Summer Vacation is a Must

We all need to take time off for our and others’ sanity!  I will be taking time away from my blog to de-stress, refresh and get some sun.  I will be back for Merry Monday and Happy New Week on August 6th.

Please take some time out for yourselves this summer!  You deserve it!!!! 🙂 ❤

Until next time, you are NOT alone!  –Jenn

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Welcome July in all your Splendor!

Happy July 1st!

Happy birthday Nanny Grammy, love and miss you!  I cannot think of a better way to bring in July than with a beautiful human’s birthday!!

What comes to mind when you think of July?

For me it is birthdays!!!  My Great Grandmom, Grandmom, Mom and myself were all born in July! Not to mention another 10-15 people in my life.  So October was a busy month! 😉

Family beach vacations, sun, heat, July 4th, swimming, cook-outs all come to mind.  July always makes me happy!

The one thing that I do not find as exciting as everyone else is my birthday.  I have not always felt this way, but it has been a vicious cycle for many years.  I know I am worthy of celebration but what happens when you just do not want to be celebrated or see the reason to celebrate?  I am so guilty of this, especially this year because I am hitting a giant Sand Dune! 40!!!

Have you stopped appreciating yourself?  Have a hard time taking compliments?  Can you not see the things other see?

This is me, yes to all three of the above.  I have stopped appreciating myself and therefore think others should fall suit.  Jenn, why would you do that?  Sometimes it is just easier to believe the negative than to look for the positive because your mind has thought that way for so long.  There is not always an answer I can provide, people may just feel this way.

However, this year I am going to try to embrace my birthday and every day in a more positive and welcoming light.  I have tried my way and failed for far too long, don’t you think I should try something new?  How about you?

Do any of you not feel worthy?  It does not have to be about your birthday it can be any aspect of life.  Know that you are worthy of everything and more!!  The voices in your head were put there by you and others.  You were not born with these things.  Therefore, you can change those voices to like you instead.

The P!nk song “F***ing Perfect” says all of this beautifully!  This song is so inspiring and is my song for you, today and every day!  You are Perfect!  *Explicit lyrics, sorry 😦

“You’re so mean, when you talk, about yourself you were wrong.  Change the voices in your head, make them like you instead!”    

Could it be said any better?

Know that you are enough.  You deserve to be celebrated!  Be kind to yourself and allow compliments and celebrations.  We owe it to ourselves to be kind, forgive and remember we are humans at the end of the day!

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Until next time, you are not alone! –Jenn

 

 

 

 

Why Hello There Summer.

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Happy Summer Solstice Everyone!

Okay, so, this morning at 6:07 am Eastern, Summer arrived.  Well, what does that mean for all of us? And why should we care, I thought this post was about self-help?  I’m also a teacher guys, sorry!  I love to share information I can find!

The summer solstice begins when the tilt of Earth’s axis is most inclined towards the sun directly above the Tropic of Cancer. The winter solstice, which falls on Friday, Dec. 21 this year, is the exact opposite. Today is the longest day of the year and it also marks the beginning of winter for the Southern Hemisphere.  Cool, huh?!

If perhaps, you are reading this from the Arctic Circle, you will not see the sunset but a few minutes today.  So to all of you, enjoy, put on some sunscreen and pull the blinds tonight for bed!

Many countries around the world have celebrations for solstice.  Sweden celebrates Midsummer, or summer solstice, by dancing around Maypoles and drinking. Slovakia celebrates Kupala or cupid night.  And we can’t forget Stonehenge, one of the largest celebrations in the world; thousands gather to welcome the solstice and get married.

The term solstice derives from Latin “sol” meaning “sun” and “sistere” which means “to make stand.”  My advice, go stand in the sun!  Sounds close enough.

Anywho, today, in PA we will get approximately 15-15.5 glorious hours of Vitamin D!  Use this gloriously long day, to go soak in some sunshine, revel in the beauty of nature and listen to the songs of the birds.  Nature has a really strange and easy way of making you feel oneness instead of aloneness.

Until next time-J

 

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