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The Flawesome Award

The Flawesome Award

I was nominated for The Flawesome Award by Kate at Kate Days a Week and by Duncan at Tales of a Bearded Man. I am honored to have been nominated by these two amazing bloggers. They are both 2 of my favorites so be sure to go show their blogs some love! Now on to the Award: This award was created by the amazing Sophia Ismaa. She wanted to create an award that celebrates our faults and this is definitely an award…

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The Ladder Theory: How to Tackle Life One Thing at a Time

The Ladder Theory: How to Tackle Life One Thing at a Time

A few years ago. my daughter was having severe issues with anxiety. She had just turned 18 and felt like the world was coming down around her. She thought that she had to have her entire life figured out. There were too many things to focus on accomplishing at one time and it was paralyzing her. This is when the “Ladder Theory” was born. I was sitting on her bed and she was completely distraught because she was so overwhelmed…

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The Dangers of Comparing Yourself to Others

The Dangers of Comparing Yourself to Others

The truth is, I have always been comparing myself to other people. I don’t know if that makes me different or if everyone else does the same thing. It has just always seemed like everyone had the things that I didn’t have and those things seemed to make them special. They were more popular, had more friends or fit in better than I did. When I was growing up the other kids had a dad and I didn’t. The other…

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How my Mind Became my Enemy – Part 4

How my Mind Became my Enemy – Part 4

This is the last part of a four part series about my mental health story. You can get to the previous posts by clicking the links below. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 I lost 16 of what should have been my most productive years to mental illness. I really can’t tell you how many psychiatric hospitalizations that I had during this time because I lost count. My mind was so mired in the events of the past that there…

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How my Mind Became my Enemy – Part 3

How my Mind Became my Enemy – Part 3

When I woke up in ICU the next day, I knew this had been very different from before. This time there could be possible damage to my liver and kidneys but what we really different was me. I was scared this time. I knew that if something did not change that one day it would go from a passing thought to a permanent solution.  Something had to change and it had to change now. My mind could no longer be in charge.

How my Mind Became my Enemy – Part 2

How my Mind Became my Enemy – Part 2

<<Part 1 I woke up in a hospital, not the kind with private rooms and nice nurses that bring you medication. This one had a person watching every move I made. I was allowed a pillow but no blanket, shoes but no shoelaces and bathroom privileges but no privacy. My mind had officially created a battlefield in my life. Over the next few years this string of events would happen so many times that I don’t know the number of…

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How my Mind Became my Enemy – Part 1

How my Mind Became my Enemy – Part 1

To say that my twenties were turbulent would be putting it mildly but to put it bluntly, I was an emotional mess. My life was out of control and the prospects of it getting better seemed slim to none. There were several things that happened in my mind that created the chaos and ultimately, my mind became my enemy. I had always been that person who looked at the floor when she walked in front of a group. I don’t…

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4 Ways to Discover an Attitude of Gratitude

4 Ways to Discover an Attitude of Gratitude

It can be difficult to feel grateful when you live with chronic illness. Sickness, fatigue and fear can make it easy to become more resentful and less grateful. It is important to find things in life to be grateful for, in spite of living with chronic illness. It may take practice but you can discover an attitude of gratitude that will change even the worst of days. 4 Ways to Discover an Attitude of Gratitude: Don’t just look at the obvious things. It is only…

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4 Ways to Make Something Good Out of Bad

4 Ways to Make Something Good Out of Bad

I am sure that most everyone has heard the phrase, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”. If only life were as easy as adding some sugar and water to some fresh squeezed lemon juice. Unfortunately, life can be down right hard sometimes and can throw things at us that sets our lives spinning. It is much easier to sit back, go on auto-pilot and be angry or depressed. It is much harder to look for ways to make something good come out of it.

Reflection: The Dangers and Possibilities of Looking Back

Reflection: The Dangers and Possibilities of Looking Back

Taking time for reflection or looking back is usually perceived as negative or counterproductive. Even in the Bible, God told Lot and his family not to look back when He saved them from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. When Lot’s wife looked, she turned into a pillar of salt. Through that story, God is warning us about the dangers of living in the past. When Does Reflection Turn Negative? It is difficult not to sit back and go through…

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