A Winding Path

Life as we know it has many ups and downs. It will take us on many adventures along the way with many roadblocks, detours, and victories. Life is full of many unknowns, some good, some bad, some in-between. One thing for sure, it will keep us on our toes.

There are many beliefs about life, everyone has their own viewpoint. For me, I believe that everyone has been given a certain life path to help them grow and learn while here in the physical world. While I believe there can be deviations to our path, for the most part, I believe that we are destined to go through certain things and that our path is unique to us and designed for us to achieve the optimum growth that we possibly can. Others may disagree, this is just my belief and opinion!

When we were younger, we most likely had a vision of how life would unfold for us, or how we had hoped for it to unfold. Maybe there are some of you who’s lives have turned out exactly how you expected it to, but for a lot of us, I feel like the journey has been quite the opposite of what we expected. I know for me, my journey has been far from what I had anticipated.

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We have always been told to try hard not to worry about the future, but to focus on the present instead. The future that we try to plan for now may look very different once we get there. Life and circumstances are ever-changing, we could be worrying about something that will never happen, or that may happen, but in a completely different context.

No one likes to face battles, darkness, or suffering and sadly all of these things are a part of life. The beauty of these hard times is the joy that we receive from overcoming these challenging moments in life, the feeling of growth, strength, and maturation. Life is going to throw a lot of things at us and our strength is what will help us conquer it all.

Each of your lives is very precious and very special. The path that you have been given will for sure be a winding one, but my hope is that you will see the beauty in the path that has been uniquely laid out for you!

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The Liebster Award

Hello my fellow bloggers!  The blogging community sure is very motivating and generous.  What an honor it is to have been nominated for The Liebster Award!  I was nominated by the lovely and talented Jirah at http://writingsbyjm.com, she is great and writes about so many different topics, you never know what will be posted next!  Thank you Jirah for your nomination and for sharing your great work with us!

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Rules:

  1. Thank the person that nominated you and put a link to their blog
  2. Answer the questions given to you
  3. Nominate 2-6 bloggers and notify them of their nomination
  4. Create 11 new questions, or use the same ones below

Questions I was Asked:

  1. How would you describe your blogging journey in three words? Exciting, joyful, and motivating.
  2. What do you love most about blogging? I love to share my life lessons and experiences in hopes to help others.
  3. How long does it take you to compose a blog post? I actually write out all of my blog post drafts by hand, then I type them up on my laptop.  From start to finish, depending on the topic, and including editing, it typically takes me about 45 minutes to an hour.
  4. Imagine visiting your 7-10 year old self, what would be his/her advice/message to your current self? Be yourself and go with the flow.
  5. What is one thing that you learned during this time of quarantine? That things could always be worse.  I am reminded how precious life is and how fast it can change.
  6. Coffee or tea? I love both, but I am definitely not a daily drinker, I drink them as a treat.  I adore iced coffee so much, or even a hot cup during the winter months and I am in love with black tea and also bubble tea.
  7. What are three things that you are grateful for today? God’s blessings, my life, and my loved ones.
  8. When you are feeling down, what do you do to cheer yourself up? I go for a walk in nature, take a hot bath, go for a drive, and have some chocolate!
  9. What’s one habit you want to break and why? My habit of worrying so much and being anxious, it really gets you nowhere!  I wish that I could be more relaxed.
  10. What is your dream destination? Barbados!  I am in love with the beauty of this pear-shaped island!
  11. What language would you like to learn? I already know Spanish, but I would like to learn it fluently, it is a beautiful language.

My Nominees:

Questions for Nominees (Used Originals):

  1. How would you describe your blogging journey in three words?
  2. What do you love most about blogging?
  3. How long does it take you to compose a blog post?
  4. Imagine visiting your 7-10 year old self, what would be his/her advice/message to your current self?
  5. What is one thing that you learned during this time of quarantine?
  6. Coffee or tea?
  7. What are three things you are grateful for today?
  8. When you are feeling down, what do you do to cheer yourself up?
  9. What’s one habit you want to break and why?
  10. What is your dream destination?
  11. What language would you like to learn?

Please don’t feel obligated to participate, it’s only if you would like to, just know that I admire your work!  Thank you again Jirah for this lovely nomination.  Let’s keep spreading love and motivation to our blogging community!

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Awesome Blogger Award

Each and every award received is such an honor and is so encouraging!  A special thank you to Era at http://thehiddensoul25.wordpress.com for nominating me for the Awesome Blogger Award!  Please check out Era’s work, it is very motivational and thought-provoking.  I have appreciated all of your support and thank you again from the bottom of my heart for this nomination!

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Rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you
  • Tag the post with #awesomebloggeraward
  • Answer the questions you were asked
  • Nominate at least 5 bloggers and inform them of their nominations
  • Give them 10 new questions

Questions I was Asked:

  1. What is the one thing that you do to calm your mind?  There are many, but my favorite is going out into nature, it is incredibly relaxing.
  2. What are three words to describe life?  Lessons, love, and growth.
  3.  How would you describe art in a few words?  Revealing the soul.
  4.  Favorite color? Also tell characteristics.  My favorite color is purple, it is associated with wisdom, creativity, peace, pride, and independence among other things.  It is a stunning color!
  5.  What is the motive for your blog?  To help others and to enlighten, inspire, motivate, and bring positivity to someone’s life.
  6.  What kind of books, or blogs do you read?  Ironically, I really don’t read books, but I love to read other types of writing including blogs.  I love all sorts of blogs, I especially love ones that focus on everyday life situations and ones that are thought-provoking.
  7.  How do you feel when you get likes, or comments from bloggers?  It’s absolutely amazing!  I am so thankful for everyone who takes their time to read and/or comment on my blog, it is an honor for others to learn from and appreciate your work.  I love to hear when another blogger can relate to my posts, or finds that they have motivated them in some way, that makes me so happy!
  8.  What is your favorite place to visit?  Besides going to visit family, I love to visit the beach.  Being there brings me back to so many wonderful memories.  The smell of the ocean, fresh air, and feeling the warm sun are amazing for the mind and soul.
  9. What are three words to describe love?  Understanding, communication, and loyalty.
  10. Do you have any tips for fellow bloggers?  Most importantly be yourself.  Write what you think and feel, you never know who you may impact.  

My Nominees:

My Questions to the Nominees:

  1.  What are three words to describe yourself?
  2.  What are your favorite hobbies?
  3.  Are you an introvert or extrovert?
  4.  What was your motivation to start blogging?
  5.  What do you like to do in your free time?
  6.  Have you always loved to write?
  7.  What is your goal for 2020?
  8.  Where do you get your inspiration from?
  9.  What is your favorite topic to write about?
  10.  What is your biggest fear?

Congratulations on being nominated for the Awesome Blogger Award!  It’s your choice if you want to participate, or not, just know that I admire your work!  Keep being amazing and keep spreading love!

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Rose-Colored Glasses

Recall the phrase “to see things through rose-colored glasses.” This positive look to life is not always to our benefit as ironic as it sounds. The phrase itself means to view, or to see life positively, seeing the good, being optimistic, being more carefree. While it is an excellent way of going through life, there needs to be a balance of seeing the good vs. seeing the full picture.

For most of my adult life, I have been more of the glass half-full, positive, happy, optimistic kind of girl. Of course depending on what life throws at me, I will definitely have my days, but overall I tend to remain mostly positive. In terms of this phrase, I do tend to see life and the people in it through “rose-colored glasses”. I can tell you firsthand that although most of the time this is a great approach in life, it has caused quite a few problems as well.

I am a firm believer in being positive and looking on the bright side of things and while this is in my nature, it is also self-taught, and was instilled in me at a young age. I feel like when I encounter situations, or people in life, I view them as seeing the good by fault. Of course, I realize that not all situations are good and neither are all people, but it is in my nature to hone in on the good so much that I tend to cover up the bad. This is something that I would like to change, so that I can develop more of a sense of what is real and genuine vs. only seeing the good. I feel like you can’t really go wrong with looking for the positives in certain situations, except maybe when you allow yourself to stay in a bad situation because you are only looking at the pluses. Where I feel this would really help me is when dealing with other people.

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When I first meet someone and start to get to know them, I of course see both the good and human sides to them, no one is perfect, or without flaws, however I tend to just focus on their good traits, so much so that I may let that overshadow signs that they may not be a loyal or genuine person. It’s almost like me telling myself “This person has been there for me in the past and just because they are doing x, y, and z now, doesn’t mean that they are not genuine.” It’s like I see signs, but I try to focus only on the good that person has done for me and that is sometimes a mistake.

My hope is to be able to see people for who they really are, good and bad, not only just focusing on the good. There have been signs thrown at me here and there, yet I tend to choose to counteract it, sometimes I even negate it. One day at a time and one lesson at a time, I will work on it. It’s wonderful to view life with rose-colored glasses, but make sure to take them off once in a while!

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The Perfect Life

I’m sure for a lot of us, we have had an image or idea of the kind of life plan, or life path that we wanted to take.  For some of us, we have had an idea of the “perfect life” since we were children.  Maybe we dreamed of going to college, getting married, then having children, or maybe our goal was to graduate high school, become an entrepreneur, and explore the world.  Whatever your ideal life had looked like, I am sure that it is somewhat quite different than you had envisioned.

I think with anything in life, we have some sort of idea of how we want, or expect things to play out.  We have this vision of what would happen if we could perfectly lay out the foundation of our own lives.  I know with my own life personally, I had a vision of my “perfect” life and what I had hoped would happen this far.  Overall, I have achieved many things that I wanted, however the way in which I obtained them, or the order in which they occurred in my life was nothing like I ever expected.  Like many, I have had some tremendous hurdles, road blocks, and detours in life.  If someone would have sat me down and told me all that was going to happen in my life, I probably wouldn’t have believed them. Life rarely turns out like we expect it to and I think sometimes we get so set on how life should be that it really catches us off guard when life does not go as planned.

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Life takes us down some very unexpected paths.  We have this vision of how we want life to unfold and in reality, our lives are nowhere near this dream or ideal life.  Nothing and no one is perfect.  While it’s excellent to have goals, visions, and plans, we must also be cautious enough to not bank so much on certain things in the event that they do not play out, or do not play out as we expected. We can make plans, but we are not in full control of what happens to us.

I am thankful for the good and the bad in life and although I may not understand why some things happened the way they did, or why certain things have not come into my life, I am blessed for what I do have and excited for what will come in the future.  There is beauty in not knowing, there is beauty in the strength that comes from challenges and struggles.  There is no such thing as a perfect life, but our life is special and has a purpose even if it doesn’t turn out the way we had expected it to, it’s still a very beautiful gift.

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