Here we are again back in Carol's Corner. I hope everyone will understand when I'm not up to putting together a new issue. This whole ordeal is stress city in every way, but I will do my best to get through this and come out the other side ready to take on the world and get myself back in the game. After my fashion segment prepare to enjoy my guest blogger, Beth Donovan. So let's get on with it. The winner for this ensemble is Wendi Nelson Sampson with,”Orange Is The New Black.”




I seem to have a number of tops with interesting backs and one of my staples are the many Genie Cami Shapers that I pair with them.


This set of jewelry which I made seemed like the perfect fit for this ensemble as did another ring from my collection made by a jewelry artisan I know.

And of course no ensemble is complete without a watch from my watch collection. So now let's hand it over to my guest blogger Beth Donovan, but first a little reminder of Beth's transformation.

Take it away Beth.

Mindfulness involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them — without believing, for instance, that there's a “right” or “wrong” way to to think or feel in a given moment. It's a way of being completely in the moment without going forward or backward in time and rehashing emotional traumas of the past or borrowing trouble that may never happen in the future. Instead, it can help stabilize us in a moment of clarity, concentrating on our surroundings, our breath, our bodies, or whatever it takes to stay in the present and mindful. Sometimes, because of a trigger, we are reminded of an emotional trauma and it sends us into a tailspin where we want to overeat to numb the pain. Another answer might be to get out of the memory or thought pattern we're in and be mindful of the present. But how do we do that in the middle of pain? I've found for myself that the best way is to give myself something in the present to be mindful of for starters. I have to get interested with my senses. I often times use aroma therapy, as smell is a very strong sense. My favorites include lavender oil for calming and peppermint oil for enlivening. Sometimes I use music, like zen spa type music to help relax if I'm really stressed, along with the aroma therapy. Scented cancels bring me peace, as do long warm bubble baths. I usually break out my spa products like face masks…to keep myself as deep in the setting as possible. What could you do to become present and mindful again?


I hope Beth's post gives you all something to think about and I think it would be pretty cool if some of you shared what you would choose to do in these moments. Just contact me and I will share the ideas in all my groups or if I get enough responses I will use them in a future blog. Thanks again Beth for your contributions to my readers here at Carol's Corner. And to all my readers, stay tuned for another guest blog coming up that you really don't want to miss. Till next time, stay in the game however you can,and as always God Bless.