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Open Your Eyes

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I'm riffing off the heartsongs of a masterful musician... check out her blog here:
It's all about YOU ... and ME!
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A bouquet... to remind you, to soothe you, to whisper in your heart... the only way down this road is through your fears, doubts, insecurities, frustrations and hurts... the only way is love... beginning with yourself.







"Darling, open your eyes.
You are not made up of those words that hurt you.
Or that number on the scale.
Or the expecations that you feel you will never meet.
You are made up of nothing more then you.
Simply, beautifully, wonderfully, uniquely you.
You are a lovely and complex soul.
An individually fascinating combination of
thoughts, ideas, feelings, emotions.
No other is as beautiful as you.
Look past the mirror.
Look at your soul.
Only then will you see yourself as you truly are.
Beautiful.
So smile!
And don't forget to love yourself."
OPERATION BEAUTIFUL .COM
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"The hidden well-spring of your soul
must needs rise and run murmuring to the sea;
And the treasure of your infinite depths
would be revealed to your eyes.
But let there be no scales to weigh your own treasure;
And seek not the depths of your knowledge
with staff or sounding line.
For self is a sea boundless and measureless."
KAHLIL GIBRAN







"A woman is often measured by the things she cannot control. She is measured by the way her body curves or doesn't curve, by where she is flat or straight or round. She is measured by 36-24-26 and inches and ages and numbers, by all the outside things that don't ever add up to who she is on the inside. And so if a woman is to be measured, let her be measured by the things she can control, by who she is and who she is trying to become. Because every woman knows, measurements are only statistics, and STATISTICS LIE!"
AUTHOR UNKNOWN







"A strong woman is a woman who loves strongly and weeps strongly and is strongly terrified and has strong needs. A strong woman is strong in words, in action, in connection, in feeling. What comforts her is others loving her equally for the strength and for the weakness from which it issues... Strong is what we make each other."
MARGE PIERCY







...the complete poem (For Strong Women) here:
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(...and probably something to suit whatever mood you're in, LOL!)







It seems to be a tough season for a lot of people... and I feel a great need within myself to reach out and hold everyone's hand... yet, cyber space is SO limiting.

...and the truth is, who do I think I am? I'm just a random Spark doing her best to figure it out for herself. I don't really have answers... just my own limited experience... for what it's worth.

Just know, what I've learned best these four years is that it will all go better if you can find ways to enjoy yourself and be grateful at every twist and turn. You can't see the bigger picture, but at every moment:

"We are not alone. There is always an unseen power working for righteousness." OLYMPIA BROWN

...and don't forget to laugh (because the absurdity of certain moments is beyond our ken):






May today and every day bring to you a ridiculous abundance of whatever you need. May all your concerns, struggles, anxieties and fears fall like ashes as you rise on eagle's wings, SOARING above all that would hinder you along this tremendous adventure of being and becoming all you are created to be. May the grace of God simply "overtake" you moment by moment. May the joy and victory of the risen Lord be yours in a very personal way... may you always be overwhelmed by the grace of God, rather than by the cares of life!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}
Ramona




(quote by CHRISTINE MASON MILLER)


...Because it's about the JOURNEY, not the destination!

JUST DO IT.

UNTIL.



'BEFORE' Pictures (May 31, 2009 - September, 2011) & Continuing PROGRESS (February 2012)! Next pictures September 1, 2012!
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(I'm now keeping these right under my nose... in addition to being part of every blog I post, they are printed off and taped to my bedroom mirror)


Measurements, Musings & Motivation to MOVE!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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(UPDATED/rewritten: JUNE, 2012)


I've Reached My Goal Weight!!!!!!!
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NOTE: My weight tracker is NOT a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!
(Tom Venuto)


UNTIL. (My 'Just Do It' blog)
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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DONE Girl Love...
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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(the footsteps into which I place my own feet)


Leaving NORMAL
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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Why I'm STILL here... my SparkJourney Saga
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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Words CAN Be Enough... page 3
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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Paleo... Do you really know what you're talking about?
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NOMORESTALLING 8/2/2012 6:26PM

    Your blog speaks volumes for woman! emoticon

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LIBELULITA 8/2/2012 2:09PM

    Have you ever written a bog-standard blog? Just a normal one saying "did this....did that...."? I'm sure you are incapable of being anything less than creative, insightful, inspiring, emotive and philosphical and your blogs are always a pleasure to read. Thankyou....for being you emoticon emoticon

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MOSTOFTODAY 8/1/2012 11:21AM

    Needed that this morning, thank you! emoticon

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GODIVADSG 7/31/2012 8:36PM

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CATHOLICCORGI 7/31/2012 8:27PM

    Just what I needed to read this evening! Thank you!
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SALONKITTY 7/31/2012 4:44PM

    Wonderful post, Ramona! Thank you.... emoticon

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EBEAMS 7/31/2012 4:01PM

    Ok ... I loved it ... all of it ... And I re-posted most of the saying about measurements onto my FB page with a little adding of my own! I also loved the part about strong women. I love the fact that Spark people gives us the opportunity to reach out to others ... not just in their time of need but to share their joy and success stories! I'm so happy I found you on here! Thanks for teaching me a new trick (giggle, giggle) and for linking me in today. You are very kind! Hugs!

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REACHING4HOME 7/31/2012 3:43PM

    THIS BLOG HELD VOLUMES OF INFORMATION. THANKS FOR SHARING IT.
ERIN

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VHALKYRIE 7/31/2012 3:00PM

    Love the end of month motivation!!

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NUTRON3 7/31/2012 11:55AM

    Thx

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 7/31/2012 11:10AM

    Wonderful blog! :-)

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ERNOINACTION 7/31/2012 10:58AM

    Thanks for the great blog! I love reading all the quotes.

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JACKIE_ 7/31/2012 8:23AM

    Inspiring way to start today. Thank you, Ramona.
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NEW-CAZ 7/31/2012 3:12AM

    An uplifting blog Ramona, emoticon

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PAKENHAJ 7/31/2012 2:07AM

  Keep Motivating!

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BERRY4 7/31/2012 1:20AM

    Happy Monday...going on Tuesday...

Thanks for the "cheers" and opportunity to keep perspective. -- Sometimes all I can do is get through one day at a time.

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