I used to believe that writing even one sentence at the end of the day was worth it, just to remember the joy I felt or something fun I did or an impression I’d had that gave me hope to keep going. Then I had some hard days. Oh, SOOO many hard days. Did I say days? I meant months. And years. And some excruciating moments I didn’t want to remember. So I stopped writing on those days. And soon I stopped writing on other days too. Part of me felt it was a lie to just write about the good times, even though noticing them had helped me stay positive in the past. But now, with how heavy things had been, since it didn’t seem to help or change anything or anyone, I stopped writing almost every day. But today I write again because even though the weight of the day almost broke me, inside something remembered what I used to believe.Read More
Isn’t it incredible that even if we don’t have what we long for, heaven does all it can to bless us with POWER according to our pure desires?
I love the truth that the powers of heaven can be close around me according to my faith, and not because I’m perfect or more special than anyone else – we all can have that blessing because God loves us!Read More
I just want to say if you find yourself riding an emotional roller coaster at times, you aren’t alone. You are real! You are human! And you are wonderful! Life has ups and downs and so you feel that.♥️ Just don’t stay down forever. Look up. Lift yourself up. Lift others with your love, experience, and courage.Read More
No matter where you are in the world, you’re probably experiencing some fear and worry. Things are a whirlwind and it can be easy to feel overwhelmed.
If this sounds like you, please take some time for yourself to create JOY. You have so many powers, and creating joy is one of the most incredible! YOU can be the hero to your own story and save yourself from fear. All it takes is some dedication and conscientious choices to do some good for YOU! Here are some simple ideas to take a break from the stress, create some joy and feel hope…Read More
Thanks to my hubby’s more gentle attitude toward New Year’s Resolutions, I might actually stick it out and continue the journey…Read More
It’s so important that we’re gentle with ourselves. When it comes to feeling good, it’s all in your head – literally. That’s why my S.M.I.L.E. acronym for emotional wellness includes Listen To Loving Thoughts. What we think matters more than we believe. I usually LOVE to cheer people on, whether in an audience or standing…Read More
Sometimes the challenges in our lives need to be singled out and faced head-on! That can be hard, but exhilarating when we do it. That’s why the I in S.M.I.L.E. (the acronym that helps reduce my anxiety and depression) stands for Isolate the Issue.Read More
The second part of S.M.I.L.E. is Make Magic Moments. What is a Magic Moment? It’s when your worries are distant and light illuminates all the shadows in your mind. It’s a moment when your pain is lifted and faraway, like a cloud in the sky. The pain doesn’t necessarily disappear, but it’s momentarily out of…Read More
As we wrote our annual goals (AKA gift to Jesus) this year and I pondered what I could do better or give up to be more like him, something heavy hit me. Hard. For years I have struggled to do what I need to do. I’ve written entire books while I’ve distracted myself from my…Read More
Last week I did something new and brave thanks to a recent round of fresh counseling sessions: I slid down a water slide with NO inhibitions! I grabbed the overhead bar with both fists, swung hard, launched myself, leaned back, crossed my arms on my chest and FLEW!!!! I have NEVER gone down a water…Read More