Looking for Ways to Be Healthy? Follow This Advice! #health #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom

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The holidays are coming up and many people will have to choose between rich food and being healthy.


I have a friend who’s on a diet. She wants to get into this gorgeous dress for Christmas. She asked me the other day, “Why aren’t you dieting?”


I shrugged. “I’m healthy every day of the year so there’s no need to diet.”


Do I eat only healthy things? Of course not. I eat chocolate and drink pop/soda every day. BUT… I walk 20+ miles a week, drink 64 ounces of water every day, don’t snack and be sure to have a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, proteins and grains.


I did a lot of binge eating and binge dieting when I was younger. I developed a lot of bad habits that I had to break. Dieting for a week or so and not exercising didn’t work for me. I beat myself up every time I gained weight and it was a roller coaster ride.


It wasn’t until I got married that I shifted my perspective. MR N helped me to see that being healthy is a way of life, not just for a few days a year. Giving up driving and walking everywhere was a revelation for me. The extra pounds slid off me and in five years, I lost 85 pounds. Impressive but it wasn’t my goal. Being healthy is my ultimate goal.


Are you looking for ways to become more healthy? 


Do as Dr. Steve Maraboli recommends. Incorporate these things into your life. Try it for 21 days. Research shows that it takes 21 days for something to become a habit.


Let’s make being healthy a habit.




Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay so be Sure to Take Care of Yourself, Even at Work! #inspiration

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Are you taking care of yourself, making sure your soul is fed and you’re getting the help you need?


Today is World Mental Health Day and this year, the focus is on mental health at work. Stress, especially work stress, is one of the main causes of illness and sudden death these days. People are taking less vacations and working more.


I remember after 9/11, I struggled at work just to get through my shift. A co-worker and friend of mine suggested that I ask for a couple of days off for my mental health. She told me I wasn’t taking care of myself properly and if I didn’t start taking care of myself, I wouldn’t be around long. I took a hard look at myself and she was right. I took some time off and it helped me tremendously.


We all need to take care of ourselves. If the stress is mounting and your body is feeling rundown, maybe it’s time to take a Mental Health day off of work. Your body and soul are the only ones you get so please, I beg you, take care of yourself. Seek help and take steps necessary to achieve wellness. Like the quote above states, your soul is like a beautiful flower and needs Light to bloom. 



Being Healthy is a Way of Life so Get Moving! #inspiration #health #exercise

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Are you healthy? 


For the first thirty years of my life, I was unhealthy. I did the yo-yo dieting thing as well as eating to comfort my insecurities. Talk about running the hamster wheel. I’d exercise at the gym to lose weight then feeling lonely and sorry for myself, I’d binge eat (mostly chips and chocolate). I’d feel guilty for being overweight (usually due to someone fat shaming me) and I’d hit the gym.


It wasn’t until I met MR N that my perspective started changing. MR N loved me for me, including the parts that were “jiggly”. But I didn’t like the way I looked or felt. I wanted to lose the weight and it had nothing to do with pleasing my husband. I was overweight and I needed to lose the weight or else I’d die of a heart attack by the time I’d reach 45. Talk about a wake-up call.


So, I gave up driving and a car (MR N didn’t drive anyway). I walked everywhere within a five mile radius and when I couldn’t walk as far as I needed to, I’d take a taxi or mass transit. I drank lots of water and ate smaller portions. I quit snacking all the time and took a hard look at why I was binge eating. I turned my inner insecurities around, with the immense help of MR N and his unconditional love, and the weight fell off. From 2004 – 2014, I lost 125 pounds.


Being healthy is not solely exclusively about losing weight. It’s about strength, energy, feeling good as well as looking good, staying motivated, making good choices and appreciating yourself without criticism. 


So again I ask, are you healthy?


If not, take the steps necessary to make yourself healthy. Whether it’s physical, mental or spiritual, your health is so important. Your very life could depend on it so don’t delay!



#CoverReveal: It’s Not Your Journey (Second Edition) by @BekaLombardo #Memoir #KeepTalkingMH


Title  It’s Not Your Journey (Second Edition)

Author  Rebecca Lombardo

Genre  Memoir

Book Blurb 

Follow Rebecca Lombardo as she details two years of her twenty-five year battle with mental illness and what brought her to attempt to take her life in 2013. As she recovered from that attempt, she continued to write in the hopes that she would help purge some of the pain in her life. What she never expected was that she could help others as well. This book quite simply began as a blog and became a book; where she opens up about her real and raw emotions during those two years.

Set aside any preconceived notions you may have about what a book should be and put yourself in the shoes of someone struggling daily with a disease she could not control, despite the support of her loving husband. Even with the struggles, Rebecca attempts to offer the reader support and guidance as she begs them not to follow her path.

This book is the true story of one woman that fights a battle inside her mind every single day and attempts to document what she is feeling to help others while she helps herself. This is the second edition of It’s Not Your Journey.

At 44 years of age and happily married for 15 years, Rebecca can finally say that she is on her way to reaching her dream. Not only does she hope to help people that are struggling with depression, she hopes to help everyone realize that you are never too old to find your voice.

Book Trailer


Buy Links for Kindle:  

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Its-Your-Journey-Rebecca-Lombardo-ebook/dp/B014CEH4T4/

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Its-Your-Journey-Rebecca-Lombardo-ebook/dp/B014CEH4T4/

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Its-Your-Journey-Rebecca-Lombardo-ebook/dp/B014CEH4T4/


Click here for more information www.rebeccalombardo.com


Podcast: https://www.pscp.tv/BekaLombardo1/1vOxwgRMPDoxB

Rebecca Lombardo

Author Biography 

Rebecca Lombardo is 44 years old and has been happily married for 15 years. She lives in Michigan with her husband and cats. She is a published author, a Huffington Post blogger, and a podcast host. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 19. She has battled that as well as several other conditions for over 20 years. In 2013, she attempted suicide. Grateful that she survived, she decided to tell her story in the hopes that she could help others choose a different path.

Social Media Links

Website www.rebeccalombardo.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/notyourjourney

Twitter www.twitter.com/bekalombardo

Instagram www.instagram.com/bekalombardo

#BellLetsTalk: Take Care of Your #MentalHealth Today and Every Day #inspiration


Do you take care of your mental health just as you take care of your dental health?

Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day and up here in Canada, it’s a day devoted to talking freely about mental health. Several celebrities from Howie Mandel to Kevin O’Leary support this event and for every tweet, Bell Media will donate 5 cents to Canadian Mental Health Initiatives.

For those of you who are long-time followers, you know both MR N and myself are big proponents of taking care of ourselves. Life is immensely busy and in order to function properly, we need a break. For us, it’s relaxing out on our Solarium, holding hands and watching the world go by (every weekend and some week days). Trains, birds and other wildlife fly by and I can’t tell you how soothing it is to sit with my feet up, not doing anything.

What do you do to relax?

Whatever it is, do it. Your mental health depends on it. Like Howie says in the quote above, if we took care of our mental health with the same dedication that we take care of our dental health, we’d all be okay.

We all have had a rough patch, where the world appears to be against us and even the simplest tasks take all of our energy. This is your body telling you your mental health is in trouble. You need to pay attention before it gets out of control.

Talk to someone you trust

Speak to a professional

Get the help you need

You’re not alone. You’re not weak if you need help. In fact, the strongest person I know is strong enough to ask for help when he needs it. 

Let’s talk mental health. What do you do to take care of yourself? Share in the comments below and together we can end the stigma.


God’s Mercies after Suicide by @JeanAnnWilliams #SurvivorDay #BookReview #Books



Title: God’s Mercies after Suicide: Blessings Woven Through a Mother’s Heart

Author: Jean Ann Williams

Genre: Suicide, Christian Living, Christian Devotional


Book Blurb:

What if your child shot himself while you were in the next room? What if you held him as his heart beat for the last time? What if Satan whispered in your ear, “Now where is your God?” Find out how Jean Ann Williams reached out with her spirit and mind to the one true Father. Discover how the Lord God answered her, and walked alongside her in the most difficult grieving journey of her life.


My Review:

Suicide is a taboo subject in most Christian circles yet suicide rates have risen 24% since 1986. In this powerful book, Jean Ann Williams bares her soul and her grief as she details the suicide of her beloved son and her journey from despair to acceptance.


Williams takes it slow and describes her son’s suicide, her guilt, her grief and her recovery process. She’s honest with us, the reader, and doesn’t sugar-coat anything. She’s a devout Christian and like many of us who’ve been dealt with tragedy, she doesn’t understand God’s plan. All she feels is pain. She’s a mother and all she knows is that her son is gone and she’s left alone to somehow fill the void in her heart.


A beautiful spiritual journey in devotional form, God’s Mercies After Suicide is a must-read. Williams shares her experiences (from the funeral to dealing with holidays to a stark recognition in the form of a repairman) in gut-wrenching prose. My heart broke for Williams and I cried while reading this book.


If you know someone who’s dealing with the loss of their child through suicide, please pick up this book. They’ll thank you in hugs, trust me.


My Rating:  5 stars


Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Mercies-after-Suicide-Blessings-ebook/dp/B01N05P8TD/

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32337803-god-s-mercies-after-suicide


Jean Williams


Author Biography:

Jean Ann Williams is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has contributed articles on suicide loss at www.opentohope.com , and currently for Putting on the New blog, and her own Love Truth blog. Jean Ann and her husband live on one acre in Southern Oregon where they raise a garden, fruit orchard, goats, and chickens. Her favorite hobbies are hiking through the woods, practicing archery with her bow, and big game hunting. Their two remaining children have blessed them with thirteen grandchildren, their baker’s dozen. To contact Jean Ann, please visit her website at www.jeanannwilliamsauthor.com  or her blog at www.joshua-mom.blogspot.com/ .


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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Anxious? Worried? Take My Advice and Breathe #inspiration #motivation #meditation

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There’s a lot of worrying and anxiety swirling around me.

I have many friends dealing with life’s ups and downs. One of my friends came up to me last week crying in her hands.

“I can’t handle anything else! If life throws me anything else, I’m going to give up.”

I gave her a hug and told her to breathe.

“I know you are struggling and it’s true, you have a houseful of lemons right now. The most important thing you have to do is to breathe. I know it feels like the end of the world but it will get better. I promise you that!”

How do I know? I’m an example of someone who had been through the worst life can throw at you and still survive. Not only survive, but to conquer it head-on. I faced all my fears in the face and said, “Come on, is that the best you’ve got? I’m a daughter of God and am filled with the Light!”

Worrying about what’s going to happen or what’s happening is not the answer. In fact, it only makes it worse.

Breathe. The Universe is taking care of everything else.

Take a minute today and try deep breathing exercises. It can be anywhere (even the washroom). Close your eyes and for one full minute breathe in slowly and breathe out slowly. Let the peace wash over you and cleanse you of all the anxiety/stress building up inside.


#ChoosethisDay: Today I Choose Life and Rest #inspiration #depression #SpreadtheLight


What do you choose this morning?

Today is Choose This Day and there is a Twitter event happening all day. Author Kathryn Craft is the mastermind behind this. To find out more about her story, please click here: 

Depression and anxiety are partners in keeping souls in the Darkness. Let’s spread our Light today and banish the Darkness!

Go onto Twitter and Facebook and using the hashtag #choosethisday write an inspirational quote or saying.

What would you choose?

I choose to rest and take care of my body (am sick with the flu or something).

I choose to not to overwork myself.

I choose to love myself as much as I love other people.

Don’t want to tweet your responses? Comment below instead and please share this post. Someone you know may be struggling in the Darkness, feeling all alone.

Spread the Light!