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A Big Thank You to the Team!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I just wanted to THANK all of you who made comments, gave goodies and sent private email messages regarding my weekend adventure with KATMOMMA3, SEKSUNSHINE & MSWEEZER and the Race to Robie Creek 1/2 marathon. Your words of support and encouragement mean more to me than you could ever imagine! I thought about each and every one of you as I was painfully reaching that mountain summit. LOL

But we did it and all of us made it to the end! We conquered the Robie! What a challenge and what an accomplishment! Many of you have asked for my take on the Robie which is soon to come.

While I was out in Boise, my company decided to block the internet from ALL users thanks to some serious abuse from one user. I came back to work with NO Spark!! As many of you know I do Spark during the day since the internet speeds are faster there. I have satellite at home (the only thing available to us) - need I say more?? I also run an accounting/tax business at home so time has been of the essence lately.

So I plan to post my blog on the Race to Robie Creek this weekend when I have more time. I did happen to get some great pictures I'd like to share with everyone.

Until then I hope everyone has a great week!

Oh - and if anyone has any ideas on how to Spark during the day (get my own internet access - we don't have wi-fi at work) please share. I'm going thru SPARK WITHDRAWAL!!! lol


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PIGLETSMALL 4/25/2010 3:25AM

    First of all, a HUGE congratulations on your half marathon! That's amazing news! I'd love to hear more. Sounds challenging beyond the norm!

And secondly, I'm sorry to hear about your internet problems. I hope things get sorted out soon. Hugs x

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LINDAKAY228 4/22/2010 10:47AM

    I'm so sorry for your internet problems and look forward to your blog about Robie. You all have been a great inspiration to me!!! Amazing accomplishment that I'm hoping maybe I can do next year.

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LINDA25427 4/22/2010 9:17AM

    Glad you had a good time at the race with your friends . I too have been off and on the computer mine is down and I use my husbands when I can .Can't wait to see the pictures . Take care God bless. emoticon emoticon

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MSWEEZER 4/22/2010 5:50AM

    I'm so sorry JENN. What a pain indeed. Hope it works out and soon!

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FITKAT2010 4/21/2010 10:40PM

    Spark and your teams are going through JENNNVA withdrawal. Do I need to do some Kat-magic for you?

I had to hold the eruption off one day on the Icelandic Volcano so my friends could get out of there and back home safely. That took some doing! She's very grateful.

So, just holler and I'll do my naked dance at 2 in the am outside in the street. LOL

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Passion = True Happiness

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Following your passion should be top priority on everyoneís to do list. It can be very scary and some of us will never move past that point. But with the fear will come excitement, joy and love of doing whatever your true passion may be.

After doing some reading on the subject, Iíve pretty much come to the conclusion that you should let your fear guide you to find your true passion. For me, itís eventually branching out on my own and becoming my own boss.

We all tend to code fearful experiences as ďbad,Ē and then we try to avoid those ďbadĒ experiences that weíre afraid of. Avoidance is ok when the situation or experience really is an actual threat to us, but most of what we spend our time being afraid of doesnít pose any real threat to us, and might even be really good for us Ė and then we miss out on the good stuff when we avoid it. Sometimes fear can mean that weíre entering new territory and learning, growing and thriving. Sometimes our fear is pointing us to exactly whatís most important to us and what we love most.

So how do you overcome this fear, unleash your passion and find the true happiness every one of us deserves?

I know you have to LIVE to be passionate. You should live each day to the max. Walking around and just getting through the day doesnít cut it. Itís easy to stagnate because itís comfortable. Thatís what Iíve been doing. Taking action might be a good start. For me, I believe it will be taking steps toward my passion Ė my business. Even if they are small ones. I have to remember that nothing is written in stone and what is the worst thing that would happen. Iíll still be ok. Somehow things always tend to work themselves out. I don't want life to pass me by. Itís worth the chance!

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    This blog made alot of sense to me. My biggest fear right now would be following my passion, not being good at it, or it not being marketable in today's economy and putting my family in deeper debt. Not sure how to move past that fear yet.

I agree with Kat though. If this is something that you want to do, take the LEAP.

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FITKAT2010 3/30/2010 5:54PM

    Great blog, until the end. If you want to experience the passion that this new venture is promising you, you have to take a giant LEAP! No baby steps allowed. That is for people who are too afraid to feel anything.

I don't know about you, kiddo, but I'm throwing away the baby shoes and taking some giant leaps. WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JWENZEL723 3/30/2010 4:07PM

    we've got to hit our fears head on. like you said, what's the worst that could happen? you fail...but then you learn something from that failure and pick yourself back up again.

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CINDYC53 3/30/2010 12:54PM

    Great blog! Yes, I've been finally learning that happiness grows out of me walking straight into the things that I would have avoided in the past. And, if I stay in the moment and focus on this one day, everything seems to work out & I get stronger - & happier! Your insights help that behavior gel for me, so thank you - and I know that if you apply them to your own life, your wildest dreams (and then some!) will come true!
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MSWEEZER 3/30/2010 12:37PM

    Jenn you're lucky. You have a passion and are working it. I'm still trying to FIND that passion. Will I ever in this lifetime? That is the big question. Time will tell.

Look forward to our flight in a couple of weeks!!!

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The 2 faces of fear

Monday, March 29, 2010

What is fear Ė really?

Fear can be a good thing. It can be a warning system. It alerts us in to potential danger. It keeps us from breaking laws and disobeying orders. So, in a way, it keeps us within certain limits. Itís what I call my ďsafe placeĒ.

Fear also has another side. A side that keeps us restricted. I believe it plays a large role in our lives that many are unaware of. It keeps us from achieving our goals, perusing our dreams and just being alive and awake Ė in tune to our surroundings. Weíve become so comfortable in our ďsafe placeĒ we see no reason to change. Itís like living in chains. We give it too much power in our lives.

Iíve been thinking about this a lot lately and how much fear has held me back in life. Itís kept me from perusing one of my dreams Ė to work full time for myself with my current business and cut the ties to my full time job. It keeps me from believing in myself. Itís about time to crawl out of my ďsafe placeĒ and face my fears. Itís something I must do if I want to make the most out of my life. So Iíve started a list of things to accomplish in certain time frames to make this happen. Life is just too short to miss it.

What do you really want out of life? Are you happy in your current situation? Think of how much more youíre capable of Ė we all are! Why just coast through life. Face your fears! Once you do Ė it will lose the control it has over you. Donít we all want to be able to look back and know that weíve made the most out of our lives? Of course you do!

Face your fears and make the change!



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SHEILA1505 3/29/2010 10:43AM

    You mentioned the other day that your full-time job is your "security" - might it be a good idea to gradually downscale your full-time to 3/4 or 1/2 days and increase your own business accordingly step by step rather than throwing caution completely to the wind?

BTW - remember that you gave me some helpful advice about becoming an Aqua Fitness Trainer? That has started to take place, inch by inch - but gradually the fears are being faced and conquered. None of this is going to happen overnight but at least the process has started

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FITKAT2010 3/29/2010 10:29AM

    Hon, fantastic blog! 10 Kudo points.

A question for both of us here. And, you know that we are twinning each other with the issue of the business.

We make plans, and put onto paper a reasonable assessment of progress with checks and balances. We do some virtual reality stuff on paper. We sit with it for how ever long, maybe revamping it here and there.

So, the question: When do we throw the plans in the air, run into our dreams screaming at the top of our lungs:WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! ????

It takes planning to a SMALL degree, or else that becomes another anchor around our passion.

Yes, plan, but then JUST DO IT! *This message is for both of us BTW*

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What my avoidance costs me

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Iíve read many blogs lately regarding the choices we make in life. Some of those choice cause us to ďfall of the wagonĒ or fail. Some of those choices lead to success. Either way, those choices set the scene for the events that follow.

Itís all a matter of how you choose to handle situations in life. As I read in another blog this week. Which path do you choose? I tend to choose the path of least resistance, the one that is comfortable, secure and calm. But what does that do for me? It keeps me exactly where I am. Is that what I want out of life? Absolutely not! I know Iím capable of so much more!

Iím one to bury myself into other things in order to avoid the negative feelings associated with events in life. I know myself well. What has this cost me? Too much! Not to mention those negative feelings still come and go. Chalk it up to stress, worry or just plain FEAR. Running from something never solves anything. I lived numb to the fact that my mother had stage 4 breast cancer and would never be cured. Then when she passed, it made it that much harder because I avoided reality.

I run a small successful accounting and tax business on the side. Iíve had it for about 15 years now and it has grown by referrals only with no effort on my part. My dream would be to go full time with it one day and work for myself. Donít get me wrong, I love my full time job and the owner is great. But thereís nothing like being your own boss. (Or so Iím told) But what stops me? Fear Ė I love the security my full time job gives and the benefits. I wonít have that at first when I branch out, nor will I have the income Iím used to. So I think about it, get scared and crawl back into my security blanket. My avoidance or fear has cost me from branching out on my own. Iíve given it too much control in my life. Sometimes I wonder if I would have taken the step years ago, I imagine what it would be like now. I admire those who have the courage to face their fears and really look at the negatives, determine what the underlying currents are and deal with them.

As Katmomma3 has told me ďWhat you avoid is what you need to face!Ē

Time to face the music and change the tune. Iím not sure how yet but where there is a will thereís a way!

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SPIDER16 3/27/2010 5:51AM

    Powerful blog, thankyou for sharing. emoticon

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PERSISTENT_GIRL 3/25/2010 8:36PM

    you sure will keep challenging yourself and reaping so many benefits! You are courageous in your own ways and when you had enough of playing it safe you will change! Look for a sign! there are many!

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SEKSUNSHINE 3/24/2010 7:05PM

    Great! Now you know the fear, now the struggle begins within yourself even more. What will it take to get out to the box? You pushing you, or something unforeseen pushing you? You have made a great step in writing this blog. Are you ready for the next one? I think you are. Take that step and you will never be sorry. emoticon

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NOTGIVINGUP49 3/24/2010 6:59PM

    Jennva, thank you so much for your blog! I too have taken the path of least resistance. I truely want to change my path and need to face my fears as well. It is not easy, but I believe we can do this with committment, mindfulness, strength, and courage! I am proud of you for your realization! emoticon

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FITKAT2010 3/24/2010 6:38PM

    You made a real effort here to share your inner struggles. For that I give you applause. You never really answered the question though, did you?

You will....soon enough.

Proud of you dear friend.

This took courage. You came out of the closet today.

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MSWEEZER 3/24/2010 5:48PM

    I hear you loud and clear and I too have heard this from our friend KATMOMMA. I too am in 'safe' mode at the present time. I, unlike you, KAT, and SEK have no side business. I don't know of anything I could ever get going to make any $$ at. I too like to have my own $$ and rather than working less. I'm hoping for a different job within the school that would pay more but I'd be working a bit more too. Time will tell. Hang in there. We'll talk more next month!!!

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LATVIAN_SANDY 3/24/2010 4:22PM

    Oh Jennva - THANK YOU for posting this! I feel the same in many ways. I am quite unhappy with many things in my life, but fear of change is preventing me from doing anything about it. I'm only working part time, even though financially I really NEED a full time job, and even this part time job was practically handed to me. I'm scared to be rejected if I go seek something else. So I'm glad you posted, since I know I need to face those fears and make something of my life if I want to be happy.

Wishing you strength, courage, and happiness! emoticon

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It's official - 13.1 miles

Sunday, March 21, 2010

For the past number of weeks, I've been very anxious about today's race - getting running time anywhere I could fit it in. I did a practice 2 weeks ago and with the mileage not quite perfect I managed about 13.1 in 2hrs and 42mins.

So this morning came really early at 4am. I live 1 hour west of Virginia Beach were the 38th annual Shamrock was being held. We were told to arrive early to get parking. The 1/2 marathon started at 7am and was completely sold out at 7500 runners.

My goal in all this was not only to finish, but finish without walking at all. This is the farthest I've ran in a race so far. I was so excited last night that, of course, I couldn't sleep. I finally fell asleep at 11pm just to wake at 4am - 5 hours. UGH!

Anyway here's me at the start line. There were so many runners we were "corralled" by our estimated finish time. As you can see, it's still slightly dark out.

My DH was there with me and decided to get some pictures of the sun rising:

Here's me right after crossing the finish with a time of 2hrs 29min and 44 sec and receiving my medal. (not my best pictures so don't laugh) It was so crowded DH couldn't get pictures right at the start and the finish. But I'll take what I can get lol.

I finally caught up with DH and once again he told me how proud he was. I couldn't help but to tear up and cry. And to see the tears in his eyes .... It finally hit home what I actually accomplished - me - a non runner. Someone who used to hate running! Now my passion! DH is even beginning to run - yeah!

And here's the final picture. Most important - my medal! And, I bought 2 stickers at the Fitness Expo just in case I made the run. They will be put on my truck tomorrow!

Thank you to all my team mates and friends for your support and encouragement. I thought about you many times during my run today! YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

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EDPINKNEY 4/30/2010 10:56PM

    Congrats on the Shamrock! I am doing my first 1/2 on May 15th. I'm very nervous and anxious, but I know with people to inspire me like you. That it shouldn't be a problem

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Thank you for sharing your inspiring journey with us all!!!! Spark on, lady!

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SPIDER16 3/22/2010 4:12AM

    What a super achievement. Be proud...very proud, you did awesome!!! emoticon emoticon

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CINDYC53 3/22/2010 12:18AM

    WOW! Jenn, your photos are wonderful, and I had tears in my eyes looking at them and reading your story - just like you & DH! SO so proud of you. I was looking again at your last blog, thinking about the loss of your mom and all you've had to persevere through - and what a wonderful crowning achievement this day is for you. Thanks so much for sharing it & inspiring the rest of us!
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ROCKYCPA 3/21/2010 10:59PM

    Congrats on a job well done - you look great at the end as though you could keep on running.

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    Yay!!! I am so happy for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMBUCK3 3/21/2010 8:14PM

    No Jenn, YOU ROCK! I am so glad this turned out so well for you. Enjoy the happiness I know you must be feeling, you have truly earned it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NOTGIVINGUP49 3/21/2010 8:08PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon So very proud of you! You did FANTASTIC!

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MSWEEZER 3/21/2010 8:06PM

    You did GREAT!! What a feat indeed. And you're NOT a runner? LOL Maybe one day I will be able to say the same. So tickled for you!!!! emoticon

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SO happy for you -- and you look great!!

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FITKAT2010 3/21/2010 7:57PM

    Jenn, you showed yourself today a truth about who you are. Not just that you are a runner, but that you are successful! Of course we knew this already.


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THELOSKI 3/21/2010 7:55PM

    That is awesome!!! I am training for a half in Dallas in August. I'm very nervous, but am loving the feeling I get each week as I tack another mile onto my total. Great job!

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