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Janet W.

Janet W.

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I am a Practical Nurse and Dog obedience trainer.
My interests include; knitting, painting, traveling, horseback riding, County fairs, animal rescue, teaching, and learning anything new.
I am a Witch. No. really! I am a direct descendant of the brother of three sisters convicted of Witchcraft at Salem, MA.
Little Bit in the kitchen sink with his favorite plastic bags.
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    Janet W. earned the "Present" stamp June 10, 2015 at 4:37 UTC
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    Completed 9 challenges in the Living Mindfully track
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    How to do it

    Set a reminder on your phone or computer today to stop what you're doing and focus on how you are breathing at that moment. Take notice of whether or not you've been holding your breath, breathing shallowly, or breathing evenly. If you are holding your breath or breathing shallowly, stop and take a few deep breaths.
    Why it matters

    Whether you realize you're doing it or not, inhibitory breathing (holding your breath) is a common reaction to stress or anxiety. Because holding your breath disrupts blood chemistry, it can actually contribute to high blood pressure. And breathing shallowly means you may not be taking in the optimal amount of oxygen. Paying attention to your breathing patterns and getting in a few deep breaths when you can are great ways to reduce stress and control anxiety.
    Fun fact

    On a 2008 episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," magician David Blaine broke a previous world record by holding his breath for an amazing 17 minutes and 4.5 seconds.

    "Set a reminder to stop what you're doing and focus on the way you are breathing at that moment"

    May 29, 2015 at 2:21 UTC
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    How to do it

    Think about one of your goals, and identify one friend or family member who can help you reach it. For example, if your goal is to take a nighttime class that will help you move ahead at work, is there a family member who can help by watching your children when the class meets? If your goal is to pursue a new hobby or sport, is there a friend in your circle who might know something about it already and can share information with you?
    Why it matters

    Reaching goals is always easier when we have the help of those around us! A friend or family member can be a valuable resource, by providing either hands-on help or motivation to keep us working toward the goal. By thinking of even one person who can lend a hand, it provides us with reassurance that we're not alone and can be the first step toward reaching the goal.
    Fun fact

    Friendship comes in all shapes and sizes! Elephants, dolphins, chimpanzees, and bats are just four animals that are capable of building and maintaining friendships.
    My brothers are helping us with the move.
    Aloha

    "Name a friend or family member who can help you achieve 1 of your goals"

    May 27, 2015 at 11:22 UTC
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    How to do it

    Avoid temptation to snack while preparing one of today's meals. Keep your mouth busy with a piece of gum or sugar-free hard candy, a glass of water, or a small plate of crunchy veggies without dip (carrots and celery are good choices).
    Why it matters

    When you're feeling hungry and/or stressed and are busy in the kitchen, it's all too easy to nibble on whatever's nearby. The problem is that you may be all filled up by the time you sit down to eat! Taking steps to keep from snacking as you prep can help you avoid taking in extra calories.

    Fun fact
    The first commercial chewing gum hit the market in 1848 and was called The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum.

    My entire way of buying, storing and preparing food is about to be turned on its head and I am looking forward to the new challenge.
    Aloha

    "Avoid snacking while preparing 1 meal: drink water, chew gum, or crunch on plain veggies instead"

    May 27, 2015 at 8:40 UTC
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    How to do it

    Go for a short walk and try to let go of today's thoughts and plans. Instead, focus on the sounds you hear along your route. Take note of the rustling leaves, chirping birds, or the sounds of traffic. Notice the sounds of any nearby people or pets. If you listen closely, can you hear insects buzzing or an airplane overhead?
    Why it matters

    Tuning in to the sounds you hear on a walk clears your mind of distracting thoughts or worries. Instead, you'll be focused on listening, bringing a sense of calm to your day as you get some physical activity.
    Fun fact

    The yellow-billed cuckoo bird is also known as the "rain crow," because its croaking call is often heard on hot, humid afternoons before a storm.
    i like to do this whenever I take a walk and it really does help me calm down and focus. I will do it today as well.
    Aloha

    "Take a walk and focus on the sounds you hear around you"

    May 25, 2015 at 12:18 UTC
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    How to do it

    Want to lend a hand? Do a search using the name of your city/town and state or province, along with the words "volunteer opportunities." Choose a link and read about how you can help! (If you live in the U.S., you can also visit http://www.volunteermatch.org to find out about volunteering opportunities in your immediate area, ranging from one-day stints to weekly ones or longer.)
    Why it matters

    Volunteering can bring great benefits to your community, by providing help and services to those who can use it. But it can be a big help for you, too! Volunteering brings a sense of satisfaction, bolsters self-esteem, and can help you feel needed and valued. It also communicates to those around you that you care about the community in which you live. Finally, it allows you to learn new skills (or develop ones you already have) and meet new people.
    Fun fact

    One of the items most commonly recommended for food donation is beans. They keep for a long time, are inexpensive, and are high in protein and fiber.

    I already volunteer in several ways and as some of you know I am moving away in 2 days.
    On Friday my computer went down and we just got it fixed a few hours ago. I wasn't able to post. The worst was that it was the 5th day of my pact with Chih. I have never had to break a pact before and Chih, if you are reading this I am so very sorry. I wish there was a way to make it up to you.
    Even my husband got up at 5:30 am to post before the deadline but he couldn't get the computer to work. Once again, I feel terrible about breaking the pact. I couldn't think of anything else to do.

    Well, back to my packing.
    Aloha

    "Learn about local volunteering opportunities"

    May 25, 2015 at 10:20 UTC
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    How to do it
    Think of one way you can offer the gift of your time to someone you know this week. Perhaps you can block out a bit of time to help a colleague with a project, visit with an elderly neighbor, get up a few minutes early to spend extra time walking or playing with a pet, or offer to make a family member's coffee or lunch.

    Why it matters
    Although most everyone loves getting a gift wrapped in paper and ribbon, the most thoughtful gift can sometimes be your time! If you're looking for a way to boost someone's happiness - and give yourself a boost at the same time - consider giving a gift that you don't have to buy in a store.
    Fun fact

    During Tet, the week-long Vietnamese New Year celebration, gifts of watches, clocks, scissors, or knives are considered taboo.
    According to my friends, gifts of that type are always considered taboo.

    This is the wrong time for me as we have to be out of this apartment in just a few days but I will see what I can do.

    Aloha

    "Name 1 "gift of time" you can give to a person in your life this week"

    May 22, 2015 at 8:26 UTC
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    How to do it

    When you're in a bit of a funk, what pulls you out of it? A quick walk? A visit to a website that's full of funny animals? A call to a friend? However you banish those bad feelings, share it here.
    Why it matters

    From traffic jams to disagreements with family members, there are lots of little things that can sour our mood. Luckily, there are many things that can also help pull us out of it, including exercise, laughter, music, social support, and more. By sharing how you bid a bad mood goodbye, you may help others find their way out of a funk - and get some good ideas yourself.
    Fun fact

    Musician Glenn Miller, whose famous recordings include the big band-era hit "In the Mood," bought his first trombone in his early teens using the money he earned from milking cows.

    Bad mood? Eat chocolate! Well, serious, OK seriously, I do eat chocolate. The other things I do is think about happy events and take walks. They both work very well for me.

    Chih and I finished day 2. We are rocking!

    Hubby and I did a whole lot of errands today. It was a long long day and we are exhausted. He is in bed already and I am dragging myself into bed next.

    Aloha

    "Share 1 way you manage a bad mood"

    May 20, 2015 at 6:21 UTC
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