AUGUST: My Favorite Things

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MY FAVORITE THINGS ~ Mind, Body, & Soul

Mind:  Success Magazine

Body: Palisades Running Club

Soul: Poem “The Cooke Thief”


This month I want to share one of my favorite resources for my mind – Success Magazine.   I have been reading Success Magazine since I was in my early 20’s, and I still can’t put it down.  I read it monthly, often return to old issues when I need inspiration, and don’t travel without it.  It is the only magazine I will pay for right now!  This magazine has inspired me to continue to develop myself as a professional and has been one of the major catalysts in my career.

To give you some background, Success Magazine was started in 1897 by Orison Swett Marden who was an American inspirational author known for writing over 60 books based on “New Thought” philosophy.  If anyone knows anything about Marden and his background, you will immediately get why I was drawn to him. More to come on that at another time.  Success Magazine was acquired in 2007 and relaunched in 2008 with Darren Hardy serving as the magazine’s publisher.  Hardy is one of my favorite individuals to follow, read, and be inspired by!

In Success Magazine you will find great resources from some of the past, present and cutting edge “Thought Leaders” on topics including personal growth, development, technology, and more.  It has great information, resources, quotes, and tips to keep you on task each month.  And, each issue comes with a CD to complement it, which is great because we all have different learning styles.

Until next time, remember my goal in the “Mind ~ Body ~ Soul” section is not to solely tell you about but encourage you to give it a try.  In this case, see if it is a magazine for you.  And, if you are up to it and care to share, please drop a comment/thought/idea below.  I am always looking to hear fresh thoughts and expand.

To learn more about Success Magazine or to follow or order it, click here: Success Magazine


I love running!  I don’t do it well, but I love it.  I am currently on a mission to re-engage myself with my passion for running.  I am looking forward to my progress, as I take on this challenge.

My favorite experience with running, of all time was with the Palisades Running Club (previously known as Tenglefly Running Club).  I called myself the sweeper when I ran with them because I was last out and the last to return, generally.  I never had so much fun building my endurance, concentration, stamina, and the habit of running than I did with this group.  #RunningFamily large

The group is comprised of the most amazing and dynamic individuals.  I adore them all for so many reasons.  They are experienced 5K, triathlon, and marathons runners.  I most certainly was the baby of the bunch, but they always made sure I felt comfortable running on the trails, tracks, or roads chose to explore any given Sunday.  Whether it was raining, snowing, or sunny we always had a great running destination to places like Tallman Mountains Trail, Tenafly Trails, Leonia’s Overpeck Park, and through the towns of Englewood and Tenafly, to name a few.   They inspired me to get out of my comfort zone and they were one of the driving forces in helping me taking off 35lbs in 2014.  I am grateful to them all and am looking forward to the next time I am out with the Palisades Running Club.  I love this group!

You can check out the Palisades Running Club or a running club near you.  Be sure to encourage those that are in your yoga, Cross Fit, Pilate’s classes and/or anyone you might see at your gym.  Believe me, it can make all the difference in the world to those starting out or having trouble pushing to the next level.  Maybe one day I will see you on a run.  In the meantime, I send my fellow club members my love and prayers.

To learn more about the Palisades Running Club click here: Palisades Running Club



This month I am focused on self-reflection so I have been spending a lot of time meditating, in nature, working out, writing, and reading.  I wanted to share a poem that I heard during a Wayne Dyer lecture called “the Cooke Thief” by Valerie Cox.

Wayne Dyer says this poem “speaks to him about the difference between what you know and what you believe in.”  Every time I hear the poem it makes me consider how many times I may have gotten it wrong because of my assumptions or not given someone the benefit of the doubt.  It also makes me consider slowing down to appreciate moments and people because the moments are important but it is the memories I am after.  And, it makes me desire to be more mindful because I do get to choose how I show up and respond no matter how I am feeling on a given day.  I hope you enjoy the poem as much I do.

“The Cookie Thief” by Valerie Cox

A woman was waiting at an airport one night

With several long hours before her flight

She hunted for a book in the airport shop

Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop

She was engrossed in her book but happened to see

That the man beside her as bold as could be

Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag between

Which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene

She munched cookies and watched the clock

As this gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock

She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by

Thinking “If I wasn’t so nice I’d blacken his eye”

With each cookie she took he took one too

And when only one was left she wondered what he’d do

With a smile on his face and a nervous laugh

He took the last cookie and broke it in half

He offered her half as he ate the other

She snatched it from him and thought “Oh brother

This guy has some nerve and he’s also rude

Why he didn’t even show any gratitude”

She had never known when she had been so galled

And sighed with relief when her flight was called

She gathered her belongings and headed for the gate

Refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate

She boarded the plane and sank in her seat

Then sought her book which was almost complete

As she reached in her baggage she gasped with surprise

There was her bag of cookies in front of her eyes

“If mine are here” she moaned with despair

“Then the others were his and he tried to share”

“Too late to apologize she realized with grief”

That she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief.

Valerie Cox, “A story of wrong perceptions” in “Chicken Soup for the Soul”, editor Jack Canfield


I have shared above how the poem impacted me.  Please feel free to leave a comment, thought or suggestion on what you thought after reading the poem and/or share a suggestion on other poems you’ve enjoyed reading!

To learn more about Wayne Dyer click here: Dr. Wayne Dyer or Chicken Soup for the Soul books click here: Chicken Soup for the Soul books

I would also like to give a big shout out to Ms. Diana Cruz, Ms. Christina Diaz, Ms. Diamond Quiles, and Ms. Nia Dawson for your thoughts, comments, and inspiration!  Thank you 🙂

Wishing everyone, Peace, Love, & Smiles until the next time!

– C

Ms. Christa M. Miller