Friday, August 14, 2015

Start Where You Are - And The Winner Is ....

Over the last few days I've been blogging about this book, "Start Where You Are, a Journal for Self-Exploration."

The winner of the free copy of the book is - Danette W.  I have contacted Danette via email.  Thanks to all who participated in the giveaway.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Start Where You Are - A Giveaway

Over the last few days I've been blogging about this book, "Start Where You Are, a Journal for Self-Exploration."

A giveaway for this book will begin now run for a week.  The winner will be shipped a free copy of this book by the publisher. (Blogger, Facebook & Twitter do not endorse this contest) One winner will be chosen at random via the rafflecopter tool.  The winner will be notified via email.  The winner will provide their shipping address for delivery.



Today's quote is:

Be Yourself.  Everyone else is already taken.  - Oscar Wilde

The exercise asks me to draw a picture of myself using colors and patterns that reflect who I am.  We have already established that I am not big in the drawing department but I can do some electronic art that will get the job done.

So for those who may not know me.  This is who I am.

I am a lover of all things wild.  I love flowers, trees, I love birds and bees.  I love earthlings.




I love jewelry and wire.  I love pottery and life.




I'm a dreamer.  I'm a worker and a doer.  I am a cog in the wheel and like to get things done.  I give until I can give no more. I am a faithful friend and a worthy adversary.

I can be your best ally or your worse enemy.



All these things make me.



Thanks for taking this journey with me.  Be sure to enter to win on this last day of the contest.  I'll pull the winner and you'll get your free copy of this book.




Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Start Where You Are - A Giveaway

Over the last few days I've been blogging about this book, "Start Where You Are, a Journal for Self-Exploration."

A giveaway for this book will begin now run for a week.  The winner will be shipped a free copy of this book by the publisher. (Blogger, Facebook & Twitter do not endorse this contest) One winner will be chosen at random via the rafflecopter tool.  The winner will be notified via email.  The winner will provide their shipping address for delivery.





One thing my journey thought self exploration has taught me, is that no matter what you do in life there will be those who are going to run you down.  Accepting that is one of the hardest this I've ever had to do.

An example would be my weight.  I probably well about 200 lbs and wear a size 16-20 depending on the maker of the clothes.  A few years ago I decided that I really needed to lose weight.  I went vegetarian and exercised 45 minutes every morning at the local gym and walked in the evening.  I even RAN.  I got down to a size 8 in off the rack Levi Jeans. Because my max weight has been 400 lbs, I have a lot of loose and saggy skin.  The less fat under that skin the more saggy I became.  I had floppy breasts and a flat butt.  I didn't "feel" sexy.  But everyone always said, oh you look so good.  You're so fit.  I bet you're so happy now.  And I wasn't.  I hated myself.  I was spending 2-3 hours a day on something that was making me unhappy.

Hubby got me a DNA test kit for my birthday.  As I uploaded my DNA to several sites to see where I came from, what kind of diseases I was prone to, I stumbled across a very interesting piece of information.  People with my DNA have to exercise 90% harder and 90% more often to get 50% of the results as someone without my DNA.  This is why all the people in my family were larger. Our DNA made us larger.

I decided one day that I didn't want to spend 2-3 hours working out.  I would rather spend that time with my hubby.  I would rather read a book, or make jewelry.  So that's what I did.  Yes, I weight more, and people judge me.  They look at what I used to look like and what I look like now and asked me things like,  "Why are you fat now?"  "What happened?"  "Did you get lazy?"

Yes, I am fat now, What happened was I opened my eyes and realized that fitting into a size pants only matters if it matters to you. Did I get lazy?  Well, people who know me, know my schedule and what I do, I think they know the answer for that.  Take a moment and decide what is right for you. If fitting in the  lowest size you can is what you need to do, go for it.  Just give other people the same courtesy.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Start Where You Are - Giveaway

Over the last few days I've been blogging about this book, "Start Where You Are, a Journal for Self-Exploration."

A giveaway for this book will begin now run for a week.  The winner will be shipped a free copy of this book by the publisher. (Blogger, Facebook & Twitter do not endorse this contest) One winner will be chosen at random via the rafflecopter tool.  The winner will be notified via email.  The winner will provide their shipping address for delivery.




The quote today is:

I'm a great believer in luck & I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. - Thomas Jefferson

The exercise asks us to list things that I have to work for in one column and how to get them without luck in the second.

Luck is very interesting to me.  As a Pagan person I believe that what we send out returns to us.  So if you're a douche, you'll get douche in return.  Some go a step further and say that it will return times three or that karma will get you.  I'm not one that necessarily goes that deep into it.

Here is what I believe.

If you are a grumpy negative person who complains all the time, generally speaking people are not going to want to be around you, or help you. You'll have fewer friends, fewer pathways for relationship building and therefore be a lonelier person.  On the other hand, if you're a happy positive person, who tries to do nice things for other, helps people when you can and are over all just a pretty good Joe, people will return that to you in kind.

There are natural laws that cannot be changed.  If I have three dollars in my pocket, being nice to the guy next door isn't going to make my 3 dollar turn into 6 dollars.   But, if I am nice to the guy next door, he might offer to cut my grass, or help me get to the store, or maybe trade some of my hen eggs for a bag of flour.  These possibilities wouldn't be there if he thought I was a mean person.  That doesn't mean that I'm a door mat either.  I have people in my life that I will call the Takers.  The Takers always show up with life is good with their hand out.  They want you to give to this cause or that cause.  They always want something.  When you take care of yourself instead of donating to their cause, you're a vile evil human.  They run you down.  That is what Takers do.  Takers are not concerned with your well being.  They do not care if they hurt you, or those you care about in order to get what they want out of life.  This is where the giver has to step back and say, no more.  Know that what you have you have worked for, it wasn't given to you by others,  your sweat and indeed luck helped you be where you are today.

Remember, givers need to set limits because takers rarely do.  - Irma Kurtz


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Friday, August 7, 2015

Start Where You Are - Giveaway

Over the last few days I've been blogging about this book, "Start Where You Are, a Journal for Self-Exploration."

A giveaway for this book will begin now run for a week.  The winner will be shipped a free copy of this book by the publisher. (Blogger, Facebook & Twitter do not endorse this contest) One winner will be chosen at random via the rafflecopter tool.  The winner will be notified via email.  The winner will provide their shipping address for delivery.




The quote today is from one of my favorite books.  The author chose "No one has ever become poor by giving."  - Anne Frank

The exercise is to think of something you have given recently and to draw it.

I don't draw well so my page is blank, but I can say that today I made a bourbon butter cake.  It was delightful.  I decided that I would share it with my aunt and a family friend.  Hubby and I cut the cake in thirds and went about to deliver it to each of their homes.  It wasn't a huge thing.  I did make it from scratch by creaming the butter myself, Hubby helping by alternating the wet and dry ingredients. It was indeed a labor of love. Food for the soul.  Something we created together to share with those we cared about.

It was fantastic.

Don't forget to enter the contest for this wonderful book and leave me a message about what you have given recently.