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New Endeavors!

Posted on January 14, 2016 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I have always been both cursed and blessed with many interests. The plus is obviously that I enjoy all of these things. The curse is that there are only 24 hours in a day, and a great deal of that time is taken up with work and sleep. So far, my way of handling that is to bounce from one thing to another every few months. This time, I’d like to take a more purposeful approach. I’m going to try to plan out my time among the various pursuits. For example, to work on w...

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Serious Blogging

Posted on January 6, 2016 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I’ve had this blog for a while, but I’m not very consistent about frequency or content. That’s been ok, but I’m thinking of getting more serious about this. I’d like to be able to get to the point where I only need a part time job then no job. To that end, I’m doing some research on this idea. I need to figure out my niche. I will also most likely move my blog to another host. This one is fine for a personal blog, but I don’t think it o...

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Train Trip Talk

Posted on March 7, 2015 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

My mother and I boarded a train at 5:45 am in Toledo, Ohio. We were traveling to Albuquerque, New Mexico to see family. I have never been on a train cross-country, so I was pretty excited. Some questioned the loss of time with family going by train rather than plane. However, we don't really have the money for plane tickets. More importantly, the train trip is part of the vacation. There is more room. you can get up and move around, you can watch the scenery, and you have time ...

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Sabbatical

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (4)

I was at my friend Tom’s church this past Sunday. He taught about fasting and taking time out of your life for God. I have fasted before, but not much, so I’d like to instill that as a somewhat regular practice. I’m not sure what form it will take, but I’ll be praying about what God wants me to do in that area. Of course, often I would be fasting from food for a short time, but we can fast from other things, too. Tom said to think about things that we al...

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Life Changes Galore

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, my life path is changing once again. I'm finishing the MA in Speech Language Pathology without the clinical component. This means I'll have the degree but can't practice. Why, you ask? Well, having the Masters still shows that I have the knowledge and can complete Masters level work. This might help me trying to get into another plan. I'm looking into counseling/life coaching. Anyone who knows me will say, "Well, duh." Yeah, I know. What can I say, I'm stubborn.

 

At t...

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Life-changing Natural Beauty Tips

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I have tried a few new natural beauty tips recently that I am in LOVE with. I wanted to make sure I shared them with anyone who might be interested.


Tumeric Oil : This stuff is amazing! I had some old scars and new wounds. At night, I used a very thin layer on just the areas needing attention. Within 2 or 3 days, there was a remarkably noticeable decrease in their appearance. I was astounded. I have to warn you that this stuff will stain any fabric yellow (an...

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SORRY!

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I just saw that I haven't written anything since September of LAST YEAR.

Needless to say, I’ve been a little preoccupied with grad school. Things aren’t going too badly. I’ve had my share of meltdowns and had to be talked off of ledges here and there, but I hear that’s normal.

My love of phonetics and accents has been reinforced, but I’ve also expanded another area of interest: voice. I’ve always liked voice-related things, but in our class th...

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Starting the Torture?

Posted on September 7, 2011 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I've started my graduate classes as of last Monday. So far, so good. I'm nervous that I'll be able to get all the reading done,  but I know that I have God on my side. I think I'll be ok if I can keep up on the reading (A LOT), but the key is that I no longer procrastinate since I started neurofeedback. I'm hoping to find a provider up here since I can't get it from my mom anymore. Of course, if I'd been consistent with her, I probably wouldn't need it anymore. Maybe with someone else, I...

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Feeling God Through Others

Posted on August 1, 2011 at 11:39 PM Comments comments (1)

I don’t know if I mentioned it or not, but I was a camp counselor last month for a week. It was an amazing time. I don’t want to try to write about everything that happened; I almost feel like that would diminish it somehow. However, I do want to share what God showed me through some of the amazing people with whom I had the privilege to spend a week.

 

First, I want to share a little about my small group. There were three of us counselors (I was the oldest by an...

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Moving on up?

Posted on June 11, 2011 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (1)

I’m not very consistent with my blog, but that’s not news.

 

I have been accepted to Kent State University for gradschool in speech language pathology! WHOO HOO! I was less than thrilled atfirst. I could only think about what I’d have to leave: my church, friends,family, etc. It took me a few days to get to the happy part. I’m still sadabout what I’m leaving, but my pastor reminded me (more than once) that this isabout additions to my life, not s...

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Catching Up

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 3:12 PM Comments comments (2)

I haven't disappeared; just haven't been disciplined enough to write!

 

Deodorant update: I've moved from the liquid salt crystal spray for deodorant to the baking soda/cornstarch mix. The liquid just wasn’t enough for me, but I still use it for feet, etc. I did modify the previous powder recipe I’d posted. It called for 1 part baking soda to 6 parts cornstarch, but I had to increase the baking soda. You have to find what’s right for you, but since baking so...

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Additional Results

Posted on March 19, 2011 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (2)

I’ve noticed a few other results I’d like to share. Well, really, I don’t know that I WANT to share, but I think I should. ;)

 

Wheat:

I have been remarkably good about avoiding wheat and starting to rid myself of other grains. My respiratory issues are all but gone! I'm not having to use either inhaler, and am doing very well. I did have a few wheat items here and there, and thought nothing of it. Then my uncle asked if I’d been more flatulent (...

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No Wheat, No Cravings

Posted on February 25, 2011 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (5)

So, if you don’t know, I’ve been sick with a respiratory thing since the 1st week in January. No, I’m not kidding. Needless to say, I’m sick of being sick. I’ve been reading a LOT about the over-use of wheat in the Standard American Diet (SAD, if you can believe it), and had already decided to try to cut that out. I read further and found out that too much wheat can contribute to Candida issues (which I have in abundance), IBS, and respiratory issues. Whadya know...

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Homemade Deodorant

Posted on February 16, 2011 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (2)

That’s right, I’m looking into making my own. The Tom’s of Maine gave me a rash, so that’s been dumped. Some sites I’m reading express concern over the ingredient propylene glycol, which that deodorant uses. I already had the sea salt/water spray, so I’m using that with lavender oil as I research. It works really well. ’ve found a few alternatives, so I’ll list the different kinds and a simple recipe with the title being the link to the original...

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Fasting

Posted on February 12, 2011 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (1)

I don’t know that much about Biblical fasting. I’ve only done it once, but I do remember it being an experience I want to repeat. I’m in a Bible study with some women at church going through a workbook based on the book, The Power of a Praying Woman by Stormie Omartian. The 6th week is about prayer and knowing God’s will. As I’m going through just the first day, I realize part of why I have such a hard time knowing His will. I DON’T BRING THINGS BEFORE HIM ...

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Maybe Raw Food?

Posted on February 12, 2011 at 4:34 PM Comments comments (0)

My friend Angie sent me a link to a woman, name Natasha St. Michael, who CURED her PCOS through diet (video). I don’t know what to think, but I’m definitely curious. I’ve watched a few of her other videos, and PCOS is not the only thing she’s reversed. I know anecdotal evidence is not conclusive, but NO ONE has EVER reversed PCOS, let alone the other medical issues she ...

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Not Quite Paleo

Posted on February 11, 2011 at 3:19 PM Comments comments (2)

I’m still not sure how to proceed, but I’m learning more. I remain skeptical about some aspects of the paleo, but apparently, I’m not alone. For instance, they say no potatoes, legumes, or grains, but there is quite a bit of evidence that both paleo and modern hunter/gatherer (HG) groups all these things. In fact, a mortar and pestle was discovered at a site that claims to be 30K years old, so they o...

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Ecumenical Patriarch Update

Posted on February 10, 2011 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

I have some friends who wrote to me to let me know they've been Orthodox for 13 years. I had no idea, since i haven't seen them since the first time I went to college. They gave me some good information to correct my previous post, so I wanted to make sure to include it:

...the Ecumenical Patriarch is a Pope of sorts, but he is not at the top of the pyramid as in Roman circles. He is the first among equals with regard to several other patriarchs of the same rank. They have jur...
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Ever Diligent

Posted on February 4, 2011 at 1:12 PM Comments comments (1)

I have now finally learned the error of not being diligent about reading food labels. I knew this , but I had a rude awakening. I bought Sara Lee whole wheat bread, thinking it would be super healthy, etc. Everyone knows that whole wheat is the best kind of bread. Imagine my chagrin when I read the label and the THIRD ingredient was hfcs?! How depressing.

More Journals

Posted on February 2, 2011 at 10:07 PM Comments comments (1)

I have done two journals using the coptic method, which I really like. See below.


This first one is my fave so far, mostly because I love the paper design so much. I'm also please that I was able to get pages lined.


I'm also please that I was able to get pages lined, and had a nice paper for the inside cover that compliments the outside.

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