Less is More

Less is More

In the world we live in today the mentality is often “MORE. MORE. MORE!” It’s as if people think the more we have, the better off we are, the happier we are or the more we’ve accomplished. At the end of the day, what can more money or materialistic items give you? 

Sure, it can buy you a fancy dinner, a round of drinks for your friends at the bar, and a closet full of clothes that you never wear just to name a few. That’s great and all, but it still can’t fulfill our desire to be happy or loved. 

Many of us have too much to even see what truly makes us happy. That’s the sad part about the world we live in today.. We could start by looking at the people around us. Odds are, despite our material possessions, we each likely have friends, family, a pet, or something that gives us purpose. 

Something that shows us that money isn’t everything, but memories can last a lifetime. Less is more. 

A Note to Mom: Happy Mothers Day

A Note to Mom: Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mother’s Day. 

Thanks for everything you’ve done and continue to do for me. Even though I probably don’t show or say it near as much as I should, I’m truly thankful for you. 

It’s funny actually, because we’re just alike, yet so different in the same. I guess that’s partly what causes us to argue and disagree a ton, or the fact that we’re both stubborn as hell.. No matter what, there’s nobody else I can count on like you, because it’s always been you and me on a team. It’s a unique and special bond, one unlike any other. 

Life as your son for the past 23 years has been one hell of a ride and I couldn’t imagine what this journey would be like without you. We’ve gone through and overcome so much while creating a lifetime of memories along the way (and we’re only 23 years in). But who’s counting? Here’s to 23 more years filled with just as many laughs, good times & new experiences! 

Indoor Basketball – November 2016

So here’s to you mom, because you’re the most adventurous, crazy, kind-hearted and life-living individual I’ve ever met. It just so happens I’m lucky enough to call you mom. Thanks for simply being you & for constantly showing me what unconditional love is. You’re the bomb! 

Easter Lunch — April 2017

Happy Mothers Day — I love you.💜

Wednesday Thoughts: Between the Pines

Wednesday Thoughts: Between the Pines

As I lay here in my hammock, surrounded by good friends, chirping birds & that one menacing little squirrel that can’t seem to figure out which tree to climb, I can’t help but soak in the peacefulness and beauty of the world around me. 

It could be the smell of the fresh, pine filled breeze, or the warm feeling you get from the sun as it bronzes your neck just a little too much. Who knows, maybe it’s the sound of the boats gliding across the water down below, or maybe, the constant noises of nature chiming in from all around you. 

Whatever it is, it provides feelings of contentment and comfort— a feeling as if I’ve temporarily escaped reality. Despite the battles I’m fighting, issues I’m facing, or decisions I need to make, a little time between the pines always seems to do me well. It amazes me how staring into the treetops for just a few minutes can completely impact my mindset and  outlook on this journey we call ‘life’ in such a positive and uplifting way. 

Here’s to making the most of this journey and to admiring all it’s beauty along the way. 

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” -RWE

Mistakes….

Life can be full of them. If you’re anything like myself, you can’t seem to avoid them sometimes..and when it rains, it pours. 

The problem with mistakes is that they happen and once something happens it cannot simply be undone. Not words, actions, or even thoughts. It can only be reacted to & learned from. Otherwise, our time is a waste & we’re not given this life for it to be taken for granted. 

I’m constantly reminding myself, “Keep moving forward!” Why? Because Mistakes are inevitable, learning from ours is a choice. 

Make the choice. 

It’s created, never found. 

It’s created, never found. 

Happiness is the one thing everyone seeks in this life, yet it’s often never found. 

For months I searched for happiness. I tried to rediscover that joy that once filled my life, you know, that feeling of peace and contentment that fills your body when you know everything’s okay. 

The feelings of comfort and stability that takes your mind out of time, because you’re just genuinely happy &  full of life—truly living in the sentiments.  

What I didn’t realize was, I was searching for something that couldn’t be found. After all, one cannot simply find happiness as if it were a magic potion in a bottle. But it can be created. 

So let us wake up each day with intentions to create an abundance of happiness—enough for ourselves and others. 

A little faith goes a long way 

A little faith goes a long way 

As I was just  about to head to bed, I had to remind myself to have a little faith… 

“Why?” You may ask. Because I’ve been tired for a long time now. I’ve been exhausted both physically and mentally, trying to take on more than I could handle while also thinking I had the ability to fix several problems in my life and personal relationships that were far out of my hands. I thought I was in control when I wasn’t. 

I think sometimes we need to step back and remind ourselves that we’re not God and we’re NOT in control. He is. I notice now, looking back on the past, how I always tried to play Hercules and fix all the problems. I wouldn’t be surprised if I even created an issue or two not realizing it, all because I wanted to “fix it”. The thing is, I can’t fix all the problems that life throws at me because I’m not suppose to. None of us can. 

Then I got to thinking a little more… What if we’re not meant to fix our problems? What if we’re suppose to learn from them and grow as an individual, a friend, a parent, a colleague, or whatever it may be. After all, like Emerson said “life’s a journey, not a destination.”

Sure, life’s tough sometimes, but it gets better and with a little faith our smile comes back bigger and brighter than ever before. I’ve been faking my smile while secretly begging it to come out for a few months now, but It’s starting to genuinely come out and there’s no greater feeling. To know you’re finding that drive and purpose in life that makes you happy is incredible. Everyone deserves to feel it

Life is far too short for us to ever let anyone or anything make us feel like we’re not worthy of all the happiness and joy in the world. Next time you’re tired and feel like you’re at it all alone, just remember.. A little faith goes a long way. It will get better. 

-B