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2 Days ’til 40: 40 Favorite Posts from My 400 Days ’til 40 Journey

I must say that it was much easier to choose 40 photos than to choose 40 posts!  One of the fun things about this particular journey is that I allowed myself to write (or post photos) about whatever I felt on any particular day.  As a result, I have a wide array of followers who each connect in different ways to what I write – this has been amazing.  I imagine that in the future, as I become a bit more focused, I may have a less diverse group of readers, though I hope not!

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Here is my top 40 list of posts, hopefully as eclectic as my readers are.  Some I chose because of the importance of the content, some because they make me laugh (yes, I realize that I have a weird sense of humor that others do not always appreciate) and some because I like the way the words flow. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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4 Days ’til 40: Today in Photos

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Posted by on February 17, 2013 in mental health, Self-esteem, Self-help

 

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8 Days ’til 40: Why Can’t I Win the Lottery??!!?? :(

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Yesterday I did not get something I wanted.  My initial gut-level reaction was to launch into a full-fledged pity party, complete with pouting and sulking.  WHY CAN’T I WIN THE LOTTERY???  SOMEONE has to win it, why is that someone ALWAYS someone else and never me???  (And no, it has nothing to do with the fact that I rarely buy tickets, because rarely is not never, it is just not often).  Recently I bought a lottery ticket and I was very disappointed that I did not win.  In fact, I may have even been a tad depressed that I did not win…..  I really, really, REALLY WANTED to win (note, a want is very different from a NEED). Read the rest of this entry »

 

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9 Days ’til 40: I Am My Own Cheerleader

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Okay, so maybe I am not – but I should be.  This is a concept that has been more clearly solidified for me during my past year of blogging.  External encouragement feels great, but it is the internal motivation and self-encouragement and self-inspiration that are critical to life’s journey.

Fall seven times, stand up eight. ~ Japanese Proverb

Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can. ~ Author Unknown Read the rest of this entry »

 

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14 Days ’til 40: Waiting Games

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The tree that is pictured above is the inspiring force behind my post today.  If you look carefully, you will see that the entire top half is about to fall off the tree (it was snapped in half by a snow storm almost one month ago).  This tree is very close to our school playground, which has forced us to close half the playground until we can get the tree cut down properly.  Apparently there is only one company in our area that cuts down trees and the company is not equipped to cope with all the trees that collapsed in our city during the last snow.  So, for now we wait.  We wait for the tree removal company or for mother nature to take her course.  Either way, the students are a little less entertained on the playground until we can declare the half near the dangling tree safe again. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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21 Days ’til 40: Simple Joys and Illusions

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A thing of beauty is a joy forever; its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness. ~ John Keats Read the rest of this entry »

 

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23 Days ’til 40: My Bike and I (AKA Exercise Relationships)

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Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance you must keep moving.              ~ Albert Einstein

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27 Days ’til 40: Finding Hope

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I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest.  I do not judge the universe. ~ Dalai Lama

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. ~ Helen Keller

No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible. ~ George Chakiris Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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28 Days ’til 40: Making Lemonade and Half-full Cups

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When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.  I have several stands around here. ~ James Brady

When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye. ~ Cathy Guisewite

When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup. ~ Sam Lefkowitz

One day, someone showed me a glass of water that was half full.  And he said, Is it half full or half empyt?  So I drank the water.  No more problem. ~ Alexander Jodorowsky Read the rest of this entry »

 

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37 Days ’til 40: Education Attitude Change

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Education seems to be in America the only commodity of which the customer tries to get as little he can for his money. ~ Max Leon Forman 

Education … has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading. ~ G. M. Trevelyan

We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bellyful of words and do not know a thing. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can lade a man up to th’ university, but ye can’t make him think. ~ Finley Peter Dunne

The principal goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done. ~ Jean Piaget

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. ~ Mark Twain

I spent four years prostrate to the higher mind, got my paper and I was free. ~ Indigo Girls Read the rest of this entry »

 

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