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Embracing A Routine

It’s been a really long time since I’ve awakened to an alarm clock but it seems that between my dogs waking me up for a potty break and my own internal body, I don’t need one. Is this another “side effect” of exercising regularly and partaking in the ACV daily challenge?

Why in the world am I getting up at 8AM when I don’t need to?

I know that sounds spoiled, especially to the commuters and busy parents who are trying to wrangle their kids. Just know that I’ve had the corporate job, the commute, the kids and, trust me, I know the struggles. My kids are grown and I’m a freelancer which usually means I’m pulling a 10-14 hour day, six to seven days a week.

The Health and Wellness Journal

I am now one-third of the way to the finish line of this challenge and it’s a great milestone, especially when I’m looking forward to my mornings now!

DAY 1 was a great start by the simple fact that I made a commitment to begin this challenge. Admittedly, the first week was a gripe. I had to tell myself to get my sneakers on; remind myself that this is good for me, and convince myself that the hour that I could be at my desk was better served chasing down my health.

What began as a trial has slowly become a routine that I look forward to.

The Hope

My hope is that this health and wellness schtick continues beyond the 30-day challenge. Normally, my husband is at work by the time I get up and move around. He knows I’ve got a new morning routine but he hasn’t seen me get up and go until this morning.

I basically roll out of bed, wash up, put on my workout clothes, and lace up my sneakers. Pat had a look of surprise on his face like, “What are you doing up this early and are you really going out?”

Go Your Own Way

“If I could, baby I’d give you my world…” Fleetwood Mac

Naturally, I asked if he wanted to join me. The walk through the park is pretty nice. He declined. I knew he would but I asked anyway. My wellness journey is not his and I’m all right with that, but I don’t want to hear him complaining about growing into a 40″ waist either.

He’s not happy about his weight but he’s not quite to the point of doing anything about it – yet.

I remember feeling like that. Hell, I remember wallowing and fat shaming myself, watching The Biggest Loser while laying on the couch thinking “They’re so inspiring” and put a dent in a family-sized bag of potato chips.

I could hound my husband until he did something instead of complaining about it but then his heart and mind wouldn’t be into it and he wouldn’t find the commitment needed to continue. You know that old adage, “You can bring a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.”

Most of us don’t pivot until we absolutely have to. This is my journey. You’ll have to go your own way (when you’re ready).

Package Reveals

Today I grabbed two more packages off the pile and opened them for my livestream and replay audience. This is the geek side of me, gang. I’m an associate editor and contributing writer & livestreamer for Geek Insider too.

AND I’m a founding member of Terraform Comics, editing, writing comic book scripts and learning the trade. Phew! Who could know that at nearly 50-years old I’d be creating comic books for the first time in my life?!

If you’ve been following along with this series, then you might have seen the FriYAY Challenge Within A Challenge post where I opened packages from Daphne Lage and Mark Darden.

Today’s reveal includes books from Michael Oden and Silverline Comics

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Elysian Fields

Michael Oden

It’s been a blast to watch Michael’s journey into comic books this year. This holofoil cover of Elysian Fields Issue 0 is pretty badass.

It’s InDemand on IndieGoGo and an exclusive softbound cover with an expansive story, character glossary, and art gallery. It is currently on Kickstarter.

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Silverline Comics

Roland Mann

Silverline Comics has been making independent comic books since the 80s. I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with Roland Mann and I’m very happy to have retro cover issues and the Kickstarter exclusive flip book. I love horror and dark stories!

Check out Silverline Comics for their titles.

Wellness Log

1.5 miles walk/jog

Apple Cider Vinegar drink

Writing & Livestreaming


The one “fail” might be NaNoWriMo. I’m writing every day – just not in my novel. I’m going to stick that in the win category because I am writing every day. The novel can wait.

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