More booze? – No thanks.

20160423_182940Hello Dear Readers

So on Saturday 10 September 2016 I made the first inner pledge to give up alcohol, for good. Why would I wish to do this, and why would anyone seek to give up on a good tipple? Well my rationale for wishing to do this holds many potential points and here they are.

Some of the points may be useful to others who are thinking of giving up or are in the process of giving up and some may be not, however I think there will be at least a few points that will be useful for anyone contemplating giving up or in the process.

Here we go…

Sometimes one needs to move on. We all move on at differing times in our lives and we also feel the need to move on in differing times in our lives. At 27 years old I had largely been there, done that. When you’ve reached a point where there’s “no new moves” it can start to lose its draw and appeal.

To a large extent it’s not entirely relaxing. This point is not as perplexing as it first appears. Just think of the “mind fogginess” and the fact that you can still be tired often after 8 (or more hours of sleep) after a nights drinking. Not to mention the hangovers. From this sort of perspective I’d be hesitant to call it relaxing. Definitely one thing of being sick and tired of always being sick and tired of

For some a form of arrested development can occur. Arrested development means a case where someone has developed at a much slower rate than usual for that age group or peer group. While there are other  reasons for late progression in a person (including disabilities), alcohol can be a notable factor for some. Those who have no sense of direction or forward planning short of which locale to meet up at Friday night is what I’m talking about here.

There’s the Vanity argument. Alcohol can prematurely age a persons physical self when you drink week-in, week-out over the course of many years. If you are vain self proud about the skin you inhabit then quitting the “grog” isn’t such a bad idea. Holly from Hip Sobriety even has photos to prove it.

Needing something to enjoy yourself. At some point it becomes nice to enjoy yourself without needing some form of “chemical influence”. Alcohol is a huge industry and the marketing is so good that many almost “no longer know how to enjoy themselves without alcohol”. That’s sad from a point of view of genuine pity.

Getting confidence naturally. In the later years one of the key reasons I used alcohol was because I simply had no confidence to sing and dance while sober, I also love these artistic forms of expression (which is what they truly are). Many use alcohol to cover up other insecurities. In the long-term its more beneficial to seek to work on getting the confidence  naturally, it’s also healthier as well.

The health benefits. To give up alcohol will help keep bigger illnesses at bay. Alcohol can play a part in Cancer, Diabetes, and a few more to boot.

I’ll let you know how the journey goes.

A fun fact is I outgrew alcohol before I outgrew Pokémon. Interesting factoid there.

Samantha Eaton

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How I discovered my future as a writer – Life path part 2

20160416_155203Hello dear readers

This is a follow-up from my initial post called “Looking for a change of direction

I am writing this follow us as I honestly believe I may well have found my “career path” which can be intertwined with the “life path” also. I’m not suggesting being an article writer is for everyone but I believe the insights will be valuable to readers and the idea and process can be tweaked to fit someone elses circumstances.

I started this blog/website last month and it just feels like the right path now. I have long-held an idea of not only “bettering myself” but potentially being self-employed in some form preferably on something that I’m interested in and will last over long (or unlimited period of time).

I got my first chance of “being my own boss” while working for Avon a few years back. While I had some level of fun selling to friends and family I’m no “social butterfly” and left this after 8 months.

I went back to “day jobs” that were largely unexciting but paid the bills. Weve all been there and while there was nothing wrong with this I was easily interested in something a bit more “me” and preferably had some “creative streak” if I could help it.

Since I’m a train enthusiast I gave sincere thought to starting a railway blog. While It was a fantastic idea from a perspective I had figured you’d have to be an extreme form of rail enthusiast to be able to conjure up enough articles to make it worthwhile and attract an interested base of readers.

Another avenue of writing which potentially caught my interest for a fair while was Alternative (or Conspiracy) Research. I’m keenly interested in this and have been for a number of years. There were a few things that put me off. The first was the endless fact checking that needs to be carried out to be seen as credible by those who hold and interest for this genre. The second is there’s a lot of finger-pointing and negativity within the genere and I’d love to keep my site reasonably light-hearted where possible.

So I created this website in the latter end of June 2016. I feel that the format I have taken is the best path for myself as I feel I write the best when I am solving problems for others both in a light-hearted way and on mostly intuition and thoughts that come to me naturally. This is also exciting as I honestly don’t know what my future articles will be with exception to ones I’m on in the relative here and now, but that’s exciting in a “whats the next twist” way.

The name of this site is Pensamientos de la Reina Razonable, which means thoughts of Queen Reasonable in Spanish. The title of the site has been chosen in order to openly state that I’m here to share whats in my heart space.

I had always known I wanted to do “something I preferred” with a “creative twist” and an ability “to help society or sections of it”. Please understand it’s taken me a fair number of years to get even this far. Realisations such as these simply do not happen quickly for the vast amount of people (myself included) but anyone with a keen interest for improving on what job they have can reach this point should they be willing to embark on this journey of soul-searching. It’s a long journey with periods of despair at times but its worth it.

A key phrase I remeber is “when the head and the heart are at odds, go with the heart” (unknown). This is not only a fantastic piece of advice but the ethos of which this website is created

As for me I’m just getting started

Samantha Eaton

La Reina Razonable

Looking for a change of direction?

20150621_211700Many of us are looking for something that fits more in line with who we are and our principles. Usually this means in a career sense but it can also no doubt mean general life direction sense.

The first question is what are your values. These could be anything that means something dear to you. People first think of values as being thier understanding of right vs wrong. While I admit this is no doubt part of the overall picture, I do say theres more to it then that.

I’d expand values to mean anything you cherish or hold dear to you as a person. A key example would be the understanding of free time. Theres no right vs wrong equation involved but some value it more then others and some are happy to part with it or compromise.

Another is how can my indivuduality, experience and creativity help someone esle suceed in some way or make thier day a touch easier? If you can think as to how you can improve the lives of others through your abilities then this will be a fair clue.

The last thing I’d advise is to keep an eye on your passions. Should you be able to do something connected to what you are passionate about it will be a win-win for all parties concerned.

There are some great and not so great YouTube sessions out there.

Some are

Scott Dinsmore TED talk
Adam Leipzig – TED Malibu


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