Pick Me Up Thursday!

kitty friday eveHappy Friday Eve y’all! I hope your week has been great and you are feeling the best you possibly can. I have almost made it through my first week at my new job and it really hasn’t been all that bad. I can say that it is much better than the miserable job I can from. This job is a whole new experience for me and I know I8-boss.jpg need to be patient. In my mind, I should be able to know everything after one day, but logically that just isn’t possible. I am glad to have a desk job now and do not have to worry about walking around a lot, which only causes me more pain.

With the holidays approaching us quickly and only one more day left before completing my first week, I could definitely use a little pick me up! The quote I am sharing with y’all today is powerful and I hope it helps lift you up!life-changes-quotes-change-is-painful-1543619239

Even though change can be difficult, without change we really are not growing. We actually need to allow ourselves to accept change and spread our wings and fly to spread-your-wings-and-fly-kathleen-sartorisamazing new things life has to offer us. There isn’t anyone that wants to stay in place that brings nothing but stress and negativity! I stepped out of my comfort zone when I quit my last job, when I didn’t even have another offer yet and things worked our for the better!

I want to thank y’all for visiting my site today. I am looking forward to reading what you positive vibesthink about the quote I shared. I also want to thank each of you for all your encouragement as I made changes to my career path and as I try pursue my dreams of being a full-time writer, someday! I hope you have a wonderful day and your weekend will be full of happy times. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Motivational Monday!

new-monday-new-week-motivational-gym-quotesHappy Monday y’all! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and you are ready for a new fabulous week! I am starting my new job today, so I am a little nervous, okay I am a lot nervous! It is just jitters from not knowing anyone and learning something new and I am sure the jitters will end after a short time. Changes are always nerve-wracking, but it is also needed!

I found a wonderful quote to start your week off on the right foot and I hope you like it!weightloss-quotes-michael-jordan-1564154654.png
We all feel like we are running into a wall at times and it is SO important to find a way through it or go around it! Y’all know how awful my last job was and how incredibly look-on-the-bright-side.jpgnegative it was, so I made the change to something new that should be much better! We are at work more than we are at home and working in a hostile work environment is SO unhealthy and not worth it. It takes a lot of determination to quit a job when you do not already have an offer and stay on top of the search!

I hope your week starts off great and only gets even better! I just want to say, please do not ever let anyone bring you down, you deserve better than that! More than likely they are so unhappy in their life they just want everyone positive mondayto suffer with them so we just can’t let it happen that way! I am looking forward to reading your thoughts on the quote I shared. I promise to respond as soon as possible, which is going to be when I get out of work. I also promise to share with y’all how my first day at the new job went! Never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of                 love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

I also want to give a HUGE shout out to a fellow blogger, Holly for helping me so much while I try getting into freelance writing! Holly is an amazing person with a huge heart ❤!!! Holly has her own blog she maintains and I love reading her posts. If you have time, I think you would love her as well! https://returnofconflictgirl.wordpress.com/

Oh yeah, when you have time please check out the amazing books written by Emma!!

Very random thoughts!

life-is-like-a-roller-coaster-it-has-its-ups-and-downs-but-its-your-choice-to-scream-or-enjoy-the-ride-quote-1There are many times when life feels like a roller-coaster that has fallen off the tracks. It seems like one bad thing happens, just to be followed by another and it ends up turning into a vicious cycle of events. Often times you are just getting through one of lives difficult event when something else comes up. It is hard to catch your breath, but you are also forced to keep going.

We have all heard people say that life is short, but is it really? I have always believed that everything in our life happens for a reason and we may never know what those reasons are, but they are there. I think our story was written way before we were even born and we are just here to play the part.

It kind of seems like I have lived a year that was full of changes, some were good and 4others were not. I have no regrets about moving to a new area with my husband and two cats. It was a good choice and I do not miss the area we moved from. The move was a new chapter in our lives and it is not complete yet!

I have always known that you can’t run away from your problems because they will always follow you, no matter where you go. I am not saying there are any problems in my household, but I can’t go anywhere to hide from the pain caused from Multiple Sclerosis or the stress that seems to go everywhere I do. Stress is just something that has been a burden on my mind and haunted me for years.

maxresdefaultThere are many times I think about a place that has less pain and is stress-free. I find the beach to be a magical place where my pain seems to be less and stress is not welcomed and is blocked from the beach! I think the sound and smell of the ocean clears the mind and lightens to burdens to the soul. What do y’all think?

Y’all already know that I left my previous job a few weeks ago and do not start my new job until Monday. This did give me a break from work and allowed me to recuperate 06e6cb98-9eac-4eb5-a6c4-26efd7cde98c_logofrom that job because it really was a terrible place to be. The job was full of negativity and ended up being a very hostile environment. During my time off I was able to reunite more with something I am truly passionate about. I have made the decision to try getting into freelance writing. I know it is going to be a lot more difficult because I will be working full-time, but I will still put forth the effort. Of course it is going to take me longer to get everything setup, but it is a real possibility and I will make it happen!

Most everything about the job I start on Monday will be very new to me, but I catch onto images (9)things fast. I do not see it as be a difficult job, but hopefully it will be a great new adventure. There was a time I was very naïve and thought all people had good intentions, but as I have gotten older I know this isn’t always true.Don’t get me wrong, I know there are many wonderful people out there, but with some it isn’t easy to know if their intentions are good or if they plain evil hiding behind fake sincerity. I plan to go into this new job with my eyes wide open and no real expectations, good or bad. I guess if I do not have any expectations for the new job, I will not be disappointed!images (7)

So this is my last weekend before starting to work full-time again. I thought it would be best to get plenty of rest to prepare for next week, so I have not done much of anything! Either today or tomorrow I need to go to the grocery store to get a few things so I can make my lunch for the week. I think I am going to try to start eating healthier and think it will make me feel better all around. We are also getting our new kitchen appliances deliver on Saturday, so I can try cooking dinner more than we eat fast food. It has been over a year since we had a stove and surprisingly enough, I am SUPER excited about it!

smileI hope you are enjoying your weekend so far and you are feeling the best you can. I am still planning to keep my same schedule of posts and continue to try doing additional ones, but it might take me a little longer to respond to comments. We are approaching winter and it is already pretty chilly where I live. The craziest thing is, I actually grew up in the north where there are very cold and snowy winters. I guess living in the south for 20 years has made me forget what cold really is! Now when I say it is getting colder where I live, I think low 50’s is cold!  

Thank you so much for stopping by my site today. This post was kind of all over the positive vibesplace, but I guess I just have a lot on my mind and writing about it helps! I do hope you leave a comment because I love reading what your thoughts are on everything. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

Let It Go Friday!

imagesHappy Friday y’all! How was your first week of December? I think I am still lost as to what happened to this year! I mean, come on time is on super charge! I swear I have been hearing Christmas songs for weeks now! What happened to waiting until after Thanksgiving to start anything with Christmas? I did spend the most of the week waiting patiently, okay let’s face it I wasn’t that patient for my background check to be clear from a state I haven’t lived in or even been to in 20 years! Thankfullywelcome friday, the background came back late Thursday afternoon and just like I told the recruiter, I have absolutely nothing on my background check, not even a speeding ticket! Good news is, I am starting the new job on Monday!!! I would have never thought I would be looking forward to going to work.

Today marks the day we made it through another week! Now we can cleanse our minds from any negative emotions and start again with nothing but positivity! Letting go of disappointments, sadness, negativity and frustrations will benefit us in many ways!

seek-respect-not-attention--it-lasts-longer--1I do believe we all have dreams of something we want to do, accomplish, go visit somewhere we want to see and anything else you can think of. Sometimes, we have to fight twice as hard against our thoughts that are trying to hold us back. Being held back could be due to our lack of confidence, which we can correct I find the quote I am sharing with y’all today very encouraging and I plan to never give up on the dreams that are close to my heart! 

Let me ask you one question, what is one of your most desired dreams? Do you have any plans on how to make your dream, become your reality? I guess it shows that I am a planner, which I sometimes go a little overboard. The truth is I might also be a bit of a control freak and planning is the positive-vibes.jpgonly thing I have control of. 

I hope you have a good day and your weekend will start off incredible. I am looking forward to reading your comments and learning what your most desired dream is. I am finally starting my new job on Monday, so I might be a little slow with reading and commenting on posts. I don’t think it is going to take me long to adjust, but I wanted to give you a heads up. Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

I have a few books that I would like to share with you. I believe I already told you about these books before, but as Christmas is near wanted to share them with you again. The author of these amazing books is one of my fabulous blogger friends, so I know just how talented she is!! Thank you Emma for your brilliant books!

Happy Thanksgiving Friends!

62751I want to wish y’all a very Happy Thanksgiving! Whether you are spending the day with a large family or smaller family,  cooking a huge meal or just eating or a large meal, or spending the day Images-for-Thanksgiving-2019alone, I hope your day is full of joy and remembering all you are truly thankful for! I know I don’t need to say this to y’all, but when sending love out for the holiday, never forget to send the same  love ❤ and thankfulness to those in Heaven ❤!

I always share a Pick Me Up quote to help y’all get through one last day in the week before the weekend arrives. Even though our work week is shorter due to the holiday I do have a quote to share and hope you enjoy it!796c164c6bd7e51a6297c1a97444ab0c

Thank you so much for stopping by my site today! I look forward to reading your thoughts about this post, but I also do not want you to miss out on spending time with1447355901-wdy-quotes-10 family, so please do not rush to comment! Of course I am curious, what are y’all thankful for? I will tell you I am thankful for all of my fantastic WordPress friends, family, friends and of course my loving cats! I do know that people in Canada already celebrated Thanksgiving, which I hope y’all enjoyed it. For all of you celebrating Thanksgiving today, I hope your day is filled with lots of love ❤ and joy! I hope y’all never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Good holiday gift idea!

 

 

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

images (7)November is Alzheimer’s Awareness month and is a very in-depth illness that affects many people around the world. This illness is a progressive, degenerative disorder causing the brain cells to waste away and in time die.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, which is a continuous decline in thinking, behavior, and social skills that disturb a person’s ability to function images (11)independently and contributes to 60-70% of all the cases. The numbers of those affected by Alzheimer’s are staggering. 5.5 million people of all ages, 5.3 million being 65 and older battle with this illness. Sadly, 200,000 individuals that are younger than 65 years old, deal with early onset Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s effects women more than it does men, being two-thirds of people battling with Alzheimer’s are women.

There are 7 stages of Alzheimer’s disease that I am going to explain, just to give you a better understanding of this illness and what the individual and their families go Alzheimers-Stages_Sect3through.

  1. Stage 1 does not involve any impairment. There are no symptoms of dementia or memory loss during this stage.
  2. Stage 2 involves a very mild decline. Minor memory loss can be detected at this stage, which can cause the individual to misplace things. The memory loss can’t be easily distinguished between typical age-related memory loss and memory loss due to Alzheimer’s. At this point the individual can still do fairly well on memory tests.
  3. Stage 3 consists of a mild decline in cognitive issues. Not only are changes in cognitive functions noticed by physician, but memory tests are affected more so. The difficulties at this stage include: finding the right words during a conversation, organizing and planning, remembering names of new acquaintances and or frequently losing personal possessions.IMG_4333
  4. Stage 4 shows a moderate decline and clear-cut symptoms are apparent. The difficulties during the stage include problems with simple arithmetic, poor short-term memory such as remembering what they had for lunch, irritability to manage finances to pay bills and forgetting details about their own life.alzheimers-disease-infographic
  5. Stage 5 begins to show a moderately severe decline in cognitive functions. Even though the individual can normally still function independently, they may start needing assistance with daily activities. The challenges may include difficulty dressing appropriately and or an inability to remember details about themselves such as their address and phone number. The person usually still knows family members and some personal history details. Although memory continues to be an issue, long-term memory such as childhood and youth is less of an issue.
  6. Stage 6 is at a point of severe decline and person needs constant supervision. The obstacles at this stage include confusion or unawareness of surroundings, unable to recognize faces, but can recall closest friends and family, loss of bladder and bowel control, major personality changes and behavior problems, require assistance with activities of daily living like toileting and bathing. At this stage wandering may become an issue, requiring one-on-one supervision.Fotolia_94382271_Subscription_Monthly_M
  7. Stage 7 is the final stage and the most severe decline occurs. There are a few complications involved with stage that include lose ability to communication or respond, the person has no insight to their condition, may utter only words or phrases, assistance with daily activities is needed and unfortunately death imminent.

When dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, there are various symptoms a person may experience. Of course each person will experience this illness in different ways, time lines and severities. Now, please allow me to explain the symptoms and what can be expected regarding the memory, thinking and reasoning, judgment and decision making, planning and performing tasks and personality and behavior changes.

10_ways_to_love_your_brain_infographicMemory is one of the key symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. It is completely normal to experience memory loss, like forgetting where you left your keys, but memory associated with this disease persists and worsens which affects functions at work and home. Early on a person finds it difficult to remember recent events or conversations. There are a few things one with Alzheimer’s disease may do that are in regards to the functions of memory:

  • Repeat statements or questions
  • Forget conversations, appointments and events
  • Misplace personal items and put them in illogical places
  • Get lost in familiar places
  • Struggle to find the words to identify objects, express thoughts and or participate in conversations
  • In time, forget the names of family and friends1114808.large

The ability of thinking and reasoning becomes challenging. Other things that may become difficult are:

  • Concentrating and thinking
  • Multitasking
  • Managing finances, balancing a checkbook and paying bills
  • Inability to recognize numbers, even their own phone number

Good judgement and decision making becomes even more difficult. This includes, but not limited to the following:

  • Ability to make a logical decision
  • Poor choices with social interactions
  • May wear inappropriate clothing

images (7)Planning and performing familiar tasks become hard to complete. As the disease progresses, routine tasks requiring things to be done in a sequential manner, such planning and cooking a meal, will become difficult. In time people with Alzheimer’s disease may forget how to perform normal daily tasks like bathing and getting dressed and in turn need a caretaker.5798b8071eb46.image

Personality and behavior changes are very common because the changes in the brain can and do affect mood and behavior. Other issues a person may deal with associated with this are:

  • Depression
  • Apathy
  • Social withdrawal
  • Distrust in others
  • Mood swings
  • Wandering
  • Irritability and aggressiveness
  • Loss of inhibitions
  • Loss of empathy
  • Delusion

The causes related to Alzheimer’s disease are not completely understood yet. However, scientists believe the cause is a combination of genetics, lifestyle and environmental factors that over time affect the brain. It is understood there are problems with brain proteins that fail to function normally and disrupt the work of brain cells.

Unfortunately, there is not one single test used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. Doctors will look at the signs and symptoms present, view medical history and rule out any other conditions before they conclude on a diagnosis.

alzheimer-disease-assessment-scale-cognitive-subscale-adas-cog-11-item-lA cognitive test will be completed with the physician. On a cognitive assessment all of the following must be present and severe enough to affect daily life:

  • Gradual memory loss and progressive cognitive impairment
  • Questions that are asked during cognitive are:
    • What is your age?
    • What time is it?
    • What is the year?
    • What is your date of birth?
    • What is the name of the town you are in?
    • Can you recognize 2 people in the room?
    • Name the president
    • Count backwards from 20 to 1

Genetic testing may be appropriate to confirm diagnosis. A gene known as the APOE-04 is associated with higher chances of people over age 65 developing Alzheimer’s.alz-696x464

Currently there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s and the death of brain cells can’t be reversed. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it is important to follow a daily routine. It may also be helpful to be involved with activities and day-care programs and also have involvement with support groups and services.

While there are no diseases modifying drugs available, but there are some options that may reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. Choline Sterase inhibitors are alzheimer-disease-16-638approved for symptomatic relief. The medications are called Donepezil (Aricept), Rivastigmine (Exelon) and Tacrina (Cognex).

There is a lot of help available for the person with Alzheimer’s and their families. You can call 24/7 a hotline 800-272-3900. There is also online help available and a ACRC-Helplibrary of information available at https://www.alz.org/help-support/resources/virtual_library.

Thank you so much for stopping by my site today. I do hope the information I have shared was beneficial. I do look forward to reading your comments and know your insight will be great. Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes.

At the bottom of this page, I have included a few books and other tools that might be helpful if you ever have to deal with this disease!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Final decision made!

1_69WNS6pE9eB__UC5yOr5egThe decision I finally made today took a lot of thought. For some very strange reason, turning in my resignation to my job was a rather difficult thing for me to do. In the past I have always given the proper two weeks notice, but why should I do what is proper when they never did for me? Does this make me just as shallow as those I worked for are or did I just do what was best for my health? Who can really say what is right and wrong? The truth is, everyone has a breaking point when they just can’t take it anymore and in this situation we need to put ourselves ahead of anything else, especially a job! No job is worth it when you are constantly being mistreated and stressed. Music helps my stress in so many ways!

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At this point I feel a sense of relief mixed with worry. Of course I have had several good decision madeinterviews and feel pretty confident one of them will work out, but then I think what if I don’t? I am 38 years old and haven’t ever left a job when another wasn’t a sure thing, but for the first time in my life I decided to put my health first!

I do know and completely understand that things in Corporate America are never 100% fair, but at the same time if everyone is being mistreated in the same way, I can deal much better with it. I know that didn’t sound very nice, but being treated equally is important! I am pretty sure my next job will come with the same issues, but my goodness it can;t ever be as terrible as where I have been at. I should have known something was not right made deicisionwhen I started at the apartment community when everyone that had worked there before left. I highly doubt it was because of new management and way more likely because of the current management! I should have followed what my instincts were telling me! A valuable lesson was learned!

There is a part of me that will miss some parts of the job I just left, but nothing big enough for me to stay there. There are a handful of residents I will miss and I kind of regret not being able to say bye to them. I do not think it will have an impact on their life and yet I do wish them wellness!closed chapter

The funny thing is, I am glad to be closing this chapter of my life and look forward to the next chapter. I am playing the waiting game to hear back from another opportunity, which I am terrible at, but I will be fine! Change isn’t always easy, but it is a necessary thing as well! 

Thank you so much for stopping by my site today. I always appreciate your thoughts on what I have shared and do encourage them! I promise to respond to your comments as quickly as I can. I do hope your weekend has been wonderful 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❤