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    Where I Found My Happy

    Last month I focused on zooming in on what makes me happy.  I knew it was going to be a challenge to take time for myself, especially because I knew I would be on the road… but I thought it would be easy! I mean I already had a go-to list of things that made me happy. anything and everything purple unicorns Hello Kitty chocolate the smell of books Or so I thought. I certainly love these things! Thinking or seeing this kind of stuff can make me squeal with delight or bring a warm cozy feeling, but by themselves they don’t represent my happiness.  All month long I thought about finding my happy…

  • 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…

  • Sweet Honey Iced Tea

    Mental S.H.I.T.

    Ladies and Gents and Wanders abound, we gather here today on this fine and possibly imaginary sweltering sun to gossip about all things twisted up in our heads.  If you are interested in Linking with us, here are a couple of things you should keep in mind: You can use this meetup to bring awareness to a wide range of mental issues.  You can share your own experiences. If what you want to share is graphic in nature or is a sensitive issue, please be kind enough to put *GRAPHIC* or *TRIGGER* in the title of your link. What Can You do With this Linkup? You can use it to…

  • Sweet Honey Iced Tea,  Weekly *Winks*

    Overcoming My Writer’s Block

    A couple of months ago I was ready to bring some new ideas to my blog.  Suddenly my blog wanted to me know something important.  First I had to succumb to the delusion of a local zombie flu.  My blog haunted my dreams while I lay sick in bed.  Lingering on the verge of death I finally decided to crawl my way to what makes for a sick bay in Wiesbaden.  Armed with antibiotics and seasonal allergy meds I made a speedy recovery. There was only one problem.  I was unable to write. Well, Okay. Maybe what my writer’s block needed was a little getaway.  So without much ado we…

  • 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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