#OctPoWriMo 2018 #19

Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching!

by Tessa Smeigh October 2018

barren trees

signal fall is done

cool winds blow

leaf covered

grounds raked up to show winter

is next to arrive




Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

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Let’s Talk: World Mental Health Day

Peace from Panic

Image result for images for world mental health day 2018

I feel a bit rusty as I write this. I’ve been away from blogging, writing, and the regular routine for three weeks. Just a few days ago, my family and I returned home from our grand European adventure (it was incredible, more on that later).

Yesterday, while jet-lagged and bleary-eyed, I scrolled through my Instagram feed and saw a post from Miriam at Out an’ About. She mentioned World Mental Health Day.

Wait, what’s the date? Of course, tomorrow is October 10! How could I forget?

Miriam is in Australia and I’m in the western U.S., so my afternoon is her next day. I’m messed up with days, nights, and dates, from traveling. So thank you, Miriam, for the reminder!

I couldn’t let this day slip by without saying something about it. AND… this year’s theme focuses on young people and mental health.

I’m passionate about spreading mental health…

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A good nights sleep | Multiple experienceS

When was the last time you had one of those? I went into bed my usual time, around 9:30. I usually watch tv a little before closing my eyes. I feel asleep and slept until 3:30 before I had to use the…

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My Week 212: Doing The Math


Math Story 1

The other day, Ken and I were having a discussion about the newest educational fad: Growth Mindset. This is fancy term, based on “brain research”, that people can learn to do things if they BELIEVE they can do them. So you can see why it’s so fancy and all—pretty complex stuff. And you can also see why Boards of Education are spending money like crazy to teach people how to implement it in the classroom. I’m sure there’s nothing more motivating to a struggling student than yelling at them “If you can see it, you can be it!” (Growth Mindset sounds suspiciously like the lyrics to an R. Kelly song. He believed he could fly, although I don’t think that worked out too well for him). I wish my high school math teacher had quoted Boyz to Men to me—for sure, I’d be a quantum physicist now, instead…

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Ride! Ride! Ride!


CHB (2 of 10)

I recently had the privilege of watching Christilot Boylen teach Belinda Trussell and Belinda’s assistant trainer Lynsey Rowan.  I say it is a privilege because both of these riders could say they preferred their lessons to be private.  But since I am  student of Belinda’s I was able to watch. Christilot is a seven time Olympian.  She has trained numerous horses up to the Grand Prix level. So I was most interested to see what Christilot would be emphasizing in the lessons. Belinda was first. She was riding Barb Sinclair’s horse Carlucci and they are training the Prix St. George and Intermediare 1.

“Two legs! Two legs! Two legs!”  Christilot said this often to both riders. Sounds simple doesn’t it. But the execution is not simple. When riding a half pass or any lateral work you are using one leg to move the horse sideways and the other leg is…

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Stop Smiling for Every Damn Picture You Take or Someone Takes of You!

Lifting Taboos


I grew up in a family where the outside was more important than the inside. It didn’t matter how much sexual, emotion, physical, verbal, spousal, sibling, or narcissistic abuse was in the home. It didn’t matter if incontinence pervaded the family, night terrors prevented us children from getting a good night’s sleep, 20+ dogs barked all night making a peaceful sleep impossible, exotifying of the adopted kids made us feel uncomfortable and took over our lives.

What mattered was what people saw on the outside.

“Say Cheese!” we heard our parents say. Even if we were not feeling it. Even if our lower parts hurt because we were being molested.

It didn’t matter that our ear lobes hurt because our father would pull them super hard if we didn’t listen. It didn’t matter that our noses hurt because we were forced to place our noses on the refrigerator for long…

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A Matter of Perspective: Changing The Way We Think About Our Chronic Illness

Reclaiming HOPE

A Matter Of Perspective: Changing How We Think About Our Chronic Illness https://reclaiminghope.blog

I have a dear friend whose grandson is exceptionally bright and observant. Whenever we see each other, I look forward to her “Colton Stories.” The last one went something like this: He started asking his grandparents if they drove on the grass. Whenever they told him no, he would say, “Mama drives on the grass.” Of course, his mom denied it, but they just could not convince him that she didn’t drive on the grass. It took them a while, but they finally figured how why he was so convinced that she did. From his vantage point in his car seat all he could see beside him was grass. He didn’t have sight of the road so he thought it wasn’t there.

My favorite part of the story came at the very end…. My friend was on the way to the mall with Colton and his mom and he pointed…

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Emergency – Word of the Day Challenge

Cyranny's Cove

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Happy 174th Birthday Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche


Today is the 174th birthday of the man that originated the quote “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Nietzsche. A lot of his quotes ring true with me and I have placed them throughout his biography below. The world is a better place because he is in it and still feels the loss that he has left.


NAME: Friedrich Nietzsche
OCCUPATION: Philosopher, Scholar
BIRTH DATE: October 15, 1844
PLACE OF BIRTH: Röcken bei Lützen, Germany
DEATH DATE: August 25, 1900
PLACE OF DEATH: Weimar, Germany
CAUSE OF DEATH: Cancer – Brain
REMAINS: Buried, Röcken Kirchhof, Röcken, Germany
EDUCATION: University of Bonn, University of Leipzig, Domgymnasium, Schulpforta

BEST KNOWN FOR: Influential German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is known for his writings on good and evil, the end of religion in modern society and the…

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