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Top 10 Ways to Save Yourself

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

1. Stop trying (and expecting) to be perfect. It's exhausting.

2. Stop treating treats like they are one of the food groups.

3. Move around. More. Often.

4. Surround yourself with Sparkies. (check)

5. Have an attitude of gratitude.

6. Never, ever give up. (Thanks, Winston Churchill)

7. Find the positive in each day.

8. Do not be afraid to ask for help. (Most people are thrilled to help you).

9. Start now.

10. A good, healthy meal is just one meal away. Don't chuck your plan for a few mistakes. Keep going.

These are more or less "notes to self." I find when I am focusing on today and not carrying my baggage around, I am much lighter and trying to fix my life less with food. Wishing you all a happy day, sparkies!!!



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BRAVENEWGRL 11/18/2010 8:30AM

    Love it! Attitude of gratitude! I'm sitting here in my living room watching the most beautiful sun rise over the plains - and I am grateful that I am alive today.

Thanks for the top 10 :)

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CHANGE_4_ME 11/10/2010 11:13AM

    Great blog! Great list!

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BAYBELIEVER 11/9/2010 9:26PM

    I really like these notes to self! I may print them out and post them on my wall! Very helpful!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/9/2010 4:17PM

    OH, now THIS is a blog to VOTE for! I LOVED your advise! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GAYLE-G-63 11/9/2010 12:20PM

    Great blog! Words we ALL can live by!!!

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RIGBY31 11/9/2010 9:56AM

    Excellent To-Do list... thanks!

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DIFROMWYOMING 11/9/2010 9:43AM

    Wonderful! emoticon

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SUSANS111 11/9/2010 9:25AM

    I love your list! emoticon

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GEORGIA_KAY 11/9/2010 9:04AM

    I'm going to "borrow" this great plan from you :)

Thanks for posting it and sharing!
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SARAWALKS 11/9/2010 8:59AM

    YYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS
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RHONDA_11 11/9/2010 7:29AM

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FAITH2712 11/9/2010 7:16AM

    So true !!!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 11/9/2010 7:11AM

    Great reminders! emoticon

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MRNOTABOUTFACE 11/9/2010 7:11AM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing!

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MUGGLE_MOM 11/9/2010 6:24AM

    LOVE IT!!!!!!

So true! Keep sparkin'!!!!!

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Bittersweet, part 2

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Thank you for all for your support. On a previous blog I wrote about some job issues, and someone commented how quickly they would change places with me, etc.... I was just not down for dealing with that, this time.

As for the young man in this blog, he wrote back a very emotional note about how my faith in him carried him through his troubled times in the past. (He had told me how his mom stopped trusting him and I was determined not to do it.) I have offered him a modified role in the fold, under some strict guidelines. This is not the same environment that most would encounter in a work space. I'm at a University, and part of my job is to teach them to be good citizens. This just my little part, but it is so emotional at times.

Today, I am off to the Asian supermarket (HMart) - where the produce is fresh and cheap and the chicken looks just plucked. :) Actually everything is very fresh and very reasonably priced. I'll pick up chix and some produce. I am CELEBRATING that I made myself dinners last week, chicken cordon bleu, and pasta --- and I ate my dinners. yay! I am making baby steps, but these seemed GIGANTIC to me.

Thank you for all of your comments and support. I am really feeling the love.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/7/2010 8:31PM

    Oh, wonderful! Did he take the other offer???? Your heart is as big as TEXAS! emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 11/7/2010 5:15AM

    I am glad you were able to work something out with the young man.

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SARAWALKS 11/6/2010 2:15PM

    emoticon These are such tough calls, what to do - another chance or "tough love" & experience the consequences. Can't make any rules. But each person's "little bit" adds up to the possibility of powerful change. It's emoticon
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DIFROMWYOMING 11/6/2010 10:59AM

    I know this isn't easy to do. This week, I had to kick a kid out of my program. Since I began the program, he is the first I've kicked out. I not only hated to have that on my record, I hated to do that to him, too. But he had too many chances. He showed up when I was gone an went to my boss...said he was sorry... said maybe if he talked to me I would understand (I also had really taken him under my wing) but my boss said, no, it was her call. He was shocked...he said he was hurt also. He came in to see me a couple days ago and we talked about what I could still help him with, if he wanted to still move his life forward. But I didn't waver. Even when I thought I might have seen a bit of a tear in his eye, I didn't falter. The consequences are harsh, but they needed to be. It sucks. You can't see any positive out of this sometimes. But there usually is one. Glad you've planned a good day for yourself! An congrats on the good dinner cooking! emoticon

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SUSANS111 11/6/2010 10:35AM

    You are doing great things in so many ways!
What a difference you're making for that young man.
Congratulations on your delicious and healthy home cooked dinners!

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PATRISNA 11/6/2010 10:34AM

    Your Asian market sounds wonderful. I love chicken so much I could eat it every day. You are doing great!

I am glad you figured out a way to resolve the issue with the young man. You have already made a difference in his life.


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DONNAEDA 11/6/2010 9:34AM

    congratulations on your new attitude. You are awesome.

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 11/6/2010 9:26AM

    How awesome to know you've made a difference in someone's life! That alone is reward.

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Bittersweet

Friday, November 05, 2010

I've been dreading today, even though I generally love Fridays.

I felt in a funk from minute one. I knew I would be firing someone today and it is just not fun.

It is someone (a student) I had given many chances in the past. He had a lot of struggles. He wrote me today basically asking me to forgive him and ended his note by telling me he is sincere (which I do believe), but also including that one of the reasons he was able to make it through his struggles was because I believed in him. I did. I do. But, I still have to think of the whole team. It breaks me up inside.

I really love my job and I have created a great atmosphere for the students, but there are times when it is difficult. Please don't leave me any messages about how I should be happy to have a job, because I full well know it. I give a lot here, and I am just venting that some days it is a bummer because you can't fix everything.

Nonetheless, it's still Friday, spark on sparkies!





  
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BAYBELIEVER 11/6/2010 12:34AM

    I know how tough this can be and I am sorry you had to go through it. Hang in there. It sounds like you tried everything you could to avoid this, sometimes, it just has to happen, as you said for the rest of team. I will be thinking of you and hoping you find some peace.

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FARMERJENN73 11/5/2010 9:26PM

    That has to be the hardest thing to do. I'm sorry you had to do it.

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SARAWALKS 11/5/2010 9:20PM

    You gotta do what you gotta do...but often it's no fun... emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 11/5/2010 8:16PM

    I hope you got through it OK. We fired someone yesterday. Most of our staff works from home. Since I live the closest to her, it was my job to meet her after work and collect all the work-related materials and supplies.

I felt so bad about it. She was so surprised (which is really one of the problems). She told me how she cancelled her weekend trip with her DH and parents because now she had to find a job. She cried, she hugged me, and I felt SO bad.

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RIGBY31 11/5/2010 7:53PM

    Hugs... you made it through... have a relaxing weekend.

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 11/5/2010 5:55PM

    Sorry you had to do that. Hope the rest of the weekend goes better for you.

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    Yes, sweet friend. I'm so sorry you had to make such a tough decision. emoticon emoticon

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SHELLEY147 11/5/2010 4:59PM

    I wasn't going to say you should be happy you have a job....I was just wanting to tell you I'm sorry you had such a bad day. I think firing someone is very hard on the one doing the firing. ~hug~

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When you cannot fail

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

When you believe it in your heart, you can conquer the fear.

When you step forward with authority, you are making it happen.

When you keep moving toward your goal, you build momentum.

When you trip over an obstacle, you can get up and keep going.

When you keep going, you prove to yourself that you are worth the effort.

When you know you cannot fail, you find a way.


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    W00T!! You rock!!

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QUEENAN1 11/4/2010 11:08AM

    Thanks for the inspiring and encoraging post!

Love it!

Ang

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    I so love this! Thank you, Mickeymax! emoticon emoticon

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TWO_SPARROWS 11/4/2010 12:57AM

    Thank-you for posting this. I needed the "kick in the pants" it provides.

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LBEEKMA 11/3/2010 10:28PM

    Thanks for all of the positives!

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BESTSUSIEYET 11/3/2010 9:53PM

    What a list of CAN DO!! Love it -- and I'm excited to watch you meet your goals! emoticon

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MAMADWARF 11/3/2010 9:51PM

    LOVE IT!

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    Word up!

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Don't Make me Angry, Mr. McGee

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

By all accounts, I am a happy, cheery person,...but don't tick me off.

One of my colleagues did something stupid today, and I called him on it. I did not add to the problem. I just called up and expressed my irritation and told him it was inappropriate. He legitimately seemed surprised, but it was still stupid. Arrgh! I didn't say "that was stupid." I did say it was "inappropriate." Oy.

My boss was very satisfied that I called the colleague on it. That helped. Said colleague made it a bit worse by try to resolve another issue by telling me I could go find the information myself, not snippily, but saying that I could go look for it any time I wanted. Uh, no, it's part of your job to tell me, bucko. Again, I did not say it like that. I expressed it in a polite way by reminding him that it is his group's responsibility to share that information with me, "face forward."

He apologized for making me mad. I said I was not mad. I was not happy with what happened, but I'm not mad at him. I want him to ask me in advance next time instead of doing something questionable, but I'm going to guess we'll be having this conversation again. Perhaps this little co-worker to co-worker chat did nothing but make me feel better, but that is good enough. I spoke up for myself, and I feel good about it.

Here's to a day of expressing yourself, including your right to vote!

Have a happy day, sparkies!

  
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DIFROMWYOMING 11/3/2010 8:43AM

    YAY! Sometimes you just have to stand up and say it like it is. Good for you!

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BELLALUCIA 11/2/2010 4:26PM

    Right on sister!

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SKYRUNHER 11/2/2010 3:20PM

    I wish I could do that.. I try but I never really have the temperament to be able to do it effectively! You're my hero!

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GAYLE-G-63 11/2/2010 1:02PM

    Way to go!!!

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SARAWALKS 11/2/2010 12:33PM

    emoticon I am not good at responding to stuff like this...it tends to catch me off guard & I'm so stunned by how stupid it is that I can't think of a polite way to respond. You did well! emoticon

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PODGIES 11/2/2010 11:30AM

    Glad you spoke up for yourself! I know this is one area where I need work!

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LOOKN_UP 11/2/2010 11:29AM

    Good job being your own advocate!

Hundreds of thousands of people died for our right to vote! There's no way I would miss this opportunity. This election is especially important for our families futures. I will be voting family values. We can make a difference, praise God. Don't ever think otherwise!
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