Friday, February 29, 2008

I Feel Like a Million Bucks!

Wow, if I could translate feelings into dollars then I'd have achieved my financial goal already.

This morning I thought about my goal of running or walking 15 miles per week. My weekly total was 11 miles so far and snow is forecast for tomorrow. I had no running buddies around to plan a run with and recent snow and ice makes the one route I run with Licorice (our dog), not a good option. What to do?

I finally decided that I would drop my son off at school and park at the nearby park and run along some quiet small town roads. I planned my route without knowing how far it would be. I purposely changed directions several times, so I never got particularly far from my car and psychologically it didn't feel like a long run. Oh and did I mention it's only 5 degrees here today? One of the coldest days of the winter AND I'm not a morning runner. On the other hand, the streets I had chosen were almost all flat and lined with houses that partially block any real wind. So it wasn't all bad.

Having made the commitment to wearing running clothes down and having chosen the route, there was no hesitation or debate about going. I trotted off and frankly the shadow I cast did not appear particularly graceful or gazelle-like. Even at my most in shape, as a high school track runner (I actually won the majority of my races), my style had been compared to a horse, AND the speaker had clarified, NOT a thoroughbred racehorse, but the kind of horse that pulls a wagon all the way to town and back, clip-clop, clip-clop. I was a distance runner and the person who said this considered my even pace and steady stride to be complimented by this analogy. I think it goes without saying that most high school girls aren't hoping to be compared to Betsy in the barn.

But, these days, I was more okay with trotting along smoothly and steadily. I did not want to be gasping for breath in 5 degree air. I was pleasantly surprised by how relatively easy the run felt and I went down one street where if I had ever traveled, I had certainly never had time to look around. There are some GORGEOUS homes there. Well at least the land they own and the view was impressive.

My only tough moment came on the one brief uphill. I happened near the top to be passing a graveyard and I thought, "well probably most of the people there would gladly trade places with me." Not that there aren't some people who would sooner be dead then running uphill on a winter morning. But not me, I continued on and was rewarded by finishing feeling great.

I got in the car and had driven out the parking lot before I remembered to check the clock (I was using this as a rough mileage indicator). 3.5 miles!! - more than I had expected. Had I realized I only needed another half-mile I might have continued on, but my sweaty, damp clothes were already getting chilly and I decided I'd leave the final half-mile for a couple long walks with the dogs.
Well that's all for now. I'm going to enjoy a well-deserved breakfast!

P.S. The picture was taken by Cheryl Rankin (a.k.a. Irish Eyes) from a website morguefile.com, which despite its name is a great site for bringing blogs and websites to life by adding pictures. I learned about it from this Squidoo lens on free web graphics.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Easiest Way to Lose Weight

As I mentionned before, I'm pretty sure that I'm not cut out to be a Skinny Bitch. So I started looking for an easy way to lose weight and ran across this book, French Women Don't Get Fat. The basic premise of the book is that French women stay thin or thinner on average than Americans and they do so without dieting or exercise.

One of comments made in the book that applied to me, was to look for easy calories to cut, one of these being drinking juice with a meal instead of water. And a second idea of the book is: if giving something up is too difficult, just give it up some of the time, so you don't feel deprived. When I eat at home, I usually have apple juice with dinner. I like it. But I don't care about having it every night. If we run out of apple juice, I drink water with dinner without feeling deprived. So I plan to switch and if I find myself craving the apple juice, then I'll have it that night. So that's the easiest way to lose weight that I've heard so far.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Snapping Out of Autopilot - Forming New Habits

This morning I dropped my son off at school and had to stop and drop a tax payment off at the town office. Since this meant I had to make a slight detour, but only slight, on my way to work, my fear was that I'd zone out, fall into my autopilot going-to-work-routine and forget to stop. A mistake I'd made before.

So after dropping off my son, I said "Stop at the town office. Stop at the town office...." I continued to say this to myself out loud through the 3 traffic lights until I got to the point that I needed to detour from my usual route. And I thought, "Wow, here AGAIN, I'm thinking that saying something out loud is a way to bring it into focus, to force myself to remember and to force myself to change my habits." This of course is the very same thought that I had had yesterday about bringing resolutions to fruition.

And it came to me in a flash and I said outloud, "I am making a BOATLOAD of money in 2008. And I'm paying EVERYTHING off." See previously when I had stated my resolutions out loud, I had stated them completely, which meant saying:
I resolve to connect spiritually and feel the strength and peace that comes from that, every day.
I resolve to earn enough money to pay off all my debt and will finish doing so by January 2009. I will have zero balance on my primary mortgage, credit card bills, 401K loan.
I am listening to my body more and giving it healthier food and more exercise. This means every day my pants zip a bit more easily and therefore I exercise more as well. By July 2008 I fit into all the clothes in my closet.

Whew... That's a mouthful. It hardly rolls off the tongue. No wonder yesterday I was trying to figure out when I could count on having the time to say and dwell on such looooonng cumbersome thoughts. But now I have a better daily statement.
I am doing the Lord's work.

I am making a BOATLOAD of money in 2008. And I'm paying EVERYTHING off.

and I haven't quite decided of a nice short punchy version about losing weight and getting in shape. Maybe:
I have a body I love.

Yes, that's it.
I am doing the Lord's work.

I am doing the Lord's work when I thank someone at work for helping me out, when I make someone laugh, when I give my son a hug, when I feed the dog. I am doing the Lord's work when I learn to listen to harsh words and make something positive out of them (or at least quell the negativity). I am doing the Lord's work when I manage my money wisely enough to give generously. I am doing the Lord's work.

I am making a BOATLOAD of money in 2008. Just saying this gives me that same thrill that I first felt as a kid who told herself "I'm winning. I'm winning." regardless of the actual score. Winning is energizing. Receiving goodies is energizing.

I have a body I love.

Now I am set to proclaim my resolutions every day WITH FEELING!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Still Need a Talking To

Ready Maid commented on my last blog entry that she also had been forgetting or not bothering to state her goals out loud. It does feel horribly silly, awkward and of lesser importance. But I think stating resolutions out loud IS important. I was certainly surprised by how determined I felt after stating my goals out loud.

It's also a little trickier to do this discretely -- at work, at home, how often is someone listening in and making you feel even more inhibited? I did it at home the day I wrote the blog entry and everyone else was out. But I can't count on that. Perhaps I need to get in the habit of stating my goals out loud as I drive along. I know that to get in a habit, the best thing is to have a certain time of day and place to take action. For stating resolutions, or affirmations as some people like to call them, the recommendation is to state it first thing you get up in the morning and the last thing before you go to bed at night. Problem I have is I'm trying to be quiet and not wake anyone up during that time. So I need an alternative and driving seems like a good one. Now, it would be best to be a section of road that is easy driving, to actually apply some brain cells to what I am saying. But, I don't go the same way each day. Hmm... okay, this is another one that I'm going to leave the question out there and hopefully it will be answered in another post.

As for my commitment to run or walk 15 miles each week. I had to do some creative bookkeeping. I covered 6.5 miles on Sunday and I counted 3 of them on last week's total and 3.5 of them on this week's total. Not exactly what I had in mind, but it works and is better than just giving up on the idea.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Talking Out Loud

I have to confess in general I am not good about always remembering to say my resolutions out loud. Just now I read the Millionaire Mind declarations out loud and it's funny but I REALLY do feel more positive and confident, yes I AM doing these things. I AM making positive changes in my life. I am going to remember to state my resolutions out loud more often.

My point is don't let inhibitions or thinking that this portion of achieving your goals is unimportant. Let your voice be heard.

Snow and Weight Loss

Well no sooner did I vow to increase my walking/running mileage to 15 miles per week, then a giant blizzard blanketed the middle of the east coast. It's been snowing here since early morning and is supposed to go until early tomorrow morning and I have a ton of activities scheduled for tomorrow. So I'm at 12 miles so far (11 run and 1 walked). I'm going to have to get creative tomorrow if I'm going to get 3 more miles in.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Goals

It occurred to me that every time that I've been successful at losing weight and keeping it off, that I have NOT been trying to lose weight, I've been trying to get in shape. I used to (years and years ago) run local races and occasionally win one. I liked to set goals of running a certain course faster than I had the previous year or running a longer running route than I had ever done before. My longest ever was 13 miles.

And along the way I got thin. Quite thin. So.... I'm thinking instead of thinking green and black pants should fit comfortably with a shirt tucked in, I need to set a different interim goal -- a weekly mileage. Since January 1st my weekly running mileage has varied from 4.5 miles to about 10 miles. Not a lot. Not by runner's standards. This week I hope to actually hit 11 miles.

With the winter weather and a lack of predictability to my schedule, it is difficult for me to plan on running even say 15 miles a week yet. But, what I could do is set a walking/running goal of 15 miles per week and decide that a minimum of 7 miles of that should be running. So that's my new goal.

People often quote Zig Ziglar who said, "You can get anything in life you want if you help enough people get what they want." And it's funny, there's a parallel there in terms of reaching my money making goals. Trying to make money, probably isn't going to work. Finding a way to increase my value to others. That might work.

Interesting.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Pretending You're Winning Builds Enthusiasm

You could make a strong case that my weight loss resolution is lacking clear definitive progress. Some might go so far as to argue that it's a failure or certainly behind schedule.

The pants that I planned to wear with shirt tucked in, comfortably, for a day at work, were uncomfortably tight this morning. Now, they had just come out of the dryer where they had perhaps been left to shrink a bit. But... nevertheless, the fit was not desired. Since the pants are actually starting to wear out because as one of my largest pairs I was wearing them a lot, I put them back and pulled out a new pair that was also fresh out of the dryer and seemed fine.

Still to have resolved six weeks ago to lose weight and not have passed the very first interim goal/milepost is disappointing and could be disconcerting. Yesterday my jeans felt looser and my husband made a comment about thinking I might have lost some weight, so it's not ALL discouraging news. So what to do?

Seems like maybe I need to increase either the quantity or intensity of what I'm doing for exercise (as exercise not diet is what works for me). BUT.... here is what's important. I realized today that if I try to do it thinking that I'm not doing enough, I'm likely to be bummed and disheartened. Instead I know I have to believe that I AM losing weight. I AM making progress. I need to think that way to get the mental boost it gives me.

Yes, my jeans felt loose yesterday. My husband noticed the difference. I've been exercising pretty regularly. As I ran the 3 mile loop today I never once thought, "Oh, how much longer" or "I'm so tired" or "I wish I could stop."

I first discovered the power of pretending I was winning when I was about 10 years old and playing ping-pong with my brother who is 4 years older than I am. I noticed that when I was ahead, whether it was because I had played well or my brother had made a mistake, that I was so happy that I generally played better. So I started telling myself silently that I was ahead (regardless of the score). I would make myself feel that surge of happiness that victory brings and that feeling allowed me to play as well as my older, more athletic brother. I have no idea who won more games overall, my brother or I, but I learned that success often encourages people enough that they increase their achievement further. AND pretending success can increase your own achievement, just as much as real success.

Brian Tracy points out that sales people are most successful immediately following a sale because they are still so pumped up and confident from the previous sale. And he tells people to try and pump themselves up that way regardless of their sales record, by positive self-talk. He tells of someone who achieved success by telling himself, "I'm the best," before each sales call.

So today I am celebrating being successful at losing weight. Again, I repeat, I got one half-compliment. I felt good running 3 miles. Yesterday my jeans were riding lower, no longer stretched to the max by my stomach. I am on my way! And now I must go dance for joy!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Finding Time

I'm able to find time to exercise, by doing it primarily in tiny time slices. Running up and down the stairs or dancing around in the kitchen while I'm stuck on hold on the telephone (fortunately no one seems to notice that I'm a bit breathless when they return). And finding time to connect spiritually, well, it just doesn't take that long to spend a few moments reflecting on your life and what's important.

But, when it comes to making money, it's a lot harder to find the time. I've been trying to get up early in the morning and work on money-making activities then, but I'm not satisfied with the tiny amounts I'm getting done. I'm thinking that perhaps for money-making activities I may not "find time" so much as need to "make time."

I've heard it suggested that it's best to allocate days into ones that you focus primarily on one particular activity -- so some days are really dedicated to family and fun, other days are dedicated to short-term tasks, other days are dedicated to long-term planning. And I heard a successful freelance writer talking about how before noon she writes and afternoon she combines book promotion with family responsibilities. So I have my day job hours and I have in the past been successful with taking half-days off from work, to do more entreprenurial tasks. But I'm going to run out of vacation very quickly doing that. So...... when??

There was also one baseball season where my husband was very busy coaching and my son was very busy playing and it seemed when they were not doing that, they were watching friends at the fields and I scheduled my writing for their practice times. But it's February and no baseball is on the horizon. So when....

If you were reading this blog post hoping to learn how I solved this problem, I have bad news. I am writing this blog post as a "thinking out loud" exercise and the solution hasn't come to me yet. I will come up with the answer though. I have to, to reach my goals. So return to read more another day!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Moving Outside One's Comfort Zone

Okay, so in keeping with the Millionaire Mind philosophy, I had set aside an equal amount of money in a Financial Freedom account and in a Play account (for unnecessary, fun purchases). I had picked $150 for each (in reality my additional 401K contribution means I'm really putting more aside for Financial Freedom). February is the first full month that I'm doing this in. So far, I have bought
- more fun, colorful underwear - around $30
- my favorite hair treatment stuff off Ebay - about $12 worth
- and a $20 bottle of an expensive bath/shower gel

Yesterday the bath/shower gel arrived. I had originally received a sample size of this when I bought something else. While I loved the smell, I considered it an overpriced extravagance. But then along came this advice to indulge in a small amount of overpriced extravagances and I like to try out advice before taking it or rejecting it.

So this morning I saw the box and thought, "What the heck did I pay $20 for shower stuff? Talk about pouring money down the drain." After I showered and looked at the still seemingly full bottle, I realized that the $20 bottle size was probably a 2-month supply. Really I'm probably only spending about 40 cents a day for an experience that perks me up, much like a cup of coffee might (which I'd obviously pay more than 40 cents for).

And yet I'm uncomfortable. I am not comfortable buying things that I could do without. I feel that I should be spending the money on my kids or saving it or donating it to the poor.

And again, I'm struck by how, if nothing else, I'm learning something about myself. I really had this notion that mentally I did not get in my own way. That I try things that others would scoff at. That I never fall into that negative mindset of feeling that I don't deserve something. But there it was, this morning, the voice inside of my head saying, "Girl, WHAT did you go spending $20 on SHOWER GEL for." And another voice saying, "I know, I shouldn't have."

So, there you have it -- me stepping outside my comfort zone and thereby discovering a bit more about where my comfort zone is. Not sure exactly what I do with this latest discovery, but that will be another post.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Diana Wright, Bestselling Author

Okay, so I'm shifting my expectations and envisioning the day in the future when I will be introduced as "Diana Wright, bestselling author. Her books have sold over 1 million copies." Wow, it's kind of cool. And why not?

I mean if 2 years ago, someone had introduced Barack Obama as the next President of the United States, how many people would have giggled over the the odds of it happening. But no one is laughing now (especially not Senator Hilary Clinton).

So I'm resetting my expectations. I don't want to simply be published. I want to have touched thousands and thousands of people's lives in a positive way, whether I taught them something or simply brightened their day. It isn't about the income, though that is important also. We all have bills to pay and would like to be free of financial worries. But having lots of people buy something that you wrote, means that many people have found value in those words. I want, no expect, to one day be a best-selling author.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Expectations

Sorry I was away for a few days there. Actually went 3 whole days without touching a computer.

In the last 3-4 days, I did think a bit more about my own expectations for my writing, my business ventures, etc. Since I pride myself on being a positive thinker, I was pretty shocked to realize that while I expect to be a successful writer, I have zero expectations of being a HUGELY successful or profitable writer. The idea of writing a book that sells a million copies, is, well just not something I've ever even let myself fantacize about.

So I guess the next step is to shed those low expectations and choose some new ones. I have two things to shed now -- extra pounds and low writing expectations. Both are slowing me down and serving no purpose.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Step 2

So the second step in changing the way you think about money (according to T. Harv Eker) is to understand how what you learned about money growing up has affected how you've acted as an adult.

Here is what I came up with:

I never expect to really make money from my writing. I have many writing friends who poke fun at aspiring writers who think they will simply write a book and live off the income. Most books sell less than 1000 copies. So if you get published AND the book sells more than 1000 copies, gosh, you are way ahead of the game. I never expect to write a book that would sell enough copies to bring in real income. Unless I change that expectation, what do you think are the odds of it happening?

Until I read Rich Dad, Poor Dad, I never thought much about non-job methods of earning money. Now, I consider such opportunities all the time, BUT.... much of my time currently is taken up by my day job, which I believe I need for income and medical benefits.

One of my 401K’s is in an Etrade retirement account, until now I have told no one that its value is lower now than it was the day that I opened it with a deposit from a former job’s pension fund. I viewed my failure with those stocks as a great disappointment and let it sour my desire to consider the stock market as a possible income source.

Because I felt people should only start a business if they had other money to fall back on, I waited for years to accumulate the ‘money to fall back on’. In the last 3 or 4 years I’ve realized I could wait my whole life for ideal conditions to make a career change or I can act now. I have chosen now.

Since I have been told it’s unrealistic to expect to quit your day job, I pace my efforts outside my day job. I think that I have only so much extra time beyond my family and job to put into any new ventures. It had never occurred to me, before now to think, “for six months I’m going to continue my day job AND launch my new business. It will be exhausting, but soon I’ll be able to focus just on my new business.” I never REALLY expected to have a new business venture bring me real money in less than a year.

SO..... where does this leave me. Now I need to realize that these thoughts represent only what I learned and are not who I am. Okay, so I'll ponder that a bit and write more another day. Till then...

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Money Lessons I Learned Growing Up

So, as I've mentionned before I listened to and have been trying out the ideas of Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker. One thing he suggests is to write down the ideas about money and wealth that you learned growing up, to become aware of your existing "wealth blueprint."

Despite SAYING that I was going to try and follow his recommendations, I hadn't really planned to do this, until today when I felt I needed a blog topic and didn't have one. So, putting the two thoughts together, I'm blogging today on money lessons I learned growing up.


  1. To get money you get a job. Husbands have to get jobs to support their families. It's expected. Wives may need to get jobs.

  2. If you want more money, you take a second job or maybe look for a 'better job' (which meant one that paid more).

  3. Investment was a way to make your savings accumulate faster. It wasn't realistic to expect to live off your investments unless you were already very rich.

  4. To invest money in any way, real estate, stocks, a business loan and lose it was a very sad experience and therefore you should be careful to avoid that. My mother told me that they had bought a mobile home with money she inherited from her father and they lost almost all that money. Perhaps because the money was associated with her father, this experience left her very sad and she decided to never invest in real estate again.

  5. You should only start a business if you have other money to fall back on, savings, a spouse's income, etc. Because the overwhelming majority of new businesses fail. So odds are you are going to fail.

  6. It was okay to try and earn a little money in addition to your real job, but it was unrealistic to think that you'd be quitting your "day job" any time soon.


Okay well the next step is supposed to be to evaluate how these ideas have effected my life so far. But that's for another day.

See ya!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Do Not Be Denied

Wow, we all knew it was something special when we saw it, Eli Manning's incredible determination and focus as he avoided being sacked in last night's Super Bowl followed by THE CATCH by David Tyree.
David Tyree stretched every inch of his 6-foot frame, straining as if the whole Super Bowl was at stake. Because in a way, it was. Somehow, with time running out and the ball pinned to his helmet, Tyree held on tight with both hands Sunday. Years from now, New York Giants fans will still wonder how he did it.


Ben Walker, AP Writer, published on Newsvine.com

The minute I saw it I thought about the determination and power of resolving to have something and just deciding absolutely that it will be so.

A friend commented, "I knew when I saw that play, the Giants would win. I knew it. That play showed that Eli Manning would not be denied."

In Think and Grow Rich, Napolean Hill tells the story of a young black girl who forced a rich arrogant white man to give her money for her "Mammie." And even the white man isn't quite sure why he gave her the money, because he had already told her to leave him alone or risk the consequences. The young girl at one point insisted, "But my Mammie simply HAS to have it. She has to." She would not be denied.

If you want something, do not be denied.

And if you missed the Super Bowl, because you went to another planet (or live in one of those places that refers to soccer as "football", then watch it in the highlights of this You Tube clip.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Do I Want to Feel Better Now or Later?

One of my favorite Jerry Seinfeld jokes is one where he talks about how complicated shopping has become. If you have a headache and go to the drugstore for aspirin there are SO many choices -

Buffered, Maximum Strength, Fast-Acting, Long-Lasting

Jerry pauses, "I don't know. When do I want to feel better? Now or later?"

Of course the joke is better when Seinfeld tells it, as most jokes are. But it's a funny thought. But I combined this thought this morning with something someone told me the other day about procrastination.

They said the trick to conquering procrastination is to see ALL tasks you are to do, including those you are putting off, as something YOU choose to do. You CHOOSE to organize your papers so that you can stop losing so much time looking for things.

So this morning is another Sunday morning when I am already up and have time to take Licorice for a run. I was thinking that unlike the last time I took her out, I don't really feel like going because

It is not warm.
I have stuff at my computer that I'd like to do.
I just don't feel like running.
It's a hassle to wash the blanket that I have to cover the seat with (we live on a heavily traveled road and I have to drive her to a quiet road to run on).
Did I mention that I don't really feel like it?

But when do I want to feel better? Now or later? I always feel better after a run. When they write about the endorphins that running creates and the feeling of calm and mental well-being that that brings, well, that is VERY true for me. AND.... wouldn't it be nice to be that much closer to wearing the pants in my closet AND breathing comfortably while wearing them??

I chose to run which is why I have to end this post.

Bye!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

As I mentionned before I listened to the audio version of, The Millionaire Mindset and I'm really trying to follow the action items.

I decided that my Paypal account would be my "Financial Freedom" account and I deposited $150 into it (1st of the month makes remembering easy) and then I'm going to use one credit card for my "Play" purchases and that way I can see that they total $150 each month. I figure if I have to use my Paypal account for something not related to financial freedom, well then I'll just do another transfer from the bank account to cover that. And Paypal pays some minimal interest as well, so that makes it a good account to use.

Meanwhile I counted up my total net worth -- $184,000 -- but it's all in 401K (tax-deferred) saving acount. Not really quite the same as a regular account, but better than nothing. Other than that, the equity in my home is almost exactly equal to the short-term loans I have -- credit cards, student loan, etc.

On the up side I came up with a business, money-making idea today that I think has very real possibilities. Not a get-rich-quick scheme, but something that I'm good at doing, that a lot of people might be willing to pay for.

And that's all the news today, just touching base, reminding you and me both that I'm committed to making good on my New Year's Resolutions for 2008.

Friday, February 1, 2008

I believe in John Edwards

Do not turn away from these great struggles before us. Do not give up on the causes that we have fought for. Do not walk away from what's possible.

John Edwards, New Orleans, January 30 2008

This blog is about making resolutions and keeping them and the inspiration and practices that can help you do so. I remember one of the books I've read (sorry I can't remember which book) asking, "What's the biggest dream you would dream if you thought you could definitely do it." Mine is way bigger than my 2008 resolution and it involves making a huge difference in many people's lives. My 2008 resolutions would help make such a dream possible.

I do not entirely understand John Edward's decision to suspend his campaign, but I do believe and understand that he is NOT walking away from the causes that he believes in. His ultimate goal, improving the lives of all Americans, particularly those struggling financially, is a cause that he is dedicating his life to.

It's ironic this morning I was Googling about predatory lenders and the mortgage crisis and one of the top results was on www.johnedwards.com. It was a full explanation of John Edward's plans to assist those facing foreclosure and prevent fraud and misleading practices in the lending industry. It was more than wishful thinking. It was a specific, and likely-to-be effective, action plan. Unlike the author of The Secret, I believe resolutions and thoughts must be followed by plans.

But to go back to Edward's decision to "suspend" (note he did not withdraw) his campaign. While we must make plans and take action, we must also stay open to alternative routes to our ultimate goal. That is, I believe what Edwards is doing. He must have felt that the route he was taking, campaigning for president, was not leading to the success of his ideas. In many ways, his suspension of his campaign, did in fact further elevate his proposals. In last nights' Democratic debate, suddenly Obama and Clinton could not say enough good things about Edwards and his ideas. Suddenly all of the Democratic frontrunners are talking about Edwards' ideas.

I urge everyone who is planning to vote in Tuesday's Democratic primary to visit the Issues page on JohnEdwards.com and/or to listen (or read transcripts) of the debates that included John Edwards and if you come to same conclusion that I did, that John Edwards is both dedicated and capable of helping Americans who most need help or guidance, then vote for John Edwards on Tuesday. I do not say this in hopes that he will reenter the campaign (though it's a possibility), but I say it because voting for John Edwards is voting for the causes he championned. The more votes and delegates he represents, the more weight Clinton and Obama have to give to his proposals. I urge you Vote for John Edwards on February 5th