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My Social Anxiety Disorder --- How do I handle it

I had Social Anxiety Disorder. I think, I still have it to an extent. Suppressing Social Anxiety Disorder becomes easier with age, at least I feel that way. There are some Amazon affiliate links in this post. We will receive an incentive if you use the Amazon affiliate links to purchase anything with no extra cost from your side. What is Social Anxiety Disorder If you are not familiar with the term Social Anxiety Disorder --- it is exactly what the words literally mean --- a disorder that makes one anxious in social situations. It is more than shyness and discomfort. Social Anxiety Disorder makes a person fearful and anxious of many daily activities that involve other people. It is mostly fear of being judged by others. Effect of Social Anxiety Disorder Social Anxiety Disorder disrupts daily functionality. It may lead to avoidance of social ...

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Seven reasons to move to El Paso

This is a guest post written by an El Paso native, Ali Walker. Ali is an Attorney at The Walker Law Firm. She graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin and received the Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree from the University of Colorado. During her law school, Ali served as a legal extern for the Colorado Supreme Court and interned with the Eighth District Court of Appeals in El Paso. Ali was a Staff Attorney for the Chief Justice of the Texas Eighth District Court of Appeals prior to joining the Walker Law Firm. --- Settle in El Paso team 7 Reasons to move to El Paso By Ali Walker If you are considering a move to El Paso, Texas, you may be wondering what kind of area you are getting into. Have no fear! We have compiled a short informative ...

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Freedom, peace, love

Dear Son: Dad, do you know who Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was? Dear Dad: Yes, I do. Dear Son: Well, I have news for you. Dear Dad: What is it? Dear Son: He is dead. Dear Dad: Oh, I am sorry to hear that. Dear Son: Do you know how he died? Dear Dad: Not really. How did he die? Dear Son: Someone didn't like what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was saying. Someone said bam bam and gave some shots to Dr. Martin Luther King. Dear Dad: Gave some shots? Dear Son: Yes, you know how I get those shots when I go to the doctor? Those shots. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. got shots. Do you know when he died? Dear Dad: No, when did he die? Dear Son: When Mrs. A* was a baby. *Dear Son goes to the Kindergarten. Mrs. A is Dear Son's teacher. Concluding remarks: ...

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Getting the most out of the dull gray winter days

The lingering cold of the winter days can be ruthless. Much of the US is now blanketed in snow. The picture is entirely different in El Paso. We barely had snow this year. Yet, the days are cold, windy, and gray. I (dear mom) have a bitter-sweet relationship with winter. I cannot stand cold, yet I love the warm, fuzzy feelings that come with winter. This post is a reminder to me as to why winter is so special. Hot chocolate What better way to create warmth in the harsh cold days than to have a good old cup of hot chocolate. Holding a warm cup itself brings a sense of comfort. To top that, we have a velvety hot drink in the cup. Lately, I have been digging the Nestle Abuelita hot chocolate. Unlike many other brands in the market, ...

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Money saving tips for a family

How many times have you thought of tracking, planning, and budgeting your expenses? We had thought about it many times. In the last few years, we have really started to figure out the areas where we can cut expenses without major changes in lifestyle. Speaking of lifestyle --- priorities have shifted in the last few years. Boosting a college fund for the little one by cutting some expenses is of higher priority than the short term excitement of owning and holding the latest version of iPhone. Speaking of the latest iPhone ... you know how it is. The latest iPhone is exciting till it gets its first scratch. So, why rush getting hold of it? Saving for college fund is more exciting, at least for now. This post lists a number of feasible money saving tips. There are some Amazon ...

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Boosting cellphone signal (without spending money) if you live in a weak signal reception area

Strength of cellphone signal is critical to good communication with friends and family, nowadays. Signal strength at your home depends on how far you are from a cell tower, or if you live near a mountain, or near some interference zone. Our home is a victim of weak cellphone signals. 🙁 We do not have good cellphone reception at home. What is the solution to this problem? This page contains some affiliate links. We will receive an advertising fee for items purchased through any affiliate link on this page with no extra cost at buyer’s end. Having a landline This is a great solution. However, I do not feel good to pay for a landline in this era of smartphones, especially given that we are already paying for two cellphone connections. Is there any other solution? Cell phone signal booster This is the first ...

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How much extra am I paying for my mortgage --- understanding mortgage better

One of the biggest monthly expenditures of most families is mortgage. For many, the minimum payment may not look that big compared to a rental. As a result, putting worries about mortgage aside quickly becomes a convenience. After all, we have many more things to be anxious about in our life including college fund, retirement, health insurance, and above all --- our jobs. If we look carefully, we may notice that our mortgage does not shrink as much with the minimum payment the bank has setup for us. It is said that it is better to pay off mortgage early. Do early payments really help? The answer to this question is simple, although paying off early is quite troublesome. If you find that paying off early is saving you significant amount of money, then yes --- paying off early is worth ...

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How to encourage children's positive eating habits

Children enjoy rules and discipline, as long as these rules are reinforced in a positive way with a smile. Here is my smiley face 🙂 Encourage positive eating habits from day one, with a smiley face. Well ... day one might be a bit early but as soon as your child can use the highchair, it is essential to grow positive eating habits so that the child does not have to struggle with the "rules" when she/he grows up. Children who learn and practice positive eating habits are likely to make healthy choices when they grow up. The question for today is --- how can we strengthen this practice of healthy eating habits? Having meals together Having meals together as a family helps children develop a family spirit. Dinnertime is generally when all family members are present. Make dinner a special event everyday. ...

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