A-Z Blogging Challenge – April 30


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Z is for Zest

A hearty pleasure or appreciation of things. Zest. Also, the outermost rind of a citrus fruit. Used to spice things up a bit.

Zest.

We need to learn to live with zest. Relish each and every  moment of each and every day we have on this planet.

We owe it to ourselves to live a life full of enjoyment and love.

We need happiness in our lives to survive. Without it we would surely fade away.

Embrace your life, no matter how rough, no matter how hard. Look for the good things. Seek out the pleasures, no  matter how small, and focus on them. Learn to incorporate what makes us happy into our every day lives.

It makes a difference.

Take time out for you and make certain that you approach your time with zest. It’s about making yourself happy. Feeling good about yourself. Grabbing life by the horns and making it a ride to remember!

Enjoy your life, celebrate the little things. Live with Zest.

How are you living with zest?

A Note from the Author: 

Well, that’s it y’all. One month of posts. I did it! I made it all the way to z, and damn it feels good.

I hope that my words have inspired some of you.

I hope that I have brought a smile to your faces.

I have been so blessed to know there is someone out there reading. Please, feel free to comment, and share these posts. Maybe someone can benefit from my words.

Please, stick around! I love hearing from you.

Above all else, my friends, stay happy!

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A-Z Blogging Challenge – April 29


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Y is for You Only Live Once…

 

Yeah, yeah… don’t give me a hard time for the YOLO reference… seriously? It’s true!

You do in fact, only live once.

Why, then, do so many of us sit around and bemoan our circumstances; stay where we know we shouldn’t be? Why?

You. Only.  Live. Once.

Once.

One life to get it right. To live happily. To be the person you truly want to be. To have what you want from life. To do what you want to do.

Once.

Again, I will say it y’all… Life’s too short to be unhappy

It is. For real.

Your life can be taken from you tomorrow. Your loved ones could go in an an instant.

You don’t know.

We are not promised tomorrow.

Simple as that folks.

You only live once.

Do it with all your heart.

What are you doing to live life to it’s fullest?

A-Z Blogging Challenge – April 27


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X is for X-ray

Not a conventional x-ray… to look at the bones and such… nope… not at all. I’m talking about an x-ray of the heart. Or soul if you like… the inner deep down part of us, that makes us who we are. The part where are innermost thoughts and wishes are stored.

We tend to ignore that part of ourselves on a day to day basis… it’s something we need to learn to do often. When you do, you find all kinds of junk that doesn’t need to be there. Just like when we take our child to the hospital because they’ve swallowed something they shouldn’t have…

When the doctor looks at the x-ray, he clearly sees the things that don’t belong… the things that are making us sick. 

I lived in pain for 12 years. Not just any pain… deep down in the bone pain. Off and on, transient, and devastatingly debilitating at times. I used to get headaches so bad they’d put me in bed for days.

I can look back now, and pinpoint certain events in my life, that created the problems. The “stressor” that brought it on. That was the beginning of the troubles in my marriage. It’s the period in time when things were starting to go wrong.

For years I put the emotional pain in a deeply buried cavity and let it sit. and fester. And pain controlled my life.

But once I let go. Forgave. Moved on… and made some very amazing discoveries about myself… by taking an x-ray o f my heart and separating the emotions that mattered, the feelings that counted, the things that made me happy – were the ones that mattered, they needed to be there.

But, the negative stuff… doubt, anger, fear, regret? That stuff glares white on the x-ray and must be cut out. You cannot hang on to any of that stuff with any feeling. It needs to be removed, before it makes you sick.

Emotional pain and stress can cause a myriad of health problems. If not dealt with appropriately it can make you seriously ill.

Protect your health, and examine your heart. Take an x-ray… if you will. Get rid of the stuff that doesn’t belong. And take care of the stuff that does. You’ll feel better for it!

What do you need to “cut out” of your life in order to be healthy?

A-Z Blogging Challenge – April 26


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W is for Wish, Wait, Win

 

Have you ever wished for something so much that it was all you thought about? I mean like the kind of real wishing we did as kids… I can remember wishing on stars… oh how  I’d wish for stuff! And after my dad passed away? I sat in the window every night for a month wishing on that very first star – for him to come home, that it had been a mistake… something.

However as we grew up we learned that just wishing for something, generally doesn’t make it happen. You have to work for it, wait for it, make it happen.

You cannot expect things to just “be there” because you want them to be. You must be patient, you must wait… and you probably will have to work for it.

A saying I learned during my days as a facilitator to a life coaching seminar is this: You create, promote, or allow everything that happens in your life.

It’s true if you look at it. So. Wishing? Not so much… but actively striving for what you wish for? Waiting for the right time to come for the good things? That my friends, that… is a win.

What’s your biggest wish?

A-Z Blogging Challenge – April 25


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V is for Victory

Sweet, sweet victory. Victory over my depression, anxiety, and the  majority of my pain. Victory over feeling as if nothing I did mattered. Victory over being unhappy.

Victory.

Just as in war, life’s victories are bittersweet. In this quest for a happier more satisfying life for myself, I’ve lost dear friends. However, as I’ve always tried to do, I have to follow my grandpa’s advice and keep my sunny side up. I have to take the victory as it is, pure and unblemished and love it. I cannot look back upon the battlefield of “what was” and regret my choices.

I can, and indeed do, feel bad about the loss of these people from my life. However, it is a choice they made, not I. I have remained, and will remain available to any and all of them.

I must look at the victory of finding a new, and very dear friend… that I can honestly say, with knowledge and conviction, that she has my back no matter what… and I’ve got hers… to the end. Thelma and Louise, Maverick and Goose….

I must look at the victory of having a job that I enjoy. I make money to talk to elderly people all day… uh… sure – pay me… where’s the overtime boss?

I must look at the victory of reclaiming a lost love, and learning a lot about myself in the process. My life has come full circle… and I look forward to each new day with renewed joy in my heart… life doesn’t get any better than this.

I have so many victories over my own self and the stuff I got stuck in; it would take days to write them all down.

Celebrate victory. Reach for victory.

What little victories do you see in your life?

A note from the Author:

Hey guys! Wow, I guess you noticed the mass of posting I’ve done this morning! Sorry about that – somehow my auto publish didn’t go off as scheduled… and I was left with several days of no posts. It’s all fixed now, so “on with the regularly scheduled programming”; or something like that!

I also want to take a moment to say thank you to all of you who have stopped and commented. I have had such a warm and loving response from you all, and for that I am very grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! Especially those of you who have come back time and again, and never seem to tire of reading the words I post. Y’all are too kind. 🙂

A-Z Blogging Challenge – April 13


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L is for Living Out Loud

I know you’ve heard this before… Living Out Loud… but what does it really mean?

To me, it means living your life in a way that is noticeable to others. Remember in “Dirty Dancing” when Johnny pulls Baby out of the corner in the dining room? “Nobody puts Baby in a corner”. That is living out loud.

Not letting the “norms'” of society stop you from being who you are, and doing what you do.  Living Out Loud is letting people in, allowing things to happen, getting out there, and getting things done.

But, you have to love it. You have to embrace life with both arms wide open. You have to work each and every day to curb the bad mood, and project happiness… even if sometimes you just aren’t feeling it.

Live your life as if it is an example for others. Of course if you’re like me, that’s no problem because, as a mom you live under a microscope. Be an example of happiness and joy. Grasp for the rainbow… who knows you might catch it.

Simply live your life the way you feel it should be lived. Get out there and do what you’ve always wanted to do, no matter the cost, and do it with gusto.

One of my favorite sayings presents me with opportunities to live out loud daily:

Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like no one is watching.

– Randall G Leighton
How do you live out loud?