Unlike a lot of people I know—especially guys, for some men are from Mars reason—I’m such a morning person. I LOVE mornings. The smell of fresh, clean morning air and a brand new day just makes me happy. Even when I’m so tired, I want to stay in bed all day, once I finally do get up I feel great, peppy even. So, despite the horrible sleep I got last night, I was really excited when it came time to wake up.
My alarm went off at 7:13 (I just like having my alarm at an odd time like that, weird I know), and I got up and got dressed for a beautiful Southern California autumn morning. I walked to my local farmer’s market, which is about a mile and a half away, to meet up with an old friend. I want to say I’ve known her since I was about ten or eleven, when she was my tutor. It’s funny how some of my former teachers have come back into my life and have become great friends. I will never forget people who have been great influences on me, because kids really need that. Having great teachers who inspire in others a love for learning and growing, and to always strive to be the best person they can be, is an incredible blessing. These teachers can be found in the classroom, in an out of school activity, or amongst peers—I was very blessed to find them in more than once place J.
Anyways, we met up to catch up, because it had been such a LONG time since we had talked face to face. Facebook definitely has its perks ;). That’s how we initially reconnected, and eventually I had inspired her to get on the Shakeology train, through all my health and fitness posts. We also, talked about my new program T.A.L.K. (Talking About Love Kindly), which I will be bringing to her seventh and eighth grade classes in a couple weeks. They will be my first audience, and I am so excited, because the program is talk to students about dating abuse and bullying. At that age, they are starting to get into dating, and it’s important to recognize what is and what isn’t a healthy relationship. It’s also important to know how to help a friend out, and to know how to T.A.L.K., whether you or your friend is the victim of abuse. Break the silence to end the violence.
We had such a great time catching up we did four laps around the park, which is almost four miles. And we even stopped in the farmer’s market for some cucumber lemonade, and walk through the hustle bustle of everyone doing their Saturday morning farmer’s market trip.
I think it’s such a beautiful blessing, the way some people come into our lives, and stay, even through an extended physical absence. People like this friend of mine, never truly leave my life, because the value they’ve added to my life always remains. I’m so happy we’ve reconnected, and it’s because of her that I get to put feet to a certain dream, by allowing me to bring T.A.L.K. to her students.
BIG LOVE & BIG HUGS