SPAMAPALOOZA!!!!

Hi Everyone,

I haven’t posted in quite some time and I’m wondering if that is why my SPAM has gone wild?  I mean CRA-CRA!!

I clear it daily now because I receive over 100 spam messages each day…does anyone know if it is because I haven’t posted anything for awhile?

This is NUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Anyway hope you are all well!!!  I’ve been taking piano lessons and was thinking about creating a new post called Name that Song.  I would play the latest song I’m learning and see if you can guess what the song is!  LOL…it’s not easy in the beginning to recognize what I’m playing, even I have a hard time, HA!  We’ll see…but it’s been lots of fun learning and playing.

I am curious to see if my SPAM count for tomorrow will be any less now that I’ve created a post.  I’ll let you know!

Miss you all…talk or play soon!!

Deb
xo

OUR DAILY GRATEFUL POST!

TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR 2017!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

what are you grateful for ~ please share…

Thank you!

(c) onceuponahotflash, 2016

OUR DAILY GRATEFUL POST!

TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR STEPS!

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TAKE CONTROL OF ANY UNHAPPY SITUATION YOU ARE IN

what are you grateful for ~ please share…

Thank you!

(c) onceuponahotflash, 2016

I DON’T HAVE A PASSION ~ IS THAT OKAY?

Since I decided to write a blog and start Our Daily Grateful Post, I have been listening, on YouTube, to all sorts of inspirational videos.  I have listened to Louise Hay, Abraham Hicks, Wayne Dyer, Joel Osteen, Tony Robbins, Napoleon Hill, and the list goes on.  Each talking about how to be successful in life, live your dream, how you attract what you think, be positive and so on.

I often hear the question ‘What is your passion’?  I have given it a lot of thought and I don’t think I have anything that I am passionate about.  I like my blog, I like to write posts, poems and songs, I like to organize things, but am I passionate about any of them, I don’t think so.

So of course now I’m worried.  Uh-oh, I don’t have anything I’m passionate about.  How do I know what I should be doing with my life if I’m not passionate about something?  What is my goal?  Well in all honesty, my goal is to stay home.  I love my home, I have just moved here a little less than two years ago and I absolutely love living here.  I was living on a very busy street, sirens, trucks, motorcycles, cars, dogs barking…you name it and there was a constant sound of something.  Not to mention my house was broken into three times.  Now I live on a very safe, quiet, dead-end street and all I hear are birds, it’s fabulous!

Not long after my move here my job changed drastically.  My assistant retired, her replacement, a wonderful person, has had passionnumerous health issues and has only worked half of the time required, which has been a nightmare for me.  We also took on some new business which ended becoming my responsibility.  It’s been a year and a half since my job became awful!  I hate going to work everyday and with loving my home so much, it makes it even harder to leave each morning.

I have become one big ball of anxiety, day in and day out.  I’ve been trying to start each day in a positive way, ‘something wonderful is going to happen today‘, ‘today’s going to be a great day’, ‘thank you God for your blessings and favors today’ but not long after I arrive at my desk I’m overwhelmed and in tears.  I have to do something.  I’ve been looking online for jobs, but what do I want to do?  Do I want to continue in the same field I’ve been in for 35 years or do I want to find out what my passion is so I can do that and LOVE going to work each day?  Hence my journey to figure out just what my passion is!

After reading that definition, I wonder if maybe I love my job after all!  😉

In all honesty, my passion is to stay home.  I’m tired, I want to rest, I need time off, time to renew and rejuvenate.  Perhaps a year off would be helpful, then maybe I could join the workforce again and enjoy it once more.  Doing what though?  That thought permeates my mind.  What do I do?  I cannot afford to take a year off, so as wonderful as that sounds, it won’t happen.   If I do leave my current job they would need at least a 6 months notice, since I’m the wearer of all hats and it’s a small business, two weeks would just not be sufficient.

I have been playing the lottery on a more regular basis, since I see that as my only way out.

Back to my original thought…I don’t seem to have anything that I am really passionate about and I find myself asking…is that okay?  Have I listened to too many self-help books, uplifting stories, go live your dream, be successful, make a plan?  Have I been so uplifted and inspired that it has depressed me because I’m not living up to my (their) expectations?  I truly think so.

I shall continue to ponder this and figure out my next steps.  I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, please, tell me…are you passionate about something?  If so, are you doing what you are passionate about?

xo

(c) onceuponahotflash, 2016

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~ The Happiness Tag ~

I want to thank Wendy of Brilliance Within for tagging me to complete and forward this ‘Happiness Tag’ and hey the rules are easy. Write about 5 things that make me happy, 5 songs that make me happy and nominate 5 ‘happy’ bloggers to complete the tag too…okay here goes:

Preface:  God, my family, my friends and my home are what make me happiest first and foremost.  I have decided to venture in another direction with this and tell you of other simple things that put a big ole smile on this happy face…

  1. Each night, around 9 pm, I open a pint of Haagen Dazs Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, dig in and forget about my day for a little while.  Mmmm the creaminess, the chocolate, the crunching of the chips and there are lots and lots of chips. Happiness Tag It’s decadent and delightful and it makes me yummy HAPPY!
  2. Every Friday night when I go to bed knowing that “tomorrow” is Saturday and that brief moment when I wake up Saturday morning thinking…hmmm what day is it today and realize it’s Saturday, that makes me peacefully and excitedly HAPPY!
  3. I have, for the second time this season, a bird’s nest within the wreath hanging on my front door.  I sit here on my couch and I can see the birds through the glass on my door, bobbing around.  Yesterday I watched Daddy feed Mommy while Mommy was sitting on 4 eggs keeping them safe and warm.  Each day they sing their love songs.  Watching and hearing them makes me adoringly HAPPY!
  4. When someone leaves a comment that they have been inspired by my post or it helped brighten their day, is the best.  I love when others comment on what they are grateful for.  I love when I get inspired with an idea.  The fact that you are reading this right now, all of these things make me feel very blessed and HAPPY!
  5. Watching reality ghost stories on tv.  I love the paranormal.  I love mystical, magical things.  I love tarot cards and horoscopes, full moons, pendulums and mediums, having my future told, learning about crystals and smudging.  If I could spend the day immersed in this, it would make me enchantingly HAPPY!

Now Five Songs That Make Me Happy:

  1. Daddy’s Little Girl, by Al Martino – the very first 45 rpm vinyl record I ever bought when I was about 8.  I could not wait until my Dad got home from work so I could play it for him…
  2. Happy Birthday, by Mildred & Patty Hill (sisters) – whether it’s being sung to me or I’m singing it…
  3. The Best Day, by Taylor Swift – a loving tribute from a daughter to her mother…
  4. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson, ft. Bruno Mars – I have to dance whenever and wherever I hear this…
  5. Roll out the Barrel – Reminds me of my sister and I twirling around the dance floor at weddings when we were young and laughing so hard our sides hurt…

Finally I get to “tag” 5 more happy bloggers.  I have so many of you in mind, but I know some prefer not to do this kind of blogging and that’s fine.  For the Happy Bloggers I did select it’s totally optional as to whether you want to do this or not.

Hayley who runs between two sites Dear Dad and Beat the Binge

Shiva who is always thinking over at The Shivas Ponder

Michelle who is on summer vacation now, lucky lady, can be found relaxing at Two Are Better Than One

Minaxi who is spending her summer in NYC and when not touring is at Gameplan Happily Ever After

Stephanae who knows what real beauty & happiness is all about at Bold Blind Beauty

I’m tagging you to share your HAPPINESS…but of course only if it makes you HAPPY!!  🙂

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ARE YOU HAVING PROBLEMS FOLLOWING MY SITE?

Hi!  I have been informed by one of my best blogging buddies that he is having an issue following me.  He clicks the “follow” button and it will follow me, but for some reason it doesn’t last, if you will.  He has to repeatedly click to follow me when he comes to my site.  I have actually encountered this myself on some sites and do not know why.  He was one of my first followers and was not having this issue until recently.

I am concerned now that something is wrong with my site, so I ask you, have you or are you having an issue with “following” me?  Once you “follow” me, does it, for whatever reason, “unfollow” me and you have to click “follow” again the next time you come to visit?  Or do you know why this is happening?

Please let me so I can follow-up with WordPress if this is an issue with my site.  Thank you for your feedback, I sincerely appreciate it.

followThanks,
Deb

xo