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Freedom Friday- How Do I Quit Smoking

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So…in last week’s Freedom Friday post, I said that I would start including other habits and addictions in these weekly posts.  I decided that since I worked as a Respiratory Therapist and I used to smoke I would start with smoking.  People start smoking for a variety of reasons.  I think you might find my story quite interesting, so I will share it.  I already shared in another post that my dad had always smoked.  With the traumatic experience I had when I was seven, I was not all that interested in smoking.  Sure, I experimented when I was young when a couple of my friends stole cigarettes from their parents—but it never was anything serious.  That is until I was 14.  One of my friends had started smoking.  Her mom smoked and she was okay with my friend smoking.  My friend tried to get me to ask my mom if I could smoke.  I was too scared to ask my mom—and besides, I really wasn’t all that into it.  She told me she would have her mom ask my mom for me.  I was nervous but I agreed t

Freedom Friday- What Is It for You?

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A lot of people set goals for the new year.  It is common for people to set goals for things they want to accomplish at the beginning of the year only to give up a few days or weeks into the year.  It takes a lot of determination to stick to working at a goal.  To make matters worse, many people find that they aren’t quite sure how to accomplish their goals.  They really want to succeed; they just can’t figure out how to get to the finish line.  That is why I feel it is so important to have a trained professional helping out.  I have found that meeting with a health coach has helped me to hang in there and keep working towards my goals. If you are wanting to reach a certain goal, I would like to help you find the tools and resources you need in order to be successful.   For me—Freedom Friday is about leading a healthier lifestyle through good eating habits and regular exercise.   This is not just a “diet” for me—rather it is my new way of life.   I have been sharing my experiences ea

Things to Consider When Traveling with a Pet

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I started this site as a travel blog, but it has turned into so much more.   Since tomorrow is Pet Travel and Safety Day, I thought I would do a post on traveling with pets.   Over the past decade, pets have become more like family members for many.   In fact, many people choose to have pets instead of children.   In light of this, I feel it is important to provide information that can help people and their furbabies to have the best travel experiences possible. My friends and those who have been reading my blog for a while know that I like to drive around with a bunny on my dashboard.   A few years ago, I had a bunny that rode on the dashboard of my truck from California to Nebraska—TWICE.   It is easier to travel with a pet in your own vehicle because you can basically situate things any way you want.   It is a different story, however, when traveling by plane or train—or on a ship. Of course, service animals are typically allowed—but I will not be discussing those situations in

Freedom Friday- Reaching Goals In 2022

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While I have been on my weight loss journey for six months now, many people are just starting out on theirs and aren’t quite sure where to start.  I have been sharing my healthy lifestyle adventure very openly in the hopes that my experiences might be able to help others achieve their goals.  Losing weight and developing a healthier lifestyle is an arduous task—as is any other goal.  If you are starting out on a path of reaching a certain goal, it is my hope that you will find this article helpful. Where Do I Start? The beginning stages of setting and reaching goals can be daunting.   Many people don’t even know where to begin.   It used to be that people went to the library to check out a book or picked up a book or magazine at the store.   Some people still do—but more often, a web search is done to determine the starting point.   The internet has made finding information so much easier—even very specific information. The best way to start is to type in a question that you may

Ending the DUI Quandary- What Can You Do?

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The little girl discussed at the beginning of the second part of this series , Wendy, had a tough road to take. Yet, she did not allow herself to be a “victim” of the tragedy. Her grandparents provided much love and support, always telling her that she could be the one to make a difference—and make a difference she did.   As Wendy got older, she began taking public speaking courses in high school and college. She took every opportunity she could to talk to others about driving under the influence. She eventually pursued a career in law, prosecuting DUI offenders along the way. She is now a Superior Court Judge who travels the country telling her story and entreating her audience not to drive under the influence.   To find out more about Wendy and her amazing life story, you can go to her website .  The families whose lives were turned upside down by the impaired driver who barreled down their street, destroying their cars and homes, have moved on with their lives as best they can.

Spiritual Literacy Month- When is Armageddon and What Happens Next?

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Last week, I published a post about what Armageddon is—but many people want to know when Armageddon is coming.  People have been speculating about this issue for thousands of years.  Well, the fact of the matter is—when Jesus was on earth, he said that no one knew that date except God.  Not even Jesus knew at that moment.  He surely knows now since he will be fully involved in that event.  However, even though the date is not available to us, Jesus gave a list of signs to be watching for in order to know that Armageddon was close. One aspect of these signs was that there would be many wars and nations at odds with each other.  We certainly see those things taking place today—especially over the past few months.  There are all kinds of skirmishes going on all over the place.  He also mentioned food shortages.  Most of us have probably seen too many commercials on television about starving kids in third world countries.  Yet, the situation has increased and spread to other areas du

Why I Stopped Celebrating Christmas

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When I was young, I quite enjoyed Christmas—I think.  The reason I say “I think” is because I have limited memories of my early years as a result of various traumas.  The earliest memory I have of Christmas is when I was four and my two older brothers and I told each other what mom had gotten us as presents (an idea schemed up by my brothers, of course).  I went straight to my mom and wished for exactly what they had told me she bought me.  Annnd…that was the last time my brothers made that deal with me LOL. As I got older, I somewhat liked Christmas.  I mean—what kid doesn’t like getting a bunch of presents.  The rest of the experiences of that holiday, and Thanksgiving, for that matter were not all that great.  There was always a bunch of fighting within my family around the holidays—whose house the celebration was going to be at, who was going to cook, who got who a lame gift.  It was not all that great for me.  The best part about the holidays was getting to play with my cousin.