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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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Five Hundred More Reasons to Follow Me!

Who’s into Instagram? Don’t be shy, chime in! Odds are y’all started using Instagram for the same reason I did. You’re nosey. I don’t mean that in a negative way, I just mean you enjoy seeing pictures of people’s children and pets and vacations and birthdays and holidays and houses and gardens. My boys are 25 and 18, so I love to see baby pictures, first steps, first and last days of school, plays, dance recitals, marching bands, all of it! I just inherently want to be up in everybody’s business. I blame my mom. JUST KIDDING, MOM! (She says she reads all my posts, but that may just be a ruse.)

But ever since I found out I’m getting a GRANDDAUGHTER this spring my Instagram activity has shifted. I follow people around the world who offer the most wonderful handmade, eco-friendly, age-appropriate, STEM-focused, and simply beautiful baby and toddler items imaginable! And yes, some uber-cute adult clothes, accessories and home decor that this Nonna-to-be adores! In today’s economy I like to buy from small businesses whenever I can. For every apathetic teen at the checkout of a chain department store there’s a couple of moms running their shop as a side-gig who’d be doing a happy dance when they get your order!

Everyone knows that Michael and I use Nerium products and encourage others to use them (if it’s a good fit and you’d maybe even like to get your products for free) or even to start their own business if the timing and the motivation is right. (i.e. Do you need more time freedom or financial freedom?)

After the holidays are over and we’ve made our New Years’ Resolutions what’s next on the minds of most adults? Taxes. I don’t want to rain on your parade, but if you suspect you’ll be paying taxes this year CONTACT ME! If you become a Nerium business owner before the end of the month you can take your start-up costs off your taxes as a business expense. And you’ll get more than your money’s worth in products only, with support, training, and a free personalized website as an extra. It’s a business you integrate into your life, so the busier you are already the less you have to do!

I ramble on when I’m excited. I’m sorry. Sometime this evening, around 8 or 9 EST, get on Instagram and check out my post. I’m @angieballard. You can then enter to win a GC from a fabulous shop that starts with an A and ends with an E and carries gorgeous stuff like this:
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or you can take your money in Paypal cash and run! How much? Well, it involves this number

plus two zeros! I’m pretty stinking excited, because I’ve never been part of a giveaway this big before! So go over and at least check it out to make sure I’m not looking like some sort of dork. I’d appreciate it!

Novenas and Senior Superlatives

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I have completed so many more novenas since I starting getting regular emails from the Pray More Novenas site. The right ones just always seem to come at the perfect time! I just finished a novena for marriage and family with the Nativity of Mary yesterday, and saw the first pictures of my grandchild, just the size of a raspberry! I’m afraid Pinterest is going to shut me down for pinning too much per day – LOL!
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My youngest told me he was filling out his nomination form for senior superlatives the other day, and that brought back some fond memories! My husband and I both pulled out our old yearbooks to see how categories have changed over the years. Surprisingly, they haven’t changed that much!! Wendy is still Most Humorous, Jennifer is still Most Friendly, and I guess I’m still an appropriate Miss Bryan Station since the entire building had to be torn down and rebuilt a few years ago!!

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Here are the Senior Superlatives I’d like to see included:

Most Likely to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse. This person would have to be clever, adaptable, and not too sentimental. The yearbook photo shoot would be awesome!

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Most Likely to End up on a Reality TV Show. The perfect category for those attention-seeking people whose behavior and clothing choices make even their best friends cringe.

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Will Have the Largest Family. This alone will be a reason to attend reunions! Did someone have quintuplets? Adopt an entire orphaned family? Have several of their own and then marry someone with several more? I’d love to know who has the biggest family in my graduating class, and I’d be so jealous!

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Most Likely to Commit a Felony. This doesn’t have to be a “bad” thing. It could be a crime committed while bravely disarming a terrorist. It could be killing a fiend with a van full of children he was planning to sell into sex slavery. Then again, it could me a meth cook or a rapist. Interesting to see which way the student body and/or the nominees take it!

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Most Likely to Age Well. My friends Wendy, Jennifer, and Kim would be in a dead heat for that one! Without a name tag I doubt anyone would even recognize me. But that’s OK. Back then I was lying out in the sun slathered in baby oil and iodine and wearing size three jeans thinking I was fat – LOL!!!

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