Angie’s YouTube Channel Wins Award

Angie’s YouTube Channel Wins Award


So excited to announce that my YouTube channel has been named among the top 50 Narcissistic Abuse Recovery blogs by Feedspot!
See the announcement here.

According to the site:
The Best Narcissist blogs from thousands of top Narcissist blogs in our index using search and social metrics. Data will be refreshed once a week. These blogs are ranked based on following criteria.

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

Discover. Understand. Overcome. It’s how smart people change their lives! Subscribe to my YouTube channel for more.

15 Survivor Life Hacks for Beating Laziness & Overwhelm

15 Survivor Life Hacks for Beating Laziness & Overwhelm

Beating overwhelm is a necessary part of getting things done. While overwhelm can have a variety of causes, for narcissistic abuse survivors, it can feel like you’re absolutely paralyzed. In most cases, the task that needs to be completed isn’t enjoyable. Or you lack inspiration. Mowing the grass when it’s 90 degrees outside is a good example of both.

Dealing with laziness is an important self-management skill. Getting things done when you don’t feel like doing them is practically a superpower. You’re unstoppable.

Beat laziness and accomplish more each day with the 15 tips I’m sharing in today’s video.

  1. Take frequent, short breaks. Tell yourself that you’ll work for 25 minutes and then take a quick break. Focus with all your might for those 25 minutes, and then relax for five.
  2. Be tough with yourself. Getting started requires the most willpower. Once you’ve gotten started, it’s easy to keep going. Grind your way through the first few minutes and then use the momentum to your advantage.
  3. Stand up straight. Slouching and laziness go together. Stand up tall and straight. You’ll feel better and more motivated.
  4. Monitor your inner dialog. Say positive things about the task at hand. Negative talk will stall your progress.
  5. Stop thinking about it. When you think about doing an undesirable task, you feel uncomfortable. That’s the reason you won’t do it. So, don’t think about it. Keep your mind on something else and get started.
  6. Keep it short and intense. Change your physiology, and your thoughts will change, too.
  7. Use a timer. See how long it takes you to complete the task. Make a game out of it. Another option is to set a timer for five minutes and see if you can perform the task for those five minutes without having even one negative thought. Timers are great for increasing focus.
  8. Get rid of the distractions. Get away from the TV and lock your cell phone in your desk.
  9. Keep your mind on a single task. Ironically, when you have a lot to do, it can be hard to do anything at all. Keep your mind on one task and forget about the rest. When this task is complete, the others will still be there.
  10. Think about how great you’ll feel when you’re done. Thinking about how dreadful the task will be is the best way to ensure that you won’t do it anytime soon.
  11. Be proud of getting your tasks completed. Most of us hate performing a task, and then feel neutral about getting it done. Get excited about completing these annoying tasks. Give yourself a pat on the back when they’re completed.
  12. Start with something easy. When faced with several things you don’t want to do, start with the quickest and easiest. The sense of accomplishment will keep you going.
  13. Make a to-do list. Cross the items off as they’re completed and enjoy the progress you’re making. There’s something satisfying about marking items off a list.
  14. Consider the benefits of the task. Will you get to keep your job? Get a date? Have a freshly manicured lawn? Consider the benefits of the activity. Focus on these benefits and get started before your attention drifts.
  15. Plan a reward at the end of the day. If you get everything completed, do something enjoyable. Meet a friend for dinner or rent a movie.

 

Laziness is a common dilemma. It occurs when the motivation to do a task is insufficient. There are several causes for this, but the cause isn’t important. Choose a few workable strategies to get you going and put them into action. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at your results.

Live Blab on Narcissistic Abuse Recovery: Monday, June 25 at 11:00 a.m. CST

Live Blab on Narcissistic Abuse Recovery: Monday, June 25 at 11:00 a.m. CST

Save the date!

Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Coaching Ask Us AnythingJust an early announcement: Monday at 11:00 a.m. CST, I’ll be going live on Blab.im with Tracy Malone to talk narcissistic abuse recovery and the related issues.

The replay will be posted on my YouTube channel – but if you want to watch live and/or ask us questions personally, please join us on Monday, right here. 

*Note on the Blab Platform: You can sign up (or in) using your existing Twitter or Facebook account. If you just want to watch and you DO NOT want to get on screen or leave comments during a Blab, there’s no account required. 

So, who’s Tracy Malone?

tracy maloneTracy is a a fellow YouTuber who helps people get through narcissistic abuse recovery, and she’s even started a local meetup group to help. See her channel, Narcissist Abuse Support by Tracy, and learn more about her, right here.

More details to come!

Christians and Gay Marriage: Who’s Persecuting Who?

Christians and Gay Marriage: Who’s Persecuting Who?

“Gay rights are human rights.” ~Hillary Clinton (more…)

Fashion Blogger Crush: Wendy Nguyen, Wendy’s Lookbook

Fashion Blogger Crush: Wendy Nguyen, Wendy’s Lookbook

Voucher codes UK blogger swap shop party“My professional inspiration has no separation from my personal inspiration: it is people who will stop at nothing to make a positive difference to other people’s lives. I am fortunate to come across quite a few of these game-changing people, and the desire to help (and keep up with them!) is what drives me.'” ~Richard Branson

Ok, people. Here it is. As a blogger, I’m a freaking pro. I’ve been professionally blogging (and personally blogging) since 2005–heck, I own a company that can thank blogging for a good majority of business–whether directly or indirectly.

So what I’m saying is, I know blogging (I’ve even been known to blog about blogging, no kidding). But when it comes to fashion blogging, specifically, I’m kind of a newbie. Not going to lie. While I’ve always loved fashion and style, I only recently began to dabble in the fashion blogging world–so be gentle with me, huh?

Anyhoo, in case you wondered, I am the kind of person who, when she’s interested in something, does her research, and who sort of teaches herself the ropes from the inside out. Part of my little self-led fashion-bl0gging study includes following amazing style bloggers with huge followings. Why? Because they’re doing something right–but not because I want to imitate them–I know who I am and I’m totally ok with it. It’s because I am inspired by them.

That’s why I’m starting this new feature–and, bonus for you, it’ll introduce you to some of the most amazing fashion bloggers on the ‘net. I’m calling the series “Fashion Blogger Crush,” but for the record, there are no sexual undertones intended–I just get bloggy crushes on really great bloggers sometimes. Kind of like how a musician might get a musical crush on another artist if they dig their style, for example.

But I digress. Please allow me to introduce my very first FBC.

Fashion Blogger Crush: Wendy Nguyen, Wendy’s Lookbook

“I find inspiration in art, nature, culture, architecture, food, people, and music. And for me, fashion is a compilation of all that. Fashion is a vehicle for me to play with shapes and colors in order to uncover my personal style.” ~Wendy Nguyen

screenshot of wendyI’m starting this series with a blogger who was introduced to me by Jane Cuddehe, the owner and creative mind behind Scialle Fine Shawls. This blogger happens to be Jane’s very favorite–her own fashion crush, as it were.

Naturally, I was curious, and once I caught a glimpse of Wendy’s gorgeous looks (both personal and styled) and her simple but fabulous blog (not to mention her crazy-huge following), I was in love. And her friendly, down-to-earth writing style is just the bow on the already perfect package Wendy’s Lookbook offers.

I wrote about her today over at Examiner.com because I discovered a really useful YouTube video she created called 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf. Here’s an excerpt.

If you love fashion, you’ve probably heard of Wendy Nguyen, the well-known blogger behind Wendy’s Lookbook.

After a lot of brainstorming and story-boarding, Wendy and her beau “Mystery Man” released a new video that could change your whole fashion life–it’s called 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf.

It’s such a classic look that it is nearly timeless.

“The Infinity vs. DIY Infinity
The difference is very subtle – the first fold. The Infinity is folded along the diagonal while the DIY Infinity is folded in half, horizontally. The Infinity starts off as a triangle, whereas the DIY Infinity begins as a rectangle. It seems like a trivial difference, but due to the shape, the Infinity fold works best with square scarves whereas the DIY version can be pulled off on thicker longer scarves. Also, because of the different starting shapes, the way the scarves drape are also slightly different. I wanted to include both in case people had trouble with the Infinity fold on their scarves, but due to the speed of the video, the first step was a bit harder to convey

There are actually a lot of ways in which you can wear scarves and shawls. You need not stick to the usual neckpiece or bandana anymore as with these tricks, your scarf can become your favorite accessory in no time at all.” ~Wendy Nguyen

And check this out–here are a few more fun ways to wear a scarf, courtesy of fashionista and Scialle Fine Shawls owner Jane Cuddehe.

So am I alone in my love for Wendy? Absolutely not. In addition to Jane, Wendy’s got LITERALLY hundreds of thousands of fans.

Hats off to you, Wendy! Keep up the amazing work. We love your style!

Who else loves Wendy? Let me hear it!  And what other fashion bloggers do you love? Maybe I’ll feature one in an upcoming post! Share your thoughts, feelings and experiences in the comments section, below! And don’t forget those blog links.

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