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Catching-Up-and-My-Favorite-ThingsWOW, it feels like it has been forever since I did anything in the blogging community! While I was on my much needed vacation with my husband last week, I took a short break from doing anything involving a computer. The two of us went to my happy place, the BEACH, not only to celebrate my birthday, but also our 8 year wedding anniversary ❤. We had an amazing time together and had absolutely beautiful weather! It was so great being far away from the stresses of work and be able to just sit back listening to the ocean waves! I honestly find the sight and sounds of the ocean 🌊, while reading a great book to be the best way to relax and refresh!

I am very far behind on reading all of your posts, which I already know are fantastic. its-been-a-whileUnfortunately, I do have to work the weekend so I can’t say I will be able to catch up, but I will still try.

Considering I have been away for almost 2 weeks now, how have y’all been doing? I hope you are feeling well and your month has started off great! October is beautiful and my favorite month, which I am not just saying that because it is the month I was married in. I have always enjoyed the change in weather during October. Normally it isn’t too hot and not that cold, it is just right! Sounds kind of like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but yet so true! Of course the southern states are not always on the same page with my thought process and it was in the high 90’s ☀ for the first week of October, but thankfully over the weekend the temperatures are going to drop! It is crazy though because when I say the temperatures are going to drop, I mean drop more than 20 degrees in one day!

Like I already stated, my husband and I had a wonderful vacation. Of course it wasn’t long c620x376enough and it was painful to return to work. The insane thing is we didn’t get home until the early morning hours and I had to work that day. I was so exhausted; nothing bothered me at all because my mind was still at the beach and maybe I was half asleep still. Of course things not bothering me only lasted half a day and I will tell you more about this later. My boss is still the same idiot he has always been!

For my birthday we had a lovely dinner at a restaurant that was oceanfront 🌊! vacation and celebrationConsidering we were at the beach during the off season it wasn’t overly crowded, which was great! Thankfully my husband did not tell the waitress it was my birthday, so I didn’t have to deal with the wait staff singing happy birthday to me and embarrassing me. I do not like to be center of attention and would prefer to go unnoticed! 

The day after my birthday we went to another oceanfront restaurant to celebrate our 8 year wedding anniversary ❤! Back to back celebrations were nice and peaceful! It is so hard to believe we have already been married for 8 years ❤, I mean where does the time go? I still remember the day my husband proposed like it was yesterday and that was 9 years ago!

Sunrise at the beachI don’t know about you, but before last week there were times I was awake at sunrise, but never actually watched the sunrise. Standing out on the beach in the early morning hours watching the sun come up was a beautiful sight and pretty powerful! It really is amazing to watch as the sun slowly makes its way up to shine light on us all around the world! To think the sun I watched come up will also be seen on the other side of the world at some point. 

The weather was so clear we were even able to watch the sunset! The sun sets slowly over sunset at the beachthe horizons and it is quite magical, especially near the ocean! Of course I do think everything is magical and hypnotizing when I am at the beach!

I hope y’all have a wonderful weekend and you are able to enjoy every moment of it. I will be back to my normal routine next week and maybe even some extra surprises. I want to thank you for stopping by my site today and please know that I always appreciate your comments. Please never forget that no matter how busy I am, I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

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Outlets are important!

environmental-writer-300x156Do you have an outlet from the pains that life hands us? I do believe having an outlet can be the most therapeutic thing for anyone, almost like a short escape from reality. It doesn’t matter if you write on a blog and share you deepest feelings with others or if you take time alone to write in a journal about your feelings, it is just important to get those emotions out. Releasing positive and or negative emotions can create so much true comfort!

Obviously y’all know I write on my blog as much as I can, but recently I have started download (5)writing in a journal as well. There might be times when I may not be ready or comfortable sharing how I am feeling with anyone yet and writing these feelings down in private offers me serenity. I find that writing down what is going through my mind at any given time allows me to reread what I am dealing with and gain some perspective. I think that by writing in a journal, I can just be honest with myself and not have to worry about what anyone else thinks or someone trying to tell me how I should feel or how I should cope with my struggles. There are many times that I just wanting to come up with solutions on my own, but then there of course times I do want advice.

I really do enjoy writing on my blog as well because this gives me a chance to not only outletshare with y’all, but also gain some amazing feedback from y’all!! I have told y’all many times before that I am very critical of my own writing, but reading your thoughts helps me in so many ways. I have always dreamed of being a writer and having freedom to write about whatever I want! My ultimate dream is to gain the confidence to write the book I have mulled over for many years. I do believe that if I continue writing on my blog, which I do intend to, I will gain a tremendous amount of knowledge from each of you and about my own skills.  I am very curious about what you consider an outlet. Is writing on your blog, writing in asunrise_music300[1] journal, or do you even consider writing to be an outlet at all?

I also consider music to be an outlet. It amazes me how much passion and meaning can be in just one simple song. I am sure what I take from any given song can be much different that it would anyone else and it might be a lot different than what the writer intended. I appreciate the creativity song writers hold and value what they are sharing with the world.

I am looking forward to reading what you consider an outlet to be and how it has helped you! I am so pleased to say that I do not have to work this weekend, which is allowing me to download (5)do things I really needed to do, like clean the house and rest. I know how crazy that just sounded, cleaning the house and resting seem like they are opposites, but for me being able to get the house nice and clean is a great feeling. Of course all the extra work did create a lot of pain for me, but now I am able to spend the remainder of the weekend resting and preparing myself for another LONG week at work and unfortunately I have to work next weekend!

Thank you for stopping by my site today! I hope you are enjoying your weekend and 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❤

Pick-Me-Up Thursday

163328-Tomorrow-Is-FridayGood morning y’all! I hope you had a wonderful week and you are feeling the best you possibly can🌸! Even though our weeks can cause us stress and additional pain, we always manage to fight through anything to get to the brighter side☀! Y’all know that last week was not that easy for me. There are times when dealing with various personalities can be extremely challenging, but I think it helps to put ourselves in that person’s shoes. Everyone has something they are dealing with and they just need someone to listen to them. Once you show a little empathy🌹, the interaction can become so much images (1)easier!

I am thrilled today is Friday Eve and the weekend🌈 is closing in! I am beyond thankful that I do not work this weekend and have absolutely NO plans! This week work was extremely busy and there was always someone either coming in the office or calling the office with a complaint 🌻. Truth is, what they are complaining about I completely understand and would probably be even more angry than they have been. Seriously, living in the south where it is SO HOT ☀ and not having the air conditioner working is unacceptable and should NEVER happen!

The Pick-Me-Up Thursday quote I am sharing with y’all today is great way to look at life. The reason I find this so amazing is because it almost forces us to look for the positive in any situation we may deal with. when it rains look for a rainbow

First, I want to thank y’all for visiting my site today! I do always appreciate your endless good vibes onlysupport and everlasting kindness! Y’all are beautiful and amazing people inside and out with so much to offer everyone! Second, I wish for a wonderful day for each and everyone of you! Y’all deserve nothing but the absolute best!

No pressure at all, but I would love ❤ to know what you thought about this quote! I know that your thoughts will be fabulous!  Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Chronically Hopeful Award!

ChronicallyHopefulAwardI was completely blown away that the lovely Heather and Dizzy at https://dinosaursdonkeysandms.com thought to nominate me for such a beautiful award. I find both ❤ Heather and Dizzy to be so encouraging and battle MS with nothing but grace! Considering I have been adjusting to working full-time again, blogging has been a little difficult for me. I had actually told myself that I would not be able to do award posts until I had fully adjusted, but this one is very special and holds a place in my ❤heart because I think all of us living with a chronic illness need to hold on tight to hope! I mean, without hope, what do we really have? Thank you from the bottom of my ❤ heart Heather and Dizzy ❤ for this incredible nomination! I do encourage anyone that has not already visited Heather and Dizzy’s site to check it out https://dinosaursdonkeysandms.com, I know you will love it as much as I do! And thank you Pamela ❤ for creating this amazing award for those that are able to have hope for the future!

The wonderful Chronically Hopeful Award has been created by Pamela, “to recognize the incredible people who blog about chronic illness, mental health and disability.”

THE RULES:

  1. Thank your nominator
  2. Recognize Pamela from There Is Always Hope as the creator of this award and link her URL – https://pamelajessen.com
  3. Use the Chronically Hopeful Award logo somewhere in your post
  4. Copy these rules onto your post
  5. Answer your nominator’s questions
  6. Write 5-10 of your own questions (they don’t need to be illness related)
  7. Nominate 5-10 other chronic illness, mental illness, or disability bloggers
  8. Comment on each of your nominees’ latest posts to tell them they have been nominated

Heather & Dizzy’s Questions and my answers:

 1, What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your illness?

 I think the biggest lesson I have learned since diagnosed with MS at age 19 is, life can be painfully difficult, but giving up should never be an option. We are meant to live the life we are living and must always fight with everything we have.

2. If you were a dinosaur, what dinosaur would you be and why? download (4)

This was actually a very difficult question to answer, but I think I would have to say a Pterodactyl because they can fly! I think it would be amazing to have the ability to fly away when you need time alone!

3. What is your most embarrassing moment? 

I know I have had many embarrassing moments, but I have done my best to forget them. One embarrassing moment I haven’t been able to forget is tripping while walking on rocks at the beach. It was a simple accident, but so many people watched it happen.

4. What is your favourite flower?download (3)

My absolute favorite flower is the Stargazer lily. I got married in early October when these flowers were not really in season, but I just had to have them. Thankfully, the florist was able to get them for me! It was probably the only thing that I just had to have for my wedding!

5. What makes you happy? 

There are several things that make me happy. First, my two adorable and very loving ❤ cats bring me so much joy. They can be little terrors at times, but they misbehave in the cutest ways possible! Being able to write also brings me so much joy.

 

❤❤My amazing nominees are: Now, my nominees are in no specific order and I also do not want to add any additional stress or pressure to your life, so please do not feel obligated to participate, I will understand if you choose not to. On the other hand, I do look forward to reading your answers to the questions I have come up with!

https://simplychronicallyill.com/

https://autoimmunewarrior.org/

https://mymsrollercoasterride.wordpress.com

https://fuckms.ca

https://bsingthroughms.home.blog/

https://invisiblyme.com/

https://brokenlifesite.wordpress.com

https://beckiesmentalmess.blog/

https://msichchronicles.blog/

❤My Questions For My Nominees Are:

1, What inspires you?

2. What brings you the most joy in life?

3. What do you struggle the most with?

4. If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?

5. What has been your greatest achievement in the past year?

Thank y’all for visiting my site today! I hope y’all are having a fabulous weekend and you are feeling well. Please, if you have not already visited Heather and Dizzy’s site, check them out if you have the time, I know you will never regret it! Never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

 

 

Crazy week of change!

busy weekY’all may have noticed that I have not been all that active with the blogging community because last week was pretty crazy for me. There were many changes, but they were all positive changes. I often don’t care much for change, but they are going to happen whether we want them to or not. To make life a little easier I decided to just embrace the changes and carry on!

You probably remember that my previous job was not working out for several very valid reasons. The main reason was how expensive insurance was going to be for just myself. images (1)The person that hired me, may he rest in peace, knew why I needed to have insurance, but he never told me how ridiculous the cost would be. I was not necessarily lied to, but I also was not provided with appropriate information. I do not think this experience was all that fair to me, but it is what it is. I guess we live and learn, so there is no reason to dwell on the negative feelings from that experience.

On a much more positive note, Monday I started a new job. In the past I worked as a leasing consultant, assistant manager, marketing manager and a property manager for beauty in changeapartment communities. I have been out of this type of work for many years, but I was able to adjust rather quickly. I guess somethings are like riding a bike! I am working for a nice community and my co-workers so far are great! The entire staff gets along rather well and we are able to have a little fun! Working a full-time job means we are working 40 hours a week. Working 40 hours a week seems like we are at work more than we are at home, so it is important to enjoy what we are doing and our co-workers. It has only been 5 days, but I find the people I work with a little crazy in a good way! The new jobother great thing about this new job is insurance for both me and my husband is far less than it would have been for just me at my previous job. The insurance also will start on July 1st and at the previous job I would have had to wait three months. It will be a stress relief having insurance again!

The car accident I had about a month ago was scary, frustrating, time- consuming, discouraging and sad! My car ended up being totaled and the only good thing about this was what the insurance company paid out for the loss of my car. I was forced to try finding something to replace my irreplaceable car. This was a little emotional because that was the car my husband and I left our wedding in, but we will always have 38b54588f572221f762636ac3fc4671cthose amazing memories. Unfortunately car shopping was a real eye-opener to how dishonest people can be. Thankfully my husband was extremely helpful with this aggravating process. My husband did n great job searching for what I wanted and made sure all my requirements were met! I was able to travel with him a few times times, but he did on his own as well and he even went with his mother to once. I am very thankful for everyone that helped find the right vehicle for me. We did finally find the right one at the end of last week and brought it home late Friday night! I had been awake more than 24 hours and it did a number on me. I am still trying to feel normal and alert. My new car is actually an SUV and it so pretty and I just love it! I wanted a Chevy Tahoe that was a dark grey or black, had a sunroof and heated seats, which the one I ended up with had it all! My Tahoe is an unusually pretty dark grey that just sparkles! Even though I understand this SUV isn’t accident proof, I am thankful it is a lot safer than my little car was.

I am slowly getting adjusted to working full-time, getting enough sleep so I do not get sickdownload (3) and or run rundown and of course the nasty southern heat. Honestly I am not great at the getting enough sleep thing, but I am trying. The temperatures have been very hot, which causes my energy level to be rather low. It is not even summer yet, but it has already been in the high 90’s, which means summer might be more like hell!

I definitely want to try to figure out how to continue blogging while working full-time. I have always heard that when you really want to do something bad enough, you will find a way to do so. I am very behind right now, so please forgive my late responses to what you share and my own site. There are no doubts in my mind that I will get everything figured out and I will be back on schedule!

Beautiful Sunday Morning Quotes and + Beautiful Good Morning Sunday Messages - FreshmorningquotesI hope you are having a wonderful weekend and you are feeling well! I think you already know this, but in case you forgot, I appreciate you taking the time to visit my site! I promise if you leave a comment, I will respond as quickly as I can. With the weekend coming to an end soon, I hope you are able to enjoy what is left 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❤

What brings you happiness?

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

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

What are five things that bring happiness to your life?

The answer to my question is:

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

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

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

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

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

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

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❤