New fabulous friends!

because of youAfter a lot of soul-searching and debate with myself due to fear of ridicule and possible judgments, I finally entered the blogging community in July 2017. I must say, this was one of the best decisions I have ever made and have never once regretted this adventure!

There are numerous reasons I started and continue blogging as much as I can. For starters, I have had the opportunity to connect with over 1,500 amazing people world-wide. Some of the people I have bonded with also have Multiple Sclerosis or other chronic illnesses that are not easy to live with, but others just enjoy writing and spreading cheer just as much as I do and this alone is a wonderful thing!

Those that battle life with a chronic illness have shared what they are going through and how they manage these hard times. It is great to be ablethankful to gain knowledge and strength from a person that really understands my struggles. Of course as much as I do hate knowing others are forced to deal with the painful issues I deal with, it is also unbelievable to be able to join together knowing we are not alone with this fight and how much we can help one another through various issues. 

It is very realAnother reason I wanted to be part of this community is because I really wanted to raise as much awareness about Multiple Sclerosis as I can. All those years ago when I was diagnosed, it would have been VERY helpful if I had this outlet. I was pretty young and absolutely terrified when I heard the doctor tell me what I was going to be living with. I felt like I had no one to talk to that could fully understand how I was feeling and sadly this was a lonely feeling. I have always wanted to help those that have been newly diagnosed and those who have lived with MS for years.  I wanted assure them they are a not alone and their life didn’t end when they were diagnosed. I want everyone to know that even though some things may need to be altered, life can still move forward to live a happy life!

Another thing blogging has given me is the opportunity to do something I have always loved and enjoyed, I am able to write aboutmichelle-l-buckley-quote-writing-is-the-indelible-fingerprint-of-my anything I want! Writing has always been the best therapy for me.  There have been difficult times throughout my life when writing has helped me more than anything else could and still does to this day! I honestly think that writing is the most writing-quote-3healthy outlet a person can have!

The friends I have made through my blogging journey have been a true blessing to my life. Even though I have not met any of them in person, I still feel like I have known them for years, if that makes any sense. I really want to thank all my ❤ blogging friends from the bottom of my heart ❤ for all the happiness and hope y’all have brought into my life. So many of you have been with me since day one or at least week one and read about the difficult times life has thrown my way and opened new chapters of life with thanksme. Y’all have offered me so much kindness, support and fantastic words of wisdom that have helped me so much! There really aren’t words that could even begin to describe how thankful I am for you!

I am looking forward to getting to know you even more by continuing to read your brilliant posts! I sincerely hope y’all will continue to enjoy what I share as well and I love  reading your comments! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

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Positive Ways to Job Search!

job searchIt is almost a little funny that of all people I am writing this post about job searching. Truthfully, I do not know if I am causing myself stress or if subconsciously stress is making me feel awful, but something is definitely going on. What I can say is I am going to make changes and actually listen to my own advice for once in my life!

Obviously looking for a new job can be a little stressful and quite exhausting, but that is only if we let it (which I tend to do).  All of us are in complete control of our reactions to all situations, but this can be easy to forget.

Y’all already know before my husband and I relocated I searched endlessly for a job-photo-1024x749 (1)job because I knew insurance was a MUST for me. Living in the United States, insurance is very costly, but at the same time needed because doctor’s appointments and medication is crazy expensive either way. I made this situation extremely stressful for no reason at all and it didn’t help matters. The right job was going to happen or it wasn’t going to and NO amount of stress was going to change the outcome.

images (6)As y’all know once again I am back in the job search situation. This time around was very much unexpected and caused me massive fear for a week or so, okay so I do still have the feeling of fear but I think it’s just getting a little better. It isn’t necessarily the finding a job part that worries me, it’s living with a chronic illness without insurance that terrifies me. I do know that getting overly upset won’t help me find a job any faster, but will end up causing me health issues I can’t afford at the moment.

I would like to share with y’all my new approach to job hunting with the least amount ofjob search low stress stress humanly possible. Hopefully I can stick with this though! This is just my opinion and has so far been helping me! Y’all might have a different approach that has worked for you and if you do, please share this with me. I really can use all the help I can get!!

The steps I am taking are as followed:

  1. I think this is the most important step to job searching with least amount of stress.

breathTake a deep breath and relax. If the job search was unexpected, as it was for me, it can be very emotional and time does ease the pain. Letting our emotions get in the way will only hinder success.

  1. Think about what job interests you and pursue it!

It is important to decide if you want to take this opportunity to make a career change or if you enjoyed what you had been doing and want to stay in that field. Take time with this decision because rushing into something can have you making unnecessary mistakes.

  1. Update your resume!update resume

Take time to review your current resume and modify when necessary. You might want to add new accomplishments or skills or you might want to add additional education you received. Now it the perfect time to do this!

  1. Create a cover letter.

images (7)Your cover letter needs to basically introduce and sell yourself to a potential employer. This should also be modified for each position you apply for, so you can base the content on skills required for the new job.

  1. Start your search!

Take time and utilize job search websites like Indeed, Linkedin, CareerBuilder, job.com and simplyhired.com. Honestly, even though there are many websites dedicated to people images (8)searching for a job, I am only way too familiar with Indeed and Linkendin. On the ones I have been on a lot, you can sign up to be email jobs that might be what you are looking for.

You may have noticed something common in each step and that is take time! Taking your time is only so you can find what you are looking for because the job you want is out there! After going through all these steps, all you can do is wait for a phone call or an email. I think waiting is the absolute hardest thing to do because I always want immediate results.  Definitely apply for numerous jobs because putting all your eggs in one basket is never beneficial. In time, you will get a call for an interview and at that point just be yourself! After any interview I go on, I always send a thank you email to the person I interviewed with, they seem to like that! It sets a relax-300good imagine and they will remember you when they are making their final decision.

Thank you for visiting today and I do hope this was helpful information. Of course I am looking forward to your responses and I am sure you have great ideas about looking for jobs with low stress! I hope your week is going well so far and definitely hope you are feeling well. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Fellow Blogger Recognition!

lifespa-image-sunshine-mountains-flowers-rainbow-550pixelsGood morning y’all! I hope you are having a very pleasant week so far! It really amazes me just how fast February is flying by, but I guess that is just the way life works. I am going to continue on with something that I find pretty exciting by recognizing fellow bloggers that I find astounding. In my personal opinion, I think you will see them the same way!

The very special person I want to give a sincere shout out to 3841fd788e417453f0f0d9d949aa6c16--fibromyalgia-warriorstoday is, Kim at https://itrippedoverastone.com. Kim battles life with an illness I was partially familiar with because I do have a friend that has the same illness, Fibromyalgia. Even though I was aware of the basic information about this illness, Kim has taught me MUCH more.

Like Multiple Sclerosis, which y’all know I deal with, Fibromyalgia is a very unpredictable illness. Kim never allows for anything to hold her down and fights her way through anything and everything with kindness and grace, which I do admire wholeheartedly. It seems like no matter what the hardships sending lots of loveare she endures, she keeps a firm hold onto the internal energy she possess. 

I am sure I have thanked Kim numerous times before now, but I want to say how much I value her and all she is able to share. It can’t hurt to say it again though, thank you Kim for being the fabulous person you are! I do firmly believe if you haven’t already viewed Kim’s site, where she shares brilliant knowledge with every post, you will be asyou are incredible thankful as I am for HER! Now of course if you already have visited Kim’s site, you will probably agree with everything word I have shared!

Thank y’all for taking the time to stop by my site today. I do always appreciate your support and view you fantastic comments as way of creating tender communication. Again, if you weren’t already aware of Kim’s site, https://itrippedoverastone.com please try to take a few moments to drop by. I know you will love and value her as much as I already do! Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Fellow Blogger Recognition!

huge shout outGood morning y’all! I hope your week has started off well and of course I hope you are feeling the best you possibly can! I would like to pick back up with recognizing fellow bloggers that I truly find amazing. The ones I have already mentioned, I hope you have been able to visit their sites as I am sure you will enjoy as much as I have!

The spectacular lady I want to bring attention to today is Angela at https://fuckms.ca/. Angela lives with Multiple Sclerosis in Canada. This courageous woman has been through her fair share of struggles that would have discouraged most people, but Angela continues fighting a good fight with so much strength and determination!

Now, living with any chronic illness is a struggle in a country, like the United States for instance, thatyou are incredible doesn’t offer “free healthcare” and instead charges SO much money for it and still doesn’t cover everything, but it is still very demanding in a country that does offer free healthcare, like Canada. Angela went through hell and back with her employer, which is a real shame! I mean, it is hard enough to deal with MS day in and day out, but to also have to battle with an employer that has absolutely NO compassion or understanding makes it even more difficult. It really seems that when others do not understand an illness, they just fear the unknown and don’t care to learn more about it. I call this behavior pure ignorance, but I am sure most of us have dealt with this at some point in our life. I actually feel sorry for them because there isn’t any help to cure this horrible behavior.

sending lots of loveWith the hard times I have faced over time, I always find the honesty Angela shares very uplifting and inspiring. Angela is one of the most real and kind people I am ❤ honored enough to call a friend, 😊even though we spell things slightly different!😊 Just kidding Angela! I do remember a few months ago when I made a relatively negative, but honest post  because I was dealing with some terrible MS issues. Angela ❤ was kind enough to email me directly just to check on me. This was so touching and actually restored my diminished hope in humanity.

I strongly urge you to, if you have not already visited Angela site https://fuckms.ca/ to never-let-a-stumble.jpgcheck her out! I think once you do, you will see how creative, talented and truly encouraging she is, there will NEVER be a day you will regret it! The amount of understanding Angela has is pretty amazing! I have and always will appreciate Angela for the woman she is! Angela,  I am ❤ thankful for the friendship we have created and hope you will never forget that I am always here for you❤!

imagesI would like to thank y’all for visiting my site today. I hope you have a lovely day today! I do look forward to reading your comments and do promise to respond as quickly as I can! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Midweek Recognition!

Happy WednesdayHappy Wednesday y’all! I hope your week is going great so far and you are feeling the absolute best you possibly can. I am sorry because I am a little behind on most everything right now because I have been feeling a little under the weather. I am not sure if I am feeling so awful because I have a cold or it is probably even more likely it’s the massive amount of stress I am feeling right now, Who knows?

As y’all already know I have many fellow bloggers I admire that A-garden-visitordeserve much recognition. I wanted to share each one of them with you so if you haven’t been able to visit their site, maybe you can soon!

The amazing blogger I want to share with you today is very humble and more than likely will not agree with my views, but I am leaving it up to you to determine who is right! Of course I do think you will agree with me that Beth, at http://bethybrightanddark.com/, is brilliant and her honesty is astonishing. 

Without even trying, Beth offers me SO much hope, strength and encouragement. Beth was 1bd08e94a39f2f317ac499110972374bdiagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in December of 2015 and continues to fight a good fight daily. Through the words she is able to share regarding her thoughts and experiences related to this unpredictable illness (MS), disease modifying treatments (DMT), Physical Therapy (PT) and Occupational Therapy (OT) you can feel her determination! I do think it is the combination of her sass and pure determination she can get through any situation life throws her way. 

Beth is a lot like myself, as we both do not like to cry in front of don't let your illness define youothers. This doesn’t have anything to do with viewing crying as a sign weakness, but everything to do with not wanting to add any additional stress to our families. Beth always inspires me with her kindness, ability to care, never-ending amount of understanding and her killer sarcastic personality!

I know I have already thanked Beth many times before and told her how amazing and encouraging I find her to be, but just in case she has forgotten, “THANK YOU Beth for being your incredible self!” Please never lose that fight within you!sending lots of love

I wanted to thank y’all for stopping by my site today. Each and every one of you have been so fantastic to me during my entire time within the blogging community, especially lately as I have been struggling. Your love and encouraging words are appreciated more than words can even begin to say!

I do hope if you haven’t already been able to visit Beth’s site, you will try stopping by http://bethybrightanddark.com/ when you have a few extra minutes. Without a shadow imagesof a doubt, I think you will enjoy reading every words of Beth’s posts and find her to be extremely strong and motivating!

I do look forward to reading your thoughts about this post and I do promise to respond as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of       ❤ love, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Friday Recognition!

Happy FridayGood morning and happy Friday y’all! I hope you had a wonderful week and truly hope you have a fabulous weekend! The weather where I live looks like Saturday will be nice, but there is another chance of rain on Sunday. I hope where you live will be full of sunshine and pleasant temperatures!

This is still in absolutely no particular order, but I do still have several more amazing fellow bloggers I want to share with you. Of course, chances are you may already familiar with donkeysome of them, but if you are not I promise you will love all the fantastic people I am sharing as much as I do.

❤Heather and her adorable sidekick Dizzy’s website  https://dinosaursdonkeysandms.com/never fails to impress me! Heather has a love ❤ for dinosaurs, donkeys and pictures as long as she isn’t in the pictures, even though she is a really beautiful lady, but I do understand because I too don’t like being in pictures!

Like myself, Heather lives her life with Multiple Sclerosis. Heather doesn’t allow for this bfa0ee13a5cbf740e7fe43df086ccd04unpredictable illness to control or dictate her daily life, which is truly admirable! Heather’s sweet little helper got her name Dizzy, because Heather battles with dizziness and vertigo, which sadly I understand all too well. I did think this was a really cute and creative way to name such a wonderful helper. Dizzy loves ❤the camera and is very photogenic, so she helps Heather share their many Multiple Sclerosis adventures. I remember a few posts they shared about yoga. I loved ❤ seeing Dizzy’s yoga posses and she really did help me!

I have told Heather many times that I wish I had a Dizzy to keep me calm during doctor’s appointments and bring me joy other times. If you have not already had a chance to visit Heather and Dizzy’s site, I do hope you will have time soon to check them out! Each post moment to recognizethey share is beyond amazing and encouraging and I do believe you will agree with me. I truly value ❤ Heather and Dizzy’s friendship, as they do always encourage and lift me up, especially during the hardships I just endured. I hope Heather already knows this, but I have so much respect and admiration of you and really appreciate your friendship. If I could, I would give Dizzy LOTS of ginger cookies because I know they are her favorite!

imagesThank y’all for stopping by my site today! I hope you are feeling the best you can and have a wonderful Friday! I look forward to reading your thoughts on this post and I do promise to respond as quickly as I possibly can. Please never forget, no matter how I am feeling or what I am going through I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Motivational Monday

monday is a state of mindGood morning y’all! I hope you had a nice weekend and you are ready to start a brand new week that will be MUCH better than last week! Y’all already know last week wasn’t the best for me, but everyone has been so incredibly supportive by sending kind messages my way❤. I want to thank y’all for being SO encouraging during my difficult time. I did spend my weekend trying to rest, but not being all that successful because my mind is still spinning! You have my Monday to shineword that I am not going to focus on the past and just move forward to better times, after all everything happens for a reason and nothing really nothing is an accident❤!

Even though my mind has been in a tailspin, I do still believe we should all start our Monday off with a positive mind! The quote I want to share with y’all has so much meaning to me and maybe it is because of what I have gone through, but I think I would still find it meaningful if nothing bad had occurred. thomas edison

I am looking forward to reading your fabulous thoughts on this quote! I do believe y’all  always have great views on everything and tend to provide great input! Seriously, y’all have been ❤ truly amazing ❤ during this past week and really everyday! I am so honored that I have made so many supportive and ❤ caring friends with my blog.

I hope y’all have a great start to your week and you are feeling the best you possibly can! Please know that no matter how I am feeling or what I might be going through, I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤