Phew! What a week!

Next week I will be right back to posting some soul inspo for everyone. I felt I needed to regroup after an awesome birthday weekend with friends, and then a long week at work. For now, I will keep sippin my coffee, watching my youtubers, and getting ready for the shift ahead. Here’s one of my new mugs a co-worker got me, pretty cute aye?

Be back Monday everyone. πŸ–€βœŒπŸ»

Good Friday Morning!

Just want to drop in to leave this prayer here for you all.

I was given this book a few years ago (Prayers for an Anxious Heart) by a co-worker during a very stressful time in my life, and it is still one of my most useful gifts to this day. It helped me tremendously, and I’ve recently picked it back up. These prayers are beautifully written, and always leave me with a full heart that is ready to face the day.

Put on your armor today! Spiritual warfare is VERY real, so make sure you’re preparing yourself before you go out into the world.

Soon I will be posting a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies (thought I’d throw that in here lol).

Happy Friday!

Cranberry-Lemon Water? Why?

Recently I have been waking up, and trying to drink at least some water before getting going. Drinking at least 8 ounces of water first thing (before coffee) in the morning helps me feel hydrated, and aids in the wake up process. Some mornings though, my stomach will either be a little sore if our food was spicy the night before, or I will have a little heartburn. Drinking water also helps all of that flush out of my system a bit quicker. I have discovered that when adding cranberry and lemon to my water, it helps calm whatever is going on inside my stomach. I wanted to learn a little bit more about why, so I started to do a little research. Most websites state the same thing, but I found these articles on WebMD that gave the benefits of cranberries and lemon juice. Now, I know the health benefits on the cranberry page are for raw/dried cranberries. But when you find your 100% cranberry juice, with zero artificial additives you can read what the nutrition label has to offer. Below are a few points on why medical professionals are saying it’s good to drink lemon-cranberry water if not every day, at least every now and then.

Mixing Ratios:

Water- 1 1/2 cups

Cranberry Juice-1/2 cup

Lemon Juice- 1/4 cup

(Remember these are just a few benefits listed below! Check out the websites!)

Lemon Water Benefits

  • Has antioxidants called bioflavonoids
  • Used for fighting common cold, (H1N1) swine flu, etc..
  • Used for an upset stomach from vomiting during pregnancy, or upset stomach in general
  • Helps with kidney stones
  • Aids in digestion

Cranberry Benefits

  • Cranberries are a superfood
  • Anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves eyesight
  • Improves the function of blood vessels

Reference the websites below for more info, these are where my notes came from today.

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-545/lemon

https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/health-benefits-cranberries#1

Here are the articles, and I hope you give this a try! The taste is not sweet, AT ALL. BUT, is very refreshing (and can do all of the wonderful things above). Over time I say this can have a pretty substantial impact on your every day.

So get it going, you fearfully and wonderfully made human.

Enjoy this Wednesday, and take it easy.

3 Things for a smooth morning…

Good morning beautiful people! Just thought I would pop in this morning with 3 quick tips for a smoother morning at home. How your morning rolls out, is imperative to how your day goes.

Do not let your phone be the first thing you grab in the morning, please. Roll over, give honey a kiss ( or kitty, puppy, etc..). Get up. Walk to the kitchen. Make a cup of coffee, and go breathe in the fresh air outside. Your lungs will thank you.

Wake up earlier than you need to. I started doing this a few months back, and found that once I woke up earlier, I felt a lot calmer than normal when leaving for work or wherever I’m going. I feel in less of a rush. I feel much happier, and have a clear mind. Especially because I was able to get some coffee, devotional time, and THEN a few videos from our favorite YouTube channels, and some laundry folded (all before getting ready). It’s hard to keep up, but once you stop this habit,you’ll notice when you are rushing around with spilled coffee in your shirt!

Last, (but should be first) is get into the word. That’s right! Jump into your bible, to connect with Jesus first thing. Before any of the worlds noise seeps in, it’s not only a smart thing to do but a crucial thing to do. Arm yourself today with the word of God. If you need a recommendation, or want to have a specific prayer to pray in the morning, look up Ephesians 6:10-18. He wants to guide your every step, and that starts with your first step of the day.

Well, I hope you have a beautiful Tuesday. Let me know if you have anything that you do in the mornings that help your day, they just might help me too!

Much love.

Early Saturday Morning Story…

I’ve recently witnessed something that solidified one of my core beliefs as the adult I’ve grown to be. A few weeks ago, I knew one of my co-workers was going through a rough season in her life. That she has experienced substantial heartache, and I have been lucky enough for her to share some of her life stories with me. So many of them funny, and sweet stories about her family. Well, one day we were working one on one together, and she was sharing with me that just a couple days prior she was having a very tough time.

One afternoon, she was plagued with helplessness. She is the cornerstone of her family, so she had to pull herself up by the bootstraps, wipe the tears, and keep it moving. Which I saw an incredible amount of strength, and feminine power in. Well right before I had found this out, she had given me an early birthday present. It was 2 very cute coffee mugs, which just so happens to be one of my favorite things to get as a gift. I was so thankful, warm n fuzzy, and surprised by the kind gesture. I felt a sense of lightness come over her while we talked about some of her goals that she wants to accomplish in the near future. I felt a lightness come over her as well after some back and forth idea bouncing, and it honestly motivated me.

So the moral of the story is when she was down in the dumps, struggling, and felt overwhelmed… she let herself have that moment. One, because we all need to sit in the reality of where we are sometimes, so we can let out our emotions and truly give them to God. Then, she muscled forward. While she muscled forward, she filled her soul by filling up others. I was reminded of one of my core beliefs, by just watching a coworker. That belief is that when you’re, reallllllyyyyy going through it. When you’re feeling lost, helplessness, etc… one of the quickest remedies is to reach out, and love on someone that you come across during our day to day. Find something in your community to donate your time to. Have conversations, and not the empty kind. Take a break from social media. Give a friend a phone call, and really hear them. Listen to each other without preconceived judgements. I have witnessed (and experienced) even once you start thinking about giving/spreading joy, you will have ideas come/flood your mind.

Giving also doesn’t always mean gifts, or money. If you have hands that can help, eyes that can see, ears that can hear, or legs that can walk? You can give. I just know from when I’ve personally done this, it’s one of the best medicines for depression I’ve ever seen in my life. So try and take the Sunrise’s advice this fine saturday, and spread a little love around. Will ya?

There is strength in numbers.

God bless and happy saturday, you beautiful creatures.

Wow! I’m actually back again…

or something like it at least. The sunrise is actually here again today to suggest something before you start your (hopefully AWESOME) Friday. Whatever has you occupied today, remind yourself to stay in the moment. Please, don’t miss out on the things god has in store for you. I know that life is full of some of the highest mountain tops and the lowest valleys, but I have found the road much less hard (and lonely) when I learn to ask e v e r y question I have to GOD. It is so much easier said than done, but once you start it is definitely hard to stop. You crave to seek out his answers. You want to listen for what your next move should be.

So today take in easy on yourself.

Literally, cast your cares to the lord above.

Stop. Breathe. Stretch. Look around. Maybe not while your driving, but you get what I’m trying to say here.

You can only control, what you can control.

Have a gratitude filled Friday, and remember you have a divine God that wants you to ask him for his help.

What can you say your grateful for today?

Well hello. Long time, no type.

Why yes, I have been SUCKED away from social media (unfortunately that includes the sunrise). Why do you ask? The good Lord above letting me know I needed to, yet again. This time I decided to listen.

When I start to feel the weight of others opinions, it is refreshing to reconnect with reality and plant my feet firm on the ground with God’s word. Today, the scripture above is what I am deciding to meditate on.

I will not meditate on where I am failing.

I will not meditate on the past.

I will not meditate on how I feel I am not enough for this world some days.

If you ever feel this way, you’re never alone. Rest in the arms of your redeemer, and heavenly father. I start with worship music, it always leads me to resting in him. It’s necessary guys, to get your face out of your screens and into real life. Including me. I want to be fearlessly, who God created me to me. I can’t do that worrying about who, what, when, and where I am not good enough for. Remember who he says you are. Shake the dark off (real hard).

If you start to swirl (what I like to call overthinking), naming what is happening with your 5 senses really brings you back down to reality.

Have a beautiful wednesday you beautiful creatures.

Glad to be on this journey with you all.