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September Goals

Monday, September 01, 2014

Here's my goals for the month of September:

1) Attend Mass 3 out of the 4 weekends
2) Turn off all electronics (even the TV) 1 hour before bed
3) Do at least 30 minutes of movement a day; yoga, walking, elliptical, biking
4) Try one new recipe a week
5) Try and blog at least once a week.
6) Donate plasma at least 6x this month.
7) Send hand written cards to at least 6 different friends this month. Nothing says I'm thinking of you than a hand written letter.
8) Look into volunteer opportunities at the local humane society

I'm not sure I'll be able to obtain all of these but, they are all worthy of my attention.

Have a wonderful Labor Day and a Spark-tacular September my Spark Friends!

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BTWIMKEE 9/1/2014 8:11PM

    emoticon goals!

I know you'll conquer everyone of them!

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PJ2222 9/1/2014 10:33AM

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INC0RRIGIBLE 9/1/2014 9:52AM

    Those are some great goals! I really like the hand written card idea. I think I'm going to add one per week to my own personal goals. Thanks for the idea!

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ROBBIEY 9/1/2014 9:43AM

  Excellent goals, I know you can do it!!!

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Time to re-boot and re-focus!

Monday, July 07, 2014

Today is a new beginning for me. A new beginning that will encompass my spiritual side, my emotional well-being and my physical side.

I'm ready for the journey to begin

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Cabin Fever

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I've been trying to keep up on my daily devotions from a wonderful book called "365 Spirit-Lifting Devotions for Women". Today's devotion has struck a chord deep within my soul.

Wisconsin, along with a great majority of the midwest and eastern states has been experiencing a stretch of below average temperatures this winter along with the usual snow, ice, wind and other niceties that come along with ol' man winter. Last night produced another record low of -26 degrees below zero and that's not factoring in the wind chill which brings that temperature down to around -40 degrees below zero. A temperature like that has been a common occurrence and not the exception this winter. So, I'm starting to get just a little cranky and tired of winter; just a little. OK, if I'm honest, I'm reeeeaaalllyyy getting tired of the cold, wind. snow and I'm CRANKY!! I'm so done with winter it's not funny.

Which brings us back to today's devotion and bible verse:

I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. - Philippians 4:11

I haven't been listening to God lately, as I certainly haven't be content. Instead of focusing on what I can change, such as my attitude, I've been focusing on what I can't. So just for today, I'm not going to focus on the cold, I'm going to focus on the wonderful blessings that the Lord above has showered on me, from a warm house with plenty of heat, water pipes that haven't frozen, a steaming mug of coffee and a warm jacket, hat and gloves that keep me protected from the elements.

I am truly blessed.

Peace be with you today!

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LORILEEPAGE 2/11/2014 12:03PM

    My parents are fed up too. They truly have cabin fever because they live in a log cabin in WI. I'm grateful for the neighbor that keeps their long driveway plowed. I wish they would move south. Mom has lots of pain from this cold. She gets depressed in the winter. But they built on grandpa's property. Dad can't let go. And they are pretty old and moving would overwhelm them. I pray for you all to have warmer temps and a winter that doesn't last as long as last year.

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LISASGONNADOIT 2/11/2014 10:48AM

    Great blog! Hugs! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STRONGNFIERCE 2/11/2014 9:41AM

    A positive focus is very up-lifting. Thanks for sharing!

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SWEETNEEY 2/11/2014 8:17AM

    I like the change of perspective. Half full rather than half empty.

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Sunday, February 02, 2014

This is how running is accomplished during a Wisconsin winter! Finally, mustered the courage and braved below zero weather and got an awesome run in!

I'm in there somewhere

Thank goodness for my YakTraks!

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RUN4FOOD 2/8/2014 5:29PM

    Thanks for your comment on my 15 mile run blog. It was a 'cold' 41 degrees here this morning, perfect running weather for us in Houston.
Not sure I could leave the house with your winter weather.

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STRONGNFIERCE 2/4/2014 11:21PM

    You're brave!!! I'm a whimp in the winter and stick to the treadmill!!

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SWEETNEEY 2/4/2014 12:34AM

    Wow I never experienced that. Not sure I'd have the willpower to go out. I now appreciate the articles about winter exercise. Thanks for the Sparkgoodie

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First for Me :(

Monday, December 30, 2013

This is such a hard post to write but, I need to take ownership.

For reasons, I don't want to get into here, I've giving my two week notice with my employer. My last date of employment will be January 3rd. I have no other job in the future and I'm scared. I'm upset with myself that I allowed myself to be in this situation. I made a human mistake and I'm paying for that mistake. As of right now, I'm on administrative leave until my last day. There are allegations of violating County policy and using County property (computer) for personal use. A trust was violated in our 3 person department and so I thought it better that I just give my notice and cut my losses. I will get through this and will come out a better person. I'm looking at this as an opportunity to learn and grow from the experience. I know I'm not the first person to go through this and I certainly won't be the last.

In retrospect I haven't been happy with my job for the past 6 months and was contemplating getting a new job. I just didn't know that I would be thrown into the situation that I'm in. Already, I've learned about strength, courage, determination, humility, humbleness and support. I'm thankful that I have a supportive husband.

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    So sorry you are going through this. Hang in there, God has a plan for you!

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MARIAJESTRADA 12/30/2013 10:18PM

    Wow. That's a tough move. Everything will work out. Plus, if you're not happy with your job, it's a good idea to find a new job. I will keep you in my prayers.

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DEB9021 12/30/2013 9:08PM

    You will do fine if you keep your positive attitude, and view this as an opportunity. Take the time to think about your skills and strengths and what industry/environment/role you want to "land" in next. It can be hard to do this and to display a positive, upbeat attitude to potential employers when you NEED a new job rather than just WANT a new job--but just do your best to relax and trust that you will find the place your are meant to be. I have been considering a job shift myself for a long time. I like my job, but have lost some awesome coworkers over time and no longer feel part of a good team. But it's hard to job hunt when I am busy working, so I am still there. I hope that you will find something you love, and enjoy the process of finding it.

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STRONGNFIERCE 12/30/2013 3:33PM

    Thoughts and hope for your continued strength. Stay positive and you can overcome!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 12/30/2013 10:11AM

    Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry to hear you're going through this. It sounds like you are approaching it with the right attitude, and I know you're going to come through it better and happier than you were before.

I believe that everything happens for a reason, although some reasons are difficult to figure out at first. And I agree with Susan that now is a great time to reassess and plan what you really want to be doing.

Don't look back, only forward, and let me know how I can help.

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SUSANWENDORF 12/30/2013 9:56AM

    This is a great time for you to assess and make yourself a happy future! I was unhappy at my previous job for over 5 years - and had turned in my resignation but was "sucked in" by promotions and retention bonuses. By the time my job was eliminated I was miserable for 5 years - you are smart to cut your losses at 6 months! I was lucky to have a severance package then unemployment insurance, so I could take almost 1 full year to get my head (and body) into shape. No regrets! Best of luck to is too short to be unhappy and unfulfilled, Here's to our support people in our lives!

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