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OMG, am I glad I found this site! Dial a Human where you can look up a company by category. I looked up Comcast, since they only want you to use their chat function and their preloaded responses, some of which are unintelligible to digital immigrants. Here's the site:
www.dialahuman.com
I'm going to try the number and directions and see if it works.
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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3/27/21 9:00 P

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Another great one by Melissa Rudy: 12 Unconventional Ways to Handle Stress
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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articles.asp?id=185


Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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3/26/21 12:17 P

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Loved this! Pre-pandemic, but so helpful these days: The Power of Stepping Aside: 8 Ways to Take a Time-Out. A bunch of interesting related articles on the side, too!
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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articles.asp?id=2513


Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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3/8/21 12:58 P

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I found several new salad kits by Taylor Farms at Fred Meyer--on sale! I tried the Thai Chili Mango kit last night--good. But don't be fooled by "Zesty" Thai sweet chili vinaigrette--it was HOT! I added a bunch of extra ingredients to soak up that dressing, and my mouth was still burning! Only try if you enjoy the heat.
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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3/1/21 2:38 P

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I got the *cutest* ornament--a commemorative mini face mask! Here's what it looks like & where to get it: it's a website for junior entrepreneurs
myfirstsale.com/product/2020
-pandemic-
holiday-ornament-jewel-tone-
silk/



Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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2/19/21 3:05 P

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emoticon Just did Amy's wonderful 10 Minute Core Workout for Lower Back Pain www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-68
UM13MhA&am
p;t=3s

Last night I checked out some Ask Dr. Jo routines for the back. I hadn't done any of hers in a while, but have done elbow, shoulder and wrist ones--she's great!
www.youtube.com/channel/UCjd
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3dN_neMOAQ


Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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1/17/21 1:44 P

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Therapist recommended The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk. There were 10 times as many people waiting for a copy as there are books in circulation (34), so I bought my own, and began highlighting in the introduction.

This doctor began working with Vietnam vets in the 1970s before the diagnosis of PTSD had been coined. But he came to find many others had similar trauma-related issues, especially the large numbers (mainly women) of victims of sexual abuse (often in childhood), large-spread spousal violence, and children of alcoholics.

Brain imaging and new technologies and research demonstrate how the brain and body get rewired through trauma. Many of the difficulties we face are not due to character flaws or just not trying hard enough--we need to understand and find interventions to compensate for or correct the damage that was done to biological & psychic selves!

I am finding it extremely helpful, but I have to take it in small chunks, so I will be at it for many weeks. If you or someone you know has been affected by trauma, please check it out! His website has other great resources, too. www.besselvanderkolk.com/

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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12/6/20 10:05 P

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I posted this on other teams under a Product Recommendation thread. But wanted to mention a local seller on Etsy that I've order face masks from:

As promised in the chat thread, here is a link to the home page of a great Etsy seller in Washington, so a local seller for me. I figured out how to leave a glowing product review and mark it as a favorite shop. I got a mask as a gift and had such a great experience that I ordered a couple more for me--I want to try the ones with nose wires--and another gift, which I'm shipping straight to California.
www.etsy.com/shop/OnekidOnew
orld?page=
1#items

Do note that not all the designs have the nose wires. I like that they make kid and adult sizes, and I'm guessing the models are the owner Roberto's wife and son.

You know, we REALLY need an emoticon for wearing a mask. And how about aerobics (like doing a jumping jack), and sweating (with a towel around the neck) and a TV? Does anyone remember how to recommend new ones?

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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8/27/17 3:18 P

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Here's the direct link to Molly's blog Cellulite, Stretch Marks, and a Love Your Body Challenge mollygalbraith.com/2014/03/cellulite
-s
tretch-marks-and-a-love-your-body-chR>allenge/


Or if you want to earn 5 points, here's the Spark blog--just scroll down next the last link: www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
st
=13_annoying_gym_pet_peeves


Just keep in mind that as she points out, these are trainers and athletes, so their "real" photos won't look like ours, but they don't show the "perfect ideal" they are trying to combat, either. It's a long blog with the comments by each of the contributors, but they have some powerful things to say.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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3/23/17 12:32 A

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Good article today shares "three techniques you can use to stop all those negative thoughts before they stop you":
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
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n_articles.asp?id=614


Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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3/20/17 11:48 P

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Loved article 65 of the Most Motivating Mantras today: www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
st
=65_of_the_most_motivating_wellness_R>mantras


My comment: Love these! Great "article." I'll share with my teams and print out so I can highlight my favorites. Also loved Dawggone's addition "Even when you are falling on your face you are moving forward!" (from her mom) in the comments!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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3/12/17 3:39 P

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I enjoy a number of Jessica Smith videos, not all of which are available as Spark blogs or resources (never on Spark TV, since she has her own Jessica Smith TV). Here's a flexibility routine I really liked: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EBh
xreiSHQ#t=
26.870173

It's 11 minutes of stretching, followed by 2+ minutes of advertising, but it's a nice balanced routine, and she reminds you that flexibility is just as important as cardio and strength training for all-over mobility and wellness.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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5/3/16 10:55 P

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From the Happily Ever Uncluttered website, an article Five Daily Tasks That Have a Noticeable Impact at Home: happilyeveruncluttered.com/five-dail
y-
tasks-that-have-a-noticeable-impact-R>at-home/?utm_content=buffer65adb&
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tm_medium=social&utm_source=
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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4/30/16 3:24 P

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From Clean Mama website, 5 REASONS TO DECLUTTER:

www.cleanmama.net/2015/01/5-reasons-
de
clutter.html?utm_medium=social&uR>tm_campaign=postplanner&utm_sour
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=facebook.com


I especially love the quote "Make this year different. Make small changes. Give yourself grace. Keep going."

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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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5/5/15 12:13 P

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I found a great article in one of our Wellness magazines at work "How we got the fat thing all wrong" and here is the link: www.cleaneatingmag.com/articles/how-
we
-got-the-fat-thing-all-wrong/
I *highly* recommend it!

--shows how the whole "stay away from fat" movement and dire health warnings were based on bad science, and the decades of "fat phobia" have produced frightening increases in obesity and diabetes.

--has a link to comparisons of The Best (and Worst) Cooking Oils for Healthy Fat--with some surprises, like canola and soybean oil aren't as healthy as many people think, and butter may be a lot healthier than you thought!

--addresses how much fat, what kind of fat, and What We Are (And Arenít) Saying About Fat (clarification #3 in this final section: "Iím not saying that fat doesnít have calories.")

Please read this important article, and pass it on to friends who may still be operating under the false assumptions we all took as gospel since the 1950s.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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I don't live in Seattle, so can't describe places by neighborhood, but I found 2 cool places yesterday (Valentine's Day; for details, read my blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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nal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875890
)

Eco-Elements store: www.eco-elements.com/home.html near Pike Place (2nd and Pine), a friendly, cramped by bright collection of New Age, pagan, Eastern, metaphysical and earth-friendly products. Beware the incense is rather strong if you're sensitive to smells.

Also discovered Kaladi Brothers Coffee on Pike near Bellevue--laid back & funky. Homophobes beware, it connects to a LGBT (?) bookstore, so bigots won't feel comfortable. emoticon Chalkboards in the restrooms invite expression; I left a thank you note for a cool quote: "Life doesn't happen to us, it happens through us."

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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8/13/14 11:56 P

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Back in December I wrote about my wonderful therapist in Seattle. I'm still seeing her, still feel blessed by her support--and she's revamped her website, and is even offering a complimentary 20-minute phone session!

katiegurwell.com/

Highly recommended! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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7/11/14 9:31 P

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Here's a wrist/forearm stretch which is good for those who spend a lot of time on the computer:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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7/11/14 10:33 A

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Here's a Spark article on chronic stress and how to reduce it:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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articles.asp?id=1687&page=6


Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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When I first moved to the area, and wondered where to board my cat when I went on vacation. I Googled, and found Eileen--who makes house calls! Her company is Go Paws Go gopawsgo.com I highly recommend her services!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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Looking for a good therapist? I think very highly of mine. Here is a testimonial I wrote, for possible use on her website.

I've been blessed by good therapists in the past, and Katie is my favorite. Her humanness and empathy help my traumatized parts feel safer and more open to sharing than they would with a more clinical, detached approach. Even thought there have been plenty of tears, there has been laughter, too, and she has helped me get in touch with strong, creative parts who are enriching my life with the delightful gifts and energy they bring. She has also shared extremely valuable resources, and has given me tools to continue working on my own, between sessions. She is a gem!

Here's a link to her current content: katiegurwell.com/

Incidentally, she works in an office with an awesome chiropractor, Kristen Wright--very gentle.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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I didn't know if you all know about the Spark Suggestion Box:
www.sparkpeople.com/community/help_s
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gestion_box.asp

that can also be found by clicking the Help link at the top right of most or all Spark pages, and then on the right side.

I just suggested (again, I think) that just as you can earn points by commenting on blogs, it would be nice to earn points for commenting on pages and giving goodies, since it is the support and encouragement of our Spark Friends that has kept a lot of us going, or brought us back.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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The last Chopra Center meditation challenge, on Miraculous Relationships, was the best so far, in my opinion. I was recently invited to another kind of meditation, also lasting 21 days, presented by Deva Premal & Miten, known for their new age music and chanting. To register for this free Mantra Meditation program: www.mentorschannel.com/DevaPremal/21
-D
ayMantraMeditationJourney/LandingPage/


Edited by: BLESSEDBEING at: 9/5/2013 (21:42)
Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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There's a new Oprah & Chopra meditation challenge (free, 21 days online) beginning August 5, on Miraculous Relationships. Register at chopracentermeditation.com/h
ome

Anyone care to join me? emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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2/24/13 7:25 P

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There's a new Chopra Center meditation challenge beginning March 11, sponsored by Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey. Here's the registration link:
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I just finished registering; I hope the link works for everyone who may want to try it.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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2/8/13 11:15 P

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A friend on another team shared this link to a wonderful Spark article about being your own valentine: www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=thi
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emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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1/5/13 8:39 P

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I've just discovered a wonderful organization, Your True Nature, from their calendar Advice from Nature (which I'll be quoting in my status on some days). Their link:
www.yourtruenature.com/
A very green company with some great products and a great philosophy! emoticon emoticon

Edited by: BLESSEDBEING at: 1/5/2013 (20:47)
Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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Sorry I forgot to mention on this team, but for anyone interested in meditation, the Chopra Center is running a free 21-day meditation challenge. It actually began on 11/5, today was day 8, but I'm sure you can still register and try it. They seem to run a few a year for free, plus if you want you can purchase the downloads or CD versions to keep. When you are registered for the free challenge, you get a new download each day, and they remain available for 10 days before going away. Not sure if this link will get you to where to register:
www.chopracentermeditation.com

I highly recommend it, and a number of emoticon s are enjoying them as well.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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I wasn't sure where to post this. I've shared it with the teams I co-lead (much smaller, more active ones), but wanted to offer it here as well, in case anyone is in search of some inspiration. Here is an inspiring blog by a dear Spark Friend on the lessons she has learned over the last year, in which she successfully moved from the mid-300s into Two-ville:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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nal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065498


Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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8/5/12 11:28 A

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I'm halfway through the beginner cycle at Seven Star Women's Kung Fu, and love it! They are starting a 4-week self defense course in September. I *highly* recommend them! emoticon emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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I saw this in the advertiser's box, and had to copy the slogan:

Women for Women Int'l One Woman Can Change Anything. Many Women Can Change Everything

I have to be involved with a group centered in that belief and commitment! emoticon

BTW, I'm starting the beginner cycle at Seven Star, the women's kung fu studio in Seattle that I mentioned in the previous post. I went to their Try a Class night, and was very impressed.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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5/13/12 8:08 P

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A Spark Friend's blog a couple of months ago got me in touch with a dream I've had recently about learning self-defense. I was Googling self-defense for women in the area, and discovered an amazing resource: a non-profit women's kung fu school in Seattle, Seven Star

sevenstarwomenskungfu.org/dnn/Home/t
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I emailed the school and arranged to observe a beginner kung fu class, which I've determined is the right place for me to start. They've been wonderfully conscious and supportive; I even attended a meditation class there today; I believe they have them once a month. I've registered for the next beginner's cycle, and am eager to start this new adventure.

What an emoticon resource to find so closeby!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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4/15/12 5:23 P

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This was my status today: "There is no biochemistry outside awareness; every cell in your body is totally aware of how you think & feel about yourself." --Deepak Chopra. So cultivate empowering thoughts & feelings!--me

One of my SAssy sisters on another team has been experiencing an astounding physical transformation--greatly increased energy and mobility. She credits work she's been doing with quantum healing. There are various resources out there. I'm particularly fond of Deepak Chopra. In fact I had ordered a large print version of one of his newer books, Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, from the library to read when I'm on the elliptical machine at the gym. (A sweaty nose makes it hard to use reading glasses to decipher small print.) I started the introduction today during my elliptical workout, and a couple pages in I began crying because it is so beautiful, so empowering, so filled with hope!

If you are tired of struggling, I invite you to check out Wispy's team QUANTUM HEALING FOR LIFE CHANGING SUCCESS (she has different resources that she uses), or any books by Deepak Chopra. Let the healing begin!
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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12/11/11 11:32 A

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Here's a great blog on Keeping the Balance for the Holidays www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


 current weight: 149.0 
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Thanks for sharing, I will make this a sticky topic.

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Sorry, I wasn't sure where to post this; several of my other teams have a thread for for sharing tips, links, resources and such. Last night, I wanted to earn a few more Spark Points (yep, SPoints junkie here!) so I checked out the motivational articles, and found a good one on in-the-moment responses to stress that can help combat emotional eating. Very good tips! I printed them out, and am sharing them with several teams.
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


 current weight: 149.0 
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