Anniversary Tradition: 2nd Anniversary at Hubpages

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Anniversary celebrations

Although there are three significant celebratory dates in the United States during the month of May, which are: Mother’s Day, Teacher Appreciation Day, and Nurses Week, I’m celebrating one of those ‘special moments’ here on Hubpages. May happens to be the month that I joined HP two years ago and submitted my first hub. Back then it was entitled, ‘Mother’s Day Madness’, and was a tribute to my own mother who passed away on Christmas morning 2003.

Since its first posting it was tweaked and molded into what stands today,Raising kids-a dozen positive parenting tips. It still is a tribute to my mother, but has memoir content along with a message for anyone looking for how to be an effective parent.

How to Improve Tip #1-be open minded to the ongoing process of editing your work. Although you may not see the need for this, if someone suggests that there is room for improvement listen to their advice. If your pride stands in the way you may never reach your highest potential.

Anniversary Tradition

Traditionally, wedding anniversaries are celebrated symbolically through various mediums. For example, the first year is represented by paper-how appropriate this was for my first year with all of the writing I did. The 25th year is represented by silver and, of course, everyone knows that the Golden Anniversary is in joyous proclamation of 50 years of marriage. Well, it would be wonderful if my writing stood long enough to reach a Silver or Golden jubilee.

In the meantime, did you know that the anniversary tradition for year two is cotton? Hmm, how does that fit in with my writing goals? Well, I suppose I could say that I jump into my favorite clothes before I write, which is my cotton sweatshirt and jeans, (many of you may have noticed me wearing it in my home photos, such as in the hub: Heimlich Maneuver: first aid for a choking victim or, I stay up late in my cotton jammies to write into the wee hours of the morning and then hit the bed and dream of Hubpages snuggled in my cotton bed sheets and blankets.

How to Improve Tip #2: Longevity is one of the keys in traffic flow. When deciding on a subject to write about pick a long lasting topic that will become 'evergreen'.

Statistics

Total and Annual Hub #
Annual Views information
Annual Comments Information
Total # of Hubs to date:
Hub with the most views
Hub with most comments
170
Catwoman's Sex Appeal (2908)
A Journey to Meet Death (72)
# of Hubs written in 2nd Year
Hub with least views:
Hub with least comments:
72
Heimlich Maneuver...(68)
How to choose a summer camp...(11)

Writing challenges this year

Someone recently asked the question about daily writing. I don’t write daily and am happy if I get one hub in a week. I don’t have the luxury of having an 8 hr. job or working during the daytime. I live an hour away from work and my ‘day’ starts at 5:30 pm on my way to work and ends at 7:30 in the morning.

In addition, I have a nephew with special needs who I continue to guide. He has multiple challenges so it is not easy to be in the motivated mindset in the household. Still, I hope there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

My third challenge, besides long hours at work, is that I lost my local job last summer and the circumstances involving it began in April. So, from April through August, I was terrified with the knowledge that I was being targeted at work and suspecting it would end in the same way it had for a nurse the month before: OUT. I was correct and I was told I had to find another job before a mandated 30 day deadline or I would lose my accumulated time toward my pension. It was difficult to do anything else but focus on my job hunt, resume update, and interviewing, but, somehow I managed to write two hubs about the experience.

How to Improve #3-Read the Hubpages Newsletter for updated information. Find information in the Learning Center and apply these new things in your hubs. This includes adding keywords to your titles, tags and subtitles; adding different capsules; and, giving proper credit to photos. 




Anniversary List of Special Hubs

Most popular views: Catwoman’s sex appeal has almost 3,000 views at last count. I’m sure it didn’t hurt when I added the word ‘sex’ in the title.

Least number of views: is my latest one: Heimlich maneuver: first aid for a choking victim, which received a total of 68 views at this time.

Funniest hub: Humor and the belly laugh: how slapstick makes us laugh.

Fun hub to write because it contains an interview with an old high school friend: Bella Luna Inn: a beautiful B & B in wine country, California

Most comments: A journey to meet death.

Special hub: To my first born, my poem to my oldest daughter on her birthday.

Most emotional: A journey to meet death, my hub about my husband's death.

Most joyful: My grandchildren: why they fill my heart space, describing my four grandkids.

Most challenging: Cosmetic Aesthetics: Get rid of that double chin.

Most victorious: Hubbers hit the high road with 5k victories. This was a personal physical challenge that my sister, hubber Danette Watt, and I met.

Favorite hub topics: memoir/family, spirituality, health and well-being.

Least favorite: business topics…I don’t have any expertise other than what has worked for me on a personal level.




What I learned this year

1. How to weather any kind of storm, emotionally, as in my work conflict; financially-as when Panda hit; and literally, when I slept in my car during my first hurricane: How I survived Hurricane Irene.

2. How to improve views with the use of keywords, backlinks, and sharing hubs.

3. How to maintain activity by participating in contests, forums and the WTI; and sharing hubs written by other hubbers.

4. How to offer my experience and support through comments in hubs and forums.



My Goals


1. To participate in the contests as they come up.


2. To make a commitment to respond to at least one WTI per month.


3. To increase my hub publishings from 72 to 100.


4. To learn to use the special capsule of home movies and add that to my hubs.


5. To consider applying to the Apprenticeship Program.



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Comments 58 comments

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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Happy 2nd anniversary, Ms. D!!!

I'm sure, longevity at HubPages will put you at the highlights of this writing site.

Cheers!!!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Aww, so nice to see you, travel_man! Hope you are well.

Thank you for your well wishes. :) Enjoy your week.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Happy 2nd anniversary Denise, congratulations on all your accomplishments and good luck with your new goals!

Best wishes Lesley


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Happy Anniversary, Denise! You are someone for us to look up to and admire!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Happy Anniversary Denise! You are a wonderful writer and I've always enjoyed your work and the person who you are. Best wishes for the next year.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

Happy Anniversary, Denise! You've accomplished so much in your two years at HubPages, and I know that you will meet and exceed your goals for the next year! You're a great writer as well as a valuable member of the HubPages community. It's been my pleasure to follow you and get to know you through HubPages!


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twoseven 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

I'm so happy to get this introduction to your work and how you approach being a Hubber. Your goals and approaches make a ton of sense to me, and I am going to try to emulate them. It's really useful for those of us still in our first year to hear how those of you who have been doing this longer get inspiration and continue to refine your work. Thank you very much!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Lesley-I will need all the luck I can get, LOL

Dexter-you are so sweet. Thank you

Hi Bill-wow! Thank you.

Stephanie-I'm so glad we've met here and I can hardly wait for us to eventually meet. You are a friend I admire and have learned from!

twoseven-thank you for your comments. I'm glad that my work can be of some service to you. There are many of us here who are available to lend a hand-all for the asking. As for refining-it's the only way to go: moving forward and improving with age, haha. There's always something new to learn!


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

Congratulations Dee on 2 years at Hub Pages! I'm looking forward to reading more of your hubs. You are one of the most encouraging people I know on HP so keep up the writing and commenting.


klarawieck 4 years ago

Denise, you are a joy to have around. I'm so glad I met you through this amazing site! Congratulations! Keep the enthusiasm and focus!


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Rosie2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Happy 2nd Anniversary here on Hubpages, Denise! What a challenging year you had! Thanks for sharing them with us. Cheers!

Best wishes,

Rosie


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Happy anniversary for your 2nd year on H/P. You really do have a challenging life, I hope you life get better this year and all the other years.

Voted up.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Congratulations! You are now officially an "old-timer" here. You have done so well to publish so many hubs, especially considering your rigourous shedule. I am sorry about your job -- I know that is extremely stressful to endure.

It was nice to read about your time here at HP and all of your statistics. I enjoy your hubs and look forward to more. I have also appreciated your support so much since I have been here.

Voted up and more.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I don't think i have missed any of your hubs, they were all interesting and helpful in many ways. Congratulations on two years with HP, A great community for sharing. Cheers my friend...


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

I like how you interviewed your work. You wrote a great reflection and tribute to two great years on the hub! Great work...voted up!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Happy anniversary, Denise!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Congratulations on your anniversary! It is especially inspirational considering what your personal life has been like the past two years. I'm sure you will continue to write and inspire. Voted up.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Denise, I am glad I am able to know you now via HubPages. This is lovely and such great thoughts to ponder on setting goals. Contratulations on two years!!! In His Love, Faith Reaper


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Congrats on your 2 year anniversary! I always enjoy reading these reflections and wish you much success with your third year here.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Congratulations on your 2nd year on hubpages. Good luck on the next years to come.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Congratulations!! You are brave and strong. I hope all your dreams come true and your days are filled with happiness and joy!!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Danette-that is such a sweet thing to say. Aww, sniff sniff. Teary eyed now. :) Hugs to you.

Hi, Klara-I'm so happy we met too. It's so much fun chitchatting on the forum. :) Hugs to you, too. :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Rosie-thanks for the well wishes. I appreciate you dropping by.

Writer20-thank you. It can only get better, right? haha

PrairiePrincess, LOL who you calling old? Oh, yeah, me! It's true and it feels wonderful turning that corner, but there is still so much to learn with all of the changes. Thanks for your sweet personality that shines in all of your writing. :)

Ruby-I would have to agree. You are a trooper-a real source of support. Happy Nurses Week BTW. :)

iamaudraleigh-so nice to meet you. Thanks for your feedback.

Thanks WillStarr- Happy w/e to you. :)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Happy Anniversary Denise, this is an interesting hub with lots of useful info for someone like me just 8 months into the HP adventure.

Voted up and shared.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi tillsontitan-thank you for the congrats-whew, the first year was a breeze...unfortunately, the bottom kind of fell out of the work place situation in the second year and it was tense, to say the least. I think I've almost gotten used to changing from a day shift, which was my old job, to a midnight shift but the drive and the 12 hrs are a killer!

Hi Faith-Likewise, I'm glad we had an opportunity to meet here. Setting goals has always helped me see the direction I am heading towards, or at least want to head in, and the progress I am making in that effort. Thanks.

Aww, random-you're a sweetheart in more than one way. Thanks for your support. :)

Hello jpcmc-thank you for your well wishes. :)

Vellur-you are kind and sweet-I appreciate your comments. Thank you. :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Jools99-Thanks for the read and comments. Well, 8 months is pretty darned good. I hope you are enjoying your time here. Thanks for the vote/share. :)


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Denise, ha ha! Thanks. I, in no way, called you old. I said you were an old timer "on here." That is a very important distinction. :)) And old-timers (ON HERE!) deserve respect. You've definitely got mine!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Prairieprincess- I don't believe you, haha I KNOW you really mean OLD when you mention OLD. LOL

(you know I'm teasing, right?) Thanks for your respect...guess I'm out of the Rodney Dangerfield camp now, haha.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Well Happy Anniversary Denise, two years...How Terrific! It sounds like you have many planned Goals ahead. I've no doubt you will achieve them. I've Enjoyed reading this Wonderful as well as Useful Hub...Lots of good practical advice. Now, I look forward to reading your Hubs for many, many more years to come...We are Family here on Hub Pages!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi b.Malin-yes, we certainly are. And, I appreciate your comments and support. :)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

Congrats on your second year! Time sure flies by fast. Yes, you sure have weathered some storms this year. May your third year be 'less stormy' and filled with many hubs!


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Karanda 4 years ago from Australia

Happy Anniversary Denise! Has it really been two years since I read your first Hub? Hope you continue to inspire us with your wit for many years to come.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Cara, thanks for reading and yes, you do know what I've gone through this year!!! :) Whew, let's pray that it will be a smooth third year!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

HI Karanda-thank you for your well wishes. Time flies, doesn't it. Thanks for stopping by. :)


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Big thumbs up Denise. This is some valuable information that we all can soak up. Congrats on 2 years Denise. You are a great example of success, which gives myself inspiration in many ways. Great tips and interesting stats on your articles. Hope you achieve everything you have st out too and much more!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading and commenting, thelyricwriter. :) I appreciate your feedback and your visit.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Denise, congratulations! You've met the two year milestone - yes! I don't think I'll ever be able to catch up on all that reading but I'm sure it is all wonderful. Cotton sounds perfect, comfortable and fresh. May this next year bring you all the comforts of cotton and more :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello MissOlive-thanks for reading and commenting. Cotton is such a fun material. down south where I am now living I get to see it grow and am amazed at its versatility. Thanks for the well wishes.


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katyzzz 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Wow, a lot of people have related to this, well done Denise, many words of wisdom here and Happy anniversary, if a little late.


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

Best wishes as you continue to write and celebrate even more anniversaries! I enjoyed reading about your first two years here, including the tips and things you've learned along the way. It's very encouraging.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Katyzzz-thank you for the well wishes and I appreciate hearing that the hub was helpful.

Hi K-Thanks for visiting and commenting. I appreciate knowing the hub info was encouraging. :)


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Denise- you are a true hub treasure- talented,creative, kind, generous and spirited. It just goes to show your empathy and sensitivity that even in this celebratory hub you couldn't help giving out such meaningful and supportive advice. You're a Gem and I salute your achievement. May you celebrate many more anniversaries.


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

Happy 2nd anniversary, Denise! You also give very insightful tips here :) I would definitely apply for the apprenticeship program! You would be a great candidate!

-KD


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Docmo-you are very kind with your comments, thank you. I appreciate that you shared the hub in the thread on FB. Thanks for your well wishes. :)

Hi Keith, Thanks for your encouragement. When my personal life gets a bit more free, I will move forward with that goal. It's a bit of a challenge right now, though. :) I saw your story and am intrigued. Can't wait to read it this w/e.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

I remember reading so many of the hubs that you listed but seeing them altogether and also revisiting the many challenges you faced and conquered during the past year reminded me just how productive, strong and resilient you are.

It was sad to see that your least viewed hub was one that could be potentially life-saving.

I liked your tips and also the fact that you listed your writing goals for the coming year. Given your hectic schedule, your writing productivity and dedication amazes me and I greatly admire your stamina, creativity and the excellent quality of the hubs you produce.

Looking forward to another year of reading and sharing hubs and learning from each other. Voted up across the board except funny.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Gail, thanks for visiting and commenting. Yes, it has been a challenging year and I'm looking forward to meeting at least one deadline-that long awaited five year employment mark this month!

I sorely miss writing and participating more, but priorities dictate otherwise at this time. I love reading your travel hubs and am always amazed at the wealth of information you offer in such a short space! Happy writing and keep in touch. :)


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epigramman 4 years ago

Congratulations Denise from Hub's best poet two years in a row (nothing like a little self-promotion) and you are such a wonderful team player here at the Hub with a great attitude, an open mind and an eye for the beautiful things in life - and yes you are one of the Hubville's reigning superstars - so I bow to thee - and send you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 11:49pm


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

What a wonderful surprise to see you here, Sir Epi. I bow to YOU Mister 'Hubpages Best Poet x 2', LOL I know just what time you are at-we share the same time zone; and when I lived in Michigan, (my home state), we shared the same Great Lake.

It's nice to chat with you. Your poems are amazing, and the award well deserved. Can't say I agree with you re: the 'Hubville superstar' , but that was a nice compliment. More like: Hubville's 'old cronie', hee hee.

Take care and have a wonderful week ahead. Stay warm, the Autumn chill is in the air...


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epigramman 4 years ago

.........just a little update Denise for you on the Lake erie scene:

I live roughly 47 miles across from Erie, Penn.

I have been into the water everyday for a dip since mid-May up until today - which ironically is the first day of fall - but I may try it one more time just to say that I came out running and saying what did I do that for - lol

My two best friends Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel (Tiffy my mum's cat is now 18 and is a diva) have been outside all summer and both come in at night - what a life

....and because we are creatures of habit - I have found a new walk this year around the bay of my lake in which I call it my writer's walk - and lately Gabriel and I are walking along our quiet beach - he is deaf and on a leash but I let him run freely along the shoreline - lake erie time 1:09am


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Ahhh, N.C. time: 1:10 a.m. My two (new additions) kittens are sleeping, my dog is at my feet and always seems to accompany me on my late writing spurts, and my stomach has a little gurgle of wanting to eat something, haha. I'll probably pass and choose instead to 'pass out' in sleep.

Your place sounds divine, although not the icy dives. Your writer's walk sounds VERY divine, peaceful and inspirational. Your Diva and Mister G sound adorable and I have just been experimenting with looking into a cat leash, although my neighbor thinks I'm horrible for doing so.

The two little kittens, now six months old, were the offspring of a stray mama that came around and I began to feed. She is jet black and I named her shadow, b/c she appeared out of nowhere and then would disappear. Well, she revealed her kittens to us and we rescued them at about one month. Tried to find them homes but no takers and we wouldn't part with them for the world now. We have a male: TC Tiger (TomCat Tiger) a large pawed, gray tabby with luxurious fur; and his kids sister, the runt, a black and white tuxedo with 'to die for' green eyes. Her name is Raisin for short and 'Little Miss Raisin Le Pew' as the longer version. Our tabby goes by Tiger or just Tom, which suits him fine. He is a master at hunting already!

Going to bed now...enjoyed the update with you in this wee hour of the morning. :) 'Night.


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TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

Excellent Hub Denise and Happy 2nd Anniversary. I would like to add a comment on your #5 Goal : "To consider applying to the Apprenticeship Program." That reminds me of something Yoda said:

No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.

Best of luck in the Apprenticeship Program!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Sam-thanks for your feedback. In regards to the Apprenticeship program, I know the philosophy and wisdom of Yoda well. In fact, I teach my own patients this very piece of information you offer here, especially in regards to statements of recovery, "I'll try to stay sober..." hee hee. It is or it isn't, right?

Well, my decision to do the apprenticeship program is based on my life's obligations and my inner strides of perfection. I don't want to set myself up for failure. My daughter went through the program and we discussed it at length. She is well aware of what is happening in my life right now and so...it is my goal at this time, but for the future.

Thanks so much for your comments. :) Go Yoda, LOL


Kerry43 4 years ago

Thank you, Denise. It's been my pleasure reading you. I do love so many of your topics so I will be close by.

Kerry


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Kerry--thanks for reading and commenting. How are you doing? or, I should ask-how are you writing and studying???


Kerry43 4 years ago

Slowly right now, Denise lol. I am about to take a leave of absence so I look forward to getting a lot more writing done in the short-term. I fell off the 30 Challenge wagon last month, so I hope to rectify that during what is left of October :/ Funny that you ask though, and I just read your response to me on your other hub...I was wondering how on earth you find the time to write and do everything else!

Enjoy your week:)

Kerry


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Good for you that you are taking a leave...as for me, I'm just returning to work after being off for 6 wks or so and am going to be dropping off my writing when that happens. My goal is to move off of a 12 hr work shift into a normal 8 hrs. Maybe I can fine a better balance for my life! Enjoy your leave. I'm in the 30 day challenge now-day 15 and hub #5 so, you can tell how it is going for me, hahaha.


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sunilkunnoth2012 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

Interesting read. I loved and enjoyed well your hubbing experience. Your tips are fine and workable. Hope you achieve your goals by the time you celebrate your next anniversary. Keep on writing. All the best.


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Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you, sunilunnoth2012 I actually will have to revamp my goals, but that is all part of the evaluation process. :) Namaste.

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