What Are You Journaling About Today? 6.25.19

This morning I jotted down all the anxiety related things I pushed through yesterday.

Go me!

Grocery shopping can be a panic trigger. Why? So many sights, sounds, temperature changes AND people. All of these items put your body on alert.

Challenge yourself to go into the grocery store and buy 1 or 2 items. Then celebrate your success. Journal about how great it is!

It helps me to visualize how wonderful I’m going to feel once I have completed my shopping.

Next time slowly walk each aisle. Pay attention to all the items. Think positive!

You can do it. One step at a time.

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Let me know how you do.

Kind Regards and #winning- K

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What IS a Blue Star MOM?

My first time reaching out via social media:

In 2010 while my son was deployed, I ordered my flag and proudly displayed it in my front window.

I was amazed at the number of people that did not have a clue why I had that blue star flag in my window. 

My neighbor, had a flag with 2 blue stars in hers, She knew.

So many questions on FB… “What are you talking about? A Blue what??”

So I answered:

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The Service flag, also called the Blue Star Flag, was designed and patented by WWI Army Captain Robert L. Queisser of the 5th Ohio Infantry who had two sons serving on the front line. The flag quickly became the unofficial symbol of a child in service.

President Wilson became part of this history when in 1918 he approved a suggestion made by the Women’s Committee of the Council of National Defenses that mothers who had lost a child serving in the war wear a gold gilt star on the traditional black mourning arm band.

This led to the tradition of covering the blue star with a gold star on the Service flag to indicate that the service member has died.

 Link to the full History

 

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A Military Mom’s Poem

Give me the greatness of heart to see,
The difference between duty and his love for me.

Give me understanding, so that I may know,
When duty calls him, he must go.

Give me a task to do each day,
To fill the time when he’s away.

When he’s in a foreign land,
Keep him safe in your loving hand.

And Lord, when duty is in the field,
Please protect him and be his shield.

And Lord, when deployment is so long,
Please stay with me and keep me strong.

Author unknown

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Becoming a Military Parent

On behalf of the Blue Star Mother’s of America, it is with great honor that we welcome you into the journey of being a military parent!

We are there with you as you cross the bridge to becoming a Blue Star Mother and Father to support you in any way we can.

We are a support group, whose members consist of Mothers, Fathers, Spouses, Siblings, Grandparents, Extended Family and Friends of someone who has or has had a loved one in the military. We support each other, our military and veterans.

Since WWI mothers have hung “Blue Star Flags” in their windows while their children served in the armed forces especially during conflicts or wars.

To be a Blue Mother or Father is an Honor only your child can give to you. The Blue Star stands for hope and pride.

Becoming a military parent continues the life long journey … of hope and pride. As when your child was born, you were filled with that hope and pride as well as excitement, anxiety, fear and great joy. As you step into the walk of being a military parent that journey continues and once again life changes. You find yourself noticing even more the patriotic symbols all around you, flying your United States flag with a different kind of pride. Thus “Supporting Our Troops” in a way you have probably never before.

Life changes, as your child will hold him or herself to a higher standard, you too will find it changes your life. Forever supporting your child in a different way with even more hope and pride for serving our country to keep our land free.

May you and your child be blessed while this journey of life unfolds!
Remember: “To be a Blue Star Mother or Father is an Honor only your child can give to you!”

Written by: Jean T. Duane
National 2nd Vice President ~ 2007

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Link to resources , suggested readings The Blue Star Mothers of NH our Mission

 

 

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 We wish to remember and extend our deepest sympathies

to all Gold Star Families.

May we always remember those who gave all for our country.

The Final Roll Call

We thought of you with love today
But that is nothing new.

We thought about you yesterday
And days before that too.

We think of you in silence
We often speak your name.

Now all we have are memories
And your picture in a frame.

Your memory is our keepsake
With which we’ll never part

God has you in His keeping
We have you in our Heart.

~Author Unknown  

Kind Regards and All my loving thoughts  РK

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#22 and Little Book Big Results

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#22:

What am I passionate  about? I  am passionate about  the number 22!

That is the number of American veterans we are losing everyday to suicide!

This  needs to STOP!

 

 

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Veterans helping vets website

 

Little Book Big Results:

 

What  else am I passionate about? Helping people who suffer from anxiety!

We attempt to live normal lives and it holds us back.

Good news, a friend gave me a book to read while I was on this trip!

Within 5 minutes of  cracking the cover and trying a few brain rewire techniques

I had tackled some of  my anxiety. I was amazed! Give it a try!

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The name of the book “The Anti-anxiety Toolkit”

Rapid Techniques to Rewire the Brain

Author- Melissa Tiers

 

 

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Kind Regards and hoping to make a difference – K

 

 

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Let Your Light Shine Thru

Behind the Eclipse, the sun is shining… K

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5 Quotes to help you shine:

“In order for the light to shine so brightly,

the darkness must be present.” ~ Francis Bacon

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“Be yourself. Above all, let who you are,

what you are, what you believe shine

through every sentence you write,

every piece you finish.” ~ John Jakes

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“Try not to get lost in comparing yourself to others.

Discover your gifts and let them shine!

Softball is amazing that way as a sport.

Everyone on the field has a slightly different 

ability that makes them perfect for their position.

~Jennie Finch

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“The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers,

but for the wide world’s joy.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

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“Beset by a difficult problem?

Now is your chance to shine.

Pick yourself up, get to work and

get triumphantly through it.” ¬†~Ralph Marston

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5 Songs to sing:

Collective Soul – Shine youtube video. sing along!

Jordan Smith – Stand In The Light (Lyric Video)

jennifer lopez – feel the light lyrics (full song)

Demi Lovato – Neon Lights (Official Lyric Video)

Matchbox Twenty – Bright Lights (Video)

 

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Eclipse now covers.

Behind, the sunshine glows bright.

Soon you’ll¬†shine again.

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Kind Regards – K

 

 

 

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52 Weeks of Thankfulness #2

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I come¬†from a long line of “fretters”, aka nail biters and ¬†worry warts. lol

I am thankful for the experiences in my life that

lead me to opportunities which taught me  the meaning of-

WISE MIND.

The practice of various things/exercises that help to maintain balance,

understand mindfulness and help one continue to strive to:

“STAY IN THE NOW.” ¬†

Blessed, as I continue to grow and find other outlets for every day stresses.  

I am no expert! The goal is to keep working on it and

each day feel more confident that

I am moving in the right direction:

FORWARD. 

 

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“Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world.

Constantly color your picture gray,

and your picture will always be bleak.

Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor,

and your picture begins to lighten up.”

~Allen Klein

 

Kind regards and feeling thankful – K

 

 

HADDON MUSINGS 52 Weeks of Thankfulness

Ode to Mr. Jay

 

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Mr. Blue Jay you have got a bad rep

All that annoying Cah cahing, fighting

And bullying we see.

Might it be a facade? 

Is it possible,

You are more similar to me?

Not that I bully and fight, but

For those who delve deeper

Find hidden, buried treasures inside.

A place where warmth 

And the love infused heart resides?

What are you protecting Mr. Jay?

Some things which transpired in the past.

 Caused that cruel exterior you convey? 

What might help you to move beyond?

To embrace the freedom to sing

A joyful tune,

An uncommon song?

My wish for you is, something, 

Which shall interrupt your ugliness,

Allowing you, to

Present thou shine above all the rest.

 

The Blue Jay  Reference the CornellLab of Ornithology

This common, large songbird is familiar to many people,

with its perky crest; blue, white, and black plumage;

and noisy calls. Blue Jays are known for their intelligence

and complex social systems with tight family bonds.

 

 

Kind Regards – K

 

 

 

 

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