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F.E.A.R. -Face- everything- and- RISE

๐Ÿค” How many times have you been asked โ€œAre you afraidโ€ or โ€œWhat are you afraid ofโ€? ๐Ÿค”

Iโ€™ve been asked many times and my answer is usually the same. I have none. ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Well I guess I do, ever since I became a mom ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘งand I have others to think of, beside myself. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿฅฐ

Those fears aside, when it comes to my hopes and dreams, I have none. What do I have to lose ๐Ÿค”? #nothing What do I have to gain? #everything

What are you waiting for? ๐Ÿค” Iโ€™m tired of putting others dreams before mine. Iโ€™m tired of allowing my aspirations sit on the back burner, while I help others rise and prosper. Itโ€™s me time! Itโ€™s #yearofanna time.

I only have myself to blame for it. I chose to allow others to do what they have done. I donโ€™t make excuses anymore. I make ๐ŸŒŠ waves. I make tik toks ๐Ÿ˜‚. I make videos, write blogs, post quotes, write books, take pictures, become an investor. You name it. The sky is the limit๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿคฉ!

So, what are you waiting for ๐Ÿค” What is holding you back ๐Ÿค” The time is now-go get em ๐Ÿฏ!

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โ™ป๏ธLife and lemons ๐Ÿ‹

When life gets you down and you just want to cry; lemons are bright and sometimes they shine. Fruit of the earth ๐ŸŒ and mixed with some sea ๐ŸŒŠ … thatโ€™s all it takes to make a stiff drink for me. #limoncello #ice #life #lemons #laugh #live #cry #drink #dance #be #perfectlyimperfect

๐Ÿถ๐ŸฐFur Angels ๐Ÿ˜‡ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

๐Ÿค” Show of hands or Likes or ๐Ÿ’žโ€˜s below โฌ‡๏ธโฌ if you would rather spend the whole day with your pet rather than some family members (I said some, not all) ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿป๐Ÿคš๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ.

๐Ÿถ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿข๐Ÿญ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿท๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿด๐ŸฆŽPets are priceless. ๐ŸฅฐThey are worth more than gold ๐Ÿ’ฑ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’Ž. They love ๐Ÿ’— you, when even you canโ€™t stand yourself ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ. They are always happy to see you ๐Ÿ˜ป and always want to play or eat or cuddle by you โ˜บ๏ธ.

What more can you ask for? Isnโ€™t that what all of us seek๐Ÿง? Unconditional, non judgmental, no questions asked, flaws and all, showered or stinky.. love ๐Ÿ’•

My fur angel ๐Ÿ˜‡ is named Gizmo. He is a 4 year old papillon who we rescued -adopt donโ€™t shop! His name was Boris and his mom was Natasha when we adopted him at 3 months from Rescue Warriors out of Elgin. Kelsey was his foster mamma and we are still friends on social media.

Gizmo filled a void that no one else could, of no fault to them. You see I had lost my first fur baby, Minnie- a Pomeranian, months before we were blessed with Gizmo. She was my first angel ๐Ÿ˜‡. She will always be. I still miss her dearly. She was with us for almost 17 years and still looked like a puppy. She was the best dog anyone could ever ask for. She was my baby. My ex husband made this comment when my first daughter was born; he said โ€œyou talk to our daughter like you talk to Minnie.โ€ I said โ€œof course, Minnie is my first baby and now I have my own.โ€

I take walks daily, or try to, because thatโ€™s what makes Gizmo happy. It makes me happy too. We buy him the treats he likes. He loves clothes, especially shirts -yes he actually likes clothes – itโ€™s not torture to him, I promise. We play with him and encourage him and cuddle or take pictures and post tik toks. He is a HAM .. lol he LOVES the camera and pictures / videos – I made him that way.. ever since he was a puppy. He knows he is my baby and he will always be.

He is family and he would die for me. He may seem small but he will take you down if you try to hurt me or anyone that he loves, his pack, his family. We are truly blessed to have Gizmo and now his buddy Vienna, a dachshund . They are so cute when they play. Brothers from another mother. Best buds, pals, friends, frenemies.

Fur babies are the best, especially in times like these when you are alone and stuck in the house. They bring joy, a reason to live, for some. They need you and you need them. There are so many that are waiting to be adopted or even to just spend time with them at the shelter.

Donate if you are able or canโ€™t have one or are allergic . Donate your time if you donโ€™t have the money, thatโ€™s even more priceless and Iโ€™m sure your local shelter can use the help. I guarantee you that you will leave with a smile and sense of purpose, even if you already had one. Give back to those who can not give you anything in return.. actually thatโ€™s a lie.. they will give you everything in return.. they will give you their undying love and affection. What are you waiting for!?

Gratitude

Happy Monday ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜’

Ok ok Iโ€™ll admit it, even I, the self proclaimed ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป queen of positivity๐Ÿ‘‘ has her days/moments/mornings/afternoons/evenings of doubt,fear,frustrations ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ˜”. Iโ€™m allowed, Iโ€™m human, Iโ€™m crabby, I can be sad too.

So everyone keeps telling me; I read it everywhere too๐Ÿ™„ practice the art of gratitude, โœ๏ธ write a gratitude journal ๐Ÿ“” blah blah.. I keep saying โ€œ I donโ€™t need to write anything, Iโ€™m grateful everyday, I know Iโ€™m blessed-am grateful for all that I have.โ€

Ok ๐Ÿ‘Œ ok .. I gave in๐Ÿ‘. I wrote a page today and I will have to admit, it felt good and I was shocked I didnโ€™t come up with more. I know Iโ€™m missing a ton, but this is what is on my mind-today- that Iโ€™m grateful for.. at this very moment. ๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ. I think ๐Ÿ’ญ Iโ€™m going to do this again tomorrow โœ….

I need to buy a few more journals today. It seems that I have a lot on my mind that I want to get all out.. ๐Ÿง๐Ÿค“ ๐Ÿค” I havenโ€™t written this much in years… it feels ๐Ÿ‘ great, I have to admit. ๐Ÿฅฐ. Suddenly my Monday morning blahs ๐Ÿ˜‘ ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ž arenโ€™t so blah anymore. My frown has turned upside down ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™ƒ

No joke.. no BS. I should have listened to my cousin Vinny, my friends, family, and so many others who have told me to do the same.๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ. Iโ€™m so friggin stubborn.. Iโ€™ll be the first to admit ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ.

My name is Anna (ah-na) even though I always settle for Aaa naaa and introduce myself that way ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ. .. and I am stubborn ! Shocking!? Right ?! Lol ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜. .. Heyyyyy.. admitting is the first step to recovery.. not sure if this is something that will take me a lifetime of journals and meditation ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ and acupuncture etc to overcome.. I am stubborn.. committed.. dedicated and I am going to try ๐Ÿคš๐Ÿป๐ŸคโœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿ––๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸคŸ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿค๐Ÿป๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿผ I promise.. Girl Scout, mom, boss bitch -honor (P.S- I wasnโ€™t a Girl Scout)

I dare you, if you havenโ€™t tried this, if youโ€™re stubborn like me, try this. Write down what you are thankful for. Youโ€™d be surprised-I was ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ฒ. Here is mine, for today. Feel free to share as well, no judgement and Iโ€™d love to see it ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ซ. #grateful #thankful #blessed #yearofanna #yearofus