What’s Up Wednesdays #19 – Finale

Welcome back dear friends to What’s Up Wednesdays! I trust that your week is going well and if not that it is at least getting better.

Today, I have decided to make this post my last What’s Up Wednesdays post.  Writing this post every week been a great experience for me to learn and grow as well as for me to share some of my life with each of you.

I first discovered the What’s Up Wednesdays concept on Pink For Days  and thought it would be a great opportunity for me to step out of my comfort zone and I’m glad I did.   It could be a bit demanding to prepare but once completed I enjoy reviewing it.

A special thank you to those of you who read and comment. Your support and feedback was appreciated. So without further ado, let’s get into it. 🙂

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What I’m eating this week:

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Today for lunch I had pizza – Pizza Hut!

 

 

What I’m reminiscing about: 

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Nothing really!  I try not to spend too much time focusing on what was because I might miss what is. The memories that were great would always be with me and the not so good ones would be archived. 🙂

What I’m loving:

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The supporting and encouraging nature of this community.  I have seen the love and support that this special group of individuals possess and I’m very grateful and humble to be a part of it.

What I’ve been up to:

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Work, home, work, home…  This week has been very draining but thankfully I have some songs that help me relax and just forget all about my troubles.

What I’m dreading:

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That the current project we have going on at home would not be completed to our liking. The contractor’s measurements were off and then he didn’t properly assess the area so we had some additional costs.  He is good at what he does so I’m trusting in the Lord that everything will work out and we would be pleased with the end result.

What I’m working on:

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At the moment getting a mouthful of this chicken pasta into my mouth while I prepare this post.  🙂 Please note that this picture was taken from Pixabay because I’m already more than half-way through my dinner.  🙂

What I’m excited about:

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I’m excited and anxious to see all of the small improvements around the house completed.  We finally started painting last weekend even though the sun graced us with her presence only for a short time.  The small area we did manage to complete looks so good.  The new colour is fresh and vibrant.  We love it!  I can’t wait to see the rest of house transformed. 🙂

What I’m watching:

Shadow Hunters was good so good that I’m yet to resume my Orphan Black series.  My sister continued the Orphan Black series though and told me that so much has happened that I have a lot of catching up to do. I may get back into it this weekend or I might just start something new it all depends on the mood I’m in. What good series have you been watching lately?

What I’m listening to:

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My sister would definitely scream out Despacito and New Rules.  These songs along with a few others I listed on Music Reflection Mondays #15  just keep playing in my head.

What I’m wearing:

My black cotton oversized T-shirt that says “Coffee Now”.  Comfort is the order of the day. 🙂

What I’m doing this weekend:

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Hopefully, painting the house once the weather is good.

What I’m looking forward to the next month:

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New posts, new opportunities and new blogs to follow.  Let’s not forget my November Extravaganza.  I’ll keep you posted.  🙂

What else is new:

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The comfort I get from knowing that everything I can control – is being controlled or managed.  It is so much easier than worrying or fussing about everything else.

That’s all for I have for you tonight.   Who knows what new segment I may come up with to replace this one.  You can definitely trust that I would keep you in the know.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great night and a wonderful week.

 

 

The ‘Bounty’ Approach

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Are you familiar with the paper towel brand known as Bounty? They use the slogan, “The Quicker Picker Upper”.  It is often used to show how well and how much it absorbs when compared to other brands.

Are you going through life behaving like a Bounty Paper Towel?  You know, absorbing everything and holding everything in.  Bounty is great for cleaning up messes and a lot of other things too.  However, adapting the ‘Bounty Approach’ to our everyday lives and issues is not healthy physically or mentally.

The reality is, even a sponge will spill the excess liquid when it can’t hold any more.  The human mind and body is no different.  So be weary of how much and what you allow yourself to endure.

Listen! You can’t control or fix everything or everyone.  The only real control we have is over ourselves.  So don’t suffer in silence, don’t overload and burden yourself with things you really have NO control over.  See it or them for what they are and find a way forward.  Talk to someone.  Pray about it.  Write about it. Sing about it.  Find a healthy and safe way to express what you’re feeling so you can truly smile and laugh again.

The load or burden you carry would feel so much lighter.

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Have a wonderful evening.  Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

Heart to Heart

This post was inspired by a piece I read called “I’m scared” written by Elsie over at Elsie LMC blog.  She rekindle in me some feelings I get whenever I think of a loved one leaving me before I could share with them all I have to say.

Family is sometimes all we have and those of us who are still fortunate to have people we love in our lives should never take them for granted.  This is to my family.

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So many times I stop and think

We could be no more with just one blink

No more laughter, no more talks

No more browsing on our little walks

So as I prepare this heart to heart

Let’s remove all bitterness from our path 

Agreeing to put petty differences aside

Especially those entangled with our pride

Our love for each other we should never hide

So many times I stop and think

How much time was wasted between you and me?

Silence left to pass the time

Because of foolish pettiness

We’ve now reduced our time

So many times I stop and think

If you were to leave me now

My heart would surely sink

For without you in this world

I would feel so empty and cold

As the tears and grief would fill my soul

So I’ve made my decision and with careful precision

I will take the first step because I don’t want to leave this world with regret

Besides I never want you to forget,

I love now and forever

To my mother, father, sister, brother, sons and niece

Knowing each of you in this life

Has truly brought me so much peace

I know we’ve had our moments

But life is short so no more postponements

Live your life and cherish it

Remembering to show your love

While learning to receive it

So let’s put any differences aside

Removing all bitterness and pride

Loving and praying for each other everyday

Because when that day comes there’s only so much we can say

I love you all

Have a blessed day.

 

 

Music Reflection Mondays #15

Good Morning everyone! Pleasant Monday greetings to each of you. 🙂  How was your weekend?  My weekend was full of heavy rainfall, thunder and lightning so I stayed indoors. 

Although the sun has graced our beautiful sky this morning it is clear that the clouds still have a mouthful to say as they make every effort to push the sun out of the way.  I won’t let them dampen my mood though and neither should you.  🙂

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For today’s post let’s look at some songs that I just can’t get out of my head lately.

Are any of your favourites listed above?  Please share what song or songs are just stuck in your head lately.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day and a blessed week.

 

Weather Forecast

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Image Credit: Pixabay.com

Today’s weather forecast is cloudy with a chance of thunder storm and scattered showers.

If life was so simple to predict.  It would probably read, “Today would be full of fun and laughter with some possibility of foolishness or drama but keep your head up and push through it anyway. ”

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At the end of the day, even after the all of the rainfall the sky eventually clears and out comes the sun.  When we’re really lucky we even see a rainbow or two.  🙂

Never let the scattered showers keep you down!  The sun will come out so you better position yourself to see and enjoy it.  Have a wonderful weekend.

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Health and Wellness Fridays – Choices

Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!  Happy Friday greetings to each of you.  Today, I’m just going to share my views on ‘health and wellness’ and what it means to me.

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What is health and wellness all about anyway?  

I won’t say it’s all about eating more fruits and vegetables.  I won’t even say it’s about drinking more water.  What I would say is that health and wellness is all about the choices we make.

From what we choose to eat, how much we eat, the type of people we socialize with, the stories we tell and not tell ourselves.  Sure, exercise is in there but it is not the primary goal or focus because ‘fit’ people get sick too.

Health and wellness encompasses not only our lifestyle choices but our relationships with others as well as ourselves.  You might be surprised to learn just how much our relationships with people and ourselves can impact our health and overall well-being.  Don’t underestimate the power of negativity on your health and happiness.

Is it an illusion?

Health and wellness is only an illusion if we’re doing the opposite of what we should be doing.  If we allow negative people to influence our thoughts and behaviour in a negative way – then yes, health and wellness would be an illusion.

What health and wellness is not about:

  • Looking like someone else. 
  • Pointing fingers. 
  • Strictly food and exercise.
 
What the holistic view of health and wellness should look like:
 
  • Striving for balance in various aspects of our lives (physical health, mental health, our relationships, and so on.)
  • Open-mindedness
  • Diversity and willingness to try new things
  • Accepting and embracing change
  • Growth in mind, body and spirit
  • Self-love and self-worth
  • Understanding we all make mistakes and choosing to learn from them
  • Not letting guilt hinder us from moving forward
At the end of the day, our health and overall well-being is ultimately on us to manage.  I am no health expert and I’m sure like most of you we’ve all heard what we should and shouldn’t do.  It is overwhelming at times just how much information is out there.
Take it one day at a time.  Start small, take baby steps but whatever you do remember it’s your life and you’ll get out of it what you put in.
Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend.

 

A Storm is Brewing

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A storm is brewing and I can feel it

I know its coming even though I can’t see it

Your intentions are clear and it’s just to cause despair

We both know deep down you don’t truly care

 

A storm is brewing

And as the darkness fills your head

I hope you know your actions you’ll someday dread

The games you play will catch up with you one day

There’s no excuse and you can’t call a truce

For with all of your internal turmoil

Your own plans you will foil

 

I refuse to return to the old days

No more manipulation and stringing’ me along 

So keep your distance

I have a new found persistence

Brighter days are ahead

So it’s time for us to put this issue to bed

 

A storm is brewing

As you attempt to disturb my peace and joy

These lives you will not destroy like some kind of toy

I’ll secure all that is near and dear to me

And trust in the Lord to deliver me

A sweet victory.

 

 

We all face various storms in our lives and I’m here to tell you that you CAN overcome them.  Don’t let despair and fear keep you from claiming what is truly yours. Stand up for yourself and believe that YOU ARE WORTHY of HAPPINESS and PEACE OF MIND.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great night. 🙂