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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Edited on 10/27 I added my list at someones request! Share yours with me if you like. See you next Oct 27, 2012! I so got this. See list at the end.

Not that long ago I found this "idea" from another Sparker that actually has her own site and when I went to visit it I found it impressive. Duh me, did not get her name and hope I can find it again. ( I promise to find her name and give her credit here for this idea.

Spark Person that this idea came from (off of her website) is VANYELMOON aka Tammy. Her website which is impressive is http://www.healthysustainablel

I am sharing this with you because I have so many friends suffering right now and isn't that why we are here at SP to help one another and to hold hands with each other to get through all the pain and jump up and down in the joyful times?

I know I am going to do this and I hope you will share if you will do this too! Good luck to you Sparkers.

Here it is:

"The Weekend Project"

"Remember truly successful, happy people all have one thing in common. They own their lives. When they make bad decisions, they face them head on, create a plan, and focus on overcoming any obstacles in their way. Owning your bad choices leaves you free to learn from your mistakes. It helps you move past them and improve your future.

So I am going to leave you with a project this weekend. Make a list of five things you don’t like about your life today. Think back and ask yourself what were the past choices you made led to each of the five. Decide today on a plan to change all the items on your list. Create concrete goals, whether it is to lose weight, pay off your debt or get a better job, realize only you control your future."

EDIT~~~~ A sparker wrote to me that making the list is easy, but doing the list is hard. Some people find making the list is hard and have no where to begin, this is just a way of actually sitting down and focusing on what your life is and where you want to go from here and make a plan of action. This is the first step in a baby step process!

If you get this far, then you would take a second baby step by working towards those goals. This is just a start for my many friends asking where to begin???

I have my five things! Do you?

MY Weekend Project list! Okay, so I went over. These are not in order..just a list of WILL DO''s!

Let God have my life in full..for me to stop sweating the small and stressful things in life!

Continue on my lifestyle change

Find a stable home for my family

Enter back into college/ for Better paying job

Go off all of my medications

Be a kinder more gentler person overall, but a way better mother to my children.

Learn to cook, without burning everything

Learn to trust people again (mostly men)..this is huge for me. This will be the one I wonder if I can be successful at.

Good luck Darling friends!

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  • GOIN4GR8
    I'm off to make my list of 5 things I don't like about my current life right NOW! What a great idea--especially when you get further down the road and can look back at how much has changed.

    Thank you for sharing this!
    2137 days ago
  • MAGGIE805
    I LOVE this!!!! emoticon
    2181 days ago
    Love your simple, straight-forward and honest list.
    We've been talking about doing goal-setting as a family, and I was struggling with a clear way to get us going... so we will be implementing this "method" this very weekend!

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    2182 days ago
  • MICHELE142

    Great Blog and so meaningful.
    Always new the emoticon slowest always wins the race. Yet, never lived it
    until Spark. Never stop trying !
    2182 days ago
    Great blog...can u in box me??? i have a question i'd like to ask u??
    2182 days ago
    Thank you!
    2183 days ago
    Love your blog, thanks for sharing . I will try this(baby steps)
    2188 days ago
  • MASE72
    Thanks for sharing!
    2192 days ago
  • MZLADY77
    Love your blog! You go girl! Keep it up. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2195 days ago
    still to get the time to make that list! hope all is going well??
    2195 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!
    2196 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    I can see why this is a "most popular" blog! Keep following your dreams. emoticon
    2197 days ago
    Love it, thanks for sharing and yes - I have my five...
    2197 days ago
    Love the quote about positive thinking, those people who are successful in their goals really do have those different qualities. You can do it, keep the faith that you WILL!
    2199 days ago
    I just read this blog. This is a great idea. It is also a very scary idea. It seems like it shouldnt be hard until you really start getting into the "meat" of the why's and how to come up with a plan to fix it.
    2200 days ago

    Great idea! There are a couple of things I keep putting off at work which I should do and get out the way! This will be done on monday and I will continue to deal with it head on in future.
    Just the thought of it gives me grief emoticon but no longer, I will do it on time!!

    I have another to address, again something I keep putting on the backburner and can be dealt with at the weekend and clear my head!!

    Thank you - I needed this and thanks for the website - I'll check it out
    2200 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/12/2011 5:25:14 AM
    My list:
    1. Make nigh time prayer and reflection a habit ( I do the morning well)
    2. Think positively making steps toward goal
    3. Do something fun everyday so I don't get bogged down with what has to be done
    4. Exercise
    5. Track food
    2201 days ago
    Hi! Here's my list:
    1. Also hand myself over completely to God...realize trying to have control instead of giving it to Him is what got me where I am!
    2. lose another 35 pounds (this goal will have to be repeated)
    3. Do a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise each and EVERY day
    4. Make positive changes in my marriage
    5. Travel to Berlin

    My goal date is April 2012 (this is when I plan to go to Berlin, so I have to meet it!)

    2204 days ago
    I emoticon your list, Kristin !!!

    Oh and if you're looking for a really good book to help you learn to cook, I highly recommend the Joy of Cooking. It can't be beat for learning the basics.

    Have a great day !!

    2204 days ago
    Will work on my list tonight.
    2205 days ago
    GREAT list!

    Hm, I am scared to make one, which probably means I should :) Thank you for sharing this with us. I'm going to start taking some baby-steps this week.

    2205 days ago
    I like your list. I can identify with learning to trust again. emoticon We both can. Enjoy your week! Nadine
    2207 days ago
    This is a wondeful beginning...the list is made now to figure out how to change things in a forever way.
    I've missed reading your blogs thank you for taking the time to share and inspire everyone

    2208 days ago
    you are a inspiration to all that read your blogs. i think you should do one a day love you
    2209 days ago
  • BECCA984
    this is a great idea!!! i'm going to start thinking of my list now. This is going to be a tough one!! and thanks for the website!!:)
    2211 days ago
    Kristen! This is going to be so hard for me!!! I think actually saying out loud things that are your weak moments is something i am not good at! But here goes... ok ...#1 get a job i actually like because i went to school, graduated and feel like a failure because i dont use my degree. #2 Finish my weightloss so i can be confident and feel sexy because i do not think i am found attractive or appreciated. #3 Stop using the past to let me get down..i tend to bring up old crap all the time. #4 Stop letting everyone use me as a doormat...i am a person with feelings. #5 Take care of myself...I do not do that.

    So thats it and i will try to be better at those things!!!
    2213 days ago
    emoticon You have inspired me so much I am making my list today. emoticon
    2213 days ago
    Great blog Kristin! I will be working on my list this weekend.
    2214 days ago
    emoticon Thank you for the wonderful post. I'm making my list right now.
    2214 days ago
    Kristen, you can do it! I know you can do anything and everything you set your mind to do! and in the meanwhile, you inspire us all!

    2215 days ago
    You are an amazing woman Kristen...you speak from your heart and genuinely want to help others...I am so fortunate that I am one of those others...this weekend, in between studying for 2 midterms, I will write down my ideas...hmmm, I might just post them on my sparkpage so that I am reminded of them on a daily basis...thank you so much for all you do...you are truly an inspiration :)

    2215 days ago
    emoticon list.
    I will do mine tonight if i'm not too tired from sparking!
    Have a nice week-end! emoticon
    2215 days ago
    Great idea!
    2215 days ago
  • KERLIN26
    Awesome! I'm working on my list now!
    2215 days ago
    You are emoticon you Motivate better than anone! Thank you soo much,I will do this and post this in a blog so I can have this handy to review.I am on this.Glad I read this blog,it was fabulous! emoticon Diana emoticon
    2215 days ago
  • SUSAN134
    Kristin you have nailed it again! Thank you so much for sharing this excellent "plan" with us. I very thought provoking project, that I know will benefit me immensely!

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    2215 days ago
  • TYME4ME55
    Kristin-Thank you,
    I was not sure how to start or where. It is hard to face some things to make the change, but the Spark club is full of caring people like yourself. Thanks for being open and honest to help others.
    2215 days ago
  • BECKYB73
    UGH, I hate homework!!!! But you know, I think this assignment is awesome and I will work on it and you won't even have to threaten me with a detention!! emoticon
    2216 days ago
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    2216 days ago
    Thanks for such a thought provoking blog. I might be in a little bit different place. I have been pretty scattered, thinking of and trying all kinds of baby steps, but avoiding THE ONE I needed to take most: eat less. So, starting about a week ago, I decided to give that one everything I've got just to get started on it. I am getting both cardio and strength training in also. I'm happy to say I've lost 8 pounds since I started focusing on my eating. I'll be branching out soon,and taking your great suggestion.
    2216 days ago
    Great idea Kristin. I'll have to think about this one. A lot of major things going on right now. As far as the cooking goes. I can help you. I love to cook. I have tons of recipes , incluing weight watchers and cookbooks. So if your looking for ideas I can try to help. I also get a great email weekly from Mark Bitterman, a famous chef and cookbook author. He has a book, How to cook everything, and he sends out a free recipe each week. They are great. Check him out. I think I found it on his web site. Sorry don't have his link. He also writes for several major newspaper food sections.
    2216 days ago
    emoticon This is a very good project, but will take some thinking and prayer.
    2216 days ago
    This is so awesome, Kristin. Thank you so much for sharing this simple, profound truth. It echoes so much of what God has speaking to my heart. I'm going to make my list over the weekend. Will get back to you with it after I pray over this a bit. I love how you challenge and inspire me!!
    2216 days ago
  • REBECCA431
    My list from January 2011:
    Finish the year with less of me.--31 lbs less today
    Walk a 5k--I am doing this 3 times a week now; I couldn't walk a mile last year!
    Be a better parent--only time will tell on that one, but I am reading and doing the 5ks with my daughters.
    Be nicer to my husband after all it is me who doesn't like me not him--I am changing that to a more positive relationship.
    Be healthier at 44 than I was at 34...I weigh less,eat better, and love myself more

    I will be working on next years list,but this one has definitely improved! emoticon emoticon
    2216 days ago
    I've been thinking about this list all day.
    I am so NOT an "A" type, 'git 'er done' type personality.
    However, that being said...I have a vague list that I'll iron out and share too.
    Thank you, Kristen.
    2216 days ago
    Great Blog! This is going to take some serious thought. emoticon
    2216 days ago
    This is a GREAT IDEA! In reading the SPARK, this is on the same pattern of their list.
    So I am working on my list.....as we "SPEAK!" Way to Go, Girl!

    Thanks for sharing, this is a KEEPER!!! Oh, just like YOU! Now this is a "SPARKLER" in action!

    2216 days ago
    You're always right there with something helpful, kind, and important. I will try to do my list, too. Maybe we should have a special "Life-Changing Step-by-Step Challenge Team" of course, with you leading it...(and Vanelymoon, too.) I think if you just call it Kristin and Tammy's Team, it would have oodles of members, fast. Count me in. emoticon
    2216 days ago
    Great idea! I'll take this list on our weekly date, so my husband and I can work together on goal setting!
    2216 days ago
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