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thanksgiving sed day 30

well, it's done.  i managed every day in november.  well, theoretically, as soon as i figure out wth i'm grateful for today, lol.  besides finding out that today is not the last day for open enrollment for health insurance for a january start date, lol.  i think i'll go with it being chilly enough to cuddle up under warm blankets both in bed and on the couch.  also that i did the leg shakey thing again today, lol.  somehow collapsing for half an hour and not doing anything but lying there felt like a good ending to today.  ;)

and then there's this:

Dear Friends,

Holidays have you feeling frazzled?  As a special holiday gift, I am offering a complimentary energy tune-up session (via phone or Skype).  You will feel calmer and more grounded and more able to deal with the many demands upon your time.

This offer is limited to the first ten people who contact me by December 10th to schedule an appointment before January 31st.  Feel free to share this if you know someone who might be interested.

more about what i do here:
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tips for self-love

hi, guys, i keep meaning to post and getting distracted.  i don't seem to have oomph for follow-through lately.  however, i just saw this and shared it on facebook, and i want to share it here too because i have found these tips invaluable and they've made a huge difference in my life and happiness.  maybe someone else out there can use them too.

this was posted by louise hay, who wrote a book called you can heal your life, in which she covers these things in more depth.

I have found that there is only one thing that heals every problem, and that is: to love yourself. When people start to love themselves more each day, it’s amazing how their lives get better. They feel better. They get the jobs they want. They have the money they need. Their relationships either improve, or the negative ones dissolve and new ones begin.

Loving yourself is a wonderful adventure; it’s like learning to fly. Imagine if we all had the power to fly at will? How exciting it would be! Let’s begin to love ourselves now.

Here are 12 Commandments to help you learn how to love yourself:

1. Stop All Criticism.

Criticism never changes a thing. Refuse to criticize yourself. Accept yourself exactly as you are. Everybody changes. When you criticize yourself, your changes are negative. When you approve of yourself, your changes are positive.

2. Forgive Yourself.

Let the past go. You did the best you could at the time with the understanding, awareness, and knowledge that you had. Now you are growing and changing, and you will live life differently.

3. Don’t Scare Yourself.

Stop terrorizing yourself with your thoughts. It's a dreadful way to live. Find a mental image that gives you pleasure, and immediately switch your scary thought to a pleasure thought.

4. Be Gentle and Kind and Patient.

Be gentle with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Be patient with yourself as you learn the new ways of thinking. Treat yourself as you would someone you really loved.

5. Be Kind to Your Mind.

Self-hatred is only hating your own thoughts. Don't hate yourself for having the thoughts. Gently change your thoughts.

6. Praise Yourself.

Criticism breaks down the inner spirit. Praise builds it up. Praise yourself as much as you can. Tell yourself how well you are doing with every little thing.

7. Support Yourself.

Find ways to support yourself. Reach out to friends and allow them to help you. It is being strong to ask for help when you need it.

8. Be Loving to Your Negatives.

Acknowledge that you created them to fulfill a need. Now you are finding new, positive ways to fulfill those needs. So lovingly release the old negative patterns.

9. Take Care of Your Body.

Learn about nutrition. What kind of fuel does your body need in order to have optimum energy and vitality? Learn about exercise. What kind of exercise do you enjoy? Cherish and revere the temple you live in.

10. Do Mirror Work.

Look into your eyes often. Express this growing sense of love you have for yourself. Forgive yourself while looking into the mirror. Talk to your parents while looking into the mirror. Forgive them, too. At least once a day, say, I love you, I really love you!

11. Love Yourself . . . Do It Now.

Don't wait until you get well, or lose the weight, or get the new job, or find the new relationship. Begin now—and do the best you can.

12. Have Fun.

Remember the things that gave you joy as a child. Incorporate them into your life now. Find a way to have fun with everything you do. Let yourself express the joy of living. Smile. Laugh. Rejoice, and the Universe rejoices with you!

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processing emotions

just discovered this saved draft when i went to post today.  oops.

this is from a post i read on fb about processing emotions.   i'm copying it here since i think not everyone will be able to read it on fb, plus this way i will be able to find it again when i need it.  and i will.

often it seems like running from our emotions can be the main business of being a human. this note explains why processing our emotions is so important, and also how to do it.

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additional good thing - i just signed up for this little gift exchange thingy.  seems pretty low-key, which is the proper speed for me, lol.  perhaps you would like to join us?

Originally posted by shadowycat at hp_halloween is back! We'd love to have you be a part of the fun!
hp_halloween is a quick Halloween themed double drabble fest. You write 200 words for someone, and someone else writes 200 words for you. Sign-ups are Here on LJ and Here on IJ and will remain open until October 11th. Posting happens on October 31. Won't you come and join us? :D
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writing challenge completed for september

i know i have other things i mean to write about here, and i'm too tired to remember what they are at the moment, but i'm here now because it is september 30th, and i have succeeded in my writing challenge for the entire month of september.  that means i've written a minimum of half an hour every day this month.  on all but one of those days, i made my 500 word goal.

posting my entire month under the cut for my own edification, lol.

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grand total for the month:  20,375.

a friend pointed out this quote to me: A day when I write is a happy day. A day when I don't write is less happy. This is not discipline-- it is affection, enthusiasm, adventure.

i hope i remember that the next time my devotion flags, lol.
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i know i've thought of a bunch of things i've wanted to post at various times over the past few days, but the only thing i can think of right now to say is that i've been continuing my writing streak, writing for at least half an hour every day, for 20 days now, and i've written 500+ words on every day except one, when i got home late and i was just too tired.  but still, i wrote 300+ words that day.  and i am extremely close to being finished with the first draft of my long-languishing ss/hg wip.  i'm so excited about that.  i've actually written the ending now; i just need to go back and check wherever there is a @@@ and see if there are still missing scenes or if it's ready for the revision process.  i'm quite excited about this.  it's 70,000+ words, which makes it the longest thing i've written.  very excited.  :D

so i had read half of that book 'write fearlessly' and reached the part where he talked about fear of finishing, and that is what kicked my butt into gear to finish this thing.  well, then i quit reading the book for some reason, but i picked it up again the other day, and actually, it was a better time for me to read the next part now that i'm writing again, so maybe that's why i quit for a bit, lol.  it's an awesome book, and now i really want the other one of his that logospilgrim recommended, writing in overdrive.  it's on my amazon list now, just need to wait until i can spend some money on books again, lol.

and in a fit of insanity, i believe i've decided to sign up for nanowrimo this year.  i probably won't play to win it, but that last time i did it, it did keep me writing every day, even if the word count is pretty ambitious given the amount of time i have to write each day. i'm thinking i might aim for 1000 words a day and see how that goes.  it feels awesome to be writing again, even though i have no idea how the words are, let alone the story, lol.  thank goodness nobody has to see it until i do a rewrite.  ;)

and that's it for me tonight.  i hope you are well.

oh, also, the heat finally has broken here, thank heavens.  today i was walking outside at around 4pm and it was lovely, and there was a breeze.  *happy sighs*
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The Fun Starts Tomorrow!!

signal boosting in case anyone out there hasn't already seen this.  go leave your fascinating snape-centric prompts!

Originally posted by teddyradiator at The Fun Starts Tomorrow!!
Because that's when severus_snape begins taking prompts. This Snape-centric comm is tailor made for anyone who loves our dear Potions Master. All forms of fic, art, craft, EVERYTHING, is your choice to create! Please go over and check it out - it's brand spanking new, and ready to promote some Snape-love!

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something good

so i got a pleasant surprise - a new review on ashwinder for my story in the restricted section.  stormdragonfly liked my story so much she gave it a little rec and made me a banner!  my favorite part is that this story was for the free of commas challenge on tpp, and she appreciates how well i accomplished that challenge.  *beams*  so yeah, this just made my day.

in the restricted section by stormdragonfly

and it doesn't hurt that dark, brooking snape is dark and brooding.