I am a Gypsy. A Nelipot.
Well, Nelipot is a fictional word describing someone who prefers to go without shoes… likes being barefoot… a pretty accurate description I must say! My Bohemian sense of style, my tendency to pack up and move without much warning or reason, my need to create and decorate… all of these things lend themselves to my gypsy nature. I thrive on earth tones, incense, candles and flowing comfortable clothes (often second hand, shabby chíc and worn looking). There is a high likelihood that I will start my day very slowly. I’ll eventually crawl out of bed (after tossing and turning and trying to steal 5 more minutes of sleep), wander around the kitchen to create some food items, then crawl back in bed to have some devotional time with the Lord. I have things that need to be done, but no real plan on how to do them. They will happen, they always do… I will complete my intended tasks, all in good time (a week is good time, yes?), yet with no rhyme or reason to the procedure at all. Time and it’s confining structure means nothing to me. I often have to ask people for specific and exact times they want to do something, leave for somewhere etc… for if I don’t, I’ll end up being fashionably late or way to early. Tell me something will take a “few hours”… and I see that as an almost infinite amount of time! Tell me I need to be ready in a few minutes… and I’m likely to take 20-30 but only feel that 10 have passed. Oh, and don’t tell me to go West or South…. please! Right and left work just as well.
He is a handsome military issue in the United States Coast Guard.
Barefoot is not something that would describe him. Unless he is sleeping. After the work boots or tennis shoes come off, the flip flops or slippers go on. Being consistently barefoot has a high probability of leading to health issues. You also shouldn’t ever shower in a hotel bathroom or walk on a hotel floor without some protective foot covering. You just never know what you might contract! There is a definite sense of structure and planned intention about his day to day existence. Things are not “willy-nilly” and “go-with-the-flow” very often. His preferred colors are navy blue and green. Brand new and of the best quality, his clothes are tidy and sharp looking. When he wakes up each morning, he steps into his indoor footwear and immediately gets dressed and goes about setting up his breakfast. (Always complete with a giant glob of peanut butter.) He spends time with the Lord in his morning devotions while finishing his cereal or waffles. (Completing two things at once is quite common for him!) His days are planned and strategic. Specific tasks are chosen to be completed in the next 12-14 hour period, and in order to accomplish this goal… time management is an important tool. There is a time to sleep (22:00-05:30), a time to eat, a time to work and run errands, and a time to play or relax. Being a military man gives him very little time to complete the general life tasks that need to be accomplished on his off days, but somehow he always manages to see them done! If you were to ask him the time, he’ll give you military time. If you were to ask him the temperature, he’d tell you in celsius. If you were to ask him a measurement, he’d tell you in centimeters or kilometers. If you were to ask him for directions… well, there is a high probability you’d hear a lot of “North, East, South, West” going on.
These descriptions of my personality and his personality are neither positive nor negative portraits! They are just beautifully different. Different ways of looking at the world and interacting with it in day to day living.
Now, that all being said… here is the most interesting part. Many people would view a union between these two personalities as a disaster waiting to happen. A head on collision that is sure to end in a fiery blast!
When two people of any personality type put God first… it is amazing how HE can use those different personalities to compliment and balance out each other.
Does that mean there will never be frustrations or differences in opinion? No, of course not! But it does mean that having the love of God in your heart makes it 10X easier to extend that love to the people around you, including the person you share your life with. These differences in our personalities have shown us areas that we both need work on, areas that we can assist each other in strengthening or relaxing, and most importantly, it gives us a bigger view of the kind of God we serve.
My “go-with-the-flow”/”whatever-happens-happens” outlook on life has already had plenty of opportunities to relax the driving force that pushes him to work too hard or add extra stress to his life. His “plan-ahead”/”stick-to-itiveness” has given me the extra motivation I need to be less irresponsible with my time and energy, and I’m more likely to get multiple tasks done in a day… rather then taking a week to complete my list of To-Do’s.
To me, life happens. There isn’t much you can do about it. Just accept it, be positive about it, and move on. You can make a negative experience into something easier with smiles, jokes, and a positive outlook. To him, you happen to life. What you do determines what your life will be. Plan it, execute it, and bust through the problems as they arise. There is a tendency toward stress and frustration when things don’t go according to plan or don’t work despite your best efforts. These two aspects of our personality have also had many opportunities to help us balance out our own characters as we go through daily tasks together. I can lighten his mood about a potentially frustrating situation (like fighting with rewiring a brake light on the camper… in the rain), and he can help me realize that just because the weather isn’t ideal for a productive day… doesn’t mean you sit on the couch and veg-out until the sun shows it’s face.
Luckily we are both introverts. He is much less ruled by this fact then I am… but it is comforting that we both enjoy quiet time spent together, rather than one of us needing to be surrounded by people in order to have fun.
We are in love. (AWWWW!!! Yeah… I know… stop it.)
Yes, it’s bubbly and giddy and silly sounding, but it’s true! That being said though, it isn’t the kind of love that makes you stay stupid things in quiet moments. It isn’t the kind of love that makes you feel butterflies in your stomach when you are about to kiss them. It isn’t the kind of love that gives you sweaty palms and poor decision making skills when you’re sitting in a car alone together late at night. Of course we find each other attractive and have to stare a little bit. There are moments when we feel a little tingly and excessively happy just because we get to spend time together… and sometimes even have the overwhelming feeling of, “WOW… and you chose me?”…
We’ve both been in plenty of relationships in the past. Each of them failed miserably, and here we are. Those past relationships have formed parts of who we are and have even instilled some fears in us about the future of relationships in general, and it’s uncertainty.
Real love is the kind that is formed, as stated before, through God’s love living IN us. Through that kind of pure affection, we can put each other’s needs before our own. We WANT to make each other’s lives easier, even if that means going out of our way to do something we don’t particularly enjoy… just so they don’t have to. We sacrifice OUR wants so they will get what THEY want. The best part is… if they truly love you in the same way… they’ll do the same. So no matter how much you give, you are NEVER on the losing end. You never run empty…
This kind of affection leads to loving each other in spite of (and sometimes BECAUSE of) their quirks and different personality traits.
I may start a blog specifically dedicated to being a military wife… as I understand that it has many of it’s own trials and issues, even when both parties have much more blend able personalities!
I guess I’ll consider it…
(Original Post By: Jaymi Heimbuch, “Scientists discover another cause of bee deaths, and it’s really bad news”)
So what is with all the dying bees? Scientists have been trying to discover this for years. Meanwhile, bees keep dropping like… well, you know.
Is it mites? Pesticides? Cell phone towers? What is really at the root? Turns out the real issue really scary, because it is more complex and pervasive than thought.
Scientists had struggled to find the trigger for so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that has wiped out an estimated 10 million beehives, worth $2 billion, over the past six years. Suspects have included pesticides, disease-bearing parasites and poor nutrition. But in a first-of-its-kind study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have identified a witch’s brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen that bees collect to feed their hives. The findings break new ground on why large numbers of bees are dying though they do not identify the specific cause of CCD, where an entire beehive dies at once.
The researchers behind that study in PLOS ONE — Jeffery S. Pettis, Elinor M. Lichtenberg, Michael Andree, Jennie Stitzinger, Robyn Rose, Dennis vanEngelsdorp — collected pollen from hives on the east coast, including cranberry and watermelon crops, and fed it to healthy bees. Those bees had a serious decline in their ability to resist a parasite that causes Colony Collapse Disorder. The pollen they were fed had an average of nine different pesticides and fungicides, though one sample of pollen contained a deadly brew of 21 different chemicals. Further, the researchers discovered that bees that ate pollen with fungicides were three times more likely to be infected by the parasite.
The discovery means that fungicides, thought harmless to bees, is actually a significant part of Colony Collapse Disorder. And that likely means farmers need a whole new set of regulations about how to use fungicides. While neonicotinoids have been linked to mass bee deaths — the same type of chemical at the heart of the massive bumble bee die off in Oregon — this study opens up an entirely new finding that it is more than one group of pesticides, but a combination of many chemicals, which makes the problem far more complex.
And it is not just the types of chemicals used that need to be considered, but also spraying practices. The bees sampled by the authors foraged not from crops, but almost exclusively from weeds and wildflowers, which means bees are more widely exposed to pesticides than thought.
The authors write, “[M]ore attention must be paid to how honey bees are exposed to pesticides outside of the field in which they are placed. We detected 35 different pesticides in the sampled pollen, and found high fungicide loads. The insecticides esfenvalerate and phosmet were at a concentration higher than their median lethal dose in at least one pollen sample. While fungicides are typically seen as fairly safe for honey bees, we found an increased probability of Nosema infection in bees that consumed pollen with a higher fungicide load. Our results highlight a need for research on sub-lethal effects of fungicides and other chemicals that bees placed in an agricultural setting are exposed to.”
While the overarching issue is simple — chemicals used on crops kill bees — the details of the problem are increasingly more complex, including what can be sprayed, where, how, and when to minimize the negative effects on bees and other pollinators while still assisting in crop production. Right now, scientists are still working on discovering the degree to which bees are affected and by what. It will still likely be a long time before solutions are uncovered and put into place. When economics come into play, an outright halt in spraying anything at all anywhere is simply impossible.
Quartz notes, “Bee populations are so low in the US that it now takes 60% of the country’s surviving colonies just to pollinate one California crop, almonds. And that’s not just a west coast problem—California supplies 80% of the world’s almonds, a market worth $4 billion.”
Ants-Be-Gone: Do you have an ant problem, inside or out… This will get rid of them… Save on your time line by hitting share and you will always have for future reference..
- 1 empty water bottle
- (Cut it down to about 2″ tall)
- 5 Tbsp of baking soda
- 5 Tbsp of powdered sugar
- 3 Tbsp of water.
Take a small amount of powdered sugar & mix it with an equal amount of baking soda, the add the water.
Powdered sugar is essential. Do NOT Substitute granulated sugar for this or it will NOT work.
Mix the two powders together and then place small amounts against the walls or other areas where you would not normally walk but where you would normally see the ants.
The ants will be attracted to the sugar and will eat some of it and collect more to take home to feed others, so all of them will get their share.
The sugar and baking soda powders are similar in size and, once mixed together, the ants cannot separate the two items, so, as they eat the sugar, they will also ingest the baking soda, which they would otherwise never touch. This is the reason for using powdered sugar.
Once the ants eat the baking soda it will react with the formic acid in their stomachs and cause gas. The bodies of ants are unlike humans and they cannot eliminate gas so it will build up inside and eliminate them!
Alright, let’s get down to it.
How many times in a day do we get slapped in the face with societies standards of beauty? 300? 3,000?
Sadly, it is much closer to the later number than the former.
Simply put, agony sells.
Yes… I said, agony sells. Let’s unwrap that for a second. There are very few people in this world that consider the concept of “agony” (or pain) as something that is worth experiencing, let alone paying for! Excluding the concept of physical pain, I’m talking about self loathing. (Which can actually manifest itself if physical ways, if not properly recognized and dealt with!)
If the world can make you doubt yourself, they have a much higher potential of being able to sell you a product that promises to raise your self-worth. Diabolical, right? It is!
So, you are exposed to thousands of images and slogans each day that slip right past your consciousness and settle themselves into your mind for future consideration. Giant billboards featuring scantily clad women with unrealistically voluptuous proportions, air brushed skin, wig-like perfect hair do’s and harsh make-up are proudly erected next to each highway and displayed on the sides of city buildings. These types of advertisements are generally selling a product via the “sex-sells” scheme.
Whether it be fast cars, soda-pop, beer, or slots at the casino… it is believed that seeing such images will evoke a need in the unconscious viewer to run out and put money into the advertiser’s pockets. For these advertisers, the idea is to play off of basic stereo types. Namely: a man sees a half naked woman standing next to a giant beer bottle or a fast car and his mind calculates thusly:
- NAKED WOMAN = PLEASURE
- PRODUCT = NAKED WOMAN
- PRODUCT = PLEASURE
(This is something that generally happens on a completely unconscious level and therefore I am not stating that all men are pigs. It is proven that men see the world in a different way, and if this kind of advertising didn’t work to reach them…. companies wouldn’t spend billions using it. End of story.)
Now, in a woman’s brain, an entirely different (and slightly more complicated) calculation is happening over the same advertisement. Whether we just passively glance at such a picture or study it for a period of time, the effect on the mind is generally the same.
- NAKED WOMAN = PRODUCT VALUE
- ADVERTISEMENT = AIMED AT MEN’S LUST
- PREFERENCE OF MEN = BEAUTIFUL NAKED WOMAN
- BEAUTIFUL NAKED WOMAN ≠ PERSONAL NAKED REFLECTION IN MIRROR
(Again, this is a generalized statement that is explaining a basic train of thought. For women however, this train of thought isn’t always unconscious… sometimes it is a very painful awareness.There are also some advertisements that are aimed at men in the same way, though not NEARLY as many. An advertisement for cleaning products that displays a spray tanned, 6’ 5” Romeo with chiseled 6 pack abs and arms that won’t fit in most department store shirts… for example.)
We see enough of these advertisements every day that often they don’t catch anything more then a passing glance. As is the same with all the other billions of other people that see it. So why do companies bother paying BIG bucks to put up such an effort? As stated previously, BECAUSE IT WORKS!
So, there is the agony part. You are convinced that you don’t measure up to the world’s standards of beauty.
Which is honestly a very painful experience for each individual in their own way. Moving from beer and fast cars, lets assume a woman (or even a man) has been negatively effected by such advertisements day after day for years on end… and then we ad the personal beauty product advertisements we are also bombarded with from the moment we open our eyes each morning to the moment we close them each night.
So, after your self esteem has taken a beating through unrealistic standards for human existence,you are shown the products that make bold and enticing claims to produce these unrealistic standards in your life. You’ll have a complexion that rivals even the softest baby butt… thick, silky hair that stays in place during even the most strenuous activities… a size 0 waist line procured by a magic pill that has worked for the 50 testimonials that are “not paid actors”… or for men, another little magic pill (or delicious protein shake) that will cause your body to break out in rock hard muscles in just weeks!
Yes, I find it sad that our world has placed such a high value on unrealistic beauty. Yes, I get a bit upset when confronted with these life standards each day, and YES… it has effected me too! (Still does sometimes if I don’t catch myself!) But, beloved reader, there is something ELSE that I find more devastating. What really saddens me is how simple it actually is to feel good about yourself, yet almost 90% of the population is lost in a sea of self-loathing.
NOTE: I said simple not easy. Not that it is “super hard”… but I wouldn’t ever claim it’s easy either. Have you ever heard the term, “Nothing worth doing is done easily”? I’m sure you have, or some quote to the same tune. If we as a society stopped expecting immediate gratification for minimal effort, we’d see a lot more results towards a happy, healthy life!
Though, the road to weight loss, clear skin, a positive attitude, good sleep and healthy relationships isn’t easy, it is simple!
How is that? Well, let me break it down to you like this: If someone handed you a key to a treasure chest filled with gold and said, “it’s yours!”… that would be pretty simple right?! You didn’t have to spend 60 years running a Fortune-500 company to gain all that loot! Then you find out that while, yes, you have the key… the treasure chest is located on the other side of the world and there are a million different obstacles standing between you and unimaginable wealth. So it is a simple concept, being handed a key to a treasure chest you did nothing to earn… but it isn’t easy to get to, THAT part takes work.
The same concept applies to what I’ve been talking about here!
Health, whether it be mental, physical, or emotional, can be achieved through relatively simple methods… but putting them into practice and not letting your pre-learned self-loathing habits drag you down is what takes the ease out of the process.
So, it isn’t easy, but it is POSSIBLE!
I know it is, because I’ve done it… and am doing it… every day.
We each have a journey to go through! 2 1/2 years ago I was a complete mess. I was an alcoholic, a drug user, and a miserable person in general. Though I still had the same quirky, fun, gypsy personality that I have today… it was shadowed by a self-hatred and depression that I hid from those around me. No matter what weight I lost or gained, no matter whether I had makeup on or not, no matter what my hair looked like… I was always too fat, too ugly, and not interesting enough.
After years of mental negativity, poor relationship choices, disastrous health habits and ever worsening “who cares” outlook on life… I was in a very serious head on collision on the highway. It is a miracle that I even lived, but I also see it as a miracle that such an accident finally opened my eyes to the realization that I was simply a shell of a person, and was slowly losing any deep soul connection with the life I was given!
Here I am, looking into this new year of 2014 and excited about the possibilities it holds! I’ve gained a positive outlook on life, dropped the bad habits and picked up some good habits along the way! I’ve lost some weight as well, 55 lbs. to date. The weight loss is only an awesome side effect of the rest of the amazing lifestyle changes I’ve implemented. The mental stability and positive attitude are the real benefits… because honestly, when you FEEL good about who you are, you LOOK good too! True confidence shines through and attracts people to you on levels that are much deeper then your skin clarity and flashy hair style. Not that the pant sizes I’ve been dropping are to be minimized, I’m thrilled! I have been heavy since I started high school way back when… and it feels great to be getting down to some smaller sizes and in turn, gaining even MORE confidence then I had built through my positive mind set!
I still slip and fall occasionally, I still feel lazy some days and don’t want to go walking, or decide that a sugary snack sounds to tempting to pass up, or look in the mirror and start down the list of all the things I wish were different… but like I said… it’s a journey. An adventure. A personal novel being written on the pages of my existence. Have you ever read a book that was filled with only happy-go-lucky events and perfect outcomes for the main character? If you have, it was probably a pretty boring book. Because it is unrealistic! Children’s books focus on those themes quite often, because children don’t yet know the truths of life. They don’t understand that it isn’t always flowers and puppies and rainbows. (As well they shouldn’t, until the time comes for them. And a loving parent can be there to pick them up and explain that hurts happen.) So, if your life journey is a novel filled with ups and downs…. remember that some of the BEST books out there are like a roller coaster of positive and negative experiences. NO ONE else can live your novel. Only you can!
If you are interested in some tips, tricks, steps, encouragements, or just want someone to discuss the roller coaster of life with… feel free to contact me. That’s the best part about sharing my story, I get to meet others with similar (or sometimes completely different) experiences and we both get to learn and grow just through simply knowing one another!
(Original Post at: http://www.healthyfoodplace.com/perfectly-healthy-green-smoothie/)
To make this super drink you need to go to the green market and buy kiwi, avocado, mango and fresh basil. All of them should be washed thoroughly with water and then you can start with the preparation of the green healthy smoothie. So that all healthy vitamins and minerals to be preserved the ingredients are chopped into small pieces and are put into blender. Afterwards, 250g of spring bottled water is added (500g for two persons) with one small espresso cup of organic aloe vera gel. Everything is blended together for about two minutes.
The perfect blend of nutritive ingredients from all fruits make this smoothie an elixir. The rich source of potassium from the avocado, the vitamin C contained in the kiwi, the vitamin A in the basil and the aloe vera gel make an compact bomb of useful elements for our body and digestive system and that is why it is very healthy, delicious and in the same time kills the hunger attacks.
WASHINGTON – The federal agency overseeing food inspection is imposing new rules reclassifying as safe for human consumption animal carcasses with cancers, tumors and open sores. Federal meat inspectors and consumer groups are protesting the move to classify tumors and open sores as aesthetic problems, which permits the meat to get the government’s purple seal of approval as a wholesome food product. “I don’t want to eat pus from a chicken that has pneumonia. I think it’s gross,” said Wenonah Hauter, director of Public Citizen’s Critical Mass Energy Project. “Most Americans don’t want to eat this sort of contamination in their meals.” Delmer Jones, a federal food inspector for 41 years who lives in Renlap, Ala., said he’s so revolted by the lowering of food wholesomeness standards that he doesn’t buy meat at the supermarket anymore because he doesn’t trust that it is safe to eat. “I eat very little to no meat, but sardines and fish,” said Jones, president of the National Joint Council of Meat Inspection Locals, a union of 7,000 meat inspectors nationwide affiliated with the American Federation of Government Employees. He said he’s trying to get his wife to stop eating meat. “I’ve told her what she’s eating.” The union is battling related Agriculture Department plans to rely on scientific testing of samples of butchered meats to determine the wholesomeness of meat, rather than traditional item-by-item scrutiny by federal inspectors. A 1959 federal law requires inspectors from the Agriculture Department’s Food Inspection and Safety System to inspect all slaughtered animals before they can be sold for human consumption. The Agriculture Department began implementing the new policy as part of a pilot project in 24 slaughter houses last October, and plans to expand the system nationwide covering poultry, beef and pork. The agency this month extended until Aug. 29 the time for the public to comment on the regulations, and won’t issue final rules until after the comments are received. In 1998, the inspections and safety system reclassified an array of animal diseases as being “defects that rarely or never present a direct public health risk” and said “unaffected carcass portions” could be passed on to consumers by cutting out lesions. Among animal diseases the agency said don’t present a health danger are: – Cancer; – A pneumonia of poultry called airsacculitis; – Glandular swellings or lymphomas; – Sores; – Infectious arthritis; – Diseases caused by intestinal worms. In the case of tumors, the guidelines state: “remove localized lesion(s) and pass unaffected carcass portions.” “They just cut off the areas,” said Carol Blake, spokeswoman for the Agriculture Department’s inspection and safety system. But Jones and consumer groups say production lines are moving so fast that they can’t catch all the diseased carcasses, and some are ending up on supermarket shelves. “When I started inspecting, inspectors were looking at 13 birds a minute, then 40, and now it’s 91 birds a minute with three inspectors. You cannot do your job with 91 birds a minute,” Jones said. The Agriculture Department is also experimenting with proposed rules that would require federal food inspectors to monitor what the plant employees are doing, rather than inspecting each carcass individually. They are aimed at bringing a new scientific approach to federal meat inspection to cut down on E. coli bacteria and other contamination. The inspection and safety agency says a survey of pilot plants using the new system concluded that less than 1 percent of the poultry examined at the end of the production line and released for public consumption was unwholesome. At a public hearing on the findings this year, Karen Henderson of Agriculture’s division of field operations admitted that defective carcasses are being approved for human use under the pilot program. “Absolutely. There’s no system that we are aware of that is capable of removing every defect from the process,” she said. Felicia Nestor, director of the Government Accountability Project, a Washington watchdog group, said the pilot project found chickens with higher levels of fecal and other contamination than in traditional methods of inspecting. “A lot of diseased animals are going out,” she said. A. Raymond Randolph, a federal appeals court judge, this month said federal food safety laws require meat and poultry inspectors to examine every carcass that moves through slaughterhouses and processing plants. “The laws clearly contemplate that when inspections are done, it will be federal inspectors, rather than private employees, who will make the critical determination whether a product is adulterated or unadulterated,” he said. “Under the proposed plan, federal inspectors would be inspecting people, not carcasses.”
Absolutely love it!
Having been through many failed relationships, and even calling off a wedding after already having sent out invitations… I can honestly say, I don’t know it all. I don’t have all the answers, but I know for a fact that the Word of God does!
These tips from someone who’s been there are pretty priceless too when given from a Christian perspective!
There’s a blog post that’s recently gone viral, written by a divorced man featuring some really sound advice about marriage (click here to read it). I really have to applaud this guy. It takes guts to stand up and be transparent about your failures. It’s equally as commendable to stand up and say how you’d do things differently.
One thing that his post is lacking, however, is the female perspective. After reading his post, I wanted to take some time and write down some things that I’ve learned in the last ten years. You see – I’m now in my third marriage. When people learn this fact about me, their reaction is usually pretty awkward. It’s almost as if they’re waiting for me to be embarrassed by my admission. While going through two divorces was some of the most painful times of my life, I’d only feel ashamed if…
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