Overcoming Your Self Doubt and Increasing Happiness Part 1

Many may find great ease in living a life of solitude, of slumping away at home alone dwelling on areas of their life they wish had been slightly modified.  From the start, sitting at home like this and not allowing anyone to come into your life seems easier than fighting that instinct to hide, however, as time goes on this solitude may actually cause a tremendous amount of pain. The longer one sinks into a negative or depressed state of mind, the longer it will take them to dig their way out of that deep, dark hole of solitude.

Pride or ego may hinder ones ability to seek professional help to overcome the sadness and negative thoughts that start to consume ones mind after dealing with catastrophic events in their lifetime. A catastrophic event doesn’t have to be huge when an outside person is looking in, but it is an event that holds a high importance to the person who had suffered from such event. There are those out there who are strong enough to move forward in time on their own without professional help but in most cases a professional counselor or psychiatrist should be sought out.

If you are looking to overcome your own negative or depressed state of mind then the first place to start is creating a list of awesome things in your life or awesome things about yourself. Look deep inside of your own soul and find what it is that you can feel some amount of love towards, this could start small, maybe your eyes but as you start with small items try to dig deeper into more of the characteristics that you have, even if they have been hiding inside for a long period of time. We were all once a young, hopeful, happy child, find that person deep inside of your soul and write the positive things you see from those happy days prior to the event that left you in this current state of mind.

Once you have finished with your list of positive factors about yourself, you will need to study this list and receive these awesome, positive items into your mind. Feel the love behind the list, believe the list to be true. Believe in yourself.  Each day, for as long as it takes, wake up and study this list as you would for a spelling bee, let each positive self feature or character quality be true, be you and feel in your mind as if there is no doubt behind those positive words you have written down.

December 31 Giveaway Link Up Enter & List #giveaway #win

List your giveaways here every Saturday at 12am EST! This linky is scheduled each week so you can list your giveaways and so that you can enter them if you wish! Enjoy the list!

Please include the end date of the giveaway when linking up.

For newbies you should enter details something like this:

Blog Name, Giveaway Item (end date)


Enter to win one item from Leading Lady {my choice was bra}

Here is where you list your giveaways ….

Some People Look For Help When Moving Out of Home

I have moved many times but never have I hired Movers to assist in such a task. I have jammed my van full to a point that one would swear it would explode, tossing boxes and clothing all over the highway. I can only assume that Moving Companies will help you better pack up things and move in one quick sweep versus using myself and throwing odd ball items in one by one without being packed in a box.

Whether you are looking for Moving Services to move across country or just down the block, they will truly assist in making your transition from one place to another a lot easier. The first place to start with a moving company is to get a quote. Most Moving Quotes are free without any obligation to utilize their service so I say you have nothing to lose if you want to get a quote to see how a moving company can assist you in moving with one quick sweep.


The End of Year Transition Is such a Process

Here we are heading towards the end of another year, this month marked three years of me blogging. I started this blog in December 2008 and it has come a long way. Each New Year I tell myself that I will keep my spreadsheet up to date for product reviews so that when end of year comes all I have to do is run some totals using formulas in MS Excel, and just like every year I do not keep up with the spreadsheet which means I find myself going through my blog product reviews category to document what I received this year. Yes, we pay taxes on our products as a blogger — so really they are not “free” products, but rather an asset/income total for our Schedule C each year. *sigh*

Not only do I need to run totals for products, but income totals must be done. I have to run reports from two places I use to keep track of my revenue and match them up. I love accounting, but never finished my accounting degree in college so I will hire an accountant to handle my filing portion of the end of year process. I do ensure that I have all of my totals and reports ready for an accountant to review and file, because I prefer to be in charge of my own totals to ensure that I never have to question if someone else is doing it correctly or not. I just can’t file all the necessary documents on my own nor do I know what write offs count in a work at home environment so that’s where the accountant comes in handy.

As I gear up for 2012 and wrap up 2011 it also means revamping my policies, determining limits on product review totals for 2012 and so much more. I have to look up various monthly holidays and focus my editorial calendar around what’s hot each month. I love end of year because it’s a great time for me to see where I am at with my business goals and I have big plans if my totals doubled last year.

How do you handle end of year? Any big plans for your blog or business in 2012?

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CLOSED Fabulous Bras for All Shapes and Sizes – Review and Giveaway

I am excited to wrap up end of year with a little something from Leading Lady, a giveaway for my lovely readers! Yes YOU.

Leading Lady Nursing, Breatfeeding and Maternity Bras

About Leading Lady

Leading Lady is a premiere intimate apparel company dedicated to creating comfortably functional, remarkably affordable, stylish and easy-to-wear bras, camis and sleepwear. A family owned and operated business, Leading Lady has been expertly tailoring nursing and full figure bras for top brands and retailers across North America for more than 70 years. For the first time, Leading Lady’s comprehensive line of nursing and full figure intimates – including sexy stretch lace wire-free and underwire bras, supportive and seamless sport and yoga bras, and cozy sleep and leisure bras – can be purchased directly on LeadingLady.com.

Leading Lady is proud to celebrate “Leading Ladies” everywhere through its products, programs and philanthropic activities. Leading Lady is dedicated to arming new moms with the support – physically, intellectually and emotionally – they need to nurture their babies through breastfeeding and committed to supporting a variety of organizations and issues relevant to women across the country. Follow Leading Lady on Facebook and Twitter.

My Thoughts On Leading Lady Bras

I reviewed the Front Closure Leisure Bra by Leading Lady in white and in garnet color. To begin I was excited that Leading Lady Bras carried my size, after all I have a large cup size and it’s so difficult to find around my area. I always have to order bras online due to my size and local area not having many options for large bra selections.  This bra is certainly a leisure type of bra, made more so for that Mama day in or errand running day. The comfort of this bra is amazing, soft against my skin and easy to put on. The only con to having a big chest is that there are so many clips to put together in the front of this bra, other than that I have zero complaints. The color has held up through washes and is great for nursing moms. I am no longer a breastfeeding mom but the clips in the front make this bra the perfect choice for those who may be nursing babies.

Win one item from Leading Lady with free Shipping

Giveaway Terms and Conditions:
Good for one free product.
Free shipping on total order.
Free shipping does not apply to shipments in Hawaii or Alaska.
May not be combined with any other coupon code offers.
Any site discounts will come off their order automatically.
One time use only coupon.

Giveaway End Time/Date Open to

Ends 11:59pm EST January 7th 2011

Open to US

One winner per blog – winner may not claim prize on multiple blogs but is welcome to enter.

Winner chosen using Random.org & announced live on site with email directly to the winner.

Winner will have 48 hours to reply or another person will be chosen randomly.

How to enter to win {complete any or all of the following}:

  • Leave one comment on this blog post. { 1 entry }
  • Head on over to Leading Lady onlineand have a look around. Come back here to this blog post & leave a comment telling me one item you think you may get if you win. { 1 entry }
  • Follow @brandyellen and @leadingladybras on Twitter. { 2 entries – leave two comments}
  • Tweet up to THREE TIMES MAX per day, you MUST copy & paste the following { 1 entry per tweet, leave comment with URL to your tweet please}:
    Enter to #win 1 item from @leadingladybras and @brandyellen on this #giveaway read rules & comment 2 enter: http://bit.ly/tXCwYy
  • Like Happily Blended and Leading Lady on Facebook. { 2 entries – leave 2 comments with your Facebook Profile name}
  • Leave a comment on a non giveaway blog post at Happily Blended or my other blog Moms Vacation Land. ONE per blog PER day. Leave a comment with the name of blog post you left comment on and which blog I can find your comment on. { 1 entry per comment – limit TWO total per day}

Have fun and good luck!

Disclosure: I received product for free. All opinions are that of my own.

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