When I decided to join the team on the Temple Project, I knew that this was going to be a very big challenge, both physically, and emotionally. I consider myself relatively ‘fit’, but hiking is not my usual exercise of choice, and certainly hiking these distances was not something I had ever done.
I know that the only way to accomplish my goal is with hard work and determination – I also know that having the proper gear is essential to helping me reach the finish line. To that end, I took a ride to REI in Yonkers this past weekend and a very big thank you to the team there for getting me started with some great hiking shoes!
Next week, a new back pack is on the list – any suggestions??
Things are getting real – my flight is booked, and my reservation confirmed with the company who will be guiding our team on the Magna Via Francingena. I am excited and nervous all at the same time. Will I be physically and mentally prepared for this journey?
One hundred and thirty five days and counting …..to my Temple Project teammates, I am honored and humbled to be taking this journey with you – together we can, and we will, make a difference in the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s….
Happy New Year! Time for all of us to make those New Year’s Resolutions…so what really is a resolution? Vocabulary.com defines a resolution as : ‘The noun resolution has a few related meanings having to do with being firmly determined about something. If you lack determination, you’ll never fulfill your New Year’s resolutions. Resolution is the noun form of the verb resolve, which comes from Latin resolvere, “to loosen, undo, settle.”res·o·lu·tion/ˌrezəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n/nounnoun: resolution; plural noun: resolutions’.
So what is your resolution for 2019? To lose weight? Get a new job? Exercise more? Quit smoking? Whatever your resolution, the real key is determination…how determined are you to land that new job, to lose those 10 pounds or stick to an exercise plan? Making the resolution is easy – executing it is the hard part. My resolution for 2019? To make a difference – to make a difference in the awareness and conversation around Alzheimer’s, to make a difference in the lives of those struggling with dementia, to make a positive difference in taking steps to find a cure.
How will we make those midnight resolutions a reality? By getting up, getting motivated, and making the commitment to taking small steps each and every day. Lao Tzu said it best: ‘The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step’….whatever it is that you have resolved, I wish you the determination to make it happen….
What is the Temple Project and the Magna via Francigena? The Magna Via Francigena, the great road of the Frankish knights, is a 112 mile journey that follows the ancient route between Agrigento and Palermo in Sicily that was used for millennia by pilgrims and travelers. The Temple Project, is a team of everyday people, committed to raising awareness and funding to find cures for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. So what does this have to do with me and why am I writing this blog?
Friday nights were a special time in my house growing up. My dad, a former drummer in a band, loved music, and every Friday he would put on a record (yes, a real record), and he, my mom and I would dance. Most of the music was way before my ‘time’, but I looked forward to Fridays and that special time with my parents. Not only did my dad teach me how to slow dance properly, but it was during those Friday dance sessions that I really learned about the importance of family, faith and the power of love.
Fast forward to May 6, 1999, the day that Alzheimer’s took my beloved dad. It was a day that changed my life forever, and it was the beginning of my journey to becoming an advocate. In June of 2019, TWENTY years after I lost my dad, I will be joining a team of 23 other advocates from around the world, to walk this 112 mile trail, together, raising our collective voices in the fight against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. I will be blogging my preparation, my thoughts, my experiences, my trials and tribulations and I hope that this blog is a place to laugh a little, to learn a little and to inspire you in your own journeys….