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5 Easy Steps to Accept Criticism


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By Dr. Perry, PhD

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“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain, but it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.” ~Dale Carnegie

My fiancé can’t stand the way I drive. I, of course, do not agree with her criticism and defend my driving skills as if I am a professional formula one driver. I am not special in regards to accepting criticism. No one likes to be criticized, but it is part of my existence unless I become a hermit who lives in a cave. In the current age where criticism is only a “Yelp” away, being able to accept criticism, whether it is fair or not is both necessary and vital for growth.

Here are five easy steps to accept criticism:

1. Don’t let a knee jerk reaction make a jerk out of you
Don’t be reactive. When criticized we may want to respond with…

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How to Spot an Emotional Bully 


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By Dr. Perry, PhD


“Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me.” ~Anonymous

I wish the above quote was true. Unless we are a machine or lack human emotions, words and actions have a profound effect on the way we feel about ourselves and the world around us. In our current society we have become hyper-aware and sensitive to bullying. We are quick to notice this taboo behavior in others and readily condemn it. It is possible that some of us fail to see the same behavior in ourselves. It’s time to take off our blinders and become more self-aware that we may be exhibiting the same behaviors towards others even though we will not tolerate this behavior from others. Self-awareness leads to personal growth. Through positive evolution we become happier and tend to have healthier relationships in general.

Here are some signs of an emotional bully:

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Steps to Overcome Technology Addiction


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By Dr. Perry, PhD


“True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.” ~Seneca

We live in a world where most of our life essentials are one click away. Food, clothing, companionship, entertainment, and even sex can be attained by just a click. More and more we are giving our vital life energy to electronic devices. Look around. I am quite sure you will see what is becoming a familiar norm. The bent head, focused-non-blinking stare, the raised hand holding an electronic device, with the other hand probably tapping or swiping the screen. We are slowly becoming electronically fed zombies. Our interactions with one another are becoming less in person and more facilitated by an electronic device. It is reported that one in eight Americans suffer from problematic internet use and an estimated 30 percent of the population in China is highly addicted to the internet…

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Finding Life in the Shadow of a Narcissist


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By Dr. Perry, PhD


“Happiness must be grown in one’s own garden.” ~Mary Engelbreit

Life is complicated. One day we open our eyes and find ourselves in a life that we have no idea how we entered into willingly. We have painted ourselves into the proverbial corner with no window or door for escape. This is how many people describe feeling when they come to realize that their life partner is a narcissist. Perhaps you have a family and co-own assets with a narcissist and like many, feel you cannot leave or are not ready to leave your narcissistic partner. Life is never as simple as walking out a door and finding a new life waiting. I propose that whatever present situation you are in, you can regain your power and learn to enjoy and live your present life. Don’t give up and think this is all life has to…

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DIY Fall Decor


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All of these DIY’s are fairly simple and I was really happy with how they all turned out. You can get the majority of the supplies at a craft store or you can order it online. This is actually my first time decorating for fall and I probably went a little over board, but I am in love with the decorations and probably won’t want to take them down when spring comes along.

Leaf Garland

Supplies:

  • Fake Leaves
  • Gold Paint
  • String
  • Tape

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Step 1- I taped the leaves to cardboard to make them easy to paint and gave them all two coats of paint.

Step 2- Once dry attach the leaves to a string. I just tape them to an existing garland I had to make it feel like fall. If you want to know how to make the garland you can read about it here.fullsizeoutput_a32

Water Marble Coasters

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A True DIY Innovator


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Screen Shot 2017-11-07 at 8.46.07 AMDisclaimer-Captain DIY and DIYtoFI.blog highly recommend exercising extreme caution when attempting DIY projects. Not everybody can do everything, and some things should only be done by professionals. Keep your digits attached, and keep the insurance company off of your back. Do it right or call the right people!

Today we have a look at some serious DIYers in action. I came across this video on Youtube this morning about a guy who has made his own Powerbank out of used lithium ion batteries. He even uses them to power his car!

This is some dangerous stuff here, and I absolutely DO NOT recommend you try this. In fact, I won’t be trying it, as I’m not totally confident in my ability to not get blown up. I’ve seen the awesome power of electricity let loose, and it is scary as hell.

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Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2016 – DIY Reversible Wood Slice Garland


This is a different way of making the wood slices garland that I made, think I forgot to share that one! Lol

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Welcome to the 6th annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! We’re honored to be a sponsor of the hop, organized by Jennifer Priest, along with fellow companies like DecoArt, Clearsnap, and more. Be sure to go through the hop and visit all of the sites to enter to win a $50 prize pack from each of the sponsors! We’re really excited to have partnered with Dana Tatar today to bring you a super cute wood slice decor idea: DIY Reversible Wood Slice Garland! Check out the tutorial below and then be sure to visit the rest of the blogs on the hop list at the bottom of the post. Let’s get started:

Give Thanks Wood Slice Garland

I’m hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year and wanted to create a decor piece to help decorate the mantle in my family room. The Basswood Country Round Ornament Assortment of wood slices was the perfect rustic starting point…

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How to Identify Passive-Aggressive Behavior


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By Dr. Perry, PhD


“Let’s meet at noon at the gym – oh wait, you probably don’t know where that is.” ~ Anonymous

We all have that friend, co-worker or family member who has a special way of saying seemingly harmless words that makes us feel like we have been slapped across the face with a rose only to later find we have been embedded with thorns. These same individuals have the habit of doing or purposely not doing something in order to impede your stride. Procrastination, stalling, last minute cancelations; all of these are done while smiling innocently with no hint of anger. The passive aggressive person is often the nicest person in the room. But the smile and feigned innocence hides bottled up aggression and anger. Having no outlet, this anger will display itself through their words and behaviors.

Although no longer recognized by the American Psychological Association…

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