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Yesterday’s Failure:Tomorrow’s Success

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Yesterday’s Failure:Tomorrow’s Success

I didn’t make the steps. I really don’t like the word failed, but that’s what I did. I failed the steps. If I had passed, I would have tracked a million of the little critters between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This is my fourth year. I have never not met my goal.   As is probably typical with people who fail in some way, I kicked myself for having had the confidence to believe I would succeed in the first place. Next, I kicked myself for having told anyone that I would be attempting it. Next, I kicked myself for not being better prepared.   By the time I took the final count of...

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Hamstrings so Tight I Could Pluck Them

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Hamstrings so Tight I Could Pluck Them

Wow, what a week. What a grueling, painful week, especially for my hips and hamstrings. But, oh, the rewards that can come from such pain. As with every other worthwhile pursuit, your health and wellness takes great effort to build but can slip through your fingers before you realize it. At least that’s the way it is for me. As late as November, I was working out an average of five days a week. My step was light. My breathing was deep. My sleep was restful. Then I thought I’d give myself a break from working so hard…just through the holiday season, you know? Then just...

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Seeds and Scraps of Hope

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Seeds and Scraps of Hope

Spring’s kind of a hard time of year for me. Surprised? It hasn’t always been that way. Just the last few years. Since both my mom and dad transitioned from this life in the spring season, I find myself becoming very self-reflective right about now. In between the grieving, I re-evaluate things. I examine details of my life from different angles, deciding what to start, what to keep, and what to let go. I keep moving but, gosh, all this emotional wrestling wears me out. This year, I thought it might help to have something to look forward to as I go through all of this grieving,...

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The Spiritual Journey of Essential Oils

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The Spiritual Journey of Essential Oils

My son calls it voodoo magic. I call it health and wellness. I’m a big fan of aromatherapy, daily employing the use of essential oils in my cleansing and skin-care regimen. I use oils in diffusers to keep my energy and concentration levels high during the day. I inhale the scents of the oils first over trying a pain medication for a headache. And I’m just barely scratching the surface. Aromatherapy has experienced a resurgence as of late. Our heightened awareness of the use and side effects of synthetics, coupled with the increased availability of information, has refueled the...

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Just Another Day in the Life of a Sinner — Investing in Only Me Work

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Just Another Day in the Life of a Sinner — Investing in Only Me Work

I blew right through a stop sign the other day. I really have no excuse. We were traveling a street I know well. I had no visual obstructions. There were no distractions, either in the car or on the road. Yet as I came upon the intersection with the glaring red octagon-shaped sign, my husband said, “I guess you’re not going to stop, huh?” I felt dumb. It was so obvious once John pointed it out. I had allowed my mind to wander to the point that I wasn’t even paying attention to where I was going. Where I had come from. Where I was at that moment. What a visual for my life. This last year was...

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Putting a Price on a Dream

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Putting a Price on a Dream

  I don’t know. Is there something a little “off” about all of this? Do people do this all over the world? Do people in other countries, for instance, actually pay to park their vehicles and then willingly part with more of their hard-earned cash for the privilege of walking around for hours, listening to one infomercial after another, the way we do when we attend expo events like the West Michigan Home and Garden Show? Do they typically fork over bills in the double digits for a hot dog and a Coke? No window shopping here. My husband and I were paying just to breathe the air last...

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