I’m going to keep it real with you, this week has been f***ing rough. .
I had my schedule and I was preparing to work 6, 12 hour shifts in a row. I did everything I normally do to mentally prepare myself for the long stretch. .
But half way through my first shift, my manger gathered us all together to tell us she had to tell us something that would impact our whole unit. We lost a coworker, a friend and someone we all looked up too! .
All week I have been trying to gather my emotions. I’ve been sad, angry, happy, mad and everything in between. Why didn’t I do more when she reached out to me! Why didn’t I call her more? Why this? Why that? Death brings out emotions that you want to hide deep inside of you so you don’t feel vulnerable, but unfortunately they all surface at once. .
Mental illness is a bitch!!! This isn’t the first person I’ve lost, and it won’t be the last. If I could tell you anything I’ve learned over the years of watching people struggle is that don’t take any moment for granted. Tell everyone close to you that you love them, even if you don’t want to. Be there for them when they need someone to talk to. Lift them up when they can’t lift themselves. Don’t push them away when you don’t agree with them. Don’t be judgmental. Listen when they need you. And love them when they need it...Because honestly, life is short and you never know what will happen tomorrow. .
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Easier said than done, this I know from major life experience.
When I finally dealt with the sexual abuse from my childhood, I had so much anger and resentment inside. But it was because I was focused on the hurt and why me.
As difficult as it was, I removed the why me .... and started focusing on ME. On my goals, me winning instead of them - and since then it has been a massive stage of growth.
I know it’s not easy and that some days it’s so fucking hard. I can promise that it gets easier .... that you get stronger and that you grow!
I see you. *
Working hard to please others, falling short of their standards, continually being commanded by someone other than you or your creator. Feeling empty, alone, and with nothing left to pour into your dreams and aspirations. *
I want to tell you, it’s ok to say “No”. It’s ok to take a break. It’s ok to set limits to protect your wellbeing. You don’t have to apologize for standing up for yourself. Don’t let anyone else push you to your limits. *
Take care of yourself, and when things get rough remember, beyond the clouds the sun is shining. 🌥
"This is a picture of one of my friends & I who is holding my hand. One of my friends who had encouraged me through everything. You can see on my arm the scars of a night two months ago that almost ended me. He has been through so much like I have. I have watched him heal like no one ever has. I've watched the glimmer & hope in his eyes as he lives every day and I've also seen him at his absolute worst when he told me living was like a 2929282727 weight in his chest. He is one of the strongest people I know. I am embarrassed of these scars. I wear long sleeves so no one questions what it is. I was told that scars are badges of honor. I sure hope so. Some days it's harder than most. Healing is an uphill battle. Breathing. Going to therapy. Switching medications is a hard routine. It's hard to heal. He is the proof that we all are a Lazarus. Someone who rises from the dead. One day, we will breathe again. One day it'll be okay. My name is Lady Lazarus because I believe my resurrection is coming."
Taking the time to save wilting Gerberas, by putting them in small bottles where their stems are supported is so simple! and you’d be surprised at how much longer they last! I prolonged their life and prolonged the enjoyment these flowers gave me.... What small things can you do boost your mood or your environment? Every little thing counts! #taketime#boostyourmentalwellbeing
I have a little famous prayer I say EV.ER.Y.DAY. And the first part of it goes like this....
“God, grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change. The COURAGE to change the things I can. And the WISDOM to know the difference.” Guess what you CANNOT change.... whether or not someone likes you. Insert panic attack for the anxiety sufferers. 🤣😬 Okay, so maybe you don’t like the phrase “to be liked”... maybe it rubs you the wrong way, so let’s change it up a bit: have the courage to be okay with someone being rude or dismissive to you when you: smile, say something funny, comment on their outfit, ask about their day, compliment their idea, invite them for coffee, try to mastermind about life or business with zero competition or judgment, and the list goes on.
Makes more sense termed like that, right?
But here’s the deal: Many times the responses of others can feel like dislike (and it probably is 😂)— but here’s what YOU can change:
You can have COURAGE to still be kind and loving and EVEN BE AROUND THEM AND HAVE CONVERSATION because you are a vessel of HIS and your life is not your own—WHILE being GRATEFUL for the people God has placed in your life TO LOVE you and even LIKE you! There is an ABUNDANCE of love for you.
Mamas, if you’re not practicing this, you can’t preach this to your kiddos (hello middle school 😳😵). You need to put your name on my mailing list—I will be hosting some training on this tip and MORE, soon. I really hope you’re able to dive in a little deeper with me.💖 You can find the list in my bio and it’s titled “anxiety + depression”. PS—sorry if you’re in denial over the terminology, but that is what this stuff is called and where it can lead—
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Need I say more? 💙 Have a restful evening knowing you are doing something right!💙
A year ago my life started to turn for the worse, mentally I started to fail. I was not prepared for what a combination of depression and a failing relationship could do to me. .
During this time I hit my all time low. Losing my motivation, appetite, weight, and more. I was not myself anymore and had fallen hard.
But with time, hard work and determination I was able heal and become stronger. I have since had some amazing life experiences and have felt so truly blessed. .
I do not know yet where my story goes, but I am ready to take on the challenge of making it a great one!