Today’s Featured Blog…Hyper Child Chill Mom!!

Hyper Child Chill Mom

Have you ever had one of those mornings where the sun, moon, and stars aligned and it was just perfect?

That was us this morning!

I was up before my alarm, had my coffee, got Nicole her pill, she got up without ANY hassle, and we were out the door with time to spare. There was no arguing about what she was going to wear (mind you she did change her pants 3 times).

It was wonderful.

Our Dog Horton Loved my walk!

I even was able to take our wonderful dog with us for the morning walk because I didn’t need to carry back the hover board.

It was just a perfect morning!

Plus we had some wonderful feedback from our Blog last night and this morning! Got Nicole really motivated!

So thanks for all the wonderful comments and all the likes!

Happy Thursday!!!

Chill Mom Julia

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Lessons From The Grandpa Tree – Growing Stronger With Fibromyalgia

Reclaiming HOPE

Last week, my husband and I got home from shopping and I asked him what he wanted me to carry in. He said, “If you can get the clothes, I’ll get everything else.” Later, I realized that a year ago, he wouldn’t have said that to me. He would have told me to go on in the house and he would get everything else. Inside, I did a little victory dance! You see, a year ago he would have thought I was too tired or in too much pain or might hurt myself carrying bags….. For him to see that I’m able to do some of these things for myself again means that he can see I’m getting stronger. There are still many days that he tells me to let him get everything because he can see I don’t feel well, but in letting me help when I can, he’s…

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Falling for Autumn


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Originally posted on Tripping Through Treacle:
Following on from my most recent blog post, describing the hidden, more emotional MS symptoms that I have, I thought that it would be nice to focus on something a bit more happy and positive.…

My Daily Observation: 10/20/17


I am amazed by human behavior.  I love reading and learning about what makes people tick and I especially like watching people.

Blogging affords the opportunity to converse and interact with thousands of people every week.  One of the topics that usually gets a lot of responses is excuse making.  Every time I voice my opinion that people validate their lack of success by making excuses, someone will email me with a list of excuses explaining to me why they “cannot” thus making my point.

“I can’t live a healthy lifestyle because of x, y, z.”

“I can’t find a better job because of x, y, z.”

“I can’t do X because of a, b, c…”

“I can’t…”

“I can’t…”

“I can’t…”

The last 3 are really what you’re telling yourself.  When you use excuses you are reinforcing the idea that you are incapable and the excuse is a defense mechanism designed to protect you.  That is the incredible dual-edge nature of an excuse-you use them to protect yourself, yet they are doing more damage than good.

My observation is that people tend to have excuses locked and loaded, ready to defend their life. their decisions, their performance.

I makes excuses.

You make excuses.

We all make excuses.

Excuses are tools of the incompetent which create monuments of nothingness. – author unknown

I want you to spend some time in deep introspection about excuse making.  Until you are honest with yourself there will always be mental blocks that will disallow you from moving forward.













Take Your First Step

Dream Desire Achieve

Every giant stride begins with a step
Every great author begins with a word
Every front-page landmark begins with a stone
Every five-star project begins with a thought

Find your thoughts
Pick up your stone
Write your words
Take your steps

Your journey never starts
Until you get up and start

Daily Prompt: Giant

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#DailyHaikuChallenge – Scarlet – October 18th, 2017

Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching!

To take part in the Daily Haiku Challenge see  The Original Post from Day One

Autumn’s Caress by Tessa Smeigh October 2017

the small things matter

making our life more complete

who needs the big stuff

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems posts to other blog and will be deleting this one.

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Today’s Featured Blog…verslunivers!!


my second visit to the dreamy, beautiful city of Praha (as the locals call it) or Prague, as it is more famously known as consisted of a few cliches and must-dos.

the first one was in 2015, Christmas time, and most of my time in the city was a grand celebration with two friends from Brazil and another from India.

Starting with Praha’s reknownded Charles Bridge, a tour to the castle and winding up at the Franz Kafka Museum were the main things on the agenda.  Franz Kafka, father of the absurd, explorer of the inner turmoil, has strong connections with his hometown and one can see his name and images and inspiration all across.

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Playing in the Trees

Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

Students hanging out in the trees

Mid-October finds me longing for trees decked out in Autumn splendor. Here in Northern California, as the nights get cooler and the day time temps hover in the upper 70s, the leaves have a couple more weeks to go before we see significant color changes.

For now, as I post for Sunday Trees hosted by Becca at “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea,”  I will have to settle for some photos of leisure and play time in the trees.

Last weekend, I had arranged for one of my recreation classes to participate in the campus Peak Adventures Ropes course. Facing their fears, they embraced their opportunity to climb up trees over 40 feet in the air to a platform, rope or pole from which to execute the challenge.

In spite of them being harnessed in and belayed by professional staff, students reported the lasting affects of the adrenaline rush of…

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