Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day 2015I just want to take today to wish all mothers a Happy Mother’s Day.  I know that Mother’s Day can be an exciting time for some and harder for others who may have loss their mother or their child.  Today is often hard for me because I loss my only son to leukemia so I stand with those mothers and often struggle with wondering if I still am a mom.  BUT today, I celebrate ALL mother’s!  Celebrating those who are here, honoring those who have gone ahead and encouraging those whose children are no longer here.  We are all mother’s!  You deserve to be celebrated.

I hope you enjoy your day!

Take Care,

Erika

 

Life IS Like a Box of Chocolates

I understand more now than ever the scene from the movie when Tom Hank’s character Forrest Gump said “My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

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For me, this is what my year has been, an assortment of things, not knowing what to expect each day I wake up. My post today won’t talk about Wedding or Event Planning but it focuses on non-planning.  There are often times where you won’t have the opportunity to plan for things that will occur in your life.

So I recently found myself asking what do you when life throws you what you don’t want?

You PUSH!!!

I first saw the acronym about 10 years ago when I was going through the illness of my son Brandon.  I’m not sure who coined the acronym or even where I initially saw it but this has resonated with my spirit over the years.

What does PUSH-ing look like? It will be different for every person.  I love what PUSH represented when I initially heard it.  Pray Until Something Happens.

So for me, when I push, I first pray about ALL things whether big or small.  Next, I look at what I can do to change the situation.  If I cannot change the situation, I look at how I can change in the situation.  This is not always easy because sometimes we have to be content with were we are in life.  Next I look  for encouragement whether it be from family or friends, from motivational reading, or as the songwriter said, sometimes you have to encourage yourself.  I am learning how to become my biggest cheerleader.  I often tell others that it is important to have a good circle of family and friends.  Your circle doesn’t have to be big, but it must be filled with those who have your back.  And finally I give myself a timeline.  Life is hard, and at times you’ll laugh, cry, be happy, sad, mourn, grieve, feel down and have a lot of other emotions and that is okay, however, you cannot stay in that state. My aunt often tells me, if you have to cry and you’re driving, pull over, cry, you’ll feel better and then get back on the road.  That’s the philosophy I have, I must get back on the road.

I wanted to share this because we all have things that happen in our lives and I appreciate your support of my blog.  I have had several whammies thrown at me this year, from losing my father while visiting home during the holidays in January to losing my first cousin a few weeks ago and many other things in between and I am PUSH-ing through.  If you are going through anything at this time, please stay encourage.  Stay focused and know that you are not by yourself, everybody has received a box of chocolates at some point in their lives.

I hope you have a great day.  And stay tuned for our upcoming post on Wedding Invitation 101.

 

Thanks,

Erika