Hi Journal & Friends,
Me: I spent several months filling out occasional online surveys for points. But instead of cashing them in, I saved them up until I had earned a $25 gift certificate to Target. I bought a little gift sack, decorated it, and inside was his gift certificate. That may not sound like a big deal... but usually I have to take money from his paycheck to buy a gift for him. This was a total surprise to him that I had earned it all by my little self. ;-)
If anyone is interested in the deets about doing surveys... you can check it out to see if they are currently accepting any more participants, HERE. Don't worry, they are legit. They send out surveys every couple of weeks or so, and offer points that gradually accumulate. Most of the surveys are quite short, occasionally one is longer (like the one yesterday, took me about 15 minutes!). You can cash the points in for stuff at places like WalMart, Starbucks, Target, Home Depot, etc.
MyGuy: He knew I was looking to add to my tiny collection of cute small plates and teacups. So he sneaked around to yard sales and thrift shops for the past couple of months, and chose ones he thought I'd like. Totally surprised me. :-D
This goofy handpainted folk art plate cracked me up.
He said when he saw it, he KNEW I'd like it. :-D
As we drove around on our anniversay day, we chatted and remembered. And both absolutely could NOT fathom that 34 years had gone by... no way!!
It goes by fast... so so very fast. Makes me want to get this "weight loss" portion of my journey OVER with, so I can shift my focus fully to the art of LIVING. In fact, that's what I've been focusing on more and more lately... living now. Now. Yes, I want to get the weight off and have better health. But I've come to a calm lately about it. It will happen, yes. But I need to focus on WHY I want it to happen, and live that life even now.
Yeah, it's probably sounding rather redundant... I keep writing about this. But it's on my mind alot, and since it IS my blog... well, you know how that goes. ;-)
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From Dr Phil's book: "You can create an internal dialogue that is healthy, constructive, and joyful."
My verse for today: "You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence."
My quote for today: "Art is created to encourage people to hang on, stand up, forebear, continue... We must infuse our lives with Art...We need Art to live fully and to grow healthy." --Maya Angelou
Enjoy the Journey,