This is The Courage To Shift!



I initially joined Al-Anon under false pretenses, thinking I was going to learn how to “fix” someone who’s addiction was bothering me. I quickly learned I could not control anyone other than myself (it was a HUGE let down!). My focus had to be on taking care of myself, changing the things I can, and letting go of the rest.


By working through the Al-Anon 12 Steps with a sponsor and listening to others share their experience, strength,  and hope, over time I was able to accept their invitation to detach with love. It wasn’t easy and there were times I struggled with this. However, as in my weight loss journey, when I fall short of my goal, there is always an opportunity to start fresh the next day. Progress, not perfection is key for me.

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Mystery Blogger Award

This is Fearless!!



I was nominated for ‘Mystery Blogger Award’ and I’d like to thank Tina at Invisible Illnesses for nominating me.  I have been diagnosed with MS and several of my symptoms are invisible, so I enjoy her posts immensely!

  • The “Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.

The award was created by Okoto Enigmato give  unseen bloggers a chance to show yourself to the world.

Rules For The Nominees:

  • Display the award logo on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the…

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An Honest Post on Preparing For a New Year with Chronic Illness

This is Tripping Through Treacle!

Tripping Through Treacle

I’ve been thinking about my first blog post of 2017 for some time now… churning over ideas in my head about what I would like to write about. Should I tell you about my new year’s resolutions? Should I reflect on what 2016 was to me? Or perhaps take a different slant and talk about how having the kids at home over the Christmas holidays has beenexhausting, but alsojoyful and fun-filled, spending time with them on wintery walks (scoots, in my case)?

I could write about all of those – well, perhaps less so on the new year’s resolutions, as I haven’t really set myself any major ones – but the one topic that keeps coming back to me is how much my view of new year has changed over the past few years.

10 years ago, on New Year’s Day, I would have probably been nursing the mother…

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Meditation Monday: Meditation for Beginners: The Ultimate Guide | BayArt

The Purple Almond is a great Follow!!

The Purple Almond


Each Meditation Monday, I’ve featured a meditation video. It occurred to me today that many of you may not be familiar with or know how to meditate. While I do meditate on a regular basis, I am not, by any means, an expert. So, I found an article published in September 2016, by This is a very inclusive list of answers to many questions, including: What is meditation, how to breath, types of meditation, how to make it fun, and common mistakes. I will be posting a meditation video later today. I hope you find this article helpful.


It’s no secret that I advocate meditation as a great way to start your day, deal with stress, live in the present and more. The habit of meditation is one of the most powerful things I’ve ever learned. Amazingly, it’s also one of the most simple habits to do —…

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Butter Garlic Smothered Chicken

Well, we’ve almost made it through Week 2 and when I weighed in this morning… 7 pounds!!! Man, this really works when you stick to it, I am seriously motivated now! Tomorrow is cheat da…

Source: Butter Garlic Smothered Chicken

Me and Dizzy attempting to combat anxiety…

This is Dinosaurs, Donkeys and MS!!

Dinosaurs, Donkeys and MS

I’ve decided 2017 is already way too stressful for me and Dizzy. We’re back at the hospital on Wednesday for tests. One of those visits to find out your synptoms could be nothing or something really serious.

The waiting is making me go a bit nutty with stress so I thought I would make a little post on my ways of helping combat anxiety. It helps me remember to do them and hopefully will be useful to other people too!

  1. Talking to someone. For me I always jump to the worst case scenario and then spend hours thinking about this worse case scenario until I’m completely convinced this is definitely what is going to happen and I may as well give up on life now. But as soon as I talk to someone and they remind me there are other options things seem abit better. 🙂img_0704-2
  2. Yoga! I do find yoga amazing. Meditation…

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Meet and Greet Link


The Meet and Greet continues today and will conclude tomorrow evening so be sure to jump in and have some fun!

And don’t forget, you can leave your link multiple times!!

Meet and Greet Link

Half a cup…

This is A Hansen Chronicle!

A Hansen Chronicle


If there is a recipe for contentment, it calls for four ounces…

In this recipe, though, the unspecified ingredient is less important than how the cook views that half a cup. Four ounces in an eight-ounce glass: half full or half empty?

I think most of us see ourselves as leaning naturally toward either optimism or pessimism. Those who tend to be more hopeful know how to look for the good in difficult circumstances. Those who brace themselves for the negative don’t want to be caught off-guard when trouble comes.

It seems very few are exclusively one or the other. The popular idea of new year’s resolutions requires some optimism – though the pessimist might simply anticipate failing sooner.

A well-known quote resolves the opposing tendencies with a third option:  “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The realist adjusts the sails.” I love this…

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Welcome Dream Big Partner: The Courage To Shift

I am pleased to welcome the latest blogger to become a Dream Big Partner: The Courage To Shift





Here is an excerpt from The Courage To Shift’s about page:


“Welcome To The Courage To Shift! I share inspiration on various topics including my 70 weight loss journey (maintained 11 years), my 7 year journey to becoming debt free (including a son graduating debt free from college) and my journey to self-worth and self-discovery post divorce (including returning to school at 49 and starting my Transformation Life Coach business at 50!). I frequently share motivational quotes and sprinkle in random thoughts about life in general!”



You can find The Courage To Shift’s logo in my sidebar and on the Partner’s Page at the top of my website!  When you visit be sure to tell her Danny sent ya!