OUR DAILY GRATEFUL POST!

TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR MY OWN PATH!

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Have you discovered your own path?  Are you happily living it?

what are you grateful for ~ please share…

Thank you!

(c) onceuponahotflash, 2016

32 thoughts on “OUR DAILY GRATEFUL POST!

  1. For my book cover that just arrived, I am grateful and excited.

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    • Oh my goodness Jackie, that is so exciting!! When will your book be published? What is it about?

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    • Thank you Deb. I am excited as well. This one is a poetry book coming out this month all things being equal and the following one is a book on motivation/self help coming in June by the grace of God.

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    • Congratulations!!! Are these your first books or have you published before? I would love to hear of the process you went through as I want to publish a book of poems and a gratitude journal. How long has this been in the making for you? Oh I’m so excited for you, I know I said that already but I so am!!! YAY for YOU!! 🙂 xo

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  2. This is so true! We have to discover our own path. Good morning, Deb! I hope you have a wonderful day! ((HUGS!!)) xoxoxo

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  3. Villanova!!!! Woo hoo!

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  4. Always grateful for my husband and children. They’ve showed me a new way to live my life, and I am forever changed. ❤️

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  5. Every single time, I see your grateful post in my reader it brings a smile to my face Deb, without any fail till date 🙂 I have said it and will keep on saying that what you do is really admirable and awe-inspiring 🙂 This is one of the things everyone should be thankful for to have a unique life cut out for oneself, but often the grass is deemed to be greener on the other side and everyone wants the life of someone else! I am thankful till date I have not felt the need of that and for all the love I am blessed with 🙂

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  6. You’re right. Living in someone else’s shadow isn’t making me happy. I prefer to focus on my career while having a fiancé… And I wish my fiancé would be more supportive of my career choice. Hell, I wish he would GET a career so he could see FOR ONCE how I feel. If would be a cold day in Hell before I criticized his career choice and what he wants to work. Hell, if he worked all day and all night, I would be astounded at this point. I would appreciate ANY time I spend with him like I already do.

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    • Maybe you should tell him how much his lack of support hurts you, perhaps he does not realize how powerful his opinions are to you. Communication is key in a relationship and this is obviously bothering you. Don’t let it fester or you may start to resent him and that would not be good. How you feel about you is what matters most!! xo

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    • Thank you. And I told him. It wasn’t the most pleasant discussion, but it had to be done.

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    • As long as you were both respectful and spoke from a place of love, all is good. Sometimes conversations are uncomfortable but necessary. Hope he understands your feelings and you his. 😊. Wishing you a day filled with clarity!!

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    • I know he did A LOT for me in the past, but I’m trying to help as best as I know how, and like it doesn’t seem like it’s good enough. I mean I uprooted my life for him, and I do not understand why he doesn’t see it that way. Of course I am happy that he is happy and I like my new place very much, but I happen to miss the connections I had in Atlanta. This is normal, right?

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    • You always have to live your life doing what is best for you. And it may sound like a selfish statement but it’s not. When it comes to major decisions you have to do right by yourself, if you do it for someone else you will come to resent them for it.
      For example, you say you uprooted your life for him, is that an honest statement? Did you not do it for you? You did not want to go? Do you wish you had stayed in Atlanta? Think about these questions for a while and let me know what your answers are…but give them some thought before answering. xo

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    • Yes. It is true that I mostly moved for him, but I put his happiness above mine most of the time. I love it when he is happy. Plus, when he is happy, everything/everyone else is at ease, too. I kind of did it for both of us. Rent was too high in Atlanta. But, I wish I could have brought my friends to Athens. I miss them VERY much. I want to visit them. They bring me so much joy. And I will admit I tried everything in my (very little) power to convince him to stay closer. And I am using my energy positively instead of being resentful. I was resentful last year when moved away from another group of friends. But, everyone is coming back in my life that needs to be here… Plus, I have you now.

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    • Ok so first thank you and you’re sweet! I feel honored that you feel that way about me, I treasure it!
      Second, you won’t heed this advice but when you’re older you will be giving it. Do not put anyone’s happiness above yours. And I’m mean that in the nicest way, because as long as you are happy then your relationship can be healthy and happy. I know you what you mean because I always wanted to keep “him” happy and I would always put myself second because I thought that’s what you’re supposed to do when you love someone, but it really is true when they say you need to love yourself. And if you love yourself then put you first and then everyone else next. It’s not being selfish or conceited, it’s the way God wanted. He made you, He’s in you, He wants you to love you! Now I sound like a religious fanatic and I’m not, however I have become much more spiritual than I was when I was younger and this stems from that!
      How far is Athens from Atlanta? How about Skype or Facetime, that would help some.
      I’m really thrilled to hear that you are using positive energy and people are in and out of your life for reasons, some you only need for awhile and others will be for a lifetime. 🙂 xo

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    • Well… We eventually understood each other. It wasn’t so easy because he attacked, and I defended… Or vice versa depending on whose point of view it is. But, we got our points across.

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    • Yeah, attacking and defending isn’t what I had in mind. I’m glad you got your points across and eventually understood each other though so that is good! Maybe next time you could try expressing yourself without attacking or defending, come from a place of peace and stay there during the whole conversation, it’s not easy to do but practice, practice, practice. 🙂

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    • An hour and a half away. It isn’t bad. It just hurts that I feel I can’t be close to anyone because I never know when I have to leave. Or when they leave. It hurts less when they do it. Your response was so nice that I teared up. I am focusing on making us both happy, and I am sorry if it seems I am putting energy in myself, but I know how to handle myself better than I do anyone else. The last thing I want to be called is self-centered. That is one of the most hurtful things you can say to me. I would rather be called a bitch.

      Thanks for letting me talk, Deb. It definitely helps.

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    • Ok here is what your Angel Card says…it’s titled “Freedom” and it says:
      “Liberate yourself from the manifestations of the past, from what is often called tradition. Throw open the cupboard doors to reveal the skeletons and release the crystallized views of your ancestors that have manifested as your genes. Your genes are threads of reality formed by the power of your ancestors’ thoughts and feelings. Let us say “Thank you, thank you”, to all who have come before us, for their creations and all that they lived. For in doing so, they gave you options and brought you to where you are now. When you were born, you arrived at the vibration of all that the generations before you wanted. You are the manifestation of the expanded previous generation. Each generation’s job is to expand even more for the sheer beauty and joy of it; this is the natural flow of life. Somehow we allowed ourselves to become living statues, re-enacting the experiences of the past, becoming a victim to this. Your genes are a blueprint, formed by the past to give you a place to start when you arrive. Your genes do not decide anything, you do. Liberate yourself and become who you know you are. You are powerful.” (Angel cards by Denise Jarvie)
      I love that your card is “Freedom”, I think it is so appropriate!!
      Please talk to me anytime at all…I will be your confidante and feel free to say and speak however and whatever you feel…I want you to be you!! xo 🙂

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    • God knows I try not to be defensive, but that is my natural reaction. I really have to reign myself in. I have to come to hate when he says, “I’m not attacking you.” He says it in the nastiest tone. I wish I could smack the tone right out of his voice. Not that I would ever slap his beautiful face, but ya know. But, I have learned to pause and speak more calmly and of course stick up for myself against him. As a child, I always stuck up for myself and let no one bully me around. I guess with live, it is a bit different at first until you’ve had enough.

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    • Speak as you would like to be spoken to, if you keep that in mind that should help. Just like the golden rule – Do unto to others as you would want others to do unto you – if you can live by that it will make a world of difference!! Always stand up for yourself, be firm and respectful.
      You know what could be fun, make him a homemade coupon book…with different coupons like…this coupon is good for a back rub…or this coupon is good for a kiss…this coupon is good for a home-cooked meal, whatever or leave a coupon in his pocket, in his car, taped to the remote, or on the fridge, somewhere he will stumble across them…they can be fun. Be creative and imaginative. Or even little love notes, like “You’re the best”, “You’re so good to me”, “I love you”, “you’re so fun” or “you make me smile”. Who wouldn’t love to get those. And don’t do them with any expectations other than to make his day!! Try it…I bet you’ll have fun making them and he’ll have fun finding and reading them! 🙂

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