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The view is beautiful at the top.

Thursday, May 02, 2013



I have come to realize that a lot of life is about perspective. There are so many different ways to look at things, but when we're in the midst of "junk" in our lives, it's hard to see that silver lining in those clouds.

Here are some examples:



One of the things we used to do as kids is to go puddle stomping in the rain. It was so much fun!! I really need to go do that when it warms up some. It's such an invigorating feeling. If you never tried it, you should!!



Look at your problems from a different angle. If you're having a hard time with that, ask a trusted friend to help you. Sometimes people outside of the circumstances can see things a little more clearly & can give you some sound advice or a different perspective.



The times I've grown & matured the most in my faith & as a person are the times I've been through something really, really hard. As much as we hate going through the trials of life, those times are the best for making you better.



Even though life can be hard, it is still amazing.

Today: Find your amazing, or maybe do a little puddle stomping. No matter where you are in life, keep going because the view is beautiful at the top. emoticon

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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ANHELIC 5/2/2013 10:26PM

    emoticon What inspiration to look at differently from a boring day. Thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks for encouraging other to take a positive perspective in life. It sure does make a difference. You are making a difference in the lives of many I'm sure.

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    emoticon emoticon Love your 'strawberry fish'!

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    Beautiful and amazing - just like it's author!

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FELINEBETTER 5/2/2013 2:26PM

    Wow! Your blog is every bit as beautiful as you are!!!

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p.S. Talk about the same wavelength!

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You are so right. Life is 98% attitude about what is going on. Our perceptions make all the difference in how we deal with everything. Thank you for the reminder.

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    Puddle stomping is great fun!

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    Wow. Thank you.

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NANCYRUBIO 5/2/2013 9:33AM

    Moving and great reading.

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    Moving and great reading.

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    You can get through just about anything with the proper attitude! emoticon emoticon

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CINDYAST 5/2/2013 7:20AM

    I used to love puddle stomping! My mother, not so much! lol! Hope you have a wonderful day, thanks for the blog!
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MATTEROFHEART 5/2/2013 7:03AM

    So much truth in this! Thank you again for your daily inspiration! (you should really consider writing a book!)
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WEARINGTHIN 5/2/2013 5:42AM

    I like the one about the strongest people. You do have to go through it. Glenn

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    You're doing great! See you at the top.

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    Beautiful! emoticon

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    Thanks, this is really good - lots of great thoughts!

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Cry in the truck, or cowboy up!

Wednesday, May 01, 2013



Weight loss isn't easy, most of the time. There are weeks when you're on a roll & the weight is melting off & you're feeling good. Other weeks, you have to push yourself to eat one more freggie, stay away from Mark's candy dish &/or you have to push yourself a little to get in that exercise. Those rough weeks, it does no good to sit in the corner & have a pity party. You just have to cowboy up!!!



Unfortunately, you have to earn your new self -- it's not handed to you on a silver platter. I think that's because we need to learn some things about ourselves along the way. We need to encounter some storms so that we can grow stronger.



But we're tough, right? We can do this!!!



After all:



Sooooo, today: Cry in the truck, or cowboy up! emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 11/23/2013 3:22PM

  I like that (title) - had never heard it before.

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    Very well said!

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    Very cute blog! Thank you for sharing~

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    emoticon emoticon Loved it

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    Cowboy up! Ha! Great blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

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FIRECOM 5/5/2013 11:17AM

    Playing off the great quote from Gregory Peck, there is a book by (almost) the same name written by the Rev Schuler. it is a great read and it is a book that I re-read from time to time.

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    I love that phrase, "Cowboy up"

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WALKINGCHICK 5/3/2013 1:16PM

    So true - and you've helped me to get my gumption together and grit my teeth, and crack on. It is hard today, but the results make me feel so much better, and though I fall off the wagon, the trick is to get back on....every time!

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    Great blog! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. They do make sense!
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KARRENLYNN 5/2/2013 9:35PM

    In weight loss and good health you receive what you earn.

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    Thanks for the new thought.

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  Nice article

emoticon emoticon and BTW- I like your fruit posters. Clever and cute. Maybe I should put one in my motivational binder.

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    Loved this! the expression is a keeper!

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    Thank you! Great blog! A new expression for me! Cry in the truck or cowboy up! WooHoo!


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    Love your blogs, they are so much fun to read. Thanks for sharing!!!

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    You're soooo right - we learn when we earn!
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    Thanks so much!

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    Yep!

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    Great motivation for today, thank you. emoticon

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    Great motivation - thanks for sharing!

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    Cowgirl up!!!


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    Cowboy up!

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    I'm still waiting for the weeks that the weight melts off lol. Loved your blog!
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Change your mind, change your body.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013



A healthy lifestyle is all in your mind. It's all about the choices we make & the things that we think & it all goes back to your mind. If you don't like your body, change your mind.



Make sure that you're living your life "on purpose."



Having a purpose is a key to whatever journey you may be on, whether it's weight loss or training for a sporting event. Once you have your purpose, set big goals & then set smaller goals in between the big goals to keep you headed in the right direction. Keep your purpose within your sights every day.

Work on your purpose & goals every day. There is certainly no shame in trying.



If you fail, it's ok. We will ALL have moments of failure. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, learn the lesson that came with the failure & keep moving forward.



Let's do this!!!

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KALEWINE 5/8/2013 3:58PM

    It's not about our failures, it's about how we handle failure.

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    emoticon advice and inspiration post. Thank you. emoticon

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    My daily dose of inspiration! Thanks!

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LIFEISPURRFECT 4/30/2013 9:46AM

    Wonderful, motivating and inspiring quotes. Well said, my friend!

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    We can do it!

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    Beautiful! I'm proud of you.

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    Outstanding AND power-packed! emoticon

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    Making goals is one thing, keeping them is another.

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    emoticon So, I shouldn't have one of those leftover chocolate chip cookies that I know is going to be sitting at the desk next to mine when I walk in to the office this morning??? OK, changing my mind ... My emoticon emoticon emoticon are just what I need and they are sufficient for me!!

Have a wonderful day, dear friend! THANKS for the GREAT blog!!

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Use your obstacles as stepping stones.

Monday, April 29, 2013



We all encounter obstacles at one time or another. It's just a fact of life. What do you do when you are confronted with one? Do you quit? I hope not!! Your determination will help you find a way over, around or through that obstacle.

Sometimes, you just have to have a little faith -- faith in yourself, faith in the realization that you can do it & faith that God can help you.



Sometimes, you might need to take a detour around the obstacle.



Just do what works for you.

Use those obstacles as stepping stones for later -- you'll need them. Use them as lessons learned. Most importantly, hang in there!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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KALEWINE 5/8/2013 3:56PM

    I love your positive spirit!

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    Thank-you so much! Sometimes I need to hear that my mistakes are valuable as learning tools.

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    Great inspiration. emoticon emoticon

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    We can do it!

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    If we would only learn~

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    Beautiful!

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    Love your wisdom and attitude! Very true! It's not the hand you're dealt - it's how you play them!

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GAILANN48 4/29/2013 8:21AM

    Wonderful! I really love your attitude, and your words always strike "pay-dirt" in me. Thank you for taking the time to compose these great blogs!

Hope YOU have a wonderful day, too!
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    emoticon blog! THANKS!

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We are what we believe we are.

Sunday, April 28, 2013



What do you believe about yourself? Do you believe you are weak? Do you believe you are strong? Whatever it is you believe, you are right!

By the same token, whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right!!



I choose to think positive things about myself. That gets me so much farther in life.



Today's challenge: Only positive self-talk to yourself.

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    I needed to read this right now!
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ILIKETOZUMBA 4/30/2013 1:14AM

    I will take that challenge! Don't know how fully I'll succeed, but I am generally a positive person and I will try extra-hard not to give in to any moments where I'm tempted to be down on myself! Thanks for the inspiration! :)


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  good blog

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    I always love your blogs. They are so positive and really make you think. Thank you for taking the time to find these motivating reminders and sharing them with us.


... Oh and I simply LOVE your background picture of the "strawberry fish"!
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    A second reminder in as many days to Believe in me! Thank you

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    How true! Wonderful advice!

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    AMEN!!!

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    I absolutely love this!

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    Great blog, I totally agree!

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DIANNEMT 4/29/2013 8:13AM

    I have much more faith in myself now than I did just 5 years ago. Hoping I can instill some of that in my dear daughters NOW.

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