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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
4/19/2015 9:20:14 AM

Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use. A very dear SparkFriend this week posted on our Recovering Alcoholics team thread, Sobriety Blessings, this incredible reflection, "Sobriety has given me the courage to do the right thing in spire of my fear."

In my blog, Strength Training Builds More Than Muscle, I focused on having the courage to change our lifestyle and to reach our goals, our heart's desires.

Success is not final.
Failure is not fatal.
It is the courage to continue that counts.

Blessings today and always! emoticon

Courage is fear that has said its prayers!

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MAESTRAPLANK12
4/10/2015 2:45:57 AM


I completed Steps Four and Five this week with my sponsor. I am a grateful recovering alcoholic.This has been a soul searching and incredibly empowering week for me. I just want to share something from my AA meeting today:

" Higher Power take my will and my life. Guide me in my recovery.
Show me how to live. "

One incredible new team member of Recovering Alcoholics reminded me how important it is to revisit Step One each and every day. I do this and also revisit daily Steps Two and Three also. The inspirational thought I have shared speaks to Step Three:

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of
God as we understood Him.

The serenity which floods my soul is indescribable, but I know you have experienced this and can share in the joy of living sober!

Blessings and a BIG emoticon



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MAESTRAPLANK12
4/4/2015 7:28:01 AM

I look at my beautiful cactus which miraculously blooms at Christmas and now at Easter and I just amazed how God is able to create through this plant such wonderful reminders of important days. Our Higher Power simply rocks! emoticon May you have an extraordinary Easter weekend!

E mpty, how

A mazing, they were

S urprised! It was the

T hird Day after HIs death, how

E extraoridnary! Jesus had

R isen! Alleluia!


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AJDOVER1
4/1/2015 11:41:34 PM

It's a great day to celebrate YOU! I wish you all the best.



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MAESTRAPLANK12
3/31/2015 8:28:41 AM

I love your beautiful pictures of yourself. The view of you from your grandchild's view.....priceless! i so appreciate your active participation on our team. I am still on Baby Watch.....Asher is six days over due. Blessings to you and your family! emoticon



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