Thankful for New Beginnings !!!

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Today was the first of a new beginning for me and I am SO excited !! Some of you may already know but for those of you who don’t, I am officially working in the healthcare field again !! I’m a Certified Nursing Assistant and I’ve actually been certified for 4 years now. Somewhere along the way, I got a little burnt out and decided to try something different like office work. I worked in an office for a little over a year and despite the negative parts of it, it was still a really good experience !! However, I decided that it was time for me to go back to doing something I loved, something I was excellent at, and had a passion for.โคโค

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I am so happy to be back with my old babies and the fact that I got a chance to be reunited with four of my old ones really melted my heart today !! My heart was a little broken at first sight to see how much their health had declined but it still felt good to hug their necks and catch up with them for a little while. Another part of me was super nervous though because the nursing home I’ve chose to work at is bigger than any other nursing home I’ve ever worked at in my entire life !! It’s gonna take a while to get to know all of the many patients and other employees but I look forward to it !! Everyone there so far is super friendly and honestly, I feel like I’m right back where I belong. This week is CNA Appreciation Week and even though this is only my second day with them, they gave me gift along with the other CNA’Sโค I feel loved already!!


Peach & Sweet Tea Body Lotion and a T-Shirt “Full Heart”

I feel like I could talk about the life of a CNA and my experiences for HOURS but spare you the time today I’ll break those up into mini posts later on ๐Ÿ™‚ More than anything, I’m just grateful for today. I’m grateful for the opportunity! I’m grateful for the doors God has opened for me and honestly, I’m grateful for the closed ones too! I’ll be honest, this isn’t 100% exactly what I had in mind getting back into the healthcare field but today I’m GRATEFUL for what God didn’t let go my way!! That probably sounds crazy but where I am now works out in my favor SO much better!! Don’t ever think God got it wrong because He did not give you your way. His plan is always better!! Trust it even when you don’t understand it. I promise you, He’ll make it work for your good! ๐Ÿ™Œ
Thanks for visiting my blog today!! Sending lots of love & positive vibes your way!!

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Self Care Sometimes Means Making Peace w/Your Past & Changing Your Number.

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“God will INTENTIONALLY allow the people you want to be in your life, to be a let down in every way possible to help you recognize His plans do NOT include them. We end up making ourselves miserable by hanging on to the very little parts of them that make us comfortable and ignoring the negative all because we do not want to release them to move on without us. Letting go may cause a TEMPORARY discomfort but forfeiting God’s plans for you are not worth it. Trust me when I say “just do it”. You will understand it better by and by.
Self care sometimes means making peace with your past and changing your number. Some people just no longer need access to your life nor should you leave any room for them to think they do. We will never move forward into God’s promises if we keep stringing along people we we were supposed to have dropped off a long time ago. Don’t become your own hinderance.”๐Ÿ’› – Montana Danielle

These beautiful words were written by one of my Facebook friends but I was particularly inspired to share it here on my blog to encourage those men and women out there in toxic relationships to move on and let go! I know that’s much easier said than done. It’s never easy for a good person to walk away; especially after you’ve invested so much of yourself into making it work. I know it’s hard. I’ve already been there and done that but you want to know what I learned? Sometimes it’s not about having the strength to hold on, but it’s about having the courage to let go. Trust that God has a better plan down the road. I know I did and now I’m blessed more than I could ever put into words. I love my Husband with everything in me and it feels to good to know, see and feel that same love being reciprocated !!
If you are going through high-highs, low-lows, desperation, self-loathing, vindication, relief, depression and confusion, I have a message for you: Love doesn’t feel like this. It doesn’t feel like what you’ve been putting up with. Praying for you and your strength to let go and move on!!
-Jessica

Never Underestimate the Power of a Good Attitude!๐Ÿ˜‰

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ย You can’t have a goodย  day with a bad attitude and you can’t have a bad day with a good attitude !! ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธThink positive and positive things will happen. Great thoughts become a great attitude. A great attitude becomes a great mood. A great mood becomes a great day. A great day becomes a great week. A great week becomes a great year and a great year becomes a great life !! To experience a great life, you need to change and control the way you think.ย A good attitude is everything so make sure you pick a good one! This post is very short, sweet and to the point today but it still sends a powerful message. A bad attitude can literally block love, blessings, and destiny from finding you. Don’t be the reason you don’t succeed!!ย 

๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’šย  ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’š ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’š

Sending lots of love and positive vibes your way !!! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

-Jessicaย ย 

5 Bad Habits That Ruin Your Happiness.

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  • LACK OF SELF LOVE

“The ability to love yourself is beautiful. When you really “love” yourself, you simply refrain from doing whatever comes in your path of you and your happiness. Self love shouldn’t be confused with self obsession though. Self love doesn’t mean that you value someone less than you but it simply implies you value yourself as much as you value others. Self love means you don’t allow anything to tamper with your peace of mind; self love means you don’t allow anyone to make you feel miserable; self love means you strive to make a better you everyday, every moment.” -Sai Tripathy Self love means you can be your own best friend and notย need other people around. Self love is hard but it’s rewarding when you can still build yourself up in times when it feels like your world is falling apart.ย Self Love is the key to happiness.ย 

  • COMPLAINING

The more you complain, the unhappier you will be. When you’re constantly focusing on the negative perspective of situations and things, it’ll cost you your happiness and sometimes even cause you to be depressed. {G r a t i t u d e} will take you a long way in life! Be thankful for what you do have. Be thankful for where you are in your journey even if it’s not where you want to be right now. Every season serves a purpose. So whatever you’re going through or whatever you’re seeing from a negative perspective right now.. just remember that it’s all shaping and molding you into the person God intends for you to be. See it as an opportunity for growth within yourself and learn from it. When you choose to focus only on the bad things, you are really setting yourself up for never being content or happy. Practice Gratitude everyday!

  • HANGING IN THE WRONG CIRCLES

Hanging with the wrong folks can mess you up and by wrong, I mean negative! Hanging with negative people has more of an impact on your life than you think. Make sure you connect with people who are going to build you up. If the people in your circle are intimidated when you make positive life changes politely ask them to go stand in the circle over there. If the people in your circle keep punching you in your self-esteem kindly ask them to go stand in the next circle!! Surround yourself with people who make you happy.. people who make you laugh and help you when you’re need. Make sure the people in your corner genuinely care and support you. They are the ones worth keeping in your life! Just like negative people can have an impact on your happiness, positive people can too! It’s all up to you ๐Ÿ™‚ Be wise and be picky about the folks you choose to run with!!ย 

  • POOR PHYSICAL HABITS

Some people are unhappy simply because they’re not happy with their outer appearance. Can I say something though? You have always been beautiful but if you are not satisfied with the way you look.. then do something about it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s talk about weight since that’s what most people have a problem with – It won’t get better by chance. It gets better by change. Whether you aspire to lose weight or gain it, find a diet that works for you a stick by it. Join a gym if necessary. Go walk the trail at your city park. Join yoga or zumba classes. Do whatever works and seems most fitting and fun for you. It will hurt. It will take time. It will require dedication. It will require willpower.ย You will need to make healthy decisions.ย It requires sacrifice. You will need to push your body to its max. There will be temptation but I promise when you reach your goal, it will all be worth it !!ย 

  • COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS.

One thing that will prevent you from happiness for sure is comparing yourself to other people. Don’t compare your life to others. That alone has the potential to make you miserable. Don’t do that. Your life is about breaking your own limits and outgrowing yourself to live your best life. You are not in competition with anyone else. Plan to outdo the person you were yesterday, not other people. Be who God created YOU to be, not who He created them to be.ย 

 

Every morning you have a new opportunity to become a happier version of yourself. Don’t let bad habits ruin or block your happiness!!ย 

 

You Can’t Help Everybody!

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Lesson Learned!

You just CAN’T help everybody! As disheartening as it is, sometimes you just have to let people learn the hard way. Even though you love them & really care .. I have found that in some cases it is better for you to fall back and let them figure out or work out whatever situation it is that they’re dealing with by themselves. It’s hurtful to watch the person you love keep going in the same circles of sadness, pain and failure. It’s even harder when that person keeps coming to you about what’s hurting them wanting to vent and looking for solutions.. only to turn around & go right back into the same mess day in and day out.ย It’s almost like a burden because eventually you start feeling like you’re carrying some of the weight of their pain. Even though they don’t ask you to carry that pain nor do they mean for you to, it just comes kind of natural when you genuinely have a good heart. It means you really care. After a while though,ย  it becomes emotionally draining because you’re constantly trying to help this person, make them feel better, help find solutions and it gets frustrating because after you’ve done all of that – they continuouslyย go right back to what’s hurting them. I don’t understand. It’s like “Mannn, do they really want help or do they just want attention!?!” or at least that’s one of the thoughts that run through my head anyway. I know that probably sounded mean but I’m just keeping it real. The same way people will stress you out and drive you crazy with their drama and foolish antics is the same way they can stress you out and drain you emotionally with their problems. Now don’t misunderstand what I’m saying. I’m not telling you to turn a deaf ear or a cold shoulder to people who are in need of help or advice. That’s not cool. I’m not that kind of person. I love people and I love helping & encouraging as much as I can but I’ve learned that you gotta know when to step back and say “enough is enough”! If you can’t actually help them with what they’re going through, then you it’s time to consider redirecting them to someone who can or pointing them in that direction. Now whether they go get the help or not is on them but when they’re truly ready to come out of that situation then they’ll do and take the necessary steps to getting it done. You can want “better” for someone all day long but until they want it for themselves.. it means nothing.ย 

Something my mama used to tell me all the time when I was younger & I’ll never forget it.. she said, “You are NOBODY’S trash can!” meaning you don’t have to be the one that everyone dumps their problems on. Funny how her words came flowing back to me while I’m typing this post! She’s right though!! It’s good to have a good heart but don’t let people take advantage of it. If you don’t watch it, people will suck the positive energy right out of you to fuel their hunger for negativity and leave you drained, exhausted & unhappy. There is no reason to allow their problems to become yours. Protect both your peace and spirit from contamination. Know when to say enough is enough & love yourself enough to take the actions required for your happiness.ย 

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