Monthly Archives: February 2012

Bipolar Disorder Types…

I have come across a video that explains 5 Types of Bipolar Disorder, This is an interesting video and I think some of you may find it helpful so I am posting it here.

If you or anyone you know thinks you may be affected by a Mental Illness please get professional help. Don’t try to self diagnose. 

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A Great Video to Stop Bullying…

I came across this video I believe on twitter. I am impressed by it and the message.

My daughter was bullied for more than 4 years, until I went to the school and reported it and kept going back to report it! The damage has been done and it was so bad that she would come out of school crying. Her self esteem is non-existent which started when the bullying began.

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Update on the New Neighbor…

Hi everyone! I’m sure you remember me sharing that I have a new neighbor that is super friendly but I had a feeling he had some troubles and in talking to him he does and was fearing he may be Bipolar or have a mental illness of some form.Image of a Boy Blowing Bubble

We have talked a lot and he has shared a very troubling life. He has been through a lot from a young age and honestly I told him he may just have a lot of baggage he needs to deal with and therapy would likely help him. He is waiting for his insurance from his new job to kick in then he says he will go for help once again. He has seen doctors and therapist before but has not had insurance for a while.

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Great Site for Remodeling..

I have been introduced to a great site for remodeling! It is called Houzz.com and it is great for Home Designs, decorating and remodeling Ideas and Inspiration, along with Kitchen and Bathroom Design.

They have Hundreds of thousands of pictures to browse, you can filter them for different themes like Asian, Contemporary, Mediterranean, Modern, traditional and more. You can even upload your own pictures. It looks like a ton of fun really and gives you some great ideas.

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Im Baaaack… No more days off

Hello Everyone! Well I’m back.. Lots to catch up on so I will be working hard to get all up to date.

We had a great visit with Carl and his parents, I met his sister! They are all great people and we really enjoyed being away and visiting with everyone! It is nice to be around a close family, mine are not close and we are all uncomfortable around each other.

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Missing in action for 4 days!

Hi Everyone!  I just wanted to post to you that I will be gone from today 02/17/12 till Monday 02/20/12. This kids and I are headed out of town to spend some time with Carl’s Parents and see where they live.  It is about a 5 hour drive so we wont be back till later Monday.

I may also be semi missing on Tuesday 02/21/12 as its Carl’s Birthday!

Don’t want any of you to be wondering if I feel off the face of the earth or worry at all we are off having fun.  We rarely go any where but we are off today!

Everyone have a great weekend, I will see you all next week!

 

Shauna

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Identity Theft..

Have you ever known anyone that had their identity stolen? I haven’t personally but there are millions of people a year that are victims of identity theft. I hope Identity theft never touches your life. My last post touched a bit on over spending and Credit reports but I thought this is another area that we should all be concerned with..

It’s very important to keep your information safe. You can end up financially ruined if your information falls into the wrong hands. It is very difficult to correct a situation where someone has stolen your identity.

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Credit Report and Bipolar Disorder

Did you know that Over Spending is a common symptom for a person with  Bipolar Disorder. Boy! When the doctor first told me that it explained a lot!  Before I knew I was Bipolar, I was in charge of all our family finances. We both worked but I took care of all the money. Not the best idea!  

I have to say I never understood how I could overspend every month, but I did. We ended up deep in a hole and my illness got so bad I had to cut back hours then a few months later I had to quit working. That Left us upside down month after month as I/we had run up a high amount on credit cards.  

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Do you believe in Psychic Abilities?

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I thought it might be fun to see what you all think of Psychic abilities.  I have looked into a specific ability and that is Clairsentience or Clairsentient! A reader suggested to me that my Empathy issue could be a gift I am not aware of. Now I have always considered empathy a gift, but is there more to it? I’m always a curious gal so here we are looking it up. 

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Valentines Day…Means What to you?

I want to wish everyone, who isn’t bothered by Valentines Day. a Happy Valentines Day.  I think we all have a different out look on this particular holiday.  So I’m hoping you will share some thoughts with me and my other readers.

I was talking to Carl last night and he says guys just fret it and have to remember to do something special and are happy when its over.   I cracked up.  Guys is it really that big a deal? If you are just doing it because you have to why do you feed into it at all?Image of a chocolate heart

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I enjoy Valentines day but not all the commercial bologna behind it. I don’t care if you get me a card or flowers or anything really. I gratefully accept chocolate but that’s year round.  No need to wait for a specified day for that!

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World’s Best Procrastinator

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Do you have children that like to wait until the last possible moment of the night to decide to tell you they have a project due tomorrow morning? I do. It is quite awesome, let me tell you. I sometimes wonder what is going through their little minds when all night everything is cool and there is no mention of a book report of science project until just the moment before bed. It is like they look at the clock and think “ok, I can drop this on my parents now AND I will get to stay up late!” Little do they know that they will be grounded for the next week and maybe that will help them remember their project next time! So as you probably have guessed since my children are procrastinators they probably had to get that from somewhere. It is me. I will admit, I am the world’s worst when it comes to waiting until the last minute. I can’t help it when I have all these things on my Direct.TV DVR to catch up on the laundry can wait!

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Re-Blogged from Jason’s Spina Bifida Journey

This is a Re-blog from Jason’s Spina Bifida Journey!

Update For My Readers

 

Hi guys!! I know I’ve been MIA for quite a while, and for that I am so sorry. I have been battling a cold and have been really busy with a big project at work, which has taken up most of my time.

image of my 2012 goals chalk boardI just wanted to drop by and let you know that I have some great, amazing things planned for the blog this year, but it’ll probably be another week before I’m able to devote some time and give some TLC to my writing. I guarantee that I’ll be back and want to thank everyone for their patience. I’m actually surprised some of you haven’t sent out APBs looking for me. :)

Have an amazing weekend and a better week!! Oh yeah, don’t forget to hug your family this weekend and let them know how much they mean to you. Time’s so precious, don’t let it slip away before it’s too late… you’ll never get it back.

Before I go, I just wanted to ask you to tell your friends and family to check me out and follow my blog, follow me on Twitter and connect with me on LinkedIn. I look forward to networking with you all in 2012!!!

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Losing Someone…

This is an area I have always had a difficult time with, the loss of someone I care about. I am a highly sensitive and emotional person, not to speak of moody. LOL So when there is a death near me or I am in the presence of someone that has recently lost a loved one, I can not contain my emotions.

I got news today that a woman, I thought of as a mother for years, has lost her battle with cancer. She has been ill for a long time and due to circumstances with a family member I have not seen her for several years. I see on Face book today that she has passed. I was hurt and saddened because my friend that I have known since I was three, her daughter, hadn’t even let me know she was doing so badly.  I wish I could have seen her to tell her how much she meant to me when she was there for me as a mom. I think she knows how important she was to me but I wish I could have thanked her one more time.

I feel so badly for her girls and her husband. This has been a long battle for her and them. Her family must be devastated to lose her but they know she is no longer in pain and in a better place. It was her time to go.

Shirley was a warm, loving woman who did a lot of others. When I was a teenager and struggling with my relationship with my mom, Shirley was there for me. I even lived at their house for a period of time when I had no where else to go. She kept me going and helped me to move forward in my life, something you can never repay! For years she really was Mom to me, I called her mom number 2. She was supportive to everyone in her life and really gave to people.  She will be missed by many who loved her.

Rest in Peace Shirley! I love you! You will be missed!

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Mental Illness and Empathy??

Lately I have been thinking about this topic of Empathy and how it may relate to my Mental Illness. I was talking to a good friend when she said her son, who has a diagnosis, is very in tune with people and how empathetic he is.  It was like a light bulb went off and I said that my daughter is also very empathetic and I have always had a large dose of empathy in my dealings with others. 

I told her that I think the Empathy is related to our Mental illness and honestly that I think it doesn’t help us with stabilizing our illness. What I mean is we are so sensitive to emotions and what I always have called peoples vibes that it affects us greatly. I am very affected by others feelings. I can’t go to a funeral for anyone whether I know them or not with out being so completely utterly hysterical that I can’t stay at the service long. I end up Bawling and snot is going everywhere and I always run out of tissues. (Yuck not a good visual) The emotions are over whelming and I feel the sadness and despair others feel as if it is my own. I cannot control it in the least. I can read someone’s story in a book and feel the loss or sadness, mostly books that are real life stories.  Although I bawl like a baby at any sad movie. It is embarrassing it’s so bad.  Image of a waterfall

Anyway back to the topic… I think the empathy we feel, the sense of others problems we feel, even when we don’t know what the problem is can really be difficult when it comes to stabilizing a mental illness.  I have not actually done any research it’s just my observation, as when someone near me has a serious problem I tend to become unstable and its usually surrounding their feelings that starts it. It goes on for a long time once it starts too.  

I think I am going to do some research and see what information might be out there to see if anyone else has researched or thought this way… 

I will have to do another post on this subject soon.. Keep an eye out for it… 

A quote for today:

The secret of many a man’s success in the world resides in his insight into the moods of men and his tact in dealing with them. ~J. G. Holland

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All Types of Signs Online…

I have recently been introduced to another site, new to me, where you can order all types of signs.  It is called SafetySign.com , on this site you can order ALL types of signs from Safety to Recreational. 

For example, here a few links that will take you to different areas of the site. 

Street Signs 

No Trespassing Signs (I know a few people that could use these)

Road Signs (If you have a private road)

SafetySign.com  is for anyone needing OSHA compliant signs and custom signs. A great source for Safety Signs, Traffic Signs, Parking Signs, Construction Signs, Road Signs, Danger Signs, Caution Signs, Warning Signs and you can make a custom sign online as well! If you have property you may want to post some no trespassing or other warning signs, this is the place to get them.  

They have Safety Decals that you can use to label Table Saws or other dangerous equipment.  Their signs are manufactured here in the U.S.A. as well. For me that is always a good point! They will also match ANY competitors prices which is very handy! 

Now, I haven’t actually ordered any signs from them so I can’t speak from personal experience, but go have a look at the signs and check out their policies. They are all clearly listed and in the learning center you will find the links to all their policies.

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Her 13th Birthday…

Where did the time go, how did my baby get to be 13 already. No Image of a girl with a cake and presentway it has been 13 years since the day she was born into this world and became the love of my life! 

Ugh well it seems it has been 13 years and she has grown into a beautiful, caring thoughtful young lady!  She has her struggles with the depression and anxiety but under it all she is a lovely young lady! She will help you with anything on a moments notice, she loves to be part of everything. She is happy and funny, almost all the time.  Sure she has a ‘teenage’ attitude but she is supposed to at this point. When you point it out and tell her it is not acceptable she stops and apologizes most of the time. 

Her grades are good and she has a ton of friends. She loves each one of them for who they are! She is a social butterfly! She loves to go off-roading with her Dad and drives the cars around the desert. She is fearless and loving all at once! Unfortunately, the fearless part keeps her injuring herself but so far not too seriously!   She is a frequent fly-er at the Urgent Care, they know her well! 

Most of all she still likes to cuddle on the couch and watch television and I get to lay in bed with her sometimes before she goes to sleep. She will always be my baby, no matter how old she gets! 

So here is to you Jessi, Happy 13th Birthday! May every year bring you Love, Happiness and Joy!! 

I love you!

 

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Online Shopping with Become.com

I know we all shop online, honestly I do most of my shopping online. I really don’t like going into stores if I know what I want. I have just been introduced to Become.com.  Very cool site although I haven’t purchased anything from it yet I will definitely be looking there next time I’m shopping.

You can do research across the web and shop from their site. I don’t know of another site like it. Take a peek at some of their items like this Matalesse Ivory Shell Coverlet ivory Scallop Edge Coverlet King  by clicking that link you will see many available at different prices and you can chose the one that works best for you or narrow your search. 

I searched several different things but came across the most adorable Mini Couch for kids, I wish my kids were small like this again as it was so much fun for them to have furniture their size. I so miss those days!! Hopefully in 10 or more years I will have grand kids to spoil with these types of things. 

Become.com has a ton of categories and you can narrow searches to what you are looking for or look at a broad range of things.  Here is another example of a search for Mirror Table Lamp Bases, you will see in the column on the left side that you can narrow your search to find by type, brand, price or category.

I don’t know about you guys but I really enjoy finding new sites and online shopping, like I said before, is my favorite way to find a good deal and purchase. I can’t wait to try it out further but I have to wait till I have some shopping money. :) 

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Reaching Out, Taking Chances…

I want to share a recent experience I have had, with a new neighbor! First, I must explain that I have had some problems with people here and really haven’t been friendly with anyone since moving in almost 2 years ago! The apartments are set up to where you see each other all the time but still no real interaction until now. :)

Over this past weekend a new person moved into the apartment directly next door to me. Our doors actually open up into each other so you can’t come and go at the same time. Sometimes its comical, especially when your neighbors aren’t friendly.  I went to leave the other day and bumped into my new neighbor.  He is a single dad with two girls and a very friendly person.  I immediately got the feeling he was having a hard time emotionally. I didn’t say anything at that time just introduced Carl and ran out! Image of a hand shake on a new day

The next day he came by and said Hi and we were talking a bit and it came out that he was having a hard time. I asked him if he wanted to come in and chat but he didn.t want to at that time and said he would explain another time why.  We talked a bit more at the door but something really made me want to reach out to him, but I didn’t want to push. I made it clear to him that I was around if he needed anything. 

The next day he pops up again and we got to chatting and he kinda spilled some stuff about having concerns that he might be bipolar.  Of course before he said that I had told him I didn’t work and he asked why and being me I told him the truth.  He said he was really interested in talking more about it but I had to leave so I talked with him for a bit and then I had to run off.  I really get the feeling he needs some support, just friendly support.  

I really took a chance telling a brand new neighbor about my illness but I dont keep it quiet. If I did I would be making the stigma that surrounds mental illness worse so I take these chances and times like these it pays off.  I really do want to help people understand mental illness and help them be brave enough to get real help. This man is worried about his mental status and has lost many jobs over his mood swings etc.  He needs someone to talk to about this to help him sort things out and I think that fate put him next door to me so I could help him out.  

We talked a bit again tonight and he wants to talk more another time so I just told him anytime he wants to chat to knock on the door or if its open to call in to me.  He said you might be the best person for me right now! I’m not sure I agree but I can listen and tell him what I have been through.

It is sometimes frightening to take that type of chance but if we continue to hide our illness and allow people to shame us the stigma will never change.  We must be brave and confident in the decisions to reach out to people!! 

Now go reach out to someone, even if it is just a friendly hello it might change their entire day! 

 

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