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100 Things learned in 50 years...

There are only two things in life I can change...my attitudes and my actions.

I can't control other people, but I don't have to be a victim to their behavior. If I am unhappy about something in my life (my weight, my job, my relationships) then I need to change my behavior to change the situation.


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100 Things learned in 50 years...

My mom did way more for me than I ever knew, sacrificed more than I can imagine, loved me more than I thought possible.

Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers, stepmothers, foster-mothers, aunts who mother nieces and nephews, daughters who are now mothering their own mothers. You make the world better.


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100 Things Learned in 50 Years...

It is much easier to be in pain myself, either emotional or physical, than see someone I love in pain.

Savannah did not get accepted to NC School of Science and Math. She is devastated. She has been working towards this for four years. Literally, one quarter of her life.

Those that were not Finalists were allowed to file a 1000 character (yes, character, not word) appeal. Decisions were supposed to be announced yesterday at 5:00 pm. They sent out an e-mail late last night, saying they would announce today at 4 pm. Just a bit ago they pushed it to 9 tonight.

Please, if you could send any positive thoughts or offer any prayers for my girl, I would appreciate it. Please.


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100 Things Learned in 50 Years...

No matter how much pain I'm in, the sun will still come up the next morning.

And the day after.

And the day after that.

And the day after that.Collapse )


100 Things 1/100

Next month, I turn 50.

Knowing that the majority of you are far younger than I made that a surprisingly hard thing to type. I am not ashamed of my age nor do I hate aging (though I would love to have the body I had 20 years ago). What makes saying it difficult is the idea of being judged for...being too old, being uncool, being irrelevant, for being out of touch, for being whatever.

Still, I've decided the subject of my

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is going to be 100 Things Learned in 50 Years.

The first thing is probably the most important and, if you've followed me for any length of time, you already know I believe it...

Gratitude is the key to happiness.

Remembering to be grateful helps me to remember what is right, rather than focusing on what is wrong. And that is always a reminder of how very much there is to be grateful for, how very blessed I am.

I hope you're all well and happy.

As for me? My cup runneth over.

Apr. 13th, 2012

I've missed LJ a lot. Everyday, I wake up and think about writing a post and then the day passes in busy-ness. I read everyone's entires...sometimes I comment, but mostly I lurk. So, I have decided to take...

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I have some ideas, but have not narrowed my subject matter down yet. So, for right now...just a commitment from me to you.

TV on Netflix

When I go to the gym in the mornings, I watch Netflix offerings on my phone. I just finished all 4 seasons of Merlin (love) and all of The Forsyte Saga (why is there no fic for this?). I'll be starting something new tomorrow.

Poll #1814997 What should I watch now?

Oh! Definitely...

Downton Abbey
I'll tell you in the comments...

Though you don't see me much, I am lurking, though I am not commenting much or posting. I've been put in charge of social media at work, which sort of sucks the joy out of doing it personally. So, while I am reading, I am not interacting very much. Things are a bit stressful right now and I am trying to find my balance, but I feel terrible for not being a better friend and missing birthdays and big deals. I am so sorry.

Even when you don't see me, I am thinking of you. I hope you're well and happy. I am keeping you all in my prayers.

Merry Christmas

Evem when we part, I will hold you close in a thankful heart. Merry Christmas.

30 days of Gratitude: Days 30 & 31

Day 30 - I am grateful I have such amazing friends and get to spend time with them, whether it is in real time or via e-mail.

I am grateful for all of the lovely Christmas cards...I apologize that, again this year, I did not do Christmas cards.

Day 31 - I am grateful for the past 30 days, thinking everyday, even when I didn't get a chance to post, about what I am most grateful for.

This time of year, when it's (in theory) supposed to be the time for us to be most grateful and feel the most peaceful, is fraught with extra stress, extra pressure, extra pain, extra emotional minefields...and it is difficult, when caught up in the never ending list of things to do and places to be, checking account math and emotional pressure, to remember how much I have to be grateful for.

I scaled back this year on everything...on the number of cookies I made, the number of social events I participated in, the number of packages I mailed. I'd love to say it's because I am trying to simplify and focus more on the peace and joy of the season...but that would be a lie. I scaled back because I didn't have the time or resources to do otherwise.

So, again this year...I did not create that perfect holiday, the one where I am superwoman, all things to all people with a perfectly decorated tree and house, a tin of cookies for everyone I know, the giver of the perfect gift that is perfectly wrapped with a perfect bow. Instead, I did the best I could, while working out 7 days a week, working extra time at the job and recovering from a kitchen renovation. I am trying to be grateful that I made it through that with my sanity intact.

What I am grateful for without condition or qualification is:
My husband
My child
My co-workers
My brothers
My sister
My nieces
My dog
My cats
My little Norfolk island Pine, that is acting as my Christmas tree
Christmas bonuses
Spending time with fun people
Christmas music
Christmas cards
Christmas lights
Realizing the joy of Christmas is in giving
Seeing posts that talk about good and happy things and things to be grateful for

I hope you're all experiencing peace on earth and goodwill towards man.

As for me? My cup runneth over.


30 days of Gratitude: Days 26, 27, 28 & 29

Wow! Way behind!

Day 26: I am grateful for better physical health this year.

Day 27: I am grateful for being acknowledged.

Day 28: I am grateful a situation that could have been awkward went very well and was actually fun.

Day 29: I woke this morning (after very little sleep) profoundly grateful for every aspect of my life. Is it perfect? No. Is it wonderful? Yes. I have so many strong, creative, wonderful people in my life and I am blessed beyond all measure. And I am grateful.

I hope you are all well and happy. As for me? My cup runeth over.



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