Replace “No” With “Yes”

I stopped waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel and lit that b-tch up myself.

 

We wait for jobs.  We wait for opportunities.  We wait to see if we will get that promotion.  We wait for more income.  We wait for the “other” person to make the first move.  We wait to travel.  We wait for our friends to contact us.  We wait for summer, fall, winter or spring.  We wait for a “certain” time.

What are the things you have always wanted to do?  What are the places you have always wanted to travel to?  What is your dream job?  What is your dream life?

Answer these questions honestly.  Write a list if you must.

My question to you is – Why in the world haven’t you done those things?  What is honestly holding you back?  More importantly, what are you waiting for?  Why don’t you have a plan to tackle these goals?

I used to live someone else’s dream.  I lived vicariously through other people and their experiences.  I did not go away to college.  I did not have the college lifestyle that many people get to have; dorm life, drinking late hours and partying, sorority sisters, frat parties – I had those experiences THROUGH others.  It was either my boyfriend that I had at the time or friends I had that were away at school and I would visit them.

Of course, you are age 18-22 and you don’t know what you are doing in life yet.  However, I was not having my own experiences.  I spent so much of my late teens and early twenties living through others experiences and doing what others wanted to do.  I put myself last when this time in my life, I should have been the most selfish.  Unfortunately, not many of us realized that!

Life took its toll and took my parents away from me.  Still reeling from those deaths, I was shortly diagnosed with cancer on and off for the next 3 years.  LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE ALERT!

Once in remission for my final time, all I wanted to do was live life. That was my goal.  My friends and I will tell you that this particular summer was probably all of our favorite summers together.  We all spent every single day of the summer months together and we all bonded and became so much closer than we already were.  One of my best friends and I had an urge to take a trip together.  We started to “get into” wine at this point and decided that a trip to Napa Valley was something we wanted to do!  It was planned within two months!

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Was this something I have always wanted to do?  Yes and no.  Before this, I had never traveled alone with a friend or planned a vacation by myself.  I didn’t know what I was doing, and neither of us had a set plan for going out to Napa, nor was Napa our planned destination.  We ended up going for a week with NOTHING on our agenda and decided what we wanted to do once we got there.

I could have had hundreds of excuses.  “I don’t want to spend the money”, “I don’t want to travel that far”, or “Let’s wait until next year”.  This is something that I have wanted to do and God knows I needed a vacation!  It was something I truly wanted to do, so I did it.  It is still one of my favorite vacations to this day (yes, it even comes close to my honeymoon in Maui!).  I feel my life was finally jump started into finding what I wanted to do specifially in my life and I started learning to become selfish for ME.

Since beating cancer in 2013, I have been to more states and have been on more vacations than I have in my previous 25 years of life.  I have been wine tasting in Napa Valley, I have been to Cancun, I have been all over Michigan for weekend stays,  I have been to Maui, San Diego and I ran a half marathon in Disney World in Orlando Florida.  I already have two vacations planned for 2018 which is Guatemala and a return trip to Napa Valley!

I don’t make six figures a year.  I own a house.  I have student loans.  I have bills to pay.  But I make it WORK because it is something that I love doing.  I can’t imagine not visiting these places.  I can’t imagine not exploring these places in my lifetime.  Life has shown me that I should not waste time.  It keeps slapping me in the face pretty hard that I can’t take life for granted!

Why do you wait for love to come and find you?  You have probably done this in your life before; sat around and maybe you weren’t getting the attention you desired from someone because he/she was not texting you, not calling you, or not making plans.  STOP WASTING YOUR TIME WITH THOSE PEOPLE and make it happen with someone else.  Life is too short to waste time with people who don’t appreciate you or VALUE time with you.  The first time I have EVER asked for a man’s number was the first and last time I ever needed to because I am now married to him.  If a relationship is something you really want, go out and find it for yourself and don’t wait for it to come to you!

Why are you waiting to see if your job will turn out better/get a promotion?  If you think you deserve better, find something better.  You have the entire power in your hands at this moment to apply to any job or find something that better suits you.  Do you think you are too old to do something like that?  That is also something that shouldn’t hold you back.

Stop waiting

My advice to you is to stop waiting.  Stop waiting for the right time.  Take it from someone who knows and has had many reminders that life is short.  This message doesn’t have to be about the “bigger” things in life and that this is a reminder to cut the bull with a former friend over a stupid argument or any grudges that you have with family.  This could be about taking chances in all aspects in life.  I wanted to share with you how I began to take chances to make my life something that I am PROUD of.

Thank you again for reading!

-Lo

P.S. – I am looking for Laugh Always Ambassadors!  Head on over to the “Ambassador” section up at the top to join spreading the Laugh Always lifestyle and to inspire and motivate those who can’t find the motivation <3.  Join the movement!

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My Second Award – Blogger Recognition Award!

Well, this just keeps better and better and I keep asking myself “Why didn’t I start this blog sooner?”  I guess now is the perfect time with how fast this is growing!

I have been nominated for my second blogger award – The Blogger Recognition Award!

Blogger Recognition Award Nomination

I want to start out by saying a huge THANK YOU to Preeti Gaur for giving me the nomination!  Her blog is http://www.scenariooflife.com/  She is a brand new blogger herself so it was awesome to get nominated by a peer!  She was inspired by her Papa to finally start her own writings and writing has always been a strong calling for her.  Congrats to her for getting nominated as well!

So what is blogger recognition award ?

Blogger Recognition Award is given to bloggers by bloggers to encourage and acknowledge the hard work and effort that goes into creating posts.  It’s an opportunity for bloggers to recognize one another for each of our contributions to their blog and the blogging community!

How did you start your blog?

This is the third time I have started the “Laugh Always” blog.  I never went past writing my first blog and never shared my other entries but now it felt like the write time!  To learn more about Laugh Always, head on over to my very first blog post here!

Two pieces of advice for newbies:

  • Be yourself – do not look at what other people are doing.  Sure, take advice but at the end of the day, no one likes a copycat!
  • Have faith in the process and write down your goals.  You will not have overnight success.  Make yourself a list of goals!

My nominees:

https://healthfitnesstips4.blogspot.com/

http://www.myspiritualvibes.com/

http://www.misisblog.com/

http://www.bebeshamo.com/

https://tonyatakesiton.com/

https://dreamybuzz.com/

https://www.simplysaidy.com/

http://toomuchlemonade.com/

http://www.onlinelivingblog.com/

http://successwithadress.com/

http://cheeky-bird.com/

https://playdatesandprotests.com/

http://rocsirockstheblog.com/

http://www.mindfulnessinfaithandfood.com/

When you are nominated, there are few simple steps that you need to take to accept the award nomination and the guidelines are as follows:

  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers to nominate.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

Congrats to these nominees – all of these blog sites are beautiful!  I can’t wait to see your posts!

Thank you again to Preeti for the nomination – I can’t believe the recognition I have received in just the short time!

Thanks for reading!

-Lo

Someone other than my friends read my blog…

I have been nominated for a Liebster Award!  What is that you ask?

The Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the Internet and was created to recognize and discover new bloggers. The earliest case of the award dates back to 2011 and since then it’s been a yearly award. It’s a way of recognizing new bloggers by fellow bloggers, commending their hard work and dedication to their writing. The award is recognized in the blogging community as an honorable badge of accomplishment. Nominees are selected by previous award nominees so the cycle of supporting one another continues.

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So other writers have recognized my work – I’ve been doing this for a month.  Something that I have held out on for over six years.  Wow – I didn’t expect for OTHER people to read my entries and actually like and maybe even CONNECT with the material.  I can’t wait to keep going.

There are rules to a “Liebster award post”.  

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well
  2. Display the award on your blog by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.
  3. For 2017 Liebster Award, I will be shaking things up! Write a 150-300 word post about your favorite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  4. Provide 10 random facts about yourself (this is optional, but if you wish to engage with your readers it’s a great idea to include random facts about yourself).
  5. Nominate 5-11 blogs that you feel deserve the award who have less than 200 followers (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information)
  6. List these rules in your post. (You can copy and paste from here or simply include the link below to the official rules website).
  7. Select 11 questions for the individuals/blogs you nominated.
  8. Inform the people/blogs that you selected of their nomination for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them to your post.

 

So let’s get the party started!  I was actually nominated by TWO different bloggers – which I am so thankful for.  I have been doing this maybe a month now and it is so awesome to be recognized very early on by the blogging community.

I was nominated by Liron Freind-Saadon – her blog is https://marriedplusthree.wordpress.com/ . Her blog is about her family, her life, and some comical pregnancy stories!  Her latest post that is dedicated to her four year old is an awesome post!

I was also nominated by Tessa Van Dyk – her blog is http://www.momwithapassionblog.com/ .  Her blog is about raising a child with Autism – something that is more commonplace now than it ever was.  I have a friend who is raising two young boys with Autism so I appreciated this read.  Her page has some great quotes on it also!

My absolute favorite blog lately has been theladygang.com .  Everything about that blog is awesome – women empowerment and amazing products that they review.  Great fashion, great podcast, humor and no bullsh*t !

10 Random Facts About Yours Truly

1.) I love purple (can you tell?)
2.) The Lion King is the best Disney movie ever!
3.) I love chicken wings – if they weren’t so high in calories I would literally eat them everyday.
4.) I am an enormous Chicago Cubs fan!  (GO CUBS GO and yes WAYYY before they won the World Series!  My senior pictures were Cubs themed…)
5.) Zac Efron is my husband – he doesn’t know it yet (I guess my 2nd husband since I already have one…)
6.)  I really like wine – but we don’t have an exclusive relationship.  I would love to be a sommelier.
7.) Chicago is the best city ever – (I have never been to LA and NY but I don’t think that would be a game changer)
8.) Maui and Napa are my all-time favorite vacation spots.
9.) I love summer!  (Like really like it, where I despise fall; sorry basic b*tches)
10.) I do like Pumpkin Spiced Lattes (basics like me again; also I could drink these everyday)

Liron Freind-Saadon asked me these questions:

  1. Where are you from?  Dyer, IN (near Chicago, IL)
  2. Where do you live now?  Dyer, IN (soon Chicago)
  3. What made you start blogging? It felt like it was time to finally share my story.  I have a desire to help people constantly
  4. Tips for other bloggers? I am brand new as it is and I feel like I know nothing, but a tip would be to be your absolute self.  Show your individuality and let it shine through!  It is YOUR blog; people are coming to connect with YOU.  Don’t be someone else.
  5. 3 of your favorite books – To be honest, I don’t read a lot.  I absolutely loved the Maze Runner series, Divergent Series and Hunger Games series when those came out.  The Automatic Millionaire is something that has stuck with me since high school Economy class.
  6. 3 of your favorite songs –  “Unchained Melody” Righteous Brothers  “Alone” by Heart  “Shut Up and Dance” Walk the Moon and any song by Celine Dion!
  7. One of your favorite blogger’s posts (with a link to the blog)  – see above www.theladygang.com
  8. Favorite place to visit or vacation – Maui or Napa – toss up for different reasons!!
  9. What do you like to do on your free time? – spend time with my husband and my best friends, relaxing with a drink in my hand
  10. Favorite quote or words to live by – You’re only as old as you feel and live like there is no tomorrow

 

Tessa Van Dyk asked these questions:

  1. How do you structure your days? My days are structured now by my 9-5 work schedule. Dinner, workout, and free time is usually after work.
  2. Where and how do you work best?  I work best in quiet and alone.
  3. What tools do you find indispensable for accomplishing [task]? Focus and silence and being alone.  I am a worker bee on my own!
  4. How do you solve productivity?   I need to hunker down and get it done when I am thinking about the task.
  5. What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now? I would have put myself first in my past rather than putting everyone else first.  I ended up not being happy and not living my true life.  I was trying to fit in to everyone else’s life and make relationships work.
  6. What’s the best advice you ever received? Never go to bed angry.
  7. Who are your biggest influences? Who do you admire most? Who or what inspired you to do what you’re doing now?  My grandma, my parents, my husband, my best friends, my family – all for different reasons.
  8. What is still your biggest challenge?  Finding out where I am supposed to be in life.  Life is about getting lost though isn’t it?
  9. What are your favorite books or movies?  Books – answered above; Movies – Primal Fear, Neighbors at the moment.
  10. What’s your best advice for handling criticism? I think you should be open to listening to it.  I am probably bad at this, but I do try to hear other people out and take into consideration their thoughts and advice.  I do like hearing advice from people that I admire.
  11. What surprising lessons have you learned along the way?  It is OKAY to be selfish!

My Nominations! – Check these new blogs out!  Lots of variety here – check them out!  Congrats to the nominees!

www.Mybloggertruth.com

www.missmonet.net

Androidstrike.com

Featuresunlocker.com

Astrogogal.wordpress.com

Alilbitmore.com

Hildaskitchenblog.com

My questions for the nominees (post your answers in your post!)

1.) Why did you start your blog?
2.) What is your favorite subject?
3.) What do you hope to accomplish in five years?
4.) Dog or cat?
5.) Absolute favorite restaurant?
6.) Favorite city to visit?
7.) Favorite TV show?
8.) What are your goals for your blog?
9.) What is your favorite quote?
10.) Dream vacation?

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