A very warm welcome back to my writing space. Today is day 4 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. If we were having coffee together, what will we talk about? Writing/living consciously and intentionally is very hard work. I was exhausted after yesterday’s effort. You see I used to write/live by the seat of my pants. It worked and is desirable for a coffee conversation but not optimum if I want to write a book/my memoir or ‘get ahead in life.’ I’ve had to adjust my aim/goals accordingly. Instead of writing that book, I’ve settled for writing this blog. I’ve settled doing UBC instead of the NaNoWriMo because how can I possibly write 50,000 words in 30 days?

I’ve settled for things because it is easier. It was not an intentional thought or action but rather just going with the flow. I have done ok – a successful career and life. It was good enough was my often, much used retort. It was good enough BUT I could do better. It’s never too late. Now is the perfect moment. I’m inspired by a story I’ve just come across. It’s about a woman who climbed El Capitan on her 70th birthday. She took up mountain climbing at age 60. Then I found the story of the oldest man who climbed the same mountain, 81 year old Gerry Bloch. You’re never too old.

I’m not going to take up mountain climbing, bungee jumping or even downhill skiing. Taking up cross country skiing last year was exciting enough for me. I am happy to recognize and accept my limits. I don’t have to be the oldest daredevil on the steep slopes. If I can coast down the snowy bumps in our local park without falling, it’s more than good enough. I fell down and up the bumps alot last winter. There’s lots of room for improvement. A few weeks ago I bought an all new ski package – boots, poles and no wax skis. Tomorrow I hope to get snow pants from Amazon. I am ready to get better- when the snow comes.

If we were having coffee, the words would come alot easier. I have no end of things to talk about. I was a nurse for over 30 years so I’ve talked alot to many people. I got good at talking about nothing in those years. My dream when I graduated from high school was to become an artist. Everybody told me I was good at it. My grade one teacher told my dad that even before I learned how to speak English. I believed everyone so I majored in fine arts at university. No one told me I had to work at it. I thought if I was really good, I could whip out creations. That didn’t happen so I dropped out and settled for being a nurse. It was no picnic either but difference was I stayed and worked at it and just talked about my old dream. My claim to fame was having taken classes taught by notable artists like Dorothy Perehudoff, Bill Epp and Hans Herold.

I’ve lost my whole portfolio of drawings from Dorothy’s class and the sculptures from Bill Epp’s. I have only one painting I did in Hans Herold’s class. It is my best and favourite. It is of my two young cousins sitting in a field of daffodils in Central Park. I had another one of a small country church. I gave it to my dance instructor at Arthur Murray so many years ago.

It’s nice having this coffee and conversation. I hope you will drop by again tomorrow.


  1. Definitely dropping by again. I’m a new follower and hope you can find some time to stop by my blog. Looking forward to more great coffee and conversation.

  2. I love to stop by for coffee with you. Like you I would have liked to write my memoir but at this I’m settling for writing my story in a blog format.

    See you tomorrow.

  3. Your thoughts about skiing reminded me of my husband who just told me longingly this morning that he really wants to go skiing. I will leave that to you all!

    I like your painting — are you starting back up again? That painting needs companions!

    1. Thank you, Dominique. I think it is the challenge of learning a new skill that hooked me in skiing. I am not by nature very athletic. And yes, I’ve started painting again a couple of years ago.

  4. If we were having coffee together, we’d probably talk about the very coffee. Why? I used to work for Starbucks for a couple of years, so I actually have a lot to say about growing, harvesting, processing, roasting and tasting the coffee 😉
    Of course I’d love to hear about your work in the medical field. You must have met so many destinies.
    To me the goal of writing 50k words is not attractive. I want to have fun getting my stories across, not be limited or stretched by the amount of words I use. So far the UBC is meeting my goals. Added bonus: I get to meet nice people like you!

    1. Thank you, Tamara. You write and comment very well. I hear that Starbuck is a very good company to work for. I look forward to learning more about Switzerland and the culture there.

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