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Month: March 2014

Track Your Spending Habits

Track Your Spending Habits

Have you ever wondered where all of your money goes?  Why don’t you have enough money to pay a certain bill?  Is money tight and the end of the month is a stretch? One of the best ways to determine where you money is going is by tracking your spending habits.  This is a technique that I have to turn back to time and time again to keep myself in check. I like to do mine for a month at…

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10 Different Ways to Pray

10 Different Ways to Pray

Prayer often scares people.  They feel that they have to use lofty words and long sentences.  This is not true.  God wants us to talk with him the way we would talk to a friend.  We are all unique and created in God’s own image.  What works for one person may not work for another.  I decided to list ten ways in which we can lift our hearts up in prayer to God. Short prayers throughout the day—often instead of…

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Writing a Gratitude Journal

Writing a Gratitude Journal

I’ve struggled at times with being grateful for things in my life.  This has been especially true when things were not going my way.  I had a friend suggest that I start a gratitude journal.  Each morning I would list three things for which I am grateful.  I decided that I would not list anything on my list more than once a month.    I discovered that the more I wrote in my gratitude journal the better my outlook and…

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10 Ways Creativity Can Reduce Stress

10 Ways Creativity Can Reduce Stress

I’ve discovered that when I work on my craft, I notice my stress level go down.   After some probing, I want to share the reasons that I came up with. We allow our minds to focus on something else then our current troubles. We are doing something that we enjoy.                 We are doing something that relaxes us. We are doing something that feels productive. We are creating something that expresses our hearts…

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10 Ways to Carve Out Time to Practice Your Craft

10 Ways to Carve Out Time to Practice Your Craft

I find it very easy to procrastinate and allow everything else use up my time.  I then become frustrated because I’d planned that time for my craft and never got around to it.   I decided to come up with ten ways to help me carve out time for my craft and stop the procrastination. Turn the TV off—sometimes we just have to shut out the distractions in our life.  The TV is a big distraction and we have to recognize…

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10 Activities to Engage an Alzheimer’s Patient

10 Activities to Engage an Alzheimer’s Patient

Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that slowly steals our loved one away from us.  By the time the disease has run its course, our loved one can become completely incapacitated.  By engaging the patient and allowing them to participate in activities, we are attempting offsetting the movement of this disease. When endeavoring to engage the patient in these activities, make sure that the exercise is within the capability of the patient.  You want this to be something that is as…

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10 Ways to Deal with Caregiver Burnout

10 Ways to Deal with Caregiver Burnout

Caregiving is a tough job.   Depending on the need of the individual, you have little time to yourself.  Your primary goal and focus is on the care of your loved one.   During this time it is very easy to suffer from burnout.   You are giving so much of yourself to others that you have little time for yourself. Part of being a good caregiver, is also taking care of yourself.  You need time to refresh your own batteries, so that…

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