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2017 Resolutions and Prayers


2016 wasn’t a great year for me. There were some fantastic moments (like finding out I was going to be a grandmother!) but there were a lot more days full of frustration, anger, pain, and depression. I ran across my list of 2016 resolutions the other day and realized I hadn’t achieved any of them. With some I’d even moved further from my goals. So my 2017 plan will be completely different.

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I will care my myself as I would a daughter, sister, or beloved friend. Remember the Golden Rule from Sunday School? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” That’s great for little ones, but when we are adults we need to stop the negative self-talk. I won’t call myself fat, lazy, or selfish. I’ll think about what I would say to someone I loved if they felt that way. And I’ll pray for help seeing myself in a different light and making changes where I can.

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I will accept my limitations. I can’t stand for more than fifteen minutes. I can’t sit for more than thirty. That’s on a good day. Taking a shower feels like what running a 5K used to feel like. I’ve got a new medication patch I’m cautiously optimistic about, but even with insurance it costs as much as a week of groceries. So I’m using it sparingly. My disease process is never going to get better, only worse. Hence the first word: Degenerative. I can only hope to slow it, because at the rate it’s going I won’t be able to bend my spine at all by the time I’m sixty. So I’m going to paraphrase St. Teresa and try to do small things with great love!

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I will stay authentic. When I was having a bad day earlier this month I posted on FaceBook. Yes, I’m one of those people who shares both happy and sad moments on social media. I’ve been accused of “airing dirty laundry” on FB, but nearly all the comments I got on this post mentioned something about how “genuine” or “authentic” I was. There is no higher praise as far as I’m concerned. I refuse to be caught up in other people’s lies. Perhaps I have just worn out my filter after all these years working with doctors, but I enjoy being honest in all my interactions. Perhaps that will keep me from earning a Lexus selling Nerium with my husband, but I don’t think so. It may take me longer, but I know I’ll have earned it honestly and made no promises I can’t keep.

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I will count my blessings. I keep a prayer journal, but in the warm months my entries are sporadic. If I feel up to it when the dogs want a potty break at 8 a.m. (my first pain med and muscle relaxer are at 6 a.m.) then I’ll stay up to check email, and perhaps have breakfast. But on a stormy or cold day I may need some time to make my way out from under the covers after seeing to the fur-babies’ needs. In the winter I always need my Happy Light, and that’s a great time to write in my prayer journal. Blessings I’m thankful for first, then prayers. I want to make this a habit every day, not just the hardest days.

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I will continue writing. Again, it’s difficult with my physical limitations to write a blog post, let alone a novel. But I enjoy it, and it’s an outlet for my creativity. Hopefully once I’m ready to publish my books people will enjoy them. Being able to entertain others would make me incredibly happy!

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I will become more organized. This one is going to take lots of prayers for patience on my part. Having my life, my home, and my thoughts disorganized is incredibly frustrating to me, and only worsens my depression. But spending hours sorting and dumping things, re-copying from one calendar to another, etc inevitably leads to me overextending myself and ending up writhing in pain in my bed for a day or two. Even after all these years I still need to use my timer every single day or I pay the price.

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I will simplify my life. All the “stuff” that surrounds me is distracting and anxiety-provoking. Living simply will be easier, healthier, and much more rewarding in the long run. Yes, I’m going to finally buy the “tidying up” book that I’ve had in my Amazon inbox for forever. Or perhaps I’ll see how long the wait is at the library. That would force me to read it promptly to avoid late charges 😉

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WHO Buys Books “By The Foot”?!

I’m a pretty easy-going sort of person. In fact, I saw this post on Facebook, and wanted to share it, be I was trying to be professional (and pretend my new psych drugs were working) that day. So I didn’t. But it’s too good not to share:
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I feel better. Now, let’s move on to the actual post, which can only be thirteen lines long as specified in Mama Kat’s Writers Workshop. It’s about a site I ran across while looking at color palettes on Pinterest. I was looking for something that would work in my bathroom and look good with black mold in the caulk and gray-ish mildew on the ceiling. I was actually finding some gorgeous palettes for my living room when I came across this picture:
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First of all, no book should even be sold “by the foot”. If it was decent enough to be printed, respect it. Don’t sell it for the color of its cover or dust cover (which these all seem to lack), or by topic (such as law, medicine, or religion – all options on this site). That’s right, your lawyer probably bought all those pretty leather books for $80 a foot (3 foot minimum) plus shipping. Your doctor and pastor, too.

Why would anyone remove the dust covers from a book? It’s like skinning a human. That covering is there for protection. DO NOT REMOVE! My best friend once suggested I remove all my dust covers because it would “look prettier”. I was speechless. She reads literary fiction with a lot more patience than I do though, so I gotta cut her some slack.

I realize many people today read ebooks (I read most new books that way myself) or listen to audio-books (which is perfectly acceptable if they are unabridged. If you’re listening to an abridged I sure hope you can return it to the library. If you paid money for it you’re a moron.)

Speaking of morons, has anyone else found themselves unable to converse about literature with other adults? People will even admit it in public.

“Oh, I don’t read. Can’t remember the last time I read a book!” But they know all about every reality TV show. My husband and both of my sons read for enjoyment, have favorite authors, and are excited when a new book comes out in a series they love. If you don’t read something that makes you think your brain is rotting in your skull. Yes, that’s what that smell is.

I can talk to kids about their favorite books, even little ones. Bring up the Pout-Pout Fish, or Llama Llama, or Curious George, or ANY Dr. Seuss  book and we’ve got ourselves a conversation going.

Of course I’ve gone over my 13-line limit (by far), but if you have beautiful bookshelves put BOOKS on them! If you have no intention of reading them buy a backseat full at a yard sale and paint them your perfect accent color or cover them in pretty paper! I won’t fault you for it. Just don’t claim to have read them, because the first one pulled from the shelf will be The Iliad, and I doubt you remember much from that. Even I’m a bit spotty.

So find a genre you like and read more! If you don’t know what genre you’d enjoy (or what a genre is) comment or email me and I’ll suggest a few things. When it comes to literature I’m an omnivore!

We Get to Keep Our Home!!

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Let’s get the bad news out of the way. I always prefer to get the bad news first. John didn’t pass his driver’s test on the first try. He ran a stop sign.  He was so mad at himself, because he’d already aced parallel parking and all the other stuff. He’ll try again later this month. I was probably nearly as mad because I’d taken time to do hair and makeup (something I never do) in preparation for renewing my driver’s license. Their computers were down.   So I took my spare time to chat about Nerium EHT with the gentleman on my left and Jamberry with the glittery-nailed woman to my right. I may go back Monday. Until the computers come up they’re a captive audience.

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Also, I got a counterfeit check in the mail this week. A woman emailed me and wanted to place a $200 Jamberry order and pay by check. I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck, so I politely told her that once her check cleared I’d place the order. As our email and text correspondence continued her English deteriorated rapidly and she repeatedly belabored the point that she was a Christian, hoped she could trust me with her money, was praying that my business practices were ethical, etc. Of course the check, when it arrived, was counterfeit. I left her/him a voicemail to that effect and blocked both the email address and the phone number. That really didn’t put me in the holiday spirit.

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On a lighter note, I did get to call my mom and tell her I’d ordered something to wear that was too small to fit her. Since my mom is a size zero and my gastric band surgery was in August she was stunned nearly speechless. Then I told her it was a hairclip. I bought it on Black Friday online and can’t wait to get it. It’s sized by the circumference of your ponytail, and I wear the next size up from an infant. My hair is long, but baby-fine. Any but the smallest clips or elastics fall out. I’ll post all about it when it arrives!

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Speaking of hair, did I mention I actually made an effort with mine (OK, ten minutes worth, but it’s more than I usually do!) and put on makeup, since I’m due to get my driver’s license renewed. Of course when I showed up the computers were down. So I sat and made conversation with a couple of strangers for a few minutes before heading out. Never underestimate what you can learn from strangers. It’s one of the many things I miss from nursing: meeting new people and hearing their stories.

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We’ve found a show to watch as a family. . . Fargo. Yes, that’s our kind of family entertainment. The only problem is we’ve started responding to each other’s questions with, “Yaah.” Hopefully that’s temporary.

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The Small Business Holiday Bazaar is still going on! If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do. All the participants are small business owners who would truly appreciate your patronage this holiday season, and I’ve made sure we have gifts for everyone (men, women, and children) in every category (something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read). I’ll be posting about Nerium on the 7th, but here’s a heads-up: If you want a spot in one of the fastest-growing international businesses, with job security and time freedom. . . for half the price it will cost you in January – contact me. It’s a small leap of faith that could change your entire life. It certainly has mine! And that small investment can easily be earned back within a month and them deducted as a business expense on your 2015 taxes. It’s kind of a no-brainer.

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Biggest and best news for last: After dead silence since when we applied in April we have been approved for a three-month trial starting January 1 for a loan modification. On Real Housewives of Orange County these things are easy and casual, but we’ve been expecting every single day to see a “For Sale at Auction” sign planted in our front yard. I’ve made it a point to check just before our 17yo gets home from school every day just so he doesn’t find out we’re soon to be homeless from a sign. I didn’t decorate for Halloween or Thanksgiving, but I’m gonna decorate for Christmas, because we’ll be here to enjoy it as a family! It may be frozen pizza and dollar store gifts, but that’s OK. We’ll be HOME!

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