Friday Recognition!

Happy FridayGood morning and happy Friday y’all! I hope you had a wonderful week and truly hope you have a fabulous weekend! The weather where I live looks like Saturday will be nice, but there is another chance of rain on Sunday. I hope where you live will be full of sunshine and pleasant temperatures!

This is still in absolutely no particular order, but I do still have several more amazing fellow bloggers I want to share with you. Of course, chances are you may already familiar with donkeysome of them, but if you are not I promise you will love all the fantastic people I am sharing as much as I do.

❤Heather and her adorable sidekick Dizzy’s website  https://dinosaursdonkeysandms.com/never fails to impress me! Heather has a love ❤ for dinosaurs, donkeys and pictures as long as she isn’t in the pictures, even though she is a really beautiful lady, but I do understand because I too don’t like being in pictures!

Like myself, Heather lives her life with Multiple Sclerosis. Heather doesn’t allow for this bfa0ee13a5cbf740e7fe43df086ccd04unpredictable illness to control or dictate her daily life, which is truly admirable! Heather’s sweet little helper got her name Dizzy, because Heather battles with dizziness and vertigo, which sadly I understand all too well. I did think this was a really cute and creative way to name such a wonderful helper. Dizzy loves ❤the camera and is very photogenic, so she helps Heather share their many Multiple Sclerosis adventures. I remember a few posts they shared about yoga. I loved ❤ seeing Dizzy’s yoga posses and she really did help me!

I have told Heather many times that I wish I had a Dizzy to keep me calm during doctor’s appointments and bring me joy other times. If you have not already had a chance to visit Heather and Dizzy’s site, I do hope you will have time soon to check them out! Each post moment to recognizethey share is beyond amazing and encouraging and I do believe you will agree with me. I truly value ❤ Heather and Dizzy’s friendship, as they do always encourage and lift me up, especially during the hardships I just endured. I hope Heather already knows this, but I have so much respect and admiration of you and really appreciate your friendship. If I could, I would give Dizzy LOTS of ginger cookies because I know they are her favorite!

imagesThank y’all for stopping by my site today! I hope you are feeling the best you can and have a wonderful Friday! I look forward to reading your thoughts on this post and I do promise to respond as quickly as I possibly can. Please never forget, no matter how I am feeling or what I am going through I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

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Blogger’s Recognition!

moment to recognizeHi y’all, I hope your week is going well so far! I wanted to share this with y’all because I have a long list of  ❤ fellow bloggers that I find absolutely amazing! I am going to have  several posts moving forward so that I can recognize each of them individually because they deserved to be noticed! I do believe that if you haven’t already visited their sites, you will really appreciate what these fabulous people write about.

I am not going in any specific order, so please don’t think one is better than the other sending lots of lovebecause that is far from the truth! Each one I will share with you have their very own special qualities ❤ that I treasure and value! I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Wendi at https://simplychronicallyill.com/. Y’all know that I have been a little down lately due to issues that occurred with my employment, but Wendi always leaves me encouraging comments, which I appreciate so much❤.

As I read her own blog posts, I always find so much inspiration with her very  infectious showing gratitudeand incredibly ❤ kind personality. Wendi is very creative with all of her posts as well and I feel very confident in saying that y’all would love ❤ reading what she shares as well. So many of her posts will bring a smile to your face, I know they do mine!

I hate to say this, but over the last week or so I was losing hope in good and caring people. But during stressful and difficult times, Wendi actually gives me real and true hope in humanity again, which I do appreciate! Iimages (1) truly hope Wendi knows without me even saying it, but I value her and her dear sweet friendship❤!

Thank y’all for stopping by my site today and I want you to know I always appreciate your continued support❤! I truly hope if you haven’t already visited Wendi’s site, you will take a few moments to do so. I promise you will never be disappointed and she will bring some sunshine ☀ to you on even on the cloudiest day☁! Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Motivational Monday!

9005d8e11ab7db0973f433e686603984Good morning y’all! I hope you had a lovely weekend and you are ready for the new week to begin. Even though my annoying cough is still lingering around, I did manage to spend my three-day weekend resting as much as possible. I just hope the cough will continue to improve!!  

Today is Martin Luther King Jr Day, so the quote I am sharing means even more to me. Last year I shared a post about this powerful man and why I found him so admirable. I admire how he stood up for what he believed in and how his determination wasn’t to be questioned. I hope you can take a moment today and try to remember how much MLK Jr lost over the years, but also how nothing was going to stop him. martin-luther-king-jr.-onyx-truth-2

Y’all already know this about me, but I feel that everyone should be treated equally and never mistreated because of the color of their skin, religious beliefs, ethnicity, race, who they love, etc. I know I have said this before, but we are all human beings with a beating heart and have feelings that can be hurt. 

Thank you for stopping by my site today and I am looking forward to reading your comments. I promise to respond to your thoughts just as quickly as I can. I hope y’all have a great day and you are feeling the best you can. Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

New Year’s Already!

alreadyOnce again, another year has passed by and we are left wondering what the New Year will hold for us all. I remember around this same time one year ago, I was so excited for 2017 to end holding onto the hopes that 2018 would be a better year. Honestly 2017 was a pretty miserable and disastrous year for me. It almost seems like anything that could go wrong, did go wrong! Going into a new year with high and positive hopes has paid off way more than I thought it ever could. I will say that several good things happened towards the end of 2018 for myself and my husband!

As I already said 2017 was a crazy year full of absolutely nothing but stress and let downs. If I am being completely honest with y’all, 2018 started off the same exact way images (2)2017 ended, but towards the end of the year started looking up. It wasn’t until September I was able to find a new job in the city we were moving to and able to quit the job that caused me SO MUCH misery! My husband and I had started trying to make plans to move years ago, but nothing aligned the way we needed them to, so we pushed the plans of moving back a little while. After searching for so many months for a job in the new city, I received a few phone calls, but they were not meant for me. Right as I was ready to give up and lower my standards, the perfect job came through for me. As soon as I received the offer, I gladly gave my notice and scheduled our official move for 3 days after my last day at my previous job! It amazes me how well things can work out when you least expect them to. It sometimes seems that when we think nothing in life is going to go right, the stars align and life starts on a new journey of happiness.

If I asked you to compare 2017 and 2018, did anything change in your life for the good or MovingForwardbad? Moving forward into 2019, are there any changes you would like to make? I often believe that setting New Year’s Resolutions are a typical and very common way to set ourselves up for disappointments, frustration and unneeded stress. Many people make plans for huge life changes like diets, quitting drinking or smoking and feel so much pressure they end up giving up. Truthfully, I can’t think of the last time I actually made a New Year’s resolution, but instead try to make changes throughout the year as I see fit. How do y’all feel about setting New Year’s Resolutions?

How has your year been and are you ready for a fresh start with a new year? Do you happy-quotes-0001-3-4think there will be some positive changes in 2019 or will everything stay the way it is? I just hope that there will start to be FAR LESS HATE and MUCH MORE❤ LOVE for all. I think y’all already know this about me from previous posts, but I have NO room for hate and evil judgments in my life. It is almost 2019 and I think it is far past the time to look at everyone, no matter race, color, sexual origin, religious beliefs or ethnicity as equals! I have already said this a few times, but we are all just humans with a heart ❤(there is a chance some are missing a heart, but I won’t mention him by name!) Kind of just joking!

I hope y’all are doing well and you are having a great weekend! I am looking forward to reading your fabulous comments on this post. I know it might have been a little all over the place, but hopefully it made sense! I am really looking forward to continue blogging as much as I can and I do promise there will be a Motivational Monday tomorrow! Please remember 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!

uess-what-its-friday-eve-chankscats-happy-friday-eve-guys-17457852I am so sorry for the delay on my Pick-Me-Up-Thursday quote. I think the holiday has me a little behind on what day it is! I hope y’all are doing well and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! 

I find the quote I am sharing with y’all today incredibly true. Life gets so complicated and living with a chronic illness  can add to the difficulties. I have promised myself for years to never give up, as y’all already know that is the only way we can really fail! I hope you find this quote helpful and it adds a little ❤ inspiration to your day!inspirational-encouragement-quotes

❤My husband and I were able to spend time with his side of the family on Tuesday and my mother and step-father were able to come spend time with us yesterday and see our new home. ❤It was great to be able to see everyone that we ❤ love and reconnect! Y’all already know that I live with Multiple Sclerosis, but my dear sweet step father has to live withfamily is everything Parkinson’s disease. I know it isn’t easy for my step father and I do my best to add some light and encouragement to his life. I do know that MS and Parkinson’s are very different, but I try to explain to him every time I see or speak to him just how I have managed for 19 years with MS, which seems to help temporarily!

It doesn’t really matter what chronic illness someone is living with, all of us need to find encouragement ❤ and inspiration whenever and Princess-quote-helen-kellerwherever possible. I am able to find relaxation and happiness with writing and crocheting, but sadly my step father’s hobby was building model airplanes, which due to his condition he finds too difficult. When he told us yesterday he can’t do his hobby anymore because his hands shake too much, it broke my heart. I tried telling him that it doesn’t matter how quickly he builds the planes, but he could build them slowly and take breaks whenever he needed to. I am hoping he will actually listen and NOT give up on something that einstein-on-lifemakes him happy.

I hope y’all are feeling well and you are able to enjoy the weekend that is coming. We have another holiday we can enjoy and hopefully 2019 will be a great year! 2018 went by so damn fast and was a bit of a struggle, so maybe this new year will slow down and bring all of us LOTS of happiness and amazing times! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Holidays Approaching!

enhanced-buzz-31796-1387830656-36-600x450I still can’t believe that December is coming to an end so soon and the holidays are quickly approaching us. I know this year has been pretty busy for me and there have been many changes, but it seems like we just celebrated the start of 2018 last week. Where did the year go?

I do think many people look forward to the holiday seasons because it gives an amazing opportunity to spend time with ❤ family and possibly friends, relax a lot more, enjoy life a477x246_holidays_closedjpg little and of course the time off from work is pretty fabulous! My office is actually closed the entire week of Christmas and doesn’t reopen until January 2, 2019! I have never experienced such generous time off from an employer for the holidays before and I must say I absolutely ❤  LOVE❤ it!

I realize on the other hand there are many people who dread the holiday season for their own personal reasons. Even though it has been many years now, there are some loses 3 snowflakes with namesthat still feel very fresh years later for myself and my family. It has been nine years since my husband’s dearly loved ❤ grandfather passed away, five years since my ❤ grandfather who I idolized passed away and four years since my husband’s loving ❤ grandmother passed away. Those that have passed away will live on in our hearts ❤ and souls for an eternity. Not only will we miss them with every breath we take, but 872989bc7fbe00c87e1318785e86011ewe will always stand true to honor their memories of ❤ love, courage, compassion and inspiration for as long as we possibly can. I know that I am not alone when I say this, but I would give anything to have just one more minute with any or all of these loving souls. The joy that would be felt from hearing their voices or a simple hug one last time would be priceless and cherished. 

I do think it is natural to remember those we lost even deeper around the holidays, butremember those in Heaven we should all also still remember to rejoice with the family we are still able to spend these days with. The funny thing is, we do not get to choose our family because they are just given to us and we must learn to accept them with their amazing qualities and even their flaws. I mean seriously, no one is perfect and we all have our own faults that may drive other crazy, so we really can’t judge another for similar situations!

Life is way too short to allow for any silly little altercations to break families apart, but sadly I do believe this happens far too often. I can admit that I have held onto hostility and anger with some in my own family for much too long. With the harsh realities that they won’t be here forever makes me try letting go of those unpleasant feelings and find neutralwhere there is love grounds. I know I have said this before regarding other issues, but we are all different and have our own uniqueness to us. I guess I believe that all of our unique behaviors and outlooks are what makes us special and like no other!

There are many wonderful things we experience with the holidays, but it tends to make me a little sad. I miss those that are not with us anymore, but I do appreciate the family I have with me still. The way I am able to make it through the holidays with limited tears is I always have to continue reminding myself that those we have lost and still with us in heart, mind and spirit and that they are not living with pain any longer.

Every year I always feel that Christmas has lost its true meaning. The stores are always full of shoppers spending money Christman is morethey might not have and buying products just because they are a hot commodity.  I feel that Christmas should be more about family and less about buying gifts! There are no gifts that can take the place of our loved ones. There are way too many people who struggle just to put food on the table and have a roof over their heads, while others rush the stores. In my job now I hear really sad stories that break my heart. Just yesterday we were working with a single mother that was going to be homeless today. Myself and two of my co-workers, one of which being my boss,  were trying to find a place that could offer her a roof over their heads and shockingly most were already full and might not be able to help until mid January. I was so sad for her and her 6-year-old child to suffer like this so close to Christmas. Thankfully, we did find an extended stay for them to go to, but I was still shaken by this. This poor little girl will wake up Christmas morning not expecting gifts under the tree, but wanting a bed to sleep in and food to eat.

Thank you so much for visiting my site today! I know this post was little longer than what I normally post, but the holidays get me a little emotional. I am looking forward to reading your thoughts and I do promise to respond as quickly as I can! I hope you are feeling well and your weekend has started off wonderful. Please know that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

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Giving my thanks!

happythankfulGood morning y’all! I hope your week has started off well and you are feeling the best you can!

Today is day two of my acknowledging what I am thankful for and actually writing it down! I am beyond thankful for our loving and hilarious cats. We have had one of our sweet fur babies for 13 years❤. Chloe has sweetness and sass to complete her unique personality but, you just can’t help but love her! Chloe can actually tell where I am hurting and feels that if she lays where I am in pain it will make it go away, which sometimes it does!

Our other sweet fur baby, Sundance, we have had for about 3 years. We were luckyCats enough to be able to adopt this ball of love ❤ and joy after his original owner sadly passed away. This little boy has the sweetest personality I have ever seen and would never hurt a fly. He only gets a little testy when I brush him, he absolutely HATES being brushed, but it isn’t an option for him!!

It is one of the most adorable things to walk in a room and see these ❤two cats cuddling with each other.We never in a million years would have thought Chloe would 20180210_101739 (1)allow another cat close enough to her in order to cuddle, but she has taken quite the liking to Sundance. Chloe even allows Sundance to give her LOTS of kisses ❤ on her little head! Their personalities are much different from one another, but their love ❤ for each other and my husband and I is endless!

It is very comforting to take time out of each day to reflect onto my life. Then to think of everything that is in my life that I would not be me without! It is crazy to look at how the smallest things in our lives, can make a huge difference daily in the big picture!

If you saw my post yesterday, my goal is to take a moment each day to write down at least one thing I am thankful for. I am hoping that y’all will try doing the same and maybe share with me a few things you are thankful for! At the end of this week, after I share one thing I am thankful for each day with you, I am going to take time to really reflect what are you thankful for todayback on what I wrote and hold onto those things. Some of the things I am thankful for have really surprised me, but I will get to that in a later post!

I want to thank y’all for visiting my site today. I always appreciate your time and your amazing comments, which I try to respond to as quickly as I can! Please let me know something that you are thankful for as I am sure it is fabulous! I hope y’all have a great day and you are feeling the best you can. Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤