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Thank you Sparklers.... Life is Good!!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I'm not sure why, but I've been feeling the need to blog. Not that I have anything to say, but I guess there doesn't always have to be a reason to blog. I just feel as though I haven't been in touch with a lot of people since the beginning of the summer and here it is almost fall... where does the time go? But I've come over a lot of speedbumps since then, came out fairly unscathed and now life is good. My daughter is settling into college again and apartment life is going well. Thank you to all those who discouraged her from living in the Mission Hill section of Boston. She is settled into a very nice house in a family neighborhood in Brookline. Breaking news this morning said 15 students were injured in Mission Hill when their second floor porch collapsed. Some of those were MassArt students. Fortunately nobody was critically injured. My son jumped out of an airplane and lived to tell about it. Fortunately for me and his Dad, he didn't tell us until his feet were once again firmly planted on the ground. Although now it leaves me to worry.... what next!! emoticon . I am back to school in my job as a school nurse and it feel like I never left!! I work in a school that has Pre-K 3's through grade 8 and I love what I do. I am back to walking almost every day with my dog Gibby. He has not had anymore scary allergy issues. I am loving the fall weather we are having.... temps in the 60's, clear, crisp air with the smell of burning wood and pumpkin everything!! Yum! I am getting back on track with my plan. I have lost the few pounds I gained over the summer, which surprisingly wasn't much. I think I have finally learned how to eat well and enjoy it!!
All that being said, I just want to say that I could never have had all of this happen without Spark and my Spark friends. You have all been here with me every step of the way. From my blogs about not seeing any progress on the scales to my whining about my daughter not having any on campus housing, to my worries about my welt covered itching dog, to just feeling overwhelmed and discouraged you have always been there for me. With kind words of encouragement, advice, support, links to helpful information, virtual hugs and smiles, you never gave up on me and never let me give up on myself. Even during the summer when I wasn't on Spark that much, I always "felt" the presence of my friends, could hear your voices in my head when I was tempted to stray or give up and always felt the power and strength of being a Spark person that made me believe that I am worth it and that I could do this. I still have days, and I think I always will have days when I think...... this is hard.... how will I be able to keep doing this.... how will I ever be able to maintain...... but then I remember it's because I am not doing this alone. I have so many resources, so much advice, so much support, so much motivation from other members and friends. The road is long, but the rewards are so great! I'm successful because I am just living!! I am eating well, I'm exercising, I'm still enjoying some foods that some would consider taboo, but here are Spark nothing is forbidden and that's where I find my success! So thank you all for everything you have ever said, given, supplied, shared , advised, forgave, encouraged , supported..... the list goes on. I am grateful to each and everyone of you and because of that I will continue to try each and every day to be the best possible person that I can be . I look forward to continuing to share our journeys , our stories, our ups and downs, our successes and failures, our challenges and rewards. I wish happiness and success for all of us. So keep Sparking, believe in yourself and never, never give up!! emoticon
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CIROHIO 9/19/2013 9:44AM

    WOW...that was a lot of catching up. So glad your daughter is in a good neighborhood and is happy. Your son has lots of guts. Happy to hear you are doing so well. Oh I am so excited the Gibby is a okay. I no that Gibby is loving those walks. For the days I could not go for my walks ...Ginger Girl and I were down in the dumps. We to are back to walking some days we can do a nice long walk other days we may only be able to do a short one, but we are out there moving. Our walks do good my just for my body, but it helps me with and mind and soul. Keep on keeping on. emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 9/18/2013 9:26AM

    emoticon are the best!

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LEWILL1982 9/17/2013 3:33PM

    So great to hear from you! Great job on all you've accomplished and kudos to your kids for jumping out of planes and moving to college!

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KRISSYDUNN 9/17/2013 3:11PM

    Great blog! So glad to hear things are going well for you! emoticon emoticon

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RAINA413 9/17/2013 2:57PM

    What a bright and cheery blog!
Thank you so much for sharing your sunshine with the rest of us!!

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WHITNEYTEACHER 9/17/2013 2:56PM

    So nice to read a blog from you again emoticon Maybe we both can reconnect some with those we had less contact with over the summer. I've said all along that it's the Spark members themselves that are responsible for the success of the site, the support we're able to both give and receive is so very important. Now that your daughter is settled and your son is safely back from Las Vegas and has his feet back on the ground you can relax a little. When my son turned 21 he wanted to bungee jump from a crane on one of the piers in Southern California. Since his dad had just died about 16 months earlier I was able to convince him my nerves wouldn't be able to handle it so soon and he changed his mind. Thank goodness he didn't reconsider the following year.

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CAROLMAID 9/17/2013 2:15PM

    Yes...SP friends and community are the best. That's a whole lotta lot of stuff going on in your life! LOL wonderful how you are so appreciative for the gifts in your life...even those that seems hidden. Yay! So good to hear things are back on track and you are getting back with everything and everybody now that it's fall. Glad your here! Lets do this!

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SEATTLE58 9/17/2013 1:33PM

    I'm so happy to hear your cheery, lively voice! I will keep sparking and believing in myself and I know that you will too! emoticon emoticon

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SUZLOOZ 9/17/2013 1:20PM

    Lovely sentiments, nice blog! Glad your speedbumps leveled out. emoticon

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RACHEL__SPARKS 9/17/2013 1:05PM

    I agree !

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OBIESMOM2 9/17/2013 12:50PM

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glad to hear Gibby is doing well (and you too, of course!)

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MATSCHI 9/17/2013 12:40PM

    Great blog! You are one of the most encouraging people I have ever met, thank you!
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5BADDOGS 9/17/2013 12:38PM

    Your words express such gratitude - and awaken in me the very same feelings of appreciation for all that this community has enabled me to achieve that I couldn't have ever managed alone.

Thank you for the reminder that we are all in this together. Thank you for the reminder that we get what we give - and that a mindset of graciousness and gratitude makes for a very happy place to be!

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MAGIK0731 9/17/2013 12:28PM

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