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Your Dimension Of Greatness

Monday, March 29, 2010

No one can know the potential,
Of a life that is committed to win;
With courage - the challenge it faces,
To achieve great success in the end!
So, explore the Dimension of Greatness,
And believe that the world CAN be won;
By a mind that is fully committed,
KNOWING the task can be done!
Your world has no place for the skeptic,
No room for the DOUBTER to stand;
To weaken your firm resolution
That you CAN EXCEL in this land!
We must have VISION TO SEE our potential,
And FAITH TO BELIEVE that we can;
Then COURAGE TO ACT with conviction,
To become what GOD MEANT us to be!
So, possess the strength and the courage,
To conquer WHATEVER you choose;
It's the person WHO NEVER GETS STARTED,
That is destined FOREVER to lose!

~ Author Unknown ~


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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/30/2010 9:43PM

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    Enjoyed reading this uplifting poem. Thanks.

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TSWARTHOUT 3/30/2010 5:11PM

    Love this. Thank you for sharing:)

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/29/2010 4:37PM

    You're on a roll! emoticon

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TODAYSAGIFT 3/29/2010 4:09PM

    This is emoticon! Thank you.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/29/2010 1:40PM

    This is great! Another great blog from you! Thanks!

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BARBARAROSE54 3/29/2010 1:31PM

    Thanks for another great blog

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WILLOW49 3/29/2010 1:27PM

    Love it, love it! Especially the last 2 lines!!!
Thanks!

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MTNHIKER1971 3/29/2010 12:24PM

    For some reason, "Climb Every Mountain" popped into my head... Another GR8 blog Yvonne!

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-ICANDOIT- 3/29/2010 12:17PM

    That was motivating! Thank you for sharing!
I wrote a blog today- please stop by and read it- it's written for you, and this blog is just what I was talking about!!!

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NO_SNOW_BODY 3/29/2010 11:14AM

    love that, thank you for sharing

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LOOZINITNOW 3/29/2010 10:09AM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 3/29/2010 8:11AM

    love it..........
thanks for sharing.................
blessin
gs and hugs................lita

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MRDPOLING 3/29/2010 7:49AM

    Love it!!!!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 3/29/2010 7:42AM

    I love this poem! It is one I need to hear.
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MOMOFJBS 3/29/2010 7:27AM

    Love it. Thank you.

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EGRAMMY 3/29/2010 7:08AM

    phew. How did you know I needed this today so very badly? Hurdles rather mountains have been placed in my path. Your blog is right on....Thanks.

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  Again my thanks emoticon emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 3/29/2010 6:31AM

    The last 2 lines are especially meaningful for me!

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TRACYZABELLE 3/29/2010 6:18AM

    words to live by

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Believe in Yourself

Sunday, March 28, 2010



Author: Emily Matthews

Believe in yourself -
in the power you have
to control your own life, day by day,
Believe in the strength
that you have deep inside,
and your faith will help
show you the way.
Believe in tomorrow
and what it will bring -
let a hopeful heart carry you through,
For the things will work out
if you trust and believe
there's no limit
to what you can do.

  
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FITSPOGUY 3/27/2012 9:20PM

    That was cool! I luved it!

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BOOTYLICIOUS83 3/31/2010 8:46AM

    love it

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/30/2010 9:42PM

    Definitely if you don't most of all who will.

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WINGSOFCHANGE 3/29/2010 7:13PM

    That was great, I loved it! Thanks for sharing Yvonne. I hope that you're having a wonderful week.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/29/2010 2:40AM

    You're so wonderful, thanks for putting this up!

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    Wonderful and so are you!! emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/28/2010 6:59PM

    Cool!

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MTNHIKER1971 3/28/2010 6:11PM

    LOVE IT... thanks Yvonne

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 3/28/2010 6:06PM

    Wonderful..........

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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/28/2010 6:03PM

    How true it is? emoticon

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MARK1963113 3/28/2010 3:09PM

    Nice poem..enjoyed

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PAPPHEM 3/28/2010 3:07PM

    I'm going to post this at work this week!!

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HEATHERL219 3/28/2010 2:22PM

    Wonderful, thank you, I definitely needed that today!! =) emoticon

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BRATS4 3/28/2010 1:55PM

    thanks,i need that today.sometime i forget

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BRATS4 3/28/2010 1:55PM

    thanks,i need that today.sometime i forget

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MRDPOLING 3/28/2010 12:55PM

    I have to be myself...no one else wants to be me!

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Have a blessed Sunday!

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L*I*T*A* 3/28/2010 11:52AM

    wonderful thanks.............
blessings and hugs.............lita

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WILLOW49 3/28/2010 11:07AM

    Great poem; thanks!

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    Wonderful! What a great attitude! emoticon
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AMYISSUCCEEDING 3/28/2010 9:30AM

    Nice Poem! Thank you for sharing.
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JUSTWANTTOLOOSE 3/28/2010 9:28AM

    NICE! Thanks!

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TATTER3 3/28/2010 9:23AM

    Love it!!! Thanks for posting!

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HAPPYNSMILING 3/28/2010 8:56AM

    Thanks for sharing the poem!

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EGRAMMY 3/28/2010 8:48AM

    Perfect. Thanks. emoticon

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JAE_HENNINGTON 3/28/2010 8:42AM

  if only I could remember to trust and believe

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DJS-DEBBIE 3/28/2010 8:35AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 3/28/2010 8:34AM

    My Dad loved to get greeting cards by Emily Matthews. I believe that at one point, either he or my Mom, got me one of those little credit card sized cards with this on it! Thanks for the reminder my friend!

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DEVORA4 3/28/2010 8:31AM

  Thanks to you once again great words I printed this out devora4aka debby emoticon

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Just a reminder to be careful...

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I was watching the news the other night and they profiled 2 different people that had been robbed due to information that had been obtained from Facebook. The info given was quite innocent on the victim’s parts. They simply told their “Friends” what their plans were for the night. Quite innocent, right? Wrong to the criminal element is was an open invitation that said “rob me.” If I remember correctly the guy profiled mentioned he was going camping for the weekend and the woman was I think going to a Broadway play, movie, or something along those lines. She was just out for the night and she was robbed, they were in and out in such a short time.

Millions of people signing up to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites need to be reminded these are public sites. I love Spark People but please remember this is a public online social network. Anyone can gather ANY information you put on your blogs, Spark Page, comments you make etc. Do not post personal details such as birth dates, addresses and phone numbers on the sites. You are just handing the criminals carte blanche to do what ever they can accomplish from what they “harvest” from your site.

Experian and Equifax, the credit information companies, has warned people to restrict the personal information they posted online. "Your date of birth and name of your first school may seem like innocuous bits of information, but they are the building blocks to your identity," said James Jones of Experian. Trust me I am so up on this stuff because of what happened to me with my identity theft. I do not think mine was due to Spark People.

Monster.com had a huge breach relating to the personal details of hundreds of thousands of jobseekers have been stolen after online hackers broke into their recruitment website. I have read horror stories where people apply for these jobs to work from home with. They give these “supposed” employers their information including Social Security numbers and bank account info so that their checks can be direct deposited into their accounts. So now the criminals can wipe out your bank account and charge your credit up the wazoo.

Never share ahead of time with your buddies about the exact dates of an upcoming vacation or even a weekend getaway. I have got to stop making references when I am down visiting my Mom in Virginia. I will now blog about it when I return home. It is an open invitation to would be robbers letting them know your house is vacant. An option would be is when you return let your Spark Buddies know why you have been MIA after the fact, not before.

I am not saying let’s make a mass exodus from Spark People. I love Spark People and intend on being here for quite some time. I am saying be careful. Be careful of what you post. If your entire name is on your Site including your call name, remove it. I have read Spark Pages where they list an outside email and the email address is their first and last name at Yahoo.com, gmail, hotmail, etc. If your entire date of birth is on the site, remove it. I have even seen people’s street address on their Spark Page, remove it. Stop broadcasting vacations, nights out on the town, going to the doctor’s, etc. Blog or post about it after the fact. Just be careful. There are bad elements out there. Don’t hand the keys to your house or credit.


www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/10/19/social.
networking.crimes/index.html


www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/arti
cle-476866/Millions-Facebook-users-put
ting-risk-online-crime.html


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VALI_T 4/18/2010 1:14PM

    Thank you for this reminder. I do have my birthday on a couple of online sites, so I guess there's nothing I can do about that now but be more careful in the future.

The thing that bugs me the most (and really has the potential for a lot of damage) is the number of people who want my social security number. My bank, my doctor's office, my employer, my credit card company....everyone wants my doggone social security number....and NONE of them are really supposed to ask me for that information. Only the government is supposed to use it, but I guess that entire concept has just gone by the wayside. And any one of these entities that have demanded that I give them my SS# can be hacked almost as easily as Facebook.

The hospital system I work for has recently gone to keeping everyone's medical records online, and of course this includes a LOT of information that's personal and confidential. (Including our birthdates, SS numbers, diagnoses, blood types, former names, etc, etc, etc.) So now any jackass who knows how to hack computer systems can find any of that information for any of the patients who have ever been seen in most of the state of New Mexico. emoticon I think that for most of us it's really just a matter of time until someone steals our identity. emoticon

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2LABS2LOVE 4/18/2010 8:54AM

    emoticon well said!

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DENI_ZEN 3/31/2010 8:50AM

    What an important reminder about the dangers of providing seemingly innocuous information about ourselves! Thank you.

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A10TIVTRTL 3/31/2010 8:00AM

    Wise advice. Also - I've learned never to use a public computer to access Spark or any other network or account. Even if you sign out, someone can click the "tools" drop down and click "reopen last browsing session" and go right to where you were.

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_MAOMAO_ 3/31/2010 2:39AM

  http://pleaserobme.com/

At Please Rob Me, you can plug in folks' names & see how ez it to find them from their real-time online info. We had a news story here in Portland bout this & I bookmarked it. I don't Twitter at all & I don't fb too often. I won't even put my 1st name on my page - or in my signature. I lost points on several groups on my class team - b/c I wouldn't put my 'real' first name in my signature!



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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/30/2010 9:41PM

    I couldn't agree more I don't like giving my name out and I've been asked a few times, I know those asking never meant any harm just for prayer purposes.

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Thanks for the reminder Ivonne.

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MEOWMAMA3 3/28/2010 11:27AM

    Thanks Yvonne, I must now go edit my latest blog.....

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SMILES4383 3/28/2010 10:54AM

    Great Reminder....that's why I put my page to private.
I hated doing it, but I had a distant friend who commented about how he keeps up with me by my blogs. SCARRY.
Now only my 'friends' can see anything I have on any of my networks....they have ALL been set to private.

You're right.....be proactive!!
I've been pretty careful about NOT posting things BEFORE I do them.
I don't mind posting that I HAD a haircut ... or WENT out somewhere.....after the fact.

Thanks for the reminder.
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SEASONSCHANGE 3/28/2010 6:45AM

    Thanks for the 411.... great info

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EGRAMMY 3/27/2010 8:49PM

    C heck out your name at this "white pages" phone look up site. Another sparker, Smashy1, put us on to this....Scroll down to see your house, credit rating etc. etc I saw wrong information. I am trying to delete myself and family I guess.

www.spokeo.com

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DYNAMICDEB53 3/27/2010 7:50PM

    heard about that too and wow that is scary.

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 3/27/2010 7:43PM

    Thank you for all these tips and advice. A good reminder that we need to be aware of these things.
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FITNESSFOODIE 3/27/2010 7:11PM

    Good advice in hard times. emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/27/2010 6:04PM

    Thanks for the info Yvonne. Have a stress free night. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/27/2010 3:47PM

    I had never thought about this. Thanks for passing the information along to us.
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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/27/2010 12:13PM

    Wow!

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BETTYAHE 3/27/2010 11:47AM

    Excellent blog! Thanks so much for the reminder Yvonne!

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L*I*T*A* 3/27/2010 11:15AM

    great advice.......thanks for the reminder........have awomderful weekend.........blessings and hugs...........lita

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DEVORA4 3/27/2010 11:02AM

  Great comments Another thing I got 2 warnings from Twitter that 2 different "people" sent me viruses which were caught by by virus protector. I can not understand why they do things like that. emoticon

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KISMET10-3 3/27/2010 10:43AM

    This is a great reminder! Too often we think we give out harmless bits of information about ourselves, and before you know it you are a victim of identity theft or worse.

I used to give these presentations where I would tell high school students to be very careful and would use this story...

My daughter is a member of facebook, I have her password and will check her page from time to time. She has a friend who said what school she goes to, what position she plays on volleyball among other things. She had pics of the car she drives and of her with backgrounds from the neighborhood - based on that information alone, I took my daughter to her house - now I don't know this girl, but my kid does. It shocked her to know that I could find her house just from the info on facebook that is open to everyone.

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WILLOW49 3/27/2010 10:39AM

    Good advice, Yvonne. I do keep all of my personal info (name, DOB, address, etc.) private, but hadn't thought about when I go out for appts. etc. Will remember this!


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SUNDAYKID 3/27/2010 10:35AM

    Great advice. It's too bad that's a problem, but we must realize that it is and take the precautions you suggest. Thanks!

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Don't Take the Easy Way Out

Friday, March 26, 2010

I love the daily thoughts I receive each morning from Spark's Healthy Reflections. Today's message really hit home. I do not have time to write a long blog about this but I did find a poem on the internet that fits the bill.


Some people look at themselves,
With such doubt, Some people
Just take the easy way out..
But I don't want to..

Some people don't care,
Whats wrong or right,
Some people just wanna
Walk through life,
Some people just try to follow the crowd..
But I don't want too..

They'll never know what life is about..
So don't be like them,
Don't take the easy way out,
Don't take the easy way out,
Oh No,
Don't take the easy way..

Some people look at the
World with such doubt
(Don't take the easy way..)
Some people just
Take the easy way out,
But I don't want too..

Some people don't try
To be themselves,
Some people wanna be,
Someone else,
Some people don't mind keepin'
Their voice down,
But I don't want too..

They'll never know what life is about..
So don't be like them,
Don't take the easy way out,
Don't take the easy way out,
Oh No,
Don't take the easy way..

If you've got a point to make,
Make it,
If you've got something to say,
Say it,
Its your life so whatever you do,
Don't fake it,
Don't fake it.

They'll never know what life is about..
So don't be like them,
Don't be like them..
Don't be like them..
Don't take the easy way out,
Don't take the easy way out,
Oh No,
Don't take the easy way..

Written by some known as OrangeFlower

  
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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/27/2010 3:46PM

    Great poem. emoticon

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TODAYSAGIFT 3/27/2010 1:39PM

    emoticon HI!

Thanks for the warm welcome. Great poem!

Have a terrific weekend!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/26/2010 10:25PM

    Excellent! Thanks for sharing this with us my friend. I hope that the stress is relieved soon. Love, Dawn emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/26/2010 9:25PM

    I really enjoyed this. thanks!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/26/2010 9:25PM

    I really enjoyed this. thanks!

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NWFL59 3/26/2010 4:33PM

    Terrific! emoticon Love the poem!

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WILLOW49 3/26/2010 12:41PM

    Good one! Thanks :)

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/26/2010 11:41AM

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What accomplishments do you get from taking the easy way out. None Hard work makes you feel that you accomplished something..

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EGRAMMY 3/26/2010 10:26AM

    emoticon You are such a very caring and capable person!

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L*I*T*A* 3/26/2010 10:16AM

    good one.....thanks for sharing.................
have a great weekend........
blessings and hugs...............lita

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MRDPOLING 3/26/2010 9:06AM

    Awesome Poem!

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STRONGMELISSA24 3/26/2010 9:02AM

    Thanks for sharing this!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 3/26/2010 7:40AM

    Great Poem and like always a very good blog too. Have a great weekend and do something special for your self.
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DEVORA4 3/26/2010 7:17AM

  I look forward to your blog as you have a talent for finding the best writings etc Have a great day Thanks emoticon emoticon

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Not being a very good juggler at the moment...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Oh the pressure is on with a vengeance. I do not have enough hours in the day. I am trying to do right by me, do right by my job, do right by the 2 teams I am a Leader on, keep up with my Sparking, and find some quality time for myself.

My current dilemma is that I have to Register and take care of all of the requirements for the National Mortgage Licensing System. I am in the mortgage industry and this is now a requirement for all Mortgage Solicitors in the United States. It came about due to the foreclosure crisis we are facing in the United States.
The Federal Government wants to make sure that every loan solicitor is on the up and up, knows what is legal and what is not, practices fair lending, and makes sure they are truly representing the mortgage applicant’s best interest. The past has shown that there were some in the industry that acted for their benefit alone. They pushed applicants towards loans they really had no business being put in, charged higher rates so they could receive money back from the Bank or the Mortgage Company in the form of an YSP. Yes some used this YSP to help their Borrower pay their closing costs but they also helped themselves to make more money on the back end according to the rate and the return of the YSP for that rate. You have unscrupulous people in all professions but right now we are talking about the mortgage industry. I am not turning this blog into a debate on the mortgage industry. I am just explaining about this course I am forced to be taking. I process mortgage applications and in some circumstances I will write a loan application so I fall into this category.

All of my spare time is being spent taking this course and then studying for this test. This havoc in my life should be over by the middle of April; unless of course I fail the test and have to take it over again after 30 days. I am remaining positive and telling myself, “I will pass this test the 1st time.”

I am eating right and exercising right yet my sugar levels are high. They are not as high s they used to be but I was under 100 for a long time, now I am in more like the 150-165 range. I am not a happy camper. The only answer is stress is pushing this higher. I am not stepping on the scale. Yes I am done with the steroids but I think due to stress my body is hanging on to the weight. I do not see my clothes getting any looser. I am not stepping on the scale because that my friends will push me over the edge if I see a weight gain when everything else I am doing correctly. I think the steroids are out of my system now that I was one so I am attributing it to stress.

I am Sparking but not as much as I would like to be. I log my food, water. and exercise. Prior to Spark People if I did not have time the 1st thing to go out the window would be my exercise schedule. I am proud to say that this is now a priority so I make sure that I do complete my exercise for the day regardless of what is on my schedule.

I do all of my required reading of the day under My Spark Points.

I try to write a blog everyday.

I welcome the new team members on the 2 teams that I am a Leader on. I will be honest and say that I do not have the time to welcome the other newbies on the other teams I am on.

I try to answer all of my Spark Mails everyday and let me tell you I get a ton of them. I try to participate in all of the teams I am a member of. I do not post to the ones that are game like in nature, you know what did you eat for lunch or dinner, I need a recipe for dinner ( ahhhhhhh how about checking Spark Recipes, that is why it is there), the name of alphabet game, etc. I participate in the posts that will help me move forward in my journey.

I read and comment on the blogs I have subscribed to. For the most part I do get to them within 24 hours.

I support the items on my Friend Feed as far as accomplishments go. I wish I had more time other than just check off “I like this.” Where I am lacking is that I have not had the time to visit the other blogs for which I have not subscribed. I can’t wit till I have the time to start doing this again.

Please forgive me my Spark Buddies. I have not abandoned you. I have just run out of time. I promise things will get better after the 15th of April because oh yes I have one other major task to do, is my taxes. I will return to the old Travelnista and try to be more supportive on the level I used to be. I have always said I am a work in progress and right now this particular area needs more work and a few extra hours in the day would help out tremendously. I will try harder to be better!


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DJS-DEBBIE 3/28/2010 5:20AM

    Yvonne, I am there with you. That is why I am just reading this blog today! Hang in there ~ it will get better.

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BETTYAHE 3/27/2010 11:51AM

    Whew, I got tired just reading about everything you are doing Yvonne!

Praying for you to pass the test the first time so some of this additional stress will be off your shoulders!

We love you. Do what you have to do to alleviate some stress right now.

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RUN2MYDREAMS 3/27/2010 6:30AM

    Yvonne, you need to put yourself first my friend! You need to make time for you to destress-whether at the gym, having a massage, having a mani or a pedi-or both. Give yourself time to destress. There's only ONE you! Make time for you my friend! YOU DESERVE IT and YOU ARE WORTH IT!
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SUSAN134 3/26/2010 10:10PM

    Yvonne, there is absolutely NOTHING to forgive. I so know how you feel, as I feel the same - but we have to take care of ourselves first. The social/support part of SP is wonderful, but not if it gets in the way of
taking care of YOU.

Do what you comfortably can, when you have the time - for the rest try not and worry about it. The important thing is keeping your tracking/exercise/eating in line. Re your blood sugars. Stress can definitely elevate them, as can lack of sleep. If you are not sleeping well, you can have trouble with your blood sugars running higher than normal.

Good luck to you and concentrate on YOU!

Hugs,

Sue

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FRANRN76 3/26/2010 9:58PM

    You are doing absolutely wonderful with SPARKING considering all that you have on you plate at the moment. NEVER feel bad beacuse you feel that you can do more. Just you doing what you can do is enough.

I wish you the best on this class.
hugs
frances

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DYNAMICDEB53 3/26/2010 7:48PM

    HUGS!!!!!! We all have times when we cant do all we want and that should not put us in guilt mode but it does. Just do what you can and stop worrying I for one more than understand.
Focus on yourself and getting your studying done then you will be able to have time for the things you like to do.
Hugs and love
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MARYMAC45 3/26/2010 7:41PM

    you are doing a fantastic job for such a busy person. Don't stress youself any further. Have a great weekend!

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MEOWMAMA3 3/26/2010 7:22PM

    Yvonne, don't stress over Sparking, that's not going to help. You do a FABULOUS job keeping up, even under extra work pressure. I go through my busy "away" times from Spark and used to get guilt twangs too, but it's ok to step away and tend to other parts of the garden! We have to! Hang in there chief! emoticon

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JFROGDIVA 3/25/2010 11:41PM

    Yvonne ~ just know that we are here for you, this time!!!! we appreciate all the support & encouragement that you give us!!!! You are in my thoughts & prayers!!!!
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WEDDWT 3/25/2010 4:49PM

    Dear Yvonne, and you are a dear, you are so committed to meeting the needs of your Sparkfriends. Have you considered temporarily delegating some of your leadership duties so that you can meet your own needs, which are pressing at this time? You are worth it. Take care of you, please. emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 3/25/2010 4:39PM

    you go and do what you need to do right now that is your new priority and we will all still be here when you get back......wishing you all the best and i am sure you will do well the first time around.............take care.........blessings and hugs..........lita

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DARA52 3/25/2010 3:58PM

    Some great advice, Yvonne.

Take a deep breath, let it go and take care of yourself. You need to be healthy. You need your job. We'll all be here when you need us.

Hugs! Dara

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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/25/2010 3:48PM

    You are so right when you say stress will increase your blood sugar levels. Steroids will do the same thing. I hope your blood sugar will settle down when you get everything resolved. Please take care of yourself. This is a great team and in my opinion, you are one of the reasons it is great. Take care.
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KIMBEEJ16 3/25/2010 1:19PM

    Number 1...take care of you. Number 2...take care of your job. Number 3...there is no number 3--let everything else go for a bit and take a break! You've done so much to help and inform us...we'll be OK for a little while without ya but do come back when you're ready!!! :)



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BARBARAROSE54 3/25/2010 12:31PM

    Stress will increase your blood sugar levels. Please take the time to work on you !

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FITGRL124 3/25/2010 11:14AM

    You know the hardest thing about life in general is struggling to meet all the demands. However, you are putting YOU first which is the most important thing. You have to take care of yourself which (minus the sugar) you are doing. I'm sure that your levels are just high due to the stress that your body is under. Good luck with your exam! I'm sure you'll pass the first time!! We all understand that you're going through a lot! We'll hang in there with you - we love you!!! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/25/2010 10:47AM

    Just take care of YOU. We all understand what it is to be busy. Isn't spark about teaching us to TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES? We're are learning to change our lives for the BETTER! That means doing what YOU need to stay afloat, happy and healthy. Friends understand and SUPPORT us when we are busy and can only do a little bit. Frankly, your "little" bit is a whole heck of a LOT! I love you my friend. I do miss talking to you. Sorry that I was out when you called yesterday. Love, Dawn

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KARVY09 3/25/2010 10:29AM

    You do SO much here on Spark. No one is going to begrudge you taking some time for yourself. Yes, you want to support others here, but the main reason you are here is for YOU!

You want to lose this weight. So your first focus should be on being less stressed out, taking some time for yourself, exercising and eating well. THEN, if you have time, you can work on the team business. There are other great leaders and members on the team who can welcome others and do the nitty gritty that takes up so much precious time!

One thing I noticed about a lot of people on Spark is that we're people pleasers at heart. Which is great because we're compassionate people. But also, it's part of the reason we ballooned to high weights because all our energy was spent on other people and the only way we "pampered" ourselves was with quick fixes like foods.

You can do this, Yvonne. We all love you and we all want you to be well.
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ANDREA963 3/25/2010 10:26AM

    You know what you have to do, and you're doing it. So proud of you for not letting your exercising go. That is further validation that it's part of your lifestyle now. Congratulations!

Andrea

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/25/2010 10:10AM

    Don't stress and worry Ivonne you have done enough you need time for yourself then take it. We will be here when you come back.


Stress is horrible don't let it get the best of you and first things first take of yourself and know that we are here waiting we should understand that you can't be on here 24/7
( I understand emoticon) Get that test out of the way and when you come back - come back with vengeance! emoticon

We will miss you but we know it's temporary.

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FOXXYROXXYD 3/25/2010 10:01AM

    I feel ya... same here with running out of time. Yours will be getting better when mine will really start heating up (I run summer camps!)! Hang in there and know we miss you but we understand... you are loved!

Good luck on passing the test!

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-TAMI- 3/25/2010 10:00AM

    Two words: Balance & Superwoman
**Yvonne, you haven't had balance in a long time. Then you go and become a leader on another team which adds more to what you already do. You really push yourself too hard to be everything to everyone. There is no way I can keep up with what you do on Spark and I dont work. You and I started Spark around the same time and I think I've spent most of that time giving you loving lectures on how you need to balance stuff and quit trying to do so much. Other then the diet/exercise what do you do for yourself? I want you to read this blog post of yours and look at it as though someone else wrote it. What would you tell the person who wrote this blog? If I wrote it I would hope you would tell me that I need to let some things go and quit trying to do so much. Oh wait: You HAVE told me that! emoticon
** Superwoman: You are not. You are a loving, wonderful human being with no super powers. You get overwhelmed, tired, moody, and burned out like the rest of us. Now take off you Super cape, and pack it away where it belongs.

I love you honey and I worry about you... Take care of yourself. emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 3/25/2010 9:33AM

    Yvonne...don't be so hard on yourself! We totally understand and do not expect you to be superwoman. The most important thing is that you do your job well and take care of yourself. I appreciate every comment that you are able to make. Even being a SAHM, by the time I clean, cook and exercise, I cannot answer every single thing that shows up in my email. It's impossible. We love you and totally understand! Take care! emoticon emoticon

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MRDPOLING 3/25/2010 9:28AM

    I am having the same issue...the more active I get physically and the more social I get, the less time I am spencing on the computer at home. Sparking is becoming harder and harder to find time for.

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