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The Pursuit of Happiness

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Tonight while writing in my brand new Hot Pink prayer journal, I reflected on 2008 and was praying about my resolutions for I decided to share a few of the excerpts from my journal entry on this blog.

Last year was such a roller coaster for me, and my closest SP friends were right there to support and/or cheer me on at every turn.

I had a few LOW moments like...

...the passing of my very best friend in the whole wide world

...having to lay off almost 1/3 of our workforce and

...the "electric slide" that my weight did up and down the scale

Then I had so many HIGH moments, like... being used as a testimonial in the Core Rhythms infomercial opportunity to be in the audience at the Oprah Winfrey Show as well as the communications that I had with two of her senior producers about my quest for the RED DRESS

...still being gainfully employed with a roof over my head, clothes on my back and food on the table

...all is well with my family

...witnessing my Mom (DDROSE) as she successfully achieved one of her major weight loss goals

...teaching Sunday School again

...having my vote to count towards the election of the first African-American President of the United States--President-Elect Barack Obama

BUT the number one highlight for me took place on the night of New Year's Eve.

I could've brought the New Year in at one of the big parties that was taking place in the city or stayed home and threw a party for one...but instead I felt the need to go to Watch Night Service at the church that my Godchildren attend.

Before midnight, my five-year old Goddaughter who rarely lets me hug, kiss or even look at her crawled up into my lap and fell fast asleep in my arms. As I held her, I felt such a sense of joy, peace and comfort that is difficult to describe. She had the sweetest smile on her face and watching her sleep helped me to:

* See the purpose and the lessons in 2008's ups and downs;

* Put the events of life into perspective and reminded me of what's truly important...the pursuit of happiness.

In 2009, YES I want to be fabulous, fit, fine and at my final goal weight, YES I want either the original or a replica of Oprah's RED DRESS, YES I want to be at my financial goal, YES I want to spend more quality time with my loved ones (i.e. family, friends and SPARK friends) but more importantly I want to focus on pursuing happiness and the only way I can do that is to focus more on God and His purpose for me.

Good and not so good things will happen as long as we continue to live, but God is faithful and He never forgets a promise.

So I am anxious to see what 2009 holds not only for me, but for all of us...I have a feeling that if we concentrate on the pursuit of happiness...we're all going to be fully satisfied!!!

"Happy are those who mourn; God will comfort them! Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully!"

Matthew 5: 4,6 Today's English Version

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PURPOSEPOWER95 2/4/2009 9:24PM

    Keep up the fight. I know you will make it. I refuse to give too.

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APPLEBOTTOM4 1/15/2009 5:42PM

    Hi, Long time no see (or should I say read). I'm back and ready to fight for all my dreams. I had a few major set backs which took me off of my weight loss plan. The first thing I did when I logged back in to Sp, is went to your page. You are still such a motivation for me. I am so glad to see that you are still on SP. I look forward to hearing from you. May you have have a very happy new year. Much love!! emoticon

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DEBHIL1 1/13/2009 11:05AM

    I am hoping for the best for you. You will be in my prayers. Because we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Like Obama's says YES WE CAN!!!

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SASSYSAX 1/7/2009 9:38PM

    I am cheering you on as well. I look forward to watching your success this year. God Bless you and yes, I am praying for Obama and his family all the time.

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ATR_1983 1/6/2009 2:28PM

    You know I will be here cheering you on as always. I know I have been busy lately and have not stoped by to check on you but you are always on my mind. i know you will and can reach all you set to do. love ya. emoticon

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KAYEREADER 1/6/2009 12:44PM

    I am here cheering you on as always and praying that everything you desire comes to pass.

Love you!

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MONA38 1/5/2009 8:57AM

    Amen emoticon

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    Beautiful D I love you!!!

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KATRINIA17 1/4/2009 1:36AM

    Well put hon. I loved this blog, very touching.

I will be cheering you on with all your goals and I expect to see you in that red dress!


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NOEILAND 1/2/2009 2:20PM

    Thank you for sharing your heart...what a beautiful reflection indeed! emoticon

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SHAVONPR 1/2/2009 1:43PM

    As always, you say something that makes me reflect, appreciate and be thankful for life! I hope 2009 will be the year for all our spark friends to accomplish their goals! Thanks for always sharing what you feel!


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MONTANAGAL 1/2/2009 1:28PM

    You said it all my friend! Here's to a brand new year and a year full of blessings for all of us! You know I'm always here for ya girl, be it with my wand or not.. lol.

Love ya!

PS,, Our boy is doing awesome! He's such a great kid!

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SHOOTIN4STARS 1/2/2009 1:23PM

    We all had ups and downs, but the important thing is we're still in the game! --And we have another year to make our dreams a reality! All the best to you in 2009!


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GIRLINMOTION 1/2/2009 9:15AM

    Wishing you continued success, happiness and prosperity for 2009.

Have faith, the Red Dress will have you looking fine for 2009.

Hugs, Sonia

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NEWBEIN 1/2/2009 8:18AM

    Not this morning!! Gon' have me crying this morning! LOL..That was beautiful..I am right here with you. You are such an inspiration and one of the main reasons I stepped my health and fitness game up in 2008. I love you and whether I see you daily or not, or you know it or not..u are a constant reflection for me of what is possible!!! emoticon

Oh..and uhm..I know we're in the same age category on fitlinxx so uhm..WATCH YA BACK!!! LOL!!


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2008LYNN 1/2/2009 6:37AM

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JANEYJAYE 1/2/2009 2:20AM

    Happy New Year, Deondra.

This is definitely your year! I believe in you and all that you can and WILL accomplish. Love you, Girl. I'm here with you the whole way!


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PURPOSEPOWER95 1/2/2009 12:39AM

    wow your blog was touching. God will comfort threw your losses. Your talking about your goddaughter reminded of my little boy who has autism. In the beginning of his diagnoses words of death were told to me. Me being a women of faith and a believer too I knew they were lying. He would not do this or that. But that devil is a liar. He his done much more that those nay sayers ever dreamed. God is a restorer, comforter and a way maker. My baby is talking he dresses himself, feeds ..I could go on at what God has performed in his life. even threw trials we are still blessed and that devil does not have the last say. PRAISE GOD!! God used her to comfort you.

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