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Well, it could be worse...*Smiles*

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I have missed a couple days (and seem to be hyper dyslexic to boot this morning); I've been fighting a cold for the last couple of days and apparently I am losing. *Sighs* Slept hardly a wink last night what with the coughing. Oh well...this too shall pass!

I'm grateful I finally finished the October scanning of authorization approvals and denials. Sheesh! They were never ending (well...so to speak!)! Today i start November. You can tell the year is drawing to a close as we are being swamped with people wanting to get in before the first of the year and starting all over with deductibles.

I'm grateful for my the new health and wellness program my work is asking us to participate in. Since our health insurance premiums are due for a large increase in 2014, my company has actually given us an option (Especially those who smoke)...We can participate in this program for free (for those who smoke, the are required to participate in a smoking cessation program and the owner of the company will pay for any medications required to help them stop smoking. From what I understand, they are not cheap!) and complete only one class by December of next year and we won't see the increase in our portion of the premiums. If people choose not to participate, then they will see the increase.

There have been many grumblings and head shakings over this news. I for one am grateful and excited about the free program and what I can do to keep improving my health.

They offer several classes including a weight management program and a program to help with high blood pressure, high cholesterol,and triglycerides. I am going to participate in those two. Every little thing I can do to get healthy. (my blood pressure has always been normal with the exception of when I was ill, however, my cholesterol levels are through the roof, so this is a no brainer) As Spark People has so beautifully and graciously proved, the best things in life are free and who am I to pass up this great opportunity!?

I am grateful for quiet morning , peaceful nights, and busy days in between. I'm grateful for waking up each morning ready and excited about a new day with new opportunities.

Brightest blessings!

  
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GRANNY2B2 11/15/2012 6:18PM

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HEYRED221 11/15/2012 2:36PM

    That is a great incentive to keep your premiums down - awesome!!!

hope you feel better soon,

Carolyn

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Tuesday Morning Quickie

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

One of my favorite sites is "The Enchanted World!" I get daily affirmations, tarot readings, and other uplifting ideas and confirmations there. I Loved my daily affirmation the Universe thought I needed today! "I love exercising , eating healthy foods and doing what is good for me!" Just what I needed!

I'm grateful for a beautiful new day and another chance to make good decisions!

I'm grateful for modern technology, especially the internet. I love the privilege and opportunity to connect with people all over the world. I love that we can share our lives. It absolutely awes me that I have real time friends in other countries, let alone the ability to keep up my my family and friends in the States!

I'm grateful that I am in such a good and happy place right now. I'm grateful I feel so good and things are going well in my life!

Bright blessings for a beautiful day!

  
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JEWELMOTI 11/14/2012 12:35PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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HEYRED221 11/13/2012 8:26PM

    I am happy for you too! You are lifting me up as well. emoticon

Carolyn

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FLYLADY Epiphany...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I had a marvelous day yesterday and somehow managed not post a blog. I started it yesterday morning, but didn't get very far. So first off, the things I was grateful for yesterday:

The weather! I was actually chilly yesterday and closed my windows. *sighs happily*

My silly cat, who never feels the need to cuddle on my lap (voluntarily anyway!) unless I have a blanket or afghan thrown over me! Then I can't stop her from jumping up in my lap and kneading my belly. Rotten animal...*smiles softly*

Comfort food on a cold night! Last night I made my first batch of chili. Omigosh it tasted so good! I felt warm and content. Even better, I have enough for five more meals! BONUS!


As for today, I have been puttering, cleaning my kitchen, doing my laundry...Eek! I need to go throw it in the dryer...BRB. Okay, now where was I...Oh yes..busy, but lovely Sunday morning. I'm having lunch with a dear friend today I haven't seen since September. Then it is back to continue my chores.

Ah, yes...chores. So much to do! I have rather a conundrum as far as my chores go. Laundry and kitchen get done all the time. However...*heavy sigh* the rest of my apartment looks like a bloody storage unit! If someone didn't know me, they'd think I am a hoarder. I'm not...I don't keep bringing things into my home and let them accumulate all around me till I have to make path just to navigate.

This is not to say I am not a pack rat! While I have done a fairly good job of weeding through things I don't need and that don't serve me anymore, I still have a long way to go. My problem is that my living room, dining room and bedroom ALL need to be sorted through and organized. I am overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work that needs to be done and I have no idea how to prioritize what needs to be done. I am at a standstill because I have no idea where to start, so nothing gets done.

Then, just a little while ago, I had an epiphany of sorts! If I spent as much time sorting through, chucking, organizing and cleaning as I do thinking about it, I'd be done, for goodness sake! It is so simple really. *shakes head* For someone who is as relatively intelligent as I am, I can be So dense. I miss that calmness and serenity I used to feel, walking into a clean, sweet smelling, inviting home. I have GOT to get my act together! (did you ever have one of those days when you just want to chuck everything and start all over again? It is so tempting!)

Soooooo...here I am. Oh! Not to mention that when my home and life is as cluttered as it is, I have a hard time working and cultivating my spirituality! Everything is interconnected and now is the time to get everything back in order.

Today, I am so grateful for "The FlyLady!" It's been a while since I have followed my flight plan and I know that I don't have to have everything done RIGHT NOW~ I forgot baby steps and doing an area for 15 minutes then moving on to another area. (Even though I want everything done RIGHT NOW!) If I get my tush in gear, theoretically, I could have every thing done by the first of the year. What a great goal!

I am thankful for friends I have not seen in a while. It is very comforting knowing they are a vital part of my life even though we don't get to see each other as often as we would like. I can't wait to see my dear friend today for lunch! We have so much to catch up on.

I am very thankful for hope. How lonely, difficult and bleak life would be with Hope. No matter how far down I fall, it is hope that lifts me up again and helps me to put one foot in front of the other, always moving forward.

I will make it through this project. I will have a lovely home where I can entertain friends. I will finally have a home that is not lost in "CHAOS" *Can't have anybody over syndrome!)

Now, onward and upward! Happy Sunday!

Bright Blessings!
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BMJOHNSON84 11/11/2012 1:49PM

    I know how you feel! I used to be this extreme neat freak, and then something happened, and my house isn't dirty, but cluttered with stuff that I don't need. I keep telling myself I need to clean, organize, and get rid of things, but I never have the motivation to do it, and that makes me depressed when my house isn't neat.
So I have started something like what you do, and try not to beat myself up as much. I have goals, and I do my best to get them done every day, if not all, then at least some. Try not to be too hard on yourself, set goals, and then maybe reward yourself somehow when you meet them, or finish what you were trying to go after! :)

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NDTEACHER1 11/11/2012 1:48PM

    I love that CHAOS-can't have anybody over syndrome that is what I have been living with and die when anyone knocks on the door!

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Huzzah for Friday!

Friday, November 09, 2012

Today's list has a definite theme that may seem rather light and fluffy, which is how I am feeling today! I am full of giggles and silliness today and I'm looking forward to wonderful day!

I am grateful that it is Friday! *Does the Happy Friday Dance*

I am grateful it is Pay Day! (pays a bill and makes grocery list whilst dancing*

I am grateful it is Casual day! *Put on her comfy jeans and tee shirt to dance in*

I am thrilled it is only going to be 59 degrees today! *Adds a few jigs of excitement for cooler weather with possibility of rain to the Friday Dance*

Yes, I am in a particularly silly place this morning and I love it! It's a wonderful way to start the weekend!

And with all the dancing, I've got my fitness done for today! emoticon

Bright Blessings for a Wonderful Friday!
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"Never Give Up, Never Surrender!"

Thursday, November 08, 2012

First of all, WOW! People liked one of my blog entries! I am tickled pink! emoticon

Feeling better today. This was a bad bout of migraine. I am so grateful when they leave and I feel myself again!

I had a dream that included Spark People last night. It was an odd dream and the only thing that made sense was SP. I was on a first date with someone and the place we were visiting just happened to be hosting a SP event. There were hands on cooking demos...he made something with blueberries and it got a little over done! There was a little vendor area that had all the SP goodies and items for sale. Chef Meg was there and Coach Nicole. There were gathering places with little groups of people in clusters laughing, sharing and hugging. I smile just thinking about it and wonder if this means I may attend an event one day?

First on my list today of things I am grateful for is an idea that has become a practice...

The title of my blog comes from one of my favorite movies "Galaxy Quest." Being the trekkie that I am (and always will be), I adored this parody of Star Trek and it's fans. The "catch phrase" of Galaxy Quest is "Never Give up, Never Surrender!" This along with the favorite saying in "Meet the Robinsons," which is "Keep Moving Forward" juxtaposes with Spark People's mantra "1 step back, 2 steps forward." (for me anyway)

This keeps me going! This is why I am still here, even though I am making very slow progress. This is the reason I pick myself up time and again! Because this is a journey! Every journey has speed bumps along the way. Speed bumps remind us to slow down and pay attention to what we are doing. Sometimes we need to check our GPS and make sure we are going in the right direction; sometimes we need to stop and appreciate the beauty of where we are. Sometimes we need to look back to see just how far we have come. Then there are the times we need to stop and just be. We need to take a deep breath and stand still, becoming aware of who and where we are and to be grateful for the Joy of the Journey.

Number two today is my family. Included in my family are my friends. I am a loner by nature, content to spend time alone doing what makes me happy. I have a small circle of close friends that I love as if they were my family. People that know the worst and the best of me and love me unconditionally. Friends I can call any time of the day and night and know that they will come at the drop of a hat if I need them. They are the treasure of my life, As much as love my "real" family, I am much closer to my local family in many ways. I hope they know that I am always there for them as well.

I love quiet moments and I'm grateful for the lessons I learn at such times. This is a hard thing for me, as I always have the TV or music on. Perhaps it comes from living by myself. *Shrugs* I don't know. In any event, it used to be that I seldom allowed the quiet to embrace me. One day I read an article on how much modern society has lost with the constant and ever present noise in our lives. Have you ever surrounded yourself with silence? It's really hard to do if you live in a bustling city. I am learning to leave the tv off and my beloved music first thing in the morning so I have time to enjoy the moment and listen to my deepest self. But even then it is not toally silent, as my apartment backs the freeway.

The arrticle, (Which I saved and can't find at the moment) talks about finding a space in nature to go and just sit and listen to the quiet. Granted, it won't be totally silent, but imagine the things you will hear, that would normally go unnoticed. Imagine hearing a bee buzzing as it gathers nectar, or the hum of humming bird wings. Imagine the wind through the tress or the whisper of water dancing over rocks in a stream or brook.

Even with the cars in the background at home, I love my hour or two of quiet. It is calming, it is comforting. i love it when all I can hear the is the purr of my fur baby lying next to me or when I can hear her having a drink of water in the kitchen. Sometimes I am aware of my breathing and my heart beating and I am grateful for that. I am alive! What a miracle that is!

I challenge you to take a five minute break from noise. See what you notice, that you don't usually pay attention to during your day.

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."
Helen Keller

Brightest blessings,
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