One thing this year has taught me is that I’m better off without people in my life who only want to say hurtful things about others. This is one reason I decided to leave social media last year, and I haven’t regretted my decision for a second. We all have our flaws and nobody is better than anyone else. Each of us has our own ideas and opinions and that makes us all unique and beautiful in our own way. An old rule I’m forever trying to follow is, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” I think this is the first thing any of us should be asking ourselves before we say anything. We need to bring back unity into the world, and it’s so easy to do that when we spread kindness. These are just my thoughts for the day. I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of the new year. Let’s try to make it a positive one! Much love to all of you! ~M xo
P.S. I’ve been without WiFi for the majority of the past three weeks, which has made it difficult to respond to comments and read posts. I will try my best to respond and catch up with all of you as soon as I can. 😉
“And even in this, there’s good… How else can anyone truly appreciate the abundant blessings in life, unless they are eventually taken away? You appreciate them all the more when you have them again.” ~M
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How many times have I sat here and asked myself, “Where has all of my inspiration gone?” And then in a single burst of newfound creative energy, it all seems to come back to me in full force. I live for the days when the thoughts pour right out of my head into a jumbled mess upon my college-ruled blue lined paper. Those words literally look up at me and beg me to put them into some kind of sensible order. We all face writer’s block from time to time though, and I think the best way to work through it, is to pick up a pen, and just start writing anything and everything that comes to your mind. Kind of like what I’m doing right now. In fact, I really have no idea where these words are currently taking me. I’ve been stuck without a decent thought or idea for months now.
I know I’ll never give up on the idea of being a writer because it’s the only thing in my life that has ever remained a true passion. I almost believe that a part of me would surely die if I ever did try to give up writing altogether. My soul seems to crave words as if my very life depends on them. So my advice to anyone who may be struggling at the moment is to keep pen and paper handy at all times, and just jot down random thoughts whenever you have the opportunity. I think you’ll be surprised by just how many ideas suddenly pop into your head, which may often lead to wonderful stories that you might not have thought could ever be possible.
Just never give up, you’re a writer after all, whether you feel like you can officially call yourself that or not. If you’re here and you’re writing for a blog, then you’re a writer, and it’s important that people hear what you have to say. You’re words mean something, and you never know whose lives you might touch by the simple things you say and share. Anyway, these are my thoughts for this quiet Tuesday evening, and I figured it was time to get out of my rut and write something. I hope everyone is having a good week. Keep on writing and never give up! Love, ~M xoxo
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“If we don’t focus on the positive aspects of each beautiful God-given day, then we can hardly expect to make it through this life.” ~M
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“I’ve found happiness doesn’t just come to you, you’ve got to create it where you’re at, with what you already have.” ~M
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“You must be eagerly willing to fail, in order to achieve anything in this life.” ~M
So keep trying and never give up! 😉 xo
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Well, as many of you know, I have been participating in the Whole30 program over the last month. For those of you who don’t know what this is, it’s a diet program which mainly consists of eating fruits, vegetables, and meat for 30 days.
It worked so well for my family and I that we have decided to continue eating this way on a regular basis. We all feel so much healthier and have a lot more energy. My husband had been dealing with skin rashes for over a year now, and those have been completely eliminated. And I had been suffering from lifelong digestive issues, and have found that I am free of the issues I used to have. But just to give you a little more in-depth knowledge before you go and jump on the bandwagon, I wanted to give you some pros and cons for this diet plan.
My family and I considered this an experiment with food and we’ve realized just how much junk food used to negatively impact our lives. I truly believe that if we continue eating this way, we will all live longer healthier lives and be happier for it. So with that said, I highly recommend the Whole30 diet program for anyone who wants to eliminate starvation diets, have more energy, and have fewer health issues. The only way you’ll know if it’ll work for you, is to give it a try. I hope you will, and if you do, let me know and I’ll be happy to give you some moral support along the way.
Here’s a sampling of some of the meals we’ve been eating:
Sometimes you just have to say… “Thy will be done!” ~M
Originally posted: October 5, 2016
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“Be a positive light in the world, it may be the only one anybody ever sees.” ~M
Originally posted: June 23, 2016
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Good morning everyone, I really hope all of you have been having a lovely week. It’s been mostly cold, wet and dreary here, so I’m in need of some cheery conversation. I’ve got a scrumptious homemade chai tea, hot chocolate with extra whipped cream, or regular ol medium roast coffee this morning. So take your pick! Alright, let’s get to it…
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my frustration level has hit a new high this week. I’m normally a very calm and easy going person, until somebody decides to rev me up. I suppose I’m just tired of letting people walk all over me, but then I wrestle with the notion that I ought to be sweet and nice and not rock anybody’s boat.
Somedays, I think the best thing I could do for myself, is to just let go of anyone who can’t seem to play nice with me. After all, I shouldn’t have to put up with all the nonsense when I haven’t done anything wrong. So often, I feel like I’m back in the school yard once again, with the way people act these days! The behavior of some is quite appalling and so often unnecessary.
Okay, my little rant is over. I just needed to get that out, it’s been welling up inside me all week and simply needed to be said. Now to my very kind and thoughtful blogger friends, I have no problems with any of you. All of you have been so sweet to me, and WP is my happy place because of it. So thank you fellow bloggers, let us continue to unite as an unrelenting positive force!
Now I do believe, there is a silver lining in every lousy thing we may face. And this week was no exception. I took all the anger that had been building up inside me this week and poured it all out into my writing. I was having a bit of writer’s block at the beginning of the week, and then all it took was that one last hit over the head for the dam to break, and for me to finally regain my thoughts once more.
Isn’t it funny how our emotions can often drive us to actually getting things accomplished? When I get angry or upset, I turn my frustrations into productivity. If I’m at home and someone upsets me, watch out! I’ll have my house cleaned in a quarter of the time it normally takes me. That’s just how I am, and how I’ve always been. I suppose that’s always been my way of fighting back and not giving in to defeat.
There are so many people I know, who just give up the minute life gets a tad bit difficult. I think this drives me crazier than anything else. How can you simply give up, when things don’t go according to plan? In my mind, that just causes a person to become even more beaten down. Anyway, enough about me and what I think. Tell me about your week; anything new and exciting to share? I’d really love to hear about it, so please leave me a message in the comments section.
One final thought… I really hope all of you have a very blessed week, and please don’t ever give up. Turn your frustrations into creative energy and focus on the positives! Hugs and kisses! ~M
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“Each one of us has the ability to make a difference in the world. A simple smile can be all that it takes.” ~M
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“Let your burdens be like water and your blessings be like honey.” ~M
Well today should be considered one of the worst days I’ve had so far this year, and yet I sort of just feel like laughing right now. And yet earlier in the week, when I couldn’t have had a better day (that’s just how amazing it was), all I wanted to do was cry.
I am really starting to question my sanity at this point. I have to say though, if what I faced today is really one of the worst days I could have, than I really should be counting my blessings. So many people are facing much worse issues than I am. I guess it all just comes down to perspective. We can either let that bad day get to us, or we can say to ourselves, “It could have been much worse, time to move on…”
So I’ve decided to let the burdens of this day, sort of run off my back. Yes, they are still here, but I’m choosing to carry them lightly; sort of like you carry a dirty, stinky old sock. Tomorrow is a new day and hopefully it will be a whole lot better. I’m choosing to be positive about the things which I cannot change about today. Hope you are too!
Much love, ~M xoxo
My goal for 2017 was to bring happiness to others. We’re only ten days in, and I already feel like the exact opposite has occurred. It really seemed like such an easy task too. I thought I could just be more positive, portray an air of happiness, and then everyone else would just follow suit. Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to work? Lead by example and everyone will follow… am I right? And yet it hasn’t worked at all.
I know I’m not very good at hiding my true feelings, but I thought I was doing a really good job of at least controlling the negative ones. I suppose I’ve come to the conclusion, that I can’t fool anyone, least of all myself. I’m trying desperately to hide behind the positives though. It’s the only way I can continue to live, without completely drowning in my own sorrows. Its mind over matter… don’t you think? Isn’t that the only way any of us can really survive?
We often try to fool ourselves into thinking we’re happy, because that’s what everyone is after. We all want that wonderful happy life, which is so often fakely displayed everywhere we look. Do you really believe that smiling family on Facebook, is happily living life free of any problems or issues? And see this is the problem, we believe everyone else has everything so easy and so perfect, when in actuality, true happiness doesn’t really exist.
We need to realize that we aren’t ever going to be completely happy on this earth, or in this life, because that’s an impossibility. It’s unfortunate though, because we live with the idea that it’s achievable, which only makes us feel like complete failures when we never obtain a perfectly happy life. Having hope is one thing, but we’ve got to be realistic as well.
So I’m changing my goal for 2017. I don’t want to bring happiness to others, but I want to show others how to find slivers of happiness right where they are. In the misery and agony of our imperfect lives, there are sometimes moments of happiness. Fleeting as they are, we need to hold onto those moments, and bring them back into focus on those particular days, when grief overtakes our sad little lives. We certainly can’t give up and quit, just because things aren’t going our way.
Anyway, enough of my ranting. I’m not even sure any of what I’m saying is making any sense. All I know is, I can’t continue to live my life waiting for perfection. This is it, this is my God given life; and I’d better make the best of it, or I may not have one left at all.
“Think about it… with every painful moment in your life, you became stronger and more prepared for the next hurdle. By now, you’ve accomplished more than you thought you ever could, and by enduring those pain filled moments, you have gained great confidence. So at this point in your life, you should now be able to do almost anything, because once you’ve survived enough pain in your life, everything else becomes easier.” ~M
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