New Year, New Beginnings

Wow! Another year has come and gone with the blink of an eye!

At this time of year, countless resolutions are made for the turn of a new year. How many of these are actually upheld is probably slim unfortunately.

Life continues to hand us curve balls throughout the year, but it is through these difficult times that we grow stronger and find out who we truly are.

This new year, I have some goals for myself. Now, I know what you all are thinking — another New Years resolution that will fall through. But this is one I am determined to see through.

In 2016, I resolve to love myself more. 

This statement is in need of some explanation.

I have been going through a rough past couple of years. I have not taken the time to focus on myself and make myself happy.

If I can’t be happy for myself and by myself, how will I make those around me happy?

I want to be someone that others enjoy being around and that starts with me loving myself.

This is the overall goal. However, it is through making large goals that seem unattainable that one fails to reach a goal.

I have decided to make mini goals as well to help me achieve my overall goal.

For example, I want to exercise some each day. Now I am not saying I have to run two miles each day, but exercise is very good at relieving stress and releasing toxins from the body, both beneficial to me loving myself.

Next, I want to continually be reading a book. And I want these books to have meaning behind them. Not romance novels and books of the like. I want to read books with deeper meaning that get me thinking more critically and analyzing situations better.

I also want to get enough sleep each night. Getting an inadequate amount of sleep definitely adds to my stress and bad attitude, so attaining eight or more hours of sleep a night is essential.

I can’t forget journaling each day. This helps me to release my thoughts without taking out any pent-up anger on others. Journaling will definitely be a part of my 2016.

Along with journaling, I plan to “plan.” I will use my Erin Condren Life Planner each day and write down everything so I have it in writing and don’t have to worry about forgetting anything important.

Finally, I want to read at least a chapter of the Bible and pray possibly a decade of the Rosary or say a decade of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. God is a big part of my life, and I need to make more of an effort in making him an even bigger part in my life and truly studying the Bible and praying more often.

These smaller goals will definitely help me to achieve my main goal.

Always remember:

Love yourself 

 

Values

I am so fortunate to have grown up in a family who loves me and supports me in everything that I do.

Especially this Christmas season, my heart goes out to those in broken homes who have to have double the amount of Christmas celebrations or the families who have lost a family member.

Life flies by in the blink of an eye. It truly can change in an instant.

Because of this, we must really think about our values in life. What is truly important to me? By doing this, we can really set our priorities straight and feel the blessings that are upon us each and every day!

Your values show who you really are.

 

‘Tis the Season

Wow! This year has definitely flown by! Another Christmas is on the way.

It is such a blessing to know that Christ is coming so soon!

How does your family celebrate?

Well, my family celebrates by first attending Mass to celebrate the coming of our Savior. Then, we come home and eat a wonderful, home-cooked meal. Last, we open presents and watch either old Christmas videos or a Christmas movie!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 

 

Stress

Stress unfortunately always seems to weave its way into my life at the worst times. I am definitely a worry wart. (Thanks, Mom.) I worry about anything and everything and it adds to my stress level immensely.

So, how does one cope with stress? I for one know I love to take a nice, long, steamy bath or sit in the sauna and think about absolutely nothing. It definitely is nice for a change, especially when thousands of thoughts run through your head all day!

Life can become very hectic, so we need to take the time to do things for ourselves. Even if it is just getting a hair trim, or buying a pumpkin spice latte for the heck of it.

Donate Blood

Today, I had the wonderful opportunity to donate blood to the American Red Cross. This is such a worthy cause. Every donation saves three lives. I, as a mere one person, saved three lives today just by donating a pint of blood. How amazing is that?

I know some people may be nervous to give blood because of “horror stories” that others have told. I personally have had a melodramatic experience the first time I gave blood.

First, the guy couldn’t find my vein, so someone had to help. Then, my blood flow slowed down so they had to move the needle in my arm. After all of this, I got very dizzy and light-headed. They had to put cold wash cloths on my forehead and neck and even brought over a fan. I felt so embarrassed, but then I remembered,

I saved three lives today.

After that first experience, I still continue to give blood because as little as it may seem, it can be the difference between a person living and a person dying.

Having the opportunity to save lives is such a humbling and wonderful experience. It is truly worth it. If you are scared to give blood, take a chance, and face your fears, because otherwise you will one day regret it.

Donate Blood!

Perspective

I have always been a faithful viewer of the Duggar family and their show on television. I, just as a viewer was completely shocked when the news broke about Josh Duggar.

I was even selfish in wanting the Duggars to continue to be on tv.

Looking back now, and after watching the first part of the Jill and Jessa: Counting On special, it really puts into perspective that we are not in control of our lives and how others actions can affect us.

I know that I for one am no where near perfect, and I would not want my dirty laundry aired where the whole world could see and voice their opinion.

I truly feel for their family and what they are going through.

This world we live in does not help us to live faith-filled and moral lives. It definitely puts more pressure on each one of us to act with respect and dignity towards everyone.

Together, we must work to overcome the corruption of society and build each other up instead of tearing each other down. We must pray for one another because we are all human. Each one of us makes mistakes. It is how we choose to perceive these mistakes and how me allow them to affect us that show who we truly are as people.

It is in hard times that we must turn to God and really focus on our values and what is important in life.

Your perspective of someone can change in an instant because of his or her actions. It is how you respond to it that shows YOUR true colors.