My favorite flower of summer is still thriving

I have been watching these flowers since early Spring. I noticed them last summer and wanted to take special note to take special care of them this season. I have visited everyday and they are now beginning to be in full bloom. Tonight’s walk I stumbled upon a lone one up against a rock wall all by itself. It was so very pretty. These flowers remind me of myself. Thriving. Arrianna Huffington has a book I want to get called Thrive.

Thriving day to day, month to month to make it and have some kind of a lifestyle worth living. I have been charting my life for nearly three years now at The Covington News and at WordPress. It is supposedly very therapeutic charting one’s life. I picked up the book You’ll Get Through This by Max Lucado at Peachford and have skimmed through it. I think I am going to set a time aside each evening to read a chapter. I really need the strength, encouragement and courage. Charting my life has been really fun and full of memorable moments. I have sad days too. But most days are pretty good. I believe in making “Everyday A Sweet Day!” Blogging of something special. Posting a special quote. Taking a walk. Having coffee with a friend or even alone and enjoying the evening air. Taking a long hot bath with candles. When you suffer depression mentally and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder it is a great challenge to make each day a beautiful day but I have been practicing it for so long that I look for great things to get into.

For throwback Thursday I plan to post my kindergarten  photo from Keely Sikes a friend of mine since Kindergarten at “The Little Red School House”, I attended school in Newton County my entire life from Kindergarten through college at Dekalb Technical College Covington Campus. Business and Legal Office Diploma and Paralegal Certification. Doing my internship with Esquire Mr. John Struass, his very first intern. So being a Newton County native brings me great joy to attend community events and blog of these events. I have met some wonderful friends and mentors who have helped me along the way.

Once upon a time I lay wondering if I would ever have life again. So I guess charting my life is a way of expressing myself and living out a dream that I once was afraid I had lost.

Research has shown that for many people, their first episode was triggered by a major life stressor. Mine being marital abuse diagnosis and being hospitalized for depression and codependency. The Caregiver Codependent who handles and deals with others who have alcohol, drug and gambling issues and problems. Setting myself aside cover their needs. This is something I have worked on for ten years now. Subsequent episodes have also been linked with a stressful life event.

Being a part of View Point Health for ten years now has been an uphill battle. But as of recent I have been a New Rock graduate, The Respect Institute graduate, The ACT Team graduate, The GA Peer Institute training graduate and made application for CPS Certified Peer Specialist in the State of GA.

I cannot stress enough how so many important facts could have saved a family’s once loving life.

I found out that the motto of The GA Peer Institute is “Each One Reach One” and with the facts of becoming a Certified Peer Specialist being :> Candidates must have diagnosis of mental illness or a dual diagnosis of mental illness and addictive disease and must desire to identify themselves as a person with mental illness current or former consumer of mental health services.> Applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED and may be requested to provide a copy of this document.> Must demonstrate strong reading comprehension and written communication skills as indicated on their responses on the pre – test which is part of the application.> Must have demonstrated experience with leadership, advocacy or governance.> Must be well grounded in recoveryThese facts are taken directly from the Certified Peer Specialist brochure.There have been 997 Georgia Certified Peer Specialists Since October 2001.

Forgive and Forget

Forgiveness is not for the person you hurt, it is for you, ….

Reflect on a person or loved one, one or tow that you have hurt by your past and present behaviors or has hurt you?

Was or is it worth the pain that you are putting them and yourself through?

Have you asked for forgiveness from that person? If not, Why?

Have you forgiven yourself?

Have you forgotten?

How can you move forward and live a healthy life again?





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