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8/18/14 3:11 A

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I've enjoyed this week and feel better for it.

Edited by: PAOLINA at: 8/18/2014 (03:18)

There is no failure except in no longer trying.
–Elbert Hubbard

"A year from now you may wish you had started today."
-- Karen Lamb

"Every day do something that will inch you closer to a
better tomorrow."
-- Doug Firebaugh


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MINNIE's Photo MINNIE Posts: 18,614
8/17/14 11:54 P

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walked and talked. did some puzzles

Keep your EYE ON THE BALL. What is the goal?Will this action get you closer?
slowly but surely.

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right." Henry Ford

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with others


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PAOLINA's Photo PAOLINA Posts: 18,488
8/17/14 1:01 A

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read a magazine


There is no failure except in no longer trying.
–Elbert Hubbard

"A year from now you may wish you had started today."
-- Karen Lamb

"Every day do something that will inch you closer to a
better tomorrow."
-- Doug Firebaugh


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MINNIE's Photo MINNIE Posts: 18,614
8/16/14 10:22 P

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walked and talked. i like it.

Keep your EYE ON THE BALL. What is the goal?Will this action get you closer?
slowly but surely.

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right." Henry Ford

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with others


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PAOLINA's Photo PAOLINA Posts: 18,488
8/15/14 2:35 A

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walked, then sat on patio for a while


There is no failure except in no longer trying.
–Elbert Hubbard

"A year from now you may wish you had started today."
-- Karen Lamb

"Every day do something that will inch you closer to a
better tomorrow."
-- Doug Firebaugh


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MINNIE's Photo MINNIE Posts: 18,614
8/14/14 12:07 P

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i've been walking daily.
today i did a jigsaw puzzle online.

Edited by: MINNIE at: 8/14/2014 (12:33)
Keep your EYE ON THE BALL. What is the goal?Will this action get you closer?
slowly but surely.

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right." Henry Ford

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with others


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ANGWHIT's Photo ANGWHIT Posts: 2,649
8/14/14 8:29 A

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The only thing I've been able to fit into my schedule is walking. Just too much going on.

Angela
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PAOLINA's Photo PAOLINA Posts: 18,488
8/14/14 7:28 A

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I relaxed in the evening with online jigsaws


There is no failure except in no longer trying.
–Elbert Hubbard

"A year from now you may wish you had started today."
-- Karen Lamb

"Every day do something that will inch you closer to a
better tomorrow."
-- Doug Firebaugh


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BEATLETOT's Photo BEATLETOT Posts: 9,505
8/13/14 7:10 P

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Yesterday and today, I exercised. I also stress ate yesterday...

I'm 4'10.5". A normal BMI for my height tops out at 121.

"Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters." - Nathaniel Emmons

My hobby is writing letters and decorating them with stickers. Send me your address if you want me to send you a letter.

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ANGWHIT's Photo ANGWHIT Posts: 2,649
8/13/14 8:35 A

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For the Readers Digest article, I just did an internet search on 37 stress management tips and was able to access the article that way.

Angela
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8/12/14 9:46 P

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I also couldn't get the Readers & UT articles.
I took a nice long walk today and listened to some music, which always makes me feel better.

Keep a green tree in your heart & perhaps the singing bird will come.
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PAOLINA's Photo PAOLINA Posts: 18,488
8/12/14 9:44 P

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I'm having no problem with them.

Day 2 walked and chatted with friends


There is no failure except in no longer trying.
–Elbert Hubbard

"A year from now you may wish you had started today."
-- Karen Lamb

"Every day do something that will inch you closer to a
better tomorrow."
-- Doug Firebaugh


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BEATLETOT's Photo BEATLETOT Posts: 9,505
8/12/14 4:36 P

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Am I the only one who isn't getting the Reader's Digest and UT articles? What am I doing wrong? I've cut and pasted and removed the spaces from the links, but can't make it work. I figured I wasn't the only one, but now everyone is mentioning these really great ideas, and now I'm worried I'm missing something!!!

I'm 4'10.5". A normal BMI for my height tops out at 121.

"Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters." - Nathaniel Emmons

My hobby is writing letters and decorating them with stickers. Send me your address if you want me to send you a letter.

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8/12/14 12:14 P

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I'm so guilty of being a "yes" person for different charities and non profits that I am involved in. It is hard because they are things that I wholeheartedly believe in. But I guess I need to not volunteer for extras, like the baby shower I am cooking for this weekend.

Christina


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ANGWHIT's Photo ANGWHIT Posts: 2,649
8/12/14 9:18 A

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Took my breaks at work yesterday by going for a walk. Also took a walk in the evening while my daughter was at cross country practice.

Angela
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8/12/14 6:57 A

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Yesterday, I unsubscribed from a bunch of emails so I shouldn't be getting quite so many. This morning I've started a week's basic Plan-- meals, major things that have to be done, times I have to have everyone up for schools/out door/picked up, etc. I usually do a daily list and not a whole week plan. I'm very forgetful so I miss things.

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PAOLINA's Photo PAOLINA Posts: 18,488
8/12/14 4:56 A

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today I cancelled the subscription to a magazine which I rarely managed to read.


There is no failure except in no longer trying.
–Elbert Hubbard

"A year from now you may wish you had started today."
-- Karen Lamb

"Every day do something that will inch you closer to a
better tomorrow."
-- Doug Firebaugh


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BEATLETOT's Photo BEATLETOT Posts: 9,505
8/11/14 10:04 P

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Today I called a friend, took a walk and worked up a sweat.

I'm 4'10.5". A normal BMI for my height tops out at 121.

"Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters." - Nathaniel Emmons

My hobby is writing letters and decorating them with stickers. Send me your address if you want me to send you a letter.

EDT


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MINNIE's Photo MINNIE Posts: 18,614
8/11/14 9:05 P

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i walked with friend and danced today.both are relaxing.

Keep your EYE ON THE BALL. What is the goal?Will this action get you closer?
slowly but surely.

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right." Henry Ford

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with others


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BEATLETOT's Photo BEATLETOT Posts: 9,505
8/11/14 3:58 A

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One of the articles on the Readers' Digest page was identifying if you're more stressed than you think. Oh, boy, did that one resonate! I will definitely focus on stress relief this week!

I'm 4'10.5". A normal BMI for my height tops out at 121.

"Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters." - Nathaniel Emmons

My hobby is writing letters and decorating them with stickers. Send me your address if you want me to send you a letter.

EDT


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MINNIE's Photo MINNIE Posts: 18,614
8/10/14 10:31 P

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L, thanks for posting early. i must reduce stress, big time.
i also subscribe to too much paper and online and stress over not reading everything or lose sleep. not good.
as for destress, i had dinner with friends and it was very nice. i hardly socialized this summer (or for the last two years!). people are good for me.

Keep your EYE ON THE BALL. What is the goal?Will this action get you closer?
slowly but surely.

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right." Henry Ford

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with others


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8/10/14 9:22 P

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This week, we're on Week 4 in the rotation which means we are on our Self Esteem Mini-Challenge! ;) Some of you might need to rest your behinds a bit, so this one will come in handy!

SO, let's get on with it, shall we?

How many of us fill our lives with so many things that sometimes we feel utterly overwhelmed? I am guilty of that, certainly...sometimes worse than others!

I'm sure many of you have read this one before but it's such a good example in my life, I'm afraid I'm going to repeat it again for the new folks: I used to take on SO much without realizing it or I offer for new tasks all the while wondering, then worrying, about how I was going to fit anything more into my already bulging schedule and life.

I'm an artist. Several years ago I thought I would make a little extra money doing pet portraiture. Fortunately, it seemed, I immediately began getting commission after commission that I kept saying "yes" to. I was thrilled! Until I realized that they had started to pile up. It got to the point where the act of painting for me was no longer the stress-relieving fun time I had come to look forward to. Instead, it had quickly become a 'chore' to complete the commissions fast fast fast and it actually began to cause more stress than it alleviated.

Unable to manage commissions definitely left me harried and depressed. I eventually returned several of the commissions with apologies that I simply could not get them done. What a relief! I was able to breathe again. The pressure was off. But, I felt somewhat of a failure.

I learned from that experience that I can NOT agree to do things I cannot fit into my schedule or projects that will provide more stress than they relieve. It took a while to figure out how to spot those stress inducing tasks though and to learn that saying "No" from the start is SO MUCH better for me than saying "No" after the fact and feeling like a big failure. Of course, that part takes practice!

I have learned that just because I CAN do something, doesn't mean I HAVE to do it!

Wow! What a revelation!

I let it go. In my mind I learned to say, "No thank you" and I not made a call to accept yet another candle burning project that was surely fraught with stress since. I've made similar changes in my life, too, in order to simplify and let go of stress. For instance, I stopped the daily newspaper & stopped all my subscription magazines. I never had time to read the newspaper or the magazines and they would pile up in the corner waiting for me; each time I walked by I could feel them calling to me, asking for my time. Then, to top it off, I felt guilty that I was paying for subscriptions that I wasn't reading. All that has stopped. I said, "No thank you" to all the requests for renewals and simplified. Update: I started my newspaper subscription again for the SOLE purpose of getting the coupons. In order to relieve the stress associated with not reading the paper, I open it, immediately throw away everything that isn't a coupon and I feel just fine about it. I am sticking to my purpose of getting the paper.

The update on this is that I have an annual subscription to the paper and I'm no longer couponing like I used to, so they are piling up and causing stress! Ugh.

Recently, I opened a shop on Facebook called Crochet Cafe' by LB (come & Like my Page if that interests you!). I'm getting in consistent orders for things but it's not out of hand...I'm paying close attention and if it starts to become real "work", I'll need to make some decisions.

Those are some examples in my life that have really helped me simplify. Now, it's time for next weeks MC:

It's for you to say "YES!" to some stress management tips. From the articles below, pick at least ONE stress management tip per day for 4 of the 7 days the MC is in effect (more than that might be stressful!! :) And, of course, report the ones you choose (and their affects) here.

www.rd.com/living-healthy/37-stress-
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nagement-tips/article14565.html


www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.
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p?sucmhc.utexas.edu/


tinyurl.com/2nenkm
(SP article - don't forget to get your 3 points for reading it!)

Let's hear how you do, how you feel, how you manage your time and if you learn anything new! I'm still open to simplifying in every aspect of my life & I have no better teachers than this team!

L.



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