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Thursday, October 23, 2014

transformations - speak to yourself with kindness

Yesterday I did something which I considered dumb. No, this is one of the few times I won't share it with you. But, what I will share with you is how I felt and how I spoke to myself. 



It was as if the clouds were suddenly descending on me, filling my inside spaces with anger towards myself, and the first thing I said to myself was, "how could you be so dumb".

I felt myself tense up, I felt sick, and that is when I asked myself if I would say this to someone else who made the same mistake. The answer was no. I would tell them it's okay, because we all make mistakes and this is how we learn. 

So I vowed to pay attention to the things I say to myself. I will speak to myself with kindness. I will show myself the same respect that I show others. I will look for that little patch of blue shining from the clouds, and I will focus on that.

Let's all vow to speak to ourselves with kindness, to tell ourselves that we are proud of what we do every day.  



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

just another day, really

Most days seem pretty much the same. There are of course those ups and downs, those unexpected happenings, those little surprises. But today, so far, has been just another day.

I always start out with a healing meditation before heading to the kitchen to prepare my morning green juice.



I make sure to thank all the beautiful organic produce and roots that will help in giving me a healthy body. 

Then after a bowl of oatmeal and a quick perusal of the newspaper, I carry my cup of tea into my bedroom to start on the days work.



There always seems to be so much to do with never enough time for all of it. Writing my blog, reading all of your wonderful blogs, finding new blog friends (I have set a goal of five new blogs each day), promoting on social media, photographing and listing in my Etsy shop, and the everyday household chores. Once a week I go to my booth to clean, organize, and add new items. Two or three times a week I go to auctions and out thrifting. 

Today I took time for lunch at a neighborhood diner. Good home style cooking with large enough portions that I can bring half of it home for lunch tomorrow.



The leaves are really starting to change here, letting me know that I need to put away the remainder of my cropped pants and bring out the boots and long pants. Time to move with the seasons.



While digging through the coat closet I came across this beautiful hand knit winter hat. 



I won it in a giveaway last spring from the talented Buttons. Please visit her wonderful blog here. I held off sharing it, because we were all into springy things back then and I knew I was going to love pulling it out when the weather turned cooler. If you look closely you will see a photo of her cow, Bossy2, wearing my hat. I'm thinking it might look cuter on her, but I'm not giving it back. 

And now it is time to get down to those little everyday cleaning chores. Okay I might be messy, but I look like Nancy Homemaker compared to this.



So yes, it has been just another day. Enjoy yours.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

are your moods swinging?

Women Speak



I remember when I went through puberty how often my moods changed. One minute I was on top of the world and the next it was as if my life was over. For the next 37 years I noticed that my moods were often governed by my menstrual cycle. Next came menopause, which I liked to refer to as reverse puberty. Now that I am long past menopause I wonder why my moods can't just be rosy all of the time.

If you read my last post you know that I have been feeling moody and uninspired. I know that part of it is my current environment (living in less than an ideal situation away from my children and grandchildren), financial insecurity, and health problems. However, these aren't exactly new problems and so I often wonder why sometimes I cope less well than at other times. 

I know you are probably thinking to yourself, isn't Laura a counselor? Well yes I am, but we counselors have difficulties, too and we often go to see other counselors to help us. So I am going to go and talk about it to another professional, which is what I would advise you to do. Mood changes can be a symptom of other underlying conditions, either mental, physical, or both. They can also be a side effect of certain medications. In my case I think this is part of the problem as my ennui, so to speak, seemed to increase after they upped a medication I take. 

I've noticed, in many of your comments, that there are some of you who also are feeling uninspired and experiencing more depression. There is definitely an increase in depression during the fall and winter. Many people start to feel melancholy when the days shorten. For me as for many others, who suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder, mid winter is an especially difficult time due to the lack of sunlight. I am aware of this and so I take steps to get more light at that time. 

The bottom line here is to be aware of your moods, don't be afraid to talk about them, and please seek professional help if you find you have new or worsening depression. 

Today I want us to talk about our moods. What do you notice about them? Are your moods changing as you get older? What do you do for yourself when you feel depressed or uninspired?

The nights and mornings sure are cooler, so grab a warm cup of coffee or tea and let's chat.


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keep going

A Snippet of Inspiration

Each Monday is devoted to a snippet of inspiration because a little rain falls in everyone's life.

I wasn't quite sure what I was going to use for inspiration this morning, as I have been feeling quite uninspired. My get up and go seems to have gotten up and gone.


It seemed more like Melancholy Monday, or Moody Monday, or Meditative Monday. Then I reread my first line. A little rain falls in everyone's life, and I am no exception. Often it seems like a torrential downpour, but that is when we all need the inspiration that much more.

So I looked around for a quote that would fit not only how I am feeling at the moment, but that will hopefully provide you with a little inspiration, too.

That's when I came across this.


Perfect, because I don't know about you, but I have no desire to stay where I am.

Hope you have a perfectly inspired day, and don't forget to stop back this evening for Women Speak.



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Friday, October 17, 2014

Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

5 Reasons Why your Business or Blog Needs a WD My Cloud EX2

When I was growing up I remember that anytime something new came out my parents would say it was the best thing since sliced bread.

That brings me back to my post of a few days ago. You may remember that I was hacked and among other things Blogger shut my blog down due to suspicious activity. My first thought of course was "what if I have lost my entire blog" because naturally I didn't have it stored anywhere. 



That is when the technology gods smiled down on me, because almost simultaneously WD, a Western Digital Company, sponsored today's blog post by providing me with a My Cloud EX2 to use and review. 

When they first contacted me I was looking over my shoulder to see if they were talking to someone else. I mean I am not a technology wizard. There are days when I am doing well to tie my shoelaces, but that is the beauty of it. If I can use this then pretty much anyone can and I am thinking that having my own private cloud storage is a really good thing.



Here are some reasons that I personally need the My Cloud and why you might need one too for your home office/personal use.

1) Backing up your blog. There is nothing worse that that terrible feeling of thinking you have lost years of posts with no way to retrieve them. I don't trust backing them up on my computer, which leads into reason number two.

2) Backing up your laptop. My old laptop bit the dust a couple of months ago. Trying to retrieve anything from it is like dragging a ball and chain down an old dusty road in 100 degree weather. What if that is the only place my blog is backed up. I'll be parched and sunburned before I can even find it.

3) Backing up your tablet or phone. My daughter lost her Iphone a couple of weeks ago and along with it went a lot of photos of her precious children. That is heartbreaking for any of us, but My Cloud EX2 has mobile apps for both IOs and Android devices. That brings me to reason number four.

4) Protecting your photos and videos. Like my daughter, I recently lost some of my photos when my old phone died. Yes, I had transferred most of them to my computer. You know, the computer that also bit the dust. So they are in there somewhere but it isn't going to be easy getting them.

5) Less stress and worry. This is probably one of the most important reasons for me. I am definitely into doing things that will lead me away from stress, and the WD My Cloud EX2 will do that for me and my business. I am feeling more serene by the minute. 

Specifications:

MAP is $199.99 USD for the diskless My Cloud EX2.

Compatibility
  • Windows 8.1 or earlier, Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP (32 bit) SP 3 operating systems
  • Mac OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion or Snow Leopard operating systems
  • DLNA/UPnP devices for streaming
  • Router with Internet connection
Package Includes
  • Personal cloud storage
  • Ethernet cable
  • AC adapter
  • Quick install guide
  • Assembly kit (included in 0 TB/diskless model)

There is so much more to know about this wonderful product, but I will leave all of the techy stuff to the experts. If you would like to learn more or purchase your own, head on over to the My Cloud EX2 site.

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I need home office help

Today I am working on a project for tomorrow's post that is requiring me to clean off my desk. I know, pretty radical, huh! I am very tempted to just take my arm and sweep it all into a big basket. Although that might work for some photo taking, it is not going to solve the continuing problem I have with a very small work space. I know that I can't get it done immediately, but I have been looking at what other people have done with their small home office spaces.

I love this little space. It is definitely something that would fit in with my decor.


This is very similar to the desk that I have, and while I love it I need more storage and a way to file paper work. Right now my files are in a closet next to the desk along with many of the things I have listed in my shop. (basically crammed in)


I love the sweet cottage feel of this little space, but still no solutions for storage. Where do these people put all of their bits and bobs?


This is a great organizing solution. If I just had a bit more space.


I could definitely live with this. Now If I could just talk the apartment complex and my neighbors into letting me break through a wall to give me more space.


Oh well, back to the drawing board cleaning and purging.

Photos and their original sources can be found here.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

change a thought...change your day

I work hard to change my thoughts. There are so many days when I feel resistant to change, but I know that change is what makes us grow. When we open our thoughts up to new ideas we also open our hearts up to new ideas. So I try to listen with an open heart and an open mind. 



So many younger people think that as we age we become stuck in our thinking. I for one hope that isn't true. I believe that constantly learning new things and changing our thoughts about the things we think we do know helps to keep us young. 

I can't imagine anything more wonderful, as we age, than knowing we still have so much to learn.


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