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8/18/15 9:54 P

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so did i

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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8/18/15 8:44 A

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went walking with a friend

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8/17/15 11:18 P

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enjoyed wedding with old friends.

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: 18,482
8/16/15 6:44 A

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long, lazy meditation and listened to audio book


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: 18,608
8/16/15 12:27 A

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had good time with neighbors today. cost me quite a few fruit and nut calories.

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: 18,482
8/15/15 12:56 A

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yesterday I went for a walk, met friends, meditated and went to bookclub.


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
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-- Doug Firebaugh


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PAOLINA's Photo PAOLINA Posts: 18,482
8/15/15 12:54 A

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ANGWHIT that's one of my weaknesses too.


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
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-- Doug Firebaugh


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MINNIE's Photo MINNIE Posts: 18,608
8/14/15 12:56 A

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ANGWHIT u r welcome. enjoy them

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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8/13/15 2:14 P

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I did well for awhile by setting a timer for my computer time, but then I stopped. And now I lose too much time by going on the computer for "a few minutes" and realize it was an hour. I need to get back to that.

Minnie: Thanks for mentioning puzzles. I forgot how much I like to relax with some puzzle time!

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8/13/15 2:04 P

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I need to prioritize my day better and I am going to have to because we are getting our new puppy tonight and there will be training, exercise time. I am making a list and trying to schedule my day better, I know I definitely need to cut back on my time at the computer, most of it is not necessary.

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MINNIE's Photo MINNIE Posts: 18,608
8/13/15 1:50 P

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paolina, glad you slept better. try it again.

i did 2 puzzles.i like to relax like that.

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: 18,482
8/13/15 3:11 A

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wrote in journal last night. may be coincidence but slept better.


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: 18,608
8/13/15 1:59 A

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i don't have routines!!! would like to journal and meditate.

spent some time with friend today. enjoyed.

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: 18,482
8/12/15 2:40 A

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Will start to write in journal again, even if only a few lines. May stop me mentally re-running the day's events when I go to bed.

I will try to meditate more regularly again.




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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8/11/15 9:38 P

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I was hoping that it was the links and not me.

I try to take 2 walks at work to make sure that I get to walk away from things for a little while. I did take both today and always feel so much better at the end of the day.

I have been trying to journal more often, but time seems to get away from me. But I would like to do it as part of my evening routine to see if it will help me sleep better I will definitely give it a try this week!

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MINNIE's Photo MINNIE Posts: 18,608
8/11/15 8:46 P

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L, first 2 links don't work anymore.

i walked today and planned an outing with a friend. i also spoke very briefly to 2 friends.
i have to stop feeling compelled to learn every new diet and exercise scheme and implement what i already know.

not much i can do about all the people who worry me.

Edited by: MINNIE at: 8/14/2015 (00:55)
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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8/10/15 9:51 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.

“When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.” -Dean Jackson


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