UPDATE FIRST ON JEFF...HE CAME HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL THIS MORNING, HE WALKED RIGHT DOWN TO THE CAR WITH ME. HE FEELS PRETTY DARN GOOD. HE IS TO LAY LOW FOR A FEW DAYS, BUT THE FUTURE IS LOOKING MUCH BRIGHTER,NOW THAT HE HAS HIS STENTS IN AND HIS POOR HEART NOT HAVING TO WORK SO HARD. THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL YOUR THOUGHTS, PRAYERS AND HELP YOU HAVE SHOWN OUR FAMILY, IT MADE SUCH A DIFFERENCE!
I have always wanted to write a book about things I have learned about life, in hopes that it would be a help and comfort to someone else. I can't tell you how many times I have started that book, only to convince myself that I wasn't a writer. Each time that I do my motivational speaking, I am asked if I have a web site,blog or book? My answer was always the same " well, I am hoping to get a web site, blog or write a book someday but... no I don't have any of those right now." I had honestly convinced myself, since I never did that well in school that I didn't have what it took to do any of those things. Then in August when I spoke in Canada, I realized ready or not I just needed to do SOMETHING! So with the help of a dear friend, we started my blog. I was really worried at the beginning that all my words would be in the wrong place and the words wouldn't make any sense and then someone told me...just write from your heart, that is where you speak from in your motivational talks. That was true, I thought what is the worst thing that could happen? People don't HAVE to read it if they don't want to. So I began my blog in September 2008.
I had been writing in my blog a short time when I was diagnosed with Cancer for the second time. I was devastated to say the least. How could this happen again? I was so hoping to do more motivational speaking engagements in 2009. Since 2008 and had been such an unhealthy year for our whole family, I was just sure that heading toward 2009 would get better. Right after I found out about the cancer I had a very strong impression that I needed to continue writing...no matter what. If I had something to share, it would be even more important now. So I have to admit some days, the only thing that helped me through the day was... that I needed to post an entry each night and I had to find something positive out of my day. It was a motivational blog and so I have tried to be nothing but honest and yet still give some hope to those reading my blog and for myself each day.
So even though I never thought I could do it, I am writing. For all of you English Teachers out there, I am sorry if my punctuation is wrong a lot of the time but please just try to read it in the spirit that it was written in . I still want to do that book some day but obviously I will need someone who knows more than I do about that...to help me.
What I am excited about are these RECNAC GIFTS that my friend and I have designed and created for other survivors. We are just trying to get started on them and it is exciting. My goal would be that every hospital would have these available to their patients or for their patient's family or friends to buy for them. As I had mentioned before we did get some of the gifts accepted at Evergreen Hospital and we will be introducing them on June 4th in front of the gift shop. We still have a long way to go and a lot of things yet to purchase, that is the hardest part of starting any business, but I am sure that if it is suppose to be...it will be. We are almost ready to get our business cards made, we have the web site purchased and a dear friend's husband is helping us design that. I have to admit, when it comes to computer stuff like that, I feel very inadequate but... I am trying to learn. So soon, I hope that I can tell you what the web site is and you can go for yourself there and look at the gifts we have designed. My girlfriend who has created them is amazingly talented and they are as professional looking as they come. So wish us well on an adventure that hopefully will truly help the next survivors of this terrible disease called Cancer, or as it is called in our house RECNAC (cancer spelled backwards, it takes a lot of fear out of the word that way).
A dear friend gave me a unique gift that were cards with inspirational quotes on the front of the card and affirmations on the back. Lisa Hammond is the CEO of her own company now and has encouraged other women to discover what their passion is and follow it. So I will end tonight with two of her cards that has inspired me not to give up on my dream of this business, my book, my motivational speaking engagements and most important being the CEO of my family. That is and will be my biggest and happiest accomplishment.
QUOTE..."OFTENTIMES THE VERY SKILLS REQUIRED TO RUN A HOME AND RAISE CHILDREN ARE THE SAME SKILLS WE NEED TO RUN A BUSINESS AND MANAGE EMPLOYEES. THEY ARE THE VERY SKILLS WE NEED TO FOLLOW OUR PASSION."
AFFIRMATION... USE WHAT YOU KNOW. REMEMBER, EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST TEACHER.
QUOTE..."CREATIVITY COMES FROM TRUST. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. AND NEVER HOPE MORE THAN YOU WORK." ~Rita Mae Brown
THOUGHT..."DON'T STIFLE YOURSELF BECAUSE YOU DON'T THINK YOU'RE CREATIVE ENOUGH. THINK ABOUT WHERE YOU PUT YOUR OWN CREATIVITY TO USE. IT IS IN HOW YOUR DRESS? HOW YOUR DECORATE YOUR HOME? IN YOUR VOLUNTEER WORK? IN HOW YOU PLAY WITH YOUR KIDS? DON'T BELITTLE IT BECAUSE IT COMES EASILY. HONOR YOUR CREATIVITY."