Posted in Life, Reflection

Stuck in a rut

 

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Have you ever felt stuck in a rut? Much like the picture above, there have been so many moments in my life where I find I am stuck, just waiting on something or someone so I can pursue my dreams. I don’t know about you, but for me, I have had to fight tooth and nail for things in my life. Whether it is peace, joy, acceptance, a job, proper education, to get bills paid(debt gone), it has been a true fight. I have hope one day I will be able to achieve my dreams, but let’s be honest here, it can be tiring…and really wears me down. I try to help those around me through words of kindness and love, use this blog and my other social media outlets to reach those whom could benefit from things I have been through and such, and try to make friends with people that I can hang out with other than on Sunday mornings….all from what I can tell is to no avail. Am I speaking to anyone other than me? Well, if not then maybe I can write to my 50-something year old self and remind her to keep holding on, and one day it will get better. I mean, I have things to be thankful for, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I wish I could be doing what I was called to do. When will my time come? I can believe till my believer is broken, but when will I get to see some fruit from my hard work? Until I see that day, I take every day one minute at a time, shut up in my house studying and focusing on verses to help me stay positive, I encourage others on Sunday and through social media, and I just make it through the year having not lost my sanity. This may not be a very positive post, but it is the real me –  and at least I can say I have done that…been true and honest to myself.

 

Posted in #everydayinspiration, Blogging U

A DAY TO LOVE

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Why do we celebrate Valentines? I thought of this as we are fast approaching the holiday. Is it just so Hallmark and other company’s can push their sales? Is it for husbands – or wives, cause let’s be honest – can make up for stupid stuff done the rest of the year? I don’t think so. For me personally, Valentines represents the one day that I don’t just say I love you to my man, it is dedicated to the love we have built together. To me, it is a day I can show others what true and pure love looks like. Because I know that I am loved by my God, and He is the only one who can make me complete and happy, I am able to love my spouse, in both good times and bad. Now, I am not trying to be preachy here, so just go with me.

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As a parent, you want your child to grow up to be a strong, confident, good human being. Right? Well, if they only felt happy when you gave them things and bent to their will, they wouldn’t grow up to be all those things. They would be selfish, self – centered individuals. This is what I am talking about. Because the child knows you love them, and they choose to have a close relationship with you, then they can grow up to love others properly and become good people that abide by the laws of the land. They know they are loved, they know where their joy comes from – because no matter what mom and dad loves them -, and they know what pure love looks like. This is my hope this Valentines Day. I hope that even if no one tells you how much you are loved or what your true worth is, I hope you read this carefully and get this deep in your heart. Jesus loves you deeply, he isn’t mad at you, and he actually wants to have a fun, cool, deep, roll – with – the – punches kind of relationship with you. If you will hold on to hope and know that regardless of what others say or what is going on right now, there is a God, he is real, and He loves you like crazy. This is a 24/7 kind of love. And this is what I think Valentines is really about!

Hope you enjoyed this article, remember to subscribe to this site, and share with friends. Be kind to others today, and don’t forget…..YOU ARE LOVED!!

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Angela

Posted in Blogging U

A few of my favorite things

In my last post i discussed how I began a a class through ‘Blogging University’ that WordPress offers. The class helps journalists, poets, and blogger enthusiasts learn to write and reach their target audience better. In day 1 i was supposed to discuss the purpose for my writing, and in day 2 I am encouraged to write a list of things i like; am good at; or what inspires me. Well, since I am a visual person i decided to share with you a list of things I enjoy as well as places I would like to go in the next 6 years; and it will all be in pictures! I think this will be good to view when I am 35, because it will help me to see all the things i was able to accomplish. So, without further ado, here are my list.

A few of my favorite things….

The 50s

  1. I love the 40’s and 50’s pop culture. There is like an innocence to the time, and even though things were not perfect, at least for the most part you always saw families together, whether it be at the dinner table or around the television.

 

Books

2. I LOVE BOOKS!!! Especially a good mystery novel…I love a few classics – as long as they can keep my attention, wasn’t too fond of Pride and Prejudice the book but the Jane Austin Movie (BBC) was fantastic! My favorite authors are: Wilson Harp, Dee Henderson, and Patricia Cornwell.

 

Table Top

3. I love Board games….well, and a few online RPG’s but i really love board game! Now, I have to blame my husband for this because as much as i loved to play board games, i never really played them that much until he introduced me to Will Wheaton and his YouTube channel Table Top. After watching a few episodes (videos), I was instantly hooked! Honestly, I had heard of Will from The  Big Bang Theory, but other than that i really didn’t know who he was. Sorry Will!

 

Disney

4. I LOVE DISNEY! In my opinion, you are never too old for Disney…granite there are some movies and such i am not as fond of, but i will always be a fan! My favorite princess is Belle, just because i really enjoyed the music, the mystery of it all, and i thought Belle was more realistic and down – to – earth. I really like how some people are even creating the characters dressed in steam punk or even as college students. Crazy right? Just search for Disney characters steam punk and Disney characters as college students.

Steam punk Disney  College Belle

 

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5. I love painting and sometimes taking pictures, this stems from my love for Thomas Kinkade and his amazing artwork. Now, I know he had a few problems when he was alive, but don’t we all? Besides Bob Ross, this man was always my favorite artist! RIP Mr. K!

My final list is one I would like to call my ‘Travel The World’ list, and it is all the places i would like to visit in the next 6 years. Why 6 years? Because I think it is a good goal to set for myself – definitely more attainable -, and would be something really cool to look back on when i am 35.

My Travel The World List:

Italy

  1. Italy – I would like to mainly visit Florence, Siena, Trieste, and Venice. I have always had a passion to either move to Italy for a year, or just go and visit various parts. Something about their culture and language just calms me, and I hope in the next six years i will get to visit.

 

Charleston

2. Charleston, SC – I have always heard good things about this place, and so I would love for my husband and I to go visit this part of South Carolina. Plus, I wouldn’t mind finding some mountain ranges and spending a weekend in a cabin up there. Also while i am over that way, I wouldn’t mind checking out the Cherokee Indian Museum. I have always been fascinated by this group of people.

 

Anaheim

3. Anaheim, CA – Now part of the reason i want to go here is because of my love for Disney, but I also would like to just view California and see some of the sights. I wouldn’t mind going to see the Hollywood sign either.

 

Tampa

4. Tampa, Fl – I was in Orlando, Florida back in 2010 when i worked as college program with Disney. However I have never been to Tampa and wouldn’t mind checking it out as well as head on over to my old stomping grounds.

 

Grand Canyon

5. Arizona- At some point in the next six years, I would like to go visit the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and maybe even where I was born in Phoenix.

And finally, last but certainly not least….

Niagra Falls

6. Niagara Falls – I think this would be an awesome trip to take, and while I am on the Canadian border, i wouldn’t mind checking out the towns of Winnipeg and Ontario.

So these were my list, anything you see on here you liked? Is there something you think i should add? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Posted in #everydayinspiration, Blogging U

It’s in my DNA!

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It is in every human’s DNA to feel connected, that is just how God created us. Now, despite your views on God, Christianity, and the Bible, I am sure you can agree the deepest longing inside a person is to be loved, to love, and to form relationships. Even for those who repeatedly say they don’t need anyone, know deep down they are the happiest when they are in connection with those around them. Why is this? Because the creator of the universe longs to be in relationship with us, and he wired us to form bonds with our fellow man.

Why do i write? 

You may be thinking, “What is the point to all of this?” The reason I am talking about relationships and connecting with others is because I have begun one of the ‘Blogging University’ courses, and the question in day 1 is, “Why do you write?” Well, I write because I recognize the need God has placed inside me to connect with others.

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”  – C. S. Lewis

Some people are introverts, and I get that…I can be one myself at times, but no matter who you are or where you come from, we all want to belong. We see it in our everyday life; from the little girl sharing her lunch in the cafeteria at school, to the young man who gets involved with a gang because they make him feel accepted. The basic need to belong resides in all of us, and as people seek out and make good connections with others they sense the void of loneliness beginning to shrink.

“Relationships thrive when we try to outdo each other in supporting not in being supported.” – John Piper

In closing, connections are extremely vital. The moment we choose to open our hearts and allow others in, is the moment we find the key to truly living, and not just living but sharing life with others. Who knows, you might just be someone’s miracle today. Share in the comments below why or why not you write; and if not what is stopping you?