I have had a major life changing event since my last post earlier this month, but I wanted to let everyone know I am still here.
I’m usually a very optimistic person who has always tried to find the best in everything and to help others see the best in themselves or their situations. These past few weeks have been a real struggle for me to find the good in anything. Joy for life had been knocked out of me all in one fell swoop.
I’m on my way to finding myself again, but I have a Very. Long. Road. ahead of me. In the meantime, I want to share a few words of encouragement for others. Well, and maybe for me too. I need to know I can still find words to write.
I posted a while back about the power of positivity and how much of a staunch believer in that I’ve been. I’d like to think that I still have that in me, even if it’s hidden from me right now. Even in our darkest days, there is always hope and good to be found. These are a few lessons I’ve learned over the past couple of weeks:
- Even though you may feel like you’re alone, you’re really not.
- Don’t be afraid to reach out because someone WILL be there for you. Who it is may surprise you.
- You don’t have to suffer your pain alone. It’s okay to ask for help.
- Life is always changing.
- Never take anything or anyone for granted.
- Cherish what you have as it can be gone from you in a moment.
- Hug people often. It helps soothe your soul.
- Allow other people to take care of you for a while.
- It’s okay to take chances. How will you ever know if you don’t try?
- When all else fails, turn your favorite music up LOUD so it drowns out the thoughts in your head.
- Try and try again.
- Never give up hope. EVER.
I received an email Thursday morning that absolutely made my day! That Crafty Lunch Lady has been nominated as a top food blog for 2014!!!!!! If I could do cartwheels, I probably would have been doing them in my living room this morning. Instead, I just did a crazy happy dance with my dogs and woke my husband up with my squealing!
I am so honored to have been selected alongside so many other terrific blogs! That Crafty Lunch Lady is not yet a year old, but it’s getting out there and is being recognized. I never dreamed, that in less than a year, I would receive such an honor.
When I first started out, I wasn’t sure in what direction my blog would lead. I just know I’ve had this burning desire to start writing again and blogging was the perfect answer. While I have written about a wide variety of topics over the past nine months, food seems to be the one subject that I keep gravitating back to. Makes sense though, as I AM a “Foodie” through and through….
To keep the momentum growing, I would LOVE to have your support of my blog to help raise it up to be one of the Top 10 Food Blogs of 2014. Click the blue “Vote For Me” badge on the right hand side of this page and add your vote! Thank you voiceBoks for the honor of being included in such a wonderful list of blogs!!
Also, be sure to follow and/or subscribe to That Crafty Lunch Lady, as I will keep on sharing my favorite recipes, weird food combinations, and, of course, my own personal reviews of food eaten outside our home. You will also find other topics will continue to be sprinkled amongst the food posts as I am “That Crafty Lunch Lady” and you’ll never know what I might have up my sleeve next!