Goals

What are my goals for the week/month/year?

Well here it goes…

Weekly Goals:

  • Drink more water
  • Do some editing of my old work
  • Return to journaling
  • Call an orthopedic surgeon
  • Clean my room

Monthly Goals:

  • Commit to a 30 day workout challenge
  • Finish editing my manuscript
  • Finally finish reading this Paulo Coelho book [Brida]
  • Commit to my 30 day writing challenge
  • Get something published

Yearly Goals:

  • Get a job
  • Try my hand at getting into a PhD program again
  • Travel- Anywhere
  • Lose 50 lbs.
  • Become independent again

If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would you go?

If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would you go?

 

Right about now I would love to get away from everything. I hear Alaska is nice this time of year. I’d rent a cabin in the middle of nowhere Alaska and make sure I’m stocked with all the food I’ll need. Get some records, a record player, a bunch of movies and books and chill out.

Now that’s the dream…

Favorite age you’ve been so far?

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What was my favorite age to be? Hmm…

Well I enjoyed being 23. At that time, I was my healthiest, thinnest and most independent. I knew what I wanted and I went after it. I had some bad times that year, but I’m not sure I’ve ever been more resilient. Despite the rough times, I felt like I had all the world’s possibilities at my fingertips.

21, 24, 25 and 27 weren’t so bad either. Something all four of these years have in common was that I was studying in university during these years. I had an active social life and friends. I was involved and probably over involved. I’m my happiest when I’m busy.

This is what I need. I need to recreate these years and reclaim my drive and motivation to get things done. But how?

Certainly something to ponder.

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Remembering Rachel Corrie on the anniversary of her death

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Dear Friend,

On this day 13 years ago, American peace activist Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by Israeli soldiers driving a military bulldozer. She was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home. According to numerous witnesses and photographic documentation, she was killed intentionally.

Representative Brian Baird from Washington State introduced a resolution in Congress calling on the federal government to “undertake a full, fair, and expeditious investigation” into Rachel’s death. The bill was co-sponsored by 77 representatives, but Congress took no action. 

The Corrie family then filed a lawsuit against Caterpillar Inc in 2005, alleging that Caterpillar supplied Israelis with bulldozers even though they knew they were being used to commit war crimes. The lawsuit was dismissed.

The Corrie family’s appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit was also dismissed. The court acknowledged that the U.S. government paid for the bulldozer that killed Rachel, but said that they didn’t have the jurisdiction to rule on the “political question” of U.S. military aid to Israel. 

In 2010, the Corrie family filed a lawsuit in Israel against the Israeli Defense Forces. Israeli officials prevented the physician who had examined Rachel’s wounds from testifying in the case. The court ruled that Rachel was responsible for her own death. In 2014, the Corrie family’s appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court of Israel, and the IDF was absolved of any wrongdoing.

Keep Rachel’s message alive by sharing her story with your community. We have cards, a booklet of Rachel’s letters, and posters available for download and order.

#SupportPalestineInDC2016

U.S. taxpayers send Israel over $3 billion a year in military aid with virtually no strings attached, and now the prime minister of Israel wants $5 billion a year.

The majority of Americans oppose taking sides in the Israel-Palestine conflict, but virtually all Democratic and Republican members of Congress continue to supply Israel with more and more weapons each year (Palestinians do not receive military aid).

American taxpayer dollars have enabled Israel to continue its decades-long illegal occupation of Palestinian land and deny Palestinians basic legal and human rights. With our money, Israeli forces have killed over 9,200 Palestinians as well as numerous international journalists and peace activists since 2000.

We are driving the violence in this region, and we must stop it.

This weekend, AIPAC kicks off its annual policy conference in Washington, D.C., with Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump scheduled to give speeches. We hope you will join us this Sunday at noon at the White House to protest AIPAC’s influence on American politics and support Palestinian human rights. Your voice is urgently needed!

As always, thank for your commitment to peace, justice, and equality for all people.

The If Americans Knew team

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Panic Away – End Anxiety & Panic Attacks. Well-being And Self Help (view mobile)

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) affects over 4 million adult Americans every year, and is a condition where the person feels extremely worried or anxious on a regular basis. Exaggerated feelings of worry or anxiety are normal in some situations, but for people who have generalized anxiety disorder or related conditions, the feelings are out of proportion with the situation at hand.

People with generalized anxiety disorder are unable to stop worrying about everyday events and situations, and may become overly concerned with money, work, school, health or their families. They spend their days in constant worry or anxiety over certain situations, and they often end up feeling worn out, depressed, sad, and cannot enjoy relationships or social activities.

There is no known root cause of generalized anxiety disorder, but doctors and researchers conjecture that there are several factors that contribute to the development of this anxiety problem. Family history often plays an important role in the development of generalized anxiety disorder. If a person’s parent were constant “worriers”, they probably grew up in an environment where fear and anxiety were part of everyday life.

Environmental factors can also be a cause of anxiety disorders. Stressful events such as abuse, divorce, moving, changing jobs or losing a loved one can trigger real fear, dread and anxiety, but this can worsen if it is left unaddressed. The person can get into the habit of feeling difficult feelings all over again whenever they are stressed, and this can perpetuate the cycle of anxiety. MedicineNet.com reports that many people turn to food, nicotine or caffeine to manage their feelings, but this often makes the situation worse.

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Leaking Ativan Into The Water #Snowzilla

Every year we get a blizzard, storm or hurricane warning. And every year people act as though it is the first storm they have encountered. Now for some it is the first storm they have encountered and for others, it’s not the first but no storm is alike.

As someone who has worked at a weather forecasting agency before, I know firsthand that a lot of weather headlines are pure sensationalist clickbait. But the truth is, meteorologist are some of the only people  that can be wrong at their jobs all the time and still have a job the next day. As much as we learn about weather patterns, we are only human and weather can often be unpredictable.

Now, whether this blizzard is as expected to be a potentially deadly and dangerous storm or whether the storm changes patterns and settles down, it’s important to always be prepared. It’s important to stay stocked for emergencies with items such as: non-perishable food items, water, first aid kits, blankets, radio, lanterns, candles, batteries, etc.

What I can’t seem to  understand though is that every year people freak out. Obviously you should go out and buy supplies, but why do people have to act like such maniacs. People driving on the roads like mad race car drivers. You see people at supermarkets and home supply stores pushing and pulling, yelling, arguing– you’d think it was the Hunger Games out there. How does pushing someone over for the last loaf of bread really benefit anyone? Sure you got that loaf, but you injured another living, human being for that.

Where has our sense of humanity gone? Pushing another person over won’t make the skies snow any less? You running that red light might get you to a market 20 seconds earlier, but you could kill someone by being so irresponsible and stupid.

Be careful out there, y’all. Not just from the weather but from other people.

Therefore, I am proposing we leak some Ativan into the water during this storm so we can all chill the flip out!