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When I woke up this morning the weight of the world felt a little (mild version) heavy.  I could feel myself starting a list in my head and the list was not positive, a lot of the things I was thinking were true, just not the entire truth.   The Bible and The Secret say the say thing, “where ever you put your thoughts, there you will go.   There are negative things that are true, I acknowledge them and I am working on them, BUT I want to focus on the positive things in my life.

So I caught myself early in the spiral and said, “No, there is more to the story, what is the other side?”

So here is the other side, these are things I know:

I am glad there is a God and Love greater than myself. 
I have a family that loves me (husband, children and extended family)
I have amazing friends
I love my job.  I love the people I work with every day.
I live in a country that it is encouraged to express yourself
I am a work in progress and I am moving forward (slower some days, but
     moving just the same)
My tastes have changed to healthier foods, I like oatmeal with pumpkin    
      now and not only is it healthy, it really taste good to me.  I am not
     saying I don’t like a good hot french fry, cuz I do, but healthy is better for
     99% of the time. Okay, maybe 85% is more accurate, I am just telling the
I have friends who keep pointing me towards healthier thinking and
Everyday that I laugh I feel better.
Everyday that I choose to be positive I feel better.
I love to exercise
I love to move
I love to take deep breaths and smell the Fall air.
I ran/walked five miles in the woods Sunday with 350 other people who
     wanted to be outside and trying to be healthier.  I had friends running
     with me and family cheering me on.  (that is the best thing ever!)
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Battle Creek Running Friends

I am still growing and moving.
It is a new day with new possibilities.
I like the positive truth way more than where I was headed first thing this
     morning.   My list could be longer, but I must run to work!
 Tell me something you know to be true and positive for you today.

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Well, I must say I am a little disappointed in my ability to get “it” all in this week.  I had such great plans early in the week and because I had many unexpected things come up (Candace to the doctors, moving to the new locations for our gym, working late at night two nights, dinner out with a friend) I have had to let it gooooooo.  It has been an emotional struggle but feel I have grown.  I know that I cannot get up at 4:00 a.m. and be my best for my family, my clients or myself.  I need my sleep.

Balance sometimes means being flexible and letting go of my expectations.  I plan this weekend to spend some time getting organized for the next week and hopefully my blog will not be what is suffering!

I am running a trail run at Battle Creek this weekend. It is the first time I have run 5 miles.  Rather exciting!  I will have pictures and stores to share!

Peace to you this weekend.  Have a healthy restful time.

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Kids are the worst.  Everything I tell them, they are thrilled when they get the opportunity to dish the advice right back.  Okay, maybe clients are worse, they love to tell me things that I have been telling them for months.  It feels terrible at the time but is much needed when my brain goes psycho.  

 Case in point, my daughter and I love to get the paints out and paint whatever for hours.  When she does not like what she has done or is upset that it does not look just right I am always telling her, “Stop, it does not have to be perfect.  It is the thought that counts.  People will appreciate your effort and that you did it for them out of love.”  Sometimes she rolls her eyes, sometimes she hears me and moves on to acceptance or pitches it in the trash.

 Boy, two days later, did I get it right back.  I was making little motivational magnets for my clients and a giveaway.  I had a perfect plan.  I could see in my head just what they were going to look like.  Not one of them turned out as I thought they should.  I was huffing and puffing and acting all disgusted when my precious, Candace, said, “Mom, remember it is the thought that counts.  Don’t be so hard on yourself.  They don’t have to be perfect.  People will appreciate your effort.” 

The Giveaway photo

Contest Magnets

 At that moment, besides the fact I wanted to poke my eye out, (and hers if I am honest), I knew what she said was true!  I did want it to be just right and I did want each one to be perfect.  Perfect has been the name of the game in the past, all or nothing.  I had to be perfect with my diet, my exercise, my motherhood, my spirituality or I gave up and did nothing at all.  Those days are over.  Baby steps, day by day, moving forward, and leaving the past behind are the new way of thinking. 

 Soooo, I am swallowing my pride and having a give away. 

How to win a magnet:  Pick the magnet you want to win and tell what it means to you.

Four magnets-four winners.  Contest ends Thursday night at midnight and winners announced Friday.  (Candace will chose four numbers)

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The Journey Heart

Asheville, North Carolina is where my sister, Susan, lives.  It is a four-hour drive so we don’t get up there often.  We love to go see my sister and her son, Eldridge and sit on their back deck eat, discuss life and love.  We also like to go into the small town of Asheville and visit all their art galleries.  Asheville is the home of many craftsmen. 

Last time we went I came across this heart and saying.  It spoke to me and I bought a few and have it in my little blogging closet sitting on the shelf to remind me about what this journey is all about.  The heart is not pretty, it is rough, looks a little battered but the spiral in the middle draws your eyes away from the ugliness and makes you look a little deeper.

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The Journey Heart

The card that  came with it reads:

The most ancient of all symbols, the spiral honors life, growth, and the soul’s journey.  Each turn brings us nearer to our center and to a higher level of spirituality and connection to our Creator.  May your journey be light.

There are few that I know that their journey is always light.    I have enjoyed the light times in my journey but know that in order to have a beautiful Spring you must have Fall and a very cold Winter.   This last Summer seemed like a very bad Winter in some areas of my life.  The sun would occasional shoot out and give me hope of Spring.  It is still Winter for me but I feel renewed hope that Spring is coming.  I got a large warm ray of  hope this morning.  

 One thing I have learned with age, don’t let the Winter in one area of your life take over and cloud all of your life.  I am so blessed with joy and peace because I can see the whole picture.

(The definition of hope:  the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best)

May your day be filled with hope as you travel on your journey.

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I am back

Kayla made this for me as a screen saver for my iPhone.

Kayla made this for me as a screen saver for my iPhone.

I am back after a long silence.  In the past I would have felt the need to explain my silence, but I realize that part of what was keeping me from writing again was thinking I had to explain.  Well, I am back and for now I am not explaining.  I have missed writing and missed reading others blogs.  Blogs have encouraged me, made me laugh and educated me on the healthy life I am learning to live.

I love Fall.  We have started running and walking on trails and it is amazing to be outside and see the leaves falling and breathe Fall cold air!  Lovvvveee it.  I fell in love in the Fall so it will always be my favorite time of year.  Ginko trees with there bright yellow leaves will be turning soon.  I can’t wait.

So, all that being said.  Hi again.  Hope to reconnect and get my heart out there and hear yours!

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I have had this 4-6″ space between my washer and dryer that has not been really cleaned for a long time (years).  Every time I would go to put clothes in the washer or dryer I looked at that space and felt disgust and shame, the lent and dirt were not pretty, yet, I did not clean it.  Why it was such a huge task I cannot tell you, but yesterday I was a little ahead on the laundry and I looked down there and said, “Today is the day!”  I got an old towel and in less than five minutes had cleaned it. 

Five minutes is all it took and I was feeling good.   I had wasted way to much brain space on feeling inadequate and lazy on a FIVE MINUTE TASK!!   I have some other little tasks lurking in the back of my mind that makes me feel less than adequate and I know that if I just took a little time this huge monkey (procrastination) would be off my back and I would feel so much better about myself.  Soooo, this week, riding on my little success,  I am going to slay a few more dragons and go on vacation feeling good.

1.  Linen closet  (organize and re-fold–20-30 minutes)
2.  Medicine cabinet (organize-check medicine dates–20 minutes)
3.  Kitchen cabinet that has all the stuff I am not sure wher it should go. (get–a box and give most of it away-30 

Do you have something that would make you feel better this week if you conquered?  Just choose one and see how it makes you feel. 

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Last week was a great but  week for me.  It was exhausting, emotionally stretching and physically demanding.  By the weekend I was tired and ready to rest.  I slept good and had a great date with my husband.  What I realized while resting is that I had spread myself a little to thin and my house was in disarray and the clutter was going to take over any minute.  I have noticed when the house is messy I don’t want to go home, I don’t want to cook as much and I want to hide in my bedroom.  At first, I whined to myself, but I am tired and need the rest, and then I realized if I wanted to really rest I had to get things in order.

Friday night I put up clothes and organized my closet.  Wow, Saturday my man, Candace and myself  cleaned downstairs.  My energy was rising just from feeling the order in my small little corner of the world.  Sunday morning I worked in the garage and cleaned our fridge.  I was dripping with sweat and beaming a great big smile, now I could rest!  Truthfully, the cleaning was restful to my spirit, it calmed me.  I felt centered again.

Sunday afternoon I took the girls to the pool and relaxed, watched Keith play tennis, did a few loads of laundry and cooked a  great dinner.

This week I am going to be busy taking Candace to cooking school and working.  I am determined to maintain where I have cleaned and work on another little project (the junk drawers in my kitchen).  My family is happy to help because we all feel better when things are in their place.

It is Monday, I am planning and working success.  Is there anything in your life that is lurking, taking away your peace and focus on living a healthy, balanced life?

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