Time to Reprogram Your Mind


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By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

You must learn to reprogram your mind, whenever you are fighting to regain control of your life from active addiction. You must remember that you always attract the same energy that you give off to other people. If you are a negative person, then you will magnetically attract negative people in your life. However, when you change the way you think, you will begin to attract positive people in your life.

Many times, you have to walk away from the old friends, in order to make a new life for yourself. Don’t be afraid to change your surroundings, because you will find that better things are waiting for you, once you let go of the negative things in your mind and life that are holding you back. Changing your mindset will allow you to meet new people and land life changing opportunities, which can actually change your entire life.

You will find that being around positive people and thinking about positive things is so much easier than stressing or obsessing about the negative in your life. Create a journal and write down all the positive things in your life every single morning and night. Stay focused on those positive things in your life, in order to continue attracting positive things in your life.

If you begin to think negatively, stop and reprogram your mind immediately! Never let the intrusive negative thoughts overwhelm your mind, since these thoughts can cause you to relapse and you may not make it out of active addiction this time. Always look for the positive things in your life, because they will help you stay focus and give you countless reasons to love your life.

Positive attracts positive, but negative attracts negative. Always remember that!

Copyright 2019

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Hobbies Are Vital…


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By, Crystal S. Kauffman

There are other things to do to take your mind off things. You need to find people who enjoy the same hobbies that you do. However, you could also learn new obvious that your new friends like.

There are things like fishing, boating, bowling, mudding, racing, horseback riding, and so much more. Look for new things to do, instead of sitting at home and staying stuck inside your own head.

You can find things that do not include other people or a lot of money. However, you may find something that may interest you need to take time to explore new things you and your friends that you have made since you turned your life around.

Never allow anyone to make you feel like there is nothing to do now that you are sober and in recovery. A new life has just begun for you and you should explore new hobbies and friends who live a clean life.

You can make friends at local AA or NA groups, as well as local online groups. Don’t give up on making new friends or new hobbies, just because you’re having a setback at the moment.

Take time to learn from every setback and every new obstacle that you may encounter on your journey. You have the power to change your life, once you’re beaten your demons and have entered recovery.

Look around online for new forms of exercise like: CrossFit, yoga, Pilates, and martial arts to name a few. This new routine of exercising will help you avoid gaining weight once you slay your demons and become sober. Furthermore, Stress can also be managed by creating a regular release system through exercise or new hobbies.

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On The Road to Recovery


Ok, everything you; once loved or cared about is gone! Are you going to lay in bed and cry, while the rest of the world moves on without you? Sometimes, through our bad choices in life we become toxic to others and they decide to remove themselves from our lives to save their own sanity, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t love you anymore.

It just means, you need to focus on making better choices and rebuilding a lifestyle that others can accept. Start, by figuring out “WHO YOU TRULY ARE!” underneath the pain and shame, that covers your heart like a thick winter coat. You have you to peel back each layer of guilt, in order to find the frightened child that you abandoned so long ago.

Now, you will need to make two notebooks with simple section dividers and papers. Make each each notebook a different color and keep them near your sitting area, because you will be writing in them a lot. Look in your kitchen cabinet for a simple coffee cup to place a couple pens in, just in case you have a thought and you need to find a pen quickly.

Start, by setting daily goals in one notebook like: remembering to take your medicine or cleaning your house. Write stuff that can be achieved from the time that the sun rises in the morning until the sun sets in the evening. Next, you will create weekly goals, monthly goals, and yearly goals. Then, use your second notebook to begin in journaling your thoughts like in a journal or diary.

Unfortunately, you have to accept that your life has violently changed and that it will never be the same as it was. Your spouse or children may never comeback, but if you feel lonely and depressed all the time. Look into adopting a pet from a local shelter that needs you, but are you a cat or a dog person. Yes, there is a major difference, since a cat requires little care and a dog requires constant supervision.

However, you must be a responsible person to own a pet, because they are like children and do require daily care. You can go to an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or (NA) Narcotic Anonymous meetings or church, in order to find friends that will support you on your journey to recovery. Don’t discouraged if you fail, because your loved one will notice that you are at least out there trying to change.

Whatever you do, just do ii! The hardest step is the first one and each step gets easier as long as you are moving. Find out what your problem and seek treatment, while creating new friends and new places to hang out. Don’t go back to what broke you and don’t invite more drama into your life.

(c) 2019, Crystal S. Kauffman

PS: I am not a Licensed Therapist! Based on my Personal Experience.

How to Build a Freelance Writing Career


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Are you a new and struggling freelance writer, who is looking for a way to make a living with your creative talent? Do you have a computer with a word processing program, a smart phone, and access to the internet? Have you already created a portfolio online and offline, in order to send to or show potential clients? Make sure that your portfolio has a current picture of you, a biography, and all the links or copies of the articles that has been published.

Include your best writing samples, in order to showcase your freelance work that has not been published online or offline. One way, to build your portfolio is to submit or pitch your articles to blog owners or website owners. You can also build a personal blog and publish your writing on your very own blogging platforms like WordPress, Weebly, or Blogger. There are websites that will allow you to join their website community and you may be able to find clients that need your freelance services.

Next, start searching the internet for freelance job listings or databases, which will allow you to register and apply for freelance work. Here are a couple websites to get you started on your freelancing journey, so check out www.upwork.com and www.freelancer.com. However, be sure to check out each new website that offers writing for cash with the Better Business Bureau first. This way, you can avoid being scammed by companies that charge you a monthly fee and never find you any work.

So, look into the community or database that you plan to join and avoid the frustration, which most young writers endure. But, you also visit the library or local bookstore, in order to find books that list the current freelance markets that are available. Additionally, there are blogs and websites that are devoted to listing information about magazines and blogs that are looking for current submissions. Before submitting anything, read each listing carefully and follow the websites guidelines or special needs of each editor.

Finally, submit an article to the local newspaper office or submit it online with a copy of your resume and several different writing samples. Submit articles that will capture an editor’s eye and his interest, so you will have a better chance of being selected for future assignments. Remember to connect with other writers and ask them ask about their favorite writing sites, in order to keep up with the growing profession of freelance writing.

Copyrighted by, Crystal S. Kauffman, 2018

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Book Review: The Path of the Child


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

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Book Review: The Path of the Child

Written by, Sojourner McConnell

The author Sojourner McConnell wrote a fantastic story about a girl named Melonie Easton. Throughout the story the author gives you a deeper glimpse into the child’s life. The child was a lonely child, who felt unloved and unwanted. As Melonie got older she began drowning herself into learning new things at school and through reading. As she becomes a teen, her life begins to change in many different ways. She makes a friend and they become close, during a period of new beginnings and tragic loss.

This story is well written and provokes deep emotions that allow you to connect with each of the characters in the story. This author has brought the story and its characters to life in this book. Ms. McConnell has done a fantastic job in making her characters memorable. I actually look forward to reading more books that are written by this author.

Take a moment to read this book yourself, because you won’t be disappointed!

Fantastic book.

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Hello Again…Updates


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©Crystal S. Kauffman Author/Poet/ Songwriter

I haven’t been writing lately, due to unforeseen circumstances in my life. I am back and writing when I can, between the many real life obligations I have. I hope everyone has been well and I pray that each person has experienced many blessings over the time I have been away. My latest blessing was given to me on June 1st, 2016, when I was able to rent to own my own place. I am so thankful to those special people who helped me during my transition. You know who you are!

Update on my Novel

My novel Ana’s Stand was supposed to be republished, however my computer got broke and I have not found someone to get the file off my computer. I am working on this situation and writing in my other books as well. I am doing reviews and starting to write articles again. Please take a moment to look at my new work and tell a friend. I am looking forward to earning my place in the writing world…one story at a time!

Update on Momma

My mom is doing well at her new home, but she needs prayer and so do I. She is getting used to the Rehabilitation center and is slowly gaining her strength back. She will be in the nursing home until she is able to fully care for herself again. My mom has been coloring and getting to know her new roommates, who are really nice as well. Her nurses love her and she seems to be flourishing, which warms my heart because it was tough to let her go.

Please keep us in your prayers,

Crystal K.

His Kiss


By, Lilly Maxwell, Guest Blogger

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He hugged me,

Came closer and kissed me.

He kissed me in the most passionate way,

I’ve ever been kissed I felt my mind go blank.

My stomach went to knots,

My heart was pounding against my chest.

I loved the feeling and I never wanted it to stop,

I really like him and I know he likes me too.

 

©Lilly Maxwell

 

Afraid to Love Again


By, Lilly Maxwell, Guest Blogger

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Love left my heart,

I hated being alone and torn apart.

I cried each night and people didn’t know,

Then, I saw him.

Love was slowly creeping back in,

I’m afraid to let it in.

I’m afraid of getting left behind again.

I’ve been hurt so much.

I’m afraid to love again,

He’s my best friend .

I want to let him in.

But I’m afraid,

I’ll get left again.

©Lilly Maxwell, 2016

The Boy Who Has My Heart


By, Lilly Maxwell, Guest Blogger

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He was my only friend in 5th grade,

It’s almost six years later.

We are still best friends, 

He’s been there for me through thick and thin.

He’s picked me up when I was down,

I love him and I know he loves me too.

I’ve always been his,

Even when I didn’t think I was.

He’s the boy who has my heart,

I have his!

©2016, Lilly Maxwell

My Song Demo…Be a Critic!


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©Crystal S. Kauffman Author/Poet/ Songwriter

I am need of assistance from my many friends and readers. I am entering a contest, as well submitting my song (I wrote the lyrics and came up with melody) to different places. I need brutally honest opinions about my song, because I want to see how people feel about it. I privately messaged some people. Thank you to all who take a moment of their time to listen to my song and comment. I have five days to enter the contest with a huge prize. Thank you again for your help.

My song is called Missing Heartbeat

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