Gift Ideas to Keep on Hand for Unexpected Guests

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It’s important to keep gifts on hand for any unexpected holiday guests. They can be simple yet meaningful and will let that guest know that they were not left out!

Picture Frames
Throw Blankets
Gift Cards
Gas Cards
Candies/Cookies/Baked Goods 
Candles

These gifts can be appreciated by anyone! Dress them up a bit with some festive ribbon and put them to the side for when you need them!

I Turn 26 Tomorrow & I Am Exactly Where I Need To Be… A Good Read to Inspire You

Seneca Quote

Working from home isn’t for everyone, just like working in an office all day isn’t for everyone either. Don’t get me wrong, some days I wished I was getting up, showering, getting ready and heading out of the house to my job that I probably didn’t like. But then, later on in the day, I would realize just how lucky I am. I’m able to work whatever hours I like, while still being able to enjoy the little things that somehow get ignored while working the 40-hour work week. The hustle and bustle seems to distract us from the things that matter most.

I’ve worked since I was 16, different jobs here and there, and then one steady job for almost seven years… with other jobs in between, since of course, that seven year job didn’t pay enough. There were two different times in my life where I worked three jobs at once, yes, one was “from home” but it still took up my time after working the other two jobs. I also went to school for five of those years, two different colleges, and no degree to show for it. I can’t really blame anyone else though, I missed the deadline for my financial aid and I had no money to go back. Some days I wish I could sit in a classroom again and take in all the knowledge that I seemed to ignore back then, worrying more about going out with friends, drinking and boys. I never realized that I was actually paying for my own schooling, that one day I would have to pay back all that I had “borrowed” from the banks. But like I said, just some days. Other days I’m okay with not having my degree, because I still feel like I’m being active enough to build myself a career without having one. Maybe I would just owe even more money if I were able to go back. And there are a ton of people out there who have degrees, and no job to show for it. So I wonder sometimes, which is worse?
So now I sit here, on a Monday afternoon, at my kitchen table, writing this. While others are at work, counting down the hours to 5:00 PM. This is alright with a lot of people, and this is the way “things are supposed to be.” You’re supposed to go to college, get a job and work 5 days a week to make ends meet. Move out, buy or lease your first car (on your own) and spend most of your paycheck paying for these things, among other “important” necessities. I always ponder about this… who decided this is what we humans were supposed to do with our lives? Who started this life of ridged routine? They are probably dead now. So, why do we still need to follow these “rules of life?”
We live in a world where it is okay to give your all to your boss, your company, your family, your friends, your significant other… slowly forgetting to give to ourselves. We fill our days up with the things we are “supposed to do” while all it is doing is emptying us, hollowing us from the inside out. I am writing this to make others understand that it is okay to do what is not expected, to go off on a limb, and try something. Life is oh so short, and we will forever think we have the time to do everything we want. “One day” we always say. But to be honest, we all don’t have “one day.”
There are times I don’t feel like telling others that I work from home. Feeling as though they’ll look at me funny and judge me for probably not making enough money and being a lazy bum. This also could just be my anxiety thinking for me. But, I believe that people use harshness to conceal their envy, wishing they could remove themselves from the routine life. Just because I am not driving to work each day and sharing an office with others, does not mean I am not working. Working does not have to mean you are making money off of something, either. I work towards other things, other things that are no one else’s business but my own. My days are still fulfilled and productive, but with other things. They are filled with writing, relaxing, my dog, nature, understanding, wonder and of course, working and cleaning! I work on myself every day, because I have to. My anxious mind continuously tries to work against me and I have to fight it all day, every day. I couldn’t starve my anxiety while working in an office every day, kissing the asses of others while I was only getting worse myself. I knew that if I continued, for the money because we “need it,” that I would completely lose myself.
I turn 26 tomorrow and I have been working fully from home since July. So, a little over 2 months now. Yes, I have gotten bored and wanted to work somewhere again, but knowing myself, I knew that my indecisive mind should finally for once, not jump into something so soon. I have my entire life to make money, or do I? That’s that “one day” stuff again. But I rather miss out on the money now, and have an actual life, than miss out on my life but have a ton of money to bury myself with.
So, what have I learned?
I’ve learned to slow down time a little, since I’m always in a rush. I’ve learned that some days it is okay to do nothing… there is absolute beauty in doing nothing. They explain this in the movie, “Eat, Pray, Love” where Julia Roberts is speaking to an Italian man in Italy who stresses to her that America is filled with people who are all about money, that they never just take the time to do nothing and enjoy it.
Although I may not be where I thought I would be as I turned 26, I am trying my very best to understand that I am exactly where I need to be. I may not have a ton of savings in the bank yet and I may not have my career set up yet, but I am content knowing that I finally had the chance to write a children’s book, something I always wanted to do. Maybe I would have never had the time if I devoted myself to some empty job.
I’ve also learned that although it is extremely harder, there are natural ways to deal and cope with the things you are handed. If our minds are a bit different than others, we are quickly given something to assure they start working like everyone else’s. This is what is wrong with the world, always looking for the quick and easy way to fix something. Teach people to stop and live a little, and then maybe their anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc. will slowly fade away or maybe they will have the actual strength to keep it at bay. Teach them to make more time for themselves and to ignore the opinion of others, because surely, you are the only one who knows what is best for you. The world wants people to turn into zombies who make them money, even though it could kill you. Step outside, smell the flowers, look up at the blue sky and take it all in. No matter what you decide to do, be sure it is what’s best for you – not what others tell you is best.

Check Out My Kickstarter Page!

  

  
Hello followers! I created a Kickstarter page today and would like to share it with everyone in hopes of getting the word out there about my Children’s Book Series – “Growing Up Gracie.” The series will follow a little girl who goes through childhood along with your kiddies! Gracie will do all the things your child does and will go through life and learn new things! The first book in the series will be titled “Gracie and the Lost Christmas Gift.” 

The story will allow children and their parents to enjoy a Christmas tale where Gracie finds a lost gift in a large crowd and tries her very best to return it to its owner. Gracie will help children learn the importance of the Christmas holiday while showing how amazing it feels to lend a helping hand to those in need! 

As of today, my page will have 29 days left to accept donations. My goal is $5,000, any little bit will help considering how much it costs to get a book proofread, edited and created. 

If you cannot donate, please share with friends! Thank you in advance.

Link:

  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/603348349/growing-up-gracie/description

  

 

Stop Complaining

Stop complaining about the traffic,
the woman in the accident up ahead was just pronounced dead.
Stop complaining about your “out of season” handbag,
a mother in Africa just wove a basket to carry her children’s food in.

Stop complaining about your extensions and your weave,
a cancer patient just watched their hair fall out onto their pillow.

Stop complaining about your small breasts,
a breast cancer survivor lost hers just to see another day.

Stop complaining about your car,
there’s parents out there walking and taking the bus to work.

Stop complaining…
before you’re given something to really complain about.

-CLT
Wordgasm

Photos From Woodstock, 1969

Hop in your time machine and check out these photos from 1969’s Woodstock, which took place in Bethel, New York. I had to share these photos because I love everything old school and I really wish I was around to partake in this event. What else makes it so cool is that I went to Bethel last year to see Zac Brown Band play, one of the best concerts I’ve been to!

 

Enjoy!

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Please note: I do NOT own the rights to any of these photos. [Photo source: http://all-that-is-interesting.com]

The Power of Forgiveness

I’ve never been one to forgive people about things, I’m the type to dwell for days, weeks, months. But as I get older I start to put myself in the others person’s shoes and try to understand their behavior. I recently reached out to an old friend to squash some issues we have. Haven’t talked to her in years but decided it was the “right thing to do” to be the better person and break the silence. Haven’t heard back from her… and SHE was the one who hurt our friendship way more than I ever could. Isn’t it funny how that works? The one who actually did more wrong, kept silent. I’m okay with that though, I have my closure now, whether she answers or doesn’t. I said what I had to say and now the weight has been removed. Something I can check off my list to get rid of and keep in the past. So, thank you. 

 

Point is – you’re only hurting yourself if you refuse to forgive someone.

Shedding Some Light on this Sunday Morning

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A young boy slept each night with a sword hanging from his ceiling. His father set it up right above his bed, trying to teach him some sort of lesson. Years went by and it turned out, all the stress from the dangling sword gave the boy a heart attack. 

Has anyone ever heard this before? I’m not quite sure if I have all the details correct but the point of the story stays the same. STRESS. It can kill you. There are a million things in this world that can cause us to have our last day on this Earth, don’t let stress be one of them.

Enjoy your Sunday 🙂