First post for 2020

1_L8OVc5Qggj8DPGeaf0qd2gIt is the first Saturday of 2020 and I hope your weekend is starting off great. I have managed to start 2020 off with a migraine that just will not ease up. My migraine started while I was at work on Thursday and it was horrible. It wasn’t easy but I did get through the day. I spent Thursday evening miserable on the couch with an ice pack on my head only hoping the pain in my head would ease up. When I woke up Friday morning, I could still feel the pain in my head but forced myself to go to work. Considering I am still new at my job I couldn’t call out sick already, but did end up leaving early. I really hate that I had to leave work early and I 052d3ef283ef864b990f7f19afbb3c5d4d3426-v5-wm-e1578152985171.jpghave only been at my job 3 weeks, but it was something I couldn’t avoid. People always want to ask, “What do you think is causing your migraine?” That is one of the most irritating questions, especially when I am in that kind of pain. The only thing I can think of that could have caused the migraine is it was raining. I do tend to get more headaches/migraines when it rains. Unfortunately it looks like it is going to rain a lot over the next week.

I have been thinking a lot about 4df61b89ef51c17ab4f5d3ee2bc55313what I want for 2020. One thing I am focused on is improving and building my writing skills. Y’all already know I want to get into freelance writing and even though it isn’t going to happen overnight, I will accomplish this goal. I am not rushing this goal because I want to be sure everything is done right. I need to go through the posts I have done over my years of blogging and pick a few of my best posts to add to my writing portfolio. Once I figure out which posts I think might be some of my best, I might ask y’all for your opinions because I do value what you think!

I recently received “365 Writing Prompts” from The Writer’s Digest. I want to try doing we-all-have-the-power-to-make-our-dreams-come-23776174all 365 prompts because I think it will help build my writing skills. I hope that by continuing to blog as much as I can and completing the writing prompts I will be better equipped for a freelance career.

We only have one chance at our life and should always work towards making our dreams come true. Of course there are times when life will get difficult and we might want to give up, but we have to continue to fight for what we want! There will be many times we feel we have failed and just do not want to try anymore. I have said this before but I think it is worth saying again; the only time we truly fail is when we give up. I made a promise to my dear sweet Poppy a long time ago which was I will never surrender to Multiple 16be83960a1c19625588b2fd81f8debbSclerosis and I will never give up on my dreams, I plan to keep that promise to him. We are the only one that can make our dreams come true, no one can do it for us.

This is my first post for 2020 and I plan to continue blogging. I am unfortunately starting 2020 off behind on reading your posts, but I will get caught up and hopefully not get behind again! Working full-time and then battling with migraines does make it hard, but I am determined to get better with it. I want to continue trying to spread positivity and share great content with y’all!make-your-dreams-come-true-quote-2-picture-quote-1

Thank you for stopping by my site today! I hope you are enjoying your weekend and you are able to do what brings you the most joy! Even though I know it isn’t easy, especially when you live with a chronic illness, I hope you hold on tight to your dreams because I know you have the power to make your dreams become your reality! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Happy New Year!!!

Goodbye-2019-Happy-New-Year-2020-greetings-and-wishes-card-915x515Another year has passed us by again and we are ready to embark on a brand new year. I went into 2019 with high hopes for a better year, but unfortunately, it felt like a repeat of 2017 and 2018 with no noticeable changes. Although the logical part of my brain gets over-run by the illogical part, I would like to believe that no change is far better than dealing with any negative changes.

As I think back on how fast the previous years went by, I feel 2019 went by at lete-review.jpgsupersonic speed! I am a firm believer that everything in life happens for a reason, even if we have to dig a little deeper to identify those reasons. All that we face in life happens exactly when it is supposed to and hold valuable lessons.

At the end of 2019, I would like to ask y’all a few questions! I think this will be a fun and interesting way to end the year and discover ways for better years to come! I do look forward to reading your answers and to be fair, I am going to answer the same questions I asked you to!

What were the three best things that occurred during 2019?

  1. I was able to build up the courage and strength to leave a job that brought me nothing logo-retina1but misery before having another.
  2. Even with changes in jobs/schedules, I have still managed to find the time to continue blogging as much as I can.
  3. After being in an accident (obviously not a good thing), I was able to purchase the car I had wanted! It wasn’t lucky to be in an accident that totaled my car, but I was fortunate enough to find exactly what I wanted.

  If it were possible, what are three things you would change about 2019?

  1. After my husband and I moved, I was supposed to have found a new neurologist so I would not have to drive 2 hours to my old one. It has been over a year and I still change.jpghaven’t made an appointment with a new one. I
  2. I know there is not much I can do about this, but I do wish I could change and end all the senseless hatred that has built up in my country, which is causing way too many mass shootings. It is downright insanity when you have to fear a possible gunman being at the grocery store or that latest issue at a church.
  3. If I could change all the dishonesty and corruption in politics, I would and it would possibly bring back democracy.

What are the three worse things that happened in 2019?

  1. During 2019 I had my first accident and it totaled my poor car. The accident was not Bad Time Represents Hard Times And Miserymy fault, but it scared the heck out of me. I am pretty sure as scared as I was; the young kid that hit my car was twice as scared when I got out of my car yelling as I have never yelled before, especially at a young kid (well he was 17 so I am sure has heard worse)!
  2. 2019 was the first time in a long time I had to go without insurance. Going without insurance and having a chronic illness living in the United States can be dangerous.
  3. Another thing that occurred in 2019 is, mass murders were happening so frequently it became normal to see on TV. Even though I saw it all happen through the news, I can’t for the life of me understand why murders were the only way to deal with differences. It is never going to be acceptable to me.

 What are the three accomplishments you had during 2019?

  1. After walking away from one job I hated, I was able to quickly find something else that will hopefully be easier on my health.images (1)
  2. I have taken the steps needed to achieve something I am passionate about, which is trying my hand in freelance writing. Honestly, I still have more to do with getting started, but I plan to have things going further within the month of January.
  3. I have built many friendships in the blogging community that I will cherish forever and look forward to many more in the years to come!

Based on what you learned over the past year, what are the three goals you have for 2020? I decided to ask about goals instead of New Year’s Resolutions. I think resolutions put too much stress and expectations on us!

  1. I have always been extremely hard on myself. I have always been my biggest critic of everything I do. One of my goals is to stop being so hard on myself and quit second-masthead_2020-sustainability-goals-carnival-mobile.jpgguessing myself.
  2. Another goal I have is to build on my writing skills and start a freelance career.
  3. One of my greatest struggles is that I stress about everything. A continued amount of stress causes my health to deteriorate and what good is that doing anyone? I want to focus on relaxing a lot more and stressing a lot less.

Thank you so much for visiting my site today. I am looking forward to reading your answers to the five questions I have asked. I will admit, it took me a while to complete because I had to put a lot of thought into each question.

Happy-New-Year-2020-with-lightsHappy New Year to all of you! I wish for y’all to have an amazing 2020 and all your dreams come true. I am looking forward to another year of getting to know y’all and building fabulous friendships! As always, please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

3 Days Left of 2019

3-daysCan you believe there are only 3 days left of 2019? It seems like a lot has happened over the past year, heck there has been a lot of negative that has occurred over the past 3 years because of some people wanting to create as much hatred as they possibly could.

I do know there are some that would say I am cynical because I tend to blame most of what has gone wrong in the country I live in on one person in particular. Even though I do firmly believe that the president of the United States should not be in the position he is in, I do not think I am being fair blaming it all on him. The president did not get in the position he is in by himself, he had supporters that fitting-in.jpgbelieve ALL of his lies! Sadly it does not matter how many times what he says is proven to be a lie; his followers continue to blindly believe him. I do not think it is a far fetched idea to say that the president is the ruler of one of the worse and most evil cults in my lifetime!

I do try to not get too political with what I write about because it is a hot topic with many. Disagreements regarding different political beliefs cause so many problems between family and friends. Even though I may disagree with the thoughts of other, especially those that support Trump, I do still think we are all entitled to our own opinions. As strongly as I feel regarding the most if not all hot topics, I will never try to change someone’s mind because it is almost like trying to reason with someone under the influence. I mean seriously have you ever tried to talk to someone that is drunk and have that person be logical? It just isn’t plans-for-new-years-eve.pngpossible!

How are you planning to spend the last 3 days of this year? Do you have any fun plans to bring in 2020? I know that there are many people that want to go out “on the town” and celebrate with friends. I guess I am just getting old because I do not have a desire to go out and spend way too much money on alcohol and cover charges. I think it is far safer and reasonable to just bring in the New Year in the comfort of my own home!

Last year my husband and I brought in 2019 at home with our 2 adorable cats and my husband’s aunt and uncle. We had a great time and maybe spent about ¼ of images (1)the cost we would have if we went out. I have always been a little skeptical about large crowds, but recently it has gotten much worse. There have been so many mass shootings over the past few years which have created a complete lack of safety. It is terrible when you do not even feel safe going to the grocery store because there might be someone in there with a gun andmake it part of the dance bad intentions.

Thank y’all for visiting today! It is so crazy when you have so many ideas running through your head at any given time, but you just have to get all those thoughts out there! I hope you are enjoying your 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❤

 

The meaning of Christmas

Christmas-true-meaningPlease forgive me because I do know how incredibly negative this is going to sound, but I feel like the real meaning of Christmas 🎄 has been lost for a very long time. It seems that in 2019 Christmas has become nothing more than another reason to shop, making this holiday that is supposed to have a deeper meaning, all about consumerism.

To me, the meaning of Christmas 🎄 is a time to share love, respect, and encouragement with2ab1aec3c713ae7f7043b02de2f44be9_XL one another and not degrade others. I strongly believe that instead of tearing others down, we should focus on building them up. It is so important to help family, friends and even acquaintances see the strength they have within themselves. 

This is a time we can spend with our families, but at the same time not put too much stress on ourselves. The only thing canvas-family-love-square-small_grande_6bab9f20-040e-4232-a797-a7aa6efd13a8_2048xstress is going to cause is hostility and negative emotions, which can become way too intense and painful. As much as we all want to be able to visit with our family during the holiday season, sometimes life gets in the way making it impossible. No matter the distance between families love is always there and it is never-ending!

To be completely honest with y’all, I have not been in the 🎄 Christmas spirit at all this year. I am not even 100% sure why I have been slightly anti-Christmas this year. I guess it might be because there are always too many expectations that are not only exhausting but unattainable. I am sure many people will disagree with me and want to torture themselves by trying to be in two or three places at the same time.u-g-Q105OKT0

I remember a time that Christmas was astounding and purely magical. I did grow up in the north where there was ALWAYS sparkling snow ❄ covering the ground at Christmas. Heck, there was snow covering the ground on Thanksgiving. A blanket of snow set a picture-perfect vision that allowed kids to go build    snowmen ⛄, create snow ❄ angels, and have snowball fights!

431de0f92642a15a22b28bf3cf19c41bDo you remember what Christmas was like when you were a child? I remember on Christmas Eve being able to open one of my gifts, which were always new Christmas pajamas to wake up in on Christmas day 🎄. I remember putting Christmas cookies and milk out for Santa and putting a few carrots outside for Santa’ reindeer! I can even recall lying in my bed waiting to hear Santa’s sleigh bells ring, so I could run to the window to see Santa, Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Donder, Comet, Cupid, and Blitzen! Viewing life through the innocent eyes of a child can be refreshing and a beautiful thing.

I do sincerely hope the true meaning of Christmas will surface before next December. DMfurNbUQAM2dJMMaybe by December 2020, more can learn to quit carrying hate in their hearts and let more love through those cast-iron walls. I think the world could be a much happier place if everyone would embrace love!

On Christmas, if you were offered any three gifts of your choice and would forfeit any gifts from the future, what would they be? Keep in mind the skies the limit and any wish you make come true. I have listed what my wishes 16be83960a1c19625588b2fd81f8debb.jpgwould be in no particular order.

  1. I wish there would finally be cures for all the illnesses that cause people so many problems.
  2. I wish all the hate in this world cease to exist and make room for love, kindness, and empathy.
  3. I wish no child went without love ❤ and always had food on the table.

Thank you for stopping by my site today. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas 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❤

                                           

Motivational Monday!

new-monday-new-week-motivational-gym-quotesHappy Monday y’all! I hope you had an amazing weekend and you are ready for this new and short week to begin! I am delighted that I have both Tuesday and Wednesday off from work! I mean what a great Christmas gift, two days off work that are paid! Are y’all ready for the upcoming download-6.jpgholiday? I am normally much more prepared for holidays, but honestly, this one kind of snuck up on me and I am anything but ready. I was telling my husband the other night that I have been a little anti-Christmas because I am not able to do as much as I would like for people I care about, but that isn’t what Christmas is meant to be about. So what that I can’t buy my family❤ the things I want to,45-Positive-Quotes-to-Achieve-Your-Goals-That-Change-Your-Life-2 at least we are still alive. Of course, some members of the family that are not here physically, but they will ALWAYS live on in our hearts ❤!

I have a wonderful quote that I want to share to kick start your week off! I hope you find motivation and positive within this quote and I do look forward to reading your thoughts about it!

We all deal with so much every day and somehow we manage to handle it all the best way we can. There have been so many times there was something I wanted to do, but then told myself there was no way I really could do it! That is 513YCzqVJqL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_no way to be because there is nothing we can’t do if we just try and give it our all! Yes, somethings might be a little more difficult than others, but if it is something we want with all our heart ❤ and soul we can do it and then be PROUD of our accomplishment! I guess what I am trying to say is, please never give up on your dreams because someday, your dreams can become your reality!

Thank you for stopping by my site today. I do87108f751752fbc93740613a07d49558.jpg always appreciate your never-ending support and friendship! I hope you have an amazing day to start your week and I hope your week only gets better! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Donations do help!

NMSS_FY20_YE_Interstitial_r1_mobileI think y’all already know that I have battled with this unpredictable, not so fun autoimmune disease known as Multiple Sclerosis for almost 20 years. For nearly half of my life, I have wanted to not only help others struggling with this disease but also do all I can to help find a cure or at least find easier ways to get through this life.

I may not care much for the news because there is hardly ever anything positive being reported on, but I have heard about how awful the treatment of Amazon workers is. Even though I do find it disgraceful for anyone to be mistreated so we can shop, I am also still a guilty Amazon shopper. Although I am sure there are many issues within the company that starts but doesn’t end with the owner’s corruption and poor treatment of employees, at the same time this company has good as well.

Everyone that shops on Amazon have the opportunity to choose a charity they want to download (5)raise money for through Smile Amazon. The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the charity of your choice. I received an email at the end of last week informing me that the charity I chose, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society received $258, 617.47 year to day in donations because of Smile Amazon. Of course, it still upsets me to think that any Amazon workers are mistreated, but I am still thankful for the donations made to a cause so close to my heart. I can only hope 41jnsvmBEML._SY365_BO1,204,203,200_the donations Smile Amazon has made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will help find a cure for this awful disease.

I have been somewhat familiar with The National Multiple Sclerosis Society since being diagnosed all those years ago but recently wanted to know more. I was very interested to find out how this organization began and what more they were doing. I was completely blown away to discover this organization was brought to fruition from one woman full of determination, Sylvia Lawry.download

Ms. Lawry was one of four children to Jacob and Sophie Friedman. While she was in school at Hunter’s College pursuing her law degree, Ms. Lawry’s younger brother Bernard began experiencing visual and balance issues. It was at this time these symptoms were proven to be early signs of Multiple Sclerosis. The family tried for years without success to find a cure for their imagesdear family member. In 1945, the strong-willed and very determined young lady, Ms. Lawry, placed a small classified notice in the New York Times, “Multiple Sclerosis. Will anyone recovered from this disease please communicate with patient.”

Once she received more than 50 replies, Ms. Lawry realized more funds for research, treatment and finding a cause were desperately needed. On March 11, 1946, she pulled together 20 of the nation’s most honored research scientists to form the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.27b889827d7b041c766fd1b5e7ba47fa

As Bernard’s health continued to worsen, she was seeing there were millions of others like her brother that needed help. At this time she gained assistance from Senator Charles Tobey from New Hampshire whose daughter was fighting against Multiple Sclerosis.

Until her dying day February 24, 2001, she continued her war on Multiple Sclerosis. She was a huge loss to the organization, but her legacy will never be forgotten. She did so much to help discover more about this disease and I believe all of us living with Multiple Sclerosis, should always be thankful for this amazing woman!

348sThank y’all for visiting my site today. I hope this post was eye-opening and helpful. Even though we may not be able to help with these causes as much as we would like, if you shop on Amazon or know someone that does, you can set it up so the company will donate portions of your purchase to any charity you want! I hope you have had a lovely weekend and you are ready for the holiday next week. 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!

hang-in-there-it-s-almost-friday-hang-in-there-45702078.pngHappy Friday Eve y’all! I hope you are having a wonderful week and feeling the best you possibly can. This is my second week with my new job. Things are still going well and I am learning a lot, but my goodness I am always so damn exhausted. I do not really know what is causing it, except I am getting up earlier than I was with my previous job and yet still staying up a little later than I should, but who would have thought it would take so much outlook on the bright side of me. I am trying my best to stay caught up with Word Press, but I am so sorry to say I am failing with it. I am too far behind on too many of your amazing posts, but I hope to get caught up over the weekend!

After what seems like a long week, I could definitely use a little pick me up and I hope the quote I am sharing with y’all today will serve as a nice pick me up for you. I read and reread this quote many times and could not decide if it was a pick me up or if it was a negative, but when I read it again last night I think there is a lot of positive to it!martinlutherkingjr1

I will share with y’all why I think there is more positive than negative to this quote. Unfortunately, we will all be faced with disappointment in life at some point, but that does not mean we should give up our hopes for happiness. If we allow for the look-for-something-positive-in-every-day-even-if-some-days-you-have-to-look-a-little-hardedisappointments in life to control us and ruin our life, we will never know what true joy it. Yes, holding onto hope when we are disappointed a lot isn’t easy, but we should still NEVER give up because good things are coming our way!

I want to thank you for visiting my site today. I really appreciate you always being understanding to me always being behind, but you know that I will get caught upsmile because the blogging community is absolutely amazing! I hope you have a truly lovely day and your weekend will be full of nothing but joys and happiness! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤