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January Goals

Friday, January 01, 2010

Progress, not perfection!

Personal:

*Daily MORNING prayer and pages
*Turn off the computer by 10 PM
*Post on TMMO, Spark and SIT for accountability
*Book flight for February 1

Home and Org:

*TMMO baby step #2: in progress. Snowflake goal: $700
*Stick to January budget
*Bring US taxes up-to-date

Study:

*Complete Biblical Theology of Missions course successfully
*Do one book report before course begins on Jan 25
*Contact adviser - get info on OT course credit
*Contact German adviser
*Practice project present ideas to my adviser and appropriate persons

Ministry:

*Lead worship on one Sunday
*Visitation: EW and IO
*Snail mail TYs to TOR donors
*New Year’s Newsletter
*Continue info search for worship team retreat

Health and Fitness Goals:

*Lose 3 pounds
*AM workouts 2 x a week
*1300 Cardio minutes
*3 x 20 minutes ST per week
*Make OB/GYN appointment
*Track food 5x week, Fitness daily

Work:

*Add two new students
*Apply for online editing job: cover letter, resume, application, references

  
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CTEMPLE 1/5/2010 10:35PM

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SJG1953 1/3/2010 12:38AM

    You did fantastic on your goals last month. I expect you will do well this month as well. I wish I was as organized as you are. You inspire me to keep on keeping on! Thank you. God bless you, Shirley

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TRYINGHARD1948 1/2/2010 4:03AM

    Very organized, very impresive and now to tick them all off as you do them. Have a great 2010.

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LIGIRLATHEART 1/1/2010 8:11PM

    Hi -- I am impressed that you are so focused -- that you have "balance" in your life!

Happy New Year, and thanks for being a great SparkFriend, supporter, and motivator!

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ASMPP1 1/1/2010 6:26PM

    emoticon Good luck with your goals! You can do it!

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LADY_DONKEY 1/1/2010 4:28PM

    Yowza, and I thought I was busy...

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 1/1/2010 2:22PM

    You have a lot of goals. And this is just for January???

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December Goals Update

Friday, January 01, 2010

Progress, not perfection!

Personal:

*Daily MORNING prayer – IMPROVING

Home and Org:

*TMMO baby step #2: in progress. Snowflake goal: $200 MET AND PASSED: $319
*Stick to December budget! DONE (for the most part!)
*Bring US and German taxes up-to-date: German DONE, US in progress

Study:

*Pray for the finances to be able to cashflow at least one of the two courses I want to take in January – YES! Will be taking one course the last week of January.
*Contact adviser - get info on OT course credit: NOT DONE
*Contact German adviser: NOT DONE
*Practice project present ideas to my adviser and appropriate persons: NOT DONE

Ministry:

*Caroling at homes of Seniors and shut-tins: DONE
*Lead worship on two Sundays: DONE, also Christmas Eve
*Snail mail TYs to TOR donors: NOT DONE (envelopes are stuffed, will send with newsletter)
*Christmas newsletter: NOT DONE (draft is finished, need to add fotos, it’ll be a New Year’s letter!)
*Continue info search for worship team retreat: IN PROGRESS

Health and Fitness Goals:

*Lose 3 pounds- Lost 1
*AM workouts 2 x a week (am loving this - really boosts the metabolism!): DONE
*1300 Cardio minutes - bumping it up this month from my usual 1200 GOAL MET
*3 x 20 minutes ST per week: Not sure about this but probably met
*Make OB/GYN appointment: NOT DONE
*Strovak vaccination series appointment: NOT DONE, indefinitely postponed
*Track food 5x week, Fitness daily: DONE, except for Christmas week

Other:

*Book flight for January/February: NOT DONE but the money is there now so I can

  
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JULESGL 1/1/2010 6:26PM

    Progress not perfection - good for you!

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NEWLIBRARIAN 1/1/2010 1:58PM

    a lot of goals done and some progress on others. I would be satisfied. This was a longggggg list.

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KATELJM 1/1/2010 12:19PM

    You covered a broad variety of activities, all of which are important.

This year I will add some additional goals for a more rounded life. But my goal right now is to identify and prioritize those goals.

Happy New Year, may it be bountiful for fulfilling!

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CFMOSS 1/1/2010 10:56AM

    Looks like a good list of accomplishments to me. Nice job, nice progress.

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ASMPP1 1/1/2010 9:51AM

    Looks pretty good from here! emoticon

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Primroses

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


I fully expect to see some of these flowers at the supermarket when I go shopping today. The stores always bring them out first thing after Christmas, it seems.

I used to think that they were called "prim" roses because they are "prim and proper" little ladies. It would seem the root word is closer to "prime" as in "first". And they are often the first flowers to bloom in the gardens in springtime here in Germany (where they are called "primeln", by the way.)

The stores are practicing good marketing! After the holidays, we sometimes go into a slump and these little bursts of color bring some cheer. And they're inexpensive, so still affordable to holiday-shopping-depleted pocketbooks. So, I'm using them as my page background this month...enjoy!

  
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SJG1953 12/31/2009 12:49AM

    These flowers are so pretty. I've heard of them but never realized their beauty. Thanks for the info Michelle. Hugs, Shirley

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/30/2009 5:20PM

    How gorgeous Michelle. I love how you have decorated your background - so uplifting. Happy Hogmanay for today.

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CTEMPLE 12/30/2009 4:34PM

    Happy NY Michelle!
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ASMPP1 12/30/2009 11:59AM

    Pretty!

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FIT4HISGLORY 12/30/2009 10:16AM

    I LOVE primroses--always have! I used to have one that came back yearly for me in my front flower bed...until one of the children thought it was a weed and pulled it!

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PLYWEED 12/30/2009 8:19AM

  I love primroses. Thanks for the interesting information about them! emoticon

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ANGELLACOLE 12/30/2009 6:59AM

    So pretty! I wonder if I can find some of those over here in Belgium? I'll have to keep my eyes open!

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Jammies

Friday, December 25, 2009



In Germany, the big celebration is on Christmas Eve. I was invited to join some friends and their family for dinner and fellowship after church. It was a lovely meal and lovely evening. I overdid it on the sweets AGAIN. I've taken a break from tracking just to make my hectic week a little less stressful with all the special occasions going on. I'm back to tracking today. And tomorrow the last of the cookies will be leaving the building!!!

Today, I made the decision to stay in my jammies ALL DAY LONG! It felt great to have a day with no outside commitments. That may be the best Christmas gift I got this year! I had a good time of prayer this morning, caught up on emails and on Spark business, updated my budget and spend some time checking out flights for my trip to the States in February. That's about IT!

Tomorrow, there's another little event - a white elephant gift exchange with some friends from church, a yearly thing we do. It will be fun. I will NOT eat cookies.

There's so much I love about the Christmas season but I'm always glad when the holidays are over, too. Life can get back to "normal," though I continue celebrating Jesus, knowing his presence with me, and his power at work in me every day. That makes "normal" very special!

I hope all you dear Spark friends have been enjoying the holidays!

  
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SJG1953 12/26/2009 3:31AM

    This is a beautiful blog Michelle. I think Christ makes the 'normal' special too. He is an AWESOME God! I enjoyed reading about your special laid back day. It sounded so relaxing! God bless you my friend, Shirley

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PIANO*LADY 12/25/2009 7:40PM

    What a beautiful blog post, Michelle! I thought about you when I talked over an hour to Beth over Skype this afternoon. I would love to experience Christmas with her in Germany, but I think she'd rather experience it here at home.

She described how everyone seemed to stop what they were doing to make cookies early in December - Dec. 1 maybe? I got tickled because the way she talked, it seemed almost like a national holiday! And she's been overwhelmed by cookie gifts.

I also stayed in my jammies today and it was wonderful. I'm gearing up to get serious about weight loss, though. I love getting back to the "normal" that Christ's birth makes special.

Love, Carole

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ANNIESADVENTURE 12/25/2009 7:26PM

    A jammie day. Several people posted comments about that lately.

One of our groups at church has a white elephant gift exchange at their Christmas party. When it's our turn, we can steal any of the gifts that have already been opened or choose an unopened gift. Some gifts are so crazy and seem to get stolen often. It gets hilarious, and we laugh so much.
Annie

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MRSJARI 12/25/2009 6:56PM

    Merry Christmas!

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CTEMPLE 12/25/2009 5:03PM

    Dear Michelle thanks for all your good wishes, they really count. I dream of a day in my pyjamas but having a business at home it's not possible, someone could come to the door even if you don't expect it!
I tracked my Xmas food and it was a high number, back to basics now and I won;t do weigh in this week, to give myself the chance to loose what I must have put on this week. I'm so relieved that Christmas is over. The best day of the year when Christmas is as far away as possible.
Claudia

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/25/2009 4:50PM

    I like to do a "Jammies Day" as a special treat to myself sometimes too!

WTG on giving yourself the gift of today!

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/25/2009 4:24PM

    Yes it is a lovely time of year but it is nice to get back to 'normal'. So glad you enjoyed your day.

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BGARLIPP 12/25/2009 3:18PM

    Enjoy your restful day! A day in jammies is always good for the soul :-)

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Passing on a link...

Thursday, December 10, 2009

...to another Sparker's blog that I just recently discovered and have been enjoying the past few days. EDWARDS1411 is posting a Christmas song every day this month, along with the history or story behind the writing of the song, some trivia about various versions, and a link to a recording. If you like Christmas music like I do, these blog posts will be right up your alley!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal.asp?id=EDWARDS1411

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SJG1953 12/12/2009 2:38AM

    Thank you for the link Michelle. I've haven't had a chance to watch it yet but I will. I love Christmas music. Hugs, Shirley

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KATELJM 12/11/2009 5:02PM

    Thanks, that's just my style!

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/11/2009 5:18AM

    Thanks for sharing Michelle. How lovely to read about the story behind the song.

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DDOORN 12/10/2009 10:13PM

    Some of my favorite holiday music is Windham Hill's Winter Solstice series and along the same vein Tingstad & Rumbel's holiday albums. All instrumental, acoustic, sometimes folksy sometimes new age-ish. Tingstad & Rumbel are a duet of guitar and oboe...wonderful combination!

One of the most special things about this season is the music!

Don

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