Something About Love | Original Post

A few months ago, I decided that for my February original post, I’d write about love. Now, I’m no expert, but I have seen and felt love and can only hope to give that love to those around me. There are different kinds of love—for friends, family, significant other, material possessions, the unknown, tangible things, ideas, hobbies, etc. Since I’m not an expert, I’ve decided to focus on a few of these things.

First, a tangible thing: For the first six weeks of 2015, I participated in Tone It Up’s Love Your Body Challenge, in which the ultimate goal is to eat clean and work out so that we can better love our bodies. I didn’t do the best I could in terms of eating, but I followed the workouts 80% of the time and learned more about my body. That experience has motivated me to keep going because you should love your body. It’s with you all the time and you want to take good care of it because it needs to last. I am slowly learning to love the parts of my body that I didn’t really love before, and I have a better knowledge of what to do to improve.

Secondly, friends: I don’t have many friends, but I truly love the ones I do have. They are truly special people and are there for me when I need them, and I try to be there when they need me. Friends are your chosen family members, which you can be stuck with if you want, but if you don’t think they are good for you, then you can move along. Because I don’t have many friends, the bonds that I do have are dear to my heart and there’s just something unexplainable that brings two friends together.

Lastly, family: Last week, I got to take a mini vacation and go to Utah for my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary. They are incredible people and I can only hope to have a long lasting love like them one day. They exemplify love and care and it amazes me that love can last that long. (I’m sure I’ll change my mind when I find someone who I can love forever.) They have raised a handful of children, and an even bigger group of grandchildren who all look to them for examples of love for one another and those around them. Unlike friends, you are stuck with family whether you like it or not, and I believe that in most circumstances, you’ll always have your family and love them. They are the ones who raise and protect you, teach you right from wrong, and support you continuously. Everyone makes mistakes and in through examples I’ve seen in my life, I know a parents’ love is unconditional and everlasting.

Love is strange. But I’m also a firm believer in it. Love exists for everyone and there are different levels and depths in which one falls into. I leave you with this passage, my all-time favorite about love:


Roxanne

Weekly Small Pleasures #2

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I’m not very good at keeping up with my blog schedule…I think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew and probably need to scale back on some things!

  • Receiving lots of snail-mail! I get such excitement when i see a handwritten letter in my mailbox 😀
  • Getting to Skype with my grandparents, and then my mom on Christmas Eve.
  • A 5 day weekend!
  • Volunteering on Christmas Eve and making cookies for those who were working on post over the holidays.
  • Making Christmas treats on Christmas Eve with my dad and sister.
  • Pizza and game night with some friends at my place.
  • Getting to take my sister to the airport for her two-week trip to South Africa. It definitely gave me wanderlust!!

For more info on this blog series –>Weekly Small Pleasures Blog Event.

What made you happy this week?

Roxanne

Weekly Small Pleasures #1

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Welcome to my first installment of the Weekly Small Pleasures Blog Event! I’ve been meaning to start this for a few weeks now, but blogging on the weekend is tough! Since I’m in front of a computer all day during the week, I try not to be in front of the computer during the weekend…but anyways, the Weekly Small Pleasures Event (hosted by Mani at A New Life Wandering) “…is simply about remembering and sharing those small things that made you happy during the week; things that made you smile, made you laugh, made you do a happy dance, made your heart silently smile, or they even made you cry for joy.” I’m going to try to publish these on Sundays, but it probably will end up on the blog on Mondays.
With that, this past weeks’ (is that grammatically correct??) small pleasures include:

  • Having mom’s birthday dinner on Sunday before she left for Thailand on Monday.
  • Spending time with mom on Monday night before she left, and booking a cruise for us in April.
  • Tuesdays = Telework, so it’s always nice to work from home. Plus, I had a lot more time to work out.
  • Tuesday, I actually completed all of my workouts, which was the only day this week that I did so…
  • I went to a volunteer orientation meeting (for the USO) and I’m so excited to be helping with others and learning more about what the USO does. I am excited to volunteer for events too!
  • Enjoyed my time at an “Orange Elephant” Christmas party, where we had lots of yummy snacks (all orange colored) and played white elephant. I ended up with some frozen margarita mixes, and since I don’t drink, I’m taking those to my next white elephant exchange this week.

What made you happy this week?

Roxanne