Posted by: allaboutcheryl | January 27, 2018

It Begins Now! (170/195)

I have so many half started or un-started projects.

Sometimes I feel like I need to be at least two persons or maybe that my days should be 48 hours long.

But then I realized that the Lord designed things perfectly for a reason. If my days were 48 hours, I would fill them up with stuff, where I’d wish for a 96 hour day.

What I need to learn to do, is to properly manage the time that I have. I need to learn to prioritize my tasks. And, I need to actually start doing my tasks.

One of my problems like I mentioned before (Lists), is that I love lists. So when I see a list of tips, it doesn’t really matter what the subject is, I try to incorporate these ideas into my life.

As a result, the things that I really need to do, get pushed further and further into the background.

However, I am continuing to use January as my opportunity to start this year on the right foot. I want to be able to see progress at the end of the year, so I created a list (sad, aren’t I??) of five SMART Goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely).


– Writings

– Christian Education

– Prayer Life

– Office

Each of these bullets have subcategories with measurable actions. What this allows me now to do is to focus on just a few items, enabling me at the end of the year to see if I’ve met my goals or not.

BUT, the absolutely main thing was to just get started. And I have on a couple things. And one thing that I did to free up additional time, was to severely curtail my time on social media. It was scary and sad, when I would look back to see how much time I wasted on mindless activities.

And it starts now. Today!

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | January 27, 2018

Free to Forgive

Yesterday, I downloaded a Joyce Meyers book, ‘Do Yourself a Favor…Forgive.’ I pray that I read to do what the Holy Spirit leads me to do.

I am ready to release. To live, to love, to laugh.

I am tired of being held captive by myself.

Life is marching on and I don’t want to look back with regrets.

I want to be free.

And to be free, means that I need to forgive and to be forgiven.

I want my blood pressure lowered. I want my mind and body healthy.

Thank You Lord for leading me to this book I already have more than enough pleasure books.

Help me to help myself and to break free.

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | January 6, 2018


Since July of 2017, I have been working hard to lose weight and bring my A1C under control, by lifestyle changes and participating in a diabetes prevention program supported by a local hospital.

One of the goals that I had to achieve was to lose 7% of my starting weight. Well, I did that! I’ve lost a total of almost 30 pounds!

The facilitor and all that I’ve been reading, tells me how this weight lost will SURELY affect my A1C.

Well it did.

In July it was 6.0 and now its 6.1.

You have no idea how frustrated that made me!

Then all the nurse said that my doctor said, was ‘watch my sugars.’ Huh? ‘Watch my sugars?’ She also said, and I’m not sure if she was quoting him, but he HAS told me this before, it’s not a BIG deal. Well, maybe to you it’s not a big deal, but it is very much a big deal to me.

I was ready to cry, I was sooo frustrated.

I sent a tearful text to the current facilitator of the Diabetes Prevention Plan…and unfortunately, almost 24 hours later…I am still waiting to hear from her…sigh…

So I reached out to my initial facilitator, who after several hours, responded, apologizing for the delay in getting back with me.

But by then, after googling some things, I found out that steroids, in particular Prednisolone causes spikes in glucose sugars and can trigger Type 2 Diabetes! Now I’m really freaking out, because since my cataract surgeries on December 5th, I’ve been using it for anti-inflammation. AND…I need to use it twice a day until the bottle is used up AND I don’t see my doctor again until March!!!

Anyway, the initial facilitator said that steroids can cause the blood sugars to elevate. She will do some checking and get back with me. And of course when I found all, of this out, the office to the ophthalmologist was closed. So, I decided to do one set of drops a day instead of two until I talk to someone.

What a predicament!

But I am trying to stay positive and continue with the new regiment that I am on. It’s just unfortunate that now I can’t get my A1C tested for six more months!

Stay strong! Stay strong! Stay strong!

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | October 27, 2017


So much has been going on these past two months since my last entry. I feel like a slacker, since I haven’t stopped to take any time to post.

Please keep me encouraged that I do better…but wait, my encouragement, inspiration and determination should be an internal thing. Not based on what other people tell or don’t tell me. So, scratch that last remark, I WILL KEEP MYSELF ENCOURAGED!

• The beginning of August, I started attending a class put on by one of the local hospital systems, Beaumont Hospital, for people who are pre-diabetic. Through lifestyle changes, this class will teach me how to make better dietary choices, exercise more, manage stress better to reverse the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

And yes, my A1C (which measures my average glucose levels for the past three months) has gone up from 5.7 to 6.0 in two years.

We will meet weekly for 16 sessions and then once a month. Through the classes and materials given, I have learned how to make better choices, increased my minutes of activity. This has resulted in a lose of more than 7% of my starting weight.

I am so encouraged! I can’t wait to see what affect this will have on my A1C he next time that I have lab work done

-I finally sent my novel in to have it copyrighted. Is that a word or should I just say copyright? Either way, it’s been done! The cover is finished. All edits are finally complete. I had to stop reading it, because I kept tweaking and changing things. I need to get my ISBN, then I’ll be ready to print. The only downer is, that it could take 6-8 months with the copyright process. Sheesh! I wanted to pass books out as Christmas presents. So, I guess that will have to wait until next year.

-And last, but surely not least, we have started the process of applying for our visa to travel to Europe. Oh my gosh! And what a process it is.

We have submitted an application to the FBI for a background check that had to include a set of fingerprints! I never had that done before! This could take up to three months! There are about six other things that we need to prepare, including an essay about why we want to travel to Europe. I am amazed!

So, this is like watching paint dry!

At least, I can see progress with my new normal lifestyle. I’ve had to buy some new pants. Cool!

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | August 18, 2017

Nuturing Your Friends

I am going to have to start reading my inspirational motivators earlier in the day.I read this just after I hung up with a lady who used to be my best friend. My sistah-girl friend.

Now, I barely talk to her.

What happened?

Maybe she left me or I’m jealous of her. She working on her doctorate. And I’m not.

She had a stroke the day before my mother’s funeral. She refused to stay in the hospital to get additional treatment. So, she hasn’t recovered as much as she could have or should have.

Now, she’s somewhat clingy, needy. I think I resent that. Who she’s become.

Am I being too honest, too open?

But this was supposed to be about me nurturing my friends. I guess I had to realize why I wasn’t.

We did have a longer phone conversation today. I tried to be more engaging like in the past.

Maybe this tip is not so much about me helping my friends. Because, if she said she needed me for anything, I’d be there. But maybe this is more about me examining myself to get rid of my petty ways, my feelings of inferiority or insecurity so that I can show myself to be a better, truer friend.

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | August 18, 2017

Give Yourself a Pat on the Back (5/360)


It’s kinda hard to give your own self a pat on the back.

If you are a contortionist, you can grab your right elbow with your left hand and push your right hand over your left shoulder to pat yourself on the back.

Or you could get a back scratcher shaped like a hand and whack yourself on the back.


You could get someone to do it for you…..but I really digress!

What’s important here, is to believe in yourself. 

…I need to change the tone…this is about me, not you.

I need to believe in me. Myself. 

I need to believe in the things that I have accomplished and even the things that I may not have finished, but at least I have started.

Sometimes, I can be very hard on myself. I beat me up when I don’t finish a task or a goal. Then that makes me not want to pick up that task again.

But, I am not perfect and I need to allow for my imperfections. BUT… by the same token, I do need to set some goals, some parameters to keep me on track. Or I’ll be like I am with my novel. I need to do just two more things, then I am ready to send it to the publisher. I am hoping this blog will motivate me to get up and get going. 

I have to stop looking at the external things, some of which I have no control. I need to focus on the internal. Me. 

It’s good to build up myself and congratulate my accomplishments. I just need to make sure these accomplishments are more than just brushing my teeth!

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | August 16, 2017

Do a Yoga Pose (4/361)

When I am using my Wii to exercise, walk or do yoga, I imagine in my mind, how graceful I am and how fluid my moves are. Until one time, I taped myself!
My ego came down several levels!
There are come yoga moves where I need to use a chair for support. Then there are some that I would call my favorites. One of them would be Sun Salutations. I like this on because I feel that I can do it pretty well.
Now, I’m sure that with proper breathing, these poses are to relax a person. But what about the sitting and repeating a word or a phrase…or trying to empty your mind…oh yeah, meditation. I’ve never tried that, except when I am laying in bed trying to go to sleep.
When we were on vacation in Myrtle Beach, year before last, we took a couple Tai Chi classes at the local library. Even though the classes were free, we stopped going after a while because we didn’t like how the instructor was teaching…or maybe it was us? But I don’t think so, because we did ask a few people who were going to drop out as well. We all that thought he talked too much, and there was not enough time devoted to going through the moves.
I know that it is important to find a way to de-stress yourself. And I really need to! I’ve been taking my blood pressure at home for the past ten days or so and my numbers are not good at all. So, I need to find a way to take myself to a ‘happy place,’ literally and figuratively.
I haven’t practiced my yoga in a while, but now, I will be more conscious about working that into my regiment.

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | August 14, 2017

Value My Talents (3/362)

Which one?

I think I have multiple talents. But which one is my inspirational thought pushing me towards?

Even though my mother-in-law will be moving to an assisted living facility soon, like tomorrow… I feel the return of Hotel Jordan with so many people coming in and out to help her.

So things are in a disarray. 

Chaotic, would be a better word.

I am trying hard not to be too nick-picky, I am trying to desperately understand that everyone was not raised by my mother who drilled certain housekeeping procedures into us.  

It’s like the Golden Rule For Living

If you open it, close it. 

If you turn it on, turn it off. 

If you unlock it, lock it up. 

If you break it, admit it. 

If you can’t fix it, call in someone who can. 

If you borrow it, return it. 

If you value it, take care of it. 

If you make a mess clean it up. 

If you move it, put it back. 

If it belongs to someone else and you want to use it, get permission. 

If you don’t know how to operate it, leave it alone. 

If it’s none of your business, don’t ask questions. 

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

So to keep from frustrating the heck out of myself during this short term visit, I’ve put some things away…but called out the perpetrator out on others.

But my mantra has been, ‘this too will pass….’

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | August 13, 2017

Alone or A Loner? (2/363)

OK…I’m confused. A lot of times, even in a crowd of people, sometimes I will find myself by myself. 

Sometimes, that’s bothers me, but other times it does not.

Like today, the house was filled with Hubby’s folks. 

They weren’t here to see me. So I came into my office and closed the door. 

Later, I could hear lots of loud laughter. 

That rarely happens in our house.

But, I did not go downstairs to check it out.

Then I could hear footsteps and voices outside my closed door.

But, still I didn’t check it out.

I was comfortable in my closed environment doing what I wanted to do. 

Not that it was anything earth shattering, but it was what I wanted to do at that time.

I can be very content by myself, doing my own thing. 

I don’t always need people to entertain me. 

I’m an avid reader, a computer geek and a writer. 

I have enough to do to keep busy.

But you know what…..I’m OK. 

This is who I am. 

I am not going to change to meet someone else’s expectations of me.

I am not a hermit.

I do have friends, family, Hubby and enough acquaintances to fulfill any social obligations.  

I just like my quiet time and sometimes I prefer that over being with people. 

And it’s like when I go to the gym.

It amazing how many people are there to socialize. 

I want to concentrate on what I can there for. 

To tone and exercise.

So my conversations are short, but polite. 

Every blue moon, someone will succeed in engaging me in a longer conversation, but that is the exception and not the rule.

Bottom line.

Am I OK with who I am?


Posted by: allaboutcheryl | August 12, 2017

Lists (1/364)

I love lists.  

I love checking things off. 

I would be the perfect helper for Santa Claus….
But…I’m not…

But I still love lists. 

So, I found this list online of 370 positive things to do. They looked pretty interesting and varied. It was recommended that you print the list, cut it up, put the items in a bag or something to pull one out each day.

So I did.
Now I need to fold each one, very tiny and put in a bag.

Why am I doing this?

I don’t know? Sometimes I feel like my personality gets in a rut and could use a good shaking out, like a dusty rug. Maybe this will spark some new, better habits for me. 

The ones that really affect me, or that are really funny or fun to do, I’ll make sure that I share them with you.

Oh, by the way, the number next to the title is how many days that I’ve been sixty-four and how many days before I turn sixty-five.

Again, why??? Again…I don’t know…

But I do that a lot. On my bottles of medicine, I write the date when I should be finished taking them. I do that on the top of my Metamucil powder. When I buy the huge bags of paper cups for the bathrooms, I’ll put a note in the bag to see how long it takes to use them. Recently, I noticed on the bottom of my Q-tip box that I bought it 2005! Crazy! And the crazier part, is that I’ve only used less than half the box!!! Why did I buy such a big one? 

But, that’s me. We all have our little idiosyncrasies.

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