Real, Real Love

Good Day Beautiful People,

First, I would like to thank everyone who was kind of enough to send me comments and emails encouraging me to push forward. You guys are angels from God and I appreciate that you took the time out for little ole me to send very thoughtful, heartfelt words. THANK YOU!

Today, I would like to share a song that touched my heart and I pray that it touches you as well.

Real Love by Blanca Lyrics

This isn’t easy for me to admit
I got a fire inside and some words I know I can’t keep in
I see faith turning into a show
Of Sundays and sermons and works getting caught in the flow.

Oh but we got real pain
And real fears
Thirstin for the drying
Of our real tears
It’s not satisfying anymore
Ain’t it true that veil was torn
Don’t need no stained glass
To be washed in His blood
Don’t need no perfect put together pretty words
To be enough
I want Jesus and His real love it’s something that I crave deep inside of my bones
So you can leave your religion at home

Spent my life trying to keep all the rules
Now I know it’s about what Hes already done
Not about what I think that I gotta do

I want Real Real Love

I got real pain
And real fears
thirstin’ for the dryin of real tears
It’s not satisfying anymore
Ain’t it true that the veil was torn

I want Real Real Love
I Want Real Real Love
I want Real Real Love

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. -Proverbs 3:5-6

Fighting The Good Fight

Hey Friends!

I’ve been away for longer than I expected and I’m so sorry.

There were some circumstances happening in my personal life that triggered a “dark moment”. Dark moments occur when I’ve lost control of depression and it desperately tries to take over my life.

It’s a process to get through such moments and it takes a lot of support from God and my loved ones to get through it, otherwise, depression and anxiety would swallow me whole. Yet, I continue to fight the good fight towards emotional stability and overall wellness; mind, body, soul.

That being said, I came across this quote that convinced me to continue blogging. I entertained the thought of giving up my blog because there is so much going on and I have to let something go. Right now, life is overwhelming and I have to take a step back.

So instead of giving up completely, I will go back to blogging 4 days a week just until I am able to dedicate more time. Plus, it would be so stupid and selfish of me to give up something 1. I love, 2. I’ve dedicated a lot of time and effort to, 3. Gods blessing.

I don’t know where I’m headed, Per se…I just know blogging will get me there and I cannot give up, no matter what challenges present themselves.

I’m really proud of myself for posting daily, even if it lasted for a few weeks. It’s all about celebrating the small things, I guess 🤷🏽‍♀️

I pray that whatever you are facing in life, that you have the courage to continue your journey and allow God to use what’s in your heart to illuminate your path. I pray that instead of regretting what you didn’t accomplish, you will celebrate because YOU did it, YOU tried it and that’s more than a lot of people have done. Be proud of yourself!

One Love! Stay blessed!

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” -Steve Jobs

Funny Friday: Speeding Motorist

Happy Friday, Friends! 😁 I hope your day is going beautifully. May God continue to bless each and every one of you. Please enjoy today’s, Funny Friday and stay blessed!

Speeding Motorist

Late one night this guy is speeding down the empty road. A cop sees him go flying past so chases him and pulls him over. The cop goes up to the car and when the man rolls down the window, he asks, “Are you aware of how fast you were going, sir?”

The man replies, “Yes I am. I’m trying to escape a robbery I got involved in.”

The cop looks at him disbelievingly and asks him, “Were you the one being robbed, sir?”

The man casually replies, “Oh no, I was the one who committed the robbery. I was escaping.”

The cop is shocked and surprised that the man has admitted this so freely. He says, “So you’re telling me you were speeding…AND committed a robbery?”

“Oh yes,” replies the man calmly. “I have all the loot in the back.”

The cop is now starting to get angry and says, “Sir, I’m afraid you have to come with me” as he reaches into the window to take the car keys out of the ignition.

The man shouts, “Don’t do that! I’m afraid that you’ll find the gun in my glove compartment!” At this the cop pulls his hand out of the window and says, “Wait here” as he returns to his car and calls for backup.

Soon there are cars, cops and helicopters all over, everywhere you look. The man is quickly dragged out of his car, handcuffed and taken towards a cop car. However, just before he is put in the car and taken away a cop walks up to him and says, while pointing at the cop that pulled him over, “Sir, this officer tells us that you had committed a robbery, had stolen loot in the trunk of your car, and had a loaded gun in your glove compartment. However, we didn’t find any of these things in your car.”

The man replies, “Yeah, and I bet that liar said I was speeding too!”

Funny story borrowed from Laffgaff.com

Music is Life

Hey fellow bloggers!

The last few days have been extremely busy. First, I was hit with an unexpected Lupus flare (which slowed down my “to do” list). Secondly, we’ve been very busy getting prepared for an upcoming family trip to Disney World. I’m super excited because this is really a dream come true for my family. I think my husband and I are more excited than our children.

Just to give you a visual. My husband and I reactions when we officially knew we were going:

What I thought my kids’ reaction was going to be:

Their actual reaction:

Honestly, I think they won’t believe it until they see it. We’ve had to cancel family trips in the past due to my illness or finances and I know how disappointed they were back then. So, I think they are holding their excitement. I do see, the closer we get to the leave date and the more we pack, the more excited they become.

Anyway, since I haven’t had that much time to put into blogging (hence the reason why I didn’t post yesterday), I wanted to share with you a very inspiring cover sang by one of our fellow bloggers, Haley with Red Letters Blog. I love listening to her while I blog. Her angelic voice is soothing, allowing inspiration to flow easily through my mind and spirit. I would recommend giving her a visit and a listen. Below is one of my favorite covers that she has done. You can also find her on YouTube, just click the video below.

 

There is so much inspirational music that I listen to on YouTube. Some you may have heard and some are hidden gems (like above). Starting now, I will be sharing that list. I believe that music is vital to the survival of humanity and without it, we would become, even more, emotionally disconnected…in my opinion.

So take a listen and have a wonderful rest of your evening (early morning to my friends overseas). Stay Blessed!

“Where words fail, music speaks.” -Hans Christian Andersen 

Fuel for Thoughts: Monday Motivation

Happy Monday Friends!

I want you to know that right now, your struggle is only temporary. I mentioned in my post yesterday Seeking God Part 2 that your circumstances aren’t designed to hurt you, but to make you stronger. If we avoid our problems, then we will be missing out on a chance to become a better “us”.

Allow your struggles to teach you, not hinder you. Allow them to mold you so in the future you become to better equipped to deal with any of life’s challenges.

Related Post: Trust The Process: What Choosing Life Looks Like

It’s ok to feel defeated, but that is when you pick yourself up by your bootstraps and push forward. Don’t live in defeat. Don’t allow defeat to become apart of you. Acknowledge it, pray on it, and give it God. Stay faithful to his will and the Lord will provide you with everything that you need.

Have a wonderful Monday, my friends. I pray your day is as beautiful as you are.

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” -Napoleon Hill

Seeking God Part 2

Good Day Fellow Bloggers,

I hope each of you had a wonderful weekend. My weekend went well. I was able to get shopping done for an upcoming family vacation. And…I didn’t get angry with my kids, which is a huge improvement. Anger has been a difficult hurdle to cross, but with Gods love, I am able to push forward and overcome it. In the near future, I want to share with you guys techniques that I have learned to control my anger. 

Anyway, today I wanted to speak more about a blog post that I started talking about my journey to seeking God, per his request. To catch up, please read Seeking God to get the full story of why I started this particular journey. I shared that my purpose in Christ, right now, is to know him intimately. Through prayer and elder guidance, it is clear that my mission is to simply, get to know him. The more to I study my bible, the more his answers become so clear.

It’s funny because I’ve been a Christian for 21 years, but this is the first time since being saved that I have actively sought out having a relationship with God. It now seems that the blinders have been taken off. So as a blogger, I feel it would be irresponsible of me not to document this season of my life. I mean, it’s the reason why I started blogging in the first place. I  love each and every one of you, but blogging started because of my Father and it’s running on His Spirit, alone. If I trusted blogging to myself, I probably wouldn’t get it done. Since I know this is what I’m called to do, then I shall obey. Plus, I would be a terrible person if I didn’t admit that I absolutely love it and it shows how gracious God is. He chose blogging to be my outlet, something I never thought I would become. I’m basketing in the glory of knowing I am on the right track to becoming his tapestry. 

Related Post: Weakness Is Strength

I’m rambling, so let’s get to the point.

I’m surprised you guys deal with it. Hehe 🙂 Today, I want to talk about what I have recently learned on my journey to seek God. (I said that already, oh well, too late to delete it.) Sometimes, I feel so burdened by my responsibility, followed by guilt that I am unable to “fulfill” my duties as a wife and a mother. There are days where I am so mentally drained, I am unable to function. And other days, I am so physically drained, I am unable to function. And there are those days that I am so emotionally drained…well, you get the drift. I have wasted a lot of time trying to get through this by myself. My husband will yell at me to “put the laundry basket down, I got it!” or “save your energy and get some rest.” There is so much that needs to be done, and pridefully, I love providing for my family. I feel that I’ve done my due diligence when I cook dinner or fold laundry. You know, mom stuff. Then, it becomes too much and my body will begin craving a comfortable sitting or a heating pad.

On those days that we are soooo mentally, physically, and emotionally drained, we are to look to God because He will ease all of our burdens. God knows our limitations and breaking points. When we feel alone and burdened by our daily responsibilities, we should pour out our hearts to him and trust him to provide relief.

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19)

There is no limit to his power and what he can provide. The Lord will never fail us, nor forsake us. It may sound cliche and I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times before, God will never give you anything you are unable to handle. Plus, if you are unable to handle it, he will handle it for you. 

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Cor. 12:9)

Whatever storm you are going through, just know it is supposed to make you grow. It is supposed to make you stronger. Your storms are not meant to break you, but to build you. Don’t allow the enemy to control you, trick you into thinking you are going through alone. You are not alone!

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” (Mt. 21:22)

Learning this during my journey has helped me immensely. I finally don’t feel like I’m drowning anymore. You can read all about that here Living with Depression. I pray that you all have a wonderful rest of your Sunday (or a beautiful start to your Monday for some of my friends in a different country). 

Lord, I pray for whoever is reading this, that you give them strength to continue their fight, but find peace in knowing that you are there to carry the burdens. Lord, bless them and comfort them. Allow them to feel your presence. Grant them comfort in their mind and in their hearts. Stay Blessed!

Lord, help me remember that no matter what happens, nothing is going to happen to me today that you and I cannot handle. -Unknown

Image borrowed from kcm.org

T.M.I Tag

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Timeless, you are by far the funniest, sweetest person I’ve never met. (LOL) Thank you so much for forcing suggesting that I do this absolutely invasive challenge called T.M.I tag. You allowed A Guy Called Bloke to drag you into this, so I guess now it’s my turn.

I’m just playing, Timeless! You know I love you, GIRL! Thank you for thinking of me and I am truly honored to answer each one of your questions.

Please pop over to visit Ana with Timeless Classics Blog. She is funny, talented, and so awesome-sauce, Ragu used her as inspiration for their awesome sauce (get it?). Please excuse me. I think I’m loopy from being awake almost 24 hours.

So, I’ll stop wasting time to tell you about T.M.I Tag.

RULES:
Because there are always rules …
• Acknowledge the person who nominated you
• Answer the questions
• Nominate other bloggers for the tag

Questions

Q: Have you ever been in love?

A: Since my husband will be reading this, I’m going to say YES. I’m just playing! You know I love you like my inner fat kid loves cake with buttercream frosting and chocolate sprinkles made of Reese’s pieces. Sorry, I digress. I blacked out and my inner fat kid took over.

Q: What is your favorite drink?

A: Anything with vodka

Q: What is your favorite song?

A: Do You Remember the Time by Michael Jackson

Q: What is your zodiac sign?

A: Virgo

Q: What is your favorite show?

A: It used to be Vikings until the producers took a huge dump on Season 5, so now I’m in search of a new one.

Q: What is your favorite band?

A: Maroon 5. No matter what mood I’m in, I can always jam to one of their songs.

Q: Name something you really miss

A: Finding a book to read that I’m unable to put down

Q: Where do you go when you are sad?

A: To the deepest parts of mine. Which probably isn’t a good idea.

Q: Have you ever been in a physical fight?

A: Prove it

Q: Loud music or soft?

A: All depends. Most of the time it has to be loud enough where I can drown out my own singing if I’m screaming at the top of my lungs with passion.

Q: Who is your favorite actor?

A: I agree with Timeless…definitely, me.

Q: Do you have any fears? What are they?

A: Check my upcoming blog post (LOL)

Q: What is the meaning behind your blog name?

A: It is an acronym for my children’s names.

Q: When was the last time you said you loved someone?

A: About 5 minutes ago

Q: What was the last book you read?

A: Renewing Your Mind by Lynn R Davis

Q: What book are you currently reading?

A: I am currently reading Hidden In Plain Sight by Huldah and Yoshiyahu Dauid and The Struggle is Real…But Gods Grace Is Life-Changing by Lynn R Davis.

Q: What was the last sport you played?

A: It’s a popular game, maybe you’ve heard of it. Its called M.O.M

Q: What was the last song you sang?

A: B by Jaden Smith

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: Anything that doesn’t send me into a Lupus Flare

Q: Name a place you want to visit.

A: Sweden

Q: What is your favorite sweet flavors?

A: Wint-O-Green mints

Q: What instruments do you play?

A: Ha! I wish

Q: What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?

A: My engagement ring

I nominate Floating Thoughts by Roy since his butt is always nominating me for something, but like I always say, I like to nominate all of my followers as well. I would love to read all of your answers to the above questions.

Hugs and Kisses!

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NatGeo #3

Hey Friends!

If you’re new to my blog, please visit NatGeo and NatGeo #2 to see the previous photos. Every week, National Geographic magazine post the most beautiful photos of our earth and its occupants that are captured by very talented people from all over the world. At the end of the week, they’ll post a segment called The Most Compelling Photos of the WeekI’ve been a fan of NatGeo since I was a small child and their photos have always been my favorite part of the magazine.

So here’s what I’m thinking, since I’ve received so much positive feedback when post National Geographic, maybe this can be a regular thing. We’ll see. Until then, please enjoy! You find can find more of their photos here.

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks. -John Muir

Talk About Staying Motivated

You, yes you! The awesome follower reading my post right. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

It was only three months ago, I was forcing myself to blog as a way to get out what has been boiling inside of me for years. Writing has always been one of my many passions, but becoming a blogger has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Prior to blogging full time, I tried to join many online support groups to get help with mental and physical illness’ that I am currently struggling with, but none of them worked for me, until WordPress. You guys have been the best support group a gal can ask for.

I’ve poured my heart out to you and was reciprocated with love, words of wisdom, and encouragement. Even if you’ve never commented or liked, I am so grateful that you took the time out to hit that follow button. Out of the millions of bloggers, you chose to follow me. And I appreciate it that more than you’ll ever know.

Each like, comment, and follow has given me the courage to continue to write. Even when I am afraid, I know that at least one person will be able to relate, so I push forward and write anyway. I want you guys to know that you have helped save someone’s life…mine.

Again, thank you all! I love each and every one of you. As I document this journey in my life, I will never forget the kind souls that I have met on here and I can’t wait to meet many more. Glory be to God! ❤️

Please feel free to email me anytime for any reason. You can also follow me on social media:

Email: harotianessentials@yahoo.com

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Funny Friday

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Hello Friends,

So, approximately 3 weeks ago, we added another member to our family. I would like to introduce you to Khaleesi Diva Smeed aka Harry. My husband wanted to name her Khaleesi since we are huge Game of Thrones fans. My daughter noticed that she has a bit of a diva attitude and Christian thinks she is pretty hairy, so we call her Harry. Oh, and Smeed is a combination of my husband, Christian and I last name with Hannah and Rj’s last name. Leesi is around 10 months old and she was rescued from an abusive home. It took her about a week to warm up, but once she did, we found out that she is just as crazy as we are. Needless to say, she fits in really well.

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In celebration of Leesi aka Harry arrival and rescue, I would like to share a funny cat video that my daughter, Hannah, thought was hilarious. Hopefully, you guys will find it funny as well.

Please enjoy the start of your weekend. Remember, you are awesome and I pray for nothing but true happiness and peace for each and every one of you. God Bless!

If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way. -Mark Twain

Sunshine Blogger Award

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My very good friend, Floating Thoughts by Roy nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Please pop over to his blog to read inspirational, thought-provoking stories and poems. You won’t regret it. Thank you, Shoumodip for your continued support. You are truly a wonderful person and I love the relationship that we have developed over the past few months.


The sunshine blogger award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

Here are the rules!

     Write a post thanking the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging sites.

      Answer the question asked to you by the person who nominated you.

  •  Nominate 11 new bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  •  Notify them about the nomination by commenting on their blog.
  •  List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo on your site or in your post

Roy’s Questions

  1. Describe a normal day in your life
    • Honestly, my day varies. Mostly, my day consists of taking care of my children, my husband, and my mental health.
  2. What do you do when you get de-motivated in general?
    • I literally force myself. I know what I need to do, I just need to do it.
  3. What do you do when u hit Writers’ Block?
    • I read and ingest medicinal herbs. I always get inspiration reading the thoughts of others.
  4. Attach a pic of your pets.
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  6. Write a letter to your doppelgänger in few lines.
    • My doppelganger is a warrior. She doesn’t have a family because she dedicates all of time and energy to helping people fight their battles.
  7. Beach or Mountains, what do you prefer and why?
    • Beach because I wouldn’t be able to fall to my death, unlike a mountain. 🙂
  8. Do you believe in first love or No strings attached and why?
    • I believe in both. I think that you are able to have a no-strings-attached kind of relationship if that is the understanding between two adult people. First love is always a great emotion to experience, even if it comes with a flood of other emotions.
  9. Roast or Rant in few lines about anything or anyone.
    • I absolutely cannot stand people who fart in public and chose not to say excuse me. I know it is something that you don’t have to do, but goodness gracious, please excuse yourself. Especially if you know for a fact that you produce loud, stinky vapors. I understand that sometimes they come without notice, I get it. Simply saying excuse me will help…well, forget it. Nothing will help a dangerous, silent assassin. Just say excuse me, people.
  10. On What or for Whom are you crazy about these days?
    • I am crazy about Jesus and the new episode of Gotham: Dark Knight
  11. Your favorite fictional character either in movies or in novels or both and why?
    • If you’ve been a follower, you know my favorite fictional character is Batman.
  12. What do you wish to say to your ex?
    • I forgive you.

You guys know that I do not like to single out individual bloggers. I know, I know, it helps my followers get to know each other, but all of you are so awesome-sauce! How can I possibly only choose 11 bloggers? So, I would like to nominate all of my followers because all of you..yes, each and every one of you are so talented. You wake up and blog (for whatever reason) and I am so proud of you. You are doing what many others are afraid to do. Be proud of yourself because I am proud of you.

My 11 Questions for all of you are:

  1. What is something that you will always refuse to compromise on?
  2. Are you a daytime person or a nighttime person?
  3. If you could own any kind of animal, what will it be?
  4. Do you have any phobias? What are they?
  5. What is your greatest childhood memory?
  6. What is your favorite dish that you like to cook?
  7. What was your very first date like?
  8. To you, what does it mean to have a “good time”?
  9. Living or dead, who would you want to party with?
  10. Who is the Ying to your yang?
  11. What is your favorite quote and/or bible scripture?

Thank you all for taking the time out to read my thoughts. I truly cherish everyone that take the time to read, like, comment, and share Harotian Essentials. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Let Me Go, Guilt!

guiltDo you feel guilty? I do, well at least I used to. It was very easy to feel guilty about the things that I would say or do. I would feel guilty for stooping down to someone’s juvenile behavior by arguing or “seeking revenge”. I would feel guilty about being rude or disrespectful. I would feel guilty if someone sneezed and I wouldn’t say “bless you”. 

After a while, I was tired of feeling guilty all of the time. At first, I blamed other people. I would even go as far to say that someone else “made me do it” or “made me say it”. Suddenly, I came to the realization that guilt is a burden that we were never meant to bear.

aaeaaqaaaaaaaaypaaaajdqzngjjmdgylwm4owytngjizs1hymrklwjlnzm4yjkznjzioaI’ve realized that guilt is such a meaningless emotion, yet it has the ability to crumble the sturdiest of foundations. So, why do we bother giving attention to an emotion that is essentially a waste of time? Judgment! Usually, we feel guilty about something because we are afraid of being judged. Let’s say you cheated on your wife/husband. You may feel guilt because you know that if your spouse found out, they would be extremely hurt. Let’s say you and your spouse have an open marriage (meaning you can carry on relationships with other people outside of your relationship). Would you feel guilty for sleeping with someone else, then? Probably not, because you know that your spouse is ok with it.

When you do something wrong, you’ve done it. That’s it. You can’t undo it. You can’t “unring a bell”, as they say. So why feel guilty? Why agonize over the terrible thing that you’ve done? You’re human and you’re going to make mistake no matter how much you try not to. The only person that walked this earth that was perfect was Jesus and even Jesus was judged and crucified by His peers. So, the question is are you, Jesus? If your answer is no, then you can stop expecting perfection. If your answer is yes, then maybe you should reevaluate your life. Just a suggestion. The expectation of perfection is almost as asinine as feeling guilty for your actions. If we truly think about it, it doesn’t make sense.

32666-fatherandson-forgiveness-sunset-1200w-tnI recently hurt my baby boy by accident. Afterward, saying I felt guilty wouldn’t be an accurate description of my true feelings. The more appropriate words would be cow dung. It wasn’t long before I realized that feeling guilty or like cow dung wasn’t going to help my baby boy feel better. The only accomplishments that guilt would result in are negative thoughts and self-pity. “Oh, woe is me…I’m such a crappy mother…I hurt my baby…wah, wah, wah.” You get the picture. The feeling of guilt had to be pushed to the side. I had to come up with a plan to help him feel better, along with making a mental note to not hurt him in the manner again. I asked for forgiveness from my son and my Lord and kept it pushing. I know that my son and God forgave me, so that wasn’t much more for me to do. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:17)

Meaning, God already knew that I was going to mess up. He already knew that I was going to hurt my son, but He tells us not to worry. As long as I say sorry, or repent, I will be forgiven. So why should I feel ashamed of something that I have already been forgiven for? I know that we encounter people into our lives that may be as forgiving as our heavenly Father. I have a few of those people in my family, but if someone chooses not to forgive you or hold onto a grudge to make you feel guilty, then that seems more like their problem and not yours.

Throughout the day, guilt would try to attach itself to me when I saw my sons big beautiful brown eyes glaring up at me. I would think, “how could I hurt someone that darn cute.” But then, I would immediately dismiss it. I thought, “It’s done. It’s over with. I’ve fixed it and there is nothing that I can do now except move on.”

Below are a few thoughts that I recited to myself to kick guilts butt. I hope you are able to find them helpful so you can be free from any guilt that you may be holding onto:

  • I did what I did and I said what I said. There is no way to go back and change it. What I will do TODAY, is appreciate every darn thing I did badly. Because tomorrow, I won’t do it again.
  • “No matter how frustrated, disappointed and discouraged we may feel in the face of our failures, it’s only temporary. And the faster you can stop wallowing in guilt, blame or resentment, the faster you can put it behind you.” -Fabrizio Moreira
  • I am the master of my own feelings. I am only here to learn from my mistakes. I am not perfect and I don’t expect anyone else to be.  What I choose to do now, is learn and grow from my mistakes.
  • An exciting and inspiring future awaits you beyond the noise in your mind, beyond the guilt, doubt, fear, shame, insecurity, and heaviness of the past you carry around. -Debbie Ford
  • An apology may be a sign of weakness, but having the courage to go up to someone and say sorry is a strength!” -Unknown
  • “Mistakes are part of life, everyone makes them, everyone regrets them. But, some learn from them and some end up making them again. It’s up to you to decide if you’ll use your mistakes to your advantage.”– Meredith Sapp

Drop a comment below to share any affirmations or quotes that help you get rid of guilt. Otherwise, have a wonderful rest of your day. I love you all for reading my thoughts and wish nothing but joy and peace in your life. God bless!

Images borrowed from Crosswalk.comLinkedin, and Writers Bloc

I’m Done Ya’ll!

Good Day, All!

So, yesterday was the last day of My 30 Day Fast From Social Media and I would love to share the results with you.

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  1. I feel less stress and worry– When I was on social media every day, I always felt an overwhelming amount of gloom and worry. When I would close my Facebook or Instagram app, I would walk away from it feeling all of the negative status’ and comments made by strangers. Now, I am free of that.
  2. Better relationship with God– I find that my relationship with God has improved immensely. Without the noise of social media, I’ve been able to discern the voice of God. I find myself developing a more intimate relationship with Him, which in turn, is helping me manage the symptoms of mental and physical illness.
  3. I’ve become a better mom– The time I used to spend on social media, I now spend with my kids. We’ve been able to grow closer by having more conversations, playing board games, and outside activities. At first, I thought that it was helping me keep my mind off of social media, when it fact, it was helping my kids and I grow closer, like we used to be. It feels amazing.
  4. It freed up space on my cell phone– I was able to backup my contacts and media after deleting the social media apps. Something I haven’t been able to do for 17 weeks because how much memory Facebook and Instagram was taking up.
  5. I feel, overall, better about life– Removing tragedy from my life has been awesome-giphy1sauce! When I was online, I read about one tragic event after another. Without social media, I didn’t hear about the awful happenings of the world all of the time. Even when my husband would try to tell me something that he read on Facebook, I would simply reply, “Babe, I’m not on social media for a reason”.
  6. I’ve learned to control my desire– Due to this time apart, I have lost the desire to be on social media completely. Social media is necessary because I am starting an online business and social media is one of the greatest resources. That being said, I now know that I will only use social media to grow my business, not to argue with silly internet trolls and obsessing over meaningless celebrity gossip.

Completing a 30-day social media fast has truly been a life-changing experience. I really feel like this was the right step to my recovery journey. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect at the end of this fast or even what I wanted to accomplish, really. I just knew that I wanted to disconnect from the stronghold that social media had on me. I was able to accomplish that and more.

Thank you to everyone who encouraged me during my fast. I would recommend this fast to anyone, even if you are not a social media junkie.

“Believe in yourself, and the rest will fall into place. Have faith in your own abilities, work hard, and there is nothing you cannot accomplish.” -Brad Henry

Funny Friday’s

A nice old lady on a bus offers the driver some peanuts. He’s happy to take some. He asks her after a while why she isn’t having any herself.

“Oh, young man,” she says, “they’re too hard on my poor teeth, I couldn’t.”

“Why did you buy them at all then?” wonders the driver.

“You see, I just love the chocolate they’re covered in!”

A good laugh heals a lot of hurts. — Madeleine L’Engle

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