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11/27/19 6:05 P

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That's so nice of you to say that. And I am thankful I have met such wonderful, supportive friends here on SparkPeople!
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Like you, my sister and I were both working full time when my dad was sick. We drove every weekend to help my mom with him, and many times I would just sit with him and watch the baseball games on TV. My dad was a pitcher for whatever the city of Dallas's baseball team was called in the 1940s, and watching baseball in his later life kept his mind off of his pain, I think. At the time, I knew more about the Houston Astros team than I ever thought I would, or even wanted to know! LOL!
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It's interesting how that pleasant memory popped up in my brain today instead of all the hard parts about helping with my dad's care. That's the kind of memories I hope I have after my aunt is gone -- the ones about the good times we've shared.

Maybe one of my goals for 2020 should be to remember to take time to make some great memories -- just like the quote Hobbes shared earlier: "Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous." ~ Paul Hawken


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When my mother became ill with cancer my dad was her primary caregiver. My sister and I did as much as possible to help him even though we both worked full time. I have watched others care for husbands and parents and know that it is so hard on the caregiver. I salute you both for being there and am thankful that I know such wonderful people.

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Yes, being a caregiver can certainly wreak havoc on your health! My dad was diagnosed with lung cancer in about 1999 and died in 2002, and I helped my mother care for him at home. Then in 2004 my mother became ill, and I moved her to an assisted living facility near my home where I could help care for her. She died of kidney failure and congestive heart failure in 2007, and by then I had gained 50 pounds! I know what you mean about feeling diminished physically -- and sometimes the mental stress gets to me, too.

I retired from my position as library director for the local public library in 2008, mainly due to health reasons. Then in late 2009 my mother's sister developed major health problems, so I've been caring for her off and on since then. My sister and cousin and I (all nieces) moved our aunt from her home in northern Oklahoma, where she was living alone, to central Texas before Thanksgiving last year to be near all three of us. I am the trustee for her financial accounts and serve as her medical power of attorney, as well. Thankfully, my sister and cousin are also helping with doctor's appointments, etc., but we are all pretty much worn down with all that's been going on with the dear lady's heatlh lately. She's a trooper!

Best wishes to you, Hobbes, as you care for your Dad. Thank you for letting us know your situation, and You Be Good to You, too!
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IMPROVINGME,

I have a special kind of compassion And empathy for your care taking scenario journey. When a person is a care giver it really does consume everything else (including ones own health).

Before my mother died of cancer (three December’s ago almost) I got shingles and after strep throat twice in the same year. The following November I profoundly broke my right dominant arm while in Graduate school. I don’t think I really ever have recovered completely or will be the same. I feel diminished physically. I am currently living with my 94 year old Dad and am subbing rather than teaching full-time. Learning to slow & find myself again. While being a caregiver once again.

Be good to you... ! Don’t forget to do you....

The Morning Pages from The Artist’s Way have been such a blessing. The time I give to myself to write them has been so good in slowing me down, forcing me to process and listen to my own needs.

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Yes!
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I think this was my best goal of all. To feel the joy and spread some joy.

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Thank you for your thoughts, Carol. I really appreciate them.
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You have a lot on your plate. I was struck by your need to have a few days away just for you. As we get older we really need to focus on our health and well being. I admire the way you are taking care of your aunt and I am sure your cousin and sister appreciate it. Truth is it is time to put your foot down and say I need some time. You should have at least one week a month that you aren't on call but that is just my opinion - I really don't know everyone else's circumstances.

Stepping back from your duties at the nursing home is probably a good idea. If it isn't bringing you joy then it needs to go. If at a later date you want to do it again they won't turn you down. Be good to yourself and let go of guilt.

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My post a few minutes ago sounds like a big, complaining dump. Complaining is not how I want to live my life, and I usually try not to. Guess I'm a little maxed out right now. One of my unwritten goals for the past several years is to STAY POSITIVE and not complain. So after a few minutes of wallowing in gloom and doom, I searched and found this helpful article on SparkPeople to help me out of my (hopefully) temporary lapse!
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F8CONE8 asked me on another thread if I was working on my 2020 goals yet. Decided I'd put my answer on this thread.

I'm thinking about my 2020 goals, but not writing them down yet, though. I'd like to schedule about 3 days away from home -- and away from a phone and an endless number of texts -- this year between Christmas and New Year's to have time to myself to think and plan and write. I need to have some time when I am not on call for my aunt, so I need to arrange this time when my sister and my cousin can help her.

For the end of 2019, this past week I've been considering resigning from my volunteer duties at a local nursing home where I've been helping with painting classes for the past four years. Being responsible for my aunt's care has taken so much of my time and energy that the other nursing home duties have been more of a dreaded chore than a pleasure, and I have had to cancel at the last minute from a few of the sessions. It's things like this that I need to really reconsider going in to 2020. I'll be 72-years-old in a few months, and I've got to figure out how to make more time for myself before I completely wreck my own physical health and mental well-being.

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It is a powerful journey .. The Artist's Way...

Also, it seems to be a good way to connect with friends.

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I went through the Artist Way twice (maybe 3 times). It was very helpful to me to get unstuck!

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It's towards the end of the year and I've just recommitted to Spark People and to finding myself healthier and more productive my goal for the rest of 2019 is as follows:

1. To continue working on the Artist's Way to the end.

2. Work on my space in the basement so that I can have a working studio space.

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Starting to look at my goals for 2019 to see where I can improve in 2020.

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So it is getting close to the end of the year and i thought I better check on how I am doing with my goals. I am happy to report I am doing better than most years. I am finding JOY in de-cluttering my space and I am living a healthier life.

I went back to Kiala Givehand's blog and have re-watched it. Very good blog if you haven't read it I suggest you do. (Thanks Louise).

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Glad you enjoyed it! Sometimes you just gotta.

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Sigh. I ate the cookie when I visited my aunt at her assisted living apartment yesterday. Just when I had written that I was doing a good job at resisting them!
BUT -- it was the best chocolate chip cookie I've had in a long time, and I savored every bite.
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I bought 10 small containers with lids at the dollar tree near me. I divided the large jello into the containers and added a tablespoon of canned peaches (no sugar) in it. I can just grab one and put a dollop of cool whip on top and it tastes so good.

I have to stay away from cookies because they are also a trigger food for me.

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Do you have small containers to mold your Jello in or do you make it and the put it in smaller containers? I will have to try doing something like that. I made some pudding the other night and I guess I got the sugar free. I really didn't eat a lot of it, but boy, did I get sick. So I will have to do regular and keep in small portions if I do that again. It's still in the fridge waiting for me to finish it, but I am not going to take a chance.

I am also a cookie eater if I find snickerdoodles for a cheap price (Walmart has good ones). Others I can usually leave. My goal, short term, is to get away from all the sweets. It's not going too well so far. With my doctor's appointment in just 2 weeks I am really in trouble. Well, stress gets me eating more sweets, too, and I have been under that.



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I am making small portions of desserts like jello and fruit so I have something sweet to go to. It does seem to help.

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Glad you're back on track this week. Cookies are my downfall, too.

I have some friends who always order desserts when we go out, and now I'll take just one taste when it's offered. So hard to just eat one!

And I guess we all probably have a friend or family member who is always trying to get us to order along with them. One particular friend knows I'm trying my best to stay away from carbs, but when I was sick last week she brought over a big Instant Pot full of warm rice pudding, saying that the comfort food should help me feel better. It definitely was soothing to my throat, but it took all the resolve I had to not drown in my misery and gobble it all down. I ended up freezing several 3/4 cup portions and gave the pot back to her this week. I appreciated her generosity and the time she took to make it for me, but geez!

I'm especially missing the texture of cookies. I just have to keep telling myself that I've tasted them before, and I'd rather lose more of these extra pounds than eat them. Sometimes it works...


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When I quit sugar that includes cookies, cake, pie etc. This was a huge benefit to my overall health. I still occasionally have fried food but very rarely. I really increased my fruits and veggies so my weight loss is slow but steady.

Last weekend when I ate everything in sight, including a bunch of cookies, I totally paid for it. I am now back on track!

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I am not diabetic (and hope I never will be!), but I finally decided that sugar and bread and fried foods are my enemies. I have not limited them completely, but I have cut way, way down and I am not wanting them as much as I used to. Sometimes I'd really, really like to bite into a big, juicy hamburger, but I'm going to wait until my friends and I go to a special cafe they will take me to when we're on vacation. I can pretty easily pass up the french fries, but the fried onion rings keep calling my name...
I think I need to write down some short-term vacation food-limiting goals or a do-not-dare-do list.
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You are really doing well. I have a lot of weight to lose just to get out of the obese category. I am not discouraged. My number one goal is to do the right things and the weight can't help but come off and stay off. I plan to grow about 6 inches taller so I can meet my goals. emoticon

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I've got 8 more pounds to lose to get to a normal BMI. With a vacation, Thanksgiving, and Christmas holidays coming up, it's doubtful that I'll make my goal before the end of the year. But that's not going to keep me from trying! (I'd be within one pound if I hadn't lost 1 1/2 inches in height! LOL!)
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That was a good insight. My grands are all graduated but I wouldn't say grown up. LOL Good motivation to stay healthy and see who they become.

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Re: More of my goals on the SparkPeople Goal Board Check-In

Last week I changed one of my Current Goal Motivators on that Goal Board. The explanation of this part is:
List the most important reasons you've set the goals listed above. For example, "I want to be a role model for my kids," or "I want to live a longer, healthier life," or "Vacation is coming!"

One of mine used to say: "I want to get healthier so that I can live longer to see all my grandkids grow up."

This summer my son and his family (my grandsons aged 18 & 15) and one of my daughters and her family (my grandkids aged 19, 16, and 13) all went to Florida for a vacation. They sent me a photo of all of them on the beach, and with my first glance at the photo of the nine of them (and not looking at it closely at first) my thought was, "Where are the kids?" Well, they were all there, and all of them are now as tall as, or taller than, their parents. They are all certainly taller than I am -- and I knew that -- but I guess it took a photograph for me to realize that they have already grown up! (Not that tall means grown up, but for the most part, they are all very responsible and pretty darned independent.)

So... I decided I'd change that motivator on my Goal Board. It now says: "I want to get healthier so that I can live longer to see all my grandkids graduate from high school."

That should get me at least 5 1/2 more years of good health, I hope! Then maybe they'll all go to college and I can change it to "graduate from college" --- or maybe I'll need to change it to mention great-grandchildren by then!

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Same here!
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I try to rationalize that I'm just a naturally curious person!

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I keep trying to spend less time on the computer. Then I see something that I want to look at and next thing I know it is hours later. Or I turn it off, then realize I forgot to do something and get back on again. That has happened a couple times in just the last couple of days. Finally got an appointment made yesterday.



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I know what you mean!
This feature has Long-Term Goals, Short-Term Action Steps, Completed Goals, and Goal Motivators.
One of my Short-Term Action Steps is "I will spend less time on the computer."
Ha! That hasn't happened!
I don't have too many things listed under Completed Goals, either.
But I am still doing fine on one of my Long-Term Goals, "Don't give up, Louise!"

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I haven't ever seen that. I spend too much time on the computer already, though, so I don;t make any of my goals.



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Yes. I use my computer for SparkPeople, and on mine (using Chrome for my browser), it shows up on the right hand side of the page just over the "My Community Quick Links" heading. You have to click on the link that says "Show Past Step 2 Features - More Goals & Goal Board." I've customized my Goal Board with several of the SP motivational photos, as well as many of my own goals that I have completed or want to complete. After you finish customizing it, the Goal Board works like a slide show when you access it.



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Is this on SparkPeople? I guess I missed it somehow.

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Do any of you use the Goal Board Check-In feature? I have about 50 goal items and photos with motivational quotes on mine now.

One of the Long -Term Goals that I have listed is "Eliminate those bat wings!" Every other day that I watch the Goal Board items flash by, I do Seated Dumbell Tricep Extensions with my 5 pound dumbell. I haven't measured lately, but I've been doing these for about three months now and I think I'm seeing some progress.







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I am amazed at all you have done this year, Franclyn. You have inspired me. Carol

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FRANCLYN, you have accomplished quite a lot this year! Congratulations! Your story is so inspiring.
And coloring your hair DOES sound fun!
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It faded fast. Need to do it again and try a different product. Will post when I do though.

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Post a pic of ur hair! Sounds emoticon

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!

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So, I put it in my blogs but it definitely belongs here too.
Since my post below I have:
•Retired from the Education industry entirely.
•Self-published my book (just got my first copies this week and sold 10 so far)
•Started more solid work on the sequel
•Painted one commissioned pet portrait and several free (I asked friends for some pictures to practice with before offering commissions on my Etsy shop)
•Sent off the application and fee to join my county arts council.
•Asked for an application to join my local arts association (their website is not working and, thanks to my concussion, I currently can't drive myself down there to their meetings just yet).
•Dyed my hair multiple colors - something I've always wanted to do but couldn't while working in education.

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Wishing you the best, FRANCLYN!

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Huge good for you. I was always told that look at the worst case scenario and decide from there. I really applaud your goals and just hope your recovery is complete! (and soon).

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I know this was goals for the whole year but it feels like my year (and much of my life) started over when I hit my head again in March, causing my second diagnosed* concussion.

When the symptoms kept up beyond the usual few weeks and I ended up on leave from work and without a driver's license due to those symptoms, the time came when I had to ask myself, "What if I can NEVER go back to work? What if I can never teach or work in a school again?" The situation and the completely unexpected wave of RELIEF the mere thought brought about made my husband and me do some hardcore thinking and shuffling. If walking away from education entirely is the only option that does not bring me a huge wall of anxiety, I'd better start looking at options and NOW.
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GOALS FOR 2019

•Self-publish the children's book that has had all its illustrations and text complete, edited, re-edited, etc. for literally years. Get. It. Done.

•Start offering Pet portraits on my Etsy and FB pages.

•Practice drawing humans (I can do it but there's no confidence there whatsoever) so that offering human portraits is an option.

•Get involved in community arts groups both to help spread exposure of my work and to fight the social anxiety the two most recent concussions have given me.



*I say diagnosed because, let's be real, I grew up in the 70s and 80s when head injuries weren't really taken that seriously and with a mom who took us to the doctor if someone needed stitches, a sports physical, or a cast and really no other time. There are plenty of probables that would not have been diagnosed.

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I agree that life happens and we need to adjust our expectations. I am hoping you find some middle ground that lets you enjoy your goals and not beat yourself up. Hugs

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It's been extremely hard for me to follow through with several of my goals for 2019, so I've found myself very discouraged. The solution or remedy to this is that now I need to be more realistic and change some of them. No sense in being hard on myself for goals I imposed upon myself and now find out of my control to meet.

With all the disruptions going on in my daily life, I need to redefine what I previously thought was the definition of "normal" around here, and what I thought could reasonably be accomplished in one day or in one week, month, or year.

That said, I've decided I'm going to set monthly goals for myself, and ones that don't necessarily have to be done everyday -- something that will give me a sense of achievement. I'm tired of looking through my SparkPeople Goal Board and thinking, "Well, I didn't do that, or that, or that" to something that I now see wasn't realistic in the first place.

So now I'm thinking. Again.


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Every now and then I need to pull back and try to decide why I am doing what I do. If I am photographing only to think of winning competitions then I am doing it wrong. I need to go back and shoot because I love shooting what catches my eye.

I like to quilt but I am again only doing it because it is so relaxing. No more worrying about what others think. Just do what i like because I want to.



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That Depth is similar to what I had been thinking of doing this year, but I haven't even gotten into it yet. The acrylic painting is mainly doing something I had before except the faster drying (somewhat different, I know). I was thinking I would use things I have here to work on things and make things. I have a ton of yarn to crochet or finish learning knitting more and I need to just get it used up. And get back into drawing, painting and photography, of course. Not anything completely new.



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Quote by Joshua Becker

Edited by: IMPROVINGME at: 4/7/2019 (14:20)
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Good intentions are joyful. LOL

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I just looked at the article again and saw this written under her photo in her bio. Didn't notice before that she had used the word I have chosen for this year: Intention.

Kiala says, "I love teaching & empowering others to live with intention."

Now is that an auspicious sign for me, or what!

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I too am a Capricorn and I so get her! Thanks

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Kiala Givehand is a Book Artist whose blog I started following a couple of months ago. Here's a thought-provoking blog about her decision to go deeper, not wider, with her goals for 2019.

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That's funny.


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Ha-Ha! emoticon

I guess I was a relatively quite child, but my mother used to always tell people that my little sister was "vaccinated with a phonograph needle."

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I've never had a long attention span. When I was a child I thought my name was "Carol, sit down and shut up. " emoticon

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Thank you for your nice comment. I just read on another team forum where you mentioned patience with your DH yesterday. That's something else I need to write at the top of my goal list. I am trying to have more patience with others, too, and to be engaged with others completely when I am with them. No rushing to leave, no looking around the room, just full attention to the person I'm with. For me, this takes a lot of work because lately Ive been pretty much all over the page with my attention span. I need to rein myself in and make that into a habit.

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That is great. Your selfless care for your aunt is inspirational. Reminds me to be more concerned about my friend who is healthy but not as confident as she once was. I was starting to resent picking her up all the time but then I thought why not. She appreciates it and we can help her in this small way. DUH maybe someday I will need that help.

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Some of my goals are repeats from previous years that either didn't complete or would like to do again.
I've had very little time to myself for the past several weeks, so I still have not sat down to compile all my goals in a book like I have planned. But I'm moving right along on some of them!

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This was a really good blog. Thanks for sharing. I am spending my goal planning time thinking about what makes me happy and satisfied.

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Here's a SparkPeople blog with some good information about setting goals/resolutions for the coming year, "9 Resolutions That Make You Happier, Not Skinnier."

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Me, too!

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I had to bookmark this one.

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Here's an article by Leo Babauta that I need to revisit regularly: "A More Deliberate Way of Living."

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"Silly" is definitely in my vocabulary!
I had never seen this quote before. Love it!


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"Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment" . Horace


Do you have any silly plans?

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You have probably seen this but it fits the category.

“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.”

-- Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

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I think it will help me to sort out things. Maybe I have some hidden treasure? LOL

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Same with me! I've got to declutter my house and unclutter my mind!
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Today I had an Epiphany! Part of my problem with trying to set meaningful goals, right now, is all of the clutter I am living with. Part of my planning process needs to be cleaning my studio and my house and getting rid of major amounts of junk!

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Good plan. Learning is a great way to grow and feel good. I am currently cooking some apples, no sugar and a little cinnamon. Sweet but healthy. I don't peel the apples just core and cut up. Yes, carbs but the better kind.

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I think mine is continuing learning. This year I want to learn to make better meals for me, and to learn to make some kinds of sweet things that I can eat that are NOT high carb. I want to continue with all the exercise classes that I have been starting at the closest recreation center (Silver Sneakers Classic, Silver Sneakers Yoga, Essentrics) and, if possible depending on gas, go to the Zumba Gold that is at another recreation center.

I would also like to get back into doing some things artistic, if I possibly can. I need to learn how to draw better and probably to relearn how to paint better (I am horrible at drawing, usually can paint okay once I get something drawn as long as I have something to help me with the colors).



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It is that time again. 30 days to plan the most important goals for the next year.

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