The Eyes Are The Window To The Soul

The Eyes Are The Window To The Soul
The Eyes Are The Window To The Soul

Quote Of The Moment

Don't listen to those who say, 'You're taking too big a chance.' Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be rubbed out by today

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Year In Pictures

As we come to the end of the year. I looked through my SD Card and found these. Enjoy

Sunday, December 26, 2010


A REAL friend is hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.

Thursday, December 23, 2010


A good test for conversation: if you wouldnt write it and sign your name to it, dont say it. 

Someone must be smiling down on me

Family is most important to me. My immediate family are my strength, my core and my refuge. Many years ago I looked at my sister and thought 'There is no one in this world that can best you.' She is my best friend.  

So with all this in mind imaging my panic when I  read online about the state of affairs at Heathrow airport. 'I want to go home for Xmas' is all that stuck in my mind. Frantically looking at 5 day weather reports and various other sites, I put my trust in a higher being and carried on as if my flight would not be cancelled.

My heart goes out to those poor people stranded in various airports during this holiday period. But as the title says someone smiled down on me and I arrived back home in London yesterday. Albeit at one point we were being redirected to Paris. 

So its family, family and more family for me in between practice until I return to the US in the New Year. I still have a little surprise as to where I am going to be but will share that after I arrive safely.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lessons afterwards."

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

QOTD: Mistakes

If you don't learn from your mistakes, whats the point of making them?

Monday, December 20, 2010

QOTD: Clear Path

"If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere."

Sunday, December 19, 2010

QOTD: Grow

Its not that person you were that matters, but the person you are working towards becoming. 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

QOTD: Help

Not all "helping" is helpful. Doing for a person what they should do for themselves is hindering.

Friday, December 17, 2010

QOTD: The Next Moment

Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

QOTD: Blame

Take your life in your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Trust should be like the feeling that a 1 year old baby has, when u throw him in air he laughs. Because he knows you'll catch him.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sick as a dog

Yep that has been me since Saturday. I have come down with something weird and wonderful. I'm starting to suffer from cabin fever. : (

Just how many books can I read and movies can I watch ?  Im on the vitamin I (Ibuprofen) and fluid get well soon plan.

Hopefully I will be back on the track by the weekend.

Times like this all I want is my Mum

Sunday, December 5, 2010

QOTD: What We Think

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. 
What we think we become.


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

QOTD- Blessings

The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

QOTD- Life

Life isn't measured by the breathes we take but the moments that take our breath away.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

QOTD: Doubt

To get to the sun, u have to rise above 
the get to your miracle,
 u have to rise above your doubts! 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

QOTD - Judge A Book By Its Cover

Things aren't always what they seem. 
Stay positive and always remember: 
"Don't judge a book by its cover!" 

-American Proverb

Monday, November 29, 2010

QOTD -Heart Break

Sometimes our heartbreak is just a test 
to see if we're willing to surrender 
& let God bring us the BEST! 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

QOTD: Ship In A Harbor

A ship is safe in harbor-- but that's not what 
ships are for.

-John A. Shedd 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

QOTD: Free

You are free when you have no anxious thoughts about what happens to you.

Vernon Howard

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

QOTD: Someone You Knew

“It's sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.”

Henry  Rollin

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What you up to Joice?

A comment left by Graham prompted me to write this blog. I wanted to give more of an insight into what my days are like and what i'm up to.

This time of the year winter (Fall for my American friends) is the time when the HARD work is put in. These are the days  where practice runs on for hours. I pack a snack a protein shake and keep it moving. 

I'm a need to know person and have discovered over the years that I like to read a training session. To simply throw distances and times and recoveries at me does nothing for me. Im sure to come back and ask several times 'Tell me again what we are doing'. lol  (There is a term to describe this but for the life of me I can't remember).

My day usually starts at 6am (natural body clock) I'm great in the mornings not so good between 8pm and 9pm. Ive been known to fall sleep. Waking up an hour later full of life and ready to go at 10pm.  Oh I forgot to mention my must have after practice 1 hour nap.

Since being back in Atlanta i've been weaning myself back into a full week of training. 

Week 1 - 4 days
Week 2 - 5 days
Week 3 - 6 days

Im up to 6 already and currently in the 'RED' zone of my training cycle which is also known as the loading week. Its only Tuesday and I can't sit down. My ass is killing me. : (

But. 'Hair of the dog' was my phrase for today as I rocked up at the track to run 300s. After yesterdays LONG session.  We have taken to guessing how many $s the training session will cost in parking. lol

Yesterday was our longest at $10.  11.00am - 3.30pm.  Hmmmmm

Right about now its about getting the workouts in, lifting the weights and resting. (and repeat the following week)

I have Dr H the best Chiro ever who puts me back in alignment once a week. Ive also met a great massage guy call Rick who finds the niggles. Nothing better than a massage where you just lay and relax.

I'm counting down to going home for Xmas. Of course I miss my family. (My sister is my best friend). But then Jan I have a nice little surprise which I will share yep in Jan. lol

So that's me. Head down getting the work in. 

And yes Graham I know where I'm going.  lol

Monday, November 22, 2010

QOTD: Winners

The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. 

Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Yip Man - QOTD

He who knows not and knows not he knows not,
he’s a fool. Shun him.
He who knows not and knows he knows not,
he is simple. Teach him.
He who knows but knows not he knows,
he’s asleep. Awaken him.
He who knows and knows he knows,
he is wise. Follow him….

Yip Man

1:1 Practice Session

A brief update on what I've been up to.

I had my 1st 1:1 session of this block of training today. I had prepared myself for a morning of physical and mental fatigue. It actually wasn't that bad. (she says whilst laying on the sofa recovering).

I call them 'No Hiding Place' sessions. 

The session consisted of an Active Dynamic warm up, Drills and Run Throughs.

Below are a clip of the run throughs and that I did.

Job done. I will be sofa surfing the rest of the afternoon. In prep for tomorrows session. What ever that is going to be.  Hmmmmmm

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Yip Man - QOTD

 "No doubt it is difficult for a disciple to select a teacher, but it is even more difficult for a teacher to select a disciple."

Yip Man

Monday, November 15, 2010

Yip Man - QOTD

A man should always think about the source of the water as he drinks it

Yip Man

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Saturday Movies - Getting My Martial Arts On

So todays movies of choice have a Martial Arts theme. My massage therapist Rick recommended a movie and I thought why not. 

Now in good old Joicey style, yep I balls it up. I found a movie which I thought was the one he meant. Oh no no no my friend I watched the wrong move. This one had subtitle.  Hey hoe I still watched it and it was really good.  'The Legend Is Born Ip Man'. Kinda proud of myself for reading all the subtitles.  lol

It turns out this movie is the story of Ip Man (sometimes spelt Yip Man) in his youth. Ip Man is believed to be the 1st  martial arts master teacher to teach openly. One of his most famous students was Bruce Lee.

So I got the bug and moved onto the movie I was supposed to watch 'Ip Man'. What an amazing movie really really really enjoyed it.

So I watched that and then guess what I found?  lol

Yep you guessed it 'Ip Man 2'

So I'm all 'Ip Man'ed out for the day. Great story that I knew nothing about. I'm off to do a little googling and wikipedia reading. I must add I'm glad I watched them in the order that I did. See some mistakes are good.

Check out the movies if you have some time.

I give them a good 8/10

I'm going to get my girlie on this evening going to watch the new Tyler Perry movie. 'For Colored Girls'. It can't all be about Martial Arts today now can it?  lol

Get ready for the 'Ip Man' quotes next week.  : )

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

QOTD - Work In Progress

If u figured it all out today, 
what would be the point of tomorrow? 
ENJOY the process of being a work in progress.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Woke Up With This Song In My Head

Only takes one tree, to make 1000 matches
Only takes one match, to burn a thousand trees

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

QOTD - Rose Coloured Glasses

 What you see through rose-coloured glasses 
might appeal..but it isn't real.

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