#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Charts and discoveries

Kathy Cauley and Darcy–congratulations, ladies!   You are this week’s winners.  (If you’re not Kathy or Darcy, not to worry.  A whole new round starts on Monday.)

Today’s weather is uncannily spring-like–sunny, brisk but not cold, bright as a blue-green gemstone polished to a high shine.  :)  (Yes, I definitely have gemstones on my mind.  The more I learn about them, the more fascinated I become.)  How I love a discovery–no matter how small!  I am planning some experiments and if anything exciting comes of it, I’ll be sure to tell you all about it.

I seem to be undergoing some kind of profound transformation; it’s hard to define.  At first, it was rocky, and I felt about as overwhelmed as a bronc-buster at the rodeo, trying to stay on for 80 seconds instead of the customary 8.  After a while, though, things began to level out, and I could see that the process is a good one–I believe it began, at least in part, when I began having acupuncture treatments a few months back.  Of course prayer is also an element, and healthy eating definitely makes a difference, too.  The Weight Watchers plan is so nutritious that I begin to feel better within a few days, which begs the question, why did I ever stop in the first place? 

Because I thought I could do it on my own, that’s why.  Ha.  So much for that theory.  I am a very disciplined person, in most respects, but I do need structure–a plan to follow, small goals to meet, that sort of thing.  And I need to be accountable–as in the weekly weigh in at my meeting.  Without these aids, afflicted with ADD and Firefly Syndrome as I am, I sometimes get so scattered that I can’t sit still, let alone concentrate on one project until it’s finished–not without great difficulty, anyhow.  When I make charts and to-do lists, it’s much easier to get everything done.  (I was one of those little kids who would do practically anything to earn a gold star at Sunday School.)

So I’m making charts. 

A chart for meeting my daily writing quota, for instance.

One for exercise.

One for my Italiano lessons.  (Ciao, baby)

Doubtless, other ideas will occur to me as well.  :)  Because I also have a tendency to overload myself, these three will be enough for now.  :)

I’m excited about this idea, for sure.

Someone asked about EMDR–that’s Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  Briefly, this is a physical technique for releasing old emotions, etc.  I haven’t had my first actual session yet, so that’s about all the description I can give for now.  :)  I know it’s very successful, acknowledged by Medicare and the Veteran’s Administration, and is especially helpful for soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  It’s not talk therapy, which is, in my opinion, another point in its favor.  (While therapy of that sort certainly has its place, and can be very beneficial, I think it can also keep a person stuck, telling their same old story over and over again, dwelling on, as my mom would put it, the ‘gory details’, and essentially re-enforcing the problem.)  It also involves tapping, a process of tapping certain points on the body repeatedly.  You can find some examples on Youtube, if you’re interested.

Guess I knew more about it than I thought I did.  :)

Time to wrap this up, my friends.  Have a terrific weekend. 

And remember to be kind–to yourself as well as others.


18 comments to “Charts and discoveries”

  1. Lois Rotella
      · November 8th, 2013 at 3:09 pm · Link

    Have a great weekend !! Congrats ladies on your win !!!

  2. Renae Kinsey
      · November 8th, 2013 at 3:11 pm · Link

    You always have so many interesting things to say!!! I am happy for you with WW. I too, join and quit. Vicious cycle. I don’t have my recipes handy but when I used to crave lasagna I would heat up cottage cheese and a little tomato sauce. Doesn’t sound good now but when you want lasagna it works. Haha. I need to re-join. Or something!! The accountability works for me!!! Love to you, Wendy, and Jen!

  3. Lorraine Pitts
      · November 8th, 2013 at 3:21 pm · Link

    Another great post. Hope your weekend is wonderful!!!

  4. Roberta Giordano
      · November 8th, 2013 at 4:06 pm · Link

    Thank you for the info on EMDR. I am going to look into it further. My husband is a Vietnam vet might be good for him. My grandson has ADHD he is 18 now and handles it so much better than when he was younger. Now can you tell me what firefly syndrome is. Sorry for all the questions my mom I always am the one with all the questions. To me that is how we learn about new things. Lol. Have a nice weekend

  5. Becky in Hauser, Idaho
      · November 8th, 2013 at 5:37 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    Just got home from Wal-Mart where I purchased “An Outlaw’s Christmas”. I was sooooo excited to see that it is a historical romance, my favorite!! Bring on the snow, I am ready to curl up in front of the fire and read!
    Thank You again for bringing so much pleasure to so many people! :-P

  6. Diana E
      · November 8th, 2013 at 6:15 pm · Link

    Not only are you inspiring, Linda, you’re interesting! Looking forward to hearing more about your treatment. Hope you have a great weekend, lots of grandchildrens games for me, volleyball, basketball and football. Keeps me out of trouble!!! Blessings.

  7. Ruby Norwood
      · November 8th, 2013 at 6:43 pm · Link

    Another great post Linda!!Hope you have a great weekend.

  8. Nadine Spradlin
      · November 8th, 2013 at 8:20 pm · Link

    Thank you Linda, I’ve enjoyed all of your books and wait none too patiently for the next one .Big Sky Secrets, in Jan .which is just around the corner . Hope your weekend is BLESSED ! Nadine

  9. Lea Williams
      · November 9th, 2013 at 12:03 am · Link

    The eye thing really interests me. Think I will look on You Tube. Today was somewhat nice. When we were coming home from a funeral from a long time friend, I looked up and the cloud above Fairchild AFB looked just like an angels wing. We had to really watch it for a minute and of course I did not have my camera, like when the moose walked down the middle of our road, so it is just in my memory bank. Hope your weekend is fantastic. Glad WW is helping you. Blessings.

  10. Terri Shortell
      · November 9th, 2013 at 12:36 am · Link

    I’m interested in knowing how the EMDR works for you. I have PTSD due to being a sexual abuse survivor. I’m currently doing what you called talking therapy and I partly agree with you on the results. I have relived the abuse in my mind due the sessions and have, therefore, had returning nightmares. If Medicare does recognize this therapy I would gladly try it. Congrats to the winners of the drawing and good luck with WW and the list making.

  11. Gloria
      · November 9th, 2013 at 12:45 am · Link

    Congratulations to Kathy Cauley and Darcy!

    Everyone, have a good and Godly weekend.

  12. Denise King
      · November 9th, 2013 at 3:16 am · Link

    You have a great and blessed weekend as well Linda.

  13. carole
      · November 9th, 2013 at 10:07 am · Link

    Congrats to the winners! I need to get some books for the kids that I tutor, they are improving so well that I need to fllinds books that challenge them. I started a new job so I had to shut-down my home daycare, I miss the babies! I’m in a store bakery which so far is going good, still being trained. That’s about all that’s going on with me, have a wonderful week!

  14. susan Leech
      · November 9th, 2013 at 10:50 am · Link

    Good Luck to you and enjoy the weekend. I am reading BIG SKY wedding and love it. sue Leech

  15. Joyce M.
      · November 9th, 2013 at 12:01 pm · Link

    Good luck to everyone. I’ll keep everyone in my prayers.

  16. Emily
      · November 9th, 2013 at 9:35 pm · Link

    Hope everyone has a great week-end and lots of prayers to all of you.

  17. judy
      · November 10th, 2013 at 9:31 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners.

  18. susan Leech
      · November 11th, 2013 at 10:58 am · Link

    Morning Linda, I am reading an ARC of yours with three other authors which is due out in Dec. I will be reviewing it once I have the book finished. Your books are so good. sue Leech

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