So Are You With Me?


We are together for day two of this adventure if you are reading this right now. That is exciting because I want you to follow along. More than that I hope you will also take action on your own. I would like you to take a few minutes each day to write. Maybe it would just be a simple recounting of your day, or you could write a poem, story, memory, anything you want really. Just be creative. You have so much to share with the world, which only you can communicate. You are so unique and we need your voice. It adds so much to our communities, please get busy.

Once upon a time I wrote an entry on this blog every day for a year and a half. I cannot promise I will do that again. If you look at the past entries here, you will see that I have taken quite a while off. I think I am going to do things a bit differently this time. I want to do the entries on my tablet or my computer instead of handwritten journal pages. This may change, but it is my current modus operandi. Look at that, I actually used Latin, ha ha.

I stayed up all night. I seem to do this quite often recently. I enjoy the peace and quiet of the hours when Mom is sleeping. I am also able to keep watch over her. I need time to myself, I steal it in the darkness. I seem more creative in the wee hours of the night. Sometimes I write what I consider very good statuses and poems on Facebook overnight. If you follow me here, you might like to friend me on there. Send me a message and I will answer your request.

I have managed to keep my weight to 135 pounds for over a year now, down from over 200 pounds on December 6, 2013. I believe having a Samsung Galaxy Gear and the MyFitnessPal app have helped a great deal. Walking miles each day has been instrumental too. Here is a picture to illustrate the difference in my appearance…

The second photo is me today. Not the best lighting for taking a good picture. I am not great at selfies. Cannot ever seem to get that right. I try, but it seems an impossibility for me.

I am going to add a gratitude list today. I hope you will join me in taking a few moments to note your blessings. It seems to help me stay more positive and you may find it works for you too.

I Am Grateful:

1) Christmas is over.

2) The new year has begun with all its open days to fill with accomplishments.

3) I am able to read and write because of an excellent public education overseen by some outstanding teachers.

4) I have begun working on Otherwise Entertained again.

5) Mom has finally started moving around a bit more after almost two months of mostly inactivity.

6) I have some wonderful tools to employ in creative activity.

7) My dog, Hope, who is nine and a half years old is doing well. She is a joy in my life.

8) I have been listening to more music lately.

9) The weather is cooling off after unseasonable warmth and I am able to wear long sleeves.

10) God is good all the time and in all ways.

Now I am going to ask you to do a few things. First, if you enjoyed reading this, please follow my blog and leave a comment if you have time. Secondly, get your own self busy and do something creative today. You have all the talent you need for it. I have faith in your ability and you should too. Share your ideas and creations with the world. The world needs everyone’s input. You will change lives, including your own.

Jo Ann

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  1. #1 by Kiril Kundurazieff on January 2, 2016 - 11:54 am

    You have changed a lot in the past year and not just physically, my friend, and you should be proud of yourself….Glad to see your blogging again.

    As for me if I had to choose a word to describe my hopes for 2016 I couldn’t settle on just one….

    Creativity is one

    Savings is another

    And the phrase “Never Give Up”…the theme of a month long series of posts I wrote in November beginning here:

    • #2 by Jo Ann J. A. Jordan on January 2, 2016 - 11:58 am

      Thank you so much for reading, Kiril. I hope this year goes in a positive trajectory. I am looking forward to new adventures. I also hope to be more active creatively this year. It has begun so please stay with me to see how I do.

  2. #3 by danadampier on January 2, 2016 - 1:32 pm

    (Sorry if this comment posted twice) I am so glad to see you writing these again! Now it’s my turn to get myself going!

    • #4 by Jo Ann J. A. Jordan on January 2, 2016 - 1:40 pm

      Dana, I hope you will get started. You are such a talented person and have much to share. Just take a few minutes each day. You can do it, I know.

  3. #5 by Nona on January 2, 2016 - 9:58 pm

    So far I’m 2 for 2. I hope to get back into the habit of writing every day in my personal blog, and at least once a week in all my other ones. I need to strecth that writing muscle more.

    • #6 by Jo Ann J. A. Jordan on January 4, 2016 - 4:58 am

      Nona, you can do it. I find it hard, but I also know I need it. It helps me in many ways. I will cheer you on, if you like.

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