Optionally_Mine

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  1. 1. Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful.
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    901 people
  2. 2. April Bootcamp 2014: Coming into Bloom
    3 entries . 17 cheers
    68 people
  3. 3. Go to the Dancing on Ice 2014 Final Tour ..
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    1 person
  4. 4. Create my Book of Inspiration
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    2 people
  5. 5. MAKE 100 KIVA LOANS
    4 entries . 8 cheers
    4 people
  6. 6. get out of debt
    13 entries . 109 cheers
    12,195 people
  7. 7. get rid of one thing every day
    6 entries . 31 cheers
    2 people
  8. 8. drink more water
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    20,215 people
  9. 9. complete the 5000 question survey
    6 entries . 26 cheers
    24 people
  10. 10. identify 100 quotes that inspire me
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    4 people
  11. 11. give 25,000 cheers!!!
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    2 people
  12. 12. Watch My SATC Box Set
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    1 person
  13. 13. Keep my iTunes library organised
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    1 person
  14. 14. Perform 10 random acts of kindness
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    4 people
  15. 15. List 100 things I remember about my dad
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    15 people
  16. 16. 43 Movies Worth Watching Again and Again
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    1 person
  17. 17. Identify those songs I recognize in TV commercials
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  18. 18. Optionally_Mine _ Random Me
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  19. 19. Use writing as a creative outlet and therapy
    3 entries . 122 cheers
    1 person
  20. 20. update my CV
    5 entries . 100 cheers
    64 people
  21. 21. paint my kitchen
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    102 people
  22. 22. Clean my silver
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    1 person
  23. 23. Organise my new box of old photos
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    1 person
  24. 24. lay in the grass and stare at the clouds
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    309 people
  25. 25. Give myself 30 seconds to vent and then be done with it.
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    2 people
  26. 26. try a new recipe once a month
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  27. 27. Send a message in a bottle
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  28. 28. Send a postcard to Postsecret
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How I did it
How to save £100 in pound coins
It took me
3 months
It made me
Inspired.


How to give 10,000 cheers
It took me
14 months
It made me
Cheerfull


How to 43Things Secret Santa 2012
It took me
6 weeks
It made me
Delighted


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Recent entries
identify 100 quotes that inspire me (read all 7 entries…)
Kiva ..

“Knowing that someone out there wishes the best for you is enough to give you drive to achieve your dream” ~ Sammy, a Kiva borrower in Kenya.

Surrounding yourself with others who believe in their dreams is inspiration in itself.



Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 670 entries…)
19th April 2014

Today I was really very grateful for ..

1~ Saturday morning sleep-in.
2~ Coffee loving making plans.
3~ Getting ready for the day with seasonal weather in mind.

4~ Going to my favourite place meeting a friend who I haven’t seen in a while.

5~ Fish and chips by the canal ~ Coffee in a quaint little tea bar ~ Taking a trip on a barge down stream.

6~ A look around the market ~ Finding the perfect purse for me.

7~ Dinner italian style sharing a bottle of wine and some catch-up conversation.

8~ Time for home ~ It didn’t rain ~ My feet lasted better than expected in the heels I haven’t quite got used to.

9~ Resolving a situation with my son .. he makes everything so difficult or is that just me.

10~ 43things and music on the TV.



MAKE 100 KIVA LOANS (read all 4 entries…)
My ZIP loan went to ..

Following very different life paths, we (Sarah and Aurelio Lopez) met in 2009. Aurelio had spent a decade working on an organic vegetable farm in Watsonville, having left his home in Oaxaca, Mexico in order to support himself and save money for school. Sarah had recently moved to the area from Maryland and was working up and down the Central Coast as a water quality scientist on behalf of farmers in the region. A mutual friend introduced us after Sarah’s interest in raising chickens (for fun!) made him think his farmer-friend Aurelio might be a good match.

The “chicken project” of 2009 was a success, and in 2010 we moved to a rented a room in a barn and an acre of pasture on which to raise more chickens in our spare time, while both continuing to work full-time off the farm. We got married in the fall of 2010, and took a delayed honeymoon that winter, after which we returned to expand the farm a bit and Aurelio quit his “day job” to work full-time on it.

Fast-forwarding a few years, we now own 17 acres and rent another 18. We’ve built up our own CSA (community supported agriculture) program and partner with others, and also attend 3 farmer’s markets. To our original broiler chicken operation we’ve experimented with adding laying hens, pigs, goats, rabbits, turkeys, and vegetables. Some of these pilot projects have turned into full-scale additional enterprises; others are still in “pilot” phase. Our son, Mateo, was born in 2013 and loves spending time with the animals and with us at the farmer’s markets.

Farming has been a greater commitment and challenge than either of us could have imagined, but has opened doors to a special lifestyle and wonderful community of other farmers and like-minded friends. We both feel that this is the work we are meant to do, and we love the feeling of feeding others with high quality humane, sustainable, and nutrient-dense foods.



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