Tells a Story . . . The owner of the bed and breakfast gave us directions to the coast. He said to walk down the beach about a mile and you will find "hole in the wall".
I asked how we would know we were there. He told me, "don't worry, you will know it when you see it."
The picture was taken at low tide at about 11:00 a.m. in the morning on the west coast of the Olympian Peninsula, just west of Forks, Washington. The place where the popular Twilight vampire movies are filmed.
Renovated Retail Outlets in Raytown's Future? by Greg Walters
Fit Bottomed Babies Makes Debut
Just Say No! by Jenn Walters
Last Week's Poll Results
NEWS AND VIEWS
by Greg Walters
Renovated Retail Outlets in Raytown's Future?Some interesting developments that will affect local retail shopping
landscape are quietly taking place in or near Raytown. Foremost is a renovation of the Brywood Shopping Center at 63rd Street and Blue Ridge. A kick-off and groundbreaking of the project is scheduled for
Tuesday, July 20th at 10:00 a.m.
More information is expected to be released as the kick-off date nears.
Another equally interesting development is the old Walmart Store located at 67th and Blue Ridge. The store was recently re-painted and there has been extensive remodeling going on inside the building. The managers of the property are keeping very tight-lipped about what is going on with the property. There has been no word from City Hall as to any new business locating at the location.
One thing is for certain. There is a good amount of money being spent on the property to clean it up. That would indicate that someone has plans in the near future for commercial use.
Fit Bottomed Babies Makes Debut
Regular readers know that Jenn Walters publishes a site on the wonderful worldwide web named Fit Bottomed Girls. The site, which is regularly linked to the Raytown Report, has reached a milestone of note. So we will share it here.
What many people do not know is that Jenn has a partner in her web business, Fit Bottomed Girls. Jenn's partner is Erin Whitehead. The pair of young entrepeneurs, though separated by half a continent, have launched another website called Fit Bottomed Babies.
The idea for a website devoted to healthy tips for mothers and their babies is the brainchild of Erin, who is expecting her first baby in September. I checked out the site last night and am very impressed. It is full of bits of prenatal wisdom and interesting viewpoints from a mother to be.
This is the inaugural week for Fit Bottomed Babies. To visit the site and see what it is all about go to http://fitbottomedbabies.com/
Jenn's columns will continue to appear in the Raytown Report on a weekly basis.
TO YOUR HEALTH by Jenn Walters
Just Say No! Normally, I’m someone who is down for new experiences, meeting new people and doing new things. Heck, that was part of the reason that this site was started in the first place—to have a reason to try wacky things. But, as the stresses of working a full-time job, growing FBG, and spending time with my friends, family and pup have grown, I’ve had to re-evaluate how I spend my time in order to stay sane. I love my life, but there’s little time for reflection, quiet and solitude unless I’m running and then my mind flashes between telling myself that “I can do it” and singing aloud to whatever Britney Spears song that’s on my Shuffle. That’s why one very simple and to-the-point word has become my favorite go-to response: NO. It works in a variety of situations:
Would you like to take on [insert new project at work? No.
Want to go to [insert local bar] for one happy hour drink (which always turns into more drinks plus appetizers)? NO.
How about buying a candy bar for [insert kid's school]? NO.
At first, I felt a little selfish for saying no because, I’ll admit, I’ve always been a bit of a people pleaser. I was a straight-A student growing up, so I’m programmed to meet and exceed expectations. After years in the real world though, I’ve realized that being perfect is not only impossible, it’s exhausting. By saying no, I’ve taken life from what I “have to do” to “what I want to do.” Sure, I still have to go to work and pay the bills, but I don’t have to clean my bathroom every week, and if I miss a workout at the gym because I’d rather watch American Idol, that’s okay. Life is too short to cry over missed workouts.
By saying no, I’ve regained some of that quiet time for myself. Last week, I left work early to attend an hour-long meditation class, and I passed on a routine social event to put my PJs on early and read in bed. And you know what? No one made me feel bad or had a problem with it. I didn’t make an excuse, I didn’t apologize, and I didn’t lie. I just said “no.”
Now, does this mean I’m now a hermit, who only spends time alone and routinely skips workouts? HECK NO. When I want to go out, I go out. When I want to have people over, I do. And nine times out of ten, I’m going to go to the gym or pop in a workout DVD because I know it’s good for me. It’s all about choice. And knowing that I’ve got the power.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, overworked and stressed, take a look around you at what you’re doing but don’thave to be doing. Then, take a deep breath and say “no” to it. Isn’t it amazing what those two little letters can do?
To visit Jenn's Website use this link Fit Bottomed Girls
LAST WEEK'S POLL RESULTS: Should the sale and shooting of fireworks be allowed in Raytown? YES . . . 67% NO . . . . 33%
When do you think construction on the 63rd Street bridge will be completed? END OF JULY . . . . . . . 30% END OF AUGUST . . . . 25% END OF SEPTEMBER . 16% CHRISTMAS . . . . . . . . .29%