Pick-Me-Up Thursday!

Cat Friday EveGood morning y’all! I hope your week has been a good one and you are feeling well. My week has been a mixture of trying to rest, waiting, some terrible tooth pain and negative news. I already shared that I had an accident, that was NOT my fault at all two weeks ago. Even though things withon the tow truck insurance started going well and the other driver’s insurance would be paying for everything, I did get some sad news Wednesday afternoon. It was decided that my car was considered totaled, which makes NO sense at all to me. Of course I do try my best to find the positive in all situations, so I guess getting a new car can be viewed as a good thing. The sad thing about this is, my husband and I left our wedding in that car, so it has sentimental meaning to us.. This is the picture of my poor car on the back of the tow truck.

Y’all know I think a pick-me-up is always helpful and I know I could use that right now. What I am sharing today short, simple and meaningful. During really difficult and painful times, this is the reminder that I need!strong-enough-to-live-it.jpg

Thank you for visiting my site today! I hope you have a great day and you are happy it is almost the weekend. Please feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts on this quote, I do always enjoy reading your great thoughts! Please know that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive thoughts!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

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A Day of Remembrance!

memorial-day-1.jpgMemorial Day, is an American Holiday that is observed on the last Monday of the month of May. This holiday is to honor the men and women who lost their lives while serving in the United States military. This day did not actually become an official federal holiday until 1971. Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day in the years that followed the Civil War.

I still cannot understand how any war can be referred to as “Civil” because 620,000 people lost their lives in this war. This “Civil” War or the War Between the States went Memorial Day Tributeon from April 12, 1861 until April 9, 1865. The absolutely absurd thing about this war is, it was fought between the United States of America and the Confederate States of America. The Confederate States of America was 11 southern states that left the union in efforts to form their own country and consisted of; South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee. The Confederate States of America were fighting to freedom isnt freeprotect their so called rights for slavery.

For me this is a shameful thing to even fight about because I do not believe slavery should have ever existed. Y’all already know this about me, but I strongly believe everyone should be treated equally regardless of their skin color or anything else some might judge on. In 1865, the United States of America defeated those that were part of the Confederate State of America and slavery was abolished.

 Of course in 2019, people are using this day to visit cemeteries, memorials, hold family gathering and participate in parades. Today is aimages (14)day to honor those that fought for equality and to not have anyone referred to slaves. The real meaning behind this day is something honorable and should be recognized. To really honor this day, those that are still judging people need to make a true attempt to change their hateful ways and just share love ❤ with all. So many people risked and gave their lives so we could have the opportunity to live among each other. All of us have a beating heart ❤ that feels and has real emotions. With that said, why do so many people still seem to live to only hate? My hope for today is, everyone will realize and understand that love ❤ is the only way to live and hate images (16)should not be allowed to cloud our thoughts.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you have a wonderful day and send a little kindness and love ❤ to another that may really need it. We never know what someone else is going through and it is very possible kind words will not only bring them joy, but it may also make their day! Please know that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Motivational Monday!

monday 1Good morning y’all! I hope your weekend was very pleasant and hopefully you enjoy the holiday as well! Long weekends are always very refreshing and well-deserved. In a very unusual way, I actually managed to sleep in one of the days over the weekend! I never sleep late because I always think I have something that needs to be done. This is just my overly anxious and semi-uptight personality that stresses about everything. It was quite nice to not have a to-do list that needs to be done because I do not start my new job until Thursday! 

Even though today is a holiday in the states, which means many of you have a long week, we still need something positive to start our week! The quote I am sharing is very optimistic and motivating or at least I think so! Life makes us stronger

 I am looking forward to reading your thoughts on this quote because I know they will be just as amazing as you are! I do promise to respond to all comments as quickly as I possibly can. images (13)

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you have a wonderful start to this short week ahead of us. Sometimes the short weeks tend to feel a little longer, but I think it is just because we try to fit all the tasks we would typically do in a five day week into four days. In order to not cause ourselves unnecessary stress, it is just best to take things one at a time and only do what we can. If something does not get done, it isn’t the end of the world and will get done when the time allows for it. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Beware of Deadly Summer Heat!

Importantinformation[1]As temperatures are on a steady rise throughout the southern states, it seems as though Mother Nature is trying to either tell us something or she is playing an incredible ugly joke on us. Over Memorial Day weekend temperatures in the south are going to remain in the HIGH 90’s and possible even reach 100.

deadly summer heatSadly, it isn’t even officially summer and yet the temperatures are already extreme, so what does this mean for summer in the south? This will mean that many people will be at much higher risks for additional medical issues and possibly even worse than that. I do want to make y’all aware of those who could be at these higher risks:

  • People over the age of 65 years old.
  • Those who have medical conditions such as, diabetes, kidney disease or mental illness.
  • Individuals that take medication that could affect how their body reacts to the heat, like allergy, blood pressure, seizure, antidepressants or anti-psychotic medication or water pills.
  • Problematic alcohol and drug usage.tom204_0
  • A person with a disability.
  • People that have issues moving around, such as those who are wheelchair bound.
  • Pregnancy women and those who are breast feeding.
  • Babies and young children.
  • Those that are over-weight or obese.
  • People who exercise or work outdoors.
  • People who just recently arrived from cooler temperatures.

Even though there are going to be many people at risk during these hot months, there are things we can all do to possiblyScreen-Shot-2015-05-11-at-2.06.51-AM combat these insanely high temperatures. I am going to share a list of IMPORTANT things for us to remember:

  • Even when not thirsty, drink plenty of fluids anyway.
  • Keep cool by utilizing cool towels, put your feet in cold water or take cool, NOT a cold showers.
  • Spend as much time as possible in the air conditioning.
  • Block the sun with blinds, shades or curtains.
  • Stay out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day. The heat starts to build after 12pm, noon and tends to be the hottest around 3pm.
  • Wear light colors and loose clothing.summer-sun-1[1]
  • Eat smaller more frequent meals throughout the day. We should try eating cold meals, like salads, instead of hot meals.
  • Avoid heavy activities as much as possible!
  • Pay very close attention to information provided by the news or weather channels regarding extreme heat warnings.
  • Avoid alcohol!

excessive_heat_2018The heat tends to bother me in some awful ways, but high humidity causes even more issues for me. I know something I have found is, after my car has literally been baking in the sun for hours it feels way more like a mobile sauna than my car. I guess that was something pretty darn simple to realize! Now, considering my car is SO HOT, I cannot drive for a few minutes for obvious safety reasons and logic. I always do my best to wait with the windows down and the air conditioning starting to cool before starting the journey to wherever I am going. I do not start moving until the car is blowing cold air! I have found this to be very helpful and it does work, or at least it does for me!

plan aheadIf I need to leave my house for any reason at all, such as grocery shopping, I either wait until after the sun goes down or first thing in the morning. Planning tasks according to what can be completed at home and what can only be done by leaving the house is crucial. Of course I have always been an insane planner, so this is easy for me! It is not always easy  though to plan shopping or other activities because plans may change due to unforeseen obstacles, but that is when you just find alternative ways to accomplish your tasks to be taken care of.

I would like to answer y’all a few questions because of how amazing I find you! I will not put any extra stress on you, but at the same time I am strongly encouraging you to try hot-text-fire-flames[1]answering at least one of my questions. Does the heat affect you at all? If the heat does bothering you, what does it cause for you? How do you handle the heat, like what steps do you take to combat the heat difficulties? What bothers you more, heat or humidity or is it just a horrible combination?

thank-you[1]Thank you for visiting my site today. I do always appreciate your great thoughts and constant support. I hope you are enjoying the long weekend and you are feeling the best you possibly can! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

It wasn’t meant to be easy

life has a funny wayLife has a funny way of throwing random things in our direction when they are least expected and often VERY unwanted. It definitely isn’t easy, but these are the times we must pick ourselves up, dust off the difficulties and strive to carry on!

For the most part, I think that the troubles we get faced with happen to remind us just how strong we truly are. We all go along through the motions of any given day and never stop to give ourselves the much deserved credit for the accomplishments we have made. Our daily routines have become so embedded into our minds that we just naturally react to every situation in the best way possible. Sometimes things will work out right the first time around and other times we have to try again! The best way to handle these situations is, NEVER GIVE UP! As long as we choose to not give up and remain determined to succeed, we will never fail.download (3)

What happens when something occurs that was so unexpected; it throws major a wrench in our day to day activities? Of course the process we need to go through may be challenging to figure out, but our minds will lead us in the right direction, if we just listen to our own intuition.

Sometimes life becomes more like a movie that is just set to automatic repeat, or at least it is for me. Monday-Friday every day is the same, which is perfectly fine and preferred. What some might call boring and predictable, I call calm and drama-free! With all the insanity that goes on in this world, who really needs additional drama? I actually love coming images (14)home to be greeted by my ❤ husband and two adorable cats❤! We eat dinner while watching our favorite shows and then just spend good quality time together. I will read, write or crochet in the evenings, so it is very calm, happy, and peaceful!

When I stop to think about how precious life is and how quickly things can change, I am thankful for what I do have in my life. Sure maybe life may have been easier if I didn’t have MS, but I do and I choose to continue living! I try to NOT think about what could have happened or what should have happened because really, what is the point? 63449-Life-Has-Many-Ways-Of-Testing-A-Person-s-WillAnything that did happen did so for reasons I may never know and that is okay. Hell, if it was not MS it may have been something far worse.  

My heart breaks for the people out there that do not have the faintest idea of what actually makes them happy. It almost seems as though these people got lost somewhere along the way and never managed to find themselves. I cannot say they did not try, but I might say they gave up the search. I have known people that went through some pretty severe depression, but even in their darkest hours knew a couple images (15)things that did bring them joy. Of course, those joys did often get shadowed over by their negative thoughts and bad situations, but they were still able to recognize a few positive things in their life. Unfortunately, I have also learned that I do not have the power to turn someone’s mind around when it is clouded with depression. In times like these, there is only one person that can create happiness and that is themselves. For instances, my mother has been struggling lately and neither herDPere-vWAAAeBey husband nor myself can make her truly happy, she needs to do that on her own. I hate to put that so bluntly, but it is the truth and I do think that any legit therapist would agree with me on this for anyone.

The sad reality is life can be harsh and painful, but it is how we handle it that counts. Challenges happen to everyone, no matter how you are or where you live. Unlike so many other things in this world, hard times do not discriminate and will try destroying anyone images (16)and anything that stands in the way. The good news is, if you never surrender and continue fighting back, those hard times will move onto its next victim.

Thank you so much for visiting my site today! I do encourage you to take a moment to leave a comment because I love knowing what you think of what I share. I hope you are having a pleasant day and you are feeling the best you can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Pick-Me-Up Thursday!

catfriday eveGood morning y’all! I hope your week has been wonderful and you are looking forward to the weekend! I can say that thankfully my week was much better than last week, which is what I was hoping for! I am not sure I would have been able to handle another week like the awful one I went through! I have been trying to practice patience this week, which is not one of my stronger qualities. Maybe if I was not waiting for two different things, it would not have been all that bad.

Y’all already know I am waiting to hear back from the damn insurance company aboutpatient2 the accident I was in and that has been VERY frustrating. It was very obvious that the accident was NOT my fault and the other driver was at COMPLETE fault, but they need to accept responsibility for it. I did speak with someone in the claims department Wednesday afternoon, just to see where we were at in the process and she was actually the first person that was helpful! I found out that the kid did receive a citation for the accident and to me that alone states fault! I am not trying to sound mean, but I am so glad the kid got a citation because he deserved that and more! Hopefully, I will get some good news by the end of the week and he will pay for both my rental and my car repairs. 

patiently-waitingThe other wait I was dealing with was a call back from an interview I went on earlier in the week. I think I made it very clear in another post that I was not all that happy with where I was working, so I was doing my best to find a better fit for me. You know instead of complaining about it, I was doing something to fix the issue! Technically, I was offered the position the same day of the interview, but the hiring manager needed to wait before sending me the offer letter because of some company changes. I am SO HAPPY to say, I have signed the offer letter and will be starting next week!

Even though my week was far better than it was last week, I still think we could all use a pick-me-up to get us through one last day of the week. I think the quote I am sharing with y’all today really sets a nice positive tone for the day and I look forward to reading what you think!EmilysQuotes.Com-mind-powerful-power-positive-thoughts-thinking-life-change-amazing-great-inspirational-unknown

I am so thrilled to say that I will be off work until I start the new job on May 28th! This will give me time to rest up before starting a new job and hopefully heal from the damn accident. I am still having neck and shoulder pain, which is very aggravating but waithopefully it will get better sooner than later. Now that I am going to have about a week off, I will be able to write a few things I have been thinking about, be able to comment in a timely manner and read your amazing posts!

Thank you so much for visiting my site today. I really love ❤ and enjoy reading the comments you share and find them very insightful! I hope you have a great day and then I hope your weekend is filled with nothing but LOTS of happiness! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

What brings you happiness?

Tough-times-dont-last-tough-people-do.-300x300There are many times during our lives when things get very difficult! I feel like it is important to do our best to push those feelings aside and not dwell on the negative. Is this easy? Absolutely NOT, but sitting around allowing for the hardships to dictate our life will never do us any good. I find that during the difficult times, we must try to think about what brings us joy. Maybe flooding our minds with the positives will actually bring them into reality; we will never know 100% unless we try it!

I want to ask you a question and really look forward to reading your response. To show how much I want to do the same, I will answer my question for y’all!beautiful times

What are five things that bring happiness to your life?

The answer to my question is:

  1. The love ❤ I share with my husband is quite powerful and never-ending.
  2. My two absolutely adorable and loving cats. I don’t think anyone could be around them and not find joy!
  3. It makes me very happy to be able to write what I want to 
  4. write about.
  5. The incredible connections I have been able to make through my blog. Y’all have truly been amazing and I am thankful for all of you!
  6. Travelling to new places when we are able or even travelling to places we have been many times before. The beach  is by far my preference.

motivational-quotes-for-someone-down-with-i-might-fall-but-will-not-stay-gym-2During times when I get very stressed or very upset, these are the things that can change my mood. My husband knows what I am feeling and thinking before I even say it out loud. Even though there was no consoling me after my accident, if he did not get to me as quickly as he did, I would have been much more upset and terrified! Both of my cats know when I am feeling horrible and or in pain, so they do not leave my side or shall I say my lap until they think I am feeling a little better! It is hilarious both of them trying to fit on my lap because even though the older cat is very petite, the younger one is a big boy!download (1)

I know I have said in earlier posts that writing is the best outlet for me.  Writing has always been one of my strongest passions and I have no doubt my love for writing will never fade. By continuing to read what I share, y’all are not only giving me the opportunity to continue to write, but also the chance to make great friends that truly understand!

During the truly frustrating times after the accident I had last week, I am trying my best 0fb54ae29b2fd5f0b57ec18d819ce11eto keep these positive things in my mind! We are currently waiting for the driver that was in this accident to accept responsibility because there needs to be payout for the repairs and a rental car for me. I will never understand this considering the police report stated clearly it was his fault! I mean who is really ever going to take responsibility for their wrong doings when they can just prolong the situation by either not answering calls or denying responsibility all together? It is pretty ridiculous, but I am trying to be patient which isn’t one of my strongest qualities.

Thank you for visiting my site today and I do look forward to reading your answer to my HOW_TO_THINK_WHEN_LIFE_GETS_DIFFICULTquestion! There are two options we have when it comes to being happy. One is we can hold onto and dwell on negative emotions or choose to remember the things that bring us the most joy in life and hold onto those instead! I do hope you will take a few moments to answer my question, but I understand if you aren’t able to. Of course I will love to learn what makes you happy and I will respond to all comments as soon as I can! Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤