July Musings - a month of Self-Help. - Ariel's World
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July Musings – a month of Self-Help.

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A few years ago I read a book called The Last Self Help Book You Will Ever Need. Turns out it wasn’t. I was about to seriously crash and burn last month so I ignored everything I learnt in that book and jumped straight back on the self-help bandwagon. I love doing personal development and helping myself be a better person. I have learnt so much about myself over the last few weeks and I feel good. I am reading some great books, doing meditation again and it is working so I will keep doing it.

The power of Calm

A self help stress managment program I have just started. Loving it so far


Reading: I’m still reading The Four Agreements and will review it very soon. It is really fabulous!!!!! I am going to look at some more self-help books to review as well. Ariel really loves books. When I say the word “book” she gets excited which is a great thing.


Milestones: Lots of words are trying to come out. She does not stop talking. She is cleaning her teeth, brushing her hair and blowing her nose. Ha, just like a “normal” bub 😉


Eating: Smoothie bowels – we both LOVE them and they are so good for you!


Hating: The fact I am missing Anthony Robbins again this year. I have the funds but no one will look after Ariel for 4 days. I have wanted to do this self-help seminar forever. I am going to plan for next year and make it happen!


Loving: The warmer weather, which means we can spend more time outdoors. We love the outdoors. I have started a program to address stress, which I also love and will review as I complete each level. I love life and I love Ariel.

ariel chasing seagulls

ariel chasing seagulls

  • Holly
    Posted at 01:23h, 01 August Reply

    Anything that claims to be the last you will ever need or the best of something is usually too good to be true. Good marketing though. Glad to hear you have found some tools to help. Mediation can be a powerful way of finding some calm along with building those stress management skills. Of course taking some time to just chill does wonders too since life is crazy hectic.

    • Raylene Barton
      Posted at 01:51h, 01 August Reply

      yes sometimes all you need is to sit with a cup of tea and just chill out… so true 🙂

    • Kiro
      Posted at 05:27h, 18 September Reply

      This is my wonderful Grandson Devin He came into our world, in 15 days will be three years ago. And we were one of the fymalis that were aware before he was born. Still had some worries for heart ect But he was great, just too small and had to spend 5 days in nic-u. I know my life has been enriched because of him. He is starting to say some words and is getting the walking thing down great. What an amazing personality, and we have learned new things because of him. Signing for one. I truley thank the Lord for all my grandchildren {5} but we all have become closer as a family with Mr D as our incredible addition.

      • Raylene Barton
        Posted at 10:35h, 18 September Reply

        Hi Kiro,
        thank you for sharing your heartfelt story. I love hearing how others lives have been enriched by the addition of an angle who has DS 🙂

  • Arnold
    Posted at 06:01h, 18 September Reply

    I am 21 years old and last year my mum had another baby. A week after he was born we were told that he had DS and liinvg 6 hours away I was told over the phone. I worried so much that I would not love him like I loved the 3 and 4 year old and that he would not be what I wanted, but honestly, he is so much more. He smiles, laughs, is trying to crawl and above all has shown me that stereotypes can be broken. Before he was born I had not much to do with DS people, I mean I saw them and continued on, but now I stop and pay attention because everybody deserves the respect I want my brother to have

    • Raylene Barton
      Posted at 10:28h, 18 September Reply

      Hi Arnold.
      Thank you for stopping by. I can totally relate to what you are saying. It can be very scary at first, and I too, did not have anything to do with others who had DS in the past. Isn’t it amazing how your eyes can be opened by this extra little chromosome? 🙂
      I can tell you are going to be an amazing big brother. You are both lucky to have each other.
      Raylene 🙂

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