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My Mom’s 4 Year Anniversary: Quit Smoking Cigarettes

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening! Depending on when your reading this blog haha. Anyway…I wanted to celebrate my Mom, Margaret Reilly Vitrano on her 4 YEAR ANNIVERSARY ON QUIT SMOKING CIGARETTES!!! I’m so proud of her and so are her other family members and friends. She started her journey to quit in 2018 when she went to the doctor and got several health scares. I first wrote about her journey in my previous blog “My Mom Quit Smoking Cigarettes After 48 Years!”.

Me and My Mom in the beginning of her journey in 2018, Brooklyn.

Unfortunately Margaret aka Margie aka my Mom aka my best friend (I know that’s a lot of A.K.A’s lol) wasn’t immune to all heath issues after 48 years of smoking cigarettes. She has Emphysema, which comprises COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). The disease develops over time and involves the gradual damage of lung tissue, specifically the destruction of the alveoli (tiny air sacs). Luckily it isn’t life threatening if treated and carefully monitored, however it can affect everyday life tasks.

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My Mom wasn’t immune to the consequences of smoking for so long, however she is much healthier now that she has quit. Life has changed a lot in 4 years! My Mom and I moved from an apartment in Brooklyn, N.Y. to a house in Charlotte, N.C. Read about it in my previous blog “Hello, After One Year 🙂”. I got married in December of 2019 so all three of us live together in our house in North Carolina. The family has extended a bit since then because my sister had her baby girl, Rosemary and now has baby #2 on the way. My sis and her family also live in North Carolina. Unfortunately deaths did occur in the family and there were HUGE health scares for many with the Covid pandemic. Despite all the emotional up’s and down’s within the past 4 years my Mom did not have any cigarettes at all! This is a HUGE accomplishment within herself.

Me and my Mama in our backyard in N.C. 🥰
My husband (John), Me (Catherine), and my Mom (Margaret). All smiles 😁

I conducted a short interview with my Mom, Margie Reilly Vitrano to gain some insight on how she kept on track for years, especially during heartbreak and stressful times. Here are the questions and answers below:

  1. Q: How long has it been since you quit smoking? A: It has been 4 years on 4/20/18 since I quit smoking.
  2. Q: Why did you quit smoking? A: I got sick and was told I had to quit if I wanted to get better. I was hospitalized for a few days due to sickness.
  3. Q: Who motivated you to quit smoking? A: Me. I have been thinking about it for many years but was unsuccessful. It was mostly my daughter Catherine she got tough with me and wouldn’t let me quit my goal.
  4. Q: How did you finally quit and not smoke cigarettes again? A: I needed help so I used the smoking patch that I got through the 311 help line and they sent me free products to use.
  5. Q: How has life been since you quit? A: Better! I can breathe better, walk better except when it comes to walking up hills. I still have some of the symptoms of a smoker, but not as it was before. Some things don’t go away you just learn to live with it.
  6. Q: What was the hardest thing about quitting? And what was the easiest? A: The craving for a cigarette and nicotine taking a puff and just holding it between my fingers LOL. To tell you the truth nothing was easy about quitting, but I can say now that has been sometimes I forget how long it has been since I quit. I rarely think about smoking.
  7. Q: What advice can you give to people who want to quit smoking? And how did you coop with staying away from cigarettes for good? A: Just stick to your goal and don’t give up quitting! It is the hardest thing I had to do. but I failed many times before I got it right. Also using a support group on social media helped a great deal. There you can vent and people respond to your pain and suffering. Also they give advice and talk about their experiences and their journeys to freedom. It took many many years before I was truly ready, about 12 years to be exact. I would call the help line every year and they would send me free patches and gum. Sometimes I used them for a day or so then sometimes not. I knew I had it just in case. I was getting sick and not being around my family gave me the courage TO STOP AND REMAIN SMOKE FREE all of these years. I also started a new chapter in my life as a retired woman.
My Mom and the family dog (Ricki).

My Mom isn’t perfect however who is? She is a normal woman who overcame an obstacle and shared her experience with that obstacle. Good news my Mom has also inspired me and my Dad to quit smoking too. We have also been cigarette free for over 4 years. My Dad has also overcome many heath scares throughout the years and he is going strong too.

My Dad (John) and Me (Catherine). NYC visit 2022
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If you have a story about overcoming an obstacle in your life and/ or your own “quit smoking” story please share in the comments below. Thank you and have a blessed day 🙏🏻.

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My Reiki Experience with Samantha Valentin

Hey everyone! I wanted to share with all of you my experience with Reiki which was administered by one of my good friends, Reiki Practitioner and Credited Life Coach Advisor as well as Sound Therapist, Samantha Valentin. The practice of Reiki is an energy healing technique that promotes relaxation. It is a form of stress management and sound therapy, which gives you the feeling of gentle touches. Reiki was first established in Japan and has been used to relieve anxiety and increase positive energy flow through the body.

My Reiki Practitioner , Samantha gave me a private session in her home while I was on vacation. At first I was a little skeptical because I honestly never heard of Reiki and I knew nothing about it at all. However I trust Samantha, so I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised! I suffer from extreme anxiety and panic attacks for several years and only one session of Reiki with Samantha and my anxieties seemed to melt away. The music and comfortable environment was amazing it also gave me the opportunity to clear my mind and to focus on the present moment.

The Reiki session lasted about an hour and my eyes were closed and my body was relaxed the entire time. The sound therapy incorporation startled me at first because again I had no clue what to expect however ended up being my favorite part of the whole session. Samantha Valentin was pleasant and professional with an abundance of knowledge during my whole Reiki experience. If you would like to experience your own Reiki session don’t hesitate to book an appointment today.

In conclusion my experience was a positive one and I would definitely participate in another Reiki session and sound therapy with Samantha Valentin. She is a peaceful, calming presence that cares about people and has a passion to help heal. Please spread the love and support Samantha and her growing business of Reiki Healing, Life Counseling, and Sound Therapy.

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If anyone else has experienced Reiki and/or is knowledgeable about these energy healing techniques please comment below. Thanks everyone! Have a blessed day 🙂

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Be Kind to Your Thoughts

Let your thoughts be kind.

Try to ease and comfort your mind.

Do not let the bad thoughts stay on rewind.

Let your thoughts be strong!

Tell the devil to take a hike, take a trip, so-long.

Any negative thinking comes from the enemy so it has to be wrong.

Let your thoughts be gentle.

Don’t let anxiety and worry get you mental.

Like scheduling an important doctor’s appointment or some dental.

Let your thoughts practice self love.

Like in the Bible the characteristics of a dove.

Give that negative self talk a GREAT BIG shove!

Let your thoughts get you to the promise land.

Where God will be happy to shake your hand.

Don’t let the enemy weigh down your soul like quick sand.

On earth and in heaven worshiping Jesus is always in demand!

Proverbs 17:22
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Always Count Your Blessings

The entire world seems to be turned upside down by fear over the past few weeks from this coronavirus scare. Many people might be questioning God’s existence or cursing Him for letting the human race spine into chaos. But I say to you do not blame God it is not His fault. If you want to blame anyone it is ourselves who are responsible for chaos here on earth. We are the reason why things go wrong! God isn’t he loves us all and He wants to see us thrive and praise Him.

Instead of being fearful or angry at God let’s praise Him even more at a time like this and remember to be grateful for what you do have. Let us all counting our blessings today.

1. Blessed to be ALIVE!

If you are alive today then that is a huge gift and a blessing from God! Thank you, Jesus, for my life!

rooted and builded up in him, and established in your faith, even as ye were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2:7‬ ‭ASV‬‬

2. Blessed to have FAMILY & friends!

If you have family and friends in your life you are so blessed! Thank you, Jesus, for ALL my family and friends. Please protect them in their time of need and keep them safe and healthy. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Beloved, I pray that in all things thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
‭‭3 John‬ ‭1:2‬ ‭ASV‬‬

3. Blessed to have a JOB.

You are blessed if you still have your job or any source of income to take care of your financial expenses. Thank you, Jesus, for always providing for me with everything I need to survive!

“And God is able to make all grace abound unto you; that ye, having always all sufficiency in everything, may abound unto every good work:”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭9:8‬ ‭ASV‬‬

4. Blessed to have a place to SLEEP.

You are so blessed if you have a warm safe place to rest your head at night. Especially if you have a warm big comfy bed or even a nice couch. Many people don’t even have that so if you do be grateful and thank Jesus for that each and every day! Thank you, Jesus, for providing me with a warm comfy place to rest my head at night!

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to the which also ye were called in one body; and be ye thankful.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:15‬ ‭ASV‬‬

5. Blessed to have clean WATER to drink and good FOOD to eat.

You are so blessed if you have clean, fresh water to drink every day. If you have good food to eat that is warm and delicious then WOW that is so great! There are countless people throughout the world that aren’t as blessed as you right now. Always remember to give thanks to God! Thank you, Jesus, for food in my belly and water to quench my thirst.

I will give thanks unto Jehovah according to his righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of Jehovah Most High.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭7:17‬ ‭ASV‬‬

Even though it may be hard to give thanks when things may not be as good right now because of the coronavirus. If you have even one of these things that I mentioned above you are so blessed right now! A thankful heart is what God truly loves to hear and see from his children. Give thanks to Jesus always in prayer and action.

May God bless you all!

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Do Not Fear

Do not fear because God is with thee,

It is harder to explain to the blind that fail to see.

Fear is the ultimate weapon of Satan the enemy!

Bravery is contagious and so is a peaceful mind,

Others will seek godly strength but will lack to find.

Human strength is useless because Jesus alone can get you out of any bind.

Sickness and chaos will always be a part of this earth.

We can conquer death only with a spiritual rebirth.

Take on the power of God’s Holy Spirit with It’s mighty girth.

People fear more and more each and every day.

It’s harder to get through winter when it’s getting closer to May.

Stay safe in a world who encourages people to keep God at bay.

The only thing left to do is get on your knees and pray.

“fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭ASV‬‬

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Take Courage

Being fearful isn’t a way to live this life.

Afraid of the world, death, being cut by a sharp knife.

Having courage is the right and true way to be.

One day everyone will worship and be free as each one takes a knee.

Waking up everyday is a battle.

My Lord, my God how he seeks us like sheep in His cattle.

Something told me to write down my thoughts get them out of my head.

This is essential to a well rested night in bed.

Psalms 31:24

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Re-Blog: The Art of Giving from the Heart

This blog post touched my heart so much I had to re-blog it on my own website. Feel free to read this over and over again this kind of thinking will NEVER get old but unfortunately in TODAY’S society is becoming exist. Read and enjoy it on “Deep Tuesdays” blogging website.

The Art of Giving from the Heart

God bless you all.