Benefits to finishing!

happy fridayHappy Friday y’all! It’s crazy how fast the week went by, but at least we made it through. My week was full of much anticipation for a new journey I will be starting down on Monday. Y’all can join my count down as I are currently at 2.5 days before starting a new full-time job again.  I do plan to go into this new job with a minimal amount of expectations and an open mind. I know this doesn’t need to be a permanent job, it’s just a means of getting insurance and making a little bit of money to pay bills with. 

20190314_130644Y’all know I have been finding a lot of comfort and relaxation with crocheting. I shared with you already the two blankets I made for our living room, but I just finished another blanket for our spare bedroom. I love the colors in this blanket and think it looks pretty darn nice on the bed, but let’s see what you think! I do think that submerging myself into creating 20190314_130652something beautiful helped get me through a difficult time in life. 

Now that this blanket has been completed, I had to start another blanket. This new blanket is going to have four colors and these are the favorite colors of husband, his grandparents and myself. The colors include dark gray, pink, light gray and purple. I guess I felt like this would pay tribute to the loving people my husband’s grandparents were! So far, I think it is looking very nice and the colors work well with each other! I promise to share pictures as the new blanket grows!

Now that I am starting a new job on Monday, I will probably not be writing as much as I would like, at least not until I get through training and get adjusted to having an actual schedule again. I do still plan on doing Motivational Monday and Pick-Me-Up Thursday because I find them very helpful! I do still have many fellow bloggers that I want to recognize, as they are just amazing people who I cherish! There are also a fewmultiple_sclerosis_ms_hope_1_postcard-rf4358a5de94a4cb4a8713cdf21813817_vgbaq_8byvr_307.jpg more things I want to share in honor of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness month because I think this is very important and  should not be overlooked!

I know I will get adjusted to this new job pretty fast and do not think it is going to be stressful at all. There are two great things about where I am going to be working. One great part of this new company is, it is only 2 miles from my house! Considering I really do not enjoy driving, this works very well for me. The Best-is-yetother benefit is, I will not have to be on my feet all day. There were a few other interviews I went on, but most of them I would have been on my feet for 8 hours a day. I think I am being logical and know that being on my feet for long periods of time would only cause me more even pain issues and my goodness I didn’t want that. It wasn’t easy for me to admit this because I am pretty stubborn, but I had to be realistic with my own abilities and health. I do not like admitting I can’t do something and will fight against this will everything I have!

Thank you so much for stopping by my site today! I am looking forward to reading what you think about the blanket I just finished! I hope your weekend is filled with nothing but happiness and joy! Please never forget 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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More talk about MS!

ms march awarenessMultiple Sclerosis is a very complex and frustrating battle to face. Unfortunately, this illness does impact everyone’s life in  so many different ways and to the point it’s almost hard to pinpoint what is what! There have been various names people choose to use when referring to  MS; such as the snowflake disease or invisible illness. I think these terms can also be used in many other chronic illnesses as well because they are fitting. I mean if you think about it, there are no two snowflakes that are exactly the alike,  just like no illnesses experiences the exact same symptoms. Also, there are so many of these illnesses that are completely naked to the eye, so they are pretty much invisible in the bigger picture. 51209211_2039825619447292_5206443739896197656_n

Let me ask my wonderful fellow bloggers, whether you live with MS or know someone else that does, what do you already know about this not so fun illness? Honestly,I think the only thing everyone knows to be 100% true is this illness can vastly differ for each individual! There might be times throughout the years each person with MS will unfortunately have a new symptom emerge and they need to learn to cope with this. While no one wants to deal with anything additional and all symptoms can be daunting, there  really are always ways to carry on with life!

symptomsI know there may be countless responses to this, but what are your top 5 most challenging issues you have been forced to accept during your journey? One thing I find very challenging and the most aggravating is how completely unpredictable this illness is. I have and probably always will be an obsessive planner! It drives me crazy for any unplanned issues to appear without any warning! Over the years, I have learned to expect the unexpected and be willing to rearrange my plans.

Another part of my MS life I find challenging, but am learning to accept is there are th-26-300x111NEVER any real answers for the numerous questions I ask my doctor. I would have never thought my questions were so difficult that my specialist can’t answer them. I mean these doctors go through enough schooling they should have a wealth of knowledge to match this. I am sure the schooling for many years is very expensive and probably more money than I will make in MANY years! Maybe while in school they should have a class in good bedside manner because most neurologist have a terrible personality. I think they have a godlike and ego maniac demeanor. 

flat,550x550,075,f.u4The third challenging aspect of this life that I have almost accepted is, the complete ignorance and total lack of empathy most people have for others. The ugly glances and degrading comments I have seen and heard over my years, especially when I park in a handicap parking space are nothing short of hurtful! Even though I have lived with this for many years, these glances and comments still can bring me to tears. This really doesn’t have anything to do with me, but is all on them! These people probably believe that misery loves company and try to bring me down to their level, which I try to avoid!

It doesn’t matter how long I have struggled with this illness, fatigue still tries to kick my Worst-MS-symptombutt daily! It was always complicated for me when I was working full-time because it never failed at about 1:00 or 2:00 if I am lucky I was exhausted! I have accepted this issue and try my best to conserve my energy so I am not ready for a nap at lunch time!

Lastly and to keep this from being too terribly long, the final challenging thing for me to accept is the constant pain I feel. It often seems like I am going to always to battle with pain and with little to no relief. I do know that dwelling on this pain only causes the pain to worsen instead of lesson and this just  isn’t an option for me! I do try focusing on the positive in my life instead of the negative hoping these thoughts will trick my body into healing! I also believe acceptance is half the battle and laughcan help keep my stress in check which will in-turn lessen the pain.

I would like to thank y’all for stopping by my site today. I told y’all on March 1st that for MS Awareness month I wanted to shed more light on this illness because knowledge is power! I am looking forward to reading your comments and do hope this was helpful for you!

I hope you have had a good week and of course hope you are feeling well. The weekend is finally here and  I hope you enjoy every moment of it! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and  many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Hello March!

MarchGood morning y’all! We are now welcoming March with hopes for not only new opportunities,  but many happier days ahead of us. I am sure most of us are wondering when the weather worldwide will improve, considering it has been pretty all over the place. The numerous changes with weather has effected the safety and well-being of so many people. There has been treacherous rainfall in many areas and then horrible heat waves in other areas of the world. It almost seems like Mother Nature is very upset about something and is doing her best to get our attention.

Y’all might already know this, but March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. Of course for many people myself included, this illness is much more than just one monthflat,550x550,075,f.u4 of awareness because it is our daily battle. I believe this is a struggle that tests our strengths and forces us to not give up on ourselves but continue to fight a good fight!

There is no denying the fact that being diagnosed with this very unpredictable illness is emotional and terrifying. Even though this illness has been acknowledged since it was discovered in the 1800’s in England, there is still SO much left unknown which is pretty frustrating! Much research has been done and yet there still isn’t a cure or even a known cause for this illness. With the amount of “so-called” intelligent doctors and scientists working on finding cures, it leaves me at a loss for words for why there still hasn’t been one found yet. I often question what they are really doing with the all money that has been raised and donated to places like the MS Foundation or these walks for a cure.

ms march awarenessWhen I started blogging way back in July of 2017, my goals were to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis but also spread as much positivity as I possibly could. During this time I have been fortunate enough to meet others around the world that understand what I live with and the challenges I face. I have been able to gain SO much additional knowledge to what I already knew about Multiple Sclerosis and this has all been very beneficial. I think it often takes strength in numbers to deal with any type of chronic illness and the blogging community definitely offers this and SO much more! I do appreciate all my ❤ blogging friends ❤ more than words could ever begin to say. 

Many of you already know a lot about Multiple Sclerosis, but during this month I want to continue to raise awareness of this illness that tried and failed to control my life. My wp-1456957606031plans are to share more of my personal experiences and lessons I have learned while living with this illness. I must say the most valuable lesson I have learned through my years is, stress is our worst enemy and must be avoided at all costs! I am still teaching myself how to stress less, but I do fail miserably with this too often! I will be sharing with you which symptoms I experience most frequently and how they try to affect my day-to-day life, but how I fight against this as well!

I am going to explore new things that could possibly cause Multiple Sclerosis symptoms to worsen and other things that can potentially help these symptoms stay inactive, which we all really want to happen! There are actually foods that can increase inflammation, which is terrible for those of us with Multiple Sclerosis.

a02951d061ebca2ba4855c39ee90d206--like-a-girl-autoimmune-diseaseI want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by my site today. I always appreciate the support you offer me every day. I do hope March will be a great month for you and you are feeling the best you can. I do look forward to reading what your thoughts are about this post and anything you know about MS, I will respond just as quickly as I can. Never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Fellow Blogger Recognition!

huge shout outGood morning y’all! I hope your week has started off well and of course I hope you are feeling the best you possibly can! I would like to pick back up with recognizing fellow bloggers that I truly find amazing. The ones I have already mentioned, I hope you have been able to visit their sites as I am sure you will enjoy as much as I have!

The spectacular lady I want to bring attention to today is Angela at https://fuckms.ca/. Angela lives with Multiple Sclerosis in Canada. This courageous woman has been through her fair share of struggles that would have discouraged most people, but Angela continues fighting a good fight with so much strength and determination!

Now, living with any chronic illness is a struggle in a country, like the United States for instance, thatyou are incredible doesn’t offer “free healthcare” and instead charges SO much money for it and still doesn’t cover everything, but it is still very demanding in a country that does offer free healthcare, like Canada. Angela went through hell and back with her employer, which is a real shame! I mean, it is hard enough to deal with MS day in and day out, but to also have to battle with an employer that has absolutely NO compassion or understanding makes it even more difficult. It really seems that when others do not understand an illness, they just fear the unknown and don’t care to learn more about it. I call this behavior pure ignorance, but I am sure most of us have dealt with this at some point in our life. I actually feel sorry for them because there isn’t any help to cure this horrible behavior.

sending lots of loveWith the hard times I have faced over time, I always find the honesty Angela shares very uplifting and inspiring. Angela is one of the most real and kind people I am ❤ honored enough to call a friend, 😊even though we spell things slightly different!😊 Just kidding Angela! I do remember a few months ago when I made a relatively negative, but honest post  because I was dealing with some terrible MS issues. Angela ❤ was kind enough to email me directly just to check on me. This was so touching and actually restored my diminished hope in humanity.

I strongly urge you to, if you have not already visited Angela site https://fuckms.ca/ to never-let-a-stumble.jpgcheck her out! I think once you do, you will see how creative, talented and truly encouraging she is, there will NEVER be a day you will regret it! The amount of understanding Angela has is pretty amazing! I have and always will appreciate Angela for the woman she is! Angela,  I am ❤ thankful for the friendship we have created and hope you will never forget that I am always here for you❤!

imagesI would like to thank y’all for visiting my site today. I hope you have a lovely day today! I do look forward to reading your comments and do promise to respond as quickly as I can! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Midweek Recognition!

Happy WednesdayHappy Wednesday y’all! I hope your week is going great so far and you are feeling the absolute best you possibly can. I am sorry because I am a little behind on most everything right now because I have been feeling a little under the weather. I am not sure if I am feeling so awful because I have a cold or it is probably even more likely it’s the massive amount of stress I am feeling right now, Who knows?

As y’all already know I have many fellow bloggers I admire that A-garden-visitordeserve much recognition. I wanted to share each one of them with you so if you haven’t been able to visit their site, maybe you can soon!

The amazing blogger I want to share with you today is very humble and more than likely will not agree with my views, but I am leaving it up to you to determine who is right! Of course I do think you will agree with me that Beth, at http://bethybrightanddark.com/, is brilliant and her honesty is astonishing. 

Without even trying, Beth offers me SO much hope, strength and encouragement. Beth was 1bd08e94a39f2f317ac499110972374bdiagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in December of 2015 and continues to fight a good fight daily. Through the words she is able to share regarding her thoughts and experiences related to this unpredictable illness (MS), disease modifying treatments (DMT), Physical Therapy (PT) and Occupational Therapy (OT) you can feel her determination! I do think it is the combination of her sass and pure determination she can get through any situation life throws her way. 

Beth is a lot like myself, as we both do not like to cry in front of don't let your illness define youothers. This doesn’t have anything to do with viewing crying as a sign weakness, but everything to do with not wanting to add any additional stress to our families. Beth always inspires me with her kindness, ability to care, never-ending amount of understanding and her killer sarcastic personality!

I know I have already thanked Beth many times before and told her how amazing and encouraging I find her to be, but just in case she has forgotten, “THANK YOU Beth for being your incredible self!” Please never lose that fight within you!sending lots of love

I wanted to thank y’all for stopping by my site today. Each and every one of you have been so fantastic to me during my entire time within the blogging community, especially lately as I have been struggling. Your love and encouraging words are appreciated more than words can even begin to say!

I do hope if you haven’t already been able to visit Beth’s site, you will try stopping by http://bethybrightanddark.com/ when you have a few extra minutes. Without a shadow imagesof a doubt, I think you will enjoy reading every words of Beth’s posts and find her to be extremely strong and motivating!

I do look forward to reading your thoughts about this post and I do promise to respond as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of       ❤ love, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Crocheting helps with curve balls!

quote-inner-power-giant-todaySometimes life can throw a massive curve ball our way that ends up hitting us head on and hard as hell! During the past few weeks while I have been dealing with pain, heartache, disappointment and LOTS of stress it has been great to turn my attention to something that has eased my mind and given me some peace. Do y’all agree that being able to focus on something besides the stress and hardships of life is much healthier for the mind and health rather than to being absorbed by the negative is the best approach? I sure do!

Y’all might remember that during the holidays I was working on crocheting a blanket for our love seat that would match one I made previously for our couch. Well over the past f155b8cbaa1c506f981db978b13ec991few weeks I decided to focus my attention on making another blanket for our space bedroom! This has really helped ease my mind and provided me with LOTS of comfort, all while creating something that I think will be beautiful!!

Many years ago I learned how to crochet what’s called the “Granny Square” blanket. I know the name used to make me feel old, but it is a really easy pattern that you can just get completely lost in!

The one I just mentioned that I am making for our spare bedroom is going to be three 59d475ba81f82ed3c7607d4f45425c97different colors. I started with three rows of deep purple, two rows of grey and then two rows of black and just stayed with that color scheme. It fits well considering the bathroom attached to the spare bedroom is two shade of purple! I bet you can’t tell what my favorite color is! I promise, it isn’t difficult at all to change colors and actually gets easier the more you do it.

I am definitely not a pro with crocheting, but it might be the only thing that actually CsLOs_WWEAElIvNcalms my VERY tense and uptight nerves. I am going to share a few YouTube videos in case you wanted to give this a chance. If you are anything like me and gets insanely stressed out about everything, this might be very helpful for you!  These videos are pretty easy to follow and you will learn how to start a Granny Square and change colors if you want more than one color!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0g1yINMJQyI&t=447s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26ncIHthj_I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ResetFtgRgY

Please do not feel any pressure to try this; I just wanted to share with you what has 1.30.19-phone-300.jpghelped me through many hard times in life. If you are interested, I do know another type that I will share with you soon, but only if there is an interest. I did want to share with y’all the two of the blankets I have made. The brown, tan and black is the one for the love seat and the 1.30.19-phone-305.jpgpurple, black and great is the one that is in progress.

 I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and feeling great or at least the best you can! I am looking forward to reading any thoughts you may have about this post, if you are interested in learning to crochet or if you already know how to! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

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❤