So, for some strange reason, I’m that friend people go to for help. Why do I say “strange reason?” Well, because I’m also that friend that never takes their own advice. Sure, I know what to say and when to say it to comfort someone, but I can never apply that advice to myself. I think there is just some part of us that wants to help and be there for other people. Like I’ve said before, I’m that person that puts others before myself. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. It’s in our nature to be the shoulder to cry on for the people we love, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But there needs to come a time in our lives when we stop for a second and listen to ourselves. Listen to what we’re telling our friends. Because they’re not just words of comfort, part of what we’re saying is the truth and we know it. So why won’t we listen to what we’re saying? Life is what you make of it. Show some consistency to yourself, and take your own advice once in a while- make your life a little easier.
Are you a Disneyland fanatic? Then you know that today, May 23, 2014, is Disneyland’s 24 hour park day! And if you aren’t… Well, now you know! The park opened this morning at 6:00 AM and will close 6:00 AM May 24, 2014. Me and my family went last year and the turn out is insane. Even at about midnight, the park is filled with Disneylanders. If you’re looking to actually have the park semi-empty, try staying till about 3 or 4 in the morning. Yeah, that crazy. But if you don’t mind waiting in lines, like any other day at Disneyland, then you should definitely stop by just to be a part of the experience! The opportunity to be at the park and watch the sun set AND rise only happens once a year, so take advantage of it!
This weekend I attended a baby shower. A shower for a mother who is already doing everything on her own. As sad as that sounds, in today’s world, that’s very common. And I’m not saying dad’s are never around and women have to do it all alone. Because sometimes it’s the opposite; some women don’t want to be mothers when the baby is finally here. Anyway, as I watched her glow in her happiness, I realized that even though it’s hard as a single parent, it seems like it’s double the reward and happiness. As a single parent, you get double the love, double the attention, and double the strength. Sure, there are going to be times you wish you had someone to help you, someone to take turns with changing the dirty diapers, and the crying; But, at the end of the day, as you sit there and reflect how much love and happiness being a parent brings you, you’re going to thank that other person for not being around. This chapter in your life has brought you more strength, more happiness, more wisdom, and more love. So to those who are struggling, or those who know someone who is struggling with being a single parent, rub some dirt in it, chin up, stay strong, and cherish the moments… because this is the greatest gift you’ll ever receive.
Love everything. Love your life, love yourself, love your surroundings, love it all. Do whatever it is that you want to do in life, and love it. There is no one who is going to stop you and tell you that you can’t. And if there is someone that will do that to you, then you need to reevaluate who you associate yourself with. Be around people that are going to make you want to do and be a better person. Love these people and love yourself for who you are. I’ve realized that life is short, and you shouldn’t sit around and hate the things in your life and be bitter about how your life is heading, because whether you believe it or not you can change it and make it better. For me, I live everyday happy. I have a loving family, a loving support system, and I love what I do and who I am and I’m thankful for the people that have influenced and pushed me in life- allowing me to be where I am today. I know now that at any moment we could be taken from where we are in life, so I want my life here on Earth to be all I’ve ever dreamed of and more.
I’d just like to take a moment and thank anyone who has ever influenced me; by doing good and even the bad. Sometimes, it takes a sh*tty situation to make us wake up and realize that we want better for ourselves. So, thank you to everyone…. I am who I am and I love it, and so should you.
Today, I participated in #RedBalloonsforRyan, and words cannot explain how happy it made me. For the first time since Ryan has passed, his mother posted on her Instagram yesterday saying how thankful she was for all the people who have showed her and her husband love. So today, sending red balloons into the sky made me feel like I was part of the healing process of Ryan’s parents. It blows my mind how you could fall in love and be touched by someone you never even knew; to fall in love with a little boy through pictures is unreal, so I could only imagine how loved he was by the people who did know him. My deepest condolences go out to those who were close to Ryan, especially his parents, and I’d like to give a very special Happy Mother’s Day to Jacqui. You are a strong women, and I am sure your son loved you more than you could ever imagine. But, now you have an angel looking over you, and even though his life was cut short, I’m sure he enjoyed ever minute of it with you and appreciated all the love you gave him. Rest in peace Ryan Cruz Saldana – 5.2.14
I’d like to take a moment and dedicate this post to a story I read over the internet today. I’d like to not post about myself, or the images I’ve taken, or experiences I’ve encountered; But to share my prayers and share images of Ryan who was hit by a car and sent to heaven. I’m sure I speak for all of us out there when I say we are heartbroken to hear that such an adorable 3 year old was taken from his parents too soon.
(All photos are taken from Ryan’s mother’s instagram: @babyboybakery)
We are all so sorry to hear about their lose. With Mother’s Day being right around the corner, I could not image what Jacqui is feeling; to have her pride and joy taken from her so soon. No parent should have to go through this. Tomorrow is never promised, cherish the ones you love, and don’t take a minute for granted. Ryan will be missed- from just hearing the story and the images seen on the internet, Ryan has touched many hearts and is loved by people everywhere. Their family asks that we join them in remembering Ryan by reposting photos of Ryan and sharing them on your social networks. Hashtag #RedBalloonsForRyan and send words of encouragement to Ryan’s parents, for now is the time when they need all of the support and love they could have ever imagined. Let us pray and share the memories by photo… of Ryan Cruz Saldana. Rest in peace, Ryan – 5.2.2014
For more details of the story and of Ryan and his family, see diaryofanaddict.co/red-balloons-ryan/
So, I’ve realized that my time is never really spent the way I want it to be spent. My days are long, tiring, and dull. I find myself going through a routine-like weeks; week, after week, after week. And I’ve come to accept the fact that this is how it’s going to be until I do something about it. Which is why it pushes me to work hard, and achieve faster. I’ve had my share of down moments, which I’m sure many of you have had also, and I never want to be in that place again. And I know now that we all start off as a seed. We have to be covered in dirt and soak in some water (tears) to start to grow- we’re all flowers. And the only way we’re going to blossom and grow is with that dirt thrown on us, and with that soaked in water.
Just because it’s Friday, and it’s the end of the week, doesn’t mean your grind has to stop there with it. You can keep pushing yourself no matter what day of the week it is.
For a person who really wants to succeed, they bust their ass; there is no such thing as a “weekend.” Work is every day. Working in your sleep. Working while you shower. Working while you drive. Working doesn’t mean you have to physically be doing something; if your mind is running, and you have ideas building, you’re working- the grind doesn’t stop.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be that person who dreads waking up in the morning because they know that means it’s time to go to “work.” I want “work” to be something that I love, because I’m my own boss. Therefore, I’m going to keep pushing myself, even if I’m exhausted from working 12 days in a row. I’m not stopping, and neither should you.
Be somebody in the world today for yourself and for your family, or future family.