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Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Year's Eve, the end of 2016. I called my Mom, this would have been her and Dad's 60th anniversary had he not passed. When I was living in Oregon, I would take her to dinner on the Coast, we would stay in a motel and dress up. So today I asked her why we weren't going out to dinner. She laughed and said "'Cause you haven't picked me up yet". I told her she would not be seeing me until there snow was gone, but she was welcome to come to Arizona - LOL If I keep after her, maybe she will someday. She is 84 and still in good health, but doesn't like to leave her home for more than a couple of days. I didn't get my Wanderlust from her for sure!

I have spoken to all my chicklets this week. Every one is busy of course, but healthy and moving forward in life.

I have been working on my life plan for 2017, I started a Word doc so I could jot down thoughts as they occurred to me. This past week I have just been taking it easy and really focusing on what I want out of life. It has been a prayerful week for me, and good things are starting to happen.

2017 Intentions-
These are the things that are on my 2017 Vision board. Will post a picture when it is completed.

DAILY SELF CARE: Consistency, Practice and Awareness.
Health- A. Continue on my weight loss journey. Now that I have found my "secret sauce" my goal is to lost 5#'s a month. That will be 60 lbs for the year, and should be very achievable.
B. Get more exercise, I walk Ringo 3-4 times a day, and want to get involved in a stretching, strengthening class. I found one only 4 blocks from my house that meets at 9 am on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. The next session starts the 16th and is already on my calendar.
Spiritual- I am visiting a new church tomorrow and already it sounds like a place I will be comfortable in. That is where the exercise classes are held, and also the Pack a Thon that I will be assisting in January. Notwithstanding some of my own personal troubles this past year, I feel my spirit grow when I am involved in a church that has a large variety of missions and small groups to interact in. Right now, this feels like an answer to a prayer. If I hadn't volunteered for the Pack a Thon, I would have never thought of going to this church.

My Spark family is a continuing blessing. I love you all so much! I can't believe I have made such great friendships in a virtual world! Your encouragement and ideas have held me through these past few months. THANK YOU!! emoticon emoticon

Develop friends/family network. I have joined Sasscee Girls, and have a monthly activity planned with this group. As I have joined other Meetup Groups I see quite a few of the S.C's in those groups.

I also joined a group called Women in the Wild Sacred Camping. There is a casual get to know each other meeting later in January. Camping has been a part of my life forever. Of course as I have gotten older, I gave up the tents and sleeping bags on the ground. If there is a will there is a way and I will find it, and take lots of Aleve- LOL

Another group I am interested in is Dances your Buts off. Come Ready to Dance Your 'Buts' off.
Not the 'butts' we sit on, the 'buts' we live in. Along those same lines I am taking a year long course " A Year to Clear What is Holding You Back". It is about decluttering not only the physical but the invisible as well. I hope the following link works, it was today's lesson and I found it very interesting.


Companionship - This is a difficult one for me at the moment. I was invited on a coffee date, and that wasn't a good thing. Nice fellow, I am obviously not ready for the dating scene! So while it is an intention for 2017, it certainly isn't a priority. Being open to receive love is a topic for a future blog- so stay tuned! Again it will be on the Vision board, but I think I need to spend a little more time figuring out what I want to invite into my life.

Wealth- I don't care if I am wealthy, I do want to live a life of abundance, and am grateful my Social Security covers my basic needs. That is a blessing and I realize how fortunate I am.
I want to travel and be able to visit my children, grandchildren and siblings. That takes a little more than I am able to swing at the moment, so I am working on a business model that includes 1) a listing service for people who want to sell their things ( crafts, books, whatever) on line, but don't want to go through the work of doing the selling. It would be like a "valet" service.
2) Create a set of instructables for people who want to start their own businesses. I have had 40 years of experience and would like to mentor small business owners.
These ventures may be separate ventures , or one business, but I will do this. And trust that God will provide, as he always has.

Traveling- I want to visit my children in Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Colorado. My siblings and Mother in Washington & Oregon. I have an SUV and plan on car camping this year, but am putting a small motorhome on my vision board.

Debt free by Sept 2017- I incurred some medical bills with the surgery, and some dental bills, and of course some moving expenses.

Obtain house with yard for Ringo. Ringo is doing very well in our apartment, but I would love to have a yard for him to run in. This is going on the vision board. It may take more than one year, but that is OK.

Continuing the Manifesto for a Simple Life
Eat less, move more
Buy less, make more
Stress less, laugh more
Feel blessed, love more,
Find a quiet spot every day and BREATHE!

Happy New Year to you all!

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  • SUNSHINE5268
    1552 days ago
    What lovely blog--a New Year Blog--- It sounds like you have 2017 covered!--Lynda
    1553 days ago
    Keep working your buts off! You're doing great. emoticon
    1557 days ago
    My dear buddy Sunny! I ALWAYS love your blogs and how you detail life's crap storm but you wade through it and land on your FEET! How very inspiring for so many women that need to do SOMETHING but are paralyzed to take that first step. As you know I've contemplated a professional blog and know I'd love to do it. I just have to get my thoughts together and narrow down the subject matter.

    I think you would do fantastic detailing how you decided that you wanted a BETTER life and then how you went about achieving it. I've often thought about how helpful it would be to others that become paralyzed with the loss of an only child to see how the hubs and I have forged forward. Not for ourselves particularly but for our son's many friends so they still get our virtual support in their very complicated lives.

    I think the BEST thing about spark is the friendships we make. Please sparkmail me your e-mail if you wish and I'll do the same. I'd hate for something crazy to ever happen to sparkworld that we would lose contact with each other!

    As always you know how much I admire that fighting "I'mSunnyHoward" spirit...long may she live! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1557 days ago
    Sounds like you have it all together! I need to spend some time reflecting on last year so I can set goals for this year! Gosh I've missed you emoticon

    1558 days ago
    emoticon emoticon 2017 will be your year
    1560 days ago
    Sounds like you are ready to take on the new year! Love this post; you gave me several things to think about.
    1561 days ago
    Hi Sunny...........
    Whenever I feel down at all, I go to your Spark page and read any one of your blogs. You have had a year of challenges and could have hunkered down and given in to depression. Instead, you have turned your life around and are my Poster-Girl for "What to do with your life, when you just feel like giving up." You Don't Give Up. You look at the Positive way to live your life and carry on. You are a role-model and I emoticon
    1561 days ago
    White lovely blog!---- I love it--and we do have a snowblower --but--- I never want to learn to use it because then it will be my job forever more--- Himself used it today tho-Lynda
    1561 days ago
    this has certainly been a year of challenges for you, but look how far you've come. NOT easy.

    BUT you're doing it! So glad you have Ringo in your life.
    1561 days ago
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    1561 days ago
    Great plans Sunny! Happy New Year!
    1561 days ago
    I love your mother's answer, "cause you haven't picked me up yet." One smart lady.
    1561 days ago
    Love your goals and your attitude. We have so much that we can do if we don't get tangled up in what we can't. I love this time of year, the end of one year and the beginning of the next, where so many of us evaluate where we are and what we need to change up and do next. You have definitely given me some things to think about.

    1562 days ago
    Sunny, I'm out of breath just reading all the things you have planned! Whew! (That's a good thing!!!) I'm so proud of you for getting out and involved with your new community. You are a blessing to your new friends, which I'm sure they've already discovered! Good luck with all your adventures, and I do hope you can get your mom down to visit. She'll see how happy you are, and that will give her great joy.

    Good luck with the dating scene. I went through a year of therapy to heal from my previous relationship before I met Steve, and it helped me realize what I needed to do to be a better partner. You'll know when you're ready; you have so much love to give!

    Have a wonderful 2017, and keep us posted on your adventures! Much love to you today and throughout the year.
    1562 days ago
  • JANET552
    Love your thoughts. I love how many groups you have options to join. I am an introvert but would like more group activities. Just can't seem to find them. I totally agree about Spark friends. They are the best.
    1562 days ago
  • LSIG14
    You are amazing! So very well organized with a pretty clear picture of where you want to be down the road! I am so glad you've found a home church because that always makes life seem better! May God bless you and help you reach all your goals on your Vision Board. I look forward to reading all your great posts and following your progress! Happy New Year and may 2017 be the year of your dreams!!
    1562 days ago
    Great thought-provoking goals. Sounds like this year is full of finish-line goals for you. I wish you all the best and success! Good for you!
    1562 days ago
    Make your first goal to be a visit to see your Mom and take her out for dinner... snow or no snow; I wish I could do the same with my Mom. All your other grand goals are nothing in comparison, once she's gone. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1562 days ago
    Awesome goals for 2017!
    1562 days ago
    Happy New Year to you and your family!
    1562 days ago
    WOW,very well thought out and planned Sunny!Very inspiring!Thanks for sharing
    and the video as well.Happy New Year to you and may it be all that you wish it to
    be!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1562 days ago
    Sunny, I really enjoyed reading your goodbyes and hellos. You seem so healthy and focused on what you've accomplished and what remains to be done. I learned a lot of things I did not know about you, such as that you have 40 years of business experience and that your family is scattered all over the continental USA! I already knew, though, that you were full of life and positivity--and humor!--and this blog fits right in with all that. Had to chuckle at several points--like the need for lots of Aleve for your planned camping trips (I'm with you, sister), the "buts" we live in, and your "chicklets."
    1562 days ago
    Your clarifications are awesome! You are seeking and finding a direction for yourself!
    I am impressed, Sunny! I look forward to hearing through the year how you are doing!
    Best wishes for a Happy, Healthy New Year!
    1562 days ago
    Happy New Year! emoticon
    1562 days ago
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    Sounds like a emoticon plan! Writing things down helps you stay focused. I think we all intend on doing that, but rarely do sit down and make a plan. Hope 2017 brings you all good things!
    1562 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Great plans and I have no doubt you will make them materialize. Happy New Year!
    1562 days ago
    I like to read how your mind works. You are detailed and organized. I fit the description of scatterbrained.
    1562 days ago
    emoticon You seem to have well thought out goals!
    1562 days ago
    Busy and exciting times.
    1562 days ago
    What a great blog!! Love the manifesto for a simple life at the end!
    1562 days ago
    emoticon Love how detailed your goals are! I really like your idea of selling stuff for people, I'd love to sell the stuff I make, but do not want to do the shop myself.

    Hope you have a wonderful 2017!! emoticon
    1562 days ago
  • PROVERBS3128
    Sounds good!
    1562 days ago
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