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Intentions and Habits
Sunday, January 01, 2017      9 comments

Hopefully you've figured out on your own, or accepted what they keep telling us here on Spark People, that starting the New Year with a big honking laundry list of resolutions about how you're suddenly going to be perfect is a sure-fire plan to ... Read more
Choosing Happiness as an Act of Rebellion
Sunday, November 06, 2016      16 comments

Some of you know I have a very unsatisfactory state job, which I've been trying to leave for several years--51 state, county, college and city job applications submitted and counting. We're overworked and underpaid, and plagued with poor manage... Read more
The actual team challenge
Saturday, October 01, 2016      7 comments

I started a new discussion thread titled "4th Quarter Challenge" on the 3 teams I lead/co-lead. But I'm happy to let Sparkers on other teams borrow the idea. I feel very strongly about not beating ourselves up with unrealistic expectations or ... Read more
4th Quarter Challenge
Friday, September 30, 2016      5 comments

While journaling this morning, I was musing about how the year is 3/4 gone now, just 3 months left. I realized it would help me to start planning for the end of the year now--what do I want to do for the upcoming holidays? How do I want to cel... Read more
Pep talk to self/selves
Tuesday, September 27, 2016      12 comments

This was my status update last night: Rats! I had this vision of rearranging some things in the living room to have what I use most often easy to get to--but now it's less accessible due to clutter that got relocated. Discouraging! I've do... Read more
The Boundaries Battle: Compassion and Consequences
Saturday, May 21, 2016      23 comments

I've participated in the discussion on the Team Leaders team and on the message board regarding the revamp to our Spark pages. I'm in the camp that dislikes the changes in the extreme, and resents the manner in which they were made. But my pur... Read more
Please don't disrespect your members, Spark People
Thursday, May 19, 2016      16 comments

Sorry, but the more I think about this unilateral (and out of the blue) format change to member pages, the more offended I've become. I didn't mind so much when SP changed the Start page--even though I didn't like the changes, it does "belong"... Read more
Being here for the right reasons
Saturday, May 07, 2016      8 comments

A Spark Friend took a break, and wrote a blog on why she returned:
al.asp?blog_id=6157887 She described all the things she missed that gave her pleasure and enriched ... Read more
Changing the future over regretting the past
Saturday, February 20, 2016      5 comments

"Maybe you can't rewrite history, but it's not too late to change the future if you set your mind to it." I shared this quote from a magical mystery, Ghost of a Potion by Heather Blake, in my status this morning. I find this profoundly wise... Read more
Our Love for the Land by Dolores Huerta
Friday, January 01, 2016      3 comments

I remember seeing Dolores Huerta speak at a rally in my teens, when the United Farm Workers were organizing in California. I was surprised to see her picture in the Sierra Club Wilderness Calendar I unwrapped today to hang in my kitchen. The w... Read more
It has nothing to do with being smart or capable
Tuesday, December 01, 2015      13 comments

Those were the arresting words my therapist said to me about my clutter. I had just recounted how losing those 65 pounds hadn't been nearly as hard as trying to get rid of and organize my "stuff." I had assumed I could use the same babystep ap... Read more
Singing in the Morning
Wednesday, August 26, 2015      4 comments

Here is another of my morning rituals, that I perform to put myself in a positive mood. As I mentioned in my last blog, "I devised [them] to help combat the emotional pain and sometime despair that plagued me all too often when I contemplated th... Read more
Breathing in the Day
Saturday, August 01, 2015      10 comments

This is one of my morning rituals, that I perform to put myself in a positive mood. I devised it to help combat the emotional pain and sometime despair that plagued me all too often when I contemplated the poor management, negligence and dissat... Read more
Mammogram advice (especially for abuse survivors)
Saturday, May 30, 2015      7 comments

A teammate asked for any advice to prepare her for her first mammogram, and this is what I shared: I didn't have a mammogram until after I turned 50, and out of the 4 I've had, 2 went well and 2 triggered PTSD episodes. Things I've found th... Read more
A 10.5 hour day with a new car at the end of it!
Sunday, May 24, 2015      8 comments

I am so thankful that my old car (a 2002 Accord) made it down to Tumwater and back (an hour each way) on Thursday for a job interview for a Customer Service (CSS2) position at my agency's headquarters. It was only when I went to drive the mile ... Read more

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