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Blow out the candles.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013      0 comments

No, it's not my birthday. Just a little trick I learned. I read an article about teaching one's kids to manage stress. One of the suggestions was to make pretend they are blowing out birthday candles. Just take a deep breath in, then blow it... Read more

Right where I need to be

Wednesday, December 12, 2012      1 comments

Sometimes we go through life hoping and praying that our circumstances will change soon and remaining hopeful and optimistic that God will "make it better". Even though every one stumbles and falls on hard times, we just need to look around and... Read more

Good day

Monday, December 10, 2012      0 comments

Today was a good day. I was able to sleep in a little bit. Even though I had some disheartening news, I did not let that defeat me. I just took some deep breaths. Then I talked to a co-worker, who helped put things in perspective. I did not... Read more

Storm has passed

Tuesday, December 04, 2012      0 comments

The darkness has subsided. I feel stronger, wiser. I am mindful that there will be many more storms in life. I am mindful that I have all the tools necessary to remain strong during those storms. I actually made it through the whole day; did... Read more


Sunday, December 02, 2012      1 comments

WARNING: POSSIBLE TMI ALERT I have noticed a pattern. I realize that my depression and anxiety "flare up" when I am premenstrual. Now that I know the problem, I am implementing solutions. Nutrition plays an important role in physical AN... Read more

Back to life

Thursday, November 29, 2012      0 comments

I'm back to my regular schedule. Working full time 5-6 days a week, going to school full time. I don't have much to update right now. I am grateful to have the routine of a steady job. Routines are very helpful in maintaining a stable mood. ... Read more

Still pressing on

Saturday, November 24, 2012      1 comments

I have been cooped up in my house all day. I was planning on doing a lot of things at home; including finishing some homemade Christmas presents. I did not get everything done. I did get a few things started, though. I have completed my scho... Read more

Treading water

Friday, November 23, 2012      1 comments

Anxiety and depression are like treading water in the ocean; many times managing to stay afloat, other times a big wave threatens to engulf me. With the holiday season, I am ever vigilant. This year, I will not succumb to this wave. My two da... Read more

Ten Minutes At a Time

Monday, November 19, 2012      1 comments

With so many projects to complete, it is easy to get overwhelmed. I look at my to-do list and only 2 items are checked off. Sometimes I feel like I can't handle it all and then life hands me another "blow". This time it's going to be differen... Read more

Do not be dismayed

Sunday, November 18, 2012      2 comments

Journaling is a great way to manage stress and anxiety. Writing down one's thoughts helps to put things in perspective. I am going to use this blog to jot down my thoughts. At this point, I am more concerned with conquering my depression and... Read more

Woe is me? Not this time.

Saturday, November 17, 2012      2 comments

Everyone of us has gone through or is currently going through a rough patch in life. I tend to relieve those and easily fall into the "victim" role of "Why is this happening to me?" "Why is everyone always picking on me when I haven't done anyt... Read more

Who is that person in the mirror?

Monday, November 21, 2011      2 comments

These past two years have been such a blur. I stayed in an unhealthy relationship for far too long and finally moved out on my own. I'm now a single mom. I go to school full time and work full time, also. I'm doing things I never thought I w... Read more

I can't believe this is happening.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009      4 comments

I joined the "biggest loser" challenge at my job a few months ago. I had NO HOPE of winning. And, while I didn't win the overall contest, I did come in third place overall. And I came in first place for the women. It's amazing. I used many... Read more