Finding Thankfulness

Finding Thankfulness

When things aren’t exactly going our way, it can be difficult to be thankful.  This year hasn’t exactly been easy for my family and me.  But sometimes I really need to remind myself that although things aren’t exactly as I would like, doesn’t mean that all things are bad.  No matter our particular situation, I think we can all find something to be thankful for.

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Natural Fixes

Natural Fixes - Simple things to incorporate in your everyday life

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I am over the age of 40 and happy to say I take no prescription medication.  I’ve had quite a few injuries over the years due to sports, which have definitely taken their toll on my body, but I’ve learned to manage them without the assistance of the pharmaceutical industry.  I’m a firm believer if you can’t identify the ingredients/contents, you might want to think twice about putting it in or on your body.

So over the years, I have found some natural fixes that work for me.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say remedies as these “fixes” don’t necessarily make them go away permanently, but I do get the necessary relief needed to go about my life.  I used to be just a label reader of food, but have become more and more of a label reader in general.

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Looking For A Pick-Me-Up

Women sitting in a chair with a mug

Are you looking for a pick-me-up?  I was speaking with my husband the other day and he mentioned that he really doesn’t like this time of year.  You see, it isn’t that he doesn’t like fall, he just doesn’t like winter.  And fall is the indicator that winter is just around the corner.  Fall is actually my second favorite season.  I love summer!  But just like my husband, I’m not looking forward to the winter months.  Well, we can’t change the seasons, so we have to figure another way to fix it.  So how about something that will give you a pick-me-up?

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Paint It Pink

Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon

Note:  I am not a physician.  This information is provided based on my history and knowledge gained from my doctors and other various professionals.

Paint it pink!  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month!  Don’t be surprised if you start seeing a bunch of pink ribbons this month.  There are a lot of statistics available.  I think the rate of breast cancer can be more easily understood by asking one question.  Do you know anyone who has had breast cancer?  Most people when I ask this one simple question, realize that they have been affected some way by breast cancer.  For me, the first introduction was probably my own mom.  My mom was originally diagnosed in her early 40s.  She was cancer free for7 1/2 years.  At that point, the cancer then returned and metastasized spreading to various parts of her body.  She continued to fight bravely for the next 2 years.  Sadly, she lost her battle in July 2001.

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Clear Your Mind

Sometimes clearing my mind is probably one of the hardest things for me to do.  I live a pretty hectic and stressful life.  And let’s face it, sometimes it is very difficult to fit in any “me” time.  Several years ago, I had the opportunity to try yoga for the first time.  I have to admit, like many I’ve talked to, I was a bit skeptic.  The thought of repeating mantras and discussing aura wasn’t exactly me.  And that is what I thought yoga was about.  I can’t speak for every yoga studio, but I can talk about the one I’ve now been going to for the past few years.

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Can’t Go Home Again

So they say, you can’t go home again!  Today I headed towards my old stompin’ grounds, where I lived for more than 20 years of my life.  It was a gloomy overcast day as I drove.  Miranda Lambert’s song The House That Built Me felt like the theme song of the day.  No, I didn’t learn to play guitar there, but sometimes, I do feel like if I could just go back to some point in time there in the house I grew up, then maybe things would be alright.  My parents moved to Texas back in 1998 selling my childhood home.  My mom then passed away from breast cancer in 2001.  I really do miss her, sometimes more than others.

My childhood home
Childhood Home
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The Unicorn Number

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picture of person standing on a scale

Backstory

Chasing the unicorn number!  The 40’s have not been so kind.  I think it’s important to provide a little backstory.  You see, I’ve always been a pretty fit person.  I’ve also been active most of my life.  During my high school years, I actively participated in volleyball, cheerleading, track, softball, and basketball.  I was one of the “jocks” in high school.  I typically could eat pretty much whatever I wanted and it never really affected me.  No, I was not stick skinny!  But I’ve always had a muscular build and having an older brother who constantly liked to call you “thunder thighs” wasn’t exactly helpful to the self-esteem.

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