“My Stuff” on Hulu

I love watching Thriller movies and tv shows. Suspense, jump scares, and gore are my favorites. So happened to do a little Black Friday shopping.  I was excited to be able to do a little Black Friday shopping for myself. I got a membership with Hulu for .99 cents! Yess! Only a dollar for the next 12 months! It was such a treat to myself, because I had no idea of the movies and shows I was missing out on!!

So I’m going to share with you my favorite watches thus far on the app! I still watch my Netflix, but I feel Hulu has more to offer as far as Primetime Tv goes. So I’m not by any means trying to compare and contrast the two right now. I’m just sharing a newfound love. Some are shows that I have watched before and I am continuing to watch. Who says I need cable?

So the following is what I have in “My Stuff”:

BLINDSPOT
CATFISH
THE HANDMADE’S TALE
CASTLEROCK
RAY DONOVAN *my fave*

I’ve also been able to watch Transformers: Last Night, XXX: The Return of Xander, and a few others I have missed out on seeing.  Another thing you can do is apply add ons from cable networks like HBO and STARZ.  I thought that was a cool thing.  So for those of you who haven’t tried it out yet, check it out.  I’m not sure if the special is still going on though!  Happy Huluing!

Remember to Stay POSITIVE, Stay MOTIVATED, and Be BLESSED!

12 Things That Will Drain Your Energy: Overstressing

Hey guys I’m back with another part of series 12 Things That Will Drain Your Energy.  This segment is “Overstressing”.  We all do it.  Life can be a huge mess, and often we find ourselves in positions that causes us to carry on too much stress or over emphasize; both mentally and physically.  I’ll share with you the causes and effects of Overstressing.

9 Signs of Overstressing

Becoming anxious

Becoming Impatient

Losing Temper Quickly

Being Forgetful

Losing Focus

Procrastination

Increased Negative  Thoughts

Weakening Immune System

There can be External and Internal causes for overstressing.  External Causes can include: major life changes, work or school, relationship problems, financial problems, being too busy, and children/family.  Internal Causes can include: unrealistic expectations, rigid thinking, perfectionism, negativity, and the inability to accept uncertainty.  

Best way to help manage and reduce overstressing is to do some of the following:

  • Exercise
  • Connect to others
  • Engage your senses i.e. listen to upbeat music to get chipper
  • Learn to relax i.e. do yoga, meditate, or massage
  • Eat Healthy
  • Get Rest

I can attest to many of these.  When I got sick it was very hard to pay the bills.  My kids were worrying if I’ll die in my sleep.  It started to affect their behavior and abilities at school.  Then I stopped sleeping at night.  I would be so very fatigued, but never could I go to sleep.  Then it became the opposite.  I would sleep after they were off to school til about 4pm in the evening when the boys would return home.  I would have not eaten a thing.  

But then I began to 1. PRAY, 2. MEDITATE, and 3. DO YOGA.  I had already begun to change my eating habits.  I had to if I wanted to live another year!  Sometimes one needs to re-evaluate things AND people in life.  Some things we are holding on to may be the very thing causing us to overstress.  Hope this was helpful and shed some insight for someone somewhere.  Don’t forget to check out the other parts of this series.  

  • Taking Things Personally
  • Holding On To The Past
  • Fueling Drama
  • Complaining All The Time

Remember to Stay POSITIVE, Stay MOTIVATED, and Be BLESSED!

Favorite Xmas Songs 2018 List

It’s that time of the year!   Yes it’s the Christmas Holidays!  I’m sure most of you have been listening to Christmas Music since Thanksgiving Day.  My family have definitely been enjoying them.  We’ve reminisced on memories of past Christmases.  This is the list of my favorite ones.  Some new and some old.  Hope you guys enjoy!

#1  The Emotions

#2 Celine Dion

#3  The Temptations

#4 Mariah Carey

#5 Luther Vandross

#6 Nat King Cole

#7 Lauren Daigle

#8 Chris Brown

#9 Boyz II Men

#10 Charles Brown

#11 Whitney Houston

#12 Otis Redding

My Favorite Songs As A Teenager!

These are just a few of the many songs I enjoyed listening to when I was a teen.  I remember my cousins and I would always be at my Grandmother’s house.  It was so many of us, and I had a boombox.  So we would be out in the yard singing like we were The Jets!  We were always having a dance and singing competition!  lol  All it took was listening to one of these songs to bring back memories of when I listened to the rest of these.  Hope you enjoy my list, and hopefully this will bring back some good memories for you guys! 

Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam: “All Cried Out”

                       The Jets:”You Got It All”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RFTW: “Oh Sheila”

Al B. Sure: “Night and Day”

 

 

 

 

                        The Fugees: “Killing Me Softly”

Sinead O’Connor: “Nothing Compares To You” 

 

 

 

 

Prince: “When Doves Cry”

Whitney Houston: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Michael: “Careless Whisper”

Salt n Pepa: “Push It” 

 

 

 

 

Culture Club: “Karma Chameleon”

Vanilla Ice: “Ice Ice Baby” 

 

 

 

 

                          MC Hammer: “U Can’t Touch This”

Michael Jackson: “Beat It” 

 

 

 

 

Omg I had so much fun putting this together!  It was harder than I thought it would be.  Click on the titles and you can listen to the songs!  Feel free to share what your favorites were.  Don’t be trying to figure out how old I am either!

 

Remember to Stay POSITIVE, Stay MOTIVATED, and Be BLESSED!

A Huge Reason Why You May Not Be Sleeping Well

I’ve shared with you before that I have Congestive Heart Failure, and as a result I’ve had two heart attacks and received a pacemaker.  One of the contributing factors to me experiencing the heart attacks and eventually having a weak heart is Sleep Apnea.  This condition is the affect the body has when there is excess tissue in the throat area that causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start while sleeping or resting.  

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea:

Snoring Loudly

Choking

Awakening with a headache or migraine

Extreme Fatigue

Pauses in breathing

Insomnia

Nocturia

People 40 years and older are more common to experience Sleep Apnea, however, people of all ages can have it.  I have had this condition since I was little!  I remember waking up choking and not being able to catch my breath.  My family complained that I snored really loudly.  I went years without treatment and a real diagnoses.  One day I woke up choking and it took forever for me to catch my breathe.  I underwent a Sleep Study, and it was very obvious that I had it.   I stopped breathing over 200 times during an 8 hour sleep.  I now have to sleep, whether it’s napping or just resting on the couch, with a machine called a CPap machine.

Sleep Apnea untreated can lead to the following:  High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, Depression.  You could fall asleep while operating a machine or vehicle.  The brain and the rest of the body will not get oxygen.  I’ve had to change my lifestyle starting with the way I eat and losing weight.  It’s also been suggested that I undergo Palatal Surgery to remove the excess tissue from my throat, but I’m still debating on that one!

If you’ve been told your snoring is intolerable, and if you’ve been experiencing any of the above symptoms, please see your doctor.  I wish I would have.  I can truthfully say that my heart would not have become so deteriorated.  I’ve been blessed to have the Cpap machine to make sure when I do stop breathing, I have continuous oxygen for my brain.  

Remember to Stay POSITIVE, Stay MOTIVATED, and Be BLESSED!

 

 

 

You Did Not Wake Up To Be Mediocre

I never understood the  meaning behind the word “epiphany”.  Well that is until about a week ago. 

“an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure”

For the past two years I have been boggled down with worry on top of worry.  Worrying from A – Z.  When I meditate, sometimes I feel a release of pressure, but for only a small amount of time.  But I didn’t let that discourage me from doing again.  

Yesterday I meditated, but this time was different.  My Dad sent me a few dollars so that I could go and get some dress slacks and a nice top to go to the Worksource.  I felt so exhilarated once I did!  I felt I could conquer the world.  Maybe that’s what I was missing out on.  Was it the physical aspect of doing the shopping while thinking of the job I’m going to get?  I think so.

My epiphany was that ” i need to stop waiting on the SSI to be approved, because I have enough know how, education, and experience to get a job that my body can handle”.  I also have experienced with developing and growing a business.  There are so many opportunities out there!  So my journey has changed a little bit, but it will still elevate me into something and somewhere higher!

Why settle for mediocre?  Yes i’m entitled to SSI, and it would bring benefits I need to me and the boys, but I’ve got to stimulate my mindset to something greater.  I have a right to that too!  I have a right to not want to just sit back and miss out on opportunities that can benefit me just as well.

This is not about procrastination.  This is about realizing personal potential, and going for the gusto!! Having affirmations to say everyday help as well.  I can say that changing my mindset to something positive has definitely helped.

Before I go I want to send as much ~POSITIVE ENERGY~ to someone who may need it and also say Happy Thanksgiving!

Remember to Stay POSITIVE, Stay MOTIVATED, and Be BLESSED!

Journal Entry 11.15.18 – Getting Back To Basics

Today I looked back at a time when I thought I was happy.  A time when I actually lived comfortably and really had no stress.  I thought of what I was doing? What was my lifestyle like?  Well one thing I did for sure, was go to church.  I went to church, and I paid my tithes.  I prayed regularly.  I said confessions and affirmations every morning and every night.

After I divorced those things left me.  After I got sick I was off and on with it.  Seems like things just went all down hill after that.  But things can’t get better unless there’s some type of change right?  My life is broken.  Since I’ve been where I am I’ve been to church only once.  

This past Sunday I logged onto Youtube and watched Hope City live, and oh my gosh, I missed hearing the word!  It felt really good, because I ‘felt’ like I attended church.  I think it was a great way to start my week.  I’ve listened to Praise and Worship when I meditate sometimes instead of Zen.  When I meditate with Zen music, I pray the Rosary.

My mom asked me why I wanted to pray The Rosary.  She said “you’re not Catholic”.  But isn’t prayer – prayer?  I mean does it matter what prayer I say?  As long as it aligns with the word of God right?  I didn’t let it get me discouraged though.  I was able to get a beautiful set of Rosary from Wish.  I did! 

I need my mind and my spirit strong as much as possible for this new journey I’m about to go on.  

Ok guys until next time…

Remember to Stay POSITIVE, Stay MOTIVATED, and Be BLESSED!

 

5 Things To Remind Yourself Everyday

I’m always eager to share with you guys things that can send you on a trip of Ascension.  I firmly believe keeping the energy around you positive can make for a better way of living.  Hopefully these few tips are things that you already do or become interested in doing! Happy reading!

You are enough! – You don’t always have to depend in other people. However, understand at some point someone will fail you. I know it’s the harsh truth, but we’re humans. No-one’s perfect. You’re just as capable as the next.

 

YOUR dreams matter! – YOUR dreams should always matter to YOU! Let no-one dissuade you from your path either. Don’t become discouraged. If the goal is too big, break them up into smaller goals. If the dream seems overwhelming, break it up into phases

 

 

Authenticity is magnetic. – Believe it or not people can sense when you’re not being real. It can lead to negative attention. People who are genuine themselves appreciate being able to interact with someone who’s authentic.

 

Miracles are natural. -They come in different forms and at different times. You can’t predict them, but you’ll know as soon as they happen. Make sure you appreciate them!

 

 

You’ve totally got this! – Don’t get discouraged. Things don’t always happen overnight. Be patient and learn from your mistakes. Remember to allow patience to work on time and faith on your situation. Be the best YOU!

 

This blog is also special to me.  I’d love to give a few special shoutouts to some people who have been very supportive in my journey.  Please visit whatever platforms they are on, and show them some love!  

Hope you guys go and check out my friends!

Remember to Stay POSITIVE, Stay MOTIVATED, and Be BLESSED!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journal Entry 11.11.18 – Gots To Have A Plan

 

It’s Sunday, Veteran’s Day. I called my dad, and had the boys call him as well. He tends to call us first! I feel bad because he does it, because he thinks that maybe we’ll forget him or something. Things have gotten better between him, me, and my sisters. He’s not alienated, and never was. But now I know he doesn’t feel embarrassed to call or visit us. The grandkids are getting to know him, and they love their “Granddaddy”! (In Mr. Brown’s voice)

I’ve got a new project. So I’ve gained weight since moving in with my sister. I’ve got to get all new clothes if I’m going to get back out into the working field again. But that’s going to be hard not having any money! So the little things I do on the side to earn 5.00 here and 10.00 there, will have to go straight to a stash. Then I’ll go to the Thrift Store. I need a black skirt, black heels, a nice dressy conservative top, and a black cover up. Because I like to keep it classy with my interviews.

I can’t be just eating their food either! Everything is so damn salty. I have to watch my sodium, did they forget? So I need to come up with some quick easy meals I can cook just for myself without offending anyone else. The other day my Mom smothered some chicken wings with a lot of onions and bell peppers. O.M.G it smelled soooo good!! She did green beans and white rice. All of it was salty…. I was extremely sad. I had to do some Honey Nut Cheerios instead!

I did manage to comb my hair and actually put on some real clothes today! I still can’t wash my hair because of this ear infection. And I must say this hair is a itchin’ hunti! I can’t wait to get some Pantene conditioner on me. It’s so creamy when it goes on, and it makes my hair so really soft afterwards.

I took the week off from Yoga, because I just wasn’t feeling my best. I’ve been trying my hardest not to get sick, but the weather here in Texas is bi-polar. But I feel really good when I do it though. I’ve added the Rosary to my meditation, but I kind of modified it. Is that a sin? I just made it the series of “Hail Mary” prayers, and the rest of the beads are the “Our Father Prayer”. So I guess it’s Val’s Rosary now. Either way, it helps me meditate and clear my mind. My Dad said that the Bible says when meditating do it in prayer. That I should pray, and once done be still and let the Holy Spirit speak to me. I sleep better as well.

Tomorrow is the beginning of a new week. The chance to build up momentum to execute goals that are written and planned out. So make sure you make tomorrow a “GREAT DAY”. Remember it will dictate how the rest of your week goes!

Remember to Stay POSITIVE, Stay MOTIVATED, and Be BLESSED!!

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Journal Entry: Putting My Best Foot Forward 11.9.18

I started this blog almost six months ago. I’ve been through many storms, and had decided it was time to make a change. One of the things I learned trying to deal with having an invisible disease like CHF is that it’s good to do something different. Do something that will keep my mind busy, because worry leads to stress, which in turn leads to strain on my heart. So I started to take my blogs to another level. Slowly I began to change my mindset even more.

Waiting for someone to make a decision on what course your life will be taking is such a heavy thing to do. I’ve never been one to do that so it was really hard. Well, doing that was not a good idea for me after all. I got denied for the third time for Social Security and Disability. Time to take that power back! Am I disabled? Physically, I know I am. I won’t go back into denial on that. Mentally, I am not. I am going to have to go back to work. I can’t spend another two years waiting around for someone else to make a decision concerning my life. So today I am acknowledging my Super Powers. I am letting go of fearing mistakes and failures.

I have got to go back to work. Whether it be from home, or an office, it’s something I ‘have’ to do if I’m going to survive right? I possess habits that make me a “Girl Boss”. Time to shift them into gear, and get shit started again!! I am always improving, but for Today, I have the knowledge I need! I am my best source of motivation. Any suggestions for work from home, You guys are more that welcome to leave in the comments for me.!

Remember to Stay POSITIVE, Stay MOTIVATED, and Be BLESSED!

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