Monthly Archives: January 2012

Laughter is sooooo good for you please read this to get your dose for today!



A new sign in the Bank Lobby reads:

“Please note that this Bank is installing new Drive-through ATM machines enabling customers to

withdraw cash without leaving their vehicles.

Customers using this new facility are requested to use the procedures outlined below when

accessing their accounts.

After months of careful research, MALE & FEMALE Procedures have been developed. Please follow

the Appropriate steps for your gender.”

1. Drive up to the cash machine.
2. Put down your car window.
3. Insert card into machine and enter PIN.
4. Enter amount of cash required and withdraw.
5. Retrieve card, cash and receipt.
6. Put window up.
7. Drive off.


What is really funny is that most of this part is the Truth.!!!!

1. Drive up to cash machine.
2. Reverse and back up the required amount to align car window with the machine.
3. Set parking brake, put the window down.
4. Find handbag, remove all contents on to passenger seat to locate card.
5. Tell person on cell phone you will call them back and hang up.
6. Attempt to insert card into machine.
7. Open car door to allow easier access to machine due to its excessive distance from the car.
8. Insert card.
9. Re-insert card the right way.
10. Dig through handbag to find diary with your PIN written on the inside back page.
11. Enter PIN.
12. Press cancel and re-enter correct PIN.
13. Enter amount of cash required.
14. Check makeup in rear view mirror.
15. Retrieve cash and receipt.
16. Empty handbag again to locate wallet and place cash inside.
17. Write debit amount in check register and place receipt in back of checkbook.
18. Re-check makeup.
19. Drive forward 2 feet.
20. Reverse back to cash machine.21. Retrieve card.
22. Re-empty hand bag, locate card holder, and place card into the slot provided!
23. Give dirty look to irate male driver waiting behind you.
24. Restart stalled engine and pull off.
25. Redial person on cell phone.
26. Drive for 2 to 3 miles.
27. Release Parking Brake.


Don’t set limits on yourself the story of Erin-




I wanted to share this post I read today about this amazing woman. May we all find encouragement to say “Yes” to things in life whether it starts with exercise or with helping someone in need.


Saying Yes to Life
January 01,2012 / Erin Henderson
Lately I have been thinking a lot about limits, and noticing how people seem to put limits on themselves. Limits on their happiness, limits on the blessings that life has to offer, and limits on their own potential and success.

Big Family AdoptionMany people seem to put limits on their own happiness. I hear all the time people say things along the lines of “I’ll be happy when…” and then fill in the blank. I’ll be happy when-we have more money, I get a new job, I get pregnant, our adoption is finished, I have a new kitchen, I find a man, I finish school, I move, the kids are older, I lose 20lbs,  I can retire, etc. etc. etc.

I am well aware that life is often stressful and that there are always challenges. And often it seems like “if only” we can get past a current challenge and reach a new milestone, goal, or success that life will be so much better and THEN we will be happy.

Well, I think that line of thinking is flawed. I have found that often when we get past one challenge, life just tends to throw us a new one. If we are always putting off our happiness until things are easy or everything is perfect, we very well may never be happy. And I believe with all of my heart that our happiness should not and can not be conditional. We always have the choice to choose happiness, and while choosing to be happy may not eliminate our problems and life’s challenges, it will certainly make our days more enjoyable (for ourselves and those around us) and our burdens easier to bare. I have never seen anyone be better off for being stressed out, frustrated, upset or depressed.

Look around you. Focus on the good in your life. Smile. Live in the moment. Choose to be happy today.

Another area I see people limiting themselves is in the blessings life has to offer. I hear people say SO often, “I could never” or “I would never” With my family (husband and 12 children) and my job (adoption coordinator for special needs kids in Ethiopia for Adoption Advocates International), I hear it a lot in regards to adoption. “I could never adopt” or “I would never adopt an older child” or “I could never parent a special needs child”. I am well, well aware that adopting an older child or a special needs child is not right for everyone. However, I believe strongly that many, many more people “could” than do, and that many are missing out.

Adoption No LimitsYes, adopting older kids, especially kids with difficult backgrounds, can be challenging. Being a parent is never easy and adopting older kids definitely brings along extra issues and challenges. And yes, parenting a special needs child can also certainly be challenging. There are many extra things to think about, extra responsibilities, extra demands on your time, extra worries and extra stress. But I cannot say enough that those “extra” challenges are so far, FAR outweighed by the extra blessings these kids bring with them. I know first hand that easier does not mean happier or better.

It is not hard to look at my life and imagine  how it would be if Josh and I had chosen the “easy” route. We could have just had our three sons and stopped there. We would both be working full time so we’d have a much bigger income and we’d “only” have three (healthy) kids so our expenses would be a lot lower. We would have lots more free time, “spare” money, luxuries, and freedom overall. But you know what? It’s horrible to me to even think about it for long. Our life is so rich and special and amazing and FULL of love and joy and blessings. If we had chosen a different path we would be missing out on so very much. All the extra money, freedom, luxuries, and time in the world could not even come close to replacing the blessings that each one of our kids has added to our life, the things they have taught us, and the love they have added to our hearts.

That is not to say that everyone should go out and adopt a whole bunch of kids (I am definitely not saying that), but the next time you are talking about your life and you catch yourself saying, “I could never (whatever)” just stop and think for a moment that maybe you COULD, and maybe your life would be better for it.

And finally, since I have become a runner and especially a marathoner, I notice how frequently people limit their own potential and success. I would be rolling in cash if I had a dollar for every time someone said to me, “I could never run a marathon” or “I could never run faster” or “I could never lose the weight”. Guess what? YES YOU COULD. When I first started running I could not run two miles without walking. For the first year I was running I was thrilled with any pace under 11 minutes per mile and I got nervous just contemplating running anything further than three miles. I did not lose 70lbs and I am not able to run marathons and run at faster paces now because I am lucky or because I have any special abilities. I am able to do it because I have worked really freaking hard the last two years.

I fully and completely realize that not everyone WANTS to run a marathon or even run a mile, and that is fine (and not the point). But to all of those who say “I could never”, I say “you sure as heck could”. It wouldn’t be easy, but if you wanted to, and set your mind to it and put the work in, you could do it. And the important thing (and the point I am trying to make) is that that doesn’t just apply towards running. It applies towards any goal or challenge in life. I think if more people starting saying “I can…” or “I am going to…” instead of “I could never…” that there would be a whole lot of people amazed at what they are able to achieve in all areas of their lives.

It’s not easy to reach beyond what is comfortable and familiar. It is not easy to challenge ourselves or take on something we know is going to be difficult. It is not easy to look on the bright side, especially in the face of adversity. It is often scary to dream big. I am definitely still learning. But I have learned that often the things that challenge us the most (emotionally, spiritually, physically) have the greatest rewards.

Don’t limit yourself. Don’t limit your happiness, the blessings waiting to come to you, or your own potential. Choose to be happy today no matter what life throws at you, and quit saying, “I could never….” Life is meant to be enjoyed and lived to the fullest. 🙂

About Erin: Erin Henderson, Adoption Advocates’ HIV+ and Special Needs Adoption Coordinator is the mom to 12 kids and one great husband (Josh). Erin is 34 years old and lives in the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming. Josh and Erin have three biological sons, two daughters adopted from the US, one son adopted from the US, one daughter adopted from Vietnam, one daughter adopted from S. Korea, one daughter adopted from Ethiopia and three sons adopted from Ethiopia. Erin shares her journey on her blog See Mom Run Far.

I’m pulling your leg… not really but you should be..


Hi everyone. Monday here and you let me guess you don’t feel like doing anything such as exercise after a long day right? Well, I’ve got bad news and good news. I’ll start with the ugly. You need to stay on target with your practice and that includes a good 4 day a week routine, which is probably including today if you skipped the weekend.

The good news if you give a little in exercise your sure get a lot back in reward. If your feeling tired and sluggish then a simple 20 minute stretch is exactly what you need. This loosens the hips and works your core. Try this one tonight:



One of the most fundamental  aspects of  proper yoga practice starts with the student learning synchronicity in breathing and  movement.

The dictionary defines synchronicity as  the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.

We don’t think about breathing because this is something we do 24/7 however if we look at things from a different perspective such as  how the beautiful fish living in the water we begin to think more about the importance of our oxygen and breathing.  Water brings the fish oxygen, nutrients and takes away the bad stuff “waste”. We too depend on oxygen in the air that surrounds us. Our heart, lungs, digestive system all require oxygen to survive. Oxygen is necessary for our nervous system to survive. Like the fish in water we can remove excess “waste” by mastering the breathe and letting go of excess toxins from deep within.

It is most important to always  breathe during all forms of exercise. If you find yourself unable to concentrate on breathing while in a yoga pose it is most important that you pause and come back to the breath at that moment. In the beginning you probably won’t be conscience of your breathing as you try to embark on learning the different sequences of postures. It is my job to remind you that the breathe is the single most important factor of your practice always.

Practicing synchronized breathing while in any posture takes time to achieve, just as riding a bicycle or learning to roller skate you just have to continually practice each step in its order until you master the movements.

I want to start you off with the Kundalini deep breathing.

Sit crossed- legged arching forward bring your palms facing down pressing unto your knees. Straighten your posture.

Breathe out emptying yourself of everything .

Begin to breathe in through your nostrils taking a long deep breathe.

Press your shoulders back expanding your chest slightly.Feel your chest filling through your lungs.

Once you are feeling completely full you will now hold this breath gently for abut 30 seconds.

Next contract the entire length  of your diaphragm from your chest to your abdomen so that all of the air is squeezing out.

You are sending energy to your entire nervous system. This is a very good way to relax.

Please practice this ongoing and we will add on in time with other breathing techniques.


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You have just been sent a Financial Abundance angel!

You ARE already rich!!!   I am not joking; you will find an un-expected windfall.

If you delete her, you will never know how she works?.
She really does work like magic!
NO Pass Backs.   Pass HER forward *** Pass it on!
Apparently this is the e-mail that the employee’s at ATB in Edmonton
passed around before they won the big lottery last year.
 Let’s hope it works for you.
There are five things that you cannot recover in life:

(1) The Stone……….after it’s thrown

(2) The Word…………after it’s said,
(3) The Occasion……after it’s missed, and
(4) The Time………….after it’s gone.
(5) A person………….after they die


   This is a money angel. Pass it to 6 of your good friends
or family and be rich in 4 days.
Pass it to  12 of your good friends or family and be rich in 2 days.
I am not joking. You will find an unexpected windfall.


Sweat and Serenity


Hi everyone last week I sent you to a work out link for Stress Release Part 1, this week I continue in the same fashion with a follow up including Part 2 of that series. It is very simple to follow and includes “Vinyasa” poses which are among my absolute favorite.

” The very best thing you can do for others is to be kind to your body,mind, and spirit.” Kathleen Wendorf

Please follow this link here  for your workout