Motivational Monday

Happy Monday y’all! I hope you had a great and safe weekend. Ready or not, it is Monday again and the beginning of a new week that is full of possibilities. I think it is better to look at life in an optimistic way and believe the best is yet to come. I will never say things cannot get worse because they always can, but also things can get better. I hope this week will treat you well and you are able to obtain everything you set out for!

Today being Monday, we could all use a little motivation to start the week with the best mindset we can. With that said, I hope the quote I am sharing with you offers you the motivation and inspiration you need. I also hope each day that passes until we make it back to Friday gets better and better! I am looking forward to reading your comments and will respond to all comments as quickly as I can. Never forget that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to because you are strong and fierce!

Thank you for visiting my site today! I hope the quote I have shared with motivating and you enjoy what I have written. I do know that the start of a new week means saying goodbye to the weekend, but it also gives us new and amazing opportunities. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa


How to overcome Omicron stresses

No matter what state or country you are living in, we have all been living through the fears of COVID. This has been causing stress and worry for two excruciatingly long years. The isolation, social distancing (which I like), Zoom meetings, concerns about the safety of the vaccines and which one to take, and the wellness of ourselves and our loved ones have been exhausting.

We have already endured several COVID variants before the latest one, Omicron. Obviously, Omicron has come along with various new issues of stress and even more uncertainty. Omicron has created additional levels of fatigue, hopelessness, depression, frustration, and annoyance.

Everyone around the world has watched the previous COVID surges on the news. Sadly, the Omicron variant has ingrained thoughts thought we will never regain a normal life again. The feelings of hope one moment, only to feel hopeless another can cause stress hormones to consume our bodies. This mostly leads to mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion.

Making it past the current surge and any others we may face in the future means protecting your physical and emotional health. The following steps I am going to share with you are a few ways to weather the storm.

Keep everything in perspective

Even though every day feels like Groundhog Day and things we were looking forward to are canceled or postponed due to an increase in infection rates, progress continues to be made daily. Omicron is extremely contagious, but those that are fully vaccinated have caused fewer hospitalizations and deaths than the previous variants. Also, those that are vaccinated and get COVID get much more mild symptoms.

Never stop looking forward

It can be frustrating and disappointing when something we are looking forward to is canceled or postponed, but the one thing the pandemic has taught us all is to be flexible. The truth is, we have all learned that moments of joy make eliminating Omicron crucial, and we are willing to do what it takes. Understanding an attitude of flexibility is critical and helps when we continue scheduling times to celebrate. Being flexible and at peace with acceptance are a necessity until we are past the COVID surges.

Think in smaller steps

It is easy to get caught up in our negative thoughts, such as things are never going to change, everything is so difficult, or I am so overwhelmed. It might be better to focus on the smaller concerns we are having. Once we are feeling more confident with our coping abilities, we can work on the bigger concerns we are experiencing. Maybe instead of trying to plan a get-together with the number of people we once did, try inviting one of two people to an outdoor activity. Most of us are used to Zoom meetings, so maybe connect with your friends in a group Zoom or Facebook call. This allows you to stay connected without the fears of COVID.

Remember self-care

A nice warm bubble bath can help to escape feelings of being anxious and overwhelmed. Taking time for yourself to rest and relax is crucial during these stressful times. You can take 30-45 minutes a day to get lost in one of your favorite books. This would be much-needed time away from hearing anything about the virus. Too much talk and thinking about the virus can create an overwhelming amount of stress and cause other health issues. 

I know things with COVID have been weighing on many minds and it is good to not focus too much on it and let it consume our lives. However, I did feel the information in this post was important and something we all needed to read. I hope everyone is being careful and follow the advice we all heard from the experts. This is NOT a political thing, it is a matter of life and death. I think we have already lost way too many people and it needs to stop. Unfortunately, we all know at least one person that has been sick with COVID and many have lost someone they care about. We need to stand together to put an END to COVID!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you had a nice, relaxing, and safe weekend and you are ready to tackle the week ahead of us. I hope you enjoyed what I have shared with you today and that it was helpful. I do look forward to reading your comments and will respond as quickly as I can. Please never remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

The End of the Weekend

It is always sad when the weekend ends, but it also means we will be getting another chance during the upcoming week. The weekends are meant to rejuvenate us and I hope y’all are feeling well-rested. Of course, not all of us can sleep in, or at least I never do, but I do hope some of you were able to. There are still a few more hours left of this weekend, so if there is anything you desired to do, there is still time.

Often life takes on different roads and accepting them is not always easy. However, we are all given chances in life. The chances and opportunities are not necessarily easy to see but they are there it just means taking a closer and deeper look. Our lives are complicated and it is easy to not be able to see things in an optimistic light. This is the reason I am sharing the quote I am today because I hope it will open your eyes to everything you do have in life! We must see all the great things we do have in life and STOP focusing on what we are missing out on. Even though so many pretend to have a perfect life, no one in this world actually does have a perfect life and we all face challenges.

Tomorrow is going to be a busy today for me. The appeal meeting with the unemployment office that was rescheduled is tomorrow morning. I still have no plans on letting them win because I have done everything right and NEVER refused work. I do not know where they are getting their misinformation from, but I will be making things right tomorrow morning. I also have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow afternoon with the pain doctor. This is one of those every three month kind of appointments and they are always good. Nothing ever changes and I do not see anything being different tomorrow. I will also “hopefully” hear back about one of the full-time jobs that I am waiting for an answer from. I will keep y’all updated!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you have had a great and safe weekend. I am still planning on sharing the post about the omicron variant because I think it is very important. I might not understand why so many people are not worried about new variants being a possibility and refusing to get vaccinated, but I do know that is a fact. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Saturday Evening Thoughts

Happy Saturday evening y’all! I hope your weekend has started well and you are enjoying yourself. I know everyone looks forward to the weekend, but have you ever asked why exactly the weekends are so great? Of course, there is typically no work and we do not have to get up early, which is wonderful for most of us. There is still a lot of stress regarding COVID and we SHOULD all be following the advice from experts. Everyone knows that I have not worked since December 9th, when I was laid off, so things have been different for me and weekends.

Getting up early has been stuck in my being and it is frustrating. It does not matter what time I go to bed at night, I always wake up no later than 7:30 AM. Of course, one part of getting up early is because my cats want their morning treats at a specific time, and they start jumping all over me. With that said, I normally feel sleep deprived.

As for being able to enjoy the weekends, how are we supposed to do that when leaving the house can be a matter of life and death because of a deadly virus? Of course, we can leave our homes, but it is crucial to not only be vaccinated but also wear masks and social distance. How much fun can we really have when we must wear a mask which seems to be a little suffocating? With so many people still refusing to get vaccinated, and some will not wear a mask or even social distance, this virus will never go away.

As y’all know, I have been applying for jobs multiple times a day. Currently, things are starting to look brighter for the job situation. However, so far, the one that has been offered is a part-time job. Obviously, the part-time job is not enough hours for me, but at least it will be an income. There are two other full-time jobs, that I am waiting to hear back about. I am not patient and hate the waiting game, but things have a crazy way of working out. I am a firm believer that everything in life happens for a reason, even if we do not know the reason immediately.

Being unemployed has not been a great experience for me because I have worked for as long as I can remember. It has been nice to have additional free time to write more and be more involved with my blog. Yes, there have been times I was not able to write because I was dealing with another one of my migraine/sinus headaches. However, there have been times late at night when my mind is racing, and I have ideas to write about.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you have enjoyed what I have shared, and I am eager to read your comments. Hopefully, you are enjoying your weekend and staying as safe as possible. I am working on a post about the latest variant of COVID and should be publishing it by the end of the weekend. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Let It Go Friday

Happy Friday y’all! Even though I am not working, yet I still find Friday as the perfect day to let go of the negative emotions the week has instilled on us. The weeks are so long and our weekends are so short, so holding onto these feelings will ruin the weekends for us. Of course, it has not been a job that has created these negative emotions for me, but the searching for a job has. Yes, I have had interviews and have two scheduled for today, but the waiting is hard for me because I am not the most patient person in the world.

I am hoping the quote I am sharing with y’all today will help you see the brighter side of life. We all face problems in life and running away from them does not fix them because they will just continue to return. I do not think we should face these problems during the short weekend because I do not want your weekend compromised. However, during the LONG week, we should face the issues so they do not fester into something more. I have never been good at sugar coating things when talking with someone, but am upfront, transparent, and honest. I do know some people do not appreciate this, but I do not think beating around the bush is a good way!

Now that the weekend is so close, how do you see the weekend playing out? How was this past week for you and did you learn any valuable lessons? I do believe the weekend should be full of everything that brings you joy, but safely of course! I also believe there are wonderful and extremely valuable lessons we learn daily, but sometimes we do not understand them right away.

Thank you for visiting today. I hope the quote I have shared and what I have written was helpful and meaningful to you because no matter where we live, we are all in the craziness of life together. I hope your weekend is wonderful and rejuvenating. I would love the opportunity to read your comments and will respond to all of them as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Overcome the Winter Blue

We all feel differently about the different seasons. Everyone has their favorite and dreaded season. Currently, in the United States, it has been winter since December 21st and does not end until March 20th. Some states face a lot of snowfall and others, such as the southern states do not get nearly as much. The southern states are not equipped with the necessary equipment, so small amounts of snow cripple the area for days.

Unfortunately, no matter where the state anyone is in, winter can cause people to feel unfavorable feelings, such as their sleep being jeopardized which can lead to feeling sluggish and hopeless. It is thought that the causes of negative feelings during the winter months are due to the lack of sunlight, which disrupts circadian rhythms and the levels of melatonin and serotonin.

If you are someone that does not care for the winter months, there are ways to manage your winter days in a better way. The following are some effective ways to try.

Maintain a proactive attitude. Winter is not a surprise because we know it happens every year. Preparing for winter, before it begins with anything that makes you feel good. You might want to join a gym or anything else that helps you to stay active. I know with COVID joining a gym may make you skeptical and I understand that, but there are safety measures gyms are using to keep their customers safe.

Considering there is less sunlight during the winter months, it is important to increase your levels of Vitamin D. One important thing about Vitamin D is that it helps regulate serotonin levels. You can add into your daily routine a Vitamin D supplement, which can be purchased over the counter. The recommended daily amount is 400-800 I.U. There are also foods that are highly enriched with Vitamin D such as fortified orange juice, tuna, eggs, mushrooms, and of course, milk.

Regardless of the short and darker days, continue with your normal schedule. This means continuing to eat healthy, exercise, and get enough sleep. It also means avoiding staying in bed when it is time to get up, remaining on the couch where you are warm and cozy, and having those late-night snacks. We are all faced with those tasty treat temptations, but we need to think ahead and know how sluggish they will make us feel.

I am just as guilty as anyone else of maintaining a normal schedule and avoiding snacking. The pandemic did not help with the snacking, and I think most people have probably gained weight since the start of the pandemic. Of course, during the winter months, we are mostly wearing baggy clothing which hides the signs of weight gain, but changes can be made for our own good. I am a huge fan of my comfy clothes because they are comfortable and baggy, but then again that is how I like to dress anyway. I guess working from home really did not help that much because I never had to go to an office and get dressed up!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope the information I have shared has been helpful for you or someone you know. I am sure you are glad the week has finally ended and hope you are looking forward to a relaxing and safe weekend. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

How to be more confident

~Say goodbye to self-doubt~

No two people will experience the same moods, confidence, or self-esteem simultaneously. One of the most challenging things to live with is self-doubt and being your own worst enemy and hardest critic. This is something I know to be true because it is something I have lived with all my life. Always questioning if you are doing things correctly and good enough can wreak havoc on your self-confidence. Self-doubt and low self-esteem limit your full potential.

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to put an end to all m self-doubt. Unfortunately, it is already January 27th, and I am still battling with too much self-doubt. Looking back at the times I doubted myself, most of the time I was not incorrect and not doing anything wrong. I am not saying I am always right because that is not true, and no one is perfect. Admitting my faults comes easy to me but I am still trying to understand and accept that I am good enough.

Considering I have been unable to quit doubting myself and my abilities, I decided to do some research on the topic. If you have been plagued with self-doubt, we are in the same unfavorable situation. Maybe it is possible in this huge world we can help one another. I am going to share some ways to get through this pessimistic thinking and how to get into a brighter optimistic life.

Try to stay present in the conversation. Our inner critic tends to be a one-way dialogue that is filled with negativity. It is important to listen closely to what your inner voice is saying and rethink the story being told. If we can jump into the story and reinvent it in a more creative, realistic, and positive way. This allows us to take ownership and responsibility for our lives and act with mortality instead of running away from what we are meant to accomplish in life.

Attempt to create a positive life! We are not able to protect ourselves from less desirable outcomes, such as rejection, loss, let downs, and disappointments. We can decide how much we allow these negative situations to affect how we feel about ourselves. Creating a list of things that are going well in our lives and keeping it close may help in the long run. When we are feeling helpless or defeated, the list we created can be a reminder of the good things in life.

Getting out of your own head is one of the most important and difficult things to do, or at least it is for me. This is an event that explodes your self-confidence into small pieces. Maybe it is a derogatory comment heard someone say about you or not getting the job you had your heart set on. The only thing reliving the experience continuously does is prolong the pain and low self-worth felt. Falling into this negative cycle can be challenging to escape from, but distancing yourself from these thoughts can be accomplished by doing simple things you enjoy such as reading, writing binge-watching your favorite show, or anything else that helps you relax. Meditation (which I am not good at) can help to silence your pain.

Something else that I have learned over the years to be beneficial is to keep things in perspective. Those that are the least confident tend to focus on what they do not have instead of what they do have. Remaining thankful for what you do have is a BIG part of self-confidence. When you feel that your current circumstances are not measuring up to your expectations, your self-confidence could be very low. During this time, it will be easy to make a list of the 5 things you do not have in your life and want. Another list to make is 10 things you do have in your life. Although this list may be harder, it will help you to realize all you do have to be thankful for.

If self-doubt is something you deal with in life, I hope the information I have shared will be helpful. Life is short and living with these feelings is not the best way to live. If you have any other ideas you would like to share, that would be wonderful because your ways of handling these challenges could be extremely helpful for others.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you are having a good week and you are staying safe! I hope you have a great day, and you are not burdened with too much stress. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Pick Me Up Thursday

Happy Friday Eve y’all! I hope you have had a nice week and you are looking forward to the weekend! The weeks are long, but life is short. There will be times when it may feel painfully long, but it is our life to live the best way we can. Pain is real and hard to endure. Loss and hurt are heartbreaking. At times life feels unfair, but maybe those times are a test of how strong we truly are. I cannot think of another reason why we are faced with so many challenges so this is the way that helps me to keep moving forward.

Although today is Friday, the last day we have to get through can feel daunting. Considering I understand how difficult life can get, I would love to be able to help pick your spirits up. No matter how the week has treated you or any frustrations you may be feeling, you are strong and amazing enough to get through anything! I hope the quote I am providing you today will help lift your spirits and push you through the last day of this week. No single person or event should be given the power to infringe on our peace!

As y’all already know, I have been trying to get myself back to normal. There are several reasons this has been difficult, but I will not stop trying. I have two posts that I am working on and plan to have both of them published by the end of the weekend. Once they are up, I hope the research I did was not in vain and they will be useful for you.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you have had a great week so far and your day is full of happiness. I am excited to read your comments on this post and promise to respond to all comments as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Inspirational Wednesday

Today is not just simply Wednesday, it means we are halfway to the weekend! I hope your week has been good up until today and the last two days are even better. Do you have any plans for the weekend? I honestly do not have anything too exciting planned for the weekend, but Friday is a rather big day. Well, I say big but it is because I have another interview and a meeting with the evil people for unemployment. The unemployment thing has been VERY frustrating and EXTREMELY unfair. No matter how frustrating and unfair things have been with unemployment, I am not giving in to their shenanigans because I have been doing everything I can to find a job. I guess they just do not understand why the job I get has to be remote, but after Friday they will understand!

I know I have not been doing my “normal” posts, but I am trying to get back to normal. I have always felt that the weeks are long and when we make it to the halfway point, we could all use some inspiration to help get us through the remainder of the week. I hope the quote I am sharing with y’all today will provide you with some inspiration and help you to feel happier! Life will always throw so much our way and it can feel overwhelming, which is why I find this quote so inspiring. If we always focus our attention on everything being thrown our way, it will be easy to miss some of the best things life has to offer!

What are some of the things you enjoy most about life, even during the painfully difficult times? I have thought about this a lot over the past month or rather a year. It is a question that can keep us grounded and satisfied with life. I love spending time with my husband and our cats. I think our cats can make everything better because they do not know or understand hate, anger, evilness, or anything else negative. I mean the day I was laid off, one of our cats would not leave my side and she is one with the most unique personality. Other times when I am not feeling well or in a lot of pain, all three of them are there to help.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed this post and I look forward to reading your comments. I promise I will respond to all of your comments as quickly as I can and I want you to know how much I appreciate you and your comments. I hope you have a great day and PLEASE continue to stay safe. COVID is still VERY real and continues to take the lives of so many innocent. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Tranquil Tuesday


Hello Tuesday! I hope that making it until Tuesday means that your Monday went well and you are feeling good about the week ahead. I do not want to get ahead of myself, but the two interviews I had yesterday seemed to have gone well and I even have another interview scheduled for Friday with another company. There is no denying that the last month has been slightly upsetting and a little discouraging, but there is a lot to say when we do not give up and throw in the towel. Many things in life are unsettling and can make us feel defeated, but the only way we can fail and be completed defeated is if we give up. I cannot lie there were many times during the past week I wanted to give up and surrender, but I think I am a little too stubborn or rather determined to do so.

I want to be able to help others surpass times of struggle because we all need to be lifted during our lives. Someone I know through Shipt delivery and now consider a good friend helped me see that I do deserve more in life than the past month provided. I respect other’s privacy, so I never share names but will be sure that she sees this! I want her to know how much she has helped me and how much I appreciate her! I think it is amazing how true it is that we do not encounter people by mistake because everyone enters our life for a reason!

The quote that I am sharing with y’all today, I found encouraging and meaningful, and hope it will do the same for you. I will explain why I found this so meaningful but would love to know what you think as well. There are always going to be some issues in life that may break us, but there are just as many reasons to smile. I know the most challenging times in life can cloud seeing the reasons to smile, but I promise they are there we just have to look a little deeper!

Thank you for visiting my site today! I hope you enjoyed what I have shared with you today and I look forward to reading your comments. I will be responding to all of your comments as quickly as I can. Hopefully you are having a good week so far and your week continues to get better until we make it to Friday again. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa