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100 Loves; Part 1

Everyone has their favorite things. However, have you ever sat down and written them down? It’s an amazing experience. It is a way for you to discover your blessings and to be thankful for what you have.

I’m going to share my top 100 over the next ten weeks with you. I hope you enjoy and can relate.

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Of course my family is at the top of my list. They keep me centered and make me who I am. Without them I don’t know who or where I would be.

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The ocean. I am so blessed to live a mere hour away from the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Her strong waves and sandy shores make my heart sing and my soul dance. She is where my beautiful momma was laid to rest and where I spent so many summer vacations as a kid. Her waters may be cold but her strength makes up for it.

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Fritos chips….yes I know. They’re evil. But oh my goodness they are the one snack I will never say no to. I may only eat a few but oh how glorious those few are! Don’t judge me!

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Animals, specifically dogs….more specifically, my dog. Rainey. She’s my sweetie. She’s a goofy 8 year old German Shepherd. I have been blessed with so many amazing pets throughout my life and life wouldn’t be the same without them. I never thought I would be married to a hunter considering how much I adore animals. But here I am….

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Paper and pens. I adore them. I doodle, write, send cards, doodle some more. I just use them for everything. You’ll always find me with some sort of paper or pen in my possession.

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Writing; In any form or medium. Blogging is my newest but as I’ve stated in the past I’ve also written short stories, poetry and a children’s book. It’s therapeutic and an easy way for self expression.

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Our Lord and Savior. Because of Him I exist and because He loves me I prosper. I owe it all to Him.

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Cozy sweaters. These used to be a huge no for me. I hated how I looked in them, they made me hot and they clung to my rolls! Now I adore them. Without the extra weight they’re my new favorite way to stay warm. I now own many of these lovely creations.

 

Photography; Especially nature pictures. I live in the most beautiful place and the photo opportunities are endless. These are all taken with my iPhone as well! “Real” cameras are overpriced and there’s too many steps to using them. I like to see the world through the lens of my phone.

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Scrapbooking. I have done multiple books for my children and myself. And like every good scrapbooker, I’m years behind! I need to get caught up before I have grand-babies to scrapbook for!

 

When we find out what our loves are then we can take a look at ourselves. We become more in tune with who we are and how we got to be here. The things I love now at 43 are very different than when I was 12 or 22 or even 35. Though, some endure the test of time.

What are your loves? Please share them with me or with others. Because after we are gone, those memories will be all that’s left.

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Dear Pain,

You come in so many forms and you’re very personal.

You’ve visited me many times and I have a love hate relationship with you.

The full pain of childbirth was the most amazing feeling I’ve ever experienced and yet what you made me feel when I lost my mom almost killed me.

How can you bring such joy and such agony all at once?

The constant hurt of knee pain, foot pain and back pain from obesity taught me that you would never leave me if I stayed that way. Now I welcome you as I exercise because you tell me that I’m working hard.

There have been times that you’ve been with me and I had no idea. Not until I felt you deeply.

You’ve doubled me over and made me realize my own worthlessness.

You’ve made me feel as though nobody would miss me. But that was a time when I was able to ask you to leave.

You continue to challenge me and make me believe in myself. You correct me and remind me I’m alive.

Thank you for forcing me to ask for help and remembering to breathe and just let things happen.

Thank you for leaving me with understanding and appreciation for this life.

Pain, you are a necessary part of life. Even when you make me cringe and cry I know there are lessons learned from your presence.

Sincerely,

Me

15 Things About Me

I love learning about others. It’s one of my favorite things about working with adults on occasion. I’ve sat and held the hand of a 95 year old who is only on one medication and I’ve spoken to a 30 year old who’s falling apart.

We all have a story.

You may or may not know these things, in fact I could wager that most don’t. These fifteen “items” are part of who I am and how I became me.

My wedding day 1994

I was raised by my beautiful mother, alone. She had help from two of my older siblings but she did it. She worked so hard and always tried to give me the important things. She even worked hard enough to send me to Washington DC on a school trip in my 7th grade year. Doing it all on minimum wage, working as a waitress. I lost her in 2015 and I will never live up to her legacy but I’m still trying to be the best mom I can be.

Note the birth year. Yes, my grandfather was born in 1898. I would never know him, as he would pass when my mother was a child, but just knowing that he was born at a time, most of us think of as ancient history, is fascinating to me. It’s one reason I love doing genealogy.

Welcoming Nathan to the family. 2010
My boys 2015
My girls and I 2018

I love reminiscing about when my kids were little but I have no desire to go back to diapers. I love the humans they are becoming as they grow. I hear moms all the time say how they wish their kids would stop growing up yet I’m truly enjoying it. Hurry up already!!! Haha

I actually love folding clothes. Of course, this doesn’t mean that I don’t have piles of laundry to fold all the time but once I start I enjoy it. Putting it away is another story.

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Although I have never ever lived even close to town I believe I could live in the city. Of course I would be single as my husband is a hard no on this. I don’t have a desire to move into the city but if I had to, I would be ok.

I may cuss like a trucker but I pray like a preacher. I have an ongoing prayer list and I pray for those people and needs on a daily basis. So, if I ever say “I’m praying for you” I mean it!!

I picked up my first cigarette at the age of 10! Coming from smoking parents it’s not that far fetched. But thankfully, my husband never has and he helped me quit when I met him at 17. I’ve tried to go back to it a couple times (forever ago) but never again. I can’t even stand the smell. Kids, just say NO!!

I can’t stand to play this game yet I own three versions of it 🤣😂

I truly love time alone. I’ve even contemplated taking a weekend away by myself. Though I don’t think my husband would understand.

Obviously I enjoy writing. But back when my eldest was young I put pen to paper and wrote a children’s book. Of course, it’s not published but maybe one day.

I still love cartoons. Including movies. But the 80’s hold a special place in my heart, for obvious reasons.

I’ve spoken about my depression. It’s an ongoing battle. I once contemplated suicide and that’s when I reached out for help. Please do so if you’re there.

National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255

If money wasn’t a thing, I’d be a stay at home mom in a hot minute. My three youngest were daycare kids and I’m constantly asking for help from friends to get my kids where they need to be. I just wish I could be the one doing everything they need when they need it.

I have an odd obsession with boxes. Wooden, paper, cloth, large, small, doesn’t matter. They’re all over my house.

Bucket List: I’d love to go on a mission. My husband doesn’t share this passion with me so it’ll be something I do without him. One day……

I’d love to know something about you that’s out of the norm. Drop me a comment and follow if you like what you see.

Happy Winter!!

Top 10: Apps

My favorite image app. A way for me to add quotes and my watermark. A must have for any amateur photographer.
Linked to my Fitbit of course. My go to for knowing where I’m at in way of movement!
Used the most out of all of my apps. It’s like having an entire encyclopedia at your fingertips. Who doesn’t need that???
My way of staying connected with everyone I love. I have no guilt about loving this app.
This is a must for anyone looking for a great hike! Small, medium or large, this will show you where to go!
Love having a back up for my pics that I can search through easily. I haven’t played with it a lot so I know I have more to learn but I love it so far.
This is where my village lives. My WLS peeps are here. I love the ease of posting and keeping up with everyone’s journey.
If you’ve had wls and need to track your calories, macros, weight, inches and exercise…this is the app for you.
Where my words meet the world. I’ve had more success with this site than my prior one. I love the easiness I’d using the app to write a post or two.
When it comes to music I can’t just choose one. Ever. They all have their place in my world.

Top Ten: Surgery Essentials

If you’re headed into bariatric surgery, first let me congratulate you! You’ve made a decision to change your life and I know it wasn’t an easy decision to make! Having gone through this process myself, I’ve compiled a list of the top ten items you need to bring with you to the hospital. As usual I hope this is helpful and useful.

1) Of course your phone is invaluable. A way to stay in touch with those who want to know how you’re doing and an endless way to pass the time.

2) But don’t forget the charging supplies! You’ll be so pissed if you forget them.

3) Your own comfortable clothes. Hospital gowns have their place but you will want something else to wear if you’re able. Let’s face it, nobody wants to take that first trip around the ward with their butt hanging out!

4) It may seem vain but I wish I had taken a hat, scarf or beanie with me. My hair was a hot mess. I couldn’t shower for the first 24 hours, so if you’re like me and can not stand looking nasty, take something to cover that mop up!

5) If you don’t want to spend the entire time on your phone, take a book, magazine, coloring book, puzzle book or something to do with your hands. Anything to pass the time.

6) A good set of headphones is essential. Most of the other patients won’t want to rock out to your music or listen to American Horror Story at the same time as you.

7) Hospitals are never dark. This wonderful contraption could give you the rest you really need. Plus, it’s a nice reminder to staff that you’re resting as sometimes they can’t tell without coming into the room. FYI this won’t prevent the inevitable interruptions to take your vital signs.

8) Your ultimate playlist. No matter what kind of music you listen to, make sure it’s downloaded and ready to go.

9) Yes you should. Having an Advance Directive on your medical chart will ensure your wishes are followed just in case. It’s major surgery, anything could happen, make sure your wishes are known. P.S. Every person should have one of these no matter what!!!

10) Personally I think this one is the most important. Besides your surgeon you are going to have several RN’s, MA’s, LPN’s, and CNA’s caring for you. Leaving them a thank you note upon your discharge is nice. They’ve seen you at your literal worst. An old fashioned thank you note would make their day! (Just trust me)

Did I miss anything? If you have other suggestions please leave them in the comment section below. Someone may need your expertise and experience.