Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Hello, I hope you are all doing well. I am doing good, I've just been so busy the past two weeks between work and taking care of things here around the home and watching the grand kids last weekend that I haven't had much time for blogging! So until I can get back to some more topics for this blog, here are some words of inspiration for you today. Know that I truly do feel that each and every one of my visitors here are amazing in their own way!
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)


Feel that pulse within you the one thing that keeps you hanging on, that's purpose, that's love, that's all the good things inside of you that you deserve. You deserve happiness, you deserve to feel good about yourself always. Remember it, feel it, live it, breathe it, soak it all up...YOU are Amazing!

Sunday, July 22, 2012


Hello, Like all of us, I was devastated to see the Tragedy that unfolded in Aurora, Colorado this week. I started this blog to educate people about the various forms of Mental Illness in the hopes that it will help end the Stigma that still surrounds it. So when I want to educate about a man like this, who obviously has some Mental Health issues, I'm at a loss. I suppose I could look back through my posts, put some peices together, but I don't think I'll ever find an understanding of his actions here. This man had a deep, deep anger that we have not seen to often. Yet I can't help but feel sorry for this man, I feel somehow he was failed. I kept hearing all the commentators on the news talk about the Heroes in this tragedy, and as much as I agree with all of them, I could not help but think to myself there should have been a hero or heroes out there that could have saved him first. Then this could have been avoided. This is just my perspective because I have seen it more than I care to, people abandon people when they are in need, when they are sick, when they fear them. I am saying a prayer for all the victims and their families and my hope is that something is really learned from this Tragedy so that it does not ever happen again.
Thanks for visiting,


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Change A Life

Hello, This Bring Change 2 Mind campain commercial has been playing a lot on the T.V. lately, and I could not be happier. I love it! The video of Glenn Close and her sister Jesse is so touching to me, it brings tears to my eyes. Glenn speaks the words I have felt all these years about my Mother and for everyone who suffers from a Mental Illness. The days of shame that burden people with a Mental Illness should be long gone by now. I encourage you to take the time to watch the videos and share them with others. You will be inspired by their strength as much as I am. I couldn't agree more with Glenn Close when she says "the fact that her sister is still here is a testament to her strength as a human being". I can honestly say the same about my Mother, with all her suffering, shock therapy and bouts in the Mental Hospital, she endured, and she never took the easy way out, she fought everyday against her illness and the Stigma. That is why when I need strength to get through certain things in life, I reflect on my Mothers strength and it carries me through. I'm also learning as I go through this life, that "Heroes" as we know them to be, are not the perfect people, they are the imperfect people.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)


Saturday, July 14, 2012

You Are So Loved

Hello, I'm sending out these words of encouragement today to all of my friends who need to hear them.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

Don't lose yourself in the fear that entwines your mind. Everything will be ok, storms don't last forever, there's always sunshine just waiting around the corner, if you choose there to be. Don't give up, you are good enough, you're worth it and YOU are so LOVED!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Hello, I don't have anything to post about today, so I thought I would join in on Wordless Wednesday with some amazing art created from the Earth!
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)




Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Rainy or Sunny?

Hello, Is your brain Rainy or Sunny? In other words are you an optimist or a pessimist? I have noticed that my son and I like to look on the bright side of things, while my husband looks at the darker or negative side of things. I have always wonder why this is with all of us. So when I found this article and I thought it would be a good read for any of you who wonder too. I may even get the book.It seems neuologists have developed some insight to the reasons why we are either one way or the other. The best part of the article to me is when I read that there are now "several techniques based on solid scientific evidence that allow us to begin the journey from pessimism to a more optimistic take on life" All in all a good thing I would say. This is not the full article, believe it or not, I actually cut some of it out! For the full article click on the link below.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)


Why do some people flourish, seemingly resilient to all that life throws at them, while others are vulnerable and at risk of serious problems like anxiety and depression?

My approach to unraveling this mystery has been to probe the minds of both the vulnerable and the resilient with the traditional tools of cognitive psychology.

Flashing positive and negative images on a computer screen so fast that they duck beneath the radar of consciousness gives us a momentary glimpse of what captivates the unconscious mind. And what have we learned?

Techniques like this tell us that the mind of the pessimist is drawn imperceptibly toward the negative while the upbeat and positive is a magnet for the optimist.

Crucially, these differences -- whether we turn toward the bright side of life or the dark -- can be traced to specific patterns of activity within the brain itself. Bundles of nerve fibers connecting our "thinking" brain with ancient regions that control our primeval "feeling" brain make up two sides of our emotional mind.

The "rainy" brain part highlights the negative, while our "sunny" brain draws us toward the positive. Of course, both elements are essential to a healthy and successful life, and it's the checks and balances between these two systems that ultimately make you you and me me. In short, it's our emotional mind that gives meaning to our lives by tuning us in to what really matters.

At the very root of what captivates our emotional mind are two polar opposite constructs: fear and pleasure.

These biological motivators kick-start our rainy and sunny brain circuits, which, in turn, underlie our pessimistic and optimistic mindsets. These brain systems infuse our mind with meaning, make us aware of what might harm us, alert us to what might go wrong, draw us toward what's good for us and highlight the sheer joys and pleasures of living.

Take the following: You are rushing for a meeting and miss your train. You hurry to the office, finally arriving a few minutes late. When you enter the room, everybody looks up, and your boss smiles and says, "Glad you could make it."

Question: Is she being sarcastic? Or is she happy to see you? The truth is, how you interpret this situation can set the tone for the rest of your day. Cutting-edge science tells us that these ways of interpreting and analyzing the world around us can become habitual and that it is these habits of mind that make us who we are.

The good news is that the human brain has a startling capacity to change. For years, neuroscientists believed that from a young age, our brains became inflexible and neurologically set in their ways. The burgeoning field of neuroplasticity, however, has completely overturned this notion and shown us that our brains are far more flexible than we ever dared to imagine.

And I'm not just talking about superficial changes at the level of "thinking." Instead, I'm talking about real concrete change in physical structure.

Our relationship with our neurons is organic: Sure, we respond to our neurons, but our neurons respond to us, to the things we do and even the things we think, resulting in observable changes in our brain. This exquisite malleability ensures that our unique, personal experiences provide us with a customized brain with its own highly individualized sets of circuits, switches and connections.

The bottom line is that if we change our cognition, we can also reshape our brains.

In other words, if we train our brains to be optimistic or pessimistic -- to navigate, intentionally or not, the streets and avenues of positive or negative feelings -- we change the emotional circuits in our brains that determine how we respond to the things that happen around us.

In my book "Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain," I discuss how genes and environments work together to influence how emotional circuits develop. Rather than being hard-wired, our social relationships and how we live play a huge role in shaping and reshaping our brains. In fact, there are now several techniques based on solid scientific evidence that allow us to begin the journey from pessimism to a more optimistic take on life.

While we need both aspects of our emotional mind -- rainy and sunny -- to live life to the full, there is abundant evidence that an optimistic take on the world, especially when linked with realism, is associated with better health, more success and a deeper sense of well-being.
By Elaine Fox