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No Coffee, So far so good

No coffee since Tuesday, I’m still ok. I have avoided the caffeine fueled frothy goodness for two days. Now I need to add to that list, no cookies and no vending machines.  I think I just exchanged vices. 3 diet goals to next Tuesday.  It hasn’t been too bad yet, but we’ll see my attitude on Monday.

I got a call from my realtor about a woman interested in renting my house, but she has two rotweilers.  First I had the couple with the pitbull and now this lady.  Doesn’t anyone have dogs without vicious reputations anymore – like a poodle or a cocker spaniel.  

Goal for the Week

After a really good look in the mirror, it became more obvious to me to that I really need to make a health goal.  I am lacking in the discipline department, so I am starting out small.  No coffee for the rest of the week.  No Starbucks or Panera or any other random coffee place that may cross my path. No coffee. I can do this.  This will not only cut down on unecessary calorie intake, but also save me some cash.  A positive to effect for my money goal.  Exercisewise, I would like to go to the gym everyday this week, but I’m a little behind in school work due to my car getting broken into and all my homework being stolen.  I just received the books that I had to reorder to complete my assignments, so I better get cracking on those this week.  To even have time to go to the gym I would have to wake up super early and go before work, which I haven’t worked up the actual gumption to do yet.  That will be my next week goal, but for now let’s just tackle the coffee.


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It has been an overwhemling series of events in the past few days. I got in my first car accident and totaled it. I’m fine physically, but I was shaken up afterwards. I bit my lip and got cut by the seatbelt. I am also pretty much being audited by the IRS for my 2005 tax return for something I didn’t realize was salary (it was a scholarship). Work is still the same, so is school.

I do have remark that some of the overwhelming experiences in the past couple of days have been acts of kindness and good graces:

• The young man I was in the car accident with was the nicest person to get in an accident with. He helped me out my car, pushed it to the side, made sure I was ok and even offered to keep me company as I waited for my tow truck. His kindness and consideration kept me calm in a rattling situation. I am extremely thankful for him and wish him the best.

• The day after the accident, I received two unexpected gifts: A teddy bear from my ex-boyfriend, wishing me better days, and money from my ex-supervisor. I cried a little at both.

• A blind student told me he could tell I was a beautiful person.

• I have a job interview next week for a position that I think I will enjoy very much.

Most importantly, I’m alive.

Lightening Up

I need to do this in so many ways (my hair, my attitude, my weight, my workload) . I came across two things today that referred to this sentiment, so it can’t be a coincidence:

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.
– Glenn Clark


A Lighter Footstep – a website/webmag about sustainable living (click on the picture to visit)

A little about who we are, what we do, and how to contact us.

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Lighter Footstep is a web-based magazine dedicated to sustainable living: learning to thrive in our personal and business lives by making wiser choices.

While our choices are unlimited, the world’s resources are not. Fortunately, public attention is turning to the critical issues of our new century. People are waking up to climate change, the need for clean air and water, our collective search for sources of renewable energy, and the hope of a prosperous, more equitable society.

Of course, change doesn’t happen overnight. It all starts with taking a few first steps toward living a lighter, more sustainable lifestyle. And that’s where Lighter Footstep comes in. We’re here to help you navigate that path.

Maybe you’re new to the idea of sustainability. We’ll have actionable information that allows you to choose how best to start. Or, if you’re more experienced in earth-friendly living, you’ll have the chance to help others while improving your own techniques.

The future is collaborative. The future is sustainable. The future starts when you want it to.

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Just glancing at the site, simple but true words of wisdom such as “small changes matter” and “[sustainable] living happens one step at a time” pop out at me. Sometimes the mind seeks and finds the wisdom or answers that you need, even though you are not looking. I’ve been thinking a lot about change lately, what I need to change, what I want to change, but is has been difficult for me to keep these mental pacts with my self. Mostly the changes I do think about are about letting go. Lightening the load. Not just for myself, but for others as well. I have ideas on what I need to do, but it hard to put in to action and it requires discipline and desire to bring to fruition. I have the desire, but the discipline is lacking. It is a step by step process to build this discipline and change will come.