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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.
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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!
Hope you have been able to keep warm during the spells of arctic blasts of cold weather that have occurred.
I am still savoring in the events of 2013 that made the year I turned 65, the best year of my life...so far. Nonetheless, I have been taking it easy, and now in the process of getting my groove back.
I am actually taking the month of January to fine tune my plans for 2014, including cleaning my closets, drawers, files, etc., so I can move out the old and make room for the new. This is a part of how I live a simple, yet sensational life, and of course, as I continue to Live my Life to the Fullest!!!
I will be sharing with you some of the upcoming, exciting things that are being planned, including with the great partnerships that are being formed..
In addition to celebrating Black History month with our annual Sweetwater Creek hike and tour
of the historic Manchester Manufacturing Company, built by the enslaved, we are also acknowledging American Heart Month
, the African Heritage and Health Week
(Feb 1-7), National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (Feb 7), and National Wear Red Day
(Feb 7)-a program of the National Institutes of Health.
Recap...My primary life mission is to be healthy, live each day to the fullest, strive to honor God, and be an encouragement to others, with that said, I hope you will join me sometime in 2014, so we can together enjoy the simple wonders of nature while nourishing our mind, body and spirut. This is my updated mantra for 2014:
I shall modify my routine in 2014
to assure I am healthy and lean,
that I live more green,
and fortify my faith and belief in the unseen.
Check out the information for the fun Adventure Weekend trip to Tennessee in June. It is going to be another great weekend as we hike, zip line and participate in other fun activities.
Wow...if you are one of the people, and especially, one of the out-of-state people ordering the supplements, thanks! Please share with me how they are working for you.
As always, my wish for you, is that you have everlasting love, peace, and joy.
Love Much, Laugh Often, Live Long & Strong...
After much contemplation, I have decided to launch this new section to the newsletter. I am lauded for my healthy lifestyle, and asked quite often for some guidance and tips. So, as a result...Hartfield's Healthy Habits - Nourishing the Mind, Body & Spirit, has been born.
Let me tell you, as free as I act, and as much fun as I have, I take healthy living very seriously, and try to make the healthiest choices for myself. I will admit, I am not 100%, but it keeps me always striving to be better. I truly savor in the spices of life, and attempt every day to live my life to the fullest!
All that I do, is obviously working for me...at age 65, after visiting doctors, and having tests run, (preventive strategy), I am continuously told how healthy I am! And, I must reiterate here, I take no prescribed, nor over-the-counter drugs...none...zilch!
So, in my personal quest to show the world that there are those of us, as we get older, are happy, healthy and are enjoying a great life! So look here for my practical, preventive habits that have paid off for me, and I hope will be helpful to you. Feel free to send me your comments, healthy habits, and feedback.
Hartfield's Healthy Habits
Nourishing the Mind, Body & Spirit
Do an honest self-assessment, and reach a higher level of self-awareness, that results in a life fulfilled. Stand in front of your bathroom mirror, unclothed. Look at yourself, and intensely stare into your eyes for at least 1-minute. You will get lost in the moment, and more than likely your gaze will last longer than a minute. Do not use a timer, just let the moment flow as it may.
While you are staring into the mirror, and looking deep into your eyes/soul, answer the following questions:
1) Do I like what I see and feel?
2) Am I where I want to be in life?
3) Am I doing what I enjoy and experiencing great pleasure and self fulfillment from doing it?
4) Am I pursuing those things (not people) that make me the happiest, and gives me a sense of joy, peace and contentment?
5) Am I striving to be the best person I know in my heart-of-hearts that I really am?
Do not let your mind wander. Do this at a time when you have the time for contemplation, not when you have to rush off to do anything. Do this is complete silence...be sure to turn your phone off. Repeat this regularly, over the next month, and you will be developing a healthy habit that leads you to happiness and contentment. Keep in mind that this is very personal, and you need not share it with anyone. Believe me, in time, people will see the difference in you, and the natural glow you will have.
"Happiness is self-contentedness." - Aristotle
Black History Hike & Tour
New Manchester Mfg Co. Ruins
Saturday, February 1
Distance: 4.0 Miles
IHOP Parking Lot
970 Thornton Road
(Exit 44 of I-20)
Lithia Sprigs, GA 30122
Join us for our 4th Annual, 4-mile, Black History Month Hike at Sweetwater Creek on Saturday. This easy to moderate hike will include a history lesson from Park Ranger Don Scarbough, anda private tour, for an up-close and personal look at history, and the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company which was built by hand, by slaves.
Sweetwater Creek State Park is a peaceful tract of wilderness only minutes from downtown Atlanta. A wooded trail follows the stream to the ruins of the authentic New Manchester Manufacturing Company built by the enslaved. The company was a textile mill burned during the Civil War.
SPECIAL NOTE: The fee for this hike covers the cost for the Ranger led tour and entrance into the actual ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company.
Meet us at the IHOP parking lot so we can carpool to the park. Come prepared to drive or be a passenger, and have money to help pay for gas and parking. Note that FREE State Park parking passes can be checked out at your local library.
As always, wear comfortable (not new) sturdy shoes, and layered clothing. Bring water and snacks.
We carpool, so please be prepared to donate $5 - $7 to the driver for gas and parking. There is a $5 fee for parking unless you go to your local library
and check-out a State Park Parking Pass for free parking.
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Please feel free to call me, should you have any questions or concerns. I can be reached at 678.231.4973.
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.
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| 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.
|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:
Get expert advice from REI.
- 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)
| Health Tidbits|
You can help control your meal portions, and your appetite by simply drinking 2 glasses of water before your meal.
Did you know... hot, spicy foods containing chillies or cayenne pepper trigger endorphins, the feel-good hormones. Endorphins have a powerful, almost narcotic, effect and make you feel good after exercising.
Love much, Laugh often, Live Long & Strong!
| Hiking & Outdoor Adventure Tips|
Take photos & memories...Leave only footprints
One of the first rules with enjoying the great outdoors is: Leave no trace of your visit. This applies to all of the foliage. The caretakers of the wilderness areas and parks are dedicated to preserving what one careless hand could destroy in a second. Show respect for Mother Nature. Carry out all of the trash you carry in, don't leave food or feed any animals. We are better if we work together to preserve parks, wilderness, and other hiking areas to ensure we will all be able to enjoy the breathtaking hiking adventures in the future.
| 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|
You never want to hike in brand new boots. Read this article from REI on how you should break in your new boots.
| 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|
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:
- Sleeping Bags/Pads
- Camping Stoves
Just call the REI store nearest you
, and see what they have available.