What I Learned By Doing The Grandparent Program

Over Christmas weekend, I hand-delivered gifts to a nursing home. My husband, sister, mom, and Gma came with as well. We dressed up in fashionable Santa hats and came to town to bring cheer, love, and presents to all of the residents at the rural MN.

What I learned…

1. Residents are extremely thankful and just want to be loved.

It was amazing to be there the day before Christmas Eve. We were able to just spread joy with them all. I wanted them to know we cared.

My mom handed out a gift to an elderly man in a wheel chair and he started to cry. At that moment my heart broke all over for them.

I’m so glad we were able to go see them.

2. People MOSTLY, want to help out!
I’m seriously blessed with knowing so many of the right kinds of people. People who just want to help and bless! So blessed.

3. You find out who you want to be like and who you don’t…
Christmas season tends to bring out the best and worst in people. And when you are in charge of a charity, you tend to see both sides.

I tend to just use that as an example of who I’d rather be like! One person I know jumped and said “Oh, sign us up for three!”

I want to be like that! I want to help those in need without worrying about how it’s going to affect me and just know that because of it, I will have blessed someone else.

4. I felt so good after delivering the gifts!

I am definitely going to do this again next year! Who knows, maybe I’ll do it again in a few months! It really felt good to give back!

Thank you to all of my blog followers who adopted a grandparent! It meant so much to them and I’m glad I was able to be a part of this!! <3

8 Ways To Feel Together When You Aren’t Together For The Holidays

It’s that bittersweet time of the year again, isn’t it?

It’s the time of the year where there are parties and get together’s. Your work might even host a dinner or get together, but since you are in a long-distance relationship, your partner isn’t here and if you are going to attend, you will have to attend without your plus one. That makes for a lot of awkward moments and stares. Maybe not, but that’s at least how it feels when you see your coworker with her husband or your boss with his wife. Everyone has their partner there, except for you.

8 Ways To Feel Together When You Aren't Together For The Holidays

9 Ways To Deal With Not Being Together During The Holidays

I know how hard this is. Your partner would be there in a heartbeat if they could, but it’s just they aren’t able to, because of where they are and where you are. Distance can be a jerk sometimes.

In this post, you’ll find out some things you can do to make the holidays easier for you and your love. Continue reading “8 Ways To Feel Together When You Aren’t Together For The Holidays”

What I Want For Christmas…

Peace & Good Will To All Men!

Don’t you just love that song, “All… I want for Christmas… Is you!” I do.

This is what I want for Christmas.

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Every year around this time people start making lists and checking them twice. There might be a few things I can think of that I want for Christmas, but I feel that as each year goes by you find yourself wanting more life things like: happiness, health, joy, no fears, and many blessings rather than material items. So I decided to make a list of things that I’d like for Christmas.

What I Want For Christmas…

  1. Safe travels. (I will be in South Africa for Christmas.)
  2. To have a blessed amazing time with Johan & to make new exciting memories.
  3. Happiness.
  4. Joy.
  5. Get some ideas for my new book written down in my journal.
  6. Health. (when traveling, flying, and just all around health for me, Johan, my family, and his family).
  7. Blessings.

What do you want for Christmas, this year? 

10 Tips For Hosting A Twitter Chat

SodaDo you want to host a Twitter Chat?

If you don’t know what a Twitter Chat is, check out this post first. And be sure to check out when our schedule to see when the next #WritingHarvest Twitter Chat is.

1. Find a perfect hashtag. Make sure the hashtag isn’t being used.

2. Pick a date.

3. Get the word out. (It’s smart to make sure you have enough time to advertise it so enough people hear about it.) I started advertising and getting the word out about it about 4-5 weeks before I scheduled the Twitter Chat.

4. Start planning for it. Start by, writing up a page of questions. Aim for at least 10-12 questions that relate to your topic.

5. Make sure it is under 140 characters. That is – make sure your question is under that amount so you can include the hashtag and so others may retweet it, if they like. Continue reading “10 Tips For Hosting A Twitter Chat”

Cleaning Off My Old Computer Acts As A Time Machine

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At the beginning of the week I got a new computer. For old times sake… I am writing this post on my old one: The Dinosaur (I will post a picture of the ole guy, below!), it will be this computer’s last post on my blog ever. Kinda a sad way to think of it, because it’s been through so much with me. It really was a time machine. When I type on this keypad – my fingers dance across the keys in harmony without stumbling or hitting any wrong keys.

It takes a while to leave an old computer behind as it’s always been home. My new computer is a Macbook Pro just like this one, but maybe this guy’s worn in-ness is what makes it so familiar. But, boy am I happy I have a new one, because the back of this one is falling apart and the trackpad works no longer. (If you’re wondering… I am using a mouse.)

cleaning off my old computer, computer, old, New, Devin Berglund

Just to think of everything I did in my past with this computer…

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