A lot on my happy mind …

I could have blogged about a million things today. Luckily almost all of them would have been about happy things. But I’ll just leave it at that.

Well, I hope you all had a day where you had a lot on your mind!!!

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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!!!

5 years and no end in sight …

I can’t believe it. Five years ago today I posted my first blog entry on Facebook. A page I still post to every day, Living in LaLa Land. It took some months of encouraging from a few of my friends and family but I finally did it. I created a place to post my daily hopes. Not just for me, but for all of us. A place to come to find a smile or a laugh even when our day wasn’t going as planned. A place to remind us that each new day is a gift. And that life, no matter what we may be going through, should be appreciated. This, in fact, is my WHY.

Let’s face it, life can suck. Mishaps, tragedy, mistakes, change, loss, and straight up bad luck all happen! But it doesn’t mean we can’t still be happy. I may have to get there in a round about way, but my writing always motives me to FIND hope in each day. It’s not always easy. Trust me, there are days when the last thing I want to do is find a HAPPY. But this blog and my commitment to it has forced me to. And it has significantly impacted my life in a beautiful way. I am so thankful for the people who pushed me to take the chance and put my words out there. It’s no easy feat finding the confidence to do so each and every day … for 5 years! But I’m not quitting. Not on me. And certainly not on finding hope in each new day.

Thank you everyone who has followed me! Your support truly humbles me! Happy Blogiversary to US!!! 

Well, I hope you all have a day where you see no end in sight!!!