MARYJOANNA's SparkPeople Blog MARYJOANNA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community ST. PATRICK'S DAY <BR> A graceful woman is wise enough to <BR> laugh at vanity and proud enough to love her <BR> own beauty. Sat, 17 Mar 2018 05:19:04 EST THURSDAY THOUGHTS <BR> <BR> <BR> LOVE STRONG <BR> <BR> HOPE ALWAYS <BR> <BR> LAUGH LOUDER Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:08:41 EST MONDAY'S MUSE <BR> While you live, LOVE <BR> While you breathe, SING <BR> While you walk, DANCE <BR> While you work, SHINE <BR> While you see, DREAM Mon, 12 Mar 2018 05:24:50 EST FRIDAY'S FIND <BR> <BR> Some days are <BR> HOPSCOTCH KIND OF DAYS. <BR> Some days are <BR> GETTING-NAILED-AT-DODGEBALL <BR> kind of days. Fri, 9 Mar 2018 05:29:00 EST TUESDAY THOUGHT <BR> <BR> LIFE <BR> is either a daring <BR> ADVENTURE <BR> or nothing. <BR> <BR> Helen Keller Tue, 6 Mar 2018 05:34:30 EST SUNDAY FOOD FOR THOUGHT <BR> <BR> What would you attempt to do if <BR> <BR> you knew you could not fail? <BR> <BR> --Dr. Robert Schuller Sun, 4 Mar 2018 05:35:34 EST SATURDAY SAYING <BR> <BR> <BR> To thine ownself be kind Sat, 3 Mar 2018 07:36:46 EST FRIDAY'S THOUGHT <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bad days are good days when you know <BR> that you are loved by a friend. <BR> <BR> A friend loves at all times. <BR> ----Proverbs 17:17 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 Mar 2018 05:45:06 EST WEDNESDAY THOUGHTS <BR> <BR> Half of doing is believing that you can. Wed, 28 Feb 2018 05:43:28 EST TUESDAY <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> MIGHT AS WELL LAUGH. Tue, 27 Feb 2018 07:39:59 EST FOOD FOR THOUGHT <BR> <BR> <BR> "The man who treasures his friends is <BR> usually gold himself." <BR> <BR> ---Marjorie Holmes Mon, 26 Feb 2018 05:21:40 EST SATURDAY SAYING <BR> <BR> That which does not kill me <BR> makes me want to eat a cookie. Sat, 24 Feb 2018 05:54:56 EST FRIDAY FAVORITES <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "SEIZE THE DAY!" <BR> does not necessarily have to include the morning part of the day. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:45:33 EST THURSDAY THOUGHT <BR> <BR> <BR> You never know what good things will <BR> pour in when the heart is open to life. Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:28:43 EST OSCAR WILDE QUOTE <BR> <BR> <BR> Be yourself, everybody else is already taken! Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:45:35 EST TUESDAY 2-20-18 <BR> <BR> <BR> SHE BELIEVED SHE COULD <BR> <BR> <BR> Little reminders to dream big, laugh loud and never stop <BR> believing in yourself. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:36:41 EST FRIDAY FAVORITES <BR> <BR> LIFE IS TOO IMPORTANT <BR> TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. <BR> <BR> --Oscar wilde Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:36:33 EST HAPPY FEBRUARY 14! <BR> <BR> Roses are red, <BR> Violets are blue, <BR> Nothing means more <BR> to me than you--SPARK PEOPLE! <em>26</em> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:25:24 EST FIND MEANING IN THE MUNDANE As a society, it seems like we have come to the point where the ordinary joys of living don't seem to satisfy. <BR> <BR> Learn to find meaning in the mundane--the ordinary day-to-day activities that make up most of the time you will spend on the planet, <BR> <BR> 1. Find fulfillment in the ordinary. <BR> There can be great satisfaction and happiness from completing ordinary tasks, such as making the bed or mowing the lawn. <BR> <BR> 2. Make plans to do nothing. <BR> Just like your body, ... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 05:50:50 EST FAVORITE FOR MONDAY <BR> <BR> <BR> You never know what good things will <BR> pour in when the heart is open to life. Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:17:25 EST CONSIDER THIS <BR> <BR> LIFE <BR> is either a daring <BR> ADVENTURE <BR> or nothing <BR> --Helen Keller <BR> Sat, 10 Feb 2018 08:02:45 EST FRIDAY FAVORITES <BR> <BR> Half of doing is believing that you can! Fri, 9 Feb 2018 05:33:50 EST A BLANKET FOR EVERYONE <BR> Linus Van Pelt, better known as simply "Linus," was a mainstay in the Peanuts comic strip. Witty and wise, yet insecure, Linus constantly carried a security blanket. We can identify. We have our fears and insecurities too. <BR> <BR> To followers of Jesus, love is a blanket to be graciously and courageously given away for the comfort and reclamation of others. As recipients of such great love, let us be givers of the same. <BR> <BR> ---Arthur Jackson Thu, 8 Feb 2018 07:46:59 EST CONSIDER THIS <BR> <BR> HANG IN THERE. <BR> Even the worst weeks have Fridays in them. Wed, 7 Feb 2018 05:30:54 EST ADVICE FROM A SUNFLOWER <BR> <BR> Stand tall <BR> <BR> Hold your head high <BR> <BR> Spread seeds of happiness <BR> <BR> Stay on the sunny side Tue, 6 Feb 2018 05:22:40 EST FAVORITE FOR MONDAY <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> She believed she could <BR> so she did! Mon, 5 Feb 2018 05:42:47 EST HOW TO CHANGE A LIFE <BR> <BR> Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul <BR> and healing to the bones.----Proverbs 16:24 Sat, 3 Feb 2018 07:47:56 EST COLOSSIANS 4:5 <BR> <BR> <BR> Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make <BR> the most of every opportunity. Fri, 2 Feb 2018 08:12:58 EST WIT @ WISDOM <BR> <BR> "Life is short, and it is up to you <BR> to make it sweet." <BR> <BR> ---Sarah Louise Delany Thu, 1 Feb 2018 09:29:01 EST FOOD FOR THOUGHT <BR> <BR> <BR> The stuff that wears on the nerves <BR> POLISHES THE SOUL <BR> Tue, 30 Jan 2018 07:14:11 EST CONSIDER THIS <BR> <BR> <BR> HALF OF DOING IS BELIEVING THAT YOU CAN. Sun, 28 Jan 2018 05:25:39 EST SATURDAY SAYING <BR> <BR> We all need someone who gives us the COURAGE <BR> to be who we are meant to be. Sat, 27 Jan 2018 05:31:21 EST LIES WE TELL OUR KIDS <BR> <BR> We got our daughter to eat fish by calling it Argentinian chicken. <BR> <BR> If the ice cream truck is playing music, it means it has run out of ice cream. <BR> <BR> They don't sell replacement batteries for that toy. <BR> <BR> Eat your rice; think of all the starving children in China. My brother responded name 3. Wed, 24 Jan 2018 05:42:01 EST ATTITUDE. PERSPECTIVE <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As the saying goes, "Life is 10 percent what happens <BR> to us and 90 percent how we react to it." Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:28:01 EST FOOD FOR THOUGHT <BR> <BR> <BR> The two words SILENT and LISTEN contain the <BR> same letters arranged differently...In whatever relationship <BR> you may be in, the best way to listen is to remain silent. Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:30:04 EST SPARK ANNIVERSARY <em>804</em> I have enjoyed this journey so much! I have enjoyed meeting people from other countries and viewing some photos. Also have learned from the articles presented plus the recipes. I have lost a total of 33 pounds and am happy for that. I will never quit SP! Sat, 20 Jan 2018 05:21:42 EST FRIDAY HUMOR <BR> <BR> Turkeys are peacocks that have let <BR> themselves go. Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:19:36 EST FOOD FOR THOUGHT <BR> <BR> When you flee temptation, don't leave a <BR> forwarding address. Mon, 15 Jan 2018 05:48:21 EST SUNDAY SAYING <BR> <BR> <BR> It is never right to do wrong, <BR> and never wrong to do right. Sun, 14 Jan 2018 05:30:16 EST FOOD FOR THOUGHT <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wherever you are you SHINE! Sat, 13 Jan 2018 05:55:10 EST WEDNESDAY THOUGHTS What can you do? DO SOMETHING! <BR> <BR> 1. TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY <BR> Do something today to get your body moving and your heart pumping. <BR> <BR> 2. CURB YOUR FINANCIAL ANXIETY <BR> Maybe you're in debt so deep that you can't foresee ever getting ahead. <BR> Begin small and chip away at it. That is better than doing nothing at all. <BR> <BR> 3. WHEN INSPIRATION COMES, JUST GO WITH IT <BR> Doing something toward a large goal is helping in a small way. <BR> <BR> 4... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 07:43:36 EST TUESDAY THOUGHT <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> That which does not kill me <BR> makes me want to eat a cookie. Tue, 9 Jan 2018 05:36:52 EST "SEIZE THE DAY!" <BR> <BR> <BR> J O Y <BR> <BR> jump for it! Mon, 8 Jan 2018 05:41:46 EST CONSIDER THIS <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When the chips are down, <BR> bring on he cheese dip! Sun, 7 Jan 2018 05:53:17 EST CONSIDER THIS <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dwell <BR> in <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> DWELL <BR> in <BR> POSSIBILITY <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> -- <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Emily Dickinson <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR>... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 05:45:47 EST FRIDAY <BR> <BR> Even the stuff that has to get done <BR> doesn't have to get done today. Fri, 5 Jan 2018 08:30:43 EST THURSDAY THOUGHTS This darn ole' flu is going around and I caught the tail end of it. My hubby was very sick earlier this week. Then I came down with a headache and just plain tired, and managed to duck the worst of it. Sprayed Lysol spay throughout the apartment to see if it helps. So far things are going along better. Thu, 4 Jan 2018 09:11:35 EST CONSIDER THIS <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand <BR> as playing a poor hand well. <BR> <BR> --H.T. Leslie <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 3 Jan 2018 05:19:14 EST FOOD FOR THOUGHT <BR> <BR> <BR> If things always went according to our plan we would never have <BR> any opportunities to need or trust God--nor would we ever experience His rich <BR> mercy and love. Mon, 1 Jan 2018 08:37:43 EST NEW YEAR'S EVE FACTS AND TRIVIA <BR> The first New Year was celebrated 4,000 years by the ancient Babylonians. <BR> Time Square New Year's Eve Ball was first dropped in 1907 after there was a fireworks ban. <BR> Back then, a 700 pound ball embellished with 25-watt bulbs made of iron and wood was dropped. Now, however, it weighs 11,875 pounds, is 12 feet in diameter and is adorned with 2,668 Waterford crystals. The tradition has continued in Times Square, except for in 1942 and 1943. 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