The Blogger Recognition Award

About The Blogger Recognition Award.

The Blogger Recognition Award is an award created by bloggers to be awarded to bloggers. Blogging requires commitment, research, creativity, and stamina along with organization and technical skill.  Other blogger can appreciate the commitment and the work required  in the publication of a blog.  I am absolutely thrilled to have been nominated for this award. Receiving The Blogger Recognition Award is a great honour. It is a wonderful  accomplishment for a blogger to receive this award and a  milestone on path towards further accomplishment. With gratitude, I wish to thank Kaitlyn Lo for the nomination.

About Kaitlyn Lo

Kaitlyn Lo is an incredible writer, blogger and mentor.  Her writing covers a broad range of topics, from health, relationships, culture, food, technology and politics.  Once again, I would like to thank Kaitlyn Lo for receiving this nomination, and for Her ongoing support. For more information about Kaitlyn Lo visit    MCXV

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About My Blog 

My original  background is in design. My education included  graphic design,  illustration, , typography, visual presentation, floral design, and interior design.  However, in 2010 I embarked on a career change. I studied to become a holistic therapist. My chosen modalities are Reflexology and Reiki.  By  2012, I established My holistic practice, “The Quartz Path.”  I started with  creating social media pages along with a  website for  My business.  My ultimate plan was to create a  Blog for My business. My intention was to discuss the topic of holistic wellness.  In July, 2017,  My Blog The Quartz Path   was launched. Along the way I developed a love for blogging. Topics covered on My Blog  focus on  holistic wellness.

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My Advice To  Aspiring Bloggers

Always focus on quality content. Be creative, and select a market niche which reflects your true passions. Work at a rate that is comfortable, learning as You progress. Always be yourself – be unique, be different. This will be reflected in the message of Your Blog. Develop a social media presence. Create a regular schedule to follow. By observing and reading other blogs I learn as much as I do when working on My own blog.

My Nominations for the Blogger Recognition Award

  1. Ajay Chandler R          Quest-O-Quora
  2. Neeckiey                       ShoppingFix
  3. Krystal Manzur           Motherhood Likely
  4. Nanci Lujano               Simply Living Pink
  5. Faye D Lucas                Faye Lucas Real Estate
  6. Sarah  Guiler                The Wanderlust Writer
  7. Sally Pederson             My Tantalizing Destinations
  8. Ben Wilson                   Never Ending Traveller
  9. Katherine Wynne        literaturesandmovies.com
  10. Disha Nigam                 Note for Sapiens
  11. Jennifer Salsich            Simply On Eden
  12. Andrea Broom              Follow Our Passion
  13. Nina Wilkinson             Bird From An Egg
  14. Sophia Cuerquis           Spark of Thoughts
  15. Tanya Louise                 tanyalouise

Rules For Accepting This Award.

  • Take the time to thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award
  • Include a brief story of how your  blog started.
  • Offer advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them, and provide the link to the post you have created.20170826_081920cropped-earth-day-2014-641.jpg

 

 

 

 

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Thanksgiving Day In The USA

 American Thanksgiving  Day allows Canadians to celebrate the holiday twice!  Many traditions are  the same, with a few variations. The pumpkin pie, the traditional turkey dinner and  the pumpkin spice lattes  are observed across the border in Canada. The American holiday is celebrated the fourth Thursday  during the month of November each year. It has been celebrated as a Federal holiday since 1863.  The “First Thanksgiving”  was celebrated in the year 1621. This was one of the original observances of the holiday after a successful harvest in the New World. The American holiday is celebrated the fourth Thursday during the month of November each year. It has been celebrated as a Federal holiday since 1863.

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Other popular  holiday foods include mashed potatoes with gravy , stuffing,  sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet corn, squash, brussel sprouts and pumpkin pie. Other official activities include shopping on Black Friday, and  watching NFL football. Thanksgiving Day is a day to relax, spend time with friends and family,  and enjoy a festive dinner with all of the trimmings. The day is marked with parades throughout the country  including following cities – New York City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia. Plymouth, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, El Paso, Fountain Hills, St. Louis, Charlotte, and Seattle.

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Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. Black Friday shopping is a time honoured tradition for many people. Cyber Monday follows.  Create Your own holiday traditions to mark events. Be creative. Do things that appeal to You and Your family. Spend time together.Watch a movie or read.  Sleep in, if possible. Communities across North America host a charity Thanksgiving Dinner for low income families and the homeless. Many people enjoy volunteering for these events annually. Keep in touch with friends and family. Holiday events can be  lonely or tense for some people. Isolation may intensify this feeling. Keep in touch with family and friends. Celebrate with family living far away by writing letters,  or sending cards, flowers or emails.

 

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Thanksgiving week creates the opportunity to cultivate gratitude. Focusing on the positive aspects of life creates a magnet. This force attracts more good.  What We focus on expands and increases. Life in itself is the biggest miracle of all. We are all here on the planet for a purpose. Discover  this purpose?  Take this time to align Your feelings, thoughts, emotions, words, and actions with clarity. People have become too busy to stop and take a break. Inner reflection is an important tool for self discovery. This Thanksgiving day take time out to create a list of one hundred things  the things You are grateful for. Set this list aside, but check it from time to time through out the year. Clear out clutter and donate what You are no longer using. Donate non perishable items to the  local food bank – Baby food and formula is always in high demand.

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                       Thanksgiving Day Affirmations

  • I give thanks for the love of My family.
  • I am thankful for My great health.
  • Great things happen to Me each and every day.
  • I am grateful for the air I breath, the water I drink, and the food I eat.
  • I am grateful for the  many opportunities that come My way.
  • I give thanks for the support and encouragement of My colleagues.

How Stress Affects Our Health

Stress is an undeniable element today. Each person is affected in a  different way. Emotional trauma creates an unstable environment. The mind  often works overtime, with thoughts racing through our heads. Worries and responsibilities compound. How and why does this happen?

The human anatomy  has a “flight or fight” response to danger. It is this physiological  response  that has allowed us to evolve through the ages. When danger threatens us, the physical body responds. During a natural disaster or a political upheaval this ability to respond literally saves lives. The “fight or flight” response is  called  hyperarousal, or alternatively,  the acute stress response.  When danger subsides, there is no longer a need to be on high alert. Modern day stress continue to activate this response.  Mental health clinicians  recommend tai chi , breathwork. and visualization  techniques to combat chronic stress.

There are many medical conditions that can manifest through the stress portal. Diabetes, thyroid imbalance, hypertension, migraine headaches, and digestive disorders are but a few. A medical diagnosis conducted with a doctor will determine results. Your  doctor may also recommend further diagnostic treatments, x-rays, or ultrasound, or provide a referral for appointment with a professional dietitian, psychologist, or physiotherapist.

 

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a fantastic  tool available to combat depression and anxiety.  CBT differs from traditional psychotherapy. The CBT model is based on the idea that thought distortion and maladaptive behavior are a factor in the development of psychological  disorders. This modality focuses on building coping strategies to deal with stress, along with changing unhelpful thought patterns. It is an action based therapy, focused on transforming thought and behavior patterns. CBT has proven effective in the treatment of depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and eating disorders.

Talking about our problems is important. Holding feelings in creates tension and disease in the physical body.  Connecting with others may offer strength, courage, and hope. Friends and family may have good intentions when listening to problems. All too often, we are told to “get over it”, “stop feeling sorry for ourselves”, or “forget about it, and move on”.  Our institutions program us further – We are taught and encouraged to do as we are told, be quiet and behave. A qualified therapist may be able to suggest additional strategies and solutions. There is great value in talking to a professional counselor.

Self expression is an part of daily life. Writing, drawing, or painting offer an avenue of self discovery. Learn to play a musical instrument. Make time in a busy schedule to pursue interests and hobbies.  Discover the creative capacity within. Express feelings and emotions in a constructive way.

Cultivate healthy lifestyle choices. Create a wellness plan before stress creates imbalances in the body. An excellent place to start is with a healthy and regular meal plan. Fresh air, exercise, and sunshine are good for you. Take time out  to relax with meditation or yoga. Consider holistic therapies such as Reflexology or Reiki. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep. Avoid the use of tobacco, alcohol and recreational drugs.