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An Eye Opener....Finally !

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Any who have read my posts and blogs over the past year...2 years perhaps?...may have noticed I'm struggling with motivation...desire...deciding if any of this is even worth the time and effort.

I've tried many avenues to re-ignite my 'spark' - and even had momentary success - but nothing strong and long-lasting. I've been a member of both the SparkGuy’s & Coach Nicole’s 10Min Teams for some time now but not been active.

Of late, I've had land in my INBOX some of SparkGuy's blogs which have kinda jump-started my thinking, if not yet my spark. The concept of a 10min streak has been floating in my brain but what kind of streak. I've already tried all of the cornerstones of a 'good' health and wellbeing plan...without great success.

I do realize those experiences that dulled my spark are not of me and I should not have allowed them to overcome me...however, seizing back control has been most difficult.

Yesterday, I headed to my FoxHole - which I have NOT been visiting regularly for quite some time - and settled in to complete some past projects, scrap others that aren't going to be finished (the need has passed) and to generally clean up and organize.

I wound up with these completed projects....
Bracelet (package décor for XMas gift)

Kitchen Window Drape Pull

Kitchen Window Drape Tieback

(looking at the pic, I see I could add a few beads...)

....and a realization – maybe my streak needs to be about some ME time. Not a single one of the above projects took appreciable time to complete nor will any bring me great acclaim – I’m likely the only one who’ll ever notice the drape pull or tie backs and the bracelet recipients (gonna make 5 more) may never even wear them – but I feel good about completing them and enjoy knowing I did so.

So, that’s gonna be my streak…not beading per se, but ME time. Maybe giving myself a mani, maybe doing some needlework, maybe reading…or biking…or a picnic…or hiking... Any activity I undertake will take more than 10 mins so this streak doesn’t really fit into the above two 10min teams but oh well. I think I’ll make it a 60min streak of ME Time, EVERY Day.

Here’s my Tracker for this week:
S-8.23: 60 mins (a bit more but I didn’t deliberately track….)
Week's Total:

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    Your tie backs and jewelry are MAGNIFICANT!!!

    Chris, SparkGuy doesn't do 10 minutes for his streaks! Sometimes, yes he does, but the blogs of his that I've read talks about increasing his time, and he's doing more than 10 minutes. Therefore, girl, you're right on time and in line with what Chris is doing! You GO, girl!


    - Nancy Jean -
    1369 days ago
    It's easy to focus on everything and everybody else and lose track of yourself, job well done on finding yourself self again and starting this streak. And by the way the bracelets are beautiful anyone would be crazy not to love getting one of those I know I would love it. the recipients are lucky.
    1369 days ago
    It can be so easy to lose track of yourself and your me time, so glad to see you on track Dolly. Love the bead work!
    1369 days ago
    I think me time is great. The projects you have done are very nice. Thanks for sharing and good luck!
    1370 days ago
    I love this, I really do.

    I realized last year that me time was often the first thing cut from my over full schedule and it was something I desperately needed, so for the last 2 BLC rounds I included 15 minutes of me time every day as one of my goals. This could be anything I really *wanted* to do, but often it was making something, reading, or playing video games, depending on what I most needed at the time. All three activities--or others I chose--let me decompress, relax, and revive that part of me that makes me ME. And creativity--whether it's beading, knitting, braiding, writing fiction etc.--is a really big part of that for me, so your time spent beading really resonates with me.

    And I just realized that since the ending of the last BLC round--and with moving, moving again, buying the van, buying the house, etc.... I think my Me time is falling through the cracks again. So I need to bring it back to the forefront again.

    Thanks for the reminder.
    1370 days ago
    We all need some "me" time. After all, we are what this journey is all about! Enjoy your new dedicated time.
    1370 days ago
    Thank you for sharing this post. I've struggled a bit late and you definitely have giving me something to ponder. I like the idea of scheduling some "ME" time. emoticon
    1370 days ago
    I think this IS the breakthrough you have needed. We all need ME time and we also need to feel productive and creative.

    Your finished projects are beautiful!

    1370 days ago
    Awesome Dolly. All I have seen was doing exercise, doing housework etc. Me time is so very important. I am glad that you are finding time for life and fun. Pam

    D ull is no way to live
    O nce you have more time to give
    L et yourself have free time to play
    L et off some steam and dance the day away
    Yeah Dolly, you go girl!

    1370 days ago
    I struggle with motivation all the time. I basically just have to make myself do it or I will find a reason why I didn't.
    1370 days ago
    "Me time" makes everything better! Enjoy it! emoticon
    1370 days ago
    Dolly - How exciting that you are feeling energized again. Yay for the me time. It makes such a big difference. Thanks for sharing your work. I love them. I would sure notice and appreciate those kinds of things in your house. emoticon
    1370 days ago
    Good for you!! Sparking is not just about weight loss but growing as a person and stretching ourselves in new directions. It is essential that you have me time because you need to love you so you can love others. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1370 days ago
    Dolly - so glad you're finding that SPARK! I think SPARKing is about LIFE, not just weight loss. GREAT insight here! And huge emoticon to you!
    1370 days ago
    emoticon I hear you Dolly, with all the illness I have been having I am really pushing just to get in here and post, the Spark is dwindling!
    It is important to have ME time, I learned a long time ago, life can't be all work we need time to play, and to bring the inner child out in us!
    We will succeed, it just takes some of us a little longer!

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    1370 days ago
    Your "me time" is essential. Enjoy each moment! emoticon
    1370 days ago
  • 52BINCE
    Sounds like you have reached a rut in your quest for health fitness n healthy eating! been there done that, hope you will be encouraged to know we all face the same things in life.... I added you as a friend hope its ok? Add me if you like n also you will know more about me by seeing my page n reading my blogs! My name is David or as all on sparks call me 52BINCE......
    1370 days ago
    Hurray! We all need a little ME time every day. I enjoy sitting for a couple of hours each day just reading and relaxing. I even log it on my start page so I'm sure to do it too. emoticon
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