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The Color Vibe 5k

The Color Vibe 5k
June 28, 2014

We celebrated something this past weekend. It wasn’t small, by any means. If any of you know me and my family, you know just how hard it was to accomplish this task. We signed up a month or so ago for the Color Vibe 5k Run/Walk. We’ve been really looking forward to this outing. However, when we woke up that morning, TheHubs had one of his incredibly painful migraines. He almost told us to go without him.

Almost.

We are so very thankful he sucked it up, took his medicine, and hoped for the best. By the time we parked the car, the migraine was a dull thud. And by the two-mile marker…well, just look at his face up there in that pic! By the time we reached the 2 mile marker, his migraine was gone! I’m going to show you the difference of the before and after photo. Pay close attention to his smile! It says it all.

Color Vibe Before

Color Vibe Before

Today, we celebrate something HUGE! We celebrate being a family, enjoying a day out, and having fun!

And here are some videos if you’re interested!

 

 

I keep setting goals. I don’t know why. And I never really accomplish the ones that do have an end…

I took a webinar yesterday on using journaling and mindfulness to get UNSTUCK. I thought it would be a good one because I’ve been stuck for quite some time. But I didn’t realize just how STUCK, and how scared I was, until I started writing it out on paper. And then, I started getting incredibly scared and sad and worrying if it would ever come back to me. The more I thought about what was so different between when I was actually writing and now is that we are all so busy and the cheering and motivation has come and gone. You guys are truly my motivation.

It’s frustrating, yet I still set the goals because I need to see progress. And a single word is progress. I need to remember that.
I will never give up on you guys, nor #WriteMotivation, now writing!
So, here’s my July Goals:

  1. I AM GOING TO FINISH WIP#1 YET! Seriously! Finish it already! It’s only ONE MORE SCENE! – Haven’t had an opportunity yet due to work.
  2. Keep up with blog posts for both blogs – this one and my Caring for My Vet Trying
  3. Comment/cheer on my fellow #WriteMotivation peeps on Twitter, FB, Google+ and their blogs – Trying
  4. Continue with my positive thinking. – Doing very well and helping others with theirs.
  5. Read another book. – Haven’t started this yet.

If you’re want to know more about #WriteMotivation go to their website, check out the twitter feed and theGoogle Plus Community. It’s really a wonderful group of people who love to help kick you in the patooty, or send Dino out on “motivational assignment,” or fling cookies. We ALL love cookies!

Celebrate The Small Things is a weekly celebration where we celebrate the happenings of the week, however small or large the item in question. If you’re interested in learning more about Celebrate The Small Things, please visit their website, visit others participating, and sign up if you’re so inclined. It’s always great to see what everyone finds in their day to celebrate! And it adds to a positive outlook on life!

It is a blog hop, after all. :) <3
This is a Blog Hop!

LadyJai

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Always enjoy the beautiful colors that paint the sky.

Sorry I’ve been MIA these past two weeks. It’s been really hectic at work and by the time I get home, I’m exhausted. I’ve literally had to jump through flaming hoops to meet deadlines after they took my help away and kept piling the work on without giving me my help back on top of making the new deadlines impossible.

Monday, I broke my phone. Tuesday our TV died. So that didn’t help the pocket-book any.
I’ve learned I’ve gained 5lbs in the last month and I’m thinking it’s the medication the doctor put me on for RLS as it’s been that long. Now I’m wondering if I should experiment with going off the meds to see if it was coincidence that my pain lessened or if it was its normal cycle of on again off again.
TheHubs has been pretty bad off in the pain department but he’s been loving just the same. We are starting to think that the Botox is not working as it’s his 4th treatment with little to no relief.
We’ve hardly done anything, inside or outside the house. The house is getting pretty bad so I am hoping to do some cleaning this weekend. IF we’re not too broken from the Color Vibe 5K on Saturday. At least we have that family outing. I Hope it will be something fun and TheHubs isn’t in too much pain from it.

Seems all I do lately on here is combine the two posts but I’m sure that’s ok. Life happens and that’s all we can do, right?! 🙂

So, June Goals are kind of meh…

  1. FINISH WIP#1! Seriously! Finish it already! It’s only ONE MORE SCENE! —  Still inching. But had to put it on hold this past week because of the day job.
  2. Keep up with blog posts for both blogs – this one and my Caring for My Vet. — Yeah, no. Too much life happening.
  3. Comment/cheer on my fellow #WriteMotivation peeps on Twitter, FB, Google+ and their blogs. See #1 and #2
  4. Continue with my positive thinking. I am so rocking this out of the ball park right now. I know that it ebbs and flows. I just hope I never go down that dark road again. So I’m keeping up with positive! Even though it’s been a rough couple of weeks, and something just wanted to bring me down, I wouldn’t let it. I also made a move to help a fellow friend find some peace in her anxiety! I love helping people! <3
  5. Read another book. Finished ALLEGIANT yesterday. YAY!

If you’re want to know more about #WriteMotivation go to their website, check out the twitter feed and theGoogle Plus Community. It’s really a wonderful group of people who love to help kick you in the patooty, or send Dino out on “motivational assignment,” or fling cookies. We ALL love cookies!

Celebrate The Small Things is a weekly celebration where we celebrate the happenings of the week, however small or large the item in question. If you’re interested in learning more about Celebrate The Small Things, please visit their website, visit others participating, and sign up if you’re so inclined. It’s always great to see what everyone finds in their day to celebrate! And it adds to a positive outlook on life!

It is a blog hop, after all. :) <3
This is a Blog Hop!

LadyJai

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I’m going to be posting another double-header. My Celebrate The Small things post is in regards to The Color Vibe 5k Run. I saw some of my runner friends on Facebook doing this over the past years. I honestly thought I would have to run. When they told me I could walk…I began researching for the next color run in the area! I found The Color Vibe was scheduled here at the end of June. Oh boy my excitement levels skyrocketed.

However, I’ve had a lot of squashed excitement since TheHubs has gotten worse. I tried to prepare myself for the worst. It was hard. I wanted to do this just so we can have a little bit of fun. Then, I thought, even if he couldn’t do it, TheBoy might enjoy it. And my excitement returned. But he’s so void of emotion mostly. I think that has to do with our situation; but that’s for a different post…on the other blog. 😛

Anyway, I get home and present it to both. TheHubs is in so much pain he can’t think straight so no decision was made. I did tell him that we had to sign up by the 31st, which was the next day,  in order to get the cheaper rate. I also asked TheBoy if he wanted to do it. He said “I guess.” So, that night, I was left to wonder if that meant he wanted to or not. I hate forcing him to do anything he doesn’t want to do. You know?

Saturday everyone wakes up. TheBoy tells me he wants to do it. YAY! I was starting to get all excited again. TheHubs comes downstairs and I tell him about it too. He’s unsure because of all the people, the noise, the bright sun, and his pain. I told him he didn’t have to walk, he could just watch. But then, I broke out my tablet and showed him the website. That’s when he started really thinking about it. He said, “It looks like the Indian Celebration of Color (Holi, The Festival of Colors) and that’s probably the closest we can come to experiencing that. Go ahead, sign us up. The more I look at it the more fun it looks. Can’t deny the family some fun time.”

So Double YAY! I’m now so excited I can’t contain myself! I so can’t wait for the end of this month. But I’m celebrating the small things…the triumph I had in convincing TheHubs to do this, the triumph he had over his fears and pain, and the triumph that the whole family will be doing something together soon, outside!

June Goals:

  1. FINISH WIP#1! Seriously! Finish it already! It’s only ONE MORE SCENE! —  Inching, inching away! I’m so proud of myself…So close!
  2. Keep up with blog posts for both blogs – this one and my Caring for My Vet. — I wrote one last week about my epiphany to live life positively. I included a previous #WriteMotivation post, but expounded on it to include what happened to TheHubs at the same time. If you haven’t read it, if you have the time, please do. Thank you.
  3. Comment/cheer on my fellow #WriteMotivation peeps on Twitter, FB, Google+ and their blogs. Trying to get to that this week. Between work, caregiver commitments, and trying to find time to relax, it’s rough.
  4. Continue with my positive thinking. I think I’m doing well with this so far. There have been a few moments that I revert. BUT, as I say, this is like an alcoholic’s journey. It is a constant battle to remain sober, or in this case, remain positive. So some days are easier than others.
  5. Read another book. I didn’t complete the book last month. It’s been rough, but I’m slowly working my way through ALLEGIANT. 

If you’re want to know more about #WriteMotivation go to their website, check out the twitter feed and the Google Plus Community. It’s really a wonderful group of people who love to help kick you in the patooty, or send Dino out on “motivational assignment,” or fling cookies. We ALL love cookies!

Celebrate The Small Things is a weekly celebration where we celebrate the happenings of the week, however small or large the item in question. If you’re interested in learning more about Celebrate The Small Things, please visit their website, visit others participating, and sign up if you’re so inclined. It’s always great to see what everyone finds in their day to celebrate! And it adds to a positive outlook on life!

It is a blog hop, after all. 🙂 <3

LadyJai

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Celebrate The Small Things. Celebrate The Small Things is a weekly celebration where we celebrate the happenings of the week, however small or large the item in question. This will definitely aid in my quest to find the positives in every situation, no matter how small. If you are so inclined, need a helping hand, or just want to recognize the positives in your life, I highly recommend you try this method, even just for a little bit. It can only help.

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So, last week was exhausting at work.  And I managed to weed half my rose garden. THAT is back breaking work! All I did this long 3 day weekend was laze around on our new sofa recliner and either play xBox or watch movies/TV. So yay for doing nothing.

But I wanted to tell you about something I found, and something shown to me.

I don’t know what I was searching for, or maybe I was cleaning out the mess beneath my bathroom sink. But when I pulled out my basket of hair stuff, I found a card my husband had given me, I don’t know when. I just sat there on the floor of the bathroom, reading and loving it so much.

 

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“Of all the things I have done and regret, asking you to be my wife will never be one of them.”

Yup, you guessed it, it made me cry.

Of course I told TheHubs I found it and what it said. And of course, he said, “Absolutely true. I will never regret asking you. I love you.”

Then, a few days, maybe a week later, TheHubs showed me a video on YouTube. I’ve heard the song before and really like it. But TheHubs hadn’t heard it before. He said he heard it on the way to taking TheBoy to school and he thought of me and made him cry. It was how he felt about me.

And of course, it made me cry too.

But all these tears are happy tears. They are the little things that mean so much to the heart and to the soul. They are the positives we all need to find in our own lives. I am so glad to have found them and to share them with you. Because I know, if I share them, someone out there will be thinking about their own little pieces of positive. <3

Now, I must detour over to my May Goals for #WriteMotivation. That hasn’t been pretty. But hey, I’ve managed progress and that’s positive! 🙂

 

May Goals:

1. Since WIP#2 wasn’t working, I switched to WIP#1 and I’ve written a few paragraphs towards the ending. So, continue that. Unless my MC in WIP#2 starts talking to me again! I’m flexible like that! Still plucking away one sentence at a time. 
2. Keep up with blog posts for both blogs – this one and my Caring for My Vet. Started my “Many Hats” Series over at Caring for My Vet. I have managed to continue with this post and the new “Celebrate the Small Things” posts. But still haven’t decided what else to include. Do you have any suggestions?
3. Comment/cheer on my fellow #WriteMotivation peeps on Twitter, FB, Google+ and their blogs. Bad Jamie! Bad! I really need to work on this, but between work and home, it’s been difficult lately. Just like my writing. :/
4. Continue with my positive thinking Yup. Am still in this mindset. Hopefully it will continue for a very long time.
5. Read another book. Maybe a third or half way through ALLEGIANT. I may not finish it in time. But hey, I read when I can.

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If you want to take a look at what others have found to celebrate this week, or if you want to sign up, please visit the below links! It is a blog hop, after all. 🙂 <3

LadyJai

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I just found this AMAZING blog hop that fits in with my mantra of “Find the positive, in every situation, no matter how small.” It’s called Celebrate The Small Things. Celebrate The Small Things is a weekly celebration where we celebrate the happenings of the week, however small or large the item in question. I didn’t find it for last week. So I am playing catch-up and posting today. Hope you can join me in this weekly blog hop and keep that positive energy going.

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Yesterday was Mother’s Day.

The one day everyone raves about what their husbands and children do for them. Breakfast in bed. Homemade cards and crafts. Surprise visits. Dinner out or at the very least, cooked by anyone other than the Mom. Now that I’m in a community with other Veteran Caregivers, I see a different side of Mother’s Day. Many feel the same as I do. Left out. Just another day. Wishing that someone would make them the priority, or even an effort. But there were so many other posts out there where their veteran was blowing up, arguing, ignoring, leaving. These ladies were feeling that they weren’t important or loved or even recognized. Their day seemed so much worse than mine.

It made me take a step back and look at my day. Yes, sure I woke up like every other day. I laid in bed until TheBoy got up. TheHubs was already awake, downstairs watching TV after a night of insomnia. Yes, sure I had to remind both my son and my husband to wish me happy MomMom’s Day. But, hey, I got hugs and kisses. Yes, I made breakfast. And yes, hubs went to bed soon after we woke up. I managed to wake him up around noon and asked if he wanted to go with us to get groceries and TheBoy a new set of swim trunks. His pain level was pretty bad and I gave him two hours to see if it would calm down. Nope. As per usual, it remained high. So TheBoy and I went out by ourselves.

I had those bad thoughts, those selfish thoughts again. But I didn’t let them get to me. The guilt tried to creep in, too. But I pushed it aside and did what I needed to do. I did do something bad, though. I bought some cookies, some donuts, and also the items to make strawberry shortcake. I also bought Subway for dinner. Hey, it was Me Day, right?! 😛  I wanted to go to the salon and cut off all my hair but decided I wouldn’t put the boy through that. I also wanted to look for a new swimsuit for me too. That whole ordeal, for both of us, was a disaster. But we did have a little fun with hats (in which I bought him one).

I went over my day and all the posts I read regarding Mother’s Day. And you know what? I need to let go of those unrealistic expectations, those magical dreams of the perfect holiday, and just enjoy the small things. Count them and watch them pile up. Soon, it will be a HUGE mountain of positive.

My husband’s alive. He loves me. My son is alive. He loves me. TheBoy made me a Mother’s Day card with love. We were together at the store yesterday and had fun trying on hats. We were able to enjoy some good food. And we made it through another day. I’d call that a win.

Today’s my Wedding Anniversary. I got a Happy Anniversary and then it was off to work with me, off to school with TheBoy. I will go home knowing that I’m loved and cherished and not expect my perfect dream. Because, really, “perfect” is reserved for only one entity. God. And He blesses me everyday with all the love.

(Want a little more behind this story? Visit my other blog post about Holidays.)

LadyJai

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#WriteMotivation May Update #1

Posted May 7, 2014 By LadyJai

positivesinadarkroomMay Goals:

1. Since WIP#2 wasn’t working, I switched to WIP#1 and I’ve written a few paragraphs towards the ending. So, continue that. Unless my MC in WIP#2 starts talking to me again! I’m flexible like that! I’ve been plucking away at this one sentence at a time. I think I might actually have a REAL ending soon! 🙂 Maybe another 1500-2000 words?!
2. Keep up with blog posts for both blogs – this one and my Caring for My Vet. I’m working on a blog post, or possibly a series of posts, over at Caring for My Vet, about the many different hats I wear. I was just listing them the other day and WOW! No wonder why I’m overwhelmed and can’t seem to take care of myself. This blog, well, after the A to Z Challenge finished, I feel kind of “What now?” So, I don’t have anything. I’ve change the title of my blog to Be Positive in Life and Writing. Not sure what I should actually write about here yet. Any ideas? 
3. Comment/cheer on my fellow #WriteMotivation peeps on Twitter, FB, Google+ and their blogs. Have yet to do this.
4. Continue with my positive thinking Yup. Am still in this mindset. Hopefully it will continue for a very long time.
5. Read another book. On track. Finally finished up with INSURGENT and now on to ALLEGIANT 

LadyJai

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What a coincidental post this is. We’re supposed to reflect back on our journey through the alphabet last month, yet the whole month I spent looking in the mirror and trying to find the positives within to reflect back at me through that mirror.

I learned a lot about myself. I learned not to listen to all those negative voices inside my head.  No matter how hard they try to tell me what an awful person I am, that I will never amount to anything, that I have no talent, I have a minimum of 26 positive character traits I can go back and remind myself that I am good.

I’d like to challenge you to spend a month, even a week, maybe one day at a time, just to look yourself in the mirror and find that one positive trait you really didn’t think you had. We could all use a little more positive in our lives, and it starts from within.

I am Strong

I Am Strong!

My favorite one this year was realizing just how strong I am. Which one was your favorite? Any suggestions for another Positive Challenge just to keep the energy flowing?

If you didn’t have a chance to visit them all, I’ve compiled the list here for easy access. I’ve also added it to my Power of Positive page. I hope you enjoy!

2014 April A to Z Blogging Challenge
Reflecting The Positive In Me
Reflecting the Positives in Me – A is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – B is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – C is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – D is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – E is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – F is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – G is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – H is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – I is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – J is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – K is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – L is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – M is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – N is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – O is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – P is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – Q is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – R is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – S is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – T is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – U is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – V is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – W is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – X is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – Y is for…
Reflecting the Positives in Me – Z is for…

LadyJai

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Kindling the Past by M. S. Kaye

Kindling the Past by M. S. Kaye

Thank you, Jamie, for having me!

Welcome to my Quick Tips Blog Tour. I’ve put together ten short, easy writing tips to share. Follow my tour to see them all. Tour stops will be posted on my website: http://booksbymsk.com/?page_id=616

Quick Tip 4:

Chapter endings are supposed to be a good place for the reader to stop, right? NO! That’s what we let the readers think, but we all want them to keep reading, to lose a full night’s sleep because they couldn’t put the book down. That means chapters need to end in a way to taunt the reader into turning that page. Come on, only one more page…

Here are 3 ways to end a chapter that sticks its tongue out at the reader and says, “Nee-ner, nee-ner, come and get me.”

  1. Just before the climax of a scene
  2. As the characters are entering into the next scene (with a promise to be interesting)
  3. At the discovery of a curious nugget of information

What are your favorite ways to end chapters?

Kindling the Past

by M.S. Kaye

Kindle is fighting to survive on her own, to break free from her possessive and violent ex-boyfriend, and trying not to let her best friend, Anna, know she’s in love with her husband. Most of all, she fights the visions she sees of the past—she doesn’t believe in that kind of stuff.

Then Anna is shot and killed.

In their grief, Kindle and Ty, Anna’s husband and Kindle’s Taekwondo instructor, grow closer. Although Kindle is careful never to let him too close, he helps her learn to accept that her visions are real. Eventually, the truth about Anna’s death breaks through into Kindle’s visions, and she must find a way not to let it destroy her.

M. S. Kaye - AuthorAuthor Bio:

M.S. Kaye has several published books under her black belt. A transplant from Ohio, she resides with her husband, Corey, in Jacksonville, Florida, where she tries not to melt in the sun. Find suspense and the unusual at www.BooksByMSK.com.

Contact M. S. Kaye at:

www.Facebook.com/BooksByMSK

www.Twitter.com/MSKosciuszko

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7222522.M_S_Kaye

Other links to purchase:

Publisher: http://www.lsbooks.com/kindling-the-past-p902.php
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kindling-Past-M-S-Kaye-ebook/dp/B00JZ5EOXK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398682985&sr=8-1&keywords=Kindling+the+past
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Kindling-the-past?keyword=Kindling+the+past&store=ebook
iBooks:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kindling-the-past/id860929921?mt=11
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/kindling-the-past
aRe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-kindlingthepast-1490578-149.html

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Excerpt:

Prologue

I fought the visions. My mother used to tell me my expression turned stupid when I had them, but I didn’t care about that so much anymore. I hated when the visions were true somehow, actual bits of the past. I didn’t believe in that kind of stuff.

Chapter 1: Fight

“She’s such a snob,” one of the young women whispered on the other side of the locker room.

I stayed faced away, trying not to hear their gossip. I tugged my jeans on and pulled my shirt over my head. When I glanced in the mirror to fix my hair, I barely saw the dark brown framing my fair skin—only the way the other girls looked at me. I bent over to pick up my shoes.

“The guys don’t even ask her out because she’s so stuck up.”

I didn’t understand why they thought like this about me, but I didn’t much care anyway. As soon as I had my shoes on, I threw my gear bag over my shoulder and walked out.

Master Trahem was on the workout floor sparring with Mr. Schmidt. Master Trahem’s uniform was starting to come open, and sweat glistened on his well-built chest.

I looked away.

“Bye, Kindle,” Mrs. Trahem said as I passed the front counter. “See you tomorrow.”

I smiled at her, one of the few people I reserved my genuine smile for. She was a big part of the reason I came in early to help every day, her and her atrocious typing skills. She always held her fingers above the keys like a fisherman wielding a spear, as if expecting them to squirm out from under her aim.

But honestly, helping with data entry was just an excuse—Mrs. Trahem was the best person I’d ever known, and I felt calmer when I was around her.

“You’ll be there early, right?” Mrs. Trahem added. She tucked her silky dark hair behind her ear. There was a grace to her movement. No wonder Master Trahem had married her so quickly. At twenty-nine, she was a few years older than me but looked just as young.

“Definitely.” Then I kept walking. Before I gave into the urge to turn and watch Master Trahem.

The girls from the locker room followed me out into the parking lot. I sat in my car and started the engine.

While I drove the forty-five minutes home, I fought to stay awake. At least traffic at nine-thirty at night was thin. I always missed rush hour. I left my apartment before six every morning and didn’t return until after ten. Being tired felt normal.

As I pulled up to my building, I examined each car. I knew to whom each of them belonged, as well as half my neighbors’ friends’ cars. The girl across the hall traded boyfriends every week. She drove me nuts.

I had no way of knowing what Chris was driving. I had to know which cars were supposed to be here in order to know if there was a new one. Most of my neighbors drove beaters like me, and Chris had always liked something flashy. But with him, I couldn’t depend on consistency. He was smart.

I recognized all the cars tonight. I parked under the streetlight and kept the door locked while I pulled my gear bag onto my lap and slipped the strap over my shoulder. Keys ready, I jumped out of the car and jogged up the steps. I hated apartment buildings in Florida. The halls were open, no security doors to block unwanted visitors from knocking on your front door, from lurking in shadowy corners.

Within about ten seconds, I was up the stairs, down the hall, and at my door. Just being able to move quickly without running out of breath was worth the cost of Taekwondo classes. I felt more confident, less scared.

My door unlocked, I glanced down the hall one more time then slipped inside. I closed the door, locked it, and flipped the lights.

I was not alone.

He was right there, tall, thick, and blond as always. I was seeing as clearly as if through acid. I blinked to make sure he was really there. I always did that. It was stupid.

Chris was always there.

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Hope you enjoyed the post. And if you haven’t already read anything from M. S. Kaye, you really should. She’s great. I have enjoyed everything I’ve read of hers so far, published or not! <3

LadyJai

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Morning Has Broken

As many of you know, I’ve been dealing with a lot of emotional stress these last few months. I really can’t believe it’s already the 5th month! MAY! What the heck. I had so many plans, so many goals. I wanted to get back to writing my novels this year since I’m actually going through the healing process.

I spent all of April in the A to Z Challenge, posting my Reflecting The Positives In Me. If you haven’t seen them, please take a moment to browse through. They aren’t long. It’s helped me identify, and focus on, my positive traits. That’s helped immensely. I highly recommend taking some time to do this for yourself. I’m currently trying to find another challenge like this so I can continue helping myself, and possibly helping others as well.

One of my Veteran Caregiver groups asked the question if any caregivers use art for healing. They wanted a few caregivers to give examples for their newsletter. I went to reply, found out it was too long of a response for their newsletter, and posted it on my blog instead. I’m a writer, what can I say. I’m long-winded. 🙂 I did manage to cut it down for their newsletter, but I expounded on it in more detail on my blog. If you’re interested please visit Writing To Heal.

So, Hubs has been to countless doctor appointments, and two ER visits. No one seems to listen, only want to treat the symptoms. At least the first ER visit and the CT scan they did went to the VA and his “doctor” there said he had some serious calcification going on in his sinuses and that could be causing this migraine that’s not a migraine. We’ve been told that this year has been hell for pollen and those who’ve never been affected before are now showing symptoms of seasonal allergies. They sent him out some meds straight away. Of course he had some reactions to one of them. That’s just our luck. Not sure if that was the reason for the massive headache or not, but maybe he’s doing better? It’s hard to tell a lot of times with him because he likes to put on his mask. I mean, he suffered tremendously through Easter with TheRents just to do something with the family. So, I just keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best, or at the very least, a little lessening of the pain.

Also, I’ve been going through some massive tests with the doctor. I guess it’s high time I took care of myself, because you know, if I don’t how can I take care of TheHubs if I’m done for? So, I went. More money out of my pocketbook! Ugh. And I know they won’t find anything because they never do. I always have “odd” symptoms. I have to go back in a couple of weeks to see if there is anything definitive. We’ll see.

Anyway, on to the goals….

April Goals:

Same as last month since March slapped me in the face…

  1. Read through my WIP. This is the first step to get back into the head of my MC and the world he lives in. I hope. – Nope, didn’t get to WIP#1 to read this. I just did not have any time and, well, I think my MC for WIP#1 called to me. See #2.
  2. Write words on WIP. – While my intent was to write words on WIP#2, I did manage to write a few paragraphs towards the ending of my WIP#1 so I consider this a win 😛
  3. Keep up with blog posts for both blogs – this one and my Caring for My Vet. – I excelled at this I believe.
  4. Comment/cheer on my fellow #WriteMotivation peeps on Twitter, FB, Google+ and their blogs. I did the best I could with this. The A to Z challenge took most of my commenting time away as I tried to comment on other bloggers’ sites.
  5. Write motivational post for #WriteMotivation – Didn’t happen. Nothing came to me. No one suggested anything. 🙁 Oh well.
  6. Continue with my positive thinking. I think I am managing this just fine at the moment!
  7. Read another book. Almost done with Insurgent. Didn’t get enough “me” time to finish it up.

 

May Goals:

1. Since WIP#2 wasn’t working, I switched to WIP#1 and I’ve written a few paragraphs towards the ending. So, continue that. Unless my MC in WIP#2 starts talking to me again! I’m flexible like that!
2. Keep up with blog posts for both blogs – this one and my Caring for My Vet.
3. Comment/cheer on my fellow #WriteMotivation peeps on Twitter, FB, Google+ and their blogs.
4. Continue with my positive thinking
5. Read another book.

 

LadyJai

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Remember, each rough day you get through, you’re batting a thousand. And that’s pretty good!

LadyJai

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It is one of the qualities I want to be remembered for.

LadyJai

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