The gratitude question

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I love the holidays but not for the same reasons as most people. I love the holidays because it provides some much needed downtime and my boys are normally home. It has always been interesting to me that this is the only time of the year I ever hear or see anyone express gratitude. So my question is why? Every year they have holiday toy drives and let’s volunteer to serve holiday meals but what about the rest of the year.

I am very blessed to be employed and have a permanent place to call home. There are a lot of people who don’t have this and struggle daily just to find a safe place to sleep. I don’t know what the answer is to help solve this problem and the circumstances that lead to homelessness could impact any of us at anytime. I heard a statistic that each of us is just one paycheck away. Let that sink in for a moment.

What can I do to help create a brighter future for others and ensure I also remain self sufficient? Here are a few ideas:

  • Engage and talk to people
    • We never know someone’s story so be kind
    • Most people are willing and grateful to be treated no different than anyone else (I learned this when I worked in the corrections field)
      • respect and eye contact go a long way
  • Gather a group of friends and do a closet purge
    • We all have way to much stuff
      • I have crap in my closet that still has tags on it
    • Giving much needed clothing to those in need can change someone’s entire perspective and outlook
    • If you look good you feel good my mom used to say
  • When you travel take those free toiletries
    • These are the perfect size to put in a care bag for others
  • For women feminine hygiene items are key so pick up a few extra on your next trip to the store
    • Inexpensive and necessary
  • Spend as much on those in need as you do for xmas gifts
    • If you plan to spend $300 on gifts spend the same on items for any cause
    • I am passionate about St Judes, animals, veterans, and rehab centers
      • There are young people who get out of the military and rehab that have NO support

Last stop thinking that you NEED everything you see, Pay off those credit cards and cut them up, pay off your vehicle if you have one and drive it til the wheels fall off. Do you care if the person at the stop light thinks your car is great? Ugh no

I have committed to this and as of this month I have no debt other than my house and the student loan that I now am hitting hard to pay off in full. All of these saving can then be used to help others. Get inspired and do something great

 

 

Brow adventures

let’s just be honest as we age our eye brows become sparse or for me pretty much non existent. I decided to go visit my bff’s brow lady this week, here is day 1. They are beautiful but dark, just the first step to the end goal. My husband said Burt from Sesame Street ha. I will post weekly progress but I’m juiced to see the final results.

Death and Not Understanding

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This week a fantastic woman that we have known since our kids were little passed away from brain cancer. Tonya began her fight with breast cancer and won only to have it come back in her brain. She was one of the loveliest, kindest, funniest people that I have ever met. I can only imagine the pain that her husband and son are feeling and it makes me wonder why great people get such horrible diseases and are taken from the world. I believe in a god and know that there must be a reason but can’t help but ask why her? Tragedy is all around us, which is one of the reasons I don’t watch the news or read the paper because I don’t want to see or hear all the negative input. It is when these situations occur that I guess is an opportunity for all of us to evaluate what is truly important and focus on making the world a better place. Thank you Tonya for making the world a better place- in honor of my girl……

Moving, Moving, Moving

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I have always believed that what you put out in the universe happens and I now feel stronger than ever that this is true. The day that I sold the first item out of our house and we decided to put it on the market, I began recieving phone calls and emails about jobs in Portland. Friday I accepted a new position and will be moving on August 16th. It has all happened so fast and is so very exciting. The only thing I will miss in Idaho is my Mom for sure and my dad but it’s a 45 minute flight to come visit. Let’s hope this house sells quickly and we truly will be totally free from debt. Let the fun begin