Daily Word Prompt: Devout

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Created for Sheryl’s Your Daily Word Prompt devout.

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Living with a Mental Illness VII

Pause

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Taking time to pause puts life into perspective ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s ok, and it’s healthy ๐Ÿ™‚

Morning โ˜•๏ธ 12/10/18

Gift of yourself ๐ŸŽ„

The gift you give yourself.

Hear is love for you:

Love Yourself so that you RECOGNIZE alone isn’t LONELY

You are OK… being alone with your badass self!

You are OK being at home, on your day off, decorating for Christmas, catching up on that book list you’ve been wanting to read, watching the makeup tutorials or moving around your place.

Recognize alone means you are doing life for you! You’re OK with quiet, you’re OK with your thoughts, who you are, comfortable with just as things are…

Being alone means you are single… Putting yourself first… Embracing your talents and interests, investing and promising to yourself. You are nurturing and guiding yourself to a higher self.

You decide your looks. You decide your morals and believes… All that does and /or doesn’t matter. You create your life, who you are. No one lives your life ; no one else is going to walk your steps… No one else will deal with your consequences. Your life is YOURS!

That’s the beginning of being comfortable, whether you’re with someone or not. That’s the beginning of the journey, because it’s you coming to know who you are. As you continue to travel that road, you realize that power of choice.

The rest of us don’t need to know, you are not in need of our validating… You only need one… YOURS! You first must embrace your confidence within yourself, for your life.

NOW…..

Being lonely is an Emptiness… It has absolutely NOTHING to do with relationship status. There are celebrities that are the loneliest. They’re committing suicide because money isn’t satisfying the human need of “purpose”. Loneliness is a character trait, alone is a status.

When you’re lonely, something is missing… And you’re always trying to fill that void with something temporary.

Being lonely means you feel a need… But, hear this, that need is ONLY what’s within yourself. You will NEVER fill that need from an external source. You were created an original, from a blueprint created by The Most High… Stitched together is a beautiful collection of strengths and flaws, attributes and blessings, thoughts, talents, and stories that only you can give.

The life of loneliness is confusion and ashamed of self, astranged peace of mind, Munipulation, brokeness, judgements and bitterness…. Loneliness is a mental place…

And it’s your place… Unless you choose to redecorate.

Heart for Humanity

Sheโ€™s a humbled soul with a heart for humanity…

Since she was a little girl, she has had a heart for the well-being of others. Her church has organized a missionary trip to Guatemala, and she jumped at the chance to go. She wanted to broaden her horizon of the third world countries, and better understand the worlds outside her own. Through her international studies in college, God’s took her to Uganda and Tanzania. The eye opening experiences were equally humbling and heartbreaking.

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Walking

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I’m in a new season of life. I don’t feel strong; I don’t feel emotionally capable of sounding ok or writing about all the positivity I have been. The very idea of positivity sounds patronizing to me right now…. But I’m just hurting…. And with hurt comes grief and anger.

What’s going on?

I’m walking… In an opposite direction, alone. I don’t want to, and I don’t know how long I’ll feel this way. I do know that the road feels bleek. The ugliest shades of winter and gray, overcast and cold. Sounds so depressing just to think about. I hope along the way, a front porch light turns on, and a friend will welcome me in. That won’t erase my reality, but it will brighten it.

Walking away is difficult, or everyone would be doing it… Ha, then we’d all look like the apocalypse with aimless wonderers contesting normality and questioning sanity. If that were the case, at least we’d keep each other out from traffic.

I’m walking in the opposite direction, because I’m not happy. I’m walking in the opposite direction because change won’t come unless I make it. I’m walking in the opposite direction in hopes that my message is loud and clear, even if I’m not certain what that is, or if there’s one or multiple.

I am intelligent. I know patterns define the character of a person. I know that I feel heavy, with sadness, rage, confusion, and a million questions. How could I expect myself to walk any road with all of that? Why would I? What’s the point? Life wasn’t made to be lived in such a condition.

Truths are staring me in the face, and they’re painful. It’s a part of life we all expierence, some of us on multiple occasions. I’ve read that pain doesn’t stop until you learn the lesson. That makes sense. The lessons right now are pivotal to my happiness. The truths in what I’m expierencing are evident to me, and quite possibly only me. It’s up to me to stop the insanity… So I changed directions and started walking.

Love

What love isn’t

  • Easy
  • A feeling
  • Getting your way all the time
  • Endless supply of money
  • Selfishness
  • Stagnant
  • Lusting after another
  • Emotional attention given /received from someone other than partner
  • Munipulation
  • Apathetic
  • Withholding
  • Emotionally unattached
  • Lack of willingness to understand
  • Choose not to communicate effectively
  • Found at the bottom of a bottle
  • Doing what you want over what you need to do
  • Comfortable lying
  • Incapable of working through conflict
  • Seeking attention
  • Unaccountable of self
  • Insecure
  • Envious
  • Unforgiving
  • Unmerciful
  • Lacks grace
  • Jealous
  • Untrustworthy
    Replaceable
  • I thought I knew what love was, but I didn’t. I didn’t love myself ; therefore, I couldn’t have loved anyone else. I do know, though, that I’m seeking it now. I’m seeking it deep within myself and the best version of it with another. Years and years of a marriage, two individuals had surely learned along the way. I want that.
  • Pinterest Resources

    HEEEYYY YA’LL๐Ÿ’—

    I hope you have had a great week, thus far! My week has been pretty good. I know the majority of that credit is due to my meds๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚!

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    Affirmative ๐ŸŒบ #13

    Jill Conyers 25 Free Affirmation Cards to Start Your Day

    ( Gift to you by simply inserting your name and email address)

    Pinterest 

    Coloring Therapy

    (Pre)-Self-Care Sundayโ™ฅโ€ฟโ™ฅ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—!! You matter; you’re important; take care of you ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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    #clevelandgram #arttherapy #selfcaresaturday #selfcare #selfcareisntselfish #loveyourselfquotes #loveyourselffirst #saturdaynight #saturdayvibes #peacelovepositivity #coloring #clegram #blogginglove #selfcareisimportant #arttherapy

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    Free Printable Coloring Pages:

  • 1. The Ultimate Guide to Free Coloring Pages
    • About midway down the page, there’s a place to subscribe for additional notifications of pages. The list of sites with free pages follows.

    2. Favoreads Club Free Coloring Pages

    • There’s an option to sign up for this club on this website. There’s a great selection of free pages, as well.

    3. Moms and Crafters Coffee Lovers Coloring Pages

      These are simple and super cute!!

    4. JustColor Selection of Sites with Free Coloring Sheets

    • There’s a great selection on this site!! Lots of categories and coloring levels. There’s something for everyone!

    Self-Love Sunday #1

    Heeyyy BEAUTIFUL๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

    How You Doing HANDSOME??!!

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    Choose to be good to you, (speaking especially to you men)! Mental Health is a personal responsibility for all of us.

    These are some of my FAVORITE ways to treat myself;)

    8. Balance your chakras & energies
    9. Develop a morning & evening cleansing routine
    10. Take a nice bubble bath
    11. Get enough sleep
    12. Watch some live comedy or poetry
    13. Write in a diary
    14. Take a break, when you need to

    You can find the entire list here:D

    Daily Writing Challenge: (3TC)

    Daily Writing Challenge hosted by The Haunted Wordsmith

    3TC: hope, love, lost

    This word combination is ironically the entire purpose of living…

    Hope is that which we want. It’s belief in something yet to happen, but that we feel can and will happen… A great job, an answered prayer for a loved one, a passing grade on a test, an acceptance into the first college of choice.

    At some point, we all hope for the attention of an individual of which we find attractive. We hope this individual looks our direction, and finds us attractive in return. It’s a funny experience, jumbled words and internal butterflies. Sheepish smiles and all that doesn’t make sense about love.

    Sometimes, our hope becomes our reality. The love between two individuals blossoms more vibrant days, lovey dovey unexpected office deliveries, and tons of time… Not sleeping.

    With hope, comes love, but the garuntee is… With love comes loss. Life ends, tournaments end, holidays end, childhood ends…. Everything does. It’s the inevitable. Life begins to end the moment we’re born… One second at a time… Slowly, it passes and it’s incapable of returning.

    Some people acknowledge that, and spend time making the very best of every moment. Others don’t see or consider a bigger picture. Maybe they’re drug addicts and can only focus on that short-term fix. Unfortunately, such lifestyles exist too. Either way, what we love… We eventually lose.

    TRAUMA creates a change within the brain. It’s a segment of thoughts that get stuck in a certain period of time. Real life can trigger such memories, and the individual must manage the experience. Loss is painful.

    Pain stops many people from living… And feeling. There’s several reasons why this happens; but, that’s irrelevant. At this point, then, the individual lives life in their loss.

    He or she won’t allow him/herself to grow an attachment. He or she won’t allow anyone to be too close or in too deep. He or she may refuse to allow much to matter, at all.

    When there’s no love, no passionate for more.. no belief or desire to achieve in life… Because existing is merely going through the motions… There’s no hope. There’s nothing to lose because nothing was gained. There’s no additional pain because there was no attachment.

    I’ve seen both of these chain of events. I have loved ones who’ve been in one or the other… And I’ve tried to help them heal.

    The order of which these happen is determined by what any one individual sees at any point in life… And only they can change their course.

    Lettrs: Hoorah

    Gretchen is like so many others, above and beyond what’s asked of her, selflessly giving, dedicated worker, loyal to work and family. She managed, though, to trip into some sticky situations with a monster of a spouse, and a greedy employer.

    We’ve been in situations that have been sticky, haven’t we? Our choices have gotten us in a bit of a mess, but hindsight is 20/20. Her instance was rather serious. She needed to act fast, and finally put herself first… To protect her life! Are you in that position? Are you holding on to something that’s destroying you, your happiness, and your family? What will it take for you to let go of it, despite your unhealthy reliance and fear of the detachment? I would hope you’d look in the mirror and give yourself the awesome peptalk you deserve.

    Adventure awaits, a new and prosperous life awaits, real love awaits, positive friendships and healthy connections await, a better you awaits, all that you’ve dreamed of awaits… You just have to take courage and stepped out the door.

    7 Survival Tips for Highly Sensitive Moms

    7 Survival Tips for Highly Sensitive Moms
    โ€” Read on piganddac.com/7-survival-tips-for-highly-sensitive-moms/

    What’s Highly Sensitive? It’s a state of living in which all scenes are over stimulated. Lights appear as if they’re prepared for a Friday night football game. Sounds are as if projected through a surround sound… On it’s highest sound level.

    People who are sensitive make up roughly 10-20% of the population… And some of you MAY acknowledge yourself to be HSP.

    A few years ago, actually 8 to be exact, I discovered this about myself. It was life changing. I’ve grown in love for myself and prioritize my self care now.

    Moms,

    If you’re we easily overwhelmed and hate big crowds, if you can relate to overhead lights feeling like unnecessary headaches, this article may be so helpful to you.

    Moonchild Nova๐ŸŽƒ

    Dear You

    Dear You,

    You trying to be invisible,

    You secluding in the back,

    Dear You,

    You driving to fast,

    You hiding under the sheets,

    Dear You,

    You staggering in at 6 a.m.,

    You crying upon endlessness crying,

    Dear You,

    You drowning yourself in pity,

    You convincing yourself of shit,

    Dear You,

    You shutting everyone out,

    You pushing everything away,

    Dear You,

    You refusing to eat,

    You dwelling on the past,

    Dear You,

    You doing nothing,

    You expecting nothing to change,

    Dear You,

    You living behind excuses,

    You allowing aimless days,

    Dear You,

    You drinking every dollar away,

    You squandering savings in slot machines,

    Dear You,

    You soaking up the victim role,

    You selling yourself to ignorance,

    Dear You,

    You dallying the present day

    You loosing yourself.

    Dear You,

    You justifying your behavior,

    You wasting life away,

    Stop! Enough is enough, and none of this is healthy.

    Dear YOU:

    You need help.

    You need self-love to tell you, you’re worth more.

    Suicide Awareness Month #3

    striking facts:

    โ–ช Five million Americans have attempted suicide. Every seventeen minutes, one of them succeeds.

    โ–ช Three and a half million Americans are survivors of a loved oneโ€™s suicide. Most of them have been left with a sense of guilt and deep grief.

    โ–ช Between 1999 and 2010, the suicide rate in this country rose over 30%.

    โ–ช Between 1952 and 1995, the suicide rate of young people (ages 15-24) tripled.

    โ–ช Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students.

    โ–ช There are more deaths annually of young people by suicide than automobile fatalities.

    โ–ช Fifteen percent of clinically depressed people commit suicide.

    โ–ช Ten percent of suicide attempts made without a gun are successful.

    โ–ช Ninety percent of suicide attempts made with a gun are successful.

    โ–ช There has been a 128% increase in suicides among children aged 10-14 since 1980.

    โ–ช One in twelve high school students has attempted suicide.

    โ–ช More young people die from suicide than cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, strokes, pneumonia, and lung disease combined.

    โ–ช Eighty percent of successful suicides have given clear warnings of their intentions to others prior to taking their lives.

    โ–ช Teen boys commit suicide at a rate 4 times greater than girls.

    โ–ช Divorced men commit suicide at a rate 10 times greater than divorced women.

    โ–ช Baby boomers have a higher rate of suicide than any other age group.

    โ–ช One out of three successful suicides has made at least one previous attempt.

    โ–ช An attempt made within one year of an unsuccessful attempt is 100 times more likely to be successful than a first attempt.

    Stats taken from pin.it/2bsnocob4xetzf

    Retrospective

    This past week had lots of ups and lots of downs. I felt some things I hadn’t ever before, and they were profound! Much of the week, I was so sleep deprived that I couldn’t see the big picture.

    This morning, when I opened my planner, this quote summarized it perfectly… And my heart felt an abundance of peace.

    “There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent, or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”

    Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    In my personal life, this determined soul opened my eyes to a very real spiritual miracle! God lead me to the right people, in a matter of a few hours. Under His name, In 48 hrs, someone I love rose from ventilation and weakness, laying enraged in a hospital bed, to oneriness and all the familiar color I remember ๐Ÿ’–, doing therapy and flabbergasting the hospital staff!

    In addition to physical healing, there’s been emotional healing. I’ve been in communication with a family member of my loved one. It’s restoration of a relationship I’ve wanted for quite some time.

    My sleep schedule has also tried to work it’s crap on my soul. My baby needed a doctor visit. Thursday night I got 4 hours of sleep, and I felt I was going to be too tired to drive. I made it, though. God’s the provider of Strength. Yes, I would go to the moon on no sleep if my kids needed something… But, God’s Strength sure is welcoming.

    I am in awe of this insight. The timing of our lives’ events are EXACTLY as they’re meant to be. They are in the proper order… Though we don’t always see and/or understand why. If we were to CHOOSE when, where, what, how, and with whom every moment, how would our humanness make a mess of things. What blessings would we miss? Would we gain wisdom and healing? Would we voluntarily do things, that resulted in AWESOME WONDER, if we knew we’d hate doing them? Would we have be good people? Would we be humble and grateful? Would there be balance? Would this world know peace?

    My mind is a constant movement, piecing connections together, to feel the bigger picture. With Hope, Faith, and God’s gift of a Determined Soul, I walk my life. It’s a challenge, but the rewards are unexplainably extraordinary ๐Ÿ˜

    Affirmative :

    No one is ever able to say God isn’t real when Faith is bigger than fear!

    #BeThe1To Suicide Awareness

    This is a tough subject… But, especially for those of us who’s lives have been impacted by it. That percentage is probably higher than we think.

    The why’s, what if’s, should’ve… The mind doesn’t stop. For days.. Endlessly in manic mode until anxiety is wrapped around the throat.. And you feel officially crazy.

    It sucks..but, what that individual felt before ending his/her life is even more so horrific… Because they felt their pain was more than any solution could fix.

    September is Suicide Awareness Month. Right now, we can make a difference. We can ask questions and actively listen. We can hug and hold someone who’s hurting. We can encourage someone to seek help. Right now, though we won’t save them all, we CAN DO something to positively impact a situation… That may result in a different outcome.

    The American Veterans struggle with PTSD. Other individuals struggle with CPTSD. Anxiety and Depression rates are high. There’s lots of situations that place dangerously high levels of stress on an individual and his/her family.

    Here is the Suicide Prevention Website

    I’m going to keep this topic for September. I would hope if you are upset with this, you’d scroll on past me;)

    How the Brain and Personality Provide Protection Against Emotional Distress – Neuroscience News

    A new study reports personality traits can help protect an individual’s brain against symptoms of emotional distress, such as anxiety and depression.
    โ€” Read on neurosciencenews.com/personality-brain-emotional-distress-9773/

    Such a good read=)!!!!

    10 of the best mental health apps for 2018

    Life happens! When it does, these apps are here to assist us in regaining control of our thoughts, breathing, confidence, and self esteem. These handy apps are here if we’re looking for a peaceful little away scape, place to throw up some thoughts, and talk with a professional about a situation. At any moment, I hope any of these apps help you find your peace once again.

    Whether you’re going through a rough patch, experiencing depression, anxiety, or stress, or having relationship issues, there is an app to help.
    โ€” Read on www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320557.php

    The Endless Circle

    Plants bloom and wilt. Babies are born, and people die. Structures go up, and buildings are torn down. The cycles in life seem to be continuous. In some instances, unfortunately, the cycle stops. Species of animals and plants become extinct.

    Imagine how these cycles would look if each participated with his/her own best interest at heart. How different would this world be if honey bees just decided not to pollinate. How ugly would this planet look if trees and grass, flowers, and water didn’t work together and provide for one another? What if the sun just stopped turning, and we were stuck in mid-darkness!

    The concept of give and take for the balance of a greater good can also be found in scripture.

    Proverbs 11:18; “Aย wicked person earns deceptive wages,but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.”

    2 Corinthians 9:6; “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

    Luke 8:4-18; “And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: โ€œA sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.โ€ As he said these things, he called out, โ€œHe who has ears to hear, let him hear.โ€

    All these examples teach one very important lesson, and it’s this concept humans have seemingly forgotten.

    What you: exert, reap, and give to this world.

    You will: gain, sow, and be given from this world.

    Why do I say, we must have forgotten such a virtue? This thought continues in the next blog.

    M.C.O.K. Quotes ๐ŸŽ

    โ€œBe the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.โ€ Marvin J. Ashton

    “Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.โ€ โ€• Emily Dickinson

    Day 13

    Prompt: List 5 things that bring me peace

    1. Spiritual (panflute, piano, panpipe, Celtic, and flute especially) music.
    2. Bodies of water
    3. Eucalyptus and Lanvander bath salts
    4. Incense
    5. Nature

    • What things bring you peace? Do you make sure these things are incorporated into your life regularly?

    Quit Being so Sensitive

    If you’ve heard this more times in your life, than you’re own name, You may want to check out this HSP Pinterest Account ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™

    HSP is known as Highly Sensitive People (plural is person). The common quote all of us has repeatedly heard is “Quit Being So Sensitive!”…. But, I want to suggest you don’t.

    Being Highly Sensitive means you’re able to sense things on a much deeper level. This is a special gift, that was specifically chosen for you. Research, read, and remember your sensitivity is OK!

    Day Four

    Prompt: What would you include in a truly epic gift basket?

    Epic? Gift means give to someone. Hmmmm… I would say, then, this depends on to whom it’s going.

    Continue reading “Day Four”

    ABC to Self Care

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    Photo by Linda Prebreza on Pexels.com

    It’s NEVER to late to begin loving yourself! Your mental health is a result of how you treat yourself….

    AND if no ones told you today, you are deserving of good things!

    Here’s a wonderful list to get you started๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ

    www.buzzfeed.com/annaborges/self-care-tips-guide

    #9. Helpful Tips

    I’m so thankful when I come across tips that make life more pleasurable by reducing anxiety =) This list below has started my Tuesday with such positivity and encouragement ๐ŸŒธ

    ENJOY=)

    We live in a quick-fix kind of world, complete with one-minute meals and instant ab workouts. It’s nearly impossible to find the time to sit down and contemplate permanent ways to be happier. We’re in luck, then, because there are lots of little tricโ€ฆ
    โ€” Read on www.bustle.com/articles/108208-11-hacks-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-feel-instantly-happy

    #6… (harder to do) I need your Help

    This day couldn’t have ended fast enough. Some days will be like that, and I’ll really find it difficult to see what made/makes me happy.

    Continue reading “#6… (harder to do) I need your Help”

    #5 Lake Erie

    My favorite place on earth๐Ÿ’œ Today is absolutely perfect. It’s not hot. It’s not humid. It’s not over populated. No kids to keep on track. Not a cloud in the sky, and it’s breezy!! This is my heaven ๐Ÿ˜