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My Own March Madness

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I spent last weekend at my mom’s in Lexington, leaving my husband and son stranded at home without transportation. They promptly turned it into a party with a bunch of John’s band friends sleeping over and playing computer games until the wee hours of the morning.

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 I, on the other hand, got to spend time with my mom and step-dad, and have dinner with my step-brother and his family. His little girl is simply adorable. We were in a packed restaurant, and every table this toddler walked past suddenly went silent. They stopped eating and just stared at her with goofy grins on their faces. She’s that cute. And to push me into cuteness overload there were two adorable puppies at the Nerium party Sunday! One golden-doodle ( I’ve been nursing a bad case of doodle fever for a while now) and a Saint Bernard puppy so new he still had puppy breath! My husband had to talk me out of my tree when I got home, because I was totally ready to go over our two-dog limit!

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It’s been many years since I lived in Lexington, and I’d forgotten one of the cardinal rules: Make no plans during March Madness, or if you must, then plan then around the Kentucky games. The whole tournament in Lexington is like Derby Week here in Louisville!

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My good friend Kerri and I talked on the phone for the very first time this week! We’ve been close friends for years, but have never met in real life, and probably won’t since we met because we both have chronic health conditions. We’d been part of a team of writers on a spiritual blog, but the blog owner unexpectedly decided to go solo, so we decided to launch our own blog, Obstinate Hope, because we both felt the need to have an outlet other than our personal blogs for our exclusively spiritual posts. We’re just getting started, so drop by and say Hi when you can!

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Another friend’s father passed away this week after a very long, very intense battle with cancer. She and her family are, of course, drained in every aspect of the word. Please keep Laurie in your prayers as she and her family mourn and begin re-building their lives.

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You may have noticed pictures on Instagram, Twitter, or FaceBook with the hashtag #happyacts. All that was leading up to today, the International Day of Happiness. LiveHappy is a company created by Nerium. Why? Because evidently it wasn’t enough to help people have healthier, more beautiful skin; to give them a chance at financial freedom; to give 30% of their profits to cancer research; and to donate over a million dollars a year to Big Brothers/Big Sisters. They want everyone to be happy, too. I adore their magazine – it’s one of the smaller perks of being a Brand Partner, but one of my personal favorites. Check out LiveHappy‘s site to learn more about today’s festivities!

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And I know you’re probably just sick of me gushing about how much I love Nerium, what a wonderful group of people they are, and how incredible it is to be part of what they’re doing, but get used to it! The popularity of Nerium is spreading like wildfire (because it works and it’s easy!) and I don’t want anyone to miss the boat. Contact me via the little email icon in the upper right corner, take a look at the products, prices, and special offers for new Brand Partners through the link in my footer. Satisfy your curiosity, because this could be your Microsoft moment!

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If You Send a Mom an Email . . .

I’m linking up again to Mama Kat’s Writers’ Workshop. I had planned to use a completely different prompt, but this is the week for this one. I receive a lot of emails. This week I got a very helpful one from a teacher, one that expressed my thoughts better than I could have from a friend, and a couple that disturbed me more each time I read them.
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If you send a mom an email, you should read it carefully first.

Because  the mom reads emails carefully.

And sometimes the mom wonders if the content of the email was insulting, or if she is just being sensitive. After all, she was just one of several people it was sent to.

Then the mom will probably forward the email to a trusted friend or two, to get their impression.

The mom’s friends will probably rant and rave, and agree whole-heartedly about the insult being obvious and serious.

They will disagree about the plan of action,

which means the mom will have to re-charge her phone.

Then the mom will respond privately to the email politely and concisely, because she’s a well-brought-up-Southern-girl and that’s the appropriate thing to do

even though some of the other suggestions were tempting.

After that, the mom (and everyone else who was sent the original email) will receive a response in which the mom is mentioned by name.

And it will become clear that the polite and concise email was not clear enough.

Then the mom will text another mom who got the same emails.

And that mom will probably be upset.

After a little while the second mom will email a response to the sender.

And that email will be polite and very well-written, but it will make her response crystal clear.

Then the mom will carefully remove any connection to the sender from her Social Media profiles

while drinking wine.

And then she just might post about it.

So next time you send a mom an email, you’d better read it carefully first :)

 

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Seven Quick Resolutions

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It’s that time of year again, and although it’s been a few years since I actually made New Year’s Resolutions this seems an apt year for it.  I’ll start with what I’m doing right now – writing. I intend to write every day, be it blogging here or at MomPro or working on my current novel. My timer is my friend, and I’ll rack up writing time in fifteen-minute chunks.

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 I read like a fiend, but not always what I need to be reading. This year I’ll finish one book per month that deals with running a small business or writing. I can do that lying down, so hopefully I can handle it on all but the worst pain days.

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As always, I’d like to implement some sort of Fly Lady type cleaning and organizing schedule. My house is the perfect example of chaos, and even though there’s a lot I can’t do surely there are more things I can figure out a way to do. Having a cleaner house would dramatically decrease my stress level, so I’m going to figure something out :)

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After scrambling right up until Christmas with hand-made gifts this year I will select and make at least one gift per month. Yes, those Pinterest boards are finally going to actually be used!

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As my pain has increased my activity has decreased. And I’ve gained weight that I had no business gaining. I have to lose it to decrease the weight load on my lower back and help with my high blood pressure. I’ve even looked into gastric banding, but I’m not sure that’s the correct option for me because of my mobility issues. Anyway, I’m going to lose ten pounds a month no matter how it has to happen. That’s a huge goal even for someone who can exercise, but it’s a ‘go big or go home’ sort of situation.

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I’m also setting big goals for my Nerium business with Michael. I’d like for us to find one new customer per week. Again, a big goal, but it’s such a supportive company and the products are beyond comparison (literally!) that I think it’s possible to make it happen.

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My final goal is to get John to New York for his band trip Spring Break. The final payment due date will be coming up soon, so I’ll be doing any sponsored post I can get my hands on, searching for things to sell, and saying yet another novena for divine intervention.  He’s missed out on so much because of our financial situation, and I’m going to do whatever it takes to get him to New York to see a Broadway show and perform at Carnegie Hall with his best friends. 2015 will be better than 2014 for our family!

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