Hello Monday’s ~ I’m on vacation!

Yes, I know it’s Saturday but it’s true, in about 12 hours I’m heading to some much needed fun in the sun! Sometimes we just need to get away, clear our minds and re-focus right?! I’ve been dealing with random  “viruses” over the past two months off and on. I’m feeling so much better and really looking forward to this trip with some of my favorite people on this planet.  There is nothing better than spending time with the ones we love is there?


I don’t know about you but there is such a great anticipation and excitement that comes when you have a big event coming up! If you are like me you get so excited you can’t sleep. You make all these plans and that builds the upcoming event into a frenzy! I LOVE it! It’s all an incredible adventure.

Now, I know for some people this causes stress and they can’t handle it. They hate everything about planning events i.e.: vacations, parties, weddings, holidays. That’s ok it’s not your thing don’t beat yourself up over it. You are amazing at so many other things, no one is going to hold this against you. If they do, that’s their issue. You do what you do best!

Some people are great at planning but not as good at executing the plan. Others are awesome at both! Regardless stress can be involved in planning, preparing and the final result.



10 Amazing Things About You (YES,YOU!)

  1. Be happy with who you are.
  2. You are radiant!
  3. Remember to be someone’s sunshine today.
  4. Your smile makes me happy!
  5. Laugh with me or at me I don’t mind 😀.
  6. Love with all that you are.
  7. Who can you inspire today?
  8. Incredible things are in your future!
  9. You are remarkable.
  10. Let someone know they matter!


I will be the first to admit that when I get stressed I’m not a nice person. I’m not proud of it but sadly, it’s true.  I am being very transparent and honest because hopefully you can learn from my story.

Sometimes I don’t realize I’m stressed until my poor husband says “Shelly, you are being mean” then I have to stop and think.  I don’t want to be thought of that way ever especially to my family.  I absolutely love them beyond measure.

At that point I have a choice, I can continue being mean and stressed or I can stop and apologize for my behavior and change it. All of this is hard because it’s a pride issue!  I hate to be wrong and to admit it. I’m just being real here.  I would rather just blame it on something or someone else but the truth is I just can’t do it. I want to be done with it and to get rid of the stress so it might take awhile but I will apologize.

The interesting thing about stress is that it can do such damage to us physically, mentally and spiritually.  Many times we don’t even realize it unless we pay attention or the people around us love us enough to tell us. Stress can kill us from the inside out.

We need to learn how to de-stress.  Some people watch tv, exercise, meditate, listen to music, color or have various hobbies.  Make the time for you to do whatever you need to so you are living as stress free as possible. You are worth the investment.

I know you’re busy, who isn’t? Think of it this way, what if you don’t take that 15-60 minutes for yourself everyday to unwind and something happens to you? Maybe you get a bad report from the doctor, there are so many stress related illnesses. Don’t go another moment without knowing how valuable and loved you are! You are needed to fulfill your purpose here without being dragged down by stress.

I think after I get home from this vacation I will take that hour as a mini-vacation everyday. Not that I want to go back to the “stress” of the day, that would defeat the purpose wouldn’t it? I’m thinking more like to keep the relaxed frame of mind you have when you’re on vacation.

I hope you have an incredible week! I’ll share pictures on Facebook while I’m away and try not to rub it in because that would be mean. Take care of yourself and always know that you are loved 💗. Please leave a comment and share with your loved ones. Let me know if you relate to this topic at all! All my best

~ Shelly

Hello Monday’s ~ More than a Feeling

Hello Monday’s ~ More than a Feeling


Yes, I know, it’s the title of a classic song by the band Boston from the mid-1970’s.  Just because I know that, it doesn’t make me old but I digress.


Sometimes in life we get swept away by our emotions:  happy, sad, fear, love, anger, hate, depression, the list goes on.  I think you understand what I’m saying here.

We’ve all been led by our emotions/feelings at one point or another haven’t we?  I know I have, I’ll admit it.  Maybe we have regrets by being “driven” by some of those emotions.  Especially if we were angry and hurt someone else or even ourselves because of it.  I know it’s hard but we have to forgive ourselves and move forward.  IF you’ve hurt someone and you know it, be the bigger man or woman and apologize, ask them to forgive you.  You’ll both feel better for it.


“You may not always end up where you thought you were going.  But you will always end up where you are meant to be.”  ~ Unknown



  1. No one ever went blind looking on the bright side!
  2. Stay STRONG
  3. Don’t look behind you, you’re not going that way.
  4. Positive attitudes create positive thoughts!
  5. The trials that you face today give you the confidence for whatever comes in the future.
  6. In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.
  7. Create a life that you don’t need a vacation from!
  8. Stars can’t shine without darkness.
  9. The best investment you will ever make is in YOURSELF!
  10. Everyday is a chance to change your life.



I don’t think any of us sit around wishing that we could spend more time feeling angry, sad, depressed or any negative feeling we can come up with.  Better yet to hold on to it until we die right?  So, let those feelings of (insert negative feeling here) flow away.  At the end of each day; let it go.  Yes, that’s easy for you to say Shelly.  Well, no it’s not but it’s a choice I make each day to let the negative things go so I can start the next day NEW and with a clean slate.  Besides, its exhausting carrying around all that garbage that doesn’t do anything for me!

I’m not sure who said it but it applies here “Keeping hold of anger (negative emotion/feelings) is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”  In a nutshell, holding onto negativity hurts us.

Now you’re probably thinking WOW Shelly this is too heavy, pretty much a downer post.  Sort of yes but we’re not quite finished.  Here’s something I’d like you to try.  Tell yourself 3 things that you LOVE about yourself every night before you go to bed.  Now what you might not realize is you have subconsciously started your mind focusing on the awesome, amazing, incredible, brilliance of how remarkable YOU are!

You can double your “love and encouragement” benefits by doing this for yourself each night before bed.  Make it part of your night-time routine.  You are so important and matter to so many people.  Even people you might not realize that you matter to.

I hope you realize how much you are loved!  Thank you for being a part of my life even if I don’t know you personally.  I hope this blog reminds you to love yourself and those around you!

Please feel free to contact us, comment, share with your friends and family because we all need love and encouragement!