Caregiving

It is so important as a caregiver not to become so enmeshed in the role that you forget yourself. It's neither good for you nor your loved one.

Dana Reeve
23February

It Just Keeps Getting Better

Last year at this time, I was getting ready to make the trip of a lifetime to Cape Town, South Africa. It was my first trip overseas, and a “bucket list” moment to celebrate turning forty. That trip really started me on a year of self-discovery and acceptance. South Africa spoke to my soul. It taught me the true meaning of hope and forgiveness in the face of insurmountable odds. A book is being born out of that journey (a work in progress, that will be discussed later :-).

Now, I’m about turn forty-one, and there are no trips on deck this time. But, the blessed feeling still remains. Many people complain about getting older. But, I feel like a fine wine that gets better with age. I love aging. I’ve never felt this comfortable in my own skin. I feel like the world is clearer now. I know who I am, and where I want to go. That’s the type of direction we long for in our youth. However, I know that everything comes in time and order. I’m just thankful, that it’s finally my time.

I’m thankful for the possibility of another year, another opportunity to step into my purpose. Another chance to spend time with my family. Life is precious, and we should celebrate every year because that means our assignment is not done. There is still time to get it right. I look forward to many more opportunities to get it right; and I celebrate wholeheartedly another chance.

Until we meet again!

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Top of The World

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16February

High School Life Lessons

Excuses are tools of incompetence, used to build monuments of nothing

This quote was something my 10th grade AP American History Teacher required that we learn and be able to recite on demand. Back then I didn’t understand the significance that this would hold for me. I didn’t understand this would help me navigate through business, relationships, or life.

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19January

Which do you choose?

The tongue has the power of life and death

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21 NIV)

I’ve found myself reflecting on this quite a bit lately. I’m really making a concerted effort to be calmer and wiser in 2014. I’m generally a very calm person. I’m still working on wise :-). But, my stress level can be on 10+ when dealing with the demands of work and family. It’s hard to find a moment for myself, and it starts to come out through my words. I find myself saying ” I can’t do this”, ” I need a break”, or “I need a husband” (especially, when I’m changing light bulbs and fixing items around the house. It never was my desire to be a “handy diva” :-).

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05January

Another Step in the Journey

There comes a time in your life

How’s 2014 starting for you? The “two chicks and the old lady” are doing good :-). I think we’ve made a vow to not always show up ready for an argument.This philosophy is definitely helping the house be peaceful, and our blood pressure nice and controlled. It’s the simple pleasures that make life worth living :-).

I wish everyone could adopt this practice. There definitely would be less misunderstandings and fights in the world. There are so many other things to focus on in life, who has the time to focus on the things or people who bring us down. I rather spend time laughing, and creating memories that will sustain us during the hard times. When you’re a caregiver that can be hard to remember sometimes. But, I’m definitely making a pledge this year to keep this first in all of my interactions. Negative people and situations are an energy/spirit drain. Don’t let anyone “drain” you. Respect is never earned from an argument. Speak your mind, but maintain your peace. The right people will be there, and the negative will fall away.

Stay focused on the journey, and take it one day at a time. Until we meet again!

XO

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30December

The Art of Letting Go



2013 has been an amazing year for me. I turned forty, and love it. I was able to fulfill one of my “bucket list” dreams of going to South Africa. I was blessed to have another year with my family and friends. I got my “happy back” after losing my Dad in 2010. There are just so many things that I’m grateful for, that the list is endless. But, I must say with all of the things, people, and opportunities. I’m most grateful for learning how to let go.

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