BONNIEBELLE2's SparkPeople Blog BONNIEBELLE2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Thanksgiving Blessings Wishing everyone a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving tomorrow! Take time to be grateful for every blessing and take time to enjoy your families and friends! <BR> <BR> "Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings."- William Arthur Ward <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:48:17 EST Finding Myself <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My secret to living a joyful life....Finding my purpose and serving others. <BR> <BR> It took me 50 + years to discover my reason for being on this planet and to discover what brings me joy and to discover my purpose. I grew up in a Christian home and have been a Christian since I was a child, but I haven't always led a joyful and victorious life. There were many times I ... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 14:39:27 EST Our Thoughts Are Powerful <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The subject about the power of our thoughts has been coming up for me a lot lately. Whenever something keeps appearing in front of me, I pay attention. This must be a lesson that I need to learn! I read the power of our thoughts in a Bible study, a book I had reserved on Outlook Media from my local library finally became available for checkout "Battlefield of the Mind" by Joyce ... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 18:02:07 EST Gratefulness: Scale Victory and Non-Scale Victories (finished week 3 of new WOE) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have been on a ketogenic diet for 3 weeks now and this is the first time EVER that I have not been miserable on a diet! I am not even going to call this a diet, because it doesn't feel like a diet at all. I am going to call this my new way of eating (WOE). <BR> <BR> I am doing this eating plan... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 14:00:01 EST Day 14- Happy Sunday! WooHoo! Finally some movement on the scale! Down 5 lbs today!! It took my body awhile to get into the groove of this very low carb diet, but I'm finally over the low carb flu, feeling good, showing moderate ketones on Ketostix, and not having cravings or hunger! Plus I'm sleeping better and have energy! I'm looking froward to finding some new recipes for the upcoming week. <BR> <BR> Great sermon at church today and I got to serve at Next Steps desk! I love my church and love the opportunity ... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 15:14:35 EST Back Again I need more accountability with my nutrition and exercise goals so have found my way back to SparkPeople. I have not found another platform for tracking that has so many things in one place as this site. I have experimented with several different apps and finally decided that I just love the features and the support here! I can't believe that it's been over a year since my last blog and I don't know when the last time I was actually active on the site, but I hope to be more active this time a... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 20:38:01 EST Thankful Thursday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I'm thankful for all my blessings! Thu, 22 Oct 2015 11:43:38 EST Monday Motivation - Achieving Success Through Failure <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Success is moving from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~ Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> Have you ever had a failure that also had some really positive experiences built into it? I did! I only completed 23 days of my first Whole30, so technically that was a failure, but I'm choosing to view it a little differently because I had so many positive things to come ... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 12:43:43 EST Day 24 of Whole30 Well yesterday was technically, but not officially, the end of my Whole 30. I fell off the wagon today with a few slip-ups. After church my friend and I went to brunch at Galley and Gardens. I had some non-compliant items at brunch, so basically only did a Whole23 but I am going to keep going and just wait and weigh/measure myself at the end of the 30 days even though today was not technically a Whole 30 day. I enjoyed brunch with my was a gorgeous fall day and we sat out on the... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 11:56:44 EST Day 23 of Whole30 Saturday: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: eggs over easy with smoked sausage, bulletproof coffee <BR> <BR> Lunch: Baked sweet potato, avocado and super greens wrapped in turkey slice with dipping sauce of homemade avocado oil mayo and mustard; apple with almond butter <BR> <BR> Dinner: to be determined <BR> <BR> Exercise: 30 min HIIT (running/walking intervals), not finished with exercise yet for the day Sat, 17 Oct 2015 15:00:38 EST Day 22 of Whole30 Friday: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Vegetable Frittata with avocado <BR> <BR> Lunch: Wild caught tuna salad (homemade avocado oil mayonnaise, celery, onions, lemon juice), over super greens with grated carrots, kombucha <BR> <BR> Dinner: Baked wild caught cod, baked potato, green beans, ghee and lemon juice, <BR> <BR> Snack: banana; mixed nuts <BR> <BR> Exercise: Dance Walk video 37 minutes, walking 20 minutes <BR> <BR> Mood; Better- I'm over my funk and in the home stretch now. Feeling g... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 14:56:27 EST Day 21 of Whole30 Thursday: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Smoothie (frozen organic berries, coconut milk, collagen peptides, water) <BR> <BR> Lunch: Vegetable frittata; banana <BR> <BR> Dinner: Spaghetti sauce over zucchini noodles (grassfed ground beef, onions, tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, oregano,basil, salt and pepper) <BR> <BR> Snack: mixed nuts <BR> <BR> Exercise: walking, water aerobics Thu, 15 Oct 2015 22:50:53 EST Day 20 of Whole30 Wednesday: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Coffee with coconut milk and coconut oil;bacon <BR> <BR> Lunch: Red potato, green beans, pulled pork; fruit salad <BR> <BR> Dinner: Chicken salad (with homemade avocado oil mayonnaise, celery, onions, and pecans) over Romaine lettuce and grape tomatoes; <BR> <BR> Snack: Oven roasted okra drizzled with olive oil and sea salt <BR> <BR> Exercise: 15 Minute Ab Exercise video (Skinny Jeans challenge exercise; 20 minutes walking; 30 minute Dance party video, 11... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 22:43:28 EST Day 19 of Whole30 Tuesday: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Coffee with coconut milk and coconut oil whipped in blender; scrambled eggs and bacon <BR> <BR> Lunch: Leftovers (pulled pork, roasted cauliflower and brussels sprouts, haricots verts) <BR> <BR> Dinner: Barbacoa over romaine lettuce with tomatoes and guacamole, apple with macadamia nut butter <BR> <BR> Exercise: Walking 20 minutes, Aqua Zumba 45 minutes, resistance cardio exercises in the water before class started for 20 minutes <BR> <BR> Activities: Ga... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 10:38:47 EST Day 18 of Whole30 Monday: <BR> <BR> This morning I got called in to do a massage with very short notice, so did not get to eat breakfast. I know....that was not great! After finishing the massage I met my friend for lunch. I brought my own dressing and customized one of the salads so that it would have only Whole30 compliant foods. I had them leave off the blue cheese, sugared almonds, and dressing and gave my sour cream biscuit to my friend. After lunch we went and had a Raindrop Massage. It was so relaxin... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 23:21:13 EST Day 17 of Whole30 Sunday: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Bulletproof coffee; bacon & eggs <BR> <BR> Lunch: Chopped smoked turkey slices (Applegate Farms organic) over romaine lettuce with diced apples & pears, shredded carrots, pecans and Tessemae cracked pepper dressing <BR> <BR> Dinner: Pork Roast, oven roasted cauliflower and brussels sprouts, haricot verts, ghee <BR> <BR> Exercise: walking video, dance party video, skinny jeans challenge exercise <BR> <BR> Over halfway through Whole30! I can do this! Sun, 11 Oct 2015 19:04:57 EST Day 16 of Whole30 Saturday: <BR> <BR> Went to AM water aerobics then worked in the spa <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Banana <BR> <BR> Lunch: Rotisserie chicken over romaine lettuce with grape tomatoes, shredded carrots, avocado, pecans and Tessemae cracked pepper dressing <BR> <BR> Dinner: Grilled tilapia with lemon/ghee, baked potato with ghee and green beans <BR> <BR> Snack: apple with almond butter <BR> <BR> Exercise: Water aerobics Sun, 11 Oct 2015 12:33:01 EST Day 15 of Whole30 Friday: Went to AM water aerobics then worked in the spa <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Banana <BR> <BR> Lunch: Chicken Fruit and Nut Salad (rotisserie chicken, diced apple, blueberries, strawberries, and pecans over romaine lettuce with Tessemae cracked pepper dressing) <BR> <BR> Dinner: Grilled Chicken, mild salsa, tomatoes, guacamole over mixed lettuce; sweet potato with ghee and pecans <BR> <BR> Exercise: Water aerobics <BR> <BR> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 12:30:08 EST Day 14 of Whole30 Thursday: Today I got to sleep a little later and had brunch instead of breakfast and lunch <BR> <BR> Brunch: Beef Hash (leftover grassfed ground beef, diced onions, celery, and red potatoes, with oregano, thyme, and basil); coffee with coconut milk whipped in the blender <BR> <BR> Dinner: Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup (leftover pot roast, carrots, celery, onion, red potatoes, bone broth, spices and seasonings); apple with almond butter <BR> <BR> Afternoon snack: Mixed nuts <BR> <BR> Exe... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 12:23:42 EST Thankful Thursday <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I'm thankful for this beautiful day! It's still a little warm here in the deep south (it's 79 degrees today). It's that time between the hot and humid days of summer and the glorious season of autumn. It reminds me of this song we used to sing at Camp Winnataska about Indian Summer called "Try to Remember". I picked Andy William's version because my mothe... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:05:39 EST Day 13 of Whole30 Wednesday: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: scrambled eggs with leftover sausage, peppers & onion <BR> <BR> Lunch: smoked turkey on romaine lettuce with tomatoes, avocado and shredded carrots, with Tessemae's Cracked Pepper Dressing <BR> <BR> Dinner: grassfed ground beef burger (wrapped in butter lettuce, with sauteed onions and tomatoes, with mustard) 1/2 sweet potato with ghee and cinnamon <BR> <BR> Snack: apple with macadamia nut butter, kombucha <BR> <BR> Exercise: running/walking/HIIT, stre... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 18:02:51 EST Day 12 of Whole30 Tuesday: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Bulletproof Coffee, scrambled eggs and sausage <BR> <BR> Lunch: Golden Cauliflower Soup topped with slivered almonds; pear with almond butter <BR> <BR> Dinner: Andouille Sausage,Peppers & Onions <BR> <BR> Snack: Oven Roasted Okra, mixed nuts <BR> <BR> Exercise: running/walking/HIIT, Aqua Zumba <BR> <BR> Bible Study: Focus was on exercise and sleep <BR> <BR> Wed, 7 Oct 2015 17:57:26 EST Day 11 of Whole30 I'm a bit behind with this blog, this was Monday <BR> <BR> Breakfast- Banana Berry Smoothie; scrambled eggs, smoked sausage <BR> <BR> Lunch- Pot Roast and veggies <BR> <BR> Dinner- Barbacoa over lettuce and topped with diced tomatoes and guacamole with Tessemae's Zesty Ranch dressing <BR> <BR> Snack - Banana <BR> <BR> Exercise- running/walking, water aerboics Wed, 7 Oct 2015 17:53:49 EST Day 10 of Whole30 I'm still in Mobile and today we are celebrating my grandmother's 107th birthday! Exercised in hotel suite and found hard boiled eggs, bananas, and apples in breakfast bar at hotel (that was the only Whole30 compliant food they had). <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs,1 banana <BR> <BR> Lunch: lots of veggies (brussels sprouts, carrots, cabbage, green beans) shrimp,sausage, pulled pork <BR> <BR> Dinner: leftover pot roast, red potatoes, carrots, and celery <BR> <BR> Snack: apple ... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 11:03:45 EST Day 9 of Whole30 Traveled to Mobile today. I worked out and ate breakfast before I left, packed a salad for lunch that I ate when I arrived at the hotel, and dinner was at Chipotle's with more exercise doing a lot of walking while shopping with Courtney. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Bulletproof Coffee, 1 egg over leftover shredded pork roast <BR> <BR> Lunch: Applegate Organics smoked turkey breast, romaine, super greens, avocado, grape tomatoes, shredded carrots, Tessemae's Zesty Ranch Dressing <BR> <BR> Dinner: ... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 10:58:52 EST Day 8 of Whole30 Breakfast: scrambled eggs, bacon (SF/uncured);Bulletproof Coffee <BR> <BR> Lunch: Romaine, Super Greens, organic smoked turkey breast, avocado,grape tomatoes,shredded carrots, olives, Tessemae's Zesty Ranch dressing <BR> <BR> Dinner: Pot Roast with carrots, celery, potatoes, 1/2 baked sweet potato with ghee and cinnamon <BR> <BR> Snack: Marcona almonds and pecans <BR> <BR> Exercise: running.walking, gave 3 massages, cleaning Fri, 2 Oct 2015 21:30:56 EST Day 7 of Whole30 I'm a bit behind on blogging, this was yesterday's menu. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Earthbound Organics Mango, Carrot, Peach Smoothie Kickstart (frozen fruit) blended with water and collagen peptides; Bulletproof Coffee <BR> <BR> Lunch: Leftover grassfed ground beef, onions, and diced tomatoes spaghetti sauce over zucchini noodles; 1/2 apple with macadamia nut butter; oven roasted beets <BR> <BR> Dinner: Turkey, 1/2 baked sweet potato with ghee and cinnamon <BR> <BR> Exercise : running/walking:... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 21:28:06 EST Day 6 of Whole30 Day 6 Done! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: sugar-free, uncured bacon and eggs <BR> Lunch: Shredded pork over romaine and super greens, with avocado, grape tomatoes, and Tessemae's Cracked Pepper dressing <BR> Snack: 1/2 apple <BR> Dinner: Grassfed ground beef, onions, diced tomatoes over zucchini noodles, cup of Golden Cauliflower soup, 1/2 apple and unsweetened applesause with cinnamon <BR> <BR> Exercise: walking/running, gave 1 massage Thu, 1 Oct 2015 10:20:47 EST Day 5 of Whole30 I had to leave early this morning to drive to Tuscaloosa for my friend's father's funeral. After a short workout (running) I put a Boston Butt Pork Roast in the crockpot before leaving so dinner would be ready when I got home from work. I coated the pork roast with spices (cumin, turmeric, oregano, chili powder, salt, pepper, and garlic). I was running a bit late after getting the pork roast started so didn't have time to make breakfast. I just put some collagen peptides (for protein) in my... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 22:08:20 EST Day 4 of Whole30 Breakfast: BP Coffee, sugar-free uncured bacon, 2 eggs <BR> Lunch; Cauliflower soup (meant to have a salad too but ran out of time before I had to be back at work) <BR> Dinner: Baked cod with baby broccoli and lemon ghee sauce <BR> Snack: 1/2 apple with cashew nut butter <BR> <BR> Exercise: running 25 minutes, walking 25 minutes and <BR> gave 3 massages at work <BR> <BR> So far this is not that hard. I do miss stevia in my coffee but I am getting used to having it unsweetened. I feel good... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 23:35:04 EST Day 3 of Whole30 Breakfast: Beef and Sweet Potato Hash (leftover grassfed ground beef, tomatoes, and onions from last night) and 1/2 sweet potato diced; Bulletproof Coffee (coffee, 1 tsp ghee, 1 tsp coconut oil, 1 tsp MCT oil) and 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides <BR> <BR> Lunch: 2 eggs over sauteed organic girl Super Greens <BR> <BR> Snack: Marcona almonds and olives <BR> <BR> Dinner: Golden Cauliflower Soup topped with sugar-free uncured bacon and scallions, roasted beets drizzled with olive oi... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 18:07:02 EST Day 2 Whole30 Day 2 done! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: bulletproof coffee, sugar free uncured bacon <BR> <BR> Lunch- romaine lettuce, avocado, grape tomatoes, turkey sliced (all organic), Tessemae's Zesty Ranch dressing <BR> <BR> Dinner- grassfed ground beef, diced tomatoes, onions, sweet potato with ghee and cinnamon <BR> <BR> Snack - mixed nuts <BR> <BR> Exercise - walking/running, gave 5 massages at work today Sat, 26 Sep 2015 20:51:53 EST Day 1 of Whole30 Before breakfast: Water, High Intensity Interval Training (walking/running) 30 minutes, journaling, blogging <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Bulletproof Coffee and 2 pasture eggs over sauteed super greens (kale,arugula, chard,spinach), supplements, water <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Morning snack: 1 oz serving of mixed nuts (cashews, almonds, macadamia nuts) and 4 organic strawberries <BR> <BR> Lunch: Organi... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 11:35:33 EST Fabulous Friday! Starting Whole30 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I start the Whole 30 plan! <BR> <BR> For the next 30 days, I'm putting away my scale and the tape measure! Sort of looking forward to this part but also I little nervous too! Hopefully I will not miss that scale one bit! <BR> <BR> I will be giving up: <BR> <BR> *gluten and all grains (not a big deal, already doing this) <BR> *dairy- kind of a big deal, as I love cheese and struggl... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 10:27:33 EST Monday Motivation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What are some things that have worked for you to get up and get started? What keeps you going? <BR> <BR> For me tracking my nutrition and fitness helps keep me motivated and accountable. Sometimes I also have to take a break from the scale and focus on non-scale victories and I love reading motivational success stories! <BR> <BR> I read this article today on habits of effective exercisers... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 11:57:05 EST Thankful Thursday <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for books and that I developed a love for reading! You are never alone if you have a book! <BR> <BR> <BR> A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. –Neil Gaiman Thu, 17 Sep 2015 17:15:57 EST Wednesday Wisdom <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Don't die with your music still in you." ~Dr. Wayne W. Dyer <BR> <BR> Today I'm sharing a quote from one of my favorite authors and speakers, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. Dr. Dyer recently passed away and I will miss his Facebook posts, his blog, his writing and most of all his wisdom. I am so glad that I got to see him at a Hay House conference in Atlanta in 2012! <BR> <BR> This quote ... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 11:02:48 EST Inspired Healing from Cell to Soul Bible Study I started a weekly women's Bible study based on "The Hormone Cure" and "The Hormone Reset Diet" by Sara Gottfried and "Devotions for a Healthier You"by Katie Farrell. Here's our looks like it will be a great women's group! <BR> <BR> Today - Hormone Balance ( we got quizzes and worksheets and other handouts) <BR> Next week - Adrenal & Thyroid Health <BR> 9/29 Environmental Toxins and Detoxification (we are bringing in our 3 favorite beauty products) <BR> 10/6 Exercise and Sleep... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 15:41:06 EST 10 Day Detox Diet Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While I'm not a diabetic, my grandfather developed type II diabetes later in his life and my dad is considered pre-diabetic. Since there is an incidence of this in my family and since I was noticing that my fasting glucose was creeping up the last couple of times I had lab work done, I decided to be proactive and take steps to lower my blood sugar. I started with Dr. Mark Hyman's 10 Day Deto... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 17:11:45 EST Monday Motivation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> mo·ti·va·tion <BR> ˌmōdəˈvāSH(ə)n/ <BR> noun <BR> the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. <BR> "escape can be a strong motivation for travel" <BR> synonyms: <BR> motive, motivating force, incentive, stimulus,stimulation, inspiration, inducement, <BR> incitement,spur, reason; <BR> <BR> "his motivation was financial" <BR> <BR> the general desire or wi... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:04:33 EST Back in the Saddle Again <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's been a long time but....I'm Baaack! Back in the saddle again! I'm glad to be back! <BR> <BR> Things I realized while I was away from SP: <BR> <BR> 1) I need the support of others for motivation and accountability <BR> 2) I need to track my activity and nutrition <BR> 3) SparkPeople has some of the best resources to help with fitness and nutrition goals, motivation, and... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 19:09:24 EST Missing Mom <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning I was having a really tough time, missing my mother so much. I woke up thinking about her today. Some days it's just so hard to believe that she is no longer here. I can't just pick up the phone and call her anymore. There are just some days where it really hits me so hard! I decided to go for a walk because sometimes that helps. As I was walking early this morning I could really feel Mom's spirit wit... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 12:10:06 EST B.G's Garden And A Healing Walk <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The closest picture I can find of my vision for B.G.'s garden <BR> <BR> <BR> I had a beautiful walk today. I decided to just walk around my backyard and on the large terrace under my deck because I just did not feel like really being out in public today because I was feeling so emotional, yet I did want to get in my exercise. At first as I was walking I was really sad and missing Mom. I happened to be listeni... Wed, 15 May 2013 20:07:32 EST Happy Mother's Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A Song For Mothers - Guardian Angel by Leah West <BR> <link><BR>Vvsg&feature=endscreen </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> A baby asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?" <BR> <BR> "Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you." <BR> <BR> The child further inquired, "But tell me,... Sat, 11 May 2013 18:47:52 EST A Time For Everything <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There is a time for everything, <BR> and a season for every activity under the heavens: <BR> a time to be born and a time to die, <BR> a time to plant and a time to uproot, <BR> a time to kill and a time to heal, <BR> a time to tear down and a time to build, <BR> a time to weep and a time to laugh, <BR> a time to mourn and a time to dance, <BR> a time to scatter stones and a time ... Tue, 7 May 2013 12:27:25 EST I miss you Mom.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The last few days have been really rough. I think this song says it all.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Is it Me <BR> Or have I decieved myself <BR> I thought I heard you call my name <BR> Out in the pouring rain <BR> <BR> I really thought <BR> I thought I saw your face <BR> But after a second look <BR> I saw I made a clear mistake <BR... Fri, 3 May 2013 20:11:10 EST Today is a better day....Joy comes in the morning <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5 <BR> <BR> I woke to find the sun is a beautiful day today. I got my workout today doing some dancing to upbeat tunes and walking. Today I'm concentrating on the things I have to be grateful for... my family, friends, this beautiful day, the prayers and comforting support from others. I'm so grateful that I was blessed t... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 15:39:22 EST Raining On The Inside <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This song really expresses how I felt today: <em>257</em> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Today was one of my down days.... It was raining outside the whole day and I felt like it was raining inside too. I had insomnia and nightmares last night and it was one of those days where I just wanted to crawl back in bed and not get up again, but I had to get up at 5:30 to ta... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 21:49:29 EST What Matters In Life <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Earlier today I was watching a short video called "The Dash" and I was struck by the realization that even though my mom is no longer here with me, she is still continuing to teach me, even in her death. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I always knew that my Mom was my greatest teacher...but now even though she has passed on, yes even in her death, she is... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 16:44:57 EST Coping With Grief and Loss <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The subject of grief and loss will probably be an ongoing series in my blog as I struggle to make sense of a world without my beloved mom. Writing about my feelings has always helped me process what was going on in my life and has been a cathartic process for me. <BR> <BR> I've been in the grieving process for a long time... Mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer back in August 2006 and I think I officially s... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 16:34:47 EST