I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m an overly religious person. I am Catholic, born and raised, although I do take issue with many of the teachings and beliefs that exist within Catholicism, so I prefer to identify as someone who is spiritual. I’m not sure if that statement is a paradox, but we’re going to roll … More What are you grateful for?
This past Sunday was a scary day for me. I received a surprising phone call from Blaine, my fiancé, at roughly 5:30 p.m. He was in his cattle barn doing chores that requires him to grab hay bales from the hayloft, up top, in this particular barn. He was at the highest point of the … More The significance of recognizing the fragility of life
I am a firm believer in recognizing someone’s efforts and a job well done when appropriate. Perhaps this stems from a history of working at jobs where hard work goes unnoticed, because I’ve endured a few (like most of us, but regardless of where the incentive comes from to applaud people when appropriate, it is … More Giving credit where credit is due
The other day my mom and I had a good chat discussing the concept of appreciation, and how, unfortunately, it seems to have become a lost art. She was telling me about a situation in which she gave someone the benefit of the doubt to show kindness and empathy, only to end up being a … More Appreciation: a thing of the past
I think it is safe to say that there isn’t much regarding COVID-19 itself that is worthy of appreciation. This virus has beat the hell out of 2020, and it’s still lingering. While this year hasn’t exactly been our best, I have made note a couple of different times in various posts of the positives … More Gaining appreciation via COVID-19
I’ve written a couple of posts about trying to find some positives in this whole pandemic situation, and so far, people seem to be in agreement with what I’ve said. Recognizing optimism in the midst of a deadly virus outbreak can be challenging, but keeping our heads is one of the best things we can … More Learning what is necessary through COVID-19
In conversation with my mom, dad and sister the other day, I had a bit of an epiphany, if you will. We were discussing the ways in which children are being raised these days, and the fact that kids aren’t being taught to appreciate and care for things because they’ve been conditioned to expect new … More Are we encouraging wasteful attitudes?
I think it’s fair to assume that most of us have heard the phrase, “it’s the little things in life,” at least once or twice. We’re told to appreciate small joys and things that bring us happiness that aren’t particularly extravagant, and I think acknowledging these small joys is so important in terms of seeking … More Identifying your ‘little things’
Life is a crazy thing, as we’re arguably all aware. Things may not necessarily pan out how we intended for them to, relationships come and go, and stress is ever prevalent. And, while these things may be inevitable, they’re certainly not things that should take precedence over others, such as family and friendships. Something I … More Appreciating the present
Feeling insignificant is a pretty shitty feeling. And, unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot we can do to control the actions of others which may be the cause of our inferior feelings. What we can, do, however, it recognize our own worth and attempt to progress in our self-appreciation. Say you just started at a … More How to deal with feeling insignificant
Have you ever found yourself feeling as though you’re simply not valued? Maybe it’s at work, and it seems as though no matter what you do or how hard you try, you can’t win. Maybe it’s in your relationship, and you’re sick of feeling like you’re not good enough. Maybe it’s in a friendship, and … More Recognizing Your Worth
I have always found the concept of birthdays to be rather interesting. I recently celebrated my 23rd birthday, and I find that the older I get (and yes, I realize I really cannot categorize myself as old, mom), the more my birthday is becoming about enjoying and being grateful for time spent with family and … More The True Joys of Birthdays