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Thursday, January 02, 2014

Happy New Year!! I just wanted to share something I read on Spark Guy's blog today. :)
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You don't have to actually answer these questions, just ponder them.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman Trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America Pageant.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point isÖ not many of us remember the headliners of yesterday.
These are not second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields.
But the applause dies.
Awards tarnish.
Achievements forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one.

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

Easier?

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money or the most awards. They simply are the ones who care the most.

I have passed this on to wonderful people in my life.
Enjoy the New Year! You are appreciated!

  
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    I love this b/c it is so very true. Thank you for reminding me of the simple things and people that affect our lives positively. Feel free to check out my blog too.

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    Very good, and very true, thanks for sharing.

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    This was still good the 2nd time around! :) Have a great day.

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Some pics to update y'all! 2014--YOU'RE MINE!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Hi all!! Just checking in! I haven't really blogged in so long I don't know where to start so I'll just take the easy way out and post some pictures! They make it easier to tell a story anyways. :)

Kaitlyn is 10 now, turning 11 in March! Kyler just turned 9 at the end of September. He's in 3rd grade and she's in 5th. It seems like just yesterday they were in preschool. Next year Kaitlyn will be in middle school!! It doesn't seem possible!




Here's the belated 1st 5K pics I forgot to post! We had such a blast!! Such great memories I will forever cherish! So glad I was able to do my 1st 5K with my daughter by my side!







My little family...Thanksgiving 2013 :)



And this is my selfie from a week ago when a friend contacted me and said I had been on her heart lately and offered me a free hair cut and style!! It was super nice of her! I love how it turned out. :)



I'm sooooo ready to get back into sparking and making 2014 the best year yet! Today marks one week cigarette free!!! It feels awesome! I really didn't believe I could do it and now...well...I KNOW I can! My confidence is rising and If I can quit smoking, WHAT ELSE CAN I ACCOMPLISH?!!! 2014 is the year to find out!!!! :)


  
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BOVEY63 1/23/2014 4:03PM

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CULACCINA 1/1/2014 9:14PM

    Amazing job on your no-smoke streak! :D
Love the pictures (specially the ones of the 5k :P), and love to count you among my friends.
This year is the year. We're going to make it happen!!!! :D

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_LINDA 12/31/2013 2:25PM

    emoticon emoticon Photos!!
Lovely family!!! I did my first 5k color run too, by myself, but Mom was there to cheer me on!
Congrats on being smoke free for a week!
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CHUBBY_MOM 12/30/2013 5:35PM

    Love the pictures! Awesome!!! 1 week smoke free!!!!!

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Great to see the update. So proud of you and happy for you. You and your daughter look amazing in your Color Run pics! How fun. Love the new hair style.

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JANTWO 12/30/2013 1:51AM

    You look amazing!!!! Way to go on quitting smoking!!!!

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Thank you for your prayers :)

Monday, September 16, 2013

I just wanted to say thank you for all of the prayers for myself, my aunt, and my family. My aunt earned her angel wings yesterday morning and her battle came to an end. We are glad she is no longer suffering and is now in the arms of the angels. The services will be in Des Moines Wednesday and Thursday and my boyfriend will be attending to show his support. I know this is bringing up some memories for him and heís being a trooper about it. Iím so glad I have him in my corner. Thanks again for the prayers and condolences during this difficult time.

  
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SUEPERWOMAN 11/24/2013 10:17AM

 
I'm so sorry for you loss, honey.

Love, Ginger

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BYEFATNANNY 9/18/2013 1:16PM

    Always remember, she'll always be with you. I'm so sorry for your loss. emoticon

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    So sorry for you and your family's loss. emoticon

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    emoticon Thinking of you all at such a sad time. emoticon Love Libby

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AZURELITE 9/16/2013 9:06PM

    Sorry to hear of your aunt's transition. She is now at peace. Take good care of yourself & your family.
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_LINDA 9/16/2013 7:47PM

    So sorry for your sorrow :( Glad her pain is over and she is in a better place..
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Don't know how to deal with Cancer

Friday, September 13, 2013

Just a quick blog to let out some emotions. A lot has been going on that I need to catch you up on. My first 5K, a big SP meetup that was AWESOME, 1st day of school pics of my kids, and so much more! Right now though Iíve been consumed with dealing with grief again. That sneaky lil bugger creeps back up on you no matter how much you try to not let it.

My aunt has been very ill and is being cared for by hospice right now. Cancer has taken another victory while her family is left to pick up the pieces. Itís a very difficult time to say the least. My boyfriend has been so good about comforting me in the past and being there for me but this time itís different. You see, he lost his daughter at the age of 7 to cancer and so this is bringing up some grief and issues with him as well. He acts like he knows it all when it comes to cancer since he has been through a similar experience. Iíll tell him my aunt is still hanging on, (in a coma), and heíll be like, yea I know. ďHow do you already know that, I just told you,Ē I said. ďStephanie was in a coma and we all gathered around for a week. A WEEK we had to watch her die.Ē Sigh. Iím sorry, Iím not as knowledgeable as you when it comes to cancer.

Anyways, thatís my vent for the day. Just needed to get that off my chest. If you could all say a prayer for my auntís peaceful passage into Godís loving embrace, I would greatly appreciate it. Itís a very difficult time for all of us. Thank you!

  
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BOVEY63 9/18/2013 5:10PM

    Many prayers coming your way.
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CHANGINGSAM 9/16/2013 3:51PM

    I definitely agree with FRENCHIFAL.

I'm so sorry you are dealing with this. I've been and will continue praying for you and your family through this difficult time. emoticon

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REDRUNNERMOM713 9/16/2013 11:30AM

    Thinking of you Leslie!!! BIG (((HUGS)))

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LIBBYFITZ 9/15/2013 11:57AM

    emoticon You are doing fine, we all deal with sadness and death in our own unique way. This will be bringing up some very sad memories that he thought he had put aside. Just be there for each other and remember it is your own sadness. emoticon

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AUNTB63 9/14/2013 8:21AM

    Sending good thoughts and prayers for your Aunt, also for you and your family. I know how difficult this time is, but you will get through this. Glad you found this blog to vent......so important to be able to do this.....without any judgment etc. emoticon emoticon

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BYEFATNANNY 9/14/2013 2:05AM

    Leslie don't forget this is bringing bad memories for him and he's trying to be strong for you and comfort you. Let the hospice nurses try to guide you. I'm so sorry, those of us that have been through try to say we know and in some ways we do, but every experience is different. I'm so sorry, try to remember she's going to a less painful place. Hugs my dear friend.

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_LINDA 9/14/2013 12:11AM

    Oh my, to lose a daughter at age 7, just can't imagine :(( Your beloved Aunt -the blessing is she is in a coma and can't feel pain. No wonder you are both torn up about this :(( Wishing her a peaceful passage...
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MRYTYLER 9/13/2013 7:32PM

    emoticon My heart goes out to you, and you and your loved ones are in my prayers.

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PCOH051610 9/13/2013 6:45PM

    Leslie,

I've just said a prayer that your beloved Aunt will pass away peacefully. As for your boyfriend's comments, remember that you are both under a lot of stress right now. Maybe he is hurting to see you hurting and knowing that this whole experience with your Aunt is bringing forth some powerful memories isn't making it any easier.

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LINDA! 9/13/2013 6:06PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Also, how difficult for you boyfriend. I am sending a prayer for both of you and the families. emoticon

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FRENCHIFAL 9/13/2013 5:27PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Your boyfriend might be trying to explain that he understands...or he might not want to talk about it because of his past experiences. Either way, I would talk to him about how you feel. It's terrible that he lost his daughter, but you need support and understanding now.

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Feeling GREAT! Update on myself!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

I FINALLY feel like I'm back into the swing of things! I fell off track for some time and gained half of what I had lost back BUT the good news is that I stopped it before I gained anymore! That's a victory in itself! Usually I would've gained it all back and then some but not this time!! I'm down 11 pounds from April and I feel SO much better about myself. I'm only about 15 lbs away from where I want to be and I KNOW I'll get there again.

I've started running and low and behold, I LOVE it!! I started it because I knew that I would burn the most calories from it and even though I still want this to become a lifestyle change like last time, I wanted the weight to come off quickly! I've got a body to sport this summer!!! I've read that the #1 way to maintain your weight-loss is to incorporate a regular exercise routine which is what I'm trying to do. Running has become my go-to exercise to release the happy endorphins. There's nothing like the feeling you get after you run! Such a feeling of accomplishment--I LOVE IT!! Soon I'm going to run my first official 5K and I can't WAIT! My boyfriend is impressed each time I go running and that makes me feel GOOD! Heck, I'm even impressing myself!! My last 5k time was 32:15 with an average 10:48 min/mi pace! Who did that?!! THIS GIRL RIGHT HERE! BOOYA!! emoticon

So as you can tell I'm feeling so much better about myself. Woohoo!! And I'm also SUPER psyched to be meeting some Spark friends at the end of this month! We are going to my parent's condo at the Lake of the Ozarks and are so excited to finally meet eachother in person!

Soon I'll be able to post pics from my SP meet-up AND from my 1st 5K! That just ROCKS!

Just wanted to touch base with you all and give you a long-overdue update on myself. Keep on, keepin' on friends!! Together--WE CAN DO ANYTHING WE SET OUR MINDS TO! You just have to DO IT! emoticon emoticon

  
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DOLLYHOLLY 11/16/2013 2:24PM

    emoticon Happy to hear that you've started running and have gotten your food/inactivity triggers under control. I LOVED it when I was able to run. Now with my tendinitis, the doctors say I likely will not be able to run again.

But I know how you feel when you run. It makes one feel near invincible, does it not?

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BOMBCHELL23 9/17/2013 5:30AM

    This is an inspiring blog for sure that is awesome news and time. Even if I run 3K it is like in 36-38 min. I am in awe that you are running that fast. I am glad that you have found your mojo to begin again. I completely understand that! It is good to hear back from you, I need to stay in touch.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 8/21/2013 8:02PM

    So proud of you girl!

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GRANLUND 7/29/2013 12:58PM

    So glad to see the update on how you are doing. Running is AWESOME! A few years ago I decided that was going to start running for some of the same reasons as you...burn calories fast, and it was convenient (my kids sometimes even ride their bikes with me while I run!). Now, I've completed 8 half marathons and I'm signed up for my 9th in November. Keep up the great work!

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BTRTHANEVA 7/21/2013 11:47AM

    Color you beautiful!

So proud of you for recommitting yourself to exercise and finding something that works for you! And especially for sharing your first 5K with your baby girl! What memories you made yesterday!!!

YOU GO GIRL!

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    You inspire me to keep pressing forward! You rock! emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 7/5/2013 8:21AM

    5km in 32:15! FANTASTIC!

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BYEFATNANNY 7/4/2013 11:21AM

    I'm so happy you are running and loving it. It was the one thing I've never completely mastered, but while doing it I noticed major body changes. What fun to meat Sparkfriends in person! And a weekend away to boot. Leslie I'm so proud of you and you are always inspiring. Rock on! By the way LOVE your background photo of the bikini. emoticon emoticon

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I love reading happy blogs and yours is the happiest yet! What a great way to start my day!!

Have a great 4th, full of goals achieved!

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That is fantastic!! You are rocking it! What fantabulous time you are going to have with your Sparkies! Enjoy!!
Thanks for the update!!

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TEMPEST272002 7/4/2013 1:25AM

    Glad to hear that you doing well. Saw your pics of FB and think you're looking amazing!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 7/3/2013 11:09PM

    Isn't running the best?!?! I fell in love with it 2 yrs ago and can't imagine my life without it now. So happy you caught the running bug!! It will never let you down and can be a total sanity saver. What 5K are you signed up for? emoticon emoticon

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RUN2MYDREAMS 7/3/2013 6:11PM

    You are doing so awesome girlie! I'm so proud of you! You are seriously kicking some behind on your runs. Nothing's gonna stop you from reaching your dreams and goals! Shoot for the moon, reach for the stars. You got this!
Still can't believe I get meet you live and in person this month...EEEEEEPPP; )

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MRYTYLER 7/3/2013 5:52PM

    emoticon So happy for you that you found an exercise that you love. emoticon emoticon Have a great time at the Lake of the Ozarks. My sil lives there and loves it. It is beautiful.

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LZY0108 7/3/2013 5:47PM

    emoticon emoticon Love to here you are doing so well!! That is awesome! I am soooo happy for you! Running is awesome! I really want to get into it again. You are inspiring me to do just that! Thank you for sharing! Hope you have a great Fourth!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOVEY63 7/3/2013 5:14PM

    Congrats on getting back on track and the weight loss!
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Have an awesome time with fellow Sparkers! Anxious to read about it!

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/3/2013 5:00PM

    Yay! So happy for you!

Happy you caught the running bug! I love it.

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KARENKANDO 7/3/2013 4:37PM

    Reading your post was like looking in a mirror! I've gained and lost and gained and lost. . .and this last time, I gained, but within about 30 lbs of my highest weight ever, I turned the boat around and now I'm traveling in the right direction again. Oh, and I too want it "right now". I'm not very patient! I can't believe you are in the midwest! I live in Kansas City and am familiar with the Lake Ozark area. My husband and me are headed south this weekend to the Roaring River - down near Cassville. Small world, huh? Enjoy your time with other SP folks. And . . . Happy 4th of July! emoticon

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