Friday, April 21, 2017

Cute Summer Nail Designs


     It's been a while since I posted some nail art. Summer is fast approaching so I thought I would share some great nail art ideas. Cindy over at the Skip To My Lou blog has tons of cute ideas for do-it-yourself fabulous nails. You gotta check it out!!
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Get Beautiful Nails At Home



If you want your hands to look younger, give yourself a manicure!  Here are some common mistakes and the smart fixes to protect your nails.  

Don’t file nails back and forth.  The sawing motion weakens your nails and can cause them to split.   File in the same direction with a soft emery board. (Those old-fashioned orange emery boards are too harsh for nails, causing small fissures and cracks that lead to breakage and tears.) To help prevent your nails from breaking, keep them short and square with a slightly rounded edge. The best time to file your nails is when you are already wearing a polish. This will prevent splitting or breaking of nails.

Don’t use acetone-based polish remover.  This strips away the moisture and natural oils that will keep your nails flexible. 

Don’t cut your cuticles.  Your cuticles act as a barrier against infection-causing bacteria. Instead, soak your nails in warm water to soften your cuticles and then push them back with an orange stick or washcloth.

Don’t paint your nails with old polish.  Buy a new polish that’s free of formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and toluene such as Obessive Compulsive Cosmetics (occmakeup.com), Spa Ritual (sephora.com) or Mineral Fusion (available at Whole Foods Stores).

Don’t wear polish every day. When you wear nail polish, make sure to give your nails a break from time to time. In other words leave them without polish for a few days, every now and then.

Cut your nails to a manageable length. There is no point in having extremely long nails, they snap off (painfully) and take a while to grow back into a normal shape.
Moisturize the nail bed and the cuticle. While there is little in the way of medical data showing that moisturizing the nail bed will help nails grow, it can make cuticles look better and help protect nails from breaking due to a lack of moisture. If your nails are prone to breakage, it could mean they need moisture -- and putting oil around the cuticle helps moisturize the entire nail.
Change shampoos. While you probably know when your shampoo doesn't agree with your hair, you might not realize it may not agree with your nails -- even if your hair looks great. This is particularly true of detergent shampoos, or those for oily hair.  If your nails are dry and you are using any products that strip oils, there is the potential to dry nails.
Remember toenails count, too!  Everything that applies to your fingernails applies to your toenails

Here’s a little nail trivia—did you know it takes 8 months for nails to grow an inch? 

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Lovely Gift Book for Moms

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     Adult coloring books are all the rage and this coloring book doesn’t disappoint! It’s called “Home Is Wherever Mom Is…Creative Coloring and Hand Lettering.”

     This is a beautiful coloring book with more than 90 whimsical images and quotes and messages about motherhood. I appreciate that the images are gorgeous but aren’t so intricate that it takes forever to fill them in. I also like that the pages are heavy yardstick and perforated so you could frame them.

    There are hand-lettered quotes that you can trace with fine markers and color in with markers, colored pencils, paints or brush pen. These quotes are from various authors and some are Biblical quotes. In the back of the book are lined practice pages with sample alphabet letters that you can trace.

     Thinking ahead to Mother's Day...this is a really fun book that would make a very lovely gift!   
     
I was given this book to review from the Thomas Nelson Co. This opinion is my own.


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Renewal





Even though it doesn’t seem like spring, here are our top ways to rejuvenate, renew and refresh yourself just in time for spring: 


1)     Tub time - drink a cup of tea while soaking in a hot bath with your favorite fragrant bath soak. 
2)     Take a mini vacation in your head - visualize yourself on a warm, sandy beach soaking up the sun as you hear the waves crashing. 
3)     Make Some Daily Personal Time - take some time each day just for yourself, even if it's just 15-20 minutes. Meditate, sit quietly or say affirmations. Just 20 minutes will energize you and help you maintain a better frame of mind. 
4)     Express gratitude - remind yourself of all the things you're thankful for: your family, friends, your home, and your work. Remember to say "thank you" to those who help you.
5)     Perform small acts of kindness - Performing acts of kindness will help you to feel better about yourself too!
6)     Remember to laugh - laughter can be great medicine. Watch a funny movie, make plans with your funniest friends, or just laugh out loud at nothing!
7)     Breathe deeply - after an especially stressful situation, take a few minutes to breathe deeply. Inhale and count to five and then exhale slowly. As you exhale imagine all your tension leaving your body. 
8)     Permission to be you - Take a break from the image that you have of yourself and the image that you project. Just let yourself be whoever you feel like being in the moment. Give yourself permission to be you!
9)     Eat a healthy lunch - instead of making do with eating fast food, eat something simple, healthy, colorful, fun, and exotic or with wild flavors and textures. Enjoy!
10)  Host a gathering with girl friends - we saved the best way to renew yourself for last. 

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Friday, March 17, 2017

What To Eat Each Day For Looks And Health

If you are like me and have trouble resisting all of the Easter goodies around this time of year, remember to add in some healthy food to your diet.                  
                                 
Carrots
Helps maintain the outer layer of the skin to prevent premature aging. What you'll find in carrots is the same as you'll get in Retin A. 
Citrus Fruits
Hold the skin cells together by forming collagen. Collagen cannot be added to the skin topically, which is why fruits and fruit juices are such an important part of the daily diet. 
Garlic
Helps combat wrinkles and restores tissue. 
Sweet Potatoes Vitamin A is known to be a remarkable anti-wrinkling agent. Sweet potatoes are full of this important vitamin. The pleasing result is clearer, smoother skin. (We’ve started eating these instead of regular potatoes. They’re great fried or baked.)
Tomatoes
These "love apples" will keep you loving your skin. Tomatoes are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. 
Wheat Germ
If you want to get rid of pimples quickly and efficiently, make sure to include two or three tablespoons a day in your diet. Add it to cereal, yogurt, and cottage cheese. 

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Time to downsize but I hate the idea of having to get rid of these antique school desks.
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Special Skin Care Tips

  Fine lines and wrinkles are inevitable as we age, but with a little special skin care and these tips, you minimize wrinkles forever!
1.  Sun protection  The single biggest cause of skin aging is sunlight. You should use a sunscreen every single day of the year.   This will help skin from premature aging, as well as guard against burning.
2.  Don't smoke  Cigarette smoke speeds up the aging process because it strips your skin of oxygen and slows the rate of new skin cell regeneration. It's responsible for giving the skin a gray, sluggish look and can cause fine lines around the mouth.
3.  Deep cleanse Many older women don't cleanse their skin as well as they should believing this can lead to dryness and lines.  Cleansing your skin properly is essential to ensure your skin is cleared of dead skin cells, dirt and makeup, and gives your skin a fresh, healthy glow. Massage a good creamy cleanser into your skin and rinse off with warm water.   Always pat your skin dry with a soft towel.
4.  Deep moisturize As well as using a daily moisturizer you can give your skin an extra boost by using a weekly nourishing face mask.  Apply to damp skin for extra effect.
 5.  Boost your circulation Choose a gentle facial scrub or exfoliator and use once a week to gently remove dead skin cells and keep the top layers of your skin glowing with good health.
6. Eat Healthy   Foods that are high in antioxidants, such as berries, are great for your skin. Eat blueberries and strawberries as a nutritious snack, or add them to your breakfast cereal or yogurt. It's also vital to eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids can help regenerate your skin at the cellular level. High omega-3 foods also reduce inflammation, help prevent cancer and offer many other health benefits. Foods high in omega-3s include salmon, halibut, sardines, albacore tuna, flaxseed and walnuts.
7. Stay hydrated Water is important for your overall health. Drinking eight glasses of water a day will help you lose weight, aid digestion, improve your energy and concentration, remove toxins from your body and keep your skin glowing and healthy.
8.  Be gentle Always be as gentle as you can when applying skin care products and don't drag your skin, particularly around the delicate eye area. A heavy touch can cause your skin to stretch and appear "crepey".  Always use a light touch and stroke upwards, rather than drag the skin down. Avoid any products that make your skin feel irritated or itchy and switch to a more gentle formula. 

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Words To Live By

  

   In light of all that has been happening in the U.S. and around the world lately I thought this was a very appropriate poem.


ANYWAY  

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.  
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.  
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.  
What you spend years building, someone may try to destroy overnight. Build anyway.  
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway.  
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway.  
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Do it anyway.  
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God.  
It was never between you and them, anyway. - Anonymous

This seems like a great list of easy things to do to make life better for all!
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Friday, March 3, 2017

A Treat for Marshmallow Day




    In Japan, Korea and Taiwan, the February 14 Valentine's Day holiday is closely followed by White Day, celebrated on March 14. On Valentine's Day, the custom is for women to give gifts of chocolate to men, and not just to sweethearts, but co-workers as well! The chocolate gifts are known as giri-choco (giri = obligation; choco = chocolate). In order to level the playing field, a savvy marshmallow manufacturer conceived of Marshmallow Day in 1965, calling for a gesture of thanks by the men.
     His idea bloomed and on March 14, men who receive chocolate on Valentine's Day return the favor and give sweet gifts -- usually with marshmallow -- to women. The holiday is often called White Day, as well, and gifts now include marshmallow, candy, chocolate, and lingerie. 
     Well here in the USA both men and women give and receive valentines including chocolates. It would be kind of fun to give your valentine a marshmallow treat as a little “thank you for thinking of me” on March 14.  You could give a little cultural lesson too.  (Jerry loves Peeps so I could give him a marshmallow gift of those!)

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

 Are you one of the lucky ones that gets to travel someplace warm this winter? Then these tips are for you!
      Pack-smart Beach Essentials for Stylish Chicks from an article by Kathryn D'Imperio 

Dashing off to the beach for vacation or a weekend getaway? Not so fast! Be sure you’ve packed all the essential items you’ll need to stay stylish and chic during your time in the sun! To maximize your fun, minimize the number of beauty accessories you lug along to you vacation location with these helpful packing hints. 
Skin Care
*  No matter how badly you want a tan, bring suntan lotion to protect your precious skin from overexposure!                                                                          Though they are possibly the most obvious item, don’t forget your sunglasses! 
*  Just in case you do get some sunburn, do your body a favor and slap on some aloe.  
  • Have you ever been caught in a sand storm? Well I have, and I can’t stress enough about the value of a bottle of eye drops in case those pesky particles of sand find their way into your eyes. 
  • Don’t forget your normal necessities such as toothpaste and toothbrush, deodorant or antiperspirant, towels, shaving gel and razors, tweezers, body wash, etc. 
Hair Care
  • Remember to pack your shampoo and conditioner, brush and comb, elastic bands and/or barrettes. 
*  When you spend time in the ocean or playing on the beach, what happens to the top of your head is likely the last thing on your mind. To help prevent sunburn on your scalp, consider packing a hat of some sort, a bandana or a hair scarf. 

And Clothes!
  • For a flirty appearance, bring a cute sarong or wrap to wear to the beach, or simply pack a pair of comfy shorts if you hope to beat up on the guys in football and Frisbee!
  • Take two towels: one to lie on and one that is sand-free for when you need to dry off. A beach blanket or beach mat also serve a handy purpose for shore-goers.
  • An old T-shirt doubles as an escape from the sun’s powerful rays when you just want to relax and enjoy the sounds of the surf. Also, a T-shirt is good to have on hand as it is important to cover exposed skin when the sun has already burned it.
  • Normal clothes that you should be sure to bring: Shorts and tanks/tees, jeans or other long pants, perhaps a long-sleeve shirt and a hooded sweatshirt, a sundress, pajamas, bathing suit and underclothes. Don’t forget to bring a windbreaker or light jacket for those chilly nights off the coast!
  • Footwear: Bring sandals or flip-flops, sneakers and shoes to go with at least one nice outfit. (Hint: Try to pack outfits that look nice with the same sandals to reduce the need for extra shoes. As long as you can help it, you should not be toting an entire bag dedicated to shoes alone!)
Have fun, be safe!
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Six Tips For Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is thin or fine-textured skin. It reacts quickly to both heat and cold; so it can sunburn easily. It is commonly dry, delicate and prone to allergic reactions. Temperature changes, some detergents, cosmetics and alcohol (used on the skin) can all cause irritation, leaving the skin red and blotchy. Sometimes sensitive skin is associated with conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, etc. People with sensitive skin need to take special care of their skin. Here are some tips…

*When choosing make-up, especially foundation and blusher, buy oil-free products. Make-up that is water based and non-cosmedogenic (non-pore clogging) is the best option. There are also oil-absorbing foundations that keep oil off the face. It’s a good idea to look for fragrance-free products also.

*In taking care of sensitive skin keep it clean. Most skin like this will react badly to dirt and dust. This skin type is often susceptible to acne problems and breakouts.  Use a mild, soap-free cleanser  but don’t over wash your face (i.e. more than twice a day.) Do not use exfoliants. Use an astringent on oily areas only, but discontinue use if redness occurs.

*Get a good night’s sleep. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing. Having the right amount of sleep can actually help the skin regenerate. This is also the time when the skin can breathe in from going all day with make-up.

*It is important that you follow a cleansing routine every day. Remember to always remove your make-up before going to sleep. Turning in for the night with make-up on will only result in clogged pores and eventually, acne. 

*Remember that sensitive skin tends to pick up dirt and grime easily and react to it. Prevent irritation by minimizing contact with your skin. This is especially true with your face as this is the most sensitive skin area on the body. Pinching existing
zits will also lead to irritation. Minimize scratching or even touching your face.

*Sensitivity can also increase with age. It has been reported for example that the skin gets more sensitive in women at the beginning of menopause.

All skin types have special needs. I hope these tips help if you have sensitive skin.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Do’s and Don’ts for After Your Shower




Are you a bath person or a shower person? Me, I like a shower so I thought I'd share a few tips on how to make your shower better.

Do apply moisturizer/lotion.
Applying moisturizer after taking a shower will help to keep the moisture in and the dryness out.
Do those eyebrows.
After showering is a great time to tweeze your eyebrows. It makes for reduced pain and less resistance. Pluck in the direction of hair growth for best results.
Don’t blow dry.
Let your hair air dry until slightly damp. Blow drying right out of the shower can lead to frizzes. Use a towel to squeeze excess water from your hair but don't rub your hair with the towel.
Don’t use mascara.
Putting on your mascara in a steamy bathroom can lead to smudging.
For using the blow dryer and/or mascara clear the bathroom by opening a window or turning on a fan first.
Do push back your cuticles.
Your cuticles are at their softest so they’re unlikely to tear. Just gently nudge them with your towel.


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

It Only Takes Five Minutes



I enjoyed reading  5 Minutes With Jesus—A Fresh Infusion of Joy by Sheila Walsh with Sherri Gragg. This little book contains 50 short uplifting and inspiring stories and take-aways with the theme of joy.

     I think this little book is the perfect way to start the day. I like that the readings were short. I picked one each day to read and ponder the rest of the day. They are interesting and often humorous. After each reading there is a restatement of the main point and then several bible passages that go along with that reading. It literally takes only 5 minutes to read each one.

     I also like that Sheila Walsh told some stories from her life to emphasize her points. She isn’t preachy but has a very comfortable style of writing. 

This would make a great gift for someone special in your life.
( I was given this book to review from the Thomas Nelson Company. The opinion expressed here is my own.)
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Making Sense of Scents


   


Perfumes and fragrances are one of the most difficult accessories to define and to pin down because it is such a personal choice. I thought it would be interesting to write a post dealing with selecting and choosing perfumes and fragrances. 


Q. Is it true that fragrances change scent on different people? 


A.Yes. Each of us has our own unique body chemistry based on our genes, skin type, hair color, and even the type of lifestyle we lead and the environment in which we live in. So it is important not to purchase a fragrance because you smelled it in a magazine ad or on someone else. Try it on your own skin to see how it reacts with your own body chemistry.

QAs one gets older does the sense of smell diminish?
 A.Yes. As we age our sense of smell slowly begins to diminish. As a result some older individuals apply more fragrance than needed. (not only older adults!)

Q. How long will a fragrance last on me?
       A. Fragrances are designed to last about 4 hours or so. Some people may notice that a particular fragrance lasts all day but by then it will not smell as it's supposed to. You must reapply once or twice a day.


Q.  Do I apply fragrance all over the body?
      A.  Yes. If a fragrance is only applied to the neck or behind the ears the fragrance will rise and disappear. It is important to apply a fragrance all over the body to ensure the scent lasts.

QHow does skin type play a role?
      A. Oily skin holds scents much more than dry skin. So those with dry skin need to reapply more often.

 Q.  Is it important to change fragrances according to the different seasons of the year?
      A. Yes, since heat increases the intensity of a fragrance. There are certain fragrances that are more appropriate for summer and other stronger scents that would be better for winter use. A good guideline to follow is to wear lighter scents in the summer and stronger in the winter. Citrus scents are perfect for summer while orientals are better for winter.


I wear White Linen in the summer and Aqua di Gio (for women) in the winter. What is your favorite fragrance?
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Monday, January 23, 2017

Just Like Jerry Seinfeld

Some times you just have to do what Jerry Seinfeld did...talk about nothing. So here I am basically blogging about nothing! Anyway, read on. I think these facts are fun.

  1. Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S.Treasury. 
  2. Men can read smaller print than women can. 
  3. Women can hear better than men. 
  4. Coca-Cola was originally green. 
  5. It is impossible to lick your elbow. 
  6. The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour : 61,000 
  7. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321 (1-9 forward and backward) 
  8. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. 
  9. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. 
  10. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes. 
  11. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace. 
  12. Bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers were all invented by women. 
  13. Honey is the only food that doesn't spoil. 
  14. Father’s Day has more collect calls than any other day of the year. 
  15. “Good Night and Sleep Tight” - In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by Ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the Bed firmer to sleep on. 
  16. “Honeymoon” - It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a Month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law With all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their Calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as 'the honeymoon'. 
  17. “GOLF” – Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden. Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled 'Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden'...and thus the word GOLF entered Into the English language.
FINALLY~~ At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!

Any silly or fun facts to add to our list? Send us a comment with yours...
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Friday, January 20, 2017

What Does Your Skin Need?

       How much do you really know about what your skin needs? There are four basic skin types: Oily, combination, normal and dry. Your skin type is determined by how much -- or how little -- oil your skin produces. 
     You can take the "skin test." All you need is a piece of tissue. Wipe your face with a clean tissue and observe it. For those having normal skin, the oil does not come on the tissue and your face does not feel tight or flaky. If your skin is oily then there would be oil on the tissue which is seen as transparent spots. The oil comes usually from the nose, forehead and cheek parts. On the other hand if there is oil only in the center part then it is combination skin. The oil comes from the forehead and nose but does not come from the cheeks. For those who have dry skin they will have no oil in the tissue and the skin is left with a feeling of dryness.
                                              
     Here are the four different skin types and their characteristics. 

Type 1: Oily Oily skin tends to shiny with enlarged pores, and is prone to blackheads and blemishes.  Oily skin contains a lot of sebum which helps prevent the skin from drying out. However, oily skin tends to attract more dirt and dust than dry skin. Use warm water to loosen the dirt, use a cleansing soap, then use cold water to rinse. Use toners and astringents. Very oily skin needs no extra moisturizing at all while you are in your teens.

Type 2: Combination/normal Most of us have this kind of skin with medium pores, a smooth and even texture, good circulation, healthy color, may have dryness on the cheeks while being oily in the t-zone.  Ideally, you should have one product for the oily areas and one for the dry areas, but this is expensive and unnecessary unless the areas of dry and oily are very different. Use a skin cleanser for the central oily panel, diluted with water for the drier areas.

Type 3: Dry Dry skin looks dry, feels tight, especially after cleansing if you have used soap. It has a tendency towards fine wrinkles, flaking and red patches. Sometimes it is lacking some of the protective sebum and so it reacts to very hot and very cold weather by tightening up and it is easily chapped in dry weather. Always use mild, alcohol-free make up and toner, and a rich, creamy cleanser.  Use warm water to lather and rinse it with cold. Moisturize your face every day, including the throat and the skin around your eyes.

Type 4: Normal . Normal skin is supple, lively, vibrant and elastic. Normal skin is clear, pimple free, soft, smooth and without any greasy or flaky areas. The skin is neither dry nor greasy. Moisturizer could be applied to the face every night before sleep to balance the moisture content in the skin. A mild cleanser could be on normal skin.  This keeps the pores tight. A toner or astringent could be used to remove any traces of cleanser present on the skin. When using toners or astringents make sure these are alcohol free. 

*If you have sensitive skin use cosmetics and skin care products which are alcohol free, emulsifier free and even fragrance.free

*Getting older means that the skin starts to age and certain changes takes place in the skin. The skin shows drastic changes as it becomes wrinkled, dry and various spots and certain growths occur. Exfoliation should be an integral part of any mature skin-care routine.
                                 
Remember proper care to your skin now will result in better skin as you get older!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Sad...no one showed up for this incredible display of God's artistry.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017

Journaling Can Guide, Inspire and Heal

          

     I came across an article about journaling and the many kinds of journals people keep. I don't know that mine is any one kind but it sure has provided me with an outlet for my emotions. This might be a good New Year's Resolution to start.
     I started journaling when my youngest was 15. She was going through a tough time as a young adult wanting more freedom than her parents were willing to give. Looking back, she really wasn't that difficult at all, just being a typical teen-ager. At the time though it seemed like she was hell bent on making my life difficult. Journaling gave me a place to vent and basically feel sorry for myself without anyone making judgements.
     After she got her driver's license life seemed so much better to her and the two of us eventually became good friends again. Still I continued to write. Sometimes to vent, other times to write down my dreams, blessings I was grateful for or just write down things I had observed about life. Sometimes I'd read what I had written before and gained a little insight to happenings in my life. Things I would do differently, unresolved issues that needed attention or successes and challenges.
     I am still journaling 20 years later. My writing now includes a kind of diary about our Christmas, my grandchildren and travels. I don't write everyday but I do journal when I feel that I need to express myself and don't necessarily need someone to respond.
     I would recommend journaling for everyone. It can be a tool to help you find the beautiful things in life when things look bleak. I started writing in a simple notebook but I've seen beautiful journals that would really be fun to write in. If you've never done it, I suggest you try it. You'll get to know yourself a little bit better!
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