Why Barefoot??

Because being barefoot to me is being raw. Feeling every sharp rock, lush clover, spiky thistle, cushioned blade of grass, slimy covered stones, fragrant feathered flowers, cereal of sand, bead of water, element of litter, and the mash of mud.

Being Barefoot is the promise of prancing in the moonlight, leaping in the waves, running through a meadow, dancing on the porch, and doing all this while enduring a long journey to the end.

Friday, March 4, 2011


Land of sun, fruit, and fun.

I had a great time in Phoenix and would go back in a heartbeat. I got to visit the Mesa Temple, do some serious shopping (including my first trip to Nordstroms, and DownEast Basics), and run outside without 10 layers of clothes on. Had some serious one on one with my husband Jesse. But as always pictures are better.

It is so hard to understand the beauty of this temple.

Just looking at this picture makes me feel cold.

Orange trees growing on the Temple Lawn.

No, I am not trying to be Eve, I asked a lady and she said we could take as many as we wanted. These are Grapefruit. First time I remember seeing either a grapefruit tree or an orange tree.

Spiky palm tree thing attacking me. The leaves aren't soft they are stiff. Just so you know for next time.

Yup you guess it first Catus.

The grounds around the Temple are so beautiful and well kept. It made me want to cry flowers in February just growing like it was no big deal. Well to a Canadian girl that is a very big deal.

My trusty Kaylynn came with me we had so much fun!

Temple and Hard Rock Cafe all in one day NICE!

Enjoying the Phoenix night life or in other words being outside after dark in capris and a jacket!

Proof that Jesse was there we didn't get a picture together, I know "Brilliant."

Ok I really can't explain how great that week was I have never done anything remotely like that in over 12 years. Which would put it pre kid. Unfortunately as great as it was, coming home felt like entering into a black hole, where I would be swallowed up forever, never to breath again without someone needing something. Good news is I have started P90X , and no I will not be sharing those photos for quite some time if ever. So I have been doing that since Monday and still leading some Kettlebell classes. Click on the word Kettlebell to go to our website about Kettlebells. Jesse is going the end of this month to become a certified instructor. The extra endorphins have helped keep me going and given me some fire. So hopeful I will see results on Monday at weigh in. At Group this week I found a great Quote by Brenee Brown, I highly suggest listening to her Ted Talks.

"Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we'll ever do."
I could talk forever about this quote but as you may notice by the time of this post it is rather late so instead I would love to hear your comments about this quote. Kenpo workout in only 7 hours must get sleep.


  1. I wanted to comment on the quote but then I started to cry. Just know that I love it...I needed it right now...and I love you. Great post as always.

  2. The kettlebells sound like fun, I signed up on the website because I need something else to make me feel like I'm out of shape :)

  3. Barb! You look fabulous! I've been looking into kettlebells too. And what's this about you being barefoot? Welcome to the club. The following links are stories about my daughter Sierra and her barefoot ways.

  4. You won't believe this but I have something for YOU from Brene Brown - I really do!!! I got it just after Christmas, was going to give it to you around Valentine's, and now. . . . well, you know where I am at. So, I would like to mail it to you - because who doesn't love good old fashioned mail! Oooh sounds like fun hey? Send me your real live mailing address, and I will send it before the end of March, I promise!!! I am glad you love Brene Brown too!

  5. I am glad we got to hang out in Phoenix, and I could be there with you for your first palm tree, cactus, Nordstroms, and Downeast experiences, oh and 3rd temple visited. We sure have been experiencing the complete opposite weather since we have been back. Also, thanks for the fun kettlebell workouts!

  6. P90X? Yea! I was happy to hear that when Lee Lee told me you were going to start the program. How are you liking it so far? I really like it and you will too. One tip. Be sure and download the charts so you can keep track like Tony suggests. I have done it from the beginning (May) and it really helps.
    Good luck and have fun. I know you will do great!

  7. Very cute capris! Nordstroms? You really did do some serious shopping. Was the baby grand piano there playing for all the lovely shoppers? In SLC they have a Norsdstrom Rack where everything is discounted. Quite nice for sure.

  8. Someday soon we'll all be warm again, we have to hope that don't we! I'm glad you had a good time, experiencing greenery in Feb, desert plants, and shopping is always a good thing, warm or cold.:) I think you've found some fun things to do, I love doing some of them with you, way more fun with someone than alone in the basement!! Thanks :) Enjoy!

  9. Hi Barb! I just found your blog (my mom told me to check it out!) and I love it! I have to admit, I actually laughed out loud when I got to the bottom of the page and saw at the top of your animal sightings list: "badger-dead" haha love it. Also- enjoy the fantastic warmth of the south!! Isn't it great? Even slc is eons warmer than southern alberta!