In response to Challenge for Growth Prompt #7

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Today I Unplug

This week the challenge for growth prompt is the unplug for a little bit each day. I have actually been doing this one for a couple weeks now. I find that I accomplish more in a day if I limit my online time. This includes being online with my phone. Most days around 3pm I put my phone on the charger and shut down the computer. I am finding that me and my husband spend quality time together because of this. I make sure to get my school work done and my work on my blog done before this time and the rest of the day is me and my family.

The first few days this was pretty difficult. I kept thinking about my email and responses on my blog and how I would have too much to contend with the next day. However, I am finding that checking my email only once or twice a day is perfectly O.K. No one is getting upset with me for not responding right away. I am finding that when I take a little time for me (with no technology) I am feeling better and moving more. I have actually lost almost 5 pounds just by getting away from the computer.

So this challenge started out as a challenge, but has actually made improvements in the quality of life that I am living. I think this is something that we should all do. Get away from the computer for a little bit every day.

Have a great day!



Challenge for Growth Prompt #6

In response to  the Challenge for Growth Prompt #6

active listening
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This weeks prompt is to listen attentively. I try to do this all the time. Everyone wants to be heard. And only through active listening are able to really hear the other person. Usually when we listen to someone we begin to form our own response to the person, think about other pressing matters, or just don’t really tune in to what the other person is saying. When we really listen, or actively listen to another person we will hear exactly what he or she is trying to say. By doing this, we can then respond in a more meaningful way because we really HEAR the other person.

I have been working on this for a few days now and I am finding that my husband is more appreciative than I had thought before. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve know that he loves me and he cares about what happens to me, but I never really heard it from him. Lately though, I do. I think this brings us closer as well as ensures that I shouldn’t misunderstand him as often because I HEAR him.

Have a great day!



Challenge for Growth Prompt

In response to The Challenge for Growth


Today I focus on finding the good qualities of others

I’m not sure I’ve ever had a problem with this one. My ex used to always tell me that it was one of my many faults. I see the good in people, even when it appears that others cannot see it.

My relationship with my mother has not always been very good so I decided this week I would list her positive characteristics because everything always appears to be negative when I think about her.

Mom’s positive qualities:

1.She almost always answers the phone when I call.

2.Works hard

3. treats her grandchildren with love and care

4. forgiving

I think that’s all I have for the moment. Don’t get me wrong, she is my mother and I do love her because of that. I guess since we haven’t gotten along for many years that I don’t lean on her for support as much as I could.