End of Nablopomo 0809

42-17182418See this stack of papers, binders, and folders?  That’s pretty much what my school work pile has grown into.  I haven’t been able to do any school work at all.  I know shame on me, I have an excuse though!  I know again shame on me for making excuses.  I get up at 7am, I get my daughter ready for school, she’s on the bus by 8:30am and then it’s time to get my son ready for the day.  Let’s see, hmmmmm, chores and playing last until about 4pm and then I get my daughter off the bus.  Anyway I have to call people from 6-9pm and then it’s brush teeth, get clean and time for bed for my kids.  By this time, I am exhausted and most of the time I am in bed by 10pm.  I DO feed them by the way.  So anyway I guess you are wondering why I am telling you all of this?  Well sadly I am going to have to bow out of Nablopomo for the month of September.  I HAVE to get caught up with everything around here especially my school work.  You WILL hear from me though, just not everyday anymore.  I’m not happy I’m going to have to get out of bed around 5:30am for the time being until I can get caught up.  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!  Happy Blogging Everyone!

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Creating The Life You Want (A Worksheet)

I found this fabulous Bipolar website this morning and this is one of the worksheets it has in it wellness toolbox.  Lots of valuable information in the website, check out the website here~~>>Mental Health Resources.
The Ten Steps to Accomplishing a Goal
1. State as clearly as possible in a positive manner what it is that you want to create in your life.

  • Within the next (time frame)__________________, I choose to …

2. Be clear why you want this and how your life will be different once you achieve this goal.

  • I believe the benefits of doing this will be …
  • If I decide not to do this, it will mean…

3. Understand what you have going for you to help you achieve this goal.

  • Three things that I have going for me in terms of creating the kind of future that I want are …

4. Understand the challenges that exist.

  • Three things that may keep me from creating the kind of future that I want are…

5. Be especially aware of the negative self-talk that sabotages and undermines your attempts to succeed.

  • The negative and destructive self-talk that I need to watch out for is…
  • I will fight this negative self-talk by …

6. Be clear about what you need to achieve this goal in terms of skills, resources, support systems, etc.

  • I need to learn the following skills in order to accomplish this goal…
  • I need to get these resources…
  • I need to develop these supports…

7. List the 3-5 major actions that you need to take to start moving toward this goal.

  • I need to get started by doing these things…

8. Think of ways to care for yourself as you work to achieve this goal.

  • I will take care of myself while working to create the kind of future I want by…

9. Stay focused on what you want to create, not on the difficulties you might be having.

  • I will keep myself focused on what I want to create and the benefits this will bring me by …

10. Be easy on yourself! Have fun! Enjoy it! Enjoy life!

  • I will remember to be easy on myself. Have fun! Enjoy it! I will work to enjoy life by doing these things…

She’s Only 8!

Man, who knew this whole parent thing could be so hard? 😉 On Wednesday it was really hot out so I decided when my daughter got home from school we would go ahead and enjoy the pool before she got started on her homework. Well she has a friend that lives a couple doors down and rides the bus with her, her same age and everything. So when we get home I announce (expecting a yay!) that it’s pool time, wait for it…the yay has to be in here somewhere…nope, no yay all I got was “but I promised her I would go over there today!” Okay so let me get this straight, you want to go to a friends house instead of playing in the pool? Yup. I take her over there and they invite her in THEIR pool. Guess whose pool she went in? No, not ours. I have to admit it hurt my feelings extremely and I cried that night on into yesterday morning. Sometimes being a Mom is no fun, painful even.

But I’m almost over it. 😉 Okay but I have a question here and I am hoping to get responses…

How much time should an 8 year old spend at a friends house, in a week?

I’ve been looking around on the web and it seems there is not one website that I have found that has an answer or opinion to this question. Okay so either that means I’m a paranoid weird mother or no one else has this problem, or well both. What’s your opinion, answer (on the question above, not on me being weird LOL!), how do you balance the time? I mean she is ONLY 8.

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Alcoholism News With The Military

Check this alcoholism news story out.  It only took the military until 2009 to finally admitt soldiers aren’t perfect and suffer from the same mental illnesses as the rest of us.  I think this is unbelieveable that they haven’t admitted this before now, I mean hell they admitted back in the 40’s that people were’t crazy and didn’t belong in sanitariums with the white jackets on, that the general public could be diagnosed as alcoholic.  Come on 2009!  I wonder how long it’s going to take them to come up with help to the military about cocaine abuse? 

“The military does recognize there are increasing problems with alcohol,” said Jolee Darnell, the clinical director and regional coordinator for the Army Substance Abuse Program at Fort Lewis. “That’s why they’re putting this program in place.”

Meetings with counselors will be scheduled after normal duty hours at the old Madigan complex. Notes in a soldier’s medical file will be accessible only under limited conditions, such as with the person’s consent, a court order, or if he or she represents an imminent danger to self or others.

More than 10,400 soldiers across the Army were referred to alcohol-abuse treatment from October 2008 to June 2009, according to the Pentagon. The Army treated 12,590 during the previous 12-month period.

At Fort Lewis, 475 soldiers are now receiving some kind of substance-abuse treatment, with 60 percent battling alcohol abuse, Darnell said.

Read full story here~~>> Military Testing Alcoholism Treatment

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