A little break …

Life! I got so caught up in it again that I stopped my daily blogging. What seems like a good idea at the time often leaves me feeling NOT RIGHT. This blog keeps me positive. It MAKES me see the hope in each new day. It’s a habit I’ve taken seriously for many years now. So when I’m away, even when I feel I need to be, it just doesn’t feel normal. I can’t deny that writing and hoping have been a part of who I am for most of my life. ALL OF MY LIFE. I guess I just don’t know how to quit it. And that makes me happy.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you take a little break!!!

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My happy heart …

I took a few days off from writing to focus on the rest of our Spring Break. I got to see ALL FOUR of my kiddos AT THE SAME TIME! It was WONDERFUL! There is truly no other place in the world I’d rather be than with them. And although we all parted ways again yesterday afternoon, I’m still feeling the joy that came from being together.

Well, I hope you all have day where your heart is happy!!!

Happily and hopefully still at it …

Today is my blog’s 7th year anniversary. That is a whole lot of years filled with hope. And that just makes me smile. Thank you all for sharing them with me.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are happily and hopefully still at it!!!

Unfiltered …

My favorite color is pink. It always has been, ever since I was a little girl. If something comes in pink, I choose that one. I’ve owned a pink bowling ball, pink golf clubs and pink pepper spray. If you can think it, I’ve probably owned it in pink. HA!

Early this morning I stumbled across some pink landscape photographs. I was instantly drawn to the color. Then I had to “google”. Of course none of the pictures were real. Don’t worry, I knew this going into my google search. PHEW. I was just curious about what the pictures looked like in their original forms. They were stunning! And this really got me thinking. Probably too deeply, about life.

I try to live an honest life. I will tell you how IT is. If I feel a certain way, you will know. If I like something, you will know. If I don’t, you will know. If I’m sad or frustrated, you will know. And when I’m happy and overjoyed, you will know. I’m simple like that. And I’m pretty sure I’ve been this way my whole life. The effort to hide or fake my life never appealed to me. It also sounded exhausting. Like SUPER exhausting! This blog and the one I originally started on Facebook came out of all that. Being real. And still being happy and hopeful in that REALNESS no matter how yucky it may get. Maybe being “matter-of-fact” and “head in the clouds” isn’t a combination that works for others. But it’s worked for me this long, so I guess I’ll stick with it … and secretly keep hoping that someone discovers a real pink forest.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you live unfiltered!!!

Connecting with others near and far …

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I am truly thankful for all of my followers. I’m grateful to share my life with you. Your comments always warm my heart. I am blessed by your encouragement and appreciate that you share so freely with me. May you all find yourselves surrounded by loved ones today.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are thankful to connect with others near and far!!!

A really good excuse …

Four weeks ago today I missed writing a daily blog entry. It was the first time in over 5 years. I subsequently wrote nothing for the next 28 days.

Why?

I somehow managed to get viral meningitis … again.

Yep, I had it once before 9 years ago. This time it was the exact same type too. Crazy, right?!?! G3 “googled” and found out that I had a better chance of winning the lottery than I did getting it twice. I guess that makes me lucky, unlucky, or just a freak of nature. Swell.

Anyway, I had to check out for a multitude of reasons. And it was really weird.

I had often wondered what would be the deciding factor to no longer do a daily blog. Trust me, there were days when I really didn’t want to write. And barley did, HA! But when I first started this posting of daily hopes, I decided that I would be in it for the long run. It was symbolic of what hope really looked like. Day in and day out, choosing to be positive. It took work. A lot. But I believe it has been one of the most healthy things I have ever done for myself. To force myself to find a shred of hope in an otherwise ugly day was a gift. And somehow I managed to keep it up. Well, at least I did until I was in the throes of complete and utter agony.

So, I’m back now. I am still in the beginning of my recovery. It’s a long road. One I have been down before. But I am staying optimistic. I got a great report from my doctor today too. We are both hoping for a speedy return to my healthy self. Thankfully I’m already way ahead of where I was the last time. And I can happily say for the first time in weeks that my future is really starting to look pretty bright. Again.

I wanted to send out a big thank you to my followers. I am humbled by your loyalty, your kind words and your contributions to my posts. You have blessed me more than you will ever know. And I have truly missed each and every one of you.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you have a really good excuse!!!