Are You Struggling Today?

It’s amazing to me when I hear people assume that if you don’t complain or talk about your struggles; that you must no have any.

BULL!!! 

Our struggles are our stories!!! Embrace them and learn to grow from them.  That is your message to the world around you.

In keeping with today’s topic; I will share some of mine…

I am a very happily married woman of almost 20 years to my amazing hubby.  Do you think that it’s been bliss ever since the day we said, “I Do”???

FAR FROM IT!!!

…and to those of you who are, or have been married know that it would have been a complete lie for me to say otherwise.

We started out as your average “happy” young couple with dreams of a family life, successes, growing in our faith and many blessings.

While I can’t say we aren’t enjoying all of these today, it sure has not been “easy” in any respect.

Which reminds me of a joke my son told us this summer;

“Why did the washing machine stop working?…. Somebody threw the towel in…”

=D =D =D

We all have struggles and if we stick with what needs to be done consistently; we can work our ways through them and come out stronger than ever. This doesn’t mean it’s a great idea to complain to everyone around you or share all over social media about your issues…

Because there is such a thing as an “unfollow” button and that will get pressed if you make complaining a habit. Instead, act as though everything is going great and your reality will become so. You have more power over your progress and success than you know.

My point is that although life has had it’s share of ups and downs for us, we never gave up. We kept refocusing on helping each other and moving forward in the best way we could understand at the time. There is no fairy tale life. There is no perfection for anyone. I know we will continue to have our struggles but without them, we wouldn’t be as happy and as strong as we are today. My hubby is my best friend and I know he has my back just as much as I do, his.

But you have to get a little bit (sometimes, a LOT) uncomfortable before you feel proud of where you’ve come from…

Let’s focus in on the happy parts of today!

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Are You Living in YOUR Moments?

Funny how fast time flies by, don’t you think?

I find that the more I think I have it all together, the harder life laughs at me and changes the scenery!

You know you agree! 😉

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Anyway, yes, my daughter has now graduated from high school, after fighting through the last part of this past year. A funny story she shared with us about our two overseas moves in the last five years (for those of you unfamiliar with my story; yes, this happened and a big reason my daughter was so far behind in her schooling this final year!); was when one of her teachers asked the senior students to write out some advice tips for the incoming Freshmen class. (how freaking cool is that teacher, by the way??)

My daughter (bless her sarcastic heart; she may just take after her mum after all!) wrote the following advice: “Make good friends and get ahead on your credits and grades because you never know if your family may move overseas.”

okay, I thought it was hilarious…you may not agree but it’s all good!

I find that life can really turn your world upside down and then give you a good shaking still from time to time. Have you ever experienced this before? (hint: if you’re ALIVE and actually doing something in your life, then this is a given)

There is no way around it or out of it but you darned sure better move your ass and give it your much needed attention! I think it’s at these times in our lives that we are most vulnerable and need to really be vigilant about who we surround ourselves with. Your attitude about your situation (whatever they may be; big or small) will weigh heavily on the side of the attitudes around you. Don’t believe it? Think about the 5 people you are closest to in your life. Now, think about their temperaments and points of views on life and all things in it. Then go ahead and try to tell me you don’t see eye to eye or believe most of the same, yourself.

Whether you realize this or not; it’s a fact. Maybe you’re the exception to this rule…but I highly doubt it!

My advice to you today is to surround yourself with positive people and teachings. Read Personal Development books to help you grow exponentially. Get out and do some activity to boost your heartrate. Lift weights to strengthen your weak areas. Learn to laugh at yourself in times of stress. Be the best person you could be for today.

Trust me; life goes by regardless.

You may as well feel happier and enjoy the ride.