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The Power of a Compliment

Friday, June 18, 2010

There are few things I love more in the world than Fridays. Woo hoo! TGIF!
It puts me into an automatic good mood. (even when I have to work on Saturdays - like next week...I still feel pumped and alive.

I stopped at a local coffee place before work today. There were a few people in line ahead of me. They weren't very orderly and I was mentally trying to figure out who was with whom. My personal observations make the time go faster for me. There was a son (about 10 yrs old) and his dad in front of me. They were quiet, then chatty and then huggy. It was actually very heartwarming. I did not expect to see them like that. It was not just a little hug. It was more like "I love you more than anything else in the world" hug.

After I got my coffee cup, I noticed the dad was filling his up too. The son was already seated. I leaned in towards the dad and wished him a happy father's day and told him it was so nice to see how close he and his son were. He lit up like a sunbeam. :) We just chatted for a minute or two, but I could see how my comment made him feel by the way he was beaming and the things he said to me. It was really a lovely exchange. Moments like these really make my day. Pile that on top of the Friday excitement, and you have one amped up puppy!

Yesterday, I had meetings all over the place and had to walk several places over the course of the day, including a mile walk (I think) back to my car at the end of the day. It was great!!! I felt good. My muscles felt engaged and I did not dread the walk. I was happy to be walking and able to motor on where I wanted to go without any issues.

Goals for today:
1) Three nice things: I'm a good writer, I'm whimsical and witty.
2) Encourage everyone I encounter
3) No "going Jersey" on other drivers. :)

Happy Friday! Have a wonderful, whimsical day!
Spark on, Sparkies!

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/19/2010 7:13AM

    That was very nice of you to tell that father that. I'm glad you had a Fantastic Friday (that's how I refer to them). I like Fridays too!

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RIPPEDPAUL1 6/18/2010 8:57PM

    emoticon emoticon by the way you look maaaaaaaaarvelous darling!

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PLAYBLUES22 6/18/2010 6:50PM

    great blog Sweetie and there are no calories in a compliment emoticon

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EPIPHANYANGEL 6/18/2010 1:47PM

    great post, enjoy the rest of your Friday. emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 6/18/2010 1:36PM

    What a difference a few words can make!

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GAYLE-G-63 6/18/2010 12:49PM

    What an uplifting blog. It's so nice to read about positive experiences.

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FOCUSEDDIANE 6/18/2010 12:24PM

    This made me smile. emoticon

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POOKAQUEEN 6/18/2010 12:06PM

    This really made me smile. What a great way to spread good feelings.

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SLFRISBEY 6/18/2010 12:02PM

    Yea for a great day! It was really sweet of you to say something to the dad, I know he loved it!

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MUGGLE_MOM 6/18/2010 11:36AM

    I love hearing you sound like this. So, today was brought to us by the letter 'W'.

A few ones that describe you as far as I'm concerned....

Warped (in a good, sense of humor way)
Out of this World
non - wallower
warbler (I still picture you singing 'pop tart pop tart' with your hands over your ears....

I can keep going, but I'll stop here. You get the drift. I think you are just Wondrous!

Comment edited on: 6/18/2010 11:37:03 AM

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LOLAINSC 6/18/2010 11:23AM

    Great blog. I have been retired for 14 years and still hate Mondays and love Fridays. Even in my gratitude diary, I thank God for Fridays. It just goes to show the power of old ingrained habits and the need to make habit work for us instead of against us.

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PMAY0313 6/18/2010 11:11AM

    Fantastic post. Continue having a great Friday!

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S is for Stepping Out

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Silly, super, strong --- the three positive things are coming easier these days.

I DID step out of my comfort zone last night and went to a local event by myself. The person who invited me practically did cartwheels when she saw me. It was for a group that I am marginally involved with as a volunteer. I had to look at a map to find my bearings, but it all went well. Wow. That was a GIANT leap for me.

I am recognizing the good in myself so much more these days and realizing that I am a person who matters. It sounds funny when I say it out loud, like I should add, "DUH!" but I have not always been accepting of myself.

Goals today:
1) three kind words (see above)
2) Get rid of old newspapers (done)
3) Do fun things solo (done!) - I went to a couple of yard sales and tonight, I will make jewelry.

My life is good! Happy Saturday, sparkies!!!

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JOHNHARNEY 6/17/2010 1:19PM


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TINARENA2 6/16/2010 10:09AM

    Good for you!!! Keep up the good work.

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REDWITCH78 6/15/2010 2:02PM

    Very positive. You have motivated me. Keep up the good work.

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BLESSED2BEME 6/13/2010 1:00AM

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SEATTLESIMS 6/12/2010 11:47PM

    good for you..and happy Saturday and Sunday!

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IBLISA44 6/12/2010 11:45PM

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JOKNOWS 6/12/2010 10:47PM

    Such a good idea to list your attributes each day alphabetically. I think you're on to somethin! It's a great way to build self-esteem and I think you're doing great. emoticon

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MUGGLE_MOM 6/12/2010 10:47PM

    You Go Girl!!!!!!

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DIFROMWYOMING 6/12/2010 7:46PM

    That is wonderful! New steps into a new life.

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    You are inspiring me to take the next step in my journey; I am not sure what that will be yet, I need to give it some thought. I really like your three words a day!!! ...Terri =)

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POOKAQUEEN 6/12/2010 7:32PM

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/12/2010 7:18PM

    Good for you!

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LOOZINITNOW 6/12/2010 6:02PM

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    Awesome!! Good for you!!

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Calm, cool and collected (not so much)

Friday, June 11, 2010


Three things I love about myself:
1. Courageous, crafty, compassionate

Truth be told, I'm not as compassionate as many others in my family or friends. I see a difference (and it's pronounced in me) between being compassionate and being a pushover. I am fan of taking responsibility and knowing that there is going to be consequences. I USED to be a pushover, so I have grown in that degree.

2. Work on mix and match meals for the coming week or so - Doing it this way will take the angst out waiting until the last minute to plan what I am having, but also give me flexibility for when I need to switch things up.

3. Go to an event tonight after work. This will require me stepping out of my comfort zone in a big way.

I shed a couple of tears today in my office (I was by myself). It could be for many reasons, but what set me off was my boss "barking at me" for the way I was trying to fix someone else's problem. I think I am so out of practice with dealing with a tyrannical boss and even Mr. Nice guy can bum me out from time to time. For me, work lately has meant shouldering most, if not all of the burden of work in our dept, and I don't always handle criticism with ease. I am trying to brush off this little incident and move on with my day. :)

Let's make the most of it, sparkies --- about work, I feel a little cranky, but mostly I am feeling cherished. :)

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/12/2010 10:55AM

    Oh, I am with you on the work thing. There have been a lot of changes in my job as well as others recently and not all for the good as far as I am concerned. I am supposed to report to one person, who also owns the company, but most days I feel like I report to 3 and they make me crazy. I am seriously thinking about looking for a new job some days, and other days I feel like I have been here for 15, I can do another 15 and retire from here. If you come up with any tips for dealing with criticism, PLEASE share!

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YESITSDEB 6/11/2010 1:38PM

    I don't know, I think you're pretty COOL! Don't let him get your down. Take the high road, grab your inner strenth and move forward. Enjoy the weekend! emoticon

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Brought to you by ...the Letter F

Thursday, June 10, 2010

When I was little, I thought "brought to you by" (as announced on tv) was one word. I used to wonder how you spelled it. Ironic, as I am actually a very good speller. :)

Three things about me: I'm friendly, funny, fair.

I love that when I thought about these things about myself, I did not immediately think of "fat."

I am fat, though, and I need to fix that.

At my last job, I used to respond to how I was doing by using a different letter every day. Not sure why, but it was fun.

So how am I feeling today? FANTASTIC!!!!

I've hit my daily goals more often than not:

For today:

1) Make some fish for dinner (with broccoli)
2) Go online to find out where I can get some foods on my plan
3) Start working on a grocery list for the wknd

Have a FINE day, sparkies!

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FROMBABY2BRIDE 6/11/2010 10:23AM

    FUNNY and FABULOUS!!!!

Love it!!!!

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JOKNOWS 6/11/2010 7:48AM

    Congrats on getting FOCUSED and FIT! emoticon

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1NUGGET1 6/10/2010 4:43PM

    When I was a kid I used to think that "god bless you" (like you say when someone sneezes) was all one word. Anyways, nice job on meeting your goals for the day!!

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POOKAQUEEN 6/10/2010 2:35PM

    I love it! What a wonderful idea!

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/10/2010 12:53PM

    I like your idea of using a different letter to express how you are. How Fun!

I wrote a blog about a Fantastic Friday! I'm shooting for a Terrific Thursday and A Fantastic Friday!

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MARTIKAFO 6/10/2010 12:43PM

    Awesome!!! emoticon

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YESITSDEB 6/10/2010 12:04PM

    I like your plan for today. Have a FABULOUS day sparkfriend! emoticon

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CHARLENERAE12 6/10/2010 11:43AM

    Yay for feeling fantastic! When I was little I thought L M N O P was one letter because you sing it faster in the alphabet song. I wondered how it got to be so long when the other letters were so short! Haha.

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BLESSED2BEME 6/10/2010 11:39AM

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Making Strides

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Yesterday's goals were all met. Woo hoo!

Today's short list:
1. Walk 8500 steps
2. Make dinner for tomorrow so it's ready when I get home.
3. Three positive things about me: good problem solver, daring, great memory

I also bought some fish last night - mahi mahi and salmon - in single serve portions that can go right from freezer to table in a few mins.

I'm trying to focus on what I am doing right, and making little steps to improve everything else today.

And, I said "no" to someone today where I would have ordinarily caved and let them have their way even though I considered it wrong. Here's to standing up for myself. Woo hoo!!!

Believe in yourself. Surely we can do this together. :) Happy day, sparkies!

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STRONG-FIT-GIRL 6/9/2010 10:20AM

    emoticonwith the goal setting and saying no!

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JOKNOWS 6/9/2010 10:06AM

    Love the attitude -- I think I can feel the positive vibes coming over cyberspace. emoticonjob!

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LOZUKE 6/9/2010 6:06AM

    emoticon emoticonSounds like you had a great day. I find it hard to say no. I am really happy for you! Great job on shopping too single servings are great. Keep it up girlfriend! emoticon emoticonDebbie

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/9/2010 6:05AM

    Good for you! I am getting better at saying no, but still can't do it with some people (like my boss).

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YESITSDEB 6/8/2010 3:52PM

    Wow - Well done sparkfriend! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 6/8/2010 2:52PM

    emoticon It took me a very long time to learn to say no.

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CHERKYLE 6/8/2010 12:42PM

    sounds great! Way to go!!

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BLESSED2BEME 6/8/2010 11:08AM

    Way to go! Love the part about being able to say no!

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DATARN 6/8/2010 9:02AM

    Awesome thinking - you are encouraging me by your success!!

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PLAYBLUES22 6/8/2010 8:49AM

    emoticongoal setting for today and emoticonon yesterday and a emoticonfor tomorrow

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MUGGLE_MOM 6/8/2010 8:24AM

    Yesterday was a red letter day for you! Huge Kudos to you!!!

Sounds like today is well on the way to becoming the second one in a row! Keep up the great work!

Wishing you all the best!!!!

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DONNAEDA 6/8/2010 7:59AM

    Congratulations on a wonderful successful day. I love your goals for today, keep us posted on your accomplishments. You go girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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