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Robin Williams

Sunday, August 17, 2014

We all know by now that we have lost Robin Williams. A man that was a true gift to this world. A man that we never would have thought would be dealing with the same struggles a lot of us face everyday with depression. With expectations of the world growing higher and higher everyday, it scares me for our children. Look how much it takes now to entertain them, to impress them (and us). When we were kids, chasing lizards and frogs was enough to entertain us. Now that's not exciting enough. Everything has to be bigger and better. Even the school system has fallen prey to this. With schooling being about test scores and beating the competition, turning it into another corporation instead of a place we could feel good about sending our children. How can we ever feel like we're good enough in a world that is never good enough? How many suicides will it take? How many kids setting themselves on fire for the fun of it? How many overdoses? How many strangers fallen to the sucker punch or knockout game? When are we going to hit our boiling point and say enough is enough?
I say we start now. I say it's time to unplug. You don't have to go radical and say no more electronics for life. Maybe just for awhile each day to stop and be apart of the world that is around you. Be present in the moment. Take a walk. Play a game with your kids. Spend time with family. Play with your dog. Whatever it takes to step away from the chaos that has become our world and to remind ourselves that this world is good. This world that we are apart of has so many beautiful things for us without all of the extras. And so are we. We are each made by God not to be attached to a screen all day looking for more and more action and suspense and entertainment. We must go out into the world He has made and know we were meant for more. Each and every one of us has more inside of them than we can ever imagine. And a lot of us are too scared to explore that so we stay in our homes and watching this world that has become so fast paced and fear it. We fear we will never live up to it's potential. But the secret is more simple than we think. The secret is we don't have to be apart of THAT world. We just need to be apart of our world. We need to step outside of our boxes and discover OUR world. We each have our own story to write and our own world to discover. And it will never happen if we stay in fear. This fear is such a big part of the depression that rules many of us. It is time to fight back. To say no more. For ourselves and for our children. We must not let another death by depression go unnoticed, unchallenged. We must fight this disease and we must start at home, start within ourselves, with our world that is right there in front of it. It is time to take back our world and to make ourselves proud to live in it. We must do better. We are the light this dark world needs and it is time to let it shine.

Robin Williams, your death has not gone unnoticed, unchallenged. The challenge starts today. We will make this world, our world, a better brighter place to live in. Thank you for all you have given us in life and in death; the laughs, the love, and the life lessons. You made this world a better place and made us proud. Now it's our turn to make you proud.

a tribute/commercial by Apple..

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JUMPINJULIE 9/7/2014 9:45PM

    Great post.

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    Excellent blog! So many of us face depression and anxiety and the impact is has can be tragic but we can't forget the hope. I wish Robin Williams would have seen a flicker of hope but at the same time, I understand how difficult that can be as a lot of us do. I especially liked what you wrote about god along with fear. That really spoke to me. Keep spreading awareness!

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REFFIE1 8/20/2014 12:13PM

Excellent blog Sara! I try not to have many electronics in my life. For example, I gave up using cell phones and feel better for it. I don't do Facebook or Tweet and I feel I more in the world because of it. I see so many people walking along the road, many running into me. because they have their heads down looking at some sort of electronic device. I actually have seen people in restaurants not talking to each other just texting away to someone that is not present.

You are right about Robin Williams death having a huge impact. I am still saddened by it strangely as if I knew the man. I think many feel the same way. He seemed selfless making others happy and yet, could not do that for himself.

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PUNKGIRL5003 8/17/2014 9:25AM

    I agree 100% with this. I have depression myself and am doing my best to fight it. Too many people have too many expectations of others.

Heres to Robin Williams
Gone but never forgotten

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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

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DEZZIEJAMES 6/27/2013 2:23PM

    Love this. thank you for sharing!

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THIN133 6/4/2013 8:15PM

    This is great ! emoticon

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IYA_EKUNDAYO 6/4/2013 5:00PM

    That is emoticon

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RYDERB 6/4/2013 2:37PM

    That's FABULOUS! emoticon

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JCARDINAL 6/4/2013 2:22PM

    Love it!

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SARLIA 6/4/2013 1:09PM

    That was great - thanks for posting. emoticon

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CHANGINGSAM 6/4/2013 11:47AM

    Aw, I love it! Haha.

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SWEETNEEY 6/4/2013 9:59AM

    OH YEAH!!!!!

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REFFIE1 6/4/2013 9:53AM

    Now that's beating yourself up, but in a good way! Cute! emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 6/4/2013 8:24AM

    Pretty cool - thanks! emoticon Chelsea emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/4/2013 7:19AM

    Love it!

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GOLFGMA 6/4/2013 6:53AM

    The mirror speaks to all! Very cute!

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DB1167 6/4/2013 6:39AM

    love it!!! emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 6/4/2013 6:34AM

  Very Cute! Thanks for the smile

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Friday, May 24, 2013

I will love my fingers.
I will love my toes.
I will love my nose.
I will love my eyes.
I will love my hair.
I will love my ears.
I will love my mouth and the words that comes out.
I will love my cheeks.
I will love my skin.
I will love my shoulders.
I will love my arms.
I will love my elbows.
I will love my hands.
I will love my nails.
I will love my breast.
I will love my chest.
I will love my belly, even the jelly.
I will love my back.
I will love my bottom.
I will love my thighs.
I will love my knees.
I will love my shins.
I will love my calfs.
I will love my ankles.
I will love me down to the souls of my feet.

I will love and appreciate turning 37. I will grow to love me more everyday for who I am. I will learn more everyday about me and how to take care of me to the best of my abilities. I will embrace all that I have to offer. This is my birthday vow to me.

A lot of people don't have the privilege to turn 37. We are reminded of this everyday by things that happen, like in Oklahoma. I have that privilege and I am so thankful. I am so thankful to have another day with my beautiful boys and my loving husband and my cute house and my cute car, scratches and all. I am even thankful for my leg that hurts me because I have a leg to walk on. I have so many things to be thankful for. I am so so grateful.

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AFTERMYKIDS 5/27/2013 2:46AM

    AWESOME blog!! I totally agree....I will be 40 this year & some people are making a BIG deal about it. REALLY? I'm just thankful that I'm making it to 40. These days people are living this world so fast.
I hope you have a birthday just as BEAUTIFUL as you! emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon Happy, happy birthday to you! I love your attitude! I need to remember this for my next birthday. May you have many, many more!

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AWESOMECHELZ 5/25/2013 2:47PM

    I appreciate your blog, Sara, very much. I have always celebrated my birthdays since, like you said, some people don't make it. I hope you celebrate and have a lot of fun. Happy 37th Birthday! emoticon emoticon
Love, Chelsea

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    Nice!! I felt so good after reading this... and know you will too.. what a great promise to yourself.. Happy Birthday!


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THIN133 5/24/2013 6:50PM

    Wonderful perspective ! Thanks for sharing ! Have the best day ever !

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REFFIE1 5/24/2013 4:37PM

    It is hard to be negative when you remember what to be grateful for. Have a fabulous birthday and much joy throughout the year. emoticon

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CAROLYN_ROSE 5/24/2013 1:33PM

    Happy Happy Birthday!!!!!!

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TURTLESLOW14 5/24/2013 12:27PM

    Happy BIRTHDAY to you and hope your day is a great one!!!! You are such a supportive wonderful friend and am very glad to know you!!!! I turn 37 this year too, lets make it the best year we can!

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CHANGINGSAM 5/24/2013 10:35AM

    I love this blog. This is such a great perspective! Happy birthday, friend! Hope it's a good one! emoticon

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EWL978 5/24/2013 6:51AM

    WOW!!!! Yes, looking at Moore, OK you are truly lucky!! I think that same when I hear about the Boston Marathon!!

Keep on keeping make a great example.

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STEVIEBEE569 5/24/2013 6:20AM

    That's right Girlfriend! Loving it! Have a terrific birthday!

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Cry Just a Little..

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

That song is in my head, which is fitting. Yesterday was a hard day. I let emotions get the best of me and I had a bad emotional eating day. Mother's day is hard for me sometimes and I was/am jealous over something that I couldn't control. Why? I don't know. I'm not normally a jealous person but this got me for some reason. And I'm just disappointed in myself for not trying hard enough I guess to get to where I want to be. Just had a bad pouty day yesterday. It happens. So I'm getting it all out so I can start fresh today. Laying it all out there. Leaving it on the table. I DO NOT want to carry any of that with me today. I WILL NOT. I am human. I have bad days. I pout, I scream , I shout, I get jealous, I get sad, I get mad, I have doubts. But I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. I will not let trivial things get in my way. I will not let bad days get in my way. I will not let what other people do or say get in my way. I will not let ME get in my way. I am worth more than this. I am worth more than a binge is worth. I am worth more than staying in a funk and more than what depression can do to me. I am worth more than that. I CAN NOT AND WILL NOT let sadness take me down. I will feel it and I will deal with it. It will not own me. I am worth more than that.

Yes, I already used this just the other day, but I want to see it and hear again. :)

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    Very good blog and Yes we all have these days and you did the right thing for you and sometimes we just have to pour it all out there to GET rid of it !!

move forward and get better !!


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SWEETNEEY 5/11/2013 12:05PM

    You're only human (remember that song) emoticon emoticon

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JITZUROE 5/9/2013 1:11PM

    Great blog. I too share a common stress/sadness/emotional funk with mom's day.
And i have not seemed to escape the emotional eating around it yet in past years.
I actually caught myself thinking about the upcoming 'event' this weekend since it never gets easy. And I am married to a am who is hopelessly glued to his mom, so while I get 'weird' on mom's day, he unintentionally adds guilt to my plate (since he stays here to care for me instead of flying home to see his mom). Ugh, it's so haaaaaard!
But we will get through this weekend. Yesssss we will!

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    Hugs to you for getting right back on track. Wallowing only makes it worst. High five for moving forward!!!

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REFFIE1 5/8/2013 6:05PM

    Sometimes, I get strange moods and really don't know where they have come from. It is hard to deal with them and not turn to food. So your blog is great inspiration. We can do this! Happy Mother's Day in advance! emoticon

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TAYGRL 5/8/2013 11:59AM

    Hang there! You ARE worth it!

emoticon emoticon and yes more emoticon

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RYDERB 5/8/2013 11:23AM

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CHANGINGSAM 5/8/2013 9:32AM

    I'm right there with you. Last weekend plus the first couple of days this week have been emotional for me, and I have binged every single time. We are human, and we will have the emotions, but we have to deal with them in a healthier way. Bingeing isn't the answer. So, let's pick ourselves up and keep at it. Today's a brand new day. emoticon

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    I felt your emotions through this blog. YOU are so worth it!!!

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AWESOMECHELZ 5/8/2013 8:20AM

    Your blog is extremely powerful.....It is an amazing, sharing experience and I thank you. I have been there many times in my life and it is very hard to get up and go after a fall. The other day I read the following in a blog: "I fell seven times and got up eight". Very powerful to me. I thank you for your honest sharing and your great spirit, and I wish for you a beautiful day.

Love, Chelsea emoticon

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REVIVED 5/8/2013 8:05AM

    I needed that. We're both gonna be successful cuz we're not giving up!

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DB1167 5/8/2013 7:06AM

    Hugs!! I hate days like those. I often have the hatred thoughts as well. I wish the best for you and Many HUGS!! Take care!

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THIN133 5/8/2013 6:50AM

    Sara, so sorry to hear you had a bad emotional day yesterday. We all have them! It stinks & sometimes , we don't have any control over them, life happens & sometimes it's simply not pleasant. I totally understand what you are saying ! Know that you are not alone in this ! You are so worth taking care of ! You are a great woman, your family loves you, you have friends. Try to remember that despite the bumps in the road, life is good . Try to shake it off, remind yourself of all the wonderful people & things in your life & focus on them instead of the things that are making you feel blue ! You can do this! I know you can ! Food doesn't fix any of our emotions or problems, if we let food rule us, it only causes more trouble for us , if we give the control to the food ! Remember you have a lot of support & you are a dear, you touch a lot of people's lives . You are special ! You are worth it , my friend ! emoticon

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Friday, May 03, 2013

I was just thinking about how I don't blog as much as I used to, but I guess my needs are still being fulfilled through my group. A lot of things I would blog about I post about now instead so I shouldn't feel guilty or that I'm lacking. I still do my quotes and inspirational photos that I love. I still do my affirmations and goals and touch base almost everyday. SO I guess If you ever miss me, come see me there! :D
Not saying I won't blog anymore at all. Just why it's not daily like it used to be. ;)
Do you do one more than the other?

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 5/6/2013 10:32AM

    I blog to workout my thoughts and post when there is something that I can contribute to. emoticon

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    I think that I definitely post more than I blog but I love reading blogs also !!


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MOSTMOM1 5/4/2013 10:09AM

    I only blog once a week, but I post in different teams more often. That combo seems to work for me.

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PATRICIA441 5/3/2013 8:12PM

  I do not blog every day but I do go onto my groups and leave comments. Just keeping in touch works well. Have a great weekend and emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 5/3/2013 8:02PM

    Sharing is sharing. emoticon Chelsea

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JCARDINAL 5/3/2013 3:08PM

    I'm not big on blogging but I do post every day.

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REFFIE1 5/3/2013 2:42PM

    I like blogging best because sometimes hidden thoughts come 0ut or I get inspiration. I also like to post because I love the opportunity to help others and to let them know people care. You are great at both! emoticon

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RYDERB 5/3/2013 12:28PM

    I've always been a poster over a blogger. I only blog when I need to keep track of an event or a stage in my journey. I use my teams for more of a daily accountability.

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CHANGINGSAM 5/3/2013 12:15PM

    As always, I love reading your posts; however, this is about you. Not me. Not anyone else. If you feel the need to blog, then do so! If not, that's ok too! emoticon

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BABCIATEA 5/3/2013 9:40AM

    These are similar techniques aren't they , but the audience is different I guess and probably blogs would be more general interest things for me and posting more a specific relating to a team . Just one way to see it

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SWEETNEEY 5/3/2013 8:17AM

    I blog extensively, my post are cryptic.

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DB1167 5/3/2013 6:52AM

    I like to blog big happenings in my journey or something funny that has happened with our family. With Summer coming my internet time has decreased majorly! I am not on nearly as much as I used to be. I like reading everyones posts/blogs when I do have time. Have a great day :)

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