Last Day of 2020

How was your year? Life has changed for Donald and myself in so many ways this year. He was recovering from a back injury. I had a car wreck in January of 2020 that injured my back and right hip leaving me unable to drive this year. We have struggled to decipher the truth about the presidential election and COVID-19.

We started Mental Acumen on Freedomizer during the heart of the pandemic. Then we decided we needed this website and I recently started the weekly blog for this website. We struggled with finances as did many other families during the course of this crazy year.

I got a grandchild added to my family this year. I had a car pass away this year. We also attended the funeral of Donald’s grandma. We have visited family and hugged everyone and told them that we love them because we do not know what will happen next. I started my second bachelors this year at ASU online for Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship. It has been eye opening and we are trying to decide what career choices are next for our family.

I solidified my desire to manifest a large sum of money in the coming year and to buy a farm. We also want to build a cabin on our Colorado land so that we can retire there if we choose. We are looking to move further south in the next 5 years or less so we can be closer to family. We are actively making plans for our future and our choices will be in line with those plans soon.

We share this with you because you feel like friends. We would love to listen to you share your story with us via commenting on this post, calling in LIVE ON AIR, or even via email mentalacumenradio@gmail.com. We are sharing this journey of learning and growing in a healthy loving way with you. Whether you have followed us since the beginning or you just found us today… stop by and say hello.

We didn’t really talk about new year’s superstitions on the show but consider doing a quick google search and try some out for yourself such as my tried and true if eating black eyed peas on the 1st.

This post was not planned and we will still be continuing our regular schedule next year. Stay tuned and join in this process with us.

Donald and Christie Rose

Goodbye 2020

Last of our weekly blog posts for this year. We put family first this week and were visiting so I did not have a chance to post this yesterday. We hope every one of you were doing the same thing and enjoying your holidays. We are on the road for this show today as we have done before.

We have enjoyed time with our family and eating delicious food. We hope everyone is gearing up for a raucous New Year’s Eve. We will not be sad to see 2020 in the rearview mirror. We are looking forward to the new year and hoping for some positive energy changes. We would love for you to call in to share your holiday stories with us on the air today or sometime soon. We will be talking about what has happened this year and our plans for next year. We look forward to 2021 as we will be discovering new topics along with you in our ever changing world.

Learning is the journey and not the destination.

Enjoy today’s show.

Donald and Christie Rose

Mental Acumen on Freedomizer Radio 12/28 by FreedomizerRadio | Current Events

Goodbye 2020…See ya…

Our mission is to engage in open discourse that promotes healthy bodies and minds. We advocate for freedom of health choices, educational choices, and other personal and political freedoms that are eroding in our culture. We promote voluntary interactions with one another and want to invite you to connect with us.

Topic this week: Goodbye 2020… and take COVID with you. We are talking about the good things that have happened this year and how we are going to start off the new year on the right foot.

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Mental Acumen on Freedomizer Radio 12/21 by FreedomizerRadio | Current Events

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Happy Winter Solstice and Merry Christmas 2020

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Topic this week: Happy Winter Solstice! We are talking about Christmas and how we plan to celebrate. We will talk about holidays and traditions and what it looks like this year due to COVID. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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Winter Solstice/ Christmas

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We are so excited to celebrate with you tomorrow on the air. Please check out the blog post that I shared about the winter solstice. I keep wanting to type “soulstice” and I guess that is because it is also accurate in a way. I think that the longest night of the year and the darkest day of the year is a great time for us to tune into our soul. Regardless of the religion that you follow or adhere to winter is a time of death and change. Personally, after this trying year that we will maybe not so lovingly refer to as 2020 has been a challenge to say the least. We are due for some change.

Many religions have different celebrations and traditions that fall on or around the winter solstice. However, I believe it is important to focus more on personal introspection and soul searching instead of the material or commercial aspects of this and any other holiday. Let’s focus on the death of the year and a time of change by spending quality time with our loved ones (even if we can not afford gifts) and hugging them just a little tighter as we solidify our memories, enjoy the moment, and ponder on our future plans.

Whether you get to spend time with family or not remember to take time for self reflection and self care. It is important that we cherish our bodies, minds, and spirits as we approach winter because it can be a dark quiet time. Negative feelings and emotions tend to bubble up as we are more isolated due to less sunlight, less contact with other (thanks covid), and just an overall dark slowness that encompasses this time of year. It is important to reach out when you need support for your mental and physical health. None of us are mind readers and in this fast paced world that we live in we are less connected than ever.

I am not a licensed therapist, but I have been trained to help process emotions and feelings. I am also a trained health coach so I can help you feel stronger and more prepared to tackle the world. It is important to plan your introspection and quiet time accordingly. Please consider letting someone know or preparing by collection numbers of people or organizations you can call if you get overwhelmed. We have all been under a lot of stress this year. It is time to make a plan to safely release some of this stress by really being in the present and taking some quiet time to reflect. This can look different for everyone and may be done alone or with others. I like a quiet candle lit room with pen and paper nearby to meditate while soft comforting music plays in the background. I will either just sit with my thoughts, express feelings that come up like crying, journal, meditate, practice reiki on myself, or enjoy a cacao ceremony. I would love to help you discover your comfortable setting for reflection and introspection.

Remember we just finished a five part series about emotions and feelings if you want to check out our older episodes they are all in this blog feed. Just choose the episode and scroll down to the source link to listen.

We are curious what your holiday traditions and plans are for this year. What do you have planned for winter? We are hoping to see family and enjoy some home made goodies while we visit. We plan to take some home made chex mix and exchange gifts. We are looking forward to spending time with our listeners like you tomorrow as we talk about our plans, the winter solstice ( or “soulstice”), Christmas, and reflection of the year and our feelings.

Winter is a time for things on the Earth to die or hibernate only to be reborn in the spring. Unfortunately, humans are so stressed out that we are ill equipped to handle the stress of winter. However, we can work to support on another and look at this as a time to release old negative energy and feelings to relieve our bodies and minds. This way we can be reborn in the spring with a lighter happier body, mind, and spirit.

Join us tomorrow as we talk about the holiday season.

Christie Rose and Donald

The Spiritual Significance of the Winter Solstice

The Spiritual Significance of the Winter Solstice
— Read on exploredeeply.com/live-your-purpose/winter-solstice-spiritual-meaning

I am doing research for the show tomorrow and working on my blog post for today. I found this beautiful blog and felt like I needed to share. No matter if you follow a particular religion or not it is possible to feel the changing energy as we come to the winter solstice tomorrow. I will still complete my blog post shortly and look forward to your comments and to seeing you tomorrow on the show.

Christie Rose

Mental Acumen on Freedomizer Radio 12/14 by FreedomizerRadio | Current Events

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Emotions and Feelings Part 5 (Wrapping up this Series)

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Source: Mental Acumen on Freedomizer Radio 12/14 by FreedomizerRadio | Current Events

Loss is Hard

Yeah I know this may be an understatement and that it is common sense. However, we are wrapping up our series on Emotions and Feelings tomorrow and this sums up today.

As you may know from listening to our radio show we have four cats. I’ll give a little back story. My daughters fell in love with the idea of helping animals when their dad left in January of 2015. They found Duncan’s Place Cat Sanctuary on Facebook and my younger daughter and myself volunteered for six months at our local animal shelter.

I guess I was trying to make up for my past mistakes and wanted my girls to be happy and learn responsibility. I can not count quickly the number of cats we fostered and adopted. We quickly decided that with our crazy schedules that kittens were not a good fit any then gained a strong fondness and soft spot in our hearts for older cats. Especially over 10 years and at the shelter for a while. It was hard to see the animals in small cages and the large carts of animals euthanized at the shelter. We wanted to save them all.

Anyway, I got a beautiful grey old man cat with piercing green eyes from the shelter. He was my baby. I told him to live forever and that he was handsome and sexy. Well unexpectedly he got sick and passed away not long before I met Donnie. I was devastated and decided I had room in my heart to help another grey senior kitty.

My daughter and I went to the shelter and saw a grey and white beautiful sassy senior kitty with a red bandanna. She had been at the shelter for months because of the bandanna that meant she did not like to be picked up. We don’t tote our cats around so we met with her and fell in love. Her name was Bacchus because her parents thought she was a boy and they released her to the shelter when they got divorced and she had a sibling but I think the sibling had past… not sure on that detail. Anyway, she was sassy and beautiful. I fell in love and named her Barbie.

Barbie

She LOVED laps and did not like other cats. We all gave her space when needed. She slowly got older and skinny. She ate and played and loved cookies. She was so cute to sneak into a lap when she thought you were not paying attention. She adored Donnie and loved when he would talk and read and let her lay on his chest.

She was such a good kitty. A couple days ago I noticed she looked grumpy. I paid extra attention to how much she was eating and drinking. I gave her extra cookies and snuggles. I checked on her every time she yelled ( that was another on of her things to yell for no reason).

Yesterday I asked my daughter to come help me give her a bath. She had been outside to play a few days ago in the sun and still had not cleaned her feet. We helped her feel and smell good. Then noticed she couldn’t walk. She wouldn’t drink or eat even wet food or cookies. She was so old that our best bet in the middle of the night was to keep her comfortable. She didn’t seem to be in pain. I held her for the better part of 12 hours. I told her that Donald was on his way home.

She lifted her head when he shut the car door. When he came in she lifted her head and reached out her paw. As if to say I need you and I love you. He said he wanted it hold her to give me a break. She took her last breath shortly afterwards. We talked to her and held her and told her we loved her so much. We will take her to be cremated tomorrow and I may have to mention this on the show.

My heart has a large hole for her now. I miss her dearly and my house seems empty. I still have three cats and I snuggle two of them last night. Loss is really hard and the holidays make it worse. When I was caring for her and keeping her comfortable to wait for her Donald I realized that nothing else mattered. I could have cleaned or cooked. I couldn’t focus on the tv or a book. I didn’t want her to feel alone. My heart needed her to know that she was loved and not alone.

Hug your loved ones tight today. People and animals. Take a moment to let them know you love them and how important they are to you. I have one senior cat now and I plan to spoil her rotten.

See you tomorrow on the show, Donald and Christie Rose

Mental Acumen on Freedomizer Radio 12/07 by FreedomizerRadio | Current Events

Emotions and Feelings Part 4

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Our mission is to engage in open discourse that promotes healthy bodies and minds. We advocate for freedom of health choices, educational choices, and other personal and political freedoms that are eroding in our culture. We promote voluntary interactions with one another and want to invite you to connect with us.

Topic this week: We are talking about how emotions and feelings affect the mind and body. We will talk about creating healthy boundaries and emotional intelligence. We will also share some personal emotional stories.

We welcome callers LIVE ON AIR! (319) 572-6208 press 1 Join us Monday’s 5:30pm MST/ 4:30pm PST

Mental Acumen Website: https://mentalacumenradio.com/

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Duncan’s Place Cat Sanctuary: https://duncansplace.org/

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SAVA: https://savacenter.org/ SAVA 24/7 Crisis Hotline: 970-472-4200

Source: Mental Acumen on Freedomizer Radio 12/07 by FreedomizerRadio | Current Events

Holidays are Emotional for Us

Tomorrow we are going to share a little bit about why the holidays are emotional times for us. My mother passed away when I was a new mom. She was only 37. I miss her dearly and it is emotional to think I am older than my mom.

Donald lost his father when he was a new father and he is thankful for the time he had. However holidays are a time for family and when someone is missing in your life for any reason it can be difficult as the holidays approach.

Although loss is part of life it is not our only focus. I am so thankful to have my two grown daughters and my two healthy and happy grandchildren. Donald has his daughter. We have plenty of reasons to be happy and thankful during this holiday season. We want to encourage you to focus on gratitude to help you heal.

Join us tomorrow 5:30pm MST to listen to our stories or share your own. Stay tuned for the link to the LIVE show.

Christie Rose, BBA, HC