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The way I see it, the time is NOW... for change to come & happiness, health & strength to be found. As of 2012, this has only changed in the way that I have stumbled upon an amazing at home business venture that has given me the avenue to ACTUALLY help transform peoples lives. Funny thing is, that's been my goal all along. So now I not only share who I am here but what I do. The fact is that anyone of you can actually find your happiness & success thru allowing the right connections to occur in your life. If you are on my blog... you made it here because you are looking to shift, strive, smile &/or change. Well now, I can help guide you to do any & all of the above thru personal motivation, life changing products with an outstanding reputation & LONG list of testimonials, substantial savings with our shopping annuity & incredible business opportunities to actually call your own... While never having to leave the security of your current J O B! Never be afraid to give something you know nothing about a chance; at least to hear about it. Then you can make an educated decision to pass it up not an ignorant one. The opportunities exist.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Largely why I am me...

Still no run. But Friday is the day we begin again. The hamstring is still a little tender but I can finally establish a complete stretch. Back to the 'ol (now modified) challenge.

As for the center piece of this post. Well, today was my mother's 5th anniversary since she's passed on. It was a perfectly gloomy day to match the gloom in my heart. 
My husband, children and siblings (some of them) reached out and/or accepted my attempt to connect. It was still in part, I believe in trying to heal. Will it ever be healed? I mean, the loss of your parent. Do you ever really get over it?
I feel her presence in my life daily. I know that she is in my heart and that we remember her constantly and share memories of the moments that she shared with us and yet, today I was filled with so much sorrow.
I'm no child anymore. I know the truths about what it takes to be married, to want out, to stay together, to be unappreciated as a wife or mother at times, as a sister, aunt, woman or friend. Life isn't always fun or easy but thanks to her strengths and yes, my witnessing her weaknesses (whether in the moment or in retrospect); I have learned to be the woman that I am today. 
She not only helped mold me through her love, but through her actions (wrong or right) and through her happiness and sorrows. I guess, through her life and death I have learned to live. 

So today I give thanks for having had the mother that I had... She will never be forgotten because she made the time to have us all,  love us the best way she knew how and shared so much of herself anytime that she could. 

Never underestimate the power of what it means to be a woman...

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Just keep swimmin'...

Boy that Dory in 'Finding Nemo' really had something there.

You ever feel like even though you KNOW  that everything will be alright and things happen for a reason, you are just filled with anxiety and even hopelessness?! 

Yep... Confession of a forty something year old woman. I feel like that all too often. Today and yesterday have been 'those' kind of days. I could just go on and on about all of it... Excuses and just things that keep me from doing what I want. Like the tweaked hamstring, the hubby's pulled ligament on his dominant hand, the pressures of everyday school/orchestra/athletics for all the kiddos, some life altering changes, the crazy amounts of work that need to be done and the absence of an idea of where to start!!! 

Thank goodness for all the loving friends and family to support me 24/7!!! 

(Not to mention my amazing supplement cocktail that keeps me from needing anxiety or depression meds...) I really love that these natural nutrients help keep me going day in day out. 

Anyway, back to the meat and potatoes of this post. We're keeping it real as usual.

I need all of you to know that I too have my moments when I feel like a big fat fail!!! I haven't gone out to run in the last 3/4 days... :'/
I haven't gotten organized the way that I'd like/need. 
I haven't even got a clue as how to get there! 
But I will not quit! This running challenge WILL be picked right back up THIS week. As soon as I can actually stretch a little more without pain. 

I WILL get a grip on my hopelessness because I CAN take a step in the right direction ONE DAMN DAY AT A TIME! 

So stay hopeful all of you beautiful bloggers! No matter what your obstacles may be... We ALL have them! Keep that chin up and 'Just Keep Swimmin'!! 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Top 5 Regrets found by a bedside nurse

I've slacked in posting again and I do apologize but tonight my son shared this simply amazing little article off facebook that definitely HAD to be shared. No sale pitch here. Just facts. Does it tie into what our business helps do for people? YES. Is it posted to benefit ME? No, not really. Part of my professional mission is to ignite a passion in you; Along with motivating and inspiring you to live to your maximum potential. That said, I cannot withhold information that I KNOW holds nothing but realistic potential for all seeking a change in their daily grind. How do I know? I am living proof along with hundreds of my business partners... Enjoy the article and live well my bloggers. 

 "For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality.
I learned never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.
When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.

It is very important to try and honor at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.

By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.

We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you  change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again. When you are on your deathbed, what  others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.

Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness."
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