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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