Five Quotes from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ that are Actually Great Pieces of Advice

If I’m being completely honest here, I have to tell you that the movie, “Alice in Wonderland” scared me to death as a child! But, now that I’ve re-watched, as an adult, I actually found that there are pretty solid pieces of Advice throughout the film. 

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It’s ok to not where you’re going or where you’ll end up at all times. The road you’re taking will eventually get you where you need to be. 

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 Don’t beat yourself for being “different” or “weird”. Everbody has their own quirks. We’re all unique, and that’s a great thing! 

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I personally love this one. It’s a reminder for me to keep going and keeping growing as a person. Always try to be better than the person you were yesterday. 

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Don’t judge others. We all have our problems. We’re all human and we all make mistakes. 

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This quote reminds me to use my imagination and get inspired. Growing up doesn’t mean we need to lose our imagination. That’s what makes art. 


 There are so many more great quotable moments in “Alice in Wonderland”, but these are just a few of my personal favorites. I think we can all learn a little something from each character in the movie. It’s alright to be different; you just have to love yourself. ♡ 
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#Speakup 

So many people suffer from Anxiety Disorder. It’s time to speak up about it and start telling our stories! 

To those that don’t struggle with this disorder, it can be hard to understand. Sometimes verbally explaining it, just doesn’t get the point across. And, I get it. It IS hard to understand. I have it, and don’t even understand it sometimes. 

People that don’t get it, may say things like:

“Just pull yourself together.” 

“Get over it.”

“It can’t be that bad.”

Or my personal favorite: “But, you don’t LOOK sick.” 

I don’t think this comes from a bad place. But, this is common. I do think there needs to be more awareness around the subject. A light needs to be shed. We need to be able to talk about it without feeling ashamed or embarrassed. We need to make people understand. 

Anxiety is so much more than having your random panic attack once in a while. It’s a daily struggle. 

You feel as if you’re drowning…

Suffocating…

Unable to sleep…

You have dark thoughts…

Depression….

You can’t breathe…

And, you can’t escape it…

This really doesn’t even scratch the surface. But, it does show a small portion of the daily struggles felt by someone suffering with Anxiety Disorder. 

If you have anxiety: 

Do not be afraid to talk about it. Do not feel ashamed. Do not be embarrassed to ask for help. Your story matters.

If you don’t have anxiety:

Please try to understand that even though we don’t look sick on the outside, doesn’t mean we aren’t struggling. Don’t be quick to judge. 
#endthestigma #speakup

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Be an Overcomer.

I sometimes care too much what other people may think, because my mind has convinced me I’m being judged. 


I have had thoughts so bad, and so dark, I won’t say them out loud. 


I have locked myself in my house for days on end. 


I have believed my brain when it told me I was crazy. I was useless. 


I have cried. I’ve screamed. I’ve been silent because my mind told me I couldn’t talk to anyone. They wouldn’t understand.

My brain can be a dark place because of my anxiety. When people ask, “what does anxiety feel like?” I tell them it’s like having a constant all out war inside my own mind. It’s chaos. It’s having 278373 tabs open on your computer, and not being able to close any of them. It’s straight fear. 


Some days, I look back at the hell my own brain has put me through, and I can only thank God I’ve made it this far. I am not going to lie to you and tell you I’ve never had a suicidal thought. I have. I’ve had them more times than I care to admit. And, everytime the thought crossed my mind, I’d pray. 


I’m also not going to lie to you and tell you I’ve got my crap together, now. I don’t.  But, I do have perspective. I have faith. Faith in God, faith in medication, faith in myself. It’s the reason I wake up everyday.


 I am so thankful for my life. I consider myself to be quite blessed. I won’t let my disorder steal my joy away from me. It cannot take my life. 


I HAVE OVERCAME. I AM STILL OVERCOMING. AND, I WILL OVERCOME. 


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Why I’m not Making a New Year’s Resolution

It’s that time of year again! Time for all the resolution posts to come flooding in. I admire all you people that can make a resolution and stick to it! I, however, am just not one of those people. 

I have decided that 2018 is going to be an awesome year. I will try to make the best of every situation, and enjoy every second of life. But, no resolutions for me. Why? 
 The Pressure. 

Every year I make a resolution, then feel so obligated to keep it. Not to mention, people on social media saw that resolution, too. And, you know they’re watching. (Slightly joking, here) 

Sometimes, I make a resolution just because it’s what you’re “suppose” to do. Not this year! I’m livin’ the carefree life! 

I think I’ve just come to the conclusion, that life is too short to waste it on resolutions I may or may not keep. So, instead of making a resolution, I’m making a lifestyle change. I will be optimistic, excited, and patient with life. I will try to maintain a positive outlook, even when negative things are happening. 

I want to be the positive aspect in other people’s lives. I want to be a light for those in the dark. 

New Year, new me? No. Same me, but, with some slight improvements. 

So, here’s to a new year! Here’s to a fresh start for everyone. Here’s to making memories that last, and spending time wisely. And, here’s to all of you, who ARE making a resolution. I hope you see it through! But, if you don’t, that’s o.k., too. 

Don’t be so focused on the pressure of keeping your resolution, that you forget to live the best life you can! 

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Five Must-Do things this Holiday Season

Are you as obsessed with the holiday season as I am? (I don’t know if that’s possible!) Do you need to do every Christmassy-is that a word?- thing there is to do? 

Here’s my top five things I feel are “Must-Do” throughout December: 
1. Go to a light show. 

This year, my husband and I went to the St. Louis Zoo for their light display. It was beautiful! It’s definitely something that will put you into the Christmas spirit! They’re usually decently low on the price scale, too. (We paid $10 a ticket, and it was worth every penny.) There’s just something magical about walking through the beautiful colors. 

2. Go ice skating. 

This is such a fun activity. It’s something the whole family can enjoy together. It brings the feeling of snow to those of us that haven’t got to experience it first hand yet, this year. It’s always so picturesque, too. 

3. Visit your nearest city. 

There’s just something about christmas time in the city. There’s really nothing like it. Everything is lit up and festive. There are holiday activities everywhere you look. Spending time in the city during December is one of my favorite things to do, for sure! 

4. Bake Christmas cookies.

Want to feel like a kid again? Just make some cookies! I love decorating them. It’s something I did with my grandma as a kid. It’s super in-expensve, but will make great memories! 

5. Take advantage of store decorations. 

This is a little goofy, but I love to take photos of the Christmas displays at stores. They’re always so beautiful! Some of them look straight out of a Christmas card. Some of my favorite holiday photos this year came from store set-ups!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from my family, to yours! 

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A Collection of Christmas Photos to make your Soul Happy

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The Christmas season is in full swing! It’s my absolute favorite time of the year. There is nothing that makes my soul happier than seeing the streets glowing with Christmas lights. I love cheesy Hallmark movies, the bustle of the shops, giving gifts, and seeing family. And, we can’t forget Christmas music! That may be my favorite thing of all!

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The photographer in me screams with joy starting the day I see my first holiday decoration. If it sparkles, you bet I’ll be taking a picture of it! So, here’s a collection of some of my favorites from the year so far:

 

I hope you all have a fantastic holiday season!

 

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Anxiety: A Life or Death Disorder

I never wanted to leave the house. 

I couldn’t control the racing thoughts going through my brain.

I slept constantly, because it brought peace.

I distanced myself from friends and family. 

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Anxiety isn’t just panic attacks. 

Anxiety is depression. It’s racing thoughts. It’s feeling cut off from the world. It’s always second guessing yourself. It’s feeling like you’re having a heart attack in the middle of the night, out of nowhere. 

There are so many different components to Anxiety Disorder. It doesn’t effect any two people the same. 

You can’t always see anxiety on the outside. It’s an inward battle that takes over a person’s life. It takes ahold of your brain, and doesn’t let go. 

 

Definition of Anxiety Disorder: A group of mental disorders characterized by significant feelings of anxiety or fear. 

That’s a pretty broad definition. It says nothing about what causes it, where it comes from, or why it’s even a thing.

Why? Because, it’s different for everyone. It can be caused because of a person’s environment, an event that caused P.T.S.D., or even a chemical imbalance in the brain. It can manifest in a huge variety of different ways. 

Some people develop O.C.D. 

Some people have irrational fears. (i.e.: the dark, being sick, certain animals, or even leaving the house)

Some people have anxiety/panic attacks. Those come in a thousand different forms. 

 

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Here comes the important part: 

Most people living with Anxiety Disorder are too afraid or ashamed to talk about it. That means they won’t ask for help. People living with Anxiety are at an increased risk for suicide, because they never got the help they needed. Insurance doesn’t always cover mental disorder care. It can be lonely and terrifying. 

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If someone you care about tells you they’re suffering from Anxiety or Depression, PLEASE do not dismiss them. 

Sometimes it’s a matter of life and death. 

 

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