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This is Maria Jansson Photography!
So I have been away from the blogging world for about a week. I mentioned in my last post that I had to find other living arrangements. Several of my friends immediately offered me a room in their house. I’m very grateful for that, I am blessed to have many wonderful, amazing friends, but if possible I like having a place of my own. I’ve lived by myself for almost 20 years now, I kind of like it. I looked at a few rental properties. After some thinking, and considering that I have to be out of the house ASAP (before the end of this weekend,) I had to get started on something. I decided to buy an old RV, and make it nice.
It looked horrible on the inside when I got it, full of crap, everything from diapers to broken furniture etc. I bought it because the frame was good, the electric…
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I love posts about blogging; read about Kitcats Designs experience thus far!
I have not been doing this blogging thing very long and WOW it’s really been like studying a whole new career. I have spent these past 5 mo studying a few hours nightly from the experts out there. What I have learned so far is;
1. I am not technical, BUT I can be taught. I laugh at this statement now because this was huge fear of mind that actually held me back from pursuing this sooner. I may be slower than some, take more notes, ask more questions… but I’m HERE... I’m doing it!!!
2. Accountability to myself-What I mean by this is, I have finally reached that threshold where I’m writing for myself. We all have accountability to our family, loved ones, jobs, children and such. This is a deeper sense of being accountable to our creative selves and how we put out in there in the world..
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This is Nicci Kelly!!
In 2008, a first year head coach hung a sign up in his football players’ meeting room which had the word “BELIEVE” on it. The team was going through so many problems. They had not one ten games in a season in 18 years and had not won a championship since 1981. Fast forward nine years later and Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers football program are now your 2017 College Football National Champions. His team needed to believe in themselves, if they were to overcome a record of mediocrity (Schiffer, 2017). “Believe,” Swinney says, “is a powerful thing. Powerful enough to change anything” (Hayes, 2017).
I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic of belief lately. We all have things and values that we believe in. Our lives are a reflection of what we believe and the habits we build around our belief system. Believing is so simple, we…
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This is A Hansen Chronicle!!
Positive thinking may be overrated.
Wait — I don’t mean there is anything good about negativity.
Maybe a better way to say it is… Positivity can have its pitfalls.
I began this post as an attempt to understand why i sometimes find “positive thinking” posts off-putting. What i’m coming to realize is that what i’m really contrasting, rather than positive vs negative, is one mode of encouragement vs another.
What i will call Mode One is a sort of tough talk, one that says… “Stop making excuses! Don’t let obstacles get in your way.”
Whereas Mode Two is more like… “You have a lot to deal with. Take the time you need to process and recharge.”
I rarely hear Mode Two as excessively coddling, which, taken to a far enough degree, would be its own inherent pitfall, i suppose.
It seems i more often come across the tough talk mode…
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I am pleased to welcome the latest blogger to become a Dream Big Partner: My Loud Bipolar Whispers!!
Here is an excerpt from My Loud Bipolar Whispers’ About page:
I was born in St. Paul, MN and moved to Lakeville, MN when I was ten years old. Lakeville is a suburb about thirty minutes south of Minneapolis. I will always love the Minneapolis area, I miss it and hope to be able to move back there some day, somehow. Plus, I love football and I am a forever true die hard Minnesota Vikings fan and always will be. Go Vikings! Skol!!
In 1987 I graduated with Honors from Mankato State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education. I also received the honor of receiving and being listed in 1987 edition of “The Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.” My Special Education professors only select one Special Education student every year and they selected me. That was quite an honor for me and I, of course, couldn’t believe they selected me and always wondered why they did select me as I had and have no self esteem, whatsoever. They must have seen something very special and promising in my future as a Special Education Teacher.
I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder 1 with mixed episodes, rapid cycling, and some psychotic features, PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Personality Disorder. Yes, that is a lot of labels. Whew! This made it very difficult to treat me. Plus, I have always been very sensitive to the medications. Unfortunately, it took me many years before I would accept my diagnosis, so of course that hindered my ability to get well sooner.
God has saved my life too many times to count. He has always been with me, by my side whether I knew it or felt his presence or not. I know now that he has been with me through my entire journey and all of my struggles. This has all been a part of His plan for my life. I accept it now. So many times I felt like my brain was trying to kill me….. but God said NO!!! I continue to fight to live and survive and thrive. God has saved my life and I have become born again. Jesus is my Lord and Savior. I praise God! He is so good! Thank you God for my life.
Please enjoy my blog and make comments and ask questions as often as you would like. I look forward to hearing from all of you.
You can find My Loud Bipolar Whispers’ 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!
I am pleased to welcome the latest blogger to become a Dream Big Partner: Horse Addict
Here is an excerpt from Horse Addict’s About page:
“Anne Leueen is a “vintage” dressage rider who began riding in Vancouver, BC, Canada where she grew up. Initially she rode in the jumper and eventing world. She stopped riding while at university and did not ride, other than occasional trail riding when she was living in England, for thirty years. She took it up again at age 50, when her daughter became passionate about horses and riding. Her daughter was a dressage rider and Anne felt that was a suitable discipline for a ‘vintage’ rider. She credits her riding and relationship with horses as having helped her through an encounter with cancer that happened shortly after she started back to riding.
Anne Leueen lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband David. Her current equine partner is Biasini, a Hanoverian gelding who is a dressage expert and often wonders why Anne doesn’t just let him make all the decisions about what to do and where to go.
Words and photos are copyright (c) Horse Addict and may not be reproduced without permission which Anne Leueen is happy to grant for non-commercial purposes provided she is credited as the writer or photographer and with a link to this blog.
Thanks for stopping by!”
You can find Horse Addict’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!
READ, READ, READ this post on Second Wind Leisure Perspectives!!!!
For those of you who have followed me for years or just recently, you may know that I am an avid, hobby photographer.
Frustrated with “free” stock image photography sites that promise photos that need “no” attribution, I take all my own photos for my blog and websites. My phone and now, my new camera, go everywhere I go. I’m always looking for interesting photo ops!
Truth be told, I am leery of stock photo services offering free images. Recently, Margaret at Sticky Readers mentioned Unsplash, a site boasting free stock photos.
I decided to check it out and found this article from 12/16 on Snappa Blog, 21Amazing Sites with Breathtaking Free Stock Photos.
“Many of these photographs are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain dedication. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all…
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