Social Media Break

Do you ever just feel like you need to take a social media break?

Have you ever taken a social media break? If so, what was your experience?

We all know how prominent social media has become. There are studies about it’s use and affect on users. Just check out this Forbes article “6 Ways Social Media Affects Our Mental Health.” Harvard Business Review has an article titles “A New, More Rigorous Study Confirms: The More You Use Facebook, the Worse You Feel.”

My social media break isn’t because of what these article say, although they are interesting and worth reading and make some valid points. My social media break comes in a series of things I am doing to make positive changes for myself. You may recall my recent post about starting yoga, you can read it here Yoga is changing me. The changes that I have been making are really helping get me where I want to be.

Self reflection is a wonderful and powerful thing. I am one of those souls who is always evolving, or at least attempting to. Change and grow, change and grow, grow and change. Change is the one constant in life. I find it so much easier not to resist it, to just go with it. I know my life is so much better because of this.

Social Media takes up way too much of my time right now. It hasn’t always been this way. Right now I feel like I am in a lull and social media has been and easy go to. So my big change for the month of February is to stay clear of social media.

 

Have you ever taken a social media break? Please comment with your observations of how your social media break worked out for you.

Meal planning

Do you ever take the time to meal plan for your family? My husband and I find it to be beneficial when we are feeding more than just the two of us, we meal plan. When we are getting bored of the usual stuff, we meal plan. Now that my focus is to eat better, healthier foods, we meal plan. Part of eating healthier is eating with your eyes…..meaning to eat what is visually appealing. Most of the recipes we have picked are very visually appealing.

So we typically shop and therefore plan for a 2 week time frame. I will say that often when we plan on this magnitude, meals will last for longer than 2 weeks. Pretty much ever meal we make we have left overs and eat it at least twice, if not more, unless it is something we modify to accommodate just the two of us.

When we have the kids with us, we meal plan to the day, with flexibility as needed. When it is just the two of us, I usually just list our options and we go through them as we see fit. I do try to pay attention to what options need to be made sooner, rather than latter, due to ingredients that are perishable.

Here is our meal plan with recipes and comments. Please enjoy.

1st is a drink recipe that my husband found for me. I read so much about pineapple and it’s health benefits, however I have never been a fan of pineapple. My wonderful husband looked up this recipe and I have already tried a glass of it and I really like it a lot.

Skinny Sparkling Mint Pineapple Lemonade


When looking for the sparkling lime water, be careful, the bottles of flavor water sometimes have added ingredients that some avoid for health reasons. We ended up getting some cans of lime Perrier because it doesn’t contain additives or artificial sweeteners. For the lemonade we used Simply Lemonade, because it’s my favorite. If you are asking yourself what the benefits of pineapple juice are that made me want to find a way to drink it, here is a link with some

These 1st 2 meals are vegetarian. Having vegetarian options is important to me, because I feel like we depend too much on meat to eat sometimes, and I know my body likes the break from meat. Vegetarian meals are healthy, and also sometimes a struggle because my husband isn’t a big vegetable fan. Thankfully I have pinned several that he is willing to try.

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Flautas

Caprese Calzones

This next recipe is a favorite. I love chicken pot pie, and everyone who has tried this version loves it, too. We have decided that we like pie crust for the top instead of the puff pastry. Also, we have often done this and made 2 smaller dishes and put one in the freezer for later use.

Amazing Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

We tend to eat a lot of chicken. It is inexpensive and healthier. Some day we hope to raise our own chickens. This recipe is easy because we always have chicken on hand to cook and we have the ingredients because of other things we are making. That is the single smartest thing I can relay to anyone wanting to meal plan, seek recipes with similar ingredients to keep your grocery bill in check. I might add that I am excited to try this, too. (Instead of avocado, we will be using guacamole.)

Avocado Caprese Skillet Chicken

Simple Beef Stroganoff
Beef Stroganoff is a favorite of mine. I requested that we use cubed beef (stew meat) instead of hamburger, and I also love mushrooms (my husband doesn’t) so I grabbed some for this and for salads. We have tried several stroganoff recipes, I can’t recall my opinion on this on in particular.

This is an easy chicken recipe that everyone should try at least once. I bet you will love it, and so will your family. My husband LOVES pepper jack cheese, so since I am allowed creative differences in recipes, he is too. We use pepper jack slices in place of the Swiss.

SWISS CHEESE CHICKEN: A Must-Have Meal for Your Freezer & Food Storage!

Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos

I love Mexican City Tacos at our favorite restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa, Tequila Mexican Restaurant Facebook Page. And here on my favorite app for finding good food and coffee, Yelp….Tequila Mexican Restaurant on Yelp. Just a note on making these, I am not sure why or where my husband decided that we needed Beef Flank Steak or Carne Asada to make these. Where we shopped didn’t carry Carne Asada and Flank Steak is pricey. We did find some finely cubed steak, so that is what we picked up.
Authentic Mexican Steak Tacos

Tilapia is something we eat frequently. Fish contain good oils, and are healthier than meat. Salmon, Whiting, Shrimp, and sometimes Scallops help break up meat eating days along with our vegetarian nights. Finding new ways to cook a usual food is important to keep from burn out. That is what we are doing here, trying a new twist.
Panko Crusted Tilapia

Ginger Honey Garlic Chicken Tenders (hubby uses this recipe for pork chops, instead of chicken)

Pork Chops have a funny story in our house. Many years ago I mastered pork chops. What that means is that I cooked them perfect, juicy and never dry. That being the case, my nephew and niece love my pork chops, my daughters love them, my step children love them and so does my husband. It used to be the one thing my husband would concede the kitchen to me to make. Yes, my husband does the cooking in our home because he loves to cook and make good food for us and our family. I taught him how to make pork chops the way I do, and he does a really good job at them. This honey garlic recipe has become a favorite. It’s a nice change from just fried pork chops. Also, ginger has the benefit of helping ease pain from arthritis, so it’s great that it’s in this recipe.

Desserts
My husband loves desserts. I enjoy them too, but could live without them most of the time. We agreed that this year we would not be so dependent on the box mix desserts and would focus on making more from scratch. This has resulted in several fruit cobblers, which are always enjoyable. There will be a peach cobbler made at some point.

Cherry Bread

My husband loves cherries, so when this came up in my Facebook feed I just knew he would want to make it. It is very good. He put the icing on when it was still too warm, so he ran off. I told him just to set the extra icing aside and use it on the pieces as we eat it.

Banana Bread Bottom Cheesecake

I LOVE banana bread. I make great banana bread. It is a family favorite and never last long once it is made. This recipe combines banana bread with another favorite of mine, cheesecake. I am really looking forward to trying this one. Here is a great tip when it comes to bananas for banana bread, invest in some freezer zip lock bags and when your bananas turn brown, peal them and put them in the freezer zip locks and put them in the freezer. Once you have enough to make banana bread, then thaw the bananas and use them and the juice from them in your recipe.

We also have Salted Caramel Brownies on the list.

The next two (likely 3) weeks we will be eating very well. In addition to these great recipes we will be enjoying loaded salads and other healthy snacks and meals. Thank you to all of the bloggers who have pinned these recipes and blogged them or shared them to Facebook. I hope that you enjoy and are inspired by our meal plan. I will gladly share my thoughts on menu items if anyone has any questions, comment here or hop on over to my Facebook page and comment. My Facebook Page

Yoga is changing me

I don’t know that I would call it a New Years Resolution, but in a way that’s what it is. I didn’t start on January 1st. I was sick. Dealing with some upper respiratory stuff. On Monday January 8, I started. I have a favorite yoga teacher to watch and practice with. I find her comforting, and I don’t feel rushed. Her name is Melissa West. MelissaWest.com

Every day last week I did yoga. There are so many free yoga videos on YouTube that you can find something for whatever you feel up to that day. There are videos for dance yoga, couch yoga, 5-minute, 10-minute, bed yoga, restorative yoga, beginner, etc, etc….

Why yoga? Because it helps work on the core and is gentle while still being a work out that help build strength and helps build self awareness and increases general health and wellness over all. I will share some links that have some great thoughts about how yoga is helpful once I have told about my experience.

Practicing yoga daily has helped me be more relaxed and have a sense of well being. It has helped my sinuses drain and my illness retreat. I am more aware of my posture. I am more aware of what food I put into my body. My muscles around my spine hurt a little at the moment, I am sure I over did it a little during yesterdays practice. I will do some restorative yoga today to help ease the pain. That’s the beauty in it, I can do what I feel I need or can do for the day.

On the note of resolution, I think it’s more a declaration to living a better life in my case. Yoga 5 days a week, going to bed by 11pm, not eating after 8pm, eating better, drinking more water, and looking for new things to add in slowly. This life is always a work in progress. Those not afraid of change and growth enjoy the ride a bit more, in my opinion.

As promised, here are some links to read up on the benefits of yoga. 38 Health Benefits of Yoga from Yoga Journal
Web MD’s assessment of yoga
Yoga benefits beyond the mat by Harvard

The Crab Shack Tybee Island

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The Crab Shack is where my husband and I went for dinner our first night on Tybee Island after spending some time sitting on the beach under the full moon and enjoying the ocean we headed to get some food. It was late at night so we got to experience the restaurant oasis in the most wonderful way. The outside is decorated with lights and it looked rather magical.
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There are some really neat creatures that hang around on the outside of the place. gator Big gator

And when the whole restaurant isn’t in use, they bring out some pirate gear for purchasing. pirate gear

There are two thrones for a pirate king and queen, I suppose. thrones

Since we were on vacation and celebrating our birthdays and anniversary, I opted for a strawberry daiquiri that tasted amazing and gave the option for having it in a keepsake glass to take with us. strawberry daiquiri

They feature their own sauces and the shrimp sauce is the BEST shrimp sauce I have ever tasted. Sauces

Speaking of shrimp, my husband seems to very much prefer breaded shrimp. He doesn’t usually like shrimp cooked any other way. We ordered some fresh boiled shrimp (we know right where it comes from) and some deviled crab. The shrimp still had the legs and shell on, and my husband had to ask how to take them off to eat it. I happily showed him and he caught on fast and we really enjoyed the shrimp so much that we ordered a second helping. Fresh shrimp is AMAZING and so worth going to the ocean to experience.
Deviled Crab and boiled shrimp Second helping of boiled shrimp

For dessert we shared this awesome piece of key lime pie. key lime pie

The inside of the place is decorated with lots of neat stuff on the walls, too.
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Being their late at night, we received excellent service and our food was fast and delicious.

We checked out the birds they have that are located just behind the gift shop (that was unfortunately closed, but we went back the next day).
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Right outside the bird building there is this neat little piece….20160916_222954

Also the little gators are harder to get photos of at night… gators at night

After visiting The Crab Shack at night, we just loved the place. We talked with a lady who was also staying at Tybee Island Inn Bed and Breakfat and she felt that it was a real touristy place and not that great. We did go back the next day for lunch and experiencing it in the light of day definitely does give the more touristy place vibe. And the food and service wasn’t as good as the night before.
seafood loaded nachos shrimp po boy

I didn’t care for my shrimp po’ boy and my husband’s nachos were just okay. The inside is interesting. Lots to see. Inside scenery

The gators are a lot easier to see during the daytime. You can purchase stuff and feed them with little fishing poles if you like. Lots of people seem to enjoy doing this.
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The place doesn’t have the same magical feel during the day. daytime outside daytime outside

All in all, it is a very neat place. I recommend going when they aren’t busy to get the best service. Seeing it after dark when it’s all lit up is a must. And the boiled shrimp is wonderful.

Step parent survival advice

Most people believe that we don’t have control over who we fall in love with, weather we do or don’t isn’t for me to judge. Sometimes we find ourselves falling for someone who has children from a previous relationship. Learning how to navigate such relationships is a real challenge at times. Probably the biggest factor that causes loads of stress and complications can be the other parent of the children, be it the ex wife or ex husband, ex boyfriend or ex girlfriend, or the one night stand or fling. Some people are fortunate and the other biological parent is a logical, rational and reasonable person, and everyone gets along and puts the best interest of the children at the forefront. Sometimes the other parent is a nightmare, for any number of reasons they are high conflict, jealous, vindictive, manipulative, borderline personality disordered, mentally disordered, abusive, spiteful, and/or any other form or disordered that doesn’t allow for any logic or rational to be applied.

Today I will share with you some tried and true tips that can help you survive the step parenting role when dealing with a high conflict parent.

First and foremost, give up any idea of the high conflict person being capable of normal. It’s just not going to happen. And if it does, it will be temporary and only to serve their own agenda. It’s best for you to not attempt to communicate with the other parent. All communication should be through the birth parents of the children only.

Second, all communication should be conducted through documentable means, there should be no direct contact. What are documentable means? Email, Our Family Wizard, Talking Parents, Google Voice, or by text and backed up and saved. Documenting communication helps keep confusion minimal, and prevents “he said, she said” issues, because proof can be presented.

Third, communication should be conducted as though conducting a business transaction, always with consideration as to what a judge would say or think of what is being said, because you never know, they may read it some day. Also, communication should be kept minimal and only be about the children.

Fourth, documentation reaches so much farther than communication. Documentation is how facts are kept straight, observations are recorded, and important information doesn’t get forgotten. Documentation becomes an excellent tool should court become necessary. Documenting the facts and not opinions on a routine basis is something that a court will look at as evidence.

Fifth, get on the same page with your partner and back each other up. At first disciplining the children should be deferred to the birth parent. If the child is in your care, you need to know what you and your partner have agreed to as acceptable punishment you can give. In our house, I give time outs and/or take a privileges and allow for my husband (the birth parent) to hand out discipline as he sees fit.

Sixth, too often in high conflict situations there can be involvement from courts, child protective services, and police. It’s best to learn and know how to reference laws in your state. Once you know what the law says about all the topics you will feel much better and can make informed decisions. Here is a great legal resource website that has divorce laws listed for the United States, you can also look up laws about other issues here at Legal Information Institute . This is another site you can use to research about laws called Justia. HG.org has some good information about family law and parental rights and obligations and is another legal resource. Another good resource is this UNIFORM CHILD CUSTODY JURISDICTION AND ENFORCEMENT ACT (1997) it covers jurisdiction questions when more than one state is involved. While I am speaking about the law, I feel it important to make sure that it is known that even if/when you marry the parent you are in a relationship with, you have zero legal right or obligations to the children.

Also from a legal standpoint if there is no court order spelling out parenting time, it’s best to encourage the birth parent to obtain one. Often time one can be drawn up in mediation and as long as both parties agree, it can be signed by a judge with out much hassle. Having a legal agreement helps in high conflict situations more than anything else.

Finally, seventh, remember to take care of yourself. Don’t agree to doing any more than you want to do. Remember that you have permission to disengage as needed. Use the support groups and gather information and helpful cooping tools. Consider counseling for yourself or the family, counselors can be a great help in blending families and giving cooping skills.

Please remember that communication is key and so very important in all relationship. And also, this step parent/ blended family stuff is often challenging. All relationships take work, blended families with a high conflict other parent takes a lot of work. Do what you have to do to keep you and your partner on track.

Experiencing the ocean for the first time

As I have previously written, last September my husband and I took a trip to Tybee Island. It was the first time in 40 years of life, that I saw the ocean. It was also the first time my husband saw it up close and in person. Once we checked into the B & B we were ready for a trip to the beach. Luckily it’s only a 5 minute walk. We could hear the ocean outside. This is the first sign indicating how close we were to the beach. DSCN2119
We had a bit of a tease, but also some palm trees. DSCN2120
And finally we could see the ocean.

I spy the ocean

I spy the ocean


From there on the walk just got better and better. DSCN2128 DSCN2129
I was like a giddy school girl once close enough to feel the ocean spray and enjoy the wonder that is the ocean.
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closer


The feeling of my feet in the ocean was amazing. DSCN2131
Water reaching

Water reaching


While standing at the edge of the ocean and letting it wash over my legs and feet the neatest feeling was how the sand slowly slips away from under my feet with the waves.
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Tybee Island isn’t the best place to search for sea shells. The boats dredge the bottom and end up breaking up a lot of the shells before the reach the shore.
We were able to collect some shells. DSCN2300 DSCN2301

I have used the collected shells for some craft projects. I wrote about one here sea shell wind chime .

Our first trip to the beach didn’t last very long, as we were hungry and then had a dolphin cruise booked. I will blog about the cruise soon, too. We went back to the beach after the cruise and it was wonderful. The sun had gone down and there was a full moon and we just sat on a swing at the beach for as long as I wanted. We also went the next afternoon and collected sea shells after the tide went out. On Sunday we drove to Jekyll Island and visited Driftwood beach.

Visiting the ocean was everything I had hoped it would be an then some. I LOVE the sound and the sight and the feeling. I can’t wait to go back again. I am so thankful that we are only a short drive away.

Tybee Island Inn Bed and Breakfast

Last September my husband and I had the pleasure of having a weekend away to celebrate us. September is our month; my birthday, our anniversary and then his birthday all fall in September. Beyond Labor Day, it’s the off season on the coast, so it’s a great time to get a deal and also avoid the crowds. After some research, we booked our stay at Tybee Island Inn Bed and Breakfast. 20160916_151038

The drive in first leads through Savannah, a place neither of us had ever been, and we didn’t spend much time here. I did get some nice photos and will post them in another blog. In Savannah we were introduced to the big beautiful oak trees covered in Spanish Moss. The oak trees actually keep their leaves year round and the Spanish Moss does not harm them at all. It is a happy coexistence.

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The entrance to the B & B.

Fountain

Fountain

Beautiful Oak Tree covered in Spanish Moss

Beautiful Oak Tree covered in Spanish Moss

And there is more, the entrance to this place is wonderful. There is such a great use of space and so many personal sitting areas that several couples can enjoy one on one time in close proximity.

Nice sitting area with umbrella shade to keep the sun at bay.

Nice sitting area with umbrella shade to keep the sun at bay.


Beautiful Tree

Beautiful Tree


This was our favorite sitting spot

This was our favorite sitting spot


View from the swing looking right at the B & B

View from the swing looking right at the B & B


These detailed little touches are all over at Tybee Island Inn B & B.

These detailed little touches are all over at Tybee Island Inn B & B.


Nice sitting area with outdoor curtains on the porch.

Nice sitting area with outdoor curtains on the porch.


A nice outdoor seating area.

A nice outdoor seating area.


After all the beauty outside, I am sure you are wondering what about the inside. I only took pictures of the inside of our room. The inside of the B & B is beautifully decorated with those little touches of detail all over the place. The owners desk is just to the right of the door when you walk in, the dinning area in front of you and a nice sitting area with a fire place to the left. Down the hall to the left is a little kitchenette type area where guest will find a stocked fridge and freezer that has pints of ice cream for guest enjoyments, tea, water and coffee, and a late afternoon snack is presented daily. Great touches that we completely enjoyed. After a long morning and afternoon and some time at the beach (we had to wait for the tide to go out before finding more sea shells), over heated I was very thankful for that ice cream when my husband brought me some and some yummy blondies that were waiting for enjoyment.
blondies and ice cream were wonderful for cooling me down

blondies and ice cream were wonderful for cooling me down


Our room was nice. It had everything we needed. Here are some photos I snapped.
Cute sea shell look. :)

Cute sea shell look. 🙂


Tub with jets.

Tub with jets.


Glow in the dark stars on the ceiling when you 1st enter the room.

Glow in the dark stars on the ceiling when you 1st enter the room.


Our bed.

Our bed.


Love these ceilings

Love these ceilings

Here is a little history on the place.
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Here are some nice pictures taken in the dark while my husband and I enjoyed the swing.
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And here are a few pictures from the sitting area out back, just outside our room.

Sitting area off back porch

Sitting area off back porch


The sun

The sun

We enjoyed our stay. Breakfast was wonderful. It’s a nice place, and so close to the ocean. It was great to be able to walk to the ocean in 5 minutes. You can hear the ocean sitting on the swing. It was so peaceful and wonderful. This was the perfect weekend getaway for the two of us.

If you find yourself wanting to know more, or maybe even want to stay at Tybee Island Bed and Breakfast, please visit their website here tybeeislandinn

East Coast Island Inspired Wind chime

Last fall on a trip to a couple Islands on the East Coast I collected driftwood and sea shells. I have had ideas about crafts I wanted to do with them, but not the time, until now.

I decided that making this beautiful driftwood wind chime would be a good way to get a little crafty.

I picked out the shells that had holes in them already, and then a piece of driftwood.
Then I lined them up to see how I wanted them organized.

Driftwood and sea shells lined up the way desired

Driftwood and sea shells lined up the way desired

Then I grabbed my hemp string that I picked up at a craft store.

Hemp String purchased at craft store

Hemp String purchased at craft store

I tied the string onto the driftwood and pulled the string out longer then I wanted to wind chime to hang so that I had something to work with. I did the same for all four rows.
I then put the sea shells on one at a time (starting at the top) and tied knots to keep the sea shells in place (once completed I did reinforce the knots with some clear Elmer’s glue). I worked one string/row at a time to the bottom.

While working on it

While working on it

This is what it looked like completed. I still had to add the hanger and trim the strings, which I did after the glue dried.
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This is how it looked hanging up.

Finished (other then trim) hanging inside

Finished (other then trim) hanging inside

And here it is hanging on the back porch.

Finished and Hanging Outside

Finished and Hanging Outside

This was a fun project that didn’t take a lot of time, maybe an hour at most. It serves as a lovely reminder of our visit to the East Coast.

What’s been going on and what to look forward to

It’s been a long while since I blogged. This Spring semester was my final semester of school for my associated degree. To fulfill all my credits, I had to take five classes, instead of the usual four for full time status. Online classes are no joke, and no less work, in fact often more work than in person classes. After taking classes in person for four semesters, and then two semesters of online classes, I can say that I much prefer in person classes.

I survived, and I owned it all. I graduated Phi Theta Kappa, with honors. I am so humbly grateful. College has been a wonderful experience. I have intentions to continue my college education, but am taking a semester off.

As far as blogging goes, I have lots of topics and ideas. I just need to sit down and start putting them down and together to share. Of course, there will be food blogs, some stuff about college text books, places, and crafts. Recently I am on a crafting kick. There are some projects I have been wanting to get to, but haven’t had the time. So, I am crafting and documenting so I can blog about that as well.

My husband and I are also working on preparing our house and lives for the summer time we get to spend with our little ones….who are really not so little anymore. Our girl is 12, and our boy is going to be 10 in August. We have some fun plans and intend on making their time with us quality time. It’s possible I will come up with blogs about a thing or two while they are here with us as well.

It’s been a nice little rest since graduation and I really enjoyed getting to spend time with my daughters and granddaughter and other family. Once we got back home I needed some recovery time and could take it. Now I am happily enjoying exploring where life takes me for a little bit.

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful spring and planning a great summer. Keep checking in, I will be blogging again.

Blessings, Peace and Love to all!

2016 Election Hangover

Here is my insight to the results of the 2016 election results. Take this with a grain of salt, and know that my only intention is the help make sense of it all and to replace fear and hate with love and peace….. Always LOVE & PEACE!

This election certainly seems to have divided our country. A candidate winning the popular vote, yet not the electoral vote and therefore the presidency, is always a recipe for some unrest. The race was filled with mud-slinging, hate, fear and lies. Now that the results have come in, many are inclined to be fearful.

The fears I have witnessed being mentioning are based on what Trump is for and against… LBGT, Abortion, Religion, Immigrants and our Climate.

Let me start by reminding everyone that the President of the United State is not a dictator. We live in a democratic republic that was skillfully set up by our Forefathers with checks and balances for this very reason. They didn’t want any one person to have ultimate power. Think back to the presidencies that you have known in your lifetime. How many presidents have been able to get into office and make all, or even half of the changes they promised during their campaign?

For those who may need a refresher on the checks and balances…. Our government is set up with three branches. The legislative branch is made up of Congress, the House and the Senate, and it is their job to make the laws. The judicial branch is the courts, headed by the Supreme Court, who thanks to Marbury v. Madison are the final say as to the Constitutionality of laws. It’s the judicial systems job to interpret and implement the laws. The executive branch is the President, and the people and organizations who work for him, and it is his job to enforce the laws.

That being said, let me remind everyone that Immigrants founded this country and the Constitution was written by Immigrants and protects them to the best of my knowledge. Also, the “wall” that Trump has said he would build is not likely to happen. He may be able to get tougher on immigration in some ways, but remember, the President doesn’t make the laws.

LBGT got a HUGE win when the Supreme Court upheld marriage equality. The Supreme Court gets final say on the Constitutionality of law and what they say goes. They listened to the people and did the right thing. I don’t believe there is a way to take that away.

Abortion—Roe v Wade. That should say it all. Do you recall just last year or earlier this year when Texas tried to get around this and the Supreme Court told them they couldn’t. I am pretty sure we are protected there, too.

Religion—the Constitution of the United States grants FREEDOM of RELIGION. The Constitution isn’t changing. Of the more than 100,000 proposed amendments to the Constitution since 1791, there have only been 17 successful amendments.

Climate change—for this matter, I have to rest my hope in the legislative branch. Another factor is that climate change is real, and happening and we aren’t the only country that knows about it and is trying to do something about it. So it is my greatest hope that part of international relations will be to for the US to continue to find ways to curb climate change. Because I really want for my grandchildren and great grandchildren to still be able to live on this beautiful planet.

 

So I read this article and think maybe you should, too…. It’s not long. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/opinion/election-night-2016/it-is-possible-for-trump-to-bea-good-president

 

I understand the drive and desire for change. I get that people are frustrated with the way our Congress acts, or doesn’t act…. Changes in Government have been long needed. It’s possible that Trump will help shake things up and bring some necessary changes…. All who know me know that I have been speaking out about the Family Court system and the needs for changes there…. Some people think that Trump and some of the newly elected officials will help usher in that change. If that is the case, I will welcome it.

 

Feel what you are feeling, you are entitled to it. I have a headache that feels like a hangover today, and I don’t drink. Just know that you can’t stay in this place…..

We must move on. We cannot stay in fear.

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Here is a great blog post that I think helps….. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2016/11/we-dont-have-time-for-blame.html

 

Now remember that our words and our thoughts are energy and we create our own reality. The first and foremost thing we need to do now and always is to spread and share LOVE and PEACE!

Second, be ready to use your political voice by speaking out, like I am here, on your social media to your friends and family and stranger…. Anyone and everyone, anywhere and everywhere you feel compelled to do so. Ready yourselves to protest if and when necessary, to contact your congress members, your local, state and federal representatives and tell them how you feel. Pay attention, be attentive and be active. Stand up for injustice when you see it happening, fight for what you feel is right, and give the world and those in it all the peace and love that you can give.

Don’t let fear rule you. Don’t focus on the negative. Move through it all.

Focus on hope, love and peace, and what you can do.

Be the light in the darkness. Be the change you want to see in the world.

Spread Peace & Love!