Have you ever gotten to the end of the Ketchup bottle when there's just enough in it for your hamburger on your plate, but it ends up being almost not enough? That's my life as I see it now.
The clothes I have are getting old with holes in my shoes and shirts. I've also gained a few pounds so I have to buy new one's. I've got to rent a shredder to shred old documents I don't need anymore. I guess you could call it "fall cleaning." Getting rid of the old bringing in the new. Preparing for the second half of my life or what sadly could be the 4th quarter. Either way, I'm embarking on a new journey and starting a new chapter in my life.
In having good health sometimes we need these moments where we "clean house" or take inventory of what we've accomplished or what we are about to. As I plan for my new journey the choices I make now will determine how successful the trip will be. That includes making good choices with my diet and exercise, as I hope to live into my late 90's or longer. I've also been sober for 21 years this past October 19, 1998, and I plan on bringing my sobriety with me on this journey.
Whatever you do, taking baby steps could be a good plan for success. Regroup, refocus, renew your commitment to your body and soul, by making incremental positive decisions that can lead you to your desired outcomes. There's no doubt that on this new journey or this new chapter of my life, I will meet some resistance and the universe will no doubt send people my way to attempt to discourage me; however, that's just it's way of testing my resolve and determination. No matter what, I must not engage in self sabotage by giving in to such distractions and keep my eye on the prize.
The best way to do that is to stay focused on the fact that I cannot control what other people do or say to me. I can only control how I respond to it. Notice I didn't say react to what people say or do to me. As I advised Joe Biden in one of my blogs, I told him to be like cool hand Luke, not cranky grandpa. In my case it would be cool hand Annie Oakley not cranky grandma.
Never let people or challenges steal your joy. When I encounter situations like this, I ask my creator to fight my battles for me. When I do this, I receive the blessing of a parent righting to scales of right and wrong among his offspring. Let go let God.
I call it "Reformation." I'm reforming my life one step at a time. Making sure that I put wellness (by using and selling Nikken products) at the top of the list, followed by my acting and film making career. I'd say it's a great combination.
People have asked me why I'm moving up north. I don't like heat and I like a cooler a climate. Also I'm lined up with Ireland and England as I'd like to retire there. I'm also close to the Canadian Boarder that would be another place to retire.
A plant can outgrow it's pot. When it's time to move, one must make arrangements to do so. I've outgrown my pot. Some of my old friendships have fizzled out if not fizzling out now. A person should live and be around people and family who appreciate them. Respect them. Recognize they're the owner of their own destiny.
A person shouldn't work in a job where they're not validated and their cries for help to management are ignored. Where co workers and customers impose their religious beliefs on who or what they think you are. In my job, despite being able to prove my gender on paper and on my person, my co workers and some customers refer to me as whatever gender they want behind my back and sometimes to my face.
Part of the problem is my location. In Durham North Carolina a large portion of the population are religious folk and dispense their bias and discrimination on people like me. Management does nothing at all to help period. I've worked for the same company for seven years and this is truly the worse store I've ever worked at.
I've realized that staying in this job and where I'm not wanted is ludicrous. Sometimes as I'm cashing people out, I wonder what the heck am I still doing there. I could quit my job, but then my bills wouldn't get paid. Vicious cycle right? Maybe if your health isn't good. Maybe if you have no other options for a job or you've lost all hope that things can change. Things can change if you open yourself up to the Universe and ask for help.
One option I have is my acting and painting work to help me with my mental health and a company called Nikken for my physical and financial help. Nikken is a company where I can be myself and work with a diverse group of people. The way to maintain one's business is to teach at least three people to teach three other people how to grow their business. To those folk like me, we're welcome here. Nikken is here for ALL people.
In Nikken I work with people who validate and honor my true self. I control the growth of my business and I work with people who want to work with me. My team can grow and help communities of people who would have been otherwise overlooked in the past.
More importantly, Nikken has a professional development programs called Humans Being More. It's definitely brain food and nourishment for your mental health. I've attended at least three and they're definitely worth it. I'll keep you posted on my progress as I hope to begin making healthier choices in order to live a happier healthier life.
I have a website where customers and consultants can buy product, or register to get their products wholesale. If you'd like more information or to sign up visit magneticwellness.biz.
From the NHS -
"Gender dysphoria is a recognized medical condition, for which treatment is sometimes appropriate. It's not a mental illness. Some people with gender dysphoria have a strong and persistent desire to live according to their gender identity, rather than their biological sex."
It's not a mental illness. People need to realize that it's a medical condition.
The BMJ, a leading medical journal, puts it this way.
"Illness is defined as the ill health the person identifies themselves with, often based on self reported mental or physical symptoms. ... Disease, on the other hand, is defined as a condition that is diagnosed by a physician or other medical expert."
Today I only had two diet soda's compared to five, and I'm feeling better. I woke up with heartburn the other night after having a late night cup of decaf coffee. I was given a Cuisinart and I love it so I've been drinking more coffee. I use my what we call my Waterfall water filtration system to use as the water for my coffee. That has helped me curb my diet fizzy drinks addiction.
I work part time as cashier and tomorrow I'm going to check out the Vegetarian items they have in the store. I'm also going to get back on my Vital Balance shake and woman's multi vitamin. I have noticed that when I stopped taking these things my hair started to thin out and I have dark circles under my eyes. What's kept me going are my Nikken magnets which have come in handy as I've experienced an ache or pain or two over the past few days. I am concerned that I'm having creaky joints and I'm not staying hydrated enough. Time to get back in shape.
If you want more information about Nikken or learn more about what I'm talking about, visit my Wellness Page on this site.
I'm seriously considering becoming a vegetarian. I saw a short video of a mother pig saying goodbye to her babies and the babies were squealing like, "mom what's going on." "Why can't you nestle with you." "Where are you going?" "What's happening?" "Mom don't leave me!" The mother was squealing as well. It really hurt my heart.
As a mother of the human species, it was devastating to watch. You may say it's only a pig. Pigs are more "human like" than we give them credit for. The way we treat animals is inhumane. We know better than this. Maybe someday we'll look back on this and be ashamed at ourselves that we ever ate animals. That we tortured and abused them before we ate them. That we kept them in cramped cages and tore them away from their young just to eat them.
If we eat them we must at least be sensitive enough to ease their suffering. Or maybe as an evolved species ourselves, we can come up with alternatives? Just stop it! I'm not joking. Look at heart disease caused by red meat consumption. We might not feel or see the consequences of our eating animals today or tomorrow, but maybe when we're in our later years our abuse of animals will come back to bite us in the bottom. That's why I'm going to challenge myself and I ask you to join me.
One of the challenges in what we call "wellness" is recognizing the importance of mental wellness as well. I find that if I eat a lot of MSG or have too much caffeine I'm don't do well. I also have a hard addiction to diet sodas. It's hard to quit, but for my mental and physical well being I need to stop.
A lot of the Nikken products our company researches and developed has helped me stay healthy in the past.Sometimes I cheat and cancel my auto-ship and I go for the junk food in the grocery store instead of what I know is better for me.
I'll be the first to say that having the will power to keep eating healthy when there's so many temptations out there to get us off track at the grocery store and the like can be difficult. Fighting the urge to be "naughty" is the key to success, but sometimes I fail at it. The key is not to beat ones self over it. Get right back on your feet and try again.
My eating healthy goal is to stay on my woman's vitamins and protein shakes I order from Nikken. I've been faithful to good health before, I just need to get back on track. especially if I'm going to try to become a vegetarian.
Eating healthy and exercise are good combos for good mental health as well. So keep on keeping on and stay healthy.