I am angry, and you should be to.
Someone WILLFULLY decided to turn what was supposed to be a triumphant day in an athlete’s life into tragedy.
This is unacceptable.
The thought of coming home from a race short a hand, a foot, or half a face, is unbelievable and heartbreaking.
As a member of the running community, and future Boston hopeful, I am overwhelmed with emotion.

Runners are resilient, stubborn, and go forth without fear. I don’t believe the events of today will hurt the prestigious Boston Marathon’s reputation, and I hope that today’s participants won’t be deterred from lacing up their running shoes.

Tonight, I’m sending my thoughts, prayers, and positive energy to the runners, spectators, volunteers, friends and families of the Boston Marathon. I may not be with you all in person but I am with you, running shoes laced, in heart and spirit.

Peace & Love,
Mandixoxox

Helpful Links:

Google Person Finder
http://google.org/personfinder/2013-boston-explosions/

Latest from Boston:
http://www.bloomberg.com/live-stream/

Photos (WARNING graphic content)
http://imgur.com/gallery/DIYEg

 

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 3 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Holiday Cards

As I start getting my small household ready for the holiday season (or as the overly organized version of me refers to it: Listmas!), I thought I would do something a little different this year in the way of holiday cards. A friend of mine recently made me aware of an address where you can send any Canadian Forces member a little holiday cheer (address will be posted below), and I thought I might like to do something similar for those of you who read this blog, as a way to say thank you and show my endless appreciation for each and every one of you who take the time to read.  

So! For any of you wishing for a little extra holiday cheer this year, send your address (email or snail mail, whatever you’d like) and a name to peggles_82@hotmail.com I PROMISE, no matter where in the world you are I will send you some holiday love! And for added incentive, for each one of you who sends me an address, I will send 1 card to a Canadian Forces member currently on deployment.

I look forward to sending you all a little token of my love and appreciation this holiday season

Peace and Love,
Mandixoxox

Ps. 

Any Canadian Forces Member
Op Attention: Kabul
PO Box 5140 Stn Forces
Belleville ON
K8N 5W6

The Versatile Blogger Award

When I woke up this morning, bright and early, and WELL before the crack of dawn, I was expecting today not to be a good day. 

3.50AM (yes, I wake before the sun) doesn’t have a lot going for it already. This Wednesday morning (can we legally call it morning?) being no exception. Rain, cold and high winds added to blinding pain in my upper thigh region from the pulled muscle I sustained during yesterday’s run, and the cookies I just had to have last night before bed sitting like rocks in my belly. 

I start to prepare myself for the day: 
Facebook check – nothing interesting
Phone check – 11 emails, 2 missed text messages, 7 Hanging With Friends & 5 Draw Something notifications 

Now, as I begin sifting through the 11 emails I received in a 9 hour period, something interesting and VERY exciting draws my attention. Two somethings to be exact!

1. WordPress alerted me that I have a new follower (YAAY!!)

2. A fellow blogger nominated me for my second blogging award in less than a month (double YAAY!)!!!

Jules at The J85 nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award! 

Once again, I am rendered speechless. It’s so humbling not only knowing that someone out there is reading my words, but that they are liking them and would recommend my blog to someone else as well.  

When I started Out Of Sight, On My Mind back in early February, I began with the simple intention of having an outlet for my words. I have always dreamed of being a writer, and while writing may never become a paid profession for me (that’s OKAY, I love it anyway!), I wanted a place to express myself. And if people out there in the universe like what they read, then that’s just icing on the cake!! 

I simply cannot believe someone out there reads my words. This makes me so happy!

SO! In keeping with the fine tradition of this award, the rules:

1. Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
2. Include a link to their blog.
3. Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. (I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!).
4. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
5. Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

In no particular order the not quite 15 blogs I adore:

The Better Man Project

Tracks By Linds

That Dude Eddie

Cognifeeder

Feisty Red Hair

I Am Not Defined

Halifax Donair

I Promise Performance

And finally, 7 facts about myself to share with my nominator, and the world:

1. My parents raised me right! I got spanked if I was bad, Tobasco sauce on my tongue if I lied, and grounded if I was a pain in the ass. I was taught that manners mean something, good grammar counts, penmanship is important, and than when you’re sorry say it like you mean it! I was also raised to make decisions for myself; to act responsibly, not only for myself but for those around me too; and to value family and friendship more than money and possessions.

2. Television. I love it, but I found myself bored by it, so I got rid of it! I cancelled my cable, and got rid of the 13″ ‘boob tube’ that has followed me around for more than ten years and had been collecting dust in my bedroom for months. I decided I would keep the 40″ LCD in the living room – cos you never know, right? All in all, I couldn’t be happier with the decision.

3. Faith & Religion. Some might think these are mutually exclusive. I may agree today, and disagree tomorrow. The word faith speaks to me more of spirituality than religion, while the word religion brings to mind churches and bibles. The great thing about this country of mine, is that I have the freedom to explore religion and faith. To borrow a little from here and there in order to live my life in a way that is acceptable to me. I don’t call myself religious, but I am devote in my spirituality. 

4. I am stronger than I know.

5. Who I am. I didn’t start feeling like I really knew myself at all until I was in my late 20’s. 28 was the first birthday where I wasn’t scared of getting older. I’ve spent the next two years (up to and including this point) getting to know myself, learning who I am on a deep level, and living up to that. This year I will be turning 30 and so, I have started doing more things for me (I run because I WANT to, I’m planning a vacation because I WANT to, I got a new tattoo because I WANTed to… see the trend?), and less because it’s what’s expected. 

6. Writing. This has been a passion of mine since my 9th grade English teacher, Mr. Healy, told me I was good at it (especially the poetry). Words have always spoken to me (pun intended), and I have always found that what I lack in verbal skills (sometimes A LOT) I can make up for in writing. There’s nothing more exhilarating than sitting down with an idea and having the pen (or keyboard) take over. Writing keeps my mind quiet, and at my age (ha ha ha), there’s nothing nicer than peace and quiet.

7. Tattoos. Wearable, personal, customizable artwork. I adore the entire process! From working with the artist, to design the piece to deciding body placement and having it done, to hearing about (and telling) the story/stories behind the pieces themselves. I have several, with plans for several more (sorry mom).

Peace and Love,
Mandixoxox 

The Liebster Award

Yipppeeeee!!!

A member of the Blogosphere for barely two months and I was, this afternoon ‘presented’ with my very first award from Lindsey at Tracks By Linds.

The Liebster Blog Award is typically given to blogs with less than 200 followers (but can be given to anyone who is deserving).
The word liebster comes from the German meaning dearest or favourite and is the type of award that pays-it-forward (always good my books).

I would like to take a brief moment to send out a heartfelt thanks to Linds for sending me this award. It means a lot to know that what I write is not only out in the universe, but that it’s being read. I am honored, inspired, motivated, incredibly humbled, and something rare: speechless.

As per the ‘rules’ of the award, I would now like to present to you five Blogs I feel also deserving of this award (Linds: had you not sent it to me to begin with, your site would be on the list), I also have no idea how many followers they have:

1. Cognifeeder (http://cognifeeder.wordpress.com)
A writer whose mind I can relate to. Blogger Josh writes short stories, poems and essays with a style that seems so easy. With each post I read, I become more and more envious of his talent.

2. In My Opinion (http://diane-owens.com/)
Writer Diane Owens answers one question every day for a year.  

3. The {Tiny} Sartorialist (http://tinysartorialist.com/)
It’s a fashion blog by a baby! Need I elaborate? 

4. Photobotos (http://photobotos.com/)
One stunningly beautiful image uploaded every day.  

5. The J85 (http://thej85.wordpress.com/)
A single (and busy) mom of two boys shares her thoughts and personal adventures of the day. 

Okay award winners, what do you do now? Follow these rules:

If you receive the award, you should:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Hope that the people you’ve sent the award to forward it to their five favourite bloggers and keep it going!

Peace and Love,
Mandixoxox 

A Call to Action

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

It’s not unusual for me to hear about something, see it in the news, and then want to talk about it. It’s not unusual for me to be moved by cleverly written or filmed news stories and documentaries.

In the late 90’s I was criticized for supporting gay rights. In high school, I marched alongside my classmates demanding better air quality of our schools. During the height of the Occupy movement, in late 2011, I was criticized for openly supporting those occupying Wall Street and Parade Square, here in Halifax. I’ve run for breast cancer awareness, relayed for cancer research, and walked for Ronald McDonald House.

I was raised to speak out for those who can’t and to stand up for what I believe in.

It’s not unusual for me to see a well put together video, become emotional, make a few impassioned pleas on Facebook or Twitter, and then find something else to preach about. Call me a bandwagon jumper, call me a follower, call me a sheep in need of a master. I call me passionate.

This is different.

I have always had a soft spot for children, and anything involving them. Defenseless, they look to adults to make decisions for them: when to eat, what to wear, where to live… So, when I hear stories of children not given the opportunity for a childhood, first I am saddened, then I am angry. 

Invisible Children aims to make Joseph Kony, the leader of the LRA, the most famous man on the planet, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice. 

For years, this man has been abducting Ugandan children, turning the girls into sex slaves and the boys into soldiers, forcing them to kill their own parents. The children of Uganda are so scared of the LRA that they leave their homes at night to sleep in guarded parking lots, schools and other public buildings. 
The LRA is supported by no one, and has no mandate other than to increase its numbers and power. So far, 30 000 children have fallen victim to this man. 

What if they were YOUR children?

In October 2011 the United States sent 100 combat-equipped troops to assist the Ugandan military in removing Kony from the battlefield. While this is good news, if he is not found quickly, the US will cancel the mission. 

Joseph Kony is a monster. He must be captured.

What follows is the documentary from Invisible Children.
If you do one thing to get involved in this issue, watch and share this video. 

“The people of the world see each other, and can protect each other. It’s turning the system upside down, and it changes EVERYTHING”

Links:

Pledge: http://s3.amazonaws.com/kony2012/kony-4.html
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/invisiblechildren
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/invisible
Tumblr: http://invisible.tumblr.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/invisiblechildreninc?feature=watch

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