1. Create a clever saying for the back of the T-shirt that uses the word H.O.P.E.
2. Give me the shirt color and the writing color
That simple! Whoever submits the winning t-shirt for the spring will win a prize! Also, everyone who submits an entry will get a consolation prize. Please submit all entries to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word "Contest" in the subject line. Last day to receive entries will be November 23rd, 2009. Good luck and let's come up with an awesome T-shirt for the spring!
I have a treat for everyone this week. The interview is on a beloved group member, who has been with us from the start. Most of us have missed her greatly over the past several months while she has been away. She's back. . . . . . . by interview anyway! It's Gayle Hall, also known as Mom or the Hankie lady. This can serve as a little tease to hold us until she joins us in group again. Gayle is an example of what can be accomplished through perseverence and determination. She has overcome an incredible challenge with her health and it reminds me that it's much the same with this journey we are all on. It takes determination, which IS a choice, and perseverence, which IS a choice. So as you read this interview, let it be a reminder to us all to be determined in what we are doing and to persevere when the road gets hard. Have a great week ladies!
H.O.P.E. Individual InterviewWhat is your name?
Who is your family and additional support system outside of H.O.P.E.?
Husband John of 53, almost 54 years on January 1st.
Daughters Julie and Laurie and her husband Barry, and my grandchild, Cyrus who is 8 years old. I also have a wonderful Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church and a dear friend I have known for 60 years.
How long have you been a H.O.P.E Participant?
Since the very first class that was held. I have been beside Julie’s side long before this program, and will be forever!
What is the most useful tool you have received in H.O.P.E. and why?
At my age, I discovered that I can have boundaries and have a voice. These two have been the best tools and they work well for me.
What has been your greatest accomplishment through the H.O.P.E. program?
Being able to come to all of the classes on Tuesday and share and get support from others.
What has been your greatest challenge on your journey of lifestyle change?
Falling. . .ha ha . . .or not!
What does the H.O.P.E. program mean to you personally?
Watching my daughter in action and seeing how she gives such support and love to the girls in group really warms my heart and makes me very, very proud as a mom. Nothing gives me a greater thrill.
Can you share some words of wisdom with others who are just beginning their journey of lifestyle change?
The journey begins on the inside, changing how and what you think. It’s not about the food. Baby steps toward change are really important.