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4/21/20 7:06 A

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I'm late to reading this and I am sorry.

You are definitely going through a lot of life changes. I'm glad you're looking to find the good in all of it. I think that's something most of us here try to do. Right now being a caretaker, especially a nurse, is one of the hardest things to do. Thank you again for your service.

Mental, physical, and spiritual health all go hand in hand. Connecting to your spiritual self often leads to a quieter mind and a healthier body. I think it's a stress relief for me to recognize the divine inside.

I'm curious, what religion were you raised in? I was raised in the Southern Baptist church by my mother. My father found Buddhism when he decided to clean up his life and his father followed Cherokee teachings. He was a member of the Cherokee Nations board of Elders for several years before he passed. So it's an eclectic religious background from childhood.

If you need anything, please ask. I'm always here to listen.

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Oops, I missed your intro here, Victoria. emoticon for sharing about yourself, and again, emoticon to the team.

I'm emoticon you are going through a difficult life change now. My own divorce was at a young age, after only 2.5 years, and was the source of GREAT relief. I get that this is the right time for you to rediscover/decide who you are. If I remember, you are needing to isolate from family due to your role as a healthcare provider? That will be challenging in many ways, but also give you the space for your own thoughts, reflection, and decisions. I'm honored you've chosen this as one of your places to explore and seek support.
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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4/13/20 6:01 P

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Hello goddesses!
I am here because I searched for "goddess" on the sparkteams page and found you.
I am in the process of finding my true self, who has gotten lost over the years.
I am learning new ways of describing who I am, instead of "nurse, wife, and mother." I am a sensitive, introspective, and passionate person. I have struggled with dark feelings since I lost sight of my identity. I am determined to return to the strong and resilient woman I am deep inside. In my career and personal life, I have chosen to be a caregiver and protector. I believe I will be better in those roles when I first take care of myself as an individual.

I have chosen to go on a journey of self discovery because part of my "identity" is gone now. My marriage is ending, which all things must do eventually. I am acknowledging my feelings about that loss and learning ways to appreciate that past as I move into the future. This will be a painful process for me. I will need support from family and friends, but I believe this is an opportunity for me to develop into a more powerful and confidant woman.

Over the past few years, I have found myself being drawn to spiritual paths that are very different from the one I was raised in. I have begun learning about western buddhism, pagan and wiccan beliefs, European shamanism, etc. I have not been looking for a new "religion". I am looking for ways to express and manifest what is already inside me.

I joined sparkpeople a long time ago when I wanted to lose weight. I still think I would be more comfortable in my skin if I lost that weight, but I my main reason for being on this site it to use healthy nutrition and exercise as a form of self-care. Finding this sparkteam is an unexpected bonus and I hope to make friends here.



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Thank you for introducing yourself, Audrey! I'm so happy you found us. Yes, you'll see Eva and me, as well as Alex on the chat thread most days. I periodically post on the reading & gratitude threads, exercise activities and sharing resources, too.

I'm relieved to hear you got out of a toxic relationship! emoticon emoticon emoticon My own bad marriage didn't last a long time; I got out before I developed an ulcer. (That was 4 decades ago.) But when I started dealing with PTSD brought on by severe childhood sexual abuse, that took a lot of years of intense healing work to get to a pretty good and stable place. So I get that you may have a long and winding and challenging journey before you. But what could be more important than coming back to the Goddess, rediscovering and reaffirming who you really are? emoticon for sharing with us!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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2/24/20 4:29 P

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Thank you for the invitation MRS_EVA_K, i'll make sure to visit :)

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2/24/20 6:25 A

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Hi Audrey!

I'm glad you've found us. I believe you'll find many of us in this group can relate.

Our daily chat thread is "Merry Meet and Greet the Day." We hope to see you around there. I'm afraid for myself you'll find I talk a lot about my family and close friends. Particularly my 11-year-old daughter. We would love to have you join the conversation.



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2/23/20 3:29 P

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Hello Goddesses :)

My name is audrey, i've been a member of SP since 2006 and had a fair success with it. I lost and maintained a healthy weight for 10 years.

After a separation from a long term, toxic relationship, i have been battling with depression, anxiety, burn out, weight gain, ptsd, name it.. for the last couple years. What helped me the most was to reconnect to my spirituality (which is mostly related to nature for me), i took an interest in tarot, astrology, the moon cycles, intuition, etc.

I am really feeling the call to slow down my life right now, to connect to my body, to love it, nourish it, reparent myself and be there for others. I am trying to come back to SP and i stumbled upon this group that has catched my attention immediately, so i thought i'd say hi :) I would love to find a good sisterhood community!

I am vegan and a witch that somehow lost her way, my first language is french and i am starting back again at the basics.. I would love to start doing yoga and meditation again.. actually i might not have a choice if i want to listen to what i really need at the moment.

So that's pretty much it :) Feel free to add me or say hi!



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Okay by now you will be used to me changing names I am Paula but for summer I am Steampunk Wings.
Still the same me just the name is different.
A lot has happened and I am dealing with things nicely, not always easy but I am managing.
I am DH's full time carer and I make sure everything is organised and that I take care of myself as well.
So I am here and will join the hydration challenge starting tomorrow.




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Hi Esmerelda! (I have a cat that shares your name. It's a beautiful name.) Welcome to the GG's and back to Spark. And the health and wellness bandwagon!

I'm Eva. I hope to see you around the Merry Meet and Greet the Day thread. It's the daily conversation and a good place to get to know other teammates. I'll admit the warmer months are slower. It seems the warm weather does its job and draws the sparkers outside and away from message boards, but that's a good thing.

You can find new challenges in the Maiden's forum. The Summer Challenge will be going up the end of the week. The General forum has our Goddess of the month. I post her information close to the 1st day of each month. If you have a suggestion, either your own matron or someone you'd just like to know a bit more about, just let me know. If you need anything just ask. I'm happy to help any way I can.



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Hi, Esmeralda--so glad you came back to Spark and found the GGs! I was going to check out your teams, but I don't think you've set up your page yet. I can help with some Sparky stuff, and our other team leader Eva is more tech savvy than I am. I have definitely found it's been easier to develop healthier habits when I balance emotional and spiritual matters physical plane concerns like nutrition and exercise. I hope you'll check in on the daily chat/Merry Meet thread, and any of the discussions that appeal to you, or start your own threads.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Hey y’all! My name is Esmeralda, and I’m restarting my journey to health. I was an active Spark member yeaarrrsss ago, but I fell off the bandwagon during grad school and never found my way back on.

Over the last few years I’ve been rediscovering myself and developing my own spirituality and working with the goddess has been one of those things that has been at the center.

I’m looking forward to settling into my new home (just moved from Houston to a small seaside town a few hours away) and getting myself more active and on the way to the healthier, ideal version of me that I know is in there somewhere!

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Thanks for the update, Paula! Always good to hear from you! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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3/13/18 12:32 P

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Just to keep you all updated as you all know from time to time I change my username. Thi8s is to suit the team I am as we alter things to go with the theme we have chosen. From now to September I am Honey-Rose. You all know me as Paula.

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Yes, teams aren't equally active, but Eva and I check in most days. Say, I just stopped by your page and saw you are on the Washington team--where in the state? I live and work in Tukwila, just south of Seattle, and my sister (& BB co-leader) lives in UP and works in Tacoma. It's a big state, but I'm wondering if you are anywhere close.

I was glad to see you are just on a few teams at this point. That personally works better for me, so I can get to know a few people, checking in frequently, sharing victories and struggles, questions and ideas. And if you get caught up in the whole earning points thing, you can take up to 5 team spins a day. Have you found those yet? We have a thread here where you can share what you got for the team.

Eva and I have both been around for some years, so feel free to ask general Spark questions if you have any. emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Thanks for the welcome!

As for finding your group, I started just randomly browsing and noticed several Christian groups in all the different categories. I used the search engine to find you by plugging in different pagan/witchy terms (this group came up when I searched Goddess). Compared to some of the others I found, this group seemed fairly active, so I thought I'd give it a go.
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emoticon Randi! So glad you found us right away! I solo-Sparked for several months before I discovered the power of teams! I only belong to a few, being mainly active in this team and the Babysteps Brigade (which I started a number of years ago). I like having a team that speaks to my spiritual side, and not just the physical goals we share. I'd be curious to know what attracted you to our group.

My active and creative co-leader, Eva, always thinks up great challenges for us. I hope you take a little time to check out some of the discussions, and to introduce your own topics, or join us in the daily chat thread at the top of the page--the Merry Meet discussion. Wishing you great success and joy on your Spark journey!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Hi Everyone! My name is Randi and I am so excited to join you. I am new to SparkPeople (just found it this morning). I was recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes - I seem to have moved past the "wallowing" stage to the "well, I better get working" stage... hence my reason for finding SparkPeople. =D I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and sharing our journey together.

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First, emoticon and bright blessings, TALIKD! (Feel free to let us know how you prefer to be addressed on the team--some of us go by our first names, but not all.) So happy you found us. I think I joined Spark about a year before I got serious. I was starting to make some real progress with my solo Sparking (mainly tracking freggies and exercise) when I discovered the power of teams and community. Things really took off when I founded my own team--the Babysteps Brigade, or BBs--and became a co-leader of A Gathering of Goddesses, or the GGs, and then later of the Survivors of Abuse, or SAssies. (I like nicknames.)

The cool thing about SP is you get to decide which tools and resources work best for you. Some people join lots of teams and challenges, but I mainly work with these three teams, where I check in pretty much every day. We have a chat thread (the top one, Merry Meet ...) where you are welcome to let us know what's up with you. We have various other forums and discussions, and you are welcome to start your own, or revive any that are on the additional forum pages. Our team is quite eclectic, and some folks like to share about their particular paths, or questions on their journey. We welcome it all!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Hello. I've known about SP for about 5 years now, but never really utilized it with any kind of commitment. Well, now I'm changing that! A book I'm currently working through (Stick With It, by Sean Young) emphasized the importance of a community in building/maintaining long-term goals, and since I'm somewhat newly interested in a Wiccan/Pagan path, you ladies seemed like the perfect place to be.

I'm also wondering if anyone (or two or more) would be willing to be "accountabil-a-buddies" with me? That is, if we notice we have not been active for a day or so, we will specifically check in with each other. I don't know what this would look like via Spark, but I'm just getting reacquainted with it so I'm sure there's an effective way to accomplish this.

Looking forward to the journey ahead 😊

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That's a lot of changes! How wonderful to have a focus on "reconnecting with yourself"; it's all too easy to neglect that inner relationship, but it is so vital to our joy and to our overall health! Welcome to the GGs, RavenMoon87!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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9/6/17 6:20 P

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Hello everyone! I am new here!
I am on a journey of change at the moment. New job, new home, new lifestyle and through all of this change I am also working towards reconnecting with myself, whom I seem to have lost track of along the way of getting married and having kids.
I am really looking forward to meeting new people along this journey!

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emoticon for keeping us informed of your ever-changing names, Paula! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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8/26/17 5:50 A

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Just to let you all know my Username has changed I was Paula Dawn Rose now TM Paulette. This is to accommodate what I am doing on another team.
Those of you who know me have seen many Username changes in the past as each time we change a theme in my other team Usernames are also changed.
You will see what I am doing this time if you visit my SP Page.

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Hey, Hey, Hooray! for the several new (or returning) members of this team!
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5/15/17 6:29 A

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RLANTO I'm so glad you're spiritual self spoke up and said, "Hey! Don't for get about me!"

I figured out early in my journey, that you have to be willing to let your entire self transform for long term success. Sometimes it slows the journey down but often times it keeps you trucking along when others stall, simply because you see the beauty in the entire journey and not just the satisfaction of a number on the scale.

If you have any questions please ask! If you have any advice please share it! You never know what you might be helping a fellow goddess out!

"What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself." Hecato, Greek philosopher

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emoticon to the GGs! Yep, epiphanies are pretty cool. Approaching wellness with all the dimensions--spiritual, emotional, mental, as well as physical--is the most balanced and likely to lead to success. My turning point on the path to sobriety came when I realized that however good the wine tasted, and the pleasant sensations that came with the first sips, couldn't take away the stupid food choices that inevitably followed, and especially weren't worth feeling disconnected from the Goddess.

Anyway, glad you found us, and I hope you'll join some of the discussions. emoticon for introducing yourself!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Merry Meet everyone!!

I looked through the team forums to find a team that truly spoke to me. I was reading someone else's post and, like the realisation that I needed to be more mindful of my body and what it was saying to my mind, it dawned that I had taken the spiritual journey out of my healthy living journey.

I was flabbergasted by my own blinders. Of course my healthy living journey would not be complete without a healthy spiritual journey.

I don't have much else to say. I'm still digesting my own revelation.

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I'm Sorry Amy! I've been a scatter brain and had not realized you had introduced yourself here!

emoticon to the GG's! I hope you find the connection here that you are searching for. It's interesting that you worked with a coven. I'm a pretty solitary Pagan myself (mostly because there's not that many of us in my area), and I find my spiritual practice evolving constantly. I look forward to hearing about your group work when you are ready to share.

We have some wonderful members that rarely post. Many of our challenges are much more spiritual than physically demanding. I like to work with the Elements in our challenges. The current one, up in the Maiden's forum, is wind (air), April will be water. I think a healthy body is 3 fold, Mental, Spiritual, and Physical. The rest is just the path you choose to reach those things. Absorb and interact as you feel comfortable. I hope to see you on the daily thread sometime and if you ever have a question or a suggestion I'm all ears. I'm always happy to help a fellow goddess out.

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emoticon Amy! Sorry, I just saw this post!

Strange how I never realized from the other teams that you had worked with a coven. I sometimes think how nice it would be to have regular worship/practice/observance with other like-minded people. We aren't a real active team, though our wonderful leader Eva comes up with awesome monthly challenges and activities! And she and I keep a conversation going in the Merry Meet chat thread. And at various times people will pose questions or a new discussion. Would love to hear your thoughts on spiritual life and matters.

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"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Hi, my name is Amy. I know Amanda (BLESSEDBEING) from another group, but not anyone else that I am aware of. I used to be very active with a coven, but then I moved, life intervened, I lost touch with many of my Goddess worshipping friends, and...well, I got lonely. I really miss being part of a group that sort of "gets" my spirituality. I like to say I'm a Pagan with Muslim overtones (it's a long story). Although I have been active with Spark for a few years, it has come to my attention that perhaps one of the reasons I haven't had much success physically is because I've been pretty repressed spiritually for the last few years. Even if that is not so, I really feel a need to connect with Goddess again, and I am not entirely sure how to start, so I figured I would start here and see where I land. I'm not a very regular poster, as I have pretty limited time, but I do go through and read other people's posts regularly, so please know that even if I am not speaking out much, I am listening and absorbing information.

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emoticon to our team, Farm Girlie! Would love to hear a little about your life and path and what brought you to us. Wishing you joy and success on this team, on Spark, and in life!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Welcome Farm_girlie! I'm glad you've found such a wonderful place to work on your journey to good health!

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Hi everyone! I am new to the team (and SparkPeople)... not really sure what else to say.

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Welcome Back Deby!

Teams keep me encouraged with like minded people. I'm glad you decided to rejoin us!

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emoticon When I discovered teams way back, that was the magic tool for me. I also keep it to just a few. The 3 teams I co-lead or lead are where I spend most of my time, where people really know me and I can share the daily challenges and successes. We are all different, and respond to different tools. I hope you are finding and using the ones that motivate and support you.

Remind us of your path or program if you wish. It is nice to see you on the wall and the daily chat thread, also. emoticon

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Hi Everyone....

I was on the team a long time ago... I am back...
I found myself feeling a need to join a few teams in the hopes
of getting back on track......

~*~ LOVE ~&~ BLESSings ~*~ ALLways ~*~Deby~*~

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My only issue with that is that I can't stand carbonation, been that way all my life. However, hubby does that, loves seltzer. I've enjoyed Bai 5 blueberry, and for quite awhile I was drinking LifeWater, but even the sweetener they use is processed, so I try to limit that to special occasions. I tried Hint Water's watermelon flavor, but I guess I need more than an hint ;P

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One of my tricks is club soda or lime seltzer, since the bubbles are fun. I get 12-packs cheap at Safeway.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I've read that people add fruit to give it taste, which I know I have issues with at times. I've got a water bottle that holds 3 glasses worth, so one in the morning and one in the afternoon gets me to 6. Plus I drink tea. But weekends are harder to do. Schedule's different and my water bottle's heavy when it filled up. Plus I've got the monkey's water bottle (my 7yo), and his epi and inhaler. Fun times.

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One step at a time is right! And while the water is easy for some, I can't seem to get in the recommended amount, especially in chilly/cold weather! Best of luck to you! Always happy to share those ups and downs and lend a supportive ear! emoticon for sharing!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Hello all! Merry meet and namaste. I've actually been on Sparkpeople for a few years on and off. I thought it'd be easy to drop the 30 pounds I was looking to lose, boy was I wrong! I had a lot to learn. Had some life ups and downs. I'm trying to limit my gluten to once per day, which worked very well, but then I had to go on some medication which brought the weight back. Grrrr. So I'm keeping up the gluten free, finished my first week of actively trying to drink 8 glasses of water a day, and getting back into exercising. Want to lose the extra weight but also tone up. Not sure if I want the extremely well-defined 6-pack, but I've started following some great fit mommas on Instagram. Also have to be careful of my diastasis recti. Lots of life stuff happening, some not so great, some good. One step at a time.

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emoticon Anne Marie! So glad you joined our Gathering. Would love to hear more about what brought you to Spark, and about your path. I'm a wiccan/pagan without a structured practice, though I sometimes report some of the interesting Motherpeace tarot cards I turn during my readings for the festival holidays. Please join us in the daily chat thread (the top one, Merry Meet) if you'd like, and introduce any new questions or discussions as you wish, or read and respond to previous posts on any of the forums--and remember there are other discussions besides the most recent ones that show.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Namaste & Merry Meet! I'm Anne Marie and I have been on SparkPeople for just 2 weeks. I'm finding a lot of motivation for my fitness goals here. I'm very happy to find this team and look forward to sharing this path with you!

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emoticon and emoticon It took me over 2.5 years to drop 65 pounds, but I'm a firm believer in slow and steady. Or as I read once on Spark somewhere (and have oft shared with others) "don't do anything to lose weight that you aren't willing to do for the rest of your life." You have to find the tools that work for you, rather than trying in vain to use someone else's program that just doesn't fit you.

I hope you will find information, encouragement, inspiration and support here. Wishing you success and joy on your journey!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Welcome! It can be done!

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I live in SE London. I am a single mum with 2 teenage boys and 1 adult young man who lives with his fiance a few miles from me.

So here I am. All told, I need to lose just over 100 pounds to be at a healthy weight. I'm breaking it down though and focusing right now on making healthier food choices.

I've been a practising Pagan for 20+ years, and recently was tapped to be a priestess for The Cailleach. I'm in the process of defining what that means for me.



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(waving HELLO! to SOUTHTEXASSUN)! Blessed be and I hope your day goes well.

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Sleep well! Yes, I saw you posted on the wall, but hadn't shown up in the new members on the right yet. (I've noticed a lag there, before) Looking forward to hearing from you.

BTW, where in Texas? I lived in Dallas a few years, though I grew up in Oakland CA and have lived up here in Washington the last 10 years.

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Namaste and Well Met!
Brand new member here. It is late and I have a very important, very early wake up, so I must sign off and hit the hay. I will be back ASAP tomorrow morning.
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and so much bad in the best of us...




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Thanks for introducing yourself, Elspeth. It's lovely to find books that speak to you. I also appreciate wise and gentle teachings! I'm glad you found us, and hope you'll join us on various threads and tracking goals that are meaningful to you.

Always nice to hear what you are up to, Paula. I was trying to figure out where our new member was, but as you've been with us for some time, I'm guessing you are not in the newest to join section for that reason.

I enjoy hearing from both new and seasoned goddesses. Blessed Be to all!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Hello again yes I have had another name change. Being part of Hogwarts Team I have changed my name to suit what I am doing on that team. Guess who I am!! Yes Head of House Hufflepuff.
You will all know me as Paula and I drop in from time to time and join in the monthly topics. I just wanted you all to know that despite the name it is still me.

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Hi Team,
I've been here before under another name but I've been hibernating for a while. I will be turning 60 this December and am the mother of 2 grown children and 1 step-daughter, with a total of 3 grandkids. My husband and I no longer work but I find him a full-time job (LOL?). I bought the Warrior Goddess Training book and workbook today and joined the sparkteam. I'm looking forward to reading it. I did read part of The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz and I see I bought The Fifth Agreement but haven't read it yet. I'd really like to get through both of these before we begin Warrior Goddess Training but I'll see what happens. Toltec wisdom seemed very wise and gentle to me. Namaste to you all.

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Paula, I'm glad you re-introduced yourself--I didn't recognize your new user name!
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Some years ago I took over as co-leader of the GGs, as the team was not very active. My co-leader Lisa helped design the new look and forums. Then when Lisa got busy with other things, Eva came along and took over the more active leadership--like thinking up the wonderful monthly challenges, as well as the revamped welcome message which she shared with the whole team.
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I'm a solitary without an established practice. I do a lot of parts journaling and affirmations, feel a great appreciation for and connection with nature. I love my MotherPeace tarot deck and books (round, multi-cultural, matriarchal cards), which I use for readings on the 8 festival days.

Hope to hear from more members! emoticon

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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My name is Paula and I have been part of this team for a while now. My spiritual path is based around the Hearth and Home. I love cooking and making things for the home, family, friends and charities.
I have a few health issues that I work around like osteo arthritis, IBS, Dizzy spells, a Cholesterol level that is like yoyo, cataracts forming and Macular Degeneration in both eyes.
I find ways around my exercise by using walking as my main exercise, I am determined to make improvements in my health both physically and spiritually.
My interests are wide and varied. I love reading, writing prose and poetry, knitting, cooking, gardening, nature in general, learning new things and incorporating what I learn in my life.
At the moment I am learning more about Moon Magick and keeping a nature journal that includes both New and Full Moon goals. I have written my own rituals and have adjusted things to suit me.
I live in England with my Husband who supports and encourages me in all I do.



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emoticon Jackie, and emoticon We do encourage each other, and accept the many paths we follow. I find it a supportive and affirming group. I'm happy you've joined us.

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Hi Jaclyn!

I'm sorry to hear you've lost your mother.

You are here for pretty much the same reason I joined. I only have one child, Brenna and she's 7. I can say that I think you'll find yourself home here.

I hope you find your philosophy on a healthier you. I found my own journey to be mental, spiritual, and physical. I may be maintaining but I'm still on that journey.


I've been an eclectic pagan for about 20 years now. I found my path when I was just over 15. If you ever need anything, just ask.

"What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself." Hecato, Greek philosopher

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emoticon Jaclyn, and emoticon for sharing yourself with us. I'm happy to hear you are looking to develop your "spiritual muscles" as well as your physical ones. emoticon It really is all interrelated.

I love how you concluded your intro, about wanting to "become the best version of me I can be. Because I deserve it. I am after all, Divine. And because my kids deserve to have a mother who loves herself and is a good example for them." emoticon emoticon

It took me ~2 1/2 years to drop my weight from my obese high of 215. And I've since been struggling to shed the excess weight of my clutter. I deserve to live in a lovely, comfortable and welcoming home. Now believing we deserve to live well, and acting like it--taking the concrete steps to get from here to there--can be a little different, but with mutual support the journey is easier and more enjoyable! emoticon

Hoping you find support and inspiration here. Wishing you joy and success! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Hello,

I joined a few days ago, but haven't had time to introduce myself.

I'm Jaclyn, and I'm a teacher, mother, wife and so much more. I practiced Wicca in college but have since been a bit untethered spiritually. I lost my mom to cancer at the age of 23 (she was 55 years old) and that really did a number on me in many ways. Since then I have been dealing with depression and anxiety that makes it difficult for me to connect with people, though I did find a wonderful husband and have two beautiful children (son 7, daughter 3) despite all of it.

Since my daughter was born three years ago, my depression worsened and my weight... well it didn't go up, but I gained nearly 60 lbs between the two kids and haven't lost a lick of it yet. Which, as one might imagine, has not helped my depression any.

In addition to trying to lose weight, I am also trying to reconnect with my spiritual self, as well as provide some grounding for my kids. Fortunately, my husband shares at least most of my views, so I do not have any sort of spiritual conflict in the family (there is, of course, the typical stuff couples tend to argue about...)

Anyway, So, I'm here to lose some weight, become a fitter, healthier person, connect with people who share similar ideals (eventually I'll reach out locally), and basically become the best version of me I can be. Because I deserve it. I am after all, Divine. And because my kids deserve to have a mother who loves herself and is a good example for them.

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emoticon and emoticon Kim! Thank you for introducing yourself. I have found the emotional and spiritual work *really* aids the physical work. Committing to our own well-being and spending time and energy on ourselves is *so* vital! Looking forward to celebrating your progress with you--remember, as many of us like to remind ourselves: Progress, not perfection!

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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Good morning,

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I'm Kim from Las Vegas. I have been on SP off and on for several years. I just turned 57 last week and have decided heart, soul, and mind that this is going to be my year! I know I can't do it by myself so I decided I need to de-lurk and become an active participant here. I am not new per se, I joined the group some time ago and have popped in on occasion. I have not had the umph or motivation to commit myself...again... to taking care of me. Having finally come out of a deep depression I know that now is the time!I know it is not just my physical self I am working, but my Spiritual self as well....

Like so many, I have fought my weight my whole life. I'm bone weary of fighting. So here I am and I am excited...really, truly, excited from the inside out to finally take care of myself. I am doing this!

Bright Blessings,
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Welcome Lisa! And thank you for sharing!

I'm with Amanda (blessedbeing) That our journey is 3 fold : Mental, Physical, and Emotional. Sometimes the mental and physical drags up stuff we never knew were there.

For me the program began with the 10 bootcamp that was here on spark. I'm not sure if that challenge exists anymore, but it was a slow process, easing into the workouts. My final total is 66 lbs to date. It's been a fun journey with these goddesses. Now I'm at about 30 minutes on an average day. mostly walking. I practice Yoga and belly dance as well. Yoga is more for my emotional self than my physical self.

I suggest with the warrior goddess book, grab yourself a journal or a notebook. You'll want one along the way for the exercises in the book.

I'm glad you found us!



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So good to hear from you, Lisa. emoticon And thank you for sharing about where you are. My weight loss began with the fitness piece: taking a 10-minute walk at lunch, then adding another during my morning break, and later, an afternoon one as well. So pretty much every work day rain or shine, I walk for 30 minutes. Of course it also helped that I gave up alcohol, so did less mindless snacking when I lost all sense.

I also believe the emotional work is a big part of it--what we tell ourselves and how we treat ourselves. Finding support and encouragement can really help, which is why I check in every day. I wish you great joy and success on your journey, and look forward to continuing to get to know you! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Hello Wonderful Goddesses! I am Lisa, a recently-turned-53 year old wife, mother, grandmother, full time secretary, and life-time yo-yo dieter. I live in Florida with my husband of almost 5 years and 4 dogs and 4 cats.

About 8 years ago I started to train for walking/running events and, over the course of 3 years, I lost almost 80 pounds. The training started getting to be a little overwhelming, though, and I decided to quit the events at about the same time as I met the man who is now my husband. Since quitting the training and getting married, I have put a little over half the weight back on again and I'm not sure how to turn that around. I still work out most days but for a half an hour, not the hour and a half that I used to do. I've also passed into the Crone time of my life and my metabolism and energy has quieted down.

I've read that if you want to lose weight, diet is 80% and fitness is 20%. When I lost weight before, I flipped those two. I need to flip it back. I've been eating a lot more whole foods and locally sourced produce and cooking 99% of the meals we eat. I have this vague thought that if I am more connected to the food that I eat, I won't eat so mindlessly and I will magically be transformed into a "responsible eater." Okay, so I'm being a little facetious, but you never know....

I read the messages about the "Warrior Goddess Training" book and ordered the kindle edition, so I will start reading that. I've been feeling like I'm not in control of anything in my life anymore, so getting back to being a warrior goddess will be a good thing!

I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you.

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Welcome Remmie and Walkfit!

I hope you both join us in the monthly challenge. For the first part of the year we'll be working with a new element each month. The goal is to work together on what fits each of us individually.

I'm a full time SAHM but my daughter is in public school. I volunteer a fair amount at the school. I did home school for pre-k and would be open to it again if the need arises.

Walkfit I've been on spark going on 6 years in march. It's a nice place to be and this is a wonderfully supportive group of women.

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emoticon Remmie and WalkFit!

Sorry I missed your post earlier, Remmie. Where in Idaho are you? I was born in Idaho Falls, though I grew up in California, and have been in Washington state going on 10 years this March. I love tulips. I moved up to Washington's Skagit Valley when I relocated from the Bay Area, where they have an annual Tulip Festival. I loved the story of the International Peace Gardens, are you familiar with them? www.ipgf.org/about/ourstory.asp I am not a fan of monarchy, but I love the story of how the Canadian Parliament declared the hospital wing where the Dutch queen in exile from the Nazi terror in Europe was about to give birth to be Dutch territory, so that her daughter could inherit the throne when her homeland was free again. It chokes me up everytime!

And WalkFit, glad you found us after all this time! We are very eclectic. There's a cool "challenge" you can participate in based on the Element of Earth, in the Maiden Forum. We are big on encouraging members to make tools fit them, so you always get to decide how you will participate.

Oops, timer going off--time to get laundry!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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So glad I found a like minded group of goddesses! emoticon
I've been on and off SP for about 9 years. It's been a great resource for me. I look forward to getting to know the team.

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Hi everyone! My name is Remmie and I am from Idaho. I am a wife and stay-at-home homeschooling mother. I am also new to the spirituality / alternative religion path and thought this team would be a good place to help me grow. I am looking forward to taking this journey with all of you!

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Nature is where I feel most connected to Spirit and the Divine. But I have an active mind, and do enjoy reading also. Being open to possibilities and connections, recognizing similarities, and respecting diverse paths and traditions is an overall approach I enjoy.

Sorry, I'm yawning up a storm. Time to turn in soon! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I'm glad you've joined us!

Each of us has our own spiritual path and many of use, myself included, started out in the Christian path of our parents. And many that I know take the early path of the Christo-Pagan, the blending for a period of time made the transition easier. In any case each of us knows what it's like to be finding our way. If you have any questions please ask. You'll always find someone ready to help.





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I just bought the kindle version of that book and am digging into it. It is hard for me to answer about what materials or methods work best for me. I am on such a new journey that In just don't know. But I look forward to learning and figuring it out. Reading, time in silence and stillness, or time out in nature are what I tend to lean towards for spiritual growth, but I am excited to be on this journey!

There is no such thing as multitasking. Some just have the ability to switch between tasks very quickly.


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Spiritual journeys are wonderful! I'm glad you are choosing to make us part of yours. Are there particular books, paths, tools that speak to you? One of our newer members told us about a book, Warrior Goddess Training, which is wonderful. I'm going to be going back to that, after taking a detour to read various parts of Growing Up Again, which my therapist recommended when I asked her about reparenting. Lots of insights, affirmations, and compassionate, practical advice; I returned the library copy and bought my own. I love sharing inspirational resources & like to hear what has helped others.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Hi everyone. I have been on SP in the past, but it has been a long time, and many things have happened in my life since then. Went through a scary and stressful divorce, found a new love, move to a different state, and even changed career fields.

Life is definitely better than it use to be, but I still feel something missing. I grew up Christian, and while I still prefer to myself as such, I know modern Christians would disagree. After what I went through with my divorce, my eyes were really opened up and now I find myself on a spiritual journey like I've never been on before.

I know that as I grow in my spirituality, the rest of my life will fall into place, including my health. I really look forward to being apart of this team!

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Welcome, Divya. After a long time of trying to connect with Deity(ies) I finally feel like I've made a connection with Brighid, and find myself going in a Celtic direction. It's hard to imagine having a relationship with that many at once!

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emoticon Divya, and thanks for introducing yourself. emoticon
I grew up in Northern California--Oakland, but live now in Washington state, myself.

Cool how you have a relationship with a number of Goddesses. I'm not familiar with Kali Ma, but would love to learn more.

So glad you've joined the Gathering!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Hello! emoticon I'm Divya, I live in Los Angeles, CA. This is not my first go round with SP but I am hoping to make this one really count.
Spirit: Many Goddesses live in my home, I have altars, icons, and deities from everywhere. Kali Ma is my Mother Goddess but Hekate, Santa Marta, St. Martha, Laxmi, Radha all live with me. My heritage is Romanian Gypsy and I feel this is why I communicate with them all the way I do.
Body: I have been heavier in my life and I am trying to avoid getting to that weight again. I do very well in the winter and get motivated to move more. My problem is when it starts to get warm, I just stop. Its so hot that I cant imagine exercising and getting warmer.
Mind: I am hoping to find some like minded folks to inspire and encourage me and that I can offer the same in return and probably a laugh along the way as I love joking and being funny.
Looking forward to meeting you!!! emoticon

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Bonnie, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you better with a detailed introduction! It took me over 2 years to very gradually shed my excess weight (I had gotten up to 215 and stayed there for a number of years). But the slow consistent steps are the ones most easily maintained. As I read once here on the site and have often repeated, "Don't do anything to lose weight that you aren't willing to do for the rest of your life." Every person is different, and you need to experiment and find what motivates and works for you.

So glad you've joined us. Please join the Merry Meet chat & update thread whenever you wish, and any other thread, or start your own discussions.

Wishing you joy and success on your journey! Blessed Be emoticon

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Welcome to our gathering Bonnie. and don't apologize. I enjoyed the introduction.

I'm glad you found your guide, or at least one of them.

We'd love to see your work if you ever want to share. Mrs. paula Autumn shares her work with us often. :)

Most of us here know what you mean by feeling energy. It's in our blood.

I look forward to getting to know more about you as you travel on and leave the pounds behind.

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Greetings to all and a happy November too!

I'm Bonnie from Washington State and I'm on a spiritual journey of discovery. Through this journey I hope to gain an understanding of events that occurred during my childhood. Some of these events were very scary and my parents chalked them up as a child's overactive imagination. About a year ago the identity of one of the nightly visions was revealed. She is one of my guides. As a small child I was afraid of her. I didn't understand and thought she was a witch grimacing at me from the room she was in; now I know that she was smiling. Some recurring dreams are still a mystery, though I feel as if I'm getting closer to an understanding.

I've always been sensitive to vibrations around me and have a connection with Nature. In my younger years I would sit outside for hours, even in the rain and wind. During these times I would often draw animals, trees, mountains and rivers, whatever I felt led to draw. I don't do too much drawing anymore though; I've picked up a camera instead. My dreams and visions are usually of wolves, horses and trees or meadows. I hear nature music when my husband and I are in the woods.

I was a reclusive kid and still am to a degree. I have a hard time fitting in with people yet am completely comfortable around animals and the great outdoors. As a result I started a hobby photography business called Spiritwind Photography and it is mostly pets and nature. I enjoy poetry and occasionally write. Eventually I will put together a book of my writings with my photography. It's therapy for me and a way to remain connected to the elements around me.

At this point of my life I am approaching the end of my Mother age. I still feel young (most of the time). Over the years my weight has crept up and I'm at my all time high of 182 lbs. I'm usually an energetic person, although these last few weeks I've felt sluggish and have had to force myself to do any extra fitness. I'm hoping to reignite the spark that will help me in my daily routines both at work and at home so I can achieve my healthy weight once again. I know that by doing so I will have less ankle and knee pain which will in turn help to increase my energy. I owe it to my two young energetic dogs Eli Buddy and Emma Rose.

Long introduction, my apologies. emoticon

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Amanda, thank you for your warm welcome.

I've just looked it up, A Linden-Tree is called lime tree, too. Yes, they shed their leaves each year. it is wonderful to see, how each soft breeze helps a leaf to fly to the ground. - And to know, that this is not a loss, but part of a cycle.

I can relate to your experience, of walking around and watching trees through their year-cycle. Isn't it amazing how many shades of green, yellow, red and brown exist?

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emoticon to our Gathering, Marie! Thank you for sharing the story of your tree friend! I make a point to walk around the block in our industrial park area on every break, and enjoy watching the trees through every season. I love how the leaves are starting to turn colors on some emoticon and how the different species and individual trees turn at different times. I'm not familiar with a linden tree. Is it an evergreen or deciduous (?) that will lose its leaves? Oh, and when it's hot, I love how cool the shade is from the trees, and the sound of the leaves in the breeze.

I hope you will join our Merry Meet chat thread sometimes, and let us know how you are doing, or post on any established or new threads depending on your interests. emoticon for introducing yourself!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Hello lovely team,

I'm a member for quite some time, but I think I've never introduced myself.

I'm in my midfiftys (spelling?) and live with a sweet and loving cat.

About eight years ago I started a new path in life, where I was able to follow my passion for ancient times. That turned out well and filled a lifelong longing.
Other decisions I made at that time and during the following years did not lead to the outcomes I hoped for (marriage, job and finances). While I write I have to smile. This is a journey to rock bottom put into one sentence.

Meanwhile I am recovering, my strength(s) return!

So while shedding superfluous pounds and things (aka clutter) I am enjoying the good things that are already happening and preparing for the good things that are to come and I am willing and able to create! YES!

Close to where I currently work grows a beautiful and tall linden-tree. Whenever that job feels frustrating, I take a break, walk to my tree-friend and lean on her. We talk about life, the year's cycle and she shares her strength with me. Her life has not been easy. She has lost branches, some have been cut back, yet she grows stronger and stronger each year and new branches emerge. She is a great teacher!

I'm looking forward to being part of this team!

Marie

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I have several decks, but my favorites right now are the Witches Tarot and Wisdom of the Hidden Realm oracle deck :-)

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8/20/15 6:39 A

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Welcome Noyagirl!

I hope you find what you need here with the GG's

It's easy to let ourselves go in an effort to care for everyone around us. I've had to subscribe to the philosophy that i can't take care of anyone else if i don't take care of myself. It was a bitter pill to swallow.

please join us in the Merry Meet and Greet the day chat thread. If you need anything just let a fellow goddess know and we'll be happy to help.

"What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself." Hecato, Greek philosopher

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8/20/15 12:36 A

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emoticon NoyaGirl! Sorry I'm late seeing this. As you may have picked up from my posts, I've been devoting *lots* of time and energy to job hunting for a better position in a healthier work environment.

I'm glad your home situation has improved, that you are getting positive guidance through tarot (what deck do you use?), and that you are putting energy into nurturing yourself again. Please feel free to contribute to any of the threads, or start your own. Some of us like to update each other in the Merry Meet thread at the top of our team page.

Thanks for introducing yourself and reaching out! Blessed Be, emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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