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One Word for 2014

Wednesday, January 01, 2014



An author I follow on Facebook, Oriah Mountain Dreamer, recommended this week that her readers pick one word as a kind of theme or grounding point for the New Year. She also advised that it not be one of the "big" words like love, peace, or hope. She suggested we pick a "little" word, one that is perhaps more personal or more concrete. In that word, she says, is contained all the big words, anyway.

What's your word for the year?

I keep changing my mind about mine. Sometimes I think it is "release," and sometimes I think I'll pick "boundaries." Of course, they're two sides of the same coin, so maybe it doesn't matter. But for now, I'm going with "release." I'm releasing attachments that don't serve me, whether they're relationships, things, or behavior patterns. I'm releasing harsh judgment and other habits of thinking that keep me from being the loving and strong person I want to be. I'm releasing the effort to control stuff that's not mine to control. See, that's where the boundaries come in!

I wish you all the best in 2014. Happy New Year!

  
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LOSTLIME 1/5/2014 11:49AM

    It is a great concept! Thank you for sharing! I guess my word would be consistency!

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CASSIOEPIA 1/3/2014 10:08PM

    My word is EMBRACE, as in really embracing the blessings in my life and not just acknowledging them and letting them pass by.

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GETULLY 1/3/2014 12:24PM

    I so love her books! Re-reading them constantly. Your start to the year is fabulous. I will have to think of a small word for me.

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LINDAK25 1/2/2014 10:51PM

    Now there's a thought--and there are so many good words. I like yours. Mine would be breathe.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/2/2014 4:22PM

    thatīs a good word,release.weel thought out. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2014TODAY 1/2/2014 6:43AM

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My word is 'centered'.

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ARTJAC 1/2/2014 1:03AM

    YOU TOO

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CATLOVER110 1/1/2014 9:19PM

    Best wishes for your new year of release!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/1/2014 9:15PM

    gratitude

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MOVEITMARY 1/1/2014 7:54PM

    My word is "CAN".

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SPEEDY143 1/1/2014 5:50PM

    emoticon "release" short for Let it go, let it go, let it go emoticon

I let 2013 go so 2014 will be "Breath" for me emoticon a big cleansing breath always brings me peace emoticon

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PIGGYWAY 1/1/2014 4:13PM

  RELEAVE

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    "Pickie" Be a picky eater and exerciser emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SERENE-BEAN 1/1/2014 1:42PM

    My word is Movement!

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KAYOTIC 1/1/2014 1:19PM

    Great concept, thanks for finding and sharing it!

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NHEMBERGER 1/1/2014 1:05PM

    Happy New Year!

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THINFITFEMINIST 1/1/2014 1:00PM

    I think release is perfect for you for 2014. I'm looking forward to your journey this year in utilizing that concept. Beautiful!

As for me it is definitely Kindness.

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HEALTHY4ME 1/1/2014 12:51PM

    Mine is BALANCE as I need it in all areas of my life.
Happy new year!!!! Have a healthy and happy year!!!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 1/1/2014 12:49PM

    emoticon "Consistent" is my word!!!
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CFMOSS 1/1/2014 12:47PM

    I like the way that you are interpreting your word, particularly as it allows you to become the person you want to be.

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Be Awesome

Saturday, December 28, 2013



For many, there's an emotional and energetic slump as we head into the New Year. Now is the time to get busy -- not with busy work, but with awesomeness. Take a few minutes to focus on what makes your body feel awesome. Is it a walk in the winter air? A yoga class? A swim at your health club? Some winter sport activity?

For me, I don't feel more awesome when I indulge in the "I deserve to eat this chocolate," or "I am tired, I deserve to blow off my fitness routine," kind of thinking.

What I really deserve, and what you really deserve, is to express vitality! Be awesome, and just notice how it expands when you take yourself to the next level of self-love.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends.

  
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MANDYLOVE_76 12/30/2013 2:59PM

    Best blog in a long time. AWESOME!

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POWERPUFFGRL 12/30/2013 4:45AM

    So true!

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EDDYMEESE 12/29/2013 9:03PM

    Wonderful blog, thank you!

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LINDAK25 12/29/2013 7:33PM

    Let's celebrate our awesomeness!

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TREV1964 12/29/2013 2:42PM

    Very well said,

Cheers

Trev

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TOKIEMOON 12/29/2013 1:11AM

    Just a few more days and the holiday's indulgences will be over. Can't wait for normalcy to return! emoticon

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 12/28/2013 8:33PM

    Nice comments.

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BLUEJEANS27 12/28/2013 8:11PM

    Love this! I have found positive self-talk to be a big part of my success in my weight loss journey. Thanks for the reminder! emoticon

Julia

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CATLOVER110 12/28/2013 3:48PM

    Great blog! emoticon

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SERENE-BEAN 12/28/2013 12:06PM

    Yes! Let's be awesome together!

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MARTHAMBG 12/28/2013 11:55AM

  Thank you for reinforcing my thoughts today. Kick it up a notch. I am off pain meds and getting ready for knee surgery. My body is thinking it is not so happy. Ha, when I move and get involved in my life I feel better. s, the new indulgence is moving into higher ground.
I love it.
Happy New Year

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RACEWELLWON 12/28/2013 10:53AM

    Great blog - working hard over here ! Just got out of pool and preparing healthy meals !! emoticon

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I'm back!

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Whew! Moving took up the past 3 weeks, between packing, the physical move and unpacking. I still have some boxes to unpack, but after yesterday's big trips to the charity donation center, I am at least able to move around more freely. So it's back to my fitness program tonight. Woohoo!

  
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PIGGYWAY 12/28/2013 2:41PM

  I am glad for you

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IGNITEME101 12/18/2013 12:37PM

    Moving is a work out in itself! Glad you can sort of find your new pace in this new environment!

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    emoticon Congratulations and I hope you love your new home! emoticon

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 12/5/2013 10:25PM

    Moving is so disruptive in so many ways. Do you need to find new grocery stores and dry cleaners? Somehow some box gets put in the wrong place, is not labled very well and it contains one thing you need. Hope everything is goingwell

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SDLOV3R 12/2/2013 7:05PM

    Oh yay! I'm glad you're all settled in the new place and getting back into your routines. Good to see you again!

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PHEBESS 12/2/2013 8:07AM

    Moving is stressful, but all that work burns extra calories!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/1/2013 9:07PM

    Good job and best wishes to you in your new surroundings.

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LINDAK25 12/1/2013 6:31PM

    Enjoy your new place!

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PIGGYWAY 12/1/2013 3:00PM

  I am glad for you and good luck on your getting started again

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CHRISTASP 12/1/2013 1:27PM

    May you feel at home in your new place.

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MACANBEFIT 12/1/2013 12:39PM

    Glad the move went smoothly and you are happy in your new place. emoticon

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 12/1/2013 12:06PM

    Moving is always difficult.
Between all the sorting through things and making the choices ( pack to move, pack to find a new home, bag to trash) and all those memories (good, bad, & otherwise) all those things evoke, and then there is the trepidation of the new unknowns and the joys of a new beginning.
Wishing much happiness in your NEW home!
Audra

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BOSS61 12/1/2013 11:49AM

    Welcome back. Phew, I thought the Sparky web site would vanish without you!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 12/1/2013 11:24AM

    emoticon back!!!!

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LOSTLIME 12/1/2013 11:02AM

    Glad that you are almost done with moving. Not my favorite thing. Glad that you are getting back on track!

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THINFITFEMINIST 12/1/2013 10:58AM

    I was wondering where you went. Yes, moving is unsettling at best and totally disruptive at it's worse.

Glad you are still alive and kicking!

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Remember This

Friday, November 08, 2013



  
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K-GETTING-FIT 11/13/2013 8:26AM

    Awesome! emoticon

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PIGGYWAY 11/11/2013 6:22PM

  GOOD ADVISE

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TREV1964 11/10/2013 7:43AM

    Spot on -

Well said -

Cheers

Trev

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/10/2013 2:55AM

    love this emoticon

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SHERRYBETH84 11/9/2013 11:19PM

    Thank you for the pep talk. I really needed it.



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SDLOV3R 11/8/2013 7:09PM

    I needed this. Thank you.

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LINDAK25 11/8/2013 11:25AM

    Now, if I just wasn't so easily distracted!

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MARTHAMBG 11/8/2013 10:48AM

  Yes, yes, yes. You rock.


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    I like that! emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 11/8/2013 1:04AM

    I absolutely agree with you!

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WEARINGTHIN 11/8/2013 12:59AM

    Yes. Our health is worth the effort, but sometimes, it seems like we're getting nowhere. Best wishes, Glenn

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ZRIE014 11/8/2013 12:39AM

  very good

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TOKIEMOON 11/8/2013 12:37AM

    Setbacks are a part of life, but failure is a conscious decision to not care any more. Love your post!
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IDICEM 11/8/2013 12:18AM

  Excellent distinction. Thanks for the reminder!

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Rebuilding A Life

Friday, November 01, 2013



I didn't start out to gain anything. Certainly not to rebuild my life. I was much more focused on what I didn't want than what I want and value. I started out to lose weight. I started out to ditch the fat, the unhealthy habits, the fatigue and malaise. I was all about what wasn't working in my life.

Somewhere along the way, that began to shift. I started not only imagining life without the things I don't want, but getting excited about what I was building. I started getting excited about the creative possibilities. Sure, following my food plan and fitness regimen was causing my body to drop pounds, but darned if I wasn't also getting *strong*. I began to crave more physical strength, and stamina, too.



I began to see this process as one of rebuilding my life as the physical strength I am building also became a metaphor for emotional and spiritual wellness. Now I see these areas of health as so intertwined that taking care of any one of them causes improvements in every aspect of my life. And I really don't know how this works, but the more effort I put into taking care of myself (following my food and fitness plans, getting enough sleep, drinking water), somehow I have *more* time and energy for work, parenting, and general "getting stuff done." How is it that self-care causes me to have not only more emotional availability, but also more time for things that matter?

I've been working lately on letting go of unhealthy attachments -- relationships that don't serve me, and also allowing my ex to get under my skin. I have to keep in contact with my ex (we share our daughter), but I don't have to let her push buttons. As I let go of attachments and expectations, there's room for new relationships and happiness -- or just room for the now. Deep breath (again). Instead of focusing on what I don't want in my relationships, the more I build on what works, or what makes me stronger, the easier it is to let the unnecessary or unhelpful fall away. This weight management journey is a powerful and agile metaphor.

I'm truly grateful to be on this journey of health and fitness. Thanks, Spark Friends!


  
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BESSHAILE 11/10/2013 7:19AM

    Wow ! this is really a Light Bulb Blog. Thanks!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/10/2013 2:59AM

    powerful blog emoticon

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SPEEDY143 11/3/2013 2:10AM

    "Every day in every way...." There really are more benefits on this journey than weight-loss. I've been pleasantry surprised over and over with the emotionally healing and personal growth that, as you say, goes hand in hand with self care. You have a gift for putting it so eloquently emoticon Another beautiful blog emoticon

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 11/2/2013 4:13PM

    Some times it is hard to get out of the focus on what isn't working. Your post really made me stop and think about how getting physically healthy is a metaphor for emotional and spiritual wellness. It is important to think differently than before.

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GETDONE 11/2/2013 3:45PM

    took a pic of this on my phone--good reminder emoticon

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TRIPLE_EMME 11/2/2013 8:42AM

    It is great that you have taken positive action to rebuild your life... and can now see things through a positive lens. You are doing awesome! And, THAT will be a great example for your child.

Sorry to hear that your ex gets under your skin... we can't control others, just our responses to them. Easier said than done, I know. Keep strong, you can do this!

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SERENE-BEAN 11/2/2013 1:59AM

    I am so glad your life is going where you need it to go. (And on a personal note, my ex and I didn't have kids of our own, but she stayed in contact with me for a while to help the kids transition with the divorce, and it's a really hard place to be in. I feel for you. emoticon )

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MOVEITMARY 11/1/2013 11:03PM

    I am experiencing a lot of life changes too. You are so right, everything is connected. Thanks!

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FELINEBETTER 11/1/2013 10:13PM

    AC Gal - If you don't write for a living, you should! What a powerful blog! You have not only touched upon, but have very articulately summed up many of my thoughts and feelings. I too have experienced an all-encompassing change since committing myself to work the Spark Program. The idea of getting healthier was my goal, but little did I realize that with the physical transformations, some strong emotional & spiritual changes would occur as well. I am so grateful for the Spark Program as well as accessing the wisdom of people like yourself. Thank you for being so willing to put yourself out "there."

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TREV1964 11/1/2013 10:10PM

    A very enlightening blog here. I couldn't agree more with the statement - Get yourself right first then gradually everything else will follow - it sounds as if this is happening for you.

Cheers

Trev

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AWESOMECHELZ 11/1/2013 6:00PM

    It is so very true that one area of health affects another in positive ways as we improve. I noticed for me too that the relationships improvements came after I, myself, was healthier, stronger. Thanks for sharing and I hope your X will find something else to do with her life. emoticon

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We will be free.
Hugs, Audra

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APACHESTEVE 11/1/2013 1:59PM

    Good Day, I came across your Blog thanks to being friends with Juliamoonchild, and I'm so happy that I did find your words and thoughts. Actually Julia said most of what I was already thinking, could be why she and I became Spark Friends, but let me echo the sentiment that your words were "Chicken Noodle Soup" to my being and spirit. I might change one word, as your Blog to me describes a "whole-istic" approach to the journey of health and fitness, and just plain being nice to ourselves.

Your thoughts were a joy to read, thank you for sharing them.

Steve

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JULIAMOONCHILD 11/1/2013 1:53PM

    Stumbled upon your blog today and boy am I glad I did. This extremely well written piece says a lot - and a lot of different things to different people. Whether it was your intention or not, you have surely touched on certain specific issues that many of us here are dealing with ... And by doing so, have shined a light, so to speak, to the far end of the tunnel.

Yep, I see it clearly now ... Not all the bits and pieces shook up in a grab bag - Like what will we get today? Eat right or cheat - Exercise and then eat whatever crap we want cuz we exercised? Make our bodies healthier while we wallow in despair in our tortured minds?

Nope, instead, you've wisely pointed out that there is a whole package -(a holistic package). We just have to open it and start using all of it's contents. Seems like you're in this for the whole deal. You're experiencing it - embracing it - and living (yes, truly living) it - and I think that is one grand example to follow!
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UNSWEETMAMA 11/1/2013 11:51AM

    I needed this.
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1CRAZYDOG 11/1/2013 11:28AM

    Wise words!

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LINDAK25 11/1/2013 11:11AM

    What a wonderful perspective. You've hit upon what appeals to me most about Spark--all that positive energy. You see beyond that though: being able to have a more fulfilling life is the reward you get when you take care of yourself. I love that. Now that is a goal worth working toward. Good for you!

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DOLPHINLADY05 11/1/2013 10:47AM

    Love this... thanks for sharing. Your words are very powerful and motivating!!

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PIGGYWAY 11/1/2013 9:55AM

  THANKS

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GIRLINMOTION 11/1/2013 9:49AM

    Thank you for sharing. You have me rethinking how to move forward on some things I don't want to what I want, in a job, in a relationship and so on. Keep it positive.

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CHRISTASP 11/1/2013 6:23AM

    Wonderful blog. I think it works as you said. Self care is so important.


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THINFITFEMINIST 11/1/2013 5:37AM

    Some aspects of who you are is a beautiful and sensitive woman. The sensitive part also has vulnerability. Embrace ALL of who you are.

Relationships - especially close intimate ones - are mirrors for those aspects of ourselves we hide from.

May you embrace all of who you are. May you find peace above all else.

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MAGGIEVAN 11/1/2013 2:31AM

    I love the fact that you are so positive, congrats.

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TOKIEMOON 11/1/2013 2:14AM

    Sounds like you're getting in touch with your spiritual side as well. Great evolving outlook!

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ZRIE014 11/1/2013 12:17AM

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