About Positively Alyssa

I was diagnosed 18 years ago, when I was only 19 years old, with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis. I had gone to my eye doctor because I had lost vision in my left eye. Prior to my appointment, I had prepared myself to have the doctor confirm that I would be blind in my left eye and that was all. Never in a million years did I expect to hear the doctor tell me that after consulting with his colleagues, that I need to go for an MRI that day because they were thinking that with my symptoms that I had MS. Just a couple hours later I went to get the life altering MRI. I remember that phone call like it was yesterday. My eye doctor called me from his home at 9:30 at night to confirm what they suspected, I in fact had MS. He immediately referred me to a specialist he knew and I was able to get in to see him that same week. Luckily, after a round of steroids, my vision came back in my eye just leaving me with leg pain that would continue to be part of my life. Through the years I have tried numerous different medications that are meant to slow the progression of the disease down. I was never good at the injections and it wasn't because of the needle, it was because the medication burned like fire going in. Still after all these years I still go through my battles of denial, anger, frustration and sadness. However, I have always said that I would NEVER allow MS to control my life but I would control the disease. For the most part, I have been pretty successful with that. I mean we all have our bad days but it doesn't make the situation any better. With this blog I am hoping that with my experiences, endless amounts of research and a powerful fight i me that I can not only help others going through this but that I can learn from others as well. Living with the ups and downs of MS can be challenging but the power of the mind can beat anything that is thrown our way!

Motivational Monday

5afdae460fa899918ce4403eaf11d0ffHappy Monday y’all! I hope you had a lovely weekend and you are feeling the best you possibly can. Are you ready to start this week off with strong optimism and pure determination to make the week ahead of us successful beyond measure? It is crazy to think that it is technically winter in the United States, but it feels like springtime with warmth and images (4)many rainy days. I really wish I could send all the rain we are expecting over this next week to Australia where they need it! I mean we have had so much rain lately  our front yard looks like a some kind of swimming pool. 

I think we should try the best we can to go into this week with goals that we will meet and an endless amount of passion for life! The quote I wanted to share with y’all this Monday will hopefully offer y’all some additional motivation for a beautiful week ahead of us! 9b9b0687163d106ecba6cac948c3fa5d

I do believe the sooner we realize that there is a limited amount of control we have over make it part of the danceany events in our life, but we can control the way we respond! I am very excited to read your thoughts on this quote and I do know your thoughts will be as brilliant and beautiful as you already are.

Thank you so much for visiting my site at the start of this new week. I hope your week starts well and only gets better as each day passes. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS love  ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

 

Worlds of Pain

HEARTThere are so many awful things going on around the world and it is very heartbreaking. I don’t even know where to start because it isn’t just in the United States; the tragedies are spread throughout the entire world and seem endless. One thing that isn’t new and has been building for at least 3 years is the spread of hatred in the United States and really the entiredont-blindly-follow-any-leader-quote-1 world. I don’t even know why I am surprised anymore because too many people are willing to just follow blindly instead of being fully aware of the damage their hate is causing others. I understand we are only a few weeks into 2020, but you would think by now we would be more progressive rather than have digressed drastically. Unfortunately, I think those that are naïve enough to reality just continue to live like they are better than everyone else, when the truth is we are all humans with a beating heart and emotions.

people-helped-save-animals-fire-australia-fb23-png__700Considering I do have a strong love for animals and humankind, it hurts me to my core with what is going on in Australia. I can’t for one moment understand why some people in this beautiful country would intentionally start these deadly fires. I do not and never will what brings someone to do something so harmful and destructive.

The massive numbers of animals that have lost their lives because of these fires are f295df68-fe43-4c0b-be35-bc383fb4756e_360x203staggering. It is breaking my heart into millions of pieces as I am writing this because there have already been around half a billion animals affected by the fires and millions more have died. According to the Federal Environment Minister, Sussan Ley, almost a third of the koalas have been killed and a third of their habitat has been completely destroyed.

imgonline-com-ua-resize-GUCFfMpS1R6mAt this time 24 people have been charged with intentionally setting the fires. According to the New South Wales police department, there are also another 183 people that are facing legal action. For those that start fires deliberately and act recklessly with the spread of fires, they could be facing up to 21 years in prison. Personally, I do not think 21 years in prison is punishment enough, not only for the catastrophic damage left behind but the deaths of human and animal life.AUSSIE

These horrific fires are in every Australian state, but New South Wales has definitely taken the hardest hit. A state of disaster was declared in Victoria and a state of emergency declared in New South Wales in early January. In November, Queensland also declared a state of

emergency. All of this together has granted remarkable powers and additional government resources to help contain the fires. Thankfully, more than 2,000 fire fighters are working on the ground in New South Wales, with more from the United States, maxresdefaultCanada, and New Zealand on their way to assist.

Another topic that comes with various opinions that is causing difficulties for all living creatures is climate change. I think some are a little confused about what climate change means. Some will even try saying it is “fake news”, but it is very real. Climate change is any significant change in the measures of climate that lasts for an extended period of time. Basically, climate change is major changes in the images (1)temperatures, precipitation, and or wind patterns, among other effects that occur over several decades or longer. Think about how the weather has been behaving over the past few years, do you remember what the temperature was three years ago today? It is supposed to be winter where I live, but it is feels more like spring time. The temperatures significantly  warmer than they were a 2.2few years ago and there are so many rainy days, which I hate complaining about with all Australia is going through right now. I am very curious, do you remember what the weather was a like a few years ago? Do you notice a noticeable change? How can some ignorant people still insist that climate change and global warming is fake news? When are people going to wake up and take action to save our images (1)planet?

In 2020 the amount of hardships throughout the world seem like they are never-ending and strengthening day by day. I did only discuss a few because I didn’t want to torment you by having y’all read a short story detailing everything that is difficult that most, if not all of us are dealing with today. Considering I am logical enough to know I do not have the power to change or save the world. All I can really do is continue to hold onto hope and share information and positivity as much as I can. And I know I went on and on about the tragic events in Australia, but I just can’t ignore this because way too many innocent people had their world turned upside down. Besides from keeping Australia in our thoughts, I think we need to always remember the US military has been sent to Iran at the order from Donald Trump. There has already been one images (2)missile strike out of revenge for the US strike that killed the Iranian military leader, Qassem Soleimani. I think there has already been too many killed and the blood shed needs to end, we certainly do not need another 9/11 because of starting battles between countries.

Thank you so much for stopping by my site. I am sure what I wrote today shows how I feel about everything. I wish CQvxHiZWIAAQ-fqeveryone could learn to get along, be kind and respectful to one another, and stop the killings. I know there probably will never be world peace during lifetime, but I do hope it will happen someday. I hope y’all are enjoying your weekend and you are feeling well. I am looking forward to reading your comments on this post! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

Let It Go Friday

enjoy your FridayHappy Friday y’all! I hope your week was great and of course you are feeling the best you can. I know I told y’all yesterday that my week was very hectic, and I am so glad the weekend is finally here. It is going to be great not having all the limitations I do during the week and be a little freer. This will sound crazy to say, but my plans for the weekend are to dive deeper into the freelance writing world and hopefully have a game plan for my first steps. It is also my husband’s birthday on Sunday, so we will have a little celebration for him!

I have what I think is a great quote to end the week with. As y’all are already well aware, I think Friday is a perfect day to let go of any negative feelings we might have and anything that may not have gone as we planned during the week. Any goals we could have missed during the week, we can just try again next week with a clean slate!letgowhatcannotchange

I hope you found lots of meaning to the quote I shared with y’all today and hope it gives you the extra drive to finish the week out. Now that the weekend is finally here I hope you can enjoy every minute of it! Do what you love and enjoy because our imageshappiness is extremely important. At the end of the day we are the only ones that are responsible for our own happiness and we just have to aim for it! Even though it might seems like it sometimes, creating happiness in our lives isn’t selfish and  only makes those around us happier as well!

I hope your Friday is great and you are looking forward to the weekend. I am looking forward to reading your thoughts on this quote and even more happy to have time this weekend to get caught up with the blogging community. Please remember 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!

hang-in-there-it-s-almost-friday-hang-in-there-45702078Happy Friday Eve y’all! I hope your week is going well and you are feeling the best you possibly can! My week has been so incredibly hectic and very busy. I planned to not get behind on reading your posts and responding to your fantastic comments, but I am not off to a good start. I will say that I am doing fairly well with my new job, but damn if the phone rings way too much! I do understand that is part of my job, but the back to back calls gets crazy!

I think between getting use to my new job and learning the ropes of freelance writing, I am beyond ready for a nice calm weekend! I discovered a fantastic quote to help pick us all  up a little and I do hope you will agree!38-Short-Positive-Quotes-Motivational-Quotes-of-the-Day-1

First, let me thank y’all for stopping by my site today. I hope you have a wonderful daydaily-inspirational-quote-1 and keep the much deserved weekend in your thoughts. The weekend seems to come and go so fast, so I do hope you do something you enjoy this weekend. The great thing is, you do not need to have lots of plans made, you can sit back and enjoy a relaxing two days without having somewhere you must be! No annoying alarms going off and no time clocks to live by!

I am looking forward to reading your comments about the quote I shared when I get home from work tonight. Your thoughts are always great to see! Please always remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Motivational Monday!

images (4)Hello and Happy Monday y’all! It is the first Monday of 2020, so let’s make it a good one! I hope you had a lovely weekend and you are ready to start this week off with pure determination. I have mentioned this before, but I did use to hate Monday because it meant the weekend was over and I had to get up early for the next five days. Maybe this came with age and experience, but I now view Monday as a time to start over again and correct any mistakes I made the previous week. Everything that happened last week is in the past and we can create a new beginning.

I heard the quote I wanted to share with you in a song and found it to be extremely our greatest fearpositive and motivating. Truthfully, even though I did hear this in a song it was my husband that reminded me of how powerful this was. I do hope once you read this quote it will provide you with the drive to start the week!

I am looking forward to reading your thoughts about this quote. Of course, it will not be until I get home from work, but I will respond as quickly as I can.16298855_10152561295339979_7744725577617436658_n1

I hope you have a wonderful start to the week and you are feeling the best you can! Even though I know it isn’t easy, try the best you can to stay stress-free and positive because nothing is worth what stress does to our bodies. I am going to try this year to not allow stress into my life and consume my mind because it hasn’t done me any good for the past 38 years. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort  and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

First post for 2020

1_L8OVc5Qggj8DPGeaf0qd2gIt is the first Saturday of 2020 and I hope your weekend is starting off great. I have managed to start 2020 off with a migraine that just will not ease up. My migraine started while I was at work on Thursday and it was horrible. It wasn’t easy but I did get through the day. I spent Thursday evening miserable on the couch with an ice pack on my head only hoping the pain in my head would ease up. When I woke up Friday morning, I could still feel the pain in my head but forced myself to go to work. Considering I am still new at my job I couldn’t call out sick already, but did end up leaving early. I really hate that I had to leave work early and I 052d3ef283ef864b990f7f19afbb3c5d4d3426-v5-wm-e1578152985171.jpghave only been at my job 3 weeks, but it was something I couldn’t avoid. People always want to ask, “What do you think is causing your migraine?” That is one of the most irritating questions, especially when I am in that kind of pain. The only thing I can think of that could have caused the migraine is it was raining. I do tend to get more headaches/migraines when it rains. Unfortunately it looks like it is going to rain a lot over the next week.

I have been thinking a lot about 4df61b89ef51c17ab4f5d3ee2bc55313what I want for 2020. One thing I am focused on is improving and building my writing skills. Y’all already know I want to get into freelance writing and even though it isn’t going to happen overnight, I will accomplish this goal. I am not rushing this goal because I want to be sure everything is done right. I need to go through the posts I have done over my years of blogging and pick a few of my best posts to add to my writing portfolio. Once I figure out which posts I think might be some of my best, I might ask y’all for your opinions because I do value what you think!

I recently received “365 Writing Prompts” from The Writer’s Digest. I want to try doing we-all-have-the-power-to-make-our-dreams-come-23776174all 365 prompts because I think it will help build my writing skills. I hope that by continuing to blog as much as I can and completing the writing prompts I will be better equipped for a freelance career.

We only have one chance at our life and should always work towards making our dreams come true. Of course there are times when life will get difficult and we might want to give up, but we have to continue to fight for what we want! There will be many times we feel we have failed and just do not want to try anymore. I have said this before but I think it is worth saying again; the only time we truly fail is when we give up. I made a promise to my dear sweet Poppy a long time ago which was I will never surrender to Multiple 16be83960a1c19625588b2fd81f8debbSclerosis and I will never give up on my dreams, I plan to keep that promise to him. We are the only one that can make our dreams come true, no one can do it for us.

This is my first post for 2020 and I plan to continue blogging. I am unfortunately starting 2020 off behind on reading your posts, but I will get caught up and hopefully not get behind again! Working full-time and then battling with migraines does make it hard, but I am determined to get better with it. I want to continue trying to spread positivity and share great content with y’all!make-your-dreams-come-true-quote-2-picture-quote-1

Thank you for stopping by my site today! I hope you are enjoying your weekend and you are able to do what brings you the most joy! Even though I know it isn’t easy, especially when you live with a chronic illness, I hope you hold on tight to your dreams because I know you have the power to make your dreams become your reality! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Happy New Year!!!

Goodbye-2019-Happy-New-Year-2020-greetings-and-wishes-card-915x515Another year has passed us by again and we are ready to embark on a brand new year. I went into 2019 with high hopes for a better year, but unfortunately, it felt like a repeat of 2017 and 2018 with no noticeable changes. Although the logical part of my brain gets over-run by the illogical part, I would like to believe that no change is far better than dealing with any negative changes.

As I think back on how fast the previous years went by, I feel 2019 went by at lete-review.jpgsupersonic speed! I am a firm believer that everything in life happens for a reason, even if we have to dig a little deeper to identify those reasons. All that we face in life happens exactly when it is supposed to and hold valuable lessons.

At the end of 2019, I would like to ask y’all a few questions! I think this will be a fun and interesting way to end the year and discover ways for better years to come! I do look forward to reading your answers and to be fair, I am going to answer the same questions I asked you to!

What were the three best things that occurred during 2019?

  1. I was able to build up the courage and strength to leave a job that brought me nothing logo-retina1but misery before having another.
  2. Even with changes in jobs/schedules, I have still managed to find the time to continue blogging as much as I can.
  3. After being in an accident (obviously not a good thing), I was able to purchase the car I had wanted! It wasn’t lucky to be in an accident that totaled my car, but I was fortunate enough to find exactly what I wanted.

  If it were possible, what are three things you would change about 2019?

  1. After my husband and I moved, I was supposed to have found a new neurologist so I would not have to drive 2 hours to my old one. It has been over a year and I still change.jpghaven’t made an appointment with a new one. I
  2. I know there is not much I can do about this, but I do wish I could change and end all the senseless hatred that has built up in my country, which is causing way too many mass shootings. It is downright insanity when you have to fear a possible gunman being at the grocery store or that latest issue at a church.
  3. If I could change all the dishonesty and corruption in politics, I would and it would possibly bring back democracy.

What are the three worse things that happened in 2019?

  1. During 2019 I had my first accident and it totaled my poor car. The accident was not Bad Time Represents Hard Times And Miserymy fault, but it scared the heck out of me. I am pretty sure as scared as I was; the young kid that hit my car was twice as scared when I got out of my car yelling as I have never yelled before, especially at a young kid (well he was 17 so I am sure has heard worse)!
  2. 2019 was the first time in a long time I had to go without insurance. Going without insurance and having a chronic illness living in the United States can be dangerous.
  3. Another thing that occurred in 2019 is, mass murders were happening so frequently it became normal to see on TV. Even though I saw it all happen through the news, I can’t for the life of me understand why murders were the only way to deal with differences. It is never going to be acceptable to me.

 What are the three accomplishments you had during 2019?

  1. After walking away from one job I hated, I was able to quickly find something else that will hopefully be easier on my health.images (1)
  2. I have taken the steps needed to achieve something I am passionate about, which is trying my hand in freelance writing. Honestly, I still have more to do with getting started, but I plan to have things going further within the month of January.
  3. I have built many friendships in the blogging community that I will cherish forever and look forward to many more in the years to come!

Based on what you learned over the past year, what are the three goals you have for 2020? I decided to ask about goals instead of New Year’s Resolutions. I think resolutions put too much stress and expectations on us!

  1. I have always been extremely hard on myself. I have always been my biggest critic of everything I do. One of my goals is to stop being so hard on myself and quit second-masthead_2020-sustainability-goals-carnival-mobile.jpgguessing myself.
  2. Another goal I have is to build on my writing skills and start a freelance career.
  3. One of my greatest struggles is that I stress about everything. A continued amount of stress causes my health to deteriorate and what good is that doing anyone? I want to focus on relaxing a lot more and stressing a lot less.

Thank you so much for visiting my site today. I am looking forward to reading your answers to the five questions I have asked. I will admit, it took me a while to complete because I had to put a lot of thought into each question.

Happy-New-Year-2020-with-lightsHappy New Year to all of you! I wish for y’all to have an amazing 2020 and all your dreams come true. I am looking forward to another year of getting to know y’all and building fabulous friendships! As always, please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤