Moving on After Tragedy…

Today is a sad day for a lot of people. It’s the day after the terrible and shocking tragedy of the Boston Bombings. Feeling safely tucked in my home here in Australia, I am still deeply touched and very hurt by the horrible news. It’s even hard for me to even comprehend just how anyone could be so totally insane and selfish to have the thought of wanting to do such a horrific act in the first place!

The aftermath of such a horrific disaster can be heart breaking and numbing, and you are probably even wondering what is this world coming to! It’s coming close to almost every day you hear of a shooting or a stabbing somewhere. The world seems to be filled with so much hatred and it’s sad, it really is.

People and events like this should not have to make us feel like we are living in fear of living our lives, and we all should feel free to go anywhere we like without any fear of harm but these days, it seems so much safer to lock yourself in your cosy home…even then you hear of drive by shootings into innocent people’s homes…it’s just so wrong and this world is really becoming a scary place.

So how do you move on after such a horrible disaster?  I have put together a list of a few things you can do to help put your mind at ease and feel even a little brighter….

  • Stay in touch with loved ones and friends – They are probably feeling the pain just like you, and it’s good to have a shoulder to lean on, in times like these.
  • Play your favourite music! – I love music, as a suffer of depression myself, I can’t go a day of being at home by myself without listening to my favourite music. It lifts your mood and really takes away that loneliness.
  • Turn off the telly!! – I say this, because all you are most likely to hear are more negative news stories that will only take you back to your feelings of yesterday, and make you feel like crap!
  • Take your pet for a walk (if you have one) – if you don’t just take yourself! – Walking is great exercise, and makes you feel great too!
  • Watch a funny movie – We all love a good old laugh! Release those happy endorphins, and laugh ’till your belly hurts, – it’s the best feeling ever!!

Know that it is ok to feel what you feel, let yourself have a good cry if you need to, it’s totally OK! Also know that you’re not alone, so reach out to your friends and family, give them a friendly phone call to see how they’re doing, it will brighten their day to hear your voice!

Life’s too short to spend it worrying…go out and live life…give your problems to God and let him deal with them!

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I hope this list of things helps….sending you my love and hugs  xxx

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Positive Thinking Vs Negative Thinking – Which Road Do YOU Take?

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Are you an optimist, and always looking on the brighter side of life? or are you a pessimist, always down in the dumps, and seeing the negative side of things?

With so much negativity in the news and in the world around us, it is so easy to take life for granted and forget how lucky each of us are to have the gift of life, and for the lessons it has taught us. I believe life is a precious gift, we only get one chance at living it here on earth, so we may as well live it up, and enjoy the ride!

I very much dis-like the word colour, when referring to race…we can’t help the skin we are born in, therefore I believe we are all equal, no matter what our skin colour is. Yes, we all might have differences in beliefs and religions, but that’s just what makes us all unique. – If only each and all of us woke up to that fact, and started a journey of peace and positivity, this world could really be a better place….wishful thinking, huh!!

Just to remind you of the benefits of positive thinking, I have listed a few I could think of, versus the unhealthy benefits of negative thinking, just to give you a gentle nudge on the shoulder, and get your mind ticking…..

Benefits of Positive Thinking-

Health is improved, and you feel great

You enjoy life to the fullest

Your surrounded by loved ones

You see the good in everything!

You glow with happiness

You enjoy your own time

You have great relationships with your friends and family

Life is a breeze

You lift others up with your affection and praise

You wake up each morning feeling truly grateful and thankful

You always count your blessings

You always see the good in every situation, no matter how bad it may be

……I could go on and on, but you should get my drift

The Health Risks of Negative Thinking –

You constantly worry about everything

You dis-like life

You feel like you have the world on your shoulders

You feel like you have no real friends or family that love you

You are quick to judge others and are easily angered or annoyed

You may suffer from depression and or anxiety

You are constantly sick

get the drift?….not much fun, hey?

Now, if you are a bit of a negative thinker…you can change your life around, and start living a happier, and healthier life, it all starts with simply counting your blessings, thinking how truly grateful you are for the lessons you have learnt and for what life has given you. Have a look around you…do you have a roof over your head? Do you have a comfy bed to sleep in at night? Do you have a comfy lounge to relax in? Do you always manage to put food on the table for the family? Do you have a tv to watch at night, after a hard day’s work? Do you have a computer, a laptop or mobile phone? – These are just a few of the things you most likely have, and so easily can be taken for granted, now just think of how grateful you are for all that you have…..can you imagine life with out any of them?

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As bad as you might feel and unhappy with life, right at this very moment, just like the saying goes, ‘Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain! ‘ – when you learn to see the good of each and every moment, you will start to truly enjoy life and the struggles it brings, seeing them as lessons to be learnt rather than a struggle!

Thank you so much for stopping by and having a read…I hope I have helped to inspire and remind you of how precious life really is, and how amazing you really can make it…it all just starts with YOU!!  🙂

Love and hugs always!!! xo

Building Genuine Relationships online..Just How Do You Do it?

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If you are just starting out in the social media game, or if you already use social media for your personal use or business, you most likely have realized just how hard it can be to stand out of the crowd, getting  people to follow your posts and establishing a genuine relationship with people through social media. It can be a little overwhelming at first, but as long as you are passionate about your posts and what you do, it really isn’t that hard.

Here are a few tips to help you stand out, building genuine relationships with social media 

Be Genuine – Let people know that you’re real. Complete your “about me page”, connect with people by commenting on their blogs, giving them your thoughts and feedback. Connect with people any which way you can through social media…and get your voice out there!

Talk!  – Engage with your readers by asking questions, and always, always, always (did I repeat that enough!) being thankful and replying to their comments, no matter what the comment may be.

Spread the word – We all want our voices heard, and the best way to do that is to read and re-post any posts that you find interesting or fun…and the more you do it, the more people will return the favor!

Inspire – Spread some inspiration with a famous quote, read up what’s fresh and new in social media and create awareness of what’s new and trending. Enter competitions, and give yourself a pat on the back by showing off your certificates or awards on your website.

Love what you do! – If your heart’s just not in it, don’t do it! – It will show clear as day in your posts,  just how much you love what you do. Words can be powerful, so be careful of your tone in your posts…you don’t want to sound like a know-it-all, when you have no proof to back up that you do, – ie no blog awards or certification to say that you’re a seasoned blogger. Also be careful not to sound drab and boring like that school teacher you had that just used to just go on, and on, and on about a subject…eventually having you tune out and falling asleep at your desk! Be fun – post some jokes here and there if you have to, and add some humor to your posts, letting your funny side shine through…have fun with your posts!

….Overall, Be a Friend! – Reach out to people, conversing with them when you can, and sticking with them. I’ve had some really great twitter friends/followers that have stuck with me ever since I joined twitter a few years ago, and it’s those loyal friends and followers that can really make a difference, and inspire you to stick with it!

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Now it’s your turn…What do you think, do you agree…I would love to hear from you! 🙂

 

#Depression – Sometimes I Feel Like a Sad Lonely Puppy…

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Loneliness. It’s horrible, it can swallow you up and make you feel so alone. I was thinking these thoughts and thought just what it must feel like for a poor lonely animal, that never gets the attention or love it so badly cries out for, and if you’re an animal lover like I am, you’ll understand exactly just what I mean.

I would like to think of myself as a loving person and I enjoy making new friends, but what really breaks my heart is when the people in my life that I care about so much seem to ignore me. I think ignorance is one of the most hurtful things, and by knowing just how much it hurts to feel ignored, I always make a point of returning messages and emails as soon as I get them – after all I think it’s common courtesy, don’t you think?

What are your thoughts…I would love to hear from you! x 

Taking a Look at Depression [#Infographic] – It’s not Just a Word

Hey there lovely’s! Like a lot of you out there, I have lived with depression since I was young, and don’t mind talking about it because I think creating more of an awareness of depression is not only good for me, but for other sufferers as well, while it also helps for non sufferers to gain more of an awareness of it and to realize that it’s not just a word, like a lot of people that don’t understand it, might think.

I have a huge love for people, and enjoy building new friendships, but like a lot of depression sufferers I have my ‘down days’ – days where I feel very alone, lost and just simply unhappy with myself. But knowing I think that way, and have those thoughts,  I then think to myself and realize that they are all just simply nothing more than negative words and once you start thinking in a negative way, it all kind of spirals out of control with one negative thought leading to another..not a good or happy state to be in 😦 .

The way I like to get by on my ‘down days’ is by keeping myself busy, and with so many amazing social media platforms out there, there are tonnes of ways to take your mind off your problems,  and if you follow me on twitter, you’ ll see that I love interacting with others and enjoy retweeting all kinds of fun and interesting tweets, – not only does it stop me from thinking negative thoughts, I find it an awesome platform for meeting some really interesting people, while learning tonnes of new stuff. Social Media really is amazing!  🙂 .

Here is an infographic I have found that gives a bit of an insight into depression:


Hope you’ve enjoyed my post, and if you are like me and are dealing or coping with depression, remember – negative thoughts or feelings are nothing more than negative words…and YOU have the power to stop them! 🙂

My Advice to You on Social Media

How good is Social Media these days! – Just about gone are the days before any social media platforms where even thought of, and business relied upon advertising through countless advertising in newspapers, magazines and flyers..and the incredibly magic part of social media advertising is, it’s visible to thousands of people world wide, in an instant it’s posted. But it goes without saying, like what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, what happens on the Internet, stays on the Internet. – It’s more than wise to check and even double check your post before you click “send” and always be aware of the fact that anything you say on the Internet can and may reach the wrong audience, therefore ending up with a backlash of “trolls” – trolls are people that can’t hold themselves back from disapproving with what you may have said and hitting back at you with a string of nasty comments.

So my advice to you if you are a “newbie” to social media, – keep your posts happy and positive, read your post and double check it before clicking “send” and be aware of the “trolls” and remember, just like what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, so does what happens on the Internet, once it’s posted, it’s up there for good. 🙂

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