Post one. I don’t know why but the first post in a new blog always seems so daunting or maybe it just feels heavy like a responsibility to post enjoyable content. I’m not sure if this will be enjoyable content for all, but it’s our life, it’s my life. We are almost crunchy, partially granola, bacon loving vegans…in other words, we are GrassFedBroccoli. So what exactly is grass fed broccoli? It’s a play on words. Our family makes a pretty big attempt to be green and eco friendly yet we are not fully there and, in all honesty, we love meat too much to be vegan. But we do eat healthy most of the time and we strive to use more organic and less gmo products. If you would like, please support my small business: YouniqueProducts.com/melaniebradford1
Sometimes you want to be that person who only focuses on the good. Who sees the bright side of any issue. Who tells others there will always be a silver lining.
But then there is a reality that punches you in the face. It grabs you by the throat and sucker punches you until you cannot speak. That, my friends was my Tuesday. Tuesday night my spouse revealed to me a relapse had happen in his recover. Clean for over 14 years but not anymore. Ok, that’s extreme. He had a slip up, he’s not actively using anymore but he did. I was…no, I AM crushed. My trust has crumbled. I am hurt and in a horrible movie-lile nightmare in which I cannot escape. I just want to click my heels and wake up from this bad dream, but here we are…very much awake.
I feel overall very numb. I’m emotionless and yet full of emotion. I’m hurt and feel to blame. Hopefully we will get back to where we were but I didn’t much love that either.
Being a grown up sucks! Being a mom, a wife, a woman…it’s all so very hard. Being a Christian is difficult and being a person feels impossible. I’m detached from reality a bit right now. Hopefully something or sometime will allow me to find myself and my goals again.
If you haven’t already, there are a couple of sites to join that create a passive income. Now I use the word ‘income’ loosely because they likely are not going to pay your house note, but they will easily make you gas money. In my mind, free money is free money. Here is the first one, Inbox Dollars. By letting brief videos play in the background or completing surveys, or as easy as opening an email, you can find yourself a few bucks richer. I have made over $100 in the last year and I honestly didn’t even put that much effort into in. Maybe 2 hours or so, the whole year! Stay tuned for additional money making websites.
In times past I wrote daily in a gratitude journal. My goal was to find no less than 10 things I was grateful for each day. I began to struggle, or so I thought, to find variance in my lists. Looking back I can see how happy it made me and really how it changed my view of life around me. The things I found myself writing most were: my family, another day of life, belief in God, patience, hope, peace of heart, the Bible, and friends (listed out). This seemed to be redundant over time. Although that is true I now realize that this list of grateful redundancy does not happen to all.
Growing older is a gift not given to some. As I watched my mother take her last breath in an upstairs hospital room in the fall of 2011, I felt grateful for very little. Now….now, I am grateful for the days I had, the 33 years of life I shared with her. The way she nurtured me in her growing belly for more than 10 months (because timeliness just wasn’t my thing back in utero). The stories of my childhood and of her own that she would reflect upon. How she loved my son so very much and loved being his Grammy. I am grateful for the over 12,000 days I spent with her. I am grateful for the good times and how she taught me to be stronger during our ickiest of times.
So today, this very day, I am again reaching for a notebook to reclaim as my gratitude journal. It may fluctuate into a Facebook post or a blog entry, but grateful I will be. I want to show up in the world every thankful for the beauty I am blessed to see each day. And with the icky stuff happens, because we all know it will happen, I will be grateful for that too. For in the darkest moments we see our inner light shine. Be it flickering and dull, it is our light and we must claim it for what it is. It is OURS! No one can fully take away our fight and our ability to learn from our surroundings.
I want my children to grow into adults who are able to see past all that is horrific and be glad that they were present to grow from a life changing moment.
I sit on a couch that isn’t mine, in a 400 square feet space that has been gifted to my family of four and I could be the most depressed and dark soul. (These last two years I have been. I have not practiced what I now preach.) Yet, I vow to look outside of my tattered space and be thankful and grateful for all that I have. The heart full of love that cannot be purchased, sold, or exchanged. I vow to make 2018 a better year than 2017. Not because things may change, though I hope they do, but because my attitude toward them will change.
So that, that is what I am grateful for. Long post short; I am grateful for the ability to see the good in every situation. The willingness to accept my personal growth and my desire to spread good thoughts of gratitude onto those around me.
I was introduced to the world of Lu La Roe (LLR) a couple of weeks ago and I feel in love with leggings all over again. I wished I would have known their amazingness when I was pregnant last year. The only thing that held me and holds me back from becoming a Lu La Roe rep is the cost it takes to run this business. A good 5 grand is just the start. Then you need to get hangers and market like your life depends on it.
Welcome to the world of Lala Leggings. Not only are their prices about 25%-30% lower than LLR, they offer free shipping throughout the US and I don’t have to hold an inventory of goods. I tried them on and dang! They are soooo soft. Also, as an affiliate, I get a 25% discount on all my orders and I earn a hearty commission on my sales and sub affiliate sales. I am growing my team and so happy with our weekly releases. Yes, you heard that correctly. We have new products released EVERY WEEK! There are mommy and me sets and sizes from one size up to 3X/4X and higher. Thankfully we are not just about leggings, there are shorts, maxi shirts, high low tops, tanks, and so much more. Come on over to my website
, look around and fill your cart. You will be happy you did.
Baby girl is almost one. Where does the time go? My oldest is ten and my youngest is ten months but only until tomorrow. It’s crazy how time can seem to slowly dredge on until you look back and notice how many moments have passed in that blink. Sigh… reminiscing.
Everyone should be a savings queen or king. Here is a couple of ways to save $10,000 in one year if you get paid every other week.
Saving $10,000 in 52 weeks (biweekly)
The next thing that comes to mind is how? How do you come up with an extra $10, 000 a year? Here are a few ways to cut expenses in order to be able to save such huge amounts. 1. Stay with a family member for one year and save on rent. This could snowball your savings so that you save another couple thousand. 2. Refinance your car. Getting a lower payment and lower APR could help you in the long run. 3. Cut cable and landline phones. 4. Put a pause on extras such as manicures, pedicures, hair color, and even haircuts. 5. Use schools to save on haircuts and dental work. Sometimes things must be done, but who says you need to pay full price. Do your research, embrace google, ask for referrals and save your hard-earned money. 6. Make more meals at home. Limit yourself to going out just a couple of days a month instead of a couple days a week. 7. Avoid coffee shops like the plague. Make yourself a strong cup of coffee or even espresso at home and save a thousand a year easily. 8. Make a budget and stick to it like your life depends on it. Make sure you add everything on there, even movie nights once a month. Being on a budget doesn’t mean you don’t spend money on fun things, it just means you keep track of those pennies and you pinch them! 9. Get an accountability partner. Having positivity in our lives is vital for going forward and making our dreams a reality. Find a friend who can keep you accountable to save and not ‘make it rain’ every chance you get. 10. Embrace Groupon and other money savings apps. These are great ways to send your kiddo to a summer camp or take a date night with a loved one without spending an arm and a leg.
Let me know if any of these ways work for you.
I don’t know which is worse, my neverending pain or my husband’s depression. I have my own anxiety issues but they don’t wake me up at night. I have a pain journal on my phone but i am inconsistent in using it. Mainly because each entry would state that I hurt all over. I need to make my health a priority even though I have a job and family to take care of.