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Jenny's Life List

  1. 1. obtain & maintain a Body Mass Index (BMI) within the range of 20-25, which experts generally consider to be healthy.
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  2. 2. Quit Smoking
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  3. 3. Become a librarian
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  4. 4. travel to europe
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  5. 5. share good poems
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  6. 6. fill a journal
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  7. 7. learn about 43 major philosophers
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  8. 8. have more confidence in myself
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  9. 9. express gratitude
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  10. 10. be proactive
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  11. 11. Volunteer
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  12. 12. celebrate
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  13. 13. drink 8 glasses of water a day
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  14. 14. record events and concerts i attend
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  15. 15. make friends
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  16. 16. live in abundance
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  17. 17. Create the life I want to live
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  18. 18. document my life better
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  19. 19. Adopt a basset hound
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  20. 20. develop and implement a wellness plan
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  21. 21. Step away from the computer.
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  22. 22. Do the A-Z author challenge
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  23. 23. be a conscious consumer
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  24. 24. Make a CD of all HAPPY SONGS!
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  25. 25. become a foster parent
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  26. 26. find a mentor
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  27. 27. add more specific short term goals to my list
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  28. 28. find a workout that I love
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  29. 29. Let go of the past, embrace the present, and cultivate always a cheerful attitude toward the future
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  30. 30. focus
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  31. 31. Make a scrapbook for our 2014 Bahamas Cruise
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  32. 32. Enjoy the present moment
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  33. 33. know God
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  34. 34. write love letters to elected officials who represent me encouraging them to make our country a better place to live for everyone
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  35. 35. share resources
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  36. 36. be
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  37. 37. be positive
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  38. 38. have a weekly date night WITH MYSELF
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  39. 39. reinvent what librarian means
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  40. 40. respect and love myself
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  41. 41. be conscious
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  42. 42. Live Inspired
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How I did it
How to choose happiness
It took me
33 years
It made me

How to adopt a dog
It took me
1 day
It made me
warm and fuzzy

How to have a picnic
It took me
1 day
It made me

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share good poems (read all 61 entries…)
The Journey by Mary Oliver

The Journey
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice—
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world
determined to do
the only thing you could do—
determined to save
the only life you could save.

share good poems (read all 61 entries…)
Who am I?

Who am I?
I want to know . . .
Then, a knowing that is unknowable,
Speaks to me in a voice imperceptible,
And discernible only in Spirit;
It lovingly explains to me . . .
. . .That part which seeks to know,
Is part of the illusion.
The true Self knows itself,
And is beyond definition and description;
Beyond the dramas and stages of life,
Beyond the languages of limitation,
Beyond the rotations of the universes.
It dwells in the sounds of silence;
Permeated within a symphony of eternal light;
Orchestrated by love, peace, and harmony.
That is the true domain of your soul.
Saturated in the “I AM” who leads and guides you,
And forever spreads its infinite rays of love
Upon all mankind …
As awakening flowers – reaching for the light.

-Francine Collier

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Things I Wish I'd Said by Ronnie K. Stephens

I would pull Diana’s lips from the sky
to kiss you, to teach you what it means.

Yours is a thread I’d gladly trust
to lead me from my Minotaur,
if only I could free you from your beast,
that bone-laced gremlin riding shotgun.

I cannot bear to ask of the transgressions
you have purged on bathroom tiles.

I am muted in your presence.

Your fingertips shock flat-lines
into Pop Rocks.

Walk with me where we can paint trees
with leaves of smoldering jam
and spread tomorrow with our favorite marmalades,
toasting one another with a split-top kiss.

We have walked our puppet lines for far too long.
Tonight is ours.

Clip your strings and dive with me
headfirst into a Willy Wonka pond
so we can breaststroke one another’s hours
candy-dipped water-winged and floating
on lemon-berry lily pads.

I can’t cuddle with regret,
but I will try
to finger paint your eye-
lids back open.
There’s a lot of life left
worthy of your image
at three in the morning.

These words are all to say what I only
have the heart to tell you
in Chaplin’s voice.

I’m no miracle.
Just a guy most days learning
what it means to be a man.

I’ll listen if you want to talk,
sit with you when silence between strangers
is silence between two strangers.


My tunnel’s burning on both ends
and I can see my closet monsters
preying beneath your skin.

I will tell you where I’ve been

from here to where you’re headed
but I can’t stitch a destination.
This life is all the quilt I’ve got,
every patch an accident.

I will get lost with you.
Together we can stumble, stark blind,
hands outstretched, grasping for a beacon
only faith knows how to find.

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