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GOALS~~WEEK 1~~A & I BSG "HARVEST MOON" CHALLENGE

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Here are lists of the progress I have made, and the goals I am looking forward to make. emoticon emoticon emoticon
My progress for month of August:
1. I have lost a couple of pounds.
2. My eating has been healthier, and I have tracked my food everyday.
3. I increased my activity minutes..I have been biking more
4. I am still maintaining my cigarette daily amount..(still at 5 a day)

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1. To maintain my weight.
2. To keep up with healthy eating.
3. I would like to keep up with activity minutes but because of colder weather, I might not be able to..although I will try.
4. Either maintain same amount of smoking, or hopefully decrease by 1 (at least for a couple of times)
5. Try to do a better job of keeping in touch with friends.
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SURENDERISNOTME 12/8/2014 10:39PM

    Great goals. Keep up the good work.

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Debbie

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ARTISTSBRUSH 10/29/2014 12:38PM

    Aloha from Hawaii! Love your sparkpage... Looks like your wolf has been getting around! No really, its gorgeous.

Great goals for August, what have you decided on for goals for November?

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AMYBELLES 9/10/2014 11:20PM

    Great job in August and I wish you continued success this month! emoticon

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OTTERMOM2 9/10/2014 8:42PM

    Great goals! I think a lot of people consider goals only "new" things, but I think maintaining your current level of activity, weight loss, whatever can be a great goal!

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CINDYLOU4782 9/10/2014 3:05PM

    Keep up the awesome work you can do it.

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BUFFYSMOM2 9/10/2014 10:22AM

    Great work...and I know it was hard work. emoticon

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SUBMOM2 9/9/2014 11:43PM

    Thanks for sharing your goals, and I wish you success. You do a great job of keeping in touch with your spark friends, so you got that one covered!

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CBRINKLEY401 9/9/2014 11:11PM

    You can do it. I believe in you.

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RICKHANN 9/9/2014 10:58PM

    Great job. Keep at it for September. You can do it.

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WINDYCITYCYNDEE 9/9/2014 10:29PM

    Best of luck in achieving your goals! emoticon

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IMGLAMRUS 9/9/2014 9:55PM

    Great job for achieving the goals for August. I am sure you will reach your September goals. What a great idea!!!

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CARRENK 9/9/2014 9:42PM

    Way to go! Hopefully the weather will stay nice for a while. Personally, I love the cooler weather, but I know it's not to everyone's taste. emoticon

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CUPKAKE137 9/9/2014 9:21PM

    Love your goals. Hoping the cooler weather won't be an issue.

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STEPBYSTEP1955 9/9/2014 8:43PM

    emoticon job on your August goals! You have some very doable goals for September. I have no doubt that you will close September on a successful note.

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STEPBYSTEP1955 9/9/2014 8:42PM

    emoticon job on your August goals! You have some very doable goals for September. I have no doubt that you will close September on a successful note.

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TWESTEN1 9/9/2014 7:44PM

    Sounds great - I love it when I see people reach their goals and move forward with more :) Keep up the great work!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 9/9/2014 7:39PM

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/9/2014 7:19PM

    You did awesome in August! Your September goals sound fabulous! I am so proud of you! Way to go girl! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love!
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HOLLYM48 9/9/2014 7:07PM

    Great goals for the month of September and it sounds like August was a great month as well! Way to go!

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CATHYGETSFIT 9/9/2014 7:02PM

    You did really well in August. I like the goals you have set for September. I think they are definitely attainable. I have no doubt you'll do well this month! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STILLMENEWBODY 9/9/2014 5:40PM

    First and foremost........CONGRATULATIONS on SETTING GOALS and communicating your progress! WTG on your achievements to date.....and the best of luck for September! It seems you have it all under control and you are ready to go! Maybe I should shut up and review mine...lol! Have a great day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ISAKITTEN 9/9/2014 5:24PM

    Your goals seem very reasonable. Hope we both can reach this months goals, this is our month

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1CRAZYDOG 9/9/2014 5:24PM

    Wishing you all the best with your goals.



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BARBIE176 9/9/2014 5:23PM

    Great blog Barb. You did awesome with August goals and I am sure if you emoticon you will rock your September goals too! emoticon emoticon

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"When Life Throws You Lemons" ~ Week 4~ A & I BSG Dancing Daffodils Challenge"

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

When life throws me lemons, I find relief in writing. Sometimes I will write about what the problem is, how I feel, and why life is taking this turn. It has helped me alot over the past few years. I am able to express how I feel and what I can do to overcome it. That does not always work in the long run, but sure helps at the time. I also go walking. I am able to keep my mind on what is around me, other people, scenery, and the outdoors in general, rather than the situation.

I am to write about 3 positive things about my appearance, so here goes.
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1. My smile. I have been told my smile makes others smile, so for me that is a positive thing. Anytime I can help someone smile, that in turn helps me in a positive way.

2. My wrinkles. When I look in the mirror, I feel I have earned every one of them. I look at them as small accomplishments I have made throughout my lifetime, and how I was able to overcome the negative things in my life, thus bringing me to where I am today because of them. It took a lot of of hard work, and pain, but I am a better person for it, and as a result, more wrinkles. But I just keep telling myself, "yes, I have worked hard and earned them all."

3. My eyes. I have been told that I can express my feelings through my eyes, whether I am happy, sad, upset, excited, or others. It is not always such a good thing, but overall, I think it is much, much, more positive than it could ever be negative.

  
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PHILLIPS661 11/9/2014 1:13AM

    I wrote a blog with almost the same title and simular feelings...once a long time ago....prob. a lot of ppl. feel this way sometime in their lives...I'm glad you can find positive things about yourself and therefore can help others feel better about themselves too...you're good at that...always be true to yourself..and take care of yourself because your the only one who can..and your worth it...we all are...stay positive...even when it's hard too...that's a challenge..worth trying... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SETTIMIA 8/27/2014 12:10PM

    THAT IS A LOVELY LIST, I THINK THAT WE SHOULD ALL DO THAT, WE ARE SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE SO MANY WONDERFUL THINGS AND ATTRIBUTES

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PREACHERLADY565 8/2/2014 5:47PM

  Even though you have not blogged since April---I am committed to at least visiting everyone's blog from my team - so hello there!

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IRON_RESOLVE 6/23/2014 9:26PM

    Loved your Blog, and couldn't agree more with what you write about life, feelings, and wrinkles too. It's really all about accepting , and dealing with everything that comes our way.
Sometimes, when we feel we have no other choice, we still have one left, and that is to make positive ones. Exercise is a gift we can treat ourselves to.


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ECCOVISION1 6/9/2014 7:26PM

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BUFFYSMOM2 5/26/2014 12:58PM

    You inspired me!!! emoticon

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HEALTHY-V 5/20/2014 12:47PM

    I love the post, Barb! It's very inspiring. I need to get back to writing, too. I also find that it helps me sort things out, but I don't do it as often. Thanks for the encouragement and inspiration. xoxo

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TMCAT1129 5/20/2014 10:20AM

    This is a great blog! It is so nice that you always find the "positive" in life!!

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PREACHERLADY565 5/5/2014 1:08PM

  Writing is such a wonderful outlet. Journaling has got me through some tough times over the years. In my retirement, I will try to write a novel

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CANDOK1260 5/2/2014 9:22PM

    emoticon blog emoticon for sharing

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BUFFYSMOM2 5/2/2014 10:15AM

    You're the best! We all need to appreciate the good things about ourselves. emoticon

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DR1939 5/1/2014 4:11PM

    When I was complaining my mother would tell me to use my fingers to count my blessings and complaints BUT I had to count my blessings first. I always ran out of fingers before I got to the complaints. One of the things a counselor uses to get people to understand their problems is to have them make two lists, one of problems and one of the good things in their lives. It helps us to put things into perspective if we write about them.

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JAKENELL 5/1/2014 2:59PM

    Words are powerful things - they can destroy but they can also rebuild! I envy your abilities as a writer.
Sheila

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BARBIE176 5/1/2014 12:39AM

    emoticon blog Barb. Writing is a great way to deal with life's lemons. I agree that it does help and I think it helps more in the long run than you might think. I love the three positives you have about yourself, especially the wrinkles. What a great way to look at them! emoticon emoticon

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MJ2AHM 4/30/2014 10:47PM

    That is great you turn to writing. I sometimes wish I would do more writing. Thank you for sharing.

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JANTHEBLONDE 4/30/2014 9:35PM

    I love your blog and your positive attitude! Way to go girl! I hope you had a great day! emoticon

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DBELLE39 4/30/2014 8:58PM

    Great blog Barb. I too find relief in writing. There's just something about putting your feelings on paper or in email format that is a great stress reliever.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/30/2014 8:36PM

    I like this! I like my wrinkles too and agree -- they've been earned!!!

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AMYBELLES 4/30/2014 8:16PM

    I think that both writing and walking are very therapeutic in finding relief from the lemons in life! I loved how you mentioned loving your wrinkles! I bet some of them are "laugh lines!" emoticon emoticon emoticon

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""Goals For April""--WEEK 1--Dancing Daffodils BSG Challenge

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Goals I achieved for March:
1. I tracked my food & exercise for the whole month of March.
2. I sent goodies and/or comments to my team members almost everyday.
3. I did something "NICE" for myself and someone else everyday.
4. I started going through summer clothes, and packed my winter things away until they are required, which I hope is along time away.
5. I took out Easter decorations and decorated my apt. with lots of bunnies, baskets, and spring flowers.
6. I ate more veggies/fruits, but did not drink as much water as I should have.
7. I started on spring cleaning, but still have things to do.
I did not drink less coffee (some days I did but those days were few & far between). I did not cut down my cigarettes. Otherwise I feel like I did fairly well, so I am proud of myself for accomplishing those things.

Goals I have set for April:
I truly want to continue with:
1. Tracking of food & exercise daily.
2. Doing something "NICE" (for myself & others everyday)
3. Continue with my spring cleaning, and hopefully finish (but whoever gets done with cleaning?)
4. Eat more fruits/veggies and drink more water.
5. Keep up the effort of cutting down smoking.
6. Keep sending comments/goodies daily if I can...(at least to someone)
7. Now that weather is nicer, get out and ride my bike ang go walking everyday & (unless weather is a factor)

That about sums it up..I will let you know how I did in May!! Hopefully I will achieve some of these goals!!
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CREATIVEHEART5 4/22/2014 7:35PM

    You can do it emoticon

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ECCOVISION1 4/13/2014 11:39AM

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You are doing great!!

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ROOTIHAUSMAN 4/13/2014 11:01AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on your goals achieved and consistency! emoticon
You can do anything you set your mind too!
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LIVINGFREE19 4/12/2014 12:46AM

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Super job!

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PREACHERLADY565 4/11/2014 1:23PM

  March was quite a success - you are doing all the right things for April to be wonderful as well. Keep up the great work!

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MJ2AHM 4/10/2014 9:10PM

    You did wonderful in March WTG!! Looks like you are on your way to a successful April as well. You can do it!

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KRAZY4KATZ 4/10/2014 11:42AM

    You did great for March, even if you didn't meet all of your goals. Great goals for April and you're right, cleaning is a non-stop chore, although it is nice when it's done.

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JANET552 4/10/2014 7:47AM

    Congratulations on all of your March successes!! Good luck in April!

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ANGELFMABV 4/10/2014 7:04AM

    Very nice goals! You are a success!

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SUBMOM2 4/10/2014 1:35AM

    I like the April goals! I hope you have success!

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AMYBELLES 4/9/2014 11:25PM

    Wow, you did really well in March, and I know you will continue to succeed this month as well! You reminded me that I haven't put out my Easter decorations! emoticon

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JAKENELL 4/9/2014 8:49PM

    emoticon on a successful March!
Continue doing what you're doing and I'm sure you will be successful in April also!
Sheila

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DBELLE39 4/9/2014 8:37PM

    Yayy, March was a success in many ways & I know April will be much of the same. You can do this!

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~~ME? A MOTIVATOR??~~~A & I BSG Challenge~Week 4~~

Monday, March 31, 2014

About 2 weeks or so ago, I was sent a message saying I was selected by others as a Spark People Motivator. I thought "What is this", as I was not aware that there was such a thing. Still not knowing what it meant I went to my page, and on my page was a an emblem with Spark People Motivator. I clicked on it and it took me to the page "Motivational Spark Pages". Listed were many peoples page, and mine was there, too, (I didn't know there was a thing-guess I didn't ever go to this page, even though on many peoples pages, I had nominated them as a motivator), but didn't realize that people received anything for this. Believe me, this was just hard to understand why I had gotten this. I also thought "You mean people actually selected me?" Actually it was a little overwhelming for me, finding it hard to believe this was happening to me. I didn't realize that people actually thought I was motivating.
I'm writing this to thank anyone who thought I was. Without you, I would never have received this. A year ago I would have thought I was not worthy of this, so it has helped me to believe a little in myself.
I really don't know what to say except ""THANK YOU"" to everyone who thought I was worthy of this, and believed in me enough to make this possible. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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TMCAT1129 5/20/2014 10:26AM

    Barb, you definitely deserve this award. emoticon I know you make so many people smile everyday. You make positive differences in other's lives without even knowing it.

Congratulations & well deserved my friend! emoticon emoticon

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LIVINTODAY 5/10/2014 10:31PM

    Barbie - you send out so many motivating messages to your SparkFriends--how could you NOT know that you earned that status? I love getting your comments on my sparkpage. You have a talent for finding just the right thing. Thanks!! emoticon

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BRADMILL2922 4/8/2014 1:56AM

    Well deserved my friend! :)

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2BDYNAMIC 4/6/2014 8:34AM

    emoticon Enjoy the moment ......... (which is also permanent!) ........ Way to go!

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KRAZY4KATZ 4/2/2014 9:30AM

    emoticon on being a Spark People Motivator! You deserve it!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 4/1/2014 2:05PM

    emoticon on being a motivator! You are definitely a motivator. You are always so encouraging and supportive of everyone. You truly deserve the honor. a fellow Keep up the good work

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JUDY1676 4/1/2014 11:24AM

    emoticon on being a motivator! emoticon
Keep up the good work!

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DBELLE39 4/1/2014 7:52AM

    Barb, you are so deserving as SPARK MOTIVATOR!!! emoticon emoticon I can certainly see why you were chosen --you are always there to motivate & inspire me as I'm sure others will say the same. Thank you for being that ray of sunshine for our days. emoticon

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AMYBELLES 4/1/2014 12:06AM

    emoticon You certainly deserve this honor! I am very happy for you, Barb! emoticon emoticon

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MARAGRAM 3/31/2014 10:08PM

    Congratulations!

Your challenge sounds intriguing!

Love your background!

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MJ2AHM 3/31/2014 8:52PM

    Congrats! You just never know who you inspire and motivate. Thanks

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VEENAS1 3/31/2014 7:47PM

    You are great motivator. I love your comments on my Spark Pages.

CONGRATULATIONS!

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CATHYGETSFIT 3/31/2014 6:56PM

    You are motivating! You are always there to encourage and support a fellow spark friend. You are definitely a motivator! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BARBIE176 3/31/2014 3:52PM

    You are one of my most motivating friends, and I am happy others feel the same way. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ECCOVISION1 3/31/2014 2:43PM

    Your comments have given me and other people support. Y.ou do deserve this!

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    emoticon emoticon Way to go

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DAP1313 3/31/2014 2:09PM

    I think you are a great motivator. If I need some cheering up I go to my comments and you've put something on there that helps me keep going on. I am so glad you are a Spark People Motivator. You do deserve it!

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~Inspiring Women in My Life~~Aspire & Inspire Week 3 BSG Challenge

Monday, March 24, 2014

Two Women Who Inspire Me

The first one being Helen Keller. She is remembered as a woman who overcame being blind, deaf, and mute. She fought against all odds to emerge successful. With the help of Anne Frank, she learned sign language, and went on to go to college, wrote a book, and numerous articles. She dedicated her life to improve conditions of the deaf-blind and gave hope, courage and a ray of sunshine to millions of blind people, throughout the world. She was an inspiration to many who yearned to live life as normal people, despite their disabilities. With her courage and hard work she overcame all barriers to make a mark for herself, and gave a lot to society at the same time. In time, with a lot of courage and hard work, I am hoping to overcome some of the barriers in my life, which does not even compare to the ones she overcame. Her inspiration has given me hope and strength to improve those barriers, but I realize it will not happen overnight.

My Mom is the woman in my life now who has very much inspired me. She worked so hard raising her 6 kids, always finding time for us, my Dad, and many others throughout her lifetime. She overcame epilepsy from childhood, and having her last seizure after she was married and after my oldest brother was born. I also have epilepsy, having my first seizure when I was nineteen, except I still continue to have them. She also had cancer when she was in her forties, but has been in remission. I also had the same kind of cancer when I was that age, and like her, mine is also in remission. I continue learning from this fabulous woman of 95, who is still teaching me about the most important things in life, none being rich in money, but being rich in the life I have today. I love my Mom, and am so thankful that I have this wonderful woman in my life, and I am hoping to be able to give to others as she has throughout her life, and continues to do today.

  
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LIVINTODAY 9/19/2014 1:51AM

    Just read this! I have enjoyed your inspiring comments on my page and took the time tonight to read through some of your blogs. You are doing great and I think your Mom is just as thrilled to have you in her life as you are to have her. My own mother only lived to be 77; I will always feel that I lost her too soon - - but then maybe it is that way whenever you lose a mother. How wonderful that your mother is 95.

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MJ2AHM 3/28/2014 9:38PM

    Thank you for sharing. What a wonderful mom!

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MOMO7YROLD 3/28/2014 1:22AM

    Lovely, well written. Ur mom sounds like a terrific woman. Cherish the days and years u have left with her.

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BRADMILL2922 3/27/2014 3:28AM

    Love this! Those are certainly two great women!

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AMYBELLES 3/25/2014 10:52PM

    If I had taken the time to write my blog, I would also have chosen Helen Keller and Anne Frank, as the women from history who I admire! Your mom sounds like a very special lady!

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STONE815 3/25/2014 12:48PM

    emoticon Each of us has someone who has helped shape us into the person we are now - let us be wise enough to tell them how much we appreciate them.

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STEPBYSTEP1955 3/25/2014 12:33PM

    emoticon blog. I too admire Helen Keller for overcoming her struggles and inspiring millions to know that they too can overcome such barriers. You have written a beautiful tribute to your mon. emoticon for sharing.

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CATHYGETSFIT 3/25/2014 2:05AM

    Great blog Barb! I too look up to Helen Keller. She overcame many obstacles in her life and never let anything stop her. I think it's great too that you look up to your mom! emoticon emoticon for sharing!

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MACILINN 3/25/2014 12:16AM

    awesome, I hope you let her read this! Go Mom!

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ECCOVISION1 3/24/2014 9:54PM

    What a lovely tribute to your mother. I am very moved by it. Your mother is very blessed to have you as a daughter.

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KMEYERRING1 3/24/2014 7:19PM

    wonderful write up for your mom. Mom's tend to teach us things we never know we need taught. I love my mom, the most important person in my life.

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MADMANSMAMA87 3/24/2014 5:51PM

    Beautifully written, Barb!
Thanks for sharing!!
Stay Positive,

Jes

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MOM2ACAT 3/24/2014 5:10PM

    Wonderful tributes, especially the one about your mom!

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