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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

I took the road less traveled, and that has made all the difference.- Robert Frost

It is so important to have motivation in all areas of life. Without being motivated, the simplest tasks would fall to the wayside, making our life not as pleasant to live. The more important things in life would never be realized without motivation. We would have no food, no clothes, or wouldn't be motivated enough to even get dressed or showered. We most certainly wouldn't be motivated enough to make an income for ourselves. Motivation can make or break you. All to often in my line of work, I have seen this, and it is extremely tragic for all family members involved.

You see, motivation is not a given gift, I believe it is something learned and cultivated. Through our daily chores, boundaries and rules, we are taught from a very early age to have motivation. Motivation to complete a task, earn praise, or a reward for having achieved your goal. If this is not achieved, we are reprimanded and disciplined. Unfortunately not everybody is taught this way. Some are raised with little or no boundaries.

This prepares us for the next large step, which is school. They teach you more about motivation through learning how to create goals for yourself, and how to have the motivation to achieve those goals. That is the biggest lesson I believe that is taught in school. I used to believe school was just about Mathematics, or History, but the lessons taught go much deeper.

Where boundaries, chores, and discipline are lacking...usually motivation is lacking as well.
If you keep your eye on the end result, it drives you to succeed. Motivation is the thing that drives you forward, and helps you achieve your dreams. Never lose site of the pot at the end of the rainbow, and never lose site of your motivation-it will carry you forward to achieve all of your dreams!!!
Tackle it Tuesday-My Dishwasher

Special Thank You to Janice over at 5 minutes for mom for the fantastic meme idea! I'm sure many will thank you for this theme! From one paper collector to another!

My Project this week was to tackle is the top of my portable dishwasher, which has many uses and purposes, in our kitchen including my kids craft center which attracts paper, food and any kind of junk that doesn't have a home.



Join Us For Tackle It Tuesday!

Find out more about it here.

I will link to any of you who are also playing along, so add a comment and/or email me.

The project can be little or big – whatever you want. Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done.

This is raw, blogging vulnerability.

Some publish intimate details about their personal lives on the internet – but we are going to do something far more terrifying. We are going to photograph and publish the very corners, closets and piles of clutter and chaos that we are most ashamed of – the very places we work so hard for no one to ever see.

I want us to celebrate together the little steps of victory as other Tackle It Tuesday participants and I tackle each project, one by one.

Add your URL, so that we can share our Tackle it Tuesday Projects!

Thanks for the incentive Janice! Can't wait for us all to share!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

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Thirteen Things That Inspired Me Today

In no particular order

1. My 5 year old daughter Courtnay singing at the top of her lungs to "When the Night Feels My Song" by Bedouin Soundclash.

2. Taylor Hicks, the Newest American Idol. Yaaaaaaayyyyyy Soul Patrol!

3. Purchasing the coolest Birthday Present for my 3 year old...the Six Flags Three in One Activity Slide/Pool. Imagining the look on her face when she opens the gift inspired me!

4. I have just been employed with Child and Family Services, and the thought of working with foster children inspired me to redeem my Airmiles for free movie passes.

5. A kind man who was hearing impaired and down on his luck wanted to give me a pen in exchange for a donation. I gave him $10.00 and told him to keep the pen. He inspired me to always be generous.

6. Janice from 5 Minutes for Mom inspired me to Tackle it Tuesday, and clean an area of my house that I've been procrastinating about for ages, even though it isn't Tuesday today.

7. My husband inspired me to count my blessings today. He gave me time to myself on the computer while he took the two girls out for a walk to the Bird Sanctuary, a place we all love.

8. My 23 year old sister was preapproved for a mortgage today! She made me so proud!

9. My husband who weighs 140 lbs soken wet forgot his lunch today, which inspired me to bring him a Big Mac and Supersized fries to work so he doesn't whittle away!

10. Stuart Little inspired me in "Call of the Wild 3" when he single handedly took on the beast in the forest and won! He taught me that even when the odds are against you, anything is possible!

11. My Nanny inspired me today. She agreed to subscribe to Lifeline even though she really doesn't want it. She inspired me to have humility, and grab life by the tail!

12. I tried on last years bathing suit, which inspired me to consider rejoining weight watchers (I am not a lifetime member, but have been a member for life).

13. My 5 year old inspired me to enjoy life. She pranked me by hiding in the closet today, jumped out at me which made me hit the roof. (Her favorite show is Prank Patrol)

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Last evening, I had the pleasure of watching Oprah's Legends Weekend. I found it interesting, because Oprah has already become a legend in life, and there couldn't have been a more perfect host for such an event. Oprah is the most inspiring, amazing woman of our time. The Legends weekend really touched the heart, with famous african american women being celebrated like Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Cicely Tyson, Shirley Caesar just to name a few. These legends paved the way for us all, through segregation, and oppression but also strengthened women's rights everywhere. I don't believe anybody who watched the Legends weekend had a dry eye within the first 15 minutes of watching. I had chills during the Luncheon when the young'uns recited each of the legends names and repeated, We Speak Your Name, We Speak Your Name. Oprah gave a gift at the luncheon of beautiful diamond earrings that were just breathtaking in Oprah style. It was so generous, but that is Oprah's nature, she touches lives.

The highlight for me, had to be on the Sunday morning, at Brunch when they had the church of Oprah! There were gospel singers, and with so much talent in the room, it was inevitable that the microphone would be passed around to the greatest gospel legends like Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, Dianna Ross, and Gladys Knight just to name a few.....

It was a celebration of the women who paved the way for us to be free, and live in a free society as strong free women. Thank you Oprah for sharing such an amazing event for all of us women to say thanks!

Monday, May 22, 2006

I must admit, I am a little behind the times, with reading literature. Having a 5 year old, and a 3 year old has made reading anything other than Robert Munsch, Dr. Seuss and Adele Faber next near to impossible. However, I have just began reading the DaVinci Code, by Dan Brown; it was something I just couldn't resist.

Due to all of the coverage it has been receiving, I usually stay away from literature that has been talked about to pieces, but it looks so intriguing, I just couldn't resist. Since purchasing the book, I have not been able to put it down. I was very impressed about how Dan Brown engages his readers into action right from the first page to the last.

I'm one of those people that need to read the literature, before hitting the movie theatre. The novel always seems to be better at filling in the blanks, than the movie. I hope I am going to be pleasantly surprised. So far, the novel is living up to the fanfare. If the movie lives up to the novel, this will be a must see movie at the box office.

Monday, May 15, 2006

I am a huge Weight Watchers fan, having been a member off and on for , well, let's be honest, most of my life. I have many weaknesses, but one of the biggest weakness I have is for Cheesecake! I was so excited to see a recipe from the Weight Watchers website for Mini Cherry Cheesecakes!

POINTS® value 3 Core Recipe
Servings 12
Preparation Time 20 min
Cooking Time 15 min
Level of Difficulty Easy

No lie! You'll cut down on calories in these luscious cherry treats if you use fat-free and light cream cheese and light pie filling.

8 average graham cracker(s), mashed into crumbs
2 Tbsp reduced-calorie margarine, melted
4 oz fat-free cream cheese
4 oz light cream cheese
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 large egg white(s)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup sugar
20 oz light fruit pie filling, cherry, warmed

Place 12 cupcake liners in a cupcake pan. Combine graham cracker crumbs and margarine; mix well. Spoon 1 tablespoon of crumb mixture into bottom of each liner and press down gently. Refrigerate until ready to fill.

Beat cream cheeses until fluffy and add lemon juice, egg whites, vanilla extract and sugar; beat until smooth. Spoon cream cheese mixture evenly into crumb cups. Bake at 375°F for 15 minutes. Cool.

Top each cheese cake with 1 tablespoon cherry pie filling.

(Source from Weight Watchers.com)

I must say, when I saw this, I was a little skeptical...after all, most recipes never taste exactly the same when you skinny on the ingredients, but this one was heavenly! And I usually prefer the kind of cheesecake that are "no bake." (I am a no fuss, no muss kind of baker LOL)