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Joshua

There is not many people in the world who inspire me anymore. Working in the field of healthcare, you see a lot of grumpy, mean, negative, uninspiring people. However, Joshua inspires me.

I didn’t meet him at work like you’d assume I would. I met him at the indoor soccer arena.

Joshua was born without a right arm. Where a stub could be, he has a single finger that he, through the help of surgeons has gotten working again. On this left arm he has a stub, followed by what has attempted by medicine to be an elbow and a few fingers. He makes life work, playing soccer, texting, holding his baby and even working and holding a job. Joshua holding a normal life isn’t the only inspiring thing- it is his attitude about his prediciment that makes him that much more unique- he finds ways to laugh about it. He jokes about being a better goalie than most, he calls himself the T-Rex, he even jokes that the fingers he has are ALL his middle fingers and flips the bird often.

I’ve tried to think of the things in my life that I would give up doing if I were in his shoes. When the list comes to mind and I see him doing it, I don’t feel sorry for him, I start to listen. When I first met him he was angry, a doctor had suggested that he would be a poor father due to his condition. He was out to prove them wrong, and since has many, many times.

He’s strong. When people knock him down in soccer he doesn’t lie on the ground and whine like everyone else does, he jumps right back up and keeps playing.

He’s got heart. He realizes the obstacles he needs to overcome, finds a way to do them and practices it til he masters it.

He’s going places. He’s figured out how to go out and live the life he wants.

He’s better off than 90% of us, and that, inspires me.

Sh*t my Grandma Says

A little background: I have two wonderful grandmothers, one is a wonderful lady from Utah who is fairly quiet, well versed and quite educated and hilarious. The other is my Oma, a German immigrant and a very funny gal. Between the two of them I know I can fill quite a few blog posts full of Sh*t my Grandma says.

Music Monday

I love this song; the live version isn’t quite as good as the recorded version- but it sure beats the Eli Young Band cover. Will Hoge is probably one of the best undiscovered talents I’ve heard in a long time.

Way back on a radio dial
Fire got lit inside a bright eyed child
Every note just wrapped around your soul
From steel guitar to Memphis all the way to rock and roll

Whoa, I can hear ’em playing
I can hear the ringing of a beat up old guitar
Whoa, I can hear ’em saying
Keep on dreaming even if it breaks your heart

Downtown, where I used to wander
Old enough to get there but too young to get inside
I would stand out on the sidewalk
Listen to the music playing every Friday night

Whoa, I can hear ’em playing
I can hear the ringing of a beat up old guitar
Whoa, I can hear ’em saying
Keep on dreaming even if it breaks your heart

Some dreams stay with you forever
Drag you around and lead you back to where you were
Some dreams keep on getting better
Got to keep believing if you want to know for sure

Whoa, I can hear ’em playing
I can hear the ringing of a beat up old guitar
Whoa, I can hear ’em saying
Keep on dreaming even if it breaks your heart

Whoa, I can hear ’em playing
I can hear the ringing of a beat up old guitar
Whoa, I can hear ’em saying
Keep on dreaming even if it breaks your heart
Keep on dreaming even if it breaks your heart

Keep on dreaming
Don’t let it break your heart

Powerless: Dance it Out

I found this video awhile back while looking for a Grey’s Anatomy dance clip. I love the video, the clips and the songs- it is so fitting for the whole concept that Grey’s Anatomy captures. When life gets stressful and overwhelming- DANCE IT OUT.

Finally Friday

  • Gala Darling posted an AWESOME article about calling it quits and what to do…check it out here!
  • Heather over at Heather’s Harmony posted about educational intuition – a fantastic piece for those thinking about college or have education on the mind!
  • Dani over at Positively Present posted a fantastic and blunt post about her thoughts and fears of 2012!
  • Julie Ann Art shares her Top 10 Posts of last year- I love ALL of them!
  • Have you seen the Chic & Cheap Nursery blog? If not, go check it out! I love it!

EFT, Tapping and Destressing Your Life

Have you ever heard of ‘tapping it out?’ I hadn’t until I took a Foods and Nutrition Class from a very New Age and au-natural professor. One of our last classes before finals was cut short and she told us that if we wanted to stay we could learn some new and interesting techniques to help calm ourselves and relieve stress. Anyone who knows me, knows that I needed this, so I decided to stay afterwards.

My first experience was interesting, to say the least. She explained to us that the technique was called “EFT”, Emotional Freedom Technique, and that it required tapping and chanting. We did it on ourselves, and then she sat in front of a student who was very obviously anxious. After a five minute period of simply tapping, chanting mantras and focusing positive energy the student began to cry. The student explained it was a good cry, and that she felt as if she finally could let out her emotions. Our professor explained that it was just that, opening up the mind, the body and your spirit so that you can rid of stress and detoxify your mind.

I was fascinated, so I took to the internet to search more on it. After so long I discovered the EFT website and signed up for their newsletter. I highly recommend everyone do so, even if you don’t like the tapping, their quotes and inspirational messages and stories are fantastic. (Note: Sometimes filters shove the newsletter into the spam box, so check there if they don’t show up!)

It has been a year since I first learned about it, and have had the chance to try it out, finding that the power of the mind is more powerful than anything else imaginable. With the holidays coming up I wanted to share this with you, because of the benefits I have seen and experienced from it. People have used it in cases of stress and overwhelming feelings, as well as with injuries, I have seen patients tapping to avoid pain and discomfort. The founder of EFT says that this technique can be used to treat nearly any emotional issue.

To preform it:

You can do it on yourself or on others, and requires a form of “self-acupuncture” by tapping on certain areas of your face, chest and shoulders using your index and middle fingers. Clicking on the photo will enlarge an image of all these exact spots.  These areas are trigger points that some say hold emotional  stress. While tapping these areas you are to repeat a mantra of your choosing, a very common one being; “Even though I feel anxious/depressed, I deeply and completely accept myself.”

Other Mantras to Try: (These mantras were found via Google and Tumblr)

  • Even though I have carried all these beliefs about money and happiness way to long; I completely love and accept myself.
  • Even though I believe, I shall forever only know Lack and Sadness; I love and accept myself.
  • Even though I am not doing things, I should be doing, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
  • Even though my mother called me as child a whore, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
  • Even though I put submitting my writing off, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
  • Even though, I feel powerless I step into my own power.
  • Even though I believe I am not loved and supported, I deeply and completely love and support myself.
  • “Even though I don’t feel worthy, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”

Many studies have been published showing positive outcomes with EFT and tapping, however the general consensus from both critics and fans of this technique call it Energy Psychology, meaning focusing any positive energy can produce these outcomes.  Critics claim that this indeed does work, however, they argue that it works because it causes a distraction from the root problem.

Whatever the argument or study may be, this has been proven to help ease pain, anxiety, and discomfort. I suggest you try it out!

Things I Love Thursday

This week has been absolutely fantastic! Hope you had as fabulous of a week as I have had! What things do you love on this fine Thursday?

  • Early Holiday Decorating – Due to my being on bedrest my husband and I decorated our home for Christmas early. Nothing is more fantastic than Christmas lights… no matter what time of year!
  • Inspirational Billboards, like this one.
  • The hope of being off of bedrest in a few weeks! (If my regular Obgyn agrees and baby continues to do well!)
  • Organization and Storage for men, I LOVE this and cannot wait until it is available to order!
  • Doctors who are genuinely kind and consistently nice. I work with doctors and see mood swings to rival that of any teenager, when a doctor is kind, nice and treats the staff well, we all work well together!
  • Easy DIY projects for family. This snowglobe idea is awesome!
  • Peppermint Hot Cocoa – Stephens offers a great hot cocoa mix for home, but for going out McDonalds’ mint hot cocoa is amazing.