Tuesday, December 31, 2013

And just like that, the Holidays are over and the New Year is upon us.

I had a whole entire post as a year in review.  It was good for me to see, good to get on the screen and actually read for myself.  For me.  Then I deleted it. 

We all have had one heck of a year.  In all honesty, I'm pretty struck with Gratitude.  There have been ups and downs, and man have I been lucky to be here to experience them.

I don't make resolutions anymore.  I haven't for a few year now.  Instead, I make improvements.  I improved quite a few things this year from last.  So, I'm going to call this year yet another success!

I'm going to end 2013 reflecting how Grateful I am.  And begin 2014 knowing how Grateful I am.  Everything else will fall into place or fall away.  You know what?  I'm good with that. :)

If you are reading this,Thank you.  Not just for reading it, but for being a part of my circle.  For checking in every now and then.  For being you and letting me be me and still being my acquaintance sans the judgement part.

Happy New Year! From Our Home to Yours.

Bright Blessings,

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Not yet Thursday, but oh so Grateful

I'm so glad I've learned lessons early enough in Life to use them as tools to protect my daughter.  That I'm not so ruled by what others may think of me that I don't do what I know is right and just for her.  That, even thoughh, I do indeed worry about who it upsets, I can shake off the guilt fast enough to understand that worry and guilt don't help a situation anymore or less.  I have to let go of those feelings and wrap my brain around trying to move forward.

This is the part about small town living that for others gets tough.  Because now, I', looked upon as the crazy parent that goes spazoid when the boat is rocked. Hippie Mom who needs to be in the know when it comes to her bear cub.  The only thing saving me here, is I'm not related to anyone, so I could careless. :)

I get that many older generations believe we are raising a generation that feels "entitled" to things and jobs.  I see it, I know its very real.  I will help shape that future with the daughter that we are raising.  Hubby are trying very hard to teach her lessons we see are laxed with kids just a few years older than her.  However, we are not in an era of non information anymore either.  It's difficult to sort through it sometimes, picking and choosing battles.  I just thought this battle was done with.  Lesson learned, and acknowledged. 

Moving on.

Man am I so Grateful that I can see this within a day, it no longer takes me days to work through it.  I'm sorta glad that I got to see the learning experience in it for me too.  So Grateful for that.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The events that transpire, and how they make us better people... My Thanksgiving Post.

I have had a few Life challenges to get through the last couple of days.  I've noticed that when I go on the defensive, have to defend against something I think is wrong, it feeds a part of me the is ugly and negative.  It can make me feel ill.  For a few short hours, in the aftermath, it did.  Headache, tummy roll, tension in the shoulders.  I wanted to cook to relieve the stress, but I'm a firm believer that if I cook feeling that way, the emotions could very well manifest in the food.  Last thing I want my family eating is more hate and negative.
So, Hubby cooked, and I stepped away and calmed down.  I went to work and helped another human.  That human, the wonderful person they are, helped me.  We giggled, and laughed and were honest with each other as I did what I do best, helped improve quality of life.
That did the trick.  I came home and was in a way better place. Until I opened up FB and fed into some other human's negative.  I was vulnerable and I let that nasty stuff that they were spewing get to me.  And I went to bed mad, upset, angry and resentful.  I woke up this morning thinking.
If that person's posts were so strong in hate to me, that I went to bed like that, how on Earth is that poor human Living?!!  If they are in that process of thought all the time, what kind of horrible things are they attracting to themselves?  To the people they love?  My heart then ached for them.
So, I made a very conscious choice, to be Happy, and Grateful.  To change it.  My Life is not for anyone else to ruin or control.  Are there circumstances that may lead to temporary road blocks? Yes.  Do have days where I feel a bit down? Yes. Is it harder some days to choose Gratitude and Happy? Sure. The longer I stay in a Positive, Grateful mindset, the easier it is to stay there.
But, I can change my attitude.  By changing that, I can change the way my Life sways.  Then you get to see Magic.  When you change, others change.  You appreciate the ones you love most, and they see it.  Then, because they see it, they reciprocate.  Its an endless, Beautiful cycle. 

I am Thankful all year long.  Thanksgiving means more to me than most.  It has its very own meaning to me.  Its one day in a year that I can say, "I do this all year long!". I'm so proud when  look back at the year and see that YES!!! I did it! I had many more Thankful days than crappy ones!!  Its the day I get to pat myself on the back and do a quiet cheer that I didn't take a year in vain.  I spent it doing the things that brought Happy to me and mine.
I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope you see the Gratitude in the holiday and everyday.  If you agree, pass the note along. 
Bright Blessings,

Saturday, November 2, 2013

A whole entire month of Gratitude!!! Thankful November 2013

This year marks my 3rd year partaking in 30 Days of Thankfulness on FB for November.  I'm late!!  Two days behind!!  I'm not that worried.  What am I then?  Rejuvenated!! Inspired!!  Why?  I have seen SO many start their month with their Thankfulness, I'm SO Grateful to be a part of Lives, even if its in cyberspace, that take the time to be Grateful.  It's awe-inspiring!!
This year has been busy, my sweet little business, my Naenah, my Hubby, and all the things that go with Life have kept me on my toes.  I've had less time to sit and write on Thankful Thursdays.  However, I have had more time to fellowship with other Grateful humans.  To hear what they are Thankful for, and to learn something everyday from being part of their Lives, even if it's in just a quick, simple way.
Just the other day, I went in to pay the electric bill and had the most wonderful convo with a lovely gal about how awesome the fall colors were this year.  She then told me how lucky she felt to be able to stop and really notice that.  I told her that, that is indeed the lesson.  She couldn't have agreed more!!
If we open up to a positive note, positive will come back.  Gratitude is the same. The more we practice giving Thanks, the easier it is to see it, the more of it arrives right in our lap.  My sweet little Family is Living proof of that.
So, with that being said, shall we begin?  Would you like to give it a go?  You don't have to post them online, just jot them down on a piece of paper, in a notebook or journal.  So you can go back through and see, how much there is to have Gratitude for.  I promise there is good at the end of the task.  I can't say what it might be, that is up to you and what you need, but if you really put your effort into it there will be something for you.

Bright Blessings to you.... Let's begin.

Always, Norms

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thankful Thursday..... Clarity.

 Even someone like me, who tries her hardest to be Grateful, still loses the path at times.  The last couple of days have been rough.  I'm just glad that my inner dialog is a Positive one.  I'm still at a loss at what drives others to throw off their insecurities and misgivings onto others, but its proof that I am just as human as the next when I catch myself playing into their bullshit.
And I played.  On all levels, they got me.  Then, it attracted more bull, and before you know it, I'm a ball of nerves, anxious and stressed, full of worry on whether or not anything I'm doing is the right thing.
Guess what brought me back to center?  I got a text from Hubby.  Its not what he said in the text that brought me back.  Its what I hear in my head that he would say to me if he were here to hear me vent about all of it.
He would say "What the hell are you doing?  Do you really think that?  Why would  you let anyone sway you from what you and I already know is right and what we want?  You have this, you know what you are doing, don't give them that kind of space in your head, heart or spirit."
He's right.  I do know what I'm doing.  I can fix it, I've fixed it before.  Incessant worrying about  people who don't understand and things I can't control will help nothing.....
Back to our Regular Scheduled Programming....
Man, I'm really Grateful I have one amazing Man that loves me enough to keep at me, to keep me on track to being the best me I can be.
To always be there, even just in thought, to provide that moment of Clarity.
And there is always my Naenah, what a gift.
See, already, the calming vibe returns.  I wish you Peace of Mind and Bright Blessings.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

October...its right around the corner.

It will be 3 months since I last had a chance to write here.  Again, it is not without notice that I write on a Thursday...Thankful Thursday.  Even if I haven't been writing it here, the Gratitude is still always given.  I still take the time during the week, even if its not on a Thursday, to be in awe of what Gratitude can do.
Today was a mile stone for us as a family.  I won't share the actual milestone, its personal enough to garner respect of privacy.  However, it has indeed made me come, full circle in my Gratitude.
When Hubby and I decided to have a baby, we kind of knew how we wanted to live our Lives.  When Baby was born, we knew that the choices we made were the direction we needed to go.  We just had to figure out how to get there.
Never, ever did we think we would have to go so far to gain so much more than we ever dreamed possible.  And that is the moral of today's lesson.  It has got not a damn thing to do with money or what you own. 
Are you Happy?  If your answer to this is yes.... Good. For. You!!  Keep on doing it, whatever it is that is keeping you there.
If your answer to this is no....change it.  Fix it.  Shake it.  Stand on your head.....whatever it takes to get you to happy..... Do it.
We are not defined by what we own now, what we can show as worth to others. That stuff stays here when we move on.
Do what makes this Life worth Living.....what makes you lay your head down at night with a sigh of content.  That you were the best possible version of you today.
I'm beyond Blessed.  Hubby is happy.  That Milestone,  what was said to him, that matters way more than the pennies. 
Happy Thankful Thursday!!!
Bright Blessings,

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Four months...

Its been four months.  So much has happened.  I have learned so much, met amazing people, and have Lived in Gratitude.  It has been amazing.  Way too much to bore you with all the details, but maybe you would be patient enough to read about some highlights.

I became an Aunt.  Auntie/Tia NomNom.  That is me.  Her name is Caroline Darling.  She is perfect.  I am Thankful.  Her Mommy (my Charlie) and hers had some tough stuff to get through, but they did it together.  And I am busting at the seams proud.

My daughter became a Rider.  Not just because she showed in Horse Shows.  But because someone very special saw the gift I had no idea she had.  And that amazing person has helped her hone that gift into something that is awe-inspiring to watch.

My little massage business is standing on its own!!! Like, for real.  That is where I have been most nights and some parts of the days.  Building my little business.  And she is growing!!  And I love her even more now then I did a year ago when I thought that this would just be a hobby.

My Hayley is stronger.  So much Stronger.  In so many ways.  I'm so proud of her.  I love her so much.

Shayla grows a little one as we speak.  She is in the hospital, trying with all her might to stay on this side of sanity.  She will do it too.  I have faith in her.  Through all the heartache and frustration, she is rising above and keeping her and the baby in good spirits.

My husband remains the pillar that I have been able to lean on at any and all times.  Its his birthday tomorrow.  Its so true what they say about Marriage being and empty box, that its up to the two of you to fill it with Love, Respect, Understanding and in our case, Laughter.  A LOT of Laughter.  I love my guy.  So, so much.  I spend moments dreaming about hitting the Lotto and sweeping him off his feet.  I know, but we all have to have dreams.

My family, all of them, are Happy Healthy and Strong.  My family grows, learns, and Loves.  They constantly show me the meaning of unconditional Love.  They try understanding, which is so much more than many others ever get.

I'm Grateful for it.  All of it.  I try to open my heart as wide as I can and let out how Grateful I am.  So that the Universe knows I'm taking nothing for granted.

No longer do I ask "Why me?' when I get a bump in the road.  Its more like a "Okay, I have no idea, let's just follow it and see where we come out at" attitude.  Life's biggest heartbreaks seem to come with less of a blow when looking at them this way.  That doesn't mean I don't get hurled back, it just means I find my footing quicker when I get back up.

Failing and making mistakes is so much more of a learning tool now.  No more beating myself up for not being on spot perfect.  Failure and mistakes help me grow into a better me.  I hope I never stop growing into a better me.

Thank you.  I know there are not many of you who take the time to read it.  But,  my little blog and I thank you for the time you spend here.  It means more than  you know. <3

Saturday, February 23, 2013

She is 6...how can that be?

Happy 6th Birthday Naenah Delane!!!

She turns six today.  How can that be?  It was only yesterday that we were in the hospital eagerly awaiting her arrival.  Twenty-seven hours of labor, she fought so hard to be with us.  That first forty-five seconds are still played in slow motion in my mind.  No heartbeat, no breathing.  Non-responsive.  I can hear clear as day the Peds Doctor walking through all the steps to revitalize Naenah on the other side of the curtain in our birthing room.  One short little zap to her heart and the greatest sound I have ever heard rang through the room.  Her cry.
Travis and I are forever changed by that cry.  The fact that she chose Life, and us.  How can that not leave me dumb-founded every year on her birthday.  She is the single-most real tether to what really counts in our Lives.We try to do our very best to never forget that.  
She is persistent, head-strong(thank the Goddess), curious, and kind.  Wise beyond the years she has walked this plane of existence.  She is full of Love and never shies at telling you just how much she loves you or giving the hugs to prove it.
She is our Blessings.
I pray and reflect all too often that I will do her justice.  Be what she needs.  Or, at the very least Die trying.
Ships of gold, caverns of diamonds. Those things are nothing to the richness I feel at having a chance to be Naenah's mommie.
I never thought I wanted or needed anyone to love me so unconditionally as Travis has.  So patient and persistent with his love for me.  Its made me grow into who I am.
Then, Naenah happened.
You may not believe me, that I don't know what it is to be without material things, that I don't know what I'm talking about.  Trust me, I've been there.  With nothing material-wise.  Even then I was richer than most.  Why?  Because Travis and Naenah love me.  That simple, that true.  
I'm full with Gratitude that I get to witness and participate in her growth and enrichment.  Thankful that she has a forgiving heart, just like her Daddy.  That I can make mistakes and she loves me through them.
Six years.  Wow.

I love you Naenah Delane.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!! Happy Thankful Thursday!

Wow,  lots of Haters out there for this day!! Understandable.  But what do romantics with kids do on Valentine's Day?  Some take the evening to steel away to dinner just as a couple, or lunch for that matter.  Some plan whole weekend get-aways just for two.
Kelly Ripa and her husband take their kids out to a nice dinner.  I loved that idea.  And although Ms Ripa hit a chord with me with her Pit Bull bashing she did on her show, I still admire that her and husband make Valentine's Day special for the whole family.
That is what Nae and I do.  We make dinner for Daddy.

 Dinner Table all set for tonight's Family Valentine's Day Dinner
 Decor all over
 Naenah is showered with gifts this month of February.  Family sends from miles away.  Lucky Kid
Even the windows get love on Valentine's Day

So, it's not just a day for couples.  At least not in our home.  Like most things in our home, we include our daughter.  Another day to show each other just how much we care about each other.  There is bound to be a ton of giggling and squealing with music in the background.  Cheers!!  Happy Thankful Thursday.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Thankful Thursday....

I'm beside myself at the moment.  Its only 7am in California, the appointment isn't until 8:30 their time.  Today, just a few days before my 37th birthday, my sister and BroLaw find out if Baby is a Boy or a Girl!!!
I have been told to hold off of any purchases until we knew the sex of the baby.  Today, IT. IS. ON!!!  LOL  I have plans man....Big Plans.  This is my first time at being an Auntie.  I'm Auntie NomNom, by the way.  I'm so freaking excited!!!!
And beyond the moon Grateful.
This Thankful Thursday is SO steeped in Gratitude.  For Friends who handle opinions with such amazing Class.  For Family who call to check in, in times of saddness and heartbreak.  For people who give of themselves to enrich others Lives.
I needed to hear those voices on Skype and the phone this week.  To see the "Likes" on FB on my updates.  It all made a difference this week. 

Judgement its ugly and I really don't like it

I had to do a horrible thing yesterday.  I had to take a stand for myself.  How is that horrible you ask?  It meant I had to tell someone I love that they weren't treating me fairly.  Still how is that horrible you ask?  Its taken me a whole day to figure out why I was so upset over doing.  And of course, as usual, I see it when I'm enjoying Life's simple pleasures.  It came to me while I watched my daughter skip off to the playground this morning.
You see, to me, if I have to do that.  It means I have to pass judgement.  I hate passing judgement on others.  I have been victim to unfair judgement all my Life. I was a mess yesterday.  I just had to confront my dear sweet friend.  There was so much to be Joyful for these next few days, I couldn't go into them with a heavy heart. 
So, I did.  And I felt worse than I did harboring the unfair feelings.  I cried half the day.  My poor sister called to console me.  "You stood up for yourself, good for you.  You are always so hard on yourself  Norma." She cooed in my ear.
I loath people telling me how to live my Life, we are all such different spirits, it should be up to the individual.  What others see as horrible Life mistakes, I see as lessons to learn, to grow, to make a better path, to give choice.
I feel like I pass judgement when I stick up for myself.  That's it.  I know its mine to fix, after all I'm just as human.  I know its my hangup. Its still makes me feel crumby.
I'm not perfect, I don't expect others to be.  EVER.  That's just an exhausting thought.  There lied my moral dilemma.  Was it that I was passing judgement or that I was just asking to be treated fair?  My head knew it was a simple request to just be asked to be treated fair.  My heart felt it was a betrayal of my dear friends wonderful heart.
She is a wonderful person, and even though I was blubbering mess, she handled the situation with Style and Grace.  In her truly Awesome and Classy form.  I love her so much. 
Here's to the futuree and hopefully a friendship strengthened by both our efforts.

Monday, February 4, 2013

I have to say it, to get if off my chest.

How can it that be, that I can stand up for myself.  Yet, when I'm deserving of something I work so hard to trade, I feel awful about having to justify my need for the other to hold up their end of the bargain?  Is it me?  Is it the person on the other end?  This is a horribly powerless feeling.  Its not hate or negativity I feel.  However, the guilt I feel with having to lay out all the things I've done to be justified, that gets me.  I shouldn't feel guilty!  I shouldn't have to ask!  You should know, that you need to hold up your end.  I probably sound like a kid, its not fair.  But as an adult, you should know that you should be fair to those you associate with?  Take, take, take.  Its not polite.  Don't you know that burning bridges with those that truly help you is not healthy for you?

It honestly makes me sad.  I get disappointed.  It shows me that I don't mean very much to you, but you mean the world to me.  Then, that is where I get mad.  Because, there may be a lot of things that I don't know yet living on this Earth.  But what I do know is, I'm deserving.

Maybe its just time that we cut the ties and see how long you last with out my help?  See, that is where they have me.  Because I will never be that person.  The one who won't help you out.

So, I just go back to being heartbroken.

Goddess, Light this Path for me.  Show me that being the extraordinary person that I am is not being exploited.  Show me that the misdoing is not mine, or rather, that the misdoing is that I care too much.

Blessed Be

Friday, February 1, 2013

Its February Mommy!!!

Its Friday, and just like the other days of the week, Nae has a routine.  Rather, I have a routine that I would Naenah to get used to! LOL  So at around 6:50, the hallway light gets turned on by yours truly.  It shines just perfectly in the face of my slumbering daughter.  I usually only have to take two to three steps and whining and squirming begin.
In the true fashion of a Parent, I snicker a little inside, thinking of how awful torture this has to be.  'Oh to be that young and have these sort of first world problems! ', I think to myself.   I go in and brush her hair back from her face, kiss her all over her face.  Ask her if she wants PB&J or Turkey in her lunch, then give her another ten minutes before I really drag her out of bed to the kitchen.  Where her vitamins, antioxidants and breakfast are ready and waiting.
But not today.  Not this February 1st. 
I flicked the hall light on, no noise.  I walk to her bedside to brush her hair back and she turned over with a HUGE grin on her face!!
Its February 1st Mommy!!!

She proclaimed. Lots of things happen in February in our home.  Her and I were just talking about how busy our month is going to be.  So, this morning she woke up spouting off half all the plans that were going on this month.  I told her that was only half as she walked with me to the kitchen, I turned the Calendar over to February.  We then circled days, and highlighted days, and there was Happiness and Excitement in the air.

What are those things going on this month?  Naenah's Baby King (cousin) and my sister (her Tia ChiChi) and Hubby Kenn go to the 5 month checkup.  Then a few days after that, Naenah finds out if Baby King is a Boy or a Girl.  Then Mommy's Birthday happens.  Then us girls make Daddy Valentine's Day Dinner, and a Nae has a V-Day party at school.  Then we go to the Circus on a field trip with her Kindergarten class.  Then she has a three day weekend.  Then Nae has a Class Birthday Party.

Then, she gets a surprise weekend for her birthday.  "No, No, don't tell me any of it!!  I LOVE SURPRISES Mommy!!  

Yup, its a busy month.  And in there somewhere, my sweet wonderful Massage clientele are squeezed in, Daddy keeps doing the 10 hour work days, six days a week!!

It should sound exhausting, but how can I see it any other way than the way Naenah sees it?  It's a good Friday, I love when she wakes up full of excitement.  
Happy Friday!! 
Love, Light and Bright Blessings, 

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thankful Thursday... February already!!!

Tomorrow is February 1st.  Wha?!  Didn't 2013 just start??  Where in the heck did January go??
So many things have gone on  in this month, I guess the time has slipped by me.  I looked at the calendar and was so surprised that February was knocking on the door already.
This is the month that my little girl turns 6.  I watched her walk to the playground today in sheer and utter awe, I tried to account for the last six years.  As I watched her skip away to play with her buddies, I thought, 'No way, really?'  I took a deep breath and tried to decipher what the emotions were as they surfaced.  My eyes we filled with tears, but it wasn't sadness.
That's how I knew this was going to be my topic for today.  It was Gratitude.  Its the same as it was 6 years ago, I'm still moved in Gratitude that I get to be her mom.  That I get to watch her grow.  Her first steps, her first word.  Now, being able to hear and watch her read, watch her write her name all by herself, learn how to ride a horse.  Its still Gratitude that I feel.  Truly.
Its not sadness or heartbreak, its Gratitude.
In other Thankful News...
I got to touch bases with my Momma and Daddy.  They are both still reeling at the loss of my Grandmother.  But they did sound much better this week.  It's time, that is all that can help ease the pain, best I can do is love them through it.
Talked to Charlie, Kenn and Rita this week.  I missed out on a Hello to Grin, but I know he knows I love him too.
Had a spot of time to check in with Hayley, good to connect with her.
I saw long lost friendships rekindle this week, offered words of encouragement when they were needed, giggled along with the best of them.
This week could have been way worse, and in the past I have had them.  But, with Gratitude, I don't see much of the world like that anymore.  Does it still require work?  Yes.
Life was never promised to be easy, it was promised to be worth it.
How about you??  What are you Grateful for this week?  Go on, leave me a comment, let me know what you are Grateful for.
Love, Light and Bright Blessings,

Monday, January 21, 2013

Rita Arca Cabal

Rita Arca Cabal crossed to the Summerlands on Friday January 18th 2013.  This February would've marked twenty-one years since the last time I wrapped my arms around her, and felt her in an embrace.  Yet, I never ever thought I was without my Grandmother.  Ever.  
She was the kind of soul that transcended distance.  I just always knew she was with me, encouraging me, standing with me, loving me.  That hasn't changed, even if she no longer walks this side.
Yet, my heart still aches at the loss of her physical form gone from here.  Its a bit confusing to me and my heart.  Why now?  With so much time gone between us? Wasn't that pretty much the same?
I can hear her whisper, "No, its not. Go easy on yourself, dear Heart."  She's right, I need to go easy.  I may not have seen her in twenty-one years, but that doesn't mean she was anything less to me.  Still my blood, still a woman of inspiration, still my Grandmother.
"When they throw rocks Norma, you throw Bread." If they speak in hate, you speak in Love.  So many lessons, just by her example, this one the most prominent.
I will go hours thinking I'm okay, then the grief hits like a tidal wave.  That's just it, how it works, the Grief. 
I can only imagine how my Mother feels then.  Being thousands of miles away.  
Today, through my sadness at being left behind, I will dig deep into my bag of Gratitude.  I will think of all of the things to be Grateful for through this.
I know she rejoices at the Feasting Tables with those who arrived before her.  That her heart is not heavy or sad.  That she is at Peace.  That her aches pains are no more.
I'll go easy on myself and let Gratitude and Time heal me. I will cry tears to cleanse the hurt.
One day, when its my turn to cross to the rolling fields of green, I know she will be there with the others.  Standing just on the other side, waiting to greet me.
I Love You Papo. Until that time, always know, I love you.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thankful Thursday

 As many of you know, if you follow this poor little blog, I am a Certified Massage Therapist.  I have, in the last six months, put up shop in our new little hometown.  Business is steady.  And in the last three weeks, I have been pooped by the end of the week!!  Gratefully so.
So, this is where I begin my Thankful Thursday.  In just the short six months the studio has been open, I have had the opportunity to meet some pretty amazing people.  They come with a need to Heal, and together we make that intent clear.  They put their energy into positive healing thoughts, I just help move those thoughts from thought to function in their massage.
You see, I think I need them sometimes more than they need me.  Its always easier to Heal when you have a team behind you to help and support your cause.  I like being on that team.  I like to help, its an added bonus when my client is on the same wave length as far as the Healing goes.
I'm Grateful to have a chance to help, to have others interested enough to have a want to try and improve their quality of Life.
I had a chance to touch bases with many members of my family this week.  I need each and every minute I had with them.  My heart is so homesick.  There is so much good that we have come by the way of here in our new home, it eases the homesickness some, but I was SO Grateful to hear from so much family this week.
Hubby and I have made some decisions about our health and are slowly and steadily getting there.  I love him for going along and changing things along with me.  It helps me, but really it shows me how much he really truly does love me.
Little girl is thriving in school.  She LOVES going.  I love that she LOVES going.  I will continue to make that a LOVE in her Life.
How about you? What are you Grateful for this week?  Give me just one.
Love, Light, and Bright Blessings,

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Happy New Year!!! A week of relfection, BEFORE I commit to resolutions!

If there is one thing I have learned as I have gracefully gotten older (LMAO), it is that I jump too quickly into making these things called resolutions.  For the last few years, I have taken it easy on myself by way of resolutions. As a matter of fact, I don't make resolutions anymore.
Instead, I commit to improvement.  Then, I can look back on the year, see the improvements and know that I did do something for myself. Frankly, I'm just tired of the disappointment of the pass or fail of resolutions. Yes, there are so many things in Life that are Pass or Fail.  Improvement is not one of them, thank the Goddess!!
I fell ill last week, two whole days of nothing but sitting on the couch in a miserable state of ache, fever, and cough.  So lucky to have Trav there to jump in and take over the household stuff until I could rise again. 
Monday, I was back to the grind.  In a functional state.  As a mom, you never really get to the better than ever state before you're asked to man-up and get on with it. Here we are Tuesday and the only rough part is waking the heck up!!
I keep thinking to myself, I just want to wake up healthy again.
And there my friends lies the moral of the story.
I did a much better job at the end of last year being healthy.  As a result, everything fit better, I was preppier, I was happier.
So, I'm gonna go with that as improvement this year.  To be Healthier more than I was last year.  I can do that.  I'm finding that healthier is much more about habit.  Motivation gets you started, no arguments from me.  But, good habits will keep you there.  Wish me good luck.  I'm gonna change the course of habits I have.  I'm going to go from more bad to more good.
Wishing you a Blessed Tuesday!!