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College Days

Thursday, 13 October 2016 00:00  by Caitlin Y.
My family and I moved to a university campus a little over a year ago. Having experienced a full year of campus-living, I must admit that I’ve grown accustomed to the emptiness and peacefulness of the abandoned campus over the summer. The few families that remain on campus during “break” have the run of the place! We’ve given our girls a little more freedom and independence due to the vacant roadways and near-empty buildings. We have quite enjoyed this season. However, in the last few weeks I have seen the…

10 Healthy Foods to Eat this Fall

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 00:00  by Charity B.
Apples The warm smell and crisp flavor of apples is a sure sign that fall is just around the corner. In the Northern Hemisphere apples are in season from late summer to early winter. In addition to being eaten raw, apples are a wonderful addition to a variety of recipes from salads to baked goods. Choose organic apples if possible due to the pesticide content of conventionally grown apples. Figs Figs can come in a variety of colors, including purple to pink or light brown, but the flesh inside is…
In my last blog, I discussed the hardship that some Chinese children have on their journey to school. As I was searching for a follow up to that story, I happened upon a documentary that looked intriguing. My husband and I watched it and I must say that I was deeply touched by the brave children that were featured. Their ventures to school are a far cry from many, including myself. Let’s take a look at the drastic differences as I share my own (travel to school) experiences: Caitlin, United…

The Power of a Good Lipstick

Thursday, 06 October 2016 00:00  by Christina M.
Think of your morning routine: waking up, stretching, eating your breakfast, and then your daily hygiene. I have a vanity that I get ready in front of that has all sorts of creams, powders, perfumes and lipsticks that are part of my morning routine. Lately I have started adding in a step, wearing makeup or just a lipstick when I’m running errands or cleaning the house. The most intentional part of my day is stopping what I’m doing to take a moment to pause. No, I’m not advocating self-obsession, but…

Fighting Fatigue

Monday, 03 October 2016 00:00  by Christina M.
The busy modern life sometimes feels overwhelming, and the cause of all of our problems. Cell phones that ring and add anxiety and stress, and schedules so packed we don’t have a moment to breathe. Although these are all factors that lead to exhaustion it has been around in different forms throughout the ages. For those dealing with mental illness and recovery, exhaustion is all too real. The diagnosable condition of exhaustion can happen whenever we over exert ourselves mentally or physically. Some struggle with chronic fatigue or work everyday…
Here is a list of 13 things you should stay away from to be mentally strong. Now no one is perfect and there may be some things you may need to work on. We are all human and make mistakes. This is how we learn from the day we are born. Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves Feeling sorry for yourself is not going to get you anywhere. You are the change that needs to be made. Identify the problem or mistake made and then work to make decisions on…

Baking For Stress Relief

Thursday, 29 September 2016 00:00  by Jennifer K.
When you are stressed, food is not necessarily the answer. Well, not eating it anyway. Baking is very therapeutic and it is also a creative outlet. From breads to pies there are many ways to relieve stress, reduce anxiety, be less dependent on others, be creative, and relieve depression. I have found when I am stressed or angry I like to make some sort of bread. You can take your frustrations out on the dough. It is very therapeutic to have to knead the dough. I also find it enjoyable…

Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 00:00  by Jessica B.
Breakfast is hands down the most important meal of the day. Oddly enough, it is the meal that most people tend to skip out on more frequently. Fueling your brain first thing in the morning not only drastically reduces your urge to snack throughout the day, but also gives the brain energy to run off of. Most of us are "foggy brained" when we wake up in the morning, but a smart breakfast can help jumpstart your body into gear and prepare you for a productive day. Breakfasts don't have…

Grieving with Music: Iraq’s Cellist

Saturday, 24 September 2016 00:00  by Christina M.
We play music in all sorts of ceremonies and occasions. We hear certain songs for group gatherings, birthdays, holidays, weddings, graduations, and funerals. Even a few notes of a familiar melody can evoke emotions and remind us of the gravity of a situation. Pomp and Circumstance evokes an immediate stand, and Auld Lang Syne, a sense of community. Everyone has different memories associated with even the most iconic of songs. A BBC recent article told of a man who writes new music, music intended to heal and help a community…
The U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, considers mental health to be a major factor in the top three pillars of wellness. In a recent interview with HuffPost editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington he said, “Emotional well-being is more than the absence of a mental illness. It’s that resource within each of us which allows us to reach ever closer to our full potential, and which also enables us to be resilient in the face of adversity.” Murthy mentioned what all therapists and psychiatrists so often say, that mental health is not about…

Don’t Let A Rainy Day Stop Your Parade

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 00:00  by Jennifer K.
Picture this. You have made an accomplishment and it does not matter if it is big or small. You want to celebrate. Only one hitch, it’s raining outside! No problem, just take a look at the list below of rainy day activities that you can do to celebrate your moment. Take a walk and breathe in the fresh air Rent your favorite movie Go to the movies with friends Go out for ice cream Dance to your favorite songs like no one is watching Print yourself a certificate of completion…

Be Aware of IRS Tax Scams and Protect Yourself

Saturday, 17 September 2016 00:00  by Mitzi N.
Yesterday my anxiety soared through the roof as I finally answered a call that I thought was yet another sales call. Messages had been left and the calls started to occur daily. I called back to instruct them to take me off their list. They represented themselves as the U.S. Treasury Department. They had my address and name. The person on the other end gave me his full name, I.D. number, a case number and advised me we were being recorded. Somehow I was naïve enough to listen opposed to…

Learning Resiliency from Flowers

Thursday, 15 September 2016 00:00  by Christina M.
It is commonly known among my friends and family that while I may have a green heart, and a love for all plants and flowers, I do not always have a green thumb. Being around plants, gardens, and the outdoors is a stress reliever for me, but the stress of keeping houseplants and my garden in health is another story. That is why when I saw HGTV’s new list of “Can’t-Kill Flowers for Beginners” I was full of encouragement. I know that I cannot control the world around me, but…
In my last blog, I opened up about my (and my daughters’) struggle with mornings. I had found many reasons to be grateful for the opportunities that we have, and did my best to explain this to them. I gave them a quick history lesson in regards to how past generations had to travel to school. Recently I came across a news article that I thought would be a great learning opportunity for all of us. The article was on a few months ago entitled, “China to replace treacherous…

School Days - Part One: Mornings

Saturday, 10 September 2016 00:00  by Administrator
Confession: I am not a morning person. My taste buds do not find coffee appealing, which makes the already long, drawn out process of waking up seem to go even slower. Especially when I arrive at work and my coffee-drinking co-workers are bright-eyed and ready to attack the day with enthusiasm. Meanwhile, I feel like I’m moving at a speed similar to Flash, the sloth from Zootopia. I recall as a teenager when I would ignore my parent’s courtesy wake up call, my dad would squirt me with a spray…
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