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Like so many other girls,
my self-confidence growing up was almost nonexistent. I
doubted my abilities, had little faith in my potential and
questioned my personal worth. If I achieved good grades, I
believed that I was just lucky. Although I made friends
easily, I worried that once they got to know me, the
friendships wouldn't last. And when things went well, I
thought I was just in the right place at the right time. I
even rejected praise and compliments.
The choices I
made reflected my self-image. While in my teens, I attracted a
man with the same low self-esteem. In spite of his violent
temper and an extremely rocky dating relationship, I decided
to marry him. I still remember my dad whispering to me before
walking me down the aisle, "It's not too late, Sue. You can
change your mind." My family knew what a terrible mistake I
was making. Within weeks, I knew it, too.
physical abuse lasted for several years. I survived serious
injuries, was covered with bruises much of the time and had to
be hospitalized on numerous occasions. Life became a blur of
police sirens, doctors' reports and family court appearances.
Yet I continued to go back to the relationship, hoping that
things would somehow improve.
we had our two little girls, there were times when all that
got me through the night was having those chubby little arms
wrapped around my neck, pudgy cheeks pressed up against mine
and precious toddler voices saying, "It's all right, Mommy.
Everything will be okay." But I knew that it wasn't going to
be okay. I had to make changes--if not for myself, to protect
my little girls.
something gave me the courage to change. Through work, I was
able to attend a series of professional development seminars.
In one, a presenter talked about turning dreams into
realities. That was hard for me - even to dream about a better
future. But something in the message made me
asked us to consider two powerful questions: "If you could be,
do, or have anything in the world, and you knew it would be
impossible to fail, what would you choose? And if you could
create your ideal life, what would you dare to dream?" In that
moment, my life began to change. I began to
imagined having the courage to move the children into an
apartment of our own and start over. I pictured a better life
for the girls and me. I dreamed about being an international
motivational speaker so that I could inspire people the way
the seminar leader had inspired me. I saw myself writing my
story to encourage
So I went on to create a clear visual
picture of my new success. I envisioned myself wearing a red
business suit, carrying a leather briefcase and getting on an
airplane. This was quite a stretch for me, since at the time I
couldn't even afford a suit.
Yet I knew that if I was
going to dream, it was important to fill in the details for my
five senses. So I went to the leather store and modeled a
briefcase in front of the mirror. How would it look and feel?
What does leather smell like? I tried on some red suits and
even found a picture of a woman in a red suit, carrying a
briefcase and getting on a plane. I hung the picture up where
I could see it every day. It helped to keep the dream alive.
soon the changes began. I moved with the children to a small
apartment. On only $98 a week, we ate a lot of peanut butter
and drove an old jalopy. But for the first time, we felt free
and safe. I worked hard at my sales career, all the time
focusing on my "impossible dream."
one day I answered the phone, and the voice on the other end
asked me to speak at the company's upcoming annual conference.
I accepted, and my speech was a success. This led to a series
of promotions, eventually to national sales trainer. I went on
to develop my own speaking company and have traveled to many
countries around the world. My "impossible dream" has become a
believe that all success begins with spreading your
W.I.N.G.S.--believing in your worth, trusting your insight,
nurturing yourself, having a goal and devising a personal
strategy. And then, even impossible dreams become
I'm sending you this email, to
bring you up to date on the events of our family!
I tried to talk to you, While you were on your
computer, But you just kept telling me that, You would
BRB...?? Whatever that means! So, I decided to send you
John Jr. cut his first tooth today.
He's the one you bounce on your knee while typing.
Remember how he giggles when... He hears the "UT OH"
Sorry about him dropping his Peanut
butter sandwich on your keyboard. Is it working ok since
I cleaned it up for you? Can you read the letters I
tried to paint back on your keyboard? Most of the
letters had been rubbed off!
Susie had her first
date Saturday night. She had a good time and said to
thank you for letting them use your car. She put the
keys back on the key rack, underneath the cobwebs, where
she found them!
Do you realize that she wears
the same size clothes as you do? In case you've
forgotten her, she's the one who has you raise your feet
when she's running the sweeper.
Tim is playing
football. He looks forward to going to school Now that
he has a sport to play. He wanted to know if you would
come to one of his games... if... we bought you a laptop
to bring along?
Do you remember him? He's the
one who... empties your Port-a-Potty for you!
Let's see... since the last time I wrote you...
( 3 months ago ), the refrigerator had to be replaced,
The dog died from old age, your mother and dad painted
the room, where your computer is... hope you like the
color! The church has a new pastor, the president has
been impeached, and oh yes... and I have a new job!
Well, I think that's about it. I'll email you
again in about 3 months. You take care of yourself,
honey. We all miss you very much, and look forward to
seeing you again... next time... the power goes
off! : ))
QUEEN OF CHILIS
1 lb ground
garlic cloves, minced
barbeque sauce (I think I used K.C.
1 cup water
tblsp chili powder
1/2 oz unsweetened
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves
tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground
1 tsp salt
juice, as needed
spaghetti, cooked and
16-oz. can kidney beans, heated
lb Cheddar cheese,
of the onions and set aside. Chop remaining onion
fine. Salt a large skillet. Turn heat to
medium and add meat, finely chopped onion, and
garlic. Break up meat with fork and cook until it
Add barbeque sauce
and water. Bring to a boil. Add
Cover and simmer over
very low heat 30 minutes, stirring and
occasionally, adding tomato juice if mixture
is getting too dry. Chili
is best when allowed
to age overnight in refrigerator and reheated.
To construct the plate of 5-way chili, layer
spaghetti on a plate (a
small oval plate is
traditional), top it with hot chili, then with
sparse layer of beans, then chopped onions.
Pat on plenty of cheese
while chili is still hot and
serve immediately, with oyster crackers on
side. Serves 4.
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