The Pain of Loss

All losses are tragic and painful. When we endure a loss, no matter how deep the pain is, people often try saying that time heals all wounds. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? I believe that everyone is unique and processes loss in their way. No one can tell another how they should heal from a loss or how long it should take them to let go of the pain and move on.

My dear sweet and loving grandfather passed away almost nine years ago. It was not until the afternoon of September 9, 2013, I understood how one single phone call could hold the power to shatter my heart and change my life forever. It still feels like it was yesterday when I received that life-altering call that my grandfather’s battle with cancer ended and he was at peace.

Every year on my grandfather’s birthday, all I want to do is call him to wish him a happy birthday and it is heartbreaking that I cannot do that. Holidays will never feel the same without hearing the cheerfulness in his voice. I will always miss being able to call my grandfather randomly just to hear the latest family updates and any exciting news he had about his week.

Each year on the day my grandfather lost his battle with cancer and another angel was born, I relive losing him again. To this day, I cannot get through hearing the song he would sing while on a car ride without breaking down into tears. Seven Spanish Angels, by Ray Charles and Willie Nelson, will forever be special to me.

Almost ten months ago on February 7, 2021, my husband and I experienced an agonizing loss. Chloe was our special, sweet, loving, and beautiful cat that we had for nearly sixteen years. She was more than just a cat to us, but a LARGE part of our family. Chloe had an extraordinary soul and was full of love and personality. Throughout her life with us, she showed us unconditional love, happiness, and laughter. We have almost sixteen years of memories to hold on to and remember her fondly.

Chloe had healing powers and knew what and where I was hurting. She would lay on the area causing me pain until the pain would dissipate. Not one day goes by when I do not think about and miss Chloe. I still remember the only day she listened and followed my directions; it was when I told her she did not have to fight anymore, and she could let go. It was not but ten minutes later when she took her final breath.

I am sure everyone has heard that it is better to have loved and lost than never loved at all. Maybe that is a true statement, but what do you think? This saying sounds so clique with truth mixed in. The two losses I just explained broke my heart into a million pieces and my heart still is not whole again.

A huge part of me believes that my grandfather knew his battle with cancer was coming to an end, which is why he did not want me to go visit him. Even in his final days, he had my best interest in mind. I think he did not want me to see him struggling and have that be the way I remembered him. Regardless of anything else, I regret not being able to see him one last time. I was not able to tell him how much I loved and appreciated him and say my final goodbyes.

Even though I will always miss Chloe, I am thankful we were able to let her pass in her time and comfortably at home and on my lap. She spent her entire life surrounded by nothing but love. If there were anything I could have done to prolong her life without pain or struggles, I would have gladly done so.

Thank you for visiting my site today and reading of what I am reminiscing about. Memories can be great, but also have sadness within them. I do cherish the memories I have of my late grandfather and Chloe but would give anything for one more day with both. I hope you have had a nice and safe weekend! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Thankful today and always

There are 365 days in every year, but only one day that is dedicated for everyone to show how and what they thankful they are. Why does there have to be a day to be thankful? Why can we not try to express how thankful we are the other 364 days during the year? We all have many things we should be thankful for but have come to expect things to stay the way they are and that our loved ones are always going to be there. The sad truth is things never stay the same and people do not live forever.

Some people that have not had to experience loss and have not had to go without people they cherish, or other things needed for survival for too long that it is to imagine being without. The only constants in life are that things are always changing, tragedy is relentless, and hits hard, and tomorrow is not a guarantee. No one knows when their time on this earth will end, which is why I have always believed we should live each day as if it were our last.

Unfortunately, there are too many families that lost someone they cared about and will never get a chance to tell them how much they meant to them. These families missed their opportunity to say their goodbyes to someone they cared deeply for due to a deadly virus or senseless and unnecessary violence, or reckless driving that ended in a tragic accident. I have already mentioned my views on the virus numerous times, so I think everyone knows how I feel and even if you disagree, there are ways to help end COVID. The violence that occurs is nothing new but is something that needs to stop because everyone is a human being with a beating heart.

During the last eighteen months, people around the world have experienced tremendous amounts of hardships and loss that no one could have anticipated. I think that all of this should serve us with a lesson to never take anything or anyone for granted. I know that life gets chaotic and exhausting, but we can all try a little harder and care a little deeper, so no one ever must question how we feel about them. Instead of showing our thanks only once a year, we should practice giving thanks daily.

Take some time to think about these questions for a few minutes, what are you the most thankful for in your life? Is there a person in your life that you cannot fathom being without? Is there anyone in your life that you have not spoken to in a while, but do care for? Besides a person, what else are you thankful for? Most important, remember that life is short and there is not a rewind or pause button.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site and read this post. I hope this post will help you to find ways to be and show how thankful you are daily. I am looking forward to reading your comments and will respond to all comments as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes! I hope you and your family have a lovely and safe holiday!

Always, Alyssa

~Sundance Update~

What does it mean to love? Love is an intense feeling of affection for someone else. Do you think you can love too much or not enough? I do not think it is possible to love someone too much, but it is possible to not love enough. The person we love will not be around forever and not showing love for them when they are still with us, is something that is tragic and will be regretted. When we do not show love, we feel for another person it shows a lack of appreciation for them and that is a sad situation.

 Do you think loving a pet so much it hurts when they are sick is loving them too much? I do not think it is possible to love a person or animal too much because not loving is not living fully. Is it possible to love an animal more than a human? Absolutely! Animals are sweet and innocent. They do not judge or hold grudges and they love unconditionally, which does not seem like it is something most humans are capable of. Animals rely on us to take care of them, by keeping them safe, fed, hydrated, comfortable, and loved.

I am writing about this today because since Saturday afternoon, Sundance has not been feeling well. As I mentioned in a previous post, Sundance has asthma and normally does well on the medication he was prescribed. It is the same as when a human has asthma, he has an emergency inhaler to use when he has an asthma attack. The inhaler is the same kind humans use but has a special adapter to go around his mouth to ensure he breaths in the albuterol. When I have explained this to people I used to work with, they found it funny and laughed, but it is not a laughing matter. The inhaler is a matter of life and death for him. I know how much he hates having to do the inhaler, I would rather him be upset with me for a few minutes than the alternative and have him stop breathing.

I would like to share some simple and basic information about asthma, in hopes it will help you or someone you know. Unfortunately, approximately 300 million people around the world live with asthma. The number of people with asthma increases by 50% each year. Asthma can be a serious and terrifying medical issue to deal with. Several things that can trigger asthma to flare up and cause an attack include tobacco smoke, outdoor air pollution, dust mites, pests, animals, mold, cleaning products, strong fragrances, etc. Another issue, which is what I think is causing Sundance to have issues is when the temperatures are colder outside, creating increased dry air.

It did not seem long after we made a slight change in Sundance’s medication regimen, he started displaying breathing issues. His doctor has thought for a while we should “try” reducing the steroid because of the potential harm it could do with organs and I was concerned it was weakening his immune system causing him to continuously get sick, we determined we could only give him the steroid once a day instead of twice a day.

It was only a week ago when we made a change in Sundance’s medication regimen by reducing his steroid slightly and it was not long after the change, he began displaying breathing issues. It has been several days of worrying about our poor cat and it has now been decided to go back to the regimen he was on previously. I did make this decision on Saturday but did contact his doctor on Monday morning and she agreed with me.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site today. I hope you enjoyed what I have shared today and the asthma information was useful for you or someone you know that lives with asthma. I will continue to keep you updated as to what happens next with Sundance and I would appreciate it if you would keep him in your thoughts. I love our cats more than words could ever explain and would do anything necessary for any of them. I would love the opportunity to read what you think about anything I have shared, and I will respond to all comments as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

My Weekend

The weekends are meant for rejuvenating and recovering from the previous week. Unfortunately, this past weekend was filled with stress and worry. It was not the typical stress and worry people, including myself struggle with and yet was very similar to something I had shared not too long ago.

Our sweet, loving, and amazing older cat has gone through many health issues over the last several months. As soon as we think we are in the clear and he is okay, he shows signs he is not feeling well. Sundance is full of personality and expressions, so it is easy for us to know how he is feeling at any given time. It is heartbreaking when he becomes ill because it leaves us feeling helpless, especially me. After all, I have been the caretaker of our cats.

Sundance was diagnosed with asthma shortly after we adopted him about nine years ago. Since his diagnosis, he has experienced a few asthma attacks, but after the first major episode, I demanded he has an emergency inhaler. We have done everything possible to keep our sweet boy comfortable and happy.

It started on Saturday afternoon, Sundance started coughing and displaying signs of respiratory distress. It was obvious the issues he was having were related to his asthma, so I did give him his inhaler on Saturday afternoon and hoped he would improve. When we woke up on Sunday morning, he was behaving like himself, taking his medicine, and eating his breakfast.

At around noon, he started having abdominal and open mouth breathing. My husband had worked Saturday night, so he was awake when I called him asking him to come into the living room because I needed help with Sundance. Thankfully, my husband can remain calm when I am panicked about our cat’s health. Sundance is feisty which makes giving him the inhaler challenging, so can take both of us to do it correctly. Once we gave him the inhaler, his breathing improved.

I am so glad that my husband can keep me calm when I am terrified that something awful is going to happen to any of our cats. I have always been that type that can go from calm to freak out in less than a second, so it is wonderful having someone that can keep me grounded and balanced. When the temperatures start to get cooler, it causes issues with Sundance’s asthma which is why we have always had humidifiers, but they had not been brought up from the basement yet. They are now cleaned and set up in two rooms in our house and hopefully, that will keep Sundance from having any further asthma scares.

I guess it is safe to say, since we lost Chloe in early February I worry even more. I do not think either of us could handle another loss like this again, especially so soon. We both love our pets very deeply and think of them like they are our children. We are a family of five and cannot imagine life without one of the five. I think the reason why I worry as much as I do is that I love that much. We have all heard that saying, it is better to have loved and lost rather than never loved at all, but seriously, a loss is so painful, and it never gets any easier.

Thank you for visiting my site. I hope you enjoyed what I have shared, and you had a better weekend than I did. Whatever your weekend involved, I hope you remained safe. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

We will Remember this day

On the morning of September 11, 2001, people were doing what they normally do, such as going to work and school, and were not in fear of a terrorist act that would take the lives of almost 3,000 people and injure 25,000. I think it is safe to say that most people, especially those living in the United States can remember this day twenty years ago. The events that took place were life-altering, chilling, and heart-wrenching, and were unnecessary. For some reason, what took place today two decades ago does not make sense to me but fills my mind with many questions that I know I will never have the answers to.

Considering this day continues sending chills down my spine, I think it is crucial to remember the events and cherish our lives. For each time frame of the events, I am going to share with you, I can remember exactly where I was, what I was doing, and what took place over for days, weeks, months, and years afterward. Do not worry, I will not go too in-depth, but will share just the key points.

In Boston, MA at Logan International Airport, American Airlines flight 11 departed 14 minutes late at 7:59 AM with 81 passengers and 11 crew members with their destination being Los Angeles International Airport. Sadly, at 8:46 AM, this airplane crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. When the news interrupted the radio station I was listening to with this tragic news, I thought there must have been a mistake, or I did not hear what was said correctly because all I could think was how could a plane crash into a building.

Another flight, American Airlines flight 175 departed 14 minutes late at 8:14 AM from the Logan International Airport in Boston, MA with a destination of Los Angeles International Airport. This flight had 56 passengers and 9 crew members on board, which crashed at 9:03 AM into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

As the news had not yet registered into the minds of people around the world, the terrifying news did not end and there was further devastating news to come. A third plane, American Airlines flight 77 that had 56 passengers and 6 crew members departed 10 minutes late from Washington Dulles International Airport and bound for Los Angeles International Airport. This plane crashed into the Western side of the Pentagon at 9:37 AM.

Unfortunately, most people are extremely worried about the lives of their families and trying to call them, but the cell towers were in overdrive and calls were not able to connect. This only created mass chaos because no one knew if there was going to be another plane crashing into another building and where it might happen. Large cities around the country were on alert, which considering at that time I was living in a large city with tall buildings I was panicking.

A fourth plane, United Airlines flight 93 that had 37 passengers and 7 crew members on board departed 42 minutes late from Newark International Airport, now called Newark Liberty Airport bound for San Francisco International Airport. It was later determined that the passengers on this flight had learned what happened at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and were trying to overpower the hijackers on board. Due to a fight in the cockpit, this flight crashed at 10:03 AM Southeast of Pittsburgh in Somerset Pennsylvania. It is not known where this plane’s target was, but it is believed the target was either the White House or the United States Capitol building.

There are many reasons the events of this day do not make sense to me. The United States has one of the strongest militaries in the world. The United States has fighter jets that can reach Mach 6.72 or 4,520 mph, which is more than five times the speed of sound. The reason the fighter jets were not scrambled to defeat these terrorist acts was disturbing because they were taking part in Exercise Vigilant Guardian. Why is it on the day the country is under attack, the fighter jets are doing an exercise and unable to intercept and put an end to this attack?

On the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States, we need to remember the almost 3,000 people that lost their lives and the 25,000 people that suffered injuries. The people that were on the scene after these devastating events took place put their lives in danger to try to save the lives of others, which I do believe is heroic. We should also remember that people lost loved ones during this time, and some are still battling the effects of this 20 years later.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I know this is a rather sad post, but this is something we should keep in our hearts. I hope your weekend has begun the way you wanted, and you stay safe with anything you do over the weekend. As always, I do look forward to the opportunity to read your comments and I will respond to them as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

The day that changed my life forever

I can vividly remember this day eight years ago when the world lost an amazing soul. I remember exactly where I was, who I spoke to and what was said, and what occurred for days, weeks, months, and years later. My husband and I were gearing up for an anniversary trip to Florida and I had just left the tanning salon when I heard a voicemail from my uncle requesting that I call him. Considering I do not typically hear from him because over the years we grew apart, I was instantly concerned and immediately called him back.

The words that left my uncle’s mouth changed my life forever. My uncle was calling to inform me that my grandfather who I idolized had lost his battle with cancer. This news jarred my mind, heart, and soul because I had a deep connection and love for my grandfather. I guess I could say that in my mind, my grandfather could beat anything and would live forever, but that childish thought was proven to be very incorrect.

I always had an incredible amount of admiration for my late grandfather because he had a heart of goal and was extremely thoughtful, loving, fair, considerate, and much more. Much of the way my late grandfather was has been instilled into me, which I am and always will be forever thankful for. I do not think there will ever be a way to be as wonderful as he was, but I will never give up trying.

Unfortunately, I think it is normal for people to disappoint others, but my grandfather never once disappointed me. I could always count on this man because he loved his family so purely and deeply. His core values were inspiring, encouraging, motivating, honest, generous, optimistic, and so much more, which I hope to carry with me until I see him again.

Although my grandfather passed away eight years ago, his spirit will live on within my heart and soul for the rest of my life. I know that he is watching over me and even though I cannot hear his voice, I can feel his presence when I am going through difficult times. He has always been a voice of reason and logic, where is rare in the world today. At the lowest and most difficult times during my life, my grandfather’s voice would ring in my ears, and everything became much easier to handle. He even made being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when I was only 19 years old easier to tolerate.

Every year on my grandfather’s birthday and the day he passed away, I have a difficult time. However, please do not mistake this because I will be forever thankful for the times I had with my grandfather and do feel like his life should be celebrated and I know he would not want me to be sad, but there is still an ache and emptiness in my heart from losing him.

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I think I have mentioned this in a previous post, but my grandfather was a writer for his local newspaper and was an amazing pro-golfer. I do not know the first thing about golf but would love to believe I get my love for writing from my grandfather. The only thing that helps me deal with my emotions, positive or negative is to write about them, which is the reason I am writing about my grandfather on the eight-year anniversary of his death. Writing may not always take the sting of the pain away, but it does help me to let everyone reading this post understand how wonderful and amazing my grandfather was. There will never be a day that I am not thankful to have had James Bucky O’Brien for a grandfather because some of my best qualities were derived from him.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I wish there was a way to express even more how much my grandfather meant to me and how much I hope I am making him proud of who I am today because this is extremely important to me. I do not think I will ever be half the person he was, but I will never give up trying to be the best part of myself I can be. I hope your week is going well and you are staying safe. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Top reasons to love animals more than humans

I think animals have a love within them that humans cannot fully understand. The love from an animal is pure, genuine, and completely unconditional. Unlike most humans, animals love does not have any expectations and they do not hold unnecessary grudges for disagreements. I think dealing with human behaviors can be extremely challenging and frustrating, especially with a deadly virus and people continuing to refuse vaccinations, and or simply wearing a mask to end the spread of the virus.

There are many reasons why I am the type that has a deeper love for animals than I do for humans. The following are just a few reasons why my love for animals outweighs my love for humans. I will love to know what you think about the love you feel for animals and humans, and how they differ!

1. Animals share an unconditional type of love with us. Their love is persistent and unequivocal. Of course, they want us to feed, pet, and clear up after them, but if their breakfast, lunch, and dinner are not provided at a specific time, they will still love us. Even if their litter box is not cleaned at the same time daily, they will continue to love us anyway.

2. Unlike humans, animals are nonjudgmental. Our animals will not give us a dirty look if we wear pajamas daily and do not get dressed up. Animals will not judge us based on our political or religious view, who we love, or any other personal views. They will not even judge us if we get upset about vaccines, which I have done many times.

3. Animals are always ready to play and eat but will not ask for these things 24/7. They will wait and not constantly ask for something from us. Animals will give us alone time when we need it because they need their own alone time as well. There may even be times when our animals have given us so much alone time, we must search for them to make sure they are safe and have not caused trouble that created danger for them.

4. Animals show their appreciation for the attention we give them. Our animals appreciate when we pet them or offer them something as simple as our lap. It is easy to know how much our three cats appreciate being loved on or when they get “Mommy” lap time because they purr so loud and appear happy, and content.

5. Animals are protective of their humans. Whether it be a cat or dog, they claim their human and will watch out for them. It could be protecting us from harm or keeping an eye on us when we are sick or sad, making them curl up next to us or on top of us to help. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that Chloe, our cat that passed away in February knew exactly when and where I was hurting and would lay on wherever the pain was. All three of our cats are very affectionate and know how we are feeling and always to try help the best they can.

6. Humans can and do disappoint us, but an animal NEVER will. Many times, we will be let down by a human, mostly because humans lie, but NO animal will ever do such a thing. Animals cannot be deceitful and lie to us!

7. Animals are much better listeners than humans are. Unfortunately, when we talk to a human, they will interrupt or argue with what we are saying, but animals will only listen never argue with our points, and definitely NOT interrupt us. An animal will listen intently to what we are talking about, even if they do not always understand. They also know when we get home before we even walk in the door, where they are happily waiting to greet us.

8. An animal will not complain when we feed them the same food daily. Of course, I do feed our cats the same dry food daily, but do give them different wet food the two times a day they get their “treats” Can you imagine how many complaints a human would have if they were fed the same thing every day and for every meal? I think it is safe to say the human would complain, instead of being thankful for the food provided.

9. Animals are calming during the chaos of our lives, but humans can be extremely exhausting and energy draining. Whether it be work colleagues, family, or friends most humans leave us feeling anxious and irritated. Considering we have all been living through uncertain and upsetting times, we do not need any additional negative emotions. Simply being in the presence of an animal can provide a calming effect on the human mind and offer a scene of peacefulness.

10. With the faithful bond we establish with an animal, they will forever be completely loyal. Our animals will be by our sides no matter how difficult and terrifying life may become. An animal will always be a trusted companion and never be disloyal.

I have always been the people friendly type of person and accepting of every person for who they were. Unfortunately, over the past 18 months I have seen a different side of people in general. I think people have shown their true colors and it is not a pretty color. I have also always loved all animals because they are innocent and need affection and safety of a human being. Animals are always there when you need them the most and they always will be. I have never met an animal I did not love, even the only dog that bite me a little chihuahua. She did not mean any harm but did not know me well enough to be comfortable. I do not blame the dog; I blame her owner.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed this post and it resonated with your own feeling for animals. If you had a long weekend because of today being a holiday, I hope you enjoyed the long weekend and safely. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Pick Me Up Thursday

Happy Friday Eve y’all! How has your week been? Are you as ready for the weekend as I am? This week has been pretty busy and exhausting, but I do like it when it is busy at work. No matter how much I like it when it is busy at work, I need a break so I can just kick back and relax. Of course, when I am busy at work I feel like I do not have the time or energy to do simple things I enjoy. Even being exhausted, one thing outside of work I was able to do is to add some artificial flowers and plants to both our house and home office. I love having these in the home office because it brightens the area up and makes me happy!

Now that we have made it through the majority of the week and only have one day left, I think we could all use a little pick me up, or at least I know I could. I think the quote I am sharing with y’all today shares encouragement, inspiration, and love which we could all use a lot more of! I find it sad that the world is still dealing with mass amounts of hatred and the others that are refusing to get vaccinated, which I would almost consider part of the hatred. If people can love themselves, their families, friends, and others enough to want to keep everyone safe, there is no reason to avoid getting the vaccine. I could understand if it was going to cost hundreds of dollars to get the vaccine, but it is FREE!

I am not sure when, but it is going to happen sooner rather than later, but my husband and I are going to get the third vaccine. Considering I have a weak immune system I have heard the CDC is recommending that I do get the third vaccine. With my husband being around me, he needs it as well to keep me safe. My PTO from work has already been approved for my birthday and our anniversary, which we are hoping to be able to do something special. I am not sure what this is going to be like yet, but hope it can be a visit to my happiest place, the beach!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed the quote that I shared and I look forward to reading what you thought. I promise to respond to all comments as quickly as I can. I am also interested to know how your week was and if you have anything planned for the weekend. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Tranquil Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, y’all! We have already made it through one day this week and only have four more to go until the weekend is back! I have always wondered why the weekends are SO short and the workweek is SO long, but I guess we just have to learn to make the most of it. I do believe it is true, no matter how challenging the days or weeks are it could always be worse. My grandfather, who y’all know I idolized use to tell me no matter what I was going through in life, someone else was dealing with something much worse. I guess his words stuck with me through the years, partially because he could do NO wrong in my eyes and partially because it is incredibly true!

I will not say unfortunately we have four days left until the weekend, but I will say with there being four days until we reach the weekend again we could use something positive to hold onto. Sadly, the world seems to be struggling not just with a deadly virus, but with there being way too much hate. I have never understood and do not think I ever will why people hate someone else because of the color of their skin, who they love, where they are from or, who they worship because I see everyone in the same light. The only thing I judge people on is the way they treat others. I always say that I am an equal opportunity hater. I guess that is why I love the quote I am sharing with y’all today, but would love to know what you think!

How do you feel about the way things are going in the world today? Do you think people should be getting the vaccine because it will stop the spread and hopefully end any new variants from popping up? Where you live, has there been an increase in the levels of hatred, or has it always been there? I think there is a chance I have been naïve to levels of hate because I have never hated anyone for anything besides their behaviors. I have always been a firm believer in love, equality, respect, and fairness!

Thank you for visiting my site today! I hope you are having a great week and you are staying safe! It might not be easy, but it is crucial to try to stay optimistic. Just like negativity is contagious, so is an optimistic outlook! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

~Challenges, Memories & Reflection~

Happy Tuesday y’all! The good news is, we have one day down and only four to go before the weekend is back! With how hectic and chaotic life can get, it can become easy to get overwhelmed and forget the good things life has to offer. I want to remind you that no matter what challenges we might face each week or maybe daily, it is better to view those challenges as an opportunity for growth. Of course, I believe strongly that every opportunity in life makes us stronger and wiser. Everyone around the world is indeed different, but we all need to think about what helps us process the challenges we have faced and what we learned from those challenges.

Memories can sometimes flood our minds, but do we always remember everything exactly the way they happened? Yes, there are some memories I would much rather forget, but then there are some memories I will cherish forever. I think it might be a great idea to take a little time and write our future self a letter that we can reflect on later in life.

I am not going to ask you to share the letter you write to your future self, but I am going to share somethings you might want to write to yourself. What is a lesson you have learned in the past eighteen months and how did it make you stronger? What was something that happened recently that made you smile on the worst of days? Has there been a situation that has taken place recently that made you proud of who you are now? Is there any advice you would want your future self to remember years down the road? What fears do you have and how have you overcome them?

Reflection is something we all need to be able to do. Reflection means serious thought or consideration, and this is something that can help us to persevere in life. If there is anything we have learned during the past eighteen months of the pandemic, it is life is short and tomorrow is not guaranteed. Life is fragile and we might often take it for granted, but we need to try to never take life, loved ones, health, or anything else meaningful for granted. Even if we are not seeing loved ones or friends regularly, we should do our best to reach out as much as possible. It is amazing what a letter, text, or email can mean to someone we care about.

I will be the first to admit that the workweeks can be demanding, and I forget to stop, and take a break. I put so much time and effort into making sure my husband and cats have everything they need and try doing everything I can at work. The simple things in life that brings me the most joy is watching the way my sweet cats interact with one another and finding creative ways to express myself. The crazy thing is, I sometimes find it hard to know what exactly I want to write about, and this might be because I always have so many random ideas on my mind.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed what I have written about today and I am looking forward to reading your comments. Considering we have accomplished getting through one day already, I hope your week is going well so far and only gets better as the weekend nears. Whatever you do this week, please do what you can to stay as safe as possible. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa