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

Finally, Hello Weekend!

Happy Friday y’all and let us welcome the weekend back again! How did your week go? I do not think I will ever understand how a short week always feels so much LONGER! Logically, most would think that a week with four days would be shorter and easier, but that is never the case. I am sure everyone agrees with me and is SO happy about the weekend. Y’all are going to be surprised, but we do have plans for the weekend! We are going to the mall to look at the ring I want for our ten-year anniversary. Of course, we will do this in a safe manner by wearing a mask and disinfecting everything! Do y’all have plans for the weekend?

As we say “hello” to the weekend and “goodbye” to the week, we need to try doing what we can to enter the weekend in a positive and happy mindset! I want to take this moment to remind y’all that life is short and we only get one chance to live our life the best we possibly can. There is not a pause or rewind button on life and there are no so overs. I am sharing this quote to serve as a kind wake-up call for this. Once we discover who we are, we need to be the best person we can be. It is also crucial to be satisfied and happy with who we are. Life is not always about making everyone else happy, although that is important, we are not going to be able to make anyone happy if we are not happy with ourselves. I am guilty about being a people pleaser and putting everyone else’s needs and wants above my own, but I am trying to do better about this!

Over this weekend, I will encourage you to do things that bring you joy, but to do so in a safe manner. Unfortunately, we are not out of the woods with the pandemic and there are still too many new cases daily. For reasons I will never understand, people view the news and see the science to back up the dangers of this virus and still refuse to get vaccinated. There are no logical reasons to not get vaccinated because it has been approved by the FDA and it is saving lives! If you have not been vaccinated, I am begging you to do so!! Those that continue refusing to get the vaccine are the problem and they are killing others. The virus and vaccine are not political, but it is a sense of urgency!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed the quote I shared and truly hope my pleas for you to get vaccinated are heard and felt. I do not have a way to force people to do the right thing, but I will continue urging everyone to get vaccinated and wear a mask! I know some will disagree with me on what I have written, but I do still encourage your comments, which I will respond to as soon 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

Inspirational Wednesday

~ Midweek Inspirational Quote~

We are halfway through the week and much closer to the weekend that we all desire. I hope you enjoy the quote I am sharing today and that it brings you the extra motivation needed to make it through the remainder of the week and with an optimistic mindset!

Thank you for visiting my site today! I am sure most of you are surprised that I am able to do a simple post that is not terribly long, but I thought it was worth a chance. I do look forward to your comments and will respond 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

Tranquil Tuesday

Many of us had yesterday off of work for the holiday, so we have a shorter week! I have said this before, but the shorter weeks always feel much longer than the normal 5 day workweek or at least I think they do. What do you think about the shorter weeks, do they feel shorter or longer to you? If you had a long weekend, did you enjoy the three days away from work? I did not do anything special and did not even sleep in, but I think that is because my brain is wired to wake up early everyday. It is rather annoying, but I guess it is what it is!

I was able to do a post yesterday, but it was not the same type I typically do and I hope if you were able to read it, you enjoyed it! We do have four days left of the week before we make it back to the weekend and I found a quote that I wanted to share with y’all. I hope you will be able to find the meaning within this quote and it provides you with a little additional happiness! Life can be challenging, but not everything is terrible. There is something in every experience we go through and often which I think our reactions are even more important than the experience. Of course, there are some very difficult things we go through in life, but if our reactions are always negative that does not say much about who we are, does it?

There are a few awareness in September that I am planning to write about, but over the weekend when I was planning to I had another one of my bad headaches. I keep wondering why I keep getting headaches and one thing that might be causing them is failure to stay hydrated especially with the awful heat. Most of the time I do well with staying hydrated, but if I get too side tracked with other things like work, I do not do nearly as well. Another issue I dealt with over the weekend was a severe lack of sleep, which I have no idea why. It was not like I had to get up early, I just could not sleep. I think everything is important to bring awareness to people, but two of them I know effect many people and need to be shared. Please stay tune and I will be doing these posts soon.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed what I have shared today and the quote made you smile. This past weekend was a holiday weekend, but hopefully you were able to enjoy yourself and remained 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

Motivational Monday

~Monday is another day to try again~

Happy Monday y’all! When the alarm goes off on a Monday morning, it is a wake-up call for the week to begin. Maybe last week felt exhausting and draining, but this is a new week and we can forget about last week. Every Monday is a new opportunity to accomplish anything we were not able to last week and that is a wonderful way to see Monday! Of course, one of the last things I want to do is wake up to that obnoxious sounding alarm but it only lasts a few seconds, and then it is over! I think last week went a lot better getting back to my normal posting and hopefully, this week will go just as well.

Now that we are at the start of the new week and the weekend is in the review mirror, a little motivation can help us all begin the week with a positive mindset! I hope you will feel the motivation with the quote I am sharing with y’all today. Life can be extremely challenging and it can be easy to start feeling a little sad and depressed, especially with everything we have faced with COVID. It is not always others that make us feel ashamed and defeated because often we cause those emotions within our minds. I know that I am oftentimes my harshest critic and make myself feel unworthy and unintelligent. However, when I think in a logical frame of mind, none of those thoughts are at all true! I am telling y’all this to try to help you see yourself as the intelligent, strong, determined, kind, loving, and amazing person you are every day! Try being as kind to yourself as you treat others and I think you will see positive changes in your life!

Nothing in life is perfect when others suffering from natural disasters and health issues, but sometimes perfect is all in the eyes of the beholder. Everyone deals with painful issues in their way and they keep moving on. We might think that someone we think we know is living the most perfect life and we wish ours could be that same way, but what we do not know is what that person is going through. Tragedy and pain do not discriminate and it affects everyone. I think it is only the weak that get caught up in what they wish they had, but the strong are thankful for everything in their life!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed what I have shared and the quote provided you with enough motivation to start your week! Hopefully, each day gets even better and before you know it Friday will be here again. I am looking forward to reading what you thought about this post and I promise to 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

Let It Go Friday

Finally, happy Friday y’all! I hope you had a wonderful week and you are looking forward to a lovely, and safe weekend! Do you have any plans for the weekend? I think it is safe to say that y’all already know that I do not have any real plans for the weekend, but I like it that way. I mean the workweek is SO long and there is always something that has to be done, so the weekend should not have anything that must be done or at least that is how I view things. My husband is off this weekend, so there is a small chance there is something we are going to do, but definitely NOT definite!

Considering the workweeks are SO long, there is always a chance something negative occurred that created some unpleasant emotions. With the weekend already being VERY short, there is NO need to allow those emotions to carry over into our weekend and it is best to just let go of them! Today is the perfect day during the week to let go of things that troubled us, caused us stress, and things we do not have to power to change the outcome! Doing this will allow our weekend to be much more carefree and enjoyable! It is finally time to say see ya later to this week and onto happier times with hopes next week will be better than this week was, not that this week was awful, but there is always room for improvement!

Whatever you have planned for this weekend, please stay as safe as possible. COVID and the awful heat where I live, I need to be careful. I have noticed the heat makes me feel terrible and extremely dizzy. I never thought I would say this, but I cannot wait for summer to end and cooler months to begin, which where I am will not be until November at the earliest. I know one of the most important things when dealing with the heat is to stay hydrated, which I do!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope the quote I shared helps you let go of unpleasant emotions and you are able to enjoy your weekend! I cannot make any promises, but I am going to try doing at least one post this weekend and hope it will be interesting to you. 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

I have always thought viewing Thursday as Friday eve was a little more positive, but would love to know what you think! Of course, Thursday is always going to be much closer to Friday than Monday was, which is great! I hope your week has been great and you are staying safe. Like always, my days are always busy and I prefer it to stay that way because it makes the days go much faster. I know not everyone likes their workdays to be busy, but everyone has their reasons. Do you like for your workday to be busy or slow? I am just curious because I only know my husband likes his worknights to be slow and it does not make sense to me.

So much goes on throughout the week and sometimes things make it harder to tolerate issues that are even a little annoying. I think that by Thursday or Friday eve, we all need a little pick-me-up to help get us through the last day of the long week! Things are always going to get in our way, but it is so important that we never allow those roadblocks to getting in the way of what our destiny holds. No matter what anyone else says, we all have the power to do remarkable and amazing things! All of us face different challenges in life, whether it be health, family, employment, or any other issue we fall into and we find a way to make it through them. Personally, I think dealing with any type of hardship with strength shows pure determination, resilience, and a sense of perseverance! Even though I might have just rambled on, I would love to know what you think and promise to respond to your comments as quickly as I possibly can!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site today. I hope your week is going well and you are trying to do what makes you the happiest. I know I always mention staying safe with COVID, so I hope you are doing that. I do not want to continue saying the same thing in every post because I am sure that gets a little obnoxious, but I hope you know I do it because I care about you and your wellbeing! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Inspirational Wednesday

The good news about today is, we are halfway through the week and that is much closer to the weekend! How has your week been so far? Even though I am sure you are looking forward to the weekend, I hope you are having a wonderful week. Wednesday is one of the best days in the week because it means we have already made it through the first half of the week and there is not much left. I think it is best to look at things on the bright side because it could always be worse, heck it could be Monday!

Even though we are closer to the weekend, we do still have a couple of days in the week left and might need a little inspiration to push through the remaining days. The reason I decided to share this quote is that I find it inspiring to not give up on my dreams. There are many things I want to accomplish in my lifetime, but sometimes get discouraged. The bad part of that is, I am the one putting the discouraging thoughts in my head. I think there are times when we can be our own worst enemy because we are often more critical of ourselves than anyone else is. The lesson in that is we must learn to believe and love ourselves. I mean seriously, who can believe in us if we are not able to believe in our abilities?

I know not everyone agrees with me about how serious COVID is or how important it is to wear masks and get vaccinated, but I feel the science behind this is urgent. Some people might think that wearing a mask and getting vaccinated is not needed because they might feel the virus is not true and does not help. With that said, I would like to ask anyone that does not think this is important if they think it is important to wear a seatbelt when they drive their cars. Wearing a seatbelt reduces the risks of death, just like wearing a mask and getting vaccinated may reduce the risk of death! As of now, there have already been over 620,000 death in the United States because of COVID. I think and maybe I am wrong, but these deaths could have been avoided!

Thank you for visiting my site today! I hope you found the quote I shared inspiring and it helps you get through the rest of the week. I do look forward to reading your comments, which I will respond to 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