Thursday, January 14, 2016

Learning to Forgive - By Kimberly Swanson, MS - Psychology, CNA

Sometimes people have hurt you in your life and it can leave an open wound.  It may not be a physical wound but a mental and spiritual wound.  Holding on to past hurt can cause the wound to continue to fester and linger.  Or even worse, the wound can spread and get bigger when you continue to allow the same type of abuse or by inflicting more harm to yourself than good.

Often time these mental wounds stems from past pain because we have not yet learned how to forgive and let go.  These hurts can come from  intimate relationships (e.g. husband, wife, boyfriend & girlfriend) or family (e.g.  mother, father, brother, sister, etc.), or friends and neighbors.  Holding on to grudges is not healthy.  Take the time to reflect, clear out, and meditate, and move forward. Forgiving is a process.  Knowing that these feelings are there and having the will power to change your thought patterns is the key to healing and moving forward.

Learning to Forgive v-log on the Kimberly Purpoz Channel.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Starting Your New Year With a Bang!

By:  Kimberly Swanson, MS - Psychology, CNA

Oftentimes, people start their year with a New Year’s resolution.  Starting a new year is a great time for reflecting and re-evaluating your life decisions.  This is a chance to see what decisions made a great impact in your life (success) and which ones were not  (failures). 

A person’s New Year’s resolution can include many aspects of their life.  A study was done  on New Year’s Resolution Statistics and published in the  Journal of Clinical Psychology.  In this article, they list the top ten New Year’s resolution for 2014.  The top two were weight lost and getting organized (Journal of Clinical Psychology, 2013).   A news year resolution is when you set new goals for yourself  and chart a new path towards achieving them.  These life changing goals can range from improving your health to furthering ones education.

There are five steps you can follow in pursuing your goals and they are:

  •  Reflect
  •  Evaluate
  •  Envision
  • Set goals
  • Take action
The first step is to reflect. With this step, you think about your past and look at what has been done.  You see if your last year’s goals have been met.  And you get a chance to see how much you have grown  or lost from where you have started.

Next, is to re-evaluate your life  and take a good look at all of your options.  You should put all  of your cards on the table and see what has work and what has not worked.  For example, let say you were laid off from work  because you were in a field that is no longer viable in the job market.  So you may have to go back to school to improve your skills  within your field or you may have to take a totally new career path.  This is your time to think about what you have done for the last year and see what you can do to make improvements.

Another step is to envision your future.  You begin to think about where you want to be.  This is the time you get a chance to brain storm and expand your horizon.  Where do you see yourself in the next few years?

The fourth step is to set goals.  Unfortunately,  for some people they do not follow through on New Year’s resolution and bring  their goals into action. Why does this occur?  The answer may be that sometimes people set their goals too high.  The goals may be too difficult to obtain in a short period of time and may take longer or need more steps.  It is so important to set  realistic and smaller goals that may ultimately lead to your bigger goals of higher pursuits.

And the last step is to take action.   Once you have figured out your goals and charted your path, then you are ready to start turning these goals into realities.  Having the willpower and being able to overcome life’s obstacles is the key to succeeding and making your dreams come true.

Journal of Clinical Psychology. (2013).  New Year’s Resolution Statistics.  Retrieved  from

Copyrighted 2013 by Kimberly Swanson (Messenger Publishing, Inc.) all rights reserved

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Quantitative Research Class

Tough class! But I hung in there. Lol!:).  I made a "B"  Yey!!!:) This doctorate program is no joke.  

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Monday, September 21, 2015

How to Stay on Course

By Kimberly Swanson "Purpoz", MS Psychology, CNA

Have you ever felt like that you are getting off course?  I know I do and it is so easy to get off track.  Sometimes the hardest part is to get back on course and heading in the right direction. There may be times when you may feel so consumed with your life that you sway from your purpose.  Weighing studies, family responsibilities, a job can be pretty tough.  I know because I am in the same boat.

What do you do when you become sided tracked and all of your plans are not flowing?    The following are some things that you can do:

  •            Take a closer look to see where you went wrong.
  •        Formulate some ideas on how to fix it.
  •        Think about how you avoid it in future.

The first step is to take a closer look of where you went wrong.  How did you get off track?  For example, my biggest problems with studying are that I sometimes go into a tangent and procrastinate on assignments.  I go into a tangent when I focus on other things such as watching TV instead of focusing on things that are time sensitive such as reports. A tangent can be any distraction that takes you off course such as hanging out with friends or playing video games when you have more important matters that needs to be handled. If tangents are constantly left unchecked, it can lead to procrastinating and causing students to fall behind in their assignments.   

Another step is to formulate some ideas on how to fix the problem.  Now lets look at my problem of going in tangents with the TV.  The solution I formulated for my problem is to have more discipline and to stay on schedule. Instead of running to the TV when I have to work, I would plan to do it when it is more feasible to do so.  

The last step is to figure out a way to avoid getting off course.  Once I figured that going into tangents causes me to procrastinate on my assignment, I knew that I had to do something to keep it from becoming a negative habit.  I started to implement a new regiment of following a do list or a schedule.  And once I completed my tasks, then I would have free time to do other things. 

Is it possible to stay on course?  Yes it is, and once you do, you become more balanced.  Staying on course is more than just working, taking care of family, studying and doing your school work, it is an intricate part of your life. Once you have mastered the art of staying focused on your purpose, then you able to accomplish great things regardless of what obstacles that may come your way.  Yes, you can succeed!:)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Bath & Body Works Haul

Hi Peeps!:)  I loved getting pampered with  Bath & Body works.  On this blog and v-log I share my thoughts on the some of the body sprays, lotions, candles, and hand sanitizers. Don't forget to check out my Bath & Body Works Haul on the Kimberly Purpoz Channel.  Don't forget to like and subscribe to my channel.  Peace! xo

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Human Learning

Right now, I am taking  the Human Learning class in the psychology doctoral program at Keiser University.  I am learning about different educational models and techniques when it comes to teaching and giving class instruction. I am looking forward to utilizing these new skills soon as a professor/college instructor:).