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Enjoying the Beauty of Winter

By December 4, 2015 Food for Thought
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This past week we had another snow storm.  Although I might complain about being cold at times there is no doubt that there is a simple beauty about it.  No picture can ever really capture it perfectly but I felt like sharing a few from around my home.  I hope to be a better photographer some day but I’m hoping practice helps that! :)

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I find it to be a fitting time of year to really look at the little things and appreciate what we have.  I have been fortunate to be blessed with a family that is so loving and full of kindness.  I have also been blessed to have enough resources to grow my own little family with my husband.  We also found a home in a great location that needs some work but works perfect for us.  Finding the simple joys in life is important always but even more so during the Christmas season.  On this particular day I found great joy in being able to see the sun rise out the front door and make the snow glitter in its light.  I may not be a morning person but this view is a reason to get up earlier in the morning.

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I hope that the hectic Christmas season does not get to me and I hope that I can remember each day the little things that matter the most.  I hope that I can help my children see life as a glass half full rather than a glass half empty.  I also hope that they will help others and not get distracted by the various temptations lurking around every corner.  There might be some hiccups along the way but if we can pick ourselves up and keep moving forward we can make good things happen.  When I am feeling down I am always inspired by those people who have very little and still find time and resources to help others.  I am truly thankful for those people.

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10 Things to be Thankful for

By November 24, 2015 Food for Thought
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  1. First I am thankful for the gift of life.  No matter the circumstances of how I was entered into this world I am thankful to be living.
  2. I am thankful to live in a country who believes in Freedom.  Despite the many challenges and disagreements we as a people have with one another I am thankful to be able to have those open discussions and be  able to create a movement or change for the betterment of all people.
  3. I am thankful for those in the military and in law enforcement.  I am grateful for all those good men and women who risk their lives every day protecting our country and the various freedoms we do have.
  4. I am thankful for Firefighters and other emergency responders who have to react quickly to save lives.  It is their bravery and quick-thinking that saves the various people affected by natural disasters and other tragedies.
  5. I am thankful for the many teachers in the education system who dedicate their lives to positively mold the minds of our future.
  6. I am thankful for religious leaders who support the various needs of their communities.  No matter the religion I am grateful for the investment they put in for little to no pay to education and love others.
  7. I am thankful for doctors and other medical staff who help those who are ill and maintain good health in others.  I appreciate their dedication to always be in search of ways to assist those with health concerns.
  8. I am thankful for farmers and ranchers who produce the food that sustains us.  It is their close attention to detail that maintains a large food supply.
  9. I am thankful for families no matter if they are traditional or non tradition.  I am thankful for parents who put their children first and who make sacrifices to raise their children to the best of their ability.  I am thankful for children who love unconditionally and are the most innocent of all human beings.
  10. Finally I am thankful for all people working at home or in the workforce because without each and everyone’s cooperation and part in society we would not be able to function.  No matter what job your doing your role matters and you should know you’re appreciated.

There is a lot to be thankful for and very important to remember these things around the most important holiday of the year.  Before consuming yourself with Black Friday ads remember to reflect on all the things that you are thankful for.

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Cheers to a new day!

By November 12, 2015 Food for Thought
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Hello readers I just wanted to begin my first blog with a little bit about myself and my motivations. I am beginning a blog, first, because I have always dreamed that I would become a writer or would someday write a book.  For me this is a first step in trying out my endeavors with writing for an audience other than a professor.

Another reason I have decided to try this new adventure is because of the overwhelming amount of posts I have read that have indicated that blogging can be a good side income. I cannot tell you how challenging it has been financially to begin my career and family all in one short period of time.  I am in search of a way to make some extra money to first get out of debt and second to be able to allow my children to participate in various activities in and around our school and community.  I also hope that someday we can afford to update our home as well.    

The third reason I am exploring the blogging realm is because of my belief that writing is an extremely calming and anxiety reducing exercise. After writing, either planned or unplanned, I feel more organized physically and mentally and often feel more productive.  Expressing myself in writing has always been an interest of mine, however I have been procrastinating about getting started on it. 

I have spent many nights telling myself I am going to start a blog but didn’t ever know where to start.  One day I stumbled upon the 30 day blog challenge online and decided it was a sign to get the ball rolling.  The extra support from this challenge as well as the the many informative videos is just what I need.  I can’t express how excited I am to begin sharing my thoughts on various topics with the world. I am slightly nervous about the critics but view it as a growth experience.  I  feel optimistic that I can achieve various positive aspects from writing on a regular basis. 

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