Tag Archive | God

Trust the path you’re on

Sometimes you just simply need to have faith and trust that the path you’re on is exactly where you’re supposed to be. It’s not always easy, but it’s the way…

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The last few weeks have been quite a challenge… From surgery to balancing all of life’s responsibilities to making sense of relationships to deciding where I should go and what I should do.

This quote was sent to me by a friend… And it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. It served as a reminder that sometimes you just have to stop what you’re doing and just live. Stop over analyzing every little thing and accept what you have.

Sometimes you have to come to the realization that you can’t always do everything. That there are limits. That you have to set limits. Sometimes the most important thing you can do is stop everything and just take care of you.

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People may understand or they won’t. If they don’t then the loss is on them. Taking care of you and loving you should always come first… If you don’t do those two things, what good can you be to those of you in your life? And for the “some” that don’t get it? Do you really want those kind of people in your life?

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My friend Amy, posted the above of Instagram… Yet another message received at the perfect time. Make room in your life for the right people. The people that build you up. Don’t allow others to tear you down.

Leave room enough in your heart only for those deserving and worthy. Keep the loving hearts and genuine souls close always. They’re the ones to hold near and dear no matter the day or situation.

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You never know where your sunshine will come from. You never know whose day you’ll brighten. So keep a happy heart and a loving smile handy.

Trust the path you’re on. Enjoy every second of the ride and always be kind, no matter. ❤❤❤

The High Road

Quite honestly I think in today’s world it’s quickly becoming the road less travelled.

I just don’t know what’s going on sometimes … but in all honesty my BS meter is full. So feel free to put your 2 cents in a different meter. 😉  KIDDING…. JUST KIDDING.  Although there are days I feel as though that is the truth…

From people bashing each other because of differing beliefs … to blatant lies & partial truths… to individuals boasting & bragging incessantly… when is it going to end? Continue reading

Teaching an old dog new tricks

It really can happen.  It isn’t always all that difficult either.

Sometimes it just takes a forceful push out of one’s comfort zone  directly into new territory that does the trick.

Seriously … you really can teach an old dog new tricks. The proof is in the pudding and I’m the pudding!

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Bountiful Blessings

Each and every day I try to keep in mind all that I have to be thankful for as so many things can easily be taken for granted.

This year especially, I feel inclined to count my blessings and find comfort in the fact that I can appreciate both the big and little things that make my life complete.

Closing my eyes each night, I give thanks for all who’ve come into my life and helped to make me a person I am proud to be.

With each morning as my eyes open, I am thankful to get yet another chance to walk this earth and give a piece of myself to all who inhabit.

I’m thankful for my family both near and far.  While we don’t often get to spend time together, the time we do share is important and special, fun & crazy.  I’m thankful that some in my family have also turned into friends.  That’s the best combination I could ask for. I’m beyond thankful to be a proud aunt to 5 awesome nephews and 1 fabulous niece.

I’m thankful for my friends both old and new.  While years or miles may separate, you’re always close, memories are abundant.  So much in my life has been made more bearable simply by your presence.

I’m thankful for the challenges I was faced with this year as they’ve helped me to step out of my comfort zone and find myself again.  With each challenge I learned something new about myself.  With each challenge I was reminded that you must have faith in yourself before others will believe in you.

I’m thankful for music and all the joy it brings to my life each and every second of every day.  For when someone else’s words give you the power to say what you couldn’t on your own those words become a part of me.  They are the soundtrack of my life on this incredible journey.

I’m thankful for the gift of words… something that I didn’t always  share so freely until the start of this blog a year and a half ago.  Writing has given me a clearer view on the foggiest of days… Putting the words down helps me to heal and grow constantly.  I’m thankful for the little birdie on my shoulder that started nagging at me to start this blog.  Little did I know just how important it would become.  I’m thankful to have met some of the most incredible people I’ve ever known through the sharing of our words.  The encouragement and support of you all has been such an incredible blessing.  I have gained some absolutely amazing friends along the way and am so very thankful for each and every one of you ( you know who you are).

The JFK quote above couldn’t be more accurate. Sometimes it’s not in the words that you utter… it’s showing those you love and appreciate that you do. It’s living the example and not just speaking of it. It’s walking the walk not talking the talk.

So today, as many in the US are celebrating Thanksgiving, eating and sharing with their families, count your blessings; be thankful for all that you have.

But do it again tomorrow too… The things you are most thankful for today are those you should be thankful for each and every day.  You never know when it will be your last… live each and every moment to the fullest.

Happy Thanksgiving my loves!   xoxo

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Expect the Unexpected

I know I’ve heard many a person say, “You never know what to expect”.

 Time and time again I’ve heard those words or uttered them myself in relation to various situations, circumstances and events.

This has always held true in my personal experiences in life so far…

Just when you think you know, you find out in reality you really have no idea…

But you see, life always has a way of changing on ya… the path in the road winding in a different direction of sorts…

Some days you’ve got your plan all set and the floor comes out from underneath you…

While other days you’re so lost you’re driving around in circles having not a clue as to which direction you should go…

You never know if what you’ve always done and what you’re used to doing is what you are meant to do…

You never know what opportunities will present or how you are to respond to them…

You may find yourself doing something you’ve always wanted to do in a way you never thought of…

You may find yourself doing something you never thought you’d be doing but loving it anyway…

Whether your dream is your journey or your journey is your dream, take hold and live it out…

Don’t limit yourself with expectations… expect anything and everything and all that lies in between.

A lot of triumphs arise in direct relation to the way you respond to life and all it throws your way.

Whatever your dream may be, live it.  

Love it.

If I’ve learned anything at all in the last two months, it is to ALWAYS expect the unexpected

It’s a little less of a shock if you prepare yourself for the best, worst and everything in between.

AND

Just roll with the punches… tomorrow IS a new day.  Why not make it a good one?

Loves to my loves!

Celebrating the gift of “YOU” to the world

Have you ever wondered how birthday celebrations became so important?

To some birthdays are a huge ordeal.

To others, birthdays are just another day in their time here on earth.

I’d say that I’m right smack dab in the middle of the mix.  While I like a bit of a fuss to be made on my day, it is in actuality just another day in my life….

But this “just another day in my life” is truly a gift in and of itself.  Time and time again we are reminded that life is so very precious; never knowing which ordinary day will be your last here.  Illness, Accident or nature… you just don’t know when your time on earth is up; when a normal day will be your last.

Your birthday is your own personal “Happy New Year” celebration.  It’s the day that we celebrate you making your appearance in the world.

In my family we don’t have any traditions that are set in stone but we usually have dinner at my mom’s that most often includes corn on the cob and fried green tomatoes (all of our birthdays are in the summer 🙂 ).  Summer birthdays always lent themselves to fun in the sun… from slip and slide birthday parties to weekends on the house boat in Erie with my Aunt, Uncle and cousins to weekend birthday celebrations at the cabin with little bro and friends.

Often we got flowers from our step-dad on our birthdays along with cake and ice cream.  Many birthdays have been spent at work in my days at Kennywood or on field trips at the daycare I used to work at.  Concert tickets have made some pretty cool birthday gifts I’ve received including several Dave Matthews Band concerts and the Paul Simon & Bob Dylan show I saw with an Ex.

All things aside though…. YES, the gifts are nice & the cards are heartfelt or funny. BUT, the biggest gift we receive each and every year is more time to walk this Earth.  More time to leave your mark on the world… More time to forage relationships with those you love and initiate new bonds.

The gift of you to the world is the most amazingly spectacular gift that can be given… for on YOUR day, you and only you are celebrated.  Your talents, your being, your treasure.  Celebrate the gift that you are to the world.  The gift that you are to your friends and family… the gift that you are to yourself.  Acknowledge your awesomeness and celebrate the fact that you are unique.  You are the most precious of gifts that could ever be received.

So on your special day each year… I celebrate the gift of you!

CELEBRATE each breath that you take… every move you make.

Random act of kindness

Ever been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of an act of kindness?

It is a pretty cool thing, let me tell ya.

Yesterday I received a card in the mail… no return address, no signature.

Enclosed in the envelope was a gift card for a local grocery store and only two words inside…

love you.

Whomever was so kind as to send me this anonymous love holds a special place in my heart…  whether you are family, friend or both… a friend of a friend, a church member or a complete random… your act of kindness brought tears to my eyes and happiness in my heart.

Happiness not for the gift card contained inside, but for the notion that there are truly good people in the world… even more so that I am blessed by having truly good people in my life.

For nothing other than that, I am thankful.

So to whomever sent this anonymous love my way…

Love you too!

And

THANK YOU

from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you