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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
XO, 
Catherine  

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
XO
Catherine   


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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 (http://www.themessthatisme.com/ ) 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?
Australia
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 http://katevsworld.com 
Joe   http://warpony2310.blogspot.com/
L5S1ouch   http://createapositiveday.blogspot.com/

Billy Charles    http://billycharlesny.blogspot.com/
Allen Bedgood   http://insidethehauler.blogspot.com/
Ben T   http://pugetexposure.blogspot.com/
Tina Graves  http://itinagraves.blogspot.com/
Kristen Schneider
  http://uptopthepitbox.com/
Amanda Scoggin and
Jennifer DaMomme  http://bluejeanfoodiequeen.blogspot.com/
E. Allen  http://mrfactoidssportsworld.blogspot.com/
Gene Yohannan   http://gen22y.blogspot.com/



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.  
xo 
Catherine    

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!
XO,
Catherine 

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.
XO, 
Catherine