Motivational Monday

Today we welcome Monday’s return and find the strength to tackle another week. As always the weekend went by in the blink of an eye and we are left with the short-lived memories, which I hope were wonderful and joyful. We need to view the week as a week filled with many amazing opportunities because that is what all weeks should provide. Sometimes, we need to create and go after the opportunities because they are not always clear.

Staying motivated on a Monday can be challenging, but we are all strong enough to do so. While finding the ability to stay motivated, we all need to remain and understand what it means to be humble. I believe the more we can be humble and understanding of others, the more motivated we will feel! I hope the quote I shared today offered you strength, motivation, and encouragement. I understand not looking forward to Monday and another long week of work can be, but the weekend will return soon!

Unfortunately, nothing much has changed with my constant migraines. They never get any easier, but I try to not let them control my life. Yesterday I woke up with a nasty migraine and it never got less intense all day. Of course, my sweet cats tried to help me feel better because that is just what they do. All animals, no matter how needy they are or how aggravating they can be are all just innocent little creatures filled with nothing but love!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you had a nice weekend and you are prepared for the week ahead of us. It might seem like it is a lot time before the weekend returns, but we need to stay focused and time will pass quickly! 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

What is your purpose in life?

Even though it is not easy we all have a desire to find our purpose in life. Many times, these thoughts are embedded into us from family and our community, but we many do not feel connected to the ideas of others. Some may feel pressured to find a good job, get married, and have children when that is not the way they see their life. Unfortunately, society can play a HUGE part in these views because it is what many view to be “normal”. Everyone has different views as to what “normal” means and there is nothing wrong with that.

The things that some view as achievement can be vastly different for each person. Achievements should bring fulfillment to our life. Our personal sense of purpose does not mean an end goal, but more of an ongoing goal that has an impact. This impact can be big or small and our purpose is the why.c

Our sense of purpose can guide and support us. Though we may encounter setbacks and our world can be turned upside down and inside out, our purpose provides us with stability and direction.c

It is important to discover our purpose in life, but it takes time and determination! This is not something that can be rushed because it needs to be meaningful. Knowing our purpose in life can make life more meaningful. Our purpose contributes to a better life and mental stability. This may also reduce the risks of chronic illness and may help us to live longer.c

Through the rest of this post, I am going to share several ways to find what our purpose in life is. If you already know your purpose, I would love to know what it is, and I will share what I feel mine is.

Establish a growth mindset

When we are constantly growing and becoming better people, it allows us to identify our purpose and stay devoted to pursuing it. This also enables you to view challenges as opportunities, persevere despite failures, and accept constructive criticism.

Devise a personal vision statement

When we have a personal vision statement stored in our mind, it can help to manage stress and discover balance in our life. This can also serve as a guide towards our purpose by determining our values and understanding what is most important. Knowing our purpose in life can make it easier to make decisions that are in line with our values and to remain motivated working towards personal goals.

Transform pain into purpose

Struggles and challenges are inevitable in this life. Our abilities to overcome challenges are what shapes who we are and provide us with uniquely defined strength. The ways we turn our pain into a purpose are solely our choice.

Discover your passions

Our passions and interest are a sign of what areas our purpose in life may be secured in. These are deep-rooted into our way of thinking, almost to the point we are blind to them. Chances are you already know what you are passionate about, but if you are unaware of them consider the things you excel with. You can also bring this into conversation with those that know you best because they may see something you do not see clearly.

Become part of a cause

Everyone has a cause they feel drawn to and passionate about. You may have strong feelings about social justice, animal rescue, child advocacy, cures for certain illnesses, or the environment. There are several things that can be done to fight for our causes such as giving back, forming groups in your community, and surrounding yourself with others that inspire you or focus on inspiring others.

There are many things that I feel passionate about and connected to. Animals and children are innocent and need people to ensure their safety. Animals cannot speak to tell us what they are enduring, so there need to be ways to support them. Children are also innocent and sadly harm is done to them way too often. I also try raising awareness for Multiple Sclerosis and participate in things to raise money to discover a cure. In a world that is full of negativity and hate, I do the best I can to inspire others and spread positivity to as many as I can. I think it is important to fight for those that are unable to fight for themselves. If I had a way to save everyone that needed help, I would do so instantly.

Thank you for visiting my site and reading what I have shared. I hope you found this interesting, and I look forward to learning what you feel your purpose in life is. I think knowing what you are passionate about would help me to get to know you better. I do look forward to reading your comments and will respond to comments as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending you LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

One Year Ago, Yesterday

Yesterday, made one year since we lost our sweet and loving cat, Chloe. I did not write about this yesterday because it still hurts and maybe more than it should. Chloe brought us almost 16 years of love, smiles, laughs, joy, and more than I could ever explain. I know time heals all wounds, but it still stings like it was yesterday we had to say goodbye. The truth is there would never have been enough time with Chloe because she had a heart of gold, and I would trade anything if we could.

For some people, their pets are nothing more than just a pet, but for my husband and me it is so much more. Our pets are more like our children because, for us, they are our four-legged children. We take care of and protect them the best we can. Honestly, I know this might sound insane, but I feel like I failed Chloe because there was not anything I could do to save her. There is no telling if we had taken her to the doctor sooner, they could have done anything, and I am sure if I asked them not, they would say there would not have been anything different they could have done.

This precious girl was stubborn and did as she pleased, but I guess that is the personality of most cats. Sadly, the first time in almost 16 years she listened to me was when I whispered to her when she was laying on my lap that it was okay to stop fighting and it was okay for her to let go. We did not want Chloe to suffer, and I know she was struggling, and Chloe was able to take her final breath at home surrounded by our love. She did not have to go to the animal hospital where she would not comfortable and scared, she was able to leave this world in her time, not anyone else’s time.

I am thankful that we did not have to make that painful decision because I do not think either of us would have had the strength to do so. We loved and still love that little girl more than I could put into words that would make sense to anyone else. There were so many times when I was dealing with pain and Chloe would lay on that area because she was trying her best to alleviate the pain, I was in. When I experienced loss, I remember crying to her and she would sit with me until the tears stopped. She was one of my best friends and I could trust her to keep my secrets.

The day we lost Chloe, the tears kept flowing because how do you let go of something so meaningful? Our other cat, Sundance grieved with us because they were so close. I never in a million years thought that Chloe could have a bond with another animal as she did with him. another animal. We did have another cat before Sundance, but Chloe and Lexi were not as close. This was not because Chloe did not try because she did, but Lexi was unique. Chloe learned from Lexi how to interact with another cat, even if it was different.

It was heartbreaking to see Sundance grieve as much as we were and not know exactly what he was feeling. There were times when I was working downstairs and would hear him crying, which I knew he was looking for Chloe. There was no way to explain to him what happened and where Chloe went or that she was not coming back home. Of course, we hated to see him sad and lonely which is why we went out to adopt one kitten but came home with two. He seems happier now, but as sweet and loving as the kittens are, they will never replace Chloe. You can never replace loved ones, but you can hold onto their memory and be thankful for the memories you have.

I know this post was not uplifting, but it was rather sorrowful. I feel like writing is a good way to release emotions and I thought this needed to be shared. I will never allow for Chloe’s sweet and loving memory to be forgotten. Animals are an amazing creation and should never be taken for granted.

Thank you for visiting my site today. Although this was a sad post, I hope it helped you to understand me a little better and know how much I love all three of our cats. I say this some many times to many people, animals are much better than most humans because they love unconditionally, seldom hold a grudge, and are never judgmental or hateful. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

~Sundance Update~

What does it mean to love? Love is an intense feeling of affection for someone else. Do you think you can love too much or not enough? I do not think it is possible to love someone too much, but it is possible to not love enough. The person we love will not be around forever and not showing love for them when they are still with us, is something that is tragic and will be regretted. When we do not show love, we feel for another person it shows a lack of appreciation for them and that is a sad situation.

 Do you think loving a pet so much it hurts when they are sick is loving them too much? I do not think it is possible to love a person or animal too much because not loving is not living fully. Is it possible to love an animal more than a human? Absolutely! Animals are sweet and innocent. They do not judge or hold grudges and they love unconditionally, which does not seem like it is something most humans are capable of. Animals rely on us to take care of them, by keeping them safe, fed, hydrated, comfortable, and loved.

I am writing about this today because since Saturday afternoon, Sundance has not been feeling well. As I mentioned in a previous post, Sundance has asthma and normally does well on the medication he was prescribed. It is the same as when a human has asthma, he has an emergency inhaler to use when he has an asthma attack. The inhaler is the same kind humans use but has a special adapter to go around his mouth to ensure he breaths in the albuterol. When I have explained this to people I used to work with, they found it funny and laughed, but it is not a laughing matter. The inhaler is a matter of life and death for him. I know how much he hates having to do the inhaler, I would rather him be upset with me for a few minutes than the alternative and have him stop breathing.

I would like to share some simple and basic information about asthma, in hopes it will help you or someone you know. Unfortunately, approximately 300 million people around the world live with asthma. The number of people with asthma increases by 50% each year. Asthma can be a serious and terrifying medical issue to deal with. Several things that can trigger asthma to flare up and cause an attack include tobacco smoke, outdoor air pollution, dust mites, pests, animals, mold, cleaning products, strong fragrances, etc. Another issue, which is what I think is causing Sundance to have issues is when the temperatures are colder outside, creating increased dry air.

It did not seem long after we made a slight change in Sundance’s medication regimen, he started displaying breathing issues. His doctor has thought for a while we should “try” reducing the steroid because of the potential harm it could do with organs and I was concerned it was weakening his immune system causing him to continuously get sick, we determined we could only give him the steroid once a day instead of twice a day.

It was only a week ago when we made a change in Sundance’s medication regimen by reducing his steroid slightly and it was not long after the change, he began displaying breathing issues. It has been several days of worrying about our poor cat and it has now been decided to go back to the regimen he was on previously. I did make this decision on Saturday but did contact his doctor on Monday morning and she agreed with me.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site today. I hope you enjoyed what I have shared today and the asthma information was useful for you or someone you know that lives with asthma. I will continue to keep you updated as to what happens next with Sundance and I would appreciate it if you would keep him in your thoughts. I love our cats more than words could ever explain and would do anything necessary for any of them. I would love the opportunity to read what you think about anything I have shared, and I will 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

My Weekend

The weekends are meant for rejuvenating and recovering from the previous week. Unfortunately, this past weekend was filled with stress and worry. It was not the typical stress and worry people, including myself struggle with and yet was very similar to something I had shared not too long ago.

Our sweet, loving, and amazing older cat has gone through many health issues over the last several months. As soon as we think we are in the clear and he is okay, he shows signs he is not feeling well. Sundance is full of personality and expressions, so it is easy for us to know how he is feeling at any given time. It is heartbreaking when he becomes ill because it leaves us feeling helpless, especially me. After all, I have been the caretaker of our cats.

Sundance was diagnosed with asthma shortly after we adopted him about nine years ago. Since his diagnosis, he has experienced a few asthma attacks, but after the first major episode, I demanded he has an emergency inhaler. We have done everything possible to keep our sweet boy comfortable and happy.

It started on Saturday afternoon, Sundance started coughing and displaying signs of respiratory distress. It was obvious the issues he was having were related to his asthma, so I did give him his inhaler on Saturday afternoon and hoped he would improve. When we woke up on Sunday morning, he was behaving like himself, taking his medicine, and eating his breakfast.

At around noon, he started having abdominal and open mouth breathing. My husband had worked Saturday night, so he was awake when I called him asking him to come into the living room because I needed help with Sundance. Thankfully, my husband can remain calm when I am panicked about our cat’s health. Sundance is feisty which makes giving him the inhaler challenging, so can take both of us to do it correctly. Once we gave him the inhaler, his breathing improved.

I am so glad that my husband can keep me calm when I am terrified that something awful is going to happen to any of our cats. I have always been that type that can go from calm to freak out in less than a second, so it is wonderful having someone that can keep me grounded and balanced. When the temperatures start to get cooler, it causes issues with Sundance’s asthma which is why we have always had humidifiers, but they had not been brought up from the basement yet. They are now cleaned and set up in two rooms in our house and hopefully, that will keep Sundance from having any further asthma scares.

I guess it is safe to say, since we lost Chloe in early February I worry even more. I do not think either of us could handle another loss like this again, especially so soon. We both love our pets very deeply and think of them like they are our children. We are a family of five and cannot imagine life without one of the five. I think the reason why I worry as much as I do is that I love that much. We have all heard that saying, it is better to have loved and lost rather than never loved at all, but seriously, a loss is so painful, and it never gets any easier.

Thank you for visiting my site. I hope you enjoyed what I have shared, and you had a better weekend than I did. Whatever your weekend involved, I hope you remained safe. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Top reasons to love animals more than humans

I think animals have a love within them that humans cannot fully understand. The love from an animal is pure, genuine, and completely unconditional. Unlike most humans, animals love does not have any expectations and they do not hold unnecessary grudges for disagreements. I think dealing with human behaviors can be extremely challenging and frustrating, especially with a deadly virus and people continuing to refuse vaccinations, and or simply wearing a mask to end the spread of the virus.

There are many reasons why I am the type that has a deeper love for animals than I do for humans. The following are just a few reasons why my love for animals outweighs my love for humans. I will love to know what you think about the love you feel for animals and humans, and how they differ!

1. Animals share an unconditional type of love with us. Their love is persistent and unequivocal. Of course, they want us to feed, pet, and clear up after them, but if their breakfast, lunch, and dinner are not provided at a specific time, they will still love us. Even if their litter box is not cleaned at the same time daily, they will continue to love us anyway.

2. Unlike humans, animals are nonjudgmental. Our animals will not give us a dirty look if we wear pajamas daily and do not get dressed up. Animals will not judge us based on our political or religious view, who we love, or any other personal views. They will not even judge us if we get upset about vaccines, which I have done many times.

3. Animals are always ready to play and eat but will not ask for these things 24/7. They will wait and not constantly ask for something from us. Animals will give us alone time when we need it because they need their own alone time as well. There may even be times when our animals have given us so much alone time, we must search for them to make sure they are safe and have not caused trouble that created danger for them.

4. Animals show their appreciation for the attention we give them. Our animals appreciate when we pet them or offer them something as simple as our lap. It is easy to know how much our three cats appreciate being loved on or when they get “Mommy” lap time because they purr so loud and appear happy, and content.

5. Animals are protective of their humans. Whether it be a cat or dog, they claim their human and will watch out for them. It could be protecting us from harm or keeping an eye on us when we are sick or sad, making them curl up next to us or on top of us to help. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that Chloe, our cat that passed away in February knew exactly when and where I was hurting and would lay on wherever the pain was. All three of our cats are very affectionate and know how we are feeling and always to try help the best they can.

6. Humans can and do disappoint us, but an animal NEVER will. Many times, we will be let down by a human, mostly because humans lie, but NO animal will ever do such a thing. Animals cannot be deceitful and lie to us!

7. Animals are much better listeners than humans are. Unfortunately, when we talk to a human, they will interrupt or argue with what we are saying, but animals will only listen never argue with our points, and definitely NOT interrupt us. An animal will listen intently to what we are talking about, even if they do not always understand. They also know when we get home before we even walk in the door, where they are happily waiting to greet us.

8. An animal will not complain when we feed them the same food daily. Of course, I do feed our cats the same dry food daily, but do give them different wet food the two times a day they get their “treats” Can you imagine how many complaints a human would have if they were fed the same thing every day and for every meal? I think it is safe to say the human would complain, instead of being thankful for the food provided.

9. Animals are calming during the chaos of our lives, but humans can be extremely exhausting and energy draining. Whether it be work colleagues, family, or friends most humans leave us feeling anxious and irritated. Considering we have all been living through uncertain and upsetting times, we do not need any additional negative emotions. Simply being in the presence of an animal can provide a calming effect on the human mind and offer a scene of peacefulness.

10. With the faithful bond we establish with an animal, they will forever be completely loyal. Our animals will be by our sides no matter how difficult and terrifying life may become. An animal will always be a trusted companion and never be disloyal.

I have always been the people friendly type of person and accepting of every person for who they were. Unfortunately, over the past 18 months I have seen a different side of people in general. I think people have shown their true colors and it is not a pretty color. I have also always loved all animals because they are innocent and need affection and safety of a human being. Animals are always there when you need them the most and they always will be. I have never met an animal I did not love, even the only dog that bite me a little chihuahua. She did not mean any harm but did not know me well enough to be comfortable. I do not blame the dog; I blame her owner.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed this post and it resonated with your own feeling for animals. If you had a long weekend because of today being a holiday, I hope you enjoyed the long weekend and safely. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa