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January 2018 almost over! Now what???

Hello everyone, so the holidays are over, it is back to work, back to school, back to reality. How is  the new year, new you challenge going? This year are you wanting a new job? Maybe wanting to lose weight? Maybe you are looking for “the one” or maybe you have sworn of something that is really bad for you.

At the end of an old year and a start of a new one, it is human nature to reflect and make promises to ourselves that we are going to do things differently, but here is my question to you, it is now five days left of the very first month of this new year and what have you done to achieve any of your 2018 goals?

This is a scary question, but do not be alarmed because trust me when I tell you, you are not alone when it comes to this challenge. It is sadly human to procrastinate, because change is hard and scary but let me tell you a story that may make you see this new year, new you challenge in a different light.

A few years back I met a young lady, she was down and out, for the sake of this blog we will call her Belle. Belle was 18, and had lost her family in a freak accident, she had just finished school and was now working as a waitress in a corner cafe. She was so withdrawn and had a sweet soft smile which she rarely showed. Having walked into the cafe she came up to me to take my order, I remember thinking to myself what sad eyes she had, I could not resist the urge to ask; are you okay dear? She looked at me with a gentle smile and said; yes mam I am fine thank you, then she turned to walk away, but something held her back, she looked at me and said softly; I am sorry, it is just that today is a very sad day for me. My heart sank, I could feel her pain, I asked her to sit down with me and have a chat, she explained to me that it was exactly one year to the day that she had lost her entire family in a motor accident.

I bought her a cup of coffee and asked her manager if she could have the day off due to the circumstances, we chatted for  hours that day. Belle was fascinating, she had such a powerful spirit however it seemed like this last year had really knocked her down. It was mid afternoon and time for us to part, she thanked me for the chat, and we walked our separate ways. I never forgot Belle but neither did I see her again, you see after that day she quit her job at that cafe.

Last December I met Belle again, I was sitting at that very same cafe when a strikingly beautiful women walked in, she was smartly dressed and the staff there seemed to know her well. At the time I did not recognize her, she was so different, she had this aura of radiant happiness. She must have recognized me immediately though, because she walked up to me and without an ounce of hesitation said; “Thank You”.

My heart skipped a beat, I smiled and asked her why, she proceeded to tell me who she was, I could not believe my eyes, she was so full of life and joy. She told me that after our conversation that day something I told her kept running through her mind; now extremely curious, I asked her what I has said to her, she paused for a moment as if to heighten the suspense and then said; ” Your past is painful, will your future be the same?”. She went on to tell me, that these words made her realized that she had to change her circumstance or her life would continue to be series of painful events. She began working at a technology company as a volunteer cleaner, the company allowed her to sleep on the property. She would work at different restaurants at night and on weekends, to make money which she used to study . For four years she slept in the place she worked at and studied, when she qualified much to the amazement of her boss who was unaware of her desire to study, she was offered an intern position to work at the company, however she declined. She was grateful for the opportunity but she was determined not to be tied down ever again. She continued working as a cleaner and set up her own part time business, she managed to pick up a few leads because of her job as a waitress, she freelanced and worked hard and eventually her company took off, today she runs one the the biggest technology companies in the city. At this point I was more than intrigued, I asked her about the cafe, “the staff know you well here hey”, I said. She then told me, she now owns that cafe, you see, “this was were my dreams begin, were it not for this place, I would never have turned my dreams into my reality, this little cafe reminds me everyday of the answer to your question, “pain may have been my past, yes, but it will not be my future!”.

This brings me back to 2018 goals, yes it will be difficult, yes you will fall of the wagon maybe even more than once, it may take twice as long as you expected, or you may get it right at the very start, you will only know once you get started. Do not sabotage your future out of fear of your past.

Remember, “procrastination is the thief of your dreams”.

2018, a year of conquerors !!! 

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Holiday season break ups

If you are apart of the many people who have broken up with their partners, you may feel alone, but you are not. In fact “holiday break ups” are extremely common.

The weeks before Christmas is a bad time for relationships. As we approach the year end, people tend to reflect on their lives, and sadly sometimes their partners no longer fit into their plans.

It’s amazing how much loneliness and loss can hurt, epsecially around this time of year when everyone around you seems to be happy.. The hurt can be so intense, it’s almost physical. After all the concept of these holidays are about happy families. Everywhere you go reminds you of this.

My advice on surviving these ‘holiday break ups” is,

If you are invited for parties, go! Now I know it may be difficult attending these events alone but it is better then staying home alone sobbing. Go to the movies watch the best comedy ever, “laughter after all is the best medicine”. Spend time taking care of you, do a spa day, indulge in your favorite ice cream, wear that dress that you love but could not  wear because it upset him. Start a list of all the things you would not have been able to do this holiday if you were in that relationship. (PS, this will amaze you).

And if someone asks about the break up just say you needed to spring clean your life after all almost all new beginnings start with a bad ending.f8c4087b5a5d1a7023848c08015d7f77--breakup-funny-stuff

 

 

Monday Motivation

How many of us hate Mondays???? I know I used to be one of the people who despised Monday, I simply hated the thought of Monday until, I realised something, “Monday really is just a state of mind”. Monday is the day were a new week is before you, with new starts and endless possibilities. Mondays are a way to build something new, fix the yesterdays, mend the hearts, correct your errors and start fresh.

Every Monday is our chance to change our lives, begin your morning with energy, feel that fire in your belly burn, imagine your week ahead to be one filled with success, picture what you want to achieve and picture exactly how you plan to achieve it,  most importantly feel the joy of achieving the goals you set for this week. Feel the pride you have in yourself for accomplishing these goals, you see once you can truly feel this moment of success, it creates a craving deep within your mind, which fuels your actions for the week ahead.

Now I know Monday’s can be stressful because it means we might have to face negative people a work, but remember when you woke up this Monday morning you chose happiness!

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what brings joy to your heart”

Advice Aunt’s Monday Tip :

Have an Avocado for breakfast because Avocados are not only a fruit which has a sweet taste; it has a sweet effect on your mood as well. it contains Serotonin just like Asparagus, which boosts your mood because it is a happy hormone.

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I will praise you in the storm

May the protection of our Lord be upon you brave Lisa. Will be following you and praying for your recovery. Many blessings sent your way.

Through the storm

First, let me start by saying, I never thought I’d be writing a blog. (Or trying to anyway) But here I am, sharing something that is deeply personal. As I have been thinking about possibly doing this, I hope that I can be an encouragement & Glorify Jesus in every post. And if I’m able to encourage one person, then I will have done well. (in my opinion😉)

So here goes, my name is Lisa, I’m a Jesus loving wife, homeschooling mama of 4 who LOVES to read & was told by doctors, at the age of 35, I have stage 2 triple positive breast cancer, with lymph node involvement. That’s what the doctors have said anyway. I’m still standing on God’s word- Isaiah 53:5

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his…

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Thoughts on Foothill Drive

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Mae's Mind

Took myself to lunch today. Just the way I like it. Actually, I’m sitting here at the table waiting for my food right now. I put my phone away so I could just enjoy my mind and the things around me. I’m surrounded by gossiping people. Literally each table I tune in to consists of one person telling a loud story with a snarky voice and flailing arms, with the others at the table either trying their hardest to look like they’re listening when I know their minds are wandering the way mine does, or listening to the story with a wide mouth and a common “noooo, really?” My favorite snippet I heard was “Yes, he said that. And in MY Sunday school class!” Utah. That’s all I have to say. But, somehow I love it. I find it so funny the typical Utah people. Just, Utah. But, as I…

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First Day Of Christmas…. It’s here!!!

It is the first of December 2017, OMG were has this year gone.

Its officially the first day of the Christmas season has arrived. This time of year brings so much of love, joy and kindness to the world, it is when we are reminded of what our loved one’s mean to us, we look back at the homes we have build and it fills our hearts with so much pride, we are over come with joy when we are reflect on the dreams we made come true and the obstacles we have over come.

However today also makes me think of those whom this season is not very kind too, those folk who have to leave their families at home to serve us. I speak of the shop assistants, the waiters, the doctors, the nurses, the police, all these kind , selfless people who make our festive season amazing, let’s remember to be kind to them. Take some time out of this festive season to bring joy to those who are homeless, those who are orphan, those who has lost loved ones and those who are fighting personal battles.

Christmas is indeed a season to be jolly, so let’s spread the joy, touch as many people’s lives as you can this Christmas, remember to someone who is alone in this season, your kind gesture can change their whole world.

“Christmas is not so much about opening presents, it is about opening our hearts”.

Advice Aunt’s festive tip :

1\4 teaspoon bicarbonate soda in a glass of water to combat acid refulx from all the yummy festive foods.