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The Boundaries Battle: Compassion and Consequences
Saturday, May 21, 2016      23 comments

I've participated in the discussion on the Team Leaders team and on the message board regarding the revamp to our Spark pages. I'm in the camp that dislikes the changes in the extreme, and resents the manner in which they were made. But my pur... Read more
Please don't disrespect your members, Spark People
Thursday, May 19, 2016      16 comments

Sorry, but the more I think about this unilateral (and out of the blue) format change to member pages, the more offended I've become. I didn't mind so much when SP changed the Start page--even though I didn't like the changes, it does "belong"... Read more
Being here for the right reasons
Saturday, May 07, 2016      8 comments

A Spark Friend took a break, and wrote a blog on why she returned:
al.asp?blog_id=6157887 She described all the things she missed that gave her pleasure and enriched ... Read more
Changing the future over regretting the past
Saturday, February 20, 2016      5 comments

"Maybe you can't rewrite history, but it's not too late to change the future if you set your mind to it." I shared this quote from a magical mystery, Ghost of a Potion by Heather Blake, in my status this morning. I find this profoundly wise... Read more
Our Love for the Land by Dolores Huerta
Friday, January 01, 2016      3 comments

I remember seeing Dolores Huerta speak at a rally in my teens, when the United Farm Workers were organizing in California. I was surprised to see her picture in the Sierra Club Wilderness Calendar I unwrapped today to hang in my kitchen. The w... Read more
It has nothing to do with being smart or capable
Tuesday, December 01, 2015      13 comments

Those were the arresting words my therapist said to me about my clutter. I had just recounted how losing those 65 pounds hadn't been nearly as hard as trying to get rid of and organize my "stuff." I had assumed I could use the same babystep ap... Read more
Singing in the Morning
Wednesday, August 26, 2015      4 comments

Here is another of my morning rituals, that I perform to put myself in a positive mood. As I mentioned in my last blog, "I devised [them] to help combat the emotional pain and sometime despair that plagued me all too often when I contemplated th... Read more
Breathing in the Day
Saturday, August 01, 2015      10 comments

This is one of my morning rituals, that I perform to put myself in a positive mood. I devised it to help combat the emotional pain and sometime despair that plagued me all too often when I contemplated the poor management, negligence and dissat... Read more
Mammogram advice (especially for abuse survivors)
Saturday, May 30, 2015      7 comments

A teammate asked for any advice to prepare her for her first mammogram, and this is what I shared: I didn't have a mammogram until after I turned 50, and out of the 4 I've had, 2 went well and 2 triggered PTSD episodes. Things I've found th... Read more
A 10.5 hour day with a new car at the end of it!
Sunday, May 24, 2015      8 comments

I am so thankful that my old car (a 2002 Accord) made it down to Tumwater and back (an hour each way) on Thursday for a job interview for a Customer Service (CSS2) position at my agency's headquarters. It was only when I went to drive the mile ... Read more
Spring Fling's first nutritional activity
Sunday, April 19, 2015      2 comments

I explained in my last blog about the extra opportunities available during our agency wellness campaign to earn more points by exploring mental health and nutritional activities. So here's the description of the first nutritional one: • ... Read more
Spring Fling: Work wellness campaign addresses mental health, too
Saturday, April 18, 2015      1 comments

Spring Fling is one of our annual wellness campaigns in the state agency where I work. Many of our campaigns through the year have us tracking exercise minutes or steps, earning more points for more vigorous activities. Our wonderful Wellness ... Read more
Valentine's Day outing--a gift to me
Saturday, February 14, 2015      7 comments

I knew at the beginning of the year that I wanted to put more energy into new positive directions in my life, and less into escaping the negative. (I spent so much of last year applying for jobs to get away from the misery of my current one.) ... Read more
Thursday, December 25, 2014      7 comments

Ive made my peace with scaling back on gift buying, given the economy and my (so far) unsuccessful attempts to obtain a better-paying job. And then I ended up sick, and have put off joining my sister and brother-in-law for a holiday get-togeth... Read more
Tracking the positive, and progress, at work
Sunday, November 30, 2014      4 comments

Some of you know I have not been happy at work for quite a while. I've applied for 17 jobs since mid-January, and I have two new applications I'm working on, plus waiting to hear whether I make the cut to the 2nd interview stage on the most rec... Read more

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