Nadine On…the 0500 Club

I’m a member of an elite group of women I know who wake up together at 0500…ish. By ish, I mean, we wake up somewhere within that hour. Mollie is first up at 0500. While I’m up at and 0515 and the other ladies Melissa, Alisha, Lucci and Abby fall into suit thereafter. Point is, we’re up! Why? Because we have things to do! From being in business for ourselves to writing to working out and more.

After finding out that I work out in the mornings, a shocked someone recently asked me, do you work out at 0500?! Of course not! Silly, I don’t work out till 06:00!

I do get up and get with it and not because I’m a morning person. Au contraire! My preference has always been to be a night owl. And on mornings, after a late night of writing, I am one grouchy zombie. It is just that I have the same 24 that you do and I have a whole hell of a lot of stuff to do!

Like meditating, writing, working, staying fit and getting healthier, being Mommy to my furry babies, being a Gmaw and a wife/mother/daughter/friend. Spinning numerous plates at once makes me happy!

I am so serious. My life feels empty unless I have at least half a dozen things going at once. And I’m not weird. There are a lot more out there like me. I’m a multi-tasking Queen! In addition to being a HFTP Queen of course.

At that hour, my mind races with all the tasks of my day. So i use my iPhone to keep me on track with a daily list of tasks. Not to worry, those tasks can easily be moved to the next day. A fan of “why do today what you can put off tomorrow,” I also possess the procrastination gene. A character flaw and I hate it.

Because being organized, getting things accomplished, scratching items off my to-do list is one of my favorite pastimes.

So, it starts with a 0500 Club that checks in daily to make me accountable. How about you? Something you would be interested in? PM me, I’m up!

Forever Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed yours, NOT!

Nadine Bodine

Your very BEST friend in the whole entire world!

Nadine On…Into the Woods

Little did I know that when we went to see the acclaimed “Into the Woods” at the theatre near our home that it would leave the impression it did.

Going in, I was aware that it had previously been performed on Broadway, was a musical and was about 3 hours long with an intermission in the Broadway version. Thankfully, the movie was reduced to 2 hours because my pre-menopausal, borderline hypertensive middle-aged bladder just can’t go much past that time frame without relief!

My poor husband didn’t expect that a show on Broadway was also going to be a musical at the movies. God love him.

My motivation was that we needed to go see some movies that had been nominated for the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards before the award shows air so we can be ‘in the know’ as to what the fuss is all about.

I’m still not totally sure what the fuss is all about, to be completely honest. Never having seen the Broadway production, my expectations were that several fairy tales woven together along with an original story line would result in a happy ending for all. And in some back handed way, I suppose that did occur.  Not to be a spoiler, but maybe not for all.

Early in, a very sexy and seductive Big Bad Wolf, executed so perfectly by Johnny Depp, stole the show for me. I admit, after he was eliminated early in, my attention stalled for quite a while, looking for him and wishing he could return in some form.

The story progresses with its integration of fairy tale classics Jack in the Bean Stalk, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and the new tale of the Baker and His Wife.

About 2/3 of the way in, I was a little shocked and somewhat dismayed at the behavior of one certain, Prince Charming, amorously portrayed by the handsome and also charming, Chris Pine. He was, some will remember, the same young Captain Kirk of Star Trek fame.

All I can say is, a fairy tale, which for a few minutes turned almost house-wife porn, left me speechless.

And to think I thought this movie was for kids 13 and up!

Captain Kirk would be ashamed at his behavior, which he explained, “I was raised to be charming, not sincere.” (blushes at the thought!)

Into The Woods stars Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Kris Pine, James Corden, Lila Crawford, Tracy Ullman, Christine Baranski, MacKenzie Mauzey, Daniel Huddleston, Lucy Punch, Frances de le Tour and Tammy Blanchard ….and is nominated for Best Motion Picture/Musical/Comedy, Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress by the Golden Globes.

Of which it won, drumroll please…nada.

I can’t wait for the Oscars!

Respectfully reviewed by,

Nadine Bodine

Your very BEST friend in the whole entire world!

Nadine On…a Mental, Physical and Spiritual Epiphany.

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Epiphany literally means an intuitive insight…more importantly a ‘sudden’ intuitive insight. In a visual, as when the lightbulb comes on. That spark of light that switches pitch black darkness to illumination. You couldn’t see a thing before, but now you can! The lightbulb has just switched on.

Perfect timing and in step with this year’s personal spiritual movement.

Not so much from pitch dark to light, but more of an illuminated brighter light for me.

Today marks the day for Religious celebrations of Epiphany. The day in biblical history where the Magi found the Christ child. What a beautiful story. I am almost brought to tears each time I hear the retelling. They too were walking around searching for him…in the darkness.
They thought they found light, in Herod, but that light was false, fake light, as the Priest spoke of last night. Have you ever thought you were in the light? Only to have a brighter light shine to prove you wrong? As the star appeared to them in the night sky, and they chose to follow, it became brighter and brighter until they were in HIS presence.

Choosing to follow. Searching for brighter light in all aspects of life. 2015 is the year of the light with plans to move mental, spiritual and physical elements not so much from darkness, but from a former dimness, into a brighter light. This year, Let your light shine! Let it be brighter. Maybe it will make your own path brighter? Or illuminate the dark path for another?

Illuminating yours,

Nadine Bodine

Your very BEST friend in the whole entire world

Nadine On…Transformation and Plans

Well New Year’s Resolutions are “On” baby. And this year is no exception. 2015 for me is going to be the year of Mental, Physical and Spiritual growth like none other.

As middle age breathes it’s acrid breath against the back of my neck, I’ve got big plans to change my health routine this coming year for the good. For good! So far, I’m on track and I’ve got a 21 Day Fix challenge group starting January 5th. Go me!

Plans to change my mental health as well, as I no longer am buying in to other people’s drama. So, don’t try to suck me in you little emotional vampires. I’m not there anymore. Keep scrolling. Keep scrolling.

And plans to change my religion. Mind you, I didn’t say spirituality. I still believe in God and his authority over the Universe and my life. But sometimes things get messy. And religion, that is man-made, gets in the way. Intentions get in the way. No harm, no foul. Again, keep scrolling.

It’s my journey. And I plan on taking it with gusto!

And hopefully with improvement in the arenas of mental, physical and spiritual health will bring me to the ultimate goal of this year…to get published!

Two scriptures I am taking with me to the end are:

Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

And

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

There you have it. This year in a nutshell.

Transformationally yours,

Nadine Bodine

Your very BEST friend in the whole entire world

Nadine On…This year’s Mantra

Historically, each year, I choose a mantra to pattern my life for that year. In year’s past it has been “Let it Go!,” followed by “Let it Go…Or Be Dragged!” Last year’s was “If you can’t say something positive, then at least be quiet.”
I should have blogged this yesterday, but in keeping with last year’s mantra I wanted to say something positive and I wasn’t sure just ‘what’ to say.
​I have tried each year to stay with the chosen mantra. Some years have been more successful than others, I’ll admit. It’s almost always a struggle. And speaking of struggle, 2014 was definitely the ‘year of the struggle.’ I always struggle with my weight and last year, professionally speaking I struggled for about 6 months. But it’s a new year, new me and work has tabled off for the most part. At least until they hire a new supervisor, it’s status quo.
​All that said…this year’s mantra is “Never be in a hurry, do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever; even if your whole world seems upset” ~ St. Francis de Sales.
​And my word for this year is “diplomacy.”
​Big shoes to fill, but I plan on giving it the old college try.
​In addition to all of the usual plans of being a better wife/mother/daughter/friend, eating healthier and exercising more, taking better care of myself and others whom I love in general and keeping a better house;
​I plan to take off this last 17 lbs. and finally find a way to keep it off,
I plan to write more. To finish my second book and have both books published,
I plan to grow and stretch some professional muscles through this year’s word, diplomacy,
And I plan to train with our new puppy, Karma, to do Search and Rescue.
And that’s enough. Any more and I would be in a hurry, loud and with a discombobulated spirit. I might lose my inner peace over anything. All totally incongruent with the mantra for the year.
Do you have a mantra? If so, please share in the comments.
If not, feel free to adopt mine.
Wishing you and yours, a year full of peace, love and trailer parks!
Yours slowly, quietly and with a calm spirit,
Nadine Bodine
Your very BEST friend in the whole wide world!


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