A few days MIA

Bright weekI have not made a post in a few days because sometimes life just gets too chaotic and it is hard to do the things I want to do. Life’s obligations can get in the way of good and fun times. Now whether it be work or household chores they all get in the way of leisure times. I know once I get home from work I am exhausted and do not feel like doing much of anything. Granted my job does only consists of being at a desk and most people would think that is not very tiring, but staring at a computer screen all day is exhausting! When you are sitting all day, not being active it weakens your muscles to the point they do not want to do anything else. I almost feel that my muscles go to sleep and do not want to wake up for any such reason. Plus being at a computer all day causes me to feel so much pain in my back and that pain alone makes me fatigued. 

I have been doing my best to increase my hours at work and I have been able to do 7 hour days. I am thankful that my job has been understanding with slowly adding to how much I am able to handle. I have noticed that I feel so much better earlier in the day, but then about noon I start feeling like I have been hit by a ton of bricks. I do however keep pushing a few extra hours so I can hit my 7 hour goal! 

Y’all already know that living life with an illness can add some additional stress and challenges to your daily life. How do you fight through pain when there is not any kind of relief? Even though things have not been easy lately I do still believe everything157213-Fight-Through-The-Bad-Days happens for a reason and somehow everything works out the way they are meant to. I do realize how clique that sounds, but I do believe every word of it.  

The weather plays  huge part in the way I feel. Rain and cold cause my body to feel terrible. We had a few days of bitter cold and I felt like a truck had run me over and backed over me just for good measure. Then Mother Nature decides it needs to be warm, so my body adjusts to that only to have the weather get cold again! Then we have days of sunshine, followed by days of rain or the threat of rain and I feel horrible! If we could just have weeks or months of the same type of weather I could be adjusted and stable!

I hope y’all had a great Monday! I hope the rest of your week goes absolutely wonderful! Always remember how important it is to stay positive even when it is difficult. Strength comes from positivity! As always, I appreciate you stopping by site today and please leave comments as I will respond to you just as quickly as I can! Sending y’all lots of love and comfort always!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

 

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The Entertainment Blogger Award!

 

entertainerHappy Friday Y’all! I hope you had a fantastic week and looking forward to an amazing weekend!

I would like to thank Paleeza, Just A Quiet Girl, Living In A Noisy World for nominating me for this truly astonishing award! Paleeza’s blog is so fun and sensational, I love reading her posts! She is a very kind and caring individual with so much passion!

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RULES FOR AWARD:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  2. Add the rules so others can follow.
  3. Answer the questions that have been asked.
  4. Nominate a handful of entertaining bloggers.
  5. Display the photo also in your blog.

My Questions and Answers

Why did you start a blog in the first place?

I started my blog for a few reasons. I love to write and I love to help others. My goal was to be able to inspire others that are struggling with illnesses. I wanted to show everyone that as long as you have passion and positivity, you can accomplish anything you want!

 What is your favorite book?

I love a series from James Patterson called The Women’s Murder Club. It sounds worse than it is! It really is an addictive series! The women work together to find justice and I love that!

What do you dislike the most?

What I dislike most is mean and judgmental people. I am a very fair and non-judgmental person because I believe strongly that everyone should be treated with love and respect!

What is your favorite food at the mall?

I like the soft pretzels with cheese.

What is your favorite pastime?

My favorite pastime without a doubt is writing!

 

My Fabulous Nominees:

Inkallhere
Waytomuchtoosay
Dinosaursdonkeysandms
Kimc91
Crankypants2
acreativenewmie

 

Thank you so much for thinking of me with this award Paleeza! I have enjoyed blogging and meeting so many people more than I can even begin to put into words. I am really looking forward to hearing my nominees answers fun questions! It is so much fun getting to know y’all! I hope y’all have a great weekend!! Sending lots of love and comfort to each and everyone reading this post!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

 

 

 

You behind the illness- told in 4’s

About me

Thank you Kim, Keepitmindful, I am so sorry I am a bit behind with answering the questions! I really loved learning more about you! It is still crazy how alike we are! I feel that we have a great community through this blog and I really enjoy getting to know so many people! It is great being able to connect with others that truly understand what we deal with on a daily basis! I am so thankful that you asked me to be apart of this! I hope you are doing well and feeling great!!

Four places I’ve lived:

  1. Springfield, VT
  2. Dover, NH
  3. Charlotte, NC
  4. Greenville, SC (Well soon this will happen)

I  am a little boring because I have only lived in the United States

Four places I’ve worked:

  1. Tribute Properties (Apartment Manager)
  2. Carolinas HealthCare System (CNA)
  3. Carolinas HealthCare System (Human Resources)
  4. Movement Mortgage

Four favourite hobbies:

  1. Listening to music
  2. Reading my favorite books
  3. Reading blogs
  4. Writing

Four things I like to watch:

  1. Hawaii 5.0
  2. General Hospital
  3. Designated Survivor
  4. Law & Order Special Victims Unit

Four things I like to read:

  1. Blogs
  2. James Patterson’s book
  3. Nicholas Sparks book
  4. Educational/Self-help books (Getting control of stress!)

Four places I have been:

  1. Jamaica (My honeymoon)
  2. South Beach Miami
  3. Key West Florida
  4. Snowshoe, WV

Four things I love to eat:

  1. Pizza
  2. Lasagna
  3. Donuts (not too often)
  4. Italian food

Four favourite things to drink:

  1. Sprite
  2. Hi-C Fruit Punch
  3. Mimosas (extremely rarely)
  4. Wine (on holiday)

Four places I want to visit:

  1. England
  2. Hawaii
  3. St Lucia
  4. Austrialia

Four bloggers I’d like to tag:

  1. msgracefulnot
  2. Hillaryrobyn
  3. Colettechristianson
  4. Crankypants

We were only able to tag 4 people but if anyone reading this would like to take part, please do. I really look forward to learning more about y’all!! 

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Real truth behind it

Good DaysIt really seems as though no day is exactly the same living with Multiple Sclerosis. I have good days, where the issues I deal with are there but tolerable. On these days I can pretty much just ignore the realities of this illness, which is fantastic! I do not like to dwell on the fact that there is no cure for MS, yet! I enjoy and appreciate my good days with bearable symptoms. On my good days I do my best to do things that I either want to do or need to do without having to push myself further.

Then there are the bad days, which take a little extra effort to do normal easy tasks. On bad days my pain levels will rise above the tolerable limits causing me to move a little slower and need a few extra breaks along the way. I try to not allow additional pain to affect my life too drastically but find ways to alleviate it some. I will utilize my heating pad more than normal and maybe take more Advil. I also try to stretch more to not allow my muscles to just stay tight. I will say that my mood is a little altered on these days but not too horrible.back on track 100

Unfortunately all my ideas for stopping the pain before it gets too far does not always work which turns my bad day into a terrible day! Today was one of those days. While at work I felt my back, neck, shoulders and legs gradually start increasing with pain. I did not panic and just tried alternating my heating pad from my back to my legs and stretching my back and neck muscles. I even tried getting up from my desk to move around a little hoping I would not start hurting even more. Regrettably nothing I did helped and I started feeling so much worse. I have been trying to increase my hours at work but I was not able to today. I ended up coming home to rest because I was in so much pain it was making me nauseous. Honestly, I was pretty disappointed because I did my best to keep pushing myself to make it through 7 hours at work. I did almost make it but could not handle it any longer. My mood is vastly different on terrible days because I am so irritated with the pain and it is hard to be around anyone. I prefer to just be at home in a nice comfortable and quiet atmosphere.

I do not understand why some days I can handle the pain issues but some days are SO completely unbearable. I thought that maybe it was related to the weather changes. It did go from freezing temperatures to relatively mild temperatures. Last week it was 17 degrees with snow/ice and this week it is 60 degrees with sun! I think that is a pretty Stars can't shinedrastic change and it has always taken my body time to adjust. How am I supposed to adjust to such rapid changes and be able to feel normal?

The truth is bad days come and go without any warning, they just need to be taken in stride! The bad and terrible days can be very discouraging but it is so important to not allow them to deter us from the good days that are ahead! I have honestly had a horrible day with pain but I am hoping tomorrow will be a better day. Thankfully I am home resting comfortably with my trusty ole heating pad, husband and loving cats! 

I hope y’all had a great day today and are feeling well. Thank you so much for stopping by my site today! Even though I have not had a good day, I am still trying to remain positive as I hope y’all are as well! Please leave comments below and I will respond to you just as quickly as I can! I hope y’all have a fantastic evening. 

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Liebster Award Nomination 2018

Liebster Award

Thank you so much Kim, Kim91 for nominating me for this wonderful award. Kim’s blog always has amazing posts that are filled with so much emotion and tenderness. Like myself, Kim has a passion to raise awareness for MS and also help those that are battling this illness. I feel so honored and blessed to have come across Kim’s blog and been able to build a strong connection with her! I made the decision to create my blog for a few reasons; one is that I really want to be able to inspire others that have to live with an invisible and chronic illness. It is not easy to accept and move forward, but through a positive mindset it is definitely possible. I wanted to be able to share my story to really show that it is possible to continue to live a perfectly normal life with maybe a few adjustments, but live a happy life! Not only am I very passionate about helping others, but I truly love writing. I have found writing to be very therapeutic. The awards that I have received have given me hope that my writing is also helping others, which was my goal!

Rules For Accepting It:
• Write about it on your blog and thank the person who nominated you. Write about her blog too.
• Display the award on your blog.
• Nominate 5 or 10 blogs which you feel deserve it.
• Let the nominees know that you nominated them.
“Don’t forget to create 10 questions for them to answer. Notify your nominees and provide a link to your post so that they’ll know what to do. Once you’re done, come back here and comment with the link to your post so I can check out your answers.”

My answer’s for Kim’s 10 questions

  • Why do you blog?

I have a few reasons for blogging. My main reason is because I want to be able to help others. But another reason is my love of writing. Blogging allows for me to do 2 things I am incredibly passionate about helping others and writing!

  • Who or what is you motivation?

I find so many of my fellow bloggers very motivating because of their perseverance. We all have something we are dealing with and it amazes me to see how others handle their challenges.

  • Do you believe in Love at first sight?

I believe to really truly love someone, you have to be able to know that person.

  • What is your ultimate goal in life?

My ultimate goal in life is to someday write a book.

  • If you could recommend one thing, could be anything to someone what would it be?

Never let go of your dreams because you can make your dreams become reality!

  • What or where is your happy place?

My happy place is without a doubt the beach

  • What’s your favorite thing to watch on T.V (assuming you watch tv)

I love watching crime shows like Law & Order SVU. It sounds a little crazy but I like being able to see justice for the victims of the crimes

  • Would you rather watch a movie or read the book?

If it is a movie that was made into a book, I prefer to read the book because they are more descriptive.

  • What is your favorite colour?

My favorite color is purple!

  • If you could be any animal/mammal what would you be and why?

I would love to be a dolphin because they are able to swim freely, for the most part, in the beautiful ocean.

My answer’s for Kim’s 10 questions

  • Why do you blog?

I have a few reasons for blogging. My main reason is because I want to be able to help others. But another reason is my love of writing. Blogging allows for me to do 2 things I am incredibly passionate about helping others and writing!

  • Who or what is you motivation?

I find so many of my fellow bloggers very motivating because of their perseverance. We all have something we are dealing with and it amazes me to see how others handle their challenges.

  • Do you believe in Love at first sight?

I believe to really truly love someone, you have to be able to know that person.

  • What is your ultimate goal in life?

My ultimate goal in life is to someday write a book.

  • If you could recommend one thing, could be anything to someone what would it be?

Never let go of your dreams because you can make your dreams become reality!

  • What or where is your happy place?

My happy place is without a doubt the beach!

  • What’s your favorite thing to watch on T.V (assuming you watch tv)

I love watching crime shows like Law & Order SVU. It sounds a little crazy, but I like being able to see justice for the victims of the crimes considering I do not think justice is always served properly.

  • Would you rather watch a movie or read the book?

If it is a movie that was made into a book, I prefer to read the book because they are more descriptive.

  • What is your favorite colour?

My favorite color is purple!

  • If you could be any animal/mammal what would you be and why?

I would love to be a dolphin because they are able to swim freely, for the most part, in the beautiful ocean. I find the ocean very calmly and amazing!

My amazing Nominees are:

  • Mswithmsalex
  • Ipunablack
  • QueerlyTexan
  • Trippingthroughtreacle
  • A Creative Newmie
  • msgracefulnot
  • Waytoomuchtosay

10 Questions for my amazing nominees:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  3. What inspires you in life?
  4. What is your favorite color?
  5. If you had a magic wand what are 3 things you would do?
  6. What did you want to be as a child?
  7. What is your favorite animal? It can be exotic or typical animal!
  8. What is your favorite part of blogging?
  9. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your 10 year old self?
  10. Do you believe in karma and why?

I am so excited to read your answers to my questions. All of you deserve this recognition because y’all are absolutely amazing! I have enjoyed getting to know you and building such a great connection!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

 

Winter in the South!

closedHappy Wednesday Y’all! It has actually snowed in the south, which closes everything down! I am definitely not complaining since my office was closed today, but will it close again tomorrow due to the icy roads we will have? I do believe it would be the logical and safe thing to do, I just wonder if they will see things the way I do!

I am not a huge fan of the cold weather as it does cause me so much additional pain, but it was really pretty to wake up to see snow falling! The snow has blanketed the cars and ground which is a beautiful sight, as long as I do not have to go out in it or try driving in snowdayit! I am not saying I can not drive in the snow, but my car does not see things the same way I do. However, I do not believe anyone can drive in the ice, which is what things are going to result in tomorrow!

I do believe we have one good snow fall every year! Considering I did grow up in the north a couple of inches would really not mean too much but it does in the south! The south does not see much snow, so I do not believe we have the necessary equipment to handle much if any!

Yesterday I kept saying we were going to have snow today and I do not think anyone believed me! I even sang my made up snow song in hopes for the snow and it worked! Maybe I need to make up another song for my office to be closed tomorrow, so I do not have to try to drive with icy conditions!

Just to give y’all an update on how I have been feeling physically. I have noticed that I do seen better daysstart feeling much worse as the day progresses. My pain and headache issues will be fine in the morning until about 2:00 in the afternoon, but then everything starts to come back. I will slowly start to get a headache and my back and leg pain will hit me hard. This would be the reason why I am not back to my normal full-time hours at work yet, my body just can not handle it. I really am hoping that someday soon I will be back to as normal as I can be and work a full day. Prior to my most recent flare up I could easily work 8 or more hours a day and be fine, but now after 6 hours I am in bad shape. I have been trying to push myself a little further each week and now I am working 7 hours, which has been working fine. If I am able to come home and rest comfortably my pain will subside some! 

I hope y’all are having a good week so far! Thank you for stopping by today to read my thoughts for this fantastic Wednesday! As always your comments are very much appreciated and I will respond to you as quickly as I can! Remember to always do your best to stay positive because y’all know I believe it make dramatic difference in life! I hope y’all are feeling well today and stay feeling well! Sending much love and comfort to all of you!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Martin Luther King

MLKMartin Luther King Jr was an incredibly influential man, who dedicated his life to fight for equality. He was born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta Georgia into a home of strong religious beliefs. His father, Martin Luther King Sr’s birth name was actually Michael King Sr but he adopted the name, Martin Luther King in honor of German Protestant religious leader, Martin Luther. In 1931, he stepped into the role as Pastor of Ebenzer Baptist Church after his father in law passed away.

Even during his youth Martin Luther King was a brilliant man. While attending Booker T. Washington High School, he skipped both the 9th and 11th grades. At age 15 he entered Morehead College in Atlanta, GA, where against his father’s wishes choose not to study ministry because at the time he was questioning religion in general. In all honesty, I can understand why he would question religion. The treatment of African-Americans was so unjust and unfair how could anyone believe in what religion is supposed to be about? Somehow during his junior year in college his faith in religion was renewed and hemartin-luther-king-jr-6 wanted to have a career in Ministry. In 1948 he earned his Sociology degree and decided to continue his education at Liberal Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, PA. I was not surprised to learn that he graduated as the Valedictorian and was elected as Student Body President in 1951. Upon graduating from Liberal Crozer Theological Seminary, he was accepted at several colleges for doctoral studies and enrolled at Boston University. King earned his PhD at a young age of 25.

From deciding the road of Ministry, to his final speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” on April 3, 1968, Martin Luther King made an enormous difference in the world. He dedicated his life to equality that should have continued to be upheld through the years but unfortunately seems to have diminished rapidly. How many people today would organize peaceful protests that would help humanity? In 2018, 63 years after King Stick with Loveorganized the Montgomery Bus Boycott, how many people would stand up for their beliefs in the harmonious way he did then? I feel that all these years later, anytime there is a protest it ends up being a riot and there is an incredible amount of unnecessary violence. Why have we not evolved into more loving individuals?

King wanted nothing more than to have peaceful changes amongst the treatment for African-American. I am a strong supporter of equal rights for everyone because we are all human beings with feelings and it does not matter the color of your skin, love choices, religious or political beliefs. On August 28, 1963 King and his supporters organized their plans for a monumental demonstration on the nation’s capital. The March on Washington drew in more than 200,000 people all wanting amicable changes. It was during this demonstration when King made one of his famous speeches, “I Have AI have a dream Dream.” 55 years later it almost seems that so many have forgotten the very powerful words that were made during that speech. What happened to having a dream of fairness and justice?

It was due to King’s relentless efforts that the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964. The act authorized the federal government to enforce desegregation of public accommodations and outlawed discrimination in publicly owned facilities. During that same year, King was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize Award for his refusal to accept racial prejudice in America.

Sadly, Dr. King was assassinated April 4, 1968 while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis TN. The day before his death, he made his final speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” Dr. King motivated so many Americans to stand up not only for their rights but their beliefs. Are there many people today actually motivating society? Is it really too hard to embrace and value others for who they are? I believe that ethics has vanished from the world and it is really sad. Dr. King was just a man who made life altering changes for the world. I only wish that in 2018 we could remember Inspiring-Martin-Luther-King-Jr.-quotes-Keep-Movingand honor him for all he did for Americans and not disgrace his memory, values and strength.

Much of my post for today was to teach you more about Martin Luther King but also to share just how passionate I am for respecting and caring everyone. It only takes one person with a belief to make incredible changes. Always stand strong to how you feel and never allow anyone to discourage you. What would have happened if Martin Luther King allowed someone to demoralize his beliefs? He never lost his spirit during all his battles and cruelty that was inflicted on him.MLK Keep the Dream

I hope y’all enjoyed this post today. I encourage your comments because I would truly love to hear your thoughts. I hope the rest of your day goes well and you have a very peaceful and restful evening! Sending love and comfort to you everyday!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Open Minded Thoughts!

open mind 1Of course living with a chronic illness comes with its own set of challenges, so why not just embrace them with open arms? If I went through this life being closed-minded, I believe I would miss out on so many wonderful new experiences. If we approach everything with an open mind, it will allow a freedom to accept additional knowledge we otherwise would not have been exposed to. 

Just look at how many different medications there are for various illnesses. Of course the doctor will have their opinion on what is best but if you do not keep an open mind to medications, you might very well miss out on the one that is best for your body chemistry. It is amazing how much you can learn when you have a conversation with a friend, co-worker or family member about something they find incredibly interesting. This conversation can introduce you to something that is extremely fascinating that you had never heard of or if you did, never gave it a second thought. I skied when I was a little girl but only for a few years. I think about 10 years ago my husband discovered snowboarding and fell in love with it. If he had not stumbled upon this and introduced me to it, I would have never thought to strap a board to my feet and go down a mountain! Even though I am not able to stay out on the mountain as long as he is able, I am glad I have acquired this still because it is a lot of fun!

I do find it amazing how much I have learned from chatting with my fellow bloggers! I am the type that will talk with the waitress at a restaurant or cashier at the grocery store about their day, which they seem to enjoy as much as I do! Y’all know the lines at grocery stores or other retails stores can get long, so I normally find way to entice conversation with the person behind me. It makes the wait seem shorter and you can sometimes find out great information on how they save money at the store through coupons or apps on their phone!

Being closed-minded allows for negative judgments, which y’all already know I Closed mind closed heartam one of the least judgmental and positive people! I find great pleasure in positivity because to me it really makes long days just a better and easier to handle. I always try to find the positive in the most difficult situations! I do believe that having an open mind creates a positive and uplifting environment!

I hope y’all are having a nice weekend! The weather seems to be changing once again. Yesterday it was over 70 degrees and now for the next several days it will be in the 30’s or 40’s which is quite a change. But I guess if you can’t beat it just accept it and continue moving forward! I appreciate you visiting my site and would love to hear your thoughts! I hope the rest of your weekend goes fabulously and you enjoy every moment of it! Remember to always stay strong and positive!! Sending you love and comfort always!

Love 2

 

Always, Alyssa

Bloggers Recognition Award — KeepItMindful

I’ve been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Claire from pain pals and that is what she has become! She writes about her chronic illness but posts a lot of inspiration throughout her blogs. Claire shares other people’s writing aswel again spreading even more positivity. Thank you so much for nominating me. You can […]

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Love & Hate

love_and_hate_are_so_close_by_mishdew.jpgIt seems as though there has been a collision between love and hate in this world! We may find it difficult to find a balance in life when there is so much controversy everywhere we look, but it so important to at least try! I believe some allow themselves to be influenced by hatred and it tends to consume their lives. I can not help but ask myself why this is happening. We all deserve to be treated with love and respect no matter what our personal beliefs are. Why is it that it is so much easier to adopt hate into our lives and abolish the love in our hearts? It is my opinion that if there was even a little more love and a lot less hate the world would be a much better place!love and hate

I am a firm believer that it is essential to be kind to others! We never truly know what someone else is going through in life, but our kind words might be just what they need to change their perspectives. We may not fully understand what that person is battling, but we can at least try to empathize with them. No matter what is on the surface we all have struggles in life and sometimes need a little encouragement! We all want to triumph the struggles we face with dignity and grace! No one should ever be scrutinized for how they choose to deal with their daily struggles but be fully supported with love! 

I hope y’all had a great day today! I am continuously astonished by all of your fantastic comments on my posts as well as your own posts that you share! Each and every one of you have so much strength and passion that is incredibly inspirational! It takes so much resilience to push through chronic illnesses and pain, but y’all do a phenomenally with this everyday! Continue to be positive because as I have said so many times it is so important as it pushes away the all negative from your life! Thank you for stopping by today and please leave a comment on my thoughts for the day! I am always sending y’all love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa