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My Thirty Days of Thanks

This time of year it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season that we forget to take time to count our blessings.  Today I share with you a few of my thirty-day gratitude postings this month from Facebook.

 

 

{Day 1} I am thankful for the strength and wisdom God gives me to handle whatever life sends my way…I am grateful for life! #Grateful #Blessed #Goodnight

 

 

 

 

{Day 2} I remember the first time I heard Joyce Meyer say “Complain and remain or praise and be raised.” She said “Did you ever stop and think that you and I can poison our future by complaining about what is going on? STOP COMPLAINING!!”  Thank goodness I have realized how destructive complaining about problems and others can be.  As I have aged, I grow more confident in my faith…Every challenge/difficulty/obstacle has helped me grow closer to God and I am thankful for each one! #LiveMore #ComplainLess #LessStress #LessHate #MoreBlessed #Phillippians2:14 #1Thessalonians5:18

Halloween 2012

{Day 3} God bless my mother! I am most thankful for my mother who has always put up with me and supported me through everything. She is an amazing parent, a wonderful and giving person, a great friend and a stroke survivor. Thanks mom for caring and loving me unconditionally. #Thankful #Blessed #LoveMyMom
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{Day 4} I am truly blessed and thankful for my husband. Who works hard and is always there when I need him and puts up with me and my odd ball ways of doing things. LOL! I thank God for sending me such a strong, tough, smart, sensitive and remarkable man to spend my life with.

~J~

 

 

 

 

{Day 5} I’m thankful God blessed me with an amazing, strong, kind, and giving son who’s heart is as big as Texas! I’m thankful for all the things he has done for me and for being my rock when I should have been his. I wasn’t a perfect parent, but I’m grateful that my son loved me unconditionally and still do!!

{Day 8} Other than my faith in God and my family, nothing is more important to me than my friends. I am grateful to be surrounded by admirable people who make me want to work harder just by being in the presence of their own determination and motivation.

I truly believe when God get ready to take you to another level He often places people in your life to assist you in getting there.  He has this miraculous way of putting people on your path when you need them the most.  Over the past couple of years I have gained an incredible and amazing group of friends that have helped me grow, prayed for me and my family and filled my heart with compassion and joy.

My friends have played a big role in shaping who I am and I appreciate all of them.  I hope I have done the same for them in a positive way. #Friendships #Old&New #Grateful #Blessed

{Day 16} Good morning! I am very thankful God blessed me with a job to provide the necessities of life. I am grateful to have an amazing, hard-working and dedicated boss who makes me want to come to work because of her positive attitude and atmosphere she creates. She listens and understands balance between work and family time. I am grateful for the amazing team of people I work with. One of their key elements is team unity. Their support and teamwork is incredible. To work with positive and happy people makes me love my job even more! Last but not the least, I am thankful that I don’t have to drive in that crazy traffic every day!! God bless those who do! (I took this picture last week when I was sitting in traffic for 20 mins)

Tia and Tio 2012

 

 

{Day 24} I am thankful for my Tia and Tio who treats me like a child of their own.  Thanks for everything you do for me!! ♥

Gratitude

 

 

 

{Day 30} This month was all about giving thanks for what we have.  But if we think about gratitude only once a year, we overlook the daily blessings and opportunities to appreciate the richness of everyday life.

Spending time each day focusing on gratitude can have a big impact on our well-being and attitude.  I hope many of us will continue to reflect and be thankful for our blessings not just this month, but also the months after.

Chele~

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Positive Conditioning Leads to Success

 

You must condition yourself to be positive. Being positive is an attitude that you can develop. Your attitude and your mood will always be under your control.

Learn to block out any negativity that surrounds you. Negative people will drain your spirit and your desire to be successful. Surround yourself with positive people and their attitude will rub off on you.

Strive to live in the present. The more difficult your environment the more positive you must be. Forget your past failures and your anxieties of the future.

In the middle of any difficulty lies your opportunity. It’s all in how you look at things. You have the chance to be a king if you have the heart to stay positive under all circumstances.

Max Stein

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The Flood Waters

Are you working on gaining the awareness to consciously “see” the hidden opportunities that are in your life at this very moment? Or are you ‘playing it “safe” and doing the same things you have always done in life and getting the same results you’ve always gotten?

Perhaps you’ve heard the story of the man caught in a flood who had a deep faith in God. As the flood waters rose, his neighbors told him, “You have to leave, the flood is going to wash everything away.”

Calmly, the man replied, “It’s not a problem, God will save me.”

As the waters continued to rise to the second floor of the man’s house, a boat came by with rescuers.  They said, “Quickly, get in, the flood is going to wash everything away.”

Again the man replied, “It’s not a problem, God will save me.”

As the flood worsened, the man was forced to climb onto the roof of his home.  A helicopter came, threw down a ladder and the rescuers said, “Climb up.  The flood is about to wash everything away.”

One more time, the man said, “It’s not a problem, God will save me.”

Finally, the flood washed everything away, and the man drowned.

When he reached heaven, he saw God.  The first thing he asked was, “Lord, I was so certain you would save me, what happened?”

Very perplexed, God said to the man, “I just don’t know, I sent neighbors, a boat and a helicopter to save you.” Will you be like the man in the flood who simply could not ‘see’ the life-changing opportunities in front of him, or are you ready to begin looking with a new set of eyes at your life and uncover the many opportunities that are swirling all around you at this very moment?

Opportunity is always present, at all times, in everyone’s life…IF you choose to look for it, recognize it, and act on it.

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Awesome article! When times are tough, it’s always important to keep things in perspective and rise above difficult situations. Chele

Hope Grams

Do everything readily and cheerfully – no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society.  Philippians 2:14-15 (The Message)

When a door slams in my face, I look for creative solutions to open windows to let in the fresh air of hope and love.I could use a breath of fresh air right now. We are in the middle of a hot Texas summer where we have to keep the air conditioner running rather than opening the windows. While I cannot change the outside temperatures, I can certainly focus on a fresh approach to my current circumstances that will generate a flow of life and joy. I love that I can choose hope which can be a breath of fresh air to those around me. Here are hope statements that move me in that direction:

Take care of your part of the problem

I can heed the first words of this passage when facing difficulties by monitoring the words that come out…

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The Decision I Made That Changed My Life

Two years ago, I was at a crossroads in my career and faced with the dilemma of what to do with my life after my mother had a stroke. I was faced with the choice of continuing to work in the corporate world or to pursue working independently from home and take care of my mom until she was fully recovered.

A year later I followed my heart and left the corporate world.  As luck would have it, I landed my first gig as a Social Media Community Manager!  In addition, I created a second position for myself as an Independent Sourcer, Researcher and Recruiter working from home. Now my schedule allows me the luxury of spending more time with mom, my family and the people I care about.

As I reflect over the past year, the benefits of staying at home have been many. However there are pros and cons to everything.

I Commute No More! Yay!

The commute was over 120 miles a day in intense traffic.  Each day I tried to leave my house before the traffic started to build up and returned home once the traffic died down.  Doing this increased the hours of my workday.  My commute was at least an hour and half of unproductive time, especially when I was sitting in traffic.  Working from home gave me three hours a day back in my life to read, exercise, volunteer and train to be a 5K runner.  That was something I would have never thought I would do!

Spending Less Money 

You would be surprised how much money I spent when I had a job not to mention filling up the car with a tank of gas twice a week!  Today I spend less and save more by not commuting to work or buying business suits, taking clothes to the dry cleaner, or taking clients to lunch, etc.

Exploring New Career Opportunities

Being at home has given me time to reflect and I have learned I have other interests that I would like to explore. Even though I enjoy and love the thrill of the hunt that being a recruiter provides…I would like to step into the health and fitness arena and become a personal trainer.  To be able to educate, motivate and help people with their health, weight loss and just feeling good about themselves is something I have become familiar with from my own personal experiences.

Lifestyle Change

I was making a good living as a recruiter, which made it really hard to walk away. Since my departure my income has been cut in half.  I had to make adjustments to my spending habits.  It was hard at first and very humbling.  I believe  humility is good for the soul and I am becoming a better person because of it. Humility is teaching me the difference between needs and wants every day.

Appreciation

I’m thankful for the struggles, setbacks, and disappointments that I had to go through to get where I am today.  They have made me grow stronger in my faith, closer to my family, and appreciate the friends who encouraged, supported, and stood by me through the not-so-good-days.

Final Thoughts

Leaving my career to follow my heart was the hardest thing I ever had to do and there is not a day that goes by where I regret the wonderful decision I made. The one piece of advice I can give to others who want to make a change in their life is to ask yourself these two questions:  Can you afford to make this change and are you prepared if the unthinkable happens?  Life is hard and unexpected, so be prepared for those unexpected times.  Life can also be great, as long as you take the time to consider your options, and take care of yourself and those you love.

Before I go I would like to share a quote that I have come to understand and a scripture that a great friend shared that really helped me during my transition.

“Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls…are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered. They will never be the same again.”   James Patterson

John 15
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 

Chele~

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Burned Biscuits

Hi friends! This wonderful story was shared by one of my good friends on my inspirational page Tidbits and Treasures to Uplift Your Spirit.  There are many variations of this story but I like the one she shared the best.  Thanks Chrissy!

When I was a boy, Mama liked to cook breakfast food for supper every now and then. I remember an evening in particular when she had made breakfast, after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, Mama placed a plate of eggs, grits, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of Daddy.  I remember waiting to see if he would notice.

But, all Daddy did was reached for his biscuit, smile at Mama and ask me how my day was at school. I don’t remember what I told him that evening but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that ugly burned biscuit. He ate every bite of that thing…never made a face or said a word about it!

When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing Mama apologize to Daddy for burning the biscuits. And I’ll never forget what he said. “Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then.”

Later that evening, when I went to kiss Daddy good night, I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned? He wrapped me in his arms and said, “Your Mama put in a hard day at work today and she’s real tired. And besides, a little burned biscuit every now and then never hurt anybody!”

As I’ve grown older, I’ve thought about that evening many times. Life is not always fair and it is full of imperfect things and imperfect people and I’m not the best, at much of anything, I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everybody else. But what I’ve learned over the years, is that learning to accept each other’s faults and choosing to celebrate each others differences, is one of the most important keys to creating healthy, growing, and lasting relationships.

And that’s my prayer for you today…that you will learn to take the good, bad and ugly parts of your life. A burnt biscuit ain’t such a big deal!

This can be extended to any relationship. In fact, understanding, is the real basis of all relationships, be it brother-sister, husband-wife, parent-child, partners or just plain old friendship!

 
 
 
 
 
 
“Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket – keep it in your own.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

So, please pass me a biscuit, and yeah, the burned one will be just fine!  Share this with somebody who has enriched your life.  Be kinder than necessary because everybody you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

 
 
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Everything happens for a reason, be optimistic when things go wrong.

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Those are the days where “EVERYTHING” everything goes wrong. You can’t obviously have everything goes right in your life forever or for at least a long time. Life is hard and of course life is not going to leave you out of this. This is going to happen to you too my friend. SO create an optimistic twist on things and try to control the little things in your life while you pause and try to find ways to fix/control/change the bigger problems that bother you.

I try to tell myself that everything happens for a reason and you know what? that’s not rubbish at all. I actually when I move on and then take a look to the past, that seems true. Time does heal, because things change in time. Oh, AND when i use the word “change” i don’t usually mean change for the sake of changing…

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