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The Caterpillar Thought Its World Was Ending...

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

...and then it turned into a butterfly. (Proverb)

I ran across this proverb on a book cover while in a store this morning. I have felt like that caterpillar so often during this past few years.

However, I keep working at life a day at a time. I'm a very different person as a result of all of the people I've lost, and I'm still trying to make the acquaintance of this new person.

If I stay in motion, I may turn into that butterfly one of these days/years. I'd even settle for a moth! (smiling)

Wishing all a happy day.

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NANCY- 1/5/2012 8:18AM

    I see you as a butterfly.

Thanks for the sunshine and New Year's wishes. With the windchill the sunshine is a blessing. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2012.

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    happy day to you too!!

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KRISTINE99 1/3/2012 7:18PM

    Good luck on your "butterfly transformation"! You can do it :)

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MARY1313 1/3/2012 3:08PM

    Awww that is a great post!!! Good luck!


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MISSIFISH 1/3/2012 1:57PM

    Good luck with your metamorphosis!

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36% Surveyed Have Already Broken their New Year Resolutions!

Monday, January 02, 2012

I had to smile as I saw this statistic from the Rose Parade TV coverage a few minutes ago. You can't just flip a switch and change behavior. When folks do that to themselves, they're setting up inevitable disappointment. That's one of many reasons that the SP site is so valuable - shaping new behaviors that will last over time.

I also laughed out loud over the surfing dogs float. Unreal! Watching this parade is in honor of my dearly-departed cousin (like a sister) who flew out four years ago to fulfill a lifelong dream of seeing the Rose Parade in person.

We then met for the rest of the day (I live about three hours from there) and evening at the Queen Mary. It was a wonderful day, and a wonderful lifelong friendship together.

Wishing all a fun day.

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IDLETYME 1/3/2012 12:01PM

    Instead of Resolutions, it's better for me to have a 2012 Plan. It's not as restrictive.
Resolutions your supposed to keep. A plan is just s nice thing!!!!!! emoticon

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DDHEART 1/3/2012 10:02AM

    I love how your memories of your cousin are now more sweet than sad...oh, I know how much you miss her but I can tell that now you're savoring memories and hurting a bit less. to the true that our instant results desired society has set up a lot of failure....this is why thinking about this not as a diet but as a lifestyle with little changes that up to big rewards....well, it's all about change!

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SCOOTER4263 1/2/2012 6:28PM

    Precisely why I do not vow. I know darned well that I'd break my vows before the sun set on the first day. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/2/2012 5:02PM

    Not surprised.

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WYO_CASEY 1/2/2012 3:52PM

    That's a crazy high statistic! Weird!

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MZZCHIEF 1/2/2012 3:13PM

    Sounds like a super memory to remember your cousin by!
I don't do resolutions, I set intentions instead... sounds kinda like the same difference only with intentions you've got more wiggle room... its not as black and white as resolutions... so the fall from the wagon isn't as great, making it easier to get back on! hahahaha

: )

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Okay, It's Here. Now What?

Sunday, January 01, 2012

I'm not concerned about the goals I met last year, or resolutions for this year.

I'm more concerned about laughter and peacefulness. Leaving myself alone instead of being so centered on self and weight loss and all that goes along with this constant monitoring of food intake, exercise, etc.

In fact, I'm just happy for being. Just being. Nothing lofty or fancy.

That's enough for now. Peace, quiet, and somewhere down the road, who knows?

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AMBERZADE 1/1/2012 8:05PM

    I can understand this!!

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SCOOTER4263 1/1/2012 6:37PM

    Excellent choices, my friend. I've found that the constant nattering away at myself to limit this and lift that haven't done a darned bit of good - all I've managed to do is to generate more stress and self-doubt.

Wishing you peace and happiness in the New Year.


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NATPLUMMER 1/1/2012 2:25PM

    Sounds great to me :-)

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  That's exactly where I am at so, I understand this blog to the uttermost, I am me and I am here and I am alive and living life to the fullest just by me being me and being here.

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NANCY- 1/1/2012 9:21AM

    Being happy for just being is amazing.
Here's to 2012.

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    I just read an article and it said if you make a commitment to self-love - then that's all it takes. When we take care of ourselves - everything else just falls into place. I wish you all the best for the year ahead!

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Here Comes 2012! Wishing All Sparkers Good Things In the New Year.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

The third week of January will mark my three years on this SP site. I've known some of my sparkfriends almost the entire time. While many have dropped off the grid, others have remained and continue to motivate and inspire by their examples.

Wishing everyone loads of happiness in 2012.

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LIVINGFREE19 12/31/2011 10:45PM

    I am glad you have met so many nice people on here. I also have and it is wonderful.
I hope you have a safe, happy and healthy New Year!

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    I've been here for over 5 years (it will be 6 at the end of July) and like you have met some who have dropped off but have formed some amazing friendships and circles of incredible support. I look forward to going into 2012 and following along your journey!

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NATPLUMMER 12/31/2011 1:16PM

    Happy new year!!

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Gratitude For the Bad Things As Well As Good

Friday, December 30, 2011

It sounds so cliched, but that which didn't kill me this year, did indeed make me stronger. (Okay, universe, that's enough. I don't want/need to get any stronger!) (smiling)

I am thankful for many things; at the top of the list is good health. My sadness over the passing of so many loved ones is redirected to gratitude that I had so many lovely people in my life.

And, with whatever sanity I have left, I will go forward into this new year with the intention of using my personal gifts to best advantage in making my life better.

Wishing all a healthy, happy NEW YEAR.

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MZZCHIEF 1/2/2012 3:14PM

    Great way to make limoncello out of lemons!
Go you!

: )

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FLORIDASUN 12/31/2011 8:26AM many personal gifts you DO have to share! You have been a wonderful friend and I know we will go through 2012 together..supporting and helping each other along the way! Big New Year blessings are being sent your way! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 12/30/2011 9:40PM

    Amen girl!! emoticon

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CHATTIEGIRL 12/30/2011 8:40PM

    Hi Jesse;

Good and bad is in all our lives and we learn from each. Start the New Year on a high note and healthy life and you can go higher for that. Learn something new every day. God bless you always.

Smile Joyce

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/30/2011 8:02PM

    A better New Year for all!

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SCOOTER4263 12/30/2011 5:34PM

    My kids never understood, when we went around the table at Thanksgiving saying what we were thankful for, when I said things like the bankruptcy, the gentle passing of Aunt Mimi or whatever. But you learn from the bad things what you never, ever could have learned from the good.

I forget who made the quip about troubles giving you more soul, and pointing out that he or she had just plenty of soul now, thank you Lord, but I feel the same way. Could we please just enjoy a simple year?

Whatever 2012 brings, though, we'll deal with in our own inimitable way, and learn what lessons there are to be gained, and be grateful for them (unless the Mayans are right, in which case I suppose it's all moot anyway... :) )

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LIVINGFREE19 12/30/2011 4:14PM

    I am glad you have your health and are strong! these are 2 amazing attributes!

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NATPLUMMER 12/30/2011 4:01PM

    I think you are plenty strong already. Here's to a year full of great things!

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RR1_RR1 12/30/2011 12:24PM

    I know really- me too, strong enough already now time for some goodness! Im thinking that way too over lost ones, even though it wasnt due to them passing but mistakes Ive made in relationships in the past and maybe -hopefully -I learned from them! Lets go kick some emoticon this year- gonna be a good year!!! Sending positive energy your way:)

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