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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

One-year Anniversary

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary for DH and I; we bought this old house and five acres of land one year ago! Though I've had some doubts along the way, I do believe we made the right decision. And we've certainly accomplished a great deal in the past 360 days with a lot of hard work and plain old elbow grease. Best of all, we still own the house in the city, so there's always an alternative place to live -- should we ever decide to move back there.

I try to think of this house (and the city house) as investments, to some extent. That is why I'm always planning projects for improvement and/or upkeep, since we must try to protect our initial investment. Yet each house is, in its own distinct way, the places we call HOME. I don't have any regrets really about purchasing this old house, or the hard work of renovation. But I am glad we are zeroing in on having most of it finished soon. We are thinking of waiting till spring to have a new roof put on, since that is not urgent.

Here's a picture of our latest sunroom addition:

View of sunroom from den, Bitty and City Kitty love it too! Posted by Hello

DH went back to work today, and I've been busy rearranging furniture, doing cleaning chores related to the sunroom/mudroom projects. We still have a few details to finish in the mudroom, but the sunroom is finished for now.

I went on my bike ride around 10:00 this morning, since it has been overcast with an occasional shower. Rather warm and humid too, but we needed the rain so badly I'm not complaining. A cool front is supposed to come through tomorrow, and possibly bring us our first frost by the weekend. Autumn is truly here...

I've been using my ski machine when unable to bike, due to weather. At any rate, I'm staying in shape, not dieting, and my weight remains between 100-103 lbs. Can't complain!

Won't be long now till election day. I would like to encourage EVERYONE to vote, regardless of your choice. It's a right we cannot always take for granted.

Hopefully tomorrow I'll have more time online, and can write another update. For now I'll close with this interesting list I read by another journal writer:

100 Benefits of Journaling

Stress reduction:

* Reduces the scatter in your life

* Increases focus

* Brings stability

* Offers a deeper level of learning, order, action and release

* Holds thoughts still so they can be changed and integrated

* Processes your stuff in a natural and appropriate way

* Releases pent-up thoughts and emotions

* Empowers

* Disentangles thoughts and ideas

* Bridges inner thinking with outer events

* Detaches and lets go of the past

* Allows you to re-experience the past with today's adult mind


* Heals relationships

* Heals the past

* Dignifies all events

* Is honest, trusting, non-judgmental

* Strengthens your sense of yourself

* Balances and harmonizes

* Recalls and reconstructs past events

* Acts as your own counselor

* Integrates peaks and valleys in life

* Soothes troubled memories

* Sees yourself as a larger, important, whole and connected being

* Leverages therapy sessions for better and faster results

* Reveals and tracks patterns and cycles

Know yourself and your truth better:

* Builds self confidence and self knowledge

* Records the past

* Brings out natural beauty and wisdom

* Helps you feel better about yourself

* Helps you identify your values

* Reads your own mind

* Aids in connecting causes to effects

* Reveals the depths of who you are

* Reveals outward expression of yet unformed inner impulses

* Creates mystery

* Clarifies thoughts, feelings and behavior

* Reveals your greater potential

* Shifts you to the observer, recorder, counselor level

* Reveals your processes - how you think, learn, create and use


* Creates awareness of beliefs and options so you can change them

* Self-discovery

* Reveals different aspects of self

* Helps you see yourself as an individual

* Connects you to the bigger picture

* Is a close, intimate, accepting, trusting, caring, honest,

non-judgmental, perfect friend

* Accesses the unconscious, subconscious and super consciousness

* Finds the missing pieces and the unsaid

* Helps rid you of the masks you wear

* Helps solve the mysteries of life

* Finds more meaning in life

Personal growth:

* Enables you to live life to the fullest

* Is fun, playful and sometimes humorous

* Expresses and creates

* Plants seeds

* Starts the sorting and grouping process

* Integrates life experiences and learnings

* Moves you towards wholeness and growth, to who you really are

* Creates more results in life

* Explores your spirituality

* Focuses and clarifies your desires and needs

* Enhances self expression

* Enhances career and community

* Allows freedom of expression

* Offers progressive inner momentum to static unrelated events

* Exercises your mental muscles

* Improves congruency and integrity

* Enhances breakthroughs

* Unfolds the writer in you

* Maximizes time and business efficiency

* Explores night dreams, day dreams and fantasies

* Measures and tracks what is important

Easier problem solving:

* Eases decision making

* Offers new perspectives

* Brings things together

* Shows relationships and wholeness instead of separation

It’s flexible and easy:

* Can be applied to clarify any issue in your life

* Takes so little time to stop, pay attention and listen to yourself

* Meets your needs, style, processing methods

* Caters to left and right brained people

* Has no rules - messiness, typos, poor writing are all OK

* Is often self-starting and motivating and supplies its own energy

Enhances intuition and creativity:

* Improves self trust

* Awakens the inner voice

* Directs intention and discernment

* Provides insights

* Improves sensitivity

* Interprets your symbols and dreams

* Increases memory of events

Captures your life story:

* Teaches you how to write stories

* Soothes troubled memories

* Captures family and personal story

* Stimulates personal growth

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