Daily Archives: April 8, 2019

Share Your World 4-18-19


Share Your World 4-18-19

Rules from the originating poster above:

I will post four or five different questions each week for you to answer.  There are two ways which you can participate.

  1. Create a SYW  post.  Then post the link to your blog in my comment box or leave your answers in the comments box of my blog.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your post, title your blog post “Share Your World”  and link it to this post.
  3. Remember to Follow My Blog to get your weekly reminders.
  4.  Ping-backs are activated and are working well.  For instructions on how ping-backs work, in case you weren’t certain, please click here.

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Questions:

  1. What does a successful relationship look like to you? Honesty is important. I hate to see couples yelling at each other and name-calling. 

  2. If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for? Writing is about it for me. I am not terribly good at many other things, especially singing or sports. 

  3. What do you wish you knew more about? Baking although technically I hate to cook or bake. LOL!

  4. What is better in your opinion – asking for forgiveness or permission?  Asking for permission. I hate people that just do what they want and then figure all they have to do is ask for forgiveness and all is well.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

STORY STARTER CHALLENGE – 4/8/19


STORY STARTER CHALLENGE – 4/8/19

Today’s prompt: “Why is this so heavy?”

 

Rules from:

THE HAUNTED WORDSMITH

Welcome to the new Story Starter Challenge!

Every day I will post a new sentence prompt. Use the provided sentence somewhere in your post. It can be a starting sentence, closing sentence, anything you choose. Read it and see where the sentence takes you.

Have Fun!

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Moving Day

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

Michael reached for one of the boxes and placed it into the back of the truck. He continued loading the boxes that were left on the lawn. When he came out of the truck after lifting the last box he found another one sitting there. It was not there before he was sure.

He reaches for it to lift it up and mutters, “Why is this so heavy?”

He debates whether to look in the box or just load it. Curiosity wins out and he cuts the box open. “Oh no!” He pulls back in horror.

He finds the family’s dog in the box. Who would do such a thing?

He checks the dog and though he is still alive he isn’t in very good shape and barely moves or makes a sound. He whips out his cell phone and calls the vet. He gets his brother to grab the box and put it in the car while he continues to talk to the vet.

Hanging up from the vet he calls his wife to see if she knows anything about this. She questions their two young girls. It seems they thought he had to be boxed in order to go so they had struggled together to put him in a box and seal it and then dragged it out just before he finished loading. They were too young to understand the lack of air.

Having left the lid open on the drive to the vet helped the dog start to revive since he was getting air. Thank heavens they hadn’t waiting any longer to bring the box out.

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Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

 

 

The Weekly Smile 04/08/2019 #weeklysmile – Writing a lot right now, up all night


The Weekly Smile 04/08/2019 #weeklysmile – Writing a lot right now, up all night

I am writing a lot. I am up all night writing, sleeping during the day and then up again and writing. I have joined 2 writing groups and that added to the A to Z Challenge and my regular prompt writing is making for a lot of writing. I have also been writing a lot of non-fiction about my life mainly while married. A published writer thinks I should try for a memoir. Maybe, thinking about it as a possibility. I am also rewriting a lot of posts on my other blog and also deleting some that were written for prompts that just don’t work any more and/or updated due to broken links since a lot of those old prompts are no longer available.

Busy, but happily writing right now. Smiling through it all as I am getting good reviews of my work in these 2 groups and that helps as some of them are published.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Trent’s Rules

What made you smile?

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Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week.  Why don’t you share it?  I hope you can join in!

Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas.  If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity.  Don’t smile about the misfortune of others.  Don’t smile in a way to excludes others.  Make sure a 12 year old can read it.

And remember, the Smile can be anything, large or small.  Nothing, nothing at all is too small for a Smile!  Sometimes taking time to notice those small, every day smiles is more important than those once in a lifetime huge ones 🙂

To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile.  Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one).   You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me).   Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile.  (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).

Try to use the hashtag #WeeklySmile when you use Twitter or other social media that uses hashtags. I searched Twitter and found that #weeklysmile had been used only a handful of times back in 2012 and 2013. It hasn’t been used since. So it’s ours! I also registered it on Twubs.

You can use the graphic at the top. It is the official graphic for the event.

Now go out there and find something to smile about! 🙂

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“There are days I go in search of the kind, compassionate, loving and beautiful. Despite what we sometimes see on the news, FB and elsewhere, there is much more beauty in the world than ugliness, much more kindness than hate or cruelty. Perhaps we should all have a goal to make at least one person smile every day.”

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Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Letter G is For Gender Dysphoria or Transgender


Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge

I have chosen to write for the mental health topic. It is very important to me that we support all those with mental health issues and I personally suffer from a good amount of them myself.

Gender Dysphoria or Transgender

The below definition for Gender Dysphoria or Transgender was taken from Web MD. To read more click here:

People who have gender dysphoria feel strongly that their gender does not match their biology.

For example, a person who has a penis and all other physical traits of a male might feel instead that he is actually a female. That person would have an intense desire to have a female body and to be accepted by others as a female. Or someone with the physical characteristics of a female would feel her true identity is male.

Feeling that your body does not reflect your true gender can cause severe distress, anxiety, and depression. “Dysphoria” is a feeling of dissatisfaction, anxiety, and restlessness. With gender dysphoria, the discomfort with your male or female body can be so intense that it can interfere with your normal life, for instance at school or work or during social activities.

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This is not something that I suffer from, but I can imagine how difficult it could be to feel that you should be the opposite sex from what you are born with. Now I am female and in no way would I want to be a male and if that was how I was born I can only imagine how distressed I would feel.

In today’s world people are coming out and showing their true feelings, which include sexual orientation and other gender related conditions. People in this situation may have tremendous mental health conditions ranging from minor to severe where they won’t even touch or look at themselves and the offending body parts.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Is it Possible to Work with Bipolar Disorder?


By Teresa Smeigh April 2019

It is estimated that only 50 to 60 percent of people with Bipolar Disorder can hold down full-time employment. I worked during most of my adult life and I had to juggle my Bipolar Disorder. At first, I didn’t know what was wrong with me. I was in my 30’s before I got an official diagnosis.

 My major problem was focusing on my work. My mind was constantly roaming here and there. Sometimes it was racing thoughts and sometimes I was simply day-dreaming. My supervisors were constantly giving me partially bad reviews on my work. I was a good worker when I could stay focused on what I was doing, but when unfocused or day-dreaming, I lost out on valuable work time and employers just don’t understand that. You are there to work, not waste time thinking about other things.

When you have Bipolar Disorder, you can walk through the days as carefree as anyone who is considered normal one day, and a few weeks later be unable to drag yourself out of bed. Missing days is something else bosses don’t like.

Through the ups and downs of your illness you must show up on time and perform your job. If you feel mania coming on it is best to contact your doctor who can advise you. Multi-tasking is hard when you can’t keep your focus on your work. Have a friend who can alert you when you become super talkative or are talking inappropriately. That is one of the major problems with mania. Also take care with your emails. During mania your life can become out of your control and you don’t want your emails sent to everyone when you aren’t thinking straight.

When depressed, one of the biggest problems you deal with is getting to work. You struggle out of bed and sometimes that is as far as you get. More lost time at work.

You are under no obligation to disclose your disability to your employer. It is up to you as to when you disclose and to whom you choose to confide in. Some people go years or even decades without letting their employer know about their illness and some never make the disclosure. If your work is going well there is no reason to tell the employer.

If, however, things are not going well it can be important to carefully disclose your illness. I have been told you should talk to someone in human resources. Although you may want to talk to your supervisor, it is best to seek out someone in HR so all official policies are followed. In addition, your HR representative is bound by confidentiality requirements. Telling your supervisor or co-workers can seem like a good idea, but in the end can make your illness part of the gossip mill.

I told my supervisor and coworkers at one of my last jobs. They took it well and didn’t discuss it with everyone. However, when things were going bad, my supervisor would send me home and tell me not to come back until I was under control. My work started suffering more than normal and my last review there was bad, and I was denied a raise, even a cost of living raise. I hadn’t realized until that time and I began to think about past jobs, that my Bipolar Disorder had indeed disrupted my work experience over the years.

I worked for several more years after that last job laid me off, but eventually I went out on disability for both physical and mental illnesses.

When I was stable, I was a good employee and worked hard. When the Bipolar Disorder was running rampant, I was constantly having troubles with any job I had.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com