Let It Go Friday!

happy fridayIt is finally time to say HAPPY Friday y’all! I hope you had a good week and you are just delighted for the weekend! Do y’all have any plans or are you going to just play it by ear? Sometimes I think having plans for a weekend can be like a double edged sword because no matter which way it points, you might still feel obligated to do something, when you really just want to sit back and relax!

It has been a very long week for me and full of things I allowed to get me all stressed out. Logically, I know that all that stress did not fix a thing and in fact it just made me feel even more terrible. Stress can cause pain and when you already live with pain, it is like a double whammy! This is the reason for the quote I am sharing today! let-it-go-quotes-17In my mind I do understand that I have not have much control over what I stress about! It is difficult for someone that wants everything planned out to deal with things I have no control over. Sometimes I think I might be a bit of a control freak and isn’t it funny that I have an illness I have no control over? I have had to train myself to remember that sometimes I just have to throw my hands up in the air and let whatever is meant to happen, happen! Y’all already know I believe everything happens for a reason, so why get all uptight and stressed, right?

share-the-love-eps-vector_csp59691544I hope y’all have a wonderful Friday and the weekend that follows brings you joy! I am hoping to finish two posts I have been working on this weekend and hope you will enjoy them! Thank you for visiting my site today and I do hope the quote resonates with each of you and it brings you peace. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive thoughts! 

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Pick Me Up Thursday!

images (2)We made it through to another Friday Eve! I hope your week has treated you well and you are feeling the best you possibly can! It is amazing how slow the weeks go by and then how fast the weekend flies by. I guess all we can do is appreciate each and every minute of the weekend and not take it for granted. We have no control over life events and the fact tomorrow is not a guarantee should make us thankful when it comes!

The quote I decided to share with y’all as a Pick Me Up is very positive and reminded me of the strength that I do have within. Y’all have that same strength within each of you because we all experience so many challenges each day, but somehow we survive them. c0f8aeefd371b7eb452c8afaaeab0facUnfortunately, it is easy to forget how much determination and strength it takes to get through days that are full of difficult times and possible hardships because it comes to us like second nature. The other day I was talking to a nurse about the pain I deal with each day and how when people that do not know me or what I deal with judge me when they see my handicap parking tag. In the past this would upset me greatly,  but now I just feel bad for those that decide to judge without knowing the full situation because they are really creating a negative environment and missing out on building their knowledge. For my sanity and not allowing people like that to destroy myself-esteem I choose to ignore them and their nasty looks. images (2)

I hope you enjoyed the quote I shared with y’all and I do hope it means as much to you as it does to me! Thank you for taking the time to read my post today and I look forward to reading your amazing comments. I believe your comments add so much to my posts and I value your thoughts and opinions!

Even though Australia has gotten rain to help with the nasty fires, they are still struggling and need our kind thoughts and loving ❤ prayers one hurtsfor their safety. Even though there may not be a lot we can do for those struggling, we can still send them love , prayers for better days, and our well wishes❤.

Here’s to the fact the weekend is almost here! I look forward to days the rude alarm clock doesn’t wake me up and forces me out into the very cold weather we are dealing with! Last week we had days when the temperatures were high for winter, like close to 70 degrees and now we are lucky if it gets above 50. I wish for y’all to have an enjoyable weekend doing the things that bring you the most joy because that is what y’all deserve. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

Poverty in America Awareness Month

National-Poverty-in-America-Awareness-Month-FII am ashamed to admit this, but until recently I did not know January was Poverty in America Awareness Month. I guess the truth is I did not realize how much an issue poverty was in the United States and knowing this now, I wish there was something I could do to help those in need. I think the only thing I can do is help spread the awareness of poverty.

Heartland Alliance is an organization based in Chicago Illinois, opened by the founder Jane Addams in 1988. This fabulous organization is meant to bring health care, hhcs-logo-webhousing, and support to those facing homelessness. This organization was first responders during the Great Depression and assisted with finding homes for those that did not have a home. They also assisted with recovery when vets came home from WW1 and WW2. Heartland Alliance has severed 500,000 people yearly, including refugees, those that were experiencing homelessness and chronic illnesses and those in sheer need of justice.

Heartland Alliance helps those falling on hard times by focusing attention on 6 f164b6ae93880c29333fddbba202c248fundamentals that will help for a successful outcome.

  1. Housing– A home offers people with safety, stability, and comfort, which can also give success with education, employment and create a building on wealth a viable goal. Five years ago in 2015, 38% of renters were burdened with rent and 17% were severely burdened with rent. This can mean these people were barely able to make their rental payments and still provide food on the table. Emergency, transitional, and permanent housing support is just one step towards an individual’s success.
  2. Health– Sadly enough, low-income Americans are higher risks to have heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other chronic conditions in comparison to higher-income Americans. The poor health of an individual only further contributes to a reduction of income creating a vicious cycle that is difficult to get out and alsopoverty1 known as the health poverty trap.
  3. Education- The best-case scenario for many American’s is they have at least $1,000 in a savings account and the worst-case scenario is they have ZERO in a savings account. To end poverty, Americans need to be able to build and not simply and barely live paycheck to paycheck. Heartland Alliance offers programs connecting people with the resources and education on how to not only build but maintain a savings account they had never been previously offered.
  4. Opportunity- People are impacted by poverty when trying to get employment. Many people are forced to stay in a job where they might be mistreated, feel unsafe or are being taken advantage of.

Helen-Poverty-TWUnfortunately, individuals without access to fair employment can fall further into poverty. We all already know that income for work provides the means for necessities in life. Society should never force people to choose between their dignity and a paycheck, they should be a given right.

  1. Safety- It is downright sad that poor households nationwide suffer higher rates of violence. When the underlying quality of life is made better, the insurance of an adequate life free of poverty and violence is much more likely.
  2. Justice- The fight or economic justice and quality has been going on for years. Many 77967bc219dea43fc0448e88bb29802e--homeless-kids-homeless-sheltersprograms assist in this fight which includes ACLU- American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Southern Poverty Law Center, etc.

The NAACP, Legal Defense, and Educational Fund was founded in 1940 and served as the country’s first eve civil and human right legal organization. The founder of this organization was none other than Thurgood Marshall. This was during a time when that nation’s yearning for equality was being ignored due to the widespread amount of racial inequality.

I am going to share a few programs that were created to reach out to those in need.

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Provide Food, Shelter, Counseling and Support:

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Poverty in America Awareness Month_social mediaThe NAACP Foundation the best they can ensure that every person is treated fairly and is extended opportunities without race, gender, creed, religion or sexual orientation considered. The foundation will provide all children to equal quality education for academic success and will have the means to become productive individuals in society. The NAACP Foundation utilizes the Association’s Scholarship Program to promote higher education. This scholarship program acts to eliminate the roadblocks many of the youth faces today.

There are several scholarships available to those interested and qualify for. The NAACP_logoscholarships include Earl G. Graves, Agnes Jones Jackson, Historically Black College and University Scholarships and the Hubertus W.V. Willems Scholarship. The scholarships have awarded over $600,000 to students, which have helped with combating the cost of college that are on a steady increase. More than 300,000 young people have benefited from these scholarships since 1977.

I believe that in 2020 something must be done to lower or eliminate the number of individuals living in the United States of America in poverty. In the list of wealthiest countries, the United States falls at 12. It would seem our poverty rate would much lower than it is, instead of having 40.6 million American’s trying to survive poverty.

We might all just simply say, “What can I do to help this devastating issue?” Some maybankex 1 just try to turn their head when we see a homeless person on the street because we do not know what we can do; after all, we have a family to care for and sometimes are barely making it. It is time we wake up and fight for those dealing with catastrophic struggles.

A few things we can do to help those living in disastrous times are: we can take the time to write to our Congressional representatives demanding stable work schedules for those in a low tax bracket and equal pay for any given job. When writing to those that have the power to make a change, we should require after school programs that provide meals and support for the innocent children. Sadly children who come from impoverished homes are often forgotten. These children face so many challenges with their education and it isn’t fair. handouts-are-not-going-to-end-global-poverty-but-work-real-work-just-might-545f710e32d897e24588d7cfbbf09d7dAgain, there are things we can do with a little effort including:

  • Reach out to local libraries for book donations.
  • Requests to the community for school supply donations.
  • Establish summer reading programs that will help lower-income children build on their reading skills.
  • Create donation drives to collect necessary items like food, clothing, toiletries, first aid items, blankets, furniture, etc

Instead of fighting against each other, we can start working together as American’s and 2348554-Leila-Janah-Quote-The-best-way-to-end-poverty-is-to-simply-giveturn things around for a greater good. I do not think is farfetched, but we can achieve so much if we stop the hatred and false judgments. I must believe we are better than some have been acting.

Thank you for visiting my site today. This post was sad, but this is a real issue that needs to be corrected. There are small things we can all do that may make a huge change in other’s life. I look forward to reading your thoughts on this devastating issue because I know y’all have a huge heart ❤ and this issue will cause you to think. I hope y’all are having a great weekend so far and of course I hope 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❤

Pick Me Up Thursday!

images (9)Happy Friday Eve y’all! Can you believe we have almost made it through another week of 2020? How was your week? I do hope it was a good one and of course, you are looking forward to a calm and uneventful weekend! After the week I have had an uneventful would seem like a gift!

Monday and Tuesday I had to stay home because of pain and dizzy spells, it was awful! I will say that yesterday I did feel a little better, but I definitely wasn’t 100%. The funny thing is, the one person that showed compassion is the one person that supports that man in office. She might be the last person I would have expected to not only support such a person, but to care about my well-being. Isn’t it amazing how wrong you can be when you form an opinion based on certain things?

As always, I have a quote I am hoping will serve as a Pick Me16_5 Up Thursday! Thankfully, we only have one day left until the much deserved weekend will be here! I do look forward to reading your comments because I know you will bring additional insight to an already fantastic quote! Sometimes we might go through something awful and finding happiness is very difficult, but it is important we remember what brings us happiness because it is there somewhere! We might just have to dig a little deeper and hold onto our strengths and faith in goodness!

Thank you so much for stopping by my site today. I do always your continued and valued support. I think it give us all encouragement to know that someone cares and is willing to stand by us. Even though I am extremely far behind on reading your amazing posts and being able to comment, please know I have not forgotten you and never will. I am sorry images (1)that I am this far behind, but between my husband’s birthday and feel awful at the beginning of the week I am behind too far, but I will make this all right again!

I hope you have a lovely day and you are feeling well. It isn’t always easy to not get stressed, especially towards the end of the week, but causing ourselves stress will not change anything. ❤ I also want to ask for your continued well wishes for those in Australia because they are going through things we could never understand.  Please know that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, compassion, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Worlds of Pain

HEARTThere are so many awful things going on around the world and it is very heartbreaking. I don’t even know where to start because it isn’t just in the United States; the tragedies are spread throughout the entire world and seem endless. One thing that isn’t new and has been building for at least 3 years is the spread of hatred in the United States and really the entiredont-blindly-follow-any-leader-quote-1 world. I don’t even know why I am surprised anymore because too many people are willing to just follow blindly instead of being fully aware of the damage their hate is causing others. I understand we are only a few weeks into 2020, but you would think by now we would be more progressive rather than have digressed drastically. Unfortunately, I think those that are naïve enough to reality just continue to live like they are better than everyone else, when the truth is we are all humans with a beating heart and emotions.

people-helped-save-animals-fire-australia-fb23-png__700Considering I do have a strong love for animals and humankind, it hurts me to my core with what is going on in Australia. I can’t for one moment understand why some people in this beautiful country would intentionally start these deadly fires. I do not and never will what brings someone to do something so harmful and destructive.

The massive numbers of animals that have lost their lives because of these fires are f295df68-fe43-4c0b-be35-bc383fb4756e_360x203staggering. It is breaking my heart into millions of pieces as I am writing this because there have already been around half a billion animals affected by the fires and millions more have died. According to the Federal Environment Minister, Sussan Ley, almost a third of the koalas have been killed and a third of their habitat has been completely destroyed.

imgonline-com-ua-resize-GUCFfMpS1R6mAt this time 24 people have been charged with intentionally setting the fires. According to the New South Wales police department, there are also another 183 people that are facing legal action. For those that start fires deliberately and act recklessly with the spread of fires, they could be facing up to 21 years in prison. Personally, I do not think 21 years in prison is punishment enough, not only for the catastrophic damage left behind but the deaths of human and animal life.AUSSIE

These horrific fires are in every Australian state, but New South Wales has definitely taken the hardest hit. A state of disaster was declared in Victoria and a state of emergency declared in New South Wales in early January. In November, Queensland also declared a state of

emergency. All of this together has granted remarkable powers and additional government resources to help contain the fires. Thankfully, more than 2,000 fire fighters are working on the ground in New South Wales, with more from the United States, maxresdefaultCanada, and New Zealand on their way to assist.

Another topic that comes with various opinions that is causing difficulties for all living creatures is climate change. I think some are a little confused about what climate change means. Some will even try saying it is “fake news”, but it is very real. Climate change is any significant change in the measures of climate that lasts for an extended period of time. Basically, climate change is major changes in the images (1)temperatures, precipitation, and or wind patterns, among other effects that occur over several decades or longer. Think about how the weather has been behaving over the past few years, do you remember what the temperature was three years ago today? It is supposed to be winter where I live, but it is feels more like spring time. The temperatures significantly  warmer than they were a 2.2few years ago and there are so many rainy days, which I hate complaining about with all Australia is going through right now. I am very curious, do you remember what the weather was a like a few years ago? Do you notice a noticeable change? How can some ignorant people still insist that climate change and global warming is fake news? When are people going to wake up and take action to save our images (1)planet?

In 2020 the amount of hardships throughout the world seem like they are never-ending and strengthening day by day. I did only discuss a few because I didn’t want to torment you by having y’all read a short story detailing everything that is difficult that most, if not all of us are dealing with today. Considering I am logical enough to know I do not have the power to change or save the world. All I can really do is continue to hold onto hope and share information and positivity as much as I can. And I know I went on and on about the tragic events in Australia, but I just can’t ignore this because way too many innocent people had their world turned upside down. Besides from keeping Australia in our thoughts, I think we need to always remember the US military has been sent to Iran at the order from Donald Trump. There has already been one images (2)missile strike out of revenge for the US strike that killed the Iranian military leader, Qassem Soleimani. I think there has already been too many killed and the blood shed needs to end, we certainly do not need another 9/11 because of starting battles between countries.

Thank you so much for stopping by my site. I am sure what I wrote today shows how I feel about everything. I wish CQvxHiZWIAAQ-fqeveryone could learn to get along, be kind and respectful to one another, and stop the killings. I know there probably will never be world peace during lifetime, but I do hope it will happen someday. I hope y’all are enjoying your weekend and you are feeling well. I am looking forward to reading your comments on this post! 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!

make monday sparkleHappy Monday y’all! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and your week will start off excellent. I can’t believe next week is Christmas already and then we will reach 2020! I would say it seems like 2019 went by in a blink of an eye, but really 2017 through 2019 flew by incredibly fast! I still feel like life has been on overdrive and I kind of wish it would slow down, just a little at least! I just hope if life is in such a rush, there is better times in nearby because I am pretty sick of all the horrible things that have gone on worldwide!

On a more positive note I have a great quote to share with y’all today. Honestly, I have had this saved for a few weeks now and was just waiting for the right time. I do hope you will get as much from this quote as I have!grow.jpg

I will explain why this quote means so much to me, but I also want to read what you think as well. I feel that we should all be evolving with the times, instead of devolving. Sadly, I do still think too many are continuously devolving and finding more reasons forsmile hatred because of the color of someone’s skin, who another person loves, the religion another follows and so on. I will never understand this way of thinking because it does in fact cause harm to others, whereas who someone loves causes no pain!

Thank you for stopping by my site today, if I haven’t said it enough I really do appreciate you! I do hope you have a wonderful day and your week will only get better as the days go on. 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 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!