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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!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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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Ba-Zinga!!

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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FEELINGFITERIN 1/1/2014 4:18AM

    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 you.....life is too short to be unhappy and unfulfilled, Here's to our support people in our lives!

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A New Flavor!

Thursday, December 05, 2013

This post was taken from a Facebook page that I follow called The Girlfriend Life:

https://www.facebook.com/thegirlfrie
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She has lots of positive/motivating ideas, recipes, etc. I'm always inspired by what Dawn posts



If you have prepared coffee this morning, you've experienced the dripping of the water, through the coffee beans held by a filter into a pot.

If you poured yourself a cup and it was terrible...would you drink it?

Probably not, you'd make a new pot!

Process your thoughts in the same way, filter out all that comes through your mind and only absorb the flavor of positive!

The negative takes up to much time of your precious life.

Why drink a bad cup of coffee when you can simply make a new pot?

Yes, it might take you extra time but it's WORTH it!!

Have you ever known a person that situations ALWAYS seem to go their way?!?!

They have filtered! They have taken the time to make a new pot!

They are attracting MORE positive because they ARE positive!

Pick your flavor of the day... if it's no good THROW IT OUT and make a new pot!

Make it a great FLAVORFUL day!

  
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JUDYAMK 12/9/2013 5:56AM

    I love this how true it is, I am going to start to filter my thoughts in how I think. I went on the sight you posted thanks also for that.
Judy

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DFOLKARD 12/5/2013 1:11PM

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STRONGNFIERCE 12/5/2013 10:07AM

    Love this!!

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SHERYLP461 12/5/2013 9:47AM

    Thank you it is perfect

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FITFRIT 12/5/2013 8:39AM

    Oh, I REALLY like this! Thanks for sharing!

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Always Remember

Monday, November 18, 2013

As we embark on another Monday, let us always remember that we are children of God and as such are Holy. Everything is a miracle. I'm going to focus on that and have myself a wonderful Monday.

This video really sums up how I'm feeling today. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiypaURysz4

Namaste!

  
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X_MONICA_X 11/23/2013 2:11PM

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CHERYL_ANNE 11/18/2013 6:02PM

    Yes, everything is a miracle!

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NUTRON3 11/18/2013 8:39AM

    Thanks!

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SWEETNEEY 11/18/2013 8:22AM

    Thanks for sharing

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