Friday, February 27, 2015

Increase Blog Traffic With #FlashbackFriday: Hypnosis For Weight Loss

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Happy Friday!

I have a few things on the agenda this weekend, a birthday dinner, a luncheon, church and the Philadelphia Flower Show.  I hope you have some fun things planned.

Before you get immersed in your weekend take a moment to link up for #FlashbackFriday.  #FlashbackFriday is a blogger link up. Every Friday on Chasing Joy we flash back to some of our older posts to give them a moment in the spotlight. It's fun and a good way to increase blog traffic, find new blogs to read, and find new readers for your blog. Pick any older post from your blog and add it below. You can also increase blog traffic by sharing your post on the Chasing Joy Facebook page and on Twitter using the hashtag #FlashbackFriday. Also, I will Pin your post to the new #FlashbackFirday Pinterest Board.

** Please Note** Linkys only work when everyone plays fair. Be sure to visit at least two other blogs from the link up and leave a comment. Pick any two you like or keep it simple and visit the two blogs linked up before yours. If you link up early be sure to come back and visit blogs that linked up after you.

This week I am linking up another post about my hypnosis for weight loss experience.  Spoiler Alert, I'm still overweight.  LOL  Checkout the post anyway.

My favorite posts from last week's link up are:
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie -  I enjoy a good smoothie.  
Savvy Working Gal's take on BossyPants.
 Fitnessbuster by Gillian Stephen -  in the spirit of Lent.

 Now it is your turn. Add your link below.
What are you linking up this week and what have you been Pinning?

PS. Come back next week for a Pinterest Project update.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Chasing Joy Missing Church

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I have not been to church in two weeks.  Now if you look back at my lifetime church attendance you will say what's the big deal.  You have gone months, years, and possibly even decades without going to church.  However, if you look back over the last 4 months you will see that I have been Chasing Joy in Church every single Sunday.

Now I have not skipped church for no good reason.  I have skipped because of the weather.  I go with my mom (this is new for both of us) and with her current health situation it was not advisable to take her out in the 1 degree temperature last week or the slippery conditions this weekend.

I am a little bit freaked out by my two week's absence from communal worship.  I tend to have one of those all or nothing type personalities.  My fear is that my missing two weeks will turn into two months, two years, and then back to my old non-church-goer habits.  It took me a long time and a lot of courage to try and new church and I'm excited that I actually like it.  I don't want to backtrack.

I am trying to minimized my fears about missing church (I'm supposed to be more laid back this week) and view this as an opportunity. While attending church regularly is new to me spirituality and having a relationship with God is not.  One thing that I am sure of is that God does not want me to go to church out of guilt or fear.  He wants me there because I want to worship with others and be inspired and encouraged.  He wants me there to connect with like minded people.  So, missing church for two weeks has given me the opportunity to go back next week not because I feel guilty for missing or because I am afraid of falling back into old habits but to go back because that is where I want to be.

Church brings up so many emotions and triggers so many different anxieties.  I am glad that I've found a place I like and am working through my issues.  Am I the only one?  Do any of you have any fears or anxieties related to organized religion, attending, or not attending church?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Getting Back to Making It Happen On Monday

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This  year I have tried to be more laid back, my zen more, at ease.  Sometimes I am those things and some times I am not.  The positives of being more laid back, zen and at ease is feeling less stressed, not trying to control everything, and  having more faith that things will be alright.  The negative is that I have gotten kind of lax with setting my goals each week.

One of the features of Chasing Joy that I really like is sharing my goals and hearing your goals on Make It Happen Monday.  I have not been good about my Make It Happen Monday goals this year and I am changing that today.

Here are my goals for the week.

  1. Not stress over upcoming doctor's appointments (mine and my mother's)
  2. Do burpees and butt workout 2 times 
  3. Housework 
  4. Add to the #1000Gratitudes
  5. Drink more water
  6. Get more sleep
  7. Laugh more
  8. Listen to my mantras
  9. Cook instead of ordering or eating out
  10. Select the winners of the two $15 Starbucks Gift Cards from the Chasing Joy 5 year Blogaversary giveaway.
Not a bad list of goals if I don't say so myself.  I'll be sharing my goals today on my social media accounts using the hashtag #MakeItHappenMonday.  I'd love to hear about your goals.  Tell me what you want to accomplish this week in the comments below or in response to me social media posts.

Now I can quickly cross one goal off my list.  The two winners of the Starbucks Gift Cards are........
Rosie and Theresa
These Joy Chasers have been contacted!

What's on your Make It Happen Monday goal list for the week?

Friday, February 20, 2015

#FlashbackFriday:Tina Fey's Bossypants & Pinterest Project Mantras

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Happy Friday!

I hope you all had a nice week.  Mine was good.  I had a few days off from work and took my mom to Atlantic city.  We had a good time. I'm happy I still have the weekend to relax and enjoy before returning to the day job on Monday.  While I am enjoying the weekend I will be checking out the #FlashbackFriday links and checking out what I want to Pin next for the #PinterestProject update.


New to #FlashbackFriday?  It is a blogger link up. Every Friday on Chasing Joy we flash back to some of our older posts to give them a moment in the spotlight. It's fun and a good way to increase blog traffic, find new blogs to read, and find new readers for your blog. Pick any older post from your blog and add it below. You can also increase blog traffic by sharing your post on the Chasing Joy Facebook page and on Twitter using the hashtag #FlashbackFriday. Also, I will Pin your post to the new #FlashbackFirday Pinterest Board.

** Please Note** Linkys only work when everyone plays fair. Be sure to visit at least two other blogs from the link up and leave a comment. Pick any two you like or keep it simple and visit the two blogs linked up before yours. If you link up early be sure to come back and visit blogs that linked up after you.

This week I am linking up Life Lessons From Tina Fey, The Joy Of Bossypants.  I read the book Bossypants for my book club.  I had no intention of writing about it.  I loved it so much that I ended up devoting this blog post to it.  Read it...

My favorite post from last weeks linky was from Dana.  I really loved her #FlashbackFriday post.  It is just in time for Black History Month.  She covers all of the black play-scale dolls from the very first "colored" one up to present day dolls.  Very interesting.  

Now it is your turn. Add your link below.


OK, now for my #PinterestProject Update!  The Pinterest Project is a year long project where I will bring a Pin to life.  Every week for 2015 I will take at least one Pin and attempt to include it in my real life.

This week I pinned one of my own posts. I needed to pick a pin that I could focus on while I was out of town.  That meant no cooking, or home organization pins.  In the spirit of positive self-talk I pinned a post I wrote on combating negative self talk with positive self-talk through mantras.  I recorded myself saying these 3 mantras on my cell phone.  I was supposed to listen to the recorded mantras several times a day all week. But I kept forgetting.  When I did listen I found the mantras made me feel more calm and in control.  I will try to do them more often in the next few weeks and give you guys another update.

For now this one is a Pinterest Win!!!  I mean feeling calm and in control are good things.

Make sure you are following the Pinterest Project Board on Pinterest to see what Pin's work and what Pin's don't work.

What are you linking up this week and what have you been Pinning?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

There Are Great Things To Come & Other Joyful Affirmations

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What do you think of affirmations?  Do you do them? Have you had positive response to them?

I like the ideas of affirmations but I don't really have much experience with them. A couple weeks ago I was saying 10 affirmations several times a day for the Pinterest Project.  I have tried to keep it up with them but I have not been doing it daily anymore.  Other than 1 of the affirmations making me smile I have not yet had any real positive response to them.  My thoughts are that I need to do them longer and I also need to pick affirmations that are more personal.

The only affirmation that I have used at different times since I was in college was "To Blessed To Be Stressed"  I don't know where I first heard or read it but I remember saying it repeatedly when I could not sleep before a big test in college and a different times when I felt stressed.  I'd like to find a few more to say regularly.

Here are a few of my own.
  • I am enough. Smart enough, pretty enough, kind enough, and brave enough.  
  • There are great things to come.
  • My future is bright.
  • God has a plan for me that is greater than anything I can imagine.
  • It is OK to make mistakes.  God is there to catch me when I fall. 
  • I eat right and exercise to be my ideal weight.
Here are a few I found online.  

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