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As a child I found a box of shiny white paper in a neighbor's trash. Coloring lines with a crayon could be wiped off as the paper was so smooth. Then I realized the paper was dark where ever the crayon had blocked the light. It was old photographic paper. I made a crude camera with a magnifying glass and I could make little negatives of trees against the sky. As a result I gained an interest in photography and I was the yearbook photographer for my high school class. My college degree is in photography and it lead to more opportunities in my work career. These days I replicate photographic methods from the 1840s as a hobby. That box in the trash changed my life.
A daith piercing in my left ear. Also called a migraine piercing. I have scoliosis (not bad enough to warrant surgery), and meds would either stop working after a while, or permanently damage my liver. Two years ago I got it done and my aural migraines went down by like 90%. I don´t care if it is a placebo effect or real. It helped.
I applied to a project that will pay you to go back to school and get a nurse degree. I got accepted and will start my training in september without financial issues!
You have no idea how much that helped me get through the day.
I started a new job about 8 months ago and a few days ago I purchased a cushion for my office chair and this has CHANGED MY LIFE. I actually look forward to going to work now and get more work done and take less sneaky breaks, who knew a £5 cushion could make such a difference.
A coronary artery stent. It's amazing how much better you can feel with more than 2% blood flow in one of the main arteries.
A shoutout sunday from thomas sanders. I was contemplating killing myself a couple weeks ago and later that day I went on tiktok and watched thomas sanders, I scrolled down through the tiktoks until I found a shoutout sunday for people named Willow (my name) I sat there in shock while it repeated 5 times and then I started to cry and it reminded me that I need to stay alive so I can hopefully meet this wonderful man someday (Thomas in general has been a huge part of my journey with suicidal thoughts (mainly me wanting to stay alive so i can say hi to him someday) and accepting my sexuality/gender and stuff, if you don't know who he is please check him out he is the most amazing pure person on this earth and i love him)
As a girl of about 9 I let my curiosity get the better of me and broke open my sisters Chatty Cathy doll to see how it worked. I was so enthralled by the mechanism inside that from that point forward I HAD to find out how things worked. Toys to begin with, then mechanical things, then electrical things. I had a 40 career as am automobile repair technician, mechanic to us old dogs, was one of 85 women in the United States that became a Certified Master Technician, and one of 45 women in the US to become an A1 Certified Master Tech. And I loved every minute of it. Thank you Chatty Cathy, you influenced every aspect of my childhood and adulthood.
My hair growing back! Lost it three times due to chemo and really struggled with it as I just didn’t feel or look like myself. During the past 15 months of the pandemic I haven’t been able to have a hair cut and I’ve actually managed to grow it to a really lovely length. It feels goods to feel more myself again.
a specific eyeliner. I liked to wear make up because it makes me feel pretty and confident. But I have oily skin on my eyelids which leads to eyeliner smearing all over my lid. I stopped wearing eyeliner until I found a nyx one. It stays on for the whole day and is pretty much waterproof. It changed my make up game for the better and now I wear it every day. It really is a confident boost
During nursing school, I had an hour and a half commute both ways. I recorded lecture and would listen to it during that drive. Also would listen to YouTube (Simple Nursing and RegisteredNurseRN are great).
Also, figure out your learning style.
Made straight As. Even in pharm!
My pet rat
This makes me feel ok.Just realised while helping out our fellow community member above.Anxiety kills the joy in every moment.
Meeting my friend Pebble (Not their real name, just a nickname) She is a person I trust 100% to confide in and talk to about nothing and everything. We are super similar, but also, super different! She is like a sister to me!
Meeting the love of my life and having kids leading to Grandkids and I love them all!
A watercolor box set.
I have the chance to buy some of them and some day I will be able to buy more expensive ones.
I just love the effect of watercolors.
people smiling at me in the streets for n reason. just slimilung. makes my day better all the time
It's making a grand impact on my health as I'm reducing salt in my diet to keep blood pressure healthy. I used to have fairly high BP years ago, but ever since I've learned that lemon juice along with other spices/acids is a great salt substitute for flavor from watching a few cooking shows.
I now almost never add salt or sodium based spices/condiments to my dishes for quite the longest while. In addition with the lowered BP, my anxiety with things have gone down and I've learned how to get big flavor in the meals I make (mostly chicken, tofu, salmon meats). I do use other things like spices/acids (vinegar) in addition or just leave out the lemon juice and use chili for big flavor.
Having a screen free day. I feel like you miss out on so much when ur glued to ur phone. So for a day, I get everything I need to do done and I try to get excersise and enjoy the outdoors.
It was exactly 12th of September 2010. There was a really bad storm outside and because of this my mom let me stay at home instead of going to school.
I was chatting online and met three years older guy from different city. I befriended him, his (online) presence helped me survive my last, veeery nasty year of secondary school (at tje time I was bullied by both students and some teachers up to the point where I seriously considered suicide) and he inspired me to enroll in high school as far from my toxic hometown as possible.
Ten years later I am living in different part of the country, visiting my hometown maybe twice per year (and only because of my parents), I have lovely group of friends and I can honestly say that I'm happy.
(Unfortunately, I lost contact with my internet friend through the course of time.)
Would there be a nice weather on that day ten years ago, who knows, maybe I wouldn't even be alive today.
Buying a wireless keyboard for my ipad, I don't have to bring my laptop with me everywhere I go now, and I can get work done more easily!
Taking the 'small things' literally then anti-depressants.
Me being assigned a creative writing assignment in 7th grade. I've always had storylines running through my head, but I never realized that before this. Now I plan to become and author and have written around 45 pages of a story I'm really into.
The positive pregnancy test for my firstborn. It' s been in my nightstand drawer for 13 years now. Sometimes when the boys don't stop fighting or the adolescent is rude and offensive I look at the little test and remind me of the indescribable feeling when I first looked at it ages ago.
fourth grade was heck, nobody was listening and I even would have meltdowns where I would let it all out. but then whenever I came home, I would get my device and try to do something to stop my heart from screaming and crying. then I tried music, it helped a lot so, I would just tune into some music after school. safe to say, it worked a whole lot. now I use music as a way to escape into my world, my haven, away from reality.
At the age of 51 learning how to do a spreadsheet that autosums for me when I do my budget it makes it so much easier . Huge load off my mind. I own multiple companies and am great at working on computers but I have never been able to do a spreadsheet
I've gone a thousand places through reading. With books you can experience different places, time periods, people, ideas, be inspired, comforted, and feel love. Also with correspondence, you can express yourself and connect with others.
HTP-5 supplements. I used to be a highly strung chronic insomniac and hated the way sleeping pills made me feel.
Now Ive taken HTP-5 daily for about 5 years and sleep as much as my job and young kids allow withou feeling like I'm about to shatter into bits all the time.
Learning to crochet, it's given me a useful outlet for my nervous energy and a meditation all in one. :)
Totally changed my ability to cope with life.
My pet cockatiel. He’s a smol ball of fluff, but he’s got a big heart. I’ve been feeling really down lately cos of family stuff and yet another lockdown but he’ll give me kisses or sing for me and helps me feel better. Hugs from my partner help too.
Mine is pretty small but cavetown. I don't really know but his music is just really calm and helps me fall asleep and relax
Getting my third grade teachers home room. She’s just one of my favorite people in the world, and encouraged my writing so much. She actually let little third grade me read my 3000 word story in front of the whole class. Because of her, I’m actually trying to write a novel and publish it :) that may be a bigger thing, but was important
The stray cat in the alley behind my work. Lady is the best 17 lbs. of ❤❤ I ever took home :)
A 20 month old tiny girl who made me a mommy. No words to describe the joy that still bring 14 years later.
Simple self care. Forgiving myself, giving myself a break and not being too hard on myself. I’m the one who expects the most of myself and it was time to take it easy on myself.
Vitamin D! People don't even realise how much this tiny drop gives to your health (physical & mental). It is always worth checking if you don't have vitamins deficiency.
Mrs. Hester Means, my 8th grade algebra teacher. She was a mentor, fabulous teacher. She came to my life when I had just moved and my mother was ill. She believed in me when I needed someone to do that for me. I tried to find her to thank her many years later but couldn’t find her.
I didn’t believe in magic until I rescued a dog.
I started driving the speed limit - not five over, not one or two over. Exactly the speed limit. And it took ALL the stress out of driving that I previously experienced, and led to me slowing down other aspects of my life as well. Sure, it may bother other cars around me, but that’s their issue - not mine.
Joining my union! Once I finally made that decision, I’ve never looked back. I’m a stronger person for it!
Doing my room mates laundry & making her coffee when she wakes up. It makes her happy & when she is happy so am I :)
In an ELA test I read a poem (Nothing Gold Can Stay By:Robert Frost) and it really inspired me to write poems. I have made a few and I’m really proud of them!
Small size, big decision. A small blue pill that I've taken everyday for over two and a half ye
It was Hypixel Skyblock, and someone gave me 350k free coins. To them, it was barely anything, but it was a lot to me. I was very thankful for them and very happy.
Strangely, falling out of a tree. It caused a whiplash, which led to headaches, which led to going to the hospital, which led to finding out I had a tumor growing in my brain. It was removed last year, and now, I have a scan every 6 months. We know it'll return someday, but not when. Through all this, I have my partner's huge support. Also, getting a relationship with said partner. I met her through mutual friends, and she needed help moving to a different appartment. At the end of the move, just before leaving, I squeezed her hand, which got the ball rolling, which led to a relationship
Yana groups from jessii vee (yana stands for you are not alone)
This’ll seem kinda stupid but the thing that made a difference in my life was getting a PlayStation 4, reason Is, I got apex legends in may of 2020, and in September of 2020 I met this guy on apex we’ll call him Eric -nowhere near his name lmao- me and Eric were extremely close even though we only knew each other through we only knew each other through the PlayStation. Fast forward to last night his cousin messaged me saying that he was in the hospital.. I have no clue if I should believe him or not.. I have 0 clue if anyone here does this or not but. Please pray fellow pandas..
-also the thing that made a difference was NOT him going to the hospital, it was me meeting him-