Welcome to My Garden

We may walk on different paths, but we follow the same footprints.

This year I'm focusing on improving my running and overall health by taking the 2017 Mile Challenge and seeing where the journey takes me. I'm also revisiting the Monthly Challenge started by Nephew Jason in 2009.

I'll try to post something every day. It may be a short inspirational quote or a longer narrative. Please join me......

"If you don't try, you won't know you can."

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

2017 miles Day 260

Tuesday's message is from Mr. Tony Garcia..........


This. A whisper from my heart.
This. A pep talk.
Yourself credit
Yourself a break
Yourself forgiveness

No shortcuts
No easy way out
No path but your own
It one more try
Hope another chance
What you have to offer
A step back
A knee in prayer
A moment to breath
In to love
Up on no one
Out only compliments
You've just been pep talked.
Go get today. ~G

Monday, September 18, 2017

2017 miles Day 259

Monday Morning Message

Inspirational Quote about Relationships - Visit us at InspirationalQuotesMagazine.com for the best inspirational quotes!

And that is just what I'm going to set out to do today.  If not someone else ... me.  I'll be the reason I smile today.  

Now, GET OUT THERE.....  You have work to do!!!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

2017 miles Day 258

Happy Happy Sunday!!!
Today's Sunday run was a 10 miler.  It was a beautiful perfect 72 degrees but with a 15-17 mile/hr south wind.  Ran the first 6 miles east/west and didn't mind the cross wind.  Mile 7 was north, with the wind, uphill.  It felt really good.  Then I turned around and started mile 8 against the wind.  Even though it was a half mile down hill then mostly flat, it was a struggle.  It felt like .... blah ...  so decided to pack it in and run the last 2 miles on the treadmill at a consistent 9 min/mile pace.  Now, that was fun.  So much better than running against the wind.

I found a very inspirational YouTube channel "Your World Within" by Eddie Perero.  I listened to a couple of his motivational pieces, and he definitely hits the spot.  Check it out.

I wouldn't listen to every one back to back.  I suggest choosing one every morning when you get up. They are really good!!!

So, here is what I get to do this week.  Work on a painting, log 50 + miles, sub a couple of days in the high school, and enjoy life.  What do You get to do?   Have a good one!!!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

2017 miles Day 257

Have a FABULOUS Weekend!!!

Do what you enjoy most today.  
Take time for You.  
Remember, You are FABULOUS!!! 

Friday, September 15, 2017

2017 miles Day 256

Today's message from me to You

Some times I struggle.......  I'm sure we all do.
Some times I have just an OK, kinda day........  I get that.
Sometimes I just have to sit and think..........  Ok - I'll do that.
Sometimes I get to.......  If not today - tomorrow.
Sometimes I think I'm spinning my wheels.........  Today I'm going to put on the brakes
Sometimes I try too hard..........  For what?  For whom?  For me!!!
Sometimes I  need to just ................Be.............

Enjoy today!!! and Happy Friday!!!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

2017 miles Day 255

Not much to post today;  nothing inspirational, nothing really learned, nothing much ... just an ordinary day.  I woke up at my usual time of 5:00 then dozed for another 30 minutes, dozed some more and actually shut off the alarm when it decided to invade my space at 6:00 a.m.  Not much planned.

I guess it's ok to have just an ordinary day.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

2017 miles Day 253

Surfing for a great inspirational Tuesday video, and found this.  


Now, GET OUT THERE ... You have work to do!!!!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

2017 miles Day 252

Today's message from Mr. Tony Garcia. Love the poetic style he used for this piece. After I read it, I couldn't help look up the Beatles song "Revolution". Mr. Garcia put a different twist on it for me. 
Another great song that fits is "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten.  Read Tony's message with this playing and you will have nothing but inspiration to start your day!!!
Gonna raise my battle flag - for Me!!!  

This. A whisper from my heart.
Be your own revolution.
Rise up
Against your insecurities
Against your institution of excuses
Against your inertia
Rise up
Against your status quo
Against your comfort zone
Against your greatest fear
Down your walls
Down your perceived limits
Down your ceilings
For your finish line
For your right to be happy
For your dreams
Your imagined obstacles
Your need to discount yourself
Your negative voice
Your own brand of great
Your best version of you
Your greatest love
Be your own revolution. ~G

This is going to be a hard training week.  As I prepare for the miles ahead, I will keep these works in my heart and soul.  I will raise my battle flag and "Be my own Revolution" for ME!!!

Now, GET OUT THERE ... You have work to do!!!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

2017 miles Day 251

Am I running enough miles?  How can I get faster?  How can I improve my running performance?I've asked these questions many, many, times.  I know that the best way to improve is to increase mileage.  With that said, and as simple as it seems, sounds like that is what works.

Found an interesting article on the subject and thought I'd share.

The concept sounds so simple.  To be better, do more.  I equate this to anything you want to accomplish in life.  If you really want something, it takes practice.  If you expect to get on stage and play with the symphony without practicing (hours and hours) it's not going to happen.  

Continue to be motivated!!!  
Continue to be awesome!!! 
Continue to be fabulous!!!
Continue to be amazing!!!  
Continue to  BE!!! 

Now, GET OUT THERE ... You've got work to do!!!!  (even if it is Sunday)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

2017 miles Day 250

It's Saturday and a long 12 mile run is on my agenda for this morning.  Need a bit of motivation?  This is a great video:

From:  Your World Within

For the rest of the month of September I'm going to focus on getting in the habit of running in the morning.  I generally get up around 5:00, so time is not the issue, it's the motivation to get out there.  I can have a little snack, cup of coffee and be on the road or treadmill by 5:30.  I know that my day will be that much more fabulous!!!  I can DO IT!!!

Now, GET OUT THERE...  You have work to do!!!

Friday, September 8, 2017

2017 miles Day 249

I got up early this morning after a good night's sleep.
I got up early this morning with joy and peace in my soul.
I got up early this morning ready to start my day with a spring in my step and a song in my heart.
I got up early this morning with arms wide open ready for anything that comes my way.
I got up early this morning to greet the sunrise with a smile.
I got up early this morning with gratitude that I am given another wonderful day.
I got up early this morning..........................

Now, GET OUT THERE ... You have work to do!!!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

2017 miles Day 248

YAY!!!  Team Phelps passed 2017 miles in the year 2017!!!  

Does that mean that we're finished?  Our goal has been met so now we can take it easy?  We don't have to work so hard, train so hard, keep running so hard?


Our target has been passed, but our goal has not been reached.  So the question....  What is the goal?  The answer....  The goal is living life "Full Force".  The goal is living this finite life beautifully and completely.  The goal is living not as a spectator but as a participant.  The goal is knowing that this life lived was lived with honor and grace.  The goal is to continue running, setting, and meeting individual targets.  I personally logged 1032 miles as of today.  My personal target for this year is 1500 miles.  It's not a goal, but a target, something to shoot for.  

It's the 7th of September.  There are only 115 more days in the year 2017.  What are you going to do with these days?  Are you going to push hard and finish this year strong, or are you going to take it easy and just coast through the rest of the year???   

I plan to push hard and finish strong!!!

Now, GET OUT THERE,  You have work to do!!!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

2017 miles Day 247

This morning I read an interesting post about aging.

Posted by Tony Garcia:
This. A whisper from my heart.
So, after more than a dozen years running races, yesterday, I ran my very first 10k.
I didn't really know what to expect, as I am truly not in racing form. But that's a story for another day.
I went out fast early, and managed to hold on late to pick up an AG place medal. I was very surprised and excited by that.
But more, I was extremely pleased with my overall consistency. As 4 of the miles I held at a 7:15-7:17 per mile pace.
When I went to check the results, there was a note that said as the result of having a time faster than my age (45:39), I would also receive the "Ageless Wonder" ribbon.
Say what? Hahaha! Suddenly, I felt old.
But the more I sat with the idea of being an "ageless wonder", I began to wonder how I am aging?
And here is what I came to understand.
I am not ageless. I am aging.
I am aging stronger.
I am aging bolder.
I am aging gracefully.
I am aging naturally.
I am aging braver.
I am aging wiser.
I am aging gently.
I am aging without regret.
I am aging without surrender.
I am aging beautifully.
I will accept my "Ageless Wonder" ribbon. But I am aging. And I'm good with that. ~G

I guess I really don't quite understand the age thing. When you are young you wish you were older.  When you are older, you wish you were younger.  I believe that age is a number that relates to the time marked from your date of birth.  You reach a certain age - you go to school.  You reach a certain age, you get a driver's license.  You reach a certain age and you are old enough to serve in the military and drink alcohol.  You reach a certain age and you are eligible for medicare.  You reach a certain age and...................  
When you reach a certain age, that doesn't mean you quit living life Full Force.  There are no bench marks or age limits to doing what you love.  To age, to get older, to realize you are given this finite beautiful life is to realize that life is a process. What's wrong with living the age that you are, and living life as a participant instead of a spectator?  Who made the rules?
And so, I will age naturally and gracefully.  I will age without regret or surrender.  I will age bolder, stronger, and wiser.  I will age, and I will age beautifully.  I will not "go gentle into that goodnight."  I will live this finite life "Full Force!!!" at the age that I am. ❤️

Now, Get Out There...... You have work to do!!!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

2017 miles Day 246

Ran the Fort Collins Fortitude 10k yesterday.  I thought I'd copy and paste my results.  Over all I'm pleased with my results.  My target was to run the 10k under 60 min, and I met my target.  I had so much fun I already signed up to run it again next year.  

Sheila  Phelps 

Preliminary Results

bib number:
overall place:
division place:
8 out of 46 click 
gender place:
910 out of 3663 click 
mile 1:
mile 2:
mile 3:
mile 4:
mile 5:
mile 6:
net time:

Monday, September 4, 2017

2017 miles Day 245

A message to end your day from Tony Garcia

Before you bring this day to a close, just a thought to rest your dreams upon.
A prayer.
For you. For one in need.

May you rest this night knowing your troubles are less than your resolve to overcome.
May you rest this night knowing your struggles are helping you gather strength.
May you rest this night knowing your fears can only grow as you continue to feed them.
May you rest this night knowing your worries begin to diminish as you begin to believe.
May you rest this night knowing your ache shall lessen its grip as you allow yourself to let it go.
May you rest this night knowing your day is closing and replaying it will alter nothing about it.
May you rest this night knowing your love and light has always been enough.
May you rest this night.
This. My prayer for you. ~G

Saturday, September 2, 2017

2017 miles Day 243

Today's message from Mr. Tony Garcia.  I really like this message.  "No, I'm good."  
I shall carry this message close to my heart.

This. A whisper from my heart.
A story.
My excuses asked, "Do you need us today? 
I replied, "No, I'm good."
My fears asked, "Do you want us to walk with you?"
I replied, "No, I'm good."
My comfort zone asked, "Do you need to rest here awhile?"
I replied, "No, I'm good."
My past asked, "Do you want to carry me with you?"
I replied, "No, I'm good."
My failures asked, "Do you need to be reminded of all you have not done?"
I replied, "No, I'm good."
My darkness asked, "Do you want me to wrap myself around you?"
I replied, "No, I'm good."
My brokenness asked, "Do you need me to be your companion?"
I replied, "No, I'm good."
Moral of the story: There can be only one response to anything you don't need or want. ~G

Have a Great Weekend!!!!

Friday, September 1, 2017

2017 miles Day 242

September challenge is to clean out a closet.  Donate to your local food bank or thrift store.

I have a lot of closets to clean out.  They are filled with things that I no longer wear, don't fit, not needed, forgotten about .....................  Why keep these things?  They add to the clutter in life.

I have a lot of closets to clean out.  They are filled with doubt, fear, anger, sorrow, greed, chaos.............  Why keep these things?  They add to the clutter in life.

I have a lot of closets to clean out................................

Now, Get Out There,  You have work to do!!!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

2017 miles Day 241

Today is the last day of August.  Make it count!!!
I get to spend my day with 9th graders in Earth Science class.  What is your "get to"?  

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

2017 miles Day 240

Today is Wednesday, and I get to sub again today for the Spanish teacher.  It's a bit out of my comfort zone, but I realize that I actually don't need to know everything about the subject matter in order to do my job, and make a small difference in the lives of students.  I know very little Spanish, but I do know students.  My goal today is to touch the heart of at least one of the students, to make them feel important, to make them feel like they are valued.  My job today is not to teach them Spanish, but to teach them a bit more about what it means to be human.

Now, I better get to work....  My students are ready!!!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

2017 miles Day 239

Our team is almost to the 2000 mile marker for this year.  Yesterday, I passed 1006 miles.  I did a 2 mile walk in the morning and finished my day with an 8 mile easy run.  It was fabulous.  Today I'm subbing for the Spanish teacher.  My plan is to log 4 miles after school - not fast, but steady.

Stay strong, make smart beverage choices, eat real food, be an inspiration to others!!!

Now, Get Out There ...  You have work to do!!!

Monday, August 28, 2017

2017 miles Day 238

It's a great week to have a great week!

The focus for the month of August has been on the garden.  I've canned green beans, have bags of tomatoes, corn, and peaches in the freezer. Chokecherry and jalepeno jellies are sealed in jars, and there is more to do.  We had a nice rain the other day, so of course a crop of weeds is starting to emerge.  The apples and grapes are a couple of weeks away, and looks like there will be good crop again this year.   Today I plan to set up the dehydrator and process tomatoes, put up some more jams, get after those pesky weeds, and find time to get in a 6 mile run .... WHEW!!!!!

Things won't get done by sitting here and talking about them, so time to lace up the shoes and...

Get Out There!!!  I have work to do!!!!!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

2017 miles Day 237

Do you ever have one those just ...........drag on..............keep moving.................... motivation lacking..............   think I'll just stop now and take, a nap kinda day.  Yes, your body is saying - take a little break.   Tomorrow you will be stronger for the break you gave yourself today.

Today is Sunday - take time to regroup, rejuvenate, reorganize.  You have a tough week ahead of You before the Fortitude run Monday, Sept 4th - You Got This!!!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

2017 Miles Day 236

When do you come to the realization that this doesn't matter to any one else but You???  Why do you do the miles?  Why do you put forth the effort?  What difference does it make?

who cares???


Now get out there, You have work to do!!!

Friday, August 25, 2017

2017 miles Day 235

This morning I was reading random passages from Tony Garcia's book:  "Wanna Know a Truth"  This is the first page I opened up to.

Pain is a pesky part of being human, I've learned it feels like a stab wound to the heart, something I wish we could all do without in our lives here.  Pain is a sudden hurt that can't be escaped.  But then I have also learned that because of pain, I can feel the beauty, tenderness, and freedom of healing.
~C. JoyBell C

When I hurt, I have allowed the past to overtake my today.

When I hurt, I have given my power to another.

When I hurt, I have forgotten how to forgive.

When I hurt, I have accepted something not meant for me.

When I hurt, I have focused on the scars over the healing.

When I hurt, I have decided to stand in place rather than moving forward.

When I hurt, I have taken the role of victim in my own life.

When I hurt, I have only myself to blame.  


Stumble and fall  -  Pick yourself up.  Repeat, Reset, Resent ...............  Does there seem to be a cycle here?  When I read Tony's words today it hit a nerve.  I have allowed, given, forgotten, accepted, focused, decided, taken - And I have only myself to blame.  Closing the door to past hurts and resentments is a difficult task.  All kinds and sorts of excuses find their way into the light.  All kinds and sorts of denials and blame placing wiggle in and take over.

You are in control of You.  When You place the blame for your hurt on You, that is when real change happens.

Now, Get Out There - You have work to do!!!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

2017 miles Day 234

Yesterday I was able to push myself at a consistent 8:50 min/mile pace for 5K.  Finished in 27:22min.  That was my goal and I didn't let anything get in the way.  It felt very good.  I'm actually starting to identify myself as a runner, a slow one, but a runner just the same.

Ok - why did I just say that?  Why did I devalue an accomplishment with a disclaimer that my pace was slow? Why did I compare my pace to the pace of someone else? Running is a personal challenge of body, mind, and spirit - the trinity.  When I identify myself as a runner I am accepting the fact that I actually am.  I enjoy it, and in my world I'm good at it.  Just like I identify myself as an artist, I enjoy it, and in my little corner of the universe I'm good at it.

Stop devaluing You.  Be proud of what You do.  It's OK.  I think the word proud is often considered a bad thing.  To be proud does not mean boastful.  There is a difference, and the topic for another time.  Have pride in what You do and what You accomplish.  

Running the Fort Collins Fortitude 10K Sept. 4th. with my son.  I will be ready!!!

Now, Get Out There - You have work to do!!!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

2017 miles Day 233

Our peach trees produced a bumper crop this year!!!
Shown here is the fruit I picked from just one of the three trees on our farm.  The other two were not as productive, but one tree did produce a peach that had a 4" diameter.

To celebrate, a little youtube video - just for fun.

(click for video)

Now I can make peach pie, peach cobbler, peach salsa, peach ice cream, 
peach jam, peach chutney, peach crisp, peach dump cake, 
peach muffins, peach pancakes,peach syrup, 
peaches and peaches.......................

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

2017 miles Day 232

Where does time go?  I've been neglecting posting, and now I'm back.  Time to get back into daily posts ... even if it is just to say "hi - how ya doin?"

The Fort Collins Fortitude 10K is in two weeks, the Monument Half-Marathon is 5 weeks away.  I just signed up for our 7th running of the Denver Colfax Half-Marathon May 20, 2018.  It'll be son Nathan and my 7th time.  I met my goal this past May, and will do my best to meet my 2017 time.  Time to focus, and stay on course.

Today's message this morning from Tony Garcia's book:  Wanna Know a Truth.

Self-talk reflects your innermost feelings.
~ Asa Don Brown

Dear Me,
It's been so long since we've talked.  And I have so much to say to you.  Hard to know where to begin.

Perhaps "I'm sorry" would be the words you most need to hear.
Seems I so often and easily offer forgiveness to others for offenses minor and grand. Yet I rarely extend it your way.

Perhaps "I believe in you." would be the words you most need to hear.
Seems I so often and easily let others know of their strength, gifts, and beauty.  Yet I rarely share such thoughts with you.

Perhaps "I love you" would be the words you most need to hear.
Seems I so often and easily share the abundance of my love with all who seek me out.  Yet I rarely dip you in that well.

And as I end this day, I come to realize so much of the wanting in my life goes away when I forgive, believe in, and love me.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

2017 Miles Day 213

We're on vacation and thought I'd check in.  Having a fantastic time with family.

Remember to keep hydrated, make smart beverage choices, eat real food not junk, exercise your trinity daily, and take time for yourself.

Will be back in about a week.

Friday, July 28, 2017

2017 miles Day 207

Feelings, difficult little monsters - aren't they?  You put forth the extra effort, You sacrificed, You went the extra mile, You made sure You dotted all your i's and crossed all your t's, You left no stone unturned,  You know that things don't happen by themselves and You were instrumental in getting them done ... Then - wham!  Your feelings are hurt.  You don't get the recognition, the applause, the simple "thank you - I couldn't have done this without you" message that your heart wanted to hear.  Just those two simple words ... "thank you".  You drop little hints which are not picked up.  You send subtle messages that are not heard, and your feelings are hurt even more.  And another thing, being reprimanded for even dropping those little hints.  You feel devalued, defeated, dejected.  And, to top it all off, someone who wasn't even in the trenches doing the work is given the honors.  The "most important person award".

It hurts................................  Feelings, those difficult little monsters..........................

It's easy to just say;  "Get over it."  "Move on."  "What's the big deal?"  Sure, it's easy to say and yet, very hard to do.  Those Feelings get in the way.  We find strategies to hide them, to put them away, to vulcanize them, but they are still there.  It's part of being human.  We find strategies to escape them, sabotage them, lock them up, but they are still there.  It's part of being human.

I am human.  I accept that I have feelings.  I accept the fact that these feelings will get hurt, mangled, mashed, ignored, devalued, and pushed aside.  It's part of being ...................... human.  I will not let those little monsters dictate who I am and who I want to be.  I will live today, and not dwell on yesterday.  I will live one day at a time, and enjoy each moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace.

Enjoy Your Day!!!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

2017 miles Day 206

How was your Thursday?  I had a pretty productive day.  Today was a tie-up-loose-ends day.  I finished the edges and signed three paintings, cleaned weeds out of the flower beds, folded and put away laundry, then spent the afternoon beginning a new painting.  I think I'll title this one "Serenity".  The first stanza of the Serenity Prayer is well known, but the last part, not so much.  It is the last part that I want to express in this painting.

We focus and spend unnecessary energy on things we have no power over.  We fret and fuss, fume and cuss, and those things we cannot change are still the same.  

Instead, pray for Serenity ..............................

God, grant me the Serenity
To accept the things I cannot change...
Courage to change the things I can,
And Wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it.
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His will.
That I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with Him forever in the next.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

2017 miles Day 205

It's going to be a Wonderful Wednesday!  and I will do my best to make it so.

I'm learning the important difference between "I need to", "I should" and "I will". 
How often do You say something like: 
I need to stop .......
I need to do..........
I need to be .......
or change the need to to the word should.  
I should stop ............
I should do ..........   
I should be .........

Now, change the need to and the should to the word will.  
I will stop .....
I will do .....
I will be ......

See the difference?  Making a commitment using the word will gives a whole different meaning.  This little four letter word  changes your attitude from a probably won't do, to a definite are going to.  
Today, change your mindset to I will ......... and see what difference that little word can make.

Now, GET OUT THERE.  You have work to do!!!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

2017 miles Day 201

Enjoy your day!!!

What do you GET to do with it???

Friday, July 21, 2017

2017 miles Day 200

For once I got up early and got to run my 6 miles today before it got hot.  What a beautiful morning!!!  There really is something to getting up early, watching the sunrise and getting out and running.  If feels ...........................!!!

Here is the song from my playlist that I ran mile 6 to Darude - Sandstorm  Great ending to a great run this morning.

Now, GET OUT THERE.  You have work to do!!!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

2017 miles Day 199

A great way to start your Thursday!!!

66 Movie Dance Scenes Mashup with Can't Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake


Getting me psyched for a 6 mile run this morning......!!!!

(Think there was something wrong with my internet connection this morning.  My apologies if this is posted twice)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

2017 miles Day 198

A little reminder:

Excerpt from "Wanna Know a Truth", by Tony Garcia, pg 137
I'm grateful for today. I'm stronger, braver, wiser.
~ Tony Curl
I shall greet this day with a smile. For whatever it brings to me, I hold inside of me a joy that cannot be moved.
I shall greet this day with a wink. For whatever it brings to me, I hold inside of me a knowledge that I will be OK.
I shall greet this day with my head up. For whatever it brings to me, I hold inside of me a confidence that cannot be undone.
I shall greet this day with hope. For whatever it brings to me, I hold inside of me a faith that always sees me through.
I shall greet this day with patience. For whatever it brings to me, I hold inside of me a calm from which I will breathe.
I shall greet this day with strength. For whatever it brings to me, I hold inside of me a truth that speaks of how strong I have always been.
I shall greet this day with arms wide open. For whatever it brings, I hold inside of me a gratitude for simply being given yet another day.