Make-A-Wish Trailblaze Challenge

It’s been awhile since I posted! Eek! For the past couple of months, I have been writing and editing a mega 400-page health care policy manual and it has left me depleted. I have also been training for the Make-A-Wish Trailblaze Challenge during my free time.

The Make-A-Wish Trailblaze Challenge is a one-day endurance event on September 15th that gives participants the opportunity to hike a 26.6 mile journey along the terrain of the Catoctin Trail in northern Maryland. Participants challenge themselves physically while raising much needed funds to grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses in the Mid-Atlantic region. The photos in this blog entry are of the Catoctin Mountains and of me doing a training hike with my dog.

I joined this hiking/fundraising event to help make dreams come true for those who deserve it most. Anyone who know me in real life know I am a total dreamer. I am always scheming up new goals to go after and achieve. I really want to be able to support others who have big dreams too.

If you want to support this important cause too, consider donating at http://www.kintera.org/i.asp?id=1178616-453313789.

Although I haven’t been posting much here, I have been writing offline and have lots of writing ideas so will be posting soon once I have more time!

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Sunflowers (Lyrics)

Last weekend, I planted sunflowers in my garden! They are by far my favorite flower so I am excited to see how they do. In honor of them, I am posting song lyrics I wrote about sunflowers. The photo for this blog entry is a picture I took myself during my Camino de Santiago hike in Spain. I passed an amazing sunflower field between the Sarria to Portomarin stretch.

Sunflowers

All I wanted were sunflowers to wake up to.
Yellow the color of happiness
and the way I felt about you.
You took that for being a fool.
And instead, you walked away.
Left me in the dark afraid.
I was ready to cry, ready to fight, ready to give up inside.
But instead, I lied, I lied, I lied and said baby, it’s alright.

I thought happiness had to come at a cost.
To gain, you had to take one hell of a loss.
So I took the pain like a martyr.
I suffered to love you.

I would have spent a lifetime.
Right by your side.
But you kept on moving out of my sight.
And I was too nice to let go.
But now I know,
Two lovers can grow apart,
Wild and free
And there is beauty in the truth that you don’t love  me.

I thought happiness had to come at a cost.
To gain, you had to take one hell of a loss.
So I took the pain like a martyr.
I suffered to love you.

All I wanted were sunflowers to wake up to.
Yellow the color of happiness
and the way I felt about you.
To light up our dark and lonely rooms.
But you refused, refused, refused
Eager to see me lose
The smile across my face
Keeping us trapped in this dying, unhappy place.
But I found a way to fight, I found a way to hide
all that I ever wanted
I left it  behind.

I thought happiness had to come at a cost.
To gain, you had to take one hell of a loss.
So I took the pain like a martyr.
I suffered to love you.
All I ever wanted were sunflowers to wake up to.
Yellow the color of happiness
and the way I felt about you.

But all I ever wanted,
I suffered to leave it behind.

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