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What are your goals and wildest dreams?

Monday, February 15, 2010

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them."
~ Henry David Thoreau~

What are your goals and wildest dreams? Have you built castles in the air? If your answer is yes, good for you! That's where dreams must begin.

After building our dreams, we must put the foundation beneath them.

How is your foundation coming along? Are you taking practical, daily steps forward (no matter how small)? We can't get to our goal when we are not moving. Are you moving toward success? If not, what little step can you take today to re-commit and get yourself back on track?

Each day I take a step toward success. I know there is no such thing as a "small step," every step is important.

P90X "BRING IT" TEAM, the start of your foundation is making a commitment to yourself that you are going to show up and press "PLAY"


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CELEST 3/29/2010 4:12PM

    Great quotes. My goal is to be slender enough to shop in any store for clothes I love instead of clothes that fit. My wildest dream is to be slender enough to sit all over my husbands lap and not see his face turn red emoticon from the effort. Getting there with my 24kgs loss already. By the end of this year, I will be at that goal. emoticon

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PURPLEALLY 2/15/2010 7:55PM

    One of my favorite quotes! emoticon

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Joy is a fruit of the spirit that's always in season.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

John 16:22 says: "And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. " KJV
You may be familiar with the list of seven deadly sins that was formulated
during the sixth century: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, vengeance, envy, and pride.
But you may not know that the original list compiled during the fourth
century also included the sin of sadness. Over the years that emotion was
omitted from the inventory.

Some people are blessed with a cheerful disposition. They always seem
to be happy. They wear a perpetual smile almost as if they were advertising
toothpaste. But then there are others who seem to be chronically sad.
They continually complain about life and its burdens. And who can deny that
afflictions are discouraging?

While we acknowledge that not everybody is blessed with a bright outlook
on life, we need to remember that joy is one of the gifts Jesus promised to
His followers. We need to resist any tendency to let sadness dominate us.

Jesus promised His disciples on the night Judas betrayed Him, "Your joy
no one will take from you" (John 16:22). Remember that joy is the fruit of
the indwelling Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22). Let's ask the Lord to help us look
beyond our circumstances and encourage our heart hearts by the vision
of joy that awaits us (Heb. 12:2). ---- Vernon Grounds

You alone , Lord Jesus, can true joy impart,
For You know the sorrow of the human heart;
You came here from glory many hearts to win
And in love for sinners suffered once for sin. ----Anon.

Joy is a fruit of the spirit
that's always in season.


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COOP9002 2/14/2010 3:44PM

    Nice thoughts. The presence of Christ in our lives completely transforms every aspect of who we are.

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LHISLE 2/14/2010 3:21PM

  A great blog posting! The joy of the Lord is my strength!! A good reminder for us all. What good is anything without joy? This is a reminder to count our many, many blessings and just work through the trials and tribulations with perseverance and gladness of heart. Jesus suffered in His life on earth and He told us that we will too. Sometimes the night (trials) can be very, very dark but, in the end, joy always comes in the morning! Those who believe the Christian life is a "bed of roses" don't know the Bible very well. But, nonetheless, we are to be thankful in every situation and joyful for our salvation. Because nothing else in the whole scheme of things is all that important compared to what awaits "those who wait upon the Lord" in eternity. emoticon

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Facing difficult times....

Monday, February 08, 2010

"When we do face difficult times, we need to remember that circumstances don't make a person, they reveal a person."
~ Richard Carlson, Ph.D.

How easy it can be to throw our hands up when faced with difficult or trying times. It can be easy to put on that "poor me" hat and figure we are another victim of circumstance.

While we may feel those emotions temporarily - we cannot hold onto them or they will make us a victim.

Instead, follow Richard's words. Let the difficult times reveal who you are, the talents you possess, your strength, your courage.

Have you felt you are a victim of circumstance in an area of your life? Choose not to be the victim. Choose to let this trying time reveal a step that you can take toward the stronger, courageous, true you.

Each difficult time is a step that I take to build my true self.


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CELEST 3/29/2010 4:14PM

    Yup, you are soooo right. I was molested as a child (that's a truth) but I played the victim in food choices etc for nearly 30 yrs. But no more, now I'm making good, solid, healthy for me adult choices. That inner child has run me into the ground with her bad choices because of her experience....but no more!
Great blog as usual.

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RUNNER12COM 2/8/2010 11:40AM

    Great post. I learned in the Marine Corps, the true mettle of a man is shown only in the darkest times. Thanks for the reminder.


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MINNA72 2/8/2010 9:44AM

    So true. Good post.

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Baby Jayleigh is finally in daddy's arms :)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

I am SOOOO EXCITED, Jayleigh Sheree Shadden blessed our lives with her presents January 23, 2010 @ 8:50 a.m. She weighed 7lbs and is 19 1/4 inches. I know all of you that have children know exactly how it feels to have your first born in your arms. It is truly a privilege to be able to take care of God's child. Momma is doing great! Both of us are just filled with so much joy.

Jayleigh finally in daddy's arms

Daddy's beautiful *ANGEL*

Daddy's beautiful *ANGEL* in her going home dress

Daddy's *ANGEL* after her 1st bath at home

Daddy's *ANGEL* in her car seat

Daddy's *ANGEL* covered with love

Daddy's *ANGEL* in her bouncy chair

Thank you all VERY, VERY, much for your prayer's!


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LHISLE 2/14/2010 3:29PM

  Wow! What a beautiful little girl. Treasure her. She is God's wonderful gift to you. She is a big responsibility. Bring her up early in life to know and love the Lord. It's never too early and nothing is more important! Congratulations to you both and thanks for sharing the precious pictures. She is so precious.

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DEEJ4FITNESS 2/8/2010 11:33AM

    Awwwww... nothing quite lke that 1st experience as a new parent!! Ya never knew you could love someone soooo much until you're blessed with an innocent life to love and protect! CONGRATULATIONS to you and your wife, Eric! May God continue to richly bless your family with health and happiness!! ~deej

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CSOLTIS13 2/6/2010 1:42PM

    Absolutely beautiful! Congratulations! Caleb was born on January 4 & he was 7 lbs 14 oz and 18.5 inches. I'm glad to hear everyone is doing great! May God bless you and your family as you grow closer to Him & one another! emoticon

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    Congratulations!!! She is a beautiful little angel. I have one, too, and words can't describe the love you feel as a parent...you have to become one to understand. :) My daughter had one of those Boppy chairs, too, and it was a life saver!

Good luck and welcome to parenthood!


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SHERLYNN43 2/2/2010 8:01AM

    OMG! She is absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations! I am so happy for both of you! She's beautiful.

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ADAMST3 2/2/2010 6:38AM

    Happy Baby! You're off to a mighty start, and just know...she's going to teach you so much about how your Heavenly Father loves you. Cherish every moment.

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PPLUNICORN 2/1/2010 6:51PM

    emoticon She is the sweetest thing I have ever seen! You are truly blessed

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F8CONE8 2/1/2010 2:26PM

    What a wonderful blog!

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RAINRUN 2/1/2010 11:58AM

    emoticon emoticon
she is beautiful!!

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LUEYGIRL 2/1/2010 11:25AM

    Congratulations. She is beautiful.

She will rock your world more than anything else - bringing great joy along the way.

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LYNNA7499 1/31/2010 9:39PM

  Congratulations! She is adorable! Take lots of pictures because they change so quickly :)


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ETAGGEL 1/30/2010 10:01PM

    Congratulations, she is absolutely adorable!


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LSDALOIA 1/30/2010 9:34PM


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Welcome to our newest little Texan!

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JACKLIN11 1/30/2010 8:18PM

    It won't be long now before she is exercising right beside you. I could just eat her up she is soooooo cute.

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CHEVYGALPAULA 1/30/2010 7:56PM

    Congratulations, she's beautiful.

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PURPLEALLY 1/30/2010 7:40PM

    Congrats Dad! She is beautiful!

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PUDGIE49 1/30/2010 7:32PM

  congratulations!!what a cutie emoticon

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SUMITH2008 1/30/2010 6:54PM

    WOW!!! Congratulations P90X Daddy! She's so cute man.. Keep us updated!

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Life's up and downs...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Life's up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine... [your] values and goals...Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want." ~ Marsha Sinetar

If you take a moment and really think about this statement, it provides a fresh perspective. What one person perceives as a challenge or "down" might be perceived as an opportunity or "up" by another person. That doesn't make one person right or the other person wrong, but it demonstrates that we are each unique individuals with unique values and goals. What makes me happy may be quite different from what makes you happy. Each "up and down" provides us "the window to determine our values and goals" and discover what we desire in our life.

One approach that is very helpful in building the ideal life (and self-discovery in general) is the process of elimination. It isn't always easy to uncover what would make us happy. We might think we know, but often we get to that place and discover what we thought we needed, isn't really the "key" to our happiness. Sometimes it is easier to observe what doesn't make us happy. By keeping a list of what answers "don't work" for us, we become like an inventor for our life. Each combination that doesn't work, lead us closer to finding the combination that will.

Your Turn:
Instead of allowing your moods and energy to flow with "ups and downs," take a step back and observe each up and down as an opportunity to learn more about inventing the life you desire.

Your Affirmation:
Each day is filled with opportunities to expand, refine and improve my life direction.


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