Ch. 7 Stumbling Toward a New Life: The newly divorced mother of two, who has never been on her own before, takes stock of where she is and where she needs to be. She starts teaching in Adult Education, desperately taking any job that will bring in money to support herself and her girls. Meanwhile, feeling utterly alone, she joins groups to try to find the companionship she misses. In the background, her Influencers are guiding her. But will she stumble over a cliff?
Her husband made it abundantly clear that he was against her fulfilling her missed dream of a college education. However, she knew that her life—and that of her daughters—could not progress unless she attained that. Studies, work, childcare, a father who drank rather than supervising the kids, an almost dead marriage…life was, to say the least, stressful. How she handles all this is in Ch. 6. Learn more about the book and where to find it at www.smthingscount.com/women-in-me
I’ve seen (and petted) therapy dogs visiting patients in hospitals and thought it was a great idea, especially as I observed patients perk up their spirits and calm down their bodies as they petted the animals. But, until recently, I’d never heard of therapy CHICKENS.
Give Mother Nature a chance to clean your house–for free. You spend 90% of your time indoors, where pollution is 2-5 times worse than outdoors. Open windows for a cross-breeze and use a whole-house fan.
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I remember seeing seeing a story about the skinny mannequin in a store window in New Zealand and mannequins from JC Penny in a variety of shapes and sizes. Showing Penny’s, I think, minimized the importance of the New Zealand store’s picture, making it seem like they were practically the only one with a mannequin with ribs protruding. Nope. Other stores do the same thing–check out their pictures.
I’m disturbed by those skinny mannequins, especially when I hear that stores use them because clothes look best on that body type. They remind me of the near epidemic of eating disorders in the U.S., notably among our young people. And how teenagers’ self esteem falls to nothing when someone even hints that they should shed some pounds if they want to be attractive or popular. And the heartbreak of a teen girl trying on the outfit that’s on the mannequin only to have to go up in size to make it fit–then it doesn’t look as good on her…proving (to her) that there’s something wrong with her. I don’t want my granddaughter, or any child or adult, for that matter, going through this needless, damaging, degrading, hurtful pain.
Today’s Thursday Thought quote hit me where I needed it. I looked at the stresses piling up on me and realized my anxiety is my own fault because I was looking at situations from the wrong perspective.
“A secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is instead of what you think it should be, and then making the best of it.” — Unknown