My poor toe!

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.”

Sh*t happens.

It just does.

60 Days sounded like a wonderful idea. I was fully on board. So was Kacy Duke. We were having a blast!

And then, life happened.

It was Saturday morning. I had just returned from a long walk on the beach with the Mox-i-box. I walked into the guest room to grab some of my summer things – swimsuits, workout wear – and walked out quickly without paying a whole lot of attention to what was in front of me.

Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe, I caught my weight bench by the toe … like Bigfoot in full stride.

I let out a shriek … and the CGO version of George Carlin’s “The 7 Words You Can’t Say on TV!” It was a doozy of a hit … my toe that is, not George’s routine! My poor toe began swelling up quickly and turning purple.

Not one to let things bring me down, I put my foot up a bit and then decided to hop in the car for a mega shop at Trader Joe’s and Safeway to load up on healthy food for 60 Days.

It didn’t take long before I realized that probably wasn’t the smartest move as my toe was screaming bloody murder. I happened to have boots on, so I couldn’t see what was happening underneath. All I knew is that it hurt like the dickens.

Did you know I’m stubborn? Like, really stubborn. I always think I’m tough enough to do anything.

A couple hours later with the Jeep loaded with healthy food for weeks, I could barely limp from the car. I was a wee bit scared to check out the damage. Slipping my boots off, it wasn’t looking good. My poor toe was more than double its size, hugely swollen and covered in a gigantic purple bruise that was darkening by the minute. Broken? Yep.

Ah well, you can have all the plans in the world, but life will always have its say.

I have a high tolerance for pain. Oh, and remember, I’m stubborn. Stubborn people need a high tolerance for pain! So, after lots of ice and some Advil last night, I woke up today to a swim (OK, it was more of a dunk) in 50 degree water, a long walk with Moxie and an advanced Bar Class – broken toe and all.

Nothing gets in the way of a Fierce woman on a mission to turn 60 in the most fabulous way.

Kacy had a rough week too. Far beyond a broken toe. I’m sending her a huge hug, love and prayers as she lost her precious sister yesterday. All the plans in the world won’t stop life from happening. If you get the chance, please send her a kind word. Unfortunately, part of being a woman at Midlife & Beyond is that we lose people we wish would never leave us.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in almost six beautiful and challenging decades on this planet is that the only constant in life is change. It’s learning that we aren’t in control of much of anything in life. The only thing we can control is how we respond and bounce back from challenges and obstacles along the way.

For me, it’s only a broken toe.

And, I’m bouncing back. Hobbling a bit but always bouncing back.

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My heart goes out to Kacy. Loosing a sister is a painful thing to deal with. May she Rest In Peace.
Your poor toe. That would have hurt like hell. You are a strong and fierce woman Catherine. I still cannot believe you did all that with a broken toe 👣


Hi beautiful! Poor Kacy! Life is crazy. I did talk with her. She said her sister was over 20 years older than her but it was still a shock. Life is short, isn’t it?


Oh my goodness! I am so sorry about Kacy’s sister! My heart is breaking for her! My heartfelt condolences to her and her family. And for you and your poor toe, ouch! I’m so sorry! You are so right, I sure know about ‘life happening’ beyond our control! Thank you for this share and your fierce attitude to rise up!


You and me both, my friend. I adore you. Forever grateful. Life is so short, isn’t it?


Girl!!! That’s crazy!!
Lots of love


Crazy, right???!!! XO


Life happens and it’s how we deal with it that defines us! I’ve been having conversations with my son regarding his (ex) girlfriend and her struggle to adapt to life situations. It pains me to observe her become completely de-railed every time things don’t go the way she plans. I’m hoping with age comes wisdom, perseverance and the ability to adapt (she is only 22). How I would love to share this story with her, but I won’t (for obvious reasons). I admire your way to push through things, but then be able to accept the things that just get in the way of life as we have planned, adapt and move on! You are an inspiration! Much love!


It is how we deal with it that defines us, isn’t it my friend? Resilience sometimes takes time to develop. You are an inspiration too, my friend. Big XO

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