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Vlogpost . . . Thankful Thursday . . . A few of my “Thankful Things”

What are you thankful for? Much Peace & Love Y’all! Namaste

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Thankful Thursday meets Freedom Friday

Since my life continues to become more eventful, that also brings more color. If you go back and read “My Story” on the homepage of my website you will see I describe my life like it’s a bag of Skittles. You know how it is. You reach in the bag and you never know what you’re going to pull out. Maybe you have a favorite flavor. Mine happens to be Green Apple but I like all of them even though I’m not much of a candy eater. So even though they are all different (just like us humans of this whole entire world) we can still intermix with each other. Also, because of the varying shades of the rainbow they all have a distinct taste but are still loved by so many. That little sidetrack (which is how my ADHD mind operates) has a point believe it or not. It is so lively in the Crazy Harts Club and that extends beyond inside these four walls, now that I have my oldest daughter, Rachel, and a grandson. Bringing it full circle for you . . . I am busy as a beaver, gnawing on logs and building my life, so sometimes I can’t blog/vlog everyday. That is why I am combining Thursday and Friday this week. These will be bullet points to make it easy for you and to remind me how GRATEFUL I am for the simple things. Read below how they flow together . . .

  • Water – mine is clean which gives me freedom to drink it, so I don’t get thirsty; freedom to wash my body and clothes with it.
  • Birds – beautiful songs they sing bring freedom to my heart and mind when I find myself in a stressful moment; I am reminded how their little chirps sound so happy and it brings a smile to my face.
  • Breathing – I take this one for granted but since becoming a yoga teacher I have learned more purposeful breathing which allows me the freedom to get through challenging situations and bring more calm into my life.
  • Being still – speaking of challenging because of my anxiety and ADHD, I am like a pile of snapping bugs constantly being thumped. Pop, pop, pop! All over the place. But I am consciously making the choice most days to sit and actually listen to what The Lord is trying to show and/or tell me. In a world of busyness, He clearly states all through the Bible and in my daily devotions that we need to stop “doing” (so much) and start “being”. Gosh, I LOVE that! Just BE . . . YOU!!!
  • Last (for today) but not least and most importantly actually – I am thankful for –

KEVIN – my husband, for being supportive of our newfound daughter and grandson; for giving me the attention I deserve; for changing the negativity; this will be THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER!

RACHEL – my 24-year-old daughter, whose life is parallel to mine especially when I was younger; for her success in finding me; for her determination in pushing through pain and finding peace on the other side; remember it takes time and is a journey, my beautiful daughter! (and my precious grandson that I can’t believe I have been blessed with!)

GRAYSON – my 21-year-old daughter, who because of her I became a great mama; for her teaching me patience; for her allowing me to witness an amazing life even through her silence and for her teaching me how to love ALL people. What a gift you are, my Angel Face!

KLOIE – my 19-year-old daughter, who because of her I have lived; for her empowering me to be myself like she has at such a young age when most people are against it; for our endless ridiculous nighttime funny outbursts, car concerts, and singing our sentences instead of talking them; This is why you, KloBo, are my Sunshine! You shine so bright that it covers my darkness and keeps me going. My little Christmas present.

*And the baby dogs, Bella & Copper of course!

As per my usual writing tendencies this could go on forever. . . all the people and things I am thankful for bring freedom each in their own way . . . to me and to others. For today, here is the good . . . my list of Thankful Freedoms. I ask you, will you make your own list? Maybe life has too many negatives in it right now for you to come up with multiple things and that’s okay too. I beg you to find at least ONE. Write down ONE person, place, or thing that you are thankful for and write out beside it how it brings you FREEDOM. JUST ONE. Then carry it around with you. Tape it to the back of your phone. Keep it in your pocket. Stick it on something you see many times a day. We all need reminders of the good . . . in our life because it is easy to see the bad. Have a fabulous weekend! Now go do your homework! Much Peace and Love Y’all! Namaste

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Day 3 & Grateful

5:45 a.m. this morning and I got a text from my youngest even though, yes, she was down the hall in her bedroom. It’s a short hall I might add. I do get it, however, she was not about to get out of bed to let me know she has decided to exercise this afternoon. Kloie is my motivation to keep exercising so after responding I plopped back into bed. Minutes go by, okay lots of minutes, as I go back and forth on whether or not to go. My body said “No” but my brain said “Remember the M & Ms you ate last night? Get up!” I put on my sports bra and shorts and out the door I went. Using my C25K app I began the walking warm up. As soon as I got outside I felt great! The problem is getting up. Sure I am hoping to help tone this body but being amidst God’s creation brings calm to my soul. After I got back, I showered and ate breakfast of – you guessed it – Isagenix Dairy Free IsaLean Shake and coffee.  A little later I got Grayson out of her bed and I thought “what is something fun and different I can do today?” The answer – feed Grayson breakfast on the deck. I know so simple yet out of the box. I just want to change it up and enjoy every aspect of my life I can. I want her to do as much as possible as well. Now our deck is not a grand space as far as size but we have a cute canvas gazebo that makes enjoying His handiwork possible all year round. We have a fan for the summer and a tall heater for the winter. My husband hung lights all around with a chandelier cluster at the top. I tell you all this in detail to ask “What is going to bring your spirit gratitude today?” So, for today here is the good . . .  I am thankful I have legs that can take me on a walk/jog. I am thankful I have ears to hear the birds singing. I am thankful I have eyes to see the sun peeking through the clouds. I am thankful for time with Grayson. Much Peace and Love Y’all!

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His name is Matthew

Matthew is his name, who at the young age of 18, seems to have lived a lifetime of heartache already. We met him as Kev and I went out for an early supper. You never know what you’re going to get in a server. Are they going to be tired, stressed, and frustrated? Or are they going to be nice and friendly and just get the job done? We got neither! Matthew walked up to our table and yes he was nice and friendly but he was MORE than that. I immediately noticed the multiple tattoos that were visible on his body. So of course me being the inquisitive and talkative person that I am I had to ask about them. The first one I asked about because of its simple, natural beauty was a flock of birds “flying away” on his arm. Those, he said, represented very special people he has lost. The next one on the upper part of his arm held the special honor of remembering his brother who had passed away. He went on to describe some of the others and let us know there were more. They just couldn’t be easily seen. So he took our drink order and a little later what we wanted to eat. All the while Kev and I are enjoying our little escape from reality but I couldn’t seem to get Matthew off my mind. But instead of only seeing his sadness I also saw the good . . . and here it is . . . Just by talking to him for only a short time he seemed to live the very thing we believe in here at Look for the good . . . Inspiring positivity one breath at a time. His body is a walking story depicted by his tattoos. I could feel his pain yet overwhelmed by his perseverance. I thanked him for sharing with us and told him a bit about our company. He left our check and I felt The Lord urge me to leave him a note on a restaurant napkin. I encouraged him to continue sharing through his pain, to continue inspiring others with his life just as he did with us, and to ALWAYS Look for the good . . .

So Matthew if you read this I would love for you to contact me. I have something for you . . .

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