2021:More Life, Peace and Goodness-February Edition

February came and went very quickly. There was a lot of Life, Peace and Goodness in it.

Life is one of the words I’ve heard most often. I decided to attend my first Nystagmus Network conference this year. So far, we only have dates of the conference but nothing else. I am excited to find out what the theme is this year and to meet others who have the same condition that I do.

I feel like my room is a lot cleaner because my donations were picked up. It feels good to give to people who are in need.

February held two special events. Duke’s birthday was a fun day for him. He got lots of birthday wishes across my social media platforms and he got a homemade pupachino. Which he loved.

Valentine’s Day was fun. I went shopping on Amazon with a friend, and I got a few things I wanted. I went out to eat to a restaurant called Ivey’s. I had veal and pasta. It was good. That day was filled with laughter and fun.

Peace is something that I am still struggling with. I had a follow up appointment with my nurse, and I am happy to say that my blood work was fine. I just need to continue to exercise to help lower my weight, by choice, and to help me lower my cholesterol.

Goodness, I have seen God’s goodness this month. For those of you who do not know, I lost my mother, from a heart attack, when I was just sixteen. After this, I had plans to go and live with my biological father and my stepmother, however, due to my educational needs he allowed me to stay with my grandparents. For sixteen years, my grandfather has helped care for me. My grandfather has not required me to pay anything back to him for his kindness.  All my grandpa said that I am required to do is to continue to grow and to keep reaching my goals. So, thank you, grandpa for the sixteen years of care. I can not thank you enough for your love and support. God truly has shown his goodness and grace by allowing me to stay with my grandpa. This year, just like years before, I will be treating grandpa to dinner. I love you grandpa.

Even though I do not know why God called my mother home I do know that God has a perfect plan for my life.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Mom, I hope that you are proud of the woman that I am becoming. I miss and love you very much.

To all my followers out there I can not stress this enough: please learn the warning signs of heart disease and more importantly a heart attack. Get care right away. It could save your life.

Learning to plan and being thankful

Let us face it, coping with the pandemic and being visually impaired while running a business can be quite tricky. This past week I have been off schedule because I got sick, and no it is not the Coronavirus, so what I thought I had planned did not come out. There is always next week where I can get back on task with my content calendar.

This made me stop and think of everything that I am thankful for. I am thankful for my business. This week I made four sticker sales. This makes me so happy.

I am thankful for my clinic that I can be seen at. This past week I had a stomachache-I will be okay- I am so thankful that the staff are so kind and helpful.

I am thankful for my family and friends. My best friends and I are reading the Harry Potter series for the second time and it is a joy to do it with my friends and to be able to talk about the books.

I am thankful for my grandpa and my dog. Next Thursday marks 16 years since my mother has been gone. Even though I miss her I know that she is proud of me. I am thankful for the support that my grandpa has given and continues to give me.

Self-Care on Valentine’s Day

For some of us we do not have a romantic partner to spoil us on Valentine’s Day. So instead of being sad why not give yourself a self-care day.

  1. Do something you love. I love to read. Right now, I am re reading the Harry Potter Series.
  2. Do something good for your body. I am currently trying to lose weight, so I am doing a home workout daily. Working out has lots of benefits.
  3. Buy yourself something. It is okay to treat yourself to something on your Amazon wish list. I have been eyeing a cute sweater.
  4. Cherish the friends and family you have. Even though I do not have a partner, I do have friends and family that love and care for me. That means a lot.
  5. If you have a pet spend time with them. I have a pit bull terrier named Duke. I’ll be spoiling him by doing things that he loves.

I hope you all enjoy Valentine’s Day!

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Five ways my dog has helped me grow…

On Monday, Duke, my Pit Bull Terrier turned five. So, in honor of his fifth birthday here are five ways he helped me grow.

  1. He taught me to love the Pit Bull Terrier breed. Before I adopted Duke, I had only seen the Pit Bull Terrier on TV. When Duke bounced into the house, I was unsure about his temperament. However, I learned quickly was that the tv show was correct and Pit Bull Terriers are extremely sweet and loving. Not to mention full of energy.
  2. Anxiety is not everything. Duke suffers from anxiety, but I have been working with him on that. Over time he has improved. I have started to use this strategy in my own life, and I have found that I am improving with my own anxiety.
  3. Do not judge a book by its cover. When people first meet Duke sometimes, they are scared because of his breed. It is my job as the handler to educate others about Duke’s breed and that he is sweet. Once I educate them and they pet Duke they usually change their minds.
  4. Have fun with life. Most of the time I am uptight and worried about how life is going to work out. Duke has taught me to lay in the sun, watch the birds and enjoy life.
  5. He taught me to let my heart grow. When I first adopted Duke, I was feeling a lack of confidence. Noodles, my beloved Boston Terrier, passed away a year before and I had felt lonely and lost. I thought I could never love another dog again, but I was wrong. As I worked and bonded with Duke, I grew to love him. He is a sweet boy, and he is a joy to have.

Happy birthday Duke! Here is to many more walks, tugs of wars and cuddles. 😊

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