Lifestyle

Smoking is a nasty, highly addictive habit that is quite difficult to quit. What’s more, people who smoke know that it is bad for their health and still can’t quit. This is so because cigarettes contain nicotine, which acts as a stimulant. However, even though it sounds impossible, it is in fact possible to quit smoking. What you need is to see and analyze the smoking and quitting experiences of some people and try to apply them to yourself. Most people agree on a few important things – you need to have support, you need to be motivated and have strong willpower. These things are crucial, and I had realized how important these were only when I decided to leave this disgusting habit behind me. The following pieces of advice are for those people who want to quit so badly...
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I’m lying awake in bed, it’s pitch black, and my brain is in over drive It happens from time to time. Some of the things I’ve experienced weigh on my mind and I have trouble trying to figure out what it all means, if it means anything at all. So I thought I would write it down. A friend of mine who unfortunately isn’t here anymore told me that when he put pen to paper about his emotions and experiences it helped him make sense of the inexplicable things in his life. This is what I’m going to try to do. 2014 I had been drinking very excessively. It started, as most mistakes do with ignorance. I never understood how someone could become so dependent on a liquid, it just didn’t make any sense to me at all. I had, as with most of the population, given in to the misconceptions of...
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Irregular Periods It is very essential to get periods on time for overall reproductive health. Here any deviance from expected arrival of period is a major concern for any woman. It may trigger problems in getting pregnant and it may give rise to other health issues. It can make you emotionally vulnerable and you may develop low self-confidence because you start questioning your ability to give birth of a baby . So, you should not ignore this health problem if you are already suffering from this. What is an irregular period? Normal menstrual flow comes within every 21 to 35 days. Any deviation from this time period can be considered as an irregular period , like, if you get a period more frequently like before the gap of 21 days or you wait more than 35 days then it is an obvious sign...
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Dear Self, It's been almost five years since you started handling a team. Five years of getting your team together. Five years of keeping yourself intact just to make sure your team do the same. Five years of making their problems yours. Five years of ups and downs, highlights and lowlights, happiness, fulfillment, anger and a lot more. It's been five long years and look how it made you feel, tired. Tired of the never ending performance reviews you have to battle out just so your team members wouldn’t have to talk to those bosses who see them as numbers. Tired of giving pieces of advice to your troubled agents when in fact, you yourself can’t put things together for your life. Tired of the never ending coaching sessions to help the team keep up with others, just tired of managing them...
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In full awareness to COVID–19 and its transmission, I, the undersigned, call on the World Health Organization (WHO) to investigate the following: I appeal to the medical community and to the relevant national and international bodies to recognize the potential for airborne spread of COVID-19. There is significant potential for inhalation exposure to viruses in microscopic respiratory droplets (microdroplets) at short to medium distances (up to several meters, or room-scale), and we are advocating for the use of preventive measures to mitigate this route of airborne transmission. Studies by the signatory and other scientists have demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt that viruses are released during exhalation, talking, and coughing in microdroplets small enough to remain aloft in...
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To the doctor who misdiagnosed me. Firstly, I would like to stress I do not blame you for the misdiagnosis. You are a human being doing what I imagine to be a difficult and demanding job. You make mistakes, just like we all do. You are unfortunate in the sense that your mistakes have far greater consequences than if I made a mistake in my menial office job. I have never been angry about the diagnosis. I have asked many doctors many questions and I vaguely understand how you reached the conclusion of a terminal diagnosis. I felt numb when you told me what was ‘wrong’ and that I had a limited time left; I never ever thought there could be a mistake. After an historic car accident, I had fractured my skull in two places. Ever since that moment, I had struggled to regain any part of ‘me...
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My Open Letter to We The People - Racism must stop I am really disgusted at how everyone is acting over the death of another black man. Most people want to start blaming, talking and giving their opinions. Well I am going to shoot it straight with you. When you start blaming people (pointing the finger), remember you have three fingers pointing back at YOURSELF! (I have room to talk, I will explain later). People want to blame the President now, but when the killing of a black boy in Ferguson Missouri happened in 2014, Obama did not step in, he let the city leaders and governors handle it, and half of the city was burnt down, and all across America stores burnt and looted. The murderer police officer got off free and still walks around today, Obama didn't intervene. Obama...
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2019 was not my year, in fact, I think it’s safe to say that it was the hardest year of my life. Like so many, I started 2019 with a strong feeling that it was going to be “my year” and be filled with lots of adventures and new opportunities. I put my faith in the start of a new year instead of in myself, assuming that the power of a date in time would be enough of a catalyst to get me to where I wanted to go, but needless to say I was wrong. This past year has brought me pain, grief, and the most challenging tests of faith that I have ever experienced in my life, and I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t happy that it’s finally ended. But as much as this past year has tested me, it’s also given me the biggest opportunity to grow as a person. The girl who started 2019 and the one who...
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Surviving a near death experience at age 33 turned my perspective on mortality right-side up. If you or someone you know would benefit from a personalized letter about using adversity to grow stronger, experience joy, and feel more fulfilled, I’ll write one and mail it to him/her. The letter will be enclosed with a copy of my memoir “Praise God for Tattered Dreams” (ISBN 9780578033754). For more information, please see the eBay posting with the same title as this letter. Peace to you, E.E. Laine
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Surviving Melanoma and Loving Someone Who Is I am a Christian. I am a woman. I am a wife. I am a mother of four amazing boys. I am a daughter, a sister, a granddaughter, a friend. I am a teacher, a school counsellor, a leader. And now, I am a cancer survivor. I visualize who I am through the lenses of these labels. I never thought I would add that last label to the list. My skin has always been covered in moles and freckles that were a real source of insecurity. It took me a long time to love each spec. I taught my boys to call them angel kisses as they randomly appeared on their skin and that each one was special and unique. I didn’t want to project my complex onto them. I had a mole gradually changing on my shoulder for a few years. Last summer it had changed enough that my dad...
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