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I simply can’t believe it!  Today I post my 100th blog  and it’s a huge reason to celebrate. 

For those of you who truly know me, you’ve already noticed that technology has been a challenge for me.  I’m getting better every day but I really have to work at it.  You see, I was raised at a time when we used typewriters – the kind with a return handle.  And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you’ll understand how I feel about technology – many times I don’t know what YOU are talking about.

So starting my first blog was a HUGE learning curve.

It all started when a good friend of mine asked me to help him with his blog.  My answer was quick: “Sure, as long as you realize I’ve never read one or written one.”  Then I went home and googled: What is a blog.

He then emailed me a blog about writing blogs.  I found this interesting and began to read it, and I really liked her writing style: https://www.enchantingmarketing.com/category/blog/.

A few weeks later, I visited my brother and he had a book about writing blogs on his desk.  I asked: “Are you thinking of writing blogs?”  His answer was: “No, my daughter gave it to me.  Take it if you want.”  (Blog inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho)

So there it was.  The third time the idea of blogs came to me, and since I believe in the rule of three, I had to take a serious look at it. So I wrote my first blog on September 22, 2016. 

And, as they say, the rest is history.  So today, 100 weeks later, I celebrate taking that first step into the unknown, into feeling uncomfortable, and not knowing what was going to happen next.  Because of that, I have grown from this experience in ways I never imagined possible.

So now I’m curious.  What leap of faith have you taken?  Anything you’d like to share that took you from “What the hell am I doing here?” to “Man, I’m really proud of myself?”  I’d love to hear about it.

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One Cupcake Too Many

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Here I go again!  The Easter holiday just passed and I couldn’t keep myself from reaching for the jelly beans, cupcakes and chocolate bunnies.  Now they’re showing up on my hips, waistline and thighs.  UGH!!!  It was a lot of fun putting on the weight – not so much fun taking it off.

That’s why I came up with three new tricks to help me shed those extra pounds – AGAIN!!!  Maybe a few of them can help you as well:

First: I’m trying to look at this whole weight loss thing a little differently.  Instead of telling myself “no,” I simply do a review at the end of the day and see how I could improve.  What did I eat?  What could I have changed?  What would make tomorrow a better day?  For some reason, asking these questions makes me feel less deprived.  It’s a subtle shift in words and a shift in my attitude. I look at how I can be better instead of beating myself up over the choices I made.

Second: I wear my clothes that are a little tight on me.  It’s a gentle nudge telling me I need to lose some weight.  So as I reach for that dessert after dinner, and it feels like my button is going to pop off and fly across the room, it’s a reminder that maybe I can pass on that chocolate chip cookie this time.

Third: When I have a craving, and for me it’s usually chocolate, I do something to keep my hands busy.  Sometimes I call a friend or I do the laundry or anything that takes my mind off a snack.  It helps me to think about something other than food.

So what do you think?  Give some of these ideas a try.  And the next time you’re tempted to go on a Chocolate Bunny Binge, they just may help you recover from your cravings a little quicker. 

Do you have any other ideas to share?  I’d love to hear them.

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Remembering Traditions My Way

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I am not a creature of habit, I never have been.  However, as the Easter holiday approaches I am reminded of the traditions I grew up with – traditions that I have never forgotten.  And they still bring a smile to my face more than 50 years later. 

Growing up, my family didn’t celebrate Easter in the typical way.  I don’t remember any baskets filled with candy, nor were there any Easter egg hunts.  Instead, my mom would fill a huge wicker basket with all the food she was going to prepare for our holiday dinner.  Our basket was overflowing with a huge ham leg, a loaf of bread with a cross baked into the crust, a cake in the shape of a lamb, a jar of horseradish, and I’m sure a few other items I’ve forgotten.

My brother and I would lug this heavy basket to the church parking lot and wait for the priest to come out and bless it, then haul it all the way back home. 

At seven years old, I never really understood the meaning behind all this, but now I realize that it created a bond between my brother and me that lives on today, and it has left me with so many special memories that will last a lifetime.

Hmmm, now I’m wondering if my brother has the same memory of those Easter holidays.  I wonder if he gets the same warm feeling when Easter comes around.  Maybe he doesn’t even remember them at all.  I’ll have to ask him the next time I see him.  OR maybe not. Maybe this is something I’ll keep to myself with my own images and my own emotions.  I don’t want to ruin this happy memory.  This one is just for me.

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You’ve Got a Friend

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Has your confidence ever been shaken to the core?  Have you ever gone through a challenge so great that you doubted yourself and stopped believing in your own self-worth?

I know I have, and it’s a scary place to be.  As I look at my life now, it’s hard to believe that my confidence was shattered, but there’s no doubt that seven years ago my life totally fell apart.  And it all happened so quickly.  One day I was in a loving 15 year relationship, owned a successful business and lived in a beautiful home.  Then the next day – PUFF!  It was all gone.  And I never saw it coming.  The 2008 recession swallowed my business, all my finances and I found myself sitting in a bankruptcy office.  How did I get here?  What was I going to do next?

So how did you survive your life challenge?  Whether you lost your job, lost someone you love, or lost your home, how did you get up the next morning and put one foot in front of the other?

One HUGE thing that helped me was my friends.  Never questioning me or judging me, they were just there.  One helped me pack my boxes to move, another held my hand as I looked for a new place to live, and others invited me to dinner and just let me ramble about my heartache.

Above all, they made me believe that I wasn’t alone.  And in the end, it has made me a better friend to others.  Now when someone calls me with a problem, I just listen.  Although I may be tempted, I don’t offer advice, and I certainly don’t interject my own stories of “you should hear what happened to me.”

I think that’s what I’m most grateful for – learning how to be a better friend to others. Learning to listen, tune in, and just BE there. 

For me, this quote says it all: “Friendship isn’t about whom you have known the longest–It’s about those who came and never left your side.”Mikaela Tiu

Thanks to all my dear Friends who never left my side!

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