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I was born Vicki, but use Victoria, the name of my grandmother. My last name is a combination of my children's name (from first husband) and my maiden name (Ott). "Victoria Morris-Ott" says a lot about me -- slightly unconventional yet traditional, innovative yet honouring convention.

The first quarter of my life was spent learning and marked my early earning cycle. Flew from a small town in Washington State to Hollywood, California and Phoenix, Arizona to seek my fortune. ...
I was born Vicki, but use Victoria, the name of my grandmother. My last name is a combination of my children's name (from first husband) and my maiden name (Ott). "Victoria Morris-Ott" says a lot about me -- slightly unconventional yet traditional, innovative yet honouring convention.

The first quarter of my life was spent learning and marked my early earning cycle. Flew from a small town in Washington State to Hollywood, California and Phoenix, Arizona to seek my fortune. Eventually found fool's gold and followed him North to Cold Lake, Alberta. True treasure found in my two children born there.

The second quarter was nurturing those two miracles, and eventually three who came along with husband #2. Many a career path followed too: public relations, social worker, parole supervisor, employment counsellor. Earned my Master's degree when I turned 50.

The third quarter, the empty nest, ended up in China for 12 years. Teacher, traveler, friend to many confused young people -- our work took us all over northeast China, even to the Russian border, and later to the southernmost island of Hainan. Still a person of extremes, it seems. We saw China, Tibet, Bali, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and points in between. And we learned and loved.

And now that fourth quarter back in Canada, a small town called Squamish -- a coffee stop between Vancouver and Whistler. Finding new friends and trying to find myself. Unpacking and categorizing memories, still struggling with my weight, trying to re-learn about love and compassion and forgiveness (yes, for myself too).

Change is needed. Change is sought. I would still rather sit at the computer than go for a walk. I would still rather 'do' than 'be'. Realizing that change at this stage is really throwing out the bad stuff so the good stuff has a chance to grow. One step at a time. One day at a time.

vmom (aka Victoria Morris-Ott Manuel)

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Member Since: 12/17/2011

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Drink water
Eat produce
Get off the computer chair

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American born Canadian living in China ... and my Chinese sucks!


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�My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world.� Jack Layton. (1950-2011)

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MAESTRAPLANK12
6/17/2015 12:30:50 PM

“Courage is not the absence of despair; it is, rather the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair.”
—Rollo May

Some days we wake up to overwhelming feelings that things look bleak. We see loss and danger around us, and we fear for the future. That is when our character is most tested. That is when we are called to continue to just put one foot in front of the other. There is no need to solve all our problems right away or to change the world immediately. Courage isn’t necessarily a feeling of confidence that we can triumph over all odds. It’s knowing that we can move ahead one step at a time, and it’s taking positive action in the face of our fears.
Each day we can do small things that are constructive. By these small things, we can place ourselves on the positive side of life’s equation. We can put our weight where we want to go. That is courage.
Today, in the face of my despair, I will focus my efforts on the side of my hopes and values


I just wanted to share my morning devotions with you today

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6/6/2015 12:07:53 PM

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emoticon Victoria! A healthy lifestyle is a long-term process! It is a journey of self-discovery and building a meaningful life. Give each goal 100% of commitment. For lasting results, acquire a lifetime commitment from replacing old habits and behaviors into making daily healthy choices and positive lifestyle changes! Learn all that you can to improve the quality of your health. Make your health a priority! Have a blessed weekend!


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5/23/2015 8:50:04 AM

Sometimes the healthiest thing I can do for myself is to admit that I am not perfect. I am human. I make mistakes. Today I will have the courage to look the truth in the face, admit my errors and achievements, appreciate my growth. and make amends where I have done harm. I will not attempt to manage or control what is beyond my powers. I will dedicate myself to managing my own life, and only mine.

There is only one corner of the world you can be sure of improving.and that is your own self.

As I look at my fitness, nutrition and personal goals, I seek progress not perfection. I admit I am not perfect, but I am making positive changes and I rejoice in my growth as I seek to eliminate my character defects. Strength comes from facing adversity and not giving in, not surrendering, not giving up.

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5/9/2015 11:13:40 AM

I led an AA meeting this week.. The topic was Step Five. I just want to share again this powerful prayer hoping it blesses and inspires you as it does me.
Higher Power, thank You for helping me complete my housecleaning. I can now look the world in the eye. I can be alone at perfect peace and ease. My fears have fallen from me. I have begun to feel your nearness. I have begun to have a spiritual experience. I feel I am on the Broad Highway, walking hand in hand with the Spirit of the Universe.

In working Step Five I experienced a spiritual moment when I realized that if I keep people at a distance....not sharing my personal inventory of defects of character with another person... I also keep God at a distance. God is nearer to me than I think and I can experience Him by loving people and allowing people to love me.

I am so grateful to sober today and continuously working the Twelve Steps in all areas of my life I am so happy to have you as a SparkFriend. Your lvoe and support is truly appreciated emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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4/26/2015 11:55:00 PM

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We must look inside ourselves to free ourselves. The issue of all growth is to make a change for the better and then to have an unrelenting willingness to shoulder the responsibility this entails (The Big Book,p.115).

Each day is an opportunity for personal growth. Self-esteem grows as we do in recovery. Without dreams and goals, there is nothing keep use moving forward. Out Higher Power accompanies us in our own personal journey each step of the way.

I am empowered to succeed because I realize there is power in powerlessness.

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