Cherished.

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For a while now, I have been missing my childhood and school friends, weren’t those the days? ☺️
Except I now feel the need to make you smile instead, by simply letting you know that I too miss you and love you – as friends. 😜
If it’s a one way street, that’s ok too, just know that I care, regardless.
Thank YOU, for always accepting me for who I am.
For sharing / making some of those cherished memories with me.
Thank YOU, to old friends and new,, for remaining besides me, for continuing to be there still.
Thank YOU also, for being one of the reasons why I smile.

💖

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

Deaf Mental Health On Social Media.

If you want to learn sign language or needed an interpreter for an appointment, would you settle for someone who knows only the basics and perhaps a little more? You would not because you would want a qualified sign language tutor or a registered interpreter – right? So that you could be fully confident of what you were being taught / told.

Then why are people (especially the deaf) sharing very personal videos about their mental health issues and sharing them to a secret group, run by an admin team and members that are NOT qualified to relatively advise?

I from personal experience appreciate that friendly support can be therapeutic and is better than nothing but it’s potentially dangerous in such a social media group. Thank you, but no thank you. I’ll stick to sites provided by qualified counsellors.

Please view a previous post of mine which also relates to mental health therapy, the deaf way. 

Vent given. ☺️

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

The HM Passport Office.

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I was in the process of renewing a British passport the other day and I decided after, to have a read through the leaflet that accompanied the passport form. I came across a section in it, written for those who happen to have a disability and i spotted a certain point which made me read it twice, thrice even.

I could not believe the poor quality of this particular paragraph in what is, such an important leaflet from the British Government, the HM Passport Office. For anyone wishing to apply for or renewing their British passport.

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You know me, I tried to contact the Passport office to politely let them know of this poorly worded paragraph but they have not responded or acknowledged it, yet.

For more information about Typetalk which is alternatively known as Text Relay, please follow this link to better understand.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/phones-telecoms-and-internet/advice-for-consumers/accessibility/text-relay-guide

Somewhat disappointed at the incompetence but hopeful that the said paragraph will be rectified after some educating . Feel free to join me, in educating them.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

 

Back To Basics.

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Aloe Vera has healing and soothing properties.

What to do / use for intolerant skin?

I now have extremely intolerant skin which seemed to only get more sensitive / intolerant with each pregnancy.

This is the best piece of natural skin care advice I have been given so sharing for yourselves also.

The best thing for intolerance is to avoid skin care products and let the skin find its naturally healthy balance.

All these products suppress the skins own abilities to do this.

At most some Aloe Vera juice, or some diluted apple cider vinegar or some rose water, or some camomile tea, or some elderflower tea, or some cucumber water, or some diluted lemon water which are all cleansing, soothing and alkalising depending on skin type and severity of the issues and what feels best.

There are some nice mild, minimal ingredients Aloe products, or another option would be a hemp oil salve depending on skin type, again minimal ingredients is best, seaweed water is another really gentle face wash, witchhazel is a good possibility, or vitamin E oil is very good for skin.

It is most likely the skin is reacting to something going on internally and it is being eliminated through the skin which is our largest detox organ. Aloe taken internally can really help with this, cucumber juice, celery juice and lemon juice, apple cider vinegar water and bicarbonate of soda water are all good gentle cleansers internally.

Very likely your body is reacting to and trying to eliminate something like meat or dairy or gluten so while any of the above topical or internal options would help the best thing would be to find the cause and eliminate it.

The Avene intolerant skin care range is an alternative, however, the best skincare products I have ever come across (am using to date) is “Aloe Vera – Eternal Skincare”.

Do look after yourselves for our bodies are our temples, treat yourselves – each and every day.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

Yes, You.

This is in response to a select few friends who picked up on the BBC article “Using Facebook made my anxiety worse” with Paul Allen, written by Zara Morgan.

Source.

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I saw very early on how certain people would only show us, what they wanted us to see. How people used and still use, social media as a tool, to manipulate and engineer illusions. Negativity I could sometimes let pass but not when it gave cause for concern and having been able to be there for others gave me reason to remain. I know how and what some of you are experiencing… for I do see YOU. 💖

YOU have been the only reason why, I am still on social media. Sure, I have my own frustrations and my own ghosts to deal with but they’re mine and not anyone else’s to bear. I find myself having to sit on my hands sometimes, bite my lips whenever I witness one of the many forms of injustice… Sometimes I just cannot resist! 😝 I dislike being a bystander to it, for fear of inviting it. Some people find me intimidating but that’s their problem. Some people choose to ignore me, that’s once again their problem. Some people choose to be angry… let them waste their time being so. They and my ghosts should not, and do not, dictate me or my precious time. Don’t let them dictate yours.

I choose to focus on my kids because who knows where we will be, this time tomorrow. It is only those who have knocked on deaths door who understands where I truly come from, only those who have personally experienced the quagmires of depression who can relate. Why I am, who I am.

Everyone is different and are at different stages in their lives. How you choose to proceed or react, is up to YOU entirely. Let nothing influence or manipulate YOU.

If it’s meant to be, it’ll be. God willing.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

Deactivated Netflix?

For the past few days I have tried each and every option, suggested by Netflix themselves via their helpline as well as any other logical solutions but sadly all, to no avail.

I am not the only one.

When you get a pop up on your screen upon opening the Netflix app via a device and it says, “”It looks as if Netflix has been deactivated on this device. It could be an issue with your account or perhaps your device was deactivated on Netflix.com”

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Even though there is a “Reactivate” button that comes along with that pop up, it doesn’t work. If you are automatically taken through to the log in page where Netflix appears to let you “log in” – you absolutely know your email address and password is correct as it works on other devices, but it instead gives you an error message, saying “There was an error processing your request. please correct items below. The login information you entered does not match an account in our records. Remember, your email address is not case sensitive but passwords are.”

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This manipulates you into thinking the fault lies with you, when it’s actually Netflix and not the device itself (in my case a smart Blu Ray player).

Conclusion after my experience?

The Netflix app on said device has in fact been rejected by Netflix, presumed to be “Old” since settings within the app has not been updated, therefore “discontinued” like on other devices Netflix has chosen to discontinue streaming on. Except in this case, with no warning whatsoever. They also seem to manage deflecting the blame, from themselves to your account or device instead.

Fortunately, I have another device I can swap around with the affected device so streaming can resume but not everyone will have that possibility or the means to replace a device especially since there is most likely nothing else wrong with original device, just ‘old’ in Netflix’s eyes. Otherwise, I would quite simply unsubscribe.

Thank you very much, Netflix(!), for treating your paying customers in this manner. if you want to keep your paying customers, you have to keep them happy.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

A Simple Hello.

There is a lady, who is not known to me, nor me to her, who has over the years kept an eye over me (not literally!) albeit from a distance. For we are not on either one’s friend list.

From time to time she would send me a message, to ask how I am and tells me a bit of her news. I often anticipate her next message so I too know and can be reassured, that she too, is ok.

If you are thinking of someone, simply let them know. Even if it’s just a simple ‘Hello’, which in other words, ‘I’m thinking of you.’
It is just so they know, they are not alone or forgotten.

Thank you lady, for thinking of and remembering me. More than you realise. ☺️

One of my favourite quotes.

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~ SJ (Sara Jae)