Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Eye Spy News

My Eye Spy post this week is going to be a bit unusual. Before I point out some of the things I have seen around the blogging scene I want to talk about change, specifically some changes in my life.

I just love this picture and the message it shares

The world keeps changing. Some of these changes are good and others not so good. Sometimes I find myself fighting change, even when I know some of those changes are good for me. Afterall, I am very stubborn and I do not like being told what to do. This year I have decided to make one of the biggest changes in my life. I am going to stop fooling myself and let go of a very dear friend who has been with me for over 35 years. Over the years this friend has left me several times, but has always returned as a big thorn in my side. I have become a slave and an addict. It has gotten to the point where I have to take this friend with me every where, and if my friend is not welcome where I am going, then I prefer not to go. My friend stinks, costs a fortune to entertain, has become anti-social and is literally making me sick. I have forgotten all the reasons why we had become friends in the first place, except for the fact that all the cool kids hung around the same crowd. I know that I have not stuck around out of loyality or misguided trust. I am just afraid as most addicts are. Afraid of the changes and afraid that living in a world without, I will wake up and no longer know who I am. It is time for me to stop being afraid and to let go. If you have ever been an addict than you know what I am talking about. Realising that this so called friend has never been anything but an enemy is the first step. I have to kill this ex-friend before it kills me. I am talking about NICOTINE. 

I have decided to quit smoking and I am going to briefly share my progress with you every Wednesday. Your support is needed, because believe me, this is not an easy thing to do! My body can not handle cold turkey so I have changed my smoking habits, and cut way down. Next week I am going over to patches, the next step towards freedom.  Having faith in myself and the will to succeed, I start a new journey towards a healthier and richer life.Wish me luck!

Now on to some other things. Do not forget the upcoming blogfest and bookfair to support Diabetes on Labor Day week-end, check it out Here and get your copy of Open Doors for free. My first short story called Secrets of the Ash Tree is being published in this anthology along with other great stories.

Ciara Knight has a new book release,  Weighted. It is all over the internett these days. Congrats Ciara!

"BREAKTHROUGH: THE ADVENTURES OF CHASE MANHATTAN by Stephen Tremp will be free for (2) days on Amazon Aug 22-23rd. Be sure to grab your copy by visiting his website!

Roland Yeomans has a new collection of short stories you have to check out!
Angela Orlowski-Peart has revealed her new book cover and  make sure to come back on Monday to join E.J.Wesley's big book cover reveal party. 

For all of you who are starting school this week and next, I wish you luck....AND to my blogging buddy who has also quite smoking I wish her the best of luck. Go ahead guys, hop on over to her blog and give her some words of encouragement, she won't bite... don't think so anyways.........LINK TO A CRAZY WORLD

Do you have an addiction or know someone that does? How do you battle it? 
Do you think I can get him to quite once I do?

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Linda H. said...

Good for you, Siv! It may take time but in the end you will be healthier and, hopefully, happier. Not to mention all the money you will save.

You can do it!

Suzanne Furness said...

Good luck, Siv. You can do it!

Sally said...

Good luck, now you've made up your mind you want to quit you are halfway there. It won't be easy but don't give up. There is so much help out there nowadays, patches, electronic, group therapy etc.

I know how tough it is as an ex-smoker of two years now and I had to go 'cold turkey' after an emergency operation.

I've done it with my hubby and my kids still smoking around me - although they will go to the utility room or in the summer the garden.

Ciara said...

Yay, you. It is tough to quit smoking, but you can do it. My dad stopped after over 20 years. It wasn't easy, but he did it. Keep us posted.
Thanks so much for mentioning Weighted! You are awesome!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good for you! You can do it, Siv.

Nadia said...

I'm so proud of you Siv! It's going to be hard but you're strong and can do it :) If you need to rant just let me know!

Shelly said...

Good luck, Siv! The only thing I can equate this to is losing fifty pounds years ago. I had a terrible food addiction and ate for comfort.

Hugs and chocolate,

Michael Di Gesu said...

Good luck, SIs...

I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!!!!! We are here for you!

D.G. Hudson said...

If you fall off the non-smoking wagon, then just get back on. After all, the new 'Sherlock' uses those patches, so you'll be in good company.

My younger sister, and one daughter have quit after many stops and starts. It's good to have encouragement throughout. First thing you need to do is find something else (like short writing) to keep those hands busy, the same hands that want to reach for a cigarette.

Good luck!

Elisa Hirsch said...

That's so exciting that you're quitting. Cade's trying to quit too ;)

Thanks for the support with the blogfest. This will be so fun.

Deniz Bevan said...

After 35 years, wow. I wish you the best of luck!

Thanks for all the links :-)

Susan Kane said...

My son is struggling through the nicotine withdrawal after 3 weeks with no cigarette. Congratulations on taking this step. Your body will thank you for it.

nutschell said...

Hurray! I'm glad you've decided on this, Siv. You're doing a wonderful thing for your health. Good luck!


Tina said...

Wow, that's a big change! I wish you all the best. The Engineer and I have been together since 1983 and he has quit smoking seven times. Sheer hell every time. Currently smoke free for three years, I keep counting my blessings. Both my boys and I have severe asthma, so I think that really helps him keep his resolve. He started smoking when he was 12...
I'll be rooting for you and trying to remember to check in with you with your weekly updates.
Take care,
Tina @ Life is Good

Patricia Stoltey said...

Good for you, Siv! I dumped cigarettes when I was about 40 (after 20 years of heavy smoking) and have been smoke-free for thirty years now. Believe me, it's worth the effort.

My most recent addictions are caffeine and chocolate, but I'm learning to ration my intake so I do no real harm.

By the way, my maternal grandfather was Norwegian and I took a solo trek to Norway in 1998 to meet my mom's elderly cousins and see some of the country. It was a wonderful trip.

Francene Stanley said...

I've often heard it said that life is change. If you can't bend before the wind, you'll snap. This shows that you're adapting. Well done.

Lynn Proctor said...

i will pray for your success, siv--i need to be praying for one of my sons to quit too---i used to smoke too--thinking of ya :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Siv .. very good luck -I'm sure you'll stick to it .. the main thing is you've started quitting - so pleased for you .. cheers Hilary