• Life Quotes,  Living Out Loud,  Weekly *Winks*

    February’s Ten Minute *Winks* with an Irritated Zombie ;)

    The telephone rang. I picked it up and listened to a cheerful woman tell me that I was depressed.  There was a good chance I was gaining weight.  I would need to revisit the lab to make sure.  Oh and could I cut back on the coffee? That was a week ago.  I laughed it off.  I’ve been gaining a steady 5 pounds per year.  Which I’m pretty sure I can chalk up to the sugar in my coffee and the bad pastry habit I’m struggling with.  I get that we are living in a season without sunlight to nourish our souls but it can’t be that bad, can it?  People live here and…

  • Life Quotes,  Living Your Life

    What was YOUR Sweetest Day Like?

    Seriously. What is Valentine’s Day really about? Why does this horrible holiday make it so hard to show that you care? You can have all of the details come together perfectly… and then you wonder… did I buy enough? Will they like it? Will the roses die in my car before I get home? Should I pick chocolate and flowers up on my way home and risk the vendor being out of what I had my heart set on? Each year I tell myself, okay this year will be different… and it kind of is. Then we end up standing in an hour long line at our favorite restaurant and…

  • Uncategorized

    Can Traveling Make You More Resilient?

    A better life is virtually impossible without a succinct and clearly defined vision. What is a vision? A vision is a preferable picture of the future. A man without a vision is a man without a future, a man without a future will always go back to his past. Whenever you lack a clearly defined picture of the future, you tend to focus on your yesterday.         -Bernard Branson Traveling is undeniably the best way for us to see what’s out there -and then what’s inside. Our little adventures helps us do more than imagine a different life or a different culture. It inspires us to go in…

  • Postcards from Life

    Through the Lens 7/16

    Welcome to our very first ‘Through the Lens’ post! This is a scavenger type post that will run through the rest of the month.  With a focus on mental health and personal well-being. When this Linky runs  it will have a subject or theme.  Hopefully one that will inspire you to think about what makes you happy, and one that will encourage you to take the time to capture those memories.  What is a Linky? It is a method where you can grab a URL or upload a picture that adds to the conversation. Memories that might not mean as much today as they will later on… When I was in…

  • Guest Post,  Living Out Loud

    How to Beat the Blues with 12 tips from Anecdotes of My Life

    Hello Winkies. Today’s post comes from Harjeet Kaur who shares with us her 12 tips to beating the blues.  Original can be found at Anecdotes of My Life; A very sensitive and taboo topic in India, depression was always swept under the carpet. Even highly educated and affluent families would rather hide it like a skeleton in the cupboard rather than seek help. Depression per se is a difficult thing to deal with, but it is not impossible to overcome. I do not know why there is shame and stigma attached to it when research says, one in every four people suffer from anxiety and depression. I see people around me in…

  • Living Out Loud,  Living Your Life

    21 secrets to handling depression

    I mentioned a week ago that I was having a Charlie Brown week.  It’s because September through December is the worse time of year for me. The last couple weeks were especially rough.  It reminded me that I am not the only one struggling through the holidays. Which is why I have decided at this time to reveal my top 21 secrets! If nothing else, it’s a list to remind myself of what works.  I hope that it is more.  I hope it is a list worth sharing with someone who may need it. Here is what I learned to do   I learned to acknowledge that depression and anxiety is now a normal part of…

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