Before i get to posting, I have to apologize for my absents. I have NO IDEA where June went. Oops. If you are reading this...thanks for sticking with me. Now. onto the goods.
Happy Independence Day! I love this holiday for two important reasons... First, our country is an amazing place to live and I think we are enriched by different cultures and people who have so much to offer and contribute to us. Secondly, my sister married a British guy so it's nice to yell, "We're number 1," once a year!
I'm sure you all have your own reasons for liking this day, but no matter how you feel, take some time to reflect back over the past year and notice what you are free from. Are there things or circumstances that used to hold you down and make you feel like you had no hope or future? What have you broken away from that you will never be bound by again? It's easy to get bogged down in our daily lives and lose perspective regarding all we have accomplished. Don't get caught in this trap; let the 4th of July be a bright reminder of what you are capable of.
Right now my family is going in a hundred different directions... My daughter is involved with high school volleyball and my son is busy with his job. Did I mention we are in the middle of trying to buy our first home?! But I am taking each day as an a opportunity to keep a balanced mind, soul, and body. I appreciate that my 2b Mindset is a lifestyle and not some program. I can look back over the past year and see all the things I've relinquished and how free I now am.
Anyway, I just wanted to wish you a happy 4th and let you know you are not alone in whatever hill you might be climbing or whatever struggle you are facing. Independence Day doesn't have to be just about history... Make it your present.
*** Just some of my favorite 4th memories.
I love the 4th of July. I wanted to write a great post for today, but I just cant do as good of a job as my hubby, so...I thought i would let him write todays post. (So, if you have issues with it...sorry, its not me ;-) )
Today you are celebrating another birthday and I want to thank you for being big enough to envelope all of us. You began as an idea and morphed into an experiment until eventually becoming a reality. And at the core of your identity, you've always championed freedom. It's been a process, for sure, and thankfully today's version of 'self-evident equality' is much more inclusive to people who don't look just like the founders. America... You are learning.
I want to pay homage to those who were here before Columbus and the Mayflower and honor those who were brought here by force and made to serve others. Some of our families have lived here for generations while others have carved out a life in the shadows of always looking over our shoulders because America is a chance for a better life even if others don't want us here.
We seem to highlight our differences with venom and a sense of indignant intolerance. It's easy to point out what we don't like about each other. But I think we have so many more things that unite us and bind us together. I wish we'd spend more time focusing on all the commonalities we have and learn to appreciate these differences. America is great because of them, not in spite of them. Today is a day to celebrate our country and one another.
So, I don't care if you voted for Trump or supported Hillary. It doesn't matter if you were a Bernie fanatic or loved Gary Johnson or Jill Stein. You are my brother or sister whether you were born here or are living here undocumented. Gay, straight, Christian, Muslim, left handed, green eyed, Steelers OR Ravens fan, Pepsi lover... I don't care. I love and respect you because you are a human.
Happy 4th of July and I hope that we can extend these feelings until at least the 5th!
Im a 44 year old Mom taking charge of her health and who's passionate about helping you live your healthiest, happiest life.