Health and Wellness Fridays – 2018 with a Difference

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Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!  

To start the New Year off right I must first thank God for blessing me to see another year.  Thank you Heavenly Father for already equipping me with the strength, patience, wisdom, understanding, knowledge and discipline needed to be successful in all that I’ve set out to do and may it all be pleasing to you.  In Jesus name I pray and give thanks. Amen!  🙂

Today, I would like to set the tone for the next few months as it relates to improving my health and overall well-being.  It is my hope that you will find these points useful as you chart your own course towards a healthier and happier you.

Here are some points that I have decided to pay special attention to as I put 2018 into perspective especially as it relates to the way forward for my overall health and wellness and ultimately my life.

Health and wellness is a process and therefore that means through our actions and decisions – we are living this conscious choice daily. 

How do I go about doing that?

  1. Understanding that being a healthier me starts from within and looks at not only how I treat and care for my body but my mind and spirit as well.  It is a holistic approach to living that I never truly understood or appreciated until now.
  2. Health and wellness does not speak to only what’s going on inside of me but in my environment as well.  It includes the people in my life and all the other factors that directly and indirectly have an impact on my well-being.
  3. Taking responsibility for what I’m doing and not doing to make my life better.
  4. Taking immediate action towards improving the areas I’m weak in or struggle with.
  5. Recognizing that I am human and therefore I will not execute every single day without errors, weaknesses or setbacks and that’s okay.
  6. Not giving up on myself or my desire to become a healthier and happier me. 🙂
  7. Accepting and believing that I am truly worth it.

 

Why would 2018 be any different from any other year?

  1. In God I’ll put my trust and faith and call on Him when I feel weak and praise His name when I feel strong. This point is first for reason.  Start each day by talking and praying to God.  He will give you the strength to do the impossible.
  2. I AM worth the sacrifice, time, effort, love, joy and happiness that this year can bring.  If I open up myself to receive and go after it.
  3. I AM worth the temporary discomfort that changing and breaking old habits would bring.
  4. I understand that MY betterment WILL only come if I work towards it.
  5. I AM mentally preparing my mind, body and spirit to DO the work that only I can do.
  6. I know that I am NOT the only person in the world struggling with something.
  7. It IS my time to get up and do MORE to improve my own life.
  8. My success has always been mine for the taking!

Whatever we desire for our health and overall well-being for 2018 and beyond WE must be prepared to make some changes and some of that change MUST start within us.  If, we are to be successful in achieving our goals for better and happier lives we must do the work that is needed at our very CORE.  There is no escaping it.

For it is our fears, self-doubt, negativity, skepticism, laziness and sometimes our willingness to just settle right where we are that has kept us exactly where we are.  2018 will be different because WE WILL make it different. One day and one step at a time.

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops in this journey called life.

Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

Never Too Late

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No matter how many times you’ve failed before.  No matter how many times you’ve talked yourself out of your own success.  No matter how many times others have tried to block or hinder your progress.    It’s never too late to turn your life around.

Let us be like a waterfall constantly moving and flowing never stagnant.  Only in this motion would we continue to grow.

Fear, self-doubt and negativity can have us feeling like there is no hope for a brighter tomorrow.   Don’t sit by any longer accepting that is just how it is or how it is going to be.  Reject those feelings and thoughts.

  • Look around you, see and BELIEVE that you CAN be MORE than who you SEE in the mirror.
  • You ARE more than what people SAY about you.
  • If you look deep within yourself, I am sure you CAN almost FEEL in your CORE that you ARE so much more.

Aren’t you curious to find out just how special and amazing you are? 🙂   The contribution YOU have to make in this world is important! Stop denying yourself the opportunity to uncover the real you or your purpose.  Don’t deny the world of your giftIt’s never too late.

Get up and go after your passion or your dream.  Marching in one place will get us nowhere.  Step by step, one day at a time we WILL overcome our challenges and discover who we ARE meant to BE and what we are here to DO.

Some people leave this world never learning what their purpose was in life, never achieving or pursuing their passion.  I don’t want to leave this world without positively impacting the lives of those I’m fortunate to reach.  I don’t want to pass through this world like a flash of light but rather leave behind memories and words that shine brighter than the sun.

Existing in this world is not enough, it is time to start living in it.  It’s never too late.

As always, thank you for making this blog one of your stops in this journey called life. 🙂

Farewell and Thank You 2017

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Today is the 31st of December, officially the last day of 2017 and I just wanted to give thanks for the ALL that I endured, learned and achieved over the last few months.

2017 without a doubt had its challenging moments for the majority of the year right up to June to be exact.  However, I refused to lose faith and hope and believed with all my being that things just had to get better.

Giving up was just not an option I could afford. My efforts to improve my situation just seemed to never be enough so I turned to God.  I got to a point where I believed only a miracle could resolve all of my problems.  I prayed and prayed and declared over my life that this year was going to be the beginning of a new chapter, a better and brighter chapter of my life and ALL that was holding me back would be no more.

And you know what, God delivered me and my family from the constraints, obstacles and limitations that seemed to plague us for years.  He gave us a clean and fresh slate. No we didn’t win the lottery but honestly I prayed that we would but God had different  plans for us.  I’m just as satisfied with the alternative.

2017 has given me so much to be grateful for.

  1. I started my very own blog on January 31st 2017 titled livingvsexisting.com.  This has given me much joy and greater purpose in my life.
  2. God created a way out of financial debt when I could not see any.   With God nothing is impossible.  No problem is too big or too small for Him. Trust me. 🙂
  3. God through his grace has blessed my family with a new vehicle.
  4. God brought me to this blogging community and gifted me with the pleasure of meeting and learning from some very amazing, talented and special people who I would probably not have met if I had not taken that step on January 31st 2017 to join.
  5. God has blessed my family with so much this year after years and years of obstacles, challenges and limitations that at some points I thought he had forgotten about us.  I realize now that he needed us to endure and work through the pain and not lose faith and hope.  He was testing our commitment to the process and ultimately to Him.
  6. The strength and power that comes from having a strong support system encouraging and cheering for your success.  My family has definitely been that force in my life and for them I am forever grateful.
  7. God’s protection throughout the year not only over myself but each and every member of my family and our dwellings.  His precious blood, favour and mercy has kept the enemy at bay and we are truly grateful for this.
  8. The woman who I am becoming. 🙂
  9. My writing skills and material has improved and grown so much in this time.
  10. The wisdom and knowledge that I have acquired that has helped to not only improve my life but the lives of those who read my posts.
  11. The support and encouragement I have received from this blogging community as well as other supporters of my blog.  I am genuinely thankful for each of you. May God continue to bless you all.
  12. Seeing God’s favour at work in my life.

You see my friends no matter how challenging 2017 was I’ve learnt that we have to trust in the bigger picture.  The challenging moments are meant to prepare us for what is to come.  You need to persevere!  Sometimes in order to do that we need to look past the difficulty and look towards a brighter and better future. Don’t see yourself as stuck but rather as passing through.

As we leave 2017 behind let us leave the negative experiences behind choosing to take with us the lessons learnt along the way and the happy moments we’ve had.

May 2018 be everything God wants for you and more. God has not forgotten about you.  Trust in Him and He WILL see you through.

Have a wonderful day. Happy New Year in advance from my family to yours.

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No Matter What!

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No matter what they SAY

No matter what they DO

Always remember you’re in control of YOU

 

No matter how COLD it gets

No matter how much the PAIN seems to get

Always remember the SUN will always set

This too shall pass dear friend so no need to fret

 

And just when you think all is LOST

You’ll feel a rupture from deep within

A strange but calming feeling

Powering you, giving you that FINAL win.

In life challenges will come at us all of the time. The challenges and obstacles are only temporary so we need to hold firm and ride them out.

It’s like the weather, we have sunny days and we have rainy days too and based on where you live you might even have a blizzard or two but at the end of it all – a rainbow emerges giving us its beautiful light and we must all agree that is a wonderful sight.

 

 

It’s Cold Outside

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The weather outside is cold but it can’t numb out the warmth of your smile

You sit there quietly pondering your thoughts inside

The world around you is falling apart and it is breaking your heart

But you don’t go about complaining because you’re too focused doing your part

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Everyone will have their opinions no matter what you do and say

So making efforts to please them would only stretch out your day

Now keeping that in mind, your PURPOSE on this earth is ALL you need to FIND

Remember, even when the rain falls, the sun still comes out to shine.

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Have a wonderful day.  Thank you for stopping. 🙂

 

 

 

 

What’s Your Story?

We all have a story. 

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Some stories are long while others are short.

Some stories are filled with trials and tribulations. Others with a few obstacles here and there.

Some stories leave us feeling broken, lost, ashamed, unworthy and stuck.

Some stories even push us to be better, help us grow stronger, encourage us to overcome, to persevere and conquer every obstacle that comes.  Never accepting defeat we look for ways to overcome and find victory.

Our stories are a part of us but they are NOT who we are.  We ARE who we want to be NOT what happened to us. 

Some stories try to steal and deny us of our destiny, joy and happiness while others PUSH us closer to our destiny.  We just need to REACH OUT and CLAIM IT.

Stories are written every day and how you want your story to end is ultimately up to YOU.  Are you going to sit by and be a bystander in your own life?   Don’t be a prisoner in your own story, write the ending you deserve.

It’s time to BREAK the cycle and START anew.

All you need to do is BELIEVE and WANT it bad enough.  Of course, based on our stories there would be some healing needed and even learning new patterns as we put aside the old thoughts and behaviours.

In the end, what really matters is WHERE you want to be and HOW much effort are you willing to put into getting there. 🙂  A happy ending is still possible no matter what your story is.

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day!

Surprise!

Surprise – YOU ARE  amazing!

Filled with purpose but for what reason?

Don’t stress about it

You’ll find out in due season

 

Surprise – YOU ARE talented and gifted!

And to think you let others view of you

Cloud the mirror you would often look through

 

Surprise – YOU ARE beautiful inside and out!

So watch the words that come out of your mouth

Black or white, fat or thin

We’re uniquely made in the skin we’re in

 

Surprise – YOU ARE not believing a single word!

Still caught up on all the negative you’ve been told

I don’t know who you are

But even though you may not be a superstar

I’m sure in life you’ve come far

Never be ashamed of who you are

 

Surprise – YOU get stronger with every blow!

Those obstacles are sent to help us grow

YOU ARE MUCH STRONGER THAN YOU KNOW

Just thought I’ll share that before I go 🙂

 

Thanks for stopping by. Make today a great one!