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6/13/17 1:47 A

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emoticon on the compliments, Renee, they can be highly motivating--and just plain nice! emoticon emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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6/12/17 2:05 P

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That's brilliant!!

I've been having a banner day. Everyone I've seen has complimented me on my dress and weight loss. It feels so good!!

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6/12/17 7:27 A

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Silly NSV: I pulled OLD skills out of the bag and showed my Bug that girls can do all the camping skills that boys do. It gave her confidence to give it a try.

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6/5/17 7:33 P

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Good job, Amanda, cleaning that bathroom grate!!!
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5/31/17 12:20 A

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Eva, it's emoticon you are still pretty much pain-free! So happy for you! emoticon

And emoticon for being supportive and acknowledging others for the progress they make! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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5/30/17 7:38 A

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Nancy and Amanda I am still pain free for the most part. I figure if it happens again I'll consult a chiropractor as it seems to be a spinal alignment problem. Which I figure has been going on for an extend amount of time.

Amanda: cleaning bathroom fans is a time consuming pain! But good for you for chipping away dust that may have never have been removed!

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5/27/17 8:50 P

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Got to a cleaning project I've wanted to undertake for months--to clean the fan plate/grill in the bathroom ceiling. I could see there was lint or dust up there. And sure enough, when I got up on my little step ladder/stool, and managed to pry the metal grate (?) off, the little fan unit was CAKED in semi-hardened dust!

I washed the grate piece with one of my recycled/cleaning toothbrushes and set it outside to air dry. Then I got my hand washing tub and held it underneath to catch the dust and sediment and keep it off me the best I could, while brushing away with my handy toothbrush. I may not have gotten everything, but I got a lot! Toweled the remaining moisture off the grate and replaced it. And I just swept off the 2 ladder steps before putting it away in its little slot next to the fridge.

emoticon Not real difficult, but it took effort, and I'm glad it's done! emoticon emoticon

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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5/24/17 5:52 P

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Hoping you're still pain free, Eva!
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5/20/17 11:16 P

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Sorry I missed this when you posted it, Eva. Has the freedom of motion and pain reduction continued? Hoping so. Hard to figure how your chore accomplished this, but emoticon

I had a short touch base with Tresa late this morning, napped afterward, then spent quite a bit of time reformatting Excel sheets I got from her with my spending categories. Since I'm not an Excel whiz, it was a substantial time investment. But I froze the rows and columns I needed, and finally managed to change the format of column headers for my monthly sheets (since they didn't match the yearly one I was given). It's ready now for inputting spending. And I broke it into 2 sessions with watering my beautiful balcony flowers and repotting my newest addition, a Martha Washington geranium. Then when I finished the second session, I went for a walk in the mild evening weather & chatted with my sister on my cell phone. It felt good to balance out all that mental activity and concentration & electronics use with plant care, and then exercise and connecting. emoticon (I wish we had a balance scale emoticon, but I guess this sort of works.)

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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4/10/17 6:35 A

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I know people think I'm entirely too busy, but the chore from last week, cutting down foam board insulation to go under the house, knocked something into place that nothings else has. I have been pain free in my back/right hip and right should for a week. Knock on wood, lets hope it stays there! I haven't been this free in motion in over 2 years.

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3/28/17 12:26 A

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Finally! I've been chipping away at the papers collected in a box under my desk for a few minutes after my shift many days. And I finally got through the last one, and broke the box down and put it in the recycle bin. Of course that wasn't the *only* box down there emoticon but it was a real success for babystepping my way through purging clutter! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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3/14/17 1:02 A

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I'm pleased that I got the 3 St. Patty's Day cards going the farthest (APO-Turkey, Hawai'i and Tennessee) into the mail today, and I just finished 3 going down to California (from WA state). Tomorrow I'll prep the ones to Oregon and Washington, then the ones being hand-delivered to coworkers.
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"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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3/3/17 11:50 P

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Got to a few items that have been on my mental to-do list for a while:

1. A grocery run to Costco--so nice to do on a weekday, when lines were shorter! Along with the usual produce and salad 4-pack, I picked up an 8-pack of black olives, since I was down to a single can--I sometimes add them to salads.

2. Cleared some space in the bedroom, including finally boxing up some holiday clothing and jewelry that had just been sitting around, waiting to be put away!

3. I cancelled my last scheduled haircut when it conflicted with a friend date, so I finally called to see when I could get in for a cut with my favorite stylist, and she had an opening this afternoon!

4. I'm past due for a henna treatment, but I was out of my dollar store shower caps (they work better than clipping a plastic grocery bag on my head, since they have elastic so less chance of drips, and at 8 for $1 they are cheap!). So I finally picked up a couple of packages and only picked up 2 other items.

So a successful and productive day!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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1/22/17 12:58 P

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I know it's silly, but a success for me to finally get around to this. I have a Spark Friend, Cheryl, who lives close by, and we occasionally go walking together. I'm always misplacing her phone number, so I finally got it programmed into my cell phone. While I was there, I put a 1 in front of my sister's name, so it would go to the top of the contact list, and added a prefix to BIL's name so it would drop further down, since I almost never need to call him. Also put in supervisor's number. Now I just need to figure out how to create a folder for work to put in a few more numbers, including the inclement weather line, without clogging up list of friends or more frequently used numbers. Anyway it feels good to be getting more organized with this electronic tool, so that it saves me more time and better serves me. emoticon emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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11/9/16 10:41 P

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I've had plans on several weekends lately, so haven't made a phone appt yet with the financial advisor I mentioned a while back that my therapist recommended, and whose philosophy appeals to me. I just sent an email asking if she will have time Friday morning or Saturday afternoon. (My sister is coming up Friday--we both have Veteran's Day off, staying over and returning after lunch Saturday.) I was nervous the whole time emailing: I really want to begin this process, but I'm terribly nervous, with lots of programming getting triggered. So I feel proud just reaching out again and trying to get an appointment made.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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10/18/16 12:10 A

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I made up for yesterday's lack of sorting and timer sessions with quite a few tonight--cleaning, living room sort, table sort. The progress isn't that noticeable on the sorting--though the cleaning looks really different after just 5 minutes!--but I feel strong and proud when I invest the time in improving my environment.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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10/13/16 12:37 A

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As you know, I've been putting a lot of effort into prepping for today's interview for the CSS3 position. My parts have been very understanding about setting some projects aside while focusing on this priority. And even though I was tired tonight, and wanted to take it easy, I put in 5 minutes each on the living room corner & the table. Again, not much of a dent, but an effort made in support of myself and my goals and dreams. emoticon emoticon --a couple more babysteps taken!

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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7/22/16 12:12 P

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I did some measurements today - I have lost 2 inches off my waist and hips since joining SparkPeople on June 6th! I am so excited!

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7/12/16 12:23 A

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Good for you--enjoy those ebooks!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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7/11/16 6:59 A

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My friend uses a fit bit, what ever the newest generation is. She says that the app can be a pain in the rear end.

My success, my READS digital library through the local library stopped working. I didn't just shrug it off and let it go. I called the desk, and got help. I'm back to checking out my digital books again.

"What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself." Hecato, Greek philosopher

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7/10/16 12:20 A

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2 successes today concerning the Fitbit I won in our Spring Fling Wellness challenge:

I *finally* got it out of the box (after procrastinating for ~ 3 weeks), downloaded the installation wizard, figured out how to charge it and actually get it to fit on my wrist (which took a lot of effort). Once I got there, I could not figure out how to track or set goals, or how often or for how long I need to charge it, or navigate the site--though I tried a number of links.

When my frustration hit overwhelm, I backed off and set it aside. That, too, was a success for me, deciding to put my efforts where I felt confident and capable, instead of confused.

I put in three 15-minute (mostly paper) sorting sessions. I had hoped to get down to a single box in my current stack, but I've consolidated some groups of items I had been ignoring, and am doing my best not to put off making decisions--if only where to file things for now. I did empty one box, and am already thinking about where I'll focus next, when I finish with these last 2 boxes.

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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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6/29/16 12:42 P

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This is significant for me. I have a couple of parts (Bossy & Missy) who love to organize and plan, and jointly make up my Planning Department (they even have a little desk sign--which, sadly, rarely gets used). And while I pay lip service to wanting to set aside planning time, I rarely get around to it. So after putting it on my assignment list (a new morning journaling routine) but not following through, Bossy was crying and Missy was mad & complaining about how they get neglected and ignored, even though we're making time to exercise or clean regularly, as well as all our fun & relaxing activities.

So that afternoon I spent about 10 minutes with my old planning journal I had unearthed from the dining table piles, outlining tasks with individual steps for checking off for this week and beyond. That was Monday. Then yesterday, spent over 15 minutes listing (14 items!) and gathering materials to keep myself occupied for about 3 hours here at the car dealer during my service. The fact that I had pulled everything together along with my rolling bag, just waiting to pack once I put in my laptop, meant I wasn't scrambling desperately in the morning or making myself late.
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"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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4/7/16 10:51 A

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I had to buy a new belt! Really need new pants, but don't have the budget for it right now. AND the dress I got for graduation to wear under my robe now fits!

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I'm proud to say that I exercised every day this month--31 straight days--of cardio, ST & stretching beyond my walking and daily steps. That's a lot of heart stickers on my calendar! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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12/30/15 12:13 A

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My therapist had a pair of terms, something like technology natives and technology immigrants? I'm not sure I have that quite right, but the difference between people who grew up with computers and cell phones & electronic devices, and those of us who have learned to use them as adults. We can learn how to do things, but there's a lot that doesn't come as easily and naturally as the people who didn't live when all these things were not around.

Today's success was skimming through some of our new Wellness magazines at work and finding some great Prevention articles I want to read, and direct coworkers toward.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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12/29/15 8:54 A

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Yesterday some co-workers were asking each other how to do some things in Word but couldn't figure it out, so they came straight to me. Even though I'm 30, I look much younger so my co-workers often treat me like a high schooler, or like I'm their daughter rather than like a coworker/peer. Little by little they are realizing I actually know a thing or two so they can come to me for help.

There is no such thing as multitasking. Some just have the ability to switch between tasks very quickly.


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I just spent a few minutes on GCF Learn Free which has tutorials on Word and Excel. I want to put in some practice for my orientation and skills assessment with Dept of Retirement Services coming up in early January.

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I spent some time today going through my linen closet. Tossed a bunch of stuff, put a few things in the donation pile, and was thrilled to find my hair dryer, with the curly hair attachment. I tested it and it even works after all these years! I had short hair and didn't need it, so buried it in the closet, but I've been missing one, since my hair often isn't dry when I leave in the morning. But I didn't want to buy another until I was sure I didn't have one in the apartment. So saved money, and decluttered one small spot in my home.
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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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My success was replying to an email telling me I hadn't made the top group of candidates. I basically asked if she could tell me why. If it's my computer skills (like they won't consider anyone who's not an expert at Word, Excel and Access), then I won't bother applying to their agency until I take enough online classes to rate myself that highly. I felt a bit awkward, but I really don't want to keep wasting my time or getting my hopes up if they'll never look at me at my current level.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I cleaned out one of my clothing drawers yesterday. much more to do, and its a start. with one hand in a brace right now its challenging.

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Yesterday while sorting mail and papers, I found a tax document that never got put with the rest. I didn't realize I was missing an interest statement (only $69 worth). I e-filed back in March, and already received my refund. So I logged back on to the site where I did my free filing, but to amend a return cost money--less than $30, so I paid, added what I needed to, printed out the new return. I wrote my $15 check, plus a note, and have it all ready to mail tomorrow after I make the appropriate copies.

I'm sorry I boo-booed, but glad I found the oversight and will mail my payment before the deadline! A fairly inexpensive lesson learned about anticipating all the documents I should have gathered next year--when I plan to do it much sooner, now that e-filing is less of a mystery to me!
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"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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I missed my 15 minutes on the dining table last night due to getting home late after hair cut and trying on and buying 2 tops, so I put in a double session today. Feeling good about the progress!

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"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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On a whim, I dumped a dresser drawer out on the bed today, went through the items, tried everything on, and ended up with the majority going to the donations pile. Yes! It felt great!
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"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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I got 13 Valentines into the mail today--hope many will arrive on time! emoticon I frequently get cards early, but forget to send them out. I took one to work today for a coworker who is off the next couple days. The rest will be distributed tomorrow. So that's pretty successful for me!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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I got a scam call this morning early. I was pretty sure that's what it was, and I challenged him, asking for information I could verify. He claimed to be "Officer Alex Roger" from the "Criminal Investigation Division" of the Treasury Inspector General Tax Administration. He gave me badge number, address, Warrant ID #, Case ID #, the years and forms of my "miscalculated" tax return. When he was transferring me to somebody else, I hung up, and immediately started researching the info I had written down.

He had the right address for the CI group or division of IRS, and their website mentions getting a letter or form from them: in other words, they don't call you up. I had received a voice message a few weeks ago from this same phony name--heavy foreign accent, but white bread Anglo-Saxon name, like other scammers I've dealt with. Then he left a phone number and said if I didn't call, he would "start legal proceedings against my name." Another message was recorded about an hour later, where nobody spoke, but I could hear a foreign language spoken in the background, then part of the same script from my call.

When I Googled 'scam criminal investigation' I got the links I shared in a different posting. I'm describing this on the Success forum, because I picked up on the red flags right away, determined it was indeed the scam I suspected, so did not give up anything, and I documented details that I provided in a complaint to the FTC. I took action, and never gave away my power. Yes, it upsets me, because I know they get money or identity information from some trusting or frightened people. But I protected myself and I shared the information, which is my success.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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I misplaced a Spark Friend's address, and was sure it was buried somewhere in my 58 pages of Spark Mail messages. Sure enough, I went back as far as Dec 2012 and found it--and while I was going back, I deleted 40 messages. It was slow going, as I was always returned to the current page each time I deleted any, and I finally just started searching for the sender's name. But I cleared a little virtual clutter, and will try to do that a little more often!

I've got almost all of my Halloween cards filled out and addressed, stamped and return-labeled. A couple more steps, and I'm done, and should get them mailed in time for on-time delivery!

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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Had lots of fun with Mary today, and also shared some uncomfortable or embarrassing things as well. It's hard, but feels good to be able to do that. We are both wanting to make more progress on our organizational & decluttering goals, and are looking for ways to support each other.

After she left, I used the timer and put in three 5-mintues sessions sorting paper & mail (one of my hardest tasks), and another three on cleaning, straightening & putting things away. Objects are easier for me than paper & information. But that was 30 minutes of progress, and I have some new (or regained) OOs to show for it. An I made sure that the mail that didn't get sorted or dealt with didn't get left on the table to attract other papers or grow piles!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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I was pleased to hear my supervisor is planning to address a number of issues tomorrow in a staff meeting--she wanted to wait until the manager could attend. I spent a difficult night last night. Did some vigorous tapping, expressing a lot of anger and resentment, complete with profanity, woke up at 3-something, finally got up and did some journaling, then overslept. Having issues at work, especially involving one young coworker who has been singling me out for rude and demeaning treatment. I've had it with having my boundaries violated and her attempts to shame me--under the guise of asking for help at the counter.

I need the supervisor to step up and step in and set clear boundaries and expectations. If that doesn't happen, I'll need to protect myself however I need to--up to filing a grievance. This has also brought up stuff around my mom never standing up for me, just allowing my dad to continue abusing me without doing anything to stop it. Given that I already hate a number of elements about my job situation, this has just added to the unhappiness. I'm actually feeling pretty good that I'm doing as well as I am in dealing, and making progress on a few fronts in my own babystepping way.

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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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8/10/14 1:20 A

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emoticon I've kept the dining area clean since I had to clear it for the ceiling fan installation. In fact today, I replaced the table where it had been, moved the trash & some plastic shelves out of the corner, vacuumed & wiped down walls before returning things. I'm loving the clean spaces, & thinking on what to do & put where, while I continue to sort & toss stuff that has been stacked and boxed there for way too long!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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I do love the parts work I do with my therapist, Katie. And I was very pleased to give her card and an enthusiastic recommendation to a Spark Friend this weekend. Today I decided (in the shower, where I do some of my most creative thinking), that I very much wanted to give some uncomfortable feedback to my supervisor about some inappropriate behavior. I do not like dealing with conflict, and didn't want to get anxious or emotional, so decided to call on any parts who felt they could bring up what needed to be said, and take on the challenge of doing it as kindly and as forthrightly as possible.

We were very busy, and I wasn't able to address it until after the end of the work day, but I did bring up what I needed to, and felt calm the whole time. That felt like a significant success for me!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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What a splendid idea

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I did some internet searching and started noting some possible trails & parks for outings. I've realized I need to get out more and have fun, so I plan to visit one or 2 new places each month. Already have plans to see Mary and Jill tomorrow, so will check out the first place the following weekend. If I can find someone to join me, fine; if not, I'll go on my own--and report to y'all what I find!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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I made sure I got some wellness tasks done today at work, which made me feel much better. Even though they were late, I got them done. That helped me feel more successful and happier at work.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I am overjoyed that you are in a much better place. That is a real victory and makes the job more tolerable.

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My talk yesterday with my supervisor proved very helpful, and I was in a better place today. As I walked in from my car (I park some ways away in a spot that stays shady most of the day, so it takes time), I asked if I had any parts who were ready to have some fun at work. And the day did feel lighter. I even got an aggravated customer in a better mood with my arm pumps and shouting "Yes!" when his corrected bond and insurance came in quickly by fax, right after I finished another customer, having had to put him off until all the right paperwork arrived. He admitted my enthusiasm made him feel better, and he apologized for being cranky, saying he knew we didn't make the sometimes cumbersome rules. Anyway, despite being very short-staffed (1 out sick, 2 at meetings part of the day), I did okay, which was a welcome change.
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"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Good luck on the job application.

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I just submitted another application packet, this time for an agency I didn't even know about. There was a light and humorous tone to the posting (which I acknowledged in my letter of interest) which intrigued me. When I did some research on their website, I concluded that I might *really* enjoy working there.

I took care in composing and revising the various elements with this specific posting in mind, and produced a strong application packet. I've spent some time the last few days affirming "The right job for me will come easily"; I was getting tired of stressing out over putting the best packet together to meet the submission deadlines each time. And this time felt a little different. Part of it is just this sense that I might fit in really well with an agency whose motto is "Innovation is in our nature" and who said in their posting "At Commerce we're a little different." I also *really* appreciated their statement, "We hire people for a position, but encourage them to train for growth opportunities."

Anyway, I worked on it yesterday and this morning off and on, and submitted it a couple hours before it was due at noon. And I said a prayer of "See me, hear me, value me, want me." I'll let y'all know what happens. Oh, and another positive is that they say this recruitment is being used to fill multiple positions, so that improves my chances!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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I was a little slow on the uptake because the comments came when I KNEW I had gained weight and didn't FEEL like I looked good - it was only later that I was able to realize how special the comments actually were because they were POSITIVE and didn't specifically talk about weight - but were so encouraging.

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How lovely-- emoticon for sharing that! The support and encouragement we get from friends can just mean the world at the right time! emoticon

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I guess in some ways these are related to weight and scales but not really - recently three different people have made VERY supportive comments and encouraged me - I have been struggling and gained some weight back. While these people didn't mention weight or dieting, their comments were (I believe) intended to encourage me to get back on track - I realized they CARE and the actual comments were about continuing to swim and asked if I was getting to the fitness center regularly or if my injury had made me quit - I was initially pleased, then a little embarrassed, and then OVERJOYED that not only did they care but they made the effort to reach out to give me a little boost. It really helped me.

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