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Welcome to Carin's Gratitude webspace, a blog I write with a  focus on gratefulness, self-improvement through personal motivation, productivity, education, professional nursing, family life, volunteering, and health. I share my experiences and observations from books I have read, the meetings I have attended, my employment, therapy, volunteer work, tips from my productivity coach, and family life.

I record my podcasts here.

About Me

Hello.  My name is Carin Diaz.

I work 36 hours a week (sometimes more) as a nurse for sixteen years now and am currently taking care of critically ill patients in the adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU). I parent a miniature poodle, a boxer mix, and two young adult children

I started this blog to write about gratitude, relieve stress, and share my little joys in life. I do not have all the answers but I write to share my observations as I experienced what it is like to:
  • live with cancer (I am a breast cancer survivor for eight years now)
  • face the struggle to stay fit 
  • parent challenging teens as a suddenly-single parent [I . . . am still alive and so are my (now) young adults]
  • face life with anxiety and depression 
  • work the stressful job of a nurse (I still love my job as a staff nurse for sixteen years)
  • put on a smile each day as life goes on
More About Me

I am from generation X, who formerly lived in the Philippines and California.

I am back in school to advance my degree in nursing.

I try to update this blog at least monthly.

As this is my personal blog, I mention my loved ones a lot.  Paul poses as my soul mate here and in real life too.  I live with my favorite only son, my favorite only daughter, my playful boxer Velvet, and my killer miniature poodle, Snowball.
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Thanks for reading.

Carin Diaz

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Another Week, Another Day

Another week has gone by. It is an okay week. We have some sprinkles of blessings and some rain here and there. There is some calm at the beginning of the storm.
Thanks to my daughter for cutting my hair. Less hair, fewer viruses that can be trapped by it in my daily shift in the intensive care unit. Because of the stay at home order, and non-essential business closing, I could not go to the salon.Thanks to the great outdoors, however cold. I could walk and breathe fresh air, and be able to distance myself more than 6-feet away from everyone.

Scrabble online is a blessing to spend time with Paul while we maintain separate households. We had been social-distancing for 3 weeks now.The prayer Serenity.Cupcakes for my grandson's first birthday. He had no idea his big party was canceled, that his number "1" candle was purple, and his balloon reads "congrats." However non-essential, the common items are in scarcity and we made do with what we have.I am thankful I was …

Six Sentence Story: Green Coat

He tore my green, soft, favorite coat, the one I wore so much.
I felt I was not the one he wanted me to be, not anymore. 
All good things must come to an end, or should it be just the bad?
Clutching my torn coat and shutting the door in front of him, tears shed from my burning eyes. I said goodbye.

It is his loss, not mine.

COVID-19 Season

After going back and forth with events cancellation, we went ahead and did the Wellness Challenge Kick-Off for 2020. We are a group of 25ish not 250 crowd. It is part of our fundraising, so it is important to us. We had a good time raising money, collecting from participants for the challenge to benefit nursing student scholars. I feel grateful for the smooth event.
Here is the rest of my thankfuls. A guiding quote from one of our team members in the PNACO nursing association inspiring us to move more.A late-birthday gift from family, a comforter set, so warm and soft.A group-texting app for my work-team. There are probably 100 of us, too many. This Group-Me texting works smoothly. I named it St Joseph Intensive Care on my phone not realizing I changed it for the whole group. Nobody complained to the so-techy me though.



As the antimicrobial soaps and gels run out from the stores due to panic buying, thank goodness we still have running water. We can wash our hands. Don't expect bot…