Life Lesson 128: Intro: How do you Define Depression?

               Recently, I’ve spent several long and sleepless nights deep in thought, trying to understand and in some way define depression.  In the midst of my sleep deprived search, I made many discoveries; not only concerning depression, but also about myself.  I’m neither a doctor or a psychologist, nor do I have any expertise in this area.  What I do have is many years of field experience (and some hand to hand combat training ;-).  I’ve experienced life and death, (not death pe...more
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Life Lesson 127: Waiting for the Light at the End of the Tunnel...

              I think that most of us are generally seeking the light at the end of the tunnel, and I don’t mean the brilliant light you picture after death when your spirit is floating towards heaven (or at least I hope that’s where I’m headed… ;-).  The ‘light’ I’m talking about is different for each one of us.  Right now for some people, their light is graduating from school, getting a job, giving birth, paying off a loan, or finally getting time off and taking a vacation.  For oth...more

Life Lesson 126: Try as you might, Life isn’t always Sunshine and Roses…

             I’m sure you’ve all noticed I haven’t blogged in quite a while.  Unfortunately, I’ve had unwelcome thunder clouds that have taken a temporary residency above me these past few months.  I try never to get caught up in ugly thunderstorms, nor wallow in depression or self pity....more

Life Lesson 125: The Keys to Happiness

              Over the past decades, I’ve learned endless lessons regarding life, hope, and happiness.  It was through experience that I learned one of life’s most important lessons- the Keys to Happiness.  I had it wrong all my life; I was expecting to find ‘happiness’ down all the wrong avenues.  As a child, outside of my family’s unconditional love, I thought happiness would come from all the things I desperately wanted.  So I asked for the coolest toys and latest fads, and of...more

Life Lesson 124: Life is a very Precious Gift we should Never take for Granted!

                This is by far the most difficult blog I’ve written.  As I’m typing I can’t stop the tears from streaming down my face.  Knowing what I’m about to share makes my heart ache in a way I’ve never experienced.  This blog has been a work in progress, most days I’ve been too emotional to write more than a few lines or so.  I’m still trying to sort through the pieces and come to terms with this devastating situation that has hit my family like a hurricane.  Through t...more
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Life Lesson 123: My 15 day Fast Extended- Unbelievable Emotional & Spiritual Cleansing!

              Once I’d completed my 15 day water only fast, not only was I feeling much better than I expected, but I was also continuing to release abundant amounts of pent-up emotions that were fighting to be expelled from my body.  I felt a very strong urge to prolong my fast until I felt emotionally and spiritually ready to quit.  I set a goal for another week, as long as my body could physically handle it.           &...more

Life Lesson 122: Fasting- Days 8-15 of my Water only Fast & I’m still Alive and Well!

           I just completed the 15th day of my water only fast, and not only can I not believe how quickly these past two weeks have flown, but I also feel so much better than I expected to.  I was prepared to be extremely weak, tired, and counting down the days until I could break my fast.  On the contrary, I have an amazing amount of energy, feel great (except for the emotional releases I can’t seem to control), and my body is responding beautifully.  In fact, I’m doing so well that I’ve decided...more

Life Lesson 121: Fasting- Healthy or Harmful? Day 1-7 of My Water Only Fast

               Fasting is the complete abstinence of all substances except pure (distilled) water while at complete rest.  Funny thing is, for me drinking solely water for two weeks is the easy part.  It’s the complete rest I just can’t seem to obey and adhere to.  I’m a single mom of two demanding kids, who are currently playing three different sports, six days a week.  Resting is a mere luxury at this point.  However, complete rest is extremely important, critical actually, and ...more

Life Lesson 120: Multiple Sclerosis & the “But you Look so Good” Syndrome

          ***It's hard to explain to someone who’s clueless and has never suffered from an illness or disease.  It's a daily struggle to suffer in pain and feel sick on the inside, while you look normal and good on the outside. It’s critical to understand the vast complexities and symptoms that accompany thousands of diseases.  So if someone you know has an invisible illness such as PTSD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Cancer, Depression, Diabetes, LUPUS, Fibromyalgia, MS, ME, Arthritis, Cancer, Heart Disease, Epilepsy, Autism, COPD, M.D....more

My On-line Dating Incident and Encounters Gone Bad!

            My sagas of disastrous relationships (all week long) has come to an end, with this concluding blog.  I have to say it’s been fun, but embarrassing as well.  I’ve had numerous phone calls from friends wanting to know why they hadn’t been told about half of these incidents.  Plain and simple- if you were me, would you want to continuously air all of your awkward dating experiences?  I’m not opposed to giving people a good laugh at my expense, but at some point you end up looking like a complete fool.  ...more