Friday, December 16, 2016

My Own Personal Spin Team

Days like today (and yesterday), I am reminded of the good in life. I am trying to be my own personal "spin team" (aka referring to Parks and Rec's campaign spin team for Leslie Knope). I am trying to make a positive spin on everything not so positive and make a super positive spin on things already semi-positive. Life is too short to spend any time regretting things, focusing on the negative, or being anything less than optimistic. Life isn't always great. But it's not so bad either.

When I started watching Parks and Rec, I never thought I'd actually learn something from it. But I was SO wrong. I have learned how caring A LOT about something and never giving up on your dreams can make all the difference. Aka, if I want to be happy and have success, my best option is to pursue my own dream. I loved my undergraduate studies. I loved working in the recreation field. I love working with people. I love learning about someone's strengths and weaknesses and reminding them how their weaknesses can also be strengths. 

No one has to settle. No one has to be content with being less than happy. We all have ups and downs. We can't prevent something "bad" from happening just by being "good" people. Life will happen. BUT, how we react to that will make or break us. If something unfortunate happens, we can either embrace the fact that it happened and move forward, or we can let it break or destroy us. 

If we choose to find something (a) to learn from, (b) to be grateful for, or (c) to be positive about in every situation, we are going to be okay. We will be sad at times but we will be able to work through the hurt and will BE STRONGER individuals as a result. We can be better parents, spouses, children,  friends, colleagues, etc. simply by turning everything that happens into a moment of growth.

If you feel you are down on your luck, if you are concerned you're on a losing streak, if you just can't win, try to think less about the bad and instead focus on the little things. We will be okay, even if at times we feel we don't stand a chance. There's more to be grateful for in our own lives than we realize. 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Good Happens

I am grateful for so many things- including life itself. I am especially grateful for my friends and family, my education, and my experiences. I know that I have certain experiences because I need to relate to others and help them through their hard times and other experiences. I feel that God has blessed each of us with various experiences to help our fellow man.

Recently I came across a few videos that have stood out to me, and that I would like to share.
Below are the links. Check them out:
This video shows us how we view ourselves versus how others view us. It is amazing how degrading we are to ourselves... I know we are all children of God and that we are all beautiful.
This video reminds us that we are not alone... Others are suffering as well... But that we must endure to the end, we must exercise even a twig, or particle of faith and use to the extent we can... And we can rise above our trials. We are NEVER alone.

And lastly a music video:
Good happens. Theme of this blog. You just have to wait and see. Life will be tragic, heart breaking, frustrating, and sometimes may seem impossible- but I promise you, good happens! Pain won't last forever, I know that for a fact.

I believe that we are all sons and daughters of a loving God, whom I like to refer to as my Heavenly Father. I know that life throws us more than we feel we can handle sometimes, BUT if we believe even with the smallest particle of faith, we will find a great hope and know that although we feel alone, we are NEVER alone.

- J

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

What I'm Grateful For #21

My cell phone.

I am so grateful that I can communicate with my friends and family from across the country using my cell phone. It's pretty much the best ever.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What I'm Grateful For #20

Dark Chocolate.

Why, you ask? Because it is heavenly, and it cheers me up, and soothes my soul.

Why wouldn't I be grateful for it?!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

What I'm Grateful For #19

I am especially grateful for SOFT TISSUES. They are so nice on a raw nose. That is all.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

What I'm Grateful For #18


I have had a cold recently. And it's not a normal cold. It's just a stuffy/runny nose. It's driving me CRAZY. Why is it stuffy and runny?!!!! How does that even make sense?! Anyways, Sudafed has made it tolerable. So today I am grateful for Sudafed :)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

What I'm Grateful For #17

My blog.

This is my 100th post on here. And I am so grateful that I've had this blog to write all the good things in life. When I am having a hard time, I can reflect on all the good moments that are throughout this blog, and all the things and people I've been grateful for throughout the years and it reminds me how very lucky I am.