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Daily Post: Farce

In less than a week, I have to decide whether or not to renew my Juice Plus distributor status. It’s been a rough year for me and Juice Plus. For most of the year, it has helped me regain some nutrients my body was completely and totally lacking… because my eating habits still suck. On the other end though, I have completely failed myself and others by not sharing about it – this journey of mine, and possibly make it into part-time work.

I haven’t shared because I didn’t want it to come off as a farce. Don’t get me wrong, I have had plenty of ups and downs this year as far as my health and wellness is concerned. Times of pure motivation. Times of illness. Times of extra hours at work. Times of concentrated effort to just remember to take my JP. Times of health.

As of today, I have taken my Juice Plus on a mostly regular basis since Christmas. I also added the berries to my fruit and vegetable blends. I’ve been so determined lately, because I forgot to take them regularly at the end of last year and got sick repeatedly. It was not good – especially on those days when calling in to work was not an option. At the end of the last infection, I started taking JP regularly.

Up until today, I have skipped out on some horrendous stuff that has swept through work. I contribute most of that to JP. We had that nasty stomach virus going around at work and it skipped me. Even my girls picked it up – it was horrible – but nothing for me.


As for today, i think it has to do with something I ate yesterday…my stomach seems to hate me right now. I don’t feel sick. I’m just fighting with my stomach today and praying it will be over soon…

Anyhow, I really do feel a difference when I’m taking JP regularly. I haven’t lost any weight or dramatically changed…well, anything else. But I know that I am adding essential stuff to my body that I won’t get otherwise – at least not right now. JP gives me more energy, as you would expect when adding the best parts of 30 different fruits and vegetables to your system, and it seems to be helping me fight off some stuff, too. I’ll take that and say it was well worth the money spent.

Yet, I have to make some changes.

Those things that need changing are also a part of the reason why I haven’t been putting much effort into sharing JP, and a year later my income from it is non-existent.  Like I said above, why would I post about all the benefits of JP when I haven’t put the effort into making it happen in my own life. Juice Plus is all about making “One Simple Change” and I have failed at a bunch of them. I’m not going to sign someone up for health and wellness anything, if I am feeling well but not healthy.

Does that make sense?

Another example: I’ve gone back to chewing my nails (I know, I know) but unless you want to see a million pictures of my adorable toenails, then I shouldn’t be selling Jamberry, right?

I feel the same way about Juice Plus.

I do love it and I want to continue taking it. I actually would love to share it more…but should I? If I do, how? The biggest question – when? I could make this post a launching point but I’m not going to do that right now. I am not in the mood to once again set myself up for failure. I still have a little bit of time to figure it out.

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Daily Prompt: Expert

Am I an expert on anything? I guess it depends on who you’re asking?

Parenting? No, but some look at my awesome kids and think I have some kind of magic trick that I used to make them be as awesome as they are. My oldest daughter is taking some early childhood development classes in high school and her teacher will ask her what it is I did to make my kids so cool. The best answer I have – common sense and a lot of logic. I had my own childhood and it was filled with ups and downs just like everyone else. I figured out what seemed to work and what didn’t and applied that knowledge to their upbringing. There’s my big magic trick.

Writing? Definitely not, but I had to do so much of it while I was earning my degrees it just made sense to keep going. I still struggle with vocabulary usage, where to put a comma, and finding my niche in the writing world. Just because I’m known as the walking dictionary around here doesn’t mean I know all there is to know about the art. I often find myself directing the kids to Google to find the answer they’re seeking. Nonetheless, I’ve found a love for writing and will continue to develop it as long as I am able to do so.

Healthy Living? Hardly, but I’m working on that one…probably more than the others. What I mean is, I’m not sitting around reading up on how to be a better mom or how to spit out the next best-seller, but I am learning more and more about living a healthier life everyday and figuring out how to apply what I’ve learned to my daily routine. I’m systematically increasing the amounts of exercising I’m doing and pay more attention to what I’m putting into my body –  more than I ever have before. Maybe one day I’ll be able to say I’m an expert on healthy living – at least as much as it applies to me.

Out of all the various facets of my life, there is one thing that I do think I’m an expert at – listening. I can listen to anyone’s “side of the story” and at least empathize with their unique situation. It can be difficult at times, but I can always see things from someone else’s point of view once I’ve heard it. With that, I have been able to defend most positions, even when they are on the opposite side of the spectrum from my own. It’s one of the main ways I’m able to ignore and avoid conflict…especially on social media. Election seasons are the worst, particularly the one we are currently in, and it can sometimes be overwhelming to keep my mouth shut. However, I do and I will because I know that each of those posts reflect feelings and thoughts that are based on so many factors that are foreign or unfamiliar to me like life experience, race, socioeconomic status, age and gender. Many people have come to me for advice and I will give it to them when I have something for them, but if nothing else…I will always be there to listen. Sometimes, that’s all someone needs.

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Daily Prompt: Purpose

Well isn’t that ironic? Today’s prompt is about purpose.

I did something so stupid last night. Actually this stress-induced stupidity has been a week-long thing. However, I took it to a new level last night. Basically, I’ve slacked off a lot on healthy eating this week. I’ve taken my Juice Plus, no problem, but skipping breakfast and lunch has happened more than once this week. That’s exactly what I did yesterday…then picked up some fast food on the way home from work.

Yes…you could say my body was/is not very pleased with that decision. Here I am, home from work, trying to keep down a slice of bread. It was not a pleasant evening either.

What was/am I thinking? This is the complete opposite of what I’m trying to do and defeats the purpose of why I’m leaving my full-time job to focus on my God-given purpose. I need to feel better, healthier, and more in control of myself. What do I do? I let the stress take over, skip out on the natural energy I need, drink way too much soda, eat some gnarly food – and call it “surviving through the week.”

It’s like I know there’s a better me just dying to get out, but I want to wait until I have everything lined up and ready before I really dig in. What is that? I know I’m not the only one that does this. Studies have shown (don’t ask me which ones because I don’t remember) that a lot of people get so distracted by getting things in the right order to get something done that they actually never get to whatever that thing is and finish it. For example – someone who feels the need to finish laundry, clean the living room, and make out a grocery list before they can concentrate on writing a term paper. (I’ve been known to be guilty of this too!)

Now, there’s a bit of positive in the above example – at least the laundry’s done, the living room is clean, and you’re ready to go shopping. As for me today, the consequences of my distractions are not so pleasant.