Friday, November 29, 2013
Here is my Gratitude list for the week.
1. I'm thankful for all the people at my work that support me in my new position. While I learn lot of new things many people are being kind and helpful and telling me they are happy I got the position. So Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
2. I'm thankful for warm sunny days. I love to sit in the sun and just rest. I get to do that often and it is so relaxing.
3. I'm thankful for kind and creative children. My children are just wonderful.
5. I am thankful for people who write books about meditation and healing. I'm enjoying some new spiritual journeys.
6. I am thankful for computer technology.
8. I am thankful for a healthy body that I push to the limits sometimes at work. I do a lot of standing and running about.
9. I am thankful for quiet moments.
10. I am thankful for "God Winks" Thank you , Thank you, Thank you.
Friday, November 15, 2013
When I have time to read, I have been focusing on learning about connecting with my spiritual side and learning to rely on intuition. I love to learn and the book I've been reading this week on this subject has a small section on gratitude. So I thought I'd share from it.
The positive thought that you think to yourself is : I focus my attitude on gratitude.
Here are somethings I am thankful for this week:
1. a loving and supportive husband
2. wonderful children
3. a healthy kitty who keeps me company
4. people who have helped me while I learn my new job.
5. my smart phone. I will be using it a lot more now.
6. better health.
7. the ability to attend the Temple.
8. Time to learn and grow in this world.
9. People who are kind
10. Customers who are kind and thankful for the service they receive.
11. Quiet time to sit in the sun, and recharge my inner self.
Remember to count your blessing when you feel discouraged instead of counting all that is wrong.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
1. I have only bought about 3 new items of clothing for myself this year.
2. I have only bought food from the work vending machine a handful of times. I used to buy almost every day, but when you add it up and find that you have spent $500.00 on sugar,salt, and fatty items you realize that the money could be spent better.
3. I have stopped using expensive cleaning products. I now use Baking soda, and vinegar to do the majority of my house hold cleaning. Does vinegar smell pretty, no, but most cleaners don't smell that great either. I am amazed at how clean my house is with these products. My next step is to learn how to make my own laundry and dishwasher detergents.
4. I've consolidated all the debt from our move, it has a lower interest rate, and I have stopped using credit cards.
1. Trying to cut my grocery bill in half.
2. Living on 80% of my budget.
3.Working towards finding a more rewarding job, possibly one that pays more, or at least finding a 40 hour a week job.
I would love to hear from you and how you save money and work to be debt free and frugal.
Frugal living 101
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
I have to say that I really like Taylor Swifts songs. What I like is that her songs tell of experiences that young girls and young women deal with. The first song that I want to talk about is her song "15". I like this song and the video because I can see how many young girls can connect with it. Even at my age of almost 42 I can remember back to my high school days and think about how true the words of her song are. We all know what it is like to be young and have a first love and all the pressures that go with that.
Here is a link to her song "15"
" I knew you were trouble". Haven't we all met a guy in our lives that we were interested in and yet something in you said this is exciting but most likely not going to be good for me. And when you finally get out of the relationship you have totally been changed. And haven't there always been men like this. When I do family history I find many of these trouble makers.
We are never getting back together." Don't all women have that one guy that they are just done with and have to figure out a way to get it through to them that it's over.
The song I've really been thinking about lately though is "22". I'm not 22 any more, and in looking back I realize what a wonderful time in life that was, I was young, I felt good, and I didn't have the burdens of adulthood and family life to deal with. I felt like the world was great and that every thing would be alright. Her lyrics are " I don't know about you but I'm feeling 22." Many times I'll say to friends or coworkers " I don't know about you but I'm not feeling 22."
I don't feel young, and I'm heading into midlife and great changes. These changes happen to most women starting between the ages of 35 and 40 and going until they reach 50 or older. They are not fun, and it doesn't seem as if many women have the support of others as they go through these changes. So I'm hoping that every Tuesday I can begin to blog about the health issues that women in their late thirties and through their forties deal with. Because I think there are many women out there who are like me not feeling 22 and needing to have more information about the changes that occur at mid-life. So look for my post next week as I begin to discuss life at "Almost 42." I hope Taylor Swift has a good career and is still singing songs when she is 42, I'd like to see what type of song she would write when she has her mid life crisis.
I realized as my children got bigger that they wanted to go to more and more houses and get more and more candy. The ability to control the amount of sugary treats in my house at Halloween and after was not an easy task.
Then I got a great Idea. Thanks to Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin. I told my children that The Great Pumpkin would come to our house after Halloween if they would do one thing.
They wondered what that was. I told them if they would leave out their Halloween candy, that The Great Pumpkin would come and take some of the candy and leave them a present in place of the candy.
They were so excited about receiving a present for their candy. That the first Halloween that we tried this they left all their candy out.
Here is one of our Great Pumpkin Halloween offerings. The kids never minded that most of the candy disappeared. They were so happy that The Great Pumpkin came to their house and left a gift. The gifts were never big or expensive just a small toy. It was worth it though as I did not have to argue with them about how much candy they were eating after Halloween.
This year my children are teens. My daughter dressed up and went out to a few houses, she brought home a little candy, but not the mountains of their younger years. My son stayed home and gave out candy. He really enjoyed giving out the candy. There was no need for a Great Pumpkin visit. But we all watched the video and remembered the years that unlike Linus who never had a Great Pumpkin visit, we had quiet a few. I hope when my children become parents that they carry on the tradition of a Great Pumpkin visit.
So if you are a parent in that stage of getting too much Halloween Candy, try having a Great Pumpkin visit. You may find the days after Halloween are happier and not filled with arguments over how much candy your children can have every day. I know we used to get enough to last until the Easter Bunny came.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
3. I'm thankful for good news from the doctors. I was also glad to be able to do a survey for the doctors office and give them all exceeds expectations. I know how important it is to tell people they are doing a good job.
4. I'm grateful for a good night sleep. The past couple of weeks have been stressful and so being able to sleep is great.
5.I'm grateful for people who find a cause and write books about it, and blogs too. I have been reading a lot about what is going on with my body lately and I love the ability to be able to go to the library and take a book out and read on the subjects. Soon my Tuesday post will be about my health issues. I was surprised that no one has blogged on this issue yet.
7. I'm Thankful for books on how to save money and live on a budget. I'm determined to figure it all out and be debt free again. It is one of life's struggles.
8.I'm grateful for my husband who is very talented and helped my daughter with her science project because I have no talent with building things.
10. I'm grateful for bee's. I love watching them work in my garden. I hope to plant more bee friendly flowers next year.
Count your blessings instead of sheep
Proof positive count your blessings
Have a great weekend. G.G.
Friday, October 25, 2013
2. I was thankful for the kindness and compassion that was shown to me from every person that I had to work with. Nobody looked at me and made me feel unworthy of kindness. In New Jersey we had so many people look at our health insurance and treat us like second class citizens. The kindness was so wonderful.
3. I was thankful that my husband was able to take the day off, and hold my hand through it all. I'm a wimp when it comes to doctors. It was such a blessing.
4. I thanked God for every part of my body that was working correctly. That I am not in pain, and that I have strength.
5. I thanked God for all the support of friends with listening ears, and the compassion they gave to me. For my Mother in Law and a friend at work who are catholic and lit candles and said prayers for me.
6.I was thankful that I work nights. It was so easy to make appointments and then still be able to work. I know a lot of people who work days that have problems getting appointments because they work during the time that most doctor offices are open.
9. I'm grateful that what I was told I might have was not what I have. As with high deductible insurance I could never afford to pay for all of the medical bills that would have been incurred, and the fact that I can't afford at this Point not to work.
I was so Thankful that as we left the doctors office the first thing we saw was the spires of a Temple. I Love The Temple. I get to go there and be so close to God. It was as if he was saying to me you are where you are supposed to be and I am here for you.
Sorry no related links this week. I am tired and work will be long to night. But I'm grateful for a job, and that I have energy enough to go.
I think I did really well with counting blessings through the beginning of this trial. I hope I can continue.