Birthdays are special. I believe it is a day to celebrate the new beginning that occurs when a person is born. Each year we have the opportunity celebrate the past year and look forward to another year of growth, love and gratitude. It’s like our own personal New Year celebration.
Today is my 42nd birthday. No, I don’t care if you know how old I am. I am proud of all the years I have lived.
I have made many mistakes along the way. Everyone of them helped me to know what I didn’t want from life.
There have been many trials. I have buried a father and a daughter, both too soon. The pain I endured grieving for them makes me cherish those that I love all the more. Knowing at any moment they may not be around for me to say “I Love You” even one more time makes each
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2012 is here. There has been a lot of talk about the changes to come in 2012. Nostradamus predicted unprecedented political, climate, and financial changes that would alter our world from this point on. There is evidence many of these things are coming to pass. We are just starting to come out of the worst economic decline we have seen since the Great Depression. Weather patterns are bringing damage and chaos to many parts of the world. In the Northeast alone we have suffered from a tornado, earthquake, hurricane which brought devastating flooding and a freak snow storm in October but no snow for Christmas. I have lived my whole life in the Northeast and have never seen such destructive weather hit all in one year. In addition, the unrest of oppressed people has toppled long-standing regimes and brought political unrest throughout the world.
What hasn’t gotten any air time
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by Tamara Flanders
Guilt: The state of being responsible for the commission of an offense. Nourish: To provide with food or other substances necessary for life and growth. To keep alive.
Food guilt. It creeps up in the most vulnerable of places. If you suffer from food guilt, you know it’s path all too well. You’re hungry. Your body is asking for food. You make a choice, good or bad, and all the time you are eating it, you’re calculating calories, point value, how many ingredients are in there that you “shouldn’t be eating” and the entire meal is ruined.
The guilt manifests. It makes you do crazy things like obsess about calories, restrict food, even when you are dizzy from hunger. It makes you over eat, because you were already “bad”, so why not keep going. It makes you doubt your worth, your right to a healthy and satisfied body,
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Love and gratitude permeate the air this holiday season. It is the one time a year, we collectively look around and appreciate those in our lives. We celebrate and remind each other of what makes life truly valuable (I’m not talking about presents . There is no better time to give thanks for our life and look forward to new beginnings as we start another year.
In our family we celebrate several traditions. Today we celebrate Solstice which is the change between autumn and winter. It is the darkest day of the year. The celebration is to welcome back the return of the light. We share our hopes for the coming year and celebrate with a ceremony, a time of giving and a feast.
We also celebrate Christmas and Santa. But today is Solstice so I want to share my Solstice tradition of sharing a wish. Wishes are like free magic.
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I was stumbling around online the other night and came across this. It felt true so I thought I would share it. (By the way, if you enjoy random interesting information you should use Stumbleupon. You find the coolest things.)
Cherie Carter-Scott references the following quote as the basis for her rules for being human: “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” (Helen Keller)
Ten Rules for Being Human
by Cherie Carter-Scott
You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, “life”. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work”. Lessons are repeated until
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This weekend my girl/boy twins turned 4 years old. Birthdays are generally for the people who were born but as a mother it is a celebration as well. We survived the early years of long, tiring days and sleepless nights. Nursing until past their 2nd birthday and the general terror of two beings able to perform fatal acts. This weekend I celebrated the hard work of mothering and treated myself to reflecting on all our accomplishments and struggles over the years. We have all come so far in the past 4 years. I encourage all moms to celebrate their role in the birth of their children. Whether biological or adopted mothers play a key role in a child’s living in this life. Moms deserve a little recognition for the hard work that they do.
The 4’s have also brought a new stage of development for the kids, Opposition. You know that
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Phew! What a week. I am just now getting back to my computer to work again. I can’t believe how much trouble a little snow can cause. I grew up in Syracuse, NY. Never heard of it? Well, it’s known for having exceptionally high levels of snow during the winter. Actually, it has been known to get more snow than any other U.S. city. Not sure if that is still true after the past few winters. Buffalo, NY has really been giving Syracuse a run for its money. This is all to say, I am familiar with the effect of a heavy snow fall. Been there, done that.
You might imagine how odd it felt last week to pack up my kids and drive the 4 hours to Syracuse to escape the 15–20 inches of snow at our home in New England. My Syracuse friends did not miss the irony. According
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Anyone with children knows how hard the early days are. Babies, while needing many hours of sleep a day, don’t feel the need to make those hours consecutive. As a nursing mom I was always the one getting up with every feeding and late night waking. Multiply that by two and it makes ideal conditions for sleep deprivation. Since I stopped sleeping through the night around the beginning of the third trimester I figure I didn’t get more than 4 consecutive hours of sleep for about 3 years.
During that time I wasn’t taking the best care of myself. I made sure I got the basic nutrients but moved through my days in a foggy haze. 4 years later I realize I am 4 sizes bigger than I started. Not my finest hour. Last spring, as my energy was picking up and I was feeling more like a woman and less
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A lot can be said for standing back to observe how people talk about their life and goals. I was recently visiting a new forum for people wanting support around getting healthy. The forum was broken out into different forums for losing weight or training for an event. I started in the training forum to see what was happening.
The training forum was full of celebrations. Members cheering each other on. Very high energy and exciting. I felt my spirit lift and I started dreaming about running. The body feels so strong after a good workout.
In the forum for losing weight, the mood was somber. The posts riddled with comments like, “struggling”, “my goal is to…,” “I have to…”. All of the statements were externally focused and laced with the feeling of discouragement. The frustration and lost hope made some of the posts too hard to read.
I was struck
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