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I told my whole class about Sparkpeople.com...

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

So today I did something that I hope with make a difference in someone's life. Even if I just touched one person, it was worth it!

I am a college student and I needed a topic for a paper I was writing in my business class...I know it is not the most conventional "business" but I choose Sparkpeople. I discussed this with my teacher a few weeks back and he agreed to let me do this particular topic. I was stoked!

Now being somewhat of a procrastinator when it comes to schoolwork, I put it off until the end of last week (it was due tonight 2.23.10) even though I have known about it for weeks :)

-I started my research.
-I outlined it all.
-I wrote my paper.
-I printed it out.
-I then woke up today and remembered that I have to present my topic to the class
---Whoops! Where have I been???
So I put together a brief powerpoint and figured I would let my passion for SP take over the rest...

I was the 5th person to present. We had to do a minimum of 5 minutes...I think when I finished I had talked for 10-15 minutes!

I asked if anyone had heard of Sparkpeople.com and no one had (except my 2 friends who are on here as well!). So I started my presentation and talked about the history of SP, the history of Chris Downie, how the company came about, what the website was, etc. I even pulled up my Sparkpeople.com start page and showed them around! I read my status to them as well :) and my teacher got a kick out of it! It reads "TCRADY11 wrote an 8 page paper about SP...I hope the teacher likes it as much as I do!!" It was great!

When I was talking about SP and all the great assets it brings to its members, I had so much to say! I wanted to tell them EVERY little thing about the site. I had so much passion built up that I just wanted to keep talking and talking about it but realized that others still had to present so I talked about my analysis and then wrapped things up.

But I realized something tonight when I was presenting...I may want to do something with my life that has to either do with:

a) public speaking
b) motivating others
c) certified personal trainer/coach
d) helping others
e) all of the above rolled into one??

I know I am going to school for business administration but those other areas interest me and I have passion for them as well! It was such an experience to have all these feelings running thru me when I was up there talking about Sparkpeople.

I do not know where life will take me or what opportunities will arise but I will be on the lookout to make things happen.
*I want to help others.
**I want to "spark" them.
***I want to help them help themselves.

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3.11.10
I am so sorry that I did not post my grade before this was the featured post BUT I got an A on my paper and a perfect score on my presentation!!! He said that my enthusiasm for my topic topped it all off! :)

Even if I would not have gotten 2 A's, I would still have been excited just for the fact of giving the presentation!

Keep Sparkling

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TISHARENEE 6/6/2012 12:40AM

    I LOVED reading this!!! Reminds me of myself, I have been trying to change myself for the past few years at first just physically but since joining spark people and returning to college I am taking the wellness path trying to change me to be a better person overall. Like you I have found something I love, and am contimplating a major change from elementary education to health sciences with a teaching certificate so that I can teach health and wellness.
Good Luck!!

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FB_000 2/9/2011 3:58PM

    I have a MBA, work for the public and voulnteer. You can easily apply knowledge learned in business school to the nonprofit world and in helping others. Think out of the box and don't accept other people's limitations. You define what your degree will be used for.

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VAMFAM 11/18/2010 11:56AM

  Loved reading your story! The best! You definately have the gift of encouragement & presentation of motivational concepts and the heart to use that gift. Best wishes in all you do!

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FORTKATE 5/24/2010 4:12PM

    Wonder how many lives you touched that day? Good for you!

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REJ7777 5/23/2010 10:57PM

    I enjoyed reading your blog. You're a good communicator who gets an A+ in my book too! emoticon

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BOLAURAOK 4/17/2010 10:58AM

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MJROW2004 4/7/2010 8:28AM

    If the passion is there you can accomplish anything! Great job!!!

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DYNAMICDEB53 4/5/2010 6:25PM

    That is just super. WTG

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JANWHOSOEVER 4/1/2010 2:37PM

    Good job. I predict you will be a big success!


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MARYGRACE99 3/31/2010 9:28AM

  That is so cool! You accomplished a lot of things at once. You passed along good information and you made your own commitment out loud to a group of people. And you got an A. What is better than that?

Mary

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NEWME0519 3/27/2010 4:17PM

    Great job of spreading the spark!
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CE-CE33 3/27/2010 12:15PM

    I'm so proud of you. What a great way to Spread the Spark. You get an A+ in my book. emoticon

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MARDELLROGERS 3/23/2010 9:32PM

    Sorry I'm slow on responding to this outstanding blog.

Have you considered becoming a Life Coach Motivational Speaker?

I know several people who do that, very successfully. It appears that would be right up your alley! Keep up the enthusiasm!

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AYAMMAYA 3/23/2010 5:24AM

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STACYAPR 3/22/2010 5:54PM

    Great job!!! It's good to be pround of what you and all of us are trying to accomplish and to inspire others and get them to join as well!!!! emoticon

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MILLYM52 3/21/2010 9:15PM

    Way to go! Keep it up! emoticon

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ESA36AL 3/19/2010 10:15PM

 
Keep up the good work. You can visualize your enthusiasm through the blog. Wish you continued success in your career & studies.

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HAYHON 3/19/2010 5:52PM

  Great job! I feel the same passion for it even though I'm just new here. I talk to people about it all the time - I hope it helps someone else like it is helping me.

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BIMMER3674 3/19/2010 4:02PM

  This is exactly why I love SparkPeople. I love your enthusiasm. Thanks so much for sharing.

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MAYBER 3/19/2010 11:57AM

    What an inspiring blog thanks for sharing your experience and best wishes as you continue on your journey with SP and college One day at a time.

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KAHNEFAN1 3/19/2010 8:54AM

    Great job! Like you said even if you touched 1 person you have made a huge difference. I also have been trying to "Spark" people on this subject. Not in a classroom or for a school project but just because I know a lot of people that could benefit from something like Sparkpeople. I spread the word to everyone I know at work, friends, family, etc. Great job on the paper and the presentation! That is so awesome that you have that much enthusiasm about Sparkpeople! You would be a great public speaker and trainer I am sure. Keep Sparking!

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MAGENTA1234 3/18/2010 10:19PM

  Congratulations to you! You would make a great coach!

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2LOOSWAIT 3/17/2010 11:57PM

    Keep up the great Sparking!!

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BRENDAB49 3/17/2010 6:20PM

    I loved the motivation that you have for Spark just as I do. Go for the goals that you want to reach. I am in the same boat I want to help people and I am about to change my major from Nutriton to Public Health. So that I can help others with the right things to eat, as well how to stay healthy.

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TRAINER_T 3/17/2010 3:20PM

    emoticon Job Sparkplug!!!

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DHARMASISTER 3/17/2010 2:27PM

  Congrats on the A!

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KAROLINELIEN 3/17/2010 5:59AM

    Wow this is just wonderful! I am so glad you presented SP to your class - and that it was so successful! Seems like you've found your passion too - follow your dreams!

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DASEEMAN 3/16/2010 11:47PM

    The passion will get you an A almost every time!

I have actually told people in the grocery store and Target about Spark! I can't help it. The site is so AWESOME!!!!

Keep Sparkin'
Deb

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CAROL3SAN 3/16/2010 11:46PM

    Great job!! I have no doubr that you will be great at doing what you love to do. PLUS motivationg others is an awesome job!! emoticon

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SUZEE18 3/16/2010 9:13PM

  Congrats on your presentation. Sounds like you did a great job. Now as far as your future...sounds like you have a pretty clear picture of what you would excel at. Remember, luck is preparation and opportunity coming together. I have a hutch, when the opportunity arrives, you'll be well prepared! Good luck!!!! emoticon

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EDUCGRAD 3/16/2010 8:09PM

    Way to Spread the Spark!! emoticon emoticon

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AKELAZ 3/16/2010 6:31PM

    Excellent - good for you - presentations go down so much better when you have true enthusiasm. And good for your classmates who will surely benefit from the introduction to Spark. emoticon

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MEGQBROWN 3/16/2010 4:43PM

    That's fantastic! Its always more fun to choose a topic you're passionate about for your papers/projects instead of writing some dry paper on a topic your professor is interested in, but you don't really care for. Glad you were so successful with this project! And its really cool that it has shown you a new road you may want to go down for your career and your future.

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MICHELLE12101 3/16/2010 4:41PM

    LOL your too cute!!!

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RUN4ONE 3/16/2010 4:27PM

    That's awesome! Great job on your presentation. Isn't it amazing how easy something is when you're passionate about it. I too was a business major and I'm now beginning to seriously look at a career change. I want to directly help and motivate others EVERY day. Right now I'm working part time as a group fitness instructor at the gym and I absolutely love it. I know that this is my passion. Keep sparking!

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SUPERSTARZ0811 3/16/2010 2:47PM

  You go girl...great blog!

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MZLADY77 3/16/2010 2:10PM

    Good blog!! Keep it up! emoticon

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JERRY7048 3/16/2010 2:02PM

  I can't believe I get mass emails of BS like this? What makes you think I care about some strangers class project? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
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DADDYS_GIRL6 3/16/2010 1:22PM

    Congrats on the 2 A's and for finding your passion! May you be lead to just the right position to share that passion!

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POOH152 3/16/2010 1:06PM

  Isn't it wonderful when we are so into something like this...hope that your enthusiasm will help some one else.

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MASE72 3/16/2010 12:11PM

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SMILINRHONDA 3/16/2010 11:49AM

    I know what you mean. I don't think I go a day without telling at least one person about SP. emoticon Have a GREAT day!!! Rhonda

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TAMBIS 3/16/2010 9:17AM

    You sound very motivated and I am sure you will succeed wherever/whatever path you decide to take....Good luck and thanks for sharing the Spark.......

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FROGGERHKC 3/16/2010 9:08AM

    Great blog! emoticon Keep up the great work!

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EDIEBEAL 3/15/2010 9:49PM

  Find a need and fulfill it and you will be successful!!!Love what you do and also another bonus in life, you also will be successful. His passion to spread the word at a huge cost is remarkable. I am more than impressed you give will come back to you . Never in the same way !! But always a good way.Happy to have found you.
Edie

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STEFFI264 3/15/2010 9:25PM

  I have been off my SP page for months
And it shows
thanks for writing this
I need help helping myself!

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SHARON_AHAUS 3/15/2010 9:15PM

    I found your blog to be very interesting to read. It sounds like you have a head on your shoulders, as the old saying goes. I think you will make the right decision on whatever you decide to do in life, and you would make a great motivational speaker. You deserved the A for your presentation, very well done.

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SHARON_AHAUS 3/15/2010 9:14PM

    I found your blog to be very interesting to read. It sounds like you have a head on your shoulders, as the old saying goes. I think you will make the right decision on whatever you decide to do in life, and you would make a great motivational speaker. You deserved the A for your presentation, very well done.

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KOKOEK9 3/15/2010 9:03PM

    Hi very inspiring, you can do everything you want, there are many things, personal trainer, dietitian own your own gym or work at a gym you are limited only by you imagination good luck in what ever you chose. Who know maybe you may work for spars some day

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VICKI9902 3/15/2010 8:07PM

    Awesome blog. I really enjoyed it. Keep on sharing. emoticon

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