First post for 2020

1_L8OVc5Qggj8DPGeaf0qd2gIt is the first Saturday of 2020 and I hope your weekend is starting off great. I have managed to start 2020 off with a migraine that just will not ease up. My migraine started while I was at work on Thursday and it was horrible. It wasn’t easy but I did get through the day. I spent Thursday evening miserable on the couch with an ice pack on my head only hoping the pain in my head would ease up. When I woke up Friday morning, I could still feel the pain in my head but forced myself to go to work. Considering I am still new at my job I couldn’t call out sick already, but did end up leaving early. I really hate that I had to leave work early and I 052d3ef283ef864b990f7f19afbb3c5d4d3426-v5-wm-e1578152985171.jpghave only been at my job 3 weeks, but it was something I couldn’t avoid. People always want to ask, “What do you think is causing your migraine?” That is one of the most irritating questions, especially when I am in that kind of pain. The only thing I can think of that could have caused the migraine is it was raining. I do tend to get more headaches/migraines when it rains. Unfortunately it looks like it is going to rain a lot over the next week.

I have been thinking a lot about 4df61b89ef51c17ab4f5d3ee2bc55313what I want for 2020. One thing I am focused on is improving and building my writing skills. Y’all already know I want to get into freelance writing and even though it isn’t going to happen overnight, I will accomplish this goal. I am not rushing this goal because I want to be sure everything is done right. I need to go through the posts I have done over my years of blogging and pick a few of my best posts to add to my writing portfolio. Once I figure out which posts I think might be some of my best, I might ask y’all for your opinions because I do value what you think!

I recently received “365 Writing Prompts” from The Writer’s Digest. I want to try doing we-all-have-the-power-to-make-our-dreams-come-23776174all 365 prompts because I think it will help build my writing skills. I hope that by continuing to blog as much as I can and completing the writing prompts I will be better equipped for a freelance career.

We only have one chance at our life and should always work towards making our dreams come true. Of course there are times when life will get difficult and we might want to give up, but we have to continue to fight for what we want! There will be many times we feel we have failed and just do not want to try anymore. I have said this before but I think it is worth saying again; the only time we truly fail is when we give up. I made a promise to my dear sweet Poppy a long time ago which was I will never surrender to Multiple 16be83960a1c19625588b2fd81f8debbSclerosis and I will never give up on my dreams, I plan to keep that promise to him. We are the only one that can make our dreams come true, no one can do it for us.

This is my first post for 2020 and I plan to continue blogging. I am unfortunately starting 2020 off behind on reading your posts, but I will get caught up and hopefully not get behind again! Working full-time and then battling with migraines does make it hard, but I am determined to get better with it. I want to continue trying to spread positivity and share great content with y’all!make-your-dreams-come-true-quote-2-picture-quote-1

Thank you for stopping by my site today! I hope you are enjoying your weekend and you are able to do what brings you the most joy! Even though I know it isn’t easy, especially when you live with a chronic illness, I hope you hold on tight to your dreams because I know you have the power to make your dreams become your reality! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Very random thoughts!

life-is-like-a-roller-coaster-it-has-its-ups-and-downs-but-its-your-choice-to-scream-or-enjoy-the-ride-quote-1There are many times when life feels like a roller-coaster that has fallen off the tracks. It seems like one bad thing happens, just to be followed by another and it ends up turning into a vicious cycle of events. Often times you are just getting through one of lives difficult event when something else comes up. It is hard to catch your breath, but you are also forced to keep going.

We have all heard people say that life is short, but is it really? I have always believed that everything in our life happens for a reason and we may never know what those reasons are, but they are there. I think our story was written way before we were even born and we are just here to play the part.

It kind of seems like I have lived a year that was full of changes, some were good and 4others were not. I have no regrets about moving to a new area with my husband and two cats. It was a good choice and I do not miss the area we moved from. The move was a new chapter in our lives and it is not complete yet!

I have always known that you can’t run away from your problems because they will always follow you, no matter where you go. I am not saying there are any problems in my household, but I can’t go anywhere to hide from the pain caused from Multiple Sclerosis or the stress that seems to go everywhere I do. Stress is just something that has been a burden on my mind and haunted me for years.

maxresdefaultThere are many times I think about a place that has less pain and is stress-free. I find the beach to be a magical place where my pain seems to be less and stress is not welcomed and is blocked from the beach! I think the sound and smell of the ocean clears the mind and lightens to burdens to the soul. What do y’all think?

Y’all already know that I left my previous job a few weeks ago and do not start my new job until Monday. This did give me a break from work and allowed me to recuperate 06e6cb98-9eac-4eb5-a6c4-26efd7cde98c_logofrom that job because it really was a terrible place to be. The job was full of negativity and ended up being a very hostile environment. During my time off I was able to reunite more with something I am truly passionate about. I have made the decision to try getting into freelance writing. I know it is going to be a lot more difficult because I will be working full-time, but I will still put forth the effort. Of course it is going to take me longer to get everything setup, but it is a real possibility and I will make it happen!

Most everything about the job I start on Monday will be very new to me, but I catch onto images (9)things fast. I do not see it as be a difficult job, but hopefully it will be a great new adventure. There was a time I was very naïve and thought all people had good intentions, but as I have gotten older I know this isn’t always true.Don’t get me wrong, I know there are many wonderful people out there, but with some it isn’t easy to know if their intentions are good or if they plain evil hiding behind fake sincerity. I plan to go into this new job with my eyes wide open and no real expectations, good or bad. I guess if I do not have any expectations for the new job, I will not be disappointed!images (7)

So this is my last weekend before starting to work full-time again. I thought it would be best to get plenty of rest to prepare for next week, so I have not done much of anything! Either today or tomorrow I need to go to the grocery store to get a few things so I can make my lunch for the week. I think I am going to try to start eating healthier and think it will make me feel better all around. We are also getting our new kitchen appliances deliver on Saturday, so I can try cooking dinner more than we eat fast food. It has been over a year since we had a stove and surprisingly enough, I am SUPER excited about it!

smileI hope you are enjoying your weekend so far and you are feeling the best you can. I am still planning to keep my same schedule of posts and continue to try doing additional ones, but it might take me a little longer to respond to comments. We are approaching winter and it is already pretty chilly where I live. The craziest thing is, I actually grew up in the north where there are very cold and snowy winters. I guess living in the south for 20 years has made me forget what cold really is! Now when I say it is getting colder where I live, I think low 50’s is cold!  

Thank you so much for stopping by my site today. This post was kind of all over the positive vibesplace, but I guess I just have a lot on my mind and writing about it helps! I do hope you leave a comment because I love reading what your thoughts are on everything. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

Motivational Monday!

live laugh love mondaGood morning y’all! I hope you had a great weekend and were able to do anything you wanted to do! I actually had a pretty good weekend and was able to catch up on some rest I had missed out on. Honestly, on Sunday I didn’t even leave the house which was great because it was a nasty rainy day. Y’all probably already know that I was even able to finish the posts ICfIvOxFXEAA18E_ had been working on about Domestic Violence Awareness and Breast Cancer Awareness, so I feel like I accomplished something important. 

Are you ready to start this week off? Considering I work this weekend, I guess I am as ready as I am going to be. The weeks that I work the weekends are a bit of a struggle for me, but I always somehow get through them. I found a what I think to be a great quote to get us all motivated for the week ahead and I do hope you will as well. greatest glory

The reason I love this quote is because when I get incredibly 💤 fatigued 💤 because of work, I still tend to feel like I should be able do all that life asks me to. I do get a little down on vChK6pTy3vN3KbYZ7UU7k3-320-80myself when I damn near crash and burn, but I do always get back up again! I do look forward to reading your thoughts on this quote and I will respond as quickly as I can.

Thank you so much for visiting my site today. I hope your week starts off great and continues to get even better. Please know that I am always sending y’all LOTS of      love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Motivational Monday!

0e4599cc55a2fec5a47315b3f4beaf12Good morning y’all and happy Monday ☀! I hope y’all had a great weekend and you are ready to tackle yet again a new week! I worked over the weekend, but it was actually a good weekend! Since I have worked at the apartment community, Saturday was the best day I have had yet, which is saying something. Most days at work are not all that great and even rather frustrating, but I was on my own, super busy and on fire! It doesn’t matter one bit if things went so well over the weekend because my mind is stuck on our upcoming ☀ vacation ☀ or if things will be getting better at my job, all that matters is I had a rather pleasant 58b0f1c7256c4a126d1ddff462805279--inspirational-monday-quotes-happy-monday-quotesweekend!

Are y’all ready for the new week? Thinking on a positive side, I think it is going to be a fantastic week for all of us 🌸. I have always strongly believed that a positive outlook will only create very positive outcomes 🌈, so let us all find this a good way to think! Unfortunately, it does seem like that many people are very quick to judge others based on ignorant thoughts. As I have gotten older I have figured out that those that judge negatively really do not matter much at all and they are probably just unhappy with their own lives. This is where the quote I am sharing with y’all today comes from and I hope this is something you will try to keep in your mind always!people don't matter

Thank you so much for stopping by my site today. I hope the quote I have shared with y’all today will keep you motivated! Never allow anyone’s negative judgments to discourage or make you feel bad because YOU are way better than that! I hope you have a wonderful start to a fabulous week! Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of  love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Your dreams can become reality!

Turn-Your-Dreams-Into-Reality-lSo often we will sit daydreaming about random things. Sadly, we often feel that our precious dreams are unreachable because they seem so outlandish. In hindsight, anything is possible with enough determination and courage.

What is something you have dreamt about for as long as you can remember? Have you ever thought about the steps you couldyour reality take to make that dream your reality? Of those dreams you hold onto, has any of them come true? Or if some of these dreams never made it to reality yet, do you know why?

Something I have dreamt about and wanted for so many years is to be able to write a book, but I still have yet to accomplish this. I have asked myself time and time again why something I want so badly hasn’t come into fruition. Honestly the only answer I can come up with is I discourage myself with thoughts like I am not good enough or I can’t do it. Those negative thoughts have held me train-your-mind-to-seeback for way too many years and I am going to start fighting against them! I really want to make my dreams come true and I know in my heart I will.

Most of the time I think we are often our own worst enemy in life. I can say without any doubt or hesitation that I am my biggest and hardest critic. How do you get past this in life? How do you look past your own criticism and start Simple Pbelieving in yourself? Training your mind to know your strengths and using them is not easy, but it must be doable because look at how many others do achieve their goals.

When you take a step back and look at your life the way it is currently, are you living the life you want and are you happy? Are you proud of what you have accomplished? Are you able to enjoy the simple pleasures life has to offer? Personally, I like living a calm and drama free life style. I know there are many out there that enjoy having conflicts and constant issues because that makes them image-752575feel excited for some reason. I will never understand that frame of mind. I told someone the other day the only drama I like is General Hospital because that isn’t real! I think all drama brings to life is stress and pain! I also think that those of us living with a chronic illness already have enough to deal with and anything else is just unnecessary!

This post was just to share things with y’all that I was pondering and wanted to be able to read your thoughts about images (7)daydreaming and turning dreams into reality. I enjoy sharing my thoughts with you and then reading your comments because they are always amazing. 

Thank you so much for visiting my site today! I do appreciate your continued support! I hope y’all have enjoyed your weekend and you are feeling the best you possibly can. Please know that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

September, Pain Awareness Month

DmeoxF9XcAAnEI5I actually meant to complete this post earlier in the month because September is Pain Awareness Month and it is an important topic, but just was not able to because of too much fatigue and ironically enough pain. However, I do have a lot of information I want to share with y’all.

Pain is an awful thing many are forced to live with. Pain unfortunately affects way too many people’around the world. Speaking from my own personali-am-in-pain-you-just-dont-know-it-cause-i-smile-through-the-rain-and-refuse-to-show-it. experiences, I battle with pain every day and every minute of my life and it is anything but easy. Of course some days are worst that others, but even on a good day I still hurt more than anyone ever should have to. In all the years I have survived pain and Multiple Sclerosis, I have found that my pain increases drastically later in the day, like after about 2:00 PM. However even when I am in pain, I refuse to give in, but instead try my best to rise up again andpainhigh-res keep fighting the battle.

There are five types of pain a person can suffer from:

1.) Acute:

*Pain is felt short-term

*Pain will start suddenly

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*Gradually will resolve on its own, when the injury heals.

2.) Chronic:

*This type of pain is felt over extended periods of time.

*Effected areas include back, neck, joints, mouth and face and muscles and bones.

*This type of pain is possibly caused by inflammation or dysfunctional nerves

*Diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, and ailments due to cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Stomach Ulcers, AIDS and Gallbladder Disease.

3.) Neuropathic Pain-nerve-pain

*This type of pain and come and go.

*This is caused by damage or disease affecting the somatosensory nervous system. It is possible it could be associated with abnormal sensations called dysesthesia.

*There are many symptoms for this type of pain, which include: Sensation of pins and needles, uncomfortable tingling and burning, burning and tingly pain, uncomfortable and uncontrollable nerve pain. These symptoms can be felt during a certain time or day or felt the entire day without a break.

download (4)4.) Visceral Pain:

*Results from activation of nociceptors of the thoracic, pelvic or abdominal viscera (organs).

*Sensitive to stretching, ischemia and inflammation, but insensitive to small stimuli, like cutting or burning that typically cause pain

5.) Breakthrough Pain:

*Severe pain that rears its ugly head, when a person is already medicated with long-term pain killers.

*Very common in cancer patients.wp-1451082527281

*Felt in between regular and scheduled pain killers.

Lower back pain, migraines, facial pain, and neck pain are the four most common issues among those that suffer from chronic pain. Only 7% of men deal with chronic pain, where 18% of women deal with this nasty issue.

pain-awareness-monthAfter reviewing the statistics of people around the world that deal with chronic pain, the United States has the highest numbers.  For many reasons, I was not all that surprised that American’s rank highest in this category. I am going to list 6 major points of American’s and pain.

*50 million of the population live with chronic pain

*Between 560 and 630 million dollars is lost annually because of chronic pain

*Chronic pain is the leading cause of early long-term disabilityCrPnpZqUAAUwBhS

*Lower back pain affects 26 million people (which is 80%)

*Pain accounts for 78% of emergency room admissions (This is a huge number of people that are forced to go to an Emergency room,. knowing how awful insurance is and knowing the bill will be obscene.)

*Pain disrupts 42 million American’s sleep

download (5)Canada, having free health care also has many people that deal with pain. I have heard that the only thing that could be difficult is getting in with a doctor quickly, but at least they won’t go bankrupt dealing with their health issues. I am going to list a few stats from Canada.

*1 in 10 Canadian’s experience chronic pain

*9% of men and 12% of females experience chronic pain

*1.5 million of Canadian’s suffer pain issues

*34.6% of those deal with chronic pain, consider suicide

Considering that pain does affect so many around the world, I also wanted to share some random stats. The stats below are either worldwide or are to a specific area.

*20.5% or 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer with chronic pain

Pain management word cloud concept*20% of pain related suicides are a result of back pain

*30-50% of middle age people have neck episodes yearly

*Patients experience persistent pain after a routine surgery 50% of the time

*Back surgery fails up to 40% of the time. 2nd and 3rd interventions fail up to 70%

*Between 15% and 100% of patients with depression also battle with pain

*People with less education are 80% more likely to have chronic pain, than those with higher education

*500 million working days in Europe are lost to chronic pain

*20.2% of the Danish population suffers with chronic pain

CfIvOxFXEAA18E_I know many of you live with an illness that also causes a great deal of pain and I truly hate that for all of you. I stand by my beliefs that no one should ever have to suffer throughout their lives and there should be many more cures than there are. I guess there is a huge part of me that thinks, ‘It is 2019 and there are many brilliant minds out there. Why are these highly intelligent people not finding cures? Or why if these people have found the cures, why aren’t they shared?’

It takes a strong and determined person to work around the challenges that pain 49fa3f70b3c9ded5e0963d1328128554inflicts on our lives. I may have never met any of you in person, but through reading your posts and your comments on mine, I know you are one of these incredibly strong individuals ❤. With it being “Pain Awareness Month”, I wanted to share information that struck a nerve for me. Pain may be able to hide from others, but it is so real for many people. All I can say is a strong positive mind can do amazing things and even if it doesn’t take the pain away, it could carry you through to better times.

Thank you so much for visiting my site today. I always appreciate you taking the time to not only read what I share, but 3cf90d128f2321c4137a8be012ec0616--be-better-better-lifealso leaving amazing comments. I hope you have had a wonderful weekend and you are feeling the best you possibly can. I know it can seem difficult to remember, but y’all are very strong and have loving hearts. The amount of compassion y’all share is breathtaking! Please never forget that i am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

A few things that break my heart

downloadHow often do we try doing everything we can for everyone else, but forget to care for ourselves? I can be very guilty of this and even on a daily basis because I only want the best for everyone. It breaks my heart ❤when I see a homeless person that is kindly asking for a few dollars just so they can have food to eat. It enrages me when I witness a homeless person being disrespected and or belittled by an ignorant individual that knows nothing of their struggles. Even though I wonder how such an awful thing can occur, people do fall on hard times and end up hungry without a images (1)comfortable place to lay their head at night. There is only one person that knows their struggles and no one should ever judge because it can happen to anyone at any time!

How do you feel when you meet someone that is trying their best to dig their way out of a dark time? For instance, a single mother of 3 who is working 2 jobs just to put food on the table and a roof over their heads? Now it isn’t only a mother that plays the mother and father in this situation, there are single fathers out there as well. They are trying their hardest to care for their children, while trying to 28d5d07106bdc9e8dd8c2833142a1e19be the mother and father. 

Why does it seem the number of people who are self-centered and have an entitlement attitude increased so drastically? How is it possible so many people have lost the ability to have empathy for others? There is not a person on the face of this earth that is better than the next person, but yet so many feel they are superior. In a perfect world, everyone would be treated equally and fairness would not be a privilege, but it would be a right!

Another thing that bothers me terribly is the way animals are treated. Animals are innocent and 51T1MAPcg0L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_depend on their owners for common needs like; food, water, love ❤, a safe home, etc. How many animals have you seen that hold a grudge and only know hatred? I do kind of think one of our cats holds a grudge for a short time after her nails are clipped, but that never lasts more than a few minutes! Unlike the human race, animals love ❤ unconditionally and without ulterior motives! Maybe if humans tried living the way animals do, the world would be download (8)much happier place with far less wars.

Thank y’all for visiting my site today! I hope you had a wonderful weekend filled with LOTS of happiness! I cannot believe there is only a few hours left of the weekend before we are starting another 40 hour work week. I guess all we can do now is appreciate short time we have left and be thankful! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤