I’m sure that most of you have noticed that I’ve been a bit MIA lately – or at least the last week. My blog has been quiet and my thoughts not as visible as they normally are. Honestly, I haven’t been feeling very well the since Saturday – but on a quick road to recovery… thankfully, I had only been running a fever with an achy body. I hope the worst is behind me. I have a few posts in the works, but just didn’t feel like I wanted to talk about makeup on my blog today- so I figured I would share a little Motivational Monday for all of you. It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten personal – so here it goes.
“I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.” – Maya Angelou
Those that know me, know I’m just a humble person… always striving to make sure my Husband and Sons have what they need and making sure those around me feel wanted and loved. But little know the struggle that I have had growing up. Picture it… a little Hawaiian Hula Girl living in a Paradise that was not quite Paradise for me. Don’t get it twisted, Hawaii is beautiful and is a tropical oasis filled with hopes and dreams… but it’s expensive to live here.. houses now a days averaging $800K for a 3 bedroom the size of a cottage, cars that cost $20K brand new in the States (Mainland) cost $40K here. There is definitely a price to pay when living in Paradise. I grew up a little girl who knew my family didn’t have much, but it didn’t keep me from my dreams and aspirations for my future. My parents worked hard – to make sure my siblings and I had everything we needed to get where we needed to go and gave use the encouragement to push through and persevere.
So – why the reason for this post? Well, I’m now 34 years old and while life still offers its choice of challenges, Life is Good. Summer has hit Hawaii in full swing and the days are beautiful and warm, my family has their health and we are living good. I have come a long way from the poor little girl with frizzy curly hair, hula skirt and rubber slippers (flip flops) and have become a well respected woman in society (although – I still rock out my rubbah slippahs). Did it all happen over night? Well, of course not – but I worked hard, prayed and asked God for guidance, have an awesome support system and of course – Believed in my myself. This once poor little girl is happy and content where life has taken her and looks forward to God’s gifts bestowed upon me.
I’m not gonna lie… it is probably one of the most difficult things anyone can do… “Think Positive!” Seriously, how is that even possible when the World is riddled with negativity ready to throw itself at you? I’ll admit that there are times that I feel like I am surrounded by the negativeness that I try so hard to run from. But, such is life and as a society we need to just stop and move on. You life is your sanctuary and you must think of it as such… be rid of all the negative things or those that offer negative or unhappy thoughts and know that you are better than that. Fill your sanctuary with love and kindness and know that you are the only thing keeping you from being who and what you want to be. At the end of the day… You must “Believe in Yourself” or as I would say to myself in my head or out loud when I feel like times are tough or I’m in a dark place… “Believe in Me!”
Wishing you all a wonderful and fabulous week filled with thoughts of love and happiness. Be Happy and Believe in Yourself.
A little music for your soul from Paula Fuga.