Mental health; its okay to not be okay

It’s okay to not be okay. These are sweet words. Sweet because everyone hustles around, trying to be busy because we all think busy is how to be. We hustle around trying to be perfect because we all think perfect is how to be. We are supposed to all have perfect homes, with perfect people inside them. Perfect relationships with our kids and our parents.

Mental health; its okay to not be okay

Perfection.

That is not a sweet word. This word sets us up for failure. Because is there really such a thing? Perfection?

We will never get back the life we waste trying to be normal. -Atticus

 

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Three important things graduating seniors should know

I want to share with you three things, three important pieces of wisdom graduating seniors should know. You are probably tired of hearing advice; you are grown now and you want people to stop parenting you. If you are wise, you will listen to all the elderly advice—all of it–it is all given in love.

Dear girl who is about to take on the world,

I remember how it feels to graduate. I have worn the black cap and gown twice. Each time is an ending, but more importantly, a new beginning. Embrace this time, soak it in, rally in the moment!

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Doors; opening and closing life’s doors

Life is a series, a hallway, if you will, of doors. You will walk through your share of doors, good doors and bad. You will have life’s doors shut in your face and you will have doors open and welcoming you in.

I have walked through my share of doors. Often, with the door slamming behind me and I feel myself in an empty dark place. When the less happy doors open for you, and you are shoved through them, remember you will be walking through a jollier door before you know it.

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What Do You Want to be When You Grow up?

Can you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? Your first dream of what you wanted to be? A lot of children want to be doctors, veterinarians and teachers. Astronauts, sports stars or the president.

Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?

Danielle LaPorte

What Do You Want to be When You Grow up?

Seniors are encouraged to know what they want to study when they graduate and enter college. They are supposed to know what they want to be when they grow up. I feel sorry for those who don’t know because this gives them a sense of failure.  Not everyone knows at 18 years of age what they want to be when they grow up.

Did you?

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Home Sweet Finally Home; where my heart is

There’s no place like home. Home is where the heart is. Home sweet home. What does home mean to you? Home to me is where I belong. You belong.

Home is a place.  A place to lay your head, stay warm, a place to put your stuff.  All the well-known quotes say it best.  It’s where we laugh.  Where we love.  Where we pray. It’s where we cry.

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Being grateful and choosing happy; two qualities that can help you make it through difficult times

I learned something about myself while going through a difficult period a few years ago; I learned I am a happy person. I also learned I am a grateful person.

Being grateful and choosing happy are two qualities that can help you make it through difficult times.

Being grateful and choosing happy; two qualities that can help you make it through difficult times

Being happy, smiling through the bad days, helps you turn those days from bad to good. It isn’t being fake or putting on airs, it is more like survival. The act of smiling can trick you into thinking you are happy, and that changes your perspective.

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Magnolia Market at the Silos

If you are a fan of the popular HGTV show that has popularized the term fixer-upper, you probably have a dream of coming to Waco, Texas, to visit Magnolia Market at the Silos.

Magnolia Market at the Silos

If you are dreaming of visiting Magnolia Market at the Silos, in Waco, read my article published in Victoria Lee Magazine.

I started the discussion with Anna Kat, the editor, in October. Began writing the article in January. Visited Magnolia Market at the Silos twice to take pictures. Ate cupcakes once.

Magnolia Market at the Silos

Labor of love? Occupational hazard? The fruits of my labor?

 

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Looking forward, but staying in the moment

Do you ever catch yourself looking forward to something? Looking forward to the weekend. A relationship, better weather, a holiday? Do you ever look back on time and wonder where the week went? Month? Year? Or maybe even years?

I am guilty of wishing my days away and I am trying to stop myself. I believe as humans, in this day and time, we are never satisfied and are always looking forward to the next big thing. While it is normal to look forward to an exciting event like a holiday, a new beginning, or perhaps moving, you lose time and enjoyment in the daily if you are always looking to events in the future.

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Seize this moment.

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Putting others first

Putting others first is a noble and smart thing to do. It is not always the easiest thing but it is almost always the wisest choice.

Sometimes, when you are down, putting others first, not thinking about your problems, is the hardest thing to do.

When things are bad in your life, it is easy to become a bit selfish and wallow in your own troubles. I promise you, if you do this, you will stay in the pity-hole.

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The best way to get out of that pity-hole is by putting others first.

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” -Booker T. Washington

I learned a long time ago, when I’m down, I must ask for help. I can’t get out of my blue mood by myself.

How do I do this? Who do I turn to?

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Send a hand-written note to someone you love

In this age of texts, tweets and emails, there is a closeness lost, a personal connection that seems to have gone away. Where are the days of love letters, thank you notes, perhaps a hand-written note?

While I love all those technical communications I mentioned above, (I hate talking on the phone!), because it is February and Valentine’s Day, wouldn’t it be nice to let someone know you are thinking about them, loving them, by mail? A hand-written note? The old-fashioned way?

When my husband and I dated in the late 80’s, we lived two-hours away from each other. This was before all the technical devices we now have and love. The only way to communicate was through a landline (a what?). One of those phones that had a cord and a wire in the wall. We talked every night, once a day, and that was long distance; it was costly.

We also communicated by letter.

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