Detoxing for the Soul!!

Happy Friday Everybody!! I hope you are all doing well and staying safe! It’s December and almost that time of year where everyone typically starts making New Year resolutions! You know the ‘New Year New Me!’ people!! 🙂 With the holidays among us so many people are already thinking about detoxing and how they plan to start next year. Most people will plan to commit to a new diet and then throw it out of the window by March. People sign up for new gym memberships that they never use, you know how it goes! While so many people are worrying about their physical bodies, I’d like to recommend taking care of our mental and emotional well being. We are so quick to detox our bodies physically, but what about spiritually and mentally? Starting with the inside can only help to make the outside better! So, why do most people detox? They want to cleanse the body, get rid of harmful toxins, and feel better! What better way to detox than to remove ALL toxicity? What about that toxic relationship? What about the negative energy you get from ‘so called friends?’ What about that hypercritical self talk? What about all the broken relationships you haven’t fixed? What about the apology you’ve been waiting on for years? When will we fix these things and remove them? The depression, anxiety, guilt, low self esteem, lack of confidence, doubt, and fear..release it all! One of the hardest parts about detoxing is the beginning. You go through withdrawals because you aren’t getting what you’re used to. But if you can tough it out beyond the beginning days, your body starts to refresh itself and you begin to feel renewed. You feel lighter and refreshed! Aren’t you worth that? Don’t you owe it to yourself to be the best version of YOU that you can be? What’s stopping you from detoxing your WHOLE LIFE and getting to the peace you deserve? So before you hop on the next diet bandwagon, stop and detox your inner self first! Release all those toxins of negativity and hurt, and be renewed! Truly cleanse yourself starting with the inside first! There is still plenty of time to end the year on a good note! Don’t allow limiting thoughts to stifle you and cause you to carry the same baggage from this year, into the next one! So take some time to yourself, be honest and truly transparent, recognize where you are mentally and emotionally. Write out how those barriers have hindered you, and write out actionable steps to take to correct them. It’s time for you to invest in yourself! LET’S GET BUSY!! Finish the year strong! ❤  🙂

Be Grateful!!

Gratitude is something we seem to skimp over sometimes. We like to compare it to happiness and joy, but gratefulness is a little different! Being grateful means to be truly thankful and full of appreciation. It’s different from just being happy in a moment. Gratefulness runs much deeper. It’s a deep feeling of thanksgiving, but it also reciprocates the appreciation received. Being grateful allows you to turn a negative situation into a blessing. I’ll never forget the 9/11 stories of so many people who were late to work, or missed their train. There was one story in particular of a person who spilled their coffee all over their shirt as they were walking out the door for work, so they had to turn around and change. Can you imagine how upset and mad they probably were in that moment? But imagine how grateful they were when they thought about how the coffee spilling made them late for work, but saved their life! Sometimes the outlook can look bleak and unfulfilling, but we have to remain grateful! If for no other reason, we should be thankful simply because things can always be much worse! I found myself depressed about the passing of my Grandad recently, but I had to change my attitude. Instead of focusing on his presence being missed, I chose to focus on all the good times and all the things he accomplished in his lifetime! Where we choose to shift our focus can make all of the difference! So let’s actively choose to be more grateful and count every obstacle as a blessing! 🙂

Happiness….

Do you know anybody that is ‘chasing happiness’?? perhaps, that person is yourself! There are numerous times in life where you may find yourself pursuing happiness or chasing your dreams! I think aspiring toward better and higher things is a great idea, but I wholeheartedly disagree with CHASING happiness. If you’re chasing something, that means you don’t currently have it. If I’m always chasing happiness, I will never actually have it. In essence, happiness will always be somewhere else or with someone else. Too often we treat happiness like a postdated check. We must wait to ‘cash out’ on the benefits. What if I told you that we could have happiness RIGHT NOW! We can choose to be happy in our current states! That doesn’t mean that we don’t have goals, or aspire for more, but it means that while I’m still working towards accomplishing more, I can still enjoy and love myself and my life RIGHT NOW in this moment! Happiness isn’t in the future, it’s right here, right now if I CHOOSE to have it! Most of us attach happiness to a number on the scale, or the size of our jeans, or a certain job or position, or a social status, or a spouse, or the amount of money in our bank account! True lasting happiness will never be found if it always resides outside of you. Take some time to love yourself; build yourself up, encourage yourself, motivate yourself, and enjoy the present! Happiness is found in the present, not the future or the past! The present is the only time we are guaranteed, so let’s enjoy it while working towards more happiness in the future. Sometimes we can’t enjoy the ‘right now’ because we are too anxious about tomorrow or next year. Just simply enjoy today, and tomorrow will take care of itself! ❤ 😊

REUNITED AND IT FEELS SO GOOD!!

Well Hello There! It’s been a little while since our paths have crossed! I hope you all are doing well. There is so much going on in the world these days. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been missing in action for a few months. I took some time off to focus on my own personal issues and to strengthen myself mentally. When I first began ‘Coffee Stains and Panic Attacks,’ my very first blog for F-Word Friday was the word FRIENDS! Man I have really been blessed in that department! I’m thankful to be surrounded by so many wonderful people. FRIENDS that won’t let me drop the ball. Sometimes I just like to run away from my talents and pretend they don’t exist, but you guys wouldn’t let me! You know who you are and it is greatly appreciated! Thank you! ❤ They say absence makes the heart grow fonder! Well we shall see just how much you guys missed me! 🙂 During these different and often difficult times in life, it’s important to have a support system to help you fight stress and mental breakdowns. That could be friends or family, therapy, massages, online shopping (I tried 🙂 ), a good book, music, exercising, anything that can help to relieve anxiety, stress, and allow you to relax and come to yourself. No one knows YOU better than YOU! Everyone has different limits and breaking points. Taking time to better yourself is never selfish! We all need time for ourselves. The better I am, the better I can be to serve others! We all have our moments, but moments don’t last always. They should have expiration dates. If you feel like you need help battling anxiety or depression, please reach out for help and support! These are challenging times and we all handle things differently. Thank you all for your continued support. I am so grateful! Let’s continue to sprinkle positive seeds everywhere, as we navigate life! Take some time today to just list out all the things you are grateful for! It’ll do you some good to focus on what’s right and not on what’s wrong! I hope you all have a Happy Friday, and an amazing weekend! 🙂

Thanks!!!

Happy Saturday All! It’s been a while, but I hope you are doing well! I just popped in to say THANKS! With so much going on in the world and with so many people dealing with so much, I wanted to use this time to encourage us to look beyond the current storm and be thankful! Things may not be exactly how we want them, and that’s ok, but we can still control our outlook on life! The Covid-19 pandemic have many people ill and displaced and confused. The media is mass producing stories of fear and panic! It’s so easy to get distracted if we aren’t purposefully controlling our minds! Remember whatever we plant will grow! So what are we choosing to focus on during this time? I’m focusing on gratitude and thanksgiving. I celebrated a birthday yesterday and I’m so thankful. No, it wasn’t what I had planned originally, but so many people went above and beyond to make my day special. I’m alive and I’m healthy! I choose to focus on the blessings instead of planting and growing the seeds of fear. No, we can’t ignore the realities of the current state of the world, but we can control how we let it control us! I hope you all have a great day! 😊

HAPPY MONDAY!!

Happy Monday All! Today is a beautiful new day that we’ve been blessed to see! Let’s try to enjoy it! It’s a new day, a new week, and full of new opportunities! Let’s release and let go of all of the cares and burdens of last week! Let’s forgive ourselves for the mistakes we made, and let’s stop being so critical of ourselves and others! It’s time to stop burying ourselves alive with the burden of regret and accept the new opportunities around us! Find the things that you love most about yourself. Maybe everyone else HATES IT, who cares!! Love yourself first! You can’t live for anybody else, but YOU! Time wasted is precious time that we will never get back! So let’s choose RIGHT NOW, regardless of our circumstances to make today (and every day) the best day we can have! Things may not always work in our favor, but we will flash the same winning smile for every disappointment. We control how we allow things to affect us! So let’s truly work on improving ourselves.. for ourselves! You can’t pour from an empty cup! My challenge to you today is to take some time, be it only 10 minutes, to do something kind for yourself! Maybe write a poem, dance to your favorite song, meditate, exercise, try a new recipe, whatever excites YOU.. DO IT TODAY!! Let’s have a great week!!

FRITTER!!

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Happy F-Word Friday Everyone! I hope you are all doing well! Today’s word is FRITTER! Usually I choose my F-Words by my mood or current events, but I came across this one and loved it! Per Google, FRITTER means:

I found that definition to be so fitting for a lot of people that I encounter, and even myself at times. It says to waste time, money, or energy on trifling matters! Wow! How many of us can relate? It is often the case that we spend substantial amounts of time worrying and stressing over things that don’t really even matter in the grand scheme of things. Time is so precious, yet so fleeting! Let’s learn to spend our time more wisely! So how do we do this? Here are just a few tips:

  1. Appreciate the present! We often spend so much time beating ourselves up over the past or worrying about the future, which may never come! Enjoy today while it’s still TODAY!! Tomorrow will take care of itself!
  2. Be mindful of your attitude! Don’t overreact! Minimize the dramatics, and stay level headed. By doing this you will stay calmer, more positive, and ultimately handle situations more peacefully..
  3. Forgive/ apologize quickly! Don’t hold grudges! No one is perfect and we all make mistakes. Extend the same grace and forgiveness that you would want in return!

Bottom line, let’s be kind to each other! Let’s treat each other the way we would want to be treated. Let’s not FRITTER and waste time on negativity and foolish thoughts. Let’s make the most of each opportunity we have! Have an amazing weekend! 🙂

TIME!!

Time is on my side!! That’s a popular song by The Rolling Stones, but is it really! TIME is the biggest deception of life! We are always tricked into believing that we have more time. The short answer, WE DON’T KNOW! We may live to see tomorrow, we may not! Our TIME on this Earth is not guaranteed! How many people do you think go to bed at night, knowing that they are going to die in their sleep? How many people do you think leave home for work in the morning knowing, they’ll get killed in an accident on the way? We don’t know! Life is uncertain, but death is sure! In knowing this, let us always strive to live righteous and fulfilling lives! Let’s love hard and forgive quickly! Let’s not hold grudges and cling to foolery! Time is such a blessing, but it is indeed short! We don’t know how much time we’ll have with each other, so let’s make the best of the present! If you were wrong, apologize! If you were wronged, forgive! It’s so cliche to say ‘Live each day like it’s your last, ‘ but it just might be! Once hurtful words are spoken, they can’t be taken back! Let’s be mindful of these things as we appreciate the time we have! Stop complaining and start counting your blessings! Start focusing on the legacy you will leave behind and the lives you can impact while you are here! Let’s make each day count!!! Have a great day!

THIS YEAR IS FOR BLOOMING!!!!

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Happy 2020 Everyone! I hope you are all doing well! I am so excited to dive into this new year and to start accomplishing all of my goals! I was debating about whether I should try a vision board or not and I ended up coming across a vision planner instead. I was flipping through several when I stumbled across one that was covered in flowers and read: This year is for blooming!! I knew it was the winner! That is the mindset that I want to focus on this year! BLOOMING! Sometimes we get stuck in the planting and watering stages so much that we never get around to BLOOMING! We start tasks that we don’t complete, and we give up easily! Aren’t you tired of that? Isn’t mediocrity boring?! It’s time to recharge, refresh, and renew our visions, and reach our goals once and for all! I hope 2020 brings you all nothing but the best! Let’s hit the ground running!! THIS YEAR IS FOR BLOOMING!!!!! ❤ 🙂

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!! I hope you are all doing well! We have finally made it to the last FRIDAY of the year! This year has flown by so fast for me! 2019 was full of ups and downs, joy, and pain, but nonetheless, we made it! There isn’t a specific F-Word for today, but I would like to close my last post of the year out with a sense of gratitude. Thank you to everyone who has ever read, liked, re-posted, or commented on a blog post! I appreciate it! I wish all of you a fantastic 2020 full of everything you work for! Notice I didn’t say everything you ‘hope’ for? I said work. WORK! That is what it takes to make dreams a reality! Nothing comes to us by sitting and complaining. We must take action. We must force ourselves out of our comfort zones if we truly want to grow! Things won’t change until we do and life will give us whatever we ask of it, IF we are willing to put the work in. With that being said, you guys can look forward to some changes here with ‘Coffee Stains and Panic Attacks’ as well. There will still be an occasional F-Word Friday here and there, but I want to dive deeper and visit different subjects! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it! 🙂  I pray that we all accomplish much greatness in 2020! But let’s not get sidetracked, there are still 4 days left in  2019! We can still finish strong! Start to make the changes you want to carry over NOW! Create and exhibit the mindset you want NOW! Don’t wait on January 1st! There is plenty of work to do NOW! Have a great weekend and enjoy the rest of 2019! I’ll see you, new and improved, in 2020!

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