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Monday, January 31, 2011

I was so happy to see 2010 leave! I think that is the worst year in my life on record! I have been determined to make 2011 the BEST year ever.

I have really been thinking about the lessons I learned last year and how I can apply them to my weight loss journey. I thought I would share it with you.

1. My life will never be the same.

So many things have changed since I lost my job....my income is less.....my responsibilities are less.....and thus far my bills are the same. It's going to take some adjustments to not feel so broke all the time.

Translation: Change is what we are after! I don't WANT to look the same. I don't want to eat the same. And to achieve my goals will require some adjustment.

2. I can't have anything I want when I want it.

With the dramatic change in income..there just isn't enough money for play. It's been a long time since I've had to focus on a budget...but you know it's not so bad....it's a good lesson to go back to....eliminate waste.

Translation: If you don't budget your calories and water....how can you be assured it's going to work. Write it all down! Stick to the plan.

3. If you don't keep moving forward......you will go crazy.

I went nuts being at home all day. It gives you too much time to feel sorry for yourself. I found I had to schedule time away from the house just to stay sane. I'm not used to so much down time.

Translation: Inactivity is never a good thing when trying to reach your goal and it won't happen over night. You must make the time for it.

While I don't want to relive 2010 over again....I learned some valuable lessons....and I'm still sure that my weight loss journey will be successful this time!

Watch for your lessons! It's amazing what you can learn....if you just focus!!!

Have a great week!



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2BTHINMAMMA 2/2/2011 12:23PM

    way to go on learning the lessons from a difficult year! Great job and thanks for sharing! Hope 2011 is a great year for you! You can do it!!

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NANCY- 2/1/2011 11:04AM

    It is truly amazing if we just open our eyes.
Great lessons.

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MSLZZY 1/31/2011 7:16PM

    Very positive! Take a good look at what is at hand and take those lessons with you! Let's just not repeat this LOL! emoticon

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MOMOFBOYS 1/31/2011 6:12PM

    Great perspective! Thanks for making me think and focus! emoticon

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MOMS100 1/31/2011 2:10PM

    Lessons we can all learn from! Here's to a great year ahead!

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POSITIVELY_EB 1/31/2011 1:47PM

    Excellent observations! emoticon

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This ain't no stinkin' resolution!

Monday, January 03, 2011

I'm so tired tonight. I started my new job today. It's not the job of my dreams or what I thought I would be doing, but it's nice to be productive again. A good thing about the job is that I have to bring my lunch. So that is good for the diet.

So much for the update.......what I really want to talk about is New Years Resolutions.

What do you think of when you hear, "New Years Resolutions"? I think Santa Claus....Easter Bunny.....Tooth Fairy! They just don't exist! They are usually broken before they are uttered. So let's do something new this year......okay....maybe not new.....but something different.

I just had the worst year of my life. I was so glad to see 2010 go. I just know 2011 is going to be sooooo much better! So now I'm grateful. And I want to keep that feeling.

1. Keep the gratitudes coming all year long.

I'm grateful for my family.....for having a job.....for blessings of family and friends. I will remind myself of 5 things I am grateful for every week.

2. Improve yourself.

I read a lot in the last six months. I want to keep that up. I have a lot I want to do with my life so I am going to continue to improve myself and spend time on myself. I need time for myself and I need to get the proper amount of sleep every night in order to have enough energy to do what I want to do.

3. Rid the world of pesky fruits and vegetables the green way.

We all struggle with eating enough fruits and vegetables....they must taste horrible! So as a favor to the world....I am going to eat as many as I can to save others from the terrible fate of having to eat them! Yes, I am now willing to make that sacrifice.....But I can't do it alone....I will need help!

4. Play games daily.

I bought a wii two years ago and I don't use it nearly enough. I have some great workout games to play and it can be fun at the same time. So I am going to play everyday and give my chairs a break.

5. Drink a lot.

Okay....little misleading. I like drinking water. I would rather drink water than anything else. I will continue to hydrate myself well.

So that's my list for living the good life this year. It's going to be my year. I have a detailed plan in place and the tools and resources to be successful. I am going to have the best year ever......will you join me and be a part of the fun?



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HANNAHV 1/12/2011 9:03AM

    Loving this blog, keep up the positive attitude. emoticonand good luck on new job!

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JFROGDIVA 1/12/2011 8:56AM

    emoticon emoticonWOOHOO!!!! Keri's back!!!! I agree completely!!!! Here is to 2011 being the BEST year.....EVER!!!!
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DEEGIRL50 1/9/2011 5:16AM

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Yeah! Keri's back in town!! You can lose all the weight you want, but don't lose that wonderful sense of humor and spirit!!

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VICUNJA 1/6/2011 1:11PM

    Fantastic plan of action(s) for 2011! I especially like to see you help me ridding the world of greens, yellows, reds, oranges, blues and all the other awful coloured things that come from trees, bushes and even the ground! We can do it if we really put our teeth into it!


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SUNNY1432 1/4/2011 8:59PM

    Sounds like a great plan!! emoticon You have been through a lot and are still positive and thankful for what you have, you are an inspiration and a ray hope to all of us!
Stay Positive! emoticon

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GINILEE4 1/4/2011 7:55PM

    Great blog Keri! I am sooo with you. I have been taking tiny steps each day and am continuing to make progress. I am going to start a gratitude journal this year to keep myself aware of what really is good in my life. Thanks,


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MSLZZY 1/4/2011 5:59PM

    I love #3! That has to be the most hilarious way to view fruits and veggies. Come graze in my garden this summer LOL! You have
kept your sense of humor and I know that being employed certainly helps the outlook. Keep on smiling and laughing and
by all means, Keep On Sparking! HUGS!

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ID_VANDAL 1/4/2011 10:22AM

    Great "job" Keri! I'll bet you can make that job into something more that it's started out to be.

You have good focus so go make it happen!! I'll try to support you by helping rid the world of some of those horrible veggies you mentioned!!



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NANCY- 1/4/2011 7:29AM

    WTG Keri!
Here's to making it an awesome 2011!

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ELLENIRENE 1/4/2011 6:38AM

    fun way of looking at New Years resolutions!!

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LOVEZ2SEW 1/4/2011 6:09AM

  GREAT blog Keri! Congratulations on the new job and being able to take your lunch to work. I'm with you about the wii, my husband bought it for me a good year ago and I have never taken it out of the box, yet when we visit our son, we play all the time. This year I am going to put mine to good good use!

I am looking forward to eating more fruit and veggies! I have my water now and always carry some with me now, it use to be soda but not anymore.
Wishing you much much success this year!
Take care,

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DAISY443 1/4/2011 5:07AM

    I can help with the veggies, but not so much with the fruit, but I'll give it my best. Good luck in your new job. Great blog!

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ANNABELLE1957 1/4/2011 2:37AM

    love this blog thank you humor and facts makes it all seem possible, you can do it , and have the best year of your life emoticon

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BABYSTEPS2011 1/3/2011 11:56PM

    Thank you for making the supremem sacrifice with number 3. Wishing you the best in the new year


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DEBBIE_J 1/3/2011 11:22PM

    I volunteer to help you rid the world of fruit and veggies.

LOL, I love your post!

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POSITIVELY_EB 1/3/2011 10:54PM

    Excellent! Can't wait to hear how it goes!!!

Hugs! Beverly

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MOMFAN 1/3/2011 10:26PM

    Love your sacrifices! You can do this!

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TADZIO 1/3/2011 10:09PM

    wonderful list -- I love that it's written in a fun way too!

I love your veggie section --- the good thing for me -- I LOVE veggies and fruits but find if I don't focus on getting them in ... I don't.

I too didn't enjoy 2010 very much.

2011 has to be it!

I wish you much success with all your goals.

((also subscribed to your blog))
R:) emoticon

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MSKIPPER5 1/3/2011 9:14PM

  Your outlook is amazing and funny at the same time. Maybe I need a little humor in my routine

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NEWNAC304 1/3/2011 9:12PM

    I will join you in the fun! You have a great way of looking at things. Can I help you in ridding the world of fruits and veggies? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Good luck in your new job.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I'm feeling a lot better since my surgery. Things are getting back to normal. A couple more weeks and I will probably be right as rain! Whatever that means! Had a great Christmas with family. I also interviewed for a couple of jobs since my surgery.

One I really want....I know I already accepted a job.....but this would be a great job. I should know tomorrow. I'm trying not to get too excited about it. But it would be great. It would mean a career change for me and back to a little more schooling, but I think that is just what I need. I will let you know how it turns out.

We are getting ready for a couple of big storms this weekend. It should start with freezing rain tonight. We are going to watch a couple of the grandkids on New Years Eve if the weather holds out. My aunt also invited herself over for a night of games and snacks. Should be fun if the weather permits.

So far the diet is not off to a good start.

I went to my first WW meeting. It was good and I liked the new plan and how it works. I had my surgery and bloated so bad...I had no idea where I was at and then I indulged over the Christmas break. So I am back to business now and we will see how it goes.

I also have to change my meeting date since I start work next week and can no longer go to morning meetings. They have a lot of meeting times so it's all good.

I hope to be back to blogging on a regular basis soon. I've missed all of you!

Take care,



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SLIMMERJESSE 1/1/2011 11:54AM

    Wishing you the best in 2011. Happy New Year!

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JANIEWWJD 12/31/2010 7:30PM

    Here's wishing you a HAPPY NEW YEAR and a healthy one too. I hope this year treats you with kindness, my friend.

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ID_VANDAL 12/31/2010 7:22PM

    Hey we missed you to but things are looking good for you!! Here's to a great 2011 for you and your family. You certainly deserve it.

You must be very proud of yourself. Just think about how you handled all of the stress and disappoints of 2010 and yet here you stand - stronger and better than ever!!

This is your year so just go for it!!



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MOMFAN 12/31/2010 1:52AM

    emoticonCheering you on! Let's reach our goals together this year!

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NANCY- 12/30/2010 12:21PM

Sounds like it is going to be a great 2011 for you!!!
Wishing you all the best!

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P316LEIA 12/30/2010 10:42AM

    I'm so happy that things are turning around for you!!! Congratulations on getting a new job!!

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POSITIVELY_EB 12/30/2010 10:20AM

    Glad you are doing better! Sounds like things are looking up for you! Now, get OFF the DIET and INTO a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE! You can do it!

Happy New Year!


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JFROGDIVA 12/30/2010 9:34AM

    Happy New Year, Keri!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Glad you are getting better, healthwise, & congrats on the job.....whichever one you want!!!! LOL!!!!
Glad you are back & ready to get down to business!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ELLENIRENE 12/30/2010 6:56AM

    Here's hoping you get your job!

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DEEGIRL50 12/30/2010 12:06AM

    emoticon Happy New Year Keri!
May all dreams come true in 2011. emoticon

Speedy recovery! emoticon

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MSLZZY 12/29/2010 11:59PM

    Woohoo! A job and the possibility of a even better one! Great!
Good luck with recovery.
What you get, we get, so I guess we'll be having freezing rain and snow, too LOL!

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MISSYGEEN 12/29/2010 11:51PM

    Glad your feeling better. congrats on the career moves. Good Luck with all of your goals.

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Whirl wind of activity!

Monday, December 20, 2010

My life has been a whirl wind of activity lately. I am going to give you an update....and if I feel like it tomorrow, I have a blog I've been wanting to write and I think I'm ready.

I HAVE a job! It's not my dream job, but it's employment. Maybe it will develop into the ideal...who knows. The benefits aren't that great and I really took a large step back...but I'm going to give it a shot. It's 10 min from my house and that is a plus. The people are super nice and I'll have a nice office. It doesn't have windows but it's really private and I think I will like it. It's all about how you go into it....so I'm going to be optimistic.

Last week, we had a social meeting for the association that I'm the President of. We had a speaker from Dale Carnegie come and talk to us. I was a little late because I had a job interview. For some reason, the speaker started harassing me and cracking bad jokes at my expense. He kept doing it throughout the meeting. About half way through his speech, I went to the restroom unable to contain the tears that were flowing down my face. How can people do that? I usually have a happy disposition and never confront anyone or make fun of people, so it really hurts when people do that to me and don't even feel bad about it.

I was supposed to thank him for speaking to us, but I told the President Elect that she had to do it because I wouldn't. I had to go on stage after and do awards and let me tell you....it was hard turning on the "happy". But I did it. He tried to approach me after his speech, but I was having none of it. He did catch up with me after the event and apologized. I explained I have had the worst year of my life and his comments were uncalled for and unappreciated. We didn't even know each other for heavens sake!

He also wrote me an e-mail over the weekend. He said he learned a good lesson from that. I hope so.

I am having some surgery in the morning. It's outpatient and it should resolve some problems I've been having for the last three months. I have to be at the clinic at 7 a.m. Wow! You know....I've been a lady of leisure for 6 months! That early morning isn't gonna be easy! But I need to get it done before I start my job on Jan. 3rd. So wish me luck.

I'll be taking valium and vicodin tomorrow so depending on how I feel and react to the meds...I hope to write again tomorrow....

Love to all....



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JFROGDIVA 12/26/2010 6:23PM

    Keri ~ I am SO sorry that you had to go through that!!!! I have been in a similar situation & didn't handle it very well!! I hope your surgery goes well & good luck with your new job!!!!
Hugzz ~ Jae emoticon

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ID_VANDAL 12/22/2010 1:53PM

    Keri!! I am so happy for you and the job. You will do an amazing job and I know 2011 is going to be a great year for you.

I am so surprised that a professional speaker would be so far out of line - I hate it that that happened to you and I do hope he learned a lesson. I'm just sorry you had to be the one to teach it to him!!

I hope you can let it go and focus on recovering successfully, enjoying your friends and family over these next few days and get ready to kick some serious @SS in 2011!!!!!!!!!!!

You have incredible strength to handle everything that 2010 threw at you! You are an inspirational person whether you know it or not!



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MOMFAN 12/22/2010 1:19AM

    Praying for a speeding recovery and that everything will be fine!

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MISSYGEEN 12/21/2010 11:48PM

    Turning back on the happy is a testimony to your character and dignity. Glad that you have a job with nice people. I hope you like it. Writing a blog on valium and vicodin, that aught to be interesting (just kidding). I wish you well tomorrow with your surgery.

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JANIEWWJD 12/21/2010 11:44PM

    I will be thinking of you and praying that your surgery goes well. emoticon emoticon

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NANCY- 12/21/2010 7:54AM

Apparently that dude has issues and should follow Thumper's father's(Bambi) advice: "If you can't say something nice... don't say nothing at all. "
Kudos to you for telling him that his comments were uncalled for and unappreciated.

Wishing you a speedy recovery.
Huge Hugs!!!

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ELLENIRENE 12/21/2010 6:08AM

    You did good to turn on the "happy" I couldn't have done that! People can be so cruel and don't even know it.
Best of luck with your procedure tomorrow and congratulations on your new job!!

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DEEGIRL50 12/21/2010 5:05AM

    I think we all could use some valium and vicodin this time of year! Wishing you a speedy recovery.
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Great news about the job. It might be a small beginning, but could lead you to amazing places. Plus, working with nice people is a huge benefit.

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POSITIVELY_EB 12/20/2010 11:14PM

    Dale Carnegie can go jump in a well!!! That was totally uncalled for, but at least he apologized for it.

So glad you got a job - good attitude!

And good luck with the surgery!

Can't wait to hear the "other" blog!

Hugs! Beverly

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MSLZZY 12/20/2010 10:37PM

    And this was a motivational speaker? Time for him to go back to the classroom and be taught some manners. So glad he did apologize!
Good luck with the new job and hoping your surgery resolves the issue at hand. HUGS!

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SUNNY1432 12/20/2010 10:01PM

    I'm so sorry that you had such a jerk to deal with:( I'm glad that he apologized, it's just unfortunate that some people have no idea of when they have crossed the line of funny and hurtful.
Way to take the high road and be the better person!! emoticon
Wish you the best of luck tomorrow and I hope the procedure helps you. emoticon

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LDFRANCO 12/20/2010 9:26PM

    I hate it when people think that they have a license to be cruel. It sounded like he just used you as a prop for his "gig". I would have been in the bathroom in tears as well :(

You are very strong for being able to turn the happy back on!!

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My news!

Friday, December 10, 2010

What a crazy week!

I've been really down.....and I decided that one way or another I had to get out of my funk and take control of things I can control. That night my husband and I went out to dinner with friends. Money has been really tight so that was a treat to say the least. On the way home, I told DH that when I get a job again, I want to go back to weight watchers. They have a new program and I really wanted to see what it was all about. I thought it might give me what I needed to jump start my life and take control of my situation.

Well, DH said, "NO....your health is more important to me than money. We will find a way. Do it now....just don't give up." It's no wonder we have been married for 21 years! I don't know what I would do without him. So I immediately signed up and went to my first meeting Wednesday.

On the job front.....
I got a call for an interview this week . I was driving to the interview when I got a call from another company wanting an interview. How great! So that interview was the next day. As soon as that interview was over I got another call for an interview today! And when I opened my email...I had yet another interview opportunity for next week!

I can't believe it. I've been telling people that God has been trying to teach me something....and I either learned it or he threw his hands up and said...give it up...we had better get her back to work!!! LOL!!!

So far I am excited about 2 out of 3 opportunities. I really feel that I did well on the interviews. I hope I get some offers out of the deal so my life can feel complete again and I can begin to heal. I have felt broken for so long...and now I feel hopeful!!!

On the health front, I am scheduled for some same day surgery on the 21st. I am happy that the situation I have been dealing with will be taken care of. I can't tell you what a relief it is. Then today I got a call from the Clinic business office. They had talked to my insurance company to make sure they would cover the procedure. I thought...great now this is where they tell me it isn't going to be covered. She said they would be billing the insurance company $3000.00 and I would be responsible for $30! I told her thank you for the Christmas present!!!!

It is all turning around....I can feel it. I hope I can tell you that I am employed and healthy really soon!!!

~My Cyber Friends~

I haven't ever seen you,
But I know you're really there;
I click you into reality
Like magic from the air.
Your voice is like an angel,
Though I really do not hear;
Your hug as warm as any
Of loved ones I hold dear.
You're always there for comfort,
Or a word of cheer;
Though you are very far away,
I always have you near.
You're a very special friend,
Like none I've ever known;
As long as you're in cyberspace
I'll never be alone......

(author unknown)

Hugs and love,


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ID_VANDAL 12/13/2010 10:28AM

    Keri - I cannot begin to tell you have happy I am for you.

You are the perfect example of just hanging in and doing what you can when things looked bleak!!! You may have been down but you were never out!

I think your next stress is going to be which job offer to accept!

You husband sounds like a wonderful person and you are lucky to have him!!

Keep us posted as the events transpire!! and here's to the best Christmas yet!!



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DEEGIRL50 12/12/2010 11:51PM

    Your cup of joy overflows! You deserve it too!!

Two of my sister-in-laws are going to Weight Watchers. They have been very successful. Your DH loves you very much and he shows it by caring for you!! So does the Lord.
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GINILEE4 12/11/2010 7:47PM

    All I can say is Merry Christmas Keri.

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NANCY- 12/11/2010 11:17AM

    Wow What wonderful news!!!
Looks like things are falling into place for you. It's nice that you have your DH to share it with.

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ELLENIRENE 12/11/2010 5:54AM

    I am so happy for you--seems like everything is falling in place. Your DH sounds like a keeper!! Mine should take some lessons from him. emoticon

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JOURNEYOF3 12/11/2010 12:17AM

    Absolutely fabulous! I am so happy for you! God has an interesting way of bringing us to where we need to be.

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JOURNEYOF3 12/11/2010 12:04AM

    Absolutely fabulous! I am so happy for you! God has an interesting way of bringing us to where we need to be.

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CHARITYCYCLIST 12/10/2010 11:46PM

    I am severely underemployed & in the process of doing some 'Career Exploration' & looking at other opportunities that exist besides the job I've been doing for the past 20 years. I am also trying to become healthier, physically and even booked an appointment with my physician today.
I've been on SP for just over a month & find it incredibly helpful. I think I'm using all of the Tools available & am feeling really good about being in control of my health. Perhaps work will fall into place for me as well.

Good luck with your job search. Keep the faith! emoticon

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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 12/10/2010 11:31PM

    Oh my goodness, what wonderful news. I totally can understand everything you said, I too was unemployed for so long that I stopped feeling like I was contributing, that I too was broken.

I will send you my good thoughts and keep you in my prayers. Good luck to you!!!

Terri =)

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SUNNY1432 12/10/2010 11:22PM

Christmas has come early for you and I hope that the interviews go well so YOU can pick which one you want!!
Stay Positive and know that God only gives us what he knows we can handle.
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MSLZZY 12/10/2010 11:14PM

    A little bit of faith and a lot of patience and look at you! Hope your lucky
streak continues! HUGS!

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SHERRIL81 12/10/2010 11:13PM

    I LOVE your attitude!!! The Lord IS faithful and so good, right? And you have a terrific husband to support you! I am so thankful for mine. I wouldn't be able to walk in the evenings if he didn't selflessly come home after 12 hours of working in a factory to watch the kids while I do my thing!!! Keep up the good work and I pray you get the perfect job for you!!!

Also love the poem at the end!!!!

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JEAN111766 12/10/2010 11:13PM

    Wow girl! How absolutely awesome! I am so psyched for you! I look forward to updates on the job status! Loved the cyber friends poem also!!! emoticon emoticon

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