Crafty

So I decided to get crafty and make diffuser bracelets to give as holiday gifts. I coupled them with small dram sizes of Orange or Lavender Oil. They are a big hit among my friends and colleagues! The school smells great! Back to the craft store I go!!! I see a weekend of crafting ahead! Also making Chest rub for my hacking school friends!IMG_8959[1]

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Hope

Those 4 letters carried me through my darkest times with fibromyalgia and being a parent of a bipolar son. I found a ring that held those letters and when my hope of being better started to fade I had that ring to remind me to keep going! And in turn, when I thought I could not take another belittling session from my son, or endure one of his rage episodes I knew that “Hope” would get me through.

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Well recently I want to memorialize that word a bit more permanently. I began toying around with a tattoo. Now, let me tell you getting a tattoo was no light decision. My mother is probably rolling around in her grave, but this is what I needed to do for me! So, I thought long and hard about how to translate all I wanted into a tattoo, I came up with this…

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SO… the infinity symbol is for the love between my hubby and I. He has been by my side even at the bottom! He did all the cleaning, shuffling kids and grocery shopping when they were just beyond my ability to get done for the day. He chauffeured me to dr appointments when I could not get myself there. He fought with the doctors for answers…22 years of marriage + 7 dating so I think we are set for eternity.

Hubby is a police officer so that is the thin blue line in the middle that ties all officers and their families together. AND HOPE to remind me that with hope I can face any challenge. (Even the parenting a teenager with bipolar challenge)

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At What Point?

As much as I try to keep myself positive some days the boiling point just feels low! I know I can’t be the only parent that has these days. If you have ever had a teenager you know my pain, if you have had a bipolar teenager than you really KNOW my pain!

I love to hear, “Well IF he were my kid…” It is so easy to throw stones but if you haven’t walked in someone’s shoes sometimes it is best to just listen and be there without judgement. In my case I say, “it is like stopping a speeding train.” You can WILL the train to stop but it won’t, you can yell and scream at the train for it to stop but it won’t, you can take away the train’s windows but it will still keep moving.  I have to believe that somethings are just out of our control. Otherwise I am gonna beat myself up! boiling point_title

Today I am choosing my battles carefully because otherwise, I a bubbling over the top. Please tell me I am NOT the only one.  I am trying to see the silver lining. He is not into drugs, drinking, and other life dangerous things. He is not sick, (physically), He has some wonderful qualities. We are just going through a rough road. Although it has been a lifetime for him on this road. rough road I am working for a smoother tomorrow! Still learning how to parent a bipolar teen. Hoping tomorrow will be better!

 

 

 

Share Your World

SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2015 WEEK #48

Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?

HUGGER with a capital H!!!! I have been known to hug a perfect stranger! But if I feel the tension in a greeting I will stay hands off!

What is your favorite toppings on pizza?

Onions and mushroom! (Ha Onions and hugging seem like a match made in heaven!!!) Veggies all the way, although I have been known to eat pepperoni. Heck after not being able to eat pizza for so long I will eat it almost anyway it comes! What? Yep! Could not tolerate the spice in the tomato sauce or the tomatoes for that fact! Curious why? Check out “My Story” @ Sunny Oils

If you were the original designer of one existing corporate logo, which one would you select?

For me logos are a fascination! Your one quick chance to get your point across in an image or words. For me hands down it would be “Disney” that I would have designed. Just look at what it portrays… at least in my eyes! FUN, whimsy, personal! It is so easily incorporated into all aspects of the Disney company! I would so loved to have added my personal touch!

So logos have a whole psychology about them! I recently had to come up with a logo and had to convey a message to my “people”. You have to consider the psychology behind colors and emotions! Ha notice Disney is Black and white portraying “Balance”! And then look at Diversity! I think Disney needs to move into that color scheme as the parks are more diverse than most other places you go! People from all over the world walking and enjoying themselves in one place! Maybe knowing what the company aims to do with their logo it can help you feel more connected to the brand, the product and most of all the emotion they want you to feel.

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Complete this sentence:  Where I can seek my solace is… 

Really… I would like to say the beach or forest or somewhere out in nature cause I find those places most tranquil but in honesty it is my bedroom.

When I want to be left along, comforted, have a quiet break I run for the confines of my bedroom. Lights dim, diffuser going, fan swirling, peace and tranquility for sure! And of course my dogs are with me, giving me greater solace!

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Well, last week was Thanksgiving so I would like to say that but honestly it was having time off from the alarm clock! I love not having to set an alarm clock or really having to wake up to an alarm clock! Somehow my sleep is so much better with out the eminent sound!!!

 

Looking forward to Friday!!!!!!

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Getting Back on the Horse

Getting back to blogging s like the old proverbial horse. “Just Do IT”. So I am making that commitment. I am a checklist kinda gal, if I write it, I WILL get it done. Thinking it doesn’t do enough for me! So, I am making this pledge! I am getting back on the horse and I will do IT!

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SO added to my daily “chores”  — Write blog post!  check

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Share My World 2015 – Week #1

I am taking on a New Challenge! After reading many Share My World posts I am compelled to join in for 2015! The vast differences in people’s responses are astounding and fascinating! So here we go!

How do you get rid of pesky phone calls from telemarketers?

In the past year we have “let go” of our home phone just relying on cell phones now. Scary at first yet freeing as I RECEIVE NO MORE of these pesky phone calls!!!

What are you a “natural” at doing?

Not too many things but I hear from others that when they are in a panic, feeling down or in need of a good healthy chat I am good for perking them up, getting them to think beyond the current trouble or just calming them down.

How often do you get a haircut?

Now with shorter hair it is more often than ever, about every 3 months… Pushing it but… I have found THE best lady to do my hair. She does it out of her home. She is a parent of a student at our school and very involved in PTA. She has a NATURAL ability to do hair and get just the right cut for each individual person. She does lots of the teachers hair and everyone looks fabulous when she is done!

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “fun”?

Well… I guess at this stage it would be time out of the house with family doing something everyone is enjoying. if you don’t have teens the second half of that has different meaning. Trying to find something everyone is happy to do is a CHALLENGE but when it is good it is GREAT!!!!

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am thankful for time spent in Disney with both of my kids in Disney, my oldest daughter moved to Orlando so time spent with all of us together is a challenge!!! This week I am looking forward to teaching an in home class for a woman who is recovering from cancer. She just started using her oils and can not wait to have me tell her family about them! She received her starter kit from her hubby for the holidays. With money being tight she has been eyeing them for 6 months. I connected with her hubby and he was able to surprise her for the holidays! THOSE are my best days!!!

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My World just outside my classroom. A Bamboo Zen Garden! Who would NOT love to eat lunch out there???

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The Trap or Is It?

I am not a big one on New Year’s Resolutions as I think of each day as a day to make a change. But reading everyone’s choice to make January the 1st as THE day to resolve to make a change in their life I always wonder, “What can I do today better than I did yesterday?” What will a RESOLVE to do tomorrow better than I did today? What a powerful word it is!

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Well this causes me to reflect on yesterday…what choices did I make that I could have made better ones? Yelling at my kids a bit too much, spending too much time on Social Media, not calling that friend I should have, eating too much chocolate, drinking that soda.

All ring true for me! So… I have some work to to as clearly we can all do BETTER… Not be perfect but make slow steady improvements.

A step in the right direction is a daily conscious CHOICE and NOT always the easiest to follow through with. But step by step we can RESOLVE to do better and be better. Less, chocolate, yelling, more family time, more special conversations.

So here are MY choices one to take on a MINOR weight-loss challenge by drinking water instead of soda (not that I drink it often But…I can Just say NO soda!) Less yelling… Taking a time out and THINK before I jump on my teens. Committed family time each day MINUS the social media.

I am committing to a morning, afternoon and evening ritual of oils to drop 5 pounds.  I will join in an online challenge to encourage others and stick to MY PLAN. Wanna come along? Comment for more info. Comment to give me a bit of encouragement, comment with what YOU resolve to do!

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