Enough of the day- Friday Yay!

My hands trace the old Larch tree’s brunch in my yard. It’s a somber old, very old tree. I love that tree. It reminds me of one of my favorite childhood books, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

I think there’s quite a mysterious reflection there in trees that we take so for granted. Really if you reflect on Noah’s Arc and how that brought all of the animals and all of Noah’s family. All animals going two by two, and certain animals going seven by seven. The arc was built from wood. Wood brought humanity to life. Wood saved us from the flood. And if you want to go deeper into thinking about wood and the religious history. Which I am. Jesus, our Savior, was crucified on wood to sacrifice and give us life everlasting. That, I had never thought of, in that way. Quite an interesting reflection, I think.

Hurrah for new jobs!! Haha, I am so happy its Saturday evening after a trying week of job interviews I finally scored a great job! Hip-hip-hooray.While my job will be part-time I am hoping to stay on track with my college classes, as well.

In this semester my plan is to accomplish 4 classes successfully. I think my academics are at the front of my agenda, in my life, right now. Even though I have the goal of achieving this degree I am doing my best not to let life slip without smelling the roses. I think that’s something that often people overlook in this life, is just slowing down and enjoying nature and life as it is. Life in progress.

The whole point of growth is “pain” or struggle getting there and once you get there, what then?

You enjoy your accomplishment; but, all the struggle of accomplishing is done.

Why not stop and enjoy the roses of struggle that are planted right in your home, your being, your mind, right now.

Go back to school, go to therapy for your disability, read books to improve your memory. You have endurance, you can achieve your goals.

Maybe, I’m just talking to myself, but I think this could be a sliver of hope for someone else. Maybe just the push they needed to keep persevering, to keep hope in their abilities, to stop and smell the flowers.

Struggle is life and we are all strong enough to fight our own struggles.

Believe in yourself and what you can achieve. You can fight the struggle. You can fight the pain. You can succeed.

Believe you can achieve!

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”

-Saint Catherine of Sienna

Lenten Penance

Lent has arrived and as a Catholic I am called to give up something as a penitential sacrifice. Meaning if you love chocolate it could be a really good thing to give up chocolate. I did not give up chocolate. I gave up coffee. Which, if you’ve been following my blog, or even seen the name of my blog you know this is a sacrifice for me.

But, I’ve been getting along well so far. Though, admittedly, I conked out yesterday at 11:00 am! and took a hour long nap. I’m feeling tired now, too. Haha, it will be a long sleepy Lent for me but I will hold steady and avoid the Joe.

My NOOM journey that I started a week ago started off really well with me losing two pounds. But then I ate and gained it all back. Urggh, hopefully the weather will get nicer and I can start biking again. I have a trainer that I use too that allows me to just bike on the porch, which is pretty savvy. But its still too cold to even do that!

With NOOM and Lent Kyril and I have been on a pretty strict diet. BUT…. tomorrow’s a feast day, Sunday. Which means we can have desserts and anything that we gave up.

Sooo….! I’m making Kyril a gluten free Black Forest Cake, from Recipe Rebel blog, Black Forest Cake. Which as I’m cooking up the cherries now smells sooo YUMMY!

I tweaked the recipe ever so slightly by adding to the cherries roughly 1/2 cup cranberries to the 2 cups of maraschino cherries. I also added to the cherry sauce an alcohol my fiancé goes crazy over, lol not really, it’s called Cherry Herring. These two adjustments I think will make the cherry sauce BOLDER. Like my coffee that I’m having this morning…

HELLO SUNDAY! (I have given up coffee for Lent and Sundays are feast days)

So this morning we are unable to go to church because we don’t have a car anymore. More on that later, urggh.

The cherry mixture is chilling in the freezer now. I want to get it just cool enough to spread on the whip cream layer on the cake.

Cherry sauce

Yeah it’s chilled and ready to go in between the cake layers! Here we go!

Ok had to pop back in freezer not quite chilled all the way.

Meanwhile, I’ll tell you about why we no longer have a car. On Tuesday I had an appointment a couple towns away. Thankfully my fiancé had time to take me!

So coming back from that we stop at a Sheetz to get a snack because my blood sugar is way low. My eyes were bigger than my stomach!

Back on the road we’re heading home a different direction than we’ve ever taken. It’s cold out about 30 degrees. We’re about half way across the bridge my fiancé’s at the right speed then suddenly we careen into the back of a completely steel truck!

The airbags shot out, and the glass cracked on the windshield cracked in a circle in front of my seat. Immediately, Kyril told me to jump out of the car. Meanwhile the steel truck driver gets out of his vehicle walking over to see if we’re ok. Thank God we are without a single scratch. What a miracle, thank God!

After that incident, though shaken, I am back to my peppy self.

My fiancé and I just got back from a rigorous walk down to the coffee shop to find that they were, unfortunately, closed.

I’m making dinner right now a sweet potato soup I found on NOOM.

All in all it has been a wonderful weekend!

More later friends 😊

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Musings: Little House

As I lay back watching one of my favorite childhood books made into a movie, Little house on the Prairie. Honestly, this is one of the most relaxing times of the week for me.

Honestly digging the bonnet!

We are so blessed now a days to have modern day technology and amenities. Good golly, molly could you imagine traveling to your parents, who lived in another state, and it taking three days?!!

I’m to the part where the Ingall’s are fording the river.

Right now, in my life, I’m fording a river too.

An academic one, that started in 2014 when I began my freshman year in college. Many years later after failing many classes and having to withdraw from several, I am proud to say I’m a junior.

I have fought tooth and nail to get to where I am now. It’s been like plowing a road through a mountain.

This semester I’m taking three classes, five credits all together: social psychology, majors and career class, and a psychology careers class.

Pretty beginner level psych courses. Admittedly, I haven’t been the most decisive in majors..

English…. .

Geology..

Modern Languages… ..

I have finally solidified my degree as a bachelor of general studies with an emphasis in psychology.

I’m excited about this major because I enjoy helping others. I know that’s a pretty hum-drum answer that just about anybody could say about their perfect major.

In the beginning of this major discernment. I knew I wanted to be a counselor. Which honestly would be wonderful! Kyril and I have talked about each other’s academic futures. He is so supportive of my psychology endeavors!

I want to help people with their psychological and emotional problems. Currently, I’m interested and studying the career of a forensic interviewer. Mixing law and psychology peaks my interest.

I’m also interested in the occupational therapist assistant and physical therapist assistant career. I think these are so close to my heart because I need to give back to people struggling with what I went through after my wreck. Not that I’ve altogether stopped therapy.

But when it all boils down, like I said, my dream career is to become a clinical counselor. My clinical counselor has played such a huge role in my life. Sometimes taking on the role of being one of my closest friends. My counselor stayed with me through the muddled mess of teenage-hood to my adult years. I am so grateful to have my counselor to talk to about life pressures and difficult situations I’m facing. I hope I can make a difference like this in someone’s life too!

Inspirational helps life go on beautifully!

So Little House on the Prairie continues to inspire me and the little dog Jack with his cute little bark!

Inspirational helps life go on beautifully!

-Little House on the Prairie

Onward I study with courage and perseverance.

Hope during Quarantine

Quarantine has been a rough time for all the world. It has been a painstakingly lonely one for many. A time of job loss, sometimes limited resources, isolation, etc.

So I thought I would lift our spirits a bit with a small drawing I made.

This is the hope bluebirds.

Hope for the future finds me between the wings of a blue bird.
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul - and sings the tunes without the words - and never stops at all.

-Emily Dickinson
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My Funny Valentine

So My Funny Valentine took me to a delightful and quaint new little coffee shop, called Urban Coffee 304. The coffee shop is located in Weirton, WV and has the most charming interior and kind baristas!

And such wonderful pastries!!! Oh my goodness, my fiancé and I split a cinnamon roll. . . !!!

Here’s the link.

https://www.facebook.com/Urbancoffee304-105351554675588/

Also shout out to http://barkingdogshoes for recommending these incredibly comfortable Barbery boots!

Link here: https://www.barkingdogshoes.com

https://www.barkingdogshoes.com/chaco-boots-barbary-review/

Thanks Kristin for posting such awesome content!

I think Valentine’s Day is a wonderful time to reflect on all you’ve loved in the past year.

A good reflection for today is

To cherish the love you’ve received from others and the love you kindled this past year. Practicing this gratitude meditation makes you aware of how much you’re loved and matter in this world.

To cherish the love you’ve received from others and the love you kindled this past year.

Maggie Kuhn

Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com

Dogman’s Beach- Planning Ensues

A lovely little email popped in this morning from United Airlines:

Airline deal: As low as $50.

Thoughts of Kyril and I’s upcoming honeymoon clouded my head, immediately.

Ahhhh… relaxing on a beach 🏖

We both would like to go to Puerto Rico. I’ve only been once and Kyril hasn’t been at all.

That’s what we’ve decided will be best. We had help deciding this factor based on Alietta Ford’s mail coupon .

My vacation, when I was a child, to Dog-man’s Beach, Puerto Rico was fabulous!

I remember walking along the beach. The sand is so soft to walk barefoot in. One day I mistakenly decided to cover my body completely up in sand, for a photo shot. BAD IDEA. Eek 😬

Though kinda comical for a KS girl to be unaware of sand fleas!!! Yeah, not one of my brighter moments.

( embarassed blush, shoulder shiver)

The photo was great though! 😜

One night, we had a personal chef come to our “vacation home“ and make us rainbow trout and a bread fruit dish. That was awesome!

Bread fruit tastes almost like a mixture between sweet potatoes and corn tortillas. Yeah blan flavor, for sure. Despite this, the chef cooked an incredible dish with it!

Bread fruit

One beautiful day, my family went scuba diving. Totally cool! I’ve never been and currently with my conditions I won’t be able to. Having a VP Shunt requires that you avoid scuba diving, martial arts (I was actually interested in learning Ju-Jitsu, so I guess that’s out), gymnastics and dance, and you’re not gonna believe this one—-GOLF!

So I carry that burden that I can’t dance or play golf. I really don’t give two cents about playing golf though, so that’s good. I am upset to learn that dancing is out. I think I’ll research that more because I REALLY want to dance at my wedding!

Back to beautiful PR…

My family and I also went out to a German restaurant in the main square that was INCREDIBLE!!

Here’s the link:

Casa Bavaria

Also the AVOCADOS.

Holy GUACAMOLE 🥑

The avocados in Puerto Rico are HUGE! Like the size of a baby kitten.

Kyril and I have always wanted to go on a cruise. And after doing some research I found a cruise ship leaving from Florida to Puerto Rico. How perfect!

I’m a little tenuous about getting out there on a ship. But I think it will be good for me. Lol I’ll probably pack an extra life-jacket in my bag 😂😂

It’s going to be incredible! Puerto Rico is so beautiful. And the weather there is sooo balmy!

Here’s a good travel guide I’ll be use to plan our trip.


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Winter Aches

So, many years ago, I was diagnosed with a “permanent sprain”. Great, my biking had to slow down, I had to slow down, my life seemed like everything was just chugging on a slow train.

Now years later my feet get ice cold, circulation problems from my TBI etc. My foot/ankle/hip are in continuous pain. It doesn’t seem fair that this is my burden.

But then I think to myself. This is my pain to bear. This is my sacrifice to carry.

So, I bear it for a greater purpose.

So I challenge you. Find something that gives you pain or suffering and offer it up for a greater purpose.

What is it you struggle with? Comment below if you feel comfortable sharing.

Have a beautiful and blessed day!

Hair dye and Changing Seasons

So the snow is piled up outside my house close to 5 inches! Quite a seasons change for this Kansas girl. Moving 1,000 miles towards the ocean does that, I guess.

This bold move sparked a change in my life. Honestly making me bolder, braver, and most importantly helped me find my direction.

Right now, I’m sitting in a salon chair with tinfoil and a plastic mask on. It’s one of the craziest things that I’ve decided to do and I love it!

Moving helped me decide “how to be myself.”

As the snow swirls down I’m calm which feels incredible! Being calm and relaxed has been a struggle for me since I moved. In fact, my neurologist recently diagnosed me with anxiety and prescribed some fancy pills for me.

On top of that I’ve been drinking chamomile tea, long baths, and NOW GETTING MY HAIR HIGHLIGHTED! Will post pictures soon friends.

As a venture towards a happier, healthier, independent life, I want to challenge you in this next week to find some new change that you… and only you want to make in your life—and DO IT.

If you’d like to after post a comment or photo below. What did you do to happy change did you make?

Be bold.