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❤

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Blogger’s Recognition!

moment to recognizeHi y’all, I hope your week is going well so far! I wanted to share this with y’all because I have a long list of  ❤ fellow bloggers that I find absolutely amazing! I am going to have  several posts moving forward so that I can recognize each of them individually because they deserved to be noticed! I do believe that if you haven’t already visited their sites, you will really appreciate what these fabulous people write about.

I am not going in any specific order, so please don’t think one is better than the other sending lots of lovebecause that is far from the truth! Each one I will share with you have their very own special qualities ❤ that I treasure and value! I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Wendi at https://simplychronicallyill.com/. Y’all know that I have been a little down lately due to issues that occurred with my employment, but Wendi always leaves me encouraging comments, which I appreciate so much❤.

As I read her own blog posts, I always find so much inspiration with her very  infectious showing gratitudeand incredibly ❤ kind personality. Wendi is very creative with all of her posts as well and I feel very confident in saying that y’all would love ❤ reading what she shares as well. So many of her posts will bring a smile to your face, I know they do mine!

I hate to say this, but over the last week or so I was losing hope in good and caring people. But during stressful and difficult times, Wendi actually gives me real and true hope in humanity again, which I do appreciate! Iimages (1) truly hope Wendi knows without me even saying it, but I value her and her dear sweet friendship❤!

Thank y’all for stopping by my site today and I want you to know I always appreciate your continued support❤! I truly hope if you haven’t already visited Wendi’s site, you will take a few moments to do so. I promise you will never be disappointed and she will bring some sunshine ☀ to you on even on the cloudiest day☁! Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Fighting to find motivation again

bad daysSometimes things happen in our lives that shake us to our core. It can be terribly difficult to heal from these situations and painfully trying to find the motivation to keep moving on. I have NEVER been the type of person that allows for anything or anyone to keep me down for long because we only have one life to live and must live it to the fullest. Even after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 19, I wouldn’t allow for that to take control and or run my life, so why would I start now?

In recent times something else has happened to me that was not only a complete and total shock, but also incredibly inappropriate. I was let go from my job for the most everything-will-be-okay-just-not-today.jpgabsurd reasons I have ever heard.. My husband and I relocated to a brand new city where I started this new job that I was super excited about. During the course of my employment, even after asking several times I had NO training. The complete lack of training was at no fault of my own, but due to no one knowing the answers to the numerous questions I asked. How wrong does that sound!? It seems like the people I was working for expected me to be psychic, which unfortunately I am not! Any loss is hard to accept, but not understanding what went wrong makes it even harder. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, I did my job to the best of my ability and didn’t deserve for this to happen to me. Anyone that really knows me, knows that I work hard and am good at whatever I set my mind to.

In my rational mindset and heart I know everything happens for a reason, but that feeling lost todaydoesn’t make this any easier to accept. Losing a job has made me feel worthless and like a failure, which logically I know probably isn’t true. Even when I felt terrible, I still went to work. Even living with a chronic illness that brings on many issues, I still work and work hard! The hard truth for me to swallow is people can be so FAKE and more often than not the people who seem kind and caring are the direct opposite. I don’t possess the ability to be anything but who I am and that is NEVER fake! Personally, I am always going to just be who I am, which is a compassionate person to a fault. I am and probably always will be the person that cares more about others needs than my own.

How do you find motivation when your world has been turned upside down? A job dont-get-closure-until-you-move-on.jpgdoesn’t define who I am as a person, but it does make me feel productive instead of the one sulking around the house without any direction. I am a very strong person and I will bounce back to the positive person I was, it might just take time. I honestly think this situation would be easier to accept if there were valid reasons for this my termination, but there AREN’T ANY valid reasons! Many people have already told me this is their loss and not mine because I deserve so much better, maybe once my mind has healed from this I will see it that way as well.

I don’t mean to share a post that is pretty negative, but honestly sometimes writing out my feelings helps for me to heal. Many of y’all, that have been following my blog for a while now, knew something was wrong way shake off everythingbefore I admitted it and I appreciate all the kind and encouraging words you have sent my way. It has only been 4 days, which feels more like 4 weeks, since losing my job and unemployment doesn’t suite me well.

I am trying to take time to heal from this horrible event and focus on things that bring me joy again. There were so many things I wasn’t able to do working full-time, so maybe now is my chance to do more with my life. Y’all know that I had dreams of writing a book that I even already have an outline for. Maybe I can use this time, in between a job search, toHow-to-Stay-Motivated-When-Searching-For-a-Job-1024x512 at least start the book of my dreams. One thing I can say with 100% certainty is, I can not and will not allow what I have gone through to send me into a terrible relapse. you can heal

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by my site today and I do hope y’all have a fabulous weekend! For those of you living out west where I know it is insanely cold, I hope you are able to keep warm and the temperatures improve very soon. I do look forward to reading your comments and promise I will respond much faster than I have been in the past few month. Even though I might be going through a difficult and painful time right now, please know 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!

uess-what-its-friday-eve-chankscats-happy-friday-eve-guys-17457852Good morning y’all! I hope you have had a nice week and you are feeling the best you can. I will be honest with y’all, my week started off absolutely terrible! I am trying to find the positive in the negative thing that occurred, but I am having a hard time with it. I am also trying to remind myself that everything happens for a reason and things can get better.

Thankfully this week is almost over and we will have the weekend to reboot and adjust our mindset, which is something that I really need right now. I think I am still in complete shock from how shaken my Monday made me, but I never let a stumblewill get through it in time. The most important thing I am trying to keep in mind is to NEVER let anyone dull the sparkle I have within me because NO ONE is worth that! I am just dealing with a massive bump in the road, but it isn’t going to stop me from living my life and being successful with my dreams!

Y’all know that I think we need a pick-me-up by Thursday because the weeks can be very draining! The quote I am sharing with you has a lot of meaning for me and I do hope you find it inspiring!doors slam

I definitely feel like one door did slam pretty hard in my face this week, but I will do my it's just a bad day...best to just dust myself off and move on. I am looking forward to reading your thoughts on this quote because y’all always have enlightening insight which I know will be extremely helpful for me. I do promise to respond to your comment as quickly as I can!

Thank you so much for stopping by my site today. Your continued support and understanding is very appreciated! I hope you have a wonderful day and hope your upcoming weekend will be enjoyed to the fullest! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Step outside your bubble!

blowing-bubbles11Do you ever want to step outside your bubble of life and escape to somewhere that is peaceful? Do you ever dream of a place where there isn’t any pain, suffering or struggles and life is easy and full of happiness? I know I feel this way daily and sometimes several times a day.

Those of us living with a chronic illness talk and think about our illness every single day, all day long without a break. We all already kn15344-take-a-break-catow this, but I just wanted to take a moment to remind you that it’s okay and crucial to take a break and focus on things that bring joy to our life. There are times that I don’t even know what brings happiness and comfort to my life anymore because there is so much that goes on in life that makes joy like a foreign object. The second I start feeling less stressed and actually feel at ease, something tragic happens in the world. It hurts my heart that there is so much negative in this world, which is why I do my very best to share positivity with every word I write. My Motivational Monday and Pick-Me-Up Thursday is meant to find-joy-in-your-life-and-bring-joy-to-othersbring you some positive and kindness thoughts, I only wish there was more I could do.

This post is meant to not discuss any illnesses, but only share somethings that I find blissful! Of course I enjoy and absolutely love to write, which is why as y’all already know I dream of writing a book someday! I have heard that writing 30-60 minutes a day can possibly help with writing anlarge actual book, but I do still find that difficult. Of course I have absolutely NO intentions of giving up on my dream and will keep y’all updated on my progression.

Another thing I find relaxing is crocheting! I am almost done with the blanket I started a eyeem-78154485few weeks ago for our love seat. I had already made a blanket we use for our couch, so the one that is almost completed will just be a smaller version of the one on the couch because I like for things to match! In my opinion having two blankets for a living room that match, make things look homey and pretty!

Another thing that I really do enjoy is reading! Honestly I have had a difficult time with this lately because I deal with a lot of fatigue. I am extremely excited for the end of April when one of my favorite authors, James Patterson, will womens_murder_club_book_1-12release his 18th book to The Women’s Murder Club series!! I know that sounds like a violent title, but it really isn’t all that violent and just extremely addictive! I read the first 13 books in this series in a matter of a few months because I was actually reading at my desk at my previous job, but that is our little secret!

Even though there is a lot I worry about with the state of our nation, I do try not focusing 08-kindness-quotes-to-remind-you-to-be-nice-233350501-mssa-1024x683all my attention on this because what can I do about it? Considering there isn’t anything I am able to do to change the world, I will just keep living my life the way I see fit continuing to spread as much love and compassion as I am able to. Over my years I have found that fallen tears do not correct the issues and tend to only cause unneeded stress. I feel that standing up to fight for what I am passionate about is the best and only thing to do!

Thank you for stopping by my site today! I always appreciate your continued support and really love reading your comments, which I respond to as quickly as I can! I hope you have had a very pleasant weekend and 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❤

Holidays Approaching!

enhanced-buzz-31796-1387830656-36-600x450I still can’t believe that December is coming to an end so soon and the holidays are quickly approaching us. I know this year has been pretty busy for me and there have been many changes, but it seems like we just celebrated the start of 2018 last week. Where did the year go?

I do think many people look forward to the holiday seasons because it gives an amazing opportunity to spend time with ❤ family and possibly friends, relax a lot more, enjoy life a477x246_holidays_closedjpg little and of course the time off from work is pretty fabulous! My office is actually closed the entire week of Christmas and doesn’t reopen until January 2, 2019! I have never experienced such generous time off from an employer for the holidays before and I must say I absolutely ❤  LOVE❤ it!

I realize on the other hand there are many people who dread the holiday season for their own personal reasons. Even though it has been many years now, there are some loses 3 snowflakes with namesthat still feel very fresh years later for myself and my family. It has been nine years since my husband’s dearly loved ❤ grandfather passed away, five years since my ❤ grandfather who I idolized passed away and four years since my husband’s loving ❤ grandmother passed away. Those that have passed away will live on in our hearts ❤ and souls for an eternity. Not only will we miss them with every breath we take, but 872989bc7fbe00c87e1318785e86011ewe will always stand true to honor their memories of ❤ love, courage, compassion and inspiration for as long as we possibly can. I know that I am not alone when I say this, but I would give anything to have just one more minute with any or all of these loving souls. The joy that would be felt from hearing their voices or a simple hug one last time would be priceless and cherished. 

I do think it is natural to remember those we lost even deeper around the holidays, butremember those in Heaven we should all also still remember to rejoice with the family we are still able to spend these days with. The funny thing is, we do not get to choose our family because they are just given to us and we must learn to accept them with their amazing qualities and even their flaws. I mean seriously, no one is perfect and we all have our own faults that may drive other crazy, so we really can’t judge another for similar situations!

Life is way too short to allow for any silly little altercations to break families apart, but sadly I do believe this happens far too often. I can admit that I have held onto hostility and anger with some in my own family for much too long. With the harsh realities that they won’t be here forever makes me try letting go of those unpleasant feelings and find neutralwhere there is love grounds. I know I have said this before regarding other issues, but we are all different and have our own uniqueness to us. I guess I believe that all of our unique behaviors and outlooks are what makes us special and like no other!

There are many wonderful things we experience with the holidays, but it tends to make me a little sad. I miss those that are not with us anymore, but I do appreciate the family I have with me still. The way I am able to make it through the holidays with limited tears is I always have to continue reminding myself that those we have lost and still with us in heart, mind and spirit and that they are not living with pain any longer.

Every year I always feel that Christmas has lost its true meaning. The stores are always full of shoppers spending money Christman is morethey might not have and buying products just because they are a hot commodity.  I feel that Christmas should be more about family and less about buying gifts! There are no gifts that can take the place of our loved ones. There are way too many people who struggle just to put food on the table and have a roof over their heads, while others rush the stores. In my job now I hear really sad stories that break my heart. Just yesterday we were working with a single mother that was going to be homeless today. Myself and two of my co-workers, one of which being my boss,  were trying to find a place that could offer her a roof over their heads and shockingly most were already full and might not be able to help until mid January. I was so sad for her and her 6-year-old child to suffer like this so close to Christmas. Thankfully, we did find an extended stay for them to go to, but I was still shaken by this. This poor little girl will wake up Christmas morning not expecting gifts under the tree, but wanting a bed to sleep in and food to eat.

Thank you so much for visiting my site today! I know this post was little longer than what I normally post, but the holidays get me a little emotional. I am looking forward to reading your thoughts and I do promise to respond as quickly as I can! I hope you are feeling well and your weekend has started off wonderful. Please know 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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Giving my thanks!

happythankfulGood morning y’all! I hope your week has started off well and you are feeling the best you can!

Today is day two of my acknowledging what I am thankful for and actually writing it down! I am beyond thankful for our loving and hilarious cats. We have had one of our sweet fur babies for 13 years❤. Chloe has sweetness and sass to complete her unique personality but, you just can’t help but love her! Chloe can actually tell where I am hurting and feels that if she lays where I am in pain it will make it go away, which sometimes it does!

Our other sweet fur baby, Sundance, we have had for about 3 years. We were luckyCats enough to be able to adopt this ball of love ❤ and joy after his original owner sadly passed away. This little boy has the sweetest personality I have ever seen and would never hurt a fly. He only gets a little testy when I brush him, he absolutely HATES being brushed, but it isn’t an option for him!!

It is one of the most adorable things to walk in a room and see these ❤two cats cuddling with each other.We never in a million years would have thought Chloe would 20180210_101739 (1)allow another cat close enough to her in order to cuddle, but she has taken quite the liking to Sundance. Chloe even allows Sundance to give her LOTS of kisses ❤ on her little head! Their personalities are much different from one another, but their love ❤ for each other and my husband and I is endless!

It is very comforting to take time out of each day to reflect onto my life. Then to think of everything that is in my life that I would not be me without! It is crazy to look at how the smallest things in our lives, can make a huge difference daily in the big picture!

If you saw my post yesterday, my goal is to take a moment each day to write down at least one thing I am thankful for. I am hoping that y’all will try doing the same and maybe share with me a few things you are thankful for! At the end of this week, after I share one thing I am thankful for each day with you, I am going to take time to really reflect what are you thankful for todayback on what I wrote and hold onto those things. Some of the things I am thankful for have really surprised me, but I will get to that in a later post!

I want to thank y’all for visiting my site today. I always appreciate your time and your amazing comments, which I try to respond to as quickly as I can! Please let me know something that you are thankful for as I am sure it is fabulous! I hope y’all have a great day and you are feeling the best you can. Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤