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Amen to that! No matter what the day holds for me, it’s a blessing. Some days are more productive than others, some are just plain better than others. But no matter what, there’s good in every single day — even if I have to look a little harder for it.

My husband and I have had colds and the flu for most of this month. He came down with it New Year’s Eve, and I got sick mid January. Despite antibiotics, lots of sleep, and lots of liquids, it’s been tough to get rid of. We’ve been saying to each other, “I’m so tired of being tired.” And “I’m so sick of feeling sick.”

But through it all, we’ve tried to be positive and focus on the small improvements. Thankfully, we’re both doing much better.

It feels so good to feel good!

Make today amazing!!

Jenny

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Your smile is your logo,

I recently saw this quote and it resonated so much with me. I strive to be that type of person, whose compassion and kindness brightens someone’s day.

It’s not just what we say but it’s how we act that makes a difference. It can be something as simple as a smile, holding the door open, or listening to someone’s frustration over how long the line is.

That warmth and goodness — those positive vibes — can leave someone feeling better than they did before they saw you. What an awesome quality to share!

When I come across people who are rude, coarse, or impolite, I think about how they leave people in their wake feeling bad. If you weren’t in a crummy mood before, you might well be, after your path crosses with a negative person.

Of course, we can’t be happy all the time. We’re human. We have a right to be annoyed, somber, disappointed, and upset. We can’t always be that bright light.

But for the most part, our genuine spirits shine through. Each of us has the ability to contribute to the goodness in the world.

Leave a positive and kind wake as you move through life — not a raging storm.

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Every little thing's gonna be alright - Bob Marley :) Quote - Inspiring Inspirational Sayings / Quotes / Song Lyrics:

Sometimes we need this reminder.

My sister has had a rough week. She was laid off her job, which she worked at and dedicated herself to for sixteen years. Her emotions range from complete shock and devastation, to worry, sadness, anger, and despair. But there’s also hope and anticipation for good things to come, as she navigates her new journey. She believes there’s something better for her, that God has a plan. My sister’s strength and positive attitude amaze me.

We all have challenges. And sometimes it can be really hard to be positive.

But close your eyes, take a deep breath in, slowly let it out. Think calming, peaceful thoughts. Everything will be alright.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Jenny

 

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This quote is timely because of the U.S. presidential election. But this post isn’t about politics.

It’s about never giving up.

If a situation is too difficult or complicated, I tend to get overwhelmed and want to stop. Give up.

When my husband points this out, I feel frustrated and disagree. “I’m not giving up. It just isn’t working!” It’s hard to admit, but I know he’s right.

I sincerely appreciate his encouragement. It’s made me a better person, more willing and able to keep forging ahead.

Here’s some of my husband’s advice, which I do my best to follow:

  •  Be persistent.
  • Take the initiative. Don’t wait for someone else to do it for you.
  • If there’s an obstacle in your way, change paths.
  • There are more ways than one to reach your destination.
  • Put more time in to solving the issue.
  • If one person can’t help you, talk to someone who can.
  • Either find a way or make one.
  • Do not give up.

It’s still challenging for me if things don’t fall into place according to my timing. But I’ve learned to be patient and take small steps toward the main goal. To stay diligent and not expect miracles overnight.

The most important thing? Never give up hope.

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I love this quote because it’s so true in my life. I have a handful of close friends who I know will always be there for me, and me for them. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since we’ve talked, we pick up right where we left off. We can be thousands of miles away, but it’s like we’re next door.

It isn’t easy to develop close friendships. It takes time, effort, and a special connection. My mom has always said most people can count their true friends on one hand.

When life happens–we get married, move, have children, advance in our career–those true friends let go, and let us grow. Because they’re growing too.

Time passes, and circumstances change. There’s comfort in knowing those friends will be there. It’s like they’re holding an invisible long, twisty string that binds our lives together.

There’s nothing like talking to girlfriends. Every Thursday morning, two of my closest friends and I go for a walk with our dogs. We chat about anything and everything. We’re there for each other to listen. To help solve problems. To laugh. We need those walks.

One of my “walking friends” works full time. When she started her job, she was able to arrange her schedule to go in a little later on Thursday mornings to accommodate our walks. She never mentioned the reason why. One Thursday she had to go to the office early because she was swamped. An employee asked, “Why are you here? Aren’t you supposed to be at your therapy appointment?”

I can just imagine the look on her face. She laughed and had no idea her co-workers thought the reason she couldn’t come in early on Thursdays was due to a therapy session.

But actually, it’s not that far off.

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Courage: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. (Merriam-Webster)

I don’t think of myself as courageous. I’m not very adventurous, and definitely not a dare devil. But courage can be present on many different levels.

It can be jumping out of an airplane, climbing the highest summit, or swimming with sharks. Or fighting for one’s country, saving someone from a raging fire, or going on a mission trip to help the poor.

Courage can also mean:

Getting out of bed each morning, to face a day filled with hardships.

Standing up to a bully.

Fighting to receive the best medical care for your child.

Standing up for yourself.

Speaking out on matters that are important to you.

Leaving.

Staying.

We all have courage. How does this apply to me? How am I courageous? I’m doing my part, however small, to help end the stigma of mental health conditions.

I still don’t think of myself as courageous. I’m simply doing what I think is right and what I believe in. I’m sharing my experiences, in hopes of helping and encouraging others.

I suppose it does take some boldness to speak out, especially on a personal level. I’m in training with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. I’ll be talking to high school students about raising awareness. I’m excited, but nervous. It’s out of my comfort zone.

But I’m attempting it anyway.

Courage is not the absence of fear. It’s the ability to act in the presence of fear.

 

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