Add All of Your Blog Posts to January's Open Thread

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more

Sign Up for January's NaBloPoMo

The theme for January is HABIT. ...more

Examining Habits With January's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month?  ...more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your December 2014 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more

Sign Up for December's NaBloPoMo

The theme for December is JOY. ...more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your January 2015 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more
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NaBloPoMo January 2015 Prompts

The theme for January's NaBloPoMo is HABIT. If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in January -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free-writing!) ...more
My Habit (exercise) is starting to pay off in unexpected ways. I  often wake up at 4-4:30am and ...more

NaBloPoMo January 2015 Blogroll

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Chained or Released

Monday, January 26, 2015Do you feel chained or released by your habits?...more

Manic Monday

Today has been an emotionally rough one for me. I woke up to one of my dogs having an accident on our bed (something that has been happening frequently. We are thinking she is having a leaky bladder issue). It was the 3rd time in last couple of days. THEN our washing machine has been causing us problems. It keeps saying there is a sensory error. So we have to wait for the door to unlock, then drain it manually and then put the laundry back in piece by piece to let it rinse and spin, usually with no problems. Not today, today has been the worst we’ve had problems....more

Valentines Day --The Frugal Way

Who do you give Valentine's card's to? Your Husband, child, parents or anyone else.Valentine's Day is still a few weeks away.  This gives you some time to think about your loved one for that special day.Sometimes Valentines Day is highlighted majorly for the retail stores to make money.  They tell you to buy jewelry, candy, chocolate or whatever your sweetheart would love.How do you save money for Valentine's Day but show that you love that special someone?...more

Doubt is a Virtue (or How Doubting Thomas Got a Bad Rap)

Doubting Thomas got a bad rap....more

Habit Headaches or relief

Today I decided to do another NaBloPoMo post and the question is do you feel chained or released by your habits?I think the habits I develop consciously help me become a better person where as the habits I subconsciously are sometimes self destructive. For example going to the gym is my newest habit that is good for me as I am social as I exercise versus my subconsciously need for chocolate I will gain weight from eating 1000 Mars candy bars. ...more

Jan 25, 2015

Yes, I know, I didn’t make a post. ~sighs~...more

Your Dream Is a Radio Station: What Station Are You On?

I'm constantly working on monitoring my thoughts: trying to maintain focus on feeling as if I am already where I want to be, while fending off pesky thoughts of what I don't want. Anyone who has ever tried to do this knows it is very challenging, but can be fun with the right approach.The Importance of Feeling GoodYou know the feeling: you had a tense conversation with a co-worker earlier that day (or week), or received a tense email, and can't help yourself from replaying it and what you might have said or will say next time over and over in your mind. If asked, you might admit that more tense situations aren't exactly what you want to experience, but, even so, continue to replay similar scenarios over and over in monkey mind format.I was fortunate to pick up a copy of Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks last week. I first learned about Esther Hicks several years ago from a friend who was hooked on her YouTube videos. The Hicks' teachings can be thought of as a prequel to "The Secret," with a twist that I can only suspect most people today would find unbelievable. I honestly didn't get it, and found it to be kind of "weird," even though I am usually into that sort of thing. So I never really pursued the videos very far nor had I read any the Hicks' many books.The book starts out with an overview of how Esther Hicks got where she is. After reading, I kinda get it. I will leave it at that, because I understand that it is probably seen as uber weird, and I don't want to seem like more of a weirdo than I already do! I recommend checking out one of their books or looking them up online to see for yourself.Weirdness aside, the book is amazing! It is helping me to reel in any negative emotions at once, as soon as they start, because that is simply not what I want to create in my future (or present, for that matter). I haven't finished the book, but I can safely say that the biggest lesson I have learned is that feeling good is the most important thing I can do.I know that might seem selfish, but I don't think so. By being a person who is highly focused on feeling good, you are able to help the people around you feel good, and are far more likely to help distant people feel good than if you were feeling bad, not to mention that feeling good is more likely to lead to choices that activate more positive situations for others as well. What could be selfish about that?...more
Your right sometimes we need our "radio station" to play happy thoughts...January is an ...more

How Audio Books Can Help You Get Things Done

I used to think listening to audio books was somehow cheating, not giving the written words the full, undivided attention they deserve. Until I read The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life by Steve Leveen, founder of Levenger.Prior to reading this little book, I had checked a few audiobooks out from the library and occasionally listened to them while driving, but still felt that the books I listened to somehow didn't "count" as much as the ones I sat down and cleared uninterrupted time for.After reading through Leveen's tips for getting more reading into our lives, I had a new perspective, and was convinced that books listened to have the same weight and merit as books read visually.Audio Books & ProductivityEven just a few years ago audio books weren't as accessible as they are today. With apps like Audible and Overdrive and the prevalence of smartphones, audio books are more accessible and versatile than ever. Even if you don't have a smartphone, with Overdrive, you can easily listen to library audio books through your computer.When there is something to do that I don't particularly want to do, like ironing, yard work, washing the dog, and sometimes preparing dinner, I often psych myself up for the task with the thought that I get to listen to my current audio book. One of the best things about audio books is that they allow you to multitask on things that don't take too much thought....more

Connecting the Dots

Before I get into my post I wanted to send out a huge THANK YOU to the over 300 readers I have! You have no idea how much this continues to encourage me to share my journey and tools I am learning to help with my mental health and educate you as well.Now onto today’s topic on this dark, rainy Saturday.Continuing on with Healthy versus Harmful Anger...more

Did You Get It? Did You Get It!

My last post was about dishwasher dreams.  It's been a long time since I last used some of my favorite appliances.  They're my favorite, because just imagine... What would we do without clothes washer and dryer sets and dishwashers?  (Implored the lady with dry, chapped hands.) Just as I typed that last sentence, I realized that I still have a load or two of dishes to wash.  So, I better make this quick. ...more