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Stressed Over Tight Budget?

Stressed Over Tight Budget?

We are on such a tight budget that whenever we go out as a family for dinner and a movie I leave wondering if we shouldn’t have just stayed home to eat and watch a movie on TV.  It’s fun to go out but it also stresses me because we really can’t afford it.  How do I decide what to do when money is so tight? When you’re struggling to make the dollars stretch, you can diminish the anxiety you feel by sitting down and making a plan for what amount you can spend on entertainment.  I know its not fun to have to work within a budget, but if you don’t, and find that the $60 you spent on an evening out was needed to pay the rent, you will feel stress.  Write down all the money you have coming in on one column on a sheet of paper.  Then, on the opposite side, write down all the fixed expenses you have such as rent, utilities, cell phone, cable, food.  Give them an estimate if need be.  I believe in holding back a percentage for an “emergency fund”, so add that in to your expense column.  Now do the math and see what you have left. Once you’ve done this you will have a clearer picture of how much “discretionary” income you have left to use for entertainment or whatever fun things you enjoy in life. Budgets aren’t fun, but when you’re as stretched as you sound to be, they are even more necessary.  Think about working with a budget and living within what you can afford as a huge way you can relieve your stress.  How often have you stressed about not having enough money to pay your bills?  This will take a conscious effort on your part

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Reproductive Risks of Aging Sperm

Reproductive Risks of Aging Sperm

The reproductive clock is ticking, and the ticking clock isn’t only relevant to women. Men too have to consider the fact that the longer they put off starting a family there are risks. Those risks run the gamut of infertility, to genetic abnormalities such as Downs Syndrome, to a higher risk of their children developing schizophrenia. Aging men have aging sperm. Aging sperm equates to a decrease in fertility. As published in the 2004 issue of the American Journal of Gynecology, research showed that a man’s chances of fathering a child decrease with each passing year. The odds of a successful pregnancy fell by 11% per year and the chance for a successful live birth declined even farther. Aging sperm increases the risk of genetic abnormalities. In the June 2003 issue of The Journal of Urology, a study of 3,400 cases of Down syndrome was done and found the incidence was related to sperm 50% of the time. The father’s age played a significant role when both parents were over 35 at the time of conception. Aging sperm raises the chance for mental illness. Children born to older men also run a higher risk of developing schizophrenia. Men between the ages of 45 to 49 were twice as likely to have children with schizophrenia, as were men 25 and younger. That risk tripled for men over the age of 50. These results came from a sampling of 85,000 people as reported in the 2001 issue of The Archives of General Psychiatry. Who are the oldest celebrity men to father children? Who are the two oldest at 67 years old? Find out by listening to my podcast: Risks of Aging Sperm; Flirting Red Flags; Calm Nervousness & Panic Excerpts for this blog were taken from “Age Raises Infertility Risk in Men,

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Risks of Aging Sperm; Flirting Red Flags; Calm Nervousness and Panic

http://joanjerkovich.com/podcasts/3.22.14/3.22.14Podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSPodcast Segments: Reproductive Risks of Aging Sperm @ 0:00 Aggravated by Exes Flirting @ 5:11 Annoyed by Exes Demands @ 22:43 Flirting as Relationship Red Flag @ 43:02 Panic Disorder @ 45:00 Write or Publish Your Book @ 50:11 Disabled by Anxiety and Panic Attacks @ 1:09:14 Calm Your Anxiety @ 1:26:09 Brought to you by: Hospice of Salina Martinelli’s Little Italy Dignity Care Home McCall Manor Bennington State Bank Troy and Lorie’s Cafe (TLC)  

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Abusive Boyfriend?

Abusive Boyfriend?

My boyfriend & baby’s daddy doesn’t see the emotional & mental abuse he was/is subject to from his parents, his dad mostly. He is now carrying that over into our child’s life. There was a lot of manipulation & control the 1st 3 years of our relationship, by his parents & him. It only gets physical when he is drinking or taking his prescription alprazolam (Xanax). I’m not sure what to do? Just the fact that you’re questioning how this relationship is working for you is the first step toward opening your eyes to your reality.  When you’re living with an abusive person, just as your boyfriend did growing up with abusive parents, sometimes just to survive you close your eyes to the reality of your situation.  It’s called denial.  You don’t see what’s really going on because it’s too painful, or you don’t want to have to deal with it, or you think it will change.  Also, it makes sense that the parenting your boyfriend saw growing up is how he is now treating your child, especially if he doesn’t see it as abusive. Have you talked to him about getting help?  Have you thought about removing yourself and your child from this abusive situation?  Abuse is a very difficult thing to pull yourself away from, especially when you’ve lived with it for so many years.  I get that, and so do the wonderful people who work with domestic violence victims every day in their communities.  Reach out to them and they will help you and support you.  You’re in a tough situation, and while I’d like to tell you to “get out”, I know how difficult that decision can be. As a mother, even if you find “getting out” hard to do for yourself, do this for your

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Excite-Up Your Life!

Excite-Up Your Life!

Explore what excites, exhilarates, and empowers you by tackling this list for “Discovering Your Passion”! ü     Get Curious! Explore, be curious, and create your bucket list of things you have to do or try in life before you get too tired to even care. ü     Dig deep! Explore a little deeper and do your research on those things that peak your interest.  If they still hold your interest, you’re ready for step #3… ü     Jump off the cliff! Take that leap of faith and give your new discovery a try.  What do you have to lose? ü     It’s never as good as the first time? Tried it, been there, done that? If the turn-on was fleeting and what you thought was going to continue to excite you turns in to “it’s never as good as the first time”, then it’s time to tackle the next step… ü     If the passion dries up, move on! …try something new…try something else…duh! ü     Throw it against the wall to see if it sticks! Finding your passion is like throwing the cooked spaghetti against the wall to see if it’s done.  When it’s done, when you’ve cooked your idea enough that it works for you, it sticks. ü     You’ll know it when you find it! Bottom line: You’re going to know it when you find it and if you’re lucky you’ll experience those moments of pure joy and bliss in the process!  Lucky you…I want me some o’ that! Take a mini fun-break and listen to the Podcast, “Discover Your Passion”!

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Self-Care, Manage Stress; Integrity at Work; Parenting With Work

http://joanjerkovich.com/podcasts/3.8.14/3.8.14Podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSPodcast Segments: Self-Care, Manage Stress @ 0:00 Finding Dream Job @ 6:01 Decide Between Two Job Offers @ 25:20 Integrity at Work @ 42:02 New Mom Juggling Work & Business @ 44:52 Tips For Juggling Work With Parenting @ 1:03:31 Brought to you by: Hospice of Salina Martinelli’s Little Italy Dignity Care Home McCall Manor Bennington State Bank Troy and Lorie’s Cafe (TLC)

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Bored with Daily Routine?

Bored with Daily Routine?

There are just days when I feel like I’m that hamster on a treadmill.  My days seem to run in to each other, start the same and stop the same day after day, and I’m starting to wonder if I need a change.  I like my job and my life ok; it just starts to seem boring, like I’m living the same day over and over again.  Is this all I have to look forward to?  I can’t imagine living the next 10 years on the same treadmill. Yes, you certainly do sound bored, but this Life Coach never has sympathy for anyone who is bored.  There is so much of life out there to live, grab hold of, experience or tackle that this boredom you talk about rests solely on your shoulders.  It doesn’t sound like you’re interested in a career change or major life change so try this on for size:  Make some small changes to mix things up. What am I talking about here?  Take a look at how you meander mindlessly through life, and then let’s look at how you can make some changes to your work habits. Take a different route to work.  Wear something different than your usual, how about a hat to shock your co-workers?  Change up your work routines such as answer emails or phone calls at a different time of day.  Rearrange your desk and workspace.  Bring in some new pictures for your desk.  Spend some time getting to know a co-worker you rarely talk to.  You get the idea, and I bet you can come up with many more. At home, try something different than your usual TV or Facebook or mindless eating to relax and zone out.  Search out what’s happening in your community this weekend and resolve to

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Female Fertility Clock Ticking?

Female Fertility Clock Ticking?

I saw your post “Tired of Being Single” and have to say that this is a whole different issue when you’re female and your clock is ticking.  Thoughts? News Flash!  Research is now showing that having children when you’re 35 to 40 years old and up carry concerns for both sexes.  Not only does fertility decrease for both men and women over the age of 35, but the risks of having a baby with a genetic abnormality also increases sharply (webmd.com). Thoughts? This is a distressing issue for women.  It’s very real and causes women who want children, but aren’t meeting Mr. Right, lots of angst.  The ticking clock is also what prompts some women to turn to sperm banks or sperm donors.  If you’re considering doing this you’ll want to read my blog on sperm donors because there are lots of things to consider before going that route.  Assuming your religious beliefs don’t prohibit it, finding a sperm donor is an option for women to explore before their chances of conceiving run to zero. This issue has never seemed fair to women as even though there are risks associated with older men fathering children, we do still see those older men with younger women starting families.  It’s one thing for men to carry higher risk, it’s another thing for women to miss the mark of fertility all together. This whole issue just really sucks for women, as most wouldn’t choose to be childless or a single mother for life but, then again, some don’t have any other option. There will come a time when your clock ticks out and you’ll have to accept that having children wasn’t meant to happen in your life.  This can be devastating for women and emotionally difficult to accept.  You will grieve your loss,

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Morbid Obesity Prohibits Travel

Morbid Obesity Prohibits Travel

I love my wife of 26 years but it has been hard watching her gain weight over the years. She is now what her Doctor calls morbidly obese. While I’m happy with our life together and her weight doesn’t cause many problems at home, or we’ve just learned to adjust, when we travel her weight is a problem.  We’re at the point in our lives where we both want to travel but when we recently took a trip I saw her weight gain in a new light.  She could barely keep up on the sight seeing tours.  I know the walking was difficult for her and trying to fit onto a small bus seat was embarrassing, I’m concerned if we tried to fly for a vacation.  What can I do if I want to travel but her weight keeps us at home? I’ve seen her try to lose weight so many times over the years I’m not sure I can hold out hope for that. You sound like the sweetest husband ever and your wife is so lucky to have you!  My first thought about this is that I hope you have talked with her about your concerns.  Of course you have concerns about her weight, but you do have some decisions to make about future travel plans.  Your options are to modify your travel to accommodate your wife’s disability (can I call it that?), or you could also consider traveling alone or find some travel buddies.  I’ve known couples who happily travel alone because their partner doesn’t like to travel and they do, or one has a deathly fear of flying. Being a happy couple is all about negotiating your differences, whatever their causes.  I’m sure you and your wife will find a happy compromise and who knows, maybe

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Young with Chronic Illness?

Young with Chronic Illness?

I’m a young adult with chronic illness. Most people don’t believe someone my age can have a permanent condition other than a sports injury. How do I have a normal life? This is tough, and I believe that people like you are given this challenge because you are uniquely able to inspire all of us with your courage in facing life with a chronic illness from a young age. No, I’m not B.S.’ing you in saying that…I really mean it! How do you have a normal life? I believe the answer to that is in how you define “normal”. Start with this idea. Look around you and list all the people you know who have challenges in their lives. Maybe they suffer from juvenile diabetes and wear an insulin pump? Maybe you know someone who struggles with depression or bipolar disease? Maybe you have a good friend who struggles with obesity and it has really diminished their self-esteem? Do you have friends who are dealing with having no money, or living with a parent that has an addiction? Do you know someone who is being abused by the person they’re dating? The point I am making here is that most everyone has a cross to bear, something to overcome. To look outside yourself can make your plight easier to bear. To define “normal” is elusive. You are already leading a normal life, or at least the life that is normal for you. Yes, you may have more challenges than other people your age, but I’d wager money that you’re up to the challenge. Work on acceptance of “what is”. You can’t change the reality that you have a chronic illness. All you can do is manage it to the best of your abilities. I wish I could wave a magic

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