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    Lifestyle,  Relationships & Family

    Need a Last Minute Valentine’s Day Idea?

    Hearts and Chocolates and Cupid, Oh My! February is often associated with love. There are often lots of weddings, proposals, and first dates taking place this month. This shouldn’t be a surprise considering one of the most romantic holidays rests right in the middle of the month. Of course, I’m talking about Valentine’s Day. How you celebrate Valentine’s Day can depend on a lot of things. Some couples prefer the classic date night. If you’re single, you might be preparing for a girls night out or a game night with the guys. Parents often take out their children for a fun night. The possibilities are endless. If you’re running short…

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    New year… New me?

    First of all, Happy New Year! I decided to take a little break after the holiday to realign and figure out the direction I wanted to take my blog this year. While I’m still ironing out the details, I’ve got some pretty good ideas and I’m so excited to share them with you in due time. New Year’s Resolutions Everyone knows that by the end of December, the most popular topic of conversation is what you’ve decided to set for your New Year’s resolution. Some people want to get in shape or lose weight. Some want to quit smoking. Some want to be more active in the religious community. Some…

  • Motivation

    12 Days of Christmas Letters: Day 12… kind of

    Day 12(ish): My Christmas Wish Merry Christmas! I hope your day is (or was, depending on when you are reading this) a marvelous event spent just the way you were hoping. I’m taking a quick minute while everything is quiet to write my final Christmas letter, and it’s a letter to you. My Dear Readers, I want to say thank you for all of the love, support, and encouragement that you have given me since I began writing this blog. The Most Rewarding Life certainly would not be what it is without each and every one of you. I wanted to take a moment to share with you My Christmas…

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    12 Days of Christmas Letters: Day 11

    Day 11: The Gift of Confidence Dear Cici, For years you have struggled to see your worth. A couple people may have made a negative comment and you just cling to it as truth. You’ve grown and come away from the really bad negative thinking, but you haven’t yet reached the level you should be on. You’re at a strange in-between phase. We just have to get you over that hump. Christmas is almost here, and the year will be over quickly after that. I want 2019 to be a year of great things for you but you’re going to have to chase down and go after what you want.…

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    12 Days of Christmas Letters: Day 10

    Day 10: The Gift of Freedom to Fail Dear Cici, I want to share something with you that I read recently:   “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey   There are so many things in your life that have never tried because you had the simple fear that you might fail. You have to understand something: failure is not only an option, it is perfectly okay! Some of the greatest discoveries didn’t come until after several, hear me, several failures. Think about how often you read success stories of people who started with next to…

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    12 Days of Christmas Letters: Day 9

    Day 9: The Gift of Commitment Dear Future Cici, I’m not sure how far away you are, but I imagine that wherever you are you are happy and successful and free. Free from the things I’m currently fighting to break away from. Free from the memories I am healing from. Free from those inner demons I am trying so desperately hard to vanquish. I can almost see it. I can almost see you. Fully confident and unafraid, making your own rules and living a life where you are truly joyful and at peace. I want to get there. I will get there. So today am giving you the gift of…

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    12 Days of Christmas Letters: Day 8

    Day 8: The Gift of Encouragement Dear 16-year-old Cici, My sweet, awkward, quiet girl. I wish you could get through life with the knowledge of how things are working out for us. It would make things so much easier and you would understand things much sooner. I won’t lie and say things are perfect, but they’re pretty good. It just takes us a little time to get things sorted out. We have the family you can now only dream of. We went through some bumps and detours, but we finally found the right road. Eventually, we learn to accept ourselves and even love ourselves. It’s amazing. I wish we could…

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    12 Days of Christmas Letters: Day 7

    Day 7: The Gift of Time Dear Cici, People ask you all the time how you manage your time so well. You have your family of six, your full-time job, and your blog. You somehow keep up with appointments and deadlines and work meetings and still have time for church on Sundays. Let’s face it: no matter the task, you get the job done. If we can be honest though, you are not the greatest at managing your time. It’s very easy to get lost in time wasting activities and forget about priorities. Since we can’t create any extra hours in the day, we have to figure out a way…

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    12 Days of Christmas Letters: Day 6

    Day 6: The Gift of Love Dear Cici, I want to apologize. For years I have placed you on the back burner. I have not given you the time, attention, and commitment that you deserve. I continually place other things and other people ahead of what is best for you. Because of this, I continually hurt you time and time again. I know I’ve said in the past that I will act right and put you first, but the words were empty and hollow. I know I said I would take better care of you, but I fell short on that promise, too. So today I’m declaring a fresh start…

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    12 Days of Christmas Letters: Day 5

    Day 5: The Gift of Gratitude Dear Cici, ‘Tis the season of giving. Are you feeling it yet? I sense you’re still a little ‘Bah, Humbug-ish’, so allow me to present you with today’s gift. Today I want to give you the gift of gratitude. I know, you’re probably confused on why I’m giving you a gift that is essentially telling you to be happy with what you already have. Allow me to explain. Christmastime easily turns into the season of shiny objects. It’s not difficult at all to get caught up in wanting new, more, and better things. You deserve to have nice things. And trust me, when the…