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

January 9th 2021

It’s been a few days since I blogged. I’m blogging today because today was a little harder to be cheerful and optimistic. Nothing wrong it’s just raining and yucky outside, and I woke up with some aches and pains from arthritis, probably due to the rain.

I figured I needed more of a reminder on finding something good about today than I have the last few days. The last few days have been great. It’s been cold, and there was snow on the ground, but I managed to get outside and walk and take pictures and do a lot of praying.

I spent time with my husband and children, and life has been good. Isn’t it funny how life feels good, and then you wake up one day, and you can’t quite put your finger on why you are so moody and not sure how to fix it?

That was me today. I think days that are too relaxing seem depressing. It’s like I have no idea how to enjoy doing nothing. I know it sounds crazy. If it hadn’t rained all day, maybe today would have been better. Perhaps I would have got to spend time outside. That’s the only difference between today and the last few days is I didn’t get to go out. So then it seems the weather is the cause of my moodiness.

So that’s the reason for blogging today. I need to find my silver lining. Find my good in a day that seems blah.

Instead of being sad about not having a lot to do, I need to appreciate having peace and quiet. I should be glad I have time to relax and unwind.

I’m going to turn this frown upside down and be grateful for this evening. I’ll either go catch up on reading my book, watch a movie or play a game if my family is willing.

Have a nice evening 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 ☺️

Don’t Give Up

I set out to get a picture of the bird I seen yesterday evening. It was black and had bright red wings. I looked it up and it’s called a red winged black bird. So I went to where these birds were yesterday with my telescope to get a close up of this bird. I find them fascinating because when they fly the red wings show up and I just think they’re beautiful.
They were right where they were yesterday and I ended up having trouble getting my telescope and phone hooked up then my dog had to scare them off so I was not doing very well. I got frustrated. Photography is only peaceful when what your taking a picture of does not move lol
I heard it chirping and started up the mountain and before I could focus , it flew away. By this time I was aggravated and really felt like giving up and going home. I was hot, tired, and my legs were wore out. Something said , you are 1/2 way to your happy place just keep going. I tried to shut that voice up because I was done tired and aggravated lol
It was such a struggle but I made it to the top gave up taking pictures with my telescope because my phone was about dead and I had to try and get a picture of the cross I just seen. That is in the post before this one.
I got to my prayer rock, said a little prayer and also asked God to forgive me for getting mad for not getting a picture of my bird, but explained I really just wanted one good picture lol 😂
Took a couple more pictures and headed for home.
Then it happened my bird showed up right before heading down the mountain. I put my telescope back on my phone and tried not to get my hopes up. Then it happened! I got pictures of my little bird. The next words I said was “Thank You Jesus!”
The moral I think of my story is to get that picture I had to go just a little farther than I wanted to receive my victory. If I would of gave up and went home I’d not got my pictures and I also would of missed praying to God where I feel him closer than anywhere else.
I know God sent that bird as a lesson to remind me, don’t give up on what you’re praying for because sometimes you just have a little bit farther to go before what you have been praying for happens.
Don’t stop praying for that one that’s lost, those that are sick, the ones that need help, Don’t stop because you’re answered prayer may be just around the corner.
I hope this touched someone, I know I was blessed with the experience. God bless you always 🙏🏻💜

Final Chapter Finding My Fairytale

I have everything but a happily ever after.
To live happily for the rest of my life.
How does one do that? We have no idea what our life is going to entail. There could be a lot of sadness or even much joy.

To say “they lived happily ever after” is forward-thinking on the writer’s part.
Movies that end happily leave us satisfied, knowing there are no more troubles for our characters, and we can rest easy.

Can we rest easy in our own lives? How can we imagine a life with a happy ending when we can not predict what comes next in our story?

John 14:1-4

Finding my happy ending is going to require some soul searching. I do not know what my end of life will hold.
To get even close to having a happy ending. I think one’s thoughts must be positive. My favorite saying is, “not every day is good, but there’s something good in every day.
I think to acquire a happy ending; one must have a positive outlook on life. We must find happiness in the storm. Life is too short to sit around and be depressed. We must uncover what makes us a happy person.
We may not know how much happiness the end of our life will have but, we can make every ending of every day happy.
I think that’s the secret to living happily ever after!

14 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

The promises of Jesus!
We talk of a happily ever after in this chapter and finding it.
We can be happy on earth if we try hard and look for the good in any situation.
I know some moments can be absolutely heart wrenching that it makes it hard to find the good.
When those situations occur, the only way to get through the pain is to have Jesus. by your side. There is no one else that can give you the peace and understanding you need during those times of despair.

Sometimes, it’s easier to find the silver lining. You have to want to see it, though. Some would rather wallow in self-pity than to see the greater good.
I don’t wake up very often without some pain going on in my body. I could feel sorry for myself and stay in bed and have a poor outlook on life.
I choose life; I prefer to get out of bed and find my happiness for the day. I will find joy in little things because they matter as much as the large ones.
I feel it has rained here day in and day out. If it’s not raining, it’s snowing. The sun barely shows itself during this time of year.

So, I find happiness by seeing the birds out my window. Or I get out in whatever mother nature brings and take a walk to my happy place and pray to the one who made this day. There are so many things to be thankful for. Just look for the good instead of dwelling on the bad.
Then remember the scriptures above. Jesus has gone to make a place for us. He’s coming back for us to be with him for eternity.
That place, if we are ready when he comes, will be the ultimate happily ever after
Jesus loves you!
If for no other reason, smile about that!

What makes you happy? What do these verses mean to you?


In conclusion, life is good.
I know some of you are probably wondering why the fairytale outlook on life? I chose the fairytales and feel-good movies because they leave us wondering why our life isn’t that way. We tend to watch them when we are stressed or feel down and need a pick me up. Down deep, we all know that life isn’t that easy, but it doesn’t stop us from dreaming it was.

That’s why I added the scripture. Scripture lets me see what is tangible. It shows me that everyone has a life to live, and it really has nothing to do with what and how much you have.
In the end, it’s really about your relationship with God.
If we have God in our lives, we can be optimistic and find happiness in this world.

He doesn’t promise that our life will be easy, nor will there be no tears. There will be many problems and sadness, but we can get through anything with The Lord’s help. Then once our trial is over, we will find the blessing from it. I believe every triumph we conquer is for us to share with the world how the Lord helped us get through and survive.

There’s nothing too great that the Lord can’t get us through. We have to call out and let him shelter us through the storm.
Just think how wonderful life will be if we keep God the center of our life. The end of our life will be the beginning. We will have the best of everything in Heaven. More than we ever dreamed of trying to achieve on earth. No movie or fairytale can compete with that.
I hope you find your fairytale on earth until you get the real thing in Heaven.
Thanks for reading, and God Bless!