What Are The Odds…? Sharing Our Stories And Offering Kindness In Return.

I received this note along with a purchase I made on eBay and it absolutely warmed my heart. I’d say “what are the odds?!” but then I really do believe the Universe finds away to align things for the good…

I wrote this lovely woman a note in return to let her know her words fell into loving hands, and to offer words of support…which she so readily deserves. She is hoping to help her son “chase his dreams” to which I said how blessed he is to have her, and that as a team they will succeed.  

I then shared this Audrey Hepburn quotation:

The world is made a much smaller and warmer place when kind hearts lead the way. 

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The Gratitude In Overcoming Difficulty

I can be far too hard on myself at times.  It’s landed me in precarious and damaging situations, so much so that I am not only more aware of it – all this time later in Life! – but, despite slipping, I am also more willing to work hard to get to the root of it.  (I’m blessed to have the support in so doing also – that makes a world of difference.) Doing so, however, means being more vulnerable, but it’s a necessary part of growth and overcoming hardship – it takes (often uncomfortable) work to get to the other side!  

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I’ve come a long way, and weathered storms like most human beings (after the age of three!) and it’s important I remember that… It’s important for all of us to remember where we have been, what we have accomplished, and that we have more strength than we think – because it’s so easy to forget and beat ourselves up. 

It’s also important to remember that we are works in progress. Recovery is a journey – It doesn’t happen overnight. Sometimes you can sail through the day, and others requires a moment at a time. 

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What NEVER slips my mind, though, is how grateful I am.  No matter my flaws, my moods, my “humanness”…not a day goes by that I am unaware of how blessed I am to be healthy, and to be alive.  

I remember that time I fell down the stairs, and had trouble with my legs buckling every so often – my body was eating the muscle from the inside out and I could no longer support my weight at times. 

I remember waking up with eyes so swollen – one of many effects of hyponatremia – that I actually staggered back, not recognizing the stranger staring back at me.  I stared into a reflective abyss confused, terrified, and wholly unable to see myself.  What HAPPENED..?

I remember when getting coffee and adding something to it – even a drop of skim milk – felt like an impossible hurdle. 15 extra calories? Not then

So when someone offers a kind word – whether of support of my lifestyle or some result of it…or simply asks for health or fitness advice – I feel it profoundly.  At times I even want to cry because I am not only touched and honored, but I know what it’s like to NOT have health, to watch myself dying a slow and painful death. . .and what it took to get where I am today.  (I am, incidentally, choked up with tears even writing this now…all this time later.)

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To be active and fit is a gift I will NEVER take for granted. Not only in remembering my own experiences, but knowing those without the fortune to walk or speak or see. . .my eyes have been opened in a such a way that I cannot UNsee.

I am thankful to each and every person who takes the time to encourage, to ask for help, to offer a kind word – you motivate and inspire me just as much, if not more so.  I work incredibly hard at it, and try my best…but I fail plenty too.  

To know I’ve potentially lifted one other person – even if only temporarily – is an honor.  It reminds me that my suffering was not in vain, and that I can give so much more having known it.

With gratitude. . . 

 

Thursday Flowers. . .

I went downstairs to pick something up the other day, and there was a nest with Autumn flowers waiting for me, with a note from my husband to wish me a happy Thursday. . .

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Since the day we met, his thoughtfulness has melted my heart – there is no gesture, large or small, that I do not appreciate fully.  

Love those in your life fearlessly, and with all you have.  Take any opportunity you can get to say

“thank you,

“I love you,” and…

“I appreciate you.”  

Life is precious…and far too fleeting…not to cherish what you have in every moment.

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There will not be a day so long as I breathe and live that I will not harbor an immense gratitude for everything he does, and all that he is…  And there will never be a day that I stop making sure he knows. Relationships may evolve in time, but love never has to lose its vibrant aura.  

 

2015 Versatile Bloggers Award

Thank you SO MUCH, Singlemomtalk for the wonderful honor of being nominated for the 2015 Versatile Bloggers Award! ❤  Singlemomtalk is written by a precious, single momma of four – her blog is dedicated to inspiring other single mothers, as well as continuing her passion for Life, raising children, and photography.

Blogs nominated for the Versatile Bloggers Award are those that impact you in some way, whether each day, or every so often – it may be the love demonstrated in the images posted, or that which comes through in the words themselves…  

Or maybe it is the attention and quality of the writing, or the unique and varied subject matter.  Whatever the reason, I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity and acknowledgment. 

THANK YOU!

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Each new recipient is asked to tell their audience a few facts about themselves, helping to build a larger-but-close-knit community in the blogosphere.

Rules of the award:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you. 
  2. List the rules and display the award. 
  3. Share 7 facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate other amazing blogs (comment on their blogs to let them know you nominated them.)

First and foremost…

THANK YOU to all of you who take the time to read my blog – my subjects are a bit varied, and I am so thankful for the interest in some, or all of them.  I appreciate all of your likes and comments.

I read blogs from a whole host of genres, so it is somewhat an exercise in restraint to only list a few.  Know that you ALL are valued. 

My Nominees are:

  1. Ordinary Adventures
  2. Customikes
  3. I’m More Than My Curves
  4. 800 Recovery Hub Blog
  5. Live Fit, Die Yum
  6. Gains Lifestyle (used to be Protein Connoisseur)

7 Facts About Myself:

  1. Need to Move – I sometimes WANT to be lazy…but I get bored. Easily!  I always need to move on to the next thing, and must stay active.
  2. Cooking, as in Not – I’m not the “cook” in my relationship.  I bring this up because I want, at every opportunity, to give some SERIOUS kudos to my man…who always makes delicious, clean and healthy meals for us.  Often.  I’m incredibly grateful. ❤
  3. My Bike Challenge – I’m NOT a distance athlete by any stretch. But, I trained for, and completed a 300 mile road bike ride in support of ALS (and three friends so afflicted, two of whom passed since.  So blessed they knew we were out there for them before they moved on to their next adventure.  They are cherished and missed.)  I was on a road bike only 9 times prior to those three days.
  4. Music – I LOVE music and my taste is varied.  As a dancer…or perhaps just a soulful and spiritual person…I fluctuate depending on what my mind, body and spirit need. Sometimes dance, sometimes trance…rock, metal, alternative…then a waltz, a chakra meditation, or a score from an epic film… My iPod remarkably (and rather successfully!) spans a massive chasm of sound!
  5. Television – I don’t watch it.  There are rare occasions, and I will enjoy a movie with my man, but I definitely never got into it.
  6. Food – My favorite foods are salmon, steamed or roasted vegetables (as a lump sum! 😉 ), peanut butter cups.
  7. Finding Peace – I have done Craniosacral, Somatic and Alexander Technique work for about a decade collectively.  Inner peace in incredibly important to me and extends to all aspects of my Life. As and Empath, I need the self-care and reflection.

Once again, thank you so, SO much…to Singlmomtalk, and to all of you who visit, comment, like.  I vary in my topics because my Life is that way so I hope that jives for some of you too. I love my sports, love taking care of my spirit and my physical. 🙂