• Fundamentals for Fun at Fifty-Five

    1. Dare to try new things

    2. Say yes to opportunities

    3. Relax, smile, dance away your worries

    4. If not now, when?

    5. Just do it (you can analyze later)

  • Discounts for Fifty-Five +

    Golden Griddle Restaurant - 10% discount (excluding alcohol)
    Shoppers Drug Mart - 20% discount on Thursdays
    Zellers - 20% discount first Monday of month
    Thrifty Rental - 5% off time and mileage
    Best Western - 10% off room rates
    Sandman Hotels - 25% off room rates
    Howard Johnson Hotels - 10% off room rates

  • Fifty-Five is …

    fabulous, fanciful, fancy-free, fantastic, far-out, fashionable, fearless, feisty, fiery, fine, flamboyant, flashy, flattering, flirtatious, folksy, forthright, fortunate, foxy, frank, free, fresh, friendly, frivolous, fulsome, fun, funky, funny
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Dreaming, Hoping, Wishing, Wanting

I did get one skate-skiing lesson in this year … so far. That’s progress over last year when there was no snow and no lessons! The snow conditions weren’t the greatest (a bit icy which makes skate-skiing much more challenging for beginners, although it does feel a lot more like skating – without the advantageous grip of blades!)

I’d like to say I was brilliant. That my years of experience as a figure skater made me a natural.

The truth is that I had some spectacular moments. Moments when it all came together – technique, equipment, movement – and I flew along with ease. For about five ski strokes.

I also had some spectacular falls. I think I even invented some new ways to crash on skis. And I had no  idea that I could still do the side splits at 56. It’s a pretty helpless feeling when your skis begin to slide in opposing directions. All you can do is watch and hope that your leg muscles won’t disintegrate as you sink lower and lower to the ground.

It was a great workout, however and that night I dreamed I was skiing with ease and grace, incorporating everything that I’d learned in that one lesson. I was eagerly looking forward to the next one.

Alas, ’twas not to be. The snow has disappeared.

And so, last Wednesday night, we went rock climbing instead. Cross-training, you know? Don’t I sound like an athlete now?

I live in hope of at least one more snowfall this winter and maybe, just maybe, one more ski lesson.

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  • Julie Wise is …

    a writer, author (Dream BIGGER: Reclaiming a Life of Joy and Ease), life/relationship coach and an intuitive healer by day. By night, she dances flamenco, thrives on chocolate and good red wine (shiraz will do!) She secretly plots to change the world, one dream at a time.
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