Love of self is crucial for all human beings but it can be particularly hard to come by if you are recovering from addiction. Almost one in 10 Americans (a total of 23 million people) are addicted to alcohol or other drugs and that means that many need help with aspects such as self-love and self-compassion. Research has shown that there is a strong link between how human beings see themselves, and their susceptibility to addiction or to relapse during recovery. During addiction recovery boosting feelings of self-love is as important as attending rehab, mending bridges with others, and rebuilding your professional life.
Understanding The Link Between Addiction And Self-Esteem
In one study important study on addiction, scientists concluded that “Self-esteem had a meaningful role in the individual’s tendency to addiction.” It’s a bit of a Catch-22 situation, however, since this disease can lead people to feel ashamed, isolated, guilty, or judged. Feeling unworthy can trigger a relapse, however, so it is important to find good reasons to love oneself. Seeking meaningful connections with others, taking necessary steps to improve health and fitness, and focusing on stress reduction are only possible when the person doing so sees themselves as worthy of the major efforts involved in authentic recovery.
Cutting Yourself Some Slack
To love yourself, begin with self-compassion, which essentially involves being as kind to yourself as you are to your loved ones. Studies have shown that doing so lowers levels of anxiety and depression. In his book The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, Harvard Psychologist Christopher Germer said that there are five important ways to love yourself and be more self-compassionate. These include comforting your body with good food and a self-massage (or doing anything that gives your body healthy joy); writing a letter to yourself (in which you can acknowledge the pain that a difficult situation may have caused), encouraging yourself (being your own ‘motivational coach’ when you have setbacks; and practising mindfulness (the nonjudgmental observation of one’s thoughts, feelings, and actions). Many of these practices are encouraged at drug recovery centers, and indeed, mindfulness practices play an important role as complementary therapies.
Yoga An Ideal Mindfulness Practices For Those In Recovery
Yoga, a practice which is often hailed for its ability to boost flexibility and strength, is also a powerful ally to have during drug recovery, because it is as healing for the mind as it is for the body. Studies have shown that regular practice reduces (stress hormone) cortisol levels, encourages social interaction, and boosts self-confidence. Since yoga involves connection of body and mind, it is a powerful way for those in recovery to understand the messages their body regularly tries to give them – including messages like stress and anxiety, so that they can take steps to address these and other potential triggers. One yogic practice, bhavana, encourages practitioners to use yogic contemplation and visioning to fill their hearts and souls with the beauty and wonder of self. This enables addicts to view themselves through a more positive lens.
Self-love, self-esteem, and self-compassion differ in key areas yet overlap in most. In essence, they cannot exist when one is constantly in a blaming, shaming, or self-loathing mode. To love yourself, take important steps to heal your body and mind. Nutritional, mindfulness practises such as mediation and yoga, and stress busting activities (such as a walk in nature) can remind you that you are a whole person comprising body, mind, and spirit.
Happy Wednesday! I was about to say there hasn’t been a lot going on here lately, but I realized I didn’t post my last happiness post until Friday, and I actually did a bunch of stuff since then, it’s just been less than I’m used to doing lately (and it’s been nice to slow down a bit). The New Moon in Cancer really had me vibing high with emotions, feeling sensitive, and connecting with whatever percentage of me is domestic. I also started feeling really weak over the weekend and didn’t get to do any of my plans of going to Figment or having my photoshoot with Maura *sad face*. I straight up collapsed while walking and have been sleeping past 2 PM every day, it’s crazy. That said, I still got out to do some cool stuff!
Notably, I went to a lecture on lightning bugs (fireflies) and learned a lot about them from a man who was basically an elderly reincarnated version of Frank Reynolds from It’s Always Sunny and I literally cried so I didn’t laugh out loud. I did learn a lot, though! I also went to visit the Urban Myth of Goatman on Cry Baby bridge in Bowie, Maryland on Friday the 13th. It was super creepy. Our pictures turned out really interesting with orbs, blocks of energy, and other colors, etc. We definitely sensed something, heard weird noises, called out to him, and I was touched twice on my right shoulder. I did a poll on my Instagram Stories and 81% of you believe in ghosts, which is good to know! Another awesome thing I got to do was go to one of Jessica’s Have A Nice Day kindness events where we decorated coffee cup sleeves with positive phrases/quotes/drawings to be donated to cafes that customers would be surprised with at a later date.
[Extra Sparkle] * Faerie gardening * Finally checking out the bar that’s one street over from me and finding out it’s pretty cool * New Moon gathering with an almost full-crew, complete with foot baths, cupcakes, rainbow fire pit, and a spectacular altar * The new hiding spots Molly is constantly finding for herself * Going through art books and magazines with Cristen * Running into Maura on the street * Joe finding a vinyl copy of “9 To 5” at the thrift store and then not being able to get that Dolly Parton song out of my head * Drawing an affirmation card every day * Painting little rainbow tree stump steps for faeries to walk on * Inviting my dad to Charlotte’s birthday party * The Mayor coming to Jessica’s event * New essential oil diffuser/humidifier * Bubble face masks * Meeting amazing burners * Putting my hand out and Richard putting a dollar in it
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It’s almost been a month since I turned thirty and had the most magical birthday party I could have ever asked for. I wanted to write up a little recap, share some photos, and explain a big part of the evening to those of you it didn’t make sense to. So here we go!
First of all, I was so happy with who was there. There were a handful of people who couldn’t make it because of Wickerman being on the same day and other extenuating circumstances, but I didn’t guilt invite anyone, and it turned out absolutely perfect. My friend group has morphed so much, and it’s so outstanding to be surrounded and supported by a bunch of the best type of weirdos ever in a way that weird has become the new norm. That’s all I’ve ever wanted.
I wore a dress that was like iridescent feathers merged with scales, making it so I could truly live as a mermaid who could fly (my ultimate dream), and I had the best pimp birthday chalice ever (and finished my giant drink in it)!
We had more than enough food, less than enough forks, delicious cupcakes (by Leigh) and people got me the most beautiful, thoughtful, and hilarious gifts.
As I laid on my giant inflatable unicorn in my car port, with my bubble machine spewing a heavy stream of bubbles all around me, April descended down my stairs and began to make an announcement, introducing a special guest: Ben Franklin.
Now, here’s where pretty much everyone was confused. See, this joke was a huge throwback. We’re talking like 2013 or so. Back then, I went to this big mail art event where there was a Ben Franklin impersonator and I took some photos with him and got him to sign a blank postcard. I then filled in the message portion of the postcard with a romantic message “from Ben” to myself and mailed it to my address, pretending Ben was my lover. I made him a Facebook profile, made it so he and I were “in a relationship”, and every other day I would update Ben’s status with a famous Ben Franklin quote, but make it look like he was just saying it. On New Year’s Eve, I took a giant, almost poster-sized, $100 bill out with me and kissed it at midnight. I was deep into the joke. Ben and I even had a public break up when I started dating someone else. It was really elaborate.
So fast forward back to present day. I’m thirty-years-old and see Ben Franklin in my home. I jump up and rise to the occasion and stay in the bit way longer than necessary. I ask Ben where he’s been, I ask him about the syphilis, I ask him about the other girls in France. I dance with him while singing “I Will Always Love You” loudly and off key. I bring him inside so we can take too many photos with him at the photobooth.
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He was an incredible sport. He drank out of a skull glass and told Stu to shut up. He made sexual innuendo jokes and went along for the ride.
By the end, I was in a hot mess of ugly happy tears. I truly couldn’t fathom what I had done to deserve such a beautiful gift, and such fantastic friends. I was over the moon.
I’m so grateful to everyone who came, celebrated, and got crazy with me. It was the best birthday I’ve ever had in my whole life.
98-365 is a Microsoft certification exam that is facilitated by Pearson VUE in collaboration with Certiport as registration partners. It imparts knowledge to IT professionals who are interested in Storage Server Functionality, Server Installation, Active Directory, Server Roles, and Server maintenance. The profoundly demonstrated knowledge on these topics leads to the award of the golden MTA certification. MTA is the Microsoft’s newly introduced technology certification exam to corroborate the professionals with the essential knowledge required to start a career in understanding of Microsoft technologies. Since this certification is crucial to IT professionals, 98-365 majorly targets the server administrators who have been in touch with the overall administration Microsoft associated Server. The exam facilitating the MTA certification has the following peculiar features:
It has got 40-50 questions that are of multiple choice.
Candidates are supposed to do for 90 minutes.
The points below are the measures taken by certified professionals who passed this exam. Take them into consideration during your exam preparation.
1. Join the MOAC
MOAC is the official guideline website for 98-365 certification exam from Microsoft family. It has been provided for all the candidates to ensure that they got the official and reliable information from Microsoft. The guideline provides you the real picture of the exam you are expecting to pass as well as the format the exam will take. It also helps you toenhance your understanding of the exam setup.You will have the opportunity to identify the consistency of some key topics that are given more consideration by Microsoft’ examiners. Besides, subscription to the MOAC will grant you unlimited access to the variety of exams which are set in different styles.
2. Get the curriculum outline
Apart from knowing the main domains that you are needed to cover before doing the exam, also find the curriculum outline. The importance of the curriculum outline is its detailed description of the subtopics of each domain. In most cases, the title of the main domain might not seem familiar with you but the contents might be some concepts you learned in your previous certifications. The main objective is to ensure that the candidates have a clear overview of the contents of the course and hence the general overview of the exam objectives. Furthermore, the curriculum outline will mark the limits of your studies by giving you the topics to study because some materials may be providing a collection of all MTA certification exam.
3. Study with colleagues
IT exams especially 98-365 are practical oriented and the learner needs to always remember every step that is taken in configuration, installation, and ultimately management. The colleagues preparing for the same certification exam are enhancing in the fact that everyone will contribute in tackling every question as the others learn from him/her. One way of building your career in IT field is sharing your understanding or experience with others. The shared knowledge is always upgraded and weakness is identified and corrected. The individuals who are always in regular connection with other professionals are likely to perform industry or enterprise tasks three times accurate than the ordinary individuals. Therefore, it is necessary to put into consideration the importance of involving our colleagues in our learning.
4. Train and train efficiently
Find the best materials that suite 98-365 certification exam. The best option to get all the concepts at your fingertips is using the best training materials. The training let you understand the concepts easily because they are delivered by professionals who have an extensive and exclusive understanding of the curriculum content designed for the exam. They also use the latest methodologies which are easy to understand and effective when implemented. These resources are available online but the candidates should always be careful when downloading them. As this article is the best to provide you with the tips to ensure that you pass this exam, you are also provided with the entrusted links for your training. The online platforms which have kept the consistent quality training in the IT field are Udemy and CBT nuggets. They are highly rated by the students as well as other interested parties as seen in their reviews section.
5. Use the exam simulator
The world depends on IT professionals to bring change to the society by developing solutions to various obstacles we normally face in day to day life. Exam simulator is one of the technological invention designed to help the candidates prepare well for the exam. The software enables you to open the common VCE dumps that are available for revision. It is important to use them because it is simple to truthfully measure your strength on particular topics and get your real performance on the contemporary scoresheet. To access the premium files that can be viewed and done using the exam simulator, you have to visit the renowned sites. These sites include the ExamCollection, Pass4Sure, and PrepAway.
6. Ask the experts
The other tip that we normally forget is consulting the experts. Many professionals who have successfully passed this exam have shared their experiences with the world so that we can learn from them. Knowing the challenges that everyone faced and come out victoriously will also let you build our skills on handling the daily obstacles that may arise during our preparation. In fact, most of the experts give pieces of advice to nurture your career and ultimately talent in your technology life. Besides, they symbolically draw the roadmap of our future ambitions as they have achieved their success through this certification.
The implementation of the above tips has always resulted in successful completion of the exam which results in certification. The IT professionals should view and implement them in their future exam. The secret of passing is neither in the exam nor the training underwent. It is the implementation of the wisdom that you have. It is very evident that the individuals who have used them are certified professionals in the IT field because the ultimately passed the exam.
Since 2015, I’ve been an Ambassador for the 100 Happy Days Foundation, and I’ve put on Baltimore’s chapter of the annual Bubble Parade. This year, the coordinators of Bubble Parades all over the world didn’t get their yearly e-mails and notifications for the event, though, and we didn’t get any response when we reached out. It seemed like the organizers kind of fell off the map, but some of the more die hard people decided to put it on regardless… like me! Baltimore shall have bubbles, I say!
This year, we had more people come out than ever before. My dad counted everyone who walked across the street at the end and we were over 300 strong! Holy crap!
The outfits were amazing. People really took crazy, colorful, and eclectic to heart and I couldn’t have been happier. We were a literal sea of sunshine and rainbows walking up and down The Avenue in Hampden on that Sunday in July.
As usual, I provided a bunch of bubbles for free. We had wands and event scented options! We even actually ran out of everything this year. I’m so thankful to everyone who came prepared, though. You babes really brought some cool stuff! I mean, I saw a dinosaur bubble gun that roared when you pressed the trigger. (If you’d like to make a donation for bubble supplies or to Uncustomary in general, you can do that here or use the button at the bottom of the post.)
While we gathered at the corner of the skate park on Falls Road, an amazing babe, named Molly, entertained us all with her giant homemade bubble wands. It was spectacularly beautiful and fun. She does events, too! If you need some whimsy in your life, e-mail her at mglrigby [at] gmail [dot] com.
Thank you to everyone who documented the fun! You can check out more photos in the event page. Everything in this blog post was taken by the amazing Dorret Oosterhoff.
The entire point of the Bubble Parade is to promote play in people of all ages. We should never stop playing, whatever that means for us. Bubbles are something a lot of people enjoy, and even so I was floored to see the turn out this year. It was beautiful to witness everyone from ages 0-65+ having a genuinely good time doing something silly, free, and “childlike”. Remember that it doesn’t take a lot to have a good time. Sometimes the simpler the better.
More than a dozen people came up to me to ask if we could do this every weekend or at least every season. My answer is no, I won’t be organizing that every season and definitely not every weekend. I don’t want the specialness of the event to wear off, and I also do a lot of other things (including other events!). But guess what? I’m SO GLAD you had such a great time blowing bubbles! It’s a dollar for a giant wand of bubbles, and you can even make your own solution with water and soap and your own wands with pipe cleaners or rope. You can get your friends together every weekend, or just go outside and blow bubbles a couple times a week. I know I do. Costumes, balloons, and whimsy aren’t reserved for the Bubble Parade. Bring that year round!!
There will absolutely be a 5th Annual Bubble Parade in Baltimore. I’ve had some requests to change the location, and I’ll be considering that. But I hope that you’ll stick around and come back next time (and keep the spirit of it going until then).
This HPE6-A42 certification test(Implementing Aruba WLAN (IAW) 8)evaluates the individual’s skills needed to develop AOS 8 single-site on simple enterprise WLANs. The ideal applicants for this HPE exam are networking IT professionals who develop small to medium scale network solutions derived from Aruba technologies andproducts.
The exam contains 57 questions and the passing score is 73%. You are required to complete thisHPE test within one hour fifteen minutes.
Taking into account the objectives of the exam helps you develop a study method that is centered on the test. Here are the main exam objectives:
Describing Aruba Architectures and WLAN Fundamentals
Identifying and Differentiating the Features, Capabilities and Functions of Aruba single-site
Configuring, Sustaining and Troubleshooting Aruba WLAN guest solutions and secure employee
Managing and Operating Aruba Solutions
Main Tricks for Passing theHPE6-A42Exam
You may be wondering just how well you can prepare for the exam to ensure that you succeed. Here are the tips for passing thisHPE certification test:
Complete the course for the exam
It is simple. You cannot pass the exam that you have not trained for. You need to complete the course for the test before you start studying and preparing for it. The HPE6-A42 exam is meant to test you on the skills and concepts in the course and you should ensure that you are in a position to answer the questions in the test correctly by completing your training. This is also a great opportunity to get help in areas that you feel are hard for you to understand. Stay the course until the coursework has been fully taught to you.
Identify the objectives of the exam
The exam objectives are a mirror reflection of the exam. They are a summary of the exam content and you need to identify what they are before you begin studying them. This will guide you on the areas that you need to focus on and save you plenty of time and energy that you would have otherwise used trying to understand information that is not relevant to the test. Begin studying all the objectives in mind so that you align your methods with the exam content.
Review all course study materials
Study materials help you understand the concepts better after they have been taught to you. They serve as a reference source which you can use to reinforce the knowledge that is already within you. Completing the course alone is not sufficient to pass the exam, you need to go father and review all the available study materials for the course so that you are fully prepared to answer any question that you come across. Develop a study routine and culture so that when you take another test, it becomes deeply embedded in you and you can use it easily to pass the actual exam and any others that follow.
Use practice questions and tests
Practice questions are a great way of getting ready for the exam. Study resources usually have quizzes at the end of every topic to test your mastery of content. You should ensure you attempt answering the questions so that you know how well you have mastered the content. Practice tests will give you the exam environment as they are timed and offered in the same setting as the actual exam. This will help you get used to the exam atmosphere and give you a sneak peek at how the questions in the actual exam are structured. You will also be able to identify any areas you do not fully understand and spend more time studying them.
Use your experience to answer the questions
One of the prerequisites for taking the HPE6-A42 exam is experience working with the fundamental aspects of the course for the test. The reason for this is because the questions in the exams are based on scenarios that you would otherwise experience in a professional setting. You are required to use your experience and industry-based standards to come up with answers to your questions. When preparing for the exam, your mind needs to be alert to that very important detail. Even when you are doing practice tests and answering practice questions, you need to train your mind to reflect on real work scenarios and come up with the best measure of action.
Use the HPE preparation guide
The HPE preparation guide is a great resource that helps you to prepare for the exam in a manner that is recommended by experts. What better way to prepare for this exam and expect to succeed than with the help of expert advice from HPE. Considering they are the providers for the test, their recommendations should surely help you to pass the exam. Preparing for this certification exam is not something you take on without a plan. You need to structure your preparation in a manner that works for you and HPE already knows what works and have simplified the process for you.
This is the platform used by HPE to communicate with the candidates taking their various certification exams. The information contained in this platform includes any additional study resources that are available and notifications for any changes that may have been made concerning the test. Sometimes you may be worried about getting authentic study resources so you can check this platform for that information and get your concerns addressed. This is bound to boost your confidence and help you stay focused on studying and preparing for the exam. You should make a habit of using the platform whenever you are preparing for an HPE sponsored exam.
The HPE6-A42certification exam will help you achieve your full potential when it comes to your career in helping businesses achieve success using Aruba solutions, which will make you good money. You therefore need to stay focused on the main goal that is to master the skills and get your certification. Your best is all you need to do and you will pass this exam. All the best!
Whoops, sorry for the delay! I’m telling you, life is moving fast over here and I’m barely able to document it! Did you see that I crossed “ride a motorcycle” off my Bucket List? I’m working on incorporating goals into my activities more lately, and it’s been really satisfying. That said, I had a pretty bad today for really no reason and I just couldn’t shake it, so I wrote a little bit about it. This weekend I’m attending a Burner event here in Baltimore called “Figment” (if you’re coming, find me and say hi!) and doing Day 1 of photoshoots with Maura. Before I check back in, I’ll be attending one of Jessica’s kindness events called Have A Nice Day. If you’re local, you should check it out!
Here’s what I’ve been into lately…
Pictures from last week:
[Extra Sparkle] * Seeing my joy captured on camera * Finding an amazing set of themed gardens * Checking “Visit A Butterfly Garden” off my Bucket List * Making stuff for The Wander Society * The turn out for the 4th annual Bubble Parade * Hard ciders * The sound and smell of fountains * Riding a model train through the woods * (Allegedly) breaking into a community lake and midnight swimming * Visiting the goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, and other animals at Kinder Farm * Randomly finding metaphysical stuff in a strip mall general store * Funnel cake and Ferris wheel at the carnival * Absurd videos Joe made of Molly “looking things up on the internet” * Swinging at the playground while blowing our new bubble guns * Roommate pranks * Getting new plants for my Faerie Garden * Free Slurpee Day at 7-11
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A couple winters ago, Maura and I were out doing a photoshoot. It was the windiest day of the year, and I had a bunch of balloon shots planned. Not only was that one of the hardest sets we’ve ever done, but all day it just seemed like nothing was going our way. One thing after another.
By the time we got back to the house, there were a handful of shots left, which included one with a rainbow kite that was apparently impossible to put together. We were so done. How was it that on the windiest day of the year this picture was pretty much what was happening with the kite? What happened to the wind that earlier tried to lift me off my feet and blew my wig across the parking lot? Ughhhhhh. I think about that day as the Rainbow Kite Kinda Day. The trying your best but everything seems to just keep getting worse kinda day.
I had one of those days today. Slowly but surely, I was pecked down into an overall feeling of frustration and generally just being annoyed at whatever happened. Didn’t matter what I ate, what I did, what I listened to, what was said to me… I couldn’t shake it. Feeling good has been and continues to be a high priority for me and my advice for you. But guess what? You and I will continue to have days like this. It’s OKAY. You’re allowed to have a bad day. You don’t have to LIVE in The Vortex. Ideal? Maybe. But isn’t everything appreciated a bit more once you miss it for at least a hot second?
I share this with you so you know that not only is it okay for you to have these kind of days, but I have them as well, and sometimes there’s nothing on any of my 50 Ways To…blah blah blah lists that is going to fix things. Sometimes you have to ride it out a little, keep your head above water, practice self-care in a different way than usual, go to bed & try again tomorrow after a hard reset. I don’t have all the answers. No one in the Personal Development section of Barnes & Noble has all the answers. We have suggestions of things that have worked in the past and yeah, most of the time they’re going to bring you up and out (at least a bit). But sometimes no amount of preparation, skill level, or self-care practice can “fix” a bad day.
I’d like to say that turning thirty kicked me in my ass to start checking things off my Bucket List, but really the only Bucket List I was thinking about was my Summer one full of fun outdoor activities! But when Erica came in from out of town on a Harley Davidson, I knew it was finally time to take her up on her offer to ride on the back of her motorcycle and check that baby off my Bucket List! I can’t believe it took me three decades to get that one crossed off the list, but hey. I’ll get there.
Now, let’s talk about the important part: I LOVED IT SO MUCH. I literally yelled the entire time I was having so much fun. Erica was smiling so big that I enjoyed myself so much. She said she’d never had someone so excited to ride a motorcycle in her life and that I definitely needed to own one myself.
Obviously the fact that it was 4th Of July and I was decked out in full red, white, and blue nonsense added to the aesthetic of the whole ordeal (I mean come on, that’s amazing, I look ridiculous).
Thanks to Joe and Cristen for capturing photos and video (including the one of us looking Thelma and Louise riding off into the sunset, except it’s midday in my neighborhood), and of course to Erica for riding me around, fist pumping with me, and driving super fast the wrong way down a one way street accidentally, adding to the thrill of it all.
If you’ve known me since high school, you might remember the “Make Out List” I would carry around in my purse. My friends were assigned initials, and after they made out in the place on the list, they would add their initial next to that item on the list. It got a little out of control after a while, and the creases from being unfolded and refolded became tears. Eventually, the list got lost in the post-high-school-shuffle.
It was a fun idea, though, and when I made my 10 Uncustomary Dates post, I suggested having a make out bucket list with your partner. So, today I’m posting 100 places that you might want to make out. It’s divided into two sections, the latter half being a little more adventurous. (And if you’re feeling voyeuristic, click here to see the ones that I’ve checked off.)
Places To Make Out
One Of The Seven Wonders
In A Crowd
Backseat Of ACar
Hood Of Car
Even More Adventurous Places To Make Out
Under A Waterfall
On Top Of Money
Hot Air Balloon
Mini Golf Course
Under A Table
Empire State Building
Standing Through A Sunroof
Across State Lines
World Trade Center
Feel free to add additional ideas in the comments!