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Living Life to the Fullest!!!
December 2013
News, Views & Tips
Lifestyle Blog
Favorite Web Sites
Inspirational Quote
My Favorite Health Product
Recommended Reading
Comments - Suggestions
About the Edfior
December Hike - Stone Mountain
FEWW State Park Parking Passes
Expedition Denali
Fitness Monitors
Health Tidbits
Hiking Tips & Insights
Day Hiking Checklist
Importance of Layering
Breaking In New Hikling Boots
Basics of Hydration
How to Choose a Day Pack
Outdoor Gear Rental
Video Greetings

Lifestyle Blog  
Carolyn at Sweet Mama's Restaurant

My blog about Living Life to the Fullest!!!  where I share my inspiration, motivation and rejuvenation on this wonderful journey.

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Favorite Web Sites 

Inspirational Quote

CH at Rock City

Life is too short,
Don't ever waste it.

Life is sweet,
Take time to taste it.

Life is a journey,
Find the right path.

Life is entertaining,
Don't be afraid to laugh.

Life is for good times,
Make them last.

Life has it's bad times,
Put them in your past.

Life is chance,
Make sure to take it.

But most importantly...
Life is what you make it.
My Favorite All Natural Daily Supplements   

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For more information, or any questions, contact me by email or telephone at 678.231.4973 
Recommended Reading  

Our True Nature

Our True Nature,
is a layperson's guide to the National Parks, by a woman of color, who has been to all the places described, and makes it particularly unique through her eyes and footsteps.  It includes places such as Paul Revere's house; the Liberty Bell; John Brown's Fort; the Ocmulgee mounds in Georgia, and the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. It describes where the parks are, how to get there, where to stay, what to do, and even the best time of year to visit. 

Get more info and purchase the book...


Just Get Serious - Vol1

Know Yourself & Believe in Yourself
is the first of the four exciting volumes in the Just Get Serious success series written by our own, Donna "Serious Satchell". This book is filled is powerful insights, take action strategies, and inspiring stories that will inspire and motivate you to Live Your Life to the Fullest!!!

Read more about Donna and her books...


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About the Editor 


Carolyn Hartfield is a Natural Health and Holistic Nutrition Practitioner, a Lifestyle Coach a Health & Wellness Advocate and an Outdoor Adventurer who enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences through her writings, and engaging speaking presentations.

Carolyn has been featured in newspaper and magazine articles, radio shows, and at various conferences. She is  previous host of her own Blog Talk Radio show.

Carolyn is a certified Outings Leader through the Sierra Club, certified in Wilderness First Aid through the National Outdoor Leadership School, Wilderness Institute, and certified as a National Interpretive Guide.  She is a member of the Sierra Club, the American Hiking Society, and the Family Wellness Network.

Carolyn is truly 'Living Life to the Fullest!!!' You must believe, and act accordingly, that dreams can come true!

I am soooo very thankful for life

itself...and for you being a part of my life!  I really appreciate your continued support. It keeps me motivated.
As I reflect on 2013 and all the wonderful things for which I am thankful, I can only feel blessed, as I do my best to be a blessing to others.  All the great feedback I get is always so heartwarming, and keeps me going. 

I am still enjoying having become an official senior citizen!  I am basking in the memories of the events of 2013, and in the process of preparing for 2014...the celebrations, the trips, the events, and anything else that helps me celebrate life!

At our recent Baby Boomer Blast! I was expressing how joyful I feel about being a senior and assuring those around me that we do not have to be feeble as we get older.  Someone said to me that Cher says there is nothing good about getting old.  My response was, I am not trying to be young, as I believe Cher is trying to be.  I am very optimistic, and believe by simply enjoying where I am in life, along with the mindset to welcome each day with vim and vigor, helps me keep a freshness about life, and results in me feeling young at heart.  I know my limitations, and I am well aware of my age, but that does not stop me, by any means, from discovering new things about myself, overcoming fears, embracing new friendships, and exploring new and exciting adventures!  I implore you to join me and the others who are Living Life to the Fullest!!!

Okay, now for part two of my report from my doctor's visit that I wrote about last month...well I received the results back from the 36 lab tests that were run.  I was well within the normal range for 35 out of 36.  However, there was one that as the doctor stated was 'slightly elevated' - my cholesterol.  So, now of course, I am getting back on the stick to reach my goal of 36 out of 36 results well within normal...without any medications, nor over-the counter drugs.  I will post my results when the time comes.

On that note...I have gotten a number of inquiries about the supplements I take, the ProVitality shown in the sidebar. I will respond to each person individually, however, for now, through the end of the year, to help you prepare for 2014, I am going to offer them at a discount.  The full retail price for a 30-day supply is $50.95.  From the time you receive this newsletter through December 31, I will offer a 30-day box of ProVitality for $43.50.  I swear by them. I think you will also once you have given them time to get into your system.  Get more information about the supplements here.

The Baby Boomer Blast! was so much fun!  I was having such a blast, I didn't take many photos, but here are the few that I took...go here. to see them

OK, I am taking a little break from the travels until next year, but looking at continuing to enjoy life even more as I plan the calendar of events for 2014.  This first ever physical/hard copy 2014 calendar will feature different full color photos of African Americans in Great Outdoor activities for each month, along with monthly observances and celebrations.

As always, my wish for you, is that you have everlasting love, peace, and joy. Check out my updated Lifestyle Blog  and my Facebook posts as I am finally taking time to keep them updated.

Hope you can join me and others in some of the many fun things we continue to do now, and in the new year.  See what is listed below, and visit the Atlanta African American Adventurers website to see some of the many activities in which you can participate.  Don't forget my OPALs website and OPALs Meetup.  I just acquired a new meetup group, the Atlanta African American Baby Boomer Meetup.  Check it out and join me. Help me make it grow into something wonderful!  There are many of us out there, and I am trying to bring us together...Thanks!

I want you to know, that when you join us on any of our adventurous and enjoyable activities, wholesome fun & happiness, good health & fitness, and fantastic friendships are the result!

Love Much, Laugh Often, Live Long & Strong...

  Carolyn's Signature

Hartfield's Hikers December Hike
photo by Carolyn Hartfield
Stone Mountain  
Saturday, December 7th

Rating:  Easy/Moderate
Distance:  5.0 Miles            

Temperature Forecast:  Sunny, High 63, 0 chance of rain.

Departure:  9:00a Sharp 
Meeting Place:  

We will meet inside the park near the west gate by the parking lot near the restrooms, behind Confederate Hall at the base of the mountain...our usual place.


We will hike the Cherokee Trail which explores much of the Natural District around the base of Stone Mountain. As the tradition has begun, Keeping It Wild hikers will join us again this year. 


As always, wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, and of course, wear comfortable layered clothing, preferably no cotton.  Cotton holds moisture and if and when you perspire, you will be chilled.  Bring water and snacks. According to Weather.com the forecast will be mostly sunny with a high of 56 degrees. Bring water and healthy snacks.

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Unless you have a park pass or want to pay $10 to park, you can opt to park at the Sun Trust overflow parking lot, directly across the street from the Stone Mountain MARTA Park & Ride lot, for free.  It is located at E Mountain and 4th streets.  I have spoken with a manager who said he had no problem with us parking there. And besides, the bank is closed on Saturdays. It is a very short walk down E Mountain, directly to the walk-through gate, we will be straight ahead in the open area, near the restrooms, waiting for you.

Please feel free to call me, should you have any questions or concerns.  I can be reached at 678.231.4973.
 Register for the Hike Here  


Don't forget the Leave No Trace principles to which we adhere... what you carry in, you carry out, with the exception of taking your memories of the adventure, your new friendships, and of course, any photos you may take. 


Upcoming Events Preview

Dec 7          Annual Stone Mountain Hike with Keeping It Wild
Dec 10        GPS Navigation Basics - Kennesaw REI
Dec 12        Ski & Snowboard Film at Midtown Art Cinema
Dec 17        Full Moon Hike w/REI at Davidson-Arabia Mountain Preserve
Dec 30/Jan 1 New Year's Eve Celebration in Belize (CANCELLED!)
Jan 3          Meteor Shower Hike w/REI at Davidson-Arabia Mountain Preserve
Jan 4          Annual Fun & Fitness Hike at Red Top Mountain
Jan 8          GPS Navigation Basics - Perimeter REI
Jan 11-12   Wilderness First Aid Certification Class
Jan 16        Full Mountain Hike w/REI at Stone Mountain
Jan 17- 19  Annual Cumberland Island Service Weekend
Jan 16-20   Urban Winterfest Ski Experience
Jan 22        GPS Navigation Basics - Atlanta REI
Jan 25        One Day Ski Trip - Cataloochee, NC
Jan 25        Bike & Brew Cycling Tour w/REI
Jan 25        Wilderness Survival Skills Class w/REI
Jan 31        Urban Ski Weekend
Feb 1         Annual Black History Tour & Hike at Sweetwater Creek
Feb 14-16  Heritage Weekend at Everglades National Park
Mar 15-16  Flint River Paddle at Montezuma Bluff
Jun 20 - 22  Tennessee Outdoor Adventure Fun Weekend
July 2014     St. Lucia Sailing Adventure, in the eastern Caribbean Sea
Sept 2014    Yosemite National Park Annual Birthday Adventure


FREE State Park Parking Passes
Did you know that you can go to your local library and check out a Georgia State Park parking pass, just as you would a book and use it for entry to any of the state parks.  You do have to have a valid library card. Parking fees are usually $5.00.  You can call and have them hold it for you, as each branch does not have many, and they are checked out all the time.  Click here to find a branch in your area.

Or, of course, you can purchase an Annual State Park parking pass.

Expedition Denali - 1st African American Team
To inspire youth of color-and particularly African American youth-to get outside, get active, and become stewards of our wild places, the
Photos by Hudson Henry & Team Denali
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) ran an expedition with African American participants to summit Denali, the highest peak in North America. The journey involved a group of role models in the African American outdoor community who learned and used valuable leadership skills, including expedition behavior, communication, and tolerance for adversity and uncertainty, and worked together toward achieving their common goal.  Read about the Expedition...

About the Mountain: Rising to 20,320 feet above sea level, Denali, also known as Mount McKinley, is the highest peak on the North American continent.  Checkout the team photos.  And, more here.

Fitness Monitors - How to Choose
Fitness monitors can help anyone-not just the tech obsessed-get more out of exercise.  Which monitor is right for you?  Following is a list of the different types: National Trails Service Day 2011
  • Altimeter Watches (Hiking, Climbing, Skiing)  
  • Pedometer (Hiking, Walking, Running) 
  • Heart Rate Monitor (Walking, Running, Cycling, Gym Workouts) 
  • Activity Trackers (Steps, Distance, CAlories Burned, etc.) 
  • Chronograph Watches (Walking, Running, Swimming) 
  • Speed & Distance Monitors (Walking, Running, Cycling) 
Get expert advice from REI.

Health Tidbits
Sweetwater Creek Hike Group
Rev up your energy! It may be the last thing you feel like doing when you're tired, but exercise -- even a brisk walk -- can be more effective than a nap or cup of coffee at fighting fatigue.

Did you know that fresh bananas are a great energy booster...well, they are!
Love much, Laugh often, Live Long & Strong!

Hiking Tips and Insights
Male Hiker
Uphill Hiking Tips

Take small steps going uphill
Purposely taking shorter steps than usual will reduce the effort per step to push your body and pack weight upwards and will make the ascent easier.


Downhill Hiking Tips

When going downhill, slow down by leaning back a little and putting your weight down through your heel on each step. It all depends on the type of terrain you are descending, the main thing is to not rush.


Day Hiking Checklist
Download a copy of the suggested Day Hiking Checklist from REI.  Click here to download a copy.

The Importance of Layering Your Clothes

Layering your clothing is a tried-and-true way to maximize your comfort in the outdoors. The beauty of this simple concept is that it allows you to make quick adjustments based on your activity level and changes in the weather.  Each layer has a function.

Click Here to read the article and see the video from REI.

Breaking in Your New Hiking Boots
Hiking BootsYou never want to hike in brand new boots.  Read this article from REI on  how you should break in your new boots. 
Click Here to read the article from REI.

The Basics of Hydration

Your body is more than 60% water, and even light physical activity can deplete that percentage. No fluid means no function!

This loss of fluid is called dehydration. And hydrating, or adding fluids, is the key to keeping it from happening to you.


 Click Here to read the article from REI.

How to Choose a Day Pack
REI Flash Pack

For any activity that involves more gear than you can carry in your pocket, especially for hiking, you need a daypack.


Daypacks may look similar at first glance but have lots of functional differences. Read the article from REI that is designed to give you some helpful tips on finding the right one  for your needs.


 Click Here to read the article from REI.

Outdoor Gear Rental
Want to go camping but don't have a tent or sleeping bag?  No problem... rent your equipment from REI, for a nominal fee for the weekend. You can get, based on availability:
  • Tents
  • Backpacks
  • Sleeping Bags/Pads
  • Camping Stoves 
Just call the REI store nearest you, and see what they have available.

Video Greetings
Happy Thanksgiving 2013
Happy Thanksgiving 2013

My personal Thanksgiving greeting to you, with my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation.
Love much, Laugh often, Live Long & Strong!