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My Adventures in Spark Land...We have choices

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Remember you
are in control
your thoughts and
how you feel.
Choose positivity
over negativity...
Choose laughter
over anger.
Choose to smile.
Choose to live
with more JOY.
The choice to be
happy is all
~Heather Stillufsen

This message has been hitting me a lot lately. My choice!

I have IBS and PTSD. (for those of you who don't know)

If you see me in person I have a bright smile on my face and I glow so no one who sees me knows either. I learned today during my Bible Study time that both comes from God living inside me.

When I open my mouth to share what's in my heart, people (flesh friends) are quick to offer advice and not to listen which has lead me to live under legalism. I am learning that I am no longer under legalism but under God's grace. Right now it is so hard to see the difference.I get so frustrated and it all causes me stress. Stress is a huge factor with IBS

Last night I started to cry as I watched a show. As I cried, I felt better emotionally and my stomach didn't feel so bloated. My parent's and a lot of people I grow up around felt crying was wrong. I think when I cry during a TV show I am letting out years of built up tears and a little 'thou shall not cry' inside of me.

I got thinking, maybe along with learning the cook from scratch, exercise, trying new things, and my goals, I should go back to trying at least one stress reliever a day!

What choices did I make yesterday that made me proud and happy:
*I washed clothes. I even striped my bed and washed my bedding!
*I choice to go barefooted!
*I choice to save son a huge piece of brownie!
*I choice to watch the final Kids Bake off Championship show.
*I choice to do 10 minutes of Wii Fit Step

emoticonOver all I am choose to take steps to make me happy!

What did I do to relieve stress yesterday:
*I cried during watching the TV show 24
Today so far
*My neighbor's BF told me his GF forgot to tell him about my breaks. He shoveled out my drive of 10 inches of snow and offered to help my son fix my breaks if my son needed help!

My 2018 goals:
emoticon read for 30 minutes-no
emoticon learned something new, try a new food or recipe-I learned about fondant last night. I knew nothing about fondant before. The challenge last night was to make a cake for the cover of the 10th anniversary issues of food magazine. I also learned a lot. How you can make a cake moist. I've never made one from scratch so that was new to me. So was the fun the kids had decorating the cake with fondant.
emoticon Do one thing daily related to the month, season, holiday-It is National frozen foods day and for the 1st year ever I am not celebrating it and indulging in frozen foods!!!
emoticon My monthly goal-Marching out off my rut-I tried Zumba for the 1st time!!! I did a seated chair one. It was fun and made me feel alive inside.
emoticon Monthly Memory verse-Proverbs 16:16-no

emoticon Today is Day #76 of winter! 2 weeks until spring! We got 10 inches of snow! My wonderful neighbor shoveled me out. The temp is 31.

emoticon 3 days until my son's 'Spring Break'. I can't wait until he is home.

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    So happy your neighbor shoveled for you! Oh, if you can, will you send me the link to that seated zumba? I'll try to find it on You tube! that sounds like fun! I read an article, maybe here on SP that said if you change your words.... Like, I have to eat healthy to I choose to eat healthy it is more motivating and helps you stick to your goals! I feel like a good cry is a cleansing! but, no one ever told me I wasn't allowed to cry!
    858 days ago
    Stress is bad for IBS. emoticon
    859 days ago
    Zumba is fun. I think there is even a Wii Zumba game.

    When someone offers me advice or a strong opinion, I just smile and say "That's one way of looking at it." Then handle however I want. Lol

    Sounds like they are good neighbors, even if she did forget.
    859 days ago
    Letting go of some negative emotions by crying during the TV show sounds really healthy to me. Good for you! You have good instincts so I'm glad you're learning to trust them to tell you how to live, rather than the 'rules' you grew up with.

    I really like the message you started out with too!
    860 days ago
    You have fantastic neighbors! It's really great that they freely give a helping hand.

    Being able to make choices is a beautiful gift from God. Choosing to be happy is a great choice.

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    I find a good cry is what is needed to help me feel better.
    860 days ago
    Good for you for realizing that it is not only ok to cry and release emotions, it is HEALTHY!

    Those kids are soooooo very talented!

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    860 days ago
    Yay for freedom to make choices!! Way to go trying Zumba! I'm not sure why it's been taught that crying isn't ok. It's part of having compassion for others and dealing with pain. Jesus wept. John 11:35 You are continuing to grow and make positive changes for your life! Good for you!! emoticon emoticon
    860 days ago
    Great blog. I have journalled my choices for today. I too 35 minutes during the day to get some chores done today, not much time, but it was better than yesterday where I did nothing.Thank you for your inspiration.
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    860 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I hope that your snowy days will come to an end soon. So happy for you that you have wonderful neighbors, that help you.
    860 days ago
    Fondant is tasty! If you can make a fondant from scratch, you are way ahead of someone who attended culinary school for awhile. If you are going to even just try, I am in awe.
    Sponge cake is different from American cake, it is much drier and most European layered cakes are sponge. In my class, we usually poured a simple syrup (equal parts sugar/water) on the cake, sometimes flavored, and a thinned seedless jam, either raspberry or apricot was used as filling and lightly spread on the cake as well. Then a fondant layer, then the frosting or glaze. You go for it, if that is what you want to do! But it means LOTS more exercise, I gained weight as a culinary student. emoticon

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