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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Four-Day Review: Just Wow

 

The Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides supplement is the latest item our product tester explored. She read about it and decided to test it to see if it would help decrease her nasolabial folds. The product (bought online) contains bovine collagen peptides, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C. It is gluten-free, kosher, and dairy-free. Thus, the writer saw no potential threat for a severe reaction. She loves her some beef, too, so a bovine supplement was right up her alley. 

Day one was iffy. The product tester got one itchy eye and some nasal congestion. There's always a potential for an allergic reaction to a new ingredient because our tester has various allergies. It could have been the hyaluronic acid, or the synthetic C. C has caused issues in the past when taken in high doses. This product didn't cause any severe effects, though, so she went ahead and added it to her smoothie every day for four consecutive days. There's still a bit of nasal congestion on day 4, but the eye itching is gone.  

We're not yet clear as to whether the product improves fine lines. That will most likely require eight full weeks of testing. However, we can say that it provides an immediate boost in energy levels. This stuff is better than espresso in that regard! It lifts the energy levels from "walking dead" to "ready to run a marathon," and it does so while the person is consuming it.  

We'll continue to test it since the allergic reaction seems to be diminishing. This may be a very effective product. The only thing we don't like is the synthetic C. Synthetic C has benefits, but it also has some disadvantages, such as the potential to destroy the good gut bacteria along with the bad. Those who have gut issues may want to take something to offset that potential effect. 

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Never Hold On to Someone Who Already Let Go of You

All things in this world are temporary, including all manner of relationships. People come and go. They have the free will to choose to stay in our lives, and we have the free will to choose to stay in theirs or not. 

Other people can also choose how they treat us while they are in our lives. Blood relation doesn't overrule their free will, as much as we might wish it could.

Some people come into our life's path to greet us once and leave us with an encouraging word. Other people enter our lives and stay there for some time to teach us a lesson, give us a growth opportunity, or grow with us. They will either leave or get left once we learn our lessons or outgrow the situations. They'll stay and grow with us if they're in our lives for that divine purpose. 

We should never try to hold on to people who have already let go of us, nor should we be bitter about anything we've shared with them. Relationships that have turned one-sided or 100-percent hurtful have simply run their courses. Their seasons have ended, and their purposes have been fulfilled. 

Once a season is over, it's over, and we must adapt to the new one. We can continue to wear shorts and take a surfboard to the relationships like it's still summertime there, but we'll die from frostbite if it's really the dead of winter. It's much healthier to change clothes instead. 

Friday, November 26, 2021

"Last Stop" Video Game Review: It Has Several Dimensions to It

 

The "Last Stop" video game ended up being a wild ride for our "gaming experience writer." It began as a game she wasn't sure she wanted to finish and ended with a wow and a head scratch. It went from being a lame story about ordinary people's lives to being a compelling Sci-Fi adventure. Then it closed out all the way in the spiritual realm.

What Is the "Last Stop" Video Game About?

The story revolves around three main characters and a "stranger":

John: A middle-aged man with a little girl and a bad heart who keeps getting the neighbor's mail.

Meena: A hardcore borderline narcissistic ex-military hero who works for an intelligence agency and is unhappy in her marriage.

Donna: A young woman who decides to follow a handsome but suspicious "stranger" with her friends one night after seeing numerous people go into his home and zero people come out.  

Each chapter of the story is more intriguing than the last and is full of adventure. It comes together nicely in the final chapter by bringing all the main characters together in one otherwordly spot. 

Why Is the "Last Stop" Video Game Sci-Fi?

  • The stranger zaps people to oblivion with fluorescent green eye beams.
  • Two characters literally swap bodies.
  • There are aliens and blue people.

The gaming writer eventually found herself going through portals and coming out in a world where no one even spoke English. Sure, English subtitles showed up on the screen, but only gibberish came from the mouths of the "other folks." 

Who Is the Stranger in the "Last Stop" Video Game?

Maybe the stranger is a different entity to different players, but our gaming experience writer concluded that he's that ole snake known by various names in the Good Book. 

***SPOILER ALERT***

The wildest part of the seven-chapter game was the end, where the stranger's true nature revealed itself. You see, the game first leads the player to believe that he's a handsome and harmless "alien" who knows the heart of his target and cares for her. 

He tricks her into trusting him by pretending to care about her life and problems. He asks a lot of personal questions about her but doesn't reveal too much about himself at first. She finds herself drawn to him because he's cute, articulate, attentive, and interested in getting to know her. At one point, he claims that no one knows her as well as he does. 

Then he shows her a few of his "special powers" and leads her to believe he will use them to help her. All the while, he snatches the souls of everyone she cares about (her sister, her mother, her friends, the boy she has a crush on, etc.).

He eventually talks her into going down a portal with him and then flips the script once he gets her there, LOL! He turns into this mean, nasty, and threatening entity who keeps yelling at her, "You're MINE!" 

WTH?

One of the other characters comes to save her, but she kills the stranger — or so she thinks. Nope. It turns out that he's a special kind of entity who can't be killed. He pops up again in her bedroom while she's sleeping and tries to "make a deal" with her. 

First, he says, "You killed me. I'll give you one last chance to redeem yourself for what you did."

What? 

Well, when that doesn't work, he switches to "offering her a deal." 

He says he'll give her back all the people he took from her if she will sign a contract to be his and dwell where he dwells for all of eternity upon her death.

Hmm, that didn't sound like ordinary alien talk to our gaming experience writer. It sounded like a whole different realm of language if you know what I mean. It was quite eery.  

No, thank you.  

The player must choose to sign the contract and take the stranger's shady consolation prize or refuse it and tell the mofo to get lost. He has no choice but to leave if the player rejects the contract and tells him to leave forcefully. We don't know what happens in the other scenario because we chose to NOPE the deal. 

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Was It Really All Your Fault?

 

You can and should hold yourself accountable for your poor judgment calls, actions, and decisions, but you do not have to own anything that isn't your doing. 

You do not have to take on more than your part in any bad situation, and you do not have to agree with others who try to force-feed the blame to you, either. That, too, is a choice you can make. You can refuse to eat a platter of self-blame you make for yourself, and you can refuse to eat one that someone else sends to you as a parting gift. Simply disagree with consuming it. 

"No, thank you. I disagree. It was not all my fault. I didn't 'do it to myself,' since I wasn't the only one present or involved. I had no control over someone else's choices, behaviors, and actions. I was only responsible for mine."

The entire world can tell you everything was your fault, but that doesn't mean you have to agree with it. There's nothing anyone can do to make you take that into your soul and allow it to wreak havoc if you reject it

Most situations involve more than one person and more than one perspective. Allow others to have their perspective, but don't allow anyone to blameshift you into self-flagellation. Forgive yourself and ask forgiveness for whatever caused the blame issue and then speed on with the faith that you are forgiven

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The Concept of "No Regrets" Is Pretty Solid

 

The "no regrets" attitude is a common concept in today's society, and it's actually a good one. There is no point in regretting the experiences we've already gone through and choices we've already made. However, refusing to regret something doesn't mean we believe what we did was right. It doesn't mean we're proud of our acts or decisions. It doesn't mean we aren't sorry for hurting someone or making a decision that somehow hurt us. We can know that we didn't make the best choice in some situation or another and still refuse to bind ourselves to the heaviness of regret. We can't change the past.

Carrying regret isn't fruitful. Taking the hard lessons for whatever they're worth is. Using the tragedies, traumas, or disappointments as reference points for making better decisions in the future is

When we allow the spirit of regret to latch onto us, we lock ourselves in a cage of despair. We give our enemies free playtime, and we stunt our own growth as well. We can't focus on our potential to make tomorrow better if we're stuck on things that didn't go our way yesterday. It isn't a wise move to make mentally, spiritually, or emotionally. 

We have lives to live, purposes to fulfill, and many things to accomplish during this brief period on Earth. We can't stay stuck in a spot five miles behind with Shoulda, Woulda, and Coulda. Those stooges don't want us to make it to the finish line on top. They want to hold us back, but we have to move past them and press forward. Will Do, Will Have, Will Be, and God's Will are waiting for us.

Reject the spirit of regret. Forgive yourself and others and refuse to allow anyone else to beat the dead horse of yesterday's missteps. Disagree with all negative commentary thrust at you, and keep your eyes focused upward and ahead.