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Saturday, June 22, 2013

I enjoy reading the blog postings. I won’t always comment, (maybe I’ll start leaving an emoticon) but I try to read several blogs a day. I find laughter, tears, inspiration, frustration, and real people reaching out. READY4CHANGE81 posted a blog this week that got me thinking. (The road to a better me… posted 6/19/13) What really resonated with me was where she talks about being happy. How many people put off finding what it is that makes them happy until after they get a better job or get married or retire or… and then it’s too late. I am pretty lucky. I have a family that cares about each other and tries not to be critical. I work with an awesome group of people and I have a boss who supports us and does not micro-manage. Am I happy? I think for the most part, I am. I love visiting Cemeteries, especially old ones. I am a member of both Find a Grave and Billion Graves, and think it’s very important to record the final resting place of those who have gone before. I would like to visit at least 1 cemetery a month and spend all day photographing and recording. That brings me peace and a sense of gratitude. I love to knit, and have a couple of ideas for washable and reusable knitted shopping bags made from recycled t-shirt yarn. I want to try and finish 2-3 a month. I get a sense of accomplishment when I finish a project, but this one is a two-fer. I keep a big pile of old, stained, and holey t-shirts out of the landfill while reducing the number of plastic bags that are being used. I would love to spend more time with my grandson, and as he gets older and can voice his own opinions more forcefully, I will. There are parts of my life that frustrate me, I get irritated and snappy with my house-mates, and there are days when I want to hide under the covers and not come out. That is Life. I am working on finding a healthy balance.

Now, to change the subject, I got my first smart phone! I have been thinking about it for a while, but I worried about the cost, especially incurring extra charges for going over on data. I wandered into Sprint, on a whim, and I am very glad I did. With the specials and the corporate discounts, it will cost me $15 more a month for the Unlimited Plan, and my phone was free. First thing I did was get the SP and Spark Recipes apps. I love the GPS tracker, it pushes me to try and go farther on my rides. I was out shopping, and forgot my list. I was able to quickly open my recipe and see what I needed. I know, if I had written my list in the notes, I would have had it with me, but I am still getting use to it. If anyone would like to suggest apps they like or find helpful, please feel free to share. (and not just Health and Fitness, either!)

I bought the Kindle version of The Spark Solution. I have been all over the place with my consistency the last couple of months due to various reasons. I am doing better, but not as well as I would like. I saw MOSTMOM1’s review of the book, and was thinking about trying it myself. When I saw the Summer Challenge contest and that the book was now available as an e-book, I figured it was a sign. I am looking forward to positive results.

Thanks for listening to me ramble on. I hope everyone has been able to reach a goal, no matter how small. I have a quote by Author Laurell K. Hamilton that is my signature when I post on the message boards. The sentiment carries over into so many things;
“It all adds up; never discount your efforts, because small efforts build big things. One word doesn't make a novel, but one word does begin a novel, and from that small beginning everything else follows. Even if it's just ‘The’, write something on that blank page.”
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