T.G.I.F. 5: “What It Really Means”

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s what’s happening ¤ under1000skies ¤

This week we featured four photos from Alisa Reagan (thank you)  ♡

2.752.762.77 and 2.78

 

TGIF – What It Really Means

Totally Gorgeous, Incredibly Fit:  The Remarkable Story of Ernestine Shepherd

There is nothing more joyful that regaining fitness and health after it has been lost.  This week’s inspiring TGIF story is about 78-years YOUNG Ernestine Shepherd.
Published on Feb 4, 2014 on Prevention’s YouTube Channel

“Do healthy, ripped bodies only belong to the young? Not if you’re Ernestine Shepherd. At 77, she’s the world’s oldest female bodybuilder and in our original documentary short, we follow a day in her life.”

https://youtu.be/na6yl8yIZUI

This is a more recent photo – she’s 78 here:

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And here’s her daily routine:

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What Do You Find Joyful? Beautiful?

The theme for the month of December is “joy.”  If you have a favorite quote about “joy,”  please leave a comment!  As always, we would love to feature your creative visions.  When we show each other what we find beautiful, we get a glimpse into each others’ hearts.

May you find joy every day.

♡. under1000skies

Gems 1st Biannual Gallery Show

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s some exciting news about our light-filled ¤ Gems! ¤

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OUR FIRST BIANNUAL GALLERY SHOW

You can view the Gems (and all artists) in reverse order in our new

Gallery Carousel

Thank you to everyone who has supported, followed, liked and commented our blog since our first Gems last fall.  It is with great pleasure that we announce our first Gallery Show in support of The Gems Project.

OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS AND ARTISTS

You can also view our Gems by specific contributing artist.  Special thanks and a big shout-out to these talented artists who have so generously shared their inspirations with us:

Ben Archer

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Chip Haldane

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Contessa Brown

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Michael Downs

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Nicole Huguenin

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Niki Flow

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Nothingtosee Movealongnow

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If you would donate photos, art, time or currency to The Gems Project, please see our About “The Gems Project” Page. We need photographers, artists, volunteers, art and photography lovers to spread the word and, of course, donations for the Artist Packs.

☼ Gems 1.32 ☼

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤
Bag End to Rivendell, Day 16 of 28
Gems 1.32 BETR 15

The Road to Rivendell, Series Day 16/28. Photo by Niki Flow (me). =) Feel free to use it for your Eowyn Challenge group!

Bag End to Rivendell

Miles 260-279*

*Milestones based on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

The 1st Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge
September 23-October 6th on KindSpring.org

MTFMR (Movement-to-Forward-Movement Ratios) on Middle Earth. Translate ALL movement to Middle Earth miles!

The Eowyn Challenge on Facebook (a safe and secret group)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eowynchallenge/

☼ Gems 1.31 ☼

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

Bag End to Rivendell, Day 15 of 28

GEMS 1.32

Oct. 7 – Day 15 (1st from Weathertop): 19 miles

(7 Oct – 15th Day from the Shire – Dawn) In the night, the Nazgûl attacked. I couldn’t find Mr. Frodo, then I heard him cry out as from far away — strange words they were! Then, when he appeared, he was bad hurt! Strider fought the cursed things off. At full light, we made our way down to the Great Road. As we crossed, we heard the Riders and ran into the brambles. We camp here tonight. Strider says Mr. Frodo’s wound came from a Morgul-blade and is cursed!

from The Journal of Samwise Gamgee by NikiFlow (DotMatrix/Kindspring.org)

Bag End to Rivendell

Miles 241-260*

*Milestones based on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

The 1st Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge
September 23-October 6th on KindSpring.org

MTFMR (Movement-to-Forward-Movement Ratios) on Middle Earth. Translate ALL movement to Middle Earth miles!

☼ Gems 1.30 ☼

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

Bag End to Rivendell, Day 14 of 28

GEMS 1.30B

From The Journal of Samwise Gamgee by NikiFlow (DotMatrix/Kindspring.org)

Bag End to Rivendell

Miles 229-241*

*Milestones based on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

The 1st Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge
September 23-October 6th on KindSpring.org

MTFMR (Movement-to-Forward-Movement Ratios) on Middle Earth. Translate ALL movement to Middle Earth miles!

 

☼ Gems 1.27 ☼

Happy Saturday!  ♡

“Above all shadows rides the sun and stars forever dwell.
I will not say the day is done nor bid the stars farewell.”
-J.R.R. Tolkien

Gems 1.27

Photo “The Road to Hobbiton 2” Copyright © Chip Haldane 2015. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Limited copyright.  Please do not disseminate. Thank you!


Bag End to Rivendell
Mile 179-194*

*Milestones based on The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

from The Journal of Samwise Gamgee
Midgewater Marshes, Day 11 from the Shire

“We walked all day and we have to make camp here again tonight! Strider says we’ll be out by tomorrow.  The Neekerbreekers are giving us another sleepless night.  We can see Weathertop from here to the east with some kind of bright flashes of light * over it.  I miss the Shire.

* What neither Sam nor the companions could not have known was that the lights were Gandalf’s magic on Weathertop as he fought off the Nazgûl. Gandalf had arrived in Bree the day after the companions left it, but because they told had told Barleyman, innkeeper at the Prancing Pony, that they were headed for Weathertop, Gandalf rode straight there. The remaining four Nazgûl attacked him there and he outwitted them and escaped.

 

☼ GEMS 1.25 ☼

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
“The Road to Rivendell” Day 9/28

Gems 1.25

Photo Copyright © Chip Haldane 2015. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Limited copyright.  Please do not disseminate. Thank you!

 

Bag End to Rivendell

Miles 147-163*

*Milestones based on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

 

“No half-hardheadedness and no worldly fear must
turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly.”
-J.R.R. Tolkien

The 1st Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge

Gems 1.24

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡

“The Road to Rivendell” Day 8/28

The 1st Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge

Gems 1.24

Photo by Niki Flow – Appoquinimink Wildlife Area – Permission for use (in total) for your Eowyn Challenge group happily granted!

Bag End to Rivendell

Miles 135-147*

*Milestones based on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

Gems 1.23

Photo – Pine Barrens, NJ – 2013 – 4th Annual Running for Joy 5k).  Don’t forget, we would LOVE to feature YOUR photos for Gems.  The Walk to Rivendell series (which ends 13 Oct) needs photos.  It’s the only time of the year (probably) I’ll send out 7-days/week photos.  The upcoming months need photos as well or paintings and/or quotes, lyrics, poems, sketches, jokes… creativity!  Gems (fka Rx-for-Healing) is tied to Under 1000 Skies which is tied to Volunteer Biographers: “When we show each other what we find beautiful, we get a glimpse into each others hearts.”

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Photo by Niki Flow, Pine Barrens, Running for Joy 5k 2013

Bag End to Rivendell

Miles 115-135*

*Milestones based on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

Gems 1.22

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡ Here’s another light-filled Gem, 6th in the series, The Road to Rivendell. 

Gems 1.22

“Misty Lake” Photo Copyright © David Coleman | Dreamstime Stock Photos

Bag End to Rivendell

Miles 98-115*

*Milestones based on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

The 1st Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge
September 23-October 6th on KindSpring.org

MTFMR (Movement-to-Forward-Movement Ratios) on Middle Earth. Translate ALL movement to Middle Earth miles!