Grainy Old Photos

Life is all about balance and I’d like to take today to remember things of the past.

Sometimes we get stuck in a cycle of our daily dilemmas. Everyday, you wake up, get busy with work, come home, hope for relaxation and eat something to bring some comfort and do it all again the next day.

Sometimes it can be hard to remember what life was like maybe just a few months or years ago. Old grainy photos are invaluable. They remind us, in a way that is almost impossible to replicate, of when life was different and maybe a little more simple.

When you stumble on a box or a photo album, it is like taking a trip to a life that was long forgotten.

It was not on purpose that we forgot those moments, the very precious and heartwarming times. This is what our daily lives push upon us. As humans, it is only natural for us to get a groove and repeat ourselves. But those grainy old photos are hidden little magic gems.

Who is to say that there is no such thing as magic?

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Loved No Matter What

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Today, I’m forced to sit back and relax.

Now, don’t take this wrong way. I love to sit at home and do nothing as much as the next person. It is just that I had some goals that I have been wanting to accomplish and being sick is just getting in my way.

That’s the funny thing about life though. It has a habit of getting in the way then fate steps in and redirects you on a path that you never saw coming.

Here’s to good thoughts and letting fate take the driver seat.

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Creation Is the Only Thing Louder than Destruction

Today, I’d like to take a moment to appreciate the art in our world. It is constantly around us. Whether it is man-made or a natural occurrence, it allows us to take a few moments at will to take in something that is much larger than ourselves. It allows us to truly appreciate so many emotions and thoughts.

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There are so many types of art. It is one of my favorite things about it. Whether you want nature art

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-or even word art.

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Get out there and start creating, however you know best. Even macaroni art counts.

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Balance

 

It always comes as a silent killer. It creeps up while you are managing what you can. Sometimes it slowly sets in. Other times it is a sudden attack.

Some days I am so busy being busy that I forget the importance of balance.

We all need a reminder. Don’t forget to take today for your piece of mind. Stop and smell the flowers. Enjoy the time with your children or pets while you have them. Tell someone you love them and what they really mean to you.

You never know when the last day you may have with someone is. Don’t forget to make your time meaningful while you still can.

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Saying no – Motivation

Sometimes your greatest enemy is yourself. It doesn’t always start this way. It was somewhere down the road of life when you weren’t paying attention.

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The journey of beginning self-love is a rugged one. You will bring yourself down time and time again. You will constantly feel torn for what is right and what is wrong.

Letting yourself be torn by what and whomever is making you feel small does no one any good. We must all learn to care for ourselves. In the end, no one will be more disappointed than yourself if you don’t hold yourself dearly and chase your dreams.

If a friend spoke to you the way you speak to yourself, how long would you allow them to be your friend?

When I began my journey of learning to say no, I thought I was being selfish. What I did not realize is that there is a difference between being selfish and having self-love.

If your goal is to help, no matter the cost, you must remember yourself in that picture. As the saying goes, you cannot pour from an empty cup.

Whether you need a day or a change in your everyday life, make more time for yourself and your needs. You’ll be surprised at the differences you can make for yourself and others when your cup is full.

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And Survival Looked Good on Me: An Open Letter

It hurts. It claws and rips. It tears at your very soul.

It keeps you up into the late hours of night where life seems to have stopped. All you hear is the sound of silence but… it isn’t quite silence. It is loud and it echoes. It is booming around you. It brings you down, further and further. It makes you feel smaller than all the ants and bugs. It will swallow you whole. That is until sweet slumber finally whisks you away to never land. Slumber has a way of saving right in the nick of time when you thought you might have lost your mind.

You won’t wake up the next day and be ready to take on the world.

There will be mornings that you won’t get out of bed until the sun has seemingly woken up the entire world around you. Yet, still, you want to lay there and wish your day away so that you can be saved by some shut eye.

Here’s the thing – who would you be without the struggle?

Everyone who has great stories always has something in common: they didn’t give up. Some say that they did and even allowed themselves to soak in the pain for a while. They took time off to truly understand the misery and their purpose in it. They became so enveloped in the torment. Still, they came out of it. They persevered even when they thought they couldn’t. And you will too.

It’s all about putting in the effort and finding out what doesn’t work and adapting to the change. It doesn’t matter how much time you need.

And the day will come.

There will be a day that you wake up and you won’t feel so distressed. I know it may not seem possible now but just hold on. 🌸

Focus on finding a different kind of adventure. There are billions of people and things to try. You never know what or who you may stumble upon in just a week or a month from now.

I decided that my adventure would be climbing a mountain. Please keep in mind that I had never been in any sport or participated anything that was even a remotely physically tiring. But then again, I’ve never known what gray is. I jumped right in.

I had never been traveling before. But there I was, hopping in my car and making my way across several states. With hardly anything in tow but my heart racing, I drove all the way to the biggest mountain I had ever seen. Panic started to hit – there was no way that I could do this. All of these fit people and their athletic clothes made it seem so effortless.

Sometimes you have to jump in with nothing but blinding bravery.

I didn’t know what I was doing but I ran. With a pounding in my chest and a barbaric craving to rush in, I jumped, I climbed, and I fell. But I kept going. No matter what obstacle – rock, slippery slope, or just fear – I came across, I got through it. I hopped rocks in a river at the top a mountain and walked through the water at the bottom of a waterfall. I wiggled my way to the top of the biggest rock I had ever seen. It was so much taller than me.

There was nothing I could compare the feeling to when I had finally made it. I was worn out and well-past my second wind… but I did it. I climbed a mountain and saw the most beautiful scenes in nature that I never thought would have existed.

You never know what will be waiting for you at the other end of the tunnel. 🌸

~ Yours truly

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Survive

An Open Letter to my Best Friend as She Graduates

You did it!

Dear Bestie,

This is not a drill – YOU DID IT! We have talked about this for what seems like forever. Ever since we were young, you put your education first. You knew that no matter how crazy life gets, this was something you were determined to do. Not everyone in our families can say that.

There have been so many things that have tried to get in your way. You have been through everything from couch surfing to working full-time yet doing overtime at school.  I can’t say anyone could survive double time for as long as you have. There were many nights that I know you were working away in the middle of the night, eyes closing and wanting to close your laptop to get some sleep. Still, you put so much time and effort into this. You never let up.

Those late nights that you wondered if this would really be worth it. From the chaos you dealt with every day at work to trying to keep up with your family as your little brother and sister are starting to grow up. You did it.

This is just the start! No matter what you do with the degree that you worked for, you still proved yourself. You proved that no matter what obstacles you face, you will never let your dreams go. This is what will always put you above the rest.

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I’m so glad I was able to make the trip to watch you in your special moment. You deserved all the screaming and clapping! I know you will be doing amazing things and conquering this world. I can’t wait to watch and cheer you on with your next adventures. I will always be by your side, no matter where this life takes you.

I love you more than you will ever know,

Your rock ♥

 

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