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Month: October 2014

Transitional Friday: Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayer

Transitional Friday: Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayer

For years I waited, longing and struggling to change and improve my circumstances and situation.  After leaving an abusive relationship, the journey to heal and recover took years. I wondered if I would ever find the person I’d lost along the path. I longed to be able to stand on my own two feet and to find a way to do this, but nothing seemed to be working. I wondered if God heard my cries and prayers!  Had He forsaken…

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Caregiver Monday: Warning Signs of Burnout for Caregivers

Caregiver Monday: Warning Signs of Burnout for Caregivers

Caregivers often get burned out.  We are often caring around the clock for ourselves and {at least} one other individual.  Some signs of burnout are: Excessive stress and tension Debilitating depression Persistent anxiety, anger, or guilt Extreme irritability or anger with the patient Decreased overall life satisfaction Relationship conflicts and social isolation Lower immunity and greater need for healthcare services Excessive use of medications, drugs, or alcohol Inability to concentrate Mood swings Loneliness Exhaustion   Physical warning signs of burnout:…

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Transitional Friday: 7 Lessons Learned from Discouragement

Transitional Friday: 7 Lessons Learned from Discouragement

      There have been times when I wondered if anything was going my way. No matter how hard I tried or how much effort I put into the endeavor nothing seemed to work. This led to great disappointment and discouragement.  There were days when depression hit and I nothing could lift my mood. When discouraged, I have to remind myself that: This too shall pass God is preparing me for something better God has a better plan There…

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Caregiver Monday: What to Look For When Hiring a Caregiver

Caregiver Monday: What to Look For When Hiring a Caregiver

You can hire caregivers from an agency or on a freelance basis.  Different individuals have different preferences.  Personally, I prefer the freelance basis.  That way if I don’t feel an assignment is a good fit, I have the choice to say no thank you and walk away. Other people swear by hiring someone from an agency.  You have to decide what you prefer. There are pros and cons to either choice.  Research your options to find the solution that will…

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Transitional Friday: 10 Lessons I learned from Job Searching

Transitional Friday: 10 Lessons I learned from Job Searching

          Even before unemployment kicked in, I spent two years searching for a position. Searching for a job is very overwhelming and frustrating. What I learned is: There are so many options it is overwhelming There are times when there seems to be no options to choose from Narrowing down a job position is essential Although I want to rush the process, the company has other concerns that can slow things Networking is essential Persistence pays…

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Caregiving Monday: Personalities are Magnified in a Caregiving Situation

Caregiving Monday: Personalities are Magnified in a Caregiving Situation

There are a number of personalities and every person is different.  Likewise every caregiving situation is different in some ways from all others.       One of the different things to keep in mind is the different ways the various personalities relate with one another. In the case for my grandmother, she is very passive and we often wish she would be more vocal about her needs and wants.  My mom is the peace maker and calm one.  She…

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Transitional Friday: 10 Lessons I Learned from Unemployment

Transitional Friday: 10 Lessons I Learned from Unemployment

      For ten months I was unemployed, following the death of my boss. Even before my job ended, I faced a cut in hours. Unemployment is frustrating due to the financial instability and uncertainty.  There are moments when hopes are raised only to be dashed and other moments when life and circumstances seem hopeless. As we’ve discussed in the past, for everything there is a season.  However, it is difficult to see over the horizon at times. What…

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