Sharing:  Smile


Deep quote @SaraMahletūüėä

Photo Credit: MakeItUltra‚ĄĘ ‚ÄúSometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.‚ÄĚ ~Thich Nhat Hanh

https://makeitultrapsychology.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/smile/

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A series on how my healing had been.


Choosing to take care of myself. Part 1

I know it’s just October, but this year has been choosy so far.

As you know twice a week (with occasional breaks) I have helped my mom volunteer at Cheshire. I am the tech ninja who sets up the audio-visual items we use. That means playing the movies and making sure the speakers are clear sounding. We use our own equipment except for the television. I can’t just trust anybody to do this except for my dad.

I was approached to help them with their equipment and teaching the patients. As my mentor Mary, would say “Don’t take a bigger bite than you can handle.” I was reminded about a chance to contribute to a local hospitality magazine.

I had to ask my mom for advice because I honestly didn’t know the cultural response and if it was right for me. I ended up not going with either offers. In fact, it pushed me towards to blog more. It was something I could handle.

The whole reason I took this trip was to rebuild my confidence and heal from the wounds of my life choices. For a long time, the bad stress took over and I needed to find myself once more.

Faith, Hope, Courage


Between managing my two blogs and serving (see my tweets @SaraMahlet) I am taking time to rest not only physically but emotionally. I share various posts so I can give others a chance in the spotlight. I want to encourage people that things do improve and not give up trying.

Several people let me know that they read my Facebook posts and even my blogs. Many didn’t realize I had a lot to say through the written word. I want to emphasize subjects that need to be recognized globally. Give awareness to those linked with mental illness and other situations. It is not a taboo but a reality. Depression, anxiety, and body image to name a few. I get emotional about people who are snubbed for their personal beliefs or preferences. When I say blessings, it is for everyone Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Judaism, and Buddhists to name a few. I mean EVERYONE!

Since being in Ethiopia I have seen things that make me think twice about society. In my imagination, I see Iron Man, Captain America, Batman, Wonder Woman visiting these children and showing the world cares for the forgotten. What about Messi and his football chums these children would just feel awe seeing their heroes in person. Here is a leap of faith… The Rock, John Cena, and the WWE would get a royal welcome from their fans here.

Yes, this is the princess asking the world to remember these people risking their lives daily to change their own lives and their families. I could have been them if I didn’t have the opportunities I was given.

Sharing: ¬†12 Things Everyone Needs To Know About Anxiety Disorders


This is what I needed before.  Spreading the news for those who need it now.

Sara

Illustration by Daniella Urdinlaiz 1. ANXIETY IS THE MOST COMMON MENTAL DISORDER IN THE USA An estimated 40 million American adults suffer from some form of anxiety disorder‚ÄĒeven more than those who suffer from depression. About one in every five adults and one in every ten children experiences some form of anxiety disorder. (source) 2.‚Ķ

http://thoughtcatalog.com/jessica-winters/2017/05/12-things-everyone-needs-to-know-about-anxiety-disorders/

Q: Which came first Starting Over in 2013 or My Journey through Life?


Answer: My Journey Through Life

It all started with a dream to write.  I love reading books and wonder if I can be the next Louisa May Alcott.  After rereading Little Women I knew that was what I wanted.  To be the Jo March of a new generaation.  I wanted to inspire and motivate from my own life.

Since I had a lot of time on my hands I thought why not do something positive. Write and chronicle my healing story.  Inspire others going through the same problems I have in my life.  Shed a little light on mental health.

My Journey Through Life is the prequel and this is the primary tale of starting over.  It makes complete sense.  People want to know about living in Africa.  Okay here are pictures and ideas of my life.  It all started in Addis Ababa in 1979.

30+ years later here I am in the same country just a lot older.  I am learning how to cope in a third world country.  How to heal from emotional wounds.  How to accept my heritage even the sad things. Especially how to cope speaking broken Amharic when my English is spoken too fast.

I am a proud Ethiopian American and these are my stories and outlook on life.  Most importantly this is my legacy for my son.