Taking Back My Birthday

Since Bill died, my birthday has become the saddest day of my year. That surprised me. But I missed him so much I just wanted to crawl under the covers and cry the day away.

This year I decided I had to do something about this. If I didn’t, then my birthday would remain a sad day and that just didn’t seem right.

So I held a different version of a surprise party. I invited some friends to a dessert potluck. The surprise was that I didn’t tell them that I also hired Karla Kloeble to come and try to teach us to hula hoop! It was a blast! Thanks to my friends who attended and to all my friends who sent birthday wishes today as well. I am blessed.

So I feel like I’ve reclaimed my birthday. This doesn’t mean that I’m “over” Bill’s death, or that I’m “moving on”. It just means that I chose to find some joy in this day. And now I will go to bed, crawl under the covers and cry myself to sleep. I still miss him so much.

But I bet you’re wondering if I got my birthday wish and succeeded in hula hooping, aren’t you? Judge for yourself:

The Power of 100

Last night I was thrilled to be a part of an amazing community who donated over $15,000 to The Lighthouse Supported Living. How? Well, let me tell you…

100 Women Who Care is a community of women who meet 4 times a year. About a month before the meeting, members can nominate a non-profit organization for funding. Three nominations are then drawn out of a hat and offered a chance to present at the next meeting. At the meeting, members hear a short presentation from each of the three nominated non-profits, and then the members vote by secret ballot. Whichever organization gets the most votes, wins. What do they win? Every member donates $100 to them!

This was only my second meeting, and I was so happy that my nominated organization, The Lighthouse Supported Living, was chosen as one of the three to present, and then received the most votes.

What a fantastic way to raise money! With four meetings a year, and a $100 donation each time (whether or not you can make it to the meeting), it works out to donating $400/year. That’s less than $8 a week! And yes, you do get a tax receipt for each donation.

If you would like to join this amazing community of women, check out their website – 100 Women Who Care. Or if you want to know more, just ask me – I love to talk about them!

There is also a men’s group – 100 Men Who Give a Damn. AND a kid’s group for ages 5-17 (who donate $10 each at their meetings) – 100 Kids Who Care.

Together we can make great things happen!


A Weighty Problem – Update 2

It’s been awhile since I updated you on my journey to shed some poundage.

After five months of being on Weight Watchers (on-line, so I don’t have to go to meetings), I have reached 64% of my goal! It has been a very positive experience.

Of course, I wanted to keep this “real”, so I went off the program over Christmas and New Years. I really enjoyed eating and drinking whatever I wanted over the holidays. I really enjoyed it. Then it took the first three weeks of January to re-lose what I gained! But it was worth it. 🙂

So what ‘s the good news?

  • The pants that used to be difficult to do up, I can now slip on without undoing them.
  • I’ve started jog/walking at the track again and my knees are not complaining.
  • I feel better, and have more energy.
  • I’m proud of how I’ve done.

I’m not actively tracking everything I eat anymore, but I am still following the program. If I don’t lose another pound, I’m still okay with what I’ve accomplished. And if I continue to lose, I’m okay with that, too.