After a few weeks of bad habits and no exercise I definitely feel more stressed. In the beginning, I just tell myself that I'm tired and I need a little break from my routine. Well,that little break usually turns into about a month, in which time my overall activity level drops, I lack motivation to … Continue reading Mental Strength = Physical Strength
The first week of the fall challenge is going great! Well at least the fitness side. We did have some unexpected circumstances come up this week & it threw me off my game a little, so I didn't accomplish the mental aspects of the challenge. I did do the meal planning & I can see … Continue reading I’m just getting started!
Humor - a valuable tool We've seen some difficult times! Laughing and being silly when times are stressful goes a long way to lighten our mood. Many times we can take ourselves too seriously and the stress just seems to pile up from there. Not only can humor lighten our mood, but it can even … Continue reading Finding The Funny
Relationships can bring some of the greatest joys & the deepest sorrows. Just when we enter a period of peace and happiness in our life, unexpected difficulties may arise. We need the right tools to be able to hurdle past relationship woes. The points brought out by these scriptures have helped us tremedously in our relationships. … Continue reading Maintaining Happy Relationships
How Can You Be Positive When Negativity is Everywhere? It is hard to stay positive when faced with difficulties. In addition to that we may be prone to negative thinking because of our emotions & experiences in life. However, a negative attitude can cause all sorts of problems within ourselves and with others. To have a … Continue reading Positive Thinking
Being a planner has many benefits...... There are less awkward surprises, you get more done, you have creative control over what's going on in your life and you can plan some pretty cool parties, events and vacations. However, if you are a high performance planner you can get stuck in a planning rut! It can … Continue reading Go with the flow & get up and go!
Understanding Understanding both your strengths & weaknesses is a key factor in personal growth. However, being candid about our weaknesses & limitations can be quite a tall order. On the other hand, we all need to feel valuable & loved as well. Sad to say, many times, we have difficulty clearly seeing our strengths & … Continue reading What are your strengths & weaknesses?
Identify why you are a people pleaser Hi, I'm Heather and I'm a people pleaser. There I said it - out loud. Have you heard it said, "she never met a stranger"? Well that's me. I seem to find something I like about everyone I get to know and I make the assumption that … Continue reading Don’t be a people pleaser – it’s just not for you
Today we felt the chill from a weather system that covered most of the US, affecting more than 200 million people. This morning it was 4 degrees fahrenheit & with the wind chill it felt even colder. Along with this cold winter weather came a gift. We enjoyed a nice January sunset, reminding us that … Continue reading January Skies
This brief article could probably help people who are shy, or others who may deal with social anxiety but I wrote it because I deal with sensory overload and it affects my ability to think clearly in most situations, including social settings. Like the picture above - sensory overload is so bright & explosive … Continue reading Coping With Sensory Overload In Social Settings
Many families around the world face extreme financial hardship. Parents in these situations are faced with making tough decisions everyday that could tremendously affect family life. Some parents feel forced to live abroad to care for the financial needs of the family. I really appreciated these articles because they focus on helping families make balanced … Continue reading Financial Hardship: Is living abroad the answer?
Are you bored and tired of the same old conversation? Or maybe you have a hard time striking up a conversation or keeping it going. These suggestions below have helped us! Stick to the Last 24 Hours Stay Positive – Resist the urge to gossip or complain Include other people into the conversation Compliment Something … Continue reading Improving Your Conversation Skills
Understanding, Acceptance & Adjustment There have been many harsh changes that I struggle to accept. I was able to plan, organize & multi task without getting stressed. Now simple tasks like grocery shopping, doing dishes, cooking & making the bed are overwhelming. That has been a hard concept to understand let alone accept. I was always gregarious … Continue reading Long term outcome after traumatic brain injury
I have struggled for three and a half years to adjust to life after brain surgery. I began writing so that I could make sense of all the changes that seemed to occur overnight. Writing truly has been a useful tool & a very good emotional outlet for me . We all need connection. … Continue reading Surviving Life After Brain Surgery
Wow, we are very, very thankful for this week's Watchtower article and the specific guidance provided. Not only are we saving It to refer to later, but we will also be compiling the suggestions into a checklist so that we can better prepare for the impact of old age on our parents. Here is one … Continue reading Providing Care For The Elderly