close family friend. She and my mother and several other Linwood women had a painting group for many years.  I have a beautiful, large custom painting that hangs in a place of honor in our home. Evelyn is a lovely woman and I miss seeing her since her move to Traverse City. I can’t wait to show this article to my mother.ReplyCancel

              • cathyfitzSo glad you found the blog post about Evelyn! She is such a sweet woman, I loved spending time with her!ReplyCancel

            Happiness Is . . .

            What is happiness? According to Wikipedia “Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.” Have you ever noticed how some people exude happiness? They make you happy just to be near them. You can’t help but smile in their presence.   Laughing is so contagious, good for the soul,...

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