Tuesday, March 29, 2011

6 Months since 2nd Surgery!!

 March 28th 2011 marked my 6months since my last surgery!
 Here are some pictures~

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Here Comes the Sun--Here Comes Sun--and I say--Its All Right!!

Positive Changes

I am so thankful, I am so happy, I am so excited! Things are really turning around for us—things are really working out for us!

finally got that phone call!! She starts her new job at a wonderful factory with wonderful household insurance in a few days!! And wait it gets better, it is for a FIRST SHIFT position!! This is almost unheard of with this company—typically they start you out on 2nd or 3rd and you wait for years to get at 1st position!! Yay!!!

Next up is the enclosed porch—soon to be a mudd room. We had several estimates done and one came in at exactly what we were thinking. After making some adjustments he came down another $250! We first thought it would be a few weeks but as we began buying furniture for the room the contractor showed up and started the job this week! Yay!

The next thing is going to take a little more back story—across the street from our house is a wooded lot with a run/falling down 100yr old house. A sign appeared announcing a proposal has been filed for a change of land use. Fearing the worst we called and found out they were planning on putting 79 self storage units there. Then a letter came stating they want the city to wave the code stating they have to put in landscaping. So, we hit the neighborhood with a petition. A few days later came the public hearing. We walked in and sat among the suites. It was a 3hr meeting consisting of several proposals around the city. The proposal we came for was presented last. The man who bought the property presented his case very well. He was prepared for me as he got my letter and petition ahead of time. Most of my questions were answered but I am quick on my feet and thought of more when it was the public's turn to talk. I have to add here—typically when I speak in front of people my face turns red and I stumble through what I am trying to say. So, I stood up and stated my name and address and started my questions. My face never turned red and I talked for 30mins! A long story short—it passed but with my conditions! Yay #3!

Like I have posted before, I am reading the book The Secret. It is all about positive thinking: Ask, Believe, Receive! Could this be the reason behind the sudden positive changes?! I am going to continue doing what I am doing and keep thinking positive!

Next week I will have an even bigger positive change to post! YAY!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Words to live by

"If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else."

- Dave Ramsey, author of Financial Peace

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Secret—the book

So, one day we were browsing through the movies available to watch instantly on Netflix and stumbled on The Secret. I know, I know I am a few years behind here. It was a short movie so we watched it.
This reminded me a lot of what my teacher, Vincent Darlage, taught me at Indiana Business College. Affirmations I believe he called it. This is like affirmations but way more serious, way more involved. Since I have seen the movie I decided to borrow the book to get a little more information about all this.
As you could have guessed by my last post I am giving it a try. Why not, I say, I could use a little more positive thinking in my life!

I have created a "goal board" at work that I stare at often. When I have a few minutes I go through what all the pictures mean to me. I put myself there and I feel what it would be like to have those things. If nothing else it makes me feel good for a few minutes! I also think about what I am thankful for and what is on my goal board as I fall asleep.

My soul mother has always believed in positive thinking. She taught me to surround myself with people that love and support me and do away with the ones that cause pain and stress. Since listening to her my life has never been so good. Sure there have been a few stumbling blocks pop up but nothing like it used to be. I used to live my life always upset, always stressed and always worried. I could count on one hand the number of times I was happy. But I grew up this way so this way was normal. It wasn't until my soul ached that I began seeking out a different way of life. I am so thankful I took that step, I am so happy I rocked the boat!

So, yes I can see that this works.
Maybe I will not be a millionaire, but that is not on my goal board anyway.

Change your life by changing your way of thinking—brilliant!
 I am all about doing something different when the same old stuff isn't working!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Attitude of Gratitude

I am trying something new; a new way of looking at life, a new way of thinking. It is challenging on some days but those are the days I need it the most. I like a good challenge.
Positive thinking--to have an Attitude of Gratitude.
Trust me it is harder than it sounds on days where you are not feeling so positive. I have made a list of what I am the most Thankful for. I will remind myself of these things each and every day and probably more on the bad days.

Things I am thankful for

My family—
Amanda for being a wonderful sister, mother and friend. I am so happy that we have such a great relationship now.
           David for being a great man to my sister and to the family.
           Jayde for trying hard and getting back on track.
           Keaton for teaching me I could love more than I ever thought
          Alma and Jim for all the support in the decisions we make
           Dad and Tina for staying out of trouble, helping when he can and keeping him out of trouble
           Brenda for always being there and helping to guide me when I can no longer see the light
           at the end of the tunnel
Duste for supporting me in all my plans and changes, loving me unconditionally, accepting me as I am and making me who I am today.
She is my security blanket, the support beams in the structure of my soul. She encourages all my changes and growth and is always there to lift me up or carry me when I fall.

My house—
Filled with things I love and having a solid structure to make it into our dream home.

My job—
    With out it I would not be able to get us out of debt or fix up the house.

My car—
    For always getting me where I need to go

My Heath—
    I am tumor free, disease free and healthy.

My life—
Working my way towards a greener way of living. Being able to cut my hours or stay home at the end of the year.