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The Best Ways For You To Love Others Even If The World Hates

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by: Marisa D. Aceves

Updated: March 16, 2021

Dissension, poverty, and the ongoing threat of a global pandemic have robbed us of our freedom, dreams, and financial security.

As the skeletons from our racist past dance gleefully on the backs of perished confederate oppressors, we tremble with fear in anticipation of the chaos that lies ahead.

When the world crumbles, and no one wishes to reach a point of understanding, how do we practice the art of love in an age driven by hate and division?

Many years ago, when I was still in school, I had a troubled friend who consistently manipulated me into feeling sorry for them. Things were difficult for them at that time. They had overcome many obstacles to settle in America. I tried with all the sensitivity I had to support them, yet nothing I did seemed to change their pessimistic view. As time went on, they grew increasingly bitter and quarrelsome. Then, one afternoon, they called me. This time, however, there was something different about their manner. I immediately sensed there was malice behind their pleasant words. Anger and resentment began to build. Instantly I knew, with a sick feeling in my stomach, that they were playing mind games. At first, I wanted to yell at them. I even considered a halfhearted apology to avoid confrontation, but somehow I innately understood that this wouldn’t solve the problem. That night, I had a prophetic dream about them using people to gang up on me under a false accusation. The next day, my dream became a reality. I didn’t apologize; I purposefully ended the relationship. Another vulnerable, emotionally needy person took my place. The argument I long dreaded, the constant subject of many sleepless nights, never happened because I refused to engage. Instead, I took the pacifists’ approach and sought out healthier relationships. Years later, my former friend apologized, and I forgave them.

Unfortunately, things don’t always end this well. Often you seek closure where there is none. At some point, you have to come to the acceptance that as much as you wish you could control the outcome, you’re only responsible for your actions. Whenever you encounter a difficult situation, one in which you feel the urge to fight to defend your world view, you need to consider whether the reward is greater than the risk. In this egocentric world, it’s easy to give in to your need to be right at all costs, even when you have no reason to start an argument. There are times, however, when you must stand up for what you believe. Speaking out to end abuse or criminality in any shape or form is admirable, but arguing to win or to purposely cause division will only increase discontent, not lessen it. Wisely choose to practice restraint.

You don’t have to win the war with words or blows. Capture your neighbors’ trust with distance, love, consideration, and understanding. Take some valuable time to consider these helpful suggestions.

Take a Metaphorical Walk In Their Shoes

It’s essential to sympathize with what others are going through. They may be experiencing hard times, prolonged illness, or painful loss. These circumstantial factors will often color the way they see specific issues. While it’s good to show them you care by letting them know you respect their point of view, you shouldn’t excuse inappropriate or hateful behavior.

Practice The Art Of Patience

I know this one is difficult, especially when you’d like nothing better than to punch that special someone in the face. You can’t do this; you’ll get arrested. Walking away briefly or taking a break will help you to gain your composure. Understand that it may take some time to come to a point where you both agree to disagree without killing each other.

Listen More, Talk Less

Sometimes, you miss what others are trying to share with you because you’re too focused on your fears. You may find at the end of your discussion that you have similar concerns, but different solutions. If you want others to consider your research and opinions, you have to be ready to entertain theirs.

Pray For Peace

One of the most important things you could do to promote openness and compassion, praying, is a powerful weapon against the worlds’ darkness. When you meditate upon peace and what it means for the world, your family, and the people you come into contact with, you’re making a concerted effort to act beneficially in all circumstances. Wishing others peace as well as making it a priority for your life helps to end negative feelings and thoughts that threaten to keep you in a state of unrest.


It’s not easy to forgive others that have hurt you. Often you feel like you’re the victim in need of redemption. However, the alternative leaves you with poor physical health, unsound mind, and broken relationships. Try to make an effort to put old hurts behind you. Gently let the negative memories go. Dwelling on them doesn’t help you to move on and love others. Make room for positive thoughts and new experiences.

Take An Interest In Others

Spend time with friends and family. Make an effort to keep in touch with the people that care and support you. Try to add something meaningful to the conversation, making sure that you listen as much as you contribute. Share your triumphs, challenges, and hobbies. Comfort them when they require extra support.

It’s never too late to offer your time and talents to make this space ball we call Earth a better place. It doesn’t take tons of money, a pink Cadillac, celebrity status, or big hair to get the job done. All that is required is a deep-seated need to improve the lives of others.


About The Author

Hello, I’m Marisa D. Aceves. I’m a forever curious copy and content writer, artist, marketer, and health advocate. I help artists and creative business owners reach their goals and live their lives to the fullest. Follow my blog, check out my art, and receive my latest tips on art marketing, digital marketing, and health and wellness.

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9 Inspiring Ways To Address Covid-19 Hunger

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article by Marisa D. Aceves

In a matter of months, our world has changed. Job opportunities are shrinking, and once-profitable food, hospitality, and entertainment industries have almost collapsed. Edison Research Poll discovered that after the announcement of the Covid-19 pandemic, 44% of Americans fear they will not be able to afford food. Numbers are even higher, they say, for people earning less than $50,000 like gig workers and those newly unemployed. (Fields, 2020) May Lynn Tan, Assistant Deputy Director for E4 and manager of several food assistance initiatives, recognizes the immediate threat that rapid and consistent unemployment has on the general population. Households with children, older adults, and people with disabilities are especially vulnerable because closed schools, daycare centers, and senior centers have eliminated a regular source of meals. (Tan, 2020) Learning to become self-sufficient, and provide your family with a sustainable, steady food supply, especially during difficult times, is critical. Now is the time to work together to support our communities with valuable resources focused on food recovery, a new, earth-friendly method of food production, and reliable methods of distribution.

Here are some creative, community-based ways you can improve food insecurity in your area.


1. Grow Your Food

The National Gardening Association (NGA) says that 35 percent of families in the United States are growing food at home or in a shared community garden. This report indicates that more people of all ages, especially young people, are learning to grow their food. (Scatterday, 2017)

Growing food for the first time can be intimidating, but it will improve your health, lessen your carbon footprint, and save you money.Commercial farming employs a lot of pesticides and insecticides that the EPA considers carcinogenic. Gardening allows you to control what you apply to your produce. Even if you lack a green thumb, there are plenty of helpful tutorials online to guide you through the process. You’ll learn which vegetables grow well in your area, tips on watering, fertilizing, and harvesting. In addition to improving the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, gardening has the added benefit of helping you get extra exercise throughout the day.


2. Create Community Gardens in Urban Spaces and Food Deserts

While growth in gardening is spectacular, Mike Metallo, President, and CEO of the NGA said that many people lack access to nutritious food regularly. Millions of children in America go hungry. The frequent occurrence of food deserts is a contributing factor to obesity and malnutrition. (Scatterday, 2017)

Urban agriculture has a unique solution for this ongoing challenge. It proposes that communities raise money to help people in urban areas use vacant lots to grow food for the neighborhood. For example, the Vacant Lot toolkit, located in Pittsburgh, helps residents legally access empty lots to grow food, flowers, and rain gardens. Bjorn Low, leader of a grow-your-own-food-movement, co-founded Edible Garden City to address food security hardships in Singapore. (Ashoka, 2018)

Food deserts, where residents have little to no access to grocery stores or healthy food alternatives, can apply the same lot programs as urban centers. Funding from Non-profits will provide the money needed to make these programs a reality.


3. Increase the Accessibility Of Nutritious Food In Charitable And Food Assistance Programs

Across the country, food assistance programs provide a much-needed food source for families living below or at the poverty level. Wealthier members of your state or community could make frequent donations to your local food bank or other charitable organizations that handle food service. For example, The Texas Food Bank, located near San Antonio, Texas, provides food for San Antonio residents and surrounding counties. They have gardens for growing fresh vegetables, but also receive many donations from individuals and families. A dependable flow of volunteers helps them to serve counties outside the city.


4. Know the Food Insecure Areas In Your State

Each state and county must have a map or report of all the food insecure areas. Volunteers, businesses, and state employees can create targeted programs to help people meet their needs. Not all regions will require the same types of foods or the same amount of assistance. Making weekly, monthly, and annual reports to determine the issues that arise due to job instability, health concerns, and unforeseen economic conditions will benefit struggling community members.


5. Understand How Climate Change Affects The Type Of Food That Grows Well In Your Area

Jason Clay, the senior vice president of market transformation for WWF, predicts that in the short-term, the concentration will be on climate-smart agriculture. However, in 10 to 20 years, the focus will switch to rotating crops. (Gould, 2014)

Be aware of the type of crops that grow well in your areas or zones. Planting fruits or vegetables that fail to thrive in your area could result in disaster. The successful growth and distribution of plants are reliant on the understanding of how climate change affects native crops. The hardiest and most pest-resistant are the ones you need to focus on cultivating.


6. Minimize Food Waste

Create or give to programs that support distributing surplus food from businesses or schools to local shelters and food distribution centers. Grocery stores in your area could donate canned fruits, vegetables, and box meals to charities. Schools could get permission from the local government to use extra food to create meals for hungry children and adults living within the school district.


7. Produce Local Food Donation Drives And Fund Raisers

Your neighborhood or community could raise money each month to combat state hunger issues. Food donation drives during the summer, Thanksgiving, and Christmas would help to alleviate suffering during peak holidays, a time when people are already more likely to give. Early fall, when children are returning to school, is also a perfect time to start a fundraiser or donation drive. Teachers and administrators could reach out to parents that are having difficulty feeding their families and make a private list.


8. Create Programs That Teach Sustainable Foraging and Eating Wild

Foraging is the practice of gathering edible plant species where you live.
These plants, when correctly identified and harvested, can be added to savory salads, soups, stews, and any other dish you can imagine. Wild food also has more essential minerals and vitamins. If you’re looking for creative ways to get exercise, foraging is the perfect combination of hiking and gardening. To ensure optimum health, find a mentor to teach you which plants are safe for consumption and which ones to avoid.

Here are some excellent books on the subject that you can acquire from popular online or local booksellers.


Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine
The Scout’s Guide to Wild Edibles: Learn How to Forage, Prepare & Eat 40 Wild Foods
The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat 

In addition to foraging, you can also learn to eat wild. Eating Wild is the process of getting whole nutrition from modern food by choosing animal food sources that are 100% grass-fed. These types of foods help to increase health and fight disease. Buying from farmers’ markets and learning to select wholesome foods raised by local farmers that are pesticide-free is necessary for improving peoples’ overall nutrition as well as the environment. Providing local farms dedicated to safe food production and humane treatment of animals with tax breaks can ease the rising cost of food at your grocery store.


9. Start A Local Heirloom Seed Bank

Invite mentors, volunteers, and families in need to participate in a program focused on preserving heirloom seeds. Food insecure families, as well as other members in your area, could use these seeds to help grow healthy, nutrition-packed fruits and vegetables for themselves and their community. Before you preserve seed varieties, make sure you know whether or not the plant is a hybrid or an open-pollinated variety. Only open-pollinated or heirloom varieties can continue to produce crops for generations.

Here are a few informative websites and books to help you get started.


Start Your Own Heirloom Seed Vault: http://www.therealfarmhouse.com/start-your-own-heirloom-seed-vault/
Personal Seed Bank: https://faithfulfarmwife.com/personal-seed-bank/
How To Organize A Community Seed Bank: https://www.seedsavers.org/site/pdf/Start-Seed-Bank.pdf


The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds: 322 Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, Trees, and Shrubs
Heirloom Seed Saving Handbook: Your Personal Survival Seed Bank

While you may not have all the answers to eliminating food insecurity, you can make a concerted effort to tackle the serious issues that surround it. Steady progress and a healthy amount of persistence will help you and your community to address ongoing setbacks in the fight to improve the environment and end world hunger. Learning about the root causes of crop failure and lack of adequate nutrition and distribution will aid in producing a wholesome food supply.


Bibliographic Citations For Sustainable Foods Article

Tan, May Lynn. “Food security during a pandemic and beyond: how research can support action.”Evidence For Action, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 23 April 2020, https://evidenceforaction.org/food-security-during-pandemic-and-beyond-how-research-can-support-action.


Fields, Samantha. “44 % Of Americans Fear They Won’t Be Able to Afford Food, Poll Finds.”Marketplace, American Public Media, 7 May 2020, www.marketplace.org/2020/05/07/44-of-americans-fear-they-wont-be-able-to-afford-food-poll-finds/.

Scatterday, Allysan. “Gardening Boom: 1 in 3 American Households Grow Food.”Farmer Foodshare, Farmer Foodshare,  15, June 2017, www.farmerfoodshare.org/farmer-foodshare/2017/6/15/gardening-boom-1-in-3-american-households-grow-food .

Ashoka. “Bjorn Low – Edible Garden City: Ashoka: Everyone a Changemaker.”Ashoka, Ashoka, 18, June 2020, www.ashoka.org/en-us/story/bjorn-low-edible-garden-city

Gould Hannah. “10 things you need to know about sustainable agriculture.”The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 1, July 2014, www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/food-blog/sustainable-agriculture-10-things-climate-change

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5 Free Nutrition Apps You Can’t Live Without

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article by Marisa D. Aceves

Are you busy trying to find easy ways to manage your weight and dietary needs during Covid-19? Has constant isolation and meal monotony got you down? We’ve found the perfect solution for you and your family! These time-saving nutrition apps will help you set your weight loss goals, monitor your food intake, and provide you with a wealth of yummy recipe ideas to keep hunger at bay and satisfy your creative desire for variety.

1. Fooducate

Cost: Free for basic Plan, Pro Plan $9.99 per month

Platform: Apple only

Compatibility: iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Rating: 4.7/5

Languages: English

Company: Fooducate Ltd.

Adjusting your diet when you have diabetes and other health-related restrictions can be difficult. Fooducate teaches you how to eat healthfully.

In addition to monitoring your food and exercise, you can search its extensive database to help you make the best snack and meal choices.

The apps’ health-conscious community, allows you to share recipes, learn helpful diet tips, and join a supportive group of people with similar goals.

2. ControlMyWeight

Cost: Free

Platform: Apple only

Compatibility: iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Rating: 4.6/5

Languages: English

Company: CalorieKing Wellness Solutions, Inc.

According to the CalorieKing company, its ControlMyWeight food and exercise diary app is not only amazingly user-friendly, but it’s also the most accurate.

Setting your weight loss and management targets is simple; you can even use the app offline!

Along with a handy barcode scanner, you can also determine the number of calories in popular recipes.

Besides monitoring calories and fat intake, the app measures carbohydrate consumption, sugar, protein, and fiber.

3. Noom

Cost: Basic Plan Free, Pro Plan $9.99 a month, $44.99 per year

Platform: Apple and Android

Compatibility: Apple – iOS 10.3 or later, available in the app store for iPhone, Android – 6.0 and up

Rating: 4.7/5 Apple store, 4.3/5 Google Play


English, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish

Company: Noom, Inc.

This unique app uses a psychological approach to help you achieve your overall health and weight loss goals. Based on science-backed behavior modification techniques, the company’s effective program utilizes the assistance of doctors, psychologists, nutritionists, and personal trainers to fashion a program geared to your specific requirements.

Instead of focusing on the latest diet trends, it teaches you to forget about good and bad foods, challenging you to embrace moderation to reach your goals and maintain desired results.

Supportive coaches will help you to understand the motivation behind your decisions, encouraging you to strive for self-awareness and a healthy mindset.

Learn to create healthier habits that are in keeping with your ambitions and circumstances.

4. Lifesum: Diet & Macro Tracker

Cost: Basic Plan Free, Premium Plan $44.99 per year

Platform: Apple and Android

Compatibility: Apple – iOS 11.2 and watchOS 3.0 or later, the app available in-app store for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, Android – Varies with device

Rating: 4.6/5 Apple store, 4.5/5 Google Play


English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian Bokmål, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

Company: Lifesum, Inc.

Whether you wish to try Keto, Paleo, Mediterranean, or Vegan, Lifesum helps you find a diet plan that’s right for you.

With four pre-planned meal ideas a day, you can easily track calories, carbohydrates, protein, and more, motivating you to stick to your goals.

Scan items at the grocery store with the apps barcode scanner to determine the nutritional value of the foods you buy.

Customize your health regimen by adding your favorite recipes and exercise routines.


5. Chronometer Nutrition Tracker

Cost: Basic Plan Free, Gold Plan $6.99 per month, and Gold Subscription $39.99 per year

Platform: Apple and Android

Compatibility: Apple – iOS 11.0 or later, available in the app store for iPhone, and iPad, Android – 5.0 and up

Rating: 4.8/5 Apple store, 4.6/5 Google Play

Languages: English

Company: Cronometer Software, Inc.

The chronometer supports a variety of diets. It allows you to measure as many as 82 micronutrients to ensure that you receive unbiased, accurate information about your dietary choices. The free Basic Plan provides more nutritional information than similar apps.

Catalog restaurant foods, record your water intake and enter daily supplements.

It syncs with a variety of fitness trackers, like Fitbit, Garmin, and Withings.

Get diet support with the apps intermittent fasting monitor and keto calculator.

Examine your dietary progress from start to maintenance and print the results for physicians and health care providers.

Experience the encouragement and support of Chronometers’ active community forums.

The app’s staff of web developers, nutritionists, and personal trainers provide exceptional customer support and timely advice to help you with your journey.


Exercise, a positive mindset, and a nutritious diet are key elements in maintaining our art business practices. It’s not easy to venture out and make changes, especially during a pandemic, but for some of us, it’s a matter of life and death. When it comes to our art, health is not an option, its a necessity.

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7 Best Free Mobile Apps For Diabetes

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article by Marisa D. Aceves

Having diabetes is an unwelcome challenge you wish you could erase forever or paint away. Never mind, art supplies, your treatment is expensive. What will you do during a pandemic to preserve your budget and address the threat of this constant intruder? Improve your diet and organize your medical needs with these seven free diabetes management apps. Because everyone knows you’d rather be in the studio.

 1. Glucose Buddy

Cost: Basic Plan Free and Paid Premium Plan $5.00 per month or $59.00 per year

Platform: Apple and Android

Compatibility: Apple iOS 11.0 or later available in App Store with iPhone and Android 5.0 and up available in Google Play Store

Rating: 4.8/5 in Apple Store 4.0/5 in Google Play Store


English, Arabic, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Company: Azumio, Inc.


This award-winning app provides the tools you need for your diabetes management all in one place.

You can calculate your blood sugar, insulin medication, and diet as well as evaluate your overall health with a daily progress report.

Glucose Buddy makes it possible for you to gain access to your records from all of your mobile and desktop devices.

If you need extra support and motivation to stay on track, it automatically links you with a large community of people determined to live a healthy lifestyle.


2. Health2Sync

Cost: Free Membership, 1-Month Premium Membership, 3-Month Premium Membership, and 6-Month Premium Membership

Platform: Apple only

Compatibility: Apple iOS 11.0 or later. Use on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch – app available for iPhone, but not Android.

Rating: 4.7/5 in Apple Store

Languages: English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

Company: H2, Inc.

*Family Sharing available for this app. 6 family members can use the app.


Health2Sync claims to aid diabetes management by making monitoring blood sugar more meaningful.

Detailed records on your blood glucose, blood pressure, weight, activeness, personal notes, and photos provide a holistic approach to treatment.

You can also upload many glucose records all at once.

The ability to data sync to different compatible mobile devices is a handy feature that helps you take control of your health.

Partner Care links you to family, friends, and supportive individuals to encourage you.

Personalized Care sends you daily reminders and helpful information on dietary adjustments.


3. MySugr

Cost: Free and Pro Plans

Pro Plan is $2.99/month or $27.99 a year

Platform: Apple and Android

Compatibility: Apple iOS 11.4 or later, available in the Apple Store for iPhone only, Android 5.0 and up,

Rating: 4.7/5 in Apple Store, 4.6/5 Google Play


English, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

Company: mySugr GmbH


With over 2 million users worldwide, the creators of the MySugar app understand your questions and concerns because they also have diabetes.

Included in their many features are diabetes coaching, dietary information, helpful tips, exercise advice, blood sugar, food tracking, and medication records.

Encouraging challenges and advice guide you to strive for better health.

In its basic form, MySugr is a free app, but if you wish to access more of its useful features, like blood glucose reminders, PDF or Excel reports, and insulin calculator, $2.99 a month is less than your favorite Starbucks coffee drink.


4. OneTouch Reveal

Cost: Free

Platform: Apple and Android

Compatibility: Apple iOS 11.0 or later, available in-app store for use with iPhone and iPad exclusively and Android 5.0 and up

Rating: 4.7/5 in Apple Store, 4.1/5 in Google Play

Languages:  English, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovenian, Spanish, Vietnamese

Company: LifeScan, Inc.


Touted as the most downloaded diabetes app worldwide in 2019, One Touch Reveal helps more than a million people take control of their diabetes.

It syncs effortlessly with the Verio Reflect meter and the Verio Flex meter to simplify your blood sugar tracking.

Another innovative feature, Colorsure Technology, monitors your blood sugar patterns.

Also, the apps Blood Sugar Mentor helps you to understand your glucose results and the necessary steps you need to take to improve your health.

The A1C Comparator allows you to compare your lab results with your blood sugar average for the last 90 days.


5. Diabetes M

Cost: Basic PlanFree Plan, Premium Plan -$2.99 a month or 49.99 per year

Platform: Apple and Android

Compatibility: Apple – iOS 9, WatchOS 3.0 or later, available in-app store for use with iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, and Android -5.0 and up

Rating: 4.6/5 in Apple Store 4.5/5 in Google Play

Languages: English, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Company: Sirma Medical Systems JSC


The Diabetes M app looks after all of your diabetes needs.

Its’ handy, cleanly designed Logbook allows you to catalog glucose readings, daily carbohydrate intake, and insulin treatments. One of the apps’ most novel features is its’ ability to track the areas of your body where you inject insulin and the places on your fingers where you test blood sugar levels.

Detailed charts and graphs give you insight into the meaning of your data.


6.  Dario

Cost: Basic Plan – Free,

Platform: Apple and Android 

Compatibility: iOS 10.0 or later, available in-app store for use with iPhone and Android 7.0 and up

Rating: 4.9/5 in Apple Store, 4.3/5 in Google Play

Languages: English, Arabic, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese

Company: LabStyle Innovation LTD


If you’re pressed for time and hate unnecessary distractions, you’ll love Dario. Its’ convenient, lightweight meter easily attaches to your phone.

In addition to being a diabetes tracker, you can use it in conjunction with the Dario Blood Pressure Monitoring System. Measuring your blood sugar level and blood pressure has never been easier.

Gain valuable insights into food choices and activities that will boost your health. Periodic encouragement helps motivate you to stick to your goals.

Share your up-to-date diabetic measurements with your family and physicians by tapping the share button and choosing a contact.


7. GLog: Glucose Logbook

Cost: Free 

Platform: Apple and Android

Compatibility: iOS 11.0 or later, available in-app store for use with iPhone and iPad and Android 5.0 and up

Rating: 4.7/5 in Apple Store, 4.4/5 in Google Play


Company: Stella Domus, LLC


From blood sugar levels to blood pressure, Glucose Logbook easily tracks your diabetes measurements.

With helpful daily, weekly, and monthly charts, you can stay on top of your health needs.

You can even email detailed Excel or CVS reports of your progress to your physician or health care provider, export your information to iOS files, iTunes, another application, or your Mac by AirDrop.

Glog’s simple, user-friendly interface makes it the perfect choice for non-techies and busy people.


While diabetes trackers are not for everyone, they can save you time, money, and hours of frustration. Free Basic Plans introduce you to useful tools for diabetes management you may not have considered. Give one a try and discover their benefits for yourself.



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One word of encouragement can be enough to spark someone’s motivation to continue with a difficult challenge.

Roy T. Bennett

The hope
Of Life
-Don't falter.









Use these tips to make your creative life better every day!


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article by Marisa D. Aceves

Admit it.
Lately, you’ve struggled with the meaning of life.
It isn’t fair. If it were, everyone you know would be happy, confident, and successful. While you love reading about rags to riches phenomenons or perpetually positive people overcoming incredible odds, you can’t manage to picture yourself in their shoes.
How do they do it?
No matter what they do or where they go, everybody loves them.
They walk into a gallery, a theatre, a bookstore, etc., and steal the show.

Then you may ask yourself, like David Byrnes, is this my boring life, crappy job, or failed business venture?
When the answer is always a resounding yes, you should consider your thoughts.
What do you think of yourself?
All the challenges you face, the trials and tribulations are never as bad as your mind would like you to believe.
It’s not laziness or lack of ambition that gets in your way, it’s the endless worry about what could go wrong that keeps you from planning for the future and taking action.

But, how do you begin to change the negativity in your head so you can produce a more positive outcome?

You may not always feel like you can take control of your life or make better decisions. Yet, the power is in your hands. Don’t dwell in the past, dreading the future. You can choose to love the life you live right now, even if it doesn’t feel like a lovable life. Better planning and small imperfect steps toward your goals will help you to overcome your natural resistance to change.



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Decide To Be Happy

People always confuse happiness with feeling happy. They get lost in the mood of the moment, believing that life will never get better. To get out of this all-to-common trap, you must deliberately choose to be happy. What does this mean? Concentrate on what is positive about your experience.
Learning so that you can grow in understanding is more important than winning a prize or receiving an award. Meditate on the things that are working in your life. Maybe you have strong family support. Contentment comes from knowing that the present mood, happy or sad, will pass, but gratefulness and a positive attitude will help you to survive even the toughest challenges.



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Run From Perfection

The world sells perfection. Experience tells us this isn’t the case. To learn what not to do, you have to make mistakes. People forget the majority of successful people failed several times before they succeeded. Acceptance is crucial to moving forward despite discouragement and many failed beginnings.



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Stay In The Moment

There’s nothing as soul-sucking as choosing to approach the present as if you were living in your past. Many people find themselves revisiting old hurts and disagreements. Their refusal to trust others keeps them from making new, healthy connections. If you’re concentrating on the past, you miss out on the beauty of the present. Don’t let unfortunate events from the past steal your joy. The key to emotional freedom is learning to react appropriately to your surroundings.



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Give More Than You Get

Share your gifts and blessings with others in need. You could promote a local charity or spend time with people that have difficulty reaching out. The simple act of giving puts you in a different mindset. You’re active, not passive. Giving keeps you from being self-centered and lonely. Discovering the small impact your continued generosity has on peoples’ lives helps you to see your worth, and the worth of others.



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Value Yourself So You Can Value Others

When you value yourself, you avoid enabling people who are only in your life to get something from you. Spending time in an abusive, one-sided relationship makes you bitter. Being thoughtful and forgiving doesn’t mean you should settle for doormat status. If you seek out caring, well-adjusted people, they’re more likely to appreciate your contributions.



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Make a Plan

A careful, laid out plan to achieve your goals will help you to concentrate on the areas that will get you the results you want. You can spend countless hours multi-tasking, convincing yourself you’re making progress, but are you? The shot-gun approach to marketing, finding your targeting audience or networking only results in failure and frustration. By answering important questions about what you want to achieve and what it takes to get there, you can determine the best course of action. Plans change based on your needs. Make sure you’re flexible when challenges keep you from following your original plan. Perhaps there’s a newer, better way to reach your goal or goals.


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Applying these helpful tips takes practice. It’s never easy to break habits or routines that don’t benefit you, especially when it comes to the way you approach life. However, it’s possible. I believe in your tenacity and ability to make positive changes.


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Afraid To Write About Your Art? Use These Easy Tips.

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Marisa D. Aceves. Penscape 1. Digital Photography. 2016.

To view more of my work, please visit acevesart.com.

Article by Marisa D. Aceves

Every artist knows.
Creativity equals happiness.
When you get a new idea, you race to your studio with sparkling eyes and child-like enthusiasm.
Then, you read dozens of art marketing articles telling you to write an artist statement for your website.
People, galleries, and your art-loving aunt need to know why you do what you do.
There’s only one problem.
You’re not sure how to write about your art.
You start to begin, but the inevitable happens.
The joy fades.
Irritation begins.
Your story seems far away.
Why is writing about what you love to do so intimidating?
If the thought of captivating your future collectors makes you succumb to writers’ block and toss your laptop out the window in disgust, you’re not alone.
Let me share with you a simple truth that many artists and creative business owners fail to realize:
You don’t have to be Ernest Hemingway to write about your art.
Learning to craft a compelling story isn’t child’s play.
It takes practice, dedication, and a healthy dose of humility.
You could spend hours learning the long way.
Many people do.
You’re not many people.
That’s why you’re here.
Follow these simple tips, and you’re on your way to success.

Give A Little History

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Galleries, collectors, and the general public are anxious to know how, when, and why you became an artist.

Some artists take the traditional college/art school route, while others discover their love of art after many years of success in another occupation.
Include this information in the course of writing about your work. If you’re an artist who has a background in other fields of expertise, and you apply this experience to your art, explain how this adds to your unique approach and perspective.

 Write About Your Work Often

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Practice removes your fear of writing.

While this advice seems scary at first, if you’re still learning, you’re always new at something. Set aside time in the day or week to write down your thoughts and feelings about your work. Create a schedule that you know is easy to keep.

Write-In Small Increments

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Short writing bursts keep you on track.

Sitting yourself down to write for an hour or two can lead to procrastination as you wait there, tapping a pencil to paper, hoping the words will flow. If you know that you freeze when forced with a long, drawn-out job, you may want to spread it out and do other things in between writing. Taking frequent breaks or time alone to reflect eases your anxiety and helps you to collect your thoughts.

Learn From The Writing Of Others

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Research strong artist statements, essays, and grants that have intrigued galleries and collectors in the past.

The best way to learn how to write about your art is to familiarize yourself with the way fellow professional artists write about their work.

When you’re studying articles artists write about other artists, consider these questions:

a) Do they include background information about the artist before describing what they do?

b) Are they providing information about the artists’ level of education, awards, and experience?

c) Is there an attempt to describe what is unique about the artists’ work?

Once you understand how to extract small pieces of information from art articles, you’ll approach yours with less intimidation.

Here are some things to keep in mind when you examine other professionals’ artist statements:

a) What are the main themes or subjects of their work?

b) What is their particular medium?
(ex. Are they a painter, sculptor, photographer, …?)

c) Why do they create their work?

d) Who is their audience?
(ex. Is it for a rural community, animal lovers,…?)

As you read their statements, make sure to answer the questions mentioned above. When you finish, you’ll have a rough map of the information that you’ll need to include in your statement.


Edit Your Work

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Before you publish or submit your writing sample, make sure you correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and delivery. This is especially important when applying for grants and scholarships. You may not get a second chance. Have a writing editor proofread your work for any inconsistencies in style and delivery. Make sure to get additional advice from mentors and other professionals in the industry, so you know what they’re looking for.


You can learn to write about your art, or pass on the responsibility to others who may or may not truly understand your vision. Sure, it’s kind of scary at first, but as you face your fears around the art of communication, your steady progress will open up opportunities you could never have imagined.

Be pro-active.
Your art deserves it.


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5 Reasons Why This Saturday’s Artist Post Is Driving Me Crazy!


Marisa D. Aceves. Indomitable Arrow City At Dusk. digital art/photography. 2016.

I really wanted to give you a great post this Saturday, but as luck, fate or an overloaded system would have it, this is what it has come to!

*side note to you, the reader and myself (After this post is published, I will immediately throw my myself on the couch with fists flying, legs kicking and my loudest scream possible….you would too…if it happened to you….over and over…and over…


1. Whenever I try to attach my picture to the post all I get is a giant photo and some crazy code describing the height and width of the photo beneath it!

That’s right folks including the artwork to this post has been a &^%$!!! and the afternoon is just getting started….


2. My allergies are killing me!!!!! Honestly!!!!!

I didn’t get much sleep for this entire week! This is making me crazy mad. So therefore all my patience”flew out the window” on Wednesday.


3. My stupid tablet is acting up again!

If you’re a frequent tablet user, eventually what I so fondly call tablet hiccup or stiction will happen to you and if you have an especially nice tablet….then that will make you doubly insane….Don’t tell me to reboot or restart my tablet…I’ve done that…


4. I’m in a generally pissy mood!!!!

Yup, that’s what lack of sleep and frequent computer troubles will get you, especially if you are a sensitive flower…I mean like a cactus flower….yeah..reeeeeaaaal sensitive!!


5. I’ve been so busy with inbound marketing for my business and other health issues I wasn’t able to spend as much time as I would have liked this week working on my art!!!

This happens to the best of us! Not that I’m the best of you… For the moment I’m simply engaging in a little wishful thinking! However, when you can’t do the things you love as much…well…that’s kinda like telling a small child that they can’t play outside cause ‘ the other kids will catch the flu!!!!
*If you’re a wee bit sympatico and you’re not too busy…Hint…that..always helps…Drop on by my website acevesart.com and checkout my new geometric digital art landscape and cityscape paintings made with photography!
*Sincerely, despite all this weeks CHALLENGES ..I mean garbage…I have enjoyed sharing and learning with you. Have a wonderful weekend! Do somethig fun! Spend time with family and loved ones! Lift someone out of their self-imposed, world imposed misery! Practice compassion! Practice love! Never forget to explore the possibilites!
























New Fusion Series Coming Soon!


Marisa D. Aceves. Fusion: Steely Probiotica. digital photography. 2016.

To check out more of my work and samples of my new series, please visit acevesart.com .

Round, blistered bodies emerge from the shadows.  Steel panes bend to meet the light as passersby gaze upon this strange, urban enigma.  Lovers of living modern myths enjoy it’s company, while staunch traditionalists bemoan the idiocy of federal funding.

I am excited to announce that I have some new series in the works that I plan to release so stay tuned. If you’ve been a frequent visitor to this page, then I would like to personally thank you for your interest and support.

Some of my new work utilizes sections of my past photography to create design based pieces that are a nod to the recent trend of recycling. You might say, that I’m re-imagining everyday objects that I’ve already re-imagined (taken out of their normal context to give them a different significance and meaning).

I knew from the moment I saw this object, that I had to photograph it, but I was not sure how I was going to do it. Then, I decided that the most interesting part of the object was it’s unusual texture. In order to highlight this, I chose to use dramatic lighting.

What does this object remind you of?








Ordinary Objects That Look Like Geometric Landscapes


Marisa D. Aceves. Octogonal Color Field. digital photography. 2016

To view more of my work, please visit acevesart.com .

Silvery wells gather the fragments of an unfolding chapter. Harsh lights scatter midnight shadows on the shoes of passing girls and middle aged women. Geometry enjoys a cocktail at the homes of wannabe socialites.

I’d love to add a big, mysterious, wonderfully poignant, life-changing story to this post, but it was, in reality, just another trip to the store.

What does this object remind you of?