"You Have Nothing to Lose" and everything to gain when you go the "extra mile" and bless someone. Whether it be through random acts of kindness, a smile, a handwritten letter (doesn't happen to often these days), a simple conversation over tea or coffee, a giveaway, a hand in times of need, a hug, a care package filled with love, an encouraging comment and so much more.
Today, I am extremely blessed by the acts of strangers whom collect an artist's pottery that I just started collecting. I won a fabulous loop contest on IG. These women are artists as well. They have perfected the art of "giving". I needed "strength" this month (more than they know) and my mugs and other items will be proudly used/displayed and will serve as a reminder that in a world filled with dissaray there are those that are still filled with love.
Remember: " You have nothing to lose". Be an encourager and uplifter to others. Blessings will abound.
Time. A simple concept. An important aspect of Life. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 "There is a Time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens : a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot..." This verse came to my mind today when I received my Hugs Canister to go with my small Rae Dunn collection.
February can be a hard month for my daughter and I as the unexpectant passing of her "Daddy" occurred almost 6 years ago and 3 days before my precious daughter's 2nd Birthday. Loss occurred and riveted me deep down to the "soul" level. Grief, sadness, and emotions that I hope others never have to go through came upon me as I was given the news. I will never forget falling down to my knees in the kitchen in utter grief and shock and with tears flowing uncontrollably. Time did not stop. Time did not heal all wounds nor will it. However, I embrace the Time, Joy, Laughter, Hugs, Kisses & the "I love you more wars" with my daughter. We have an unbreakable bond and I am ever so grateful. We live and thrive out loud. We share compassion, we encourage, we give, we love, we embrace TIME. I'm reminded to "Be Strong" this month and journey forward but to also allow myself to grieve.
The Hugs Canister was hard to find and I needed it as I will be placing special notes and memories that are somewhat "Heaven Sent" inside for every day of the year. The notes will encourage and uplift my daughter. Sweet Love.
So to all that are facing a difficult TIME. Be Strong. I'm here to encourage and uplift all because together we rise and there is so much beauty in our brokenness. xoxo
Allowing myself to be vulnerable...In hopes that many are encouraged. 2 years ago in February...I had a surgery that was to remove Endometriosis. Only for it to return 2 months later confirmed by intense and unbearable pain. Anybody that knows me...knows I'm typically a tiny person . However, the surgery also caused a tiny amount of weight gain and my "swelly belly" did not reduce much. I became very self conscious and did not like my weight. 6 months post op, I began working out and eating better and did control my weight. However, this time last year (1 year ago). I let myself go and was working a desk job, not watching what I ate and started gaining. The picture on the left is a reminder to me as it was taken by my director and shared with coworkers because we like to have fun. I saw this picture and was saddened. After all, I live in chronic pain and discomfort many would not know how bad it actually gets. I saved the picture on the left as I started researching ways to reduce pain for those whom have endometriosis. I wanted my body back for good. How could I be gaining and enduring pain?! It was happening so I started in May 2016 with a clean eating regimen and plan to reduce pain. Within a month I had a significant pain reduction and lost a bit of weight as well. Within 2 months, the difference was notable in pain reduction and my weight flew off. A bonus! By the end of Summer and into September, I dropped a tiny bit more without even trying. Clean eating and cheating in moderation with unhealthy foods was just a way of life for me. I'm not as strict about my diet the way I was in the 1st three months and eating healthier has just become a way of life for me as it proved to reduce my pain. Fast forward from Sept. 2016 to Jan 2017...where I thought I would gain because of Fall and the indulgences as well as stubborn winter weight and I have kept it off. I have to say that I'm proud of myself and have essentially retrained my brain and reset my metabolism. Now, this is where I usually am and I have my body back. The saying goes: "You are what you eat"...I agree to some extent. Just wanted to share and encourage others. #eatclean#endolife#endometriosis