B and C are for Bike Week and Classic Cars

Once in a while there is an advantage to procrastination. Sure. I need to double up on the posts to catch up (I mean that literally. A lot like this post), but it also means B and C can be about what happens when Bike Week and Cruisin’ on Central collide. Not literally, though. There was already enough traffic, smoke, screeching, and police presence.

Yesterday, I did something that made no sense to me. I trimmed my hair into Bettie Page bangs and took the train down Central Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona. I had no idea why. I had no idea where I was going. When the Park Central Mall stop was announced, I could hear a roar of an engine. Looking up, I saw one, then two classic cars driving by. My sleepy brain awoke and I realized what was going on. There was a second’s hesitation, then I was out those train doors and on the platform.

If you love cars, then you can imagine the euphoria I experienced when I smelled the air. Or, it may just be the engine fumes were getting me high. After all, it was starting to remind me more of sweet perfume and pine, rather than motor oil, after a while. Either way, I was  a little girl running around complimenting the cars, taking their photos, and asking about their stories.  I took one photo of a gorgeous green Ford when her owner asked if I wanted to have my photo taken, too.

 

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One older gentleman kept riding around on his motorcycle. In a crowd of happy people, he was the happiest.  He stopped ahead of me and I said to a guy standing by me, “I really want to get a picture of that guy. He’s the happiest one here.” So, my wish was nearly granted. Only Harry (because that’s his name) said, “You don’t want a picture of me. My face would break your camera. How about you take a picture with the bike?” He steadied it, helped me on, and he and the other guy (his name was Larry. I couldn’t make these things up) tried to get me to make a mean biker face. It obviously wasn’t working out.

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Especially, when I was so giddy happy about the atmosphere. Being about to sit on that vintage racer bike (Look on the side and it says Manzanita Raceway Phoenix, Arizona) made me giddy as can be.
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The happiest place on earth is supposed to be Disneyland. To me, it’s a car show. I have, yet, to come across a car show where I didn’t see people smiling and happy to talk about what they love.

Classic Cars are like people. Not just because I compliment and talk to both. But, any car or person who has been around for decades has stories to tell. The cars that are highly polished I love to look at, but when I can’t touch it or it has to be gently handled with a soft duster, its beautiful, but not what I want.
My favorite car was this Caddy. 12417900_10154115142471477_938625279794665445_n

Rugged with potential, but not highly polished or untouchable. In fact, it’s perfect, as is. If I had the money, I would buy it right now. You can tell she has a personality. That’s best part. Perfectly imperfect in every way.

For more photos from April’s Cruisin’ On Central visit my Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/magicquillinc

 

 

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Sunday Spotlights: Nataly Colvin

37786_277272285725852_387686634_nBrihadaranyaka Upanishad once stated, You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”  This philosophy is the driving force Nataly Colvin of Fitness & Wellness lives by. The road has been a long one, with interesting twists and turns. Yet, each turn has led her down the road to the ultimate goal: balance

Originally born and raised in Kazakhstan (the country south of Russia), Nataly was a busy little girl. On top of her full time general education, she participated in gymnastics and music school. With very little time to enjoy being a child, her mother told her she needed to choose only one of her pursuits. Influenced by her musician father, she decided to follow her love of music. For the next seven years, Nataly took piano and vocal lessons. 

In high school, Nataly noticed she possessed a natural talent for counseling. Friends from school and church often came to her for advice on their problems. It was because of this, she decided to get her Masters in Educational Psychology and Counseling. She worked in the field, but found that it was not the right niche for her. Her interest was in positive self-growth and self-development, rather than the clinical side of psychology. She held the belief that someone must desire change before they can achieve it. Her goal was to work with people who wanted to transform their lives. 

Through the years, fitness was always in the back of her mind. Like many college students, her weight fluctuated a lot. She worked out, then stopped many times. After getting married and traveling the world for her husband’s job, she continued pursuing fitness here and there, but something was still missing.  Persistence. 

After giving birth to her son, she started working out, again. This time, she was excited and encouraged by the progress and drastic changes of her body. She  studied  different diets, followed many so-called fitness gurus , and absorbed any information she could find. She took classes and her body started to transform a bit more. It still wasn’t what she was looking for.     

Then, her life changed. She broke her foot and couldn’t workout for eight months. Not long after, she began to suffer serious stomach issues. She visited  different doctors, who ran tests and scans. She couldn’t eat anything without her stomach hurting. After not eating properly and  unable to workout, for nearly a year, she realized she had gained fat in all the wrong places. She wasn’t overweight. “Skinny fat”, she calls it. Her body had simply lost its form, due to lack of exercise and good nutrition. After having her gall bladder removed, working out was postponed a little longer. 249563_277274022392345_1288736495_n

At this point, Nataly was started feeling depressed about it all. Instead of giving up, she listened to the words her mother raised her with, “She would say listen to your heart and you will always find the strength and passion within, and then go for it.” Nataly began reading a lot, as she worked on transforming who she was. This included working out, again, as well as filling her mind with a lot of positive information. While meeting people, at the gym, who inspired her, she  found out others were inspired by her. Through the transformation of her body and general well being, she finally found what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.    

Through her social media pages, Nataly has been able to motivate and inspire others who are looking for a change their bodies and their whole lives. “There is nothing greater than being able to inspire someone and see their life transform. It’s the best reward for me. One has to remember, there is that body and mind connection. By changing your mind, you change your life. The impossible becomes possible! “

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 Nataly is currently in the process of developing a new program, “Body Sculpting and Wellness by Nataly”.  To learn more about this program and keep updated with future projects and inspiration, visit Nataly at Alpha Fitness by Nataly.  

 

 

 

 

Sunday Spotlights: Eric Swett (Author of Apocalypse Rising)

Twenty years ago, I met Eric Swett, when we were both in college.  At that time he was a cute, charismatic 19 year old, with a smile  and cocky sense of humour that melted the hearts of many of the girls he came across.   Today,  he describes himself as ‘just a guy’, whose family means more to him than anything else in the world.  He is a husband, father of three (two boys and a girl) children, IT tech, and a writer.  564798_10152216844800082_1004247886_n

His first novel, Apocalypse Risinghas a magical what-happens-next quality, which could only come from the intense, and sometimes twisted, mind of Eric Swett. Apocalypse Rising is the story of  an angel, who gave up his memories and powers, in order to help the human race.  The story starts directly in the middle of the action and does not let the reader take much of a breath along the way.

While Apocalypse Rising  has dark elements to it, Eric’s writing has changed considerably along the way.  His early writing ventures were short stories that were much more on the dark side. As a role player, and all around geek, his original novel writing experience was in the  traditional fantasy genre.  Heis early writing ventures were  greatly  influenced by fantasy writers, such as Weis and Hickman, Robert Jordan, and Christoper Stashed, plus science fiction authors, Ben Bova, L. Ron Hubbard, and Isaac Asimov.

Eric was first inspired to take the Urban Fantasy route when his friend, Craig Sottolano, published One Right Tricky Little  Bastard.   It was different than anything he had read before and he was quickly turned onto the concept of Urban Fantasy.  It was after reading Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files that Eric found what had been missing from his own writing. From these inspirations Eric Swett’s Apocalypse Rising was born.091812-P Apocalypse Rising

Eric is currently hard at work on his sequel for Apocalypse Rising, scheduled for release at the end of this year.  He has plans to continue the story for another book or two,  then  returning his attention to a number of novels he put aside.   

When asked about his best advice for others, he stated: ”My advice to other writers would be to remember that what other people tell you about your writing is their opinion, so you can chose to ignore it.My was derailed for a couple of years because I started taking the negative opinions of other writers too seriously. If they thought my work was so bad, why should I continue. I figured out later that all writers have their own style an opinion, and they will rarely be the same as yours. Take what you like and leave the rest behind.

My advice to children would be to eat your vegetables, don’t grow up too fast and learn to memorize the lines of your favorite movies.”

To learn more about Eric Swett, follow him at Eric W Swett Author in Progress and My Writer’s Cramp.

 

 

 

Spring Fever

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The other day, I was emailing one of my dearest friends when I made a confession. I told him while I am knitting, lately, I have taken to watching old episodes of Lou Grant on YouTube? “Does this means I am old?” I asked. He answered by asking if I wanted to go out for a QT coffee. I suppose knitting and watching a newspaper drama that premiered when I was four years old means I need to get out of the house more.

I enjoyed the coffee, but I went back to watching more episodes. I love how timeless the show is. It could have just as easily been made in 2013, instead of 1978. It’s also a good way to work on inventory and not bore myself to tears.

The weekend has been more of this. Knitting, watching Lou Grant, having dinner with friends, more knitting, and more watching Lou Grant. I may even go to church at 5 PM. Just because I want to.

It’s about using the weekend to relax. Something I rarely do. “Relax,” I hear so often. It’s a frustrating word which automatically makes me unrelaxed.

Today would normally be the start of my Sunday Spotlights. Instead, that is postponed for another week, so I can focus a little more on relaxation and simplifying.

In fact, Simplifying will be the topic of choice tomorrow. It is Monday. We can all use a good laugh.

Here is a basic plan of what to expect in future editions. Things may vary if something really presses on my mind, but people like a bit of a routine, especially when it comes to blogs. These a probable topics you can look forward to depending on the week. I can break things down more, if needed. Here you are.

Monday — Inspirational/Self/Relationships

Tuesday — Anything about Food. Because, Food is yummy. Or Thrifty tidbits, because that leaves more money for food.

Wednesday — Quotable Wednesday, inspired by one of the products available at Victory Rose Vintage.

Thursday — Every Monday, my Google Plus page starts a fun theme of the week. On Thursday, the theme and a fun addition will be added here.

Friday — It’s all about the fashion. Because, clothes are fun to look at.

Saturday — Silly or Star. Which one do you like better?

APSPA Bowling Tournament 027.1Sunday — Sunday Spotlights. Focus on a Vintage Pinup Model, Artist, Writer, or anyone who has an interesting hobby or interest.
Next week, you will be introduced to Vintage Pinup Model and Artist, Maiden America.

Do you have any ideas or know someone you would like to see featured in Sunday Spotlights? Drop me a line! I’d love to hear from you.