Don’t be alarmed, these are good changes!
These Bible verses will remind you why you should be thankful for God, His word, His son, etc. Meditate on these and think about what you’re grateful for–not just on Thanksgiving.
- “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-24
- “My help comes from The Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2
- “The Lord himself will make a house for you.” 2 Samuel 7:11
- “Above all, fear the Lord and worship him faithfully with all your heart; consider the great things he has done for you.” 1 Samuel 12:24
- “Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
- “There is no rock like our God.” 1 Samuel 2:2
- “You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your strength among the peoples.” Psalm 77:14
- “But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'” Matthew 19:26
- “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” Psalm 8:3-4
- “And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us.” 1 John 5:14
- “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
- “Be strong and courageous, do not be discouraged, for the Lord will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
- “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13
- “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12
- “And the Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched and dry places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden , and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.” Isaiah 58:11
- “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
- “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
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I like to make “Thankful Lists” each year around Thanksgiving. A Thankful List is a reflection on the year and resembles a Gratitude List (but it’s a long-term focused list opposed to the here and now). To create your own, all you have to do is look back at the year and think about what you’re lucky, thankful, and/or astonished to have.
- My family and pets making it out of their home before it was enveloped in water this hurricane season and having a place to stay even months afterwards
- All of my friends who had to evacuate are all okay
- My dad gave me a place to stay after all of the weirdness the storm brought
- Finding/Having a loving, caring significant other who loves me unconditionally
- All of the new friends I’ve made and the old ones I’ve kept
- Shoutout to Amanda- one of my oldest friends and one I pray that I keep forever
- My new coworkers who don’t suck (yay!)
- That I’m able to start a savings fund for my car and take a driver’s education class
- Opposed to being so financially out-of-wack that I have absolutely no surplus money for this
- I graduated from the special college program I was in
- (Even though my diploma get wrecked in the flooding)
- The opportunity to receive an education
- Getting to go to Alaska
- I should seriously write a blog post about this
- The success of my blog and the followers that I have
- My poodle, who’s the sweetest, smartest, cutest puppy in the world
- Always having a job and getting full-time hours
- My relationship with God and the friends who support it
- Also apps that are Christ-centered. I can’t always go to church and these help me have Bible study on my own time, in my own way
- The freedom to choose and practice whatever religion I want
- Living where I do
- Being able to wake up without immediate fear for our lives is a blessing
- Freedom of religion and speech
- Having access to clean water
- Indoor plumbing and air conditioning
- Having access to grocery stores
- Medical help
- Being able to vote
- Armed forces
- My phone, computer, and PS4
- Kindness in the world
- For example, when a stranger gives me a tip at work because I did a good job or when someone compliments my hair
- People willing to teach others out of compassion
- Art and creativity
- This is a tad broad but art is a huge part of my life, a part of everyone’s lives. I’m particularly thankful for painting, drawing, poetry, literature, and music
- Coffee, of course
- I bet some of you were wondering when this would appear on the list.
- Good books that facilitate an escape from reality
- Sunshine, cold weather, cute outfits, shopping, mint gum, new words, grass, apple trees, fireplaces/bonfires, flowers, road trips, nature trails, transportation options, mornings alone, snow, etc.
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So if any of my readers are on my Snapchat, you’re familiar with my “Movie Theater Chronicles” about crazy guests and other work-related things. Those my be funny, but now I’m going to tell you what I’ve learned about saving cold hard cash at the movie theater. All of the guests who complain about prices–I hope you find this.
I got my hair cut a little too short for comfort, so I’ve been trying to find actual ways to help my hair grow. One thing that I see everywhere are hair masks (made with breakfast foods lol). Since there are so many around the web, I made my own that’s a mixture of some highly regarded mixes. The point of this mask is to give nutrients back to stripped hair and promote healthy growth.
As a psych major I love learning new things about psychology or seeing interpretations of mental illness that aren’t cheesy classroom videos. Mental health tends to be on display in the media, especially TV shows. I’ve put together a list of shows that personally remind me of psychology.
The United States of Tara
Tara has dissociative identity disorder; known in the past as mutli-personality disorder. Tara is a mother of 2 and a wife, which makes her DID complicate her life. I’ve only seen a few episodes but my step sister loved it.
Not all of the show is centered around psychology-based topics, but one of the main characters has bipolar disorder and they show her manic episodes and explain them. The actress who plays Silver, the bipolar girl, is really good at not making bipolar look like something it’s not like other media interpretations. On the other hand you get to see the social psychology amongst teens and young adults such as social comparison, cognitive dissonance, etc. It’s a really good show and I cried when it ended.
This is a new show and it isn’t mental illness that’s being showcased, but superpowers. David, the main character, reminds me of schizophrenia, PTSD, and DID. In the show he was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a child. The Loudermilks are literally joined together, reminding me of DID. Kerry lives inside of Cary, and only ages when she comes out. It’s a totally complicated show (it makes my head spin) based off of Marvel but it has almost nothing to do with the comics.
I’ve seen some of the old episodes, but apparently everyone is raving about how accurately mental illness is depicted in the new episodes. Emily and Lorelei go to therapy and the general disarry of their lives feel relatable to many with mental illnesses. Some even reported in engaging in downwards self comparison to the struggling characters.
Our main character of this Marvel show, Jessica Jones, has severe PTSD. The scenes where she has flashbacks are intense. She has life-like, interactive flashbacks triggered by visiting the areas where her and her “ex” (it’s more complicated than that) visited. There are crazy events that take place where she has to face this ex and her PTSD gets in the way.
Orange is the New Black
Lolly has schizophrenia and Crazy Eyes has not been officially diagnosed but a plethora of symptoms have been seen on the show. Lori Petty, who plays Lolly said, “It doesn’t mean you can’t be funny or smart just because you have paranoid schizophrenia.” The actresses and creators of the show are obviously dedicated to making this show be an accurate portrayal of mental illness. I have not watched season 2+, but I may now!
My best friend EATS. THIS. SHOW. UP. I was reading articles for this show and I think this article on Revelist puts the basis of the show the best, “Her obsession with rekindling their teenage flame is the lens that unveils Rebecca’s spiraling anxiety and depression. “This is what happy feels like,” she often tells herself, though her reality is completely opposed to that mantra. Those decisions — ditching her medication and upending her life to pursue a man who’s already in a relationship — unfurls the ferocity of her mental illness.”
First off all Blair had/has a bulimia nervosa and she is definitely narcissistic. Eric van der Woodsen is impatient at a mental health facility because he tried to kill himself in the first season. Some would argue that Chuck and Lily are also narcissists, and I definitely believe that Bart is a sociopath. It’s very easy to see all of the social psychology and psychology of personality in these characters, which I love.
Revenge shows the main character’s PTSD through flashbacks and how she plans to avenge her father.
Sometimes the lifestyle of the 21st century consumes us and we don’t think about holidays such as Christmas and Easter where we’re supposed to celebrate Jesus opposed to material possession and sales.
How can someone defy and go against the very nature of their society? Easily, with roots in what you believe in. With acceptance and comfort in going against normative conformity.
Whether you’re flamboyant about Easter or modest, here are some ways to keep Christ’s sacrifice in the holiday.
Everybody gets angry, but then there are people who get angry all the time; sometimes for no reason. I used to be one of those people, but I am on the road to stabilizing my moods! There are some regulation tricks I do to be calm and avoid shit that make me mad.
I’ve had eczema since I was born and very few things subdue or get rid of it. One of my best friend’s mom gave me a “Chinese cream” or Yiganerjing. Turns out it’s suuuuper cheap; Here’s a Link to Amazon where a tube is $3.34 with Free Shipping! >> Yiganerjing on Amazon. There are affiliate links in this post but I use and like this cream a lot. I keep it in my school bag and use it when I wake up in the middle of the night itching.
I think it smells pretty good; really minty and woody. It comes from Chinese herbal medicine so it’s all natural and not bad for you. Keep to the original all selects the superior soil park skin of Chinese herbal medicine, it has “sophora, common cnidium fruit, kochia scoparia, cortex dictamni, cortex phellodendri, honeylocust thorn, unicorn, lotus, radix stemonae, Indian buead, seven swords, iron Holly plants”.Interested? Here’s my Amazon link where it’s only $3.34 and has free shipping: Yiganerjing on Amazon
How I Use It
I literally just put it on like any other cream when dry or itchy. A little goes a long way, so that’s why it’s absolutely amazing that you can find a tube for $3.34 on Amazon: Yiganerjing on Amazon Also, it’s really fun to open because there’s a weirdo match-to-open thing with the lid and seal.
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In my social psychology class my professor recently went over SMART goals. I’ve gone over them before in a university seminar, but I loved the way my psych. prof. explained it.
Setting f’ing smart goals sounds so much more empowering than setting measly smart goals. Why be smart when you could be f’ing smart?
This whole notion is based on Locke’s theory of goal setting and at the very bottom there are examples!
These are my actual notes from class:
- A—achievable (7-8 range on the challenging scale)
- R—relevant (why am I trying to do this?)
- T—Time bound (have some kind of expiration or due date)
- Set sub goals that get you incrementally to the top goal, because if you jump right to the top goal, you’ll probably fail.
- Your work ethic definitely helps, but it is not a cure all. There are some things that no matter how much you try you just can’t. Life is about exploiting your strengths. Find what you like and what you’re good at and do that.
Here I’ll explain each section in detail:
Getting feedback or having somebody to hold you accountable always helps people reach their goals. Why do you think diets instruct you to write down every little thing you eat? It’s a way to hold yourself accountable.
If your goal isn’t specific it gives you room for excuses. This is one of the most important steps for me because I love to make excuses for myself when I don’t want to do something. On your goal paper, write down EXACTLY WHAT you want to achieve. Answer the “Who what when where why how” questions.
This is how you’ll be able to tell if you achieve your goal(s). You can measure weight loss with a scale, you can measure graduation with a degree, etc. How can you tell that you achieved your goal?
You have to be able to achieve your goal with little to moderate effort. The key to this is to realistically set your goals, and lead up to big goals in small, achievable increments.
Your goal has to pertain to your current life in a way that gives reason to your goal. This is your driving force, your “why”. Why does this goal matter to you? Is in close enough in the future that you won’t procrastinate or forget about it?
Goals that have a ticking time clock drive you to do them. You have to give yourself a schedule and basis of when this has to be completed by. Why do you think your professors give you a due date for your homework? So you’ll do it and know when you’re done!
F: Writing down everything you eat, having someone spot you at the gym, get a personal trainer at the gym to hold you accountable.
M: I will use the scale in my room to weigh myself once when I wake up every morning until March 30th. I will measure the food I eat in ounces and calories. I will measure success by losing the 10 pounds.
A: This is achievable for me because 10 pounds is not a lot of weight for me and I have done this before. It is obtainable because I do not have to spend a lot of money and I have access to a gym.
R: This is relevant to me because it is almost Spring Break and I’m going to the beach with my new boyfriend and I want to look thin.
T: I want to lose 10 pounds by March 30th, 2017.
Studying for an Exam
F: Studying with people I can concentrate around will allow me to receive feedback by them telling me if I’m right or wrong in mock-quizzes or flashcard drills.
S: I want to study for my Macroeconomics exam every day with my study group of Joe, Maria, and John for 1 hour at Starbucks on George Street by using flashcards, asking each other questions, rewriting my notes, and taking mock-quizzes for 1 week.
M: I will measure the completeness of this goal by making a chart with a check box next to each day that I will check if I studied for the whole hour. I will have my phone to measure the time at Starbucks.
A: This is achievable because I have people that want to study with me, I’m motivated to do well on my exam, and I have ample study materials.
R: This is relevant because my exam is in 1 week and I have to make a good grade or I’ll fail the class. I don’t want to retake it!
T: This is time-bound because the exam is in one week. I also dedicate 1 hour a day to studying so I’ll be more likely to actually study, opposed to setting out 5 hours to not study.
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