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Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada... time to reflect

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Well it's our thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and the weather is absolutely beautiful!! The next 3 days are supposed to be awesome so I am very thankful for this!

I'm spending the weekend with my girls, preparing for the week ahead as I leave for my job interviews on Tuesday morning. I have 5 scheduled so far and may have more once I get there. I am going to go with a positive attitude and sell myself and get a great job! I am going to look at possible places to live. I am going to spend time with my step-daughter making these plans. There's no turning back now - only moving forward.

Make no mistake about it - it's friggen a scary ride for me as I've lived in this town all of my life pretty much. I only live outside of town for a bit in the past - but to make this move at this stage in my life and having the girls with me - well the responsibility and pressure for me to succeed is great. I trust and believe that I can get through this. This will only prove again how strong a person I am and how I shine in the face of adversity.

So I am thankful for the strength given to me by God and by those who are watching out for me from beyond... my mom, my dad, my dearest friends...

I am thankful that I am capable and skilled to be able to obtain a great job and get a great income to support myself and my girls. We are going to be OK... I trust in this. It will happen... and it's not too far away now...

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LATVIAN_SANDY 10/17/2008 2:39PM

    Wow - you are an inspiration! You can do it, I know!

I'm inspired by you, since I too, need to get a job. I'm a little scared about going out there and proving myself, but your comment about knowing you are skilled and capable really gave me more confidence.

Love, love, LOVE your attitude!!! emoticon

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BRANDIWINE84 10/13/2008 12:09AM

    Buena Suerte, mi amiga del norte!

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GRAMMACATHY 10/12/2008 9:47PM

    You are an incredibly strong woman. I love the positive affirmations, and the "just do it" attitude.

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MOONLITCHELLE 10/11/2008 9:50PM

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!
It's great to always be thankful!!! I'm a big believer in gratitude.
Every day should be thanksgiving. :)

Love the attitude.
Best of luck with the jobs!!!

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KIMUSH23 10/11/2008 9:43PM

    Oh are so blessed! And you are going gangbusters full steam ahead and you are going to do just awesome!

My thoughts and prayers are with you...and all my crossables are crossed!

I know that you will get a rock on awesome job right away and find a terrific place to live! What an awesome adventure!

Have Yourself A Positively Sparkeriffic Night emoticon emoticon

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MOLLIEMAC 10/11/2008 12:41PM

    Happy Thanksgiving Helen and all the best next week- you will do well...MJ emoticon

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BRENDA_2010 10/11/2008 12:33PM

    Good luck at your job interviews.

Have a happy and wonderful Thanksgiving. Even with your future unknown, you have a lot to be thankful for.

You will succeed, follow your dreams, and you'll see!!!

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And so we begin to leap forward...

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

My mind has been working overtime with all that I'm dealing with, but I'm trying to stay grounded. In all of this - my weight is pretty much stabilized (well up 2pounds) but I'm not gaining any more.

I will have much to do in the next little while and no time to dilly dally as they say. Between looking for work first, landing a job, then finding a place to live out there, and then getting my girls over there... it will certainly be a hectic time but I believe it will all be worth it in the end.

For starters, I have scheduled my first interview for next Wednesday in Ottawa and will try to line up a few more while I'm there. If I can land a job, the move won't seem so scary and finding a place will be easier as I will be able to tell my landlord that I'm working... and there are places to rent there compared to here where vacancy is pretty much NULL!

I am going to believe that the best future is ahead and that this bump in the road will bring about a higher path for me.

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CURVY1955 10/8/2008 5:36PM

    Hey there.

Good luck to you and your girls.

Try to keep positive in all your thinking and you will certainly achieve all you set out to do. Believe it or not, bumps along the way are good. They keep us on our toes and result in making us stronger.

I have just experienced a real humdinger of a bump, which is going to result in me losing my sight within the next 3-6 months. I can't control what is happening, (it's incurable), so I am not going to try. I have to concentrate on my weight loss and general health, which I can control. I am not saying it is going to always be easy, but why stress too much over something I can't change. I will have to adjust alot, but I am determined to live each day as it comes and make as many memories as I can until my sight goes.

I agree about the dancing and the singing relieving stress. I love to sing everyday, it keeps me somewhat sane.

All the best. emoticon

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TOLBLONDEE 10/7/2008 7:07PM

    Things happen for a reason. I knw you think of this as a new beginning, and that is the perfect way to think of it. Things will work out for you all for the positive.

Good Luck you and your girls....

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BRENDA_2010 10/7/2008 2:01PM

    Good luck to you!!

Don't have any doubts, think positive.

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KIMUSH23 10/7/2008 1:25PM

    This is going to sound really crazy...get your favourite music...blast it and sing and dance your heart can't be stressed - anxious while singing and dancing because the singing and dancing are taking the focus away from you stress - anxiety - stress...I tried it and it really works...your wt could be stalled due to the increase in your stress level...

Some of this is explained in Val's new thread I just now wrote a piece on this...go to our team's page...go to healthy living and then go to reduce stress...

I have tried this and it really worked and I an hardwired to "worry"...and the response is quick and you will feel so wonderful and it is free! I blasted 6 songs all disco and sang my heart out...and I felt wonderful so I decided to do 30 mins of elliptical and it was better than anything I have tried in the past (deep breathing, hot baths, walk NONE work for me)...

Have Yourself A Perfectly Smashing Sparkeriffic Day

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Moving on... October is going to be quite challenging!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Well ... although I have not been around for my teams, I thought I would write and let you know what is going on. First of all - I want to thank you all for your kind words and wishes.

After consulting with a credit counsellor, it was decided that my best option is to declare bankrupcy and walk away from my house. There is no question that I can't afford to stay here as the bills keep piling up and I have the lack of funds to cover them. It is certainly not the way I wanted to make this move - but after much consideration, I feel it's the best way to start fresh and new debt free.

This means that I have until the end of the month to get ready and make a move by November 1st. I weighed out staying here where I am but vacancy rates for rentals are below 1% here in my current city. So I have decided to make the move to Ottawa as was my original plan. Job prospects seem more abundant out there in comparison to here as well.

It's all a very scary process, moving into the 'unknown'... without knowing if I'll find a job or not, where I will stay, etc., but I can not keep living here and under this type of pressure.

I did a free tarot card reading and it said to be prepared for an upheaval and many changes - so I guess this is it.

I will not be around here as much as my time will be concentrated on maximizing getting myself ready for the move. I will try to check in ... and hope to be back on board once I am settled and hopefully with good news about things going a bit better for me.

In all of this I worry about my girls and how they will handle it but I trust that they are going to be ok - so long as they have me. I told my oldest daughter not to worry about things as it was my job to do so.

I am going to pray that everything will work out for the best.

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TOLBLONDEE 10/7/2008 7:04PM

    Glad to hear you are making some decisions. I know it is very hard to make that decision and to make the move. I will keep you in my prayers and pray that you find a place and a job and things go smoothly for you.

Lisa emoticon

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COLEYSMOM 10/7/2008 11:28AM

    Wishing you the very best. emoticon

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MOLLIEMAC 10/7/2008 8:56AM

    All the best- have a safe move and please keep in touch here when you can...MJ emoticon

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KIMUSH23 10/6/2008 7:40PM

    Maybe this is going to open some awesome doors and opportunities that you would otherwise have missed if you stayed where you are...

Don't fret! Things do always work their way out...not always as we planned...but I am a believer in Sylvia Brown and I think that you have pre-chosen your path before you came to using that thought you are ready for just don't realize it...when you get the fleeting moments of deja vu I believe that tells you are on the right path...journey!

emoticonSparkiliously your Comrade in Arms emoticon

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SUNSHINES3 10/6/2008 12:21PM

  emoticon to you.

Best of luck with your move.


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BRENDA_2010 10/6/2008 11:34AM

    Best wished to you. I hope everything will turn out for the best. Thoughts and prayers for you in this time of transition.


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PEARLANN1 10/6/2008 10:32AM

    I will pray for you and your family. I know that things will work out because God don't fail. Keep up the good work with your weight goal. emoticon

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Day 15 - feeling deflated...

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Well the showings came and went and no calls so feeling somewhat deflated about that and so many other things. Weigh in on Friday - not recorded - up 2lbs... and the stress of the financial woes in my life is getting the best of me. On the brink of "something better happen or I'll lose my house"... so feeling quite low again...

Company (step-daughter) is here and I've been playing taxi for her and well again - not the visit I'd hoped for.

Trying to practice The Secret's law of attraction is easier said than done - I sure wish I had a crystal ball to know what my next step should be. I figure I'm due for a break - god willing I am praying for one - all the while trying to appreciate what I have now. Just not feeling very successful at my attempts and the proof is in the lack of progress in so many areas, including my weight loss...

Need to take a step back and re-evaluate things ... so will be out of the loop on SP for a bit - until my step-daughter leaves - and that will be Oct 1st (a new month and hopefully one that will bring some renewed hope my way)...


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JDBINMS 10/3/2008 10:32AM

    Don't give up!!! Life brings us all to a slump every now and again, we define ourselves as winners by getting out of it. You can do it!

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CURVY1955 10/2/2008 11:48AM

    Keep on looking forward and try not to reflect too much on what has past. I do that and it really brings me down sometimes. Keep up the communication with all your Spark Friends and hopefully we all can lift you back up. emoticon

I pray that October will bring you more than you ever have wished for before.

Keep positive my friend.


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GRAMMACATHY 10/2/2008 12:00AM

    Hello Friend,
It is October and I know if you dig deep you have what it takes to get through this trial. Having faith and hope is a much easier way to live. Stay with your principles. Besides half the fun is the struggle. Of course you will only realize that when you look back on it. Right now I am sure it feels awful.

Comment edited on: 10/1/2008 11:59:08 PM

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EOSTAR_45 10/1/2008 5:00PM

    Hope October brings renewed hope, abundance and energy your way.

Blessed be.

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KIMUSH23 9/29/2008 1:22AM

    Hey the 2lbs could be your period, water, if you are strength training you are adding muscle where there was none...and muscle weighs this too shall pass because you will lose those 2 hold tight and re-evaluate as that will help you reaffirm you commitment to your journey...

So Don't beat yourself up...You are a wonderful smart beautiful person...So instead look at yourself in that mirror and know that you will lose your weight and it might not be today but it will be tomorrow!

Have A Positively Sparkeriffic Night emoticon

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TOLBLONDEE 9/28/2008 9:32PM

    Sorry to hear that the visit with your step daughter is not going as you had planned. Its nice to have company, but it is also nice to have them leave. Hope you have been able to have some good times with her.

Seems like these days a lot of us have financial woes. I know we do and it is so hard to not get upset about it and want to take it out with food. Thinking that food will make things better. From expeirience, it makes you feel worse, at least it does for me.

Keep you faith in the knowing that things will get better. With a new month and re-evaluating things, you will get it together. Maybe I need to do that too, re-evaluate. I sure could use top take a step back and look at what I am doing wrong and fix it.

Take care....keep me updated.

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ROWEENA 9/28/2008 2:34PM

    Bless your heart.
I know exactly how you feel. It was not very long ago that I was in the same exact boat as you. I had to sell my house or loose it. You feel in total limbo, you can't move forward or do anything because of this one giant, pressing need. I went through several open houses where no one came. And several showings where nothing panned out. I even had a few who just loved it and were going to make an offer and then no contact. Finally after about six months on the market, I took it off for a while so I could remodel the kitchen and remove the carpet. My inlaws come down to help. I did the kitchen very cheaply, I just removed a dividing counter and relocated the stove and it opened it up to the dining room. Turned my small galley kitchen into a huge one. My mother and father in law laid laminate flooring downstairs, the difference was so dramatic it was beautiful. We shot a virtual tour and posted it and finally after about a year on the market it sold to the very next people who came through. I could not have done it without my in laws help both with the labor and financially. They are a Godsend. I now own a home with no mortgage and it feels really good. For the first time in 30 years, the first of the month came and I didn't have to pay anyone but the utilities.

I only tell you this to let you know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It will come for you too. I loved my old house, I could not believe that everyone who walked into it didn't just fall in love with it too. But alas. Finally the right buyer did come, keep seeing that contract coming. Visualize it. Know that the person who is suppose to own your house is coming to you and will come in the right time. My best friend told me at the time, that I didn't really want to give up the house and that is why it didn't sell. Perhaps that was the hold up. If I can help you at all let me know. I am real good at staging and I do virtual tours so I know a lot about them. If you want, you can send me some pictures or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me. I will also say prayers for your speedy sell.
Take care of you,
May all your dreams come true. emoticon

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BRANDIWINE84 9/28/2008 12:36PM

    I am sorry to hear that it's not going so hot - October will be a good one though. Remember, October 1 is World Vegetarian Day, if you were still up for that personal challenge of a meat-free day. I hope you decide to do it!

Keep on focusing on Attracting that which you want and deserve, and it will come to you! Likewise, if you focus too much on the crap, it will keep coming. Now that the Secret's out, we gotta harness those laws and use them to our advantage! And I of course am sending positive thoughts and feelings your way - one of my fave mantras is "the smile you send out returns to you" so send out that vibrant smile and be open to the smiles coming your way :) namaste

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BRENDA_2010 9/28/2008 11:36AM

    Don't give up.

Stay focused!!

You right a new month, very soon and new goals and promises to yourself!!!!


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TAYLOR251 9/28/2008 10:51AM

    Oh, this really breaks my heart, you know what you can do?
Buckle down with your journaling of your nutrition, try and get in a little more walking, or what ever you do for yourself, and then, address just one thing, this week, only focus on it.. Sometimes, when you have a lot on your plate, it is so overwhelming. I know that if I have several things that aren't going so well, its hard to find an answer for anything... So just sit back and look at the big picture, and just pick one thing (maybe even the easiest thing) to solve. Don't try and do it all at once, because it will be over burdensome. I hope you have a better week and can enjoy your daughter. Keep your chin up!

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Counting my blessings...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Well - what change a few hours can make - from feeling like I totally messed up, to getting myself back in focus - taking a good walk - well 2 actually (one tonight with my youngest daughter)... things are looking up!!

1. I am not only having one 'viewing' tomorrow - but received a second call and getting 2 viewings within half an hour of each other emoticon

2. My step-daughter is arriving early tomorrow am (6 or so) - one day early - wouldn't it be soooo cool if I got an offer while she was visiting?! We are going to use the time while the house is being shown to go shop for her as she's attending a friend's wedding - so nice together time! emoticon

3. I got a call for more work coming up in October - temp stuff but hey - I'm getting out there! The words of the recruiter was that she liked to keep GREAT people working (as she got great reviews from my first assignment last Friday). emoticon

4. I said NO twice as I was offered munchies and beer while out on my walk! I stood strong and feel great about it now!

5. I'm going to end the day by taking a nice relaxing bath, meditating emoticon and praying for the right buyer to come along.

My calendar (daily Louise Hay calendar) said today that everything in life happens in the 'right' time... I am hoping the time is NOW as I am sooo ready for change in every aspect of my life!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I am so grateful for this day and for all the great things that are coming my way!

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JDBINMS 9/25/2008 11:49PM

    Don't keep us in suspense! How did the showings go? :)

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LISASJOURNEY2 9/25/2008 3:20PM

    You sound so positive-that's wonderful!! I am ready for change too. The best change I could ask for would be abstinence from drinking-I see more and more how depressed I get after a night of beers. Why would I want to do that to myself? Seems like maybe you are the only one on my friends list that maybe understands what I mean. I'm so happy for you!
I need a good walk:)

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JDBINMS 9/24/2008 11:19PM

    Munchies and beer.... on a walk?

I *KNEW* I should of emigrated to Canada!!! :D


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BRENDA_2010 9/24/2008 8:50PM

    emoticonkeep thinking positive!!!

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