Meet and Greet Weekend @ DBDO: 1/29/16

It is awesome to be a part of the blogging community! There are so many amazing people worldwide and blogging connects us all! Please read and share!

Dream Big, Dream Often

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It’s the Meet and Greet weekend at Dream Big!!  I hope everyone’s January has been productive!  Hard to believe it is almost February!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!  The more people that see and participate in the MnG, the more potential new followers!  So, share, share share!
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags.
  4. Feel free to leave your link multiple times each day!  It is okay to update your link for more exposure every day if you want.  It is up to you!

  5. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new blogs to follow.

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The Least of These

But for the grace of God, there go I… The homeless population is astounding in America. As only one person, I feel so limited in my ability to make a difference, but collectively, I believe much could be done. My heart is saddened when I think of the people who have lost hope and just exist – whether due to life trauma, mental illness, or drug addiction; nonetheless a value to mankind and a part of the greater whole. Thank you Tribe Ministries for what you are doing! I hope to join your effort in the near future.

In Matthew 25:40, Jesus emphasized the importance of  caring for the sick, hungry, thirsty, naked and those in prison — those on the margins. Homeless men sitting We had the privilege of serving those in our city over the holidays with what we called, “Brown bag blessings.”  They were simple bags with sandwiches, fruit and bottled water.  As our small team canvassed the area, this day we were joined by other churches and ministries that were also caring for “the least of these.”

Groups served hot foods, handed out blankets, sleeping bags, clothing and personal hygiene items.  Members of our team interviewed some of the people we served and asked them how we could best assist them.  Most mentioned that they were grateful for the help, but the groups primarily only showed up on the weekends. There also was a need, they said, for help during the week nights as well.  Armed with…

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Revisiting Purpose

When I started this blog, I was on a different level.  The original blog title was “Creating an Amazing Life!”

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I have evolved over the years…1982, 2005, 2013.

I was quite involved in a network marketing business.  My goals and aspirations were money focused and recognition was super important to me.

In my initial blog posts, I outlined what I thought was my destiny or purpose.  “Helping Others” was about driving my life to the next level (success in the financial and material realm) and helping others do the same.  I laugh about it now, because I am on the success track but in a total different vehicle with a different end goal in mind.  image

If you asked me in April of 2013 about the notion of teaching middle school full-time, I would have said NO WAY!  I have always entertained occasional substituting, but full-time teacher seemed unrealistic and overwhelming.  Now, I can’t imagine doing anything else.

So, obviously I have grown – mentally, physically, and spiritually!

My purpose is to be a light on this seemingly dark path of life, illuminating the goodness in humanity. 

I will always be in a state of perpetual growth, because to me that is truly living.  For me, it ‘s not about money or material possessions.  I’m about human capital (people) – the value is in humankind.  I’m about encouraging as many people as possible to purposely enjoy this thing called LIFE.

Peace and blessings,

Davina

p.s. I am not selling anything, just happy to share.

 

Clean and Sober…

My life is changing and I have to admit it is better than ever.  Why didn’t I do this sooner?  What were my barriers?  I keep asking myself these questions! I am beyond happy in this very moment with the way I feel.  I’m even pleased with how I am looking these days.

Drinking alcohol, drugging, or smoking cigarettes has never been an issue for me.  My being clean and sober has to do with nutrition.  I am no longer intoxicated by nitrates, sodium, sugar, or any other chemical designed to keep food on the shelf longer.

I posted the picture of my son and I on Facebook and someone said they thought I was a teenager like him.  What a cool compliment!  I really do feel younger.  My skin is starting to glow.  I am truly healing from the inside outward.

I know it is because I am eating clean and finally sober!

I’m no chef, but…

Lately, I have become quite a healthy cook!  No cookbooks or recipes –  I’m just creating delicious nutritional masterpieces that feed me all week long!

I am not following any specific “die-it” plan.  I am listening to and feeling my body (intentionally) when I grocery shop and while cooking.  The more colorful it is the better!  So much flavor.

I am learning so much day by day about foods and harmful ingredients.  I am even encouraging my students to eat more veggies an less candy.  I bring in carrots or celery and they eat it!  It’s new motivation for them instead of Jolly Ranchers, hot Cheetos, and Blow Pops!

I am so grateful for my palate – I would be doomed if I did not appreciate vegetables.  Aside from terrific taste, you could not imagine the medicinal effects it has on the body.  Both the spices and the veggies help my body to heal and transform.

I am not hungry or dissatisfied…FINALLY, I am achieving and fully embracing a healthy lifestyle.

Introducing P3 Education!

It’s no secret that I enjoy being a part of the blogging community.  I have had the pleasure of meeting and communicating with some amazing people all over the world without leaving home.  While this blog is about my journey to better health, I would like to introduce you to my education blog where I share my experiences, both as a student and as a teacher.  I will also blog about current news and events relating to youth and education in this country.

Not only am I teaching, but I am learning at the same time as a Rio Salado Teaching Intern.  The Spring 2016 semester is beginning and I will have plenty to share!

To visit my education site, click this link and check it out!  While you are there – leave me your email address for updates as I post.

Thanks for your time and attention!

 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

“I make it my goal to inspire others, and to just be a part of a community online.”

 

I really relate to this statement because that is what draws me to blogging. The notion of being light in a dark world and having a reach as far as the blogosphere can take me is amazing. This post asks the questions about being full-grown and in the place where I am now. Well, at fifty plus in age, I feel as though I am just becoming full grown because I am finally living out my passions. The struggle is over. My age and wisdom is kicking in and I am FREE for the first time in many years (of course there is much that contributes to this feeling). Right now, as a middle school teacher, I am in my BEST place – it feels wonderful (although, not without struggle). I am growing everyday and pleased with the contributions I am able to make on a daily basis.

 

Renee Lynn

As we were young, we were always asked the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” From what I could recall, I really didn’t know what the hell I wanted to be. My answer would be something generic like doctor, teacher, or [fill in seemingly cool job here]. It is a simple question with complex answers. There’s so many possibilities. I was aware I was young, and I didn’t want to worry about how to answer that when it really mattered.

Flash forward 2 decades and a million different jobs later, I’m left feeling a strong sense of inadequacy and aimlessness. I’m 26 years old without a career, let alone financial security. I mean, I’ve had a few full time jobs here and there, but it was definitely not what I was passionate about. Every time I was constrained to a desk under fluorescent light for 8 hours a…

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Dining out while feeling good and normal…

It’s Friday night and I am in a celebratory mood.  As I was driving away from school thinking about the wonderful week I had – it occurred to me that I would like to dine out.  Many thoughts flooded my mind about whether or not I could handle eating out and not overeating or possibly binge on forbidden foods.

Where would I go?  What will be my meal?  What do I crave?  The answers:  Olive Garden, Citrus Chicken Sorrento on the light menu, and nothing in particular.

The server was very patient with me.  I kept asking questions and changing my mind while ordering my dinner.  It is important to know what I am going to eat.  I care!  I need to know about unnecessary calories and nutrient dense food – so I can avoid them.  These days, servers in restaurants are accustomed to people like me.  Especially during peak New Year’s resolution I vow to change my life season (January – March).  

“No cheese, please.  Is the vegetable pasta really healthy?  Whole wheat isn’t the best option, but whole grain would be better!  I can have the soup, but don’t eat the potatoes!  NO BREADSTICKS!! Keep the after dinner mints (I use to devour as many as hit the table).”  The server talked me through it all – so kind.

The meal was wonderful!  The best part is – I could only eat half of it…really, physically only cared to eat half of it.  That is huge!!! I am a reformed binge eater; so this is a serious milestone for me to be “normal” and know that one out of the two chicken breasts and half the vegetables is just fine.  I am eating to live and not living to eat.  I could cry tears of joy.  Right now, that other portion is in my fridge and I am not obsessing over it.

I’m really starting to open up and trust my readers.  I hope this helps someone who feels as hopeless as I once felt to know that it is never too late to turn it around and live the lifestyle you daydream about.  Never give up!

Waking Up Without a Wake-Up Call: Transformation Without Tragedy

Pain, passion and purpose is not only my story. So many others have been on the same track. This post is an example of that. We heal from the inside outward…this takes time and effort – well worth it in the long run.

downloadMy 44-year-old sister’s violent death in 2004 at the hands of a drunk driver rocked my and my family’s world.  At first, I went about my business as marketing director of a Houston-based software company, thinking I was OK.  But after a few weeks, I realized I was really, really not OK.  I realized my life was way out of whack.  My drive to succeed professionally had overtaken everything else in my life.  I was overweight and in poor shape.  Constantly stressed.  My marriage was in shambles.

I had a sweet, blue-eyed blonde haired eight-year-old son, Burke, who was getting my leftovers – whatever remained of me at the end of each day after feeding my insatiable ego at work.

Blowing into his private school one day – between crafting a masterful PowerPoint presentation and writing an award-winning conference report, I’m sure – to catch a glimpse of him in…

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Transforming – Wearing a belt!

Today, I wore a belt around my waste.  A fancy wide sash that enhances my figure.  It isn’t rolling up or down.  It is comfortably staying in place.  I feel wonderful.

Don’t laugh!  Something so simple, means so much to this woman in transformation.

My students are no longer whispering, “Is she pregnant?”  Instead I heard, “She’s wearing a belt – wow.”

I have decided to place my focus on health versus weight; therefore, there is no celebration about pounds lost (not yet).

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My waist was non-existent just 17 days ago!

I am soaring like an eagle!

I think about how I would be feeling on the 7th of January if I had waited, until after New Year’s day, to begin my resolution.  Because of the choices I have made, I am LIVING a much healthier lifestyle!  It’s been 17 days!  Eating clean and it is starting to really show.