Quote of the day

Happiness is having a scratch for every itch.

--Ogden Nash

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Quote of the day

Be smart, be intelligent and be informed.

--Tony Alessandra

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Quote of the day

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

--Walter Gagehot

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State of Mind

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In response the the Daily Post's Weekly Picture Challenge - State of Mind

I think the picture says it all. My state of Mind when I took this was joy! This was my father's 81st birthday. We had friends family there to celebrate with us. It was a very good day.

Have a great day!

Renee
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Stop Repetitive Thinking

Photo from: freedigitalphotos.net by basketman
Photo from: freedigitalphotos.net by basketman

In response to Living, Learning, and Letting go's Challenge for growth prompt #8 - Stop repetitive thinking

Today I focus on Stopping Repetitive Thinking

I like to think that everyone does this at one time or another. Repetitive thinking can stop a person from achieving the goals they would like to achieve. I know that it has stopped me a time or two but I think this may go back to my anxiety. Even if it doesn't I know that a fear of failure has stopped me in my tracks many times over.

So, today I focus on stopping the repetitive thinking. This week I have been working on this like a mad woman. I do this all too often. I know I need to stop and now I am really working on making the change. Even my counselor told me that I need to rethink my thinking. When these thoughts come in that make me want to change my focus from what I want to accomplish, I have to physically think about what I just said and turn it around.

So, for instance, if I need to go to the store but can't seem to force myself to get behind the wheel. I stop and ask myself why? Usually it's something along the lines of "I won't be able to make it without stopping several times because of my anxiety". Now, I have to stop and tell myself "So what? You will still make it and do what you need to do."

Another example is my blog. I wanted to start one for quite a while but I didn't think anyone would read it. I am now seeing that maybe I really do have something good to say because I am getting readers and followers. I had to tell myself that I could do it! I had to tell myself this over and over and over again. Even still some days now that I have been blogging for several months.

You have to turn the negative into a positive in order to make change happen. I have been able to do more this week because of this. I have not allowed myself to stay home or to not write because it could turn out bad. I have to tell myself that I CAN do it!

So, my challenge to you is to turn your negative thoughts into positive thoughts and tell yourself over and over and over that you CAN do it. You CAN do whatever you put your mind to! You just might be amazed at what you can accomplish if you start to think you can.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this. If you do this, I would also love to hear what you accomplished!

Have a great day!

Renee

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Quote of the day

About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age.

--Gloria Pitzer

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The Question I always Hear about Anxiety

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One place (Patagonia Lake) that helps me to relax.

What is the question that I always hear from family and friends about Anxiety?

What are you so anxious about anyway?

I know this seems like an innocent question, but is it really? No! (At least not for me) I'm not sure about you, but this is not a question I can really answer easily and it drives me NUTS! I know that some people dealing with anxiety can answer this question, but when you are dealing with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), this question is not always so easy to answer.

My anxiety can hit at any moment, during any activity. I do not know what causes which is why it is classified as generalized anxiety disorder. There is no ONE thing that brings on my anxiety, it could be anything that spikes it. Medication helps, but not all the time. Sometimes it just gets so bad that I have to stop what I am doing and try to just deal.

Did you know that according to the National Institute for Mental Health

  • GAD affects approximately 3.1% of adults 18 and over?
  • The average age of onset is 31 and it affect about twice as many women as it does men.
  • This means that approximately 6.8 million people are affected by this disorder.

Symptoms can include any of the following:

  • Can't get rid of concerns
  • anxiety is generally worse than the situation calls for
  • Can't relax
  • Startle easy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble falling asleep or trouble staying asleep
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Trembling
  • Twitching
  • Irritability
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Having to go to the bathroom frequently
  • Feeling out of breath
  • And hot flashes.

Is that crazy or what?

It's no wonder that some dealing with GAD can feel like he or she is going crazy. Thankfully I don't suffer from all of this, but I do deal with a lot of it. I think the worst of it is the trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. To help in this area I usually read.

The usual treatments for GAD are psychotherapy and possibly medication. I have used both although now I am just on medication to help deal with the symptoms. However, what works for me may not work for you.

Living with GAD is not always easy. I had to learn ways to try to relax such as Mindfulness Meditation. Here is an example of what I am talking about. The link will take you to  a YouTube video that will walk you through Mindfulness Meditation. This is one thing that has helped me quite a bit.

The National Institute for Mental Health also recommends self-help or support groups to deal with GAD. I also did the support group and I think that knowing others deal with this disorder too is a good support to have. This is especially true if you don't have a strong support group at home. Thankfully my husband is very supportive of me at home which has helped tremendously as well. Just knowing that someone understands helps to relax me. I don't feel so alone.

In conclusion, living with GAD is not always easy and always explainable. Have I answered the question posed at the beginning? Not really, but it is the best answer I can give (which in itself is very frustrating sometimes). I think the best help for this disorder is to have a strong support group, one that is at home or from a support or self-help group. Just so long as there is someone to talk to when that is needed.

Have a great day!

Renee

 

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Failure!

 

Well once again I have failed at gardening. I'm not sure why I continue to try as most times the outcome is not very good, but I do. I try and I try and I try. And I fail.

I think the reason I keep trying is because I learn something new each time I fail. I do some more research to find out why I failed this time, then I try again. I think I have learned this time that I cannot re-pot a plant...lol. It seems that every time I try to do this, I get this result

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Although I have to say that there is some green there. The basil and the cilantro are trying to grow. I have not given up on these two as I know they are still trying so I will continue to try as well. I have always wanted a garden to be proud of and one day I will have it!

When I begin my planting season this year, I am going to make sure I start them where they will grow. This way I won't have to re-pot anything and will give it a better chance at survival. Instead of planting in the ground (as the dirt here doesn't seem to do well for plants) I am going to try pots this time around. I have some of the pots already and will use more the tires around the yard to make more planters like these.

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In the next few weeks, I will be posting about the new planting season here. I know that with what I have learned this time, I hope to have a more successful season this year. I am going organic and will not use any chemicals on the garden at all. I am trying to provide more healthy meals for my family and hope that this will help to make it easier.

I look forward to keeping you updated on my successes and my failures in this endeavor. I know that I will learn a lot more from this season and I hope that I can provide useful information to you as well. Of course as always, if you have any suggestions to help me along I will gladly take them. I have had a black thumb rather than a green thumb for a long time, but I am working to change that. And slowly, but surely, it is getting better. So, I will continue to work on it and on myself to get better.

 

 

 

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Quote of the day

Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.

--Malcolm Muggeridge

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Pat on the Back

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In response to the Daily Post's Writing Prompt - Pat on the Back

Last week my oldest son graduated from basic training in the Army. My heart swells with pride for Christopher (he is the shortest one in the photo). He is officially a member of the United States Army. I am so proud that he has taken this step in his journey in adulthood. I have often worried about him, but he has now shown me that I do not have to worry about him but rather (now) for him as I am sure he will take his tour overseas at some point in his career. However, at this point I am nothing but a proud mom of an Army Soldier!

Have a great day!

Renee

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Quote of the day

In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.

--Lee Iacocca

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Quote of the day

If we screw it up, start over. Try something else.

--Lee Iacocca

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Quote of the day

At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.

--Barbara Bush

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Quote of the day

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.

--Princess Diana

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How to Make Big Bucks from Blogs



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I wish I had found this book before starting my blog. There is a lot of good information here if you are looking to monetize your blog. It can be purchased on Amazon. The information contained in the book was great, however, if you can get the e-book or actual book I would do that because the narration is a bit annoying (or at least it was to me). I would have much preferred to read it myself.

The book gives information on how to monetize, thoughts on creation of the blog itself, and other ways to earn a living from your blog. I would give the book itself a 5 star rating. The author's website is http://BrandonColker.com

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I found a heart in my chips. ..lol

I found a heart in my chips. ..lol

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Quote of the day

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.

--Babe Ruth

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Unplugged

In response to Challenge for Growth Prompt #7

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Today I Unplug

This week the challenge for growth prompt is the unplug for a little bit each day. I have actually been doing this one for a couple weeks now. I find that I accomplish more in a day if I limit my online time. This includes being online with my phone. Most days around 3pm I put my phone on the charger and shut down the computer. I am finding that me and my husband spend quality time together because of this. I make sure to get my school work done and my work on my blog done before this time and the rest of the day is me and my family.

The first few days this was pretty difficult. I kept thinking about my email and responses on my blog and how I would have too much to contend with the next day. However, I am finding that checking my email only once or twice a day is perfectly O.K. No one is getting upset with me for not responding right away. I am finding that when I take a little time for me (with no technology) I am feeling better and moving more. I have actually lost almost 5 pounds just by getting away from the computer.

So this challenge started out as a challenge, but has actually made improvements in the quality of life that I am living. I think this is something that we should all do. Get away from the computer for a little bit every day.

Have a great day!

Renee

 

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Quote of the day

Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.

--Bernice Johnson Reagon

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Seasons

In response to The Daily Post's Weekly Photo Challenge - SeasonsDSCN0037

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