Happiness, My Cancer Journey

Choose Happy!

“Feeling happy is not conditional”. Akiroq Brost

There are no conditions that we need to be happy – we choose it.

I have heard many times in my life of people who have visited 3rd world countries and they have taken pictures of people with these huge smiles on their face and they have stated something like “I can’t believe how happy the people are here. They have so little but they are so happy.”

Now, I know this isn’t always the case but it is absolutely true in many cases. So happiness really is a choice.

After my cancer diagnosis in March of this year, I too made a choice. After I processed everything, learned about my disease or whatever you want to call it, and got over my initial shock and fear, I CHOSE HAPPY! It was like dammit, none of us knows how long we have on earth … me included and I don’t want to waste any of my precious time not having happiness and JOY if I can!

So I thought I would share this today and I hope that you too CHOOSE HAPPY! – ๐“’๐“—๐“ž๐“ž๐“ข๐“” ๐“—๐“๐“Ÿ๐“Ÿ๐“จ! – ๐’ž๐ป๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’ž๐’ฎ๐ธ ๐ป๐’œ๐’ซ๐’ซ๐’ดโฃ – ๐Ÿ„ฒ๐Ÿ„ท๐Ÿ„พ๐Ÿ„พ๐Ÿ…‚๐Ÿ„ด ๐Ÿ„ท๐Ÿ„ฐ๐Ÿ„ฟ๐Ÿ„ฟ๐Ÿ…ˆ!

(ใฃโ—”โ—กโ—”)ใฃ โ™ฅ CHOOSE HAPPY! โ™ฅ

Cherish Life, Creativity, Imagination, Joy

It Is All Make-Believe….

“Life is just a playground and a place for make-believe”.

โœฟ Come Play With Me ๐Ÿ™‚ โœฟ

Every once in awhile I like to remind myself of this because I really believe it and I’ve even written about it before!

Have Fun! Be Creative! Color Outside The Lines!

We are here on earth to create, to have fun and to find JOY amidst all of the struggles we face. This is where the true fun is.

And when you remember this and you let your creative fun self out, channels open up that you would have never imagined! ( and please note imagination is very important in play and make-believe )….

I think the most important piece of the puzzle is to remember that if we make it all up, we can make up ‘good stuff’. Why on earth would we pick the stuff that does not make us feel good to do or to play? Like right now I am going to wrap up this post and go work in my kitchen and try some new recipes on my Sunday afternoon that is focused on self-care. This will bring me great JOY and health benefits that will be helpful for my body, mind and soul!

I hope that you go and ‘make-up’ your day and use your imagination to feel your passions. Have FUN and please be in JOY!

Love to all!

Overwhelm, Self-Discovery

Recognizing Overwhelm in Our Lives

Quote: “A woman who lives with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule will often ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul”. – Lysa Terkeurst

I remember the day clearly, not long before my cancer diagnosis in March of this year, when I sat at a table and screamed out and cried as I expressed to my spouse Don and my daughter Sivanna, how overwhelmed I felt.

I said things like “It’s just all too much.” “I can’t take it anymore”. “It’s all just too, too, much!!!!”

The Soul Speaks

It appears that my soul was screaming out loud and clear that I needed to address this. ๐Ÿ™‚

And addressing the issue indeed happened. I was diagnosed and my whole life changed, and for the better I might add. I am now a proponent of limiting both my stress and my overwhelm and I seriously wish I that I had been better at doing this years ago. I am not one for regrets so it is simply full-speed ahead and moving forward with less overwhelm and more grace in my life.

Overwhelm can come in many forms and from many sources. For example, we are now in an information age and that in itself can be overwhelming. Another factor that can lead to overwhelm, especially for women, is that we tend to take on too many tasks in order to make sure everyone else’s lives run smoothly, and unfortunately that sometimes means that we let ourselves get run down and frustrated and thus overwhelmed.

These days, you will often hear me say the words “no stress” or “no stressing” when it comes to a conflicting appointment or something throwing off a schedule for example. I find this really helps to remind me to just ‘back off’ and to not let the stress run the show and take charge of me. I take charge of it before it can lock itself into place, just like a cancerous tumor creates itself in the body.

I like to now think of myself like my cell phone in the fact that I don’t want my battery to run low or to 0. I want to keep me at full vitality and to not get depleted. Depletion of energy and overwhelm are a deadly combo.

What about you? Can you look at areas in your life where you feel overwhelmed? Can you recognize that? That is the first step.

When we own our own power and practice self-care we can ramp up our vitality and decrease overwhelm.

Maggie is honored to have received this award 2 years in a row