Come visit me!

If you are anything like me, you’re watching with regret as summer fades fast into our not-too-distant memories as autumn takes over and little gremlins and goblins get prepared to harvest a stash of candy in the coming weeks. 

Campton Farm Stand

A local farm and farm stand

And again, if you’re anything like me, then you’re also dreading the inevitable winter season (I am no snowbunny and never tried on skis) and all that it entails.  Flu and cold season tends to come on with a vengeance during the coming months, especially for kids in school and work-a-holics (such as I tend to be from time to time) at work.  I cannot do anything about the snow and cold air, but I can offer you Reliv nutrition to mitigate the raviges of the flu and cold season.  I and my family are rarely sick because we live Reliv for our lives.  Wellnes and focus are more than reality for us, it’s a daily lifestyle that we will never give up!

I invite you to come out and visit me tomorrow, October 17th at CLM’s Wellness Fair in Derry, NH from 11am to 1pm.  If you’re interested, please drop me a line and I will be glad to provide you further detais.  Let me share with you what Reliv can do for you and yours!

In the meantime, I wish you all health wellness and financial peace, not in this season, but in all the seasons to come!

Sincerely,

Steph

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Got Freedom? Give Thanks (and remember)!

It’s the Friday before Memorial Day and I have it off. I’ve been looking forward to this day off for some time. It’s the first time in as long as I can remember where I’ve had a day off and I’m by myself and not ill with some flu or cold-bug. For some, they wouldn’t know what to do with themselves, especially those who are work-a-holics or just plain busy. I am not a work-a-holic, but I am very busy and I didn’t have any trouble developing a plan for the day.

Yes, I could have stayed home and done nothing but lie around all day. And I probably could have used it. But instead, I chose to create a to-do list and get some stuff accomplished. I mailed out some important paperwork, picked up some important mail, finally got a hair cut and a partial color after more than six months going without, and am sitting here in a garage shop while some guys work on my husband’s truck to get it up to snuff for inspection.

But despite all that “important” stuff, the real important thing to do this weekend is to remember…. To memorialize. I will take some time today and over this weekend to say “thanks” to those who gave their lives so I could be free. Freedom has no price tag but that of “priceless” and that’s because some gave all for all of us to be free. Please don’t take our freedoms for granted. Don’t let them go without a fight. Because when you do, those who lost their lives, lost their lives in vain and that would be the sorriest statement of all. Remember. Remembrance, Memorialize and be grateful in an open and honest way.

God bless you, the reader, and God bless our troops of past, present and future.

Steph

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Got disease? Get hope!

Every Monday night (with a few holiday exceptions), our local Reliv support group hosts a LIVE testimonial call for REAL people who have achieved amazing health results from Reliv nutrition and can share just exactly how they overcame their health challenge with others looking for some hope.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity if you can!  The details are below; however, if you can’t join us tonight, then please check out my “testimonials” resource page on my blog, linked above.

MONDAY NIGHT STORY CALL We have a great call lined up for this Monday, May 16 @ 8:00 PM EST (Eastern Standard Time)

The number to call is:                712-775-7300      ,Enter PIN: 433318 followed by the “#” key.

The Hosting Ambassador is:   Brit Lay

Invite your guests, customers and down-line to listen in! Discover why Reliv has become such an instrumental part of so many lives and how both the products and business can dramatically improve the quality of life and lifestyle!  

Stories include:

Lyme

Fibromyalgia

Bone on bone knees

Arthritis

High blood pressure

Migraines

Cholesterol

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Be of Good Cheer!

April showers bring May flowers…. or in our case, may flies!  Spring is finally here!  I have daffodils blooming in my front yard (they grow despite my black thumb, God bless’m!).  I love spring.  New life comes forth from the cold, dark brown earth of the melted snows of winter.  Spring is my favorite followed closely by autumn.  It’s a reasonable season:  not too hot, not too cold, not too many bugs and just plain comfortable!  How can ya hate it?

Memorial Day will be here before we know it (I love long weekends!) and I’m looking forward to the extended weekend where I can celebrate my husband’s birthday in conjunction with the holiday.  I’m hoping to take him out to dinner – someplace nice where we have to dress up a little bit.  I’d love to don the red dress I married him in and be as beautiful as I can be (feeling a tad inspired by the royal wedding, I guess).  I’m hoping by the end of May, I’ll have dropped a few more pounds and toned up some more so that red dress will look fantastic and he’ll be proud that I’m his wife (he already is, but I would like to add a exclamation point to it, if you know what I mean).

Ron and I on our wedding day

Married in our back yard on 4th of July

If you haven’t been following me on Facebook, I have been posting my meager progress (but progress none-the-less) of my training for my half marathon that I will be running towards the end of this year.  Currently I’m starting off “at the beginning” with the Couch-to-5K plan and then graduating to something bigger after that.  I’ve also been using Reliv Simplicity to lose weight and I’ve lost a few pounds since starting about 3-4 weeks ago.   I’ve lost about 4 inches total in the four body areas I measure so far, so I’m feeling good about that.  I’m a little dejected that my progress is slow, pitifully so.  But I need to remember that slow progress is more likely to be permanent.  I just started Week 4 of the plan today and I alternate with some strength training upper body workouts on non-running days.

I’m looking forward to the half marathon later on in the year.  I will get to run that with my best friend from Tennessee.  We ran the Music City Half Marathon in 2007 together and barely survived! (LOL).  This year, we hope to do better than “just survive” over the finish line.  I’m training and she’s training too.  It’ll be good to see her and to achieve another monumental race together.  This year is going to be a monumental year if I have anything to say about it!

I didn’t make any new year’s resolutions.  I analyzed myself to figure out how I can best make a realistic (but challenging) goal and how I can best commit to achieving it.  What I did first is commit to running a half marathon.  Then I looked for a pre-made plan to begin training.  I found one and committed to it as I did on the 21 day fast I did at the beginning of the year.  If I can do a 21 day fast, I can commit to this training no problem.  So far, I am succeeding in remaining true to my commitment.  That is so very important to me.  My biggest challenge is my eating habits and losing weight.  I will overcome!  I have a husband who is extremely supportive, and a few close friends cheering me on quietly.  And my commitment to self is the backbone of it all.   I have nothing to be ashamed about considering all of this.

What are your goals?  What are you doing to make this year memorable?  Do you have a family that needs more of you?  Are you unhappy in your job and need a change of employment?  Are you stuck in a ‘box’ and need to get out?   Whatever the case may be, don’t let this year be “lukewarm.”  Challenge yourself.  Be bold!  Don’t fear commitment, jump in with both feet!  Get an accountability partner and accomplish something you can tell your grandkids about someday!

Have a wonderful first week of May everyone!

Most sincerely,

Steph

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“PRINCESS of MISCHIEF STEPHANIE” (a.k.a. “P.M.S.”)

sourced from Foster's Daily Democrat online

A Jammer getting slammered

That is what I decided my roller derby moniker would be should I ever have the time, money and where-with-all to join such a motley (fun) crew!  Roller derby?  Why, yes!  This past weekend, I and my mother attended our first ever Roller Derby bout.  It was the season opener of the NH Roller Derby where we got to watch the Seabrook Meltdowns go up against the Granite Skate Troopers.  The whole event was a marvel to watch.  Not only did the players dress in “motley crew” attire with nicknames to make any Mama proud, but also the referees had applicable intimidating nicknames (i.e. Van GoToTheBox).

The Pre-bout introductionsWe were in good company Saturday evening, when about half the audience raised their hands to indicate this was their first derby bout.  The ladies of the derby were gracious enough to go through a run through of what roller derby is:  rules, player roles, and objectives.  Yes, this whole event had a lot of “showboating” type entertainment, but it’s still very much a serious sport.  Those ladies are very competitive and it’s a contact sport to rival hockey (in my humble opinion) so the fragile and scared probably shouldn’t apply (although there were several thin ladies out in the rink Saturday night that had their own brand of toughness – so looks are deceiving!)

The fans in the stands that are regulars aren’t as flashy with their attire but they are very boisterous for their teams.   One group of male fans came equipped with trash can tops, plastic buckets, and some sort of horn to be a make shift “Stomp”-like band for the Granite Skate Troopers.   It was quite interesting to watch.  It’s a lively sport, with lively fans and I don’t even know where it came from!  I imagine if I wanted to get all nerdy, I could do some research into the sport, but for now I’ll forgo the aforementioned research project and enjoy being a newly-acquired fan.

I had the pleasure of meeting some of the ladies of the NH Roller Derby back in February, when I attended the WZID Women’s EXPO.  They are normal every day gals, like the rest of us, but they obviously enjoy an ‘edge’ to their life with their involvement in this sport.   They invited my mother and I to one of their games when we met them at the EXPO.  I’m glad we  were able to take them up on their offer.  I had a good time.   Due to reasons I cannot disclose here, my mother and I had to leave the venue just as they were beginning overtime due to a tie bout (70 to 70).

Watching the game Saturday brought a few childhood memories back of the days when I looked forward to going roller skating every weekend at the local roller skating rink across from the old Riverside Park grounds in Agawam, MA.   Those were the days of Space Invaders, Pac-Man and other pay-to-play video games found at such venues.   I loved roller skating.  I skated forwards, backwards and even took a figure skating class (in roller skates).  Doing the limbo on skates was fun too:  fond memories for me all around.  Even as I type this, a smile is spread across my face.

I may not don roller skates as the “Princess of Mischief Stephanie” (a.k.a. “PMS”) in a roller derby bout, but I may just try to find a local skating place and make a few rounds around the rink for old times’ sake.   Thank you, ladies of the NH Roller Derby for the walk down memory lane and a fun bout to watch.  I am sure I will be attending another sometime in the near future!

Wait!?  Who won?  The Seabrook Meltdowns did.  To learn more, check out this article about this very bout here.

Here’s to hoping you support your local women’s roller derby league!

Most sincerely,

“Princess of Mischief Stephanie”  (a.k.a. “P.M.S.”) 🙂

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Testimonials of lives completely changed by Reliv

The below is a powerful video with interviews about real people with real health problems and whose lives were changed drastically for the better due to the efficacy of nutrition in the human body- and not just any nutrition, but Reliv nutrition.  If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic degenerative disease such as diabetes, macular degeneration, Autism, ADD/ADHD, MS or digestive disorders, AND you need hope, then my strongest suggestion is for you to watch this video right now It is my wish for you today, that after viewing this video, you will not only have hope, but will embark on a road to better health that can completely change your life or the life of a loved one.   

If you want to learn more about Reliv and what it can do for you, please contact me in any of the following ways:

By email

Thru my Unleash The Energy Facebook Page

I hope, now, you know why it is that I am involved in Reliv:  to truly help enrich the lives of others as well as my family. 

Most Sincerely,

Stephanie

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Half Marathon Number 2!

Our first half marathon in Nashville 2007

Reaching for half marathon #2!

In February, I committed to running another half marathon with my best friend, Heather.  She is more like a sister than a best friend and we ran the 2007 Music City Half Marathon together in Nashville.  Neither one of us was really trained for that half marathon, but we did it anyway and we loved it.  Our goal was the cross the finish line without the aid of anyone else or an ambulance (for that matter).  We did.  Even now, as I type this blog, I am smiling at the memories.  The half marathon was combined with a full marathon and there were tens of thousands of participants in the combined event and it started at 8am, bright and early!

After the half marathon we went back to her place, took our 10 minute ice cold baths (as we were advised to do for muscle recovery) and then we napped… and napped and napped.  We awoke sometime later, and decided to make an evening in “Nash Vegas.”  We were sore but happy.  It is for this reason that I know that it’s a person’s spirit that can overcome nearly anything, even physical trauma (as was probably our case! LOL).

Enjoying a night on the town

The Night before the half marathon

Right after we finished the marathon we both felt like the walking dead, but we had smiles on our faces and we knew we’d probably do another one again together.  It’s been a few years since then and we’ve decided to commit to the half marathon here in Manchester, NH in early November.  It is a stark difference than the Music City half marathon in many ways:  more hills, New England, probably no music, and of course colder air.  So we’ll have to see how we do this time.  I think our goal is to finish in under 3 hours.  It’s a modest goal that I think we can accomplish, especially with our commitment to train better for this one.

The snow from this winter wasn’t willing to give up its hold on us in March like ususal, and brought a few snowstorms into April on us which prevented me from getting my treadmill out of storage and get it in place to begin training as soon as I wanted.  But now, with the treadmill out of storage, in place and a plan from active.com, I have earnest begun the first phase of my training as of last week.  The couch-to-5K training plan is a beginner’s plan (and unfortunately I need it) and one has to start somewhere.  I’m not sure what the plan is after I’ve completed the 9 week couch-to-5K plan, but I have 8 weeks to figure that out.

I’d like to think that by the time November does roll around, that I will have had enough training to successfully jog at least half the distance of the half marathon without walking at all.  The last half, who knows?  But we’ll see how I do.  Not only am I challenged with keeping to a workout schedule, but also losing weight and mitigating my bronchial asthma as I go.  So challenges everywhere I look, but I’m up to it!  Maybe through all this training and losing weight, my bronchial asthma will ease up.  I know that if I am faithful to using my Reliv products throughout, I won’t have any problems when I jump off that start line in November.

I am keeping track of my progress on the Team Reliv exercise challenge matrix under my Reliv distributor log on.  Reliv offers incentives to its distributors and registered customers to get active with the Team and offers prizes.  I’m not necessarily looking for any prizes, just meeting my goals and getting healthier.  If you would like to participate in Team Reliv’s Fitness Club challenge too, you can.  Check it out by clicking here.  You do not have to sign up to be a distributor but you do need a logon.  I would encourage you to join the group by either contacting myself (thru my Facebook or via email) or checking out the website to get a logon.  You will need to reference my Distributor “RCN#” as I am the one referring you (Reliv wants to be sure proper credit is given for the reference; they’re good like that.).  My distributor RCN# is 7562723001.

Here is a screen shot of my Fitness Club tracker if you’re interested.  Note the “Exercise” “Weight Loss” and “BMI” tabs all of which you can keep track of and it puts it into a graph for you!

Screenshot of Progress Matrix

My personal Team Reliv progress Matrix

 

I’m excited to finally have a fitness goal and a partner to achieve it with.  The online tools with Reliv are making it easy to track my progress in a visual way while I journal my progress in private at home.  I journal not only the exercise data, my Reliv shakes for the day, but also my feelings, emotions, the things that would normally trigger emotional eating habits of old.  I’m told that journaling these things really helps put the mirror up to ourselves and see what we’re doing.  I need that accountability.

Even if you’re not training for a marathon, 10K or a 5K and you’re just walking several times a week to get healthy, log it!  You’ll be amazed at how you can see your progress shaping you up.  And in a few weeks, you can pat yourself on the back for a job well done (but incomplete).  Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is like keeping healthy teeth.  You have to do it every day, every week, every month and every year to be able to enjoy life at your healthiest.

If you’ve never walked, jogged, or run in an event, I encourage you to give it a try.  They are almost always for a good cause/charity, and the feeling you get for crossing the finish line is amazing.  It’s good for the community and good for your soul!

Happy Spring weekend to everyone!

Steph

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Growing Up With A Puck

A few years back

Crazy photo op!

Tomorrow night I will be taking my family to the last home game of the season for the Manchester Monarchs.  My boys love going and of course I do too.  I grew up going to hockey games.  Both my father and brother are avid hockey fans, and I was the tag-a-long growing up, but I enjoyed it too.  When we were kids, Dad would take us to plenty of Springfield Indian hockey games. That was back when they were known as the Springfield Indians. Of course, it’s not PC to use the term Indians anymore for a sports team.  They are now known as the Springfield Falcons.  They are in the same league as the Manchester Monarchs and I am torn between the two when they play.  Nostalgia.  It plays a funny role in our lives.

I enjoy the Manchester Monarchs games because they make it very family friendly and the facility and its staff enforces rules of conduct for all to keep it family friendly.  I do not worry about bringing my family to one of the hockey games.  It seems everyone is a good sport and there’s no bad sportsmanship in the stands at least; however, what’s a hockey game without a few good fights? 

I’d have to go on a search to find it, but I typically like to wear my Monarchs jersey to the game and I coach from the upper deck (not necessarily the nosebleed section).  My husband can tell you all about my coaching style, but I hope he doesn’t. 🙂  I’m an avid fan, but not necessarily a regular attendee of the games anymore because of finances.  Lots of things have fallen by the wayside since the economy tanked in 2008.  My family is still trying to recover.

My father, an originator and member of the Monarchs booster club is a season ticket holder and has been since the creation of the team and its first game.  He buys us tickets so we can go to a few games.  It’s nice and the boys really love it because typically they can bring a friend too and get embarrassed by their mother hollerin’ at the team to get the puck “down ice.”

My brother no longer lives in New England and he’s two years older than me which makes him 40-something and he still enjoys hockey in real time by being a goalie for a local team in his area.  There are leagues where he plays and he just enjoys playing.  I hope he continues to play for as long as he has passion to.  As kids, we not only attended the hockey games with our father, but we would find time to play our own makeshift brand of hockey in the garage with whatever resembled a hockey stick and a puck.  Later on, we would play floor hockey at the church we attended as adolescents; where I accidentally knocked big Gary on his tushy and scored all in one fell swoop!  I’d like to be able to say it was on purpose, but that’s not true.  I did it by accident but the goal counted anyway! As adults we often deny ourselves these types of pleasures for one reason or another and it’s a shame because we only live this life once.  There are no do-overs.

I’m looking forward to losing my voice tomorrow night as I coach our Monarchs to a final home game win from the seats in section 215 or thereabouts.  Incidentally, my Reliv mentor will also be in attendance tomorrow night, but not for the hockey so much as she will be there to see her daughter sing.  Her daughter is part of the viral singing sensation known for the internet YouTube hit, “Granite State of Mind.”  They will be performing that song as well as their latest song about plowing.  I haven’t heard that one yet, but I understand it’s very funny.

So all in all, it should be a good Friday night.  We haven’t had a night out in a while, so it’ll be a treat.  I hope that if you haven’t had a decent family night out, that you do soon.  It’s worth it and the memories generated from it will be long lasting and most favorable.  Invest in yourself, your family and have a wonderful evening and weekend!

Go Monarchs!!!!!

Steph

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Ready for a BBQ yet?

Not funny!

Mother Nature says, "April fools!"

No doubt that some of you either played pranks or was a gullible victim of one today.  I, unfortunately, fall into the latter category on two counts!  One, Mother Nature played a dirty trick on all of us in New England by dumping 6-12 inches of the white heavy wet stuff we’re all sick of by now!  And secondly, a good friend decided to change his relationship status on his facebook to “engaged” instead of single and I fell for it:  hook, line and sinker!  I was just so happy for him that he “found” someone to walk beside him in life and it was egg on my face instead!  It’s okay.  Most of the time its all in good fun.  No harm done.

As you can see in the picture, that’s my picnic table and grill outside as of 8am this morning!  It snowed pretty much all day, so you can imagine how much snow we received by the end of the day today!  The good news is that tomorrow, it’s going to be in the 50’s and the horrible white stuff which has overstayed its welcome will be melting away fast.  Thank goodness!

All kidding and fun stuff aside, there are times when people don’t particularly care to be made a fool of.  It happens so many times in life and it doesn’t take a special day, like April 1, to have it happen.  There are con artists out there peddling all sort of junk, and not just stuff, but ideas too.   Its no wonder we’re a weary population; extremely skeptical and often negative.  It’s sad really because when you think about it, there is so much good out there too.  There are good people sharing good things, good ideas and they are often lumped in with the riff raff of life- never given a chance.

There is no doubt that it’s important to be careful.  The elderly and oftentimes our own military families tend to be highly targeted audiences for those of ill will.  But we all can fall victim to scams, especially when our hopes are high and the promise seems to meet the need of that hope, especially easily.

Don’t stop hoping for those things you need and or desire; but keep those hopes in perspective and do your homework.  Falling victim to a scam frequently happens to those who do not take the time to evaluate, review, and educate themselves.  In fact, it’s almost always the result of a compulsive/impulsive decision.  I myself have fallen victim to a scam or two in and I’d like to think of myself and reasonably intelligent; so it’s not easy to admit! Yet, no one is infallible.   The only compulsive decision I ever made that didn’t cause trouble or harm was when I found myself saying out loud, “I’ll take him,” to my friend who needed to find a good home for her dog, Starbuck.  He’s been a happy (spoiled) member of our family ever since:

A V.I.D. of our family

As a local working Mom that needed an additional source of income, I started a distributorship of Reliv Nutrition and Relivables products.  I can assure you that this part of my life is not a scam.  I am proud to be affiliated with Reliv International: a 23-year old (and running strong) US company of top-notch nutritional supplements made in the USA.  I am a product of the products and can testify personally to the benefits of the supplements.  I do so proudly.  I took a step outside of my comfort zone a year ago this month when I decided to become a distributor with Reliv because I have no business ownership background, but I do have a passion for the products I take and the benefits of taking them are worth sharing to those I care for and to strangers as well.  In this skeptical world, its risky to step out and share, but I’ve met too many people who I deem as “walking miracles” resulting from the consistent use of Reliv nutrition NOT to share it with people.  Simply put,  I am one of the “good people” sharing something “good.”  I only ask for a chance to show and share it.  No foolin’.

Have a great evening everyone and a wonderful weekend ahead. 

Steph

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Is that a tin foil hat you’re wearing?

Is this catchy?

Catch a smile, pass it on!

I was telling my manager this afternoon that a few years ago, we had a blizzard-like snow storm on April 1st and none of us were laughing.  My manager chuckled at this because he’s a resident of Texas even though he works in the New Hampshire facility of the parent company.  I made this remark to him after begrudgingly acknowledging that it was, in fact, snowing yet again today.  My manager, just returning this week from Texas is tan and jokingly enjoyed “rubbing it in” about his 80 degree temperatures he was enjoying while working from home the previous two weeks.  Luckily I have a cordial relationship with my manager and was able to frown at him and say “shut up” without penalty.  He walked away laughing.  Figures.

Since spring finally spung last weekend, anything but spring like weather has been descending upon us and temperatures are below “normal.”  I don’t know about you, but after three long months of winter and slowly succumbing to “cabin fever,” I’m done with Mother Nature’s joke of snow and more snow.  Bring on spring in earnest please!

I often joke that “I need sunlight to grow!” when it comes to appreciating warmer temperatures and sunny skies, which lately has been scarce and in high demand;  not only for me, but for many others as well.  Some even succumb to seasonal depression as a result of a lengthy winter.  Fortunately, I am not among the depressed, but I am among the impatient!  I *do* need sunlight to grow.  I love the feeling of warm sunshine on my face, a warm breeze dancing through my hair and suddenly I’m developing a skip in my step and a smile spreads across my face.  It’s all good and I’m just waiting….

Health encompasses much more than just the physical needs of the body to not only grow and defend against disease; we also need to have a healthy outlook on life through an uplifted spirit and a mind that is at peace.  Without these factors, other parts of our quality of life can suffer dramatically. 

 Think about what brings you down.  Under what conditions is your proverbial “button” pushed and you are set off in a negative direction?  How do you mitigate those conditions so they are minimized and less frequent?  These are things a person should consider when trying to reduce the emotional and spiritual stress they encounter in life.  This would include stress in the workplace and with coworkers, stress from what has been coined as “toxic relationships” and financial stressors as well.  All of these play a part in our ability to cope emotionally and spiritually in life. 

There is a proverb that states, “The power of life and death is in the tongue.”  I believe that this is very true on many levels.  How often does a negative word, statement or emotion spread?  How far reaching are the consequences?  Not only that, but if said frequently enough, what kind of lasting impact does that entail?  Many of our youth in society struggle with the negative in life (bullying to name a biggie) and some don’t make it. 

On the flip side of this is how often does something positive spread?  You can often look at a person and see in an instant’s perception on whether they are regularly positive or regularly negative and its usually confirmed at the first instance of their opening their mouth.  People tend to flock to positive people, people who resonate an uplifting spirit.  I have been known to seek out people I know who are gifted in encouragement, especially when I need encouragement.  And that’s okay.  It’s even better to spread that encouragement yourself.  Sometimes it takes practice to be positive, and as many of you know, “practice makes perfect.” 

I don’t know about you, but I want to live a life that is known for being positive, encouraging and helpful.  It is so much more rewarding than the old adage of “misery loves company.”  I heard a song today on the way home whose chorus lyrics went:  “it’s not who you know, it’s not what you do, it’s how you live your life.”  If you were to pass away tomorrow; how would people left behind remember you?  Are you satisfied with that legacy?  If not, practice, practice, practice….

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