Listaliciousness: Father’s Day, Women on Money, and Hidden Meaning in “Lilo and Stitch”

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My family

Happy Father’s Day! I miss my father so much on this special day. At least, we talked on the phone which was wonderful.

Anyway, here are some links. A few are Father’s Day themed while others deal with history, coping skills, and Disney of course. Enjoy!

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Depression – Real. Talk.

People sometimes ask me what depression sounds like or seem confused about how mental illness feels. Here is a great example of what the voice in your head constantly says. The sad thing is that you begin to think it is the only thing that will be there for you always.

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Motivational Monday

This is kind of where I am too! Sure it is scary and sad. However, there is excitement too in the journey ahead.

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Wow, what a beautiful weekend! Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed their Mother’s Day, and had a sunshine filled weekend. Well, it’s official, I’m officially done with my senior year of college (and EVER!) The only adjective I can describe this feeling with is weird. I don’t think it will hit me that August that I will not be returning to St. Bonaventure University for another year of college. It feels like time is absolutely flying by. I mean, I’ll be wearing a cap and gown Sunday and receiving my diploma. SO so so so so weird, but exciting at the same time. This week’s Motivational Monday definitely is for all of the college graduates out there getting ready to leave something so familiar behind, and dive into the unknown.

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If you focus on what you’ve left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead.

Alright everyone…

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#Blog4MH Round Up – Week One Gets Started

I am so excited to be part of this blogging challenge!

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Posts for May 1 – May 7, 2015

It is great to have some participants in the #Blog4MH challenge already posting. I will be updating this post throughout the week so you can easily visit the posts that are being shared. Please check back often! (If you have posted using the hashtag and I have missed it, please let me know and I will add to this list!)

Mental Health Blogging Challenge – by Amarit Brar (first one to post on the hashtag! congrats Amarit!)

My ADHD Story – by Ted Leavitt

You’re Needed – by Ron Dorland

My Anxiety Rant Continued – by Ian Landy

#Blog4MH Challenge: Mental Health Awareness – by Jasmine Rakhra

Cycle of Overeating and Restricting – by Anna Rose Meeds

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month: 5 Simple Ways to Get Involved – by Brent Seal

Collaborating for a Family Friendly Abbotsford – by Karen Copeland

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Shout It Out To The World

Everyone has dreams. Sure, some people pretend that all things fail and life has no point. However, even they hold a secret candle of hope burning for something. Perhaps owning a new dog or seeing a shooting star. Those might seem like simple pleasures, but they might be someone’s deepest dream.

Today, I presented my senior capstone on Professional Writing. My last point in it addressed my future plans and dreams: learning and working at the Disney College Program, continuing my blog, teaching English in South Korea, freelancing for clients, and receiving my doctorate at Oxford University. A couple of these might take 10 years or more (South Korea and Oxford). However, that does not stop me from starting to work to achieve them now.

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Listaliciousness: Allergy-Free Plants, Themed Weddings, and Twitter Birthday Surprises

Ready for this weeks links? These are full of hope with the coming of spring, flowers, weddings, and babies. Funny how most of them seem to fit into that mood and category.

Before the list, however, I wanted to let you know that I feel bad about how moody I’ve been. Perhaps you haven’t noticed it, but maybe you did. This past week was difficult. Maybe this one will be simpler. If not, I will try to respond with more grace and optomisim than I have been lately. Thank you all for your support. That is one thing that I can count on even when the rest of my life melts into a gooey mess.

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Listaliciousness: Tea around the World, Logic vs. God, and Monster Traps

Mom and Mario in a cell

My mom and Mario went to visit a police station and sat in a cell.

Well, another week is beginning. This weekend was long but had some lovely moments. Seeing my family was wonderful although short. Mom, you are my hero. Dad, thanks for always making me feel happy and safe. Mario, you are my favorite ever.

Also, a huge shout out to the cast of Shrek the Musical. You are all so talented, and the show was in my top 10 that I have ever seen. I loved having a break to go back to the theater that is still my home in a way.

So, here are some links for you. Enjoy!

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Top Ten Websites about OCD

If you search for mental illness on the internet, some of the sites that you will stumble upon will be very helpful. Others, however, can be misleading, degrading, and triggering. Thus, it is important to have good resources to turn to on the web instead of trusting the first site that appears after a Google search.

Here are some websites on OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) which are helpful for support people and those diagnosed with this type of anxiety. Some are blogs while others are health sites. Please let me know about any other OCD sites that you find helpful.

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2014 in review

This is an amazing feature that WordPress just started. It is fascinating and very touching. Thanks for a great year! The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 43,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Listaliciousness: Rapping Worship, Homemade Breads, and Gender Equality For All

Singers in Oxford

In honor of my links regarding studying abroad in Oxford and religious singing, here is a picture of some people who sang wonderfully at the Blackfriars Mass and vespers in Oxford.

This Thanksgiving break has been both a blessing and struggle. Mostly I feel awful for working the past six days at least 8 hours each day (but mostly more) instead of spending time with my family. However, today at work, a couple came up and raved about my service to me as well as my manager and then online. The fact that my small interaction touched them brought tears to my eyes. I want to be able to love people even if I am only taking their order, bringing them food, or smiling at them. Everyone can add light into the lives of others.

Anyway, this crazy work schedule is the reason I did not get out a blog yesterday. I feel really awful about that. That is the third one this year. Instead of beating myself up, I am continuing to attempt self-compassion. Preaching that is one thing, but following it is so much harder.

That all aside, here are some links. There are some fun videos as well as top ten lists and mental health articles. Enjoy!

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