SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD ❤️

Hi friends, here’s to more celebrations! My friend, Big Brother Matthew of jesusluvsall nominated me for this award.

Inspiration is his middle name. He loves to lift others and encourage them in their faith walk as he passionately shares his faith in God. He is so genuine. It refreshes one’s soul.

When you want a happy faith booster, visit his amazingly inspiring blog jesusluvsall and be immensely blessed!

As always, sending love and light to our entire WP Community! Cheers, everyone!

Sunshine Blogger Award Rules ☀️🌻

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to him/her.
  • Answer the 11 questions provided by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post.

Matthew’s Questions ☀️🌻

1.    If I was invited to dinner at your home, what food would you cook? by the way I have to eat gluten free 🙂

Great news! I’m into gluten-free food too! With you as my special guest, your wish is my command. So I’ll order from any restaurant of your choice. (I don’t cook, haha!)

2.    What is your favorite place to unwind?

My mind. I love my rich inner world. It takes me to so many amazing places all the time.

3.    What is your favorite animal and why?

I love the eagle. It’s got amazing vision, strength, discipline, and perseverance. But above all, it’s fearless.

4.    Where would you like to go on your next vacation?

Would love to return to Europe with my hubby.

5.    Read a book or watch a movie?

Oh, I so love movie dates! It allows for greater romance and sharing of the viewing experience.

6.    If you could, would you like to travel in space?

Hmmm …. I never aspired to be an astronaut. I love admiring God’s awesome creation, and that definitely includes the universe, from a personally comfortable vantage point. Feet planted comfortably here on earth, haha!

7.    Beach or mountains and why?

Beach! I love the sound of the waves crashing to the shore. I love watching the sun kiss the horizon before it dozes off to sleep. And I don’t mind doing that with a wide-brimmed hat and a margarita, haha!

8.    What is your favorite music?

Hands down …. worship music! Totally my music. I love both the reflective melodies and lyrics …. and the upbeat rhythms and victorious messages.

9.    What is your favorite snack?

I love pastries in general. Although, I attempt to reach out for more healthy choices. Sliced apples, carrots, cucumbers would be my preference when I’m in my “healthy zone”.

10.    How do you like to celebrate your birthday?

I love to celebrate my special day with my family …. I’m not one for extravagant parties and fanfare. The more an occasion is closer to my heart, the more I love for it to be intimate.

11.    If Jesus knocked on your door to visit, what would you think?

Oh I would be most blessed. Beyond words. Candidly, I’m not sure if I would fall to my knees in reverent worship or embrace Him like a little girl. Not sure if I would verbalize all my praise and hallelujahs or if I would even be awestruck and speechless. One thing’s for sure, though. I would never want Him to leave.

My Nominees ☀️🌻

Holly: https://catcaresolutions.com/

Barbara: https://barbaraglake.com/

Huguette: https://huguetteantoun.com/

Chocoviv: https://chocoviv.home.blog

Ipreciously: https://preciouslyxoxoblog.wordpress.com/

Petre141: https://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/

Matthew: https://blogofthewolfboy.com/

Dan Assuied: https://fieretlibre.com

Brad: https://writingtofreedom.com/

Kevin: https://whatwordsmaycome.com/

Da-AL: https://happinessbetweentails.com/

My Questions For My Nominees ☀️🌻

I wanted to offer a fresh, fun-filled opportunity for my nominees to share about themselves by requesting them to complete the following sentences.

  1. I love it when ……
  2. If I could, I would ……
  3. Not too many people know that ……
  4. What really gets to my nerves …..
  5. I can’t comprehend why …..
  6. My fantasy job would be …..
  7. If I were a color, I’d be ……
  8. Sometimes when I’m by myself …..
  9. This may sound crazy but …..
  10. The funniest thing about me …..
  11. It doesn’t really matter if ……

Thanks for celebrating with me! Here’s to even more happy sunshine for everyone!!! ☀️🌻☀️🌻☀️🌻☀️🌻☀️🌻☀️🌻☀️🌻☀️🌻☀️🌻

SPIDER VEINS?!? YUCK!!! ❤️

“Eeew spider veins?!? You’ve got spider veins?!? Yuck!!!” Woah! It took my ears a few minutes to recover after hearing that “observation” or insult hurled at me.  I have to admit, it took my heart a week. Okay, staying real, two weeks. Haha!

Sounds quite juvenile on my part to need a long recovery period, huh?  Well, it took much longer for my heart to get over it when I remembered who actually blurted out that “spider vein feedback”. Or, should I say unsolicited advice?

It all happened one light, breezy, sunshiny day. The weather was as gorgeous as it could get. So, I wore a lovely summer dress to celebrate the sunshine. I was definitely “dressed for the occasion”, so to speak.  Light. Breezy. Sunshiny. That’s how I felt deep within. No cares in the world. Just bliss. Ahhh. Pure bliss.

Then, out to nowhere, “you know who”….. (Oh sorry, you DON’T know who …. Well, I’d rather keep it a mystery, if that’s okay with you. It’s a delicate matter of sensitivities. I’d prefer to zero in on some life insights born that day.)….. anyway, to continue, “you know who” jumped at me, both literally and figuratively, and took me by storm. At that point, the weather drastically changed. From a sunshiny happy day to an overcast gloomy day. Or at least, that was the intention of “you know who”. Well, sorry to disappoint her, but her plan was thwarted. No one was going to rain on my sunshiny day, haha!

Initially, I was dumbfounded. However, when I mulled over it, I burst into indignant laughter in my head. I mean, seriously?!? It’s unbelievably hilarious how some people make it a life mission to obliterate the happy hearts around them. The crazily awesome thing about happiness, though, is that when it comes from deep within, no amount of heavy rains, thunderstorms, insults, naysayers, doomsayers, or whatever negatively charged forces there are, can ever cause it to dissipate.

We all pretty much have our own “Cheer Team”. And we celebrate them with love. As for the detractors and green-eyed monsters, sure they may attempt to block our path to the yellow brick sunshiny road, but they ain’t stoppin’ us, no way!

On a personal note, I thought to myself. Hmmmmm. A few spider veins on my thighs (what with all the heels I’ve worn in my earlier teaching/ training days)? Well, I really don’t mind. In fact, I’ve “made friends” with them, haha! They never bothered me anyway. BUUUUT having to deal with spider-veined souls? (Just saying! ….) Now, THAT is totally unacceptable to me. My happiness is non-negotiable!

In my life, amidst the erratic climate ….. the  sudden weather shifts from droughts to torrential rainfall, I choose to embrace the sunshine within me.

So, what did I do that day? I simply smiled and walked away. Yup, that’s me, I don’t stoop to the lowest levels unnecessarily. I wore my phone headset and checked my playlist. Then I happily sang along …. “I can see clearly now, the rain is gone, I can see all obstacles in my way, gone are the dark clouds that had me blind, it’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day …. it’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day!” ❤️

It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day! ☀️☀️☀️