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Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year! 2013

I wish you a very Happy New Year
filled with health, happiness and success in whatever is you do or want to do.  Set some goals and try to accomplish them.  I no longer make resolutions, but I do set goals for my personal and professional life.  I have accomplished quite a bit this year, and moving into 2013 will be challenging, but I am always up for new beginnings, and new challenges.  2012 handed me ups and downs like everyone else, and I'm all about learning and growing. 

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Thank you for being in my life, and here's to all things good in the New Year!  
2013 here we come! 

Until next time - be kind - be strong - be yourself

Thursday, December 27, 2012

2012 Cancer Free!

My journey with cancer included surgeries, chemo, and radiation.  After all that, I needed plenty of follow up with my oncologist, including quite a bit of blood work.  As a survivor, I still have to get  blood tests and mammograms  Today was the day for my mammogram.  For some reason, I was particularly nervous.  But the good (I should say great!) news is that I am cancer free.  Did you know that over a woman’s lifetime, there is a one in eight chance she will get breast cancer.  Breast cancer can be a highly curable disease if detected and treated early.  My cancer was found during a routine, yearly check up and a mammogram.  Talk about a shock!

I wasn't on social media during my journey-but I wish I was.  There are thousands of survivors and kind people who connect with you. Unfortunately, there are also too many more suffering this terrible disease.  

Thank you to my friends who continually send me love, kind words, and prayers.  I truly appreciate you.

Until next time!   be kind, be strong, be honest

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I Received the Liebster Blog Award & My 11 Nominations

This is truly an honor, and I thank you very much, Robbie Cox ( ) for nominating me for the Liebster Award.

What does this mean?  I know, I asked the same thing.  Here’s the scoop.

- When you receive the award. you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
- Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (While making sure you notify the blogger that you nominated them!)
- You write up 11 NEW questions directed toward YOUR nominees.
- You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated you.
- You paste the award picture into your blog.

Pretty easy and quite a bit of fun.  I hope you click the links of my nominees below as well as Robbie's above and visit these great writers.  Now onto my facts and questions.
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11 Random facts about me      
My favorite color is pink
I enjoy reading and I make time for that
Spring is my favorite season
I am a huge Nascar fan 
I would love to live on a river, a lake or the ocean
I enjoy shopping for clothes
I am always on time
I am an honest and true friend to others
I love being at home, especially after a really busy day at work
I am a coffee lover, and just bought a Keurig Platinum Series Brewer
People say my voice is not only amazing, but quite soothing

Now to answer Robbie's questions: 
1.      Do you have any writing rituals?
I just started blogging a few months ago, so I'm still learning.  I think about a topic and it will take me days to write it.  I am really enjoying writing! 
2.      Would you prefer to live in the mountains or along the beach?
I would prefer to live along the beach. 
3.      At what age did you start writing?
Later in life!  
4.      What country would you most enjoy visiting?
5.      What is your favorite memory as a child?
Playing the piano at recitals and on stage
6.      Do you make New Year’s resolutions?
I do not
7.      What is your favorite book?
The Happiness Project
8.      What historical figure would you most want to meet, and why?
Oprah!  I would love to just sit down and talk with her. I find her to be an amazing woman.
9.      What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who are late!!
10.  Where would you like to see yourself in five years
Being Vice President of the company I work for
11.  What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment so far?
Going through the journey of cancer, and discovering just how strong and determined I really am.  Today I continue to be healthy and cancer free.

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Thank you, Robbie, for choosing me to participate in the Liebster Blog Award.  I had a lot of fun and it was a great experience.  Now, my 11 nominations are:

Kate O'Rielley 

Billy Charles
Allen Bedgood
Ben T
Tina Graves
Kristen Schneider
Amanda Scoggin and
Jennifer DaMomme
E. Allen
Gene Yohannan

And now for my questions to those I nominated 

What are your hobbies?
What is your favorite time of year? 
If you won a big lottery prize, would you wait a bit or claim it right away? 
What type of music do you like? 
Do you have pets? 
Do you like to cook?
What is your favorite food?  
Do you like sports, if so-what is your favorite team?
Why did you start blogging/writing? 
Given the opportunity, is there a famous person you'd like to interview? 
What do you think of reality shows these days?

I look forward to seeing your answers and your nominations!
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 Be kind, be strong, give someone a smile.  

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Hello friends!  I want to wish everyone a beautiful Holiday season, filled with love and light.  My friendships continue to grow, and I want each of you to know how much I care about you and how much light you have brought into my life.  I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas.  I hope you get to spend time with loved ones and enjoy that time.  

Please also remember our troops, especially at this time of year!  

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Until next time!   Be kind, be strong, be nice!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Such Sorrow

I finished my Holiday blogpost on Thursday night, and was going to post it sometime on Friday. But in light of the tragic events in Newtown, CT on Friday,  I couldn't bring myself to post it.  My heart is broken, along with everyone else.  All those looming questions stir in my mind-how could this happen, again and again, and again. These children and staff are innocent victims of a person who was clearly evil.  I ask the question that everyone else is asking - and that is, why?  Did this evil murderer have anyone in his life that noticed something just might be wrong?  To say I cannot even imagine the horror for the victims, the families and the first responders is an understatement.  Innocent victims, this is so sad.  I send the survivors, families and first responders healing prayers. Rest in peace, sweet little angels, hero staff. 

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Until next time, my friends - be strong, be kind, appreciate.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

What I Am Thankful For

I've been wondering!  What should I blog about this week? Let’s see what I am thankful for, after all it is Thanksgiving. 

I don't live a perfect life, nobody does.  How you react to situations and your attitude towards things, contributes to help being in a good and happy place-in my opinion. 
Here is my list of what I'm thankful for, and what I truly appreciate: 
  • I am still healthy and in remission from breast cancer.
  • A good, healthy and committed marriage; amazing and kind friends; the most awesome of pets, Zoey and Lucy as most of you know.  
  • My career is going well, and am blessed that I work with a great team and have gotten far in my company.  You get back what you put in, right?  I believe that.  
  • I am a co-host on blogtalk radio. You’ll see my very first blog post dedicated to this topic.
I am thankful that the future does look bright.
On this special day, remember our troops, and Happy Thanksgiving!!
XO   Catherine
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Friday, November 9, 2012

Friends and Friendship

As we all know, friends come and go. True friends are the ones that celebrate the good times with you, and are there through the not so good times. These are the friends we love and cherish

So speaking of friends, the social media world of twitter has led me to meet new friends from around the world!  Like so many others, I didn't know what to expect when I first joined twitter. I didn't really start tweeting for months.  Then one day I started to get followers.  Oh my, when I reached 20 I was thrilled, then on and on. Along this journey is where I have met the most amazing, sweet, fun, down to earth people that I truly call friends.  I treasure these friendships.  My twitter friends mean the world to me, and I feel very connected with them. If  you aren't on twitter and don't engage, you will not understand what I mean. 

I want to say thank you, to my friends.      XO Catherine 

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Where Does The Time Go?

I can't believe it's November already, so I ask myself - where does the time go?  Does time go quicker the older you get?  Is that really how it works?  Because that's what I've heard all my life.  Before we know it, the holidays will be here.  That's a conversation for another time, soon!  lol    

I hope everyone had a fun Halloween. 

See you next time!  

Catherine  xo 


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wednesday's Thoughts

Today is Wednesday, and it's also Halloween. It's raining here and I'm not really expecting too many trick-or-treaters, however I do have candy ready!  Happy Halloween everyone!

Tuesday night's radio show

Last night's show was a blast!  I thank JP and Dillon very much for inviting me to be a permanent co-host.  If you haven't already checked us out, please visit  We are live every Tuesday from 8-10pm eastern time.  JP, Dillon and Kate are truly awesome people and every week is a fun filled 2 hours. My segment, which is called "Are You Kidding Me?" was very good. I thank my friend Joe, a blogger I met through twitter, for encouraging me to share this story.  His blog is great and you can find it here:   Kate's segment, called "Kate's Rant" was excellent!  Kate is a wonderful and special lady, please visit her at   The show is sponsored by  We encourage you to call us (619-393-6431) and give a hero shoutout!  The great folks at Hero Energy Shot will send you a 2 pack of hero energy shots, and I'm here to tell you the company is amazing and their products are excellent!  I hope you can listen to the live show, but if not, feel free to check the archives for previous shows.   

Hurricane Sandy 

Also, on last night's show we were lucky enough to have the one and only Charlie Frattini from Sell This House Extreme on A&E.  Charlie shared his experiences and thoughts about Hurricane Sandy.  Charlie is a great guy, and offered his help to others. 

Speaking of this awful Hurricane, I find myself watching every news report.  It's just devastating and I am praying for everyone who's been affected by all of this loss.  It's truly heartbreaking.  I can't imagine going through something like this.  I keep hearing, "Strangers Becoming Friends" and that's pretty cool in the scope of things. People helping others.  I think Gov. Chris Christie is great, and he and the President had a press conference today, so the people affected should feel better about help coming to them.  

This is all I have for Wednesday, thank you for visiting my blog!  Enjoy your Halloween, see you next time - feel free to follow me on twitter @cathinseattle  
XO   Catherine  


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Welcome to my corner of the universe!  I will be writing about my views on current events, living my life and things that just come to mind!  I hope you will enjoy, visit often and comment!