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❤

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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❤

 

 

It’s time to show thanks!

what are you thankful for todayGood morning y’all! Y’all know I typically do not do multiple posts in a day, but this is an exception! With this being the week of Thanksgiving, I think we should all be thinking of what we are truly thankful for. Life gets so busy and we tend to forget to take a moment to acknowledge what we want to give thanks for. It might not be easy to do, but I think we should try to everyday think of and write down just one thing we are thankful for! It might be pretty interesting to reflect back on these at the end of the week!0

Today, I want to say how incredibly thankful for I am for the very loving ❤, accepting and helpful family I am blessed to have! I am lucky enough to have my mother and step father that always show their love❤, support and appreciation. I am also blessed enough to have married into another wonderful and loving family that I couldn’t have asked for better than them! Two loving families is just twice the love and support!❤

For the first day of this week, what is one thing you are thankful for? I hope y’all have a lovely day and I am looking forward to reading your response! Remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Finally Friday

happy-friday-good-morning.jpgHappy Friday y’all! I hope you had a nice week and you are looking forward to a wonderful weekend! I hate to complain about all the rain we have had every day this week, when California has been suffering with fires, but the rain really does make me feel awful. I really wish there was a way I send a few days of rain out west because they could really benefit from it!

The rain has really caused me to struggle with pain. I guess knowing you don’t have a choice but to pull it together and go to work is what has kept 6491bb982234ffe30ffc89efb56cc1bdme going. Plus, even in pain I do enjoy ❤ my job. I feel like I am doing something good for those that want to improve their lives and are doing what is necessary to make it happen. I have so much respect for people who even when they struggle, never give up hope and set goals they work SO hard to achieve. It is really admirable!

There have been many times recently that I have come so close to giving up hope and faith in humanity, but then I meet someone who just radiates with so much strength and courage. People like this really restore the faith in good people again.21-Best-Famous-Quotations-About-Pain-Pain-Quotes-Pain-Sayings-2

It still makes me so incredible sad to see hate and judgement in this world. I know I have made several comments recently that scream hatred towards the government, but that is really just my frustration venting. I want more than anything else for everyone, no matter race, color, sexual preference, religious beliefs, etc to be treated equally and with respect. I mean no matter how a person lives their life, as long as they aren’t causing harm to another, we are all human beings with a beating heart, right? The reason I am sharing this is because I want y’all to know that no matter how angry I might get with politics or corruption, I do strongly believe that love ❤ will guide the way to better lovesee-730x688.jpgtimes moving forward.

Thank y’all for visiting my site today and I hope your week has been a good one. The weekend is finally here with us and we can do what we please! I am pretty excited for the weekend so I can catch up on y’all amazing blogs. I have been a little slack because I am balancing blogging and work, but I am getting better with it!! Please always remember that I am sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

Sunday Funday!

Sunday afternoonGood afternoon y’all! I hope your weekend is going well and you are feeling great! I think y’all already know it hasn’t been easy for me working a full-time job, doing all the things women do daily and finding proper time to blog. It isn’t possible for me to do posts daily because by the time I get out of work and home, I am exhausted and probably can’t put together a coherent sentence!

I am currently still able to do my Motivational Monday and Pick-Me-Up Thursday posts, but I really want to find time for more. I do find that blogging helps keep my 1_istDPi4WxGiNYEYHLNB00wstress-levels to a normal point or at least slightly healthier. It is an amazing feeling to be able to get what I am thinking out, without any interruptions or feeling like I am bothering someone by venting. Y’all at least have the option to not read what I write, but of course I appreciate that you do!!

It has been about a month and a half since my husband and I moved and I started a new job. I can say without any hesitation at all that my new job is great and worlds better than where I came from! The people I work with sincerely care about what they are doing to help take a chanceothers in the community, which is one huge reason why  my personality is a great fit for this job! The new city is beautiful as well and so much better than where we moved from! Of course my drive into work is very short, which is another great thing! Even the stores I have been to seem more enjoyable! Overall, I can say that this move we made together was a great decision! I guess sometimes we just need throw our hands up to fate and take a chance with a new journey, it really can create wonderful things that can bring lots of happiness that was missing previously!

I hope you enjoy your last weekend day to the fullest and do what brings you the most happiness! Please remember, I am always sending y’all LOTS of ❤ love, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤