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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 3 National Widows Day

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 12:00 AM 0 comments
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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 700,000 women lose their husbands each year and will be widows for an average of 14 years. And 259 million widows suffer in silence worldwide over the loss of a loved one. It’s true that losing a spouse is one of life’s most devastating events; in fact, The University of Glasgow conducted a study that shows 30 percent of women have an elevated risk of death in the first six months after their spouse dies. Sometimes, there is nothing a widow needs more than the reassuring voice of someone who has been down this path before. 

The Journey From Grief To Gratitude
By Joanne Fink 

Everyone’s grief journey is different… and the ability to emerge with your soul intact is dependent upon your willingness to do the excruciatingly difficult work that grieving requires. It is a long and lonely process, and no-one can accept the reality of YOUR loss for YOU… it is something that you must do for yourself. One of the things I’ve learned on my journey is that love is a force so powerful that it transcends death.

Andy and I met at the end of my freshman year in college. I was immediately attracted to his keen intelligence, wickedly ‘punny’ sense of humor, and his deep, sonorous ‘radio-announcer’s’ voice. Our skill sets were complementary; I am a big-picture person while Andy was detail-oriented. He was inherently introverted and innately technical, while I am creative by nature. We shared a love of literature, musical theater and a dedication to making a difference in the world. 

In August, 2011, two days before our son’s twelfth birthday, nine days before our daughter turned seventeen, Andy had a heart attack and died in his sleep. In a very real sense my life ended when he died, because without him I couldn’t return to the life we shared. In the blink of an eye I lost my husband, best friend, business partner, IT and finance director and most devastatingly, my children’s father. Although I spent the entire first week thanking God that Andy didn’t suffer, and that he didn’t die on our son’s birthday, I was too shell-shocked to really understand the magnitude of what had happened. 

Profound loss–by which I mean the loss of a spouse, child or custodial parent–changes you: I call it ‘crossing the great divide.’ Once you have crossed, and have been forged in the fire of grief, your life is permanently changed in inexplicable ways. If you have ever lost someone, I know you ‘get it.’ If your loss is recent, please know that eventually the good days will outnumber the bad ones.

Grief does not follow a linear timeframe… nor will it consent to be neatly folded up in a suitcase and gotten out when you feel like it. Especially early on in what I call ‘the grief journey,’ grief has a mind of its own, and can sneak up on you with incredible ferocity when you are least expecting it. My journey from grief to gratitude is ongoing. Even after five years there remain days when I am profoundly dysfunctional; the days that I feel overwhelmed by life’s events are when I most miss Andy. I savor the memory of our life together; our 29+ years we shared continue to impact and influence my life today.

More than anything Andy delighted in being a Dad; he was a wonderful, caring, involved father, and I miss him as co-parent more than in any other capacity. Although it isn’t easy, I try to think about what he would recommend in any given situation, and to take that into account when making parental decisions. Both of our children have grown into hard-working, compassionate individuals, and I know he would be incredibly proud of them. They are his living legacy.

Grieving is like embarking upon a journey to an unknown destination, against your will, without any idea of how long it will take or what you will find once you get there. In the beginning it is a full time job, and can take every ounce of determination you can muster just to get through the day. At first you may just keep putting one foot in front of the other because you don’t know what else to do. After a while, as you start to regain your equilibrium and work through your grief, you may discover an inner strength and resiliency that surprises you. 

When your world is shattered by loss, you wonder how you can pick up the broken pieces and glue them back together… part of the journey from grief to gratitude is the gradual, heartbreaking realization that you can’t. But as you continue your journey, you can learn to build a new life founded on the love and cherished memories you hold in your heart.

Joanne Fink is an award-winning designer, calligrapher, and author. Her forthcoming book When You Lose Someone You Love (CompanionHouse Press) offers a healing connection with all who are dealing with one of life’s most challenging times and will be available later this year. Learn more about Joanne’s books and journey at www.zenspirations.com.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Challenger Sports - British Soccer Camps

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 5:15 AM 0 comments
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In addition to teaching new skills and improving game performance, each British Soccer Camp provides lessons in character development, cultural education and is the most fun your child can have learning the sport they love!


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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Smit Co

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SmitCo also has several different diaries with lock and keys and diary sets for girls, as well as several different temporary tattoos sets to provide hours of fun. A huge hit is the Emoji themed nail art sets - we have a larger and smaller set and both are equally popular. All these items are packed in quality packaging. 


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Saturday, November 5, 2016

HICKIES - No Tie Elastic Shoelaces

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

$ave 30% Off Pre-Lit #Christmas #Trees

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Support the Dragon Master Foundation! #RevlonMillion #FiredUp4Cancer, #cancer

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 2:48 PM 0 comments
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The Dragon Master Foundation was founded by Amanda Haddock in honor of her son, David, who passed away from brain cancer at the age of 18. Their goal is to develop a large-scale database that will house molecular, genetic, clinical and environmental data. By giving researchers free access to the database, the foundation empowers all researchers and institutions to collaborate on finding a cure to cancer.
Help the Dragon Master Foundation raise funds for the Revlon Love is On, Million Dollar Challenge. If we raise $50,000 by October 5th, the foundation will be able to pitch a partnership idea to the executives at Revlon. 
Learn more about the Dragon Master Foundation at their website.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Natural Balance Celebrates National Guide Dog Month With the Top Human-Canine Teams Who Make Us Believe #guidedogmonth #spon @naturalbalance

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 1:12 PM 0 comments
Disclosure: I received an assortment of doggie products from Natural Balance in exchange for posting the below information om my blog. However, all opinions are my own. work in the middle of Times
—it’s her everyday life

Source: Guide Dogs for the Blind 
Have you ever seen a visually impaired person in public and didn't know how to react, or felt awkward? Have you ever wondered what it's like to 'see' through the eyes of their guide dog? I know I have.
 
September is National Guide Dog Month, so I decided to learn more about what it might be like for people who are blind or visually impaired.
 
I'm partnering with Natural Balance (the maker of premium-quality pet food) and Guide Dogs for the Blind (a non-profit charitable organization that raises and trains exceptional guide dogs to serve the blind and visually impaired) to recognize the 'Top Human-Canine Teams Who Make Us Believe.'
 
These nine teams are outstanding examples of the amazing partnerships possible between humans and canines. I was particularly inspired by Ashleigh and his guide dog Yuri, and I want to share their story with you:

Imagine, for a brief moment, what it would be like to work in the middle of Times Square in New York City. Imagine weaving through the large crowds, the bustling commotion, and the pulsing energy at every corner. Now, imagine trying to do this without your eyesight. For Ashleigh Hertzig, this is not just an imaginary scenario—it’s her everyday life.

Visually impaired since birth, Ashleigh used a cane to get around for years—but found that it became increasingly difficult to be mobile during the wintertime due to dangerous patches of ice on the pavement. These harsh winter conditions—combined with encouragement from her family—got her to consider the possibility of a guide dog.

Ashleigh grew up terrified of dogs, but as she began researching Guide Dogs for the Blind, she felt that their positive reinforcement philosophy matched her personal beliefs and values. So she took a leap of faith. When Yuri—a Guide Dogs for the Blind-trained yellow Lab—first walked into her life, Ashleigh remembers he was so excited that he couldn’t stop sneezing. Now, over two years later, they’re so connected that she can’t imagine life without him.

“Being paired with Yuri has changed my life in so many ways. In addition to being my eyes, keeping me safe, and giving me independence, he has also become my best friend—and is constantly by my side,” says Ashleigh. Without Yuri, Ashleigh may have never developed the confidence and independence needed to fulfill her dream of living and working in New York City. She is now able to navigate the city’s fast-paced subway system every day, feeling fully safe and cared for.


As Ashleigh's story shows, in addition to providing enhanced mobility, guide dogs can also be a social bridge, opening a world of possibilities for friendship and human connection. 
 
To help people like Ashleigh thrive, please consider donating to Guide Dogs to the Blind. Once there, you can also read about the eight other amazing human-canine teams. There's no better time than National Guide Dog Month to show your support for these incredible people and their four-legged superheroes.

To those like Ashleigh, dogs are much more than companions, they are life-giving. Just like the bond Ashleigh has with Yuri, my bound with my little dogs Bama and Little Girl is love without boundaries. 
 
Do you have a special bond with your pet? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Source:Guide Dogs for the Blind 


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