What brings you happiness?

Tough-times-dont-last-tough-people-do.-300x300There are many times during our lives when things get very difficult! I feel like it is important to do our best to push those feelings aside and not dwell on the negative. Is this easy? Absolutely NOT, but sitting around allowing for the hardships to dictate our life will never do us any good. I find that during the difficult times, we must try to think about what brings us joy. Maybe flooding our minds with the positives will actually bring them into reality; we will never know 100% unless we try it!

I want to ask you a question and really look forward to reading your response. To show how much I want to do the same, I will answer my question for y’all!beautiful times

What are five things that bring happiness to your life?

The answer to my question is:

  1. The love ❤ I share with my husband is quite powerful and never-ending.
  2. My two absolutely adorable and loving cats. I don’t think anyone could be around them and not find joy!
  3. It makes me very happy to be able to write what I want to 
  4. write about.
  5. The incredible connections I have been able to make through my blog. Y’all have truly been amazing and I am thankful for all of you!
  6. Travelling to new places when we are able or even travelling to places we have been many times before. The beach  is by far my preference.

motivational-quotes-for-someone-down-with-i-might-fall-but-will-not-stay-gym-2During times when I get very stressed or very upset, these are the things that can change my mood. My husband knows what I am feeling and thinking before I even say it out loud. Even though there was no consoling me after my accident, if he did not get to me as quickly as he did, I would have been much more upset and terrified! Both of my cats know when I am feeling horrible and or in pain, so they do not leave my side or shall I say my lap until they think I am feeling a little better! It is hilarious both of them trying to fit on my lap because even though the older cat is very petite, the younger one is a big boy!download (1)

I know I have said in earlier posts that writing is the best outlet for me.  Writing has always been one of my strongest passions and I have no doubt my love for writing will never fade. By continuing to read what I share, y’all are not only giving me the opportunity to continue to write, but also the chance to make great friends that truly understand!

During the truly frustrating times after the accident I had last week, I am trying my best 0fb54ae29b2fd5f0b57ec18d819ce11eto keep these positive things in my mind! We are currently waiting for the driver that was in this accident to accept responsibility because there needs to be payout for the repairs and a rental car for me. I will never understand this considering the police report stated clearly it was his fault! I mean who is really ever going to take responsibility for their wrong doings when they can just prolong the situation by either not answering calls or denying responsibility all together? It is pretty ridiculous, but I am trying to be patient which isn’t one of my strongest qualities.

Thank you for visiting my site today and I do look forward to reading your answer to my HOW_TO_THINK_WHEN_LIFE_GETS_DIFFICULTquestion! There are two options we have when it comes to being happy. One is we can hold onto and dwell on negative emotions or choose to remember the things that bring us the most joy in life and hold onto those instead! I do hope you will take a few moments to answer my question, but I understand if you aren’t able to. Of course I will love to learn what makes you happy and I will respond to all comments as soon as I can! Please remember 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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Sunday Hopes!

sunday-1.jpgGood afternoon y’all! I hope your weekend has been absolutely amazing and you are feeling well. I am so glad that I was able to finally able to do a couple posts this weekend because it really brings me SO much joy! I must say that I am still a little shocked that I received two award nominations a couple days apart from each other and feel so thankful to the amazing people that nominated me! Now that I have been given this kind of recognition it leads me to believe that it is possible that I am doing something good with my blog! I have always wanted to be able to inspire and encourage as many as I possibly can and maybe, just maybe, this means that I am doing what I had planned!

If I am being completely transparent, which I always am and find it very important to do so, I have had VERY LOW energy and MANY pain issues this weekend. Of course, pain pain and fatigueand fatigue are just part of my daily life and I am typically able to just ignore them completely and move forward. I tend to not really understand why such issues become more intense at various times, but I think I might have finally determined the reason behind this. It is very possible that I am just a fantastic weather woman! My body tells me when it is going to rain a day ahead of time and I find amusement when the actual weatherman is clueless! On Friday, I started to feel somewhat awful, but it was manageable. Yesterday while I was grocery shopping I started chatting with the cashier, images (10)which I know y’all will find that shocking, just kidding y’all already know I always initiated conversations wherever I go! Anyways, I mentioned to her that I thought it was going to start raining   very soon. She was an older woman and agreed with me. We both said that we feel the rain deep in our bones prior to the first drop falls. Her reason was that she has arthritis and always hurts more when it rains . WOW, this kind of makes me feel older than my years, but I guess such as life and it could be worst!

Even though I am rather tired, I finally have the time to write. Have y’all ever run into download (12)roadblocks when you start writing because you have far too many ideas running around in your mind? I am definitely at that point right now, so please bare with me as I try to sum up a few things that are on my mind!🌸

It has been a couple weeks since I shared my thought that I may be gluten-intolerant. I have done a decent job with cutting gluten of my diet, but definitely not perfect. I have bought many gluten-free foods for my house and can tell a slight difference in the taste. Last night the craziest thing happened to me Wheat-Gluten-Intoleranceand scared the hell out of me. When I was almost done eating dinner, I had a terrible pain in my stomach. This pain was so intense it not only made me very nauseous, but unable to finish my dinner and bent over in pain. Let’s just say without too many details, this was the worst pain my stomach has ever felt. My husband was ready to take me to the Emergency Room and knowing it would cost a small fortune without insurance made my stress increase the pain I was already dealing with drastically.  Thankfully, this all did pass after a little more than an hour and I am okay now, but I also refuse to eat.download (13)

❤❤Another thing I would like to add is two people I know are in need of some extra prayers. The first one is my mother who went to the hospital on Friday because of severe pain in her back. After a many tests, the ER doctor said it could be one of two things. She may end up needing to have her gallbladder removed because of gallstones or she needs to pass a kidney stone. Both of these can be terrifying and very painful. I am just hoping this issue is just a kidney stone that will pass soon ending her pain and not needing surgery. It might sound crazy, but surgeries scare me because  errors can happen.

❤❤The other person that is in need of prayers is a dear blogger friend Jessica. Jessica’s son has been in the hospital for I think about a week now. Her sweet little boy has had to endure being in the hospital with doctors poking and prodding him. This would scare the heck img_0737out of me and I am 37, so I cannot imagine how this little boy is feeling. Jessica is a VERY strong and amazing woman, but I do believe the more prayers of healing for her son would be very appreciated! If you have a moment, please check out her blog and maybe leave her some encouraging words as I know she will appreciate your thoughts-https://jessierenea.com.

Thank you so much for visiting my site today! Y’all know my posts are not normally this long, but I had a lot to share! I hope the rest of your Sunday is wonderful and peaceful! I do look forward to reading your brilliant thoughts on this post and I do promise to respond as quickly as I can! Never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Truths of stress!

the-biggest-killer-in-this-world-is-stress-and-the-14748167.pngHave you ever asked your self what exactly stress is and what the heck causes it? I know I have more times than I can count, using all ten fingers and toes! Do you know what stress can actually do to you both physically and mentally? It is a difficult thing to control and even harder to eliminate it from our daily lives.

Stress can feel like a reoccurring nightmare that you just can’t wake up from and it can happen anytime. Often you might feel you have it under control because you think you have identified and solved what was causing your stress, but it always seems to return with an evil vengeance! It can actually make you feel like you are drowning in the darkest and deepest ocean without a life vest available.2stress_jokes_600x4502-600x400

Stress can make us feel overloaded and leave us wondering how we will ever cope with the stress that was put on us. This issue can change our views and perspectives on life and it isn’t ever for the better, or at least it never is for myself. I am sure you have heard before that stress is a killer, well sadly there are many reasons this is very true!! There is absolutely NO logical reason why I can’t stop feeling like this more often than not!

stress 2Y’all probably already know the difference between stress and stressors, but I just want to clarify this a little more. A stressor is the agent actually causing the feelings of stress. These are things we respond to in our environment and can range drastically! Stress is the numerous feelings we have when faced with pressures!

I know how incredibly difficult and painful it is to live with stress. Even though I am stress-illustrationfully aware of the dangers, I continue to battle with this. Personally, I have battled stress for 37 years and tend to worry about anything and everything! I think it is highly likely I was even a stress case while my mother was pregnant with me! Damn, I imagine I was a difficult child and probably worried if my dolls and other toys were happy. Can you even imagine dealing with a toddler that has these feelings? I think my mother probably does!

There are many emotional and physical disorders that are linked to stress. A few of these disorders include: depression, anxiety, heart attacks, strokes, hypertension (high blood pressure), stress-info.pngimmune system disturbances that increase susceptibility to infections, common colds and so much more. Now for those of us living with an already weak immune system, it really should be a no brainer stop stressing, if only it was that easy!

There are many signs and symptoms attached to stress, but I am only going to list a few so this  isn’t an insanely long post. Many of these I was fully aware of, like headaches, pain and panic attacks, but there are also some I wasn’t aware of. Just a few of these signs and symptoms I may have symptoms of stressknown about, but never associated them with stress are dizziness, fainting, dry mouth, ringing sounds and cold/sweaty hands/feet.

My doctor and Nurse Practitioner (NP) have been telling me for decades that stress can and will cause my health to deteriorate, but I never listened to them because I don’t know how to not worry. I mean, how crazy is it to tell a person that already becomes stressed easily something that would cause anyone to worry? One of usatcollege-CollegeUSAT-567808-stressthe last times I saw the NP she told me I shouldn’t write on my blog much because it would cause me to feel anxious. Even though I do value her opinions because she did work closely with my first specialist, I told her she couldn’t be more wrong. Writing has always provided me the absolute best form of therapy and relaxation!

As I wrap this post up, let me as y’all a few questions. Do you face a lot of stress in yourLoyola-why-is-nursing-school-so-stressful-4-stressors life? Obviously I know living with a chronic illness does cause unwanted feelings of stress, but how do you handle these feelings in  a healthy and beneficial way? Knowing how incredible each of you are, I will value and appreciate learning how you combat these feelings.

Thank y’all so much for stopping by my site today! Of course y’all already know that I do encourage your comments, but I also will never pressure you to do this. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and you are able to do what brings you the most joy because that is what you deserve! Please never forget 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!

Quotes-_-When-Ya-Just-Need-That-Pick-Me-Up-e1533242488825Good morning y’all! I hope you have had a great week and you are looking forward to the weekend that is SO close, I know I sure am! It’s rather nice not really having any plans and even better to know I will not hear an annoying alarm go off early in the morning! Y’all know I am still getting use to my new job and I do have a lot to learn, so I have not been able to blog as much as I would like. I am often so tired when I get home and it is just too difficult to get on a computer again. I would like to catch up on reading all of  your amazing blogs this weekend, but we will see how that goes!Enjoy-Your-Thursday-Pink-Graphic

I missed my Pick-Me-Up Thursday last week, but didn’t want miss it again this week! The quote I want to share with you today means a lot too me and it’s because of my previous post this past Tuesday. I believe that if we can all join together there is a chance we can have even more success! The is power in numbers and we all understand each other very well! I really hope you find this quote as powerful as I do!strength in numbers

I often feel that living with a chronic illness can and does make life pretty difficult, especially when many are against providing us with protection with health insurance. It shouldn’t be like this, but unfortunately it seems to be, especially in the United States strengthwhere pharmaceutical companies run the thoughts of the weak-minded, again no names being mentioned! It you read my post from Tuesday, you will know why I am pushing standing together through the hard times we can possibly face!

I want to thank y’all for stopping by my site today and I really hope y’all have a fantastic day! I do always encourage you to leave a comment, which I will respond to as quickly as I can because I        ❤ love reading your brilliant thoughts! Please never forget for a second that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

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❤

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❤