Marissa: Where Mary Poppins Meets Mother Theresa

OK, I may be over exaggerating a little bit, but that is exactly how impressed I am with the wonderful angel that has come in to my children’s lives. Her name is Marissa Hyatt and you can find her HERE

I’ve been friends with Marissa’s older sister Mindy for about a year now. And as it turned out I was also reading her dad, Michael Hyatt’s, blog. It took us about 6 months to put the pieces of the puzzle together, but that led me to meeting more of the family: GailMegan and Marissa.  (You know what they say, the family that blogs & twitters together, stays together.) Here is the beauty of the blogosphere & Twitter.  I had found Marissa’s blog via Michael’s blog and was instantly impressed. Then one afternoon last week Gail sent out a tweet that Marissa was looking for part time work and I just happend to pick up a couple clients and needed someone to watch my kids. Thus, our nanny arrangement began to take shape.  Now, on to Marissa.

Dear Marissa!  I was just telling a friend today that a part of me is overwhelmed and ashamed at the level of clarity and inspiration that I am receiving from a 17 year old’s blog.  She has the spirit of youth, the love of an angel and the wisdom of an old soul all wrapped up and showering my kids with it weekly.  She is so open with her life to new opportunity and seeking out what God has called her to do.  She has been to Africa on a missons trip, is graduating from high school early and taking college classes instead of bumming around.  She is taking the time this fall to travel and explore and really listen to God’s calling. She looks for the joy and passions of her life with such curious open wonder, it just makes you smile.  Here’s an excerpt from her latest blog entry….

Dreaming Big by Marissa Hyatt

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about this next year of my life; what I want to happen; what I want to experience; who I want to become. And I’ve been dreaming up many different ideas: moving to Thailand, working at Revolve Tour, going to L’Abri Switzerland, possible internships etc. This time in my life is extremely exciting because I have no extreme responsibilities and can experience things without extreme effects on my life. 
I have been thinking about what I want to accomplish and here is what I want to accomplish:
  1. I want to be aware of who I am and have established a clear belief system that I, myself, have proved to be true.
  2. I want to have traveled as much as my income allows.
  3. I want to have saved at least 1/3 of my income.
  4. I want to have gained more experience professionally.
  5. I want to have  a good idea of what I hope to accomplish in college.

And there you have it. I need to be thinking more and more. Oh and my all time dream is to intern with Lisa Ling! Someone please help me figure how to make that happen!

This is who I want to be with my children.  Someone who will love on them like there is no tomorrow, get goofy and silly with them at the park and share their home & family with them.  And that’s what she does.  

Thank you Marissa for loving on my kids and being there for us. You are an inspiration! 

How many of you know 17 year old girls like that?  Not many I’m sure.  In a day where role models for young girls are so hard to find, she is a breath of fresh air.   And she’s taken, so no one else even think about stealing my nanny. And that’s why she is a part of my first post on “Positive Post Tuesday” by Brody Harper.

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Runaway Bloggggg……

This post is a little menagerie of running items… BUT all of them are equally important and to be celebrated. 

 Ahhh!!! This is it! This may be the most important blog post I’ve ever read. When I was first hit with the divorce in Feb I thought about working out more to relieve my stress. So I journeyed over to Spence’s world to see what he had to say about ‘Multi-Sport’ & I found this:  Get Some Running Therapy – from Runnersworld.com– Exercise-induced happiness fights anger, sadness, and anxiety. Who needs a shrink?   By Betsy Noxon.  As I read it, I decided that I would start running even though I had always hated it, thought that I couldn’t do it and had only ran 1 mile once in my life (in High Sch). Right then & there I set a goal to compete in my first 5K at the end of March.  I’ve been training for a month & it’s going well. I’m nervous, but I hit the 5K mark within the first 2 wks – now I just have to push through it outside.

This post has changed my life. I feel better than ever. I thank you, my shrink thanks you.  (Well maybe he won’t for long, if I dump him!) Keep writing Spense! I anticipate every word.  In fact, in honor of it….  New Goal – 10 K  this fall before I turn 4, well, before I leave my 30’s…..

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mizuno-shoes.jpgLET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO SPEED…..

But seriously, aren’t they too CUTE!  These shoes ROCK!!!!  They are Mizunos Wave Creation 9’s – Latest & Greatest – Just about the most expensive shoe in the store. Yes the soon to be EX paid for them along with some other cute items to run my first 5K.  Must be styling when I cross the finish line!  They analyzed my run, measured & remeasured my feet and went through about 6 pairs of shoes to find the right match for my foot bed.  I learned a lot too.  I think it is too easy to pick up some shoes just because a GF says they’re the best, but ya know, if they don’t fit your foot correctly it’s pointless.  But, I had to take the time to find a good shoe, because my toes were ready to fall off. (Seriously, I couldn’t feel my right big toe anymore.) 

So now this is the perfect intro for my Harry Taylor story….  This happens to be my second pair of Mizunos that I own, the first pair were given to me by Harry Taylor.  For all you non-golfers in this blog bunch, Harry is the founder of Taylor-Made Golf  He sold out his rights to the company and retired here in Nashville.  Eventually he did some consulting for Mizuno in their golf design group.  Well, one afternoon in the late 90’s, Harry & I found ourselves sitting together stranded on a runway in Detroit for 3 hours.  There are NOT a lot of people I can imagine wanting to be sitting beside for 3 hours on a stranded plane, but Harry certainly is one of them.  We had the best time.  I actually just finished up the book, “Who Moved My Cheese“.  (A must read for anyone in corporate America or just participating in life!)  We ended up having a session with about 10 people around us on the principles of this book.  My role at the time was a workshop facilitator at GM so it kind of came natural to me to engage people in conversation & debate.  Anyway, by the end of the evening as we were rolling into Nashvegas, Harry asked me for my shoe size & a business card.  I hedged, but agreed and thought little of it.  Within 3 days, the best pair of golf shoes I’ve ever owned arrived at my door with a sweet note from Harry thanking me for my company.  Still have the shoes, they are still great! 

So I am excited about my new shoes!!!!  They may not be the hottest name brand for women on the market today…  But they fit me to a T!  So from now on you can just call me “Flash”!

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Last, but not least….  BFF KIM FISHER finished her first half marathon this past weekend in Virginia City Beach! 

She is going to run with me on my first 5 K to help me keep going and motivate me !  Congrats Kim!  And also to her husband John who ran the 10K in Virginia. 

            RESULTS – 2008 SHAMROCK FESTIVAL HALFMARATHONPlace Bib#   Name                        G Age City           St Chiptim Pace  Guntime Div /Tot  Div     Gend/Tot  G
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4300  11082 Kimberly Fisher             F  38 Franklin       TN 2:32:47 11:40 2:42:01  340/492  F35-39  2240/3163 F