In 1960, an off-Broadway musical took New York by storm. It was “The Fantasticks.” As I sat pondering what to write in my holiday epistle, I recalled one of the songs from the show, “Try To Remember.” The lyrics close with these words, “Deep in December it’s time to remember and follow.” As 2017 comes to a close, it’s time to remember the events that stand out in my memory.
At the end of 2016, I saw Shonda Rhimes’ Ted Talk, about her “Year of Yes.” I was so inspired I purchased her book. Upon reading it, I decided if Shonda could have a year where she moved out of her comfort zone and expanded her horizons, then surely I can. After going to two Vision Board parties, I graphically illustrated my aspirations for the future. Once completed, the idea is to put the Board in a place where it can frequently be viewed. Keeping your dreams in the forefront, helps you realize them. This is my VB.
I didn’t expect that in January I would have another heart event. I thought I was doing so well with my recovery process and then two more stents. The staff at Miami Cardiovascular Institute can attest to my tears and depression. The allure of my Year of Yes didn’t look too promising. However, as is often the case, disappointment can lead to the opening of unexpected doors. Imagine my surprise when my HeartSister Annie asked, “Would you consider becoming a Community Educator in WomenHeart.” My Year of Yes was about to begin.
I was accepted as a trainee in the WomenHeart 2017 Science and Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic. Fifty-seven other women and I graduated in October, becoming WomenHeart Champions. One could say, to be a member of this select group is somewhat like a good news / bad news story. The good news is this is a family of dynamic women who support, educate and advocate for other women who have or are at risk for getting heart disease. The bad news is having heart disease is a requirement— not the sort of thing one desires. The symposium was unforgettable on so many levels. It was informative and entertaining, exhausting yet energizing, and always heart-warming.
Creativity plays an essential role in my Vision Board. I determined it was time to recreate my website, sharondipitousmoments.com. Initially, there were only two pages (the blog posts and a bio). The blog consisted of various commentaries, but now, I was interested in including more thoughts on Health & Wellness — including my journey with heart disease. There is also a nod to Toastmasters and copies of speeches I have given. A menu now points to categories, so the feeling is less random, and it’s easier to navigate. The look has changed materially and thanks to my sister-in-law, a professional photographer, I’ve added my picture.
For everyone not living in Florida, we did survive Irma. The Keys had significant damage, but Miami was, for the most part, spared. Many trees were down taking power lines with them. Fortunately, where I live, power lines are underground. As a result, I was without electricity for only 24 hours.
Oh yes, there is still a menagerie here — 24 padded paws reside at my house. The kitties rule…I’m just here to feed and care for them. Anyone who has a cat will understand.
Looking at my Vision Board at year-end, I see things I didn’t accomplish, but I’m surprised at how much I did achieve. I’m ready to start a new board with dreams for the future after the first of the year. Hey, that’s a great reason to have a party! Anyone interested?
I have such a profound feeling of gratitude for my family and friends and my work with WomenHeart. I hope this finds you well and that you have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Healthy 2018.
Gatsby, Scarlett, Daisy, Clouseau, Gabrielle, Teddy
and of course, Me.