12.28.2021

Anthem Lights

 Anthem lights are one of my and my daughters favorite bands so writing about them was so easy to do



My absolute favorite song  is the wedding Medley If I ever got married again I would def use this medley as I am walking down the aisle. 

Another favorite is 10,000 reason - when my strength is failing, I want to be sure that I am praising and worshiping like never before in my life. My friend who passed had this at her funeral and it was so powerful. 

One of my absolute favorite songs in the christian world is "How Great Thou Art" and they sing it so powerfully. 

 I would like to share that coming very soon is an animated series for kids or adults which is a new venture for Pure flix.  Check back here to this blog very soon for more details on the animated series and also a giveaway for a 3 month subscription to Pure flix. 


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12.27.2021

Sons of Thunder




Combat vet Simon motorcycles across the country, working odd jobs, helping those God puts in his path, and trying to atone for past sins in a biker club.

Simon is an inspiration because after all he went thru he still found the strength to keep going  and he is always asking everyone he meets "Do You Know Jesus", as people are today some would scowl or give him a weird look but he would keep asking. 

Little recap of each episode: 

Episode 1: Mi Casa Es Su Casa — Simon prevents cartel soldiers from kidnapping a local rancher’s son.
Episode 2: The Blind Fighting the Blind — Simon’s new boss has a temper that threatens to destroy his family and his marriage.
Episode 3: Hunter Hunted — After hitting a deer with his motorcycle, Simon is given a place to stay by a woman who’s game ranch is plagued by poachers.
Episode 4: Time and Chance — When Simon’s bike is stolen, the only way for him to get it back is in a poker game.
Episode 5: Deep Water — Simon runs out of money and gets a job with a widowed boat captain, taking clients out into the gulf to catch fish.
Episode 6: Brother’s Keeper Part 1 — When Simon’s bike breaks down, he’s forced to repair it at a shop owned by the sleazy president of a local biker club.
Episode 6: Brother’s Keeper Part 2 — Simon continues work at the bike shop. But when his old club rolls into town, Simon has to let go and move on, or confront his past.

After my Christmas trip was cancelled due to covid restrictions, I knew I would need something to occupy me and so I binge watched this and could not get enough.  I am thrilled that a new spin off show called " Sons of Thunder: Redemption" and I cannot wait til this one is out so I can binge this one. 


Here  is how you can watch it #SonsOfThunderMIN

12.24.2021

Moving House As A Family: Things To Consider'

 Moving house is always a big deal as there’s just so much that you need to think about and consider. The truth is that the process of moving house can be a huge deal, as it’s such a complex process, from deciding where you’re going to move to and finding a house that fits your family’s needs as well as your budget, to the process of actually packing up your current home, there’s a lot to think about and take into account. 


When you’re moving house as a family, it becomes even more stressful than moving house on your own, because there’s just so much more that you need to think about and consider as it’s no longer just you anymore - there’s a lot more to think about and take into account when moving house. 


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Wondering what steps you can take to make the process a smoother one - and what you need to think about and consider? Below is a guide to everything that you need to know to make moving house with a family in tow a little easier and less stressful. 


Check out the area 


When it comes to moving house with your family in tow, there’s a lot more to think about than simply choosing a new home for yourself, especially when it comes to the area in which you’re going to move to. Naturally, you want (and need) to choose an area that is going to be a good fit for your family and offers a range of essential amenities - read more online about specific areas to understand if they’re going to be the right fit for you and your family. Don’t rush into choosing an area - always take the time to learn as much as you possibly can about the area as you can, to make sure that it’s right for your family. 


Find the right property for your family 


The next step is to take the time to think about what kind of property you and your family want and need. Ask yourself: why are you leaving your current home? What is it that your current home doesn’t have that you wish it had to offer you - more space, a bigger family area, a better location? Think about why you’re leaving your current home when selecting potential properties to move to, so that you’re able to find a home that is a better fit for you. 


Reduce the stress of moving 


The process of moving can be rather stressful, which is why it’s important that you take steps to remove that stress. This means thinking about the steps that you can take to make moving house less stressful for everyone, such as doing all of the packing as early as possible and hiring a professional moving service to deal with the actual process of moving. It’s also worth thinking about color coding your boxes, so that when you arrive at your new home, it’s easier to unpack everything. 


The process of moving house can be exceedingly stressful, but if you take the right approach, it doesn’t have to be. 

12.22.2021

The 6 Phases Of Addiction Recovery

 

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The process of recovering from a medical condition that's been eating you alive is not easy. If you're anyone eager to learn, do the research first. You might even turn to Google and type "What does it mean to be sober?" or "What are the phases of recovery?" The most straightforward way to sum things up would be to say that it is a big decision and demands a massive lifestyle change.

However, a life free from addiction may feel like a long shot for someone who is in recovery or considering treatment. But once you are ready to stop using such harmful substances, you will have to go through a few phases of addiction recovery. It is essential to understand these phases aren't just a 'fling.' They were identified by SAD researchers Carlo DiClemente and James Prochaska. Each of these phases will encourage you or a loved one to foster a positive change and help create a more defined path towards recovery.

So without further ado, let's take a closer look at the six phases of recovery and what each stage entails.

Phase 1: Treatment initiation

Phase 1: Treatment initiation
When you seek help from a professional rehabilitation program, such as those offered here:https://www.aristarecovery.com/, you enter the first phase of your regeneration- treatment initiation. 
you enter the first phase of your regeneration- treatment initiation. In the early days of your rehab, you will have mixed feelings about indefinitely abstaining from your drug of choice. You may also believe your issue is not as severe as others. Be cautious of this attitude. In the early recovery phases, hesitation and denial can be your worst enemies.

At this point in treatment, the goal is to assist patients in deciding to participate in treatment activities and recognize that abstinence is the primary objective. Change may appear intimidating to someone contemplating or in this phase of recovery. However, long-term recovery is possible. Facilities such as the Fusion Recovery Centers offer a series of personalized treatments suitable for all addiction levels.  Furthermore, a patient's substance abuse history will help during this phase. The treatment program will work with the patient to cultivate a plan.

Phase 2: Pre-contemplation 

People are uninterested in seeking help during the pre-contemplative phase of change because they are not considering the need for change. At this point, an addict is likely to become defensive and rationalize their substance use. When working with patients in the pre-contemplative phase, the recovery team assists them in moving towards contemplation by shifting their emphasis on control. This involves helping them become more mindful of the actual penalties of their addiction. The treatment team will also employ psychosocial interventions to assist the patient in contemplating the possibility of a transformation.

Phase 3: Contemplation

Patients in the contemplative phase are aware of the personal implications of their addiction and spend time reflecting on it. At this point, an addict may be open to discussing the impact of their addiction. Still, they are hesitant to make a change. The treatment team will continue to use motivational interviewing techniques to assist the patient in envisioning new options for their life and potential steps to gain freedom from active addiction during the contemplative phase.

Phase 4: Preparation

During the preparation phase, the person's vitality grows, making realistic plans for their recovery. This can include them promising to stay abstinent or even entering rehab. This phase is all about preparing for recovery and devising a strategy to achieve it. The person can progress to the next stage by selecting a specific day, month, or year. They may have mixed emotions about making these arrangements. Still, once they commit to taking action, the next step usually goes quite comfortably.

Phase 5: Action

At this point, real change – that is, a behavioral change – begins. Many addicts start the action phase in a residential or detox treatment center, where medical professionals guide them through the early stages of recovery. At this phase, a patient will seek treatment for the underlying causes of their addiction. Individual and group therapy help people apprehend addiction and themselves better. In contrast, alternative or complementary therapies encourage holistic wellness and aid in recovery. The action phase will also provide patients with healthy, proactive coping strategies for dealing with triggers and stress, allowing them to progress through the last stage without relapse.

Phase 6: Maintenance & termination

Every change requires time and dedication to maintain. A person begins to adjust to their new substance-free lifestyle during the maintenance and termination phase. As patients regain control of their lives, reverting to old habits becomes less of a threat. After maintenance, the ultimate goal is termination. A person with substance use disorder no longer perceives their substance of choice as a threat. At this point, they are comfortable and confident living a life free of addiction.

Conclusion

Safe to say, addiction recovery is a lengthy process that demands commitment and changes in many aspects of a person's life. These six phases of recovery can help people with substance abuse disorders find the motivation to change their habits, learn the benefits of recovery, and be on their way to becoming a new person. It is also essential to know you are free just because you've gone through the phases of recovery. Like heart disease or diabetes, addiction is a chronic condition that demands continuous control. To develop a thorough aftercare plan, go to AA meetings, build a support network, discover some new hobbies, or do anything that keeps you away from a relapse.

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