A blast from the past (2012)-
My daughter and I went through the drive-thru at a local ice cream shop. My daughter ordered a kiddie cone and don’t forget the gummy worm and I got a sugar cone with a double scoop of peppermint stick. The young man hands us our ice cream and closes the window and hurries away.
I was really looking forward to that peppermint stick ice cream. Imagine my surprise when I take a bite and it’s pumpkin. “Ewwww, yuck….and I yell out DUUUUUUUDE!!!!!!!!!!!
No response, so I tap on the drive-thru window and still no response. So I yell out once more-“DUUUUDE!!!!” Another tap, then another tap; finally a young lady comes to check to see what my problem is. Finally! She heads off to fix my peppermint stick cone and leaves the window open.
A mother is standing there with her two constipated children just staring at us. I guess they could hear us as Kristine is imitating me when I was trying to get their attention. “Duuuuuude!!!!” So we are giggling like children and when we turn to look in, these two little girls are giving us major stank eye, which made us laugh even harder. Lighten up Francis!
I love laughter. Especially those deep belly laughs that leave you struggling to catch your breath. Yes, it’s better than ice cream!
A true humorous tale about shoes and betrayal.
It was my birthday. I just turned five years old!! A momentous event! I was sitting on my front porch with my two best friends in the whole world. Stephanie hands me my gift. I excitedly unwrap it. I open the box and there before me was the cutest pair of sandals. How I love shoes! It was the best gift! I was just about to thank her when my other friend yells, “those are my shoes!”
Turns out that her shoes were stolen earlier that day from her front porch.
My two best friends were fighting and my new shoes already repossessed! I didn’t even get to try them on! What a world! I sat heartbroken and contemplating stealing the sandals back (ninja style) later that night. (Joke)
What a birthday! One that I will never forget!
This is dedicated to a very dear friend.
Have you ever beat yourself up over a person that you allowed into your life? Maybe you found out that they are not the person that they pretended to be. It reminds me of something my mother always said. “If you judge people by your heart, you will get hurt.”
You should never beat yourself up for having a loving heart. For wanting to see the good in people. However, I believe there are times where we let our hearts lead the way and ignore what our heads are trying to tell us. This doesn’t make you stupid. Foolish maybe but not stupid. You are human. We want to believe in people. We want to believe that people are like us.
As we get older, these lessons will teach you to pay attention to the red flags. To pay closer attention to the actions of someone and less to their words. You just need to be very honest with what you are seeing in someone. Take those rose-colored glasses off!
You reach a point that people have to prove they are worthy of your time. Period. Your time is precious and so is your heart. I think once you have suffered enough losses you become cautious as to who you allow into your little world. That’s okay! You should be cautious. Experience is a hell of a teacher!
We live, we learn.
I recently had a conversation with someone that in the past had caused me much pain. The details are not relevant to the point of this particular blog.
This was the first time I have been able to speak with this individual without feeling extreme anxiety. We were actually able to have a great conversation. He sincerely apologized for the things he put me through growing up.
This is what I said to him:
“Everyone does things in their life that they are ashamed of. Some might be worse than others. I forgive you but you have to forgive yourself. If you want to do better and be better then you have to forgive yourself. To do that means you have to love yourself enough to look deep inside and to be really honest with yourself. If you don’t do this, you will fall right back into your old patterns. If you want to be better, you have to do this.”
This was not a conversation I ever thought in my entire life that I would have with this individual. I was never able to speak to him without it causing me great pain. So I avoided doing so altogether.
I realized that I never want to be the reason someone suffers. Especially when they are genuinely trying to get their life together. I don’t want to be the type of person that hurts others just because they hurt me. I also realized that the pain I’ve held for all of these years was poisoning me. If I want to be better, to do better then I have to follow my own advice.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. ~Mahatma Gandhi
Some of you have read previous blogs where I have shared about my chronic pain issues. If not allow me to summarize-OUCH!
I have two spinal fusions, I have arthritis and I have fibromyalgia. There are many things that I use to help with my pain. Cold packs, rice packs, Epsom Salt baths and my best friend Peppermint oil.
I do want to warn anyone with skin sensitivities to be careful before using. Peppermint oil gets very warm when applied to the skin. Very warm. Also never (and I cannot stress this enough) apply to sensitive areas such as the armpits. NEVER! You will want to die. Trust me.
You may want to dilute it using a carrier oil such as jojoba. If you still find that it is not possible for you to use Peppermint oil due to skin sensitivities, try Wintergreen oil. It helps with pain as well without the warming affect.
So why is it so effective? Because Peppermint oil has anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. The warming sensation helps your body to relax also.
It’s no wonder it has gained popularity with athletic departments to help athletes with sore muscles after workouts. It also has shown to improve athletes’ performances when used orally on a regular basis.
There are many benefits of using Peppermint oil. From upset stomach, to congestion to headaches. I encourage you to research how to use it for these specific ailments before doing so.
I have convinced many people to try Peppermint oil. Some were non-believers until they saw relief from pain within minutes.
I use it so much, my house smells like Christmas year round!
So if you have any of the ailments listed above, I encourage you to give it a try. What do you have to lose?