What are you going to do this year to make a difference?

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Mary - posted on 12/31/2012

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This year we are embracing a mostly plant based diet. About a month ago, our household switched to a semi vegetarian diet. We eat vegetarian meals a minimum of 5 days a week now. We mostly eat Indian vegetarian because we love the spices though anything "ethnic" is good with us. For New Year's Eve tonight I made homemade black bean cilantro "burger" patties and served them with corn tortilla "fries" strips with salsas. We still eat meat. We still love hamburgers and pizza. Last week we thoroughly enjoyed a trip to the chinese buffet. But, we feel so much better eating much less of it. My skin looks better. Our digestion is much better. My boyfriend says he feels 10 years younger. Though I "feel" certain benefits of a vegetarian diet, I started this because of the potential benefits that I wouldn't "feel". I'm very concerned about the effect of raising livestock on the environment. Also, I can't continue to ignore how cruelly livestock animals are raised. I'm bothered by how a poor diet that is low in fiber may contribute to disease in our society. Eating vegetarian 5 days a week is very empowing for us. We feel like we're cutting back in a real way. (And we're eating a heck of a lot more wonderful plant matter!) We also hope to inspire our friends and loved ones to love their bodies by eating more delicious plant based food. Happy New Year to all! Wishing you all a healthy, beautiful and bountiful year. (Note: I'm a stay home mom. Our household is lucky enough to have a full time cook- me lol.)

Jodi - posted on 01/25/2013

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Sorry ladies, I am closing this thread. There have been WAY too many solicitations, which is a violation of the guidelines on CoM. Thanks you to those who responded with respect for our community guidelines.

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Jill - posted on 01/07/2013

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I'm starting in my own home and making it a priority to have a family dinner at least 3 days a week. My kids are growing so quickly and I am horribly guilty of letting our insanely crazy lives get in the way of real family time. I plan to use to the time to talk about their day, and teach them the value of nutrition.

Merrie - posted on 01/05/2013

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To make things better in our family life, we are working hard to get things organized and get a more productive and accurate schedule. One that works for everyone. More consistency.
In our community, we are going to make an honest effort to just be more involved. Maybe with the food pantry or something through our church. Just something to get out there.

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Mary Carol - posted on 01/24/2013

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I would like to embrace this time I am not working and being a stay at home mother to spend time with my son. After he was born, I had go return to work sooner than I expected, which made me quite upset. I was not ready to leave my little guy. So I will take this time while he is still young (Eight months on the 28th) to play with him, watch him grow, and watch him explore the world around him. I would also like to take time to be more positive. I also would like to continue the healthy diet my husband and I are currently on, and maintain a healthy relationship with my husband. All things possible with a push from God.

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Adding to my earlier post. I bought myself a kickboxing bag, wrist wraps and gloves. I used to go to a kickboxing class a few years ago. Can't afford classes but can get a bag. It was wonderful to be able to punch something hard like that. It automatically drops my anxiety to nil. Love it! Its' also a fun method to take some exercise.

Megan - posted on 01/24/2013

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Get back to being more of the positive person I used to be
Be an even better role model for my kids
Step up my help of others in need
Continue to help with the charities that are close to my heart
Smile to strangers (instead of being so engrossed in my day that I don't notice)
Recycle, re-use, re-purpose

Michelle - posted on 01/24/2013

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This year we are finalizing the adoption of our Weebles (B3,G2), I started Weight Watchers to get fit so I can keep up with the Weebles, and I am returning to school to complete my bachelor's in CJ Forensic Psych. Most importantly, I'm tuning in to my spiritual side and letting it breathe! Oh yeah, we're feeding some homeless friends too.

Xiaoli - posted on 01/23/2013

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one of my best friends has an autism boy, 3 and half years old.
if you want to, i can ask her to exchange your email or something, so you both can talk.
and i will show her your post too.

good luck!

Xiaoli - posted on 01/23/2013

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i want to get my divorce done. make a big party to cerebrate my divorce, i want my life back to normal, having a lot of friends, helping other people as much as i can, volunteer more...
take my 3 years old son for vacation as much as i can.

i need my life back, be happy

Lori - posted on 01/23/2013

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create a reading program to help kids learn to read. Literacy- it is a BIG deal!
~Lori Morris

Jennie - posted on 01/23/2013

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I have dedicated my year to helping more single moms and low income families realize the power of working from home!

Nikki - posted on 01/21/2013

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I am going to be home with my children more! I am doing that by working more at my home business so I can be with them at every school activity and be there for every tummy ache and every milestone. I have four children 1, 3, 8, and 11 so I have many exciting things to come! We also started going to church every sunday and putting god first!

Mendi - posted on 01/18/2013

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I have made the decision to use safer greener products in my home. Best decision ever.

Ayls - posted on 01/16/2013

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I am going to finish my master's thesis to finally get my degree in Guidance and Counseling. I am also going to enter Medical School. I am happy because, I am going to pursue my dream this year.

Kim - posted on 01/16/2013

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Wow! What are your children's ages? As a homeschooling mom, I'm always interested in other families' adventures!

Melinda - posted on 01/14/2013

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I am going to keep my temper, be nicer to my family and go to church. I have only felt the best when going to a church. I have to bring God back into my life.

Melinda - posted on 01/14/2013

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I am going to keep my temper, be nicer to my family and go to church. I have only felt the best when going to a church. I have to bring God back into my life.

Chanel - posted on 01/14/2013

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Praying harder, each day before work I say a prayer asking God to help me bless someone else with a kind gesture or word. Reason being we never know what someone else is going through or circumstances I do no want anything back for it just the blessing to pass through. Each night while I say my prayers I ask for someone to be blessed and bless someone else, prayer changes everything. So I plan on praying for everyone.

Anna - posted on 01/14/2013

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I'm going to lose some weight.because I am out of shape for 6 months.wish me luck thank you.

Lorrie - posted on 01/14/2013

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I'm trying to incorporate yoga and meditation to my life....hopefully will be helpful to me and my world!!

Dina - posted on 01/14/2013

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Really i don't know .. but i want to do something different which makes me and my family happy

Miss - posted on 01/13/2013

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my goal is to stay sober and be the best mom i can,physically,spiritually and respectfully

Britany - posted on 01/13/2013

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Really I don't know many other mom with autistic children I wish I had someone to talk to that knew what I was going through

Britany - posted on 01/13/2013

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I made a few changes to start this year off.Last year wasn't too great.But first I have keept both of my children on a scededile a bed time of 730.Next postive displine especailly with my oldest son he has autism more patience.And the last thing is to eat heathy

MamaRed0509 - posted on 01/12/2013

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I am going back to school which will keep me pretty busy. I also plan to volunteer at my kids school more this year.

Lorraine - posted on 01/12/2013

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I am doing a vendor show in April for Susan G Komen, its with Country Music, and I am giving my proceeds from my direct sales business back to the foundation. Should be a nice event! :)

Tanya M - posted on 01/11/2013

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Hi this year I am having my second baby and go to school then get in shape go see my family at Puerto rico and just enjoy this year :)

Uwera - posted on 01/11/2013

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Iam going to pray and make my relationship with God better than before and living in this world as a vist.the second I is to make change in my job

Katie - posted on 01/10/2013

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Praise my kids more than discipline them, commit to getting my kids (and myself) out in nature every day. Support and compliment my husband anytime I am ever tempted to criticize him, and leave every person better than I found them. I do want to make a difference this year; starting with my family, then extending out in a ripple effect; one person, one kindness at a time.

Jill - posted on 01/10/2013

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I have already submitted that I'm bringing back a Family Dinner to our house a couple of weeks. But I've added something else to my list.

My amazing (16 year old) son just submitted a 100 page thesis for his AP Literature class. The thesis is a technology guide for parents of young teens or teens. He spills on secrets kids use to hide their texting/Facebook/Twitter activity from their parents and even gives suggestions to parents to circumvent the "sneak". What shocks me is that he is a really good kid and I was shocked to learn even good kids do dangerous things online or on their phone without even realizing the risks!

So.... what I am going to do this year to make a difference is encourage him to submit this for publication. If his advice could save even one child from an internet predator or even just getting in trouble at school it will be worth it. He is 16 so doesn't really get how invaluable this information could be to a parent of a young teen.

Maya - posted on 01/09/2013

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this year I am going to be a Canadian Army wife and i am very proud of that, a new start, and my honey is now serving in Afgh. I will jump in the sky when he is back safe and sound.

Anne - posted on 01/08/2013

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I will make my kids learn ballet, I just love ballet dance. Hope I could train them well.

LaChelle - posted on 01/08/2013

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This year I'm hoping to make it more than just me. Allow God to work through me and use me anyway he can. I hope to see people through God's eyes and his mercy. Be forgiving, be helpful, and be couragous.

Mariah - posted on 01/07/2013

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This year I will be striving to live more simple, so that I can live more. Our motto in our home is, if it has no sentimental value, then it goes out. Simple is more! Cheers to 2013

Rebecca - posted on 01/07/2013

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I am going to promote my book, Alphabet Living, be the best mom I can be, and be in a state of J is for JOY!

Michelle - posted on 01/07/2013

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I'm going to continue to work toward my degree, spend as much time as possible with my son, and continue to work hard toward a better future for the both of us.

Holly - posted on 01/06/2013

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Working to improve me through fitness and healthy eating and inspire others to do the same....Anyone wanting to join in the journey let me know :)

Brielle - posted on 01/06/2013

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Me and my partner are donating a dollar to charity every time we have sex. so far we already have 15 dollars

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This year I am going to plant a garden. A small one. because I hate bugs. But I want my son to learn where veggies come from and hopefully with his help it will encourage him(and me and hubby) to eat more fresh veggies.

Laura - posted on 01/06/2013

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My daughter and I have been taking part in the 26 Random Acts of Kindness movement and will not stop at 26!

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