SparkPeople ***Purposeful Positivity - Loving the Journey*** Team Messageboard Ride the rollercoaster of life with us and live a fuller, richer life. This team focuses on remaining positive, self-expression, creativity, gratitude, and appreciation. SparkPeople ***Purposeful Positivity - Loving the Journey*** Team Messageboard Health, Abstinence, Joy, Peace Hello, My name is Diane and I have been in spark people for quite a few years but on and off. <BR> Just decided to come in for a visit and join some teams to help me stay motivated. <BR> I have lost about 120 lbs in the last 5 years and am maintaining this weight loss. <BR> I have had some ups and downs with the journey that I have been on, but it has all been worth it so far. <BR> In the last 5 years I have kept sugar, flour, carbonated drinks, coffee/tea and other binge foods out of my h... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:40:28 EST Clutter Clutter drives me crazy and it's also a sure sign that I am getting depressed. So ... I found this quote on clutter this morning: <BR> <BR> Eliminate clutter from your home and work life to balance the flow of activities. - Doreen Virtue <BR> <BR> I've also heard that more creative people have more clutter but ... since I think of myself as a creative person ... i don't really buy that one. <BR> <BR> I know that I think and feel better when things are neat. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 10:40:41 EST Irritation What kind of things irritate you throughout the day? Or, are you one of those people who doesn't get irritated? <BR> <BR> I usually start off my day really in a good mood. As the day progresses, I get more and more irritated. I know they are small things that I need to let go of but it seems to just build up throughout the day. <BR> <BR> Some of the things that irritate me are: people who don't want to do anything to solve their issues, people who lie to me when I am trying to help th... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 09:49:28 EST Easier said than done .... lol From Deepak Chopra: <BR> <BR> When an obstacle arises in one of your relationships, know that you can replace any fearful feelings with those of love. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:35:26 EST Hi There! I started this group a while ago because I had a conscious intention to be more positive. <BR> <BR> It makes me so happy to see that people have joined the group. Although, since I have hardly been around lately, I can hardly take credit. I think groups are helped by leadership - and CONSISTENT leadership - but the group isn't really ABOUT the leadership. <BR> <BR> So Kudos and many thanks to all of you for sticking around despite an absentee leader. I am tempted to apologize for bei... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 19:17:05 EST Treat Yourself to a Scooby Snack today! I've had this "purposefully positive" practice for a long time. <BR> <BR> Thought I would share it with the Spark world in general and with you all specifically... <BR> <BR> Follow the link if you are interested... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616691 </link> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 10:45:57 EST Awesome Apps I love my iphone & I have tried all kinds of apps.My favorites consist of: <BR> ZenLab apps~ especially the weight tracker <BR> Digifit which tracks your cardio via gps & sends you messages when you go too long without using it. It tracks distance, speed, calories burned, and time. My favorite tracker. <BR> Then there's the ACTIVE APP. It gives you events near you: 5Ks, marathons, volunteering, triatholons, 10K, and on & on. <BR> <BR> There's one app I've paid for which is ZOMBIE! RUN! 5K... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:57:58 EST What is your mantra? <BR> What is your mantra for the day - or the week - or the month? <BR> <BR> I'll have to think about what mine. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:15:34 EST From Health & Fitness Magazine "When boredom or fatigue strike during a workout, you might try to distract yourself by flicking on the tv of chatting up your treadmill neighbor. But tuning in - instead of checking out - may be the smarter tactic. <BR> <BR> Just ask yoga teachers. At the beginning of class, they often urge students to set an intention, like "feel more gratitude" or "let go of stress," to help them stay focused and tap into the purpose of their practice. <BR> <BR> Experts say intention setting can b... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:44:59 EST Believe in Other People "Believe in other people even if they don't believe in themselves. Listen to them and empathize. Help them affirm their positive traits. Do so increases the opportunities for interactions with other proactive people." ~ Stephen Covey <BR> <BR> I'm not sure how it increases opportunities for interactions with proactive people - but it does seem a nice thing to do. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:53:11 EST I TRUST THE PROCESS OF LIFE - 1/20/14 I trust the process of life. <BR> <BR> **** <BR> <BR> There is a rhythm and flow to Life, and I am part of it. Life supports me and brings to me only good and positive experiences. I trust the process of life to bring me my highest good. <BR> <BR> **** <BR> <BR> I have been out in my yard today. I'm feeling the need to get ready for spring. Being outside helps me remember that everything is as it should be and that yes - there is a rhythm and flow to life. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:43:44 EST barbie's impossible body Barbie couldn't survive half a day having the body she has if she was Real: <BR> She should only have half a liver and partial intestines, while it's would be practically impossible for her to move her neck or lower body: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>8658/How-Barbies-body-size-look-real-l<BR>ife-Walking-fours-missing-half-liver-i<BR>nches-intestine.html </link> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:05:23 EST The Tao of Pooh Quote “Do you really want to be happy? You can begin by being appreciative of who you are and what you've got.” <BR> &#8213; Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:53:28 EST Wisdom from "the Bear of little brain" “Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered. <BR> <BR> "Yes, Piglet?" <BR> <BR> "Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand. "I just wanted to be sure of you.” <BR> &#8213; A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm re-reading "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff again. It allegorically employs the fictional characters of A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories to explain the basic principles of Taoism. Milne was a genius in creating his lovely and motley collection of uni... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 06:48:13 EST Marianne Williamson Quote “You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think. ” <BR> &#8213; Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles" <BR> <BR> ** <BR> I don't always have a use for 'A Course in Miracles' but I do love Marianne Williamson. Thu, 5 Dec 2013 07:37:00 EST Thinking .... another question The end of the year is approaching and I tend to get thoughtful at this time of the year for several reasons - some obvious. <BR> <BR> 1- It's the end of the year <BR> 2-My birthday is 12/31/67 so it's the beginning of a new year for me in more than one way. <BR> 3-The world seems quieter, even in Houston where it doesn't get real cold. <BR> <BR> So .... I have been thinking... <BR> <BR> If change such as weight loss, fitness, and getting healthy is a spiral, then what have I learned duri... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 07:31:36 EST Benefits of being overweight Today I am wondering how I benefit from being overweight. So, I was wondering if some of you might have something to share in that vein. <BR> <BR> How do you think you've benefited from being overweight? Tue, 3 Dec 2013 08:51:52 EST 12.2.13 POWER THOUGHT CARD I listen with love to my body's messages. <BR> <BR> My body is always working toward optimum health. <BR> <BR> My body wants to be whole and healthy. <BR> <BR> I cooperate and become healthy, whole, and complete. Mon, 2 Dec 2013 05:11:27 EST 12.2.13 Positive Quote We all get discouraged at times. Just remember that growth is more like a spiral than a straight line. Discouragement is inevitable - and so is rejoicing. <BR> <BR> ~ Anne Wilson Schaef Mon, 2 Dec 2013 05:09:00 EST Happy Thanksgiving Purposeful Positive People! Hi, <BR> <BR> I have been enjoying spending time with my son this week. I made Thanksgiving dinner for my family and step family. That was an exhausting adventure but everyone seemed to like it and so it was very satisfying. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, after spending over 20 years attached to the internet (I was using the internet before people had even thought about it) ....I turned the internet OFF. <BR> <BR> I have been multi-tasking since people had a word for it. So, I turned my... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 21:38:08 EST 11.14.13 POWER THOUGHT CARD Every thought I think is creating my future. <BR> <BR> The universe totally supports every thought I choose to think and believe. I choose to think and believe, I have unlimited choices about what I think. <BR> <BR> I choose, balance harmony, and peace, and I express it in my life. <BR> <BR> I like this one. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:57:19 EST 11.12.13 POWER CARD I love life. <BR> <BR> It is my birthright to live fully and freely. I give to life exactly what I want life to give to me. I am glad to be alive. I love life! Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:07:27 EST 11.7.13 Positive Thought Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. Thu, 7 Nov 2013 11:01:53 EST 11.7.13 POWER CARD I now go beyond other peoples fears and expectations. It is my mind that creates my experiences. I am unlimited in my own ability to create the good in my life. Thu, 7 Nov 2013 10:15:54 EST 11.6.13 Positive Thought A true partnership provides a safe place to take risks. It also encourages mutual growth and evolution. ~ Christiane Northrup Wed, 6 Nov 2013 18:45:02 EST 11.6.13 POWER CARD I am in the process of positive change. <BR> <BR> I am unfolding in fulfilling ways. Only good can come to me. <BR> <BR> I now express health, happiness, prosperity, and peace of mind. Wed, 6 Nov 2013 18:18:48 EST Wise words from Cheryl Richardson Set boundaries. Protect your precious time and energy. ~ Cheryl Richardson Mon, 4 Nov 2013 10:47:36 EST 11.4.13 POWER CARD I express my creativity. <BR> <BR> My unique and creative talents and abilities flow through me and area expressed in deeply satisfying ways. <BR> <BR> My creativity is always in demand. Mon, 4 Nov 2013 10:45:53 EST 10.24.14 Positive Thought To reach out with love, to do your best and not be so concerned with outcomes - that's the way to live. ~ Brian L Weiss Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:59:17 EST 10.24.13 POWER CARD MY LIFE WORKS BEAUTIFULLY <BR> <BR> Everything in my life works, now an forevermore. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:57:05 EST Team Website - http://www.purpose efulpositivity.o Hi, <BR> <BR> I made this website a while ago. I don't have any content so if anyone has any ideas, feel free to send them my way. I think it's kind of cute. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tml </link> <BR> <BR> Amber Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:58:28 EST 10.23.13 Positive Quote Try to avoid thinking about what you're not: "I'm not happy, not rich, not good looking," and so on. Instead, think about what you are: "I am joyful; I am prosperous; I am beautiful." Your self esteem will rise immeasurably. ~ Sylvia Browne Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:42:21 EST Anais Nin - Always Provocative “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:11:04 EST A Fun Quote I am not an eccentric, It's just that I am more most people. <BR> <BR> ~ Dame Edith Sitwell Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:51:26 EST 10.23.13 POWER CARD LIFE SUPPORTS ME <BR> <BR> Life created me to be fulfilled. I trust Life, and Life is always there at every turn. I am safe. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:50:01 EST Hi ... AND What do you think of the new SparkPeople? I like it a lot. I never really liked the old one. It was kind of clunky. I am really enjoying the new setup. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:46:55 EST 10/18/13 POWER CARD Divine Wisdom Guides Me <BR> <BR> I am guided throughout this day in making the right choices. Divine intelligence continuously guides me in the realization of my goals. <BR> <BR> I am safe. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 10:38:53 EST My WW Blog Post *** Weight Watchers blog posts are the tweets of blog posts. They only allow you so many characters so you are forced to just get it out real quick. Which is an interesting exercise for me. lol ** <BR> <BR> It's the first day of the rest of your life. You knew the answer to that question. In fact, the next moment is the first moment of the rest of your life.... and then the next .... and the next ... and the next .... INTO INFINITY AND BEYOND! <BR> <BR> Math is not my best subject. It'... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:17:28 EST Quote About Reading “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.” <BR> &#8213; James Baldwin Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:06:03 EST 10/14/13 POWER CARD I am willing to change. <BR> <BR> I am willing to release old, negative beliefs. They are only thoughts that stand in my way. My new thoughts are positive and fulfilling. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:14:46 EST On Victimhood Take the word victim off of your person - out of your vocabulary. It reeks with the old energy and does not suit your magnificence. <BR> <BR> ~ Kryphon <BR> <BR> I'm not sure who Kryphon is but I liked this quote. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:13:12 EST Starting & Finishing ‘Finished last’ will always be better than ‘Did not finish’, which always trumps ‘Did not start.’ <BR> <BR> ** I got this from a positive quotes page** Sun, 13 Oct 2013 21:25:34 EST pOSITIVE SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED Hi, I'm Jackie from New Hampshire. <BR> I have Type 2 Diabetes, and am working at lowering my blood sugar. This illness has changed my life, and I need to get my #s under 110 in order to stay off medication. This is a reachable goal, I just need to control my eating habits. <BR> Your help is greatly appreciated! Sun, 13 Oct 2013 05:54:43 EST Seek your joy! Selfishly seek joy, because your joy is the greatest gift you can give to anyone. Unless you are in your joy, you have nothing to give away. ~ Abraham Hicks Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:15:48 EST 10/10/13 POWER CARD I release all criticism. <BR> <BR> I only give out that which I wish to receive in return. My love and acceptance of others is mirrored to me in every moment. <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:29:34 EST Friday Positivity from Kathy Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. <BR> - Helen Keller <BR> <BR> We are living this hard lesson and we CAN learn it well! <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:15:50 EST Positivity from Kathy “My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.” ~Montaigne <BR> <BR> Don't we all make little set backs or mistakes into giant one? It's all about changing our perspective! <BR> If you believe you can reach your goals, then you will make them come true! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! Sat, 21 Sep 2013 18:30:34 EST 9/18/13 POWER CARD I OPEN NEW DOORS TO LIFE <BR> <BR> I rejoice in what I have and I know that fresh new experiences are always ahead. <BR> <BR> I greet the new with open arms. <BR> <BR> I trust life to be wonderful. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:18:58 EST Positive thought from Kathy “No matter who you are, no matter what you do, you absolutely, positively do have the power to change.” ~Bill Phillips Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:12:19 EST P>M>S Instead of loosing my cool more often than I would like to admit. I have decided that my time will be best spent nesting, friending, pampering myself(color my hair, workout, spend time with God) In deed, I am in the midst of my time now and I am grateful for a different outlook this month. <BR> God bless <BR> <BR> This weekend, I went out on the town: art show I knew the artist and I took a school friend and introduced her to the artist...we then met a new friend and then my friend and I we... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 14:40:22 EST HI I'm Dianna I am 70, with a few of the health issues that come with that age and being out of shape. Time to improve my the rest of my life by improving my health. Since I am now retired there are no excuses for not having the time to work on weight loss and getting fit. Of course I will also enjoy having clothes look better too. I'm doing a good job tracking my meals and workouts. Right now I'm working out with my husband as he does his heart rehab after double bypass. At present I weigh 235 and w... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:41:52 EST 9/13/13 POWER CARD - PART DEUX It IS Friday the 13th .... I thought ... why not another. <BR> <BR> I NOW CREATE A WONDERFUL NEW JOB <BR> <BR> I am totally open and receptive to a wonderful new position, using my creative talents and abilities working for and with people I love, in a wonderful location and earning good money. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:03:56 EST 9/13/13 POWER CARD I think I've had this power card up on my desk for about a week .... I don't think I ever posted it .... <BR> <BR> I AM FLEXIBLE AND FLOWING <BR> <BR> I am open to the new and changing. Every moment presents a wonderful new opportunity to become more of who I am. I flow with life easily and effortlessly. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:01:31 EST The Artists Way The Artists Way is a book about how to be more creative. It's pretty interesting. I just thought I would post this excerpt from it. <BR> <BR> BASIC PRINCIPLES OF SPIRITUAL ELECTRICITY <BR> <BR> 1 - Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy. <BR> <BR> 2 - There is underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life -- including ourselves. <BR> <BR> 3 - When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator's creativity wi... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:51:07 EST Positive thought from Kathy The present is what slips pas us while we're pondering the past and worrying about the future. <BR> ~Ziggy <BR> Mon, 9 Sep 2013 12:25:43 EST 9/8/13 Inspirational Quote The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb <BR> <BR> ******************** <BR> <BR> I think this quote is very cool because it very simply says a couple of things. It says we should never give up. It says it's never too late. It says not to have regrets. It says all of that to me in just a few words. So that's why I choose this quote. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 06:21:24 EST 9/2/13 POWER CARD I LOVE AND APPROVE OF MYSELF <BR> <BR> I appreciate all that I do. I am good enough just as I am. I speak up for msyelf. I ask for what I want. I claim my power. Mon, 2 Sep 2013 11:35:34 EST Hunger for Change This weekend I watched a documentary called 'Hunger for Change'. I thought it was really interesting. <BR> <BR> These are some of my notes from the documentary: <BR> <BR> * MSG & free glutamates have 50 different names that can be used on food lables. <BR> * MSG & free glutamates excite fat programs in the brain <BR> * Scientists use MSG to make mice fat - the protocol for making mice fat so that we can experiment different weight loss regimens on them is to feed them MSG <BR> * The com... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 10:09:06 EST Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Sep 2013 07:04:23 EST Ralph Waldo Emerson Commencement Speech Delivered before the Senior Class in Divinity College, Cambridge, Sunday Evening, July 15, 1838 <BR> <BR> In this refulgent summer, it has been a luxury to draw the breath of life. The grass grows, the buds burst, the meadow is spotted with fire and gold in the tint of flowers. The air is full of birds, and sweet with the breath of the pine, the balm-of-Gilead, and the new hay. Night brings no gloom to the heart with its welcome shade. Through the transparent darkness the stars pour their al... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 06:42:28 EST A Quote from "Food Rules" by Michael Pollan I like this: <BR> <BR> Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. <BR> <BR> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 22:51:53 EST 8/31/13 POWER CARD I am at peace. <BR> <BR> Divine peace and harmony surround me and dwell in me. <BR> <BR> I feel tolerance, compassion, and love for all people, myself included. Sat, 31 Aug 2013 11:38:52 EST Do you live with a attitude of abundance? There is nothing I can't have tomorrow,so there is no reason to eat it all today." <BR> <BR> I read that today when I was trolling for some inspiration. <BR> <BR> Grammatically, I don't like that sentence. Double negatives make me cringe. But I like the basic bones of the thought. <BR> <BR> Perhaps I would have said, "You can eat anything you want tomorrow, so there is no reason for you to eat it all today." <BR> <BR> or switch it to the first person and make it more personal: <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 08:43:19 EST 8/30/13 Positive Quote “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.” - Edith Wharton Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:40:13 EST 8/30/13 POWER CARD I am worth loving. <BR> <BR> I do not have to earn love. I am lovable because I exists. Others reflect the love I have for myself. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:51:58 EST 8/28/13 Question of the Day What was/is your favorite cartoon? <BR> <BR> When I was a kid I didn't like Bugs Bunny or any cartoons like that. They scared me because the bunny was always getting hurt. I did like the Superfriends and Wonder Woman in particular. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:33:14 EST 8/28/13 Motivational Quote Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill Wed, 28 Aug 2013 08:55:28 EST 8/28/13 POWER CARD Divine wisdom guides me. <BR> <BR> I am guided throughout this day in making the right choices. Divine intelligence continuously guides me in the realization of my goals. <BR> <BR> I am safe. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 08:47:08 EST Never Give Up! Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. <BR> Thomas A. Edison <BR> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:30:16 EST 8/27/13 POWER CARD I accept my uniqueness. <BR> <BR> There is no competition and no comparison, for we are all different and meant to be that way. I am special and wonderful. <BR> <BR> I love myself. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:28:48 EST 8/26/13 POWER CARD I now go beyond other peoples fears and limitations. <BR> <BR> It is "my" mind that creates my experiences. I am unlimited in my own ability to create the good in my life. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 19:07:11 EST 8/25/13 Quote “Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.” <BR> H. Jackson Brown, Jr. <BR> <BR> *** <BR> <BR> I love this quote. <BR> <BR> My son went back to school today. I am going to send him this quote in an email next week. <BR> <BR> Also, this quote amuses me because at work, I am constantly being reminded that I am being monitored. To stay sane I have adopted an attitude of 'I don't care' in response to the constant reminders that I am being watched. Because, really....... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 21:24:32 EST 8/23/13 POWER CARD I balance my masculine & feminine sides. <BR> <BR> The masculine and feminine parts of me are in perfect balance and harmony. I am at peace, and all is well. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 09:34:53 EST 8/19/13 Norman Vincent Peale Quote Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all. <BR> <BR> Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> *** <BR> <BR> I thought this was an interesting quote. Although, even when we aren't doing something, we are still, on one level, active. He is right though, I think, when he says th... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:30:48 EST More Kathy's Positivity “Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us.” ~Thomas L. Holdcroft <BR> <BR> We must all be diamonds by now! Keep Sparking! Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:25:58 EST Motivation from Kathy & Henry Ford "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're probably right." <BR> ~Henry Ford <BR> <BR> Lets all "know" we can and be right! <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday! Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:43:27 EST Kathy's Saturday Positivity “This one step – choosing a goal and sticking to it – changes everything.” ~Scott Reed Sun, 11 Aug 2013 10:06:55 EST Kathy's Positive Thought for Sunday! “Success is a staircase, not a doorway.” ~Dottie Walters <BR> <BR> Lets take the stairs one at a time! We CAN reach the top! Sun, 11 Aug 2013 09:57:35 EST Mother Theresa's Prayer ... I needed this yesterday ... <BR> <BR> ***** <BR> <BR> 1. The version found written on the wall in Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta: <BR> <BR> People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. <BR> <BR> If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. <BR> <BR> If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. <BR> ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 07:05:55 EST A Positive Thought Picture for 8/9/13 Be in love with your life. <BR> <BR> Every minute of it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR><BR>ositive-quotes-0.jpg%3Fw%3D500%26h%3D3<BR>75&imgrefurl=<BR>03/18/start-your-week-off-with-positiv<BR>e-thoughts-26-photos/&h=375&w=500&sz=1<BR>4&tbnid=sVQUrcIkx1yhgM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=1<BR>20&zoom=1&usg=__zljY6Qg3u52Qgb8Iqj8Q6e<BR>jagCQ=&docid=KwoexU9py0yw6M&sa=X&ei=VF<BR>8FUpv6Nqis2QXvy4CoCw&ved=0CEcQ9QEwBA&dur=... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 17:34:06 EST 8/9/13 POWER CARD Life Supports Me <BR> <BR> Life created me to be fulfilled. I trust Life, and life is always there at every turn. I am safe. Fri, 9 Aug 2013 17:29:28 EST Friday Motivation from Kathy Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality. ~ Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> Lets have really good "realities" today! <BR> <BR> Kathy Fri, 9 Aug 2013 17:27:32 EST Thursday Motivation from Kathy “Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ~George Bernard Shaw <BR> <BR> This journey to health is all about change! Change can be difficult, but the changes that we make help us to have an easier life! Thu, 8 Aug 2013 12:41:24 EST 8/6/13 Question of the Day QUESTION: Do you like to plan things out in detail or be spontaneous? <BR> <BR> ANSWER: Well, I can go either way. I like to be organized and there is nothing I like better than a chart, a list, or a database. I was the type of kid who went into bookstores back when they had those huge planners and would finger the different type of organizing pages with longing. However, since I've been at such things for so long I've learned that if you make a list of things to do for the day, you proba... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 06:30:36 EST 8/6/13 Quote What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it. <BR> Jiddu Krishnamurti <BR> <BR> Uh.... WOW. I'm always trying to escape from it. I can see what he is saying - if you picture such things as dynamic energies then not learning about fear or understanding it would just bring it on more. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 06:22:18 EST no WORDS My son makamesomad. <BR> <BR> He's laying on my bed during the five minutes I have left before I go back to work and I say, 'Oh! I forgot we have to do that budget for your school!' <BR> <BR> ....and he says, 'Now?' <BR> <BR> Which pisses me off. But I make him come into my office while I open up Excel so that he can participate in the process. He sits there while I do it. As I promised him, it only takes a few minutes. Then the little terd says, 'I don't see why I had to be here. <... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 16:43:54 EST Kathy's Positive Thought for Today “Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.” ~Denis Waitley <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! <BR> Mon, 5 Aug 2013 10:39:22 EST 8/4/13 POWER CARD I AM TOTALLY ADEQUATE FOR ALL SITUATION <BR> <BR> I am one with the power and wisdom of the Universe. I claim this power, and it is easy for me to stand up for myself. Mon, 5 Aug 2013 10:35:49 EST Norman Vincent Peale Monday Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. <BR> Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Aug 2013 10:32:05 EST 8/4/13 Quote of the Day Another Jules Verne quote ..... <BR> <BR> Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth. <BR> Jules Verne <BR> <BR> ...true for weight loss.... true for any goal I believe. Sun, 4 Aug 2013 20:31:46 EST Kathy's Sunday Quote “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” ~John Wooden <BR> <BR> Baby Steps! Each one brings us closer to our goals! Have a great day! Sun, 4 Aug 2013 20:16:03 EST 8/2/13 QUOTE OF THE DAY In honor of the beginning of GeekFest (also known as SpaceCon) which I will be going to with my son this weekend dressed as a Steampunk Vixen, I will pay homage to Jules Verne this morning with a quote: <BR> <BR> We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones. <BR> Jules Verne <BR> Fri, 2 Aug 2013 08:21:28 EST 8/2/13 POWER CARD I EXPRESS MY CREATIVITY <BR> <BR> My unique and creative talents and abilities flow through me and are expressed in deeply satisfying ways. My creativity is always in demand. <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 Aug 2013 08:09:55 EST Kathy's Positive Thought for Today “Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.” ~Doug Firebaugh Fri, 2 Aug 2013 08:06:04 EST A Poem - Any Thoughts I came across the first stanza of this poem today and then looked up the entire thing .... It's interesting ... I was wondering if anyone here had any thoughts about it ... <BR> <BR> o see a world in a grain of sand <BR> And a heaven in a wild flower, <BR> Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, <BR> And eternity in an hour. <BR> <BR> A robin redbreast in a cage <BR> Puts all heaven in a rage. <BR> <BR> A dove-house fill'd with doves and pigeons <BR> Shudders hell thro' all its regions. <... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 00:19:36 EST 7/29/13 POWER CARD I RELEASE ALL FEARS AND DOUBTS <BR> <BR> I accept myself and create peace in my mind and heart. I now choose to free myself from all destructive fears and doubts. I am loved and I am safe. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:36:09 EST Kathy's Positive Thought for Today The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. <BR> Vince Lombardi Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:25:17 EST Saturday Positivity from Kathy “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.” ~Mike Murdock Sat, 27 Jul 2013 19:30:15 EST Hi I'm Shannon I have been a sparker for a while now but the flame did fizzle out a few times. I am back and ready to give it all - for me this time. It didn't seem to work by setting goals for my daughter's grad, next Christmas or for that swim suit ready bod. So now I want to do it for myself. I love being around positive people. I love being a positive person. I am so glad I found this team. I have read through some of the posts and think I will be happy here. <BR> I have been doing kripalu yoga for a ye... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 23:37:00 EST Positivity from Kacar51 - thanks!! The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective.” ~Al Neuharth Thu, 25 Jul 2013 09:10:14 EST 7/22/13 POWER CARD The point of power is always in the present moment. <BR> <BR> The past is over and done and has no power over me. I can begin to be free in this moment. Today's thoughts create my future. I am in charge. I now take my own power back. I am safe and I am free. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 11:28:12 EST Thanks for the Positive Thought Kathy! “The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.” ~Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> Steps we make each day bring us closer to our goals! We can do it! <BR> <BR> Kathy Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:32:42 EST Saturday Iyanla Vanzant 7.20.13 When you gossip, it's self-hexing. Because when you do it, it comes back to you. Everything starts with the word. The word is demonstrating a condition of the mind. If it's in your mind and comes out of your mouth, it will be created. <BR> <BR> Iyanla Vanzant <BR> Sat, 20 Jul 2013 22:20:10 EST Motvational Quote from Kacar51 Thanks Karcar51! <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday! <BR> <BR> "Motivation is not something you find or lose, have or don't have. It is the product of how you see yourself in the world: active or passive, effective or ineffective, powerful or victimized, normal or pathological. If you want to be able to motivate yourself, you need to begin seeing yourself as active, effective, powerful, and normal." <BR> -Dean Anderson- Sat, 20 Jul 2013 20:51:41 EST Wednesday Inspiration ......... :) from Kacar “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” ~Vincent Van Gogh Thu, 18 Jul 2013 08:02:40 EST 7/16/13 Kacar51 - Quote “Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.” ~Emilie Coue <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Spark day! Wed, 17 Jul 2013 00:55:11 EST Tuesday Stephen King “The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them -- words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have peop... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:52:54 EST Monday Motivational Quote from Kacar “Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.” ~Doug Firebaugh Mon, 15 Jul 2013 09:52:23 EST Monday Einstein The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. <BR> <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 08:08:54 EST 7/15/13 POWER CARD I AM WILLING TO CHANGE <BR> <BR> I am willing to release old, negative beliefs. <BR> <BR> They are only thoughts that stand in my way. <BR> <BR> My new thoughts are positive and fulfilling. <BR> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 08:06:10 EST 7/13/13 Power Card I let go of all expectations. <BR> <BR> I flow freely and lovingly with life. I love myself. I know that only good awaits me at every turn. <BR> <BR> ********** <BR> <BR> I'm going to give that a god. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 12:24:32 EST Please Spare Me AKA I am Weak 1 - I have a difficult time mustering up empathy for someone who is not able to watch live tv on their ipad when they don't have a wireless service on their ipad. This difficulty I have isn't really because I am a mean or cruel person but because I lack empathy for people who are both uninformed and mean. If you're just uninformed, I can usually deal with that. If you're mean, but informed, well I can usually make my way into your heart. If you're both, I don't know, I have issues with yo... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 10:48:23 EST 7/13/13 Quote from Kacar Thanks for the email Kacar! <BR> <BR> Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. <BR> Winston Churchill Sat, 13 Jul 2013 09:57:35 EST 7/12/13 Question of the Day QUESTION: <BR> <BR> If you were going to write a book, what would you call it and what would it be about? <BR> <BR> ANSWER: <BR> <BR> Let's see .... I'm going to call it Shahra's Story and it's a different take on the story of Scheherazade. <BR> <BR> Or ... I could write a book called Forever Amber ..... that would entertain me ... cuz there already is one with that name .... lol Fri, 12 Jul 2013 23:37:28 EST 7/12/13 POWER CARD The Point of Power is Always in the Present Moment <BR> <BR> The past is over and one and has no power over me. I can begin to be free in this moment. Today's thoughts create my future. I am in charge. I now take my own power back. I am safe and I am free. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:02:14 EST quote from Kacar A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier. <BR> Tom Stoppard <BR> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 17:51:53 EST All About Guilt “He showed the words “chocolate cake” to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations. “Guilt” was the top response. If that strikes you as unexceptional, consider the response of French eaters to the same prompt: “celebration.” <BR> &#8213; Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:43:15 EST 7/11/13 POWER CARD I am at peace with my age. <BR> <BR> Each age has its own special joys and experiences. I am always the perfect age for where I am in life. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 09:37:17 EST Thursday Norman Vincent Peale Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. <BR> Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> Courtesy of ... Kacar51... thanks!!! Thu, 11 Jul 2013 07:38:07 EST Monday Emmet Fox You must not under any pretense allow your mind to dwell on any thought that is not positive, constructive, optimistic, kind. <BR> Emmet Fox <BR> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 10:48:27 EST 7/8/13 QUOTE & AFFIRMATION In order to learn, risks must be taken. ~ Ann D Clark <BR> <BR> Try something new isn't always easy, but it is an opportunity to let my higher power give me courage. I will risk it today. Mon, 8 Jul 2013 10:23:13 EST 7/8/13 POWER CARD MY INCOME IS CONSTANTLY INCREASING <BR> <BR> I begin now, today, to open myself to ever - increasing prosperity. <BR> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 10:14:00 EST 7/7/13 QUESTION OF THE DAY QUESTION: What’s one of your favorite habits you have? <BR> <BR> ANSWER: <BR> <BR> I guess my favorite habit is ...... spending time alone not doing much of anything. Sun, 7 Jul 2013 19:49:08 EST 7/6/13 Question of the Day QUESTION: <BR> <BR> Name a work of fiction that taught you something about life. <BR> <BR> ANSWER: <BR> <BR> I'm going to say Showboat by Edna Ferber. She taught me about prejudice and relationships between all different kinds of people. Sat, 6 Jul 2013 18:30:20 EST Thoughts on my Recovery Good morning fellow positive thinkers! <BR> <BR> Dealing with the negativity at work in all it's forms is one of the biggest reasons why I started this group. People in my real life laugh when I tell them I started a group founded in optimism because they don't see me that way. They are right. But I simply don't care. I know that optimism is the solution for what ails me and so I will proceed forward. Even if I go a few steps back. <BR> <BR> I had a really bad day at work yesterday.... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 07:05:52 EST Good Morning - Happy 4th of July I have been sort of taking it easy - or lazy - not sure which the last few days. <BR> <BR> Anyway, here is Kahlil Gibran on Freedom. There was a time a long time ago when if someone was to come up and ask me what I wanted, my first response, whether I verbalized it or not, would have been Freedom. I read this writing from Kahlil Gibran over and over again. I think it's about what the true meaning of Freedom is. I also think this country makes this definition more likely. So in honor o... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 07:31:04 EST Happy 4th Everyone:-) Lets make it happy AND healthy! <BR> <BR> Sooooooo much to be thankful for! <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> Wed, 3 Jul 2013 22:33:13 EST 7/1/13 QUESTION OF THE DAY QUESTION: What Are You Afraid Of? <BR> <BR> ANSWER: On a material level, losing my job. On a psychological level, probably intimacy. Mon, 1 Jul 2013 21:53:43 EST 7/1/13 Quote & Affirmation It is now clear to me that from the beginning some human beings saw that the best way of taking life is lightly. - Florida Scott-Maxwell <BR> <BR> Letting God handle my problems today will allow me more time to laugh. Mon, 1 Jul 2013 21:44:54 EST 7/1/13 POWER CARD My work is deeply fulfilling. <BR> <BR> Today I give my best to that which I do, knowing that when one experience is complete, I am led to even more fulfilling and rewarding experiences. <BR> <BR> ************* <BR> <BR> Okay. I'll take that one. Mon, 1 Jul 2013 21:18:48 EST Some new words to ponder... <BR> Thought I would share a new word or two..."Hauora" and "Hozho" <BR> <BR> Take from Wikipedia - <BR> <BR> "The Hauora, is a Maori philosophy of health and well-being unique to New Zealand. <BR> <BR> The Hauora has been compared to the four walls of a whare (communal house), each wall representing a different dimension. All four dimensions are necessary for strength and stability." <BR> <BR> "There are four dimensions of Hauora; <BR> <BR> Taha Tinana (Physical Wellbeing - health)... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 17:15:03 EST What have you GAINED by losing?? In the beginning of this journey, I think some people look at "all they are giving up" when making changes. Instead, let's take a minute to look at all the good, positive, wonderful things we have gained by getting healthy/active/positive.... <BR> Every morning, before leaving bed, I think of all I have to be grateful for-and this incredible return to health is always top of the list, so I think of all that I have gained by making this choice, and sticking to it-- <BR> 1. I have gained incre... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 08:52:39 EST 6/28/13 Question of the Day QUESTION: <BR> <BR> Should couples live together before marriage? <BR> <BR> ANSWER: <BR> <BR> I think it's a good idea. I don't actually know a lot about long term relationships which I suppose is a strange thing for a 45 year old woman - but I don't. However, there would need to be adjustments and I would want to make them before getting married. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:57:28 EST 6/28/13 Quote & Affirmation When friends say I'm their anchor, I am grateful for the knowledge that I can trust them to sail without me. - DMG <BR> <BR> I will be a friend today and share myself, my love, and my prayers with others. I need friends too. They will be there for me. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:45:46 EST 6/28/13 POWER CARD I DESERVE THE BEST AND ACCEPT THE BEST NOW <BR> <BR> I am mentally and emotionally equipped to enjoy a prosperous and loving life. It is my birthright to deserve all good. I claim my good. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:39:08 EST From a friend on facebook People are often unreasonable and self-centered. <BR> Forgive them anyway. <BR> If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. <BR> Be kind anyway. <BR> If you are honest, people may cheat you. <BR> Be honest anyway. <BR> If you are happy, people may be jealous. <BR> Be happy anyway. <BR> The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. <BR> Do good anyway. <BR> Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. <BR> Give your best anyway. <BR> For you see, in... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:28:56 EST 6/27/13 Quote & Affirmation We are all artists and our greatest creation is in the living of our lives. ~Dudley Martineau <BR> <BR> I will look to this program and the Higher Power for guidance as I create myself today. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:56:22 EST 6/27/13 POWER CARD I am flexible and flowing. <BR> <BR> I am open to the new and changing. Every moment presents a wonderful new opportunity to become more of who I am. I flow with life easily and effortlessly. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:51:40 EST 6/27/13 Norman Vincent Peale Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all. <BR> Norman Vincent Peale <BR> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:10:23 EST Accountability Partner I am looking for a positive accountability partner. Someone to email, text, discuss goals and timelines. <BR> <BR> LMK if interested! <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:32:49 EST Anyone Else Doing Vision Boards? Hi team. Just wondering if anyone else does vision boards? I had one a year or so ago but when I moved it got all messed up so I'm making another one. Too excited! (I'm a <BR> <BR> Also just wanted to leave a quote I read today that I think is awesome- <BR> "The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them."~Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:55:49 EST 6/26/13 Question of the Day QUESTION: <BR> <BR> What’s the first thing you notice about people? <BR> <BR> MY ANSWER: <BR> <BR> The expression on their face. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:54:51 EST Don't let it get you down Sometimes there are obstacles in the road and while we may feel they are only a nuisance - there is great lessons to be learned by struggle. <BR> <BR> When life is easy - you don't learn much and half the time - you don't even realize how fortunate you are. However, when obstacles appear - there are moments of growth - and you stretch yourself and show strength you may never have imagined. <BR> <BR> So, while we should never seek out obstacles - we should learn that there is more to them t... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:10:29 EST First Letter Last Letter Positive Word Game With this game you take the last letter of the last word posted and use it as the first letter in your word - and we're hoping for positive word. For example: <BR> <BR> Positive (the first word) <BR> <BR> Euphoric (the next word) <BR> <BR> ....and then next person is going to have a more difficult time because I think c is a difficult letter. LOL <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:53:31 EST 6/25/13 Question of the Day I've been pulling the questions from the day from different websites that I've found but I remembered one that I wanted to ask. <BR> <BR> I had a friend who had planned every detail of her funereal down to the music the would play and the things they would say. <BR> <BR> I can't say that I would recommend following her letter of the law but it got me wondering..... <BR> <BR> A funeral - or any sort of ceremony where people say goodbye to people who have passed away - is also a chance f... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:06:22 EST 6/25/13 - Norman Vincent Peale Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful. <BR> Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> <BR> **** <BR> <BR> He's considered the Father of positive thinking although - he had his own influences - and I got the optimist creed out of a book by someone who was thought to be an influence on him. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:55:26 EST This is kind of cool ... a youtube meditation I really love the internet ..... <BR> <BR><BR>xs <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:51:29 EST 6/25/13 - A Positive Quote from the Bard “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” – Hamlet Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:48:26 EST Attention friends: A million thanks to Amber !!! Good morning friends, <BR> <BR> I was thinking about gratitude for what happens in my day and I realized that Amberzade is a key player and she may not realize how great the impact of her creation of the PP team .. With this team and some other things, I am finding my way to being centered in healthy choices, so..... yes, I am shouting.. A MILLION THANKS TO AMBER .. A MILLION AND ONE.... for creating PP for us to grow and learn and rest and play... you are fabulous Amber!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 06:19:50 EST 6/24/13 Question of the day QUESTION: <BR> <BR> What would you put in an emergency bag? <BR> <BR> ANSWER: <BR> <BR> I would put diet coke, a book, lip gloss/chapstick/lip balm, hand lotion, body spray, and I guess I should put a first aid kit too. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:31:14 EST 6/24/13 Quote & Affirmation Doing nothing is sometimes the best thing we can do. ~Connie Hilliard <BR> <BR> Before I take action on any matter today, I'll ask myself if I really need to do so. Doing nothing may be just right. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:03:54 EST 6/24/13 POWER CARD I deserve the best and I accept the best now. <BR> <BR> I am mentally and emotionally equipped to enjoy a prosperous and loving life. It is my birthright to deserve all good. I claim my good. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 08:53:03 EST 6/22/13 QUOTE and AFFIRMATION Even when you find out, you never really know. - Julie Riebe <BR> <BR> There is only one thing I need to know today: God is present to help me. I can count on this with absolute certainty. <BR> <BR> ***************** <BR> <BR> I really like this quote. For me, I often know something intellectually for years - maybe decades - before I can actually make it work in my life. Life is a humbling experience. lol Sat, 22 Jun 2013 09:43:38 EST 6/22/13 POWER CARD I am in the process of positive change. <BR> <BR> I am unfolding in fulfilling ways. Only good can come to me. I nowexpress health, happiness, prosperity, and peace of mind. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 09:41:07 EST 6/22/13 Question of the Day QUESTION: <BR> <BR> When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? <BR> <BR> MY ANSWER: <BR> <BR> When I was a kid, I wanted to be a writer. I must still be a kid. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 09:39:47 EST Happy First Day of Summer! &#9734;´¯) ¸.&#9734;´¯) <BR> (¸&#9734;´ (¸.&#9829;´´¯`•.¸¸.&#9734; <BR> &#9734;• &#9734; ……… &#9734; • &#9734; <BR> &#9482;&#9482;&#9482; Happy First Day of Summer! <BR> &#9482;&#9482;&#9829; <BR> &#9482;&#9829; Keep Spreading the Spark! <BR> &#9829; <BR> &#9829; <BR> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:23:56 EST 6/21/13 Question of the Day I've always loved question of the day threads ... and so I am stealing the idea. <BR> <BR> QUESTION: <BR> <BR> Do you discuss religion with friends? <BR> <BR> ANSWER: <BR> <BR> Well, yes and no. I live in the middle of the Bible belt so there are people I like that I really can't discuss religion with. I can't tell someone who believes they are saved and going to heaven that not only do I not think they need to be saved but that I don't believe in heaven or hell in the traditional ... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:50:01 EST 6/21/13 QUOTE & AFFIRMATION Often I need to cut myself and others some slack. When I remind myself to lighten up, the intensity of the situation diminishes. ~ Lisa Keyes <BR> <BR> I will remind myself to lighten up today, as many times as it takes to find some peace. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:39:17 EST 6/21/13 POWER CARD I AM TOTALLY ADEQUATE FOR ALL SITUATIONS <BR> <BR> I am one with the power and wisdom of the Universe. I claim this power, and it is easy for me to stand up for myself. <BR> <BR> ************* <BR> <BR> LOL I love the wording on these sometimes. I imagine someone standing up and proclaiming, 'I am ADEQUATE!' ... but it is a good one I think ... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:28:30 EST 6/20/13 QUOTE & AFFIRMATION Things that happen aren't necessarily good or bad. They just fit into my plans or they don't. ~ Anne Arthur <BR> <BR> I am guaranteed a secure partnership with a Higher Power. If I rely on that partnership today, I will feel serene, and I will instinctively know that my plan and gods are one and the same. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:37:50 EST 6/20/13 POWER CARD It's hard to believe it's the 20th already. <BR> <BR> MY HOME IS A PEACEFUL HAVEN <BR> <BR> I bless my home with love. I put love in every corner, and my home lovingly responds with warmth and comfort. I am a peace. <BR> <BR> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:34:11 EST 6/19/13 QUOTE AND AFFIRMATION Only when I have the courage to risk revealing who I am in heart-to-heart communication can I honor both myself and another. - Mary Norton Gordon <BR> <BR> I am okay, all of me, and I'll share who I am with friends today. Even the parts of me that need work can be shared safely. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:40:07 EST 6/19/13 POWER CARD I am beautiful, and everybody loves me. <BR> <BR> I radiate acceptance, and I am deeply loved by others. Love surrounds me and protects me. <BR> <BR> *********** <BR> <BR> I had to laugh when I read this one. I'm not so certain we actually need to envision everyone loving us but I suppose the intentions are good. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:37:00 EST A.M.A. Recognizes Obesity as a Disease News Flash: A.M.A. Recognizes Obesity as a Disease <BR> <BR> <link><BR><BR>ml?_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> What say you? How does that make you feel? Wed, 19 Jun 2013 06:48:24 EST 6/17/13 QUOTE & AFFIRMATION Anger is a signal that a boundary has been crossed. ~ Niro Asistent <BR> <BR> I will know who I am, separate from others, if I thoughtfully ask my higher power to help me feel my differences. <BR> <BR> **** <BR> <BR> This is interesting. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:50:30 EST 6/17/13 POWER CARD I TURN EVERY EXPERIENCE INTO AN OPPORTUNITY <BR> <BR> Each problem has a solution, All experiences are opportunities for me to learn and grow. I am safe. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:20:04 EST USING LAW OF ATTRACTION FOR HEALTH Hello team-I was just wondering how many of us have used power of positive intentions/law of attraction in our journey to health? I have found it to be powerful and really believe it has made all the difference for me this time around. WOuld anyone like to start a discussion on topics related to LOA or books we have read?? I have read some amazing stuff about weight loss and health in general in the Abraham-Hicks books.... <BR> Would love to talk more about it if anyone is interested! <BR... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 08:22:59 EST My Dream Board Oprah has this thing where you can make a virtual dreamboard. It's really great .... easy to use .... I love it ... one of our fellow team members told me about it this week .... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4636814 </link> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 08:06:23 EST Sunday Oprah Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you. <BR> Oprah Winfrey Sun, 16 Jun 2013 07:48:31 EST 6/16/13 QUOTE AND AFFIRMATION Don't dismiss your feelings, however painful, they won't last forever. ~ Abby Warman <BR> <BR> My feelings today are my indicator of what I'm thinking. It's up to me how I spend these hours. <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 07:45:12 EST 6/16/13 POWER CARD THE PAST IS OVER <BR> <BR> This is a new day, one that I have never lived before. I stay in the Now and enjoy each and every moment. <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>** <BR> <BR> Enjoy the day - all of it - the good and the bad. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 07:42:26 EST Thursday Maya Angelou My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return. <BR> Maya Angelou Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:41:11 EST 6/13/13 QUOTE AND AFFIRMATION Life is like an unbridled horse. ~ Kay Lovatt <BR> <BR> I am on the right course even if I don't know exactly where it leads. I will let my trusted friends take the lead today. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:32:05 EST 6/13/13 POWER CARD ALL MY RELATIONSHIPS ARE HARMONIOUS <BR> <BR> When we create harmony in our minds and hearts, we will find it in our lives. The inner creates the outer. Always <BR> <BR> *********** <BR> <BR> It took me a long time to understand what the word relationship meant. It took me a long time to 'get' that we are in a relationship with everything and everyone we come in contact with. Still, I am not sure I completely understand it. My understanding is a bit clinical in that I see it as a comb... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:23:00 EST Don't like the number on the scale... This is a product link I found on another Sparker's blog (ZENRYAKU) but I love it so much, I just have to pass it on...hopefully no one is offended by me posting a product... <BR> <BR> I ordered one for my daughters and me! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p-999.html </link> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:01:02 EST Tuesday Maya Angelou If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. <BR> Maya Angelou Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:16:52 EST 6/11/13 QUOTES & AFFIRMATIONS I am learning to nourish myself with affirmations. By adding a few short sentences each week, I am able to create a repository of truths to draw upon. ~ Laurel Lewis <BR> <BR> I will create at least one affirmation today that will help me move in a more positive direction. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:15:13 EST 6/11/13 POWER CARD IT IS SAFE TO LOOK WITHIN <BR> <BR> As I move through the layers of other peoples opinions and beliefs. I see within myself a magnificent being, wise and beautiful. I love what I see in me. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:10:57 EST Hi and Good Morning! Hello everyone, I've just joined SP and found my way to your group. Good thoughts coupled with action bring great rewards and it seems to be your focus here.. so, count me in. I'm a bit scattered as I'm getting set up with knowing the site and not yet into a solid routine with the Six Week Plan from Eat To Live... but I'll get there. I'm in my 60's, lost over 100 pounds a number of years ago and ate many of them right back, now I'm ready to return them right back to the Universe, where they ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 07:39:06 EST 6/9/13 QUOTE & AFFIRMATION When you least expect it is when you are overwhelmed with the generosity of others. ~ Iris Timberlake <BR> <BR> I will be very conscious of my expectations today. I won't set myself up for disappointment if I'm aware of my thoughts. <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Jun 2013 08:33:10 EST SUNDAY MAYA ANGELOUS Phenomenal Woman <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> <BR> I walk into a room <BR> Just as cool as you please, <BR> And to a man, <BR> The fellows... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 08:29:59 EST 6/9/13 POWER CARD I AM SAFE IN THE UNIVERSE AND ALL LIFE LOVES AND SUPPORTS ME <BR> <BR> I breathe in the fullness and richness of life. I observe with joy as life abundantly supports me and supplies me with more good than I can imagine. Sun, 9 Jun 2013 08:28:06 EST TUESDAY DOROTHY PARKER Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves. <BR> Dorothy Parker <BR> <BR> lol Tue, 4 Jun 2013 22:58:30 EST 6/4/13 POWER CARD I AM AT PEACE <BR> <BR> Divine peace and harmony surround me and dwell in me. I feel tolerance, compassion, and love for all people, myself included. Tue, 4 Jun 2013 22:55:22 EST 6/2/13 QUOTE & AFFIRMATION To not have control over the events that shape our lives is difficult. To not trust that Someone greater than me is shaping those events is unbearable. ~ Mary Larson <BR> <BR> I will let my higher power handle other people today. I will attend to my own business and know many moments of peace. Sun, 2 Jun 2013 12:26:11 EST 6/2/13 POWER CARD I see my parents as tiny children who need love. <BR> <BR> I have compassion for my parents' childhoods. I now know that I chose them because they were perfect for what I had to learn. I forgive them and set them free, and I set myself free. Sun, 2 Jun 2013 12:24:08 EST Sunday Dorothy Parker Dorothy Parker isn't really positive - but she is witty and funny. So here goes .... <BR> <BR> “The cure for boredom is curiosity. <BR> There is no cure for curiosity.” <BR> &#8213; Dorothy Parker Sun, 2 Jun 2013 12:22:10 EST How many Spark Teams are you ACTIVE on? The question appeared in my "Tortoises Unite" Team and I loved it so am reposting to several other teams that I'm active on. <BR> <BR> I am active or semi active on three six SparkTeams on any given week. By active, I mean I either post new threads or respond to new post notifications from other members that show up in my email box. Most of those notifications tend to be from new members so I just welcome people with an emoticon or two and if they are REALLY new to Spark, I post my standar... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 11:09:50 EST Melt Down I had a little meltdown on Thursday. It was pretty scary and upsetting. I didn't really feel like posting here that day and so I didn't. I didn't really start this group because I am by nature a positive person. I started it because I needed help staying positive. So please forgive my craziness. Sat, 1 Jun 2013 11:26:29 EST 6/1/13 QUOTE & AFFIRMATION Basically I have two choices: either accept people and their behavior at face value, or remove myself from the situation. I cannot change other people but I can control my behavior. ~ Lisa Keyes <BR> <BR> I will protect my serenity today by letting the people in my life take charge of themselves. If I begin to falter my higher power will help me. <BR> <BR> ** That's a good one for today. Sat, 1 Jun 2013 11:22:44 EST 6/1/13 POWER CARD I am safe in the Universe, and all life loves and supports me. <BR> <BR> I breathe in the fullness and richness of life. I observe with joy as life abundantly supports me and supplies me with more good than I can imagine. Sat, 1 Jun 2013 11:00:00 EST 5/31/13 QUOTE and AFFIRMATION "Women, specially, feel caught between our fundamental connectedness and a sense of isolation and a sense of isolation. The challenge is to remain intimate with one another and still remain true to ourselves. " Sherry Ruth Anderson, Patricia Hopkins <BR> <BR> I will listen to my own needs as well as those voice by my friends today. God can help me decide how to respond. Fri, 31 May 2013 07:32:51 EST FRIDAY HEINLEIN May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live. <BR> Robert A. Heinlein <BR> Fri, 31 May 2013 07:26:53 EST 5/31/13 POWER CARD My healing is already in process. <BR> <BR> My willingness to forgive begins my healing process. I allow the love from my own heart to wash through me, cleansing and healing every part of my body. I know I am worth healing. <BR> <BR> <BR> *** I picked this one today because I needed this one today. Have a great one everyone!! Fri, 31 May 2013 07:24:41 EST Wednesday Heinlein Don't ever become a pessimist... a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun, and neither can stop the march of events. <BR> Robert A. Heinlein <BR> Wed, 29 May 2013 11:15:27 EST 5/29/13 QUOTE AND AFFIRMATION "Some days really are as good as a bowl of cherries, Thank goodness I now know what to do with the pits." - Sarah Desmond <BR> <BR> I can take what comes and make a blessing of it, both for me and someone else. We learn and grow by sharing our experience, strength, and hope. Today is an opportunity for me and a friend. Wed, 29 May 2013 11:08:23 EST 5/29/13 POWER CARD I TRUST THE PROCESS OF LIFE <BR> <BR> There is a rhythm and flow to Life, and I am part of it. Life supports me and brings to me only good and positive experiences. I trust the process of Life to bring me my highest good. <BR> <BR> ...can't recall if I posted this one before but ... I like it anyway. Wed, 29 May 2013 10:58:08 EST I like to move it, move it I love Madagascar. I watched it over and over again so I could see the lemurs dance. LOL <BR> <BR> Move It - Lyrics <BR> <BR> I like to move it,move it <BR> She likes to move it,move it <BR> He likes to move it,move it <BR> You like to ("move it") <BR> <BR> Repete 2 vezes <BR> <BR> All girls all over the world, <BR> Original mad stuntman pon ya case man! <BR> I love how all girls a move them body, <BR> And when ya move ya body,and move it, <BR> Nice and sweet and sexy,alright!... Wed, 29 May 2013 10:18:41 EST Law of Attraction May 29, 2013 Life is pretty peaceful today on all fronts. But I have lots of things on my "to do" list. <BR> <BR> Picked a card at random and came up with the thought below. I had to laugh because after I'm done with my Sparking "segment" I intend to move on to my "laundry and cleaning" segment...and I just decided that I'm going to intentionally schedule time for my "writing" segment because that is what I really love to do!! <BR> <BR> Oh and I won't forget my "fitness segment!" <BR> <BR> So here is... Wed, 29 May 2013 09:42:13 EST I guess I'll have to JUMP I was HORRIFIED yesterday when I checked to see how many calories my Zumba class had burned. Usually I burn between 400 & 500. I'm not sure of the exact number from last night but my total calorie burn for the entire day, which included a 20 minute session of Zumba and then an hour long class, was 2143. I need to get to at least 2500 to lose weight. I couldn't believe what I was seeing and so I had my bodymedia monitor reconnect and download again ... and again ... and then I went home an... Tue, 28 May 2013 07:49:48 EST My goals for this week ..... 5/28/13 I like to date everything lol <BR> <BR> Anyway ..... my goal is to work more strength training into my workout. Tue, 28 May 2013 07:45:08 EST 5/28/13 POWER CARD I LOVE AND APPROVE OF MYSELF <BR> <BR> I appreciate all that I do. I am good enough just as I am. I speak up for myself. I ask for what I want. I claim my power. Tue, 28 May 2013 07:42:02 EST TUESDAY HEINLEIN - on love and jealousy Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own... Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy. <BR> Robert A. Heinlein <BR> Tue, 28 May 2013 07:28:35 EST Positive Self-Talk 101 Positive Self-Talk 101 <BR> <BR> "I am good enough. I am smart enough and doggone it, people like me." <BR> <BR> Remember Stuart Smalley, the character on Saturday Night Live who did those positive affirmations in front of a mirror? It was a funny skit—but he was actually onto something that works. <BR> <BR> We all talk to ourselves every day, and most of the time what we say to ourselves isn't that nice. In fact, studies show we have tens of thousands of thoughts a day and 70% are negat... Mon, 27 May 2013 11:43:01 EST MONDAY HEINLEIN <BR> "I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do." ~ Heinlein <BR> <BR> I love Heinlein. He was an unusual man and had a lot of uniquely liberal views for a man who was probably fundamentally conservative. Maybe a label can't be put on him a... Mon, 27 May 2013 08:29:31 EST 5/27/13 QUOTE & AFFIRMATION We each need a successful experience in order to grow in self esteem. ~ Joan Gilbertson <BR> <BR> Each day gives me as many successes as I want. My own actions will determine today's success. Mon, 27 May 2013 08:16:33 EST 5/27/13 - POWER CARD AS I SAY YES TO LIFE, LIFE SAYS YES TO ME <BR> <BR> Life mirrors my every thought. As I keep my thoughts positive, life brings to me only good experiences. Mon, 27 May 2013 08:14:07 EST Enjoying Food Years ago I heard Marianne Williamson speak on overeating and I've always been fascinated by what she said. Unfortunately every time I try to put it into words, I get myself confused. LOL I believe what she was saying was that unconscious eating was in part a denial of the feminine in us - an inability to be receptive as feminine energy is - and take in the masculine - in a constructive way. <BR> <BR> Now some people have very different experiences with overeating. So none of this may a... Sun, 26 May 2013 08:12:33 EST 5/26/13 POWER CARD I OPEN NEW DOORS TO LIFE <BR> <BR> I rejoice in what I have, and I know that fresh new experiences are always ahead. I greet the new with open arms. I trust life to be wonderful. <BR> <BR> .... I like this card for today because I am doing something different ... I didn't schedule overtime all day long today so .... I can spend time at church instead of rushing to and from .. I am going to the later service and then going to a lunch with some of the people at church afterwards. I have... Sun, 26 May 2013 07:22:21 EST QUOTE and AFFIRMATION When I'm confused, I just try to do the next right thing. - Cathy Stone <BR> <BR> Today I can live an experience at a time. Keeping my focus small will never leave me in doubt as to what to do. Sat, 25 May 2013 11:55:37 EST 5/25/13 POWER CARD ITS ONLY A THOUGHT, AND A THOUGHT CAN BE CHANGED <BR> <BR> I am not limited by any past thinking. I choose my thoughts with care. I constantly have new insights and new ways of looking at my world. I am willing to change and grow. Sat, 25 May 2013 11:37:51 EST Law of Attraction I posted this to another board, so if you see it twice, don't be surprised. I just wanted to post my "pitfall" story here because my post to the other board and my "solution" was inspired by this board and Amber's "Power Cards"... <BR> <BR> So if sounds like I'm talking about this team in the third person, I am. I did not want to edit to fix that. <BR> <BR> So here is my pitfall....and what I'm trying to "fix" or "attract" or whatever to get the issue resolved..... <BR> <BR> &#9829; &#98... Fri, 24 May 2013 09:13:11 EST QUOTE and AFFIRMATION "But we don't know what we really want, so we don't know where to look." - Mary McDermott Schideler <BR> <BR> I will look to my Higher Power and people I can trust for the guidance to my happiness today. I know what I want; I can find it. Fri, 24 May 2013 08:11:13 EST 5/24/13 POWER CARD MY HOME IS A PEACEFUL HAVEN <BR> <BR> I bless my home with love. I put love in every corner, and my home lovingly responds with warmth and comfort. I am at peace. Fri, 24 May 2013 08:05:45 EST A word and an emoticon to describe your week ..... It's Friday which for most people means the beginning of non-work festivities ..... so I thought we could do a word and an emoticon to describe how the week has been... <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> frazzled Fri, 24 May 2013 06:40:04 EST 5/23/13 QUOTE & AFFIRMATION "When I take another needs into consideration and bend, I spiritually stretch." Helene Lerner~Robbins <BR> <BR> "My spiritual growth can get a boost today if get my ego out of the way and help someone else feel better." Wed, 22 May 2013 22:44:48 EST 5/22/13 POWER CARD I FORGIVE MYSELF <BR> <BR> As I forgive myself, I leave behind all feelings of not being good enough, and I am free to love myself. Wed, 22 May 2013 22:33:33 EST Wednesday Carl Jung Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism. <BR> Carl Jung <BR> <BR> BAD ... very very BAD .... <BR> <BR> I'm addicted to amazon, zumba, zulily, books, movies, .....and maybe other things. LOL Wed, 22 May 2013 22:29:42 EST Needing Time . . . Right now I just need time to think . . . <BR> <BR> I'm in between school (we just finished) and the summer (where we still have some things we need to accomplish). I really need time to think about what I want to accomplish - and how I'm going to do that. In the mean-time, I feel a bit in limbo - and I don't really like that feeling. <BR> <BR> Every time I try to sit down and quietly think things through - there is always stuff I need to do - the dishes, the house cleaning - cooking - th... Wed, 22 May 2013 12:49:45 EST Trudging through So, I thought I would share this, since I know I am probably not the only one who has ever gone through rough patches. <BR> <BR> I have been absolutely dreading exercise (to the point I just don't do it). I have been less than positive and sparkly the past week it is shameful. <BR> <BR> So, I decided to write down all the things I think are keeping me from my goals. All my emotional crutches, the excuses I make for eating poorly, not exercising, and just being a lazy lay around. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 22 May 2013 10:50:24 EST Oklahoma Is it just me or have there been a lot more weather disasters the last few years. Maybe I am just starting to notice them. <BR> <BR> What happened in Oklahoma is really terrible. I can't imagine devastation like that. Truly. <BR> <BR> My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Oklahoma who have experienced first hand the most devastating loss of control, loss of life, loss of property, loss of everything we tend to cling to. <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 May 2013 10:59:03 EST My Goal for this week .... 5/20/13 I just want to remain calm. Just calm. Tue, 21 May 2013 10:49:28 EST Tuesday Carl Jung Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. <BR> ~ Carl Jung Tue, 21 May 2013 10:47:53 EST 5/21/13 QUOTE & AFFIRMATION "My sense of balance depends on my sense of humor." ~Joan Malerba-Foran <BR> <BR> I will be willing to chuckle many times today, and I'll go to bed much happier. Tue, 21 May 2013 10:40:35 EST 5/21/13 POWER CARD I FORGIVE MYSELF <BR> <BR> As I forgive myself, I leave behind all feelings of not being good enough, and I am free to love myself. Tue, 21 May 2013 10:25:50 EST 5/20/13 QUOTE & AFFIRMATION "Ultimately the only thing we have to share is our own vulnerability." ~ Kathy Kendall <BR> <BR> I won't hold back my truth today unless it would harm the listener. Healing is what I seek. Mon, 20 May 2013 09:52:58 EST Monday Carl Jung "The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases." <BR> Carl Jung <BR> Mon, 20 May 2013 08:58:29 EST 5/20/13 POWER CARD ALL IS WELL IN MY WORLD <BR> <BR> Everything is working out for my highest good. Out of this situation only good will come. I am safe! Mon, 20 May 2013 08:56:07 EST How would you describe yourself ..... Look at yourself and pick one word .... one really great word .... to describe how you feel about yourself and/or your body today ...... <BR> <BR> Today I am going to pick .... Lucious Mon, 20 May 2013 08:54:34 EST Carl Jung I've always liked Carl Jung ... <BR> <BR> "Thoroughly unprepared we take the step into the afternoon; worse still, we take this step with the false assumption that our truth and ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we can not live the afternoon of life according to the programme of life's morning; for what was great in the morning will be little at evening, and what in the morning was true will at evening become a lie." <BR> <BR> - Carl Jung <BR> Stages of Life Sun, 19 May 2013 19:49:59 EST 5/19/13 QUOTE and AFFIRMATION "My parents told me I could do and be anything I really wanted. I believed them." ~ Molly McDonald <BR> <BR> I will look for opportunities to encourage another person today. My own strength and courage will be enhanced in the process. Sun, 19 May 2013 07:32:36 EST 5/19/13 POWER CARD I SEE CLEARLY <BR> <BR> I willingly forgive, I breathe love into my vision, and I see with compassion and understanding. My clear insight is reflected in my outer sight. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Sun, 19 May 2013 07:29:36 EST 5/18/13 Quote & Affirmation "It's all in the attitude!" ~ Eileen Fehlen <BR> <BR> I will be a happy woman today if that is my choice. No one can make me feel otherwise. Sat, 18 May 2013 17:57:08 EST 5/18/13 Power Card I AM SAFE IN THE UNIVERSE, AND ALL LIFE LOVES AND SUPPORTS TO ME <BR> <BR> I breathe in the fullness and richness of life. I observe with joy as life abundantly supports me and supplies me with more good than I can imagine. Sat, 18 May 2013 17:28:32 EST 7 Wonders of the World This is a repost from two other teams I belong to and was posted by SP member JANEGIBE. <BR> <BR> SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD <BR> <BR> A group of students studied the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. At the end of that section, the students were asked to list what they considered to be the Seven: <BR> <BR> 1. Suez Canal <BR> <BR> 2. Dneproges Dam on the Dnepr River (USSR) <BR> <BR> 3. Atomic Energy Research Establishment Harwell, England <BR> <BR> 4. Alaska (ALCAN) Highway <BR> ... Sat, 18 May 2013 14:37:00 EST 5/17/13 Quote and Affirmation "An active listener is to be prized above rubies." ~ Ruth Humlecker <BR> <BR> I will be an active listener today. I am ready to learn whatever God/Goddess has in store for me. <BR> <BR> Fri, 17 May 2013 08:39:06 EST 5/17/13 POWER CARD I ACCEPT MY UNIQUENESS <BR> <BR> There is no competition and no comparison, for we are all different and meant to be that way. <BR> <BR> I am special and wonderful. <BR> <BR> I love myself. Fri, 17 May 2013 08:36:44 EST Absolute Best Moment of the Day Yesterday I was talking to the owner of the dance studio yesterday after Zumba and one of my fellow classmates came up and said to the owner, 'She..... she's good. She's good dancer' <BR> <BR> Okay I put it like that not to be mean but because that is what she SAID. She was hispanic and I guess doesn't speak English very well. The instructor and a lot of the woman in my class speak Spanish more than anything else. <BR> <BR> I wish I COULD speak Spanish. I am dying to know what those Zumba songs... Fri, 17 May 2013 08:26:27 EST Concerns I understand that there are people who are concerned about me creating a website external to I haven't done it yet but I would never put information on the website that leads back to sparkpeople or which invades people's privacy in any way. I would never put anything on any website that originates from someone without their permission. <BR> <BR> So then you might ask yourself.... what is it for? <BR> <BR> Well, I am trying to teach my son w... Wed, 15 May 2013 08:30:45 EST 5/15/13 Quote & Affirmation "I have always been sort of quiet and kept my thoughts to myself. I have looked to the 'man upstairs' and he has provided the answer" ~ Phyllis Elliott <BR> <BR> I will ask God to help me with the easy as well as the hard decisions I face today. Relying on god will make my life much more serene. <BR> <BR> ......Okay...... I am quiet but not really one to keep my thoughts to myself. I'm not sure I really LOVE this quote although .... I get what it is trying to say .... maybe I am feeling ... Wed, 15 May 2013 07:55:15 EST 5/15/13 POWER CARD I LOVE MY BODY <BR> <BR> I create peacefulness in my mind, and my body reflects this peacefulness as perfect health. Wed, 15 May 2013 07:50:13 EST 5/14/13 Power Card I LET GO OF ALL EXPECTATIONS <BR> <BR> I flow freely and lovingly with life. I love myself. I know that only good awaits me at every turn. Tue, 14 May 2013 21:23:35 EST How do I deal with this?! It makes me so frustrated, I just want to hit the fridge for snackage. Yesterday was Mother's Day. I accepted the family's weaknesses, and embraced their strengths, making the most of my day. I thought I did well, until.... <BR> <BR> I posted belated mother's day wishes to all Facebook friends. Husband's mother was on the attack immediately. Commenting on my status that she was upset that the Hubby did not even wish her a happy mom day, and how would I have felt, etc. That is how the husband... Mon, 13 May 2013 10:13:00 EST 5/12/13 Quote & Affirmation "I want to be loved, and for that to happen, I must love others and I must want love for them." ~ Betty Mac Donald <BR> <BR> I can influence whether or not I am loved by how I treat others today. What I sow I will reap. Sun, 12 May 2013 13:27:49 EST 5/12/13 POWER CARD I EXPRESS MY CREATIVITY <BR> <BR> My uniqueness and creative talents and abilities flow through me and are expressed in deeply satisfying ways. My creativity is always in demand. <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 May 2013 13:22:22 EST More More Gibran This one is from The Prophet <BR> <BR> “Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with t... Sat, 11 May 2013 10:01:34 EST 5/11/13 Quote and Affirmation "Once conflict has arisen, we are kidding ourselves if we think we can ignore it." ~ Linda Riebel <BR> <BR> Letting go of my need to be right today will truly give me peace. Sat, 11 May 2013 09:59:37 EST 5/11/13 Power Card ALL MY RELATIONSHIPS ARE HARMONIOUS <BR> <BR> When we create harmony in our minds and hearts we will find it in our lives. The inner creates the outer. Always. Sat, 11 May 2013 09:52:50 EST Still more Gibran You would measure time the measureless and the immeasurable. You would adjust your conduct and even direct the course of your spirit according to hours and seasons. Of time you would make a stream upon whose bank you would sit and watch its flowing. <BR> <BR> ~ Kahlil Gibran Fri, 10 May 2013 22:44:16 EST 5/10/13 Quote and Affirmation Life is for enjoying. It is not a race to see how much you can get done. ~Jill Clark <BR> <BR> I will get done everything I really need to do today if I focus on being kind to the women and men who cross my path. Fri, 10 May 2013 22:42:50 EST 5/10/13 Power Card I NOW GO BEYOND OTHER PEOPLES FEARS AND LIMITATIONS <BR> <BR> It is my mind that creates my experiences. I am unlimited in my ability to create good in my life. Fri, 10 May 2013 22:40:08 EST Goals I want to remain consistent. I have a few good days then a bad one and I don't loose. :( <BR> I want to exercise more as well Fri, 10 May 2013 14:39:49 EST Hello Hi, <BR> My name is Jenn. I am looking forward to being more positive. Can't imagine loosing weight it seems hard to believe it can happen to me. Just had a baby and was overweight before the baby so I have a long way to go. This forum seemed like a good place to start Thu, 9 May 2013 16:01:44 EST 5/9/13 More Gibran No man can reveal to you nothing but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. <BR> <BR> <BR> ************** <BR> <BR> Interesting. Thu, 9 May 2013 08:16:27 EST 5/9/13 Quote & Affirmation These are also good for me, now that my son has come home, and I can't help wanting to beat into his head that he needs to keep his things clean and comb his hair. <BR> <BR> "Control is an illusion. It doesn't work." ~ Melody Beattie <BR> <BR> "I will acknowledge how limited my power to control is. Today I'll focus on my actions only." <BR> <BR> We'll see how that goes. Thu, 9 May 2013 08:13:16 EST Everyday Positive Thinking - Louise L Hay This is another book of quotes or inspirational sayings I have on my desk. <BR> <BR> "Have faith during inevitable conflict. Be willing to hang in there. You never know how something will turn out." ~Christiane Northrup, MD Thu, 9 May 2013 08:09:51 EST 5/8/13 - 5/9/13 POWER CARD I was out of touch yesterday but I did pull this power card yesterday. I am a bit of a perfectionist and am thinking that perhaps I should have this one tattooed on my forehead. <BR> <BR> THERE IS NO BLAME <BR> <BR> I release the need to blame anyone, including myself. We are all doing the best we can with the understanding, knowledge, and awareness we have. <BR> <BR> ********* <BR> <BR> I can be pretty demanding of other people. It's a good card. Thu, 9 May 2013 08:07:09 EST *sigh* I was in a great mood yesterday but I ended up driving in to work because my service at home went down. Then it came back up so I came home. When I got home, it was down again. <BR> <BR> Which was the point when it officially became my fault that I couldn't work. So I may have to take vacation for part of yesterday and we get marked down for attendance. But it was really my fault for coming home when I thought it was back up at lunch. It was a little frustrating though. <BR> <BR> Wh... Wed, 8 May 2013 06:26:57 EST hi i'm Yvonne, thanks for the invite. Making a conscience decision to be and spread positive vibes! <em>213</em> Tue, 7 May 2013 18:38:11 EST 5/7/13 POWER CARD MY WORK IS DEEPLY FULFILLING <BR> <BR> Today I give my best to that which I do, knowing that when one experience is complete, I am led to even more fufilling and rewarding experiences. Tue, 7 May 2013 10:37:57 EST LOL A Commencement Speech Baz Lurhman gave Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99 <BR> If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be <BR> it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by <BR> scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable <BR> than my own meandering <BR> experience…I will dispense this advice now. Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not <BR> understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. <BR> But trust me... Tue, 7 May 2013 10:24:14 EST Good Morning! Don't know what happened to the Good Morning thread - but I liked stopping by to tell all my SparkFriends hello first thing in the day. It's always good to start with a little positivity and teamwork. <BR> <BR> Hope you don't mind - I will start it again - and hope it continues. . . <BR> <BR> Thoughts of the day: <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” Ernest Hemingway <BR> <BR> “... Mon, 6 May 2013 12:38:29 EST My pitfall I am sure everyone goes through the same thing. But, I thought I would share for some inspiration to others, if nothing else. <BR> <BR> I have been fighting to just move. Being 380 lbs, I have difficulty just cleaning house. That being said, I have begun an exercise regiment that puts me doing 30 mins of cardio 3x a week. I managed to get through it for an entire month! This month I have completely stopped all exercise and have just been very down. I absolutely loathe cardio (and I am usual... Mon, 6 May 2013 09:54:48 EST 5/6/13 POWER THOUGHT CARD MY FUTURE IS GLORIOUS <BR> <BR> I now live in limitless love, light, and joy. All is well in my world. <BR> <BR> ************ <BR> <BR> cool .... lol Mon, 6 May 2013 07:33:34 EST Khalil Gibran I used to read Khalil Gibran over and over again while I was at work - taking 125 calls a day in an 8 hour period - doing support for credit cards. I needed my Gibran during that time. <BR> <BR> I was always struck by the theme of ambivalence woven throughout his work. <BR> <BR> I picked out this one this morning. I like it: <BR> <BR> Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the wa... Mon, 6 May 2013 07:20:35 EST 5/6/13 Quote and Affirmation "Seeking strength from others prevents us from finding our own strength" ~Georgette Vickstrom <BR> <BR> Affirmation: I will be painstaking in nurturing my growth today. My strength will be there when I need it. <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 May 2013 07:16:03 EST Ummm....... I had a GREAT jog. I had a GREAT time at church. Then I went to the bookstore because I wanted to get the book that the speaker at church wrote. <BR> <BR> I was hurrying because I didn't want them to run out. But I saw what I wanted right when I got into the store. It was on the table next to the lady who gave the lesson today. I picked up the book, happy that I had it in my hands before they ran out, and this security type woman, tall and wired for sound, comes and snatches it out of... Sun, 5 May 2013 22:15:42 EST 5/5/13 POWER CARD I RELEASE ALL FEARS AND DOUBTS <BR> <BR> I accept myself and create peace in my mind and heart. I now choose to free myself from all destructive fears and doubts. I am loved and I am safe. <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 May 2013 22:05:24 EST Pitfall - a tough week, but I will get through it! I guess it's a pitfall - but not of massive proportions. . . <BR> <BR> We essentially eat healthy - no processed foods - mostly everything from scratch (not all - as much as I'd love to make my own pasta - time, time time is the problem). <BR> <BR> This week our little boy has been sick. Being sick when you are 2 and can't say much is rough. Normally he loves his mama - I am happy for that - but when he is sick, there is no good that can come from anyone but his mama. He won't let his dad h... Sun, 5 May 2013 14:54:01 EST Introducing Myself Hello everyone. My name is Pat and I live in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. I have been struggling with weight my while life. I come from a very disfunctional home and married the wrong person to get out of the situation. This marriage is over now and it is time to look after me. I am working hard on changing a lifetime of negative thinking. It's not easy, but I have come a long way. I still have a long way to go though. But, I will get there. Sun, 5 May 2013 11:37:43 EST More Rumi Love rushed into my veins <BR> emptying me of myself <BR> Now filled with the beloved <BR> my only possession is my name <BR> <BR> ********* <BR> <BR> Interesting. I really don't know much about him except that I like him. Does anyone know why he doesn't title his poems? <BR> Sat, 4 May 2013 21:07:47 EST A Quote and an Affirmation "To hear how special and wonderful we are is endlessly enthralling" ~ Gail Sheehy <BR> <BR> .... ain't that the truth! lol <BR> <BR> The affirmation: <BR> <BR> I will remind myself that God makes no junk each time I doubt my value to those around me. <BR> <BR> Sat, 4 May 2013 20:57:36 EST I lost 2.6 lbs this week! I am hoping to have lost 100 by the end of July because I want to have a Missing Person party. So far, I'm on track. Yay! <BR> <BR> It gets harder to burn those calories though. LOL Sat, 4 May 2013 19:22:35 EST The Stuff of Life!! I dumped my ice bin into the sink this week and after it melted there was a film all over the sink. <BR> <BR> I can't seem to locate my fridge filter. Call me stupid but I haven't been able to find it since I got it. I bought it used. <BR> <BR> I'm going to have someone help me find it but in the meantime I've gotten a culligan water pitcher, a culligan filter for my water faucet, and pack of water bottles. <BR> <BR> WHY? Because I need to stop drinking so much diet coke and drink ... Sat, 4 May 2013 18:59:26 EST 5/4/13 POWER CARD I TRUST THE PROCESS OF LIFE <BR> <BR> There is a rhythm and flow to life, and I am part of it. Life supports me and brings to me only good and positive experiences. I trust the process of life to living me my highest good. Sat, 4 May 2013 18:48:00 EST A little Rumi <BR> Your mind can fly to great heights <BR> but your parrot-nature keeps pecking on the ground <BR> collecting knowledge that burdens the soul <BR> Unlearn everything and embrace madness! <BR> Give your profit to the poor, for sake security, <BR> live dangerously, insult those who who praise you, <BR> drink poison, and spill the water of life. <BR> Forget reputation, become a disgrace. <BR> I was prudent all my life <BR> from now on, I embrace madness! <BR> <BR> ************ <BR> <BR> I t... Fri, 3 May 2013 22:45:44 EST 5/3/13 POWER CARD - Double whammy! This morning I decided I needed to pull 2 power cards because today was my algebra final. LOL <BR> <BR> MY THOUGHTS ARE CREATIVE <BR> <BR> I say OUT to every negative thought that comes to my mind. No person, place, or thing has any power over me, for I am the only thinker in my mind. I create my own reality and everyone in it. <BR> <BR> I EXPERIENCE LOVE WHEREVER I GO <BR> <BR> Love is everywhere and I am loving and lovable. Loving people fill my life, and I find myself easily expr... Fri, 3 May 2013 22:40:35 EST Hi, I'm Barb Hello to everyone and Happy Friday (at least it's still Friday here, anyway)! I came to SP to learn how to eat better and cope/manage some poor habits. And to boost my exercise a bit, too. It's great to be here! Fri, 3 May 2013 20:47:35 EST Hi i am Lea I am so glad to be here. I am determined to lose weight. I feel the best way to do this is to have people help you along the way who have been though it or are going thought it. i also want to be a help to some one else. Fri, 3 May 2013 10:52:16 EST Sharing Quote "If you fill your heart with regrets of yesterday and the worries of tomorrow, <BR> you have no today to be thankful for." <BR> <BR> Don't know source of quote but it is one I remind myself of often! <em>211</em> Fri, 3 May 2013 07:54:21 EST Annual Physical Gift Last year, I had to change Primary Physicians. My old one didn't know enough about current practice for Thyroid disease and when my thyroid failed again, she diagnosed me with depression and sleep apnea. I have NEITHER of these! I asked for a referral to an Endocrinologist who immediately KNEW what was wrong with me ... my body had STOPPED making T3. And, I found a new Primary Physician. <BR> <BR> Fast forward to yesterday. I showed up to the new Primary Physician. A full year later. About ... Fri, 3 May 2013 05:31:05 EST Hi, I'm Cathy <em>213</em> Hi everyone! It's GREAT to be here! <BR> <BR> I have so much to celebrate! I once weighed 300 pounds, I've been to my goal weight, my thyroid failed, I regained some weight and I'm here taking it off. That's the short version. <em>20</em> But really, the past doesn't deserve a lot more air time. Presently, I'm eating well and exercising even better!! I'm so happy with my journey! I am getting it together and learning lessons that will help me long term ... I've lost and reg... Thu, 2 May 2013 18:49:00 EST 5/2/13 Quote "One of the many blessings or opportunities my recovery gives me is the realization that there is a bus out of the old neighborhood" ~ Elizabeth Farrell <BR> <BR> Affirmation: <BR> <BR> I can hop on the bus of change at any stop throughout the day. And it's a free ride to serenity! Thu, 2 May 2013 08:32:43 EST Hi, I'm Jean I'm a fulltime college student at the age of 46 studying to be a nurse. I am trying to stay positive in this adventure of college and also my weight lose but have a difficult time of it. Thu, 2 May 2013 08:32:20 EST 5/2/13 - POWER THOUGHT CARD I have to study algebra today so I had to pick several cards before I was satisfied. I like this one: <BR> <BR> I AM IN THE PROCESS OF POSITIVE CHANGE <BR> <BR> I am unfolding in fulfilling ways. Only good can come to me. I now express health, happiness, prosperity, and peace of mind. Thu, 2 May 2013 07:39:37 EST The Optimist Creed This is on Triangle-Woman's sparkpage but it's also in a book called 'The Optimist Creed' by Christian Larsen who was a positive thinker who influenced Norman Vincent Peale and Ernest Holmes. I bought that book when I was really getting frustrated at work around the first of the year. <BR> <BR> THE OPTIMIST CREED <BR> Promise yourself…. <BR> To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. <BR> To talk health, happiness, and prosperity toevery person you meet. <BR> To make all... Thu, 2 May 2013 07:27:45 EST ....whoops..... lol Thu, 2 May 2013 07:16:27 EST Inspired to be silly! I was inspired by the OMG thread. <BR> <BR> I was at the store tonight picking up a few things. They had capri's on sale and since I KNOW none of my summer clothes will fit I was looking at them to pick up a pair. That's when inspiration hit. See, I've been giving away my clothes as I go down in size (figure it make the size change FINAL). <BR> <BR> So I took a pair of capri's and a short sleeve shirt in the size I was wearing last year into the fitting room with me! I actually bust... Wed, 1 May 2013 22:56:34 EST OMG OMG OMG I am SO excited I can barely stand it! I'm wearing a size 14 pair of slacks. I think that might almost be normal. I can hardly believe it. <BR> <BR> I'm telling EVERYONE I KNOW!! <BR> <BR> ......(off to create a group text message) Wed, 1 May 2013 13:11:24 EST Greetings! I want to thank AMBERZADE67 for inviting me. <BR> <BR> I'm 42, married to my second hubby, and mom to an autistic 19 year old boy child. I've got two dogs and I live just outside of Chicago in NW Indiana (I can walk to the east side without breaking a sweat!). <BR> <BR> I'm really bad at this intro kind of stuff but I'm really open on my blogs. I guess if you want to know more about me that's the route to go. Or ask, I'll tell you just about anything. <BR> <BR> Kitty Wed, 1 May 2013 12:47:02 EST POWER THOUGHT CARD - 5/1/13 LIFE IS SIMPLE AND EASY <BR> <BR> All that I need to know at any given moment is revealed to me. I trust myself and I trust life. <BR> <BR> All is well. <BR> <BR> ....................... LOL cool ... this might be like KISS ... Keep It Simple Stupid Wed, 1 May 2013 12:44:43 EST A Question This is my first time starting a sparkpeople team so if anyone has any idea or wants to help I'm definitely open to the idea. <BR> <BR> I think I am supposed to do a team summary every sunday.... will figure it out but thought I would post something and see what people had to say. Wed, 1 May 2013 12:32:55 EST 5/1/13 "When I'm Acting as Though I'm the Center of the Universe, it's helpful to remember I'm just another Bozo on the Bus" ~ Rose Casey <BR> <BR> LOL ...if we don't I think the universe has ways of reminding us. <em>375</em> Wed, 1 May 2013 11:57:17 EST I'm here...why are you here? Hello! <BR> <BR> I joined this group because I liked the look of AMBERZADE67's page. Such cheery colors! Such a great attitude and she seems to be doing this whole weight loss thing the RIGHT making sustainable changes. <BR> <BR> I don't remember exactly how I got to her page...just a morning of what I call "Spark Hopscotch" led me there right after I had posted a blog on TED Talks which is another source of really great positivity and inspiration. <BR> <BR> I think she is on vac... Wed, 1 May 2013 06:04:07 EST Power Thought Card 4/30/13 I CLAIM MY OWN POWER AND I LOVINGLY CREATE MY OWN REALITY <BR> <BR> I ask for more understanding so that I may knowingly and lovingly shape my world and my experiences. <BR> <BR> *************** <BR> <BR> I like this one. Some may not agree that we create our own reality. But, you know, the idea isn't that you can turn sand into gold so much as that we decide how to look at our various experiences. At least that is my understanding of it. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 08:21:32 EST