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Counting My Blessings

Tuesday, December 23, 2014




I am truly appreciating all that I have in life. When I think back to last year and my situation - I would have never dreamed I'd be here today.

This year - I was able to buy gifts for the holidays. This year, I have romance in my life. This year - I am in a new place and my daughters are doing better. This year my workplace continues to be just as awesome as ever and my boss gave me a gift certificate to Le Nordik Spa for the thermal experience in their various pools along with a 60 minute massage. So emoticon

The weather seems to be slightly off as we will be experiencing a green Christmas - but I'm thankful that it won't be freezing rain or a storm to drive back home on Christmas day. Thanks to my new friend ... I have a car that's safe to drive to get there.

Tonight I meet up with my new friend to hang out and have dinner at Moxie's (I just love their chicken/spinach salad there). It will be the last chance to get together as we go our separate ways until my return on the 29th.

I have today and up to noon tomorrow to work and then I'm off until January 5th.

Life is really good... and I'm very appreciative of my blessings and praying for a miracle for my gf's friend (I have come to know other oncology families through the cancer treatment for Maya). They just received news that her little girl's (Bri's) radiation treatment didn't work ... and now they have to go to Toronto to try some experimental stuff... I am praying for them... and hoping that a solution can be found so her tumor can shrink and that she can be healthy in 2015.

My own health will be a huge focus as I launch into 2015... I am blessed with health and I want to appreciate it by feeding my body well and providing it with the activity it needs to stay healthy.

2015 will be a year for reaching new heights for me! I am going to go where I've never gone before (including Costa Rica in April : )

Feeling so very blessed...

  
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SLENDERIZINGSUE 12/26/2014 2:36PM

   
Beautiful!

Wishing you health and happiness in the new year ahead! emoticon

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KIPPER15 12/24/2014 8:05PM

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JUST_BRENDA 12/24/2014 1:35PM

    So many blessings...

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MSLZZY 12/24/2014 10:49AM

    Merry Christmas! Enjoy as your life moves forward. May the New Year be kind to you!

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GABIBEAR 12/23/2014 11:25PM

    I'm so glad that things are going so well in your life Helene! You certainly deserve it!!! Have a wonderful Christmas and a great trip home!!!

Gabi
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CAPECODBABE 12/23/2014 5:20PM

    You are always so positive!!! emoticon
emoticon I'm sure 2015 will be an even better year!!!

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MYAKAYAH 12/23/2014 5:12PM

    Its been an amazing year for you Helene emoticon and be safe as you travel!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/23/2014 12:08PM

    Yes, a year can make such a difference, especially with that attitude of gratitude! Prayers for your friend's daughter. That is just the ultimate sadness for a parent to bear watching their child be so seriously ill. Prayers for that brave sweetheart Maya too!

Have a wonderful Christmas, Helene. You deserve it!

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4RASCALS 12/23/2014 10:22AM

    Life is great. Wishing you a Merry Christmas & Healthy Happy New Year. Keeping Maya in my prayers.

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FORZACHANDMATT 12/23/2014 9:49AM

    What a great blog

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NEW-CAZ 12/23/2014 9:49AM

    Life is good emoticon

Merry Christmas Helene emoticon

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THINANDFITEMILY 12/23/2014 9:22AM

    Life! To life. It is all- each and every day. All the stories. All the world. All of us.
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DOOBRIE 12/23/2014 8:39AM

    Lovely positive blog. Glad the weather is going to be good for driving. Have a nice time with your friend this evening!

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REGILIEH 12/23/2014 8:12AM

    I will keep Maya in my prayers! Have a wonderful and safe trip!

Merry Christmas!

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MEADSBAY 12/23/2014 8:00AM

    Life is goooooooood!
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Reason to Believe In the Possibility of Love/Romance

Sunday, December 21, 2014




I spent Friday night and day with my new 'friend' (Barry)... I still find it hard to say anything more than that while others are referring to him as my boyfriend - I guess it's still too surreal to swallow. He makes me feel special. We laugh and have so much fun together - our cheeks and stomach hurts from laughing so much. He is showing me that the right thing truly is worth waiting for.

I have NOT had any kind of relationship in so long... yet I find myself thinking of the future with this man. It's something I always do when I meet someone but this time - I was being so careful to not move too fast or think ahead too much. It wasn't the HUGE chemistry or fireworks when we first met - but he is honestly the most caring and giving man I've ever met. He is so amazing to me and for me. From opening doors, from looking at me and always telling me how beautiful I am, from supporting me by helping me out in any way he can.

We had our own little Christmas gift exchange as we both have individual plans and we exchanged cards - picking a card was hard because it's too soon to pick out the lovey dovey ones - with the word 'love' ... but I do hope this will continue to grow. He picked out a beautiful card for me... and he gave me a gift... money to get me to my hometown and back and then some - because he said he didn't want me to have to worry about bills or anything while I visited. The amount floored me - especially after he spent likely around $700 to fix my car to make sure I was good to travel... and then in the envelope - another $500!! I was speechless...

I am not one of those ladies who seeks out men who can 'take care of me'. I have not been on the receiving end much in any of my relationships and so this is so new to me. Incredible and well - I'm of course in awe and truly grateful!

We will see each other again on Tuesday and then we go our separate ways as we celebrate our holidays with our friends/family and then we see each other when I get back on the 29th and we celebrate new year's eve together.

It feels like a dream... it's like it's too good to be true (and he keeps saying the same thing). All I can say is... emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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EDWARDSC393 12/22/2014 2:03PM

    I'm so happy for you. It makes you feel so good to have someone special in your life! Have a good time!

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MEADSBAY 12/21/2014 8:55PM

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I am so happy for you.
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GABIBEAR 12/21/2014 6:09PM

    I'm very happy for you Helene and hope he turns out to be a keeper for you. Have a wonderful time with him on Tuesday!

Gabi
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MYAKAYAH 12/21/2014 5:12PM

    Barry sounds lovely and kind. We receive special things in life when we are open to receive it I do believe. I think it is how I met my husband because he recognised I was open to him. Have a good time with the family, with Barry and be safe in your travels! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year~

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REGILIEH 12/21/2014 3:33PM

    So EXCITED for you!!! So HAPPY for you!!! FABULOUS!!!

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4RASCALS 12/21/2014 12:35PM

    He is definitely a keeper. Very rare to find someone like him. I am keeping my fingers crossed that he will be the one. You so deserve goods things, caring people & the joys life has to offer. Merry Christmas

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CAPECODBABE 12/21/2014 10:47AM

    He sounds like a keeper! Happy holidays and enjoy. You deserve it!

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CHICAT63 12/21/2014 10:27AM

    He seems to be a good man who genuiely cares for you & your safety. Enjoy your holidays and this special man.

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JUST_BRENDA 12/21/2014 9:34AM

    You definitely don't seem like a person who wants to be taken care of. However, I'm glad you can put some of your independence aside and allow yourself to enjoy the financial gifts he brings to you. He sounds very happy to be able to show his affection for you in this way.
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RAINBOWFALLS 12/21/2014 9:12AM

    He sounds like a very thoughtful man.

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FORZACHANDMATT 12/21/2014 8:37AM

    Yeah for you! Enjoy the holidays

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TWEETYKC00 12/21/2014 8:27AM

    I'm glad you found him, he sounds great for you!

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NEW-CAZ 12/21/2014 8:22AM

    wonderful, so happy for you emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/21/2014 8:17AM

    I am just so happy for you! Continue to grow in the relationship. If it's to be, it will be!

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DOOBRIE 12/21/2014 7:48AM

    I'm so very happy for you!

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MSLZZY 12/21/2014 7:36AM

    Go slow, yes, but don't let this one get away!

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Kids (Magazine by Salt and Light Studio) - Inspiring Stories

Friday, December 19, 2014


Earlier this week I shared a pic of my gf's daughter Maya - featured on the cover of this amazing magazine now available online. I ordered a printed copy to have because I think it's just absolutely BEAUTIFUL... capturing the children - their stories and sharing love, joy and hope through it all as well.

Here's the link if you want to view it issuu.com/lisakelly1/docs/web_kids_b
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It makes me take a step back reading some of these stories and makes my own trials with my own daughter seem not so big in comparison. While I have had my challenges - there are those who face even greater ones... It is what bring me back to level ground and feeling grateful that despite the setbacks and bumps in the road... I'm still very blessed with the life that I have and never let a day go by without being grateful for the GOOD I have.

The practice and attitude of gratitude truly does bring more for us to be grateful for into our lives and I see this more and more now... Tough times don't last... but tough people do... and I know that all the experiences I've lived have made me the person I am today. Feeling very optimistic about the Best is YET to come...

  
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KIPPER15 12/20/2014 10:46AM

    Amazing how perspective can change our attitudes toward our problems. We all have things to be grateful for. We just need to look for them. Your friend has a brave and lovely daughter, as do you. emoticon emoticon

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JUST_BRENDA 12/20/2014 8:25AM

    What a beautiful child!
And it's so true... our own struggles can seem overwhelming until we realize how much worse others have endured.

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GABIBEAR 12/19/2014 6:21PM

    Amen, so true. What an amazing magazine! Thanks for sharing it Helene!

Gabi
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ANGELN325 12/19/2014 2:39PM

    So true! Your friend's daughter is such a beautiful angel. I'm always reminding my daughter and myself there is always someone who has it worse than we do.

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JOHNWBROCKSR777 12/19/2014 12:45PM

    Thanks Helene....we are truly blessed...

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MYAKAYAH 12/19/2014 11:45AM

    I read the article about Maya and I see love, joy and hope for her future! I am grateful my own brother has been doing well recovering from his cancer. It shows cancer touches a lot of lives~

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1CRAZYDOG 12/19/2014 11:35AM

    Maya is absolutely angelic. Beautiful! Prayers!!!!

And hugs for you.

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REGILIEH 12/19/2014 11:01AM

    Maybe your daughter could volunteer at the hospital you are connected with and she could see how blessed and fortunate she is.

At some point in your life you realize there is always someone worse off. I am so thankful I wasn't born in Pakistan, Nigeria, etc. so blessed. I do believe if you are not thankful and grateful you are not happy because you have nothing to appreciate.

I keep you and your girls in my prayers.

Anne

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MSLZZY 12/19/2014 9:58AM

    What a beautiful little girl and a wonderful tribute. Thanks for sharing and have a great Friday!

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HEALTHY4ME 12/19/2014 9:47AM

    Please let your friend and her sweet daughter know how very beautiful she is.what an awesome picture. I too have to put things in perspective, my total knee replacement surgery went well but still a lot of swelling and problems getting the bend. Just praying I can work it enough to continue going forward as don't want them to reopen and manipulate it. Omg more staples no way. But when I see her and a friend who has many very I'll family members I just say work that knee and hope my body doesn't make scar tissue.



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And Just When I Thought...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

After yesterday's post... what a day with my daughter... she missed school because of something that upset her (recalling her sexual assault) and self-harmed... punching a wall bruising her hand - and then I noticed ... she had cuts/marks on both of her hands ... so while I thought she had not cut since May - I was wrong... it's so hard to swallow...

I found this blog and wanted to share... it's a place for parents like me to go ... kidswhocut.wordpress.com/

I wrote to the school to get their advice. I'm going into work late today because I have my work party later - so I want to be sure she's up and going to school this LAST day of school for the year. I will keep praying that things will improve. I'm somewhat 'numbed' to these events but it still bothers me... It's not as bad as it was and it is getting better... but it's tough...

I will keep thinking positive... I will keep pushing forward ...

Focus on the positives... Breathe... Be mindful and thankful - no matter what!

While my life is not perfect - I know there are those who have more hardships and so I am very grateful for all that I have ... and I will Never EVER give up! I will always believe that GOOD will come!

  
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MYAKAYAH 12/19/2014 11:38AM

    Helene, sorry about the DD and still struggling with cutting issues! It seems like when someone suffers a trauma things can go well for a long spell and then something sets you off. Its a journey this life! Hope you had a nice holiday party at work!

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JUST_BRENDA 12/19/2014 5:33AM

    Sorry to hear of the disappointment.
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  SO emoticon Sending hugs and prayers your way. emoticon emoticon Be there for her no matter what time of day or night,you
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REGILIEH 12/18/2014 12:23PM

    So sorry!

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IAMBIZI 12/18/2014 11:45AM

    just wanted to give you a hug and admire your positive attitude in the face of all that you struggle with.
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SUNNYSIDEUPMARY 12/18/2014 10:48AM

    Oh my, you are the first parent I've known to admit that her child had been sexually assaulted. I am so sorry for your daughter and for you. I only found out 2 months ago about my daughter's date rape over the summer while at college. I never expected this really could happen to her. I never expected to be to be a parent of a crime victim. I wish I could offer you a real life hug.

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MSLZZY 12/18/2014 10:07AM

    So much to deal with. Take care of yourself. HUGS!

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GARDENCHRIS 12/18/2014 7:41AM

    I am so sorry for you and your daughter. Is she in therapy.... get her there if not, it will work wonders after getting through all that junk, and it is hard but so worth it in the end. Good Luck and God Bless!

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TWEETYKC00 12/18/2014 6:57AM

    I hope that you and DD can get the help you need to make it through this. It will be a constant struggle, but you can both be strong!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/18/2014 6:35AM

    Oh, Helene! I am so sorry. I pray for you and your daughter. You know, I went to that site. Wish it'd been around when I was dealing with my son's issues. The thing that stood out for me was removing them from social media. My son was very angry @ me when I did thin (this was back in 2008) but it was a very wise choice, so I see!

Wishing your DD peace. So very sorry.

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14 Days Left in 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


My daughter's pic - a selfie she took on Monday (Dec 15) - feeling pretty about herself... For those who have been following my blog, you know how BIG of a deal this is.

As I reflect on the last few days left this year - I find myself thinking of new goals to continue to improve my life ... With regards to my daughter - the goals are to lower her absenteeism at school and increase her attendance (she's only been going half days and missing at least a day or two out of four every week). I also hope she will follow through more with her chores. We had a long talk last night as she missed school, lied to me and went out without permission. So working on trust and honesty is a big one. BUT I am recognizing the progress too - she's no longer cutting (self-harming) since MAY! She is less depressed and happier with her appearance which equals a boost in her self-esteem. We have the proper school support for her in place as well too.

For my weight loss journey - there's definitely BIG room for improvement and I know that likely the biggest thing will mean cutting out alcohol a lot more than I have been. I just wrote this blog about some of my goals for this area losedabooze.wordpress.com/201
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I want to really focus on toning and tightening so I want to ensure I am consistent with strength training - pending the healing of my pain/inflammation in my elbow.

Financially I want to be in a better place too - so cutting down on alcohol will help for sure. The extra jobs I've picked up will help.

Romance used to be a BIG goal and now it's kind of 'here' in my life ... and it happened more or less as most said it would ... it happened when I wasn't really looking and I'm still taking it real slow (savoring the 'newness' of it all).

I'm going to enjoy the last 14 days of this wonderful year... I was checking my folder yesterday - it's something I create every year... a folder with a collection of positive affirmations, emails, abundance that has come my way... it's a great reminder of those great moments and I plan on creating a new one for 2015. I will be using that folder to acknowledge all the GOOD that has come my way and open my arms to receiving more GOOD...

  
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KIPPER15 12/18/2014 7:28AM

    What a beautiful young lady! So glad she is feeling better about herself. You are both making wonderful progress! emoticon

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GABIBEAR 12/17/2014 10:44PM

    What a beautiful pic of your daughter!!! Let's do it for 2015!!!!

Gabi
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4RASCALS 12/17/2014 5:35PM

    Happy you daughter is doing better. She is so beautiful.
Wishing you both the best in 2015

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REGILIEH 12/17/2014 3:07PM

    Your daughter is beautiful! Those blue eyes, incredible!

So happy for you and all the good coming your way!

Anne

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IAMBIZI 12/17/2014 11:02AM

    she is so pretty!good genes!
I will read your blog thru this link I will try.
bizi
this link did not work either maybe something wrong with my computer?????

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MSLZZY 12/17/2014 9:29AM

    So glad your daughter is doing better. As she matures, she will get to a better place. She is so lovely. HUGS!

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SBEAR5 12/17/2014 8:26AM

    So happy to read about the improvements in your life and your daughters. Hoping things continue to progress into 2015!

Can't believe less than 2 weeks left in the year! wow!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/17/2014 8:18AM

    First and foremost, I am soooooo very happy for your DD. She is absolutely gorgeous! No 2 ways about that. Glad she's seeing that. Congrats to her on no self harm. That's HUGE

AS for your life -- you are rocking it. I love reading about your progress. Long may it continue. You deserve happiness, love, romance . . . the whole enchilada.

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