Happy Sunday

It’s been almost a month since my last blog. I don’t know about you, but February may be the shortest month of the year, but I feel it’s the longest.

I think by the time February gets here, I’m done with the cold and gloomy days. I’m ready for sunshine and warmer weather.

I still have been finding things to be grateful for but here’s what I know. Just because you are grateful doesn’t mean you won’t have sad days or days of illness.

For the last two weeks, I’ve been dealing with both. Last week I was just tired of working and cleaning all the time and feeling as though I had no time for anything else. So, I managed to leave housework behind and go for a hike. It was chilly, but I needed the fresh air and a break from daily life.

The last few days, I’ve felt tired, and I can’t seem not to get tired no matter what I do. It doesn’t matter how much sleep I get or caffeine I drink; nothing works.

So, I decided to try and be healthier, and in doing so, I think my body is in detox, and it’s not happy.

I know many people who can not make easy decisions without causing anxiety. That’s what life is, though, making decisions all day long. We decide what we will wear, eat, drink, exercise or not, and many other choices.

This is what makes me wonder about so many others who have been through so much pain and sickness. Some decide to give up on being happy, and others choose to hang on.

Do we all have a breaking point? Will we all give up on being happy eventually if things don’t get better?

If I didn’t have the Lord in my life, I would have given up already. I can remember many times when I just wanted to not live up to what I was capable of due to failure.

If I had given up on writing, I would have never published my children’s books. If I had stopped taking pictures, I would have missed some great shots. If I had given up on what I wanted because of being too tired or feeling sad and doubtful, I would have missed out on many things that brought me happiness.

Being grateful helps one be happier, but it doesn’t keep all the sadness out. We still need to know that life likes to throw things at us, and they can feel like too many minor inconveniences or one big hassle.

That’s when we need to be having those talks with Jesus and not to forget the things that bring happiness to our lives. I have a hard time not doing work that needs to be done first and then later realizing that the laundry will never be 100% done or anything else.

If I don’t take a break and do some much-needed self-care, then I’m just slowly destroying my happiness. It’s okay to take time and enjoy the sunshine because you can do laundry when the sun goes down.

I choose to hang on because the struggle is real, but this too shall pass.

Thank you for reading I hope it helped someone to hang on who planned on giving up. God Bless!

February 5th

How are you all doing? Have you been trying to stay positive or at least find something good in every day?

I have to say, until I got up today, I had been feeling pretty happy. This morning I was okay. I cleaned the house, and a few hours later, I started feeling blah.

I didn’t have a reason to feel sad, but I wasn’t feeling happy. Maybe it had to do with it being pretty outside, yet still so cold.

I was not enjoying my time in the house. I wanted to be outside, but did I want to go through the trouble to go out?

I decided to make myself go outside and absorb some vitamin D. It made a huge difference in my mood. Once I added an extra layer of clothes it wasn’t too cold out.

I first spent time with my cats. Spending time with your pets is great for raising serotonin and dopamine levels. I took their pictures while they enjoyed the sunshine and my company as I did theirs.

Then I found some ice around some moss and photographed that for awhile. Last but not least, I had a little talk with Jesus because it makes everything better.

That is how I turned my frown upside down. I still don’t know why I felt moody today, but I did take steps to improve it. It took some willpower to want to change it. It also took time and energy.

It can be such a struggle to find something positive. Some days you have to try harder. It was so worth it to push myself to find something good today. It’s easy to get defeated by sadness. I feel much happier now, and I can enjoy the rest of this beautiful day the Lord has made.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you find your happiness today!

Brr baby it’s cold outside

How is everyone holding up? Tomorrow we will be three weeks into the new year. How is life going so far? It feels like it’s been way longer than three weeks to me.

As I mentioned before, my goal is to try and find positivity every day. If it’s just something small to be grateful for, at least I’m trying to stay thankful for life even though last year felt like a complete mess.

The last week I won’t lie; it has been bumpy. We have had snow, rain, and more clouds than sunshine. I do miss the sun. I did get out Tuesday, and the sun was shining, and it did make me feel better. Sometimes I wonder if I don’t get seasonal depression.

I still find things to be thankful for, so I have not given up yet. I have to realize that life is not just a nice beautiful drive. There is plenty of roadwork and roadblocks that will get in our way from time to time. I’m one of those people that hate any traffic literally or in life itself. Patience is a virtue and one I can’t seem to acquire.

Now I’ll stop whining and tell you some good things I found during a cold, wet, and dull week.

I captured photos of cardinals and other birds by putting cat food outside for them to eat. I had to take the pictures inside the house, but I’m still pleased with the final photographs.

I also enjoyed making pancakes Sunday morning and sitting down with my family for breakfast which is rare. We usually eat dinner together, but for breakfast, we are generally on different schedules.

I did even go outside and take a few snow pictures. The first snow is always fun, but I find it not as appealing when it comes back again. I still tried to find something to photograph. I think I will have to challenge myself more on what I take pictures of. I need new inspiration.

I’m always thinking of things to do, but I usually change my mind quicker than I start because I’m afraid of failure. Who wants to give their heart and soul into something to find out nobody supports you. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not people finding fault in what I do as much as I find fault in myself. One of the hardest things to learn is validation from others is not needed, but validation from yourself is.

This week has been a little blah; Yet, God has seen fit to keep me here for a reason. I need to be thankful and keep trying to be the best person I can be. I need to keep seeing the light at the end of the tunnel even though shadows try to block my sight. Today is a gift, and I need to be happy no matter how much or how little pleasure it brings.

Thank you for reading! My struggle is real, but I won’t quit ♥️

Have a great day and God Bless

Monday, January 3rd

First Monday of the New Year and Monday did live up to its reputation of the chaos and aggravation it is known for

I still found something positive in a day that started rocky. I did get a snow day today, so I braved the cold temperatures and went outside two times. I was able to take pictures which helps release a lot of my tension. That is my positivity for the first Manic Monday of the year ☺️

What is your good thing for the First Monday of the year 2022?

Happy Sunday

Day 2 of finding something positive!

Sunday is an easy day to find something positive. Usually, We go to church, but we didn’t have church today due to a nasty weather forecast. I’m thankful we didn’t get any bad weather. Just lots of rain. Might get a tiny bit of snow tonight which would give me a extra day off which I’d love to have. If not, back to work tomorrow after a wonderful Christmas break.

Today my positivity comes from having the energy and time to get my house nice and clean, laundry done, a nice big supper which means no cooking tomorrow.

I’m going to get stuff ready for work tomorrow and relax the rest of the evening.

What was positive in your day?

Thanks for stopping by; God Bless!

New Year’s Eve

How many are glad this year is over and are looking forward to a better year? 🙋🏼‍♀️ How many of us thought that last year also, but this year surprised you into actually being worse? 🙋🏼‍♀️

I do believe for me each year since 2018 has gotten worse instead of better. I know for a fact if I didn’t have God in my life, I would be crouched in a corner somewhere bawling like a baby.

That is one of the reasons I want to do a grateful blog for 2022. We must not dwell on all the negativity, we must dwell on our blessings. There is always something to be thankful for.

I think that is why I love taking pictures. You can take any day and find something beautiful or amazing to photograph. You have to look around and be open to seeing beyond the big picture. Find the little things, for they are the things that will matter most.

Bad things that happen in our life are usually like a huge boulder. We have a tough time seeing past them. That is what we see, so that is what we focus our attention to. We must ask God to lift us up in these times so we can see past what is standing in our way.

I challenge you in the year 2022 to find something every day to be grateful for.

Thank you for reading, and God Bless you today and in the New Year ❤️

If the shirt fits, wear it ☺️

2022, Please be a Good Year

I think 🤔 2022, I will go back to blogging. I’m a jack of all trades, master of none, lol. I love to write, take pictures, and even paint on occasion.

This year, without a doubt, I have things to be thankful for, but it’s also been a tough year. It’s been one thing after another. I do not want to start 2022 with bad feelings so, I’m going to try and make a thankful blog. Remember, even a bad day has something to be grateful for.

Let’s try to find something positive when there looks to be none. Life is a struggle everyday but we can make the best of it. Right? Let’s at least try to.

Thank you for reading, God Bless!

Self Care is Important

I have been on fall break this past week. My goal was to work on all the areas I felt like I had been failing in for a while.

First and foremost I needed to get back to praying more. I felt like I was carrying around problems on my shoulders that I had no control over. I had to give them over to God to handle. I’m sure he was thinkng “why she carrying that heavy load when I can carry it for her?”

I also needed to get back to being more healthy. I need to lose some weight and get more fit. So, this week I started the 5k runner app, and if I only get to a mile jog and nothing else. I’m okay with that as long as I know I did my best. It’s been four years since I tried to jog. I have only did the app this week and it’s helped me feel better. My Fitbit actually has peak minutes. It’s been a while since I’ve seen those. I’ve not eaten the best but I am making better choices and since I’ve helped my stress level I’m not doing the nighttime binge eating I was doing.

Then I also wanted to do small things that made me happy and feel better about myself. Things I enjoy like writing, photography, or more simple things like watching a movie and drinking a hot cup of cocoa.

I have to say just doing these things this week has made me a better person. Self-care is important! If you take care of yourself it makes it easier and less stressful to take care of others and to also do the work that is needed or required from you.

I’m hoping to continue these things when I go back to work. The time needed to do these things could be achieved within an hour. I think I’m worth and deserve an hour. Make sure you are taking care of yourself.

Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup.

I hope you enjoyed this post, thanks for reading, and God Bless

Finding Happiness

I thought last year was a tough year. This year takes the cake. I have fought off being depressed many times. I feel like we have been through so much, but I know there are others who has it worse than we do.

Life will kick you down when you’re not looking. I have found myself praying a way out of many emotions and situations I was unable to deal with on my own.

That’s the thing though, if you pray through it, you can get through it. I’m not saying it’s always easy but it can make a difference in how you cope with what life throws at you.

Today, I had to take my daughter’s rabbits to the vet early this morning and go back and pick them up. I also had to get groceries and do errands. I could have had a bad day if I dwelt on the inconvenience of getting out of bed early and going to town. Then also be aggravated for having to stay in town all day because they would not be ready for pick up for 7 hours. Remember, I live 45 mins from town so running home and back across the mountain was not feasible.

I chose to have a great day. I dropped the rabbits off and then I went down to a place called Cumberland Gap and had a nice latte at the best coffee house ever. Then I walked some trails and took pretty decent pictures. Had a nice little talk with Jesus.

It was wonderful! I tried all day getting pictures of squirrels and they were too busy gathering nuts to stop and let me take their picture. At one point I said please God let me get a picture of this squirrel but it scurried off. I said okay, and it wasn’t two minutes later and I got to see and take pictures of three deer.

This was a reminder to me that sometimes you ask God for things and he has something bigger and better for you instead.

I don’t always have a lot of time to do what I want to do, but I do have the time to make the best of the free time I have. I’m sure I’ve wrote about this before somewhere, but every day may not be good but there is something good in every day. We just have to look hard sometimes to find it.

I pray those that are reading this finds the good in today.

Thank you for reading and God Bless