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September Goals

Aug. 31st, 2016 | 07:44 pm

To start:
1. Drink 64 oz of water 1 day AND try to drink 1 bottle everyday
2. Make 5 crafts: make Mama's fall jars

To continue:
1. Take Rylie's monthly photo
2. Get caught up to month 2 in baby book
3. Write Rylie's monthly letter
4. Make an A
5. Complete red journal
6. Try 2 new supper recipes:
Mexican chicken
7. Read 4 books for goodreads project

To finish:
1. Encourage someone to make a list
2. Establish a skin care routine

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Outline for baby book

Jul. 17th, 2016 | 02:29 pm

RYLIE MARIE-name meaning etc
1. Start of 1 month letter to Rylie (about finding out about Rylie)
2. Pregnancy progression pictures, US pictures
3-6. Maternity pictures, cont letter, baby shower pictures?
7-8. Nursery
9-10 Rylie at birth pictures, length, weight, time, birth story, on the day I was born: gas cost, #1 song, #1 movie, weather, footprints
11-12 Rylie with Family: Old Pop, Gran, TiTi, Nana Donna, Papa Bobby, Heather, Katlyn, Hannah, Bella, Ava, w/ Ivy?, Daddy, Mommy
13-14 pictures in first month, milestones
15-16 Newborn pictures
17-18. 1 month pictures, stats, letter to rylie
19.-20 Pictures in second month, milestones
21-22. 1st forth of July
23-24. 2 month pictures, stats, letters
25-26. pictures in third month, milestones
27-28. 3rd month pictures
29-30. pictures in 4th month, milestones
31-32. 4th month pictures,stats, letter
33-34. pictures in 5th month, milestones
35-36. 5th month pictures, stats, letter
37-38. First halloween
39-40. pictures in 6th month, milestones
41-42. First Thanksgiving
43-44. pictures in 7th month, milestones
45-46. 7th month pictures, stats, letters
47-48. First Christmas
49-50. First New Years
51-52 pictures in 8th month, milestones
53-54. 8th month pictures, stats letters
55-56. pictures in 9th month, milestones,
57-58. First Valentine's Day
59-60 9th month pictures, stats, letter
61-62 pictures in 10th month, milestones
63-64 First St Patricks Day
65-66. 10th month pictures, stats, letters
67-68. pictures in 11th month, milestones
69-70 11th month pictures,stats letters
71-72 pictures in 12th month, milestones
73-74 12 month pictures, stats, letters
75-76 All month pictures side by side
77-82 First birthday pictures
83-84 year of Rylie

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Day Zero Project #2

Jun. 25th, 2016 | 02:08 pm

My last Day Zero Project lasted from August 2, 2012-April 30, 2015. I completed 56 goals and started 8 goals, 37 goals were not started. I think that was pretty good, but I hope to do better this time. My project will run from June 25, 2016 to March 23, 2019.

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50 questions to free your mind part 2

Jul. 16th, 2013 | 10:03 am

26.Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
Oh, this one just makes me sad. I'd hate to lose the memories of my childhood, the memories of my grandparents, and the beginning of my relationship, but I guess I'd have to lose my old memories. I (hopefully) have more life left than I have behind me.

27.Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first?
It's possible to believe the truth, but to truly "know" it, I guess not.

28.Has your greatest fear ever come true?
My worst fear would be to lose the people I love the most. So, no, thankfully not. God forbid it every does.

29.Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now?
Five years ago, July of 2008. NO IT DOESN'T MATTER ANYMORE. I was dating around and was probably upset over some guy. A month lady I met my Trav, so no it doesn't matter at all.

30.What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special?
I can't think of one specific memory. Spending time with my grandparents I think. I really miss my Nanny sometimes. Answering these questions make me really nostalgic. I do remember going to Hollywild with my grandpa and getting Peacock feathers off the ground.

31.At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
I guess my graduation from Nursing School. It was just a surreal moment, I guess. It was moving from being dependent on my parents who helped me through college to being responsible for myself.

32.If not now, then when?
Tomorrow, next year. Procrastinators unite!

33.If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?
I'm going after my goals. I start grad school in the fall. What do I have to lose? Free time, lol.

34.Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?
Yes, I remember sitting in the truck with Travis at the beginning of our relationship, and we didn't say anything, but it was lovely.

35.Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?
If you read religious texts, most actually do promote loving your neighbor and peace. It's people using the name of the religion to cause the wars.

36.Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
Sometimes, I have feelings about things that I think are evil. There were some people on the side of the road "protesting religion, and I just had a shiver like they were bad. Otherwise, I don't know. It's hard to tell sometimes who motivates people.

37.If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?
I'd give a notice, so I could come back and work after I get my masters, but yes, yes I would. I'd buy me a house, a couple cars, I'd pay for my education, and I'd travel, etc.

38.Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
More work I'd actually enjoy doing

39.Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?
haha, yes.

40.When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?
It really depends on what it is. I tend to see different sides of things. One of the big times, I can think of was the whole Chick Fil A debacle. I believe that people have the freedom of speech, so he had every right to his opinion, but for people to celebrate the hatred was a little much for me. I just feel like it showed a lack of respect for other people. Whether or not you're okay with gay marriage, at least don't be ruthless.

41.If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
My parents, sister, nieces, grandpa, and boyfriend.

42.Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
What are you talking about I'm already extremely attractive? No, just kidding. I don't want to by famous. I'd like to be very attractive, but definitely not enough to lower my life expectancy.

43.What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
Being alive is going through the motions. Truly living is having new experiences, making a difference, and moving forward.

44.When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?
For me, I usually make big decisions on a whim, so pretty much instantly.

45.If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
We don't want to deal with the consequences the first time obviously. Also, I'm a nurse. I make a mistake and someone could die.

46.What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
I'd let my nerd flag fly without having to explain myself.

47.When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?
Yesterday, when I was exercising.

48.What do you love? Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?
The people I've mentioned and my puppy. I held Major when he was sick two days ago.

49.In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday? What about the day before that? Or the day before that?
I might remember taking the girls to the zoo, which I did a few days ago. I had "RN skills day" a day ago. I might remember that.

50.Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?

I make my own decisions, but I ask for opinions too.

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50 Questions to Free Your Mind

Jul. 14th, 2013 | 06:59 pm

15. What's something you do differently than most people?
Well, I write with my left hand, so that puts me in a minority of 10%, but because of that I also do other strange things. I hold my scissors upside down at times (doesn't work quite as well), and I eat with either hand.

I also taught myself to type, so I type incorrectly and only use the shift key on the left.

Also, by the simple fact that I am a INTP personality type, I just flat out think differently. I use intuition far more than most people do, and I rarely go about things in a systematic order.


16. How come the things that make you happy don't make everyone happy?

This seems pretty...um obvious. People are different, have different personalities. I love my dog. He sleeps beside me and licks my face. Some people don't like dogs. Those people suck.

17. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?

This is terribly sad and a cliché girl thing, but I want to marry my boyfriend. I'm just waiting on him. I don't want a wedding-just to get married.

18. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?

A friend that I have nothing in common with. We have so many differences, and I don't agree with the things she does, but I love her.

19.If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?

State: North Carolina because it's my sister to the north, and I really don't want to move, haha. Colorado if I had to choose somewhere farther because it's beautiful.

Country: Ireland perhaps? That's where I believe my heritage is from, and it looks quite lovely as well. Of course, I've never been ANYWHERE outside of the US besides the Bahamas, so I really don't have much of an opinion.

20.Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?

Typically, I push it once. The elevators at the hospital I work at are sketchy though, so sometimes twice or random buttons for good measure.

21.Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?

Um...I'm much closer to a worried genius, and I think I'd rather choose the known than the unknown.

22.Why are you, you?

I think I'm a combination of my parents in some capacities. I am a combination of my environment and genetics. I believe my thought patterns are probably innate. I've been shaped by my experiences as anyone would be.

23.Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?

Probably not. I'm mean to people I'm closest too. I also don't want to be around random people that often. But I will do what needs to be done for those closest to me.

24.Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?

I'd definitely saying losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you. My best friend is moving back to Texas, but we mostly talk through texts, so we remain good friends.

25.What are you most grateful for?

My family including my animals and Travis.

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Learning about other religions: Project 101

Jun. 30th, 2013 | 07:31 am

1. Islam
Text/Founders/Religious Entities/Followers:  Islam is the belief in one God, "Allah", whose teachings were revealed to the prophet Muhammad and are written in the Quran.

Basic Beliefs:

  1. God is all-knowing, all-powerful, beneficient, and not part of a trinity.

  2. Do not believe that God rested on the seventh day, nor do they believe he plots against mankind, or wrestled with one of his angels.

  3. Believe in some of the prophets in the Christian bible including Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and Jesus.  Although, they do not believe that Jesus is the messiah or the son of God.

  4. Believe in judgment day.

  5. Believe in Al-Qadar or divine predestination.  This is not a belief that humans don't have freewill, but that God knows all that has happened and will happen.

  6. "A man walking along a path felt very thirsty.  Reaching a well, he descended into it, drank his fill, and came up.  Then he saw a dog with its tongue hanging out, trying to lick up mud to quench its thirst.  The man said, “This dog is feeling the same thirst that I felt.”  So he went down into the well again, filled his shoe with water, and gave the dog a drink.  So, God thanked him and forgave his sins.}  The Prophet was asked, “Messenger of God, are we rewarded for kindness towards animals?”  He said: {There is a reward for kindness to every living animal or human."

  7. Five Pillars of Islam: there is one God, pray five times a day, "zakat" or giving 2.5% of a total net worth to the community", fasting during the holy month of Ramadan (the month when the Holy Qur'an was revealed to Muhammad), and the pilgrimage to Makkah, a once in a life time ritual.


2. Buddhism
Text/Founders/Religious Entities/Followers:  Siddhartha Gotama was known as the "Buddha" and became enlightened at the age of 35.

Basic Beliefs:

  1. Buddhism is a way of life in which followers strive to live a moral life, be mindful of thoughts and actions, and develop wisdom.

  2. the Buddha was not a god nor did he claim to be

  3. Buddhists pay respect to the buddha by bowing but do not worship him

  4. It is tolerant of other religions, does not concerned with labels, and believe in moral teachings of other religions.

  5. Four noble truths: life is suffering, suffering is caused by craving and hate, we can achieve happiness by giving up craving useless things and living in the present, and the noble 8-path leads to the end of suffering.

  6. 5 precepts: don't kill anything, don't steal, avoid intoxication, don't lie, and don't be promiscuous.

  7. Karma every action has a reaction.

3. Hindu
Text/Founders/Religious Entities/Followers: Originated in India from around 10,000 BC.    Basic scriptures are known as “Shastras”.  These were composed by saints and sages at different times.

Basic Beliefs:

  1. Believe in reincarnation

  2. It is not just a religion but a way of life that governs everything a person does.

  3. Hindus believe in honesty, non-violence, celibacy, cleanliness, praying, perseverance, and contentment.

  4. One God called “Brahman”.  Also have gods and goddesses numbering in the thousands that represent aspects of the Brahman.  Has a trinity including Brahma (creator), Vishnu (preserver), and Shiva (destroyer).  They also worship spirits, trees, and animals.

  5. Believe in Karma

  6. A being is reincarnated until all karma is resolved and moksha or liberation from this cycle is achieved.  All souls will eventually reach this.

  7. All life is sacred.

  8. No religion teaches one way over others.  All are paths to God.

4. Jainism

Basic Beliefs:


  1. Believe in a cyclic universe.  In the first half, humans’ well-being and lifespan increase.  In the second half, humans’ well-being and lifespan decrease.  We are in the fifth era of the second half.

  2. A “Jina” is a conquerer of worldly passions.  Each human is capable of becoming one.

  3. Those of follow this religion hope to seek Moksha.  Once liberated they are called Siddha’s.  These are blissful souls, purified, and with infinite knowledge.  They are god.  Thus, believe in karma

  4. God is not the creator of the universe, but a liberated soul.

  5. A man’s future is in his hands

  6. Three paths of liberation: right faith, right knowledge, and right conduct.

  7. Five virtures: non-violence, truth, non-stealing, celibacy, non-possession.

  8. Follow six rites daily: meditation, prayer, respect ascetics, repent and confess, non-attachment to the body, and renounce certain activities to discipline one’s self.

  9. Everything is eternal.
5. Mormonism
The Start of the Mormon church: Started in 1820 by Joseph Smith who saw a vision of two celestial beings who claimed all existing churches were wrong, an abomination, and all professors were corrupt.  Joseph was told by the angel Moroni that gold plates could be found with the everlasting gospel that were buried by him and his father, Mormon, 1400 years earlier written in Egyptian hieroglyphics.  Joseph found these along with magical eyeglasses that he used to translate the hieroglyphics into English, which then became the book of Mormon.
Basic Beliefs:


  1. Believe men and women are “gods in embryo”.  No original sin.

  2. Believe that the true church vanished when the apostles died, and Smith restored it with his latter-day saints.

  3. Believe God was once a child and mortal.

  4. Deny Hell.

  5. Some believe in polygamy.

  6. Believe that Jesus is our savior, and believe in the word of the bible.

  7. Believe in modern day saints.

  8. Baptize the dead.

  9. Don’t smoke or drink alcohol.

In researching, I see some conflicting views.  One website states that polygamy is absolutely against Mormon doctrine?

6. Wicca


  1. Believe in the god and goddess.  They go by many names.  “They are everything and nothing at once”

  2. Have respect for nature through recycling, conserving water, and by reducing animal cruelty.  The gods are reflected in nature

  3. All human beings have the right to believe what they want.  A wiccaning is a prayer asking for the goddesss and god to watch over the child.

  4. People are encourage to eat, drink, believe, read, wear, or say what they like.  Don’t distinguish what “bad behavior” is.

  5. Believe everyone is responsible for themselves and don’t blame others for their own problems.  Choices have consequences. Your life is in your hands.

  6. Each person is expected to contribute to the community.

  7. As long as you don’t harm anyone, do what you want.

  8. Believe five elements make up everything: Earth, air, fire, water, and Akasha/spirit.  Believe in eight sabbats or holidays based on the solar system and show the relationship between the Goddess and God.

  9. Celebrate Esbats or coven meetings during the full moons or new moons.

  10. Magick is produced during rituals, spells, chants, blessings, and prayers.  This is using personal energy to cause change.

  11. Believe whatever is sent out will be returned times three.

  12. Reincarnation


7. Scientology

  1. No god figure.  Some believe it is not a religion.

  2. Believe a person is a spirit called a thetan.  Over many centuries, these spirits have forgotten their former existence as gods over MEST: matter, energy, space, and time.  Scientologists seek to return to this state. 

  3. After death, they believe the spirit is taken to an “implant station” where “psychs” erase its memory, it will return to Earth, and inhabit a new body.  Scientologists try to clear a person’s spiritual barriers.

  4. Believe that physical conditions can be fixed and are not allowed to seek medical attention without permission.

  5. Believe that “Body Thetans” are disembodied spirits of aliens from millions of years ago and murdered.  They were implanted with various false memories.  Christianity and Anglo-American society are manifestations of this.  These need to be removed to fix mental and physical problems.


8. Sikhism
Text/Founders/Religious Entities/Followers: “Sikh” means a strong and able disciple.  Most are from India.  Founded by Guru Nanak Dev born in 1469.  After four journeys he preached that religion is a way to unite people, but it has set people against each other.  “There is no Hindu, there is no Muslim, so whose path shall I follow?”  I shall follow the path of God.”  The sacred text is the Adi granth, and they worship in a temple.

Basic Beliefs:


  1. Karma and reincarnation.

  2. Guru Nanak believed salvation does not end in heaven, but absorption into God.  Don’t believe in heaven and hell.

  3. Wear turbans, pray, and meditate regularly by repeating God’s name with rosary beads.

  4. The householder is the ideal of all people.

  5. Aim to balance work, worship, and charity.

  6. Vices: lust, anger, greed, and worldly attachment


9. Jehovah's Witness
Text/Founders/Religious Entities/Followers: Use a bible called the New World Translation regarded by Greek and Hebrew scholars to be very poorly translated.

Basic Beliefs:


  1. Jesus is inferior to God because he is both God and man.

  2. Don’t believe in Hell.  Believe the wicked will be destroyed.

  3. Don’t believe in blood transfusions because of verses in the bible that state we should not eat blood.

  4. No clergy because we should no show partiality to any person or flatter anyone.

  5. 144,000 elect be in heaven and have spirit bodies.  Other good people will live on a restored earth.

  6. Cross rejected as a pagan symbol.  The Watchtower is their symbol.

  7. Only celebrate Christ’s death.  All other religious holidays are of pagan origin..


10. Indigenous African religions

  1. These religions impact the way people live their everyday lives, what they eat, how they farm, do chores, marry, educate children, bury the dead, and treat illnesses.  Religion is present in everyday activities and ritual ceremonies.

  2. Some believe in one God and others believe in multiple gods.  Usually one is the creator.

  3. God is not directly involved in human society.

  4. Believe in the spirit world that are engaged with humans and can act as messengers to God.  Similar to angels.  Good spirits help against illness and misfortune.  Bad spirits bring death and suffering.

  5. Recent dead ancestors continue to engage in the family for years by helping to bring prosperity.  However, if they see things there don’t like, they may withdrawal their protection.

  6. Spirits of the long dead live with God.  Important individuals may stay longer because they are more interested in kingdoms, nations, and communities.  Have great respect for their ancestors.  Food and drink may be offered to ancestors.

  7. Some believe in nature spirits.  For example, some that live in the skin that control the rain.

  8. There are priests, rain-makers, and healers.

  9. Rain-makers communicate through possession to find the cause of draughts, and are then provided by spirits with the remedy.

  10. Illnesses have a spiritual basis, so it needs a spiritual remedy.  There are herbalists and spiritualists/diviners

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Dec. 26th, 2010 | 05:53 pm


What does that mean? I only use lj for communities. If I asked to join your community, and you have an "active journal" policy, please take that into consideration.

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