Sad Day in America

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Today, the residents of ElPaso, TX desperately need our prayers. 🙏🏼🥺

It’s heartbreaking that such a tragedy has, once again, happened.

Hugs to all of you!!

Extra warm hugs to you who have relatives in TX.

©️2019Nova 🙏🏼

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Eventful Friday

Good Moring yall 😀 These photos were taken from the Pexels free library:D

I just wanted to share my positive vibes with you! My weekend has blessed me far beyond what I thought it would. It feels amazing when that happens, doesn’t it? I sure hope your weekend has been good to you thus far:D!! I know I’m sending you love and all my warmest hugs! If you smell something funny, it’s probably me too close. I was already out walking today and it’s a bit warm. I promise I don’t smell that bad though.

Here’s what’s happened that’s placed such a happiness in my heart. Yesterday morning, I waited to hear from a friend, to see if she’d watch my girls while i attended a meeting with my business partner ( boss and boyfriend). It was about eleven, when I got the great news that she’d be able to. I was beyond excited because I had been trying to “meet her” for years. I now finally had the opportunity and with a great reason!

“Meet” anymore is such a unique word. According to M-W Dictionary, meet means the following:

meet

verb

\ ˈmēt  \
met\ ˈmet  \meeting

Definition of meet

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1ato come into the presence of FIND met him as a stranger on a plane
bto come together with especially at a particular time or place I’ll meet you at the station
cto come into contact or conjunction with JOIN There is where the brook meets the river.
dto appear to the perception ofa pungent odor … met his nostrils— S. E. White
2to encounter as antagonist (see ANTAGONIST sense 1) or foe OPPOSE met the heavyweight in a successful bout
3to enter into conference, argument, or personal dealings with
4to conform to especially with exactitude and precision a concept to meet all requirements
5to pay fully SETTLE could not meet his loans— Waldo Frank
6to cope with was able to meet every social situation
7to provide for enough money to meet our needs
8to become acquainted with I want you to meet my sister.
10to receive or greet in an official capacity. The president met the prime minister at the White House.

intransitive verb

1ato come face-to-face That’s the restaurant where they met.
bto come together for a common purpose ASSEMBLE The delegates met at the convention.
cto come together as contestants, opponents, or enemies The candidates met for their debate.
2to form a junction or confluence the lines meet in a point
3to occur together many graces and many virtues meet in her
meet halfway

to compromise with

meet with

to be subjected to ENCOUNTER the proposal met with opposition

meet

noun

Definition of meet (Entry 2 of 3)

1the act of assembling for a hunt or for competitive sports
2a competition in which individuals match skills

meet

adjective

Definition of meet (Entry 3 of 3)

precisely adapted to a particular situation, need, or circumstance very proper

 

We meet online, but not necessarily face to face. Anyway, I meet my friend, Helen nearly four years ago, and just met her face to face yesterday. The drive was nearly an hour. The girls were pretty content in the car; and mommy was a bit anxious driving where she hadn’t before. I was determined to not allow the fear and anxiety to control my day though. Guess what, I got through it!

Upon arriving, I was able to appreciate the scenery of corn fields and wide open space. I knew that lifestyle all too well, having grown up in a similar setting. My girls weren’t accustomed to it. Our “yard” is too small; and they can see the city from very close by. Personally, I think it’s a wonderful idea to integrate a variety of experiences into a child’s life. I defiantly wish for my girls to understand and appreciate other lifestyles and customs than their own.

The ride back was tremendously enjoyable. First and foremost, adult conversation was great! HAHA~ Visiting with Helen was wonderful, she’s such a sweet lady. I do believe my girls have adopted her as ‘grandma’ already. I knew my boo would be waiting for me when I returned to my home, which had my heart melting and in such butterflies.

All these years later, and after all that we’ve been through, he’s still the reason I laugh and smile and run into people and daydream. He challenges me to be bigger than I am, and to do more … to try, and learn. I know the cliche is that “he completes me”, but he really does! Any of you who’ve truly paid attention to how I’ve been can see the drastic difference. No it’s not HIS responsibility to make me happy. No it’s not been HIM that’s done so… but, for those of you who’ve found your “soul’s mate”…. can understand what it’s like to be apart… and to reunite again.

Upon returning home, Chad was waiting for me. God he looked so yummy! He’s Puerto Rican, so his jet black curls, dark suntanned skin. He’s got a slightly bad boy grin and a walk that says ” I can handle myself if I have too!” Yeah, that’s just the beginning. He drives me crazy.

What I thought was going to be a business meeting and dinner, turned out to be a perfect date night. We had gotten to the Embassy Suites Hotel, and realized we were a few weeks early for the meeting ( HA HA, I need to be discuss secretarial work with him) so we headed out for a bite to eat.

Talks of our kids and business, artichoke and spinach dip, his life in the Army, and my challenge to not eat shrimp filled the waiting period. He’s my best friend, so when he gets a chance to crack a joke or dish out alittle `tude, he doesn’t miss the chance. He’s lucky he’s cute! 

After dinner, we took a detour through the back roads of Cleveland… along the train tracks. It was the coolest site; roads I’d never been on before. He enjoys that aimless exploration as much as I do; but, I hadn’t done so in quite some time.

When we returned back to my place, Helen had made plans with her children for the next day. She was picked up and taken home. It was such a pleasure to meet her.

Chad and I had watched Split ( HIGHLY RECOMMEND~) and had much needed adult time together.

What I loved the most about yesterday, and the valuable lesson that life taught me, was that there’s no need to stress if things don’t go according to plan… because what DOES happen, may become much more precious memories. It’s ok to not have things work out as we expected, because what’s meant to be, needs to be, and we need to get out of our own way to allow that to happen.

 

Saturdays events will follow in another blog post<3

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#NDRW – #61

Today’s word is commiserate.

Good Afternoon, Evening, and Morning.

#SpeakLife into yourself 

#SpeakTruth into your mind 

#SpeakConfidence into your heart

#SpeakLove into this world 

Spread Kindness like it’s all the world has left. 

Namastè ☀🌌

#NDRW – #60

Today’s word is sapient.

Good Afternoon, Evening, and Morning.

#SpeakLife into yourself 

#SpeakTruth into your mind 

#SpeakConfidence into your heart

#SpeakLove into this world 

Spread Kindness like it’s all the world has left. 

Namastè ☀🌌

Working on Us Week 8-9

This is a series that’s been created by Ms Beckie from Beckie’s Mental Mess.

Here’s where you can find the instructions to WEEK 8.

Here’s where you can find the instructions to WEEK 9.

I’ve been sick all week, and busy with life, that I haven’t been able to write on this lately. I thought I’d mesh these two together. (Beckie, hope that’s ok!).

Having lived with mild to severe anxiety and depression since 2001, I’ve had many victories of overcoming it. The greatest has most defiantly been overcoming suicidal tendencies, in 2005. The nightmare began four years prior, and I wasn’t ready for what I was about to endure. The hush hush of my family secrets tore my nights apart and stole much more than my peace of mind. My bedroom was the third, the top floor, of the house. It was a tall house, with a big backyard, hillside and lots of places to “hide”, if I wanted to pass in peace.

I spent most of my high school days proving myself worthy of my parents trust and respect, again (bullshit!). Most teenagers were sneaking out windows and illegally drinking with friends. Others my age were having sex and getting pregnant. That which my parents faced with me, was trivial in comparison. Furthermore, the issue at hand (as ridiculous as they are), couldn’t have been even more pathetic.

The last night I was in that house, my parents attempted to put their finger down one last time. To be honest, rightfully so, because, at that point in time, I straight up had no fucks left to give. I lied right to their faces. I did what I wanted. I rebelled like a professional. They tried to counteract that with more strict rules, and I was officially done.

I told my sister I was going to kill myself IF I didn’t leave. My intention was to take a steak knife ( I was on a rotating shift with dishes! I knew exactly which one i was going to use.) and use it. The harm wouldn’t have stopped with me, either. I knew my veins were screaming with adrenaline of destruction.

So I chose life…. and I gave that slogan a whole new meaning… It became my first and biggest victory.

Photo #1 for Week 8 is is a beautiful scene, with some greenery, in rain and sunlight.

This photo reminds me of the damper of anxiety and depression. It has moments of great heaviness, cold, gloom, downpour. It’s irritating when you’re caught in it, unexpectedly, without coverage. Soaked through and through, there’s no shelter, no place to think.. The anxiety is ruthless and relentless. The sunshine signifies the victory. It’s a break in the insanity of the endless grey and darkness. The sunshine is another resource that plants NEED, in order for nature’s complete balance. It’s not surprising that humans, also, need that break in the clouds. It’s our moments to regroup and breathe again!

WEEK 9 IS ALL ABOUT MY FIRST AND TRUEST LOVE: MUUSSIIICCCCCC!!!!!

Music is my therapy every single time. It’s quite honestly what saved my life in the days I spoke of, above. I didn’t have antidepressants to help sort out my toxic potion of feelings. I didn’t have parents that cared enough to even KNOW they existed. It wasn’t until some time after my departure that my sister handed my parents my diaries and told them to read them. It was then, when the scares were so fuckin deep that nothing of this world felt capable of healing them, that these people realized my severity and ugly demons.

These two particular songs speak volumes to me.

Though they’re somber and nostalgic, they speak about the hardships that are very real to me… and to our society. They speak about truth that it’s sometimes very dark and challenging. They speak of challenging moments that I’ve encountered and remind me of my resilience.

There’s ALWAYS a reason to fight. Keep searching for it my loves!!! IF you need one, I’ll be right here.

Kind Hearted Challenge – August Edition – Cyranny’s Cove

  Happy first day of August, Lovelies! As you might know, I have been waiting for a while to post this, and I am quite excited to finally launch this new, monthly Kind Hearted Challenge!   What is the Kind Hearted Challenge about? It is really simple… First of all, it is not a challenge…
— Read on cyranny.com/2019/08/01/kind-hearted-challenge-august-edition/

#NDRW – #59

Today’s word is descry.

Good Afternoon, Evening, and Morning.

#SpeakLife into yourself 

#SpeakTruth into your mind 

#SpeakConfidence into your heart

#SpeakLove into this world 

Spread Kindness like it’s all the world has left. 

Namastè ☀🌌

Fandango’s Provocative Question

You can find all the details to his thought provoking post HERE🙂

His question: What are the 3 biggest challenges in your country right now? If you’re not Up-to-date on the news, you can respond on a personal level.

I don’t follow the news much; however, one doesn’t need to in order to see big issues in my country.

#1. Racism has been and forever will be the biggest challenge. Sadly, it’s the easiest one to fix. No motherfucker is better than the next. We all are immortal and we all hurt. One day we all are going to die. The ones who are remembered choose to live life with intention and a long term purpose.

#2. Gun violence, unfortunately, has crept it’s way up under the wing of issue 1. I don’t understand why the world feels shooting is going to solve problems. It’s everywhere though. Just last week, right outside a local public library, here in Cleveland, a man shot another man over some weed. The victim didn’t survive. He was 19.

#3. Poverty is the third biggest issue. Again, I’m starting to believe this is a global issue, but I don’t understand why. There’s more empty houses in the United States than there are homeless individuals??!!! It makes no sense. There’s been reports in the last few years where laws and restrictions have been placed about what can be done with outdated food or overstock.

It seems that alittle more love and kindness can solve all kinds of problems… Or maybe I’m just nieve.

Why nutritional psychiatry is the future of mental health treatment

A growing body of scientific evidence is making clear the connection between good nutrition and good mental health.
— Read on theconversation.com/why-nutritional-psychiatry-is-the-future-of-mental-health-treatment-92545

#NDRW – #58

Today’s word is abjure.

Good Afternoon, Evening, and Morning.

#SpeakLife into yourself 

#SpeakTruth into your mind 

#SpeakConfidence into your heart

#SpeakLove into this world 

Spread Kindness like it’s all the world has left. 

Namastè ☀🌌

Gratitude Journal 07/30/19

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What am I grateful for today?

  1. Antiques
  2. Quietness
  3. Phones
  4. Handwritten Letters
  5. Stickers
  6. Car washers
  7. Scones
  8. Social Media
  9. French Dressing
  10. The Color Blue
  11. Computers
  12. Pavement
  13. Hugs
  14. Sun Glasses

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson

NAMASTÈ 

#NDRW – #57

Today’s word is fractious.

Good Afternoon, Evening, and Morning.

#SpeakLife into yourself 

#SpeakTruth into your mind 

#SpeakConfidence into your heart

#SpeakLove into this world 

Spread Kindness like it’s all the world has left. 

Namastè ☀🌌

#NDRW – #56

Today’s word is credulity .

Good Afternoon, Evening, and Morning.

#SpeakLife into yourself 

#SpeakTruth into your mind 

#SpeakConfidence into your heart

#SpeakLove into this world 

Spread Kindness like it’s all the world has left. 

Namastè ☀🌌

A little Kindness Story

The media wouldn’t report this; and, I’m not here to put myself on a pedestal. I’m sharing because feel good stories are few & far in between.

While at the laundromat today, a mother was busy doing her mountain of wash. I could tell she was as tired as I felt. The temps were 90s and it was just hitting early evening.

The laundromat was clearing out some, as customers were finishing up. My Zivah found a little boy, a friend to play with. She does that with EVERY person under 10! No mater where we go. Anyway, this lad was an adorable African American kiddo with adorable curls and such a desire to play.

At the point in time that I was drying my laundry, this momma was still working on hers. Her son was this precious baby ( 11.3/4 months old) running around.

I’ve been in her shoes. She also had a younger baby at home. That laundromat was annoyingly hot… And everyone was tired..

For a few minutes, I played with him with his toy cars. Awhile later, his mom still working on folding, little man Wane was more hot, hungry, and tired. He wanted mommy. He was throwing the tantrum., you know THAT tantrum!!

For me, it was a no brainer. I sat right down, picked him up, and rocked him for a few mins. Maybe that would have freaked you out, but I felt safe to help ease him from crying. I did apologize to his mom for not asking first… But, more than anything, I could feel her sense of relief… He just wanted alittle attention. Alittle comfort, to feel safe and secure…

We’ve all had tough situations, especially single parents. If we can extend kindness in some way, any way… To help make life a bit easier for someone, then we should do so.

I am blessed to have been right where I was needed today.

#NDRW – #55

Today’s word is enervate.

Good Afternoon, Evening, and Morning.

#SpeakLife into yourself 

#SpeakTruth into your mind 

#SpeakConfidence into your heart

#SpeakLove into this world 

Spread Kindness like it’s all the world has left. 

Namastè ☀🌌

Selfie Saturday

I’ve been through hell & high waters; but, I’m home… Once again… And my heart is so SO SO HAPPY 💖💖

If you feel like you just can’t let go…. Go against EVERY OPINION and DON’T! (Obviously within healthy boundaries)!

#NDRW – #54

Today’s word is tarn .

Good Afternoon, Evening, and Morning.

#SpeakLife into yourself 

#SpeakTruth into your mind 

#SpeakConfidence into your heart

#SpeakLove into this world 

Spread Kindness like it’s all the world has left. 

Namastè ☀🌌

Gratitude Journal 07/26/19

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What I’m grateful for today?

  • Friends
  • Fridays
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Furry baby animals
  • Firsts
  • Fresh cut grass
  • Finger foods
  • Finger painting
  • Free stuff
  • Finally Friday Feeling
  • Fireplaces
  • Fun Fonts

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson

NAMASTÈ 

#NDRW – #53

Today’s word is spinney.

Good Afternoon, Evening, and Morning.

#SpeakLife into yourself 

#SpeakTruth into your mind 

#SpeakConfidence into your heart

#SpeakLove into this world 

Spread Kindness like it’s all the world has left. 

Namastè ☀🌌

#NDRW – #52

Today’s word is bulwark.

Good Afternoon, Evening, and Morning.

#SpeakLife into yourself 

#SpeakTruth into your mind 

#SpeakConfidence into your heart

#SpeakLove into this world 

Spread Kindness like it’s all the world has left. 

Namastè ☀🌌

Here’s another round

Going through another round of anxiety & depression. I’m exhausted. I’m sad. I’m not ok.

I doubt nearly everything said to me. Every ” uncontrollable and unintentional” misfortune feels like salt to the wound…

Every asshole move from anyone feels as if it’s intentionally meant to carve into my soul deeper.

Now That’s What I Call Music #53

This is, by far, one of my favorite collections of The NOW Music🎶 !!

Here’s the tracks=)

  1. Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars vs Mark Robson
  2. Lips Are Movin – Meghan Trainor
  3. Animals – Maroon 5
  4. Don’t – Ed Sheeran
  5. Habits (Stay High) – Tove Lo
  6. Love Me Harder – Ariana Grande, The Weeknd
  7. I’m Not The Only One – Sam Smith
  8. Steal My Girl – One Direction
  9. The Heart Wants What It Wants – Selena Gomez
  10. Trumpets – Jason Derulo
  11. Beg For It (explicit) – Iggy Azalea
  12. I Don’t Mind – Usher, Juicy J
  13. Boom Clap – Charli XCX
  14. Waves – Mr Probz
  15. Blame – Calvin Harris, John Newman
  16. A Sky Full Of Stars – Coldplay
  17. Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon
  18. Knock Me Out – Fancy Reagan
  19. Uncover – Zara Larsson
  20. Who Are You Loving Now? – Danny Mercer
  21. Hold the Line – Jack and Eliza

Nova’s Wise Words Wednesdays

“Bubbles:) There, helped you smile didn’t I?! Does it every time! “

Nova🙏🏼

“Just once, in your lifetime, do something unrepayable, for someone else. It’ll change his/her life and yours. ”

Nova 🙏🏼

Gratitude Journal 07/24/19

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What am I grateful for today??

Each & every one of you!!!

I honestly mean that from the bottom of my heart! Blogging has saved me time and time again.. But, without readers… I wouldn’t have had the encouragement, support, hugs, and unbelievable love that I so desperately needed. You guys are so patient and thoughtful, so inspiring and talented… And utterly amazing! I’m so honored to be apart of a such a unified and solid group of talented artists. I’m so grateful for every like, visit, comment, participation, and reader!! I’m so grateful for all of you!

#NDRW – #51

Today’s word is variable.

Good Afternoon, Evening, and Morning.

#SpeakLife into yourself 

#SpeakTruth into your mind 

#SpeakConfidence into your heart

#SpeakLove into this world 

Spread Kindness like it’s all the world has left. 

Namastè ☀🌌

Drowning

Sometimes, out of no where, tears weld up… and fall like rain… a monsoon…. what causes it? To be honest, I have no freaking idea… it’s sadness, though…. truly soul shaking grief.

I am tired of feeling like this, though. It appears my antidepressants aren’t even helping. I don’t know…

Once again, I’m feeling so alone in this world. It feels like this, drowning in sorrow. Alone .

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#YDWP: Creation

Written for Sheryl’s Your Daily Word Prompt, found HERE:D

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Creation is the noun form of the verb, create. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, creation means the following:

Definition of creation

1: the act of creating especiallythe act of bringing the world into ordered existence

2: the act of making, inventing, or producing: such as a: the act of investing with a new rank or office b: the first representation of a dramatic role

3: something that is created: such as a: WORLD b: creatures singly or in aggregate c: an original work of art d: a new usually striking article of clothing

{Resource: online search}


To me, creation is:

C Challenge oneself to become the best version of who he/she is.

R Represent his/her own set of beliefs/values/customs.

E Educate others with the knowledge he/she posses.

a Aim for high, yet tangible, goals.

T Treasure every small victory,

I Introduce yourself to the world, through your art.

O Offer the world a piece of beauty within yourself.

N Never give up.


Gratitude Journal 07/22/19

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What I’m grateful for today?

  • A break in the heatwave
  • Fresh mornings
  • Signs of victory
  • Alexa
  • Siri
  • Refrigerator
  • Google maps
  • Lighters
  • Pennies
  • Rainy Days
  • Brown eyes
  • Quietness

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson

NAMASTÈ 

#NDRW – #50

Today’s word is luxurious.

Start writing or type / to choose a block

Good Afternoon, Evening, and Morning.

#SpeakLife into yourself 

#SpeakTruth into your mind 

#SpeakConfidence into your heart

#SpeakLove into this world 

Spread Kindness like it’s all the world has left. 

Namastè ☀🌌

Mica, Makeup Mineral, Mining {viewer discretion advised}

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I understand we all need one another to make this world operate… But, I’ll never support exploitation of children and ignoring ignorant child labor! Those two tasks are taking place, every day… where MICA, the glitter mineral of makeup, is being mined by children.

These videos may be the very reason you think twice about which products/brands you buy… I know they’ll never leave my mind. The children work in treacherous and dangerous conditions… Just for the minerals to be sold, and the labor to be masked in the process of selling to the consumers.

THANKFULLY, here in the United States, there’s a group taking steps to provide Natural Mica from GA.

Who’s Up?

If you’re up, please leave me a good morning in the comments 😀 Hope your weekend has started off fabulously!

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Good Afternoon, Evening, and Morning.

#SpeakLife into yourself 

#SpeakTruth into your mind 

#SpeakConfidence into your heart

#SpeakLove into this world 

Spread Kindness like it’s all the world has left. 

Namastè 🙏🏼🕉

#NDRW – #48

Today’s word is acquisition

Good Afternoon, Evening, and Morning.

#SpeakLife into yourself 

#SpeakTruth into your mind 

#SpeakConfidence into your heart

#SpeakLove into this world 

Spread Kindness like it’s all the world has left. 

Namastè 🙏🏼🕉