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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

"Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich."

- Sarah Bernhardt, actress

I guess the easy way to blog about this topic is to say, "please see the last two days blogs" and call it good.

Today, I will reflect on surrounding oneself with positive people. I love having such a great support system (some family members excluded and will remain nameless). I have a husband who goes with me to the pool and gym. I have a Mom who bought the whole family a treadmill to share. I have friends who say things like "if you get any skinnier, you'll blow away" or "you're my inspiration". I have spark friends who motivate, encourage, enlighten, support, and are generally wonderful people. I have to specifically mention my Weight Watchers leader, whom I have known since I was 15. She truly is an inspiration.

It is YOUR energy that creates my energy... whether it is positive or negative energy is up to me and the environment that I choose. I have chosen to surround myself with positive people and positive thoughts (most of the time!).

I have to mention this, and, its probably off the topic a little, but I went to Weight Watchers last week to make sure I was where I needed to be... but that's not the purpose of this tangent. One of the members had met her goal that night. It took her 6 years, but she lost 341.5 pounds. 341.5 POUNDS! That's 2 of me plus a small child! She is incredible. Her drive shows me that when you put your mind to it, you can accomplish ANYTHING. Her positive energy is amazing! I always feel renewed listening to her talk. She honest about her weight loss struggles, but always puts things with a positive spin. What an amazing person!

So my friends, I hope that my energy this morning has got you up and moving and ready to tackle the day. Take your positive energy and pay it forward and I believe that you will become truly rich, as Ms. Bernhardt says.


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APPLEADAY2010 1/12/2011 7:40AM

    Yet again - such a lovely blog. Thanks for sharing. Have a fantastic hump day! I find your energy inspiring :-) emoticon emoticon

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ANGELOO29 1/12/2011 7:27AM

    WOW That is amazing and very uplifting for those of us in the midst of our journeys. Have a great day!

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I do what I do because I love what I do.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, and to be given a chance to create, are the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy." - Bette Davis, actress

I told my boss when I started my job with Landmark Forestry that I create maps and do geospatial analysis because I love what I do and when the day comes that I don't enjoy my job anymore, it will be the day I find a new job. I truly enjoy what I do, both as a mapmaker and a paramedic. The paychecks, while I wish they were completely gravy, are gravy to a point.

I never thought I would get to do what I love to do and get paid to do it. I have bills like everyone else and those paychecks do make a difference between foreclosure and a roof over my head. However, my jobs, while I do gripe sometimes about them, are wonderful and I wouldn't change them for the world. I feel truly blessed by this.

Sometimes sacrificing money for love has to happen. I could go to a bigger county, city, etc and work for a giant corporation or bigger ambulance company and probably make, no definitely make a lot more than I do right now. However, I love the area I am in, I love the people I work for and I know the county I work EMS needs paramedics. We have 7000+/- in our county and 4 active paramedics. I told my former boss once, you could pay me a lot less and I would still come to work everyday, I love it that much.

I hope that every one of you are doing what you love to do. I hope that if you aren't, you are on a path to get to do what you love to do. Sometimes its hard to take that first step toward career happiness. That money thing gets in the way, I know. Doing something you love, though, makes all the difference in the world - from the moment you wake up and say "yey, I get to go to work today!" versus "crap, another day at work" to when you reflect on your day and think "wow, I was enjoying what I was doing so much that the day flew by" versus "I never thought today would end". Its your choice.

I hope you have a wonderful day friends doing what you love to do.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/12/2011 2:17PM

    Janette, I'm right there with you; I make very little money at a women's shelter, and it's obviously sometimes stressful, but I love everyone I work with, and I love that I get to work on behalf of marginalized women.
By the way, I also love the idea of having bands or weights in the room next to the kitchen. Thanks!
Have a great day!

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VEACHXCL 1/12/2011 8:54AM

    I couldn't imagine working in a job I didn't love. I handle all of the child sexual assault cases for two counties and I hear on a daily basis "how do you do what you do?" I honestly couldn't imagine doing anything else. So many people in this world with different desires and dreams, makes it possible so that we all can work in something we enjoy doing.

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STUFFEDPUPPET 1/12/2011 12:31AM

    Wow - what a great feeling that must be. Very happy you found your place in life - and I thank God there are people like you willng to put yourself in harms way to protect those around you.

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MOETR345 1/11/2011 11:02AM

    It is a wonderful feeling isn't it? Having a job that is so fulfilling, and fits you perfectly.

I'm an accountant for a renewable energy company. I know most people view accounting as a fate worse than death, but for me, it's like I get to PLAY at making puzzles all day. (I love puzzles.) And the icing on the cake is that I get to work from home, in order to be available for my young son.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Wow, it is COLD outside.

Reflection time!

"I have always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I have to be more specific."

- Lily Tomlin, actress

I have to be more specific? I am 35 next Monday and I still haven't figured out exactly who or what I want to be when I grow up!!

I am, however, having a great time trying to figure it out! I have had many jobs, met many wonderful people, and hopefully made many people's lives a little bit better, both in the mapping industry and as a medic/firefighter.

I guess if I need to be more specific about WHO I want to be, I want to be myself... and who am I?

-I am a supporter
-I am an encourager
-I want to make things right
-I am a hand holding, touchy feely, high fivin', hug givin', positive, upbeat chick
-I am a best friend and biggest fan

I don't know why, but my lists are always 5 bullets long. Something about 5... not too little, not too long.

I tell my friends as they enter into a new stage in their life, whether it be starting a fitness and/or nutrition program, quitting drinking/smoking/etc, or whatever it may be, "I will be your biggest fan".

In May, I am travelling to Erie, PA. My husband has a friend who was in the Army with him (who has since become friends with me) that has lost a significant amount of weight and she wants to run her first 5k Mother's Day weekend. I told her if she kept me up to date with her weight loss and fitness that I would come up and run it with her. I am so proud of her accomplishments so far and I can't wait to run 3 miles with her and on that last .1 to fall back and let her cross the finish line by herself... and once I cross it, I will continue to be her biggest fan.

I have had some of you say that I am inspiring. Well, it is all of you that inspire me to achieve greater things. So the feeling, my friends, is mutual. You all are helping me become "somebody". The somebody I have always wanted to be. I help me achieve, grow and try harder. I think that is specific enough for now.


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APPLEADAY2010 1/11/2011 6:11AM

    You are wonderful! I think you are a spark angel. You have always helped me so much since I have been on spark. Your so giving and I dont know how you have the time. I find you truly inspiring and motivating. You are always so positive! Thank you for being my biggest fan. Sending lots of hugs and smiles x x emoticon emoticon

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VEACHXCL 1/10/2011 4:35PM

    What a great blog! There isn't a person alive you couldn't use another friend or cheerleader. So thanks for being that to so many!

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REALLY_ROBIN 1/10/2011 2:47PM

  Awesome blog, we should all strive for that...for that is the greatest gift we can give! Way to go! Robin

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JOHNTJ1 1/10/2011 2:12PM

    Well, from where I sit you are an awfully good friend and a very succesful person and a super motivator.

Thats quite a lot

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Rest Day... Maybe.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

I am thinking about taking a rest day today. I am tired and a little sore. I may try to walk at lunch instead of run. I may try for an easy run. I may not do anything at all and then hit the stationary bike or elliptical at the base tonight. The possibilities are endless!! :)

I am really liking the new weight watchers program. It seems to make more sense than programs in the past.

I don't really have a lot to say today for some reason. Maybe because I'm tired.

I am excited I get to see husband tonight and we are going to Columbus this weekend! :) :) :)


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VEACHXCL 1/6/2011 1:31PM

    Rest day? Sounds wonderful! But, if you decide to work out, enjoy!! Have fun with the hubby this weekend!


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APPLEADAY2010 1/6/2011 9:34AM

    There seems to be a new weight watchers programme here called pro-points or something. It gives less points to the good foods instead of just looking at cals. It sounds really good.

Hope you have a fun day and yay about your trip at the weekend :-) xx emoticon

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ALEXANDRA64 1/6/2011 8:21AM

    Rest is good! I used to be an avid cyclist and didn't really know the concept of rest too much, lol, which was unfortunate because without rest, it led me into overtraining which takes weeks to recover from. There are some compelling articles on "chronic cardio" that really inspired me to include rest days in my regimen, rest days that had absolutely no activity. I'm the type that likes to slot activity into everyday, lol, even if it is just a yoga class. But "just a yoga class" usually lasts about 75 minutes so... is it really rest?

So good for you for considering rest for yourself!! I always like to see that for people who workout intensely on a regular basis. That's what hot baths, candles, and soft music was invented for, lol!!


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For a lifetime...

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

I went to weight watchers last night to learn about the new points system. I was pleased to find at weigh in that I am under my goal weight.

As an experiment, I took my spark menu from yesterday and tallied up the points in weight watcher speak. They are more or less spot on.

In April of 2011, I will have been a lifetime member of weight watchers for 7 years. I am very proud to say that.

My blog was not going to be about weight watchers, so here's what I really wanted to blog about.

Healthy reflection - "If the world seems cold to you, kindle fire to warm it" - Lucy Larcom

I am guilty of not lighting fires. I am guilty of complaining about it being cold and not doing anything about it. This reflection, however, makes me take a mental step back and think about all the things I DO do to make this world warmer. I don't wait for life to happen. I make it happen. I am a "go to" person for a lot of friends. They know I am the one who gets things done. Every heard the phrase "if you need something done, give it to a busy person"? I'm THAT busy person. I do "the little things" that people don't notice, but I do. That warms me.

So, in your travels through life today, kindle a fire in an otherwise cold environment. Even if its something as small as complimenting a coworker on their outfit, haircut, etc. I will tell you, being on the receiving end of that compliment will warm that person in ways you will never know. It make seem small to you, but to them, it may be enormous.

Much happiness to all my sparkfriends today,

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/5/2011 6:03PM

    Nice! That reminds me of that Stevie Wonder quote "Where you don't see beauty, make it".

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APPLEADAY2010 1/5/2011 9:09AM

    I love your healthy reflection...so true! I am going to do that xx Also well done again on the weight watchers. Sending hugs - happy hump day xx

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