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In a fewDSCI1721 minutes it will be March… I have waited for March for a long time, both with hesitation and with excitement. I know just by looking at my schedule that it is going to be crazy; crazy busy and crazy fun!

Next week I will be heading to Iowa for work. The week after that we are heading to Florida for a wedding (and somewhere in between I have to make a wedding guest dress for myself that I just bough the fabric for today – No no no way am I a procrastinator). And a few days after we return from Florida I will have the honor of having my best friend here for a whole week!

What April holds I have no idea about. Haven’t even thought about it. That’s what life is all about right? Living every day to its fullest. I will do so in March I promise. I don’t have the luxury to work it out in any other way! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Value Life

LifeGives-3-BA little bit before Thanksgiving one of my husband’s good childhood friends got diagnosed with stage 4 Neroendocrine Cancer. When we first heard about it he decided to have a big beef and beer fundraiser to help him financially. So we did! We sold tickets, had people and business donate raffle baskets and we were able to gather everyone on January 5th, the first weekend after the holidays.

By then our friend’s condition had worsen, the cancer had spread… While 250 of his friends, colleagues, and part of his family was partying to gather money for his treatments he passed away… 32 years old.

One of his friends actually came up to me in the middle of the party and said “it feels like he is here with us”… little did we know that he was in fact with us then, in spirit. We all got the news later that night and as hurtful as it was I guess he picked the right day to go… while we were all there.

I never got a chance to really get to know him but through all the people I learned that he was an amazing person. “An Angel on Earth”… But most important thanks to him and everything that went down I met so many wonderful people. People I would never had met otherwise.. People I now call my friends!

Life is so, so fragile. Life can change any minute so we must LOVE while we can.

I found this quote when I was surfing the net one day and decided to make a piece to hang in our house to honor our friend and remind us of what really matters in life. After doing so I decided to list it for sale as well.. The quote is from Winston Churchill.

“We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give”ย 

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Christmas crazy

meDo you also feel like time is just being sucked into a hole and you didn’t get to use it before it went? I feel like I am just a spectator of it at the moment. I can’t even get a whiff of it. Time that is…

Still trying to get the Christmas shopping together but it is a slow process. On top of it I have to get stuff that will fit in a USPS “if it fits it ships” box or no one will enjoy them anyway. All my gifts are leaving the country and heading to Sweden where my family is. Well no one will get anything unless I find stuff.. Damn it! I knew I should have started in August!

I am currently absorbed in tasks that have nothing to do with Christmas. Planning a beef and beer fundraising event to help a friend who just got diagnosed with neropancreatic and lung cancer… Hopefully we can get enough money to make a difference. If you care to donate or help out just go here: Stand up 4 Kevin

On Saturday it is wedding time. Another friend is getting married! She is like my American sister in fact. Her parents really took me in when I moved here. So to stay on budget for the wedding I was first going to rent a dress from RentTheRunway instead of buying one I would probably only wear once. But then I decided to go even cheaper and is now MAKING a dress instead. Stupid decision since I really do NOT have time for such a thing… But that is me. Planning is EASY – sticking to the plan is another story! And ideas come and go… they seem great in the beginning… Me in a nutshell

So in the midst of thingsBruno4, I am still trying to work my regular job, learn applied Kinesiology and muscle testing, keep up with my Etsy orders, teach dance once a week, be a wife, a dog owner, eat, sleep and exercise.. I honestly feel I don’t have the energy to give each task my fullest attention and I hate it! But at least I never have to be bored ๐Ÿ™‚ Life is good after all!! ๐Ÿ˜€

How are you all doing? Are you going Christmas crazy too??

So I lied…

Based on my post yesterday about my frustration over why I have to defend what and how I eat every day… I decided to give some lies a try.

Some people at work wanted to go out for sandwiches or pizza, I can’t remember what it was. And I asked if they had anything non-bread… upon someone off course asks “why”?

After about 2 seconds of hesitation I said – I can’t have gluten… The respond was:
– “ahhh… well let’s go to xyz instead because they have a large selection of everything”

Is my next step to say that I have diabetes? Will that make people back off when it comes to my sugar? Just asking…

It’s a Sweet and dangerous thing

I am a sugar addict. No question about it! However I am trying VERY hard to become a recovering sugar addict. And I find it harder than I thought it would be.

… Not because I cannot do it but because of the people around me that have comments about it: “you can eat a little”, “don’t be silly you don’t need to stop eating sugar completely”, “just have sugar on the weekend”, “the body needs sugar too”, “here, have some dessert”, etc etc… I am so SICK of it! WHY DO I HAVE TO DEFEND MYSELF???!?!?! By being a recovering sugar addict I should just say “I am allergic to sugar” or maybe even “I am a diabetic” would that change the reactions and make them more supportive? Do I have to start lyingย  about why? You don’t offer an alcoholic a drink on the weekends, say that wine is good for blood circulation, or tell him that he can have it once and a while??? No, I didn’t think so.. to me sugar is a drug and to me sugar is a far worse drug then alcohol will ever be to me.. so please…

I don’t want sugar in my life anymore. I don’t want to want it, and I wish I never eat it again… I know I will have sugar again eventually just because it is so hard to avoid but if I know about it, and if I can do something about it – I do NOT want sugar. Understood?!

(I need to point out that my husband,ย Nutritionist and Health Clinician: Tony, and friend C have been HUGE supporters of my efforts so to those I am forever thankful)

Are you also fighting for what you believe in? (Health, life, religion, etc) Please share your thought and why your surroundings are making it so much harder for you then it has to be.

I am currently reading Lick the Sugar Habit by Nancy Appleton PhD – to get emotional support and also strength to push through as I am going through the toughest part of my recovery. A recovery filled with sweet dreams and cravings. It helps me to continually learn about the effects of sugar to our body and health.

Hold your life in your hands

I rarely quote someone, but this kind of stuck with me as I am reading the heaviest and thickest book in my collection “Staying Healthy with Nutrition – The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutrition”. The author, Elson M. Haas M.D., in her introductory chapter says:
“…A healthy diet most obviously involves common sense. The body sends us messages to change the diet to attune to its real needs; the internal biofeedback system is superb when we corporate with it rather than override it. Yet many of us follow our desires and taste buds, eating the richer, sweeter, or saltier foods that industry promotes and packaged / processed nutrition provides.

It may not seem to matter a great deal in the short term that we follow our passions / addictions rather than our common sense. But this does affect how we feel and function now, and it does make a difference over the long term, both in our health and in our economy…

…So, love yourself and care for your body with good food and exercise. It is the only body you have, and if you treat it right, give it what it needs, in return it will care for you for life…”

When I read it I almost get emotional – because it is so true for most of us out there. I know with my own struggles to become a healthy person. A person others can look up to as well as come to for questions and concerns… that the statement is so true… If we treat our bodies with love and care – it will give us what it can. Our body is an amazing thing but it will not function unless we give it what it needs… It is all up to each and every one of us – the responsibility is all our own… not others. It is not politics, it is not religion, it is not marketing, it is not status – it is just us and our bodies… and what we do with that amazing responsibility.

4 years & counting

Sometimes it feels like forever ago and sometimes it feels like yesterday. Today, four years ago, I was getting ready for what was to become one of the best days of my life. I didn’t know then, 4 years ago, that the love I felt then could grow into a life full of laughter, great times, smiles, encouragement — and a love and appreciation far greater than being ‘in love’.

It is about the little things… I love waking up to a kiss from you almost every morning, even though I am barley conscious that early… I love that you allow me to be crazy and ‘too’ creative. I love that you still call me ‘babe’ even on the days I don’t really feel like a ‘babe’… I love that you call every day while you are at work even if you don’t have anything important to say. But most importantly – I LOVE to see you smile and being around you (even if we are spreading tons of stone, digging holes in the backyard, putting stucco on a house, or just watching TV).

You make my days baby. I love you and I love being married to you!

June 28, 2008 | Ivyland, PA