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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sanguine Saturday

First off, let me just say, I've noticed a few people adding this blog to their 'follow' list. To those of you who weren't already my friends, I'm glad to meet you and look forward to getting to know you. Please feel free to throw in any thoughts at any time - I'm not easily offended and I welcome free discussion. Those of you who already know me should, of course, also feel free to throw in any thoughts they like.

Blog Matters:
I've decided to designate today, and every Saturday, Sanguine Saturday here on Finding The Fence. Regardless of my mood on the day, I intend to post a list of skills based successes from the week and a list of things I am grateful for/about. I hope to keep this one post each week free of any negativity at all.

This week's Success Stories:
I made attempts to DEAR MAN my psychiatrist.
I showed congruency between my emotions & my expression of them (Emotion Regulation).
I have worked on not Avoiding specific situations.
I have practiced allowing myself to feel and to express Emotions (Emotion Regulation).
I have worked hard to make good choices, healthy choices, even when I found it difficult (Turning The Mind).
I have taken time this week to do Pleasant Event Scheduling.
I have worked on my goals, and taken steps to build MASTERY.
I ordered hot chocolate and cake, asking for small changes, then ate them in front of someone I had not previously properly eaten in front of (Face Fear).

Gratitudes List/Things that make me happy:
I have been blessed with many wonderful friends, both on and offline.
I was able to attend the Craft Expo today.
Craft and craft supplies.
Interesting conversations with fascinating people.
Unexpectedly finding a gift that I can send to a friend overseas.
I bought a giraffe tissue box cover and a tiger bin (trash can) today.
I'm grateful that I can walk. Even if my ability is still impaired at the moment, I am better off than a lot of people who have no use of their legs.
Encouragement, validation and recognition.
I am grateful that the world is full of beauty.

Today's cheer-leading statements:
I can cope.
Ruminating about the past or the future is never helpful. I need to concentrate on 'now'.
I am not responsible for the actions, thoughts or feelings of anybody other than myself.

Take care of yourselves until next time, and may we all find our own small fences along the way.


  1. This rocks! What a great idea. Enjoying following your blog.

  2. Thanks, Stacey! I got the idea from an e-list I used to be on that had "Monday Possies". Seems like it'd been too long since I'd done anything like it.

    Who knows, maybe it'll even catch on in the blogging world. ;)

  3. Ugh, sorry Stacy, that e just slipped in there!