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Jan 12

Monday, January 12, 2009

I just wanted to say thank you for all the support and encouragement I received since posting yesterday. I do feel much better since writing out all my frustrations yesterday. I emailed my letter to myself at work and today when I got in, I had had a night to sleep on it and after meditation and prayer this morning knew that I was indeed to forward it to my supervisor. I'm glad I did, as we had an opportunity to discuss my concerns and although it appears doubtful that anything will change, I'm leaving it in God's hands and keeping myself open to receive His blessings and teachings. Letting go and letting God.

I am delighted to be sharing our wonderful winter weather with all my SP friends. Thought it was rather greedy of me to be keeping it to myself. LOL.

We didn't have the opportunity to complete our moving of furnishings at work today, as the phone man wasn't able to come to run more line. But we've been told that it should happen tomorrow. I will burning more calories tomorrow moving furniture and filing cabinets. I did get in some good calorie burning this morning before work shoveling snow and by the looks of the weather right now, I will have the great opportunity again tomorrow morning!

My positives:
I'm feeling much more positive.
Shared my concerns with my supervisor, and although it's status quo...at least she is aware of my concerns.
Being able to share our lovely Canadian weather with my American neighbors!
Marla, who through her daily challenge of living, helps me to put things in my own life into perspective. Thank you, you are an inspiration.
This incredibly wonderful team.
My family, who show their caring for me in so many ways.
My life.

Talking Tuesday is tomorrow, so remember to be a caring voice in someones life tomorrow. You never know how far just one kind word will go.


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MAURIZIA 1/13/2009 11:31AM

    Wanda, so hard for me to say thank you for this weather...since they are predicting one of the coldest weather patterns in 50 years in RI! Please, please send it north???? PLEEASEEEE.

Just keep thinking of all the opportunities your new responsibilities will open to you...and the amazing talents you've been hiding will come out!

Mindfully COOOOOOLLLLDDDD...brrrr...

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NUPATH 1/12/2009 11:07PM

You have had many challenges in your life. I think that your positive attitude will get you thru this and once again you will shine!
Everyday life brings us challenges, and you are so right, you are so fortunate to have a job, when there are so many out there unemployed.
Hey, if you ever get tired of shoveling snow there, we have lots in Michigan too!

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KSNICKER 1/12/2009 10:34PM

    Wanda, Oops it posted it twice...

Have a wonderful evening my friend...


thy LOL

Comment edited on: 1/12/2009 10:34:44 PM

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KSNICKER 1/12/2009 10:34PM

    Wanda, Sorry to hear about the frustrations with your job... Hope it gets better for you now that your supervisor is aware of your concerns...
It really does help to vent those things in a letter or online to your friends.... You are always there for all of us so we are happy to be there for you even if it's just to listen...

Now about that Artic weather you are sending my way... I hear it will be all the way to Florida tomorrow night... BRrrrr ... Just practicing for when it gets here... LOL Brrrrrrr

Have a wonderful evening my friend...



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LACEEJO11 1/12/2009 9:21PM

    YES, that one kind word is the most POWERFUL word in our vocabulary!!! GOD BLESS YOU WANDA, FOR ALL THOSE kind words you share with us daily!!! LaceEjo11 emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Jan 11

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Yesterday was a great day. We had company over that we have been friends with for over 25 years. We used to all live in BC and now John and Donna reside in Edmonton and we reside here in the Park. It was so much fun to celebrate a postponed Ukrainian Christmas dinner together. We spent the evening visiting and then having a bowling competition on the Wii. Lots of laughs and so enjoyable.

Today, although it was Serenity Sunday, I was taking deep breaths and asking for lots of guidance. I've been frustrated at work. Due to a situation that has arisen with a co-worker retiring, I have found that my entire job has also changed. It was only supposed to be a temporary thing, a trial to be more exact. But last week saw my job description being changed in it's entirety and the job that I've been doing is no longer the same. I'm frustrated that I have had no say in my job being changed, so today after much prayer, I sat and wrote out a letting venting about my frustrations. I'm still undecided as to whether I present the letter to my supervisor tomorrow or not, but at the very least having written about my frustration has helped me to release the negativity.

My positives:
A wonderful evening last night with friends.
Burning calories shoveling snow today.
Vented all my negativity out in a letter.
I have a job, where many do not.
I will continue to do my best to be a team player regardless of what is now required.
Went shopping at Chapters book store and found some awesome books with great ideas for our challenges....look for some great stuff over the next few weeks!
God, who helps me to refocus and walks beside me holding my hand.

Have a great evening, thanks for stopping by.


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MAURIZIA 1/12/2009 12:25PM

    Wanda, I'm sorry to read about your job situation...but maybe it will unearth skills you don't even know you have!! Think of it as a challenge...and of all the new stuff you will learn!! Sometimes we don't like change, but G-d has other plans...since you allow yourself openness to doing His Will, think of it as another opportunity to let Him lead you.

Mindful hugs,

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CAMMIECAT 1/12/2009 11:40AM

    Wanda, I am so sorry to hear of your work situation. I have been in your position before and know that it can be very distressing. It was good that you wrote about it. Writing not only releases the frustration, but it also solidifies the your understanding of the reasons for the frustration. Kind of like headings on an outline. You might like to take those outline headings to your employer and use them as talking points. Communication is always the key to anything. I hope all goes well.

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TERSIEFROG 1/11/2009 8:24PM

    Hi Wanda! I'm sorry your job has been causing you frustrations lately. I'm glad you were able to vent some of that stress in a letter. I have to often remind myself that I'm also lucky to have a job. A lot of times a change in my own attitude will change the attitude of those around me. Not always, but often. I know you're a firm believer in that!

I'm glad you enjoyed your weekend! I wish they didn't fly by quite so quickly!

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Saturday Jan 10

Saturday, January 10, 2009

My body has muscles that it decided to let me know about yesterday and yep!, they are still here this morning! lol. We moved so much around at work the past couple of days. Shelving, desks, filing cabinets, boxes (we had to empty out a storage area). The hallway at work is now full of things for recycling, and our office space still looks like something exploded in it! We will have more to do on Monday, but at least now the phone and computer guys know the general area that they have to string more lines.
Hopefully when all is done, we will have a better working arrangement. As Geff said, if we find it doesn't work, we can do it all again! Gee, thanks!

Ukrainian Christmas also fell on Jan 7th, but this year, we kept it very low key. At least I didn't have to go all out and make a big dinner.
Tonight, though, we are having some friends over and we will have a bit of a celebration. I'm thinking that the board games might even make it out!

Garry and I need to back into the city today and return some flooring samples that we brought home last weekend. We love the samples, but not so much the price! So time will tell if we go that route or not.

My Positives:
Friends coming over this evening.
It's Silly Saturday.
Office spaces are getting arranged.
I have muscles that I'm sure my body is only beginning to re-acquaint me with!
It's the weekend, yay, hopefully by the time Monday rolls around, I will be moving my body without feeling every movement! lol.
I burned lots of calories yesterday.
It's supposed to be warmer outside today!
The Shaw phone guy showed up yesterday and I now have my phone lines changed over to Shaw. It will save me just over 20.00 a month. Yay, I love savings.
I have a wonderful new day to look forward to. I am open to receiving God's blessings, so looking forward to whatever God brings my way.

Have an awesome day today also, remember how it turns out is up to you!

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MARLA7 1/11/2009 7:02AM

    Wanda - Merry Ukranian Christmas to you & Garry... I first wrote Urkanium! LOL See, I told on myself. Good feeling those muscles aching, right? Shows that you're using them. I hope you had fun at your celebration last night with friends..... Love ya, Marla

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TERSIEFROG 1/10/2009 8:23PM

    Congrats on finding those muscles!! hehe!

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MAURIZIA 1/10/2009 4:55PM

    Wanda, Happy Ukrainian Christmas! WOOHOO! I presume it falls in line with Epiphany, maybe??? The 3 kings? Have fun tonight! We are awaiting more snow! Bah humbug!! BUT I have a roof over my head, the girls, a DVD, and lots of books...

Mindful hugs,

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WANDAH3 1/10/2009 11:13AM

    Thanks for the giggle Nancy...same thing happens to me with that pose...going to have to work on that one!

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NJMATTICE 1/10/2009 10:16AM

    Nice to share some time with you this morning. Have a wonderful day. I know that you will make it so.
PS Theresa pointed out to me this morning that there are some new emoticons so I will have to try out a new one on you today.
That will be my goal position for the year. Right now when I try that, I choke off my air and just about kill myself.

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January 7/09

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

What is this....a week of January is gone by already!

A great day at work today. Got all the suppy orders completed and sent, so hopefully they will start arriving in a few days.

We are going to be moving our entire department around, hope to start on that tomorrow. We've had a person retire, and that position has been eliminated. Now myself and Gail will be incorporating those duties into our positions. It will be nice to have some changes and I'm excited about it. We are hopeful that it will work well, but as time passes, we'll be able to see where or if there are areas we'll need to adjust. In the meantime, it doesn mean that our desks and work areas need to be side by side. This means that basically our whole floor plan needs to change. Planning on burning lots of calories moving furniture in the next couple of days! Woo Hoo!

We went out to my husbands department dinner last night. I'm not overly fond of the place that is chosen (past 3 years) as they serve very little in the way of healthy food and the vegetarian menu is almost non-existent. I decided to make some changes to better suit myself this year. When I got home from work yesterday, I made myself a nice snack and then when we went out, I was not miserable because of having nothing to really eat. I was able to be well sated with a salad and a bowl of soup! Amazingly enough, they have decided that we should try somewhere different next year. Once again...changing ones attitude to a more positive one, creates opportunity for positive things to happen!
We had a lovely time, and I must admit, it was the first year that we really enjoyed ourselves. A smaller group and a much better group. It was nice to be seated in such a manner that you could actually visit and get to know each other.

My Positives:
A great day at work.
My vehicle works and gets me safely back and forth to work.
Such awesome response to Wednesday Writing assignment. It really touch my heart.
Looking forward to new work details and moving things around at work.
A great time out last night.
All of this teams' members...you people are amazing.
God, who continues to direct my path and shows me through examples of what it means to have a positive attitude.

Living in awareness!


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TERSIEFROG 1/9/2009 11:00PM

    I'm so glad you were able to work around the restaurant situation! And it sounds like you've been keeping active and very busy at work! I hope you have a nice and relaxing weekend!!

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KSNICKER 1/8/2009 10:33PM

    Wanda I am so thankful that God shows you example on what it means to have positive attitude... And then you pass them along to us...

Thanks for stopping by my blog tonight and sharing some of it there...
I am so thankful to have you as a friend...

Love and Hugs...


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MAURIZIA 1/8/2009 11:58AM

    Wanda, it's so true about planning ahead. I always check restaurant menus online...or ask them to fax to our office if they don't have a website. Makes it so much easier for me since I avoid meat 90% of the time...still can't get past that one or two cravings for a burger or turkey.

How exciting with changes at work...so nice to have that...helps keep you pumped about your job!

My mom always taught me if you give, it comes back to you a hundredfold. I think that's true about love, positive notions, etc.

Mindfully positive,

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KATHEE3 1/7/2009 8:39PM

  Isn't it amazing how almost everything can be turned around into a positive. Way to go at planning in advance for your dinner out. I've tried it before, but alas it would probably work better if I remembered to take it with me!!!!!! lol

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Back to work!

Monday, January 05, 2009

Today marked my first day back at work since Christmas....it was nice to get back into a routine again! I am definitely a creature of habit and like having a routine. lol.

I've been doing some serious thinking about a "word for the year" idea that has been making it's rounds with our team. I've been loving the words that some team members have chosen, or should I say, words that have chosen the individual. I kept thinking...I'd like a word...but once again it seems after much thought, meditation and prayer...I am not being give "a" word, but rather a sentence (motto) to use for the year. Last night just before going to sleep, I once again placed my request with my guides...much to my interest, my mind started actively running through all the words members have been given, almost scrolling to be honest, until it slowed down on the word "consciousness". My guides have a very warped sense of humor, because when I mentally asked if this was my word, I got an emphatic "no"! Okay then! I was asked the question in my thoughts..."what is another word for consciousness?" Well, I came up with "awareness", yep that resonated. But once again, when I asked for confirmation of the word...I was informed that it was only part of what I needed! SIGGGHHHH!
Okay, back to doing some more thinking. As I said my guides have a warped sense of humor and I sensed the laughter happening...so when I said I really need an answer as I had to get to sleep, they finally gave me my answer. My motto/saying for this year is......TA DA! "Living in Awarenss". Just to be sure, I asked that it be confirmed in the morning for me (I can be a really hard sell sometimes!) On waking this morning, the first thought was "wow, I'm really alert and "aware" this morning! And then it clicked "living in awareness". Yep, and I'm going with it! "Ask and ye shall receive".

I really like my motto, as one of the things that I have been learning to do is to "live in the moment" and to be more aware of my thoughts, emotions and attitude. It just feels good.

My positives:

Today was the first day of work after a holiday...back into a routine!
My new motto for the year.
God and my guides who have a great sense of humor and never fail to deliver.
My faith.
Being open to receiving God's blessings.
Kaeli cooking supper tonight.
A much warmer day out there today...only -10.
I'm on track and feeling great.
Laughter in my life.

Have a wonderful evening,

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KATHEE3 1/7/2009 2:40PM

  Hi Wanda:
Great word choice!

Hope all is well with you, You are just as positive as ever I see.

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MAURIZIA 1/7/2009 6:55AM

    Wanda, oh, I'm so silly! I thought you were going to write that your word for the year is TA-DA! Hehehehe...Living in awareness...We all seem to be moving to that thought this year...and we will help each other be mindful or live in awareness or find our balance or smile...for all of those require awareness of some kind!

Mindfully AWARE of all you give,

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CAMMIECAT 1/5/2009 11:31PM

    Awareness, mindfullness, living in the moment, or living in awareness, all are actions. I really liked your blog because while some of us have our words that symbolize what we are striving toward, you have a word or phrase that requires action. While I may dream of finding balance, you are living in awareness. What's the difference???? The difference is in the searching to find something and actually living with something that you have.

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KSNICKER 1/5/2009 6:52PM

    "living in awareness"... I really like that and your presentation of it also...TA DA!!!!! lol

I'm with you on being a creature of habit... This move has changed things a bunch and I am forced to create new habits... lol But a few of the old ones are settling down a bit again too... Thank goodness... lol

Thanks my friend...



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NUPATH 1/5/2009 6:52PM

    Today when I was walking on the treadmill Fox News ran a little segment with Richard Simmons. He stated that you have to love yourself 1st before you can loose weight. I think this is right. Of course, love is not love until you give it away....but need to keep some for yourself.
Luv to you my friend,

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BISHOP-1956 1/5/2009 6:37PM

    Good for you. It's nice to get back into a familiar routine. Like the new motto.

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