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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I'm getting out of this funk for good! Today I've started being diligent about my water intake again. By the time I'm done with this blog I will have drank 141 ounces today! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I've also kept my hand out of the candy bowl! [one downside of working at a bank] emoticon emoticon

Another thought I've had was joining a challenge. It's been a while since I've joined one and I know that I really benefit from that accountability, support, and motivation that they provide. I've been ''challenge shopping'' and am wondering if any of my emoticon's have any good challenges that they're doing or suggestions on challenges that they've done and have worked for them. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm tired of this ole Funk and I'm ready to find some "Funk Eliminators!" What works for you? How do you pick yourself up and get back into the swing of things? Suggestions emoticon

  
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ASHLEYKAT 9/21/2010 9:33PM

    The Angels Among Us team I'm on does a money jar challenge (.01 for every sparkpoint) as well as an exercise pledge one. If you do anything fun, let me know! I get so confused by all the _____ challenges around here!

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JHADZHIA 9/21/2010 8:50PM

    The Just Do It! Team has a weekly challenge where you try to make five out of five goals for the week, for example, get X number of hours of sleep each night. Eat X amount of veggies every day, etc. So its not overly tough, but keeps you mindful of daily goals. You set the goal parameters that would give you a reachable chance. The idea is to stretch a little each time out..

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BTRTHANEVA 9/21/2010 6:52PM

    Hi Sweetie Cakes!

Ohhhh... you work at a bank and play with money all day!!!! I like to just smell it. Touch it. But I find I'm better off with less of it than more. Being as I work hard for the money (channelling Donna Summers here) I'm more thoughtful with separating from my hard-earned $$$.

I haven't joined a challenge...yet! Right now I'm challenging myself to floss my teeth everyday (instead of two days before a cleaning and I'm bleeding all over myself...) Oral hygiene!!!

Funk eliminators? I had to put my glasses on for that one. My mind was in it's normal place, the gutter. (I am a spunky "mature" woman) It's lucky if I can find it all there most days!

Good luck and let us know what you come up with!!!

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I got my family back! =))

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Well it's been over a week since I've blogged, probably due to my lack of energy and motivation this week. I wasn't quite sure what the heck was wrong w/ me until a dear emoticon stopped by to lend some advice. emoticon Seems after I declared "my purpose" I got overwhelmed. It was like, okay now I've said it so I must do it, right?! Well thanks to the awesome advice of Kendra, (JUSTDUCKY1405), I'm not going to let myself stress! If it's meant to be it'll be, all in good time. emoticon

I've also made huge strides in making family peace! emoticon I had taken some necessary steps to achieve this but was still so angry inside. I pretended like I didn't care my sister was not in my life, like it didn't affect me, but it did. I can now tell how big of a weight I was carrying on my shoulders. My sister finally reached out and opened the lines of communication again, [awesome], and I was almost too angry to allow it. Not only had she not apologized but she did not acknowledge the abandonment I felt and expressed when she was not there for me during an abusive relationship. I was wanting my sister to rescue me and she didn't. I finally expressed how it made me feel and not only did she deny it, but she shut me out. At last, she has reopened the door. It took all I had and A LOT of convincing to let this go for now and respond with out anger, open the lines of communication and WANT to mend fences. Thanks to my great therapist and boyfriend, (MTLHEAD86 emoticon), I reached back out to her...and guess what?! Come to find out she DOES care. She DOES love me. I DO have a complete family! emoticon

I'm officially out of my funk and feelin' ready to CONQUER ANYTHING! I WILL MAKE GOAL, I WILL FOLLOW MY DREAMS...and I'll do it with the support of my WHOLE family!
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CHRISTYD921 9/22/2010 4:42PM

    YAH!!! I'm so happy for you! emoticon

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MTLHEAD86 9/19/2010 2:06PM

   

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Wow, a therapist? Not sure I'm qualified for that title, somewhat humbled. The credit is all yours. You did everything, starting with being honest with yourself.


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There is no other love like that of family, it's going to be a blast watching the relationship with your sister evolve. I'm beaming this smile I'll bet they can see from space!


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LIBBYFITZ 9/18/2010 11:09PM

    I am so happy for you. so glad your sister has opened up and let you back into her family. I have a sister with psychzophrenia and it has been hard over the years as far as she was concerned we were the mad ones and she was OK!

I sent her flowers for her birthday this year, just to let her know I love her. I don't expect a response as I know that she is not capable of that normal reciprocation that the rest of us do. I just have to accept that!
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JHADZHIA 9/18/2010 10:45PM

    so glad you are back with your family again. Its awful to be estranged.
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YW84FRIDAY 9/18/2010 9:37PM

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SALINA78 9/18/2010 2:48PM

    YAY!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/18/2010 2:38PM

    Leslie, I LOVE your blog! Yay for you and your sister! Love is so powerful!

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IUHRYTR 9/18/2010 12:58PM

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LOOZINITNOW 9/18/2010 12:55PM

    So happy for you! After going through the same thing with my sister, I can tell you that it does make a difference to have them back in your life. My sister and I will never have anything in common but we do share a love and bond that is unbreakable. I'm happy to see you out of your funk.

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ASHLEYKAT 9/18/2010 12:43PM

    Yay! Glad to hear it!

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DIVINEPRINCESS 9/18/2010 12:27PM

    Family is important, and sisters matter--whether we want them to or not. It's also true that families--and sisters in particular--have unusual "powers" to hurt us.

So glad God invented "forgiveness". The hard lesson for me to learn is that I don't always have to give people what they deserve. I don't have to get revenge. I don't have to hold on to my hurts and grudges. I can let it all go and trust Him to balance the scale in His own time in His own way. I can be free to live, love, and laugh.

I'm glad you accepted your sister's olive branch and are now in the process of rebuilding y'all's relationship.

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MONKEYSNUFFER 9/18/2010 12:24PM

    That is great! Good family and friends make all the difference, don't they?

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HONEYBUNCH24 9/18/2010 12:19PM

    That is so emoticon to hear about mending fences with your sister. Now you are able to move forward with everyone in place. I know that was a burden lifted off your shoulders. It's also great to have someone to talk to and maybe see it from a different perspective. I am so very happy for you, for you deserve all the very best life has to offer....Your post brought tears to my eyes with happiness for you and your family....Have a wonderful weekend...

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So happy I just have to share! (AMAZING story included!)

Thursday, September 09, 2010

I'm excited on many different levels...hence the reason I'm blogging again! I love being able to share my joys with my fellow Spark Friends. After all, it's been YOUR support and encouragement that has gotten me this far and I'm forever grateful for ALL that you've done for me!

Last night I attended a church meeting so that I can become a member! I've been a member at my home town church but have been attending a nearby one as a guest for the past couple of years. I love how welcoming they are and feel God has lead me there. There's actually a really cool story behind it and I'm wondering why I haven't ever shared it with you before!!

It was 2008 when they started building this church. It was right down the road from our house so the convenience of the locality was one big plus. As the walls went up we watched it progress into a beautiful building, just gorgeous! It was huge! They posted a sign that announced the opening Sunday and welcomed guests to join. It had been a while since I had attended church, maybe a few months, and I was wanting to start attending regularly. My boyfriend hadn't attended church in 25 YEARS! You see, he was raised in a Catholic family and went to a Catholic school through out his childhood. He said that religion had been shoved down his throat his whole life and after he was a teenager he got sick of it and stopped attending. So when that first Sunday came along and the new church opened it's doors, I was anxious to go! The BF wasn't as enthused and said that'd he'd just stay home this time. I took the kids and went, enjoying the service thoroughly! So much so that I told BF all about it and how awesome it was. Next Sunday he decided to join me! And guess what?! He enjoyed it too! He saw some friends he knew and was flattered by how welcoming everybody was. The next week we attended again...and BF asked for forgiveness of all of his sins! Praise the Lord! The very next day was when he passed away.

This man had not attended church in TWENTY FIVE years. Had he not gone and asked for forgiveness I would not have the peace of knowing that he is in Heaven. God is amazing, isn't He?! It was not by accident that we walked through those church doors that Sunday. God lead us there and I am SO THANKFUL that He did!

I'm overjoyed at this opportunity to become a member! I feel I'm on the right path and that life is unfolding just as God had planned for me. My life may not have turned out as I expected but I know I am EXACTLY where God intended on me to be!

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SHASHEE71 9/18/2010 12:13AM

    Wow...what a touching and amazing personal story that is. Thank you so much for sharing this. It really touched me.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 9/15/2010 8:17PM

    Beautiful story, and thanks for sharing! That is amazing, and how awesome, truly awesome is that... for sure God led you there... it was all meant to be!

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SUSIE559 9/14/2010 6:44PM

    Wow! Your story gave me gooseflesh!

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CUTEANGEL79 9/13/2010 3:19PM

    glad you found a church you can belong to thats always important

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YW84FRIDAY 9/11/2010 10:19PM

  That IS exciting! I'm really happy for you!

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SHERRY257 9/10/2010 2:05PM

    Thank you for sharing. Isn't God awesome? I love to hear how he changes lives! We lived in a neighborhood where a church was being built also back 20 years ago and our lives were changed forever! emoticon

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SALINA78 9/10/2010 1:49PM

    what a BEAUTIFUL story!!!
Thank you for sharing that!
That must have given you such a peace when you were dealing with his death.
WOW...AMAZING!
God is so good!



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KANSASROSE67 9/10/2010 1:20PM

    Thank you for sharing this story...it is a wonderful witness to the way God works in our lives.

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CINDYHOUGHTON 9/10/2010 1:08PM

    I too love your story. I am glad you have found a church home. So sorry for the loss of your BF.

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7PASTORMIKE7 9/10/2010 1:02PM

    Praise God !
What a wonderful story !
I am so blessed by you sharing this !
God is so good !
Bless your heart my dear sister in the Lord !
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MOTOXMOM40 9/10/2010 11:51AM

    Your story gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes. It's nice to know that with God in our lives we can all live with peace and know we are lead in a direction for a reason.

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CHOESCH 9/10/2010 10:47AM

    I'm so grateful that you were able to find peace during such a difficult time. Now you are sharing your story and giving others a glimpse into the peace that they can find if they will trust God and put their lives in His hands. I know you will be able to move forward and do the right things for you and your beautiful children - you are letting your faith lead you and that is going to make a huge difference. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful story. I know you will still have struggles - but you have the tools to overcome them and learn from them. You are a great example to all of us!
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IUHRYTR 9/10/2010 3:39AM

    Isn't it astonishing how we can look back and see how decisions led us to where we are today? This was an amazing uplifting story. Thank you. -- Lou

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QUEENCAT25 9/10/2010 2:32AM

    God worked a miracle. Amazing story!

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COURAGE40 9/10/2010 1:47AM

    WOW. God really used you in an amazing way. You have to tell this story so you can encourage others to "share their faith"
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MONIKALW81 9/10/2010 12:47AM

    I'm so glad you shared that story! Finding a church that feels like home is so wonderful.

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BELLALUCIA 9/9/2010 11:46PM

    God bless you and may your man rest in peace!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 9/9/2010 11:00PM

    WOW! You gave me goosebumps! It truly is a miracle how things work out sometimes and I absolutely believe everything happens for a reason and God is always leading us in the direction we should be going. I'm so happy for you that you are a member now and are so excited about it!

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ASHLEYKAT 9/9/2010 9:31PM

    Wonderful story! Thanks for sharing!

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CHRISTYD921 9/9/2010 8:44PM

    what a neat story ..God knew that is where you both needed to be

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KARBIE18 9/9/2010 8:37PM

    What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing! So glad you feel like you were lead there - and that you feel so welcome. That's the way it should be.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/9/2010 7:09PM

    Wow, Leslie, I started reading this out loud to Drex and had to pause cuz I got choked up! What a story! What kind of church do you attend? emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/9/2010 7:09PM

    Wow, Leslie, I started reading this out loud to Drex and had to pause cuz I got choked up! What a story! What kind of church do you attend? emoticon

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MOMFAN 9/9/2010 6:15PM

    God is right on time every time!

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MARY1618 9/9/2010 6:04PM

    I am very sorry for your loss but also very happy that your BF went to church and ask forgiveness. That is a really awesome example of how God works!
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DETERMINDCHICKY 9/9/2010 5:55PM

    What an awesome blog! And truly inspirational. I am so sorry for your loss. emoticon

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I Have Purpose!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Great things are going on in my life, I've just gotta share! You see, I've been working a job that, well for a lack of better terms, SUCKS! I do love the people and the benefits, but I'm not using my college education at all! This job was just supposed to be temporary until I found THE job and here I am 5 years later in the same position and practically the same pay. My dads been pushing me to find another job, something that pays better and where there's actually chance for advancement. I thought I was on the right path a couple years ago when I enrolled in stenography school. Things were going great until life got in the way. I pushed through the first 6 months after his death, amazing fellow students and even the teacher. I knew Chris was proud of where I was going and I wanted nothing more than to make him proud. Then, I started thinking about mortality...a lot. I mean, that's kinda what happens when sudden death is thrown in your face. I was spending so much time studying and in class that I was missing time that could be spent with my children. Maybe it even had to do with the fact that I was studying the last night before he died and missed my last opportunity to spend time with him. Anyhow, I quit. It was more than I could handle. Auto pilot was turning off and my depression was hitting me full force. So again there I was, back to the drawing board on what I wanted to do.

Then there was an epiphany last night...an A-HA moment!. I had been talking to a new friend. I met her through an online widow forum and gave her my number in case she ever needed to talk. Last night she texted me out of the blue so it was obvious that she was needing to talk. I stayed up for hours, relating to her, listening, and trying to offer subtle advice here and there. At the end of our conversation she was feeling better and surprisingly so was I! The emotional release that I got from helping her was such an adrenaline rush. Chills went up and down my arms as I realized that I may have just found my calling. I want to be a grief counselor!!!! My degree is in psychology and with my personal experience and my need to help others, how fitting is this?! Maybe I can even start up a grief support group in my church !!!!!!!! FINALLY...a decision has been made. I'm freakin 31 and I know what I wanna be when I grow up! WOO HOO! LOL =))

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MONIKALW81 9/21/2010 9:39PM

    Just saw your update so I had to see what "purpose" you were referring to.

Pretty ironic timing (in my opinion)! So, my undergrad is in psychology as well...and just yesterday I requested info from MidAmerica Nazarene about their Master of Arts in Counseling program. I've heard great things about it. My ah-ha moment came a week or so ago when I was working in a psychiatric office...helping them make the conversion from paper to electronic charts. It's a part-time gig that I know is temporary...the flexibility is amazing and the pay isn't too bad either;) So, anyway...being in THAT environment, hearing the lingo, etc. reminded me how much I want to pursue this career path:)

I think grief counseling is an amazing fit for you. You could always try to get something started at your church FIRST, see how you like it, and go from there. Best of luck! And please don't let this awesome idea keep you from moving forward in other areas of your life. Baby steps, girl. Baby steps!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 9/15/2010 8:15PM

    Great story! That is awesome!!! So proud and happy for you!!!

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BELLALUCIA 9/10/2010 12:50PM

    U rock!

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CHRISTYD921 9/9/2010 5:17PM

    I think that you would be an excellent counselor!!

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MIRANDA2526 9/9/2010 4:35PM

    so happy for you! it seems like you've found the place in the world that you were meant to fill all along!

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ASHLEYKAT 9/9/2010 12:44PM

    Wonderful! I really think you'd be perfect at that!

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MTLHEAD86 9/9/2010 12:08PM

    :note to self: Purpose added to the drive and determination already present. It's so awesome when it hits us " This is what I want to do" . I'm sitting in the front row totally diggin' on the view of you in the spotlight!


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ALMMOM 9/9/2010 11:23AM

    Sounds great. Sometimes a "job" is so much more than a paycheck. My husband iw right - find a job you like. Whether it is a paying one or not. Good for you!!!

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CHOESCH 9/9/2010 11:02AM

    You are so blessed to have found something that makes you happy and gives you purpose. Isn't that what we are all looking for? Stay focused, be determined, and you can do anything you set your mind to! Keep us updated as you walk this new path. My heart is with you - I know you can succeed!
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SALINA78 9/9/2010 10:49AM

    SO SO wonderful!!!

This is amazing! I am so glad that this excites you!

There is a reason for everything and:
"We know that all things work together for good to those who love God" Romans 8:28

God will always make everything (even the bad things) work out for our good.
To use your pain to help others...wonderful!!!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 9/9/2010 10:00AM

    I'm so happy for you that you know what you want to do! I think you would be great at that, especially since you have experiences to draw on and will better empathize with people. I wish you TONS of luck hun!!!

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LOOZINITNOW 9/9/2010 9:19AM

    That is amazing and will be so inspiring to others. Go after your dreams and don't let them get away!

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LIBBYFITZ 9/9/2010 7:25AM

    And the best counsellors are those who have been there! Every one's journey is different, everyone's depression is different, but you have been on your journey and are still in it and that makes one very capable person to be able to listen and empathise.
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BTRTHANEVA 9/9/2010 6:50AM

    Leslie ~

For most people, work is a four letter word. They spend a majority of their life doing something they dread just to pay the bills.

You have found your calling ~ a position that ignites your passion. You are taking your heartbreaking loss and using this experience and your college degree to your benefit.

Every event of your life has gotten you to this moment - this awareness.

Isn't it amazing when the *spark* ignites? Shine on, girlfriend!






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ANNETTE117 9/9/2010 2:18AM

    Congrats on finding your calling.

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COURAGE40 9/9/2010 2:03AM

    AHH I'm so happy for you.
I dont know your full story. But.. I can relate. I have been taking a class at my church about your spiritual gifts and it was amazing..And that was one of mine. I wanted to have a group of people that had a lot of losses in their life. I was getting angry at God recently I had to wonder WHY?? WHy did you put me thru all of this.... I must share my heart with others.. Your doing a wonderful job.

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DETERMINDCHICKY 9/9/2010 12:38AM

    I am so proud of you!! And envious of you too lol!!! I wish I could find my purpose. emoticon This is so perfect for you!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/9/2010 12:32AM

    Oh, Leslie, you will be AMAZING at this! I know you will! I am so proud of you, as usual! Oh, give your Dad a hug for me! emoticon emoticon

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IUHRYTR 9/9/2010 12:21AM

    That's a lofty calling. Here's to your success emoticon. -- Lou

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/9/2010 12:10AM

    Good for you. I like the idea of getting a group together for your church. Let us know how everything goes for you! emoticon

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September Goals!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

This week has been a great week and it seemed to just fly by! I haven't done so hot nutritionally but luckily I haven't gained any weight. I've also been following through on some personal goals and have gotten a great start with that. With it being the beginning of September, it's a great chance to write them down and share them with everyone. Monthly goal setting has been hugely beneficial to me and blogging about my goals helps keep me accountable. So here it goes....

~No alcohol
~Surround myself with positive people and eliminate the "bad" ones
~No facebook or texting between 6-9 pm Mon-Fri (my time with my children is so limited through out the work/school week. Every minute counts. They deserve my attention more than the computer or the phone.)
~Complete an online anger management course (Until I master my own anger, I cannot help my child master his.)
~Have kids backpacks, shoes, clothes, etc., all ready and laid out before I go to bed.
~Keep my house clean.

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JOYSONG50 9/7/2010 7:47PM

    Great goals.
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TEENY_BIKINI 9/4/2010 6:40AM

    Oh, you better go, girl. I love your goals, gorgeous.

They are inspired choices and you will rock them.

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YW84FRIDAY 9/3/2010 8:31PM

  Yes you can!

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CHRISTYD921 9/3/2010 4:09PM

    Awesome! you can do it!

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EARTHSEAME 9/3/2010 11:26AM

    emoticon Great goals! Best wishes to you on your journey.

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MTLHEAD86 9/3/2010 9:41AM

    It's so fantastic to see you building on your success, doing what works. Goal setting is something I need to do and this helps show me it works, thanks for sharing.



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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/2/2010 10:29PM

    I am just so proud of you, Leslie.

You are doing such an amazing job with your life.

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REDRUNNERMOM713 9/2/2010 10:24PM

    Great goals girl!! I've been doing a similar nightly routine with my son like you are...also with making sure everything is ready for the next day before I go to bed. It really makes a difference! emoticon

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ASHLEYKAT 9/2/2010 9:24PM

    Wonderful goals! You can do it!

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MONIKALW81 9/2/2010 8:52PM

    I emoticon your September goals!!! I especially like the one about the phone/computer. I need to be better about this too!

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MOMFAN 9/2/2010 7:36PM

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LIBBYFITZ 9/2/2010 6:56PM

    Sounds great.
Have you thought about a star chart so if the children help you with getting things organised for the morning, they get a star and after a certain number they get a reward which can just be a trip to a favourite park. emoticon
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LOOZINITNOW 9/2/2010 5:33PM

    These are fantastic doable goals!

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BTRTHANEVA 9/2/2010 5:30PM

    Leslie~
In some cultures, people bow and greet each other staying: Namaste. (My husband's version of this is *I'm nasty* lol). What that means is that the other person sees the light within you.

Honey, you're at 100 watts. Shine on!

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KANSASROSE67 9/2/2010 5:18PM

    These are wonderful goals! You are so right to limit phone and computer time. My kids are teens now and we don't see them during much during the school week...they have so many activities. Make the most of the time you have!

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DETERMINDCHICKY 9/2/2010 5:03PM

    What awesome goals! You are so together, chicky! I need to follow you around and mimick your foot steps lol! I especially like the NO ALCOHOL! Good for you! I don't drink either. I did when the children were small but now they are 6,9 and 11 I want to be a good influence.

Can't wait for a mid month update! You can do it!

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IUHRYTR 9/2/2010 5:01PM

    All doable and worthwhile goals. Glad to see you involved with your children. So many seem to be afterthoughts nowadays. -- Lou

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SALINA78 9/2/2010 4:55PM

    YES YOU CAN!!!

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