It’s Sinkhole de Mayo Day! Wait, What?!?

Actually, that sounds like a scary day to be a Floridian. A day dedicated to our sworn enemies, the sinkhole, and a..what? Um, no thank you! Ohhhh… you said Cinco de Mayo. My bad. I remember what that is all about other than tacos and, gulp, some Corona.

Actually, folks, May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) is the date used to observe the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla, and has also become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. Cinco de Mayo, however is sometimes mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day, which is September 16.

And then, the stars aligned…Cinco de Mayo this year falls on a Taco Tuesday, that happens to also be a Takeout Tuesday. So, my friends, if there has been a time to go a pick up some yummy tacos from your favorite taco joint, this is it. Oh, and did I also mention it’s Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday is a world wide generosity movement, empowering people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. A few ideas to participate in Giving Tuesday include volunteering, becoming an advocate, donating money or goods, practicing acts of kindness (which by the way, you can and should do everyday!) and donating your talent.

Personally, I think the concept of Giving Tuesday should be applied to everyday. Why not practice acts of kindness all the time, I mean shouldn’t we treat others the way we want to be treated? And advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves, ummm, duh, no brainer. Volunteering, check. Well, you get the idea.

However you spend the day, I hope it’s fatabulous (and filled with yummy tacos 😉

May is Mental Health Awareness Month…Awareness Month? What exactly does “Awareness Month” mean, though, right? Well, it means to gain knowledge and information about how important our mental health is, to end the stigma on mental health, and to support those who have mental health disorders.

What is Stigma?

People who experience mental health conditions often face discrimination, bullying and rejection. This makes the journey to recovery that much more difficult. Stigma means someone views another with disgrace, bringing shame that feels like the person is being judged. Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame and secrecy that stigma causes creates huge challenges in reaching out, getting support, and living well. Learning how to cope and address stigma is important for all of us.

Mental Health Facts

  • 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. lives with a mental health condition.
  • 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in the U.S. lives with a serious mental illness.
  • 47.5 million people in the U.S. face the day-to-day reality of living with a mental illness.
  • Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24, but early intervention programs can help.
  • 90% of those who die by suicide have shown symptoms of an underlying mental illness. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., but suicide is preventable.

Just Writing

I love writing. It’s a wonderful way to.get your thoughts, emotions and ideas out your mind without having to speak them to someone else. No one has see what you write, or you can make a blog and post your writing for every to see. And obviously, I’m the latter. And here of late, I have become more honest and blunt about my feelings (sorry if my opinion offends you, but I am entitled to it, just you are yours). Anywho, as I’ve created this wonderful blog recently I’ve had a serious case of writer’s block trying to make the Welcome and About sections. So, instead of sitting on an empty blog because I’m having trouble with a few paragraphs on the static pages, let’s get this party started!

BPOTD (Blog Post of the Day)

Current situation – It’s 2040 and I’m sitting next to my son on his bed. He is insistent I accompany him until he falls asleep at night, every night. And I am typically OK with this, but sometimes, a mom needs a break, even from just sitting on a bed listening to her toddler chatter on about this and that until he nods off into dreamland. Because sometimes, that chatter, and fidgeting can last for well over an hour.

Meanwhile. in my infinite wisdom, I’ve decided to pen a book. Not just any book, but a book about my life, my experiences, and my family. I haven’t decided what style I am going to use when I get to writing the actual book yet, but I’m pretty sure sarcasm will be laced in there with some humor. For my first pre writing exercise, I purchased a book called I Lived This; a workbook with prompts and things to help you write out your life story.

Hello, Sunshine!

Well, it’s certainly been a minute since I last posted, hasn’t it?!? Life has been busy, busy, as usual, and poor POMH took to the back burner.

Here’s my renewed pledge to writing more often – I absolutely love writing blog posts and miss doing so. I look forward to writing and sharing more in the future with you!

Back to the books!

As I may have mentioned before, Daddy Shawn has been working towards his Bachelor’s Degree, enrolled part-time to Aspen University’s online program. He’s getting pretty close to achieving his goal of a degree, and I’m super-proud of him and all his hard work. However, sitting on the sidelines, watching him do such a good job, has been a little depressing for me. And I think that’s only because I’m a lover of learning, and always enjoyed continuing my education — in most any way possible.

So, what else was there to do but to enroll, myself!?! At the turn of the new year, I enrolled at Ashworth College. I chose this online college because I really liked its at-your-own-pace courses and economical price per credit (both very important for a busy Momma, you know!) …

I’ve been taking those ever-so-important-but-maybe-a-little-boring prerequisite classes to start, while my old transcripts were mailed and processed. I managed to complete the intro courses Achieving Academic Success and Introduction to Computers (which both, by the way, were not required classes when I was in college…)And finally, after a month of waiting, my transcripts were processed, and *BOOM* just like that, I went from 5% to a whopping 44% of my Program complete and well on my way to that Bachelor’s Degree, already!

And what Program is that, you ask? Well I have my Associates Degree in General Studies, and since I enjoy learning about so many different things, I decided to to keep the General Studies major. Doing this will allow me to pursue studies in several areas, while still working towards a degree.

So right now, I am taking two courses: Social Impact of Technology and Business Analysis. Both are prerequisites I have to take, however, I have found the Social Impact of Technology to be very interesting and intriguing.

Keep the love of learning alive, my friends!

Wowza! It’s Been Over a Month?!?

Seems like about forever and a day since I last wrote a post. Sorry about that…life is life.. as you well understand, sometimes things family life gets a little hectic and time just goes by way too fast!

Indeed, time flies when you’re having fun! But there’s so much to write about, so much good stuff! So, be ready, lots of posts coming your way soon! Wahoooooooo!