• Reflections,  The Mind

    12 Days of Christmas Letters: Day 1

    Introduction Every year around this time, like so many other people I get caught up with what I can do and buy for others. So caught up, in fact, that I sometimes forget about taking care of myself or I forget that I deserve nice things too. Now, this is not about to be reasons for me to be selfish. That would be extremely Grinch-like! I am however giving myself 12 gifts this year as a reminder that there is nothing wrong with rememperfect myself at Christmastime and always that I am enough. Day 1: The Gift of Hope Dear Cici, I know it hasn’t always been easy to see…

  • Around The House

    My Christmas Playlist Must-Haves!

    Happy December!! I had some issues with my site so this past week so this post is a little delayed. Luckily everything is back up and running so let’s get this thing started, shall we? It’s so hard to believe that we’ve already reached December. That means that Christmas and a brand new year are just around the corner! Decorations, great food, and new plans and resolutions are filling social media and blogs all over the internet. Along with a battle of whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Hmmm… Guess I’ll have to rewatch it and evaluate! Anyway… Here in the Ward House, the Christmas music has…

  • Relationships & Family

    Maintaining Healthy Friendships As An Adult

    Child’s Play Do you remember back in elementary school when life was so easy and making new friends was as simple as saying “Hey, cool light up shoes! Want to be friends?” And just like that, you had yourself a new best friend. It’s a bit more difficult at 30-something to walk up and just ask someone if they want to be friends. They will probably think you’re crazy. There are steps you have to take now. Small talk, social media swapping, eventually phone numbers but don’t call or text too soon or too often. It’s like we’ve added rules to making and maintaining adult friendships, and now it’s just…

  • The Mind

    The Power of ‘What If?’

    What if… Two of the smallest words in the English language, and yet when you put them together they become two of the most powerful. Have you ever stopped to think about just how strong this one phrase is? It can stop or start action or thought, bring a new invention into creation, or spark an amazing new relationship. Any of this can come from just two little words: What if? I have said ‘What if’ many, many times throughout my life. Both good and bad decisions have been born because of a ‘what if’. What if I move out on my own, whether I’m ready or not? What if…

  • Health & Fitness,  The Mind

    Five Bad Habits to Kick This Fall for a More Rewarding Life

    When I say bad habits, your mind probably automatically thinks of things like biting your nails, smoking, overeating, or talking during movies. Maybe you spend too much money, or perhaps like me, you have a tendency to run late sometimes. (Let’s be real, if you read my post Granting Myself Grace then you know I’m late for almost everything. I’m working on it, haha.) While these are all bad habits that should be replaced with better ones, they aren’t the kind of bad habits I want to talk about in this post. A bad habit is a negative pattern of behavior that has been repeated so frequently it has become…

  • Reflections,  The Mind

    Granting Myself Grace

    This post is inspired by a book called Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy written by Emily Ley. To read more or purchase your own copy, click here. (Please note this is an affiliate link, which simply means that if you make a purchase using that link, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.) Have you ever wondered why it’s so easy for us to see the good in others, yet it’s so hard for us to see the positive in ourselves? We can seem to explain why someone else deserves grace, but are ruthless when it comes to granting ourselves even the smallest…

  • Around The House

    Are You Hurricane Ready?

    Hey y’all! If you’ve been paying attention to the news recently (and probably even if you haven’t), then you’re probably aware of Hurricane Florence hanging out in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of the Carolinas. At the time of this writing, she is a Category 2 Hurricane with winds around 120MPH. For those who don’t know, I live in central North Carolina so we are on alert and paying close attention to any changes and emergency alerts that may come out. I want to put out a quick post and give some tips for readers on how to get “hurricane ready”, even if it’s last minute. How to…

  • The Beginner's Guide to Walt Disney World
    Reflections

    A Beginner’s Guide to Disney World

    THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS(*), WHICH JUST MEANS THAT IF YOU PURCHASE SOMETHING THROUGH THAT LINK, I MAY EARN A SMALL COMMISSION AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU. PLEASE SEE DISCLOSURE POLICY FOR MORE INFORMATION.   My husband and I had been talking about a family vacation to Walt Disney World for years. Like many families, it was something that we thought would just be way too expensive for a family of six. We’ve been paying a lot more attention to our finances and decided that this year, if we could create and stick to a savings plan, use some of our tax refund, then we could totally make our dreams…

  • The Mind

    30 Things That Make Me Happy

    We live in a world where it’s really easy to find the negative, but it seems like it takes a lot of effort to find the positive. There are external battles going on in society, in our community, maybe in our homes. If you’re at all like me, there’s also an internal battle going on inside the mind. Stress, anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder can make for some very dark days and moments where control seems to slip away. Luckily, I have learned and am continuing to learn to seek out the light in the midst of the darkness. There’s always a reason to smile. When I think of the…

  • Blogging

    Versatile Blogger Award

    Hey y’all!! I’m so very excited to tell you that The Most Rewarding Life was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. I want to say a big thank you to Lauren, who runs things over at Bustin Out Beauty. She is an amazing writer, a big encouragement for me, and she can rock a hat like nobody’s business! Be sure to check her blog out and show her some love. I was also nominated by Victoria from Wake Up To Wanderlust and want to send a big thank you to her as well!! She runs a travel and experience blog that you must check out!! Thanks, ladies!! So what is…