Inspirational Wednesday

It is no fun to only view today as Wednesday! It is better to view today as making it to the halfway part of the week, which means we are much closer to the weekend we all look forward to! How has your week been so far? I think y’all know that my week did not start all that great, but I also think dwelling on the negative does not help anyone. Everything unpleasant on Monday and Tuesday cannot define how my week will stay.

I have decided to let go of most of the issues I was upset about early in the week. However, I am still terribly upset and frustrated about how awful the country I was born and raised in has allowed a deadly virus to continue to remain. The vaccine and masks are helping to end the spread and in turn not enable new variants. The question I would love to ask those saying mask and vaccine mandates are threatening their freedom is, why are there speed limits and seatbelt requirements? Are the speed limits and law of seatbelts not threatening their freedom as well? My guess is their answer would be that seatbelts and speed limits save lives, well so does the vaccine and masks!

Considering we have made it to the halfway point of this week and we only have a couple of days left until the weekend returns, we could all use a little inspiration to help us! Within each of us lies talents that do amazing things for others. Our determination and attitudes towards life can determine how far we are willing to go to accomplish things that are important to us. No two people share the same talents, which is why our differences should be celebrated and cherished! I hope the quote I have shared has provided you with the inspiration it was intended for. I do look forward to reading your thoughts on this and will respond to all comments as quickly as I can!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope your week is going great and you are staying safe! I know sometimes my responses to your fantastic comments take me a little while, but it is only because after a full day of work I am rather tired and want to be sure I respond in the best way possible. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Motivational Monday with a Twist!

Happy Monday y’all! I hope you were able to have a relaxing and safe weekend. My weekend was decent, and a few things occurred the needed to. This will make more sense later in this post. I normally try to only share a motivational quote to start the week with a good mindset, which I am going to still do however, there are a few other things I would like to share with you.

In a previous post, I mentioned that I allow things to bottle up inside because I do not want to cause anyone else to feel overwhelmed and or upset, and I do not enjoy conflict. Well over the weekend through many tears I finally shared how I was feeling about a few things with another person. I think everything I was bottling up deep in my mind and heart just overflowed and I could not keep my emotions to myself any longer. It was not an easy conversation, but if we do not tell someone how we are feeling, how will anything improve? Nothing is ever going to get better when we are not 100% honest with how we are feeling!

I know y’all will not be surprised to see how incredibly frustrated I am with COVID-19. The number of people that still think this deadly virus is not a big deal is insane! Others that think mask mandates are taking away their freedom are beyond ridiculous. Seriously, what about the people that are elderly or have a weak immune system or anything else that causes them to be an easy target for this virus to kill, do they not deserve the freedom to survive? I cannot and never will understand anyone that refuses to get the vaccine. The vaccine is FREE and does not take long and it helps to END the spread of a deadly virus and even helps to NOT allow other variants to come into our lives. I have already received 2 vaccines and have an appointment scheduled for Friday after work to get the 3rd vaccine. I take pride in not only keeping myself safe from this virus but other humans from being infected and potentially not surviving.

It is going to take everyone joining together to fight against COVID or we will never be free from it. I want to be able to live again and not be a prisoner in my house because the truth is, these past 18 months have been miserable. Do not get me wrong, I love my home and being with my husband and 3 cats, but it does feel like the walls are caving in and there are times it is not easy to breathe. I am tired of being angry with the virus and people that are not doing what is right and angry with the political lies!

I think that is all for my rant about the issues in life and the world because we are starting a new week and need to begin the week with optimism. I hope you will find comfort, strength, and motivation in the quote I am sharing with you today. I would love to read what you think about this quote because I enjoy the communications we have and will respond to all comments as quickly as I can!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site today. I hope your week begins great and only gets better with each day that passes. No matter what happens today, please do everything you can to stay safe and not allow anyone to bring you down because y’all are worth more than that! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Let It Go Friday

I can finally say, happy Friday y’all! How was your week? I hope you had a great week and you are looking forward to the weekend ahead of us. I do not think I could ever explain how glad I am this week is over. It has been a crazy and busy week, both at work and at home. Our poor cat was sick last weekend but was able to see his doctor on Monday. I knew he had another infection and thankfully the antibiotic he received has helped him to recover. He has been on medication for his asthma for years, but we are going to reduce the steroid because that could be the reason he continues getting sick. I think y’all know that I prefer my workdays to be busy, but with everything else going on in life, I really need a break!

Friday is always the end of the week and it is the perfect day to try letting go of the negative feelings the week has caused, so we can enjoy the short weekend. Truthfully, there are too many things to let go of, but also too much to dwell on. I used to be the kind of person that would hold onto my negative feelings and let them build up way too much, but as I have grown I know when something is worth it and when it is not worth the additional stress. I hope the quote I am sharing will help you deal with the challenges you faced this past week. With the many frustrating times I dealt with, this quote helped to lighten my mind.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed what I shared and look forward to reading your comments, which I will respond to as quickly as I can. I hope you have a great day and your weekend is filled with everything that brings you the most joy. I know I am not the only one that is beyond sick of COVID and ready for this to be over, but I know that is not going to happen until everyone is vaccinated to end the chance of more variants showing up. Okay, enough with the negative, I guess anything is possible. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes.

Always, Alyssa

Motivational Monday

Happy Monday y’all! I hope you had a nice weekend and you are ready to start a new week. It seems like the weekends go by so fast and my weekend was a little stressful. Our poor older cat is sick again and he has many expressions so it is easy to know when he is not feeling well. It was hard for me because I was not able to do anything to help him feel better, but I did what I could offer him is comfort and love. I am confident he has the same type of infection he did a couple of months ago and he needs an antibiotic. I left two voicemails and one email for his doctor’s office, but will be calling them again right when they open. I am not a doctor, but I do think because he has been on a steroid for many years for his asthma, his little immune system is weak and whatever infection the two kittens have that does not bother them at all, causes the poor boy many issues. I plan on addressing this with the doctor because I do not think he needs to be on the steroid any longer and it is only causing issues with his organs and health.

As we begin a new week and leave the weekend behind us, I think we could all use a little motivation to start the week off in the best mindset. It is never easy ending a short weekend and start another long week, but we are all full of determination and tenacity. The weeks might be filled with what seems like endless responsibilities and must-do things, but we all manage these challenges with grace. I hope you find the motivation within the quote I am sharing with y’all today because I think the message it holds is important and we must try to remember this daily. It does not matter what challenges we face or how hard it seems, we will all make it through whatever is put on our shoulders. It is not always easy to see the light at the end of a dark tunnel, but in time we will see the bright light again!

We all know that COVID is still running rampant throughout the world. I think y’all know how much this enrages me because it is putting a stop to the way we want to live our life. It does not need to be this way. The vaccine is free and available to everyone. The vaccine and masks are stopping the spread and hindering the chance for new and more deadly variants to arise. In my opinion, it is the people that are refusing to get vaccinated and or wear masks that are the bigger problem. If everyone would do what is right and follow the advice from the experts, we could be in a better place in life. It is not fair that those of us that have been fully vaccinated still have to live in fear because of underlying health conditions making some more at risk for COVID. This is not political as no politician created the vaccines and this is not risking any person’s freedom, but it is risking the freedom of those that want to live.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed what I have shared today and I look forward to reading your comments. I hope you have a great start to this week and it only gets better with each day that passes. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Motivational Monday

Happy Monday, y’all! I hope you had a wonderful and safe weekend, and you are ready to tackle this week with determination and optimism. Monday mornings are not always easy, but this is the beginning of a new week that offers us a fresh start. A new week gives an opportunity to try again with things we did not accomplish last week, which I think is a great way to view another new week. This is the week of my birthday and anniversary. My husband and I have taken a few days off, but I think we have decided to not go anywhere because we have not gotten the booster shot to keep us safe from COVID. I might be a little disappointed about this, but who am I kidding I am VERY disappointed. I am trying to stay positive about this decision because I prefer to live another year then come into contact with COVID and end up in the hospital. There is always next year!

Can you believe it is almost October? I have always heard that as we age, time goes by faster, but the past two years have gone by with an accelerated speed. I guess the years going by so fast when we are living with the uncertainty of a deadly virus and other negative situations is not a bad thing. I am holding onto hope we will see an end to COVID-19 sooner than later, but there are times I think that is being overly optimistic and blind to the reality of this world. The quote I am sharing with y’all today might not be viewed as motivating, but the reason I find it motivating is because not fitting in with others while living in a world with an insane amount of hatred is a good thing. I might not fit in living where I do, but I do not want to fit in with these people.

What does this week have in store for you? I know not everything that happens during a week is planned and things will occur without notice causing us to readjust our plans. I am a very organized person and might be a bit of a control freak, so I hate when anything changes what is in my day planner. Normally, I have all appointments, meetings, goals, and work hours for me and my husband written down. There are changes that are necessary and I will adapt well to, but some changes I am resistant to. Considering we are not going anywhere to celebrate our anniversary or my birthday, I am thinking about canceling one of my PTO days but cannot seem to decide. Currently, the plan is to only work 2 days this week and be off until next Wednesday. I think saving one of my days off for a time we can go away is logical, but what do you think?

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you have enjoyed what I have shared and look forward to reading your amazing comments. I promise to respond to all comments as quickly as I can, but it will probably be after work today. I hope your week starts off great and gets better with each day until the weekend returns. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Tranquil Tuesday

We have successfully made it through one day this week, which is something to be proud of. Is your week going the way you wanted it to or has something caused you to second guess yourself? I am sure we can all agree that there are those hard days and weeks when it seems almost impossible to get out of bed in the morning. Despite the hard times in life when the wonderful days are hidden beneath the darkness, it is important to understand how crucial it is to never give up on happiness and good times.

As we enter day 2 of this week, feel we need should try forgetting anything that happened yesterday that might have been negative and focus on the opportunities today may bring us. There have been many things I decided to give up on out of fears of failure, but it turns out I regret not taking a chance on what I may be capable of. The quote I am sharing today resonates deeply with me because I do believe that I do feel the guilt we may feel can drown us, but it can also light a fire in us and drive us closer towards our purpose that is deep within our hearts and souls. I have regretted not “trying” to do more to fulfill my writing dreams and plan to not let the fire in me dwindle to nothing.

I am not sure why so many people have forgotten what life is about and how to be compassionate and understanding of others. It does not matter where we live or anything else about who we are as an individual because we are all human beings. I guess the reason I mention this is because of all the people that are being disrespectful of other people and their rights to live their life how they see fit by refusing to get vaccinated. It enrages me when people use their rights to “freedom” to not get vaccinated because this has nothing to do with freedom and more to do with staying alive!

Thank you for visiting my site today! I hope you have enjoyed what I have shared and it resonates with something you are feeling. Of course, I am looking forward to reading your wonderful comments and I will respond as quickly as I can! I know I voice my thoughts on COVID a lot, but it is because the more people that get vaccinated, the greater our chances will be to live what used to be a normal life. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, support, comfort, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Finally, Hello Weekend!

Happy Friday y’all and let us welcome the weekend back again! How did your week go? I do not think I will ever understand how a short week always feels so much LONGER! Logically, most would think that a week with four days would be shorter and easier, but that is never the case. I am sure everyone agrees with me and is SO happy about the weekend. Y’all are going to be surprised, but we do have plans for the weekend! We are going to the mall to look at the ring I want for our ten-year anniversary. Of course, we will do this in a safe manner by wearing a mask and disinfecting everything! Do y’all have plans for the weekend?

As we say “hello” to the weekend and “goodbye” to the week, we need to try doing what we can to enter the weekend in a positive and happy mindset! I want to take this moment to remind y’all that life is short and we only get one chance to live our life the best we possibly can. There is not a pause or rewind button on life and there are no so overs. I am sharing this quote to serve as a kind wake-up call for this. Once we discover who we are, we need to be the best person we can be. It is also crucial to be satisfied and happy with who we are. Life is not always about making everyone else happy, although that is important, we are not going to be able to make anyone happy if we are not happy with ourselves. I am guilty about being a people pleaser and putting everyone else’s needs and wants above my own, but I am trying to do better about this!

Over this weekend, I will encourage you to do things that bring you joy, but to do so in a safe manner. Unfortunately, we are not out of the woods with the pandemic and there are still too many new cases daily. For reasons I will never understand, people view the news and see the science to back up the dangers of this virus and still refuse to get vaccinated. There are no logical reasons to not get vaccinated because it has been approved by the FDA and it is saving lives! If you have not been vaccinated, I am begging you to do so!! Those that continue refusing to get the vaccine are the problem and they are killing others. The virus and vaccine are not political, but it is a sense of urgency!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed the quote I shared and truly hope my pleas for you to get vaccinated are heard and felt. I do not have a way to force people to do the right thing, but I will continue urging everyone to get vaccinated and wear a mask! I know some will disagree with me on what I have written, but I do still encourage your comments, which I will respond to as soon as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Pick Me Up Thursday

I have always thought viewing Thursday as Friday eve was a little more positive, but would love to know what you think! Of course, Thursday is always going to be much closer to Friday than Monday was, which is great! I hope your week has been great and you are staying safe. Like always, my days are always busy and I prefer it to stay that way because it makes the days go much faster. I know not everyone likes their workdays to be busy, but everyone has their reasons. Do you like for your workday to be busy or slow? I am just curious because I only know my husband likes his worknights to be slow and it does not make sense to me.

So much goes on throughout the week and sometimes things make it harder to tolerate issues that are even a little annoying. I think that by Thursday or Friday eve, we all need a little pick-me-up to help get us through the last day of the long week! Things are always going to get in our way, but it is so important that we never allow those roadblocks to getting in the way of what our destiny holds. No matter what anyone else says, we all have the power to do remarkable and amazing things! All of us face different challenges in life, whether it be health, family, employment, or any other issue we fall into and we find a way to make it through them. Personally, I think dealing with any type of hardship with strength shows pure determination, resilience, and a sense of perseverance! Even though I might have just rambled on, I would love to know what you think and promise to respond to your comments as quickly as I possibly can!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site today. I hope your week is going well and you are trying to do what makes you the happiest. I know I always mention staying safe with COVID, so I hope you are doing that. I do not want to continue saying the same thing in every post because I am sure that gets a little obnoxious, but I hope you know I do it because I care about you and your wellbeing! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Inspirational Wednesday

The good news about today is, we are halfway through the week and that is much closer to the weekend! How has your week been so far? Even though I am sure you are looking forward to the weekend, I hope you are having a wonderful week. Wednesday is one of the best days in the week because it means we have already made it through the first half of the week and there is not much left. I think it is best to look at things on the bright side because it could always be worse, heck it could be Monday!

Even though we are closer to the weekend, we do still have a couple of days in the week left and might need a little inspiration to push through the remaining days. The reason I decided to share this quote is that I find it inspiring to not give up on my dreams. There are many things I want to accomplish in my lifetime, but sometimes get discouraged. The bad part of that is, I am the one putting the discouraging thoughts in my head. I think there are times when we can be our own worst enemy because we are often more critical of ourselves than anyone else is. The lesson in that is we must learn to believe and love ourselves. I mean seriously, who can believe in us if we are not able to believe in our abilities?

I know not everyone agrees with me about how serious COVID is or how important it is to wear masks and get vaccinated, but I feel the science behind this is urgent. Some people might think that wearing a mask and getting vaccinated is not needed because they might feel the virus is not true and does not help. With that said, I would like to ask anyone that does not think this is important if they think it is important to wear a seatbelt when they drive their cars. Wearing a seatbelt reduces the risks of death, just like wearing a mask and getting vaccinated may reduce the risk of death! As of now, there have already been over 620,000 death in the United States because of COVID. I think and maybe I am wrong, but these deaths could have been avoided!

Thank you for visiting my site today! I hope you found the quote I shared inspiring and it helps you get through the rest of the week. I do look forward to reading your comments, which I will respond to 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

COVID, Masks, and Vaccines!

I am sure everyone is as tired of hearing about the virus, the variants that came to fruition from the virus, and the vaccines that have been available for several months, but this continues to be a massive issue in the United States. Neither the virus nor the vaccines are a political statement. COVID-19 and the vaccines are not Republican or Democrat, and they do not discriminate. The virus that has spread throughout the world does not care what the color of someone’s skin is, who they worship or love, their ethnicity, where someone lives or is from, their age, or anything else, and has already killed over four million people worldwide. Unfortunately, these numbers will only continue to rise until everyone does what is necessary to end COVID!

The crazy things I have heard people say recently are they will not get the vaccine for religious reasons or think the vaccine should be a personal decision and not mandatory, they cannot find the time to get the vaccine, and masks are taking away their freedom. None of these illogical thoughts make any sense to me. For starters, masks are NOT taking away anyone’s freedom but are saving lives. Also, the vaccine is completely FREE, and it does not take long to get the shots, so 15-20 minutes is worth it to keep living.

There are very few religions that are opposed to vaccinations. The reason why some religions are opposed to vaccinations is due to things the vaccines are made from, but the COVID vaccine is not made of any animal-based ingredients. Christian scientists tend to turn down vaccines because they have a belief in the healing through prayers, which means they believe prayers can have the ability to cure diseases and illnesses. Unfortunately, no amounts of prayers are stopping COVID from taking a person’s life.

The Dutch Reformed Church does not have an official standpoint on the COVID vaccine, but many of the members are opting out of the vaccination. These people believe that vaccines will interfere with their relationship with God by making them less dependent.

I was very apprehensive about getting the COVID vaccine, but it was out of fear of possible interactions with the Gilenya I take for Multiple Sclerosis. I remember years ago when the flu vaccine was available and was a live vaccine and frowned upon with Gilenya so I never got the vaccine and luckily never got the flu. Despite what was said at the beginning of the pandemic, COVID is a lot different than the normal flu and a lot more deadly. Of course, with the COVID vaccine being new there was not a lot of information available and even the manufacture of the Gilenya was unsure if the vaccine was safe for me to get. I did not wait for approval from my neurologist or the manufacture to get the vaccine and thankfully, it did not have any of the interactions I was fearful of.  Unfortunately, six months after getting the vaccine, my bloodwork showed that I did not have any antibodies for COVID so masks are a must for me, but I still do not regret getting the vaccine because maybe the vaccine was protecting me in the beginning. Plus, those that are fully vaccinated and got COVID had less severe symptoms.

No vaccine is 100% effective, but the Pfizer vaccine for COVID is 95% effective. Moderna is 94.1% effective and Johnson & Johnson is 85% effective with COVID. I would say that even an 85% effectiveness is better than nothing at all. The vaccine may keep people protected for a few months and it loses it protection meaning another vaccine may be necessary. With so many people continuing to decline getting vaccinated, the virus is only going to continue to mutate creating more variants that are going to be even more deadly and possibly resilient to the vaccine.

I do think one of the major issues with the virus and the vaccine is ALL the misinformation and lies that are being spread on social media and from ignorant people. This is dangerous for the health of all humans and needs to end. Masks will NOT cause health issues but will prevent the spread of COVID and end more variants from starting. Wearing a mask will NOT only keep you safe but keep others safe if you are infected with COVID because you are asymptomatic.

With children going back to school, there have been a lot more kids and teachers getting sick with COVID and ending up in the hospital. Thankfully, my husband and I do not have two-legged children because I do not think I would feel comfortable with my child going to school. Many parents are fighting requirements for their children to wear a mask, but then do not want their child having remote learning. I think it is crucial to keep the children and teachers as safe as possible. I think what some parents do not realize is, their child follows their example. The parents that are causing violence in meetings with the staff and other parents at their school and acting with no regards to human life are setting the worst example. The truth is, children are our future and when they are only seeing bad behavior, what does that do to the future of our country? The children are not able to fully understand the seriousness of this virus and do not comprehend the importance of masks and social distancing. Children must be at least 12 to get the vaccine, so those under 12 are at a higher risk.

I do understand that there is no way to change someone’s mind about getting vaccinated, but I can at least try providing these people with a logical explanation about the importance. The only person I can control is myself, so I will continue wearing a mask and will either get a third shot of the COVID vaccine or a booster when it is available. The one thing we all can work together on is ending the spread and further variants of this extremely serious virus. Part of me thinks that our new normal is wearing masks anytime we leave our homes and disinfecting anything that enters our homes. It might not be a great way to live, but it will provide some sort of comfort and safety.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I do hope the information I have shared has enlightened you to the gravity of this virus. I will urge you to get vaccinated if you have not already so we can END COVID sooner rather than later. I care about human life, which is why I will continue to do what is necessary to keep everyone safe and alive. I am looking forward to reading what your thoughts are on the information I provided in this post and promise to 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