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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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Can’t Find Your Favorite Holiday Treat? CHILL.

This year my husband has checked every major grocery store in our county (that is a huge number of grocery stores) trying to find his all-time favorite cookie, available only at this time of year: White Chocolate Covered Oreos. Finally I bought some plain Oreos and dunked them in white candy bark before he had a full-on meltdown. Michael doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth. He enjoys desserts on special occasions, but not having cookies, candy, etc around the house isn’t any hardship for him. But when the Santa cookie jar comes out it needs to be filled with these particular cookies. The problem is that their manufacturer, ____, has encouraged this addiction, and now these are our options:
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You see, Oreos arent’t made in the USA anymore. They are made in Mexico by Mondelēz Intl. So unless you really want to pay $10 a box for cookies you got for less than half that a couple of years ago you’ll need the Oreo Truffles recipe to follow . . .

Thank goodness for Jamie Shell and her daughter, Brianna! They introduced me to Oreo Truffles at Jamie’s Nerium launch party. I double-dog dare anyone to eat one of these without making a yummy sound. Seriously, they are that good! They shared their recipe, and couldn’t believe how easy they were to make.
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Bri’s Oreo Truffles (printable version)

  • One box original Oreos (or store brand, or the Trader Joe version without hydrogenated oil!)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • White (or red, or whatever) Bark Coating from the baking aisle. It looks like this:

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  1. Crumble cookies by hand or with mixer or food processor.
  2. Mix softened cream cheese and cookie crumbles with mixer or food processor until it can be shaped into balls.
  3. Scoop or pat into balls the size of ping-pong balls.
  4. Place on waxed paper and freeze until solid enough to hold their shape, but not too frozen to insert a skewer or fork.
  5. Melt bark coating in the microwave or with a double-boiler. Unless you are really fast only melt two or three blocks at a time if you’re working alone. If you can draft a child or other friend or family member double that!
  6. Dip the cookie/cream cheese balls into the coating with the instrument of your choice and swirl to coat, then place on waxed paper again and CHILL.
  7. While all those lovely treats are chilling in the fridge it’s time to put your feet up and read a Christmas book, listen to your favorite Holiday music, or just sit and share stories with a friend if you’ve done this together (which I suggest).
  8. Once you can touch the top without leaving a fingerprint you can get fancy and use colored icing to make trees, snowflakes, menorahs, or anything else since these taste just as good all year!

This is my “chill” entry into Mama Kat’s Writers’ Workshop this week. Join in with your own prompt or drop by and read some others – or both!

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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!

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