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Friday, December 11, 2009 say today. I'm sure I went over my calories yesterday. No power for several hours. Ate sandwich for lunch (was about to put potatoes and chicken in the oven when the power went out). Had a spontaneous dinner with kids I watch and their Mom. Yummy pizza. Excellent wine! (I love to share my wine finds with others). Really, I ate no veggies to speak of all day.


That was yesterday!!! Today is a brand spankin' new day. And I'm feelin' devious. (evil laugh) What kind of trouble can I get into today?

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DIXIED88 12/11/2009 10:19AM

    Can we be partners in crime??? Bwahahahahah! emoticon

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    I'm feeling devious today too. I even woke up my girls with a big snuggle hug then dove right in to tickling them until they screamed "uncle". What a great way to start the day.

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BLUE97HARBOR 12/11/2009 7:06AM

    Sending warm thoughts your way today...

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Exercise IS fun

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

I have been playing volleyball since I was in the 8th grade. I am NOT good. But I do love to play! I started out playing indoor-hard court, but now exclusively play sand. A new indoor sand place opened just this fall. It is so cool! The team I play on has changed over the years. I was the manager for about 10 years and have stepped down so I can just show up and have fun. I had played 6's co-ed. Now I am hooked on Quads! You have to get better when there are only 4 people on the court! Tonight we had a double header, but I ended up playing a 3rd game. I am so excited that I made it through! And I still had a few good saves in the last game despite being tired! This exercise thing is GOOD! It is fulfilling! It brings me joy!

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DIXIED88 12/10/2009 10:05AM

    That's so cool! An indoor sand court. Lucky lucky girl! I'm so happy you have an activity you enjoy. Doesn't seem like work when it makes you smile! emoticon

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MISSJACQUE 12/10/2009 7:18AM

    Love it! Love hearing the enthusiasm and can feel how excited you are to go out and play. Finding something you love to do definitely makes exercise a lot more fun.

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Deep Breath

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

I picked my mouth as my body part to love this week. What an interesting week my mouth is having! Monday brought heart wrenching sobs. Tuesday brought gasps and foul language. Today, I'm breathing a small sigh of relief. {With some supportive friends it looks like I will be able to make my ends meet. (I had a financial error that put me in a big panic)}.

I picked my mouth because I felt like I was letting too much food into it that didn't belong there. I wanted to pamper it with good food this week. I also wanted to focus on using it for kindness and support this week. Well, I haven't gone over my calories at all, nor over my sodium levels. I have not been eating the perfect healthy foods I pictured eating, but I have been trying to pick fruit or veggies to munch on for snacks. I've been a little wrapped up in my own problems to really be a friend to others. But, that's okay. I needed to be friend to my self this week. I needed to speak kindly to myself. Not once have I uttered that "I am a failure!" Just that "I made a mistake that I need to fix." I have spoken kindly to the kiddos I watch, which in the past, I would have ended up taking my feelings out on them. This is a BIG improvement. I think my mouth and I are on the same page and looking forward to the next. emoticon

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BUTTERCUP76 12/9/2009 5:49PM

    Don't ever say you are a failure, if we didn't have mistakes in our life than where would all the fun be??? LOL (I might only have 2 kids not 4, LOL) I like to call mistakes my unexpected events. Just sounds a little better.
Cheer up, and make the best out of it!

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AMYJO323 12/9/2009 4:27PM

    You are definitely not a failure!!! Keep that smile on your face. I'm very sorry to hear about the difficulties you are having. Things will look up soon. emoticon

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SAMMYLYNNE 12/9/2009 8:08AM

    You only have to answer to the person in the mirror. I don't think your mouth is the problem. It's those darn elbows that bend and put bad stuff in our mouths. Hope this helps make your mouth laugh. Keep on, keeping on. emoticon emoticon

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Horrible Mistake!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

I made a HUGE financial mistake and now I am scrambling to figure out how I am going to make extra $$$ by the end of the month! I am pimping myself out on facebook as a Girl Friday, Jack of all trades, willing to help out with any need! Oh, please pray for me! God has always blessed me with an ability to make my ends meet, but I am really scared now. I really messed up. Stress is through the roof!

Okay. I am more calm now. My life seems to always be in financial straits. I have not spent excessively for Christmas. I have nothing that I can return to make up for the deficit I will have at the end of this month. I don't know if I can get any kind of aide as I am self-employed. This mistake was a one time deal, it can't even happen again. I had a misunderstanding about the purpose of some money and now I am in some trouble. I have been desperately seeking more kids to watch, but this area is saturated because everyone who has lost their jobs is doing day care. No one is getting massage, since no one has money for "frivolous" things. I have never been wealthy off of the job I chose to do and have never been good about saving. I have really pulled things together over the past coupe of years, but when you've dug a hole as big as the Grand Canyon--no matter how "good" you've been--it's gonna take a looooong time to dig yourself out. And any little crisis is going to make it last longer.

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    Thanks Peeps! I've got some great friends really pulling for me! On here and in my immediate area. I think I got the problem solved. I've got a few interested parties in massage (I am running a gift certificate special) and I have a few people interested in my multi-talented multi-tasking skills. I am so excited to be able to WORK my way through this! Keep your thoughts and prayers coming. I'll be sending out some for you too! Hugs, Jenn

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    I've been in this boat before as well...I looked around the house for things I could sell...try on ebay or craigslist. Trust in your JEHOVAH JIREH...He will provide, HE always does.
Praying for you also.

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LOISRS 12/8/2009 2:16PM

    Praying for you. Money is way too tight for me as well or I'd help you out. Network, network, network your sellable talents. As to the suggestion of advertising your willingness for wrapping presents for folks on CraigsList, also see if your local grocery store has one of those community bulletin board type things that you could post the same or another ad on.


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BUTTERCUP76 12/8/2009 1:59PM

    I wish I could just wave my magical wand and make it go away, but I have tried it many time on myself and it does not work. You'll figure it out. Maybe run a massage special, December only "great gift idea" buy one get one, or buy two get two, tell everyone friends, family, post it at the library. Heck if it wasn't a 4 hour drive I'd buy into it.
Don't be afraid to tell friends/family you only plan to buy for your daughter this year, everyone will understand money is short everywhere this year for everyone.

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DIXIED88 12/8/2009 1:21PM

    Ugh! I'm so sorry! I still haven't taken the steps that my financial advisor gave me yet. I'm thinking that will have to wait until the new year. I can only take so much stress at once.

Is it going to make you overdrawn at the bank? Maybe call them and ask for a small overdraft protection loan. It will save you lots of money in fees. If I had some to send, I would.

Can you wrap gifts well? Maybe post an ad on Craigs list saying you will take that stress off someone for a small fee. I thought about it myself but I'm horrible at wrapping! lol


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FIT_BY40 12/8/2009 1:07PM

    So sorry to hear about your misfortunes.I can relate. My job slacked on turning in my health insurance paperwork and now they are hitting me hard making me pay over $300 a paycheck for the rest of the year along with $60 each check for mandatory retirement fund. Hang in there girl. Something will come through.

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XAVTAY 12/8/2009 12:29PM

    I am in the same boat but I am just deciding to trust GOD and not let it worry me. Stay strong do all you can do but after that you have to allow a higher being to take charge.
Best of success

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LISANANCY 12/8/2009 12:12PM

    Woo, slow down, look at all your resources. Have you checked any of the agencies for emergency funds. Do you need money for fuel, etc. Food for children? Think, ask for help. Be strong. Can you reverse the financial mistake, take something back, cancel order? Think, Be strong. When you mess up with a financial situation remember this feeling, do not get yourself here again. Be strong. emoticon

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Thank You

Monday, December 07, 2009

I really thank each of you who came and read and commented on my blog today. I decided to take today as it comes. I just allowed the feelings to surface: and I cried when I wanted and I laughed when I wanted. I had a semi-day off from day care and ended up doing ONLY what I wanted, when I could. I even had you all push me into going out for Indian. I almost talked myself out of it, thinking that I couldn't/shouldn't spend that money going out just on myself. Well, your voices entered my head and said "go, do, please yourself." It was a whopping $8.50. I think I'm worth that every once in a while! LOL! I am feeling much better. Yet I still feel the lingering sorrow. I will just allow the feelings to flow. I am so proud of myself for not retreating into food, diverting with excessive exercise, or just plain pushing the thoughts away. I really FELT today. I really took care of ME today.

My deep appreciation to all my Spark Community!


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