Category: Inspiration

World Mental Health Day

On World Mental Health Day, I am grateful to be home (day off from the day job). I’m spending much of the day on art (above are my most recent works-in-progress) as well as making sure I head outdoors later this afternoon to dig up what’s left of the garden. **Update** Dug up part of […]

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First Two Weeks Tapering Off Antidepressants

I officially began my lower dose of Effexor XR July 23, from 150 mg to 112.5 mg (37.5 mg is the smallest capsule size). Overall withdrawal has been non-severe, which is good. First few days I did have severe tension headaches, but ibuprofen took care of that. However, I did have a couple of weird […]

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One step at a time

I have to start writing here at work because the downtime will otherwise drive me crazy. It IS what drives me crazy most about this job. The perfect scenario would be for me to be able to go home once I complete whatever needs to be done for the day, or only work 6 am […]

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It is what it is

As I was getting ready to take a shower yesterday evening, I was thinking about life. A thought came to me: “I am 45 years old. I have, if I’m fortunate, another 45-50 or more years left on this planet.” And in that moment, I felt so small, so insignificant. And a bit scared. Just […]

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Reclaiming serenity

Been MIA these past couple of weeks because my mind was in a bad place. One thing I strive not to do here is do a whole lot of complaining/whining. While this is my online journal, it’s drag even for me to write when I’m in that frame of mind, let alone for anyone to […]

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Definition of success

What is success? Merriam-Webster defines it as: a :  degree or measure of succeeding b :  favorable or desired outcome; also :  the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence. The portion I like to go with is, “favorable or desired outcome”. I find it sad our society views it more as the second part, the attainment of […]

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Don’t bother with new year resolutions

  Want to do something drastic this new year? Something you may have never tried? Try this: Refuse to follow the crowd and forgo the new year’s resolutions. Why? Mainly because you’re setting yourself up for failure. How? Because the change(s) you want to institute are too broadly defined, you have a list of ten […]

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A Break From The Online World

Digital detoxes, unplugging, going radio silent are phrases tossed around about the need from us to detach ourselves from the internet and email from time to time. After reading a post yesterday from George Taylor on whether we’ve become slaves to the internet (Is Our Reliance on Technology Sustainable?), I knew I had to make some serious […]

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Aggravation & Mindfulness

I am easily aggravated – there’s no sense in sugar-coating it. It has improved since I’ve started my journey towards mastering mindfulness, but I have much work to do. I have been able to recognize times it happens the most: when I’ve allowed outside events control the flow of my day(s) or when I haven’t […]

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With Love

With love, there is compassion. With love, there is hope. With love, there is patience. With love, there is laughter. With love, there are good times – and bad. With love, in the bad times, we reach out to one another. With love, in the bad times, we strive to ease the pain. With love, […]

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