Waterfire Providence: A sight to see, hear, and smell……

If you live in Rhode Island or if you are just visiting, then Waterfire Providence is an event you won’t want to miss.  It’s easy to live in a place and not do all the wonderful things around you because “it’s just there and you can do it anytime.”  I grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and did not even see the changing of the guard in Arlington Cemetery until I had moved to Oklahoma (and was back visiting family in D.C.).  You definitely seem to do more when you are a sightseer instead of a resident; sad I know.

I am glad I visited the Waterfire Providence last night (I had my mom in town wanting to do something).  I’ve lived in Rhode Island for three years and this was my first time seeing it.  It was a partial lighting and it was a cool,rainy, and very foggy night, so it kept a few people away from the event I’m sure (but not us!).  I think it was actually nice going to see it without a big crowd.  The waterfire event did live up to my expectations.  I had heard it’s an event for all your senses, and it truly was.  You could see the  beautiful water lit up with fire, hear the wonderful crackling of the burning wood and gorgeous music being played, and you could smell the wood burning just as it smells walking around the streets of Williamsburg, VA on a cool fall/winter evening.


Come visit this wonderful event; residents and visitors alike!  There is also food/drink, entertainment, art displays, etc.  Last night we saw fire shows on the boats, and human statues posing (just like you would see walking the streets of many European cities).  I’m sure a full lighting event would  have even more to offer than I saw last night at the partial lighting.  I will definitely be back for another lighting.  Check out the Waterfire Providence 2011 Lighting Schedule and come on out for a night of fun and culture.  It would be a nice family event if you don’t mind having the kids out a little late, or you can just make it a date night with your significant other.  I’ll probably see you there!

* Have you been to Waterfire Providence?  If so, what were your impressions of the event?  Are you hoping to make a trip to see it if you haven’t been?

Kristin Wheeler

Proof That it’s Never “too late” to Find Your Passion!

Now I am sure there are many of you out there right now who are all trying to figure out how to balance your busy lives.  We are always trying to juggle a variety of things, which can include any of the following: spouses, children, working, cooking, shopping, paying bills and keeping your house running in some kind of organized fashion, just to name a few.   We can all understand and relate to these issues and then you take me, a  40 plus-year old, divorced and now single mom of an 11-year-old-boy who is also working a full-time job.  As if that wasn’t enough to keep me busy, I decided to throw training for a FULL marathon into the mix.   26.2 miles!!!! 

“Have I always been a runner?”  Well, that answer would be a profound NO!  Truth be told, I did not like running when I was young.  So who would think that after all these years I would be getting ready to run my first marathon in less than two months?  Correction…ATTEMPTING to run a marathon!

It started almost two years ago, when one of my friends approached me to see if I would like to run a 5K road race.  This would be a 3.1 mile race run through the streets of downtown Providence, Rhode Island.  She gave me a training schedule, and my first thought was “Where on earth will I find the time to do this?”  I was eventually able to run about three-miles without completely passing out,  but as the race date was starting to loom over me, I woke up one morning with the worst cold I have had in a very, very long time.  It took almost two weeks for it to run its course (no pun intended), and that brings us right to the day of the race.

“How am I ever going to do this when I have been sick and have NOT RUN AT ALL?”  This thought and a million more terrifying thoughts were going through my head the whole morning before the race.  My son, my parents and my boyfriend were all there for the big day, and all that kept going through my mind was,

“Will they need to call an ambulance for me?”Tight shot of runnings shoes Well, the gun went off, and so did I.  I did eventually cross that finish line and the feeling of accomplishment and pride was so overwhelming to me.  As I was just getting over that dreaded cold bug, I had officially caught another bug — the “running” bug.

So, now we jump ahead two years, and I have run in almost 26 road races, which include a number of 5 and 10Ks, along with two half-marathons.   I will be celebrating my two-year anniversary participating in the exact same Cox Road Race in which I had started.  The only difference this time is instead of it being a 3.1 mile race; it will be a 26.2 MILE RACE!!!

Looking back now, making that decision to start running was one of the best things I have ever done for myself!   Considering how crazy life is, I was able to find something just for me which,  in turn,  has made me a happier and healthier person.   If each of you can find that “something” just for you, the rewards for yourself are incredible and so worthwhile.   This is something that may not happen overnight and like me, it could take 40 plus years to find, but once you do… enjoy it!  For all of the things we do for everyone else, we all deserve to do something just for us!!!

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