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I’m not sure what to think about the whole “Man with the Golden Voice” story that started to play itself out this past week.  It’s honestly like something out of a movie.  It is almost unbelievable.  Maybe it isn’t real.  But in this blog post I will take it at face value.  Ted Williams, for those of you that don’t know, is a 53 year old homeless man in Columbus, Ohio who was video-taped doing his “radio voice” by a videographer for the Columbus Dispatch last week.  The video was posted on the newspaper’s website and since then has gone completely viral on You Tube which has resulted in Williams receiving interviews and voice over and announcer job offers including work with the Cleveland Cavaliers and MSNBC.

Williams’ story is that at age 14 he was inspired to get into radio when he met a radio announcer who looked nothing like he sounded.  He attended school for voice acting and worked as a DJ, but around 1993 his drug and alcohol addictions got the better of him and he ended up homeless and estranged from family including mother, wife and 5 kids.  Williams has been sober now since 2008.

Information from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Williams_%28announcer%29

This is a story of second chances and of hope.  It is also a story of how one’s life can change in the blink of an eye and the power the social media has to change a person’s life for better or for worse.

Williams has already been reunited with his mother, but I hope that he can reconcile with his kids – he owes a lot to his ex-wife in this regard.  I think he may be in for a bit of struggle with that.  It was his choices that made him destitute and homeless (whether you believe that addiction is a disease or not) and also abandon his family in the process and now he has a chance to make amends, which I certainly hope he does, no matter what the struggle.

Fame can be too much to handle for some people and has led many a celebrity down the same path that Williams has taken.  Hopefully history won’t repeat itself and Williams can be a strong enough person to handle his success.

For the rest of us, Williams’ story is an inspiration.  No matter how many wrong turns we take or how many doors seem to slam in our faces, like Williams we can change for the better and welcome opportunities if we are open enough to accept them.  It is never too late and you are never too old, as this 53 year old has shown us.

In the meantime, how long until the movie is released?

 

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It is that time of year again when a lot of us contemplate the changes that we would like to see in our lives by making new year resolutions.  I am no different and likewise I am no different in that I often break resolutions or just don’t get those promises up off the ground in the first place.

When in comes to resolutions and more so when we neglect to keep them, we should not beat ourselves up, but get back on the horse so to speak.  Do we really need to wait until January 1 to implement a new diet and or fitness program?

Anyhow, I’m going to talk about my resolutions for 2011.  I am already off to a good start.  Because our New Year’s Eve was very low-key – movies with Mary (“Cyrus” and “The A Team” – I fell asleep during “The A Team” and almost was not awake for midnight!) – I did not wake up with a horrendous hangover or sleep in late as I have been known to do.   I walked the dog today even though it was -20c.  Also went for breakfast with my friend Angelique who was in Canmore celebrating the new year with family.  (Though I’m not sure bacon and eggs counts towards eating healthy!)  Hey, I even managed to write a blog posting for the first time in months!

Here are my new year resolutions:

1.  Exercise daily for at least 30 minutes.  Last Christmas I got Wii Fit Plus and over 2010 I moved on to other programs such as My Fitness Coach and Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum.  Fitness games have really worked for me.  I stuck with the games nearly everyday up until about September/October when I got sick and then busy.  Then it was Christmas. I will start back Monday for sure.  I also took a Bellyfit class in 2010 which was great and of course I have Blue to walk and Stardust to ride.  I yearn to be able to have the time and money to take up Tae Kwon Do and riding lessons again.  I’d also love to do yoga more seriously.

2.  Walk the dog everyday (weather permitting) for at least 30 minutes and with discipline.  I recently read Cesar Millan’s “Be A Pack Leader” – yep I need to become the pack leader – we’re working on it.

3.   Ride Stardust at least twice a week (weather permitting) and get back into lessons once business is more profitable.

4.  Focus on our real estate business.  After an incredibly poor start to 2010 (which made me really made me think about my career choices), business started to improve in the summer and then even more so in November.  We are starting off 2011 very strong and hopefully it will continue this way throughout the year.

5.   Eat healthy and cook proper meals at least 4 or 5 days a week.  Also I want to strive to eat more local produce.  Will this year finally be the year that I can get a decent vegetable garden going?  Last year it was a complete disaster – thank you Mother Nature for not giving us a summer!

6.   Look after the house and garden properly.  I hate housework.  We hired a cleaner this year and she comes once every couple of weeks to do the bathrooms, kitchen, floors and dusting.  In theory, this should leave me more time to work on the garden or sorting out and tidying our stuff.  I would love to be a minimalist but unfortunately I am an artist and we work from home.  Oh yeah and I love books, DVDs and CDs too.

7.   Enjoy my artistic pursuits.  The problem is I have too many interests.  Or is it a problem?  Variety is the spice of life.  I want to focus on my music more.  In the fall of 2010 I started singing with another musician and we want to put together a band and start to do the odd gig.  Then there is the theatre group.  This coming year is a big year for us as it is Irricana’s Centennial year and the theatre group has committed to writing and performing some original material in celebration of 100 years of Irricana.  Help!  This is a daunting task for sure but with discipline we can do it.

8.   Live in the moment and stop worrying and stressing so much.  I think there is a tendency to spend more time fretting and stressing about things than about actually solving problems or getting a task done.  I spend precious time fretting about not have enough time!  I’m also a worrier about what will happen.  I had an “a-ha” moment over the holidays as I realized that I inherited this from my mother who is the same way.  The fret and worry turn into procrastination.  How many of us do not follow our dreams or complete things because we are scared of failure, imperfection or even success?  Just Do It.

9.   Do more as a family.  I think it’s harder for Josh and I because we almost spend 24 hours a day together but we don’t often do stuff together other than work, eat dinner and watch TV.  It’s not just about having the odd weekend away or date night (which we try to have at least once a week)  but the mundane things too such as shoveling snow, working on the house or in the garden and walking the dog.

10.   Find more time for me.  I watched “Eat Pray Love” on the plane back from Ontario on Thursday.  I loved it and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the book.   The movie vocalized many things that I have known deep down – one thing that we need to spend time just being.  In recent years I have been most happy when on vacation on Ruxton Island when the day consists of cooking, eating, walking, swimming, playing with the dog, reading, napping, visiting with friends and rounding off the day playing cards or board games.  This past summer I took my guitar and practiced everyday.  I also painted and sketched.  I seemed to have more time to do the things I enjoyed and I didn’t stress and fret about not having time to do them but just simply enjoyed my day.  There is a direct correlation between more time and  no internet and no TV.  Hmmmm.  I think we in the west put too much importance on working too much and then in our spare time we are wired in on the internet too much (wasting time on Facebook for example) or spending our evenings sat like zombies in front of the TV.  I am sure it is not just me that feels kind of empty with days like this.  Whilst I do like TV (got Glee Season 1 for Christmas and can’t wait to watch it!) if I had a choice I would rather curl up with a good book or do something artistic.

If one thing sums up my resolutions for this year I think it is balance.  I am striving for balance in my life in an unbalanced world.  Balance between work and play, self and family, the physical, the intellectual and spiritual.

Happy New Year!  2011 will be a good one!

 

 

 

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