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This new Diva has gotten her soul in shape!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

I've fallen off track the past two months here on Spark, been busy, the kids have busier schedules than I do, stress all around me financially, emotionally, excuses, excuses, excuses etc. and in the midst of everything I found a fabulous group of Diva sisters that have helped me inside and out. I started a new side business with an amazing skincare company ( and this experience is teaching me to push myself like I've never pushed myself before, especially outside my comfort zone! Yikes, is it uncomfortable sometimes! But wow, how rewarding!

It's important to find the support you need to accomplish your goals, just that little push and inspiration when you need it most. To get an email or text from a friend with that positive twist, especially when you're always looking at the negative, is a very humbling feeling. I love SparkPeople and all my SparkPeople friends, when I'm here and involved I feel powerful. It's easy to get bummed out and not log in (that's exactly what I've done for the past couple months). But starting on this new venture has empowered me to want to help empower others. I'm tired of my days getting away from me! Meeting new people, hearing what they are doing and how they are living is incredible! Getting back on track to eating healthy or working out is sometimes uncomfortable, you wonder 'where do I begin'? You can't ask, you can't wait, the days will fly by, opportunities will pass you by.

Yes, I want to be healthy and physically in shape for myself & my family, but I never really realized how important it was to me to get my soul out there ~ clearly I'm a slow learner but I love the fact that I'm still learning everyday and that I'm truly a work in progress. I've lived in my comfort zone for way to long. I'm busting out, doing things I've never done, going places I've never gone, sparking like I've never sparked and I'm so excited!

Push yourself, the rewards are endless!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GIRLINBRAZIL 10/7/2010 7:21PM

    Woo Hoo! Glad to see you back online with Spark People. Had been looking for you!

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Trich Team

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LEANJEAN6 10/7/2010 6:45PM

    Happy to hear about your business----- You go girl!!! emoticon

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XHOOSIERLOSER 10/7/2010 6:22PM

    Very exciting news about your business! I'm glad you are feeling so positive, even in the midst of so much that could bring you down! You go girl!!!!!

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LJCANNON 10/7/2010 6:20PM

    It sounds as if you had a very productive Summer, and have gained a lot of confidence and learned a lot from your friends and the business.
Now you can fit Spark into that and be a Diva to be reckoned with!!
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FERGSGIRL2 10/7/2010 6:19PM

    Loved your blog, straight from the heart and I can relate! Much success to you!

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Paper or Plastic?

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

NEITHER! Pledge to bring reusable bags to the grocery store (or any store). Make it a habit!

Check out these tidbits:
100 billion: The number of plastic shopping bags used annually in the US
1000: The number of plastic bags a high quality reusable bag has the potential to eliminate in its lifetime!
14 million trees are used to make paper bags in one year!
12 million barrels of oil is used to make plastic bags in one year!
Plastic bag waste can last up to 1000 years!

Plastic bags cause over 100,000 sea turtle and other marine animal deaths every year when animals mistake them for food.

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MEYLOSE 3/3/2010 11:00PM

    I purchased some reuable bags at our Old Navy and use them all the time. Did you know if you use a Target reusabel bag they deduct 5 cent off your bill, a small savings but it can eveentually add up.

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GIRLINBRAZIL 3/3/2010 2:19PM

    Great post and good info!


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KELLI9001 3/2/2010 8:33PM

    Great advice! I take a plastic fold down crate with me each and every time I go to Aldi's. Over the past couple years of using it, this has saved me countless paper or plastic bags. I just leave it in he car and use it as needed for everything.

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NANAOF3LUVSJC 3/2/2010 7:22PM

    Even though I don't remember it everytime I am tryining. I take my reusable bags with me when I go to the store. The only thing is when I take them in the house I forget to put them back in the vehicle.
Great reminder.

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Earth's Village

Monday, January 18, 2010

A friend sent the following to me in an email (not sure of the author or where the stats came from, but it doesn't really matter...the bottom line is...let's just love one another)!

If we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following.
There would be:

57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both North and South
8 Africans
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be people of Color
30 would be Caucasian
70 would be Non-Christian
30 would be Christian
89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world’s wealth and all would be from the United States
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
1 would own a computer

When we consider our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.

The following is also something to ponder…..
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness….you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation…. You are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death….. you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If you have food in the refrigerator, cloths on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep… you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace….. you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

If your parents are still alive and still married…. You are very rare, even in the United States and Canada.

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing, there are two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

Someone once said: “what goes around, comes around.”

Let’s help each other appreciate our world and those who dwell in it, so that our children can learn from us, and live in a peaceful world which bursts at the seams with acceptance, knowledge, compassion and kindness.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GIRLINBRAZIL 1/20/2010 6:43AM

    Good message! And so true! Living in Brazil has made me so much more "worldly-wise," but it's good to be reminded over and over that most of us on SP have so much to be thankful for. Just having access to a computer and information. Just having to worry about eating toooo much. It is humbling in a world where many just want to eat enough.



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XHOOSIERLOSER 1/19/2010 7:04PM

    This is really pretty amazing.

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ANGELICA534 1/19/2010 11:37AM

    I have seen this before too, thanks for sharing with everyone!

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MBOLTON5 1/19/2010 9:56AM

    Thanks. I am even more grateful for things I have.

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CORRINER 1/18/2010 9:23PM

    Very humbling. We truly need to thank our Creator for such vast blessings.

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SEEMAINE 1/18/2010 8:35PM

    Very well said, Michelle! Have a great week!

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Soles4Souls - Let's help anyway we can!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I received an email from Sports Chalet on Friday about an organization called Soles4Souls. Sports Chalet has teamed up with Soles4Souls to collect gently worn mens, women's & kids' shoes until Sunday, January 31st. All the shoes collected will be sent directly to Soles4Souls for distribution to the Haitian people.

The tragedy in Haiti is heartbreaking to watch unfold. Of course we all want to do something to help, sometimes we feel like we're tapped out financially, so this is one way we can all help, whether it be shoes, coats or clothes. I personally sent an email blast out to my neighborhood and the kids school regarding the Soles4Souls collection and am going coordinating an effort to donate to our local Sports Chalet. Just a small way we can help.

Check out the Sports Chalet website and see if there's a local store near you, or alternatively, go to the Soles4Souls org website. Check out to see if your church is taking collections, consider starting up your own collection of any type to send to the Haitian people.

I'm sure this goes without saying but please be careful about making any online financial donations to unknown charitable organizations, as unfortunately there are many unethical people out there that look to line their pockets out of these tragedies instead of helping people that are truly in need.

Just as this wonderful SparkPeople community comes together support each other, let's take it one further and include all the beautiful souls outside our 'spark' community and tell them that we care and we're here for everyone on this planet!

God bless!

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CAROLINA_KOUKLA 1/22/2010 1:41AM

  My Church is doing a collection for this ~ I think this is a great idea! Thnx for posting :)

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XHOOSIERLOSER 1/18/2010 9:48AM

    I'm checking into this for our company. Thanks for sharing!

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MNABOY 1/17/2010 10:17PM

    Thanks for sharing, I have several pair

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New Day, New Month

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Okay, I love Spark People, I appreciate the friendship and support I get everyday! I'm going to use you all as scapegoats right now though and say, because of all the fabulous support I get, I've become complacent in my fierce motivation to get rid of this weight.

I know, I know, there's some out there that will say, "at least you haven't gained" and that's true, that's the positive spin, but my mission here is to lose and support my friends out there that need me right?

Today's the day. New day, brand new month, fierce motivation is back (although I am a little tired dang it). Oh my gosh, I feel crazy!!?!?!?!? I want it but...

I need you all to keep me honest and on track - NO more Mr. Nice guys okay?!?!?! Maybe I need to enlist in bootcamp!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/21/2009 5:05PM

    How is it going for you? Haven't heard much.

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ANGELICA534 9/3/2009 4:58PM

    haha, I know just how you feel. sometimes all the compliments can be a bad thing! I would be down for some serious butt kicking this month as long as you return the favor cause I need it to!

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MA2DAPPLES 9/1/2009 7:13PM

    You’ll make it this month. I hear some determination in your voice!

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SEEMAINE 9/1/2009 4:46PM

    That's what we're here for! emoticon

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