5 Simple Tips For Self-Improvement

Are you looking to develop communication skills, maximize your time or simply feel better about yourself?gerome-viavant-217865.jpgPhoto by Gerome Viavant on Unsplash

If you’re like most people, you have goals you want to achieve. Maybe you want to get better at something. Maybe you want to break a bad habit. There’s almost always an area where you can learn, grow and develop.isaiah-mcclean-412247.jpgPhoto by Isaiah McClean on Unsplash

Self-improvement doesn’t have to be complicated. Consider some of these five simple tips:

Books, newspaper articles, blogs – There’s a wealth of information out there. Pick a topic and research it. Start a book club. Reading and discussion keep you sharp and make for good conversation.

  • Learn a new language.

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Learning a new language can be frustrating and rewarding at the same time. And by learning a new language, you can also learn about a new culture.

Hobbies are an important part of self-care. It’s good to do something that’s just for you. And it can help you manage the stress of everyday life.

Speaker Jim Rohn, said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”  Whether or not you believe this, negative people can bring you down. You’ll always have negative people in your life. But try to avoid them. Instead, surround yourself with positive, supportive people.

Are you carrying around a past hurt? It might be time to let it go. Holding onto these old wounds can keep you from becoming the best version of yourself.

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Daily Inspirations To Inspire Us! 12.25

 

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“Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.”
― Steve MaraboliUnapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Maraboli, S. (2017). Quotes About Christmas (878 quotes). Retrieved December 22, 2017, from https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag?utf8=%E2%9C%93&id=CHRISTMAS

 

Daily Inspirations To Inspire Us! 12.24

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“Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart… filled it, too, with a melody that would last forever. Even though you grew up and found you could never quite bring back the magic feeling of this night, the melody would stay in your heart always – a song for all the years.”
― Bess Streeter AldrichSong of Years

 

Aldrich, B. S. Quotes About Christmas (878 quotes). Retrieved December 22, 2017, from https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/CHRISTMAS?page=5&utf8=%E2%9C%93

 

 

“You Gon’ Learn Today” Trifocals

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I went to pick up my new eyewear today & I learned these are Trifocals. The manager of the Vision Center had to show me how to read with them.

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Trifocals

Trifocal eyeglass lenses have an additional ribbon-shaped lens segment immediately above the near seg for seeing objects in the intermediate zone of vision — approximately 18 to 24 inches away.

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Executive trifocal lens.

This intermediate segment provides 50 percent of the added magnifying power of the near seg, making it perfect for computer use and for seeing your speedometer and other dashboard gauges when driving.

Trifocals are especially helpful for presbyopes over age 50, who have less depth of focus than younger presbyopes, who may still be able to see objects at arm’s length reasonably well through the top part of their bifocals.

As with bifocals, the most popular trifocals have a flat-top (FT) design, with the near and intermediate segments being 28 mm wide.

Some people are reluctant to try trifocals because they are concerned about the appearance of the lenses or are worried that trifocals will be difficult to get used to, since the top line of the intermediate zone is close to the center of the lens. But in fact, most people who try them are very pleased with the added range of vision trifocals provide (compared with bifocals) and the wide field of view they offer for computer use.

Heiting, G., & Shupnick, M. M. (2017, August). Bifocals and Trifocals for Vision Over 40. Retrieved from http://www.allaboutvision.com/over40/segmented.htm

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Daily Inspirations To Inspire Us! 12.18

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“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”

 

― Marilyn Monroe

Monroe, Marilyn. “Quotes About Inspirational (50226 Quotes).” (50226 Quotes), Goodreads Inc, 2017, www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/inspirational.

 

A Day in my Life: The Eye Exam

The Eyeglasses Prescription After Several (I Lost Count) Years

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I had to get an eye exam on yesterday (12/15/17) because the year is coming to an end & I needed to use my Vision Insurance. I know my eyes were bad years ago after having to get the lenses rolled & polished to help with the thickness. I have been wearing glasses since I was in the eighth (8th) grade & now that I am older I felt the need to share the results of my prescription

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After having my eyes examed I asked the doctor had my eyes gotten worse, so he said I will be more than happy to measure your current eyeglasses. OH MY GOD, I really wanted to scream……girl-2584728_1920.jpg because now I have to wear no line bifocials, but hey it’s all apart of my well aging…I’m Antique! Yet well polished to be 45 makhmutova-dina-276123.jpgPhoto by Makhmutova Dina on Unsplash

I am nearsighted (not seeing things in the distance) & I have been since I first started with wearing glasses. This minor infarction formed from sitting too close to the damn T.V. Oh well they have been a part of my everyday life for quite sometimes now & they are a must have.

 

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Now! I am all done, the exam is complete & I was given a copy of my prescription & didn’t have a clue what the numbers or abbreviations on the prescription meant. To be honest I never was interested until now because the numbers didn’t look the same. Asking the doctor would have not broke it down in the terms I need for my clear understanding, so I turned to my friend “Google”

I researched an article on How To Read Your Eyeglass Prescription by Gary Heiting, OD to help me understand my prescription after all these years. I just knew my vision had begun to progress more for my age because I had started looking over my glasses or take them off & bring somethings closer just to read. Damn why did I neglect my eyes all these years. scott-van-daalen-202643.jpgPhoto by Scott Van Daalen on Unsplash

The abbreviations on your prescription maybe different so you can also refer back to the article that I listed above or referenced at the end of this post.

My Prescription:

DIST: (R) SPH -600 CYL -025 AXIS 95

DIST: (L) SPH -575 CYL -050 AXIS 85

ADD: (R) +125

ADD: (L) +125

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Recommend

  • High Index
  • Progressive Lenses

Other: Polish

Breaking Down My Eyeglass Prescription

*Distance (DIST) is the power of the lens the doctor prescribes so I can see things in the distance. This is determined by reading the eye chart in front of you.

*Sphere (SPH) is measured in diopters to get my vision corrected to 20/20. The (-) minus is for nearsightedness (Myopia). When this number is far from zero the correction needed will be greater.

*Cylinder (CYL) is the power in the lenses to correct an astigmetism. The (-) minus or (+) plus sign with this number will aid in determining the lenses prescribed by the doctor.

*AXIS will be a number from 1 to 180 to determine where the cylinder power of the lenses will be located to correct the astigmatism. Cylinder power in the lenses will run asymmetrically appearing in only one meridian  of the lenses. The axis ( I am pretty sure you all have figured it out by now that my progressive lenses will be no line bifocials) is the base of the meridian and contains sphere power located 90 degrees from the meridian where te cylinder power is located.

*ADD this power is magnifying and added to the distance. This restores my nearsightedness because I am an antique adult & therefore can’t escape presbyopia. These numbers are usually the same ranging from +0.75D to +3.00D.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • High Index- literally means thin lenses because they would be coke bottle thick
  • Progressive Lenses- because I am 40 (+) it will offer a younger appearance and they offer so many other advantages.

Other: Polish (rolled & polished) lenses is just a little extra madness so I can remain young & sexy.

My Finances: Crying

The Vision Insurance only paid for one lens basically: WTF

Frame:$60.80

One Lens:$168.00

One Lens:$168.00

Total-$396.80

Taxes-$31.74

Third Party-$169.80 (INSURANCE)

My debit card is offended for $258.74

WOWZERS! I GOTTA SEE

Article Reference:

Heiting, G. OD., (2017, August) How To Read Your Eyeglass Prescription [Web Blog Post]. Retrieved December 16, 2017, from http://www.allaboutvision.com/eyeglasses/eyeglass-prescription.htm

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How Do You Feel During The Holidays?

Emotions…………………………………!

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I really can’t explain how I feel, but at times I feel sort of numb around the holidays. I have been feeling this way for the last past four years. I’m pretty sure it’s because of living in this one room versus living in a fully equipped home or an apartment with my two boys:

DeVonte’ Maurice Abner

Age 25

Vonte

Romero Pierre’ Abner

Age 22

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and my two beautiful

GrandGirls:

Lexi & Zoey

 

This time of the year, I would be planning my feast of different dishes to serve to my love ones. Extremely excited, waiting on the phone calls in the wee-wee hours of the morning because they already knew the appetizers would be prepared & waiting on the first caller.

The smell would be in the air; crockpot’s simmering with mouth watering:

  • Meatballs
  • Cocktail Sausages
  • Rotel & Chips

There would be a variety of flavored drumettes:

  • Hot Wings ( My oldest son’s favorite)
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Honey BBQ

Oh my, & the poor deviled eggs, I would have to prepare them and hide the extra tray in the fridge because they could be easily devoured.

  • Baked Beans
  • Ham
  • Turkey
  • Sausage Dressing
  • Potato Salad
  • Crab Salad
  • Tuna Salad & Crackers
  • Mac & Cheese

When I say a feast, the main courses would literally be in 3 or 4 pans a piece. I wanted to make sure everyone who came through my doors at my home would eat good there & be able to gather a few to-go plates. Or perhaps, just come back the next couple of days.

I was never the cake baker from scratch…LOL, but I would have a couple of Duncan’s & Betty’s in the midst of all these wonderful feastings. The sweet potato pies were just an additional treat.

This is what I really miss during the holidays & it really seems as if it was a lifetime ago. However, there were some great memories created during those times that I will never forget.

Inspiration

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To keep myself inspired I simply keep smiling & say I’m retired. Ms Flo3.jpg

I actually consider myself retired from numerous things of my past, but perhaps that can be another blog post.

Always Remembering Ashlee Abner & LaShundra Croskey

R.I.P

Until The Next Post Be Inspired_Ms. Flo

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The Benefits of Scheduling My Posts

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When I started this blog I had no idea it would come this far. However, scheduling can be a task when you have a full-time job. There are also other things in life that can take place that you have no control over. Let’s take today for a prime example! I had nothing scheduled because I was in the bed after I got off work early Friday feeling like crap. I have a cold that has been trying to get the best of me. Luckily, here I am right now trying to maintain my scheduIe I had set out for myself. First, I think with me still being New To Blogging! I should have stayed away from having a post available for everyday of the week. But, hey I am learning so much about blogging & always keep a notebook & a pen.

planning-2573116.pngWhat the hell, I really loved the challenge I set for myself. Being on a schedule gave me time to organize my emails so I can be totally be engaged with other readers. My emails for blogging initially started out with folders labeled:

  1. Bloggers New Comments (allows me to see new readers when they comment on blogs like Dream Big, Dream Often & Damn, Girl Get Your Shit Together & the comments left for To Inspire Us!
  2. Bloggers New Post (300+)
  3. Liked Post (readers that liked my post)
  4. Liked Comments (readers that liked comments I left)

Since the bloggers new post generates the most traffic, I decided to give everyone I am engaged with their own folder. This is a way for me to be a real reader of new post, like, comment & share to my other social media platforms. With that being said, I would love to continue to be on a schedule, but I am not sure if it will be everyday of the week. Although I must admit it has been quite fun as well as challenging.

Scheduled post also allowed me to take care of myself with this minor chest cold with:

  • Lipton Greentea Orange Passionfruit Jasmine (hot) with a honey lemon cough drop, a little sweetner, & a cap of liquor
  • Vicks Vapor Rub
  • Day & Nighttime Severe tablets

I really felt obligated to myself as well as my readers in the community to maintain my schedule. Y’all be blessed & take good care of yourselves in this weather.

How Do You Schedule or Plan Your Post? Please Feel Free To Share in the Comments

Until the next post be inspired_Ms. Flo

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25 More Letters To Use If Plan A Didn’t Work

If plan A didn’t work for you, the goal is to remember that there are 25 more letters in the alphabet that can be used to encourage your plans. EmilysQuotes.Com-plan-change-goal-inspirational-attitude-unknown-great

  1. B-Balance: distribute the weight of life so you can remain upright & steady for control of whatever may come your way…

    Balance

  2. C-Courage: a quality in all of us that will enable us to face all difficulties with bravery…courage

  3. D-Determination: When a decision is made there is no stopping us. Once there is purpose it will be established…determination

  4. E-Enthusiasmenthusiasm

  5. F-Fight: The only coping mechanism we have for ourselves…we refuse to GIVE Up!fight

  6. G-Goals: We can achieve what we aim for…goals

  7. H-Heartheart

  8. I-Imagination: be creative or resourceful when you’re creating new ideas imagination

  9. J-Journey: Just start & trust the process; The key is patient! journey

  10. K-Kindness: be generous & considerate of others you never know what people are going through kindness3

  11. L-Love: love

  12. M-Maintain: remain on a steady pace; keep up; keep going maintain

  13. N-Network: To Inspire Us On WordPress ToInspireUs on Facebook Twitter Tweets   Pinterest Pins Follow on Instagram

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  14. O-Objective: whatever you aim for in life give it your all; set your goals & work them objective-key-result

  15. P-Passion: this is a very strong emotion that can barely be controlled, so find your passion & live it passion-success

  16. Q-Quality: strive for excellence while pursuing your journey quality

  17. R-Reading: I want to share a few of the blogs I follow because reading is the key essential for us in our everyday learning. So if you love to read please feel free to stop by & check them out for yourself …Just Nita Life With LaToya Tashnee.V.Mavee K E Garland A Thomas Point of View To Inspire Us Damn, Girl Alice Wake Up City Make Up Loft The Little Mermaid  

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  18. S-Schedule: get on point with a detailed written to do list schedule

  19. T-Thoughtful: Don’t forget other people! You should always want to do for others what you would want done for yourself thoughtful-quote-1

  20. U-Unique: Just be YOURSELF…It’s just that simple unique

  21. V-Versatile: be able to adapt to your environment versatile-text

  22. W-Whole: always give yourself all of you. It’s not selfish! It allows growth whole

  23. x– Is just one of those letters in the alphabet that is a loner. If you know any words that begin with the letter X please feel free to leave them in the comment below. It will be very interesting to see what you will come up with.

  24. Y-Yourself yourself

  25. Z-Zesty: be fun & exciting zesty

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