FITNHEALTHYKAL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FITNHEALTHYKAL FITNHEALTHYKAL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Winter Scavenger Hunt Camp Wannabefit Spark Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886877 We are doing a Winter themed Scavenger Hunt for Camp WannabeFit Spark team. These are the items we must find. I will be posting the pictures here as I find them. <BR> <BR> 1. Cozy Pajamas <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l413375697.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Skates-ice or roller <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l338830676.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> 3. Winter Hat/Ball Cap <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l68... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:36:08 EST Today is not over yet.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857657 Today is not over yet. <BR> So you overslept and missed your morning run? <BR> Today is not over yet. <BR> So you had a diet Coke, two cigarettes and four donuts for lunch? <BR> Today is not over yet. <BR> So you frittered away your time on Facebook, spent mindless hours loitering in your inbox, and procrastinated with smartphone games instead of working on your novel? <BR> Today is not over yet. <BR> If your heart is beating, if your lungs are breathing, if you are still alive… then it is no... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 06:57:46 EST 52 Things for 2015 - One a week all year. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843715 <BR> “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.” ~ Neil Gaiman <BR> <BR> Rather than the traditional resolution list of fad diets, breaking habits and promises that usually gets broken, I decided to create a list of new things to... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:55:50 EST This year I will.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842626 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l432315600.jpg"> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 09:54:56 EST My word for 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842123 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1301518119.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mindfulness. Noticing, naming, and marking the smallest details of life–seeing how we choose what matters– and knowing if we don’t, we miss it… Mindfulness. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:52:22 EST Dear Self... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841162 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1777342224.jpg"> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 10:14:10 EST Second Annual Online Cookie Exchange! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827340 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1719706899.jpg"> <BR> It’s that time of year again. The trees have been decorated. There’s a chill in the air. The egg nog lattes and peppermint mochas are selling like hotcakes. It’s the BEST time of the year.  During the holidays, I am without a doubt baking more, and spending more time with family and friends. Cookies are a wonderful way to show someone you care and a staple on most Christmas to-do lists. I find myself using just about ev... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 06:20:41 EST 30 Things to Let Go of Before the New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825609 30 Things to Let Go of Before the New Year <BR> <BR> You will find that it is necessary to let some things go, simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go… LET GO of them. Tie no weights to your ankles. <BR> <BR> And since the New Year is just around the corner, which inspires many of us to refocus our energy and attention on the right things, I think it’s a perfect time right now to start letting go of the wrong things. Wouldn’t you agree? <BR> <BR> So today, I challeng... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 07:22:55 EST 60 Things To Be Grateful For In Our Lives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811118 Here are 60 things to be grateful for in our lives: <BR> <BR> 1. Your parents - For giving birth to you. Because if there is no them, there will not be you. <BR> 2. Your family – For being your closest kin in the world <BR> 3. Your friends – For being your companions in life <BR> 4. Sense of sight – For letting you see the colors of life <BR> 5. Sense of hearing - For letting you hear trickle of rain, the voices of your loved ones, and the harmonious chords of music <BR> 6. Sense of touch - ... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 06:50:32 EST Thanksgiving Blessing Bags http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811116 It's that time of year again. ANY time is a good time to bless others. Be creative. If someone can't cook - bring a pre-cooked ham. If you are doing this just before, bring a turkey. Bring a box of cereal and a bag of candy....personalize it and be blessed. The feeling is like none other! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1783228816.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ~Thanksgiving Blessing Bags~* <BR> <BR> 2 cans of green beans <BR> 1 can of sweet potatoes <BR> 2 cans of corn <BR... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 06:49:05 EST 58 Meticulously Planned Intentional Acts of Kindness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790906 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2044422532.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn9u7zmTzXU </link> <BR> <BR> 58 Meticulously Planned Intentional Acts of Kindness AKA Random Acts of Kindness 10/2/56 <BR> <BR> My gift to myself again this year. Full of all of the FUNderful gifts I bless ME by doing. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l301099478.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blo... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 07:12:01 EST As 2014 winds down, it's a good day to look back and ahead too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780890 Don’t count the days. Make the days count. Muhammed Ali <BR> <BR> But if you’re in the same boat as me and “lost” many or even some of your goals a long time ago, I want to encourage you to start fresh today. Be gracious to yourself, and forget that myth that you have to wait until a new year to make new goals. <BR> <BR> Okay, enough procrastinating. Here we go . . . <BR> <BR> This is what I posted at the beginning of 2014. I am sitting here crying over the too many that fell beside the ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:00:07 EST 18 Chances You Will Not Regret Taking In Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780822 In life you get just about as many chances as you're willing to take. <BR> <BR> Almost two decades ago, when I told my grandmother I was worried about taking a chance and regretting my choice, she hugged me and said, “Trust me, honey, that’s not what you’re going to regret when you’re my age. If anything, you will likely kick yourself a little for not taking more chances on the infinite number of opportunities you have today.” <BR> <BR> And the older I get, the more I realize how right my ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:20:32 EST Check this out....YouKnowYouWanna.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758767 Intrigued yet? <BR> <BR> DoUwanna-- HAVE some FUN! <BR> DoUwanna-- GET fit! <BR> DoUwanna-- MEET new people! <BR> DoUwanna-- LEARN great tips to help you on your health journey! <BR> <BR> Then you've come to the right place! <BR> <BR> <BR> Are you searching for a CHANGE of scenery, maybe a shake up in your journey to good health... or maybe just LOVE to meet NEW <em>223</em> ! <BR> <BR> Why don't you come check out what this challenge is ALL about.... <BR> <BR> READ about i... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:20:03 EST Gratitude Practice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758707 <BR> “Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice…It is amazing how many occasions present themselves in which I can choose gratitude instead of a complaint.” Henri J. M. Nouwen <BR> <BR> Just like starting off the New Year with a resolution to start hitting the gym, a gratitude practice takes commitment. Think about picking up a five-pound weight for the first time. Pushing yourself to complete several reps, you feel great. Then the pain of sore muscles sets in and you have a... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:36:43 EST Simples ways to celebrate and savor.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758687 50 Simple Ways to Celebrate and Enjoy Life <BR> <BR> Make it a goal to celebrate life in some way, however small, every day. Below you’ll find a list of 50 simple joys to help remind you to slow down, celebrate life, and enjoy the moment! <BR> <BR> 1. Have afternoon tea “alfresco”. <em>469</em> Find a small coffee shop with tables set up outside; or pack a picnic basket—filled with iced tea, chicken salad from the deli, scones, and a warm, crusty loaf of French bread–and head out to t... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 04:55:24 EST We are all phenomenal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707332 Phenomenal Woman <BR> by Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. <BR> I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size <BR> But when I start to tell them, <BR> They think I'm telling lies. <BR> I say, <BR> It's in the reach of my arms <BR> The span of my hips, <BR> The stride of my step, <BR> The curl of my lips. <BR> I'm a woman <BR> Phenomenally. <BR> Phenomenal woman, <BR> That's me. <BR> I walk into a room <BR> Just as cool as you please, <BR>... Sat, 31 May 2014 08:42:19 EST Are you treating every day like New Years Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705792 On another challenge I participate in The Daily Challenge as do a couple other Campers, this is today’s challenge - <BR> <BR> Hold a 5-minute meeting with yourself to check in on your goals for the year. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> <BR> Take five minutes to check in with yourself on any goals you made at the beginning of this year. Have any setbacks made it harder for you to complete your goals? What's in store for the second half of the year? Use this time to look back on the first s... Thu, 29 May 2014 07:49:08 EST A new kind of resolution. Happy Ground Hog Day Resolution! 2014 Kickoff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612763 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1539181084.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> A month has passed since some made their "NEW YEAR" resolutions. How did you do? Did you head into 2014 with a plan and it's already gone beside the way or are you living it? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1391208483.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been overindulging for decades in many ways. <BR> <BR> Many have been over eating, over drinking, over spending, under ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 06:55:10 EST BLC 24 Chronicle & Cruise Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597672 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l178017116.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> <em>340</em> <BR> <BR> CRUISE CONTROL: <BR> <BR> CRUISE GOALS: <BR> <BR> Meditate <BR> <BR> Laugh <BR> <BR> Breathe <BR> <BR> Walk <BR> <BR> Work out 5 times per week <BR> <BR> Drink 8 glasses water a day <BR> <BR> Choose to eat what is good for me <BR> <BR> Remember what I am grateful for <BR> <BR> Pay it forward <BR> <BR> Balance <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> CHRONICLE:... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 06:55:33 EST In the end time is all we have and all that matters... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597202 I have an assignment for a class I am taking in one of my challenge groups. <BR> <BR> As I search for photos to upload as part of this assignment my recurring theme that resonates with me isn't about all that I am NOT getting done but rather this frenetic pace I keep trying to do it ALL having been touched by lessons that REALLY matter more to me than many others. Hear me now....every trite word...time waits for no one and MOMENTS matter more than a prim diary or planner or militant schedul... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:15:20 EST Who Do You Want To Be This Year? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587918 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1154589998.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Who Do You Want to Be This Year? <BR> <BR> This is the time of year when we make a lot of promises. In year’s past, I’ve resolved to go to the gym regularly, take yoga classes, listen to classical music in the mornings, bring a smile to one person’s face every day, write one letter of gratitude to a loved one each month, and to give up dairy, among many other resolutions. <BR> <BR> As I thought over what I wante... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 10:19:33 EST My Aspirations, Hopes & Dreams for 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587915 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l260043480.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Like each year, after I thought about my word and my plans for 2014, I began to think more and more about what the word and the priorities meant. Since I tend to be self-reflective during this time of year, this is very long and mostly for my benefit. <BR> <BR> Since I have my list of priorities this year, I thought it would be a good exercise to see if I could come up with a few goals for each. <BR> <BR> One ... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 10:16:16 EST The steps to unlimited happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587667 I saw this on AMARILYNH'S blog. She got it from KATRINAKAT23's blog. SHE got it from Septemberspirit's blog. She got it from MindBodyGreen. Its so good I want to be able to find it again and I want to share it with all my SparkFriends! When you read it you will see why!! <BR> <BR> Here are 20 things to let go of in order to reach unlimited happiness. <BR> <BR> 1. Let go of all thoughts that don't make you feel empowered and strong. <BR> <BR> 2. Let go of feeling guilty for doing what yo... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 05:32:00 EST Present Moment Wonderful Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584242 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l399714385.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We can start a year with certain plans, hopes, and dreams. But a year is a long time. In a year we could easily forget or lose motivation for what we started the year desiring in our hearts. Or perhaps we will end up needing something new. If I have learned any one thing it is that life changes. <BR> <BR> Perhaps that is why I don’t choose to look at this year as one vast expanse of time ahead of me. Instead, I wa... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:01:26 EST One Little Word 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576283 Ali Edwards is a scrapbooker extraordinaire. Awhile back she started what has become a movement called One Little Word. <BR> <BR> Ali challenges you to live with your word, to invite it into your life, to let your word speak to you…and you might even follow where it leads. The possibilities are endless! <BR> <BR> Too often I let my fears hold me back from doing, from giving, and from experiencing all that the Universe has to offer me. <BR> <BR> I don’t do the things that I am prompted to ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 05:41:09 EST While visions of the Gala danced in their heads.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569692 So many memories depicted and ideas dreamed for our table at the Hogwarts Yule Gala...Picture Christmas Memories and Dreams and each guest at the table bringing their own personal touches to our table. Elegant. Eclectic. Evocative....:::clapping in delight::: Each place setting telling a story that is being told as we plan and get to know one another. The table will have a cloche for each person to add their memory too and each placesetting will have a tiny gift from the table hostess to tak... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 07:44:48 EST Today is Bake Cookies Day...I am hosting an online COOKIE EXCHANGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567044 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1719706899.jpg"> <BR> It’s that time of year again. The trees have been decorated. There’s a chill in the air. The egg nog lattes and peppermint mochas are selling like hotcakes. It’s the BEST time of the year.  During the holidays, I am without a doubt baking more, and spending more time with family and friends. Cookies are a wonderful way to show someone you care and a staple on most Christmas to-do lists. I find myself using just about ev... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 07:28:37 EST Hogwarts Sugar Plum Flurries Gala/Yule Ball SLEIGH tablescape ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564667 Part of the planning for a function is the theme. These are some ideas that could be used to form a table theme for our table of nine Hogwarts members and their guests. <BR> <BR> The first with the cloches....we could have multiple cloches in the center of the table with memories of Christmas past, present and future (though that wouldn't be a memory but rather a projection) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l870163771.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Love the simplicity of the... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 07:07:43 EST Hogwarts Sugar Plum Flurries Gala / Yule Ball http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559622 December is full of parties, dates and galas. I normally don’t enjoy shopping for the big events because I am on a budget. <BR> <BR> I got married by a ship captain 9 years ago on Christmas Eve. I wore a RED gown and carried a winter bouquet of red/white and green with roses and holly. This shopping adventure makes me think of that time. We are planning our 10th anniversary this time next year and I will be the lady in red then too! <BR> <BR> This time the sky is the limit as we have been ... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 09:08:26 EST Happy Thanksgiving, Hanukah and LIFE! L'Chaim! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551980 <em>465</em> <em>499</em> <em>426</em> <em>500</em> <em>430</em> <em>465</em> <em>499</em> <em>426</em> <em>500</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving and Hanukah and LIFE! L'Chaim! <BR> <BR> Living Life - "Life is not a race - but indeed a journey. Be honest. Work hard. Be choosy. Say "thank you", "I love you", and "great job" to someone each day. Go to church, take time for prayer. The lord giveth and the Lord taketh. Let your handshake mean more than pen and paper... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 05:43:39 EST 60 Things To Be Grateful For In Our Lives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545002 Here are 60 things to be grateful for in our lives: <BR> <BR> 1. Your parents - For giving birth to you. Because if there is no them, there will not be you. <BR> 2. Your family – For being your closest kin in the world <BR> 3. Your friends – For being your companions in life <BR> 4. Sense of sight – For letting you see the colors of life <BR> 5. Sense of hearing - For letting you hear trickle of rain, the voices of your loved ones, and the harmonious chords of music <BR> 6. Sense of touch - ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:03:13 EST 9 Self Care Essentials To Add To Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543253 There's been a long-held belief that people are worthy of respect when they put others before themselves. People have often evaluated their own worth (and the degree to which they deserve value in society) by their ability to contribute and place the needs of others before themselves. <BR> <BR> Along with this belief is the idea that self-care is self-indulgent. However, we can only sustain physical health and emotional health when self-care is a priority. (This is true for both women and me... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 08:15:10 EST World Kindness Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539929 "When we leave this planet we won't be asked how much did you earn, how big was your house etc - just "How kind were you?" Kindness, it's a currency we need more and more, the more you give the more you have to give". <BR> <BR> World Kindness Day is a time when many people around the world choose to carry out random acts of kindness. And in doing so make someone's day extra special, bring a smile where there was none and remind people that they are cared about. <BR> <BR> Little things can ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 08:47:54 EST 12 Reasons You Can't Trust Your Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539894 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1078667313.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In the Middle Ages, they had guillotines, stretch racks, whips and chains. Nowadays, we have a much more effective torture device called the bathroom scale. ~Stephen Phillips <BR> <BR> There are many positive physiological changes that can be observed after following a nourishing traditional foods diet which be missed if a person is only focusing on the scale. <BR> <BR> The scale does not show changes in skin ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 08:18:24 EST Thanksgiving Blessing Bags http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539774 It's that time of year again. ANY time is a good time to bless others. Be creative. If someone can't cook - bring a pre-cooked ham. If you are doing this just before, bring a turkey. Bring a box of cereal and a bag of candy....personalize it and be blessed. The feeling is like none other! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1783228816.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ~Thanksgiving Blessing Bags~* <BR> <BR> 2 cans of green beans <BR> 1 can of sweet potatoes <BR> 2 cans of corn <BR... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 05:50:55 EST Just for TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537897 There are many things we would probably conclude we could not possibly do, if we had to do them for a lifetime. However, we could do them, just for today. Instead of trying to “tackle your whole life problem”–to paraphrase Kenneth L. Holmes–, and being burdened by yesterday’s mistakes and tomorrow’s worries, try living one day at a time and focusing just on today. <BR> <BR> Reiki is a Japanese healing technique which involves transferring energy–Ki , or the life force–through the palms of ... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 05:28:25 EST Morning Ritual of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528908 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2077632514.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There is a simple five-minute ritual you can use every <BR> morning that scientists say could be the equivalent to <BR> the ultimate magic pill for ‘happiness’. <BR> <BR> A 2008 study on subjects using this particular method found <BR> they were influencing their hypothalamus, which can have a <BR> positive impact on sleep, cravings, appetite, and even stress (1). <BR> <BR> This ritual has also been scien... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 06:41:17 EST 24 Guidelines for Your Best Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528298 Each day is a gift so begin and end each day with gratitude. Celebrate the good and more of it will flow to you. <BR> <BR> Adversity is a part of life. Know that you are not your problems. Instead of getting wrapped up in doom and gloom, change your focus to the life you want to have, not the problems you think are before you, realizing that what’s happening around you isn’t who you are. <BR> <BR> Love what is. Our stress often comes from our perception that something is good or bad- not fr... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:42:30 EST Queen Of Everything and Princess Of Quite A lot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510555 Not yet old, but no longer young, after the mother and before the crone, she is now a Queen . Still active, creative and passionate, the Queen is tempered with an earned wisdom that has come with her experiences. She has faced and overcome obstacles, limitations and life lessons - now assuming her power and accepting full responsibility for her life, dreams, fulfillment and happiness. She is the Queen of herself, the mature monarch, the sole sovereign of her own destiny. <BR> <BR> Recently ... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 08:59:56 EST 57 Meticulously Planned Acts of Kindness AKA Random Acts of Kindness 10/2/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502104 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2044422532.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn9u7zmTzXU </link> <BR> <BR> 57 Meticulously Planned Acts of Kindness AKA Random Acts of Kindness 10/2/56 <BR> <BR> This was my gift to myself last year. Full of all of the FUNderful gifts I blessed ME by doing. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l301099478.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=50848... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 05:50:16 EST Where are you for your 2013 Goals & Priorities? 100 days remaining in this YEAR. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496766 About halfway through August,is when you start hearing a lot of people talking about “when summer’s over” and “when school starts” along with “in the fall.” <BR> “When summer’s over, I’m going to get serious about my ____________.” <BR> “After school starts, I’m going to get back to ___________.” <BR> “In the fall, I’m going to start focusing on ______________.” <BR> “My eating” <BR> “My weight” <BR> “Taking more time for myself” <BR> “Getting more sleep” <BR> “Being healthier” <BR> <BR> Do... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 10:31:10 EST Can making lists boost your happiness? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496756 Ironically, after posting my list 20 Little Things To Treasure In Autumn this morning, I read this when doing my daily work for a "class" I am doing on Happiness... <BR> <BR> Can the simple act of making a list boost your happiness? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2111580161.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I was in college, I took a class on the culture of Heian Japan, and the one and only thing I remember about that subject is The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon. This stra... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 10:24:10 EST 20 Little Things To Treasure In Autumn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496726 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l362883155.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Autumn gives us every opportunity to live an authentic life. Yet how easy it is to miss the little things in the pursuit of a “perfect” life! An authentic life is made up of recognizing beautiful moments in an imperfect world. We must discipline ourselves to linger even for a moment on those things so they will become emblazoned in our memory like a snapshot in a tattered scrapbook. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Celebratin... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 09:45:37 EST BLC23 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495701 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l221489242.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1759717393.jpg">BLC 22 Goals <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1561143323.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Make it Count and Make it Epic! <BR> <BR> So many auspicious goals that I’ve read from other BLC members in the past few days. My head is spinning. <BR> <BR> Makes for lots of ideas. <BR> <BR> I think I need to use the KISS principle because if ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:33:34 EST Act 2, Scene 3.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484297 "What if one day, you were to find out, that this is all a dream anyway, and you could have done anything you wanted to do, and been anything you wanted to be? <BR> <BR> You, only you, could have written your own script. Played the lead in your very own play. <BR> Would you have written it differently, perhaps? Played it with a bit more gusto! Put your whole heart and soul into it? <BR> <BR> But then, it's only a dream. Right? <BR> <BR> Well, my friends, this is act 2, scene 3, of your pla... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 06:57:43 EST 8 Things You Forgot To Be Grateful For http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457854 “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” <BR> &#8213;Epicurus <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l51553634.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So that’s what I want to reflect on today – a few quick reminders about some things you, too, likely forget to be grateful for… <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. The unique privilege of being YOU. <BR> YOU are one of a kind. You are lucky enough to have... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 08:31:57 EST Ashton Kutcher's Profound Speech To Kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456100 WOW! I don't know a lot about Ashton Kutcher. I know he's Hollywood. I know he was married to Demi Moore. I know he's a Democrat. He was on the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday night and he had a message our youth (and WE) needed to hear. Great stuff that this person who has a great work ethic AND is a Hollywood "idol" speaks.... <BR> <BR> <link>landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.htm<BR>l?freewheel=69016&sitesection=ijreview<BR>&VID=25029456 </link> <BR> <BR> All I know is that what he said i... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 11:45:42 EST Public Service Reminder: We are all mojo swaggering She.ros! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452679 <BR> I am a broken record of self nurturing, self love, yadayadaness. I know I’m not talking to myself but when do I hear my own words and how do I expect anyone to listen if I don’t even walk my own walk? <BR> <BR> However there is one element of stuckness that runs deeper and is even more resistant to change. It can run down even the most eager mojo-swaggering super SHEro. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1774397457.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 10:16:41 EST Scale Crimes...Just The Facts (The Bare Naked Facts) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450652 Truly if it were not for our BLC rule of WI, we should all throw that blasted contraption out the nearest window and have it dashed to its death below and with no fanfare either - or perhaps like a big ticker tape parade that welcomes a hero home, we shall have a HUGE send-off or grand funeral for the day when we truly CAN bury that confounded contraption. <em>55</em> with the <em>192</em> and the reverence and importance we place upon the numbers it reveals to us each week (hopefully ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 09:06:42 EST