Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday Fill-Ins

Friday Fill-Ins: "Thursday, October 28, 2010
Happy Halloween to those who celebrate it! we go!

1. While the cat's away the mice will play.

2. So fabuloso!

3. Children are so full of innocence.

4. I am so much happier when I get home from work or shopping or what have you.

5. This may seem odd, but I always prefer being alone

6. Tonight's my night to relax and that seems like a fine idea to me!"

Thoughtful Friday

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Before & After Thursday

This is a challenge where you take the photo you posted on Saturday for the Straight Out Of The Camera Saturday (SOOC). Then you edit it and show the before & after images on Thursday.



Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thursday Thirteen - 13 Things I Am Loving On My Birthday

13 Things I Am Loving On My Birthday
As always, on my birthday I always reflect both backwards and forwards, as well as where I am at now. I though it was fitting that this week's Thursday Thirteen be all about me about where I am at in my life right now, this moment, this day. So, here's a list of thirteen things I am loving at the start of my 34th year.
1. Amber and Emily (they are my life)
2. Girlie hugs (A & E give the biggest tightest hugs)
3. hot cups of coffee
4. True Blood
5. Dexter
6. Ghost Hunters
7. photography & editing
8. digital scrapbooking
9. photoshop
10. Not Afraid by Eminem
11. Your biggest Fan by Jonas brothers
12. going to Maximilian's tonight for supper (YUM! Favorite restaurant ever!!!)
13. being able to sit quietly and enjoy a good book

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Before & After Thursday

This is a challenge where you take the photo you posted for (SOOC) Straight Out Of The Camera Saturday and you show the edited version on Thursday. So here's my original straight out of the camera shot I posted on Saturday:

and here's the same shot edited with cross processing and a light lomo action:

Thursday Thirteen - 13 Songs That Make Me Happy Right Now

13 Songs That Make Me Happy Right Now
1. Emerson Drive "Moments"
2. Jonas Brothers "Your Biggest Fan" (I know, I know the Jonas Brothers, but in my defence I have young girls, what more can I say.)
3. Eminem "The Way That You Lie"
4. Eminem "Not Afraid"
5. Warrant "Heaven"
6. The Irish Rovers "Wasn't That a Party"
7. Neil Diamond "Sweet Caroline"
8. Owl City "Hello Seattle"
9. Jonas Brothers "A Little Bit Longer" (see my note about the Jonas Brothers above lol)
10. Miley Cyrus "Every Rose Has It's Thorn"
11. Eminem "Hailiey's Song"
12. Tom Waits "I Hope I Don't Fall In Love With You"
13. Nickelback "This Afternoon."

Monday, October 04, 2010

My Best Shot Monday

Mental Health Monday Fact Sheets : Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario

I came across this fact sheet on the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario website (Copyright 1993, Mental Health Association, National Office. . Reading it makes so much sense.

Fact Sheets : Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario:

"Mental health means striking a balance in all aspects of your life: social, physical, spiritual, economic and mental. Reaching a balance is a learning process. At times, you may tip the balance too much in one direction and have to find your footing again. Your personal balance will be unique, and your challenge will be to stay mentally healthy by keeping that balance.
This pamphlet has been prepared with some suggestions to help you strike and keep your balance."

Build a Healthy Self Esteem : Take a good look at your good points. What do you do best? Where are your skills and interest areas? How would a friend describe you? Now, look at your weak points. What do you have difficulty doing? What things make you feel frustrated? Take a look at this list. Remember that all of us have our positive and negative sides. We let our strength shine and we build on our weak points to help us mature and grow.

Receive As Well As Give : The next time someone compliments you say "Thank you. I am glad you think so." Then think about other compliments you have had, and how good they made you feel.

Create Positive Parenting and Family Relationships : Make time to just be a family. Schedule time for both serious things and fun. Listen respectively without interruption to what each person has to say. Do it frequently.

Make Friends Who Count : Keep in touch - invite a friend to lunch. Encourage new friendships, as your friend to bring someone you've never met.

Figure Out Your Priorities : Write out a budget for yourself. Is it realistic? Have you planned what to do with the money left over for your "wants"? Which "wants" are most important to you?

Get Involved : Read to children at your local library; visit an elderly person in their home or in hospital; serve on a committee or board of your favorite charity; organize a clean up of a park or your local beach; help a neighbor clean out his/her garage.

Learn to Manage Stress Effectively : Each day, set aside 5 minutes for a mental health break. Close your office door or go into another room, and daydream about a place, person, or idea, or think about nothing at all! You will feel like you've been on a mini-vacation.

Cope With Changes That Affect You : Search out a support group that deals with the issues you are facing. By teaming up with people who share your problems, you may find a fresh solution. Try starting a group of your own by using the public service announcements in your local newspaper, radio station, or tv station.

Deal With Your Emotions : Find out what makes you happy, sad, joyful, or angry. What calms you down? Learn ways to deal with your moods. Share joyful news with a friend; "cry on a shoulder" when you feel blue. Physical exercise can help you deal with your anger. Keep a stack of your favorite funny cartoons, or a collection of humorous stories or video tapes for times when you feel you need to laugh.

Have a Spirituality To Call Your Own : You, Set aside quality time to be alone. Do a breathing exercise - try counting your breaths from one to four, then start at one again. Or do something you love to do, like dancing, going to a baseball game, building a bird house, whatever works for you!
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