Life Update

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I just wanted to update you on what’s been going on lately.  Last weekend I had a sleep-over with a nine-year-old boy who is a friend of the family.  It was an exciting time, since we were also cutting down two very large trees (that needed to be cut down for safety reasons), worked with a wood chipper, and logs to be cut up.  There were plenty of things going on, including hauling tree limbs, and we fit in a two mile walk with the dog.  He was a big help, and we had a lot of fun!

I’ve been struggling with my depression lately and haven’t been getting as much accomplished as I would want.  I’m making an effort to take my St. John’s Wort when I should (I must admit that I don’t always take it three times a day) and working on writing down my goals and trying to accomplish at least some of them on a daily basis.  If any of you have struggled with depression please share how you’ve dealt with it in the comments below, maybe you’ve got some advice that could help others.

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And, last, but not least, I’m still looking forward to some more consistent spring weather.  As I’m writing this, I’ve got both fires going because we actually had some freezing rain last night, and it’s still pretty cold outside.  Once it starts to warm up, I can see Spring cleaning happening.  But for now, I won’t be washing windows until it gets a little warmer.  So, what’s going on with you?

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Goals for April

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Seeing as how my goals for March didn’t really work out all that well, I decided to forge ahead getting something done for the month, here are my goals:

  1. Novel checked and printed out for reading.
  2. 600-word short story written.
  3. Coaching lessons and homework done, certification requested.
  4. Spring cleaning accomplished with “some” crap discarded. I want to concentrate on actually cleaning before discarding.  That way the house is *gasp* clean.
  5. Organization of paperwork and filing.
  6. Adding more yoga to my workouts; walking 4 more miles per week.

I think that’s it…  If I add more to the list, I’ll let you know.  What are your goals for the month?  I’m so hoping that the snow is finished with us, that the weather gets a little bit warmer, and that the mud dries out.  Let me know your goals for the month, and we can encourage each other.

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Life Changes

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There are as many ways to change your life as there are people. While one way will work for one person, it won’t work for another. Each of us is in charge of how our life goes, even when it doesn’t feel like that. Our reactions to what happens to us is often the only way we can change things. Each time something perceived as “bad” happens, we can control how we react. Just for an example, my sixty-year-old husband was laid off a few weeks ago. He could have decided that was it, and he wasn’t going to work anymore. That, of course would have been devastating, and we would have sunk into a mire of our own making. We owe a mortgage payment, a tractor payment, not to mention the usual utilities, etc. that go along with living. Instead he looked at where he was, and realized that being completely depressed wasn’t going to help. We needed to replace his phone, and laptop, since they were both company-owned. Which we did, immediately. Not so easy is replacing the company-owned truck, since our truck is a diesel-guzzling beast. However, we will be hopefully getting a certified pre-owned smaller truck with better gas-mileage soon. But, the best part of this was that because of the many contacts he has made over the years, he was hired with a new company within five days (including a weekend).

We were lucky. I know that we were lucky. Events turned out just right for us, and I know that they don’t turn out just right for everyone. My daughter graduated Magda Cum Laude from college in September and she is still looking for work. Luckily, she has her job creating content for a web-site that she’s had for a few years, but she would really like to find a full-time job. She looks, but the market is tough.

The big difference with this set-back was that we had an action plan, and I believe that action helped keep up my husband’s spirits. I didn’t let him sit around and be depressed. I helped him act in order to go forward. Sure, looking for a phone and laptop doesn’t sound like much, but it did keep him occupied. Having to find places to store all his tools, etc. that were in his truck also kept him busy. He went from working to sorting and storing, to planning and researching new phones and laptops. Action is necessary for change.

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The end note is this: no matter how much you want to change, you have to put that want into action. Action is what changes you. Nothing else. So, decide how you want to change, and ACT!

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March Goals

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March is kind of a weird month.  We have snow, mud, cold weather and sometimes warmer temperatures to contend with.  It’s the month where we’re all done with winter, but it’s not all done with us.  So, as I’m more than a little tired of making kindling and hauling wood, one of my goals this month will be to start my Spring Cleaning.  I know, the dreaded Spring Cleaning!  But we all know that it rears its ugly head right around this time.  My plan is to start upstairs with my bedroom and go on from there.  Since I still (always) have more stuff to get rid of, I will be doing that, too.

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My other goals are to continue working out, work on my Certificate and website, and also get my novel printed out so I can have it read.  I just dropped out of my writer’s group because there was that one person who insisted the group was supposed to be all about her.  She monopolized every meeting, and I finally couldn’t deal with it.  My goal is to continue writing at least one fiction story (600 words or less) each month.  That’s a hard goal, since it requires you to be concise.  There’s just no room to fool around.  Tell the story and then you’re done!  I really like that, since I have a hard time with being concise.

So, those are my March goals.  What are yours? Let me know in the comments below, and we can encourage each other.

February Wrap-Up

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This month has been more than a little strange.  Some of it was good strange – I made a new friend, and god knows that making a new friend “later” in life is not an easy thing to do.  So, that was a great positive!  However, the negative was that my husband was laid off from his job.  This was a huge blow, since his phone and laptop were both company-owned.  We immediately went and got him a new phone, and a new laptop.  So, now not only do we have no income, but we also have more bills to pay.  Yay us!

Hopefully he will get a new job soon, and maybe even a raise?  He hadn’t had a raise in about seven years, and we all know that the prices of things have just kept going up.  But at the same time wages have been stagnant for most of us.

As far as my February goals are concerned, I’ve worked-out every day, and done Yoga almost every day.  I have been doing a weekly dusting, so there is that!  I haven’t done any work on getting my certificate, nor have I worked too much on my fiction writing, organizing, financials or anything else.  This lay-off has kind of thrown a wrench into my stuff since I’ve been busy with my husband’s stuff.  So, that’s how my month has gone.  What about your February?  Let me know in the comments and we can encourage each other.

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Religious Freedom Division in the Federal Health & Human Services Department

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What in the heck is “religious freedom”, and what does it mean to your health?  Here is a definition of “religious freedom” from the people who want the legal right to “practice” it.

“… is the right to use religious beliefs as a license to discriminate, and to provide special protections for Christians that fly in the face of the First Amendment.”  https://newrepublic.com/article/140645/trump-republicans-redefining-religious-freedom-favor-christians

So, now that we have the definition down, what is going to happen to you, if you need to go to a health provider?  Well, the following may happen to you if you are the following:  the child of a gay couple who needs health care; a LGBTQ+ person in need of health care; another religion, including but not limited to: Muslim, Hindu, or something other than Christian.  How will you be denied care?  Well, if your health care provider does not “believe” in contraception, he/she need not offer it to you as part of your health insurance, because their beliefs are more important than your care.  The same holds true if you need the “morning after pill” regardless if that is because of rape, incest, or another reason – no need for you to take it, since an unwanted pregnancy is a “silver lining”, or even an “unexpected gift from God”.   Because this is the “belief” of the health provider, you don’t get a choice.  Another problem with this new law is that if a woman needs an abortion, and there are a variety of medical reasons for this, including a dead fetus, the hospital or doctor can deny them the choice, leaving them with a) having to endure an induced labor and a still birth; b) carrying a dead fetus and hopefully not dying herself due to a septic womb.

Another item to take note of here, this “religious freedom” is used to control women and their health decisions along with anyone who is not a cis man.  I don’t see anyone worrying about prescriptions for Viagra, or even prostate examinations.

However, the most interesting question is this – whose religion is it that we must worry about with this freedom of religion?  Is it only the Christian religion, or does this also include:  Hindu, Muslim, the Church of Satan?  Is there a line, and if so where is it?  This opens a huge legal can of worms, and it will be interesting to see where it leads.  I’ve left some links for you if you want to know more about this subject.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-administration-could-narrow-affordable-care-acts-contraception-mandate/2017/10/05/16139400-a9f0-11e7-92d1-58c702d2d975_story.html?utm_term=.8d7198460d17

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-religion-legal/trump-move-on-healthcare-religious-freedom-prompts-discrimination-fears-idUSKBN1F800L

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/2/6/1737656/-A-Trump-official-wanted-to-forcibly-reverse-an-unaccompanied-teenager-s-medical-abortion?detail=emaildkre

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February Goals?

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I haven’t been very good about achieving my goals.  As a matter of fact, other than working-out, my goals haven’t been “working out” for me so far.  Of course, how do you achieve your goals if you don’t write them down?  We all know the answer to that question, you don’t achieve anything if you don’t work toward your goals.

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So, in the interest of getting something accomplished this month, I’m going to share my goals for the next few weeks in the hopes that motivates me.   First, I want to start with what I’ve done right so far, this year…yes, I started easy and every two weeks I’ve upped the difficulty – my working out.  I’ve gotten up to my Soloflex (I’ve still got mine from the 1980’s), and weights along with cardio.  However, I need to work on daily Yoga. And of course, I’ve been walking daily.

Here are my goals for February:  daily yoga; website; coaching certificate; fiction writing; organizing done in my house; financials organized; and weekly goal writing.

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How are you doing with your goals?  Let me know in the comments below.  Write your goals done, and work on them daily!