The Best Kind of Motivation

The Best Kind of Motivation

 

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Back when I first began my journey to get healthy…..

….I made a list.

I started it because I think I read in a motivation book somewhere that you if you fail to plan, you plan to fail and if you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there and if you don’t stand for something…..

….you’ll fall for anything.

(total aside:  just between us….I think the last one is from a vintage country song).

Whatever.  You get the point….which is that sometimes a list of goals….all those hopes and dreams written down in black and white on the back of a coffee-stained envelope….can be a powerful motivator.

I never really told anyone about writing the list down.  I think I thought people might think it was silly or inconsequential or not even achievable.  And if I failed to plan or didn’t know where I was going or didn’t achieve anything….no one would know.  Then I placed in a drawer for months  and on a really tough day when Pringle’s cans were calling my name and Oreos were asking me to dance and visions of salsa and chips danced ’round my head….

….I would pull out the list and stare at it.

And sigh.

And set my chin up and my blinders on and straighten my shoulders and brush my teeth.

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The Rest of the Story

The Rest of the Story

 

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Welcome back rock star.

If you missed the epic beginning of the story of our jump and where it all began and the first part of the tour of the house that we lived in before Thistlewood….you can start here.

Before we begin I have to tell you how much I loved all the comments on the last post.

I read each and everyone….but the second comment down literally made me laugh out loud and almost spit out my coffee….

“Sweetie, they were fighting against the empire, not for it. (are you sure that your husband proofread this)

Loved the tour anyway.”

Exactly.

The commenter was so right.

And I did read the post to my husband (who is a huge Star Wars fan).

But he looked so cute trying to explain the entire story line of all of the Star Wars movies in about five minutes…..

….that I kind of got distracted. :) Continue reading


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The House Before Thistlewood

The House Before Thistlewood

 
living room Remember the first time you watched Star Wars?

(total aside:  me either….I had to look up all these Star Wars details to make my point).

Remember Luke and Leia and Darth Vader and Han Solo and Chewbacca and C3PO  and R2-D2?

(case in point….my husband pointed out that I had neglected to capitalize the names of the robots.  Who knew?)

And you cheered them on and watched them fight against the empire and train to be Jedi knights and destroy the enemy and let the force be with them.

Then three Star Wars movies later…..

…..you find out all about the beginning.

This post is exactly like that…..

….except without Yoda. :) Continue reading


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Better Than a Hallmark Movie

Better Than a Hallmark Movie

 
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Back in pre-historic times when the dinosaurs ruled the earth and I started blogging….

…..I met this blogger.

Don’t you love a story that begins like that?

Actually I think I met her house first.  I found her front door on Pinterest and followed it to her kitchen and the tiny cobblestones that surrounded her home.  And I left a comment on her blog full of so many exclamation points that it broke every rule in the MLA handbook.

I remember thinking that was the end of the conversation.  I mean….after all…..she was a designer.  A real designer.  With clients and a portfolio and beautiful homes she had furnished from shops I had only read about in magazines.

And I was a blogger.  A blogger who shopped at the side of the road and (even better)…..

…..the side of the lake. :)

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Sometimes All You Need Is a Pair of Stinky Shoes

Sometimes All You Need Is a Pair of Stinky Shoes

 

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This is the week that school started.

Finally.

Can we still be friends…..

……if I tell you I’ve been waiting for this week all summer?

Every time I picked up a pair of flip-flops off the floor or washed stacks of bowls etched with dried-on fruit loops or sorted through wet beach towels left in the back hall or swept up tiny pieces of paper scattered all over the floor or gathered up the stinky tennis shoes from every corner of the house…..

….I sighed.

And waited patiently for the days of sparkling clean floors and quiet.Continue reading


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Never Let a Can of Pringles Come Between You and Your Dreams

Never Let a Can of Pringles Come Between You and Your Dreams

 
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Tomorrow has always been my favorite day.

It’s the day where I get everything done.

You know.  As in….

Tomorrow I’m going to get healthy.

Tomorrow I’m going to exercise.

Tomorrow I’m going to eat right.

Tomorrow beets and broccoli and cauliflower will be my new favorite food.

Tomorrow, tomorrow…..I love you tomorrow…..you’re only a day a way.  

Except.

For me…..usually my much-anticipated-constantly-promised-over-achieving tomorrow…..

…..never arrives.

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The App That Inspired Me to Tell My Story

The App That Inspired Me to Tell My Story

 

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If you have read this blog for more than two minutes…..

….you know I love to tell stories.

Like the time I found out I was a Venn Diagram.

Or the time my roast became the talk of the county.

And the time my Mayflower table came to town.

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A Fathers Words of Wisdom

A Fathers Words of Wisdom

 

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I grew up in a household full of love and joy and creative individuals….a band of merry men….

…..led by the merriest of them all.

My father was the heartbeat of our home.

He knew every single element on the periodic table and every detail of the revolutionary war and could sing every verse of the Battle Hymn of the Republic in a perfect tune he strummed out on his guitar.  He was witty and funny and kind and generous and when he talked to you….

…he had the amazing ability to make you feel like you were the only person in the room.

And that you could climb mountains.

Probably backwards…..carrying your brother in a wheelbarrow. :) Continue reading


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