Only in the face of adversity…..

Only in the face of adversity do you see someone’s true colors. When something unfortunate or bad happens, who is with you? Those who are with you and come to your aid are the one’s you need to keep in your life. On the flip side of the coin, are you the person who stays and helps or are you the one who has better things to do than comfort a friend? Life is a strange beast. One moment you are smiling and the next you are on the verge of tears. The things that happen to us, good or bad, shape who we are. If you put your whole heart and soul into life, as if you have never been broken, you will get back 10 fold. It is not easy trusting others because most of us have had trust broken or have been used. However, my advice is, do it anyway. You will never ever find the one who is worth trusting if you don’t allow  yourself to be vulnerable. In the face of adversity you will discover the true friends, the ones who love you, the ones who are worth more than any mega millions lottery ticket. Money comes and goes, but, a true friend is priceless. That feeling you get when your whole body is flooded with feelings because someone has shown you their most beautiful true colors, is an amazing experience. I hope you find true friends in this world. It isn’t about social status, who likes your posts on social media, or compliments on pictures you post. It is about true love for one another. I really believe there is more good than bad people in this world and in my opinion, love will always prevail. Fill your soul with lovely thoughts and do good in this world. Be the change you wish to see. If you want to change the world, change yourself and you are done! Being a good example and just being there for someone is enough.  Make memories and have new experiences. Find the good in the bad and laugh often. Sometimes laughing can make you feel better even when you feel defeated. Allow someone to pick you up and allow yourself to be vulnerable. Amazing things happen out of one’s comfort zone. Come out from under your comfortable rock and allow yourself to experience real life.

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It is already in you….

Everything you need to be successful is already in you. We can learn from others how to go about tasks or strategies for success, but you already possess your strengths that make you unique. We each offer this world a perspective that no one else has. Our experiences shape who we are and we can use those experiences to help others. The story of the baby born without legs who grew up in an adoptive family to be a gymnast, was a gymnast because it was already in her. Her name is Jennifer Bricker . Her parents never told her she couldn’t do something and she always believed she could do anything. Her idol was a famous gymnast. Later she found out that she was the sister of Dominique Moceanu.  The talent that was in her, was not taught, it was already within her. She had this burning desire to be a gymnast and she was because she pushed herself, even though, she was born without legs. We all have some burning desire to accomplish something. It is up to you to explore and really dig deep down into your soul and find what that burning desire is.  Many of us go through life feeling unfulfilled and unsatisfied. I really feel that feeling stems from deep within us because we are not living our full potential. Surround yourself with people that lift you up and have huge goals and aspirations. The feeling to be more is very contagious. Light that fire within you! We are all a part of the human experience. Are you ready to discover who you are?

 

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It is finally Spring!

The weather went from blizzard and 18 inches of snow a week ago to 60 degrees! I was so happy this morning when the window I had open by my bed did not leave me feeling chilled. I was rather revitalized to tell you the truth. I have an extra spring in my step and I am going to be skipping and singing all day today! Speaking of skipping, a woman at my work said do you realize it is impossible to skip and not smile? So, I tried it and she was right! Actions and attitudes are contagious. Infect the world with positivity! The pic I added to this post is one I just took from my deck. Look at the sun, it is amazing! Thank you Jesus! This world is really amazing. I look at it and try to see the many thousands of components. Each person has their own lives with triumphs and disasters. We do not get through this life unscathed. However, I will say that we do learn from our lessons if we are open to learning from them. If you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you are right. I have been challenging myself in a physical and mental way. I have been not only just going to the gym( yeah, I know how that sounds!) but eating right too. I have seen some incredible changes that I only thought could happen through cosmetic surgery. I want to see how far I can go and what my true potential is. We are only limited but how we limit ourselves. I took my daughter to see the movie “I feel Pretty”, the message was such a good one. I was glad I took her, minus the sex scene where I covered her eyes and ears, but nonetheless, it was a really powerful message to all women out there. Do not measure yourself by what others say or comment on. You should not allow  these negative things to swim in your head and cloud your judgement. We all have body issues, men and women. No one is perfect and even those we deem perfect, have their own insecurities. Be secure in the fact that you are who you are. Confidence and knowing who you are is much sexier than a 6 pack. If you don’t start living your life according to who you are not who you think others think you are, you will never ever be happy. The secret to life is letting go of the negative past and discovering who you are. I know so many people that have allowed comments from kids in middle school affect them now. I know because I used to be that person who hid behind everything because of my own insecurities. If a man doesn’t like how I look or if he judges me based on bodily looks, then that isn’t the man for me. We all get older and we all have more to offer than trying to attain someone else’s version of perfection. You got this!

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Inspiring…….

I get the privilege every day to see most beautiful sunsets. I am always in awe of what God allows me to see. The sheer bright whiteness of the sun tells me God is in charge. I do a sign of the cross every time I see that beautiful light shining through the clouds. It is absolutely magnificent! I look at it and sometimes, I just catch it before it disappears. I interpret it as God shining down on me and letting me know he is there and hears me. I have been so inspired to paint because of these sunsets. So, today in the midst of my errands, I decided to pull out the paint and brushes. I did get frustrated because I could not get the sunset reflection right. It looked incredibly wrong. It felt wrong. As the day went on, I let it rest and I went along my day. Then after a few hours, I pulled out the paint and just began mixing paint and brushing it on the canvas. God took my brush and I know this because he made my picture so much better than I imagined. You may be thinking I am nuts, but as I look at it, I feel he helped guide me. I know this because as I look at the sun in my picture, I feel the same awe I do when I see the sun glowing in the clouds every night. Some things you just can’t prove. I feel it. Look around you and be inspired.  There is so much in this world to notice. Get off your phone and interact with real people standing before you.  That in itself may awe you! I love you and trust you Jesus!

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Ideas implemented.

I was sitting at home really feeling like painting something. I had these ideas floating in my head. My daughter and I headed to the fabric store to find some canvases right away. I already had the paint so I was that much closer to making my vision a reality. The problem with ideas is that most of them we all have are literally gone into the air within 5 seconds of thinking it. Poof! Gone!

I knew that I needed to make a move into the implementation direction. I feel that making myself move, created momentum for other areas of my life too. Sometimes all we need is to make a small, bold move and then we changed the course of our life. A co-worker asked me, “why is it so much easier being unhealthy?” My reply was because we don’t have to force ourselves to switch directions. Being complacent is easy. I don’t want to be that person. What could’ve been, will not take over my head anymore. Create yourself, form yourself, and thrive.

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Suzy homemaker(sort of….)

I had this idea a couple months ago that I was going to make my extracts. My yard has wonderful huge mint plants growing so I didn’t want to let those go to waste. I ran to the liquor store and bought the cheapest vodka I could find. I am going to experiment and see if there is a huge taste difference between the cheapest and the middle of the road vodka. Hindsight, I should have experimented with this batch. Anyway, 2.5 months later I cracked open my bottle to see how it tasted. It was super minty towards the bottom. I decided to scoop out the mint plants and put them in the food processor. They chopped up really well and I put them back to soak in the jar. I will check on it in one month and compare it to the other jar I didn’t touch. Here is my recipe:

I liter of vodka

Quart size mason jars

Freshly grown and washed mint plants

 

I filled the jar with the mint leaves( ditch the stems) and poured vodka over it. Everything I have read, tells me to make sure you have no plants that are uncovered. If you do, you will get plant rot and that will ruin your whole batch in the jar. I can’t stress that enough. Allow to sit tightly covered in a very dark place where the temperature is even. You don’t want to put it in the sunlight or have it in a cold place. I put mine in the back of my top cupboard. Leave it alone for at least 2 months. I will be doing coffee extracts next!!!!

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