Pick-Me-Up-Thursday

Happy Friday eve, y’all! I hope you have had a good week and you are looking forward to the weekend. Do you have anything planned for the weekend? I plan to try relaxing and resting because I am still a little rundown from the mini vacation for my husband’s birthday. The only thing I will ask you is, please stay safe. Several people that I work with and remember, I work from home and have not met anyone I work with personally, but I learned that several of them were diagnosed with COVID. I am unaware if they received any of the vaccines or boosters, but they did say how miserable they were feeling, and I would not want anyone to feel that way.

It does not matter who we are or what we have overcome in life, we all have bad days. When we have a bad day, it can be difficult to get over it when others are behaving negatively or unpleasantly. Yesterday, I was frustrated because of a few things that occurred when I was out, and I felt like someone was throwing me under the bus and making a mountain out of a molehill. I ended up chatting with another co-worker about the issues and told her how foolish I felt. This co-worker has become a good friend and she was able to say a few things that turned my bad day into a much brighter day. This is the reason I am sharing the quote I am today, and I hope it helps you deal with challenging days a little better😊!

We may not always be able to say the right things when communicating with others, but we can most definitely say the wrong thing that will make another person feel terrible. Our words and actions can make a HUGE difference in another person’s life, but we always want it to be for the better. There is already too much negative that occurs in the world around us, but we can do something positive. Unfortunately, we will never know the way someone else is feeling or if they are struggling and ready to give up on life. I know that none of us want to be the reason why someone does something they cannot take back!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed the two quotes that I shared, and they resonate with you, and you will turn around and share them with someone else. I have always believed it is easier to be kind, understanding, and compassionate with others as opposed to being mean and rude because that takes too much energy, and is a waste of our time. All it takes is to do or say something nice to another person and it could change their entire day for the better😊! I look forward to reading your comments and I will respond as quickly as possible. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

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Inspirational Wednesday

We have survived the first part of the week with no problem, so hopefully, the second part of the week will be just as easy! Of course, I was still on “vacation” on Monday, so yesterday was my first day back at work. Thankfully, it was not too bad because my co-worker that was taking care of my work did a great job and now she is off for a few days and I am taking care of hers. Teamwork makes the dream work, right? My goodness, I never liked that saying because it is so clique and my old boss said it ALL the time! I suppose it is true though! 

At the halfway part of the week, we know the weekend is near and we only have a couple of days to get through, but we could still use just a little inspiration, right? Maybe that is just me because I am still a little worn out from the mini vacation and the incredibly LONG drive. I am still hoping the quote that I am sharing with you will be inspiring and help you get through the rest of the week! Unfortunately, there is too much negativity and hate in the world where others are tearing people down and belittling others. The reason for this awful and mean behavior tends to be that someone is feeling bad about themselves and they just want others to feel just as bad as they do. This makes no sense to me because I feel we should only try to encourage, strengthen and help others. Why not try to build others up and make the world a better place?

How is your week going? Has anything exciting happened or are you just ready for the weekend? I am not sure why, but the darn MS hug has returned. The only reason I can think this is happening is due to stress and the LONG drive. Who knows why the mean and very unwelcomed MS hug comes to visit unexpectedly? I know that Multiple Sclerosis is unpredictable, but this is a very unpleasant thing to have to deal with. I would blame it on my tooth extraction, but I do not think that would be true. The only thing that I can blame on the tooth extraction is this very annoying static sound in my ears. I am hoping both of these things will go away sooner rather than later!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed what I have shared and that you found the quote inspiring! I am looking forward to reading your comments and I will respond as quickly as I can. I know it might seem like there are too many days left in the week, but try to remember we have made it through the worst part! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Happiness is a choice!

Life is short and we are not given an infinite amount of time to live our lives. I have always believed that our stories were written before we were born, and we are just here to play a part. No one knows when their life will be over, so I think it is best to live each day to the fullest because tomorrow is not promised to anyone. One thing I would like to try and continue to do is to live each day as if it were my last because the sad truth is, it could be. We are offered various choices during this life that may alter our life. There is no point wasting any of our precious time on anything or anyone that dulls our light or decreases the happiness that we all deserve.

Happiness is not an illusion, but it is a choice. Of course, life can be challenging, difficult, complicated, unfair, and overwhelming. The unpleasant times do not have to consume or dictate our lives. Overcoming and never surrendering when life gets complicated takes strength, courage, dedication, and resilience we were unaware we had because we were blinded by the negativity and struggles, we feel we are drowning in. Sometimes when so many difficulties are thrown our way, it may not be easy to keep our heads above the strong currents that are pulling us down.

Each of us is simply a perfectly imperfect human being that is doing the best we can to survive in this insane and unpredictable world.  Every choice we make in life has a consequence that we must live with and learn from. Considering happiness is a choice we can all make, it is crucial to know what brings the most happiness and what is exhausting and drains all the happiness we can feel from our hearts, minds, and souls.

Constant negativity and hate can be extremely contagious. We have all heard that misery loves company, but we can choose to not engage and remove this type of emotion from our lives. Why does it only have to be that misery loves company and why can it not be happiness and love loves company? If we are going to allow something to spread so wildly, why can this not be something positive that makes our lives and the world a better place?

Unfortunately, we all can see what is going on in the world because it is plastered all over the news daily. We have witnessed the levels of hate grossly increase, which is extremely sad. The world we live in should be easily shared as this planet was around for billions of years before humans existed. Our planet has gone through many challenges but has been able to restore and repair itself without humans and could easily do it again if we do not make positive changes. There have been many natural disasters, which I think maybe Mother Nature, trying to warn us to behave better and respect the planet more. Even after numerous warnings, humans are continuing to be selfish and disrespectful to one another and our planet.

I started this post about happiness but got into some side topics. Do you know what brings you the most happiness in life and what tries to devour your joys? This should be a simple question, but it can become a little complicated. I am not sure what part is more difficult, knowing exactly what brings happiness or what tries to destroy it because some people are more concerned with pleasing others and neglect their feelings and needs.

I am very interested to learn if you know what brings you happiness or if you are a people pleaser that is more concerned with others’ happiness or if you are somewhere in between but may lean more towards one direction. Do you know of anything or anyone that tries to destroy your happiness? Honestly, I am somewhere in between but I do lean more toward being more concerned with others being happy😊. I do know what makes me happy and am completely aware of what tries to destroy it. Considering how aware I am of things and people that try to demolish my happiness, I do my best to remove and avoid them because it is easier than confrontation. For me though, it can be the simplest things in my life that provide me with the most happiness.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed what I have shared, and I look forward to reading your comments and learning what brings you happiness😊! I missed blogging for a few days because of the mini vacation for my husband’s birthday. I am hoping to be able to get back on track with my posts. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Kindness is the way of life

We have successfully made it through the first day of the week and I hope it was a good day for y’all. I am thankful for my job and the people I work with, especially during this slow time of year. It can be easy to get discouraged in this life, but it is wonderful to have family, friends, and co-workers to make it a little easier to tolerate. Even though work has been rather slow, I try to help my co-workers because I value them and want to help them keep things on track, and so they do not feel overwhelmed. It can be exhausting when things pile up due to meetings or training, and some people have children they need to tend to. I feel like taking a little off their full plates when I can help them not get too overwhelmed and frustrated.

We never know what another person is going through in their life. Many people will put on a fake smile to hide their pain because they do not want anyone to know they are going through something complicated and mentally draining. They hide their emotional pain by acting as though their life is happy and they are not suffering silently. Others that are going through something in their personal life that is problematic and troublesome might behave negatively with an abrupt tone because they are angry and or frustrated with something personal. Even though it is not easy, we need to not take their behavior personally.

Instead of reacting negatively to someone who says something harsh or behaves rudely, we should learn to take a step back and think about what that person may be going through. If this is someone that we know and understand their personality, we should be able to figure out if something is different. It should be easy to know if their behavior is normal or out of the ordinary. There is someone that I know that can be really kind and understanding most of the time, but every once in a while her demeanor changes drastically, and not for the better. I tend to ignore the negative behavior of this person because I do know she is battling with something on a personal level. Instead of reacting in the same way she is, I do the opposite and treat her kindly.

If we react with emotions every time someone acts negatively, we would constantly be dealing with hurt feelings. Then if we speak out of hurt feelings with a negative tone and say something that makes the other person feel even worse than they did before, we will never be able to erase those hurtful words. Too many people resort to suicide when they cannot handle life anymore and we would never want our mean words to be the last words another person hears. I am not saying it will change anything, but sometimes all a person needs to hear when they are struggling are kind, supportive, compassionate, and loving words.

I think if we could all just try being nicer and more understanding of others the world might be a happier and better place to live. Maybe if we all try spreading kindness, love, compassion, and understanding, it would catch on and spread as far as and beyond negativity. I believe we can all admit that negativity can spread like wildfire, so why can kindness and love not as well? None of this should take too much energy and should be rather easy😊!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed what I have shared, and my words resonated with you. Many people reading this might be battling with a medical issue, which I do understand is not easy, so it should be so easy for us to be kind to others regardless of how they behave. I am looking forward to reading your comments and I will respond 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

Motivational Monday

I hope you had a nice and relaxing weekend, and that you are ready for another week to begin. I wanted to do a few posts over this past weekend, but I was, unfortunately, still not feeling well after the tooth extraction trauma and unable to do much of anything. I tried my best to relax and rest, but it did not help much because I still had this nagging nauseous sensation. Not only was I extremely nauseous all weekend, but I also had a sore throat, which I am assuming was due to the tooth infection the first dentist missed. I am just hoping to keep getting better because we are going on a short vacation to celebrate my husband’s birthday and will be snowboarding at the end of this week.

As we begin the second week of 2023, I think we could all use a little motivation to start the week with the best mindset. We all work so hard and often work through personal struggles and challenges. Most of the time, we show our strength behind closed doors or in silence because we do not want any extra attention. We do what we do for ourselves and our family, not to be recognized for doing something spectacular. I am saying this to remind y’all to remember to be proud of yourself for the progress and achievements you have made in life! Life is not easy and we all experience challenges, but it is overcoming those challenges that can make us stand out and display strength and resilience!

How was your weekend? I certainly hope your weekend was better than mine was. Is there anything you are looking forward to or dreading this week? I am only working two days this week because we are leaving on Wednesday on the snowboarding birthday trip. Even though work has not been busy lately, I am looking forward to a few days off and it will be nice to get away. I think it is important to have time away from the same old thing all the time because it can be healthy for mental wellbeing!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed what I have shared and the quote offered you some motivation. It is never easy beginning another week and letting go of the weekend, but we do this 52 times a year, so I think everything will go well. I look forward to reading your comments and will respond 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

Dentist experience update

We survived this week and can now enjoy the weekend! How was your week? Mine was spent dealing with my least favorite kind of doctor, the dentist. I went to one earlier in the week because she was right around the corner, but she was anything but helpful. Not only was she not helpful, but she also lied. First, she told me that she was unable to pull my tooth and she needed to send me to an oral surgeon, and she also said the tooth was not infected. None of this made sense to me because my husband had a tooth pulled that was even worse than mine.

Considering I was desperate to get this tooth taken care of before we went on our vacation to celebrate my husband’s birthday, I called my original dentist. The only reason I did not go to her in the first place is that she is a little further away and I was trying to get things done during a long lunch break at work. I ended up calling my normal dentist and having the x-ray sent to her and she said she could pull the tooth for me.

I left work at lunch yesterday and went to the dentist to have her pull my tooth. I was a nervous wreck because I have never had a tooth pulled before and I am already terrified of all dentists. For someone who hates all dentists and fears them to an irrational level, I do like the dentist. It helped that she let me have her little dog on my lap while she pulled my tooth. The little dog was so sweet and just laid on my lap and offered a lot of comforts. The entire process was not too bad, but it was not fun either. Of course, when they did the shots to numb my mouth it hurt, but not for too long. The cracking sounds when she was pulling the tooth were a little uncomfortable.

Once the numbing medication wore off, I was in pain last night. I was only able to eat soft foods but could not eat much because I was very nauseous, which was probably because of the infection the first dentist said I did not have. Things were better today, but I was still not feeling 100%, but I did work today. Thankfully, work has been very slow, so I did not have to do too much. Overall, I highly recommend therapy dogs be at doctor’s and dentist’s offices because they make the experience much better.

Thank you for visiting my site today. The reason I have been absent from blogging is because of the tooth pain, but now that is all taken care of, and I am thankful the weekend is here because I need to rest. After the traumatic experience of having my tooth pulled and fearing the dentist, I think I could sleep for an entire day! I hope you have had a good week and you are able to enjoy your weekend. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Overcome Fears in 2023

Now that we are three days into the new year, are there any changes you want to make? Do you have any struggles or fears that you want to overcome this year? This is something different than creating goals or new habits because I am talking about overcoming things in life. We are all human and we all have fears and things we want to avoid because certain things make us incredibly uncomfortable. I have heard people say the best way to overcome fears is to embrace them and continue doing the things that are feared until the fears do not exist.

I have had an intense fear of the dentist since I was younger. I try my best to avoid the dentist, even for cleanings because they all make me too nervous. Unfortunately, I have had a bad toothache for several days and now I need to swallow my fears and go to the dentist. What a way to begin the new year having to go to the dentist where I know they are going to pull my tooth☹. I can deal with most pain, but I am not able to deal with any pain in my head and the tooth pain is also creating a nasty headache.

Is there anything that you have an intense fear of, and do you have any ways to overcome the fears? Life is so short, and it is probably not good to live with any fears. I do think it is normal to have a fear of things like roller coasters or heights because I think there are a lot of people that feel that way. This may sound crazy, but I do have a fear of roller coasters, but I am fearless when it comes to heights😊!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I know I mentioned on Friday that my husband and I got the 2nd COVID booster, and I was going to do a post about it. Unfortunately, the booster had me out of sorts for a few days. It was the same thing that happened after I got the 1st COVID booster, and I just felt achy and tired for several days. What a way to bring in the New Year, not feeling well because of the COVID booster and awful tooth pain. Maybe I got all the negative out of the way in the first few days of 2023 and the rest of the year will be great😊! I look forward to reading your comments and I will respond as soon as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

2023 Goals and Habits

Hello, the first Monday of 2023! Now that 2022 is behind us and we are starting this new year with a fresh start, we can set new goals without feeling too much pressure because we have the entire year to accomplish them😊! As I said in my post yesterday, I do not make New Year’s Resolutions because I feel they are pointless and most people, including myself, never stay with them. It is always important to make goals that are attainable or create new habits that may help us to achieve our goals. We should only set a few goals that we want to achieve because they are meaningful to us. Setting too many goals or new habits can be overwhelming and we may end up getting burnt out and then give up, which no one wants to do.

For the new year, one of my goals is to learn ways to not be so hard on myself. I have always been my own worst critic and I know this is not healthy. We should want to stay motivated and encouraged in life, which is impossible to do when we are constantly criticizing everything we do. There is already far too much negativity and, in this world, and we do not need to add to that by insulting ourselves. Instead of always telling myself that I am not good enough or that I am doing something wrong, I am going to try only repeating uplifting and encouraging words to myself daily!

Another goal or habit I want to do this year is to try doing a blog at least five times each week. I want to open my horizons and write about different topics that are meaningful to me. I have always had a deep love and passion for writing, so I think it is extremely important to try new things and learn different ways to write. I would love to try doing a writing contest again and not back out before I finish the essay because I think my essay will not be good enough. We never know what we are capable of unless we try, right?

Something else I want and need to do is find ways to limit stress in life. Even though I know that stress is the silent killer, I tend to allow myself to stress about things that I have no control over. It seems silly to be able to understand and admit that I stress about things I have no control over because it is clear there is nothing that I can do to change the outcomes, so what is the purpose? There are many things in life we have no control over and should not waste time thinking about because there are also many things we can control, which are mostly our reactions to situations and the way we treat others. We will never have any control over how others behave, so it is senseless to try.

There are certain types of books that I enjoy reading and need to start making more time during the day to read. I have a few books that are on my to-read list but have neglected the books because I am too tired or cannot find the time to read them. Even if it is only 20 or 30 minutes each day, I should be able to make time to read a little. Reading helps to relax after a long day and can help people sleep better!

One thing I will always keep doing is being kind and respectful to others. It is 2023 now and things should be much different than they are. I do not know why people stopped evolving but decided to devolve to an extremely terrible level. I will do everything that I can to help others see things in a fair and better way, but I know some that are stuck in their ignorant ways, and nothing will change them.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed what I have shared, and I look forward to reading your comments and learning about your goals for the new year. I hope your week begins well and gets even better with each day. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

First Post of 2023

Another year has come to an end and the new year has begun. During the past several years, we have all experienced many challenges and 2022 was no different or an exception to the vast amounts of challenges. There is no point in dwelling on the things that went wrong or could have and should have gone better, instead, we must remember the valuable lessons that were learned. Now is a time to think about what we want this new year to contain and how we are going to make changes happen to make 2023 a great year. We must consider ways to make the changes that are needed in life and understand the reasons why change is necessary.

We have, unfortunately, all seen many negative things take place over the past several years and none of them helped us to evolve. Too many people have spent many years devolving to levels they are shameful. I cannot understand why so many are living as we did in the early 1900s when people were not treated equally and there were ignorant judgments about the way people lived their life. I will never understand why people are so scared of what they do not understand and banish the ways others are living when it is not causing anyone any harm.

There were many years when anytime we turned on the news, we saw political leaders criticizing others and spreading hatred as far as they could. The ones that valued these political leaders’ opinions and thoughts carried on with so much hate in their hearts. Why is it so difficult for people to think for themselves and stand alone if they disagree with others? I would rather stand alone in the middle of an empty space if it meant I was standing up for what I believed in and had a strong hold on my morals.

I have mentioned before that I do not believe in making New Year’s resolutions but would prefer to make good new habits. I think it is so important to treat others with kindness and respect. It does not matter if I understand how they are living their life because it does not cause me any harm. I have noticed during the past few years that honesty and love are not practiced or known. I feel that honesty and love almost go hand in hand because you cannot love if you are not being honest. How can anyone say they love another person if they are not being truthful with that person?

For 2023, I want to learn ways to not be so hard on myself and begin to trust my instincts. I want to find ways to remove the people that have a habit of disappointing me or causing me emotional pain because life is too short to deal with constant disappointments. I also want to continue treating others with kindness and respect and hopefully help others to do the same. I do know it is impossible to change others, but I do have the power to change how I allow the negativity to affect my mental health.

Did you do anything special to celebrate the New Year? My husband and I normally just spend the New Year at home because it is safer, which is what we did last night as well. Unfortunately, we were both still not feeling well because of the 2nd COVID booster we got on Friday morning. I remember after the 1st COVID booster I felt awful for several days, so I did expect the same with the 2nd booster. Is it not crazy to get something for protection against a deadly virus, but it makes you feel terrible for days? I would rather feel awful for a few days at home than be in a hospital fighting for my life. I am hoping today will be the last day of feeling bad, but we will see😊!

Now that we are in 2023, do you have any goals for the new year? How do you plan to accomplish your goals? I hope you know that you do have the strength and power to reach any of your goals! Was there anything in 2022 that you wish never happened, but did the experiences teach you any important lessons? How can you use these lessons to better your life and the new year?

Thank you for visiting my site today and reading my first post for 2023. I hope your New Year’s celebration was wonderful and safe! I am looking forward to reading your comments and I will respond as quickly as possible. I hope 2023 is a great year for everyone! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa